I have been reflecting on Brother Holland’s last conference talk when he said, “A 14 year-old boy recently said to me a little hesitantly, “Brother Holland, I can’t say yet that I know the Church is true, but I believe it is.” I hugged that boy until his eyes bulged out. I told him with all the fervor of my soul that belief is a precious word, an even more precious act, and he need never apologize for “only believing.” I told him that Christ Himself said, “Be not afraid, only believe,” a phrase which, by the way, carried young Gordon B. Hinckley into the mission field. I told this boy that belief was always the first step toward conviction and that the definitive articles of our collective faith forcefully reiterate the phrase “We believe.” And I told him how very proud I was of him for the honesty of his quest.”
Reflecting on this story has made me cry. I have been working hard on this, and loving everyone, even the people who attack my testimony and it just makes me stronger than before. My companion is teaching me that I need to bear my testimony, instead of through scriptures to persons. To testify of what I have learned from my family experiences and striving to bring honor to a good family name.
Angelina, time goes so fast as a missionary, and you will not be able to bear it sometimes. Just pray and whatever you do don’t argue or “bash” with persons you are teaching.
Jackeileen, Thank you. I have been praying harder than I ever have. I have been reading much of the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon. I found a really awesome acronym for B.I.B.L.E. it is this: