"And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! How shall we do? And he [Elisha] answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." — 2 Kings 6:15-17
In August of 2006, I was sitting in Sunday School while we studied the Old Testament. I was preparing to leave for my mission to the Brazil Sao Paulo South Mission in a month. The lesson that day was on the first few chapters of 2 Kings. The teacher asked if anyone knew the story about how Elisha the prophet tells the king of Israel how to beat the Syrians. When no one answered, the teacher began to explain that Syria waged war against Israel, and the new prophet, Elisha, told the king of Israel where the Syrians would attack. Upon discovering the whereabouts of Elisha, the king of Syria sends his army to attack.
Our teacher then asked for someone to read 2 Kings 6:15-17. I looked down and as I reread the words, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them," the Spirit spoke to me. I began to think of all the times growing up that I had done baptisms for the dead and suddenly I realized that each time my companion and I went out into that huge city of millions of people, we would not be alone. We might have the spirits of our investigators' ancestors there with us. As I tried to focus again on the lesson, I felt warm tears spill out my eyes and begin to run down my cheeks. I don't usually cry, but I felt so overwhelmed just thinking that as a missionary I wouldn't be bringing the gospel to just those I met, but to those waiting on the other side of the veil to receive it.
Throughout my mission there were hard days and times that I felt that my companion and I were alone, but then the phrase "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them" would come into my mine and I would feel a surge of peace and desire to go work. Now that I am home, this scripture has reminded me that I am never alone and that I too have ancestors waiting for their temple work to be done, as well as ancestors who are cheering me on to be a little better.
— Abigail Adams Wiest, Grandview Third Ward, Salt Lake Wilford Stake
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