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あるとき,飛行機の中で隣り合わせた青年と話したことがあります。いろいろと話が出て,宗教の話題になりました。この男性は末日聖徒について過去にかなり本を読んだということでした。そしてこの教会に多くの称賛すべき事柄があることを理解していましたが,教会の起こりにまつわる話や特にジョセフ・スミスについては,強い偏見を持っていました。彼は別の宗教団体の熱心な信者で,末日聖徒についてどこで知識を得たのかと尋ねると,自分の教会の出版物で読んだということでした。勤め先を尋ねると,誇らしげに国際的なコンピューター会社の営業マンだと答えました。そこでわたしは,競合他社の営業マンから自社の製品を顧客に説明してもらうのはどんなものかと尋ねました。すると男性はほほえみながら,「いやぁ,おっしゃりたいことは分かりました」と言いました。 

わたしはかばんから教義と聖約を出して,主がジョセフ・スミスを通して語られた言葉を読んで聞かせました。それは,その友人が高く評価していた習慣が,そもそも彼の敬遠している人物を通じてもたらされたことを述べた箇所でした。別れる前に,この男性はわたしが送る本を読むと約束してくれました。わたしは,よく祈って読むならば,興味のある教えや習慣だけでなく,それらを世に伝えた人物についても真実かどうかが分かると約束しました。そしてジョセフ・スミスの預言者としての召しに対するわたしの確信を証しました。 2005年12月号、2

Once while riding in a plane, I engaged in conversation with a young man who was seated beside me. We moved from one subject to another and then came to the matter of religion. He said that he had read considerably about the Latter-day Saints, that he had found much to admire in their practices, but that he had a definite prejudice concerning the story of the origin of the Church and particularly Joseph Smith. He was an active member of another organization, and when I asked where he had acquired his information, he indicated that it had come from publications of his church. I asked what company he worked for. He proudly replied that he was a sales representative for an international computer company. I then asked whether he would think it fair for his customers to learn of the qualities of its products from a representative of its leading competitor. He replied with a smile, “I think I get the point of what you’re trying to say.”

I took from my case a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants and read to him the words of the Lord expressed through Joseph Smith, words which are the source of those practices my friend had come to admire in us while disdaining the man through whom they had come. Before we parted, he agreed to read the literature I would send to him. I promised him that if he would do so prayerfully he would know the truth not only of these doctrines and practices which had interested him, but also of the man through whom they were introduced. I then gave him my testimony of my conviction concerning the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith. Liahona, December 2005, 2