All who are under the baptismal covenant have promised to offer the gospel to others, Elder Henry B. Eyring said Saturday afternoon.
There are those for whom fear of rejection or offense looms like an impassable obstacle, but there are those who clear that barrier with ease, Elder Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve added. In describing the ways members throughout the world share the gospel, he said: "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 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. Each seems to get a different answer, suited especially to them and to the people they meet."
Members must become like them in two ways: "First, they feel that they are the beloved children of a loving Heavenly Father. . . . Second, they are the grateful disciples of the resurrected Jesus Christ.
"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."
The anxiety that even the true disciple can feel will be gone "when we are made perfect in love," Elder Eyring explained. "We can pray for that gift of perfect love. We can pray with confidence that we can feel the Savior's love for us and for all we meet. He loved us and them enough to pay the price of all our sins. It is one thing to believe that. It is something far more to have our hearts changed to feel it every moment."
Elder Eyring shared the account of a friend who felt impressed to take a copy of the Book of Mormon with him on a business trip. A woman he knew sat next to him on the plane, and again on the return trip. During subsequent conversation, she asked about the Book of Mormon. He presented her with the Book of Mormon, saying, "I was impressed to bring this book with me. I think it is for you."
Continuing, Elder Eyring said: "What my friend could not know, but God did, was that she was looking for a church. God knew that she had watched my friend and wondered what about his church made him so happy. God knew she would ask about the Book of Mormon and He knew she would be willing to be taught by the missionaries."
To be part of the miracle of the harvest of souls, don't wait until you are closer to your Heavenly Father or you are sure you have been purified by the Atonement, Elder Eyring counseled. "Pray for the chance to encounter people who sense there could be something better in their lives. Pray to know what you should do to help them. Your prayers will be answered. You will meet people prepared by the Lord. You will find yourself feeling and saying things beyond your past experience. And then in time you will feel yourself drawing closer to your Heavenly Father and you will feel the cleansing and the forgiveness the Savior promises His faithful witnesses."