Memories: How Much Do You Care?

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

Ammon sought to win the hearts of his Lamanite guards by showing forth the power of God in preserving the flocks of the king (see Alma 17:29–39). In missionary work, people must know we care before they will listen to our teachings. The old cliché is true: “I don’t care about how much you know until I know how much you care.” This was exemplified in the letters new converts would write me. I would ask them to tell me of their conversion. They would reply, “I felt the love of the missionaries so much I had to listen to what they were teaching. While listening I felt the Spirit and I knew the gospel was true and I wanted to be baptized.” (Ed J. Pinegar)

Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1