Hey, Bud! It was so great to hear your story about the guy you said was a sniper from last Wednesday. Mom shared that in testimony meeting today and Br. Sheide told me how impressed he was with the story. Let us know if you ever get back to teach the guy. But what a great work you’ve done by giving him the Book of Mormon. He may not read it now, but it will be planted in his mind and he will be forced to read it at some future day because he knows the answers are in there.
I love that you can be bold with the gospel that way. And you were right on telling him that he needed to forgive his wife. That is totally what Jesus would have said. I learned when I was bishop that if you have the Holy Ghost with you, you can pretty much say whatever you want and people won’t get offended. Because you have the spirit and you do it for the love and concern you have for Heavenly Father’s children.
The scriptures have a number of references about using boldness.
On of my favorites is Nephi in 1 Nephi 10. Here’s what he says:
“If ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off forever. And the Holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things, and deny them not.”
Subject: Re: Testifying boldly
Yeah, the guy has yet to talk to us since. So that’s kind of unfortunate. Oh well. But yeah, it’s really cool how the spirit works. The only issue is that some people just harden their hearts and take that opportunity to still take offense. An older man, Brother McAllister, brought up the phrase, “take offense” and talked about how it’s our choice to take it. Some may offer it, but it’s our choice to accept it and embrace it or to leave it alone.