The meeting started and President Uchtdorf presented their case to the one person who had authority to make it happen. After President Uchtdorf was finished, this person asked "Is your church headquartered in Salt Lake City?" He replied yes. Then this person told them that in preparation for their meeting, he had taken a trip with his family to the United States and had visited many of our large and famous cities including Salt Lake, and said that their visit to Salt Lake City was the highlight of their trip. They had visited Temple Square where two Sister Missionaries from Italy gave them a tour of the grounds and also a tour of the city. He said "Because of your presentation, but more because of the deep impression these two Italian missionaries had on me, I am prepared to grant you tax exempt status, on one condition." The church officials looked at each other with some uneasiness and said "And what would that one condition be?" "That you build a temple and a visitors center here in Italy." "I think we can agree to that!" (Another story of that meeting related here about 3/4ths of the way down)
Anyway, then President Funk shared these thoughts which touched me deeply - "That is the way the Lord works..." I'm sure that those humble missionaries didn't know they were going to have influence in that governmental meeting, and they surely they don't know the profound effect they ultimately had - not only tax exempt status for the Church in Italy, but a TEMPLE! And a visitor's center! Because of their righteous example, look at what was achieved! Their influence from that one day will have no end really in the work that will be done for many souls in the Rome Temple, but for the people from all over the world that will visit the grounds there. Just amazing and inspiring. I hope that I, like those missionaries, can be an influence for good, to build His kingdom and help further His work. Do all that you do with an eye single to his glory. We may never know in this life the influence we have, but if we are doing our best and trying to follow the Lord, He can and will use us.