Shortly after finishing a missionary meeting in the heart of downtown Houston, I was transferred to a small Spanish branch in Beaumont, Texas and placed with my former MTC companion. We were extremely young in the mission field, and lacked many important missionary skills, but we both had a sincere desire to help hasten the work of salvation and baptize in our area. We started to focus on some of the part- member families in the branch and attempted to teach a young couple. The wife had served a mission. Her husband, Alex, had no interest whatsoever in the gospel. Many missionaries had previously attempted this seemingly impossible task over the years and yet he made absolutely no progress. He thought the missionaries were insane for having the religious beliefs that we shared with others.
My companion and I made an attempt to teach him, but every meeting turned instead into him making fun of us and our beliefs. We finally decided that the best course of action to help Alex would be to simply serve him. We began by performing many acts of service for him around the house and in the yard. If we heard he was doing chores, we showed up to help. If his wife told us something needed to be done, we were there.