I Pray Continually for Them – 2 Nephi 33:3

3 But I, Nephi, have written what I have written, and I esteem it as of great worth, and especially unto my people. For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry.
Good missionaries love the people they teach. In the passage above, after testifying of the truthfulness and importance of his message, Nephi vividly conveys his love for his people. He prays for them “continually.” He cries for them. He is personally invested in their happiness. He is not just teaching truths dispassionately, with a “take it or leave it” attitude. Instead, he begins with a deep desire for the welfare and growth of the people he is teaching.
This is an important part of testimony that I’m not sure I’ve thought much about. When I think about bearing testimony, I am usually focused on the truths I want to communicate, not as much on the people I’m communicating with and the impact I hope that testimony will have in their lives. But Nephi’s description of his testimony puts the emphasis on his listeners. They may or may not accept his message, but oh, how he hopes they do, because he really cares about them. 
Today, as I have opportunities to share gospel truths with others, I will remember the example of Nephi. I will pray for them. I will open my heart to desire their happiness and to share the gospel out of sincere love for them, not just out of a sense of duty. 

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