Young Girl Teaches Bus Passenger the Articles of Faith
Thomas S. Monson shared the following story of his friend, Sharman Hummel, who joins church in part because of a young girl's basic knowledge of the church.
Forty-five years ago I worked with a man named Sharman Hummel in the printing business in Salt Lake City. I once gave him a ride home from work and asked him how he came to receive his testimony of the gospel.
He responded, "We lived in the East. I was journeying by bus to San Francisco to establish myself in a new printing company, and then I was going to send for my wife and children. All the way from New York City to Salt Lake City the bus trip was uneventful. But in Salt Lake City a young girl entered the bus—a Primary girl—who sat next to me. She was going to Reno, Nevada, there to have a visit with her aunt. As we journeyed westward, I noticed a billboard: 'Visit the Mormon Sunday School this week.'
"I said to the little girl, 'I guess there are a lot of Mormons in Utah, aren't there?'
"She replied, 'Yes, sir.'
"Then I said to her, 'Are you a Mormon?'
"Again her reply: 'Yes, sir.'"
Sharman Hummell then asked, "What do Mormons believe?" And that little girl recited the first article of faith; then she talked about it. Continuing, she gave him the second article of faith and talked about it. Then she gave him the third and the fourth and the fifth and the sixth and all of the Articles of Faith and talked about all of them. She knew them consecutively.
Sharman Hummel said, "When we got to Reno, and we let that little girl off into the arms of her aunt, I was profoundly impressed."
He said, "All the way to San Francisco I thought, 'What is it that prompts that little girl to know her doctrine so well?' When I arrived in San Francisco, the very first thing I did," said Sharman, "was to look through the yellow pages for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I called the mission president, and he sent two missionaries to where I was staying. I became a member of the Church, my wife became a member, all of our children became members, in part because a Primary girl knew her Articles of Faith."
Thomas S. Monson, "Examples of Great Teachers", Ensign Magazine, June 2007