Can I Really Share a Book of Mormon?
Although I really want to do it, I’ve always had a hard time sharing the Gospel. I saw first hand the exciting conversion of a gal from New Zealand, and I’ve given away a couple copies of the Book of Mormon, but other than that I’ve just (hopefully) shared the Gospel through living it. I live in Utah and currently get discouraged because most people in my circle of influence with whom I could share are either not active or part-member not-active families. I don’t want to make them like the Church less by being pushy. I’m a stay-at-home mom, too, so the potential for meeting new people and getting to know them well enough to share just doesn’t happen very easily.As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are asked to share the Gospel, to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. We’re reminded in Doctrine & Covenants 66: 5, 7 to “proclaim my gospel from land to land, and from city to city… bear testimony in every place, unto every people.” We’re taught to be good missionaries from the time we are little.
My husband, however, had a positive experience recently with sharing the Gospel, which gave me some encouragement. One day, he came home, said a co-worker was getting married, and told me that he wanted to give the happy couple a Book of Mormon as part of their wedding gift. My husband, who must share a little of my anxiety, was a bit concerned because he didn’t want to create any awkwardness between himself and the co-worker. My husband delivered the book along with a gift card and hoped for the best.
To our surprise and delight, a few days after delivering the gift, we got a lovely thank you card in the mail from the co-worker and his wife. The co-worker said that after living six years in Salt Lake, they “finally” got their own copy! He actually sounded glad. We wondered if he was joking or just trying to be polite, but we really think he appreciated it.
I began to feel a little less fearful about sharing the Gospel and tried to think of someone to whom I could give a Book of Mormon. Like I said, I don’t meet a lot of new people, but it dawned on me that there is a wonderful nanny in our neighborhood. I hadn’t thought of her before because she doesn’t physically live here, but she’s here all the time, and I’m actually getting to know her a bit. I’m not quite ready to dive right in on this, but I’m ready to receive the promptings on what to do and when.
I feel kind of silly admitting how difficult it is for me to share the Gospel, but I’m guessing I’m not the only one. What are your experiences with sharing? How do you not get discouraged? How many disappointments does it take before you have a positive experience? How do you not get pushy or overbearing?