I Did Cry Unto This People, But It Was in Vain – Mormon 3:3

3 And I did cry unto this people, but it was in vain; and they did not realize that it was the Lord that had spared them, and granted unto them a chance for repentance. And behold they did harden their hearts against the Lord their God.

Was Mormon a successful missionary? Yes. He taught the gospel to his people and gave them the opportunity to accept it. He loved them and prayed for them (Mormon 3:12). But in the end, it was their decision whether or not to accept the invitation. We can’t force anyone to accept the gospel; all we can do is invite. I love the following passage from Preach My Gospel:

Avoid comparing yourself to other missionaries and measuring the outward results of your efforts against theirs. Remember that people have agency to choose whether to accept your message. Your responsibility is to teach clearly and powerfully so they can make a correct choice. Some may not accept your message even when they have received a spiritual witness that it is true. You will be saddened because you love them and desire their salvation. You should not, however, become discouraged; discouragement will weaken your faith. If you lower your expectations, your effectiveness will decrease, your desire will weaken, and you will have greater difficulty following the Spirit (“What Is My Purpose As a Missionary?” Chapter 1 of Preach My Gospel)

Today, I will pray for opportunities to share the gospel with the people around me. I will specifically look for opportunities to extend invitations to other people. If the invitations are not accepted, I will avoid becoming discouraged and will continue to seek the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord.

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