I looked up the word Golden in the dictionary and found the following definition:
Of, relating to, made of, or containing gold.
Having the color of gold or a yellow color suggestive of gold.
Richness or splendor - Lustrous; radiant.
The following pictures are examples of these definitions:
A room full of bullion or gold bars.
But for missionaries serving as companions, the next few definitions found in my dictionary are far better than any of the previous ones.
Of the greatest value or importance; precious.
Very favorable or advantageous, excellent.
Marked by peace, having a promising future; seemingly assured of success.
All of our missionaries are searching and hoping to find investigators that fall under these definitions of Golden. When they are found, the investigators have a deep desire to learn more, they want to please God no matter what sacrifice is needed. They are meek, they are teachable, and above all else - they want the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. They want it for their children, and their ultimate goal is to be sealed as a family for all eternity in the Temple. They are precious, they are of great value, and their countenance is filled with peace.
Two of our Elders found their Golden investigators. They have been interviewed by President Tye and will be baptized next week. They were a little nervous about meeting with the President and admitted that they had been fasting and praying all day. They even showed up an hour early for their appointment and waited outside the closed, dark church building until we arrived . . . it was a privilege and honor to meet them. It was GOLDEN.