Not a day goes by when I am forever thankful for the work that missionaries do. As young adults that are just beginning their lives, they put their lives on hold to spread truth and answers. It is admirable how missionaries put Heavenly Father first before everything else. They truly “seek…first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33; 3 Nephi 13:33) If it were not for them, I don’t believe I would be where I am today with my faith. It was with the help of LDS Families and the missionaries unselfishly spending time with my wife and I, that we were able to find the truth in things ourselves.
After our first lesson, we were asked to attend church. As a timid investigator, I was weary about attending a new church with tons of strangers. I asked my friend Mike to accompany me to church the first time so I could “hide behind him.” Visiting church for the first time was like coming home for the first time. Everyone was happy to see me. Everyone greeted me and made me feel welcomed. The friendliness and helpfulness of everyone actually made an impact and everlasting impression. The chapel was humble in the way it was decorated. The way they conducted Sacrament meeting was simple. It was amazing and very different than how I remembered things in a Catholic church. Things just felt right: the place, the people and the things they were doing.
It makes me realize the important role every member of the Church carries: being a missionary. I believe that there are so many people in our lives that are waiting for the gospel and I am thankful for my friends, the families and the missionaries for setting the example for myself. The power of pure example is amazing. Besides speaking about gospel, with the countenance and way you present yourself can speak a million words. I only hope that I can set a similar example in which I have observed. I can only hope for the many opportunities to help other people learn more about the full gospel of Jesus Christ as I have.