Marie-Rose is going to post today! If you haven't seen here blog at Hope Always and Pray Constantly, then you should totally check it out! She is an amazing example of faith to me, and her posts are so fun to read! So check it out!
For the blog swap, I will be writing for her blog today, so go ahead and read them both (mine can be found here) (And for those of you who have been following this whole Armor of God series, well, I thought this would be a great intermission. I'll pick it back up in a couple of days. Her ideas were just too good to wait to post on another day!)
Without further ado...
Hey guys, I'm Marie-Rose from Hope Always and Pray Constantly :) I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and today I wanna talk about something near and dear to my heart.
If you're not a member, don't freak out! This isn't your typical member missionaries post :) It runs along similar lines to another post I've done on the subject, but if there's anything you should know about me, it's that I will never try to push my faith on you. I'm here to talk about what I believe so you can better understand us Mormons. I'm not here to force you to convert.
To the members out there: have you ever gone all member missionary on a friend, and they just aren't interested? It feels weird, doesn't it? At Youth Conference once, a guy gave a good description of this feeling. He said that telling someone about your faith feels like you're asking them to marry you or something. Which makes you super scared of failure. Cuz, the gospel really is that important to us.
PS- Youth Conference is a church camp for one weekend over the summer where we talk about churchy stuff and play fun games and get to know people better)
Guess what, though? I'm gonna ask you to view it slightly differently. What if you asked your friend to try your favorite food that they'd never heard of before, and they absolutely hated it? You wouldn't quit being friends with them. You wouldn't be heartbroken that they didn't like the food. You'd still be friends and you'd move on. And next time they visited your house, you wouldn't serve that food.
Fun fact about me. I absolutely hate hot dogs :)
What if I told you that member missionary work is more like the food example than like the proposal example? Well, the scriptures are often called spiritual food, aren't they?
When you share the gospel with a friend, you're usually doing it because it's something that makes you happy, and you want your friend to be happy, too. And if they don't like talking about church, if they're uncomfortable with what you're saying, let them control how far you go with the member missionary thing.The last thing you wanna do is make them uncomfortable and push them away. And when I say that, I'm more concerned with your friendship than I am with their feelings towards the Church.
Remember, if they don't accept your message, that doesn't make you a terrible person. It doesn't mean your message is somehow flawed. It just means that they aren't ready for the Church at this point in time. And that's okay :)