A heavy-set man walked into the Cultural Hall where I was serving. He was alone. He told me that for some reason he had agreed to be the bus driver for a youth group visiting Nauvoo from Lexington, Kentucky. He didn't know anything about Nauvoo and said he wanted to understand a little about it.
One of the miracles of being a missionary is witnessing the Holy Ghost put words in your mouth, draw forth the feelings of your heart, and confirm the testimony you bear. Instead of giving the customary tour, I was led to ask him what he knew about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He said he knew nothing. The look in his eyes was of an earnest seeker of truth.
It was a busy day in Nauvoo on the 18th of June, 2015, but for the entire time I spoke with him, no one came in for a tour. I found myself sharing with him the beautiful story of Joseph Smith's first vision, of his obtaining the Book of Mormon and organizing the Church. I reached in my bag and pulled out a Book of Mormon. I told him how much I loved it, explained it to him and told him that he could get a witness of its truthfulness as I had.
He listened intently as I spoke. At the end of our conversation I offered him the Book of Mormon in my hand. For the first time in our visit he said, "No, I can't take it. I am an associate Baptist preacher." I told him how much I appreciated him listening to my message with such respect and interest and told him I also respected what he was doing.
We parted with very good feelings. I did not feel disappointed but exhilarated! It was such a thrill to share with someone with an open heart the glorious message of the gospel and testify to him that it is true! I know the Holy Ghost was there to bear witness of my words.
Sometime after he left, I realized I had not given him my profile card nor gotten his email address. But I knew that for some reason I was not to do that this time. I also know there was a reason I could not give him a Book of Mormon. I know that I was led by the Spirit to do things exactly as I did. The seeds I sowed with the Lord's help were planted in rich soil. In their own time they will bear fruit. I am so happy!