You can bet he was quite surprised when he got extended the calling of new District President. He told me he really understood the scripture found in 1 Samuel 16: 7 "For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."
The Lord didn't care that he had come to his interview unshaven and casually dressed. He recognized the willing heart that my friend had - and the humility. The Lord knew that he would make a great District President and would love those people that he had been called to serve. As I think of my friend's experience, I am reminded of the prophet Enoch. Enoch was quite surprised when the Lord called him to prophecy and declare repentance to the people. The scriptures describe the people as having their hearts waxed hard, and their ears dull of hearing, and that their eyes cannot see afar off. Enoch describes himself as being a humble lad that was "slow of speech". He felt very inadequate and humbled by the request.
"The Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance." (Moses 6:32) I am amazed at how trusting in the Lord Enoch was. He accepted what the Lord taught him and went forth and began declaring repentance unto the people. He didn't let his inadequacy or possible disability stop him. He trusted fully in the Lord. Moses 7 describes Enoch as being a man of great faith. Starting with verse 13 "And so great was the faith of Enoch that he led the people of God, and their enemies came to battle against them; and he spake the word of the Lord, and the earth trembled, and the mountains fled, even according to his command; and the rivers of water were turned out of their course; and the roar of the lions was heard out of the wilderness; and all nations feared greatly, so powerful was the word of Enoch, and so great was the power of the language which God had given him.
14 There also came up a land out of the depth of the sea, and so great was the fear of the enemies of the people of God, that they fled and stood afar off and went upon the land which came up out of the depth of the sea.
16 ... The Lord came and dwelt with his people, and they dwelt in righteousness.
17 The fear of the Lord was upon all nations, so great was the glory of the Lord, which was upon his people. And the Lord blessed the land, and they were blessed upon the mountains, and upon the high places, and did flourish.
18 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.
19 And Enoch continued his preaching in righteousness unto the people of God. And it came to pass in his days, that he built a city that was called the City of Holiness, even Zion.
When the Lord calls us to do something that we feel unworthy or inadequate to perform we need to remember the story of Enoch. We need to trust like Enoch and have faith in God to know that he will qualify us for the work. Doctrine and Covenants 4: 3 teaches "If ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work." The power is within you. Whom God Calls, He Qualifies.