Determined to become a worthy Mormon, Susan carried out her part by being the perfect housewife, the perfect mother, fulfilling all her callings in the church, and having many babies. Exhaustion and feelings of being overwhelmed were her constant companions. She strove to become perfect, but knew she fell far short. Guilt plagued her life. Mormonism to her was like a demanding parent, she never felt like she was doing enough to receive its approval.
As I pray for a person’s soul – his or her very eternal soul – I can easily get frustrated and wonder, “What is taking so long, Lord! Why isn’t the seed of faith germinating and growing? I know You died for this person, too, and want them in heaven with You also!” Then I remember that Jesus says that He stands at the doors of our hearts knocking – He doesn’t do a forced entry, He doesn’t bully His way in to anybody’s life.
God does wonders with a willing heart. Step by step, hand in hand, God takes people who feel ill-equipped, ill-advised, and ill in the stomach, and moves them to carry out what seems to be the impossible.
I truly believe that Mormon missionaries are reachable! The Holy Spirit can use you to plant the seed of God’s Word in their hearts. In fact, ex-Mormons who became Christian cite the simple witness of a Christian while they were on their missions as an important component of their coming to the true faith.
In the midst of societal and technological change that is occurring now at dizzying speed, the methods of engagement with people still remain the same. People still need people.
Like seeds of oaks planted in Boise, which were unnatural to the area, they still took root and grew into splendid, mature trees. Through God’s Word, seeds of faith were planted into mortal hearts that were unnatural and dying in this world.