This is an experience that Elder Arnett had and shared with his Mission President, the Mission Presidents wife and other missionaries. It was the story that he told that made the Mission Presidents wife cry and he wrote this to us and sent it. We thought it was awesome and we wanted to share it with you.
April 29th 2011
So Elder Hock and I knocked on this guy’s door one day and his dad answers. He freaked out and said he didn’t want to waste his time with our false doctrines. Well we told him we wanted to talk to his son so he went and got him and we were talking while the dad was off in another room reading the bible. We talked for maybe 8 minutes then we were going to leave but before we did we just kind of explained our basic belief about the restoration. His dad freaked again and came running to the door and said “I don’t want to hear any more of your blasphemy!” So we started to walk away and he followed us outside and said he was going to escort us off his property. Well we got to our bikes and he was being a jerk and trying to rush us then he tried to tell us we believed in a different Jesus and he said it like 10 times. So finally I turned around and said “Last I heard there was only one” and that made him pretty mad then he started yelling something about how we must not believe in Jesus then and as we were walking out of his gate he said “when you die, Jesus is going to remember everything you ever did and what’s he going to think about you two?” Now I’m super angry so I turn around and look him straight in the eye and say “he’ll remember that I gave two years of my life to serve Him!” He had nothing to say to that and so he just stormed off. After that moment I was left in deep contemplation for the rest of the day. I thought, yeah I’ve given two years and I’m out here but that doesn’t mean I’m working or serving Him. A mission is pointless and has no meaning if you don’t give it your all. I realized that day that I wanted to start saving treasures in Heaven rather than be comfortable here. To really serve Christ I have to be exactly obedient. I have to talk to every single person I see and invite them to covenant with God and be baptized. And I have to teach with the spirit. That jerk of a guy has changed my mission. I haven’t been this tired or sore. I’ve grown a lot these last few weeks and its fun to be serving. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Elder Tyler Pete Arnett