I have a friend who is like a sister to me as her brother and I have been close friends for about 17 years. She is now 15 and has embraced Christianity. She is not currently a member of the Lord’s Church. She has recently asked “how do I serve the Lord each day?” I have told her to start by living the commandments and keeping the Word of Wisdom. Being that she is young and searching I would like to lead her towards the Church if possible. Any tips on how I could help her find her way without pushing her away?
Peter, from Adelaide, South Australia
You might tell her that one of the best ways to serve the Lord each day is by being as kind as possible to His other children. Henry Drummond, in his little treatise on I Cor. 13, called The Greatest Thing in the World, said of kindness—
“I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder than we are? How much the world needs it. How easily it is done. How instantaneously it acts. How infallibly it is remembered. How superabundantly it pays itself back.”
If you would like to lead her toward the truths of the Mormon Church I would suggest that you might give her a gift of the Book of Mormon. At any LDS bookstore you could obtain a leather-bound copy and have her name embossed on the cover. It would be hard for her to resist that act of kindness, and reading the book would surely bring her nearer to the Lord and would certainly stimulate interest in where the book came from and what it represents.