Ask For Help When Winds Of Prosperity Blow
On occasion, those who are in comfortable circumstances feel the need for a church affiliation. Most of the time, however, we will do better with people living comfortable lives if we can convey how desperately those of us in the Church need their help. Though this idea seems paradoxical at first, it reflects a mechanism of conversion the Savior taught: “Whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35).
Almost every calling we undertake in the Church can be a missionary opportunity when we invite others to “lose their lives” and serve with us. We can be confident that, just as we feel the Spirit when we serve, our friends can feel the same Spirit—and realize that despite their comfort and prosperity, they are experiencing something new that they want.
When we help others to do God’s will, they learn far more about what the Church and the Spirit feel like than they ever could through a conversation or from attending a ward social activity.
Whenever we’ve decoupled our friendships from our invitations, we’ve been amazed at our friends’ willingness to respond and serve. In our experience, many people feel a need to help others, and our invitations provide opportunities for them to do so.
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I am Sylvia Hope from Uganda. I really need to know and learn more about Christ and teach other youth in my area. Many have turned away from God. Please help me with how to do this.
Has anyone responded to Sylvia Hope?
Hey Dan, yes Sylvia and I have corresponded privately. She is definitely still looking for support and training. Would you like to help? If yes, I’ll put you in touch.
My wife and I, Dan and Katie Drew, will help as we can.
Also, our friend Damallie Kakumba, is a member from Uganda that lives in our area in the United States. She would be happy also to correspond with Sylvia.
Dan, you’re the man. Thank you and God bless! I’ve shared those emails with Sylvia.
Look up The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in your area and ask for missionaries be sent to you. This is how you will learn to teach the youth in your area. May God bless you.