“Hey, Stephanie. How are you doing?”
“I’m doing all right, Elder. And you?” I replied without much thought as I threw away dirty paper plates and silverware. It was Family Home Evening for the young single adults and we had just finished eating yet another delicious meal prepared by the senior missionary couple in the branch.
The young missionary shifted uncomfortably, looking to the floor as if he might find the words there.
“But about your testimony on Sunday,” he said finally. “Are you okay?”
“Elder, ask me direct questions. I’ll respond better,” I said as I emptied more things into the trash bin.
“Okay,” he half-chuckled and reminded me of a hardship I was going though that I had mentioned in my testimony yesterday. “I just wanted to make sure you’re okay.”
I looked up at him. He’s a 19-year-old boy, thousands of miles from home because he believes that preaching the gospel for two years is what Heavenly Father wants him to do. People slam their doors in his face as he tries to speak to them in broken Czech – not just to share the gospel, but to ask, “Are you okay? Is there anything I can do for you?”
And really, they do it all. They give blessings when you’re sick, pray for you when you’re nervous about a test, help you overcome addictions. Are they experts? No! They haven’t had the experience to know everything, nor do they pretend they do. Whether you are a member, want to be a member, or will never join the Church at all, the missionaries’ message is the same: We love you, and all we want is to make sure that you are happy.
So thank God for the missionaries. Thank God for the opportunity to be around bright, optimistic men (and women!) who want nothing but the best for you, nothing short of 100 percent of the time. Thank God for creating a pair of people in every ward who will, without fail, be looking out for you – as long as they are doing their best to fulfill their call. Thank God for Mormon missionaries, who don’t just invite you to get baptized, but ask you all sorts of things: if you’d like to play soccer with them on P-Day, if you need help with those home repairs, and how you’re actually doing – just to name a few. I have a testimony of Heavenly Father’s love for us, and it is strengthened every day because of our full-time missionaries.