This morning I was reading an article by President Henry B. Eyring. The article is called "Teaching True Doctrine", and it comes out of the Ensign, the church's monthly magazine. In the article it mentions many people throughout history who have sought to follow Christ's teachings, and to share their knowledge with the people around them.
One story in particular stood out to me. It was a story from President Eyring's family, of a girl named Mary Bommeli. The story tells of how her family was converted to the gospel in Switzerland, and traveled to the Americas to join the saints there. But they did not have sufficient funds for all to travel together, so Mary stayed behind to earn her way there.
As she worked as a seamstress in Berlin, she would talk and teach her employer and her friends about the gospel. The people she taught were touched by the words she spoke to them, and they began to tell others of the gospel. At this time it was illegal to teach the doctrine of the LDS church there in Berlin, so when word spread of Mary and her preaching, she was arrested and thrown in jail. She heard that her judge was a man of the world, and after writing a letter of the things she knew and how it could help him repent of the wrongs in his life, all charges were dropped and she was released.
As President Eyring states, "Her teaching the doctrine of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ had opened eyes and hearts enough to get her cast into jail. And here declaring the doctrine of repentance to the judge got her cast out of jail."
Mary Bommeli knew the truth, and she would not deny it. This is story is a witness to the power the truth holds. As a missionary we sometimes get backed into a corner on certain subjects and see no way out. But soon we realize that there is always a way out, by bearing our testimony. That is something that is for us to know and for them to hear. no one can challenge your beliefs. We can share our own conviction with those around us, and as we do so we will see the gospel change lives. As Captain Moroni, we must declare our purpose. I know this is Christ's church, once again established in it's fullness. I know that we are called by a prophet of God, and I know that our message is true.