Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dallin H. Oaks on sharing the gospel with love

Elder Dallin H. Oaks (b. August 12, 1932) served as president of BYU from 1971-1980.  He was then appointed as a justice of the Utah Supreme Court, and resigned when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1984.
"The Savior taught us to love all as our brothers and sisters, and we honor that teaching by sharing the witness and message of the restored gospel 'among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people' (D&C 112:1). This is a vital part of what it means to be a Latter-day Saint. We look on this as a joyful privilege. What could be more joyful than sharing the truths of eternity with God’s children? ...
"There are three things all members can do to help share the gospel, regardless of the circumstances in which they live and work. All of us should do all of these.
"First, we can all pray for desire to help with this vital part of the work of salvation. All efforts begin with desire.
"Second, we can keep the commandments ourselves. Faithful, obedient members are the most persuasive witnesses of the truth and value of the restored gospel....
"Third, we can pray for inspiration on what we can do in our individual circumstances to share the gospel with others....
"Sharing the gospel is not a burden but a joy. What we call 'member missionary work' is not a program but an attitude of love and outreach to help those around us. It is also an opportunity to witness how we feel about the restored gospel of our Savior."
- Dallin H. Oaks, "Sharing the Restored Gospel," General Conference, October 2016
Click here to read or hear the complete talk

In his recent conference address, Elder Oaks offered thoughts and suggestions about sharing the gospel with others. He helped remind us that it's not a duty or a burden, but a privilege and a joy. He offered the three basic suggestions included here, and then a longer series of additional ideas to help facilitate gospel discussions with others. All of us can benefit from pondering his suggestions.

This was a good summary of his message:

In other words, our willingness to share the message gives insight into how well we understand and appreciate the message!

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