And it came to pass that in this year there was one Samuel, a Lamanite, came into the land of Zarahemla, and began to preach unto the people. And it came to pass that he did preach, many days, repentance unto the people, and they did cast him out, and he was about to return to his own land. But behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, that he should return again, and prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should come into his heart. And it came to pass that they would not suffer that he should enter into the city; therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hand and cried with a loud voice, and prophesied unto the people whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart. Helaman 13: 2-4
We love the story of Samuel the Lamanite as he was sent to declare the glad tidings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was obedient and climbed upon the wall to teach the people faith, repentance and warn them of the consequences of sin and hardening their hearts against the Holy One of Israel (Helaman chapters 13-16).
As we liken the scriptures unto ourselves we not only understand the words but can actually feel them as they become part of our lives.
These past two years we have had the glorious privilege of declaring the reality of God, the Atonement of His Son and the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of New Zealand. Like Samuel, at times we have experienced the stones and arrows of opposition but they have not hit or hindered us because we have been shielded and protected by the Lord. Opposition has only strengthened us to draw closer to Him and feel of His goodness and mercy. It has been pure joy as missionaries to be guided daily by the Spirit of the Holy Ghost.
The time is rapidly coming for us to jump down from the wall and return to our own land. It will be more difficult to leave the mission field and return home than it was to enter because of our love and concern for these precious sons and daughters of God with whom we have shared the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Like Samuel, even though only few received the message and rejoiced it has been worth the privilege of preaching and testifying to the people of this land in the South Pacific. Elder Robert C. Stones and Sister Frances Stones, New Zealand Wellington Mission