God Will Teach Me

    “God Will Teach Me,” Friend, Sept. 1988, inside front cover

    “God Will Teach Me”

    (Adapted from an October 1987 general conference address. See Ensign, November 1987, pages 51–54.)

    An area president and I were in a land where, to our knowledge, not one member of the Church lived among the millions of that nation. We met a man who had been a longtime student of the Bible. He belonged to a Christian church but was not satisfied with it. He thought that he should belong to a church that carried the name of the Savior. In an old encyclopedia, he had found listed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He wrote a letter to Salt Lake City and received an answer with a Book of Mormon. Other literature followed as he requested it.

    By the time that we met him, he had read the Book of Mormon again and again and knew that it was true. He knew that the priesthood had been restored with all its gifts and powers. He knew of various Church ordinances and the procedures of our meetings. Did he believe Joseph Smith to be a prophet of God? Most assuredly.

    Our friend asked for baptism and hoped to receive the priesthood so that he could teach and act with proper authority.

    “But,” we said, “if we baptize you and then leave, you will be left alone. There will be no one to teach you and help you.”

    He responded, “God will teach me and help me, and He will be my friend and support.”

    I looked into the eyes of that good man and saw the light of faith and testimony. We baptized him, confirmed him a member of the Church, and bestowed upon him the gift of the Holy Ghost. We baptized his wife. We conferred upon him the Aaronic Priesthood and ordained him to the office of priest so that he and his wife could have the sacrament.

    We held a sacrament and testimony meeting with them. When we said good-bye to one another, we embraced them. I shall never forget him. I know little of his circumstances now, but this I know: When we talked with him, the fire of faith burned in his heart, and our own faith was quickened also.

    Photo by Jed Clark