August 17, 2014


Today while studying I was re-reading the talk A Child and A Disciple. Currently this is in my top 5 favorite talks, here is an excerpt of a spot I liked. This talk’s audience is members of the church and helping them increase their desire to share the gospel.

….”There is no single pattern in what they do. There is no common technique. Some always carry a Book of Mormon to give away. Others set a date to find someone for the missionaries to teach. Another has found questions which draw out feelings about what matters most in life to a person. Each has prayed to know what to do. They each seem to get a different answer, suited especially to them and to the people they meet.
But in one way they are all alike. It is this: they have a common way of seeing who they are. They can do what they have been inspired to do because of who they are. To do what we are to do, we will have to become like them in at least two ways. First, they feel that they are the beloved children of a loving Heavenly Father. Because of that they turn to Him easily and often in prayer. They expect to receive His personal direction. They obey in meekness and humility, as the children of a perfect parent. He is close to them.
If we know without a doubt that we are Children of our Heavenly Father, then we know he will listen to us. This knowledge gives us more faith to ask while how to help our friends learn of their savior.

Second, they are the grateful disciples of the resurrected Jesus Christ. They know for themselves that the Atonement is real and necessary for all. They have felt cleansed through baptism by those in authority and the receipt of the Holy Ghost for themselves. And because of the peace they have experienced, they are like the sons of Mosiah, “desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.” 2
If we know, really have a testimony of what the savior has done for us we can’t help but to share it!
Those who speak easily and often of the restored gospel prize what it has meant to them. They think of that great blessing often. It is the memory of the gift they have received which makes them eager for others to receive it. They have felt the love of the Savior. For them these words are their daily, hourly reality:

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

“We love him, because he first loved us.” 3 “

The end of talk goes to promise that a great day will dawn in the Nation of Japan, and it won’t come from the missionaries, but it will come from the members. They will want to share the gospel more. I know that big things are happening and there is more to come! This weeks’ experience made me start to realize how true the promise is.

We had two new investigators and 5 people at church this week! A family that we’ve been teaching recently has come two weeks in a row! The daughter has a strong desire to pray all the time. She always asks her mom if they can pray. I know that no matter your age, you can be a part of missionary work. On Sunday our primary doubled in size! All the children were befriending our friends and it was joyous!

How great will be your joy in the kingdom of God if you bring but one soul. But imagine the joy if you bring, 1 or 2 or 3 or 4… etc.

Sorry, We’ve been so busy this week, I haven’t taken any pictures! I promise I’ll take pictures this week!

Sister Hokanson
Japan Tokyo South Mission