Living by the scriptures

But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man. Wo unto such, for mine anger is kindled against them. — Doctrine and Covenants 60:2

In 2005, on a flight returning from a visit with my son's family in Wisconsin, I sat next to a young man who was in the army. He was on his way back overseas after a brief visit with his family. He had been clearing mines from roadways in Iraq for 15 months. He was hopeful that he would spend his last six months in a peaceful assignment in Germany.

We have been counseled to open our mouth and share the gospel with others. I determined I would at least try to share the gospel with (this young sergeant ) from Green Bay, Wis.

He told me of his plans to marry his high school sweetheart after his release from the army. He said she had cried all the way to the airport. Beyond that, I was able to elicit little conversation; he was a quiet, shy young man.

I felt impressed to tell him of eternal marriage and gave him a beautiful temple pass along card. I encouraged him to meet with LDS servicemen at his next duty station. There was no response.

As the plane landed, the sergeant quickly disappeared from view. I felt I had failed in my effort to friendship him. What had I done wrong? I had tried to open my mouth as the Lord directed.

I retrieved my carry-on luggage and departed the plane. As I rounded the corner of the departure ramp, there was the sergeant waiting for me. He said he wanted to say goodbye. I silently thanked Heavenly Father for touching his heart even though I had felt my efforts to open my mouth had failed. Perhaps in the future I should just do my part in opening my mouth to share the gospel. Heavenly Father will always do His part — the touching of hearts. — Richard Glenn Scott, Salt Lake City, Utah