00786_000_026Adapted from Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball Jr., Spencer W. Kimball (1977), 68–71; Francis M. Gibbons, Spencer W. Kimball: Resolute Disciple, Prophet of God (1995), 41–43; and Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball (2006), xix.
The Power of Example
When Spencer decided to serve a mission, he moved away for the summer to work at a dairy to earn money.
Spencer: The work is hard. Our hands bleed. But I don’t shy away from work!
At the dairy, Spencer became friends with a returned missionary. While on long walks in the Arizona hills, they discussed missionary work and gospel subjects.
Friend: We have so much to be grateful for. Let’s get down on our knees and thank the Lord.
Friend: You can pray anywhere.
Not everyone in town liked members of the Church.
Man: Are you all right?
Spencer: Two workers from the dairy attacked me. I’m glad you found me.
But Spencer and his friends had earned the respect of many—including their cigar-smoking boss.
Boss: The Mormons seem like decent people. I’ll have no troublemakers here. You two are fired.
When Spencer left for his mission, his boss threw a party. All the employees attended. Spencer had made a good impression on everyone.
Boss: We want you to have this gold watch.
Spencer: I’m touched that you would give me such a valuable and useful gift.
These experiences prepared Spencer W. Kimball to be a good missionary.