15 And it came to pass that Nephi–having been visited by angels and also the voice of the Lord, therefore having seen angels, and being eye-witness, and having had power given unto him that he might know concerning the ministry of Christ, and also being eye-witness to their quick return from righteousness unto their wickedness and abominations;
16 Therefore, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds–went forth among them in that same year, and began to testify, boldly, repentance and remission of sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Nephi’s motivation for participating in missionary work was twofold:
- He had received great blessings through living the gospel.
- He saw that the people around him were missing out on those blessings.
Their wickedness was caused by “the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds.” Nephi preached to them, hoping that his words would help them open their minds and their hearts and receive the blessings that the gospel could bring into their lives.
It seems to me that these same two motivations for doing missionary work apply to us. We need both. If one of them is lacking, we won’t be as willing to share the gospel:
- We have a testimony that the gospel is true. It is a meaningful part of our daily lives and a key contributor to our happiness. Because of that testimony, we have the faith that God can work miracles through us.
- We love the people around us and want them to have the same blessings we enjoy.
Today, I will consider these two motivations in my life. I will pray to know how I can bolster my testimony and faith, and how I can increase my love for others, so that I can be a better disciple of Jesus Christ and can have a positive influence in the lives of the people around me.