It’s 7:00am and I have just selected a seat in the bustling Arcata Airport.
It’s very foggy outside and my flight has been delayed. It looks as if I might be in airports much of the day. I do believe it is time for the Great Airport Challenge!
I began the GAC this morning with prayer – and of course my BYU t-shirt! (It’s getting worn out! I should get another 2 or 3. They come in handy!)
I have challenged myself to see not IF, but HOW MANY times I can shed some light on the gospel of Jesus Christ, to those who might find themselves around me.
The shirt is a start. I’d better unbutton my sweater so it can be seen!
So far, only 1 person has joined me in this area of the airport. (I was being sarcastic when I said it was a bustling airport!) He is kind of far away. Hmmm….what could I do? Talk on my phone to a pretend person, and mention all sorts of church things?
Hey! That’s not a bad idea!
I will keep you posted!
WELL THAT WAS FUN!!!! HERE’S WHAT JUST HAPPENED! (My heart is still pounding!)
I sent my mother a text message asking her if she would like to try a little experiment with me to share the gospel. She said she was all in. I asked her if she would call me and pretend to be a non-member friend who has questions about the gospel, and I would answer them.
A lot more people had just come and sat down around me – right before the call! (Coincidence? I don’t think so.)
The phone rang. Here we go!
She dove right in with her first question…..”WHY ARE YOU A MORMON?”
Ok…I told myself to have courage! Others were close enough to definitely hear my conversation. I hoped I didn’t mess this up!
I restated her question before I answered…”Why am I a Mormon? Because it is makes me so happy! Because it is centered on Jesus Christ! Because it focuses on the protecting and nurturing the family! Because it is true!” I elaborated a little more than that, but that was what I said in a nutshell.
She then hit me with the next question. This was a little harder than I thought it was going to be! I was nervous! I found it was a somewhat difficult to talk and testify in such an unlikely setting. But we continued!
She asked more questions, some of which included:
”ARE YOU CHRISTIAN?”
“DO YOU WORSHIP JOSEPH SMITH?”
“HOW DID JOSEPH SMITH TRANSLATE THE PLATES?”
“WHAT IS THE BOOK OF MORMON?”
“WHERE DID THE PEOPLE IN THE BOOK OF MORMON COME FROM?”
I could tell I was definitely being listened to! How could people NOT listen when I was talking about Jesus Christ and God the Father appearing to a young boy in the woods in New York!
I concluded the conversation by offering her a Book of Mormon, which I would personally deliver.
My mom was a great sport! She had perfect questions! She was patient when I stammered and searched for answers to questions I knew that I knew! She just told me what to say! (That was funny!)
My friends, THE GREAT AIRPORT CHALLENGE is off to a great start! It is still very early. I have a lot more airport time ahead of me, plus the trip home.
The Great Airport Challenge!
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