It’s another blustery day in St. George, as Winnie the Pooh would say. But seriously, it has been so windy here! It’s been ridiculous. Last Sunday, while working in our area and heading to church, the wind nearly blew us away! We were struggling to walk down the street and the dust whipping around into our eyes (ouch!) was pretty intense. And it rained here and there a little. And poured at one point. It’s been a blast! I love St. George in the Spring!
If I thought we were busy when we were covering 7 congregations, well…seven is nothing, now that we have 14. We love how much work we are getting to do! We never have a chance to even think the word ‘bored,’ let alone feel bored. It’s the best blessing!
This last Sunday we had the chance to speak in a Young Men/Young Women combined class in one of our wards. It was a fun opportunity. We were asked to talk about how they can be missionaries now. We boiled it down to five things. So, all you youth that are reading this, (Is anyone actually reading this? haha), listen to this! Actually, HEY!! EVERYONE, listen to this!!
5 Things You Can Do to Be a Missionary Now:
- Be a friend. Seriously, the best way to be a missionary is to be a friend. I heard a story at the beginning of my mission about a woman whose interest in the church was sparked simply by being around a friend of hers who didn’t hide what she believed. She lived it, she loved it, she shared it. Not in a “Hey you, you have to join my church or you won’t be living right!” way. That’s just silly and wrong. But in a “Hey, this means a lot to me, I love you, and I’m going to share it with you because you’re important to me,” way. If that makes sense. Just be a great friend! That should, honestly, be common sense. We all need friends. In John 15:15, the Savior even speaks of the importance of friendship, speaking of our friendship with Him. He said,
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
We are called the Savior’s friends because He makes known unto us what His purposes are; what’s important to Him; why He loves us; how He wishes us to show Him love. Just as the Savior calls us friends, we should call those around us friends. Love one another. Be a good neighbor. Offer service. Lend a helping hand. Send a smile. Set an example. Be humble. Learn from everyone. Just be good to one another!
- Study the Scriptures. When I was preparing for my mission, my stake president asked me what I thought the youth of the church needed most in order to respond to this hastening, lowering of the age, and outpouring and increase in the missionary force. I said after a few minutes of thought, “A love of the scriptures, earlier on in their life.”
It’s the truth! The scriptures are the best. Seriously. I wrote about the scriptures in an earlier post; about how awesome they are. I said:
“If you are preparing for a full-time mission, a part-time mission, marriage, college, a new job, a new baby, grand children, great grand-children, or just life in general, learn to love the scriptures. The stories told in the Bible and Book of Mormon are all-at-once classic and wondrous. There are battles, love stories, visions and dreams, kings and queens, daring escapes, sibling rivalries, blood, sweat, and tears, drama, intrigue, spies, quotes you can put up in vinyl on your kitchen walls, and most importantly, Jesus Christ. They’re really just about the coolest books ever. Let’s be honest.
“So, if you haven’t ever read the Book of Mormon, or it’s just been a while, or it’s just been a few days or hours, I invite you to read it. Read it and talk to God about it. Don’t take my word for it. Take His. I love it, if you haven’t figured that out already, and I know that you could love it, too. It has changed my life and it has made me happier than any other book. I invite you to read what could become your favorite book of all time. It’s definitely my favorite.”
In another sense, studying the scriptures is essential to missionary work. In Doctrine and Covenants 11:21, we are instructed to:
“Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.”
When we study and “obtain” the word of God, we will have them stored in our hearts and minds so that we can call upon them and share them when the time comes.
Ok, ALSO, consider this: John 5:39,
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Boom. 🙂 Study the scripture! Treasure up the words of life!
3. Share by the Spirit John 14:26,
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
You may not always feel like you know what to say when, and to whom, but the Spirit does. Trust in that. 🙂
4. Seek God’s Help Pray, pray, pray, and when your knees start to hurt, pray some more. And then get up and go! In a conference address a little while ago, Elder S. Gifford Nielson said,
“First, specifically pray to bring someone closer to the Savior and His gospel every day. You could do this by seeing all people as sons and daughters of God helping each other on their journey home. Think of the new friends you would make.”
Hey look! Friends! 🙂
5. Prepare for a Mission Preparing doesn’t mean you have to go. It just means you are prepared to go. Preparing for a mission is preparing for the temple and preparing for the temple is preparing for life and for life eternal. You won’t regret it. That’s a promise.
To the leaders of those programs in the respective wards throughout the church, I have this to say: I salute you. That is all.
Ok, sorry. I didn’t mean to get carried away, I just really wanted to share that. 🙂 I love you all so much! Look for the Lord’s hand in your life every day. It is there, I promise. Look for ways to share your light, your faith, your friendship, and your testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A testimony is gained in the bearing of it.
There are miracles here, every day. I wish I had time to write them all down for you! Just rest assured that I love where I am, what I’m doing, and everything that goes along with it. I LOVE my mission!
Happy everything and Happy April!
Much love and rice and beans,
P.S. It’s April Fools Day. Be nice to each other.