"I am not asking that you stand on a street corner with a megaphone and shout out Book of Mormon verses. What I am asking is that you always look for opportunities to bring up your faith in natural and normal ways with people—both in person as well as online. I am asking that you “stand as witnesses” of the power of the gospel at all times—and when necessary, use words."
(Dieter F. Uchtdorf “Missionary Work: Sharing What is in Your Heart” Ensign or Liahona May 2019)
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15).
Show an orange to your family. Tell everyone how good it will be to eat the orange. While peeling the orange, comment on how good it smells and how juicy it is. After the orange is peeled, take some time to admire it. Remove one segment and begin eating it. Express how good it tastes: not too sour, very juicy, and so on. Ask one person: How delicious is the orange? (He or she won’t know.) Why don’t you know? (Because he or she didn’t taste the orange.)
Explain that the gospel is like the orange. Everyone can see that you are enjoying it, but until you share it, others will not know for themselves. Share the orange with your family.
(Adapted from: Jennifer Jackson and Beth Lefgren, Objects Lessons Made Easy: Memorable Ideas for Gospel Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006])
As you read this story, think of ways each member of your family could share the gospel this week.
A little while ago my family and I moved to Kentucky. I was really upset because I was leaving all my friends and extended family behind. Kentucky was very different from what I was used to. The first time we went to church, I saw that there weren’t very many people there. When I realized how small my branch was, I decided that I would do something about it.
The next day, my mom and I went to the store. Before we left the house, I grabbed a stack of pass-along cards. When we got to the store, I got a candy bar and went to check out. The cashier scanned the candy, then handed it to me. I handed it back. She looked confused and said, “You just paid for this, ma’am.”
I said, “I know, but I’m giving this to you as a gift.” Then I put a pass-along card with the candy. She smiled and thanked me. She looked at the back of the pass-along card, where I had written, “Everyone is a child of God.” I walked away with happiness, knowing that even if she didn’t join the Church, I still did something good.
Later that day, I remembered that I left the rest of the pass-along cards by the cash register! The next time we went to the store, I went to ask if they were still there. Then I saw something, and I stopped in my steps. About five of the cash registers had pass-along cards that said, “Everyone is a child of God.” The cashier had passed them out! I felt so happy because of what I did.
(Allie B. “Passing along God’s Love” Friend October 2018)