Missionary moment: Mail order missionary

I work for a business in Salt Lake City in its mail order department. A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from a gentleman named Phillip who was looking for information on the LDS Church. He had received our phone number from the operator by asking for any phone number in Salt Lake City. Phillip knew that the Church headquarters was located here and was hoping to get someone who would know the toll-free number from the Church-sponsored television spots. He lives in Kentucky. He said he did not know many LDS people. I told him that I am LDS.

He asked me if I minded talking to him about the Mormon religion and what I personally believed. I was a little nervous at first because I hadn't really shared my feelings about my religion like this before. I quickly said a prayer and asked that I would be guided to say what Phillip needed to hear. I began to bear my testimony to him, telling him that I know that this Church is true. I told Phillip that I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I told him that I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of the Lord and that he translated the Book of Mormon through the help of the Holy Ghost. I told him that I know that Gordon B. Hinckley is a living prophet and that he receives revelation today.

I could feel the Spirit bringing into my mind the things that I needed to say. Phillip told me that he had heard the story of Joseph Smith and the First Vision. He told me that he understood that the Lord needed someone to bring forth the truth without alteration and that it could only be a child because an adult would try to change things. When he said that he accepted Joseph Smith as a true prophet I got very excited.

We talked about the "eternal family" and what that meant to me. He said that he wanted that more than anything. He wanted it to be forever, not just until "death do you part."

Phillip told me that he knew that this was true and he wanted it in his life. He asked me how he could join the Church. I told him that I could arrange for missionaries to go to his home with some more information and the Book of Mormon. By the end of the phone call, we were both moved by the Spirit. I don't know how to describe the intense emotions that were shared. That day changed my life. The Spirit is there and guides us to help those around us. This experience taught me that sometimes all you need to do is open your mouth and let the Spirit guide you. — Heather Barnes, River Oaks 4th Ward, West Jordan Utah River Oaks Stake

Another in a series of "Missionary Moments." Illustration by Church News artist John Clark.