Meeting someone and telling them that a BOOK of all things is going to help them feel closer to God and then telling them that it can help them in their everyday life sounds really weird right? Yeah I know it might! Well, me as a missionary I tell this to people all the time about the Book of Mormon! So forgive me for my weirdness. I just want people to be happy like me! And that is just what the Book of Mormon brings...TRUE HAPPINESS!
I love the Book of Mormon so much! Why you might ask? Well to be completely honest it has changed my life. It has brought me closer to my Father in Heaven and especially to my Savior Jesus Christ, whom this book testifies of so many times. I know that this may sound cheesy or like so many other people talking about the Book of Mormon, but I can promise you that it is true. The Prophet Joseph Smith said: the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." Of this I can completely agree!
I know that this promise is true. I know it because I have read it cover to cover and the stories and doctrine inside have come alive to me. I have become a better person because of it and I truly treasure this book of scripture. I invite you all to read it! :) I promise, you won't regret it!
Now let me tell you about some of these sweet experiences that I have had talking with New Yorkers about this wonderful Book! On March 21st in the wonderful city of Great Neck we got together as a group of missionaries that are in our area and we went to a Long Island Rail Road Station. Our goal was to invite people to come unto Christ and to have happiness and joy in their lives by reading the Book of Mormon. We were there for a while and I had gotten the chance to talk to a few people but most of which were not interested in the slightest! Which is sometimes not so surprising as a missionary here in New York haha. But I came across a man who seemed like he needed a little brightening in his day, so I decided to talk to him and try to bring a smile across his face. Well it didn't work haha. I began talking to the man and he said that he didn't want anything to do with me or the Book of Mormon, and when I continued on about how it would help him be happy he turned and faced me. He was about 6'3 or 6'4 and huge! And he was very upset with me. And then he said "When I say no, it means no!" And I apologized and told him to have a great day with a smile :) He then shouted very angrily as he walked away "I don't believe that anyone can be that nice!" It was an interesting experience and while I was talking to him the whole time there was another man who was above us watching this whole thing play out on a flight of stairs up to the train station. He was relaxing and eating a Kit Kat bar! Oh yeah! He was really shocked that the other man was so upset with me and he was shaking his head and saying wow. I went up to talk to him and he made a comment about the whole situation that happened and asked what we were doing out here. I then started to talk to him about the Book of Mormon and he was really interested and I was able to share my testimony with him about it which was great! He gladly took a copy and then bounced down the stairs to catch his train! The worst part was though that I totally forgot to use a sweet pun that was in my head! I was totally going to say "man that guy wouldn't give me a break" and I totally forgot! Haha get it "break"? Maybe not so funny but I totally realized afterward that I forgot so my funniness didn't work so well I guess!
Throughout that time though I got to talk to some people who were really cool! I gave out another copy to a Spanish lady who was really excited to read it and that was great! I love when people actually listen to you and trust you that this will help them grow closer to God. It is so cool to see them accept the challenge and then take your word for it and to want to try it! I was also able to talk to a Jewish guy for about 5 minutes and that was really cool too! I also met a guy who grew up in California and said that some of his friend gorwing up were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as well which was really cool! I love being able to have conversations with people about our faith where both of us are mutually respectful and are there to learn and love one another. I love how that common respect can still exist between people. It is definitely a comforting feeling! But on the New York roadways...I am not sure how much that exists haha just kidding...but really though :)
So now fast forward a little to March 28th! In Bayside Queens at another train station! We got there and I said to myself well it is time to go spread some of the word of God to help others! The first guy that I saw I went up to him and started talking to him about the Book of Mormon and he was really interested! He was from Turkey and he also had a lot of friends, he told me, that were members of our church as well! So that was cool! I gave him a Book of Mormon and he said that he would read it and he put it right in his bag and was really excited to have it! Which was so cool! :)
Then a few minutes later there weren't many people on the street so I figured I should walk down the sidewalk a little and I came across a guy by the name of Brandon! Hey fancy that! Coincidence?? I think not! So then I started to talk to him and I gave him a Book of Mormon and I got to tell him how it could help him in his life and he looked at me and said "Thank you, I know that this was for a reason" and then his ride came and he had to leave. But that was such a great experience to have! He was so happy! I know that this message brings great happiness and joy to all! I promise! I invite you to read the Book of Mormon and find out for yourself how it can make you happy! I know that it is true! Life in New York is great!