On April 26th 2014, one of my very best friends got baptized. It was such a neat experience for her but it didn’t only affect her, it affected me as well. When she came out of the water she was just glowing and I could tell that she just seemed happier. All of this wouldn’t have happened without missionary work.
“We don’t expect [member missionaries] to be perfect, but they need to be anxious, willing and committed to serve.”
(The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work by M. Russell Ballard in the April 2003 General Conference.)
This all started just a couple weeks before the baptism, we were all hanging out at one of my friends’ house. We asked my friend if she would want to come to seminary with us. She accepted the invitation and CAME. The whole environment in seminary was so different that day, I could feel the spirit much stronger that day then I ever had before and I knew it was because the spirit was trying to tell my friend that what she was doing was the right thing. After that day in seminary one of my other friends asked if she would want to come to a missionary discussion and she accepted.
The first discussion we had with the missionaries was really special to me. It was my first time ever being in a real missionary discussion, I paid attention since I am thinking of going on a mission as well to see what was coming for me in the near future. My friend really listened as we talked about Joseph Smith and the restoration of the church, she had lots of questions. I took her home that night and tried my best to answer some of her questions but some were really difficult! I decided that the best thing to do was to just bear my testimony to her so she could see how I really felt about the gospel. She told me she has this warm feeling whenever she talks about the gospel. I told her it was because she was feeling the Holy Ghost and he was trying to testify that what she was hearing and doing was the right thing.
The discussions went on and the spirit got stronger at every single one. All my friends and I would try our very hardest to be at every discussion, showing her that we supported her in every step. Then it came, the missionaries invited her to be baptized and she accepted! We were all so happy for her! All of this would not have been possible without missionary work. My friends and I started it by making the invitation to have her come with us to seminary and then after that we just helped her throughout the journey. That’s really all it takes.
Everyone can be a missionary! This doesn’t mean that everyone you talk to will get baptized. We simply have the opportunity to invite people to learn more, and that is the very first and most important step to missionary work. It’s not that hard and in the long run you could be a key part in getting helping your friend enter the gate to get back to our Heavenly Father.