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Caring is sharing

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"I wish I could awaken in the heart of every man, woman, boy and girl . . . the great consuming desire to share the gospel with others," said President Gordon B. Hinckley. "If you do that you live better, you try to make your lives more exemplary because you know that those you teach will not believe unless you back up what you say by the goodness of your lives." (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 374.)

Each of us should be willing to share with others, in our own words, and bear humble testimony of the divine mission of the Savior and the role of the Prophet Joseph Smith in helping to restore The Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. We should be able to describe how the young Prophet helped translate through the power of the Holy Ghost, the Book of Mormon, and how he brought about other scriptures to guide us and restore precious lost truths.

"Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God: For behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on condition of repentance." (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10-12.)

However, if we are not confident in our ability to verbally share the gospel, the Church has generously provided other ways to share this powerful message with our relatives and friends. One of the most simple is to use Pass-Along cards. Provided free at local wards and branches, these attractive cards, with their sacred illustrations, offer such things as a free video about the Savior, a free copy of the Book of Mormon, a free copy of the Bible or provide a way to invite missionaries to the home of the recipient. These items convey eternal truths susceptible to confirmation by the Holy Ghost. The spirit of peace inherent in the Book of Mormon has led millions unto the Savior.

Pass-Along cards are small enough to carry in a pocket or a purse, a non-threatening way to introduce the precious subject of the gospel to our hurry-up society. All members can carry Pass-Along cards with them during the week.

As President Spencer W. Kimball once observed, "I see no good reason why the Lord would open doors that we are not prepared to enter."

With the Pass-Along cards, we will be prepared to take advantage of doors opening to missionary opportunities.

Another way to introduce the gospel is by using the DVD "Finding Faith in Christ," which is available at Church distributions centers and was recently distributed through Church magazines. This DVD offers an excellent occasion for inviting someone into your home to learn more about the Savior.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve has asked that we "exercise our faith and pray individually and as families, asking for help in finding ways to share the restored gospel. . . . Remember, this is the Lord's Church. Let Him guide you through constant prayer."

Leaders, said Elder Ballard, "must lead by example. The Spirit will prompt and guide you in finding those interested in our message. Your personal worthiness will give you the courage and the spiritual power to inspire your members to actively help the missionaries."

There is a thin line between the decision to speak out or stay silent, but a vast gulf between the consequences of that decision. Will silence bring a brooding and wishfulness as the opportunity fades, or will speaking out lead to an animated discussion and rush of gratitude in which a seeker and disciple share and build upon faith in Christ?

President Wilford Woodruff taught, "The whole secret of our success as far as making converts is concerned is that we preach the same gospel in all its simplicity and plainness that Jesus preached, and that the Holy Ghost rests upon those who receive it, filling their hearts with joy and gladness unspeakable, and making them as one; and they then know of the doctrine for themselves whether it be of God or of man." (Journal of Discourses, May 14, 1882.)

"Most everyone wants to enjoy peace and happiness," said Elder Ballard. "That is a natural human desire. People want to find answers to the problems they face.

"[The gospel] can only be shared — heart to heart, soul to soul, spirit to spirit — and with love. By being good neighbors — thoughtful, caring and watchful for the needs of others — we can radiate in our own lives the blessings the gospel has to offer."

By following the counsel of missionary leaders of this dispensation, we can bring about much good to those seeking answers to the gospel questions. We need only to be ready to "tell our story" through whatever means when the opportunity arises, and then take advantage of that opportunity.