August 8, 2016


Flower Mound 3rd Ward


Elder Jacob Parsons


Here is my address and here is my talk that I promised to send last week.

5215 Villa Brook Ln. #702

Arlington, TX 76017


For your information, in the future if you happen to be at dinner with

a member of the stake presidency and his family, do not mention how

long it has been since you last spoke in a sacrament meeting. He can

probably fix that real quick.

In all honesty, though, it is wonderful to be up here speaking to you

today. I have been invited to share my thoughts on "following the

Saviors example and inviting all to 'come and see'. I pray that the

spirit will be here that we might be taught from on high and that we

may all "be edified and rejoice together."

The savior has frequently invited others to "come and see" in ancient

and modern scripture. This does not always take place in the literal

wordage of "come and see." it often comes in terms of "come unto me

all ye that are heavy laden, and will give ye rest." (Matt. 11:28-30)

"sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt

have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me." (Luke 18:22) "Follow me

and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19) Moroni said, "come

unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all

ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and

love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace

sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and

if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny

the power of God." (Moroni 10:32). Saying "come unto Christ" is way of

saying "repent."

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans

3:23) "No unclean thing can enter into [God's] kingdom; therefore

nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their

garments in [Christ's] blood, because of their faith, and the

repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end. Now

this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come

unto [him] and be baptized in [him] name, that ye may be sanctified by

the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before

[him] at the last day." (3 Nephi 27:19-20 emphasis added) This means

brothers and sisters, that no one that is living, that has lived or

has yet to live upon the face of this earth, can enter into the

kingdom of our Father unless they have exercised faith unto

repentance, have been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and

the Holy Ghost and received the Holy Ghost by someone who has power

and authority from God and continues to hold true to those sacred

promises, or covenants, that they have made. These are commandments

that God himself has established and there is no other way that a man

can enter into the kingdom of heaven.

So what does all of that have anything to do with "inviting all to

come and see?" I believe it has everything to do with doing just that.

You see, if we believe that, and I know that all if not most everyone

of us present believes such, and if we believe that the authority of

God is once more upon the earth, a fact which again I know that most

present believes in; then that would mean that WE as members of this

church have the responsibility to share the gospel and "warn our

neighbor." We all know that, and we all want that. We all want to

share the gospel at least in some way, big or small. But what is the

best way to actually share it? How do we actually follow the example

fo Christ and invite all to come and see?

If we follow the pattern that I am about to share, we will start to

have the confidence and faith we need to share the gospel.

Pray for and seek inspiration. The Savior has said "ask and ye shall

receive, knock and it shall be open unto you" (3 Nephi 27:29). That is

a simple and amazing promise from our Savior that when we ask in his

name, the things that are righteous and in accordance with his will,

shall be granted. But because Heavenly Father respects agency, we need

to invite those blessings and promptings into our minds and hearts by

asking for them.

Set goals and make plans. In Preach My Gospel it says "goals reflect

the desires of our hearts." Brothers and sisters, setting a goal does

not need to be a huge deal where you make a contract and sign it or

establish a monthly quota or something like that, just ponder on what

you think you could do and what you can do. Take those thoughts to the

Lord. Christ said to Oliver Cowdry, "study it out in your mind, then

ask me if it be right." You can receive inspiration while pondering

what you might say or do in a particular situation or with someone in

specific. Either way, the words of the Lord will be with you.

Act in faith and follow through on your plan. This is often the

hardest thing for us to do, even for missionaries! You are not alone

when you struggle to muster up the courage to talk to someone about

the gospel. It takes time and practice to get comfortable doing that.

Maybe you might not think you know enough to share our beliefs. Maybe

you just don't know how to start off the conversation or steer it into

a gospel conversation. A good brother told my companion and I recently

that he wished that there were a list of ways that could lead to start

off these kinds of conversations. As I thought about this, I think the

best ways to start conversations that lead to gospel principles is

starting one! Because of the way we live our religion, it will come up

in conversation. Our religion is an everyday endeavor to become better

adn not just believe good and moral principles. It is normal to have

those feelings of nervousness, uneasiness or even after what we might

think of as a failed attempt we may feel like we failed. You succeed

when you invite. Everytime someone has a positive experience with a

member of this church, it brings them closer to making a covenant with

our Heavenly Father. A way that I overcome those feelings of

nervousness, at least in part, is by role playing or practicing what I

am going to teach or share. There are situations that you can't

exactly prepare for, but "when we are prepared, we shall not fear." We

have the promise, again from Christ himself, that if we treasure up in

our minds and in our hearts the words of life, we shall be given that

portion of the gospel that shall be meted to every man in the hour,

yea the very moment. Pratice.

Now brothers and sisters, this does not need to be a long, drawn out

process that takes up a lot of time. With the exception of "treasuring

up continually the words of life," this can all be done in a moment.

We can pray for the courage to share our beliefs, think about what we

might share then act in faith and actually share it! Just like that.

Like I said earlier, living the gospel everyday is crucial in

preparing to share the gospel. We need to have the spirit with us. We

need to build our lives upon Jesus Christ. We need to have daily,

meaningful prayer that is a spiritual experience for us. We need to

have quality, not neseccarily quantity, scripture study. We need to

have a meaningful Sabbath day. We need to attend the temple regularly,

and we need to serve those around us. All of these things will prepare

us to share the gospel at a moments notice. We all fall short of doing

those things, don't feel like a failure, after all "a saint is someone

who keeps on trying." Do not get discouraged if someone does not

accept the gospel even if you are feeling great about it. Remember

that Heavenly Father respects everyone's choices and their right to

choose for themselves. You are simply providing that person another

chance to change and repent. This is why you "succeed when you


I have faith that you and I can share the gospel with those around us.

We need to pray daily for missionary opportunities then seek

throughout the day to find someone that the Lord has placed in our

path to share the gospel with – and he will! There will be someone in

your path that God will help through you. "I will go before your face.

I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my spirit shall be

in your hearts and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." I

close with the words of one of my favorite scriptures in the Doctrine

and Convenants. "There are many yet on the earth among all sects,

parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness

of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and are kept from the

truth because they know not where to find it – Therefore, that we

should waste and wear out our lives In bringing to light all the

hidden things of darkness, wherein we may know them; and they are

truly manifest from heaven – these things should then be attended to

with great ernestness. ... Dearly beloved brethren [and sisters], let

us cheerfully do all things in our power; and then may we stand still,

with the utmost assuarnce, to see the salvation of god, and for his

arm to be revealed." (D&C 123:12-14;17)

I bear my witness that this work is sacred and it is marvelous. I know

that Jesus Christ is the son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. Joseph

Smith is his revelator in these last days, the Book of Mormon is true

– the word of God – and I know that God loves and knows each and every

one of his children here on the earth including you and me. I so

testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


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