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Published: Thursday, March 31 2011 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Fresno, CA

Loved it! My favorite one so far. Thanks Vai.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Personally, I love Vai's colum.

I have been getting a little tired of the name dropping, and personal stories of what a great missionary Brother Vai is.

"Perhaps in a more favorable setting, they'll reconsider. We did our duty."

If sharing the gospel is a duty, then count me out. It is a blessing to share our love of the lord, and our example.

I do not have a blog, but I do know of the good I do through example. I do not feel the need to tell these stories, let alone blog them, because I know of the good I do.

The one thing I wish for Brother Vai, is the spiritual growth that comes from being a witness of the Lord in his own closet, and not feel the need to tell everyone.

There is a peace that comes with being a witness before the Lord, and him only.

Keep it up Vai, but one day you will hopefully feel the joy of the loving the Lord, and sharing it, and not need to blog it.

Then, you will understnad the worth of a soul...

But... Keep blogging, some people need to know your strengths.

Bountiful, UT

I loved this!

BYU Red Squad
Lafayette, Or

What a wonderful missionary experience for Scott

Marysville, WA

Great article. Teared me up, thinking about my own mission, and my own missionary children.

@Veritas Aequitas, sorry you missed the whole point. Judge not that ye be not judged. Maybe someday you will understand Vai's perspective.

Salt Lake City, UT

I love the way you included this little boy in the conversation. What a touching story.

@ Veritas Aequitas: I have to admit that I find it a bit odd that you would take issue with this story. I hope that during General Conference this weekend you don't take offense or get upset with the brethren as they recount spiritual experiences of which they've been a part. Referring to missionary work as a "duty" in no way implies that it's a negative thing. It's not only a duty, but it's a privilege, a blessing, and a tremendous act of love. Vai knows that. But it's also a duty. Cheer up, my friend.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

@ Veritas Aequitas,

Appreciate your point of view, understand a difference of opinion, but I do beg to differ.

I DO know people who come off as blow-hards, I just don't get that feel from Vai. There is a balance between letting your light so shine and tooting your horn. I think Vai is on the right side of the balance, you don't. Life goes on.

I do, however, agree with a lot of your sports opinions.

Vai, thanks again. I fly a lot, too, and while by profession, I am not shy, privately I am content in my own little world (usually reading the DN sports on-line). Sharing the Gospel IS a duty, when I'm not doing it. It's when I do that it becomes a joy.

Go Utes, CA

I enjoy Vai's columns, this one was no exception. Veritas, I don't think you thought very carefully about your comment. Do you also wish Nephi hadn't recorded his experiences for others to read? It is appropriate for people to talk about their efforts at spreading the gospel. It encourages others.

DD JayMario
American Fork, UT

Vai, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your stories and ideas. It makes my day every time. Can't help but smile.

Somersworth, NH

Great article and just in time for General Conference, I loved it! After I finished reading it I read it to my wife and she loved it as well. What a great reminder to look for missionary opportunities. And more importantly, involve others in the joy of sharing the gospel. A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to teach with wife and the full-time missionaries a coworker the gospel. What an amazing blessing it was to witness my wife teach and testify of eternal truths. Definitely an experience I'll never forget.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

WA_Alum&Dad | 7:33 p.m. Marysville, WA

"Judge not that ye be not judged."

Was that directed at me... or you? Sorry you think I missed the point. I read the blog, and got the point. Can you further enlighten me?

UtahMD | 7:55 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm sorry, I guess we differ on the definition of duty. Personally, I do not see it as my "duty" to share the gospel of the Lord. Not only does it cheer me, but I am grateful for my personal growth.


Y Grad / Y Dad | 8:08 p.m.
Richland, WA

I too, appreciate your sports opinions, and appreciate your response...


Personally, I have many opportunities to share the gospel. I choose not to stand every first Sunday and share them, because they are far to special to me.

Please, no one else respond to me, that I think what brother Vai is doing is meant to be diminished.

I just hope that someday he understands what my father taught me. Sharing the gospel is a very humbling experience that is accomplished through the spirt. It is not something that "I" personally do.

Sorry if that offends.

South Jordan, UT

Thank you Vai for sharing. This article was especially moving. I hope you see Scott again in a few years as a RM on a flight! You gave him a sweet taste of missionary work he'll long remember!

Sandy, UT

Great story! It takes about four positive encounters for an average "contact" to be able to accept an invitation to learn more. Most often we're just an encounter, but a necessary part of this process. I wish I had more courage to encounter people.

Moss, Norway

This was a joy to read. Reminds me of the time I was sitting on the train on my way to work one morning. I pulled out my Book of Mormon and began reading. I noticed the glance I got from the man sitting across from me. He studied me for about five seconds, and without a word reached into his bag, pulled out his Bible and started reading.

I'd like to think I paved the way for a little spirituality that day:)

Salt Lake City, UT

If Allison is at medical school in Hershey, then she definitely knows some Mormons.

Orem, UT

Love it Vai. I love sharing the gospel. And I love the stories about those who share it as well. Knowing one's duty to God is loving God.
Blogging is awesome and even more awesome when its about such inspiring stories!

Lovell, WY

Great article! Thanks Vai for your great viewpoint!

Just Thinking II
Roseville, CA

what l like about Vai´s stories is they are him. that is his nature. l loved him as a sports figure. but l love him more as a man of God and his influance on young men. this story is a prime example of that. the young man was scared to death. but did as he was told and he will never forget the experience. l remeber going out with my dad and watching him take a pack of cigarettes from a non-member. l thought for sure the man was going to kill us. but l watched the skill of my father as a missionary and the Holy Ghost. l later used those same skills on my mission. a man was taught the gospel, was baptized became a bishop, a stake president, and is now a sealer in the temple. all because of an experience l had as a 12 year old boy. my dad was never anything in the church but a humble followerer of Christ. but out of small things great things happen. thank you again Vai.

SJ Bobkins
Gilbert, AZ

Does your mother know she gave birth to one of the very best writers of inspirational stories, living upon this earth?

Athens, GA

Thanks for the great article! I often feel the same way when I fly into Salt Lake a couple times a year. I always hope to see a missionary coming home and it always makes me cry. I also love crossing paths with missionaries coming and going, they are always excited whichever direction they are going and it is a blessing to spend a few minutes talking with them and feeling the spirit they have with them. What have been my favorite experiences though have been flying out of Atlanta and talking with soon to be missionaries going to the MTC. Because of my work in CES, I know the names of most of the youth in the Atl area. It is so fun to recognize a young man (or woman's) name and be able to say "oh you are in the ___ stake and you are so and so's son." The huge smile I get is wonderful!

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