This week, during my personal scripture studies, I gained a stronger testimony of how we, as missionaries, can receive revelation from God to help our investigators. Let me explain… We have been working with a family who took interest in the Church because they no longer felt welcome in the local evangelical church.
Maria and Edgar are currently living together, but they are not married; in fact, Maria is married to another man. As a result, the evangelicals at the local church have been very judgmental about her “living in sin.” Now Maria left her husband because she was basically abducted at the age of 16 by a 32-year-old man. Anyway…It just so happened that the day we had planned to visit them, I was studying in Alma Chapter 32 where we learn about the Zoramities, and how they didn’t permit the poor to worship in their synagogues. This experience helped many of the poor Zoramites humble themselves enough to experiment in the teaching of Alma. Consequently, these disenfranchised people accepted the fullness of the gospel that Alma offered them. I was able to use this story to help Maria and Edgar understand that even though it is difficult to pass through trials, the Lord has a plan for each of us. If they endure these trials, and humble themselves, they will find liberation through the atonement of Jesus Christ.
This story really struck Edgar and Maria as they could relate to the experience, as it was very similar to what they are going through in their lives. The Lord, through his missionaries, was able to help Edgar and Maria see how the stories in the Book of Mormon are applicable to the daily experiences in our lives today. To think, the two chapters in the Book of Mormon I happened to be reading this day was an answer to the question I was looking for to help Maria and Edgar; and it applied specifically to their needs.
This experience helped me demonstrate to Edgar and Maria the importance of reading the scriptures, and how reading the Book of Mormon can help us receive guidance in our personal lives, and in the lives of those for whom we have stewardship, such as our children, etc. I hope my personal experience will increase their desire to read the scriptures. But unless Maria and Edgar have a desire to read the Book of Mormon, they will never be truly converted to the Gospel.