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Monday, June 30, 2014

Week 13 - The rescue

At stake conference [an area meeting of several congregations] the stake president [area priesthood leader] showed a video from the news about this man that was stranded at sea.   A boat passed by and tried to throw him a float attached to a rope. The man was so weak he wasn’t able to grab it. The boat tried two more times but since the man never grabbed it the boat went on its way.  The man was found dead two days later.

I think it’s an amazing teaching story! The man is like a less active church member or an investigator.  The life float is like the gospel. When we see that someone needs help we try to do something.   Sometimes less active members or investigators are dealing with so much they are too weak and can’t grab the life float.  When we see this we have a choice to make. Either we realize we need to do more -- like jump in and swim to them helping them grab onto the life float or we can say they aren’t going to grab it and continue on.

The boat is like exaltation [Returning to live with our Heavenly Father]. We need to realize that it might be inconvenient at times but it is the person’s welfare or soul we are talking about.  What are we willing to do to help them? Are we willing to jump in the water or are we going to continue on and let them die?

As a missionary, I’m striving to help people grab onto the gospel so together we can return to our Father in Heaven.  I want to do all I can to help.

Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth