“In Nigeria, the New Face of Global Mormonism” is a Seattle Time story about the Church in Nigeria. It begins by discussing the joy and other changes brought into the life of a man who is now a faithful Latter-day Saint. Very positive.
This has been my experience in so many cases. Those who gain their testimony of the Restored Gospel and become active members tend to make many positive changes in their lives, have stronger families, and find more personal joy. It was so dramatic for me on my mission to see the changes that came to people’s lives from the message we brought. And I’ve seen those kind of changes many times since. The influence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on people can be so dramatic and so positive.
I’m very sorry for those who have different experiences and don’t find the joy that the Gospel tends to bring. May we all remember that we play a role in the experience that others have. Our kindness, our patience, our tolerance for weakness, our support in times of trial, can help others know and feel that they are part of a community grounded in the joy of Christ. Our bad behavior, on the other hand, can deprive others of those blessings – or make it harder for them to be realized.