So, I've been doing some internet reading, and I found some interesting articles I would like to share with you.
The first is a talk by Elder M. Russell Ballard. He gave it at BYU Commencement in August, and the main topic is how to talk about our religion. It's not even necessarily missionary work directed. It's more about if you're talking to someone and Mormonism comes up.
I particularly liked this quote: "When all is said and done, the most important thing about you and your testimony is that you base your beliefs on what Jesus Christ taught, and you try to follow Him by living your life in a way acceptable to our Heavenly Father and to the Lord."
Well said Elder Ballard. Man. The apostles are so good at phrasing things. Must be because they are inspired. :)
It's so true. When the Church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is brought up, that is the most important thing to get across. I was recently discussing some of our beliefs with one of my friends, and I found myself describing a completely random, nonessential belief of ours, and I'm kicking myself about it now. Why?! Why did I waste precious time and her curiosity by going off on that? Sigh. Too late now. But not too late for next time! I can be focused!!
I also liked how he said we need to stop sharing our beliefs or talking about the Church in a defensive way. I hadn't even really realized it, but I often do come off as apologetic instead of confident. I'm getting better now than when I was younger, but there is no reason to be defensive or apologetic. I can be confident without being rude; honest without being unkind. The more I study the scriptures and the better prepared I am to have the Spirit with me, the more able I will be to respond as I should when it comes up.
Here is a link to his complete talk. Click me.
In his talk, Elder Ballard mentioned an article in a recent Time magazine that I did not know about. Probably because I don't read Time magazine. Well, not recently anyway. I know I have at some points in my life. Probably whenever a magazine fundraiser came around the house. Anyway (good example of an unnecessary tangent).
So, I was curious about the article, and if you are too, here is the link to it. Click me!