Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Person's Conversion is the Result of Many Fingerprints

I heard someone once say there are often "many fingerprints" on a person's conversion. The Savior is the "Light of the World" who offers salvation and peace to His children. He invites us to be "lower lights" to help bring others to Him. During my service in Italy, I have learned that the Savior often has more than one person be a "lower light" to an individual who is searching for His Gospel.

Two months ago, I received an impression. A faithful member in one of our branches had done something nice for our missionaries. The thought came that I should ask the  missionaries serving in the branch to express appreciation to this member by delivering flowers to her. These were faithful, obedient missionaries. They teach the Gospel at every opportunity. When picking up the flowers, they shared the Gospel with the florist. They invited her to learn about their message, and she accepted.

Two weeks ago, she was baptized, and I had the privilege of attending her baptism. It was a wonderful and spiritual service. She has now shared the Gospel with her friends, and two of her friends now have scheduled to be baptized.

In 1 Corinthians 3:6, we read: "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase." In missionary work, many people play a role in a person's conversion. There are many "fingerprints" when a person is baptized. I asked the missionaries to express appreciation to someone; the missionaries followed through and then boldly invited the florist to learn about the Gospel; and members provided support and encouragement. In the Lord's work, we are all on the same team. We should never care who gets the credit for a baptism. The credit always goes to the Savior, because it is His Gospel. I am grateful that He allowed me to play a small role in helping to bring His Gospel to another person.

---Sorella Kelly

1 comment:

  1. If it might be possible to communicate with the Kellys about the state of the church in southern Italy, where our daughter is now serving, that would be wonderful. Craig Rossell. Thanks.