Joy Comes in Witnessing About the Book of Mormon
by Helen Ultican
My desire over the years has been to witness to others about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. However, there has been a problem.
As a young girl I was extremely shy. I've overcome some of my shyness, but it is still difficult for me to meet new people. So how could I talk to strangers about the Book of Mormon?
Something Ray Treat said in one of his classes gave me an idea of how I could witness. He said, "Start witnessing among our own people; there are many Saints out there who are not aware of the recent developments with the Book of Mormon." Also he said that for every Book of Mormon believer in the world there are 10,000 unbelievers. "So prepare for witnessing to the unbelievers by sharing the new things you have learned with those who already profess to believe in the Book of Mormon."
It was as though a light bulb turned on in my mind-I could do that!
I got ready by laying in a supply of materialscopies of the Jade Book (Recent Book of Mormon Developments, vol. 1), copies of the sample page of First Nephi of the Study Book of Mormon project and additional copies of the Zarahemla Record.
The opportunities to witness were soon presented to me, and it has been exciting trying to explain to friends and acquaintances about the recent developments of the Book of Mormon. I discovered that many persons who live outside the Independence area do not know about these materials.
For instance, while we were visiting away from home recently, we were given the chance to talk to an entire congregation of people about the Book of Mormon. We were given the Wednesday evening prayer service time on a hot night in June in a building without air conditioning. Since we didn't know for sure about this opportunity until 9:30 the evening before, I spent a restless night talking to the Lord in prayer. I asked him how to present the material and prayed that the Spirit would direct Tom and me.
In spite of the hot weather, we had about fifty people in attendance. We proceeded to tell them about the Book of Mormon in the way the Lord had directed me, i.e., first telling about the work of the Zarahemla Research Foundation and the current projects on which they are working. The presentation of the Study Book of Mormon material interested many of the people. Then we discussed the recent developments from the Jade Book. Tom made a brief presentation on Hebraisms, and I followed with other developments. One hour was not nearly enough time to do all of this, but we did the best we could. Many people were interested and asked where they could obtain the Jade Book and where they would be able to get First Nephi of the Study Book of Mormon project and other related materials when they become available. The response of the people that evening filled us with joy.
I continue to watch for opportunities for further witnessing and sometimes those opportunities come with the turn of a single word in conversation.
I urge you to launch out in faith in a similar venture. I can testify that the Lord will magnify your talents and bless you greatly. Witnessing about the Book of Mormon will give you joy.
Thanks, Ray, for giving me the push I needed!
Editor's Note: As of spring 1992, Helen and Tom have given 89 presentations at various locations across the United States.
This article taken from Recent Book of Mormon Developments vol. 2, p. 165