As a missionary I have a missionary companion, which is just the person I go and share the gospel with. "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." D&C 2:28 Over the last 9 months I have had several different missionary companions. As I serve with each of them friendships are made.
"Real friends share the gospel—the living of it and the loving of it. No stronger bond nor higher compliment can be given from one friend to another." Real Friendship, Elder Holland
I have grown to love each one of these sisters, for we truly are sisters in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a great opportunity to be able to spend time with these women and get to know them and to share the gospel together.
"I think in all of us there is a profound longing for friendship, a deep yearning for the satisfaction and security that close and lasting relationships can give. Perhaps one reason the scriptures make little specific mention of the principle of friendship is because it should be manifest quite naturally as we live the gospel." Friendship: A Gospel Principle, Marlin K Jensen
We each must be a friend. "In order to have a friend you have to be a friend." I am grateful for those in my life who were a friend to me. I am grateful for the friendships that have been made and rooted in the Gospel.