Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2018, May 7

Missionary Work: Planting Seeds

Filed under: Book of Mormon — grego @ 3:55 pm

Most people see religion as a part of life; I see life and religion together and inseparable.

Life is good for many people. In my experience, this is USUALLY not the situation of the earnest seeker of God. (Of course, that is their decision to make after we invite them, not ours.)

However, it is CERTAIN that in the future, many people will not know where or whom to turn to, not know where to go. You might or might not be there when that happens. So how can you help someone? I think much has to do with planting seeds.

I have seen many times in my life where I was not ready for something I needed the first time around, mostly because I just didn’t understand what it really was and what it could really do for me. It is true that if someone had persisted in explaining to me, I would have understood and had more interest; but at other times, not really. I think many people are the same way when it comes to religion and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some people need someone to really explain it to them, and some people need time.

You never know when something might happen for someone. On my mission, we were teaching a group of seven friends. I had ranked them as to how I would invite them, with the most likely at the beginning, down on to the least likely. Well, the first six rejected an invitation to be baptized, but hey, I persisted to the end! The last woman had this… kind of weird smile/ look on her face, and didn’t say anything. Ok… Well, a few days later, we got a call from her–she wanted to get baptized. Go figure, huh? The other six? Maybe their time was right, and they rejected a chance. On the other hand, maybe their time wasn’t right, but one day when it is right, they will accept it, and these experiences will have helped prepare them for it.

My mother in law was getting close to passing away. She had little hope for anything good. Over the years, she had been learning about some things in the gospel. There was no way she was going to be baptized in this life. And over the years, we had taught her about death and what happens. We spoke more than once to ask her that when she died and went to the spirit world, and had some reunions, to go to church there, listen to the missionaries, be baptized, and keep going. And we hope she has.

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