love feeding the missionaries in our home. They bring a feeling of
peace and excitement to our home as our young boys look up to them in
preparation for their missions.
one thing I always dread, though, is the inevitable challenge and
questions they extend prior to leaving my home. “Do you have
anyone we can talk to?” “Do you know anyone who would be
willing to visit with us?” “We would like you to take
these pass-along cards/this copy of The Book of Mormon and give it to
someone this week. Will you do that?”
these challenges conjure such a knot in my stomach and throat, I have
not yet figured out, but thanks to a friend (we’ll call her
Tinta), I am learning to overcome this fear.
is from Zambia. She is a wonderfully eccentric, outspoken lady who
is completely at ease discussing Christ and scriptures with anyone.
So, during our Spanish 101 class, when we really should be practicing
Spanish, we talk about religion, Christ and the scriptures. Here is
something I have learned from Tinta:
talking to others about religion, find a common ground.
of us are, to some extent, Christians, whether we admit it or not.
That is, we believe in the existence and/or life of Christ. We know
as much about Him as our friends of other faiths. We read the Bible
and study His life and teachings. So, all we have to do is be
comfortable enough with our knowledge and understanding of Christ to
talk about Him with them.
Tinta’s help, I have had the opportunity to visit with friends,
talk about our commonalities, and expound the differences to those
who would like to know. Suddenly, handing out pass-along cards and an
occasional copy of The Book of Mormon isn’t so daunting. We
aren’t asking them to be baptized next week, just to understand
or respect our point of view.
the way, Tinta has a copy of The Book of Mormon, and some pass-along
cards, but she is happy with her own faith, and I have a friend I can
talk to about gospel principles without fear of rejection, and whom I
can count on for support when others join our conversations. As a
result, it has become much easier to share my testimony of our Savior
with others. That is a feeling everyone should be able to experience
Heather Best grew up in Washington State as a Navy brat. After a tour in the US Army, she pursued her education obtaining degrees in medical assisting and biology and is currently completing a degree in chemistry. Heather has volunteered over the years in public and private schools, hospitals and her community in various roles.
Heather currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, with her family, where she serves as the CTR 6 Primary class teacher for her ward.