Today’s apostles are re-emphasizing the responsibility of every member to be a missionary, to be a fearless teacher of Christ’s restored gospel by word and example, including the use of all the technology of this day to explain and defend the faith.
The Apostle Peter’s centuries old admonition still captures the essence of today’s directive. Repentant of, but surely remembering, his faintheartedness on a fateful night, he speaks with the authority of experience when he urges us to be brave in our advocacy whatever the consequence.
Be lifted by these passages from 1st Peter, containing two of the sweetest phrases in all scripture.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you . . . Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God . . .”