Chapter 25 of this year’s Gospel Doctrine Class covers Alma 17-22 and encourages LDS members to share the gospel. I’m going to break away from my usual practice on commenting on the content of the lesson and instead talk about some of my experiences with Mormon missionaries.
Over the years I have talked with literally hundreds of them. The vast majority of time our discussions have been quite courteous. One of the most encouraging things is how many are genuinely interested in hearing the wonderful news that eternal life is totally God’s gift to them. Sometimes they are eager to come back and talk more – even asking what I will teach them next time.
Just a few months ago I was talking with a young man who had just returned from an overseas mission. He came to one of my presentations. After it was over, he remained and asked many questions. Not that long ago he was baptized into the Christian church.
Another shining example of LDS missionaries being reached with the truth are the members of the Adam’s Road Band. If you have never heard their story, go to their website and watch their video, Unveiling Grace. It’s well worth viewing.
I mention this to encourage my Christian readers to see Mormon missionaries as a mission field. When they come to your door, invite them in and tell them the wonderful message of God’s love for them. Tell them how they are worthy through Jesus’ worthiness. Tell them how Jesus did everything for them to live eternally with heavenly Father. Tell them about the true miracle of forgiveness – that God, on the basis of Jesus’ sacrifice, has drowned all our sins in the depths of the sea. Share with them the powerful gospel – the gospel that the Holy Spirit so powerfully works through. This will make a difference – an eternal difference – in some of their lives.