Let's start off by talking about "the situation of the
week", this Sunday the Warrington ward came to Church with us in St.
Helen's because there chapel was being used for something and so we had
twice the amount of people, which is quite a lot of people. We had also
arranged for our Slovakian investigator to come to Church but the
conditions were that we had to pick him up at about 12:00 from his
Church, so Elder Lamb and I needed to do something because we were also
by chance teaching the Gospel Principles class as well, so I had to
teach it on my own. It was a little tough, I mean when you get set apart
as a missionary you lose all fear for anything, that includes crowds or
any manner of awkward situation that might arise, and so I had to teach
a whole class by myself, I coped pretty well, if I have to say so
myself... to start off I like to get to know my class, so we shared
"random facts" about ourselves. One woman said "I have a condition where
I'm always tired, I have something always on my mind, sometimes I can't
go to sleep at night because I think about a lot, I over think things"
to which I replied "wow, that's interesting, so do I! It's called being a
I wouldn't trade being a missionary for the world! One of the most
joyous feelings is when it's 10:30pm and we go to bed, and just the mere
thoughts of "how can I best help _____?", or in the words of Jacob 5:41
"And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept, and said unto
the servant: What could I have done more for my vineyard?" "What more
could I have done today?" As a missionary my personality has really
developed quite significantly, it's changed into an attitude of constant
self evaluation, "What could I have done more?", there are always
things that we can do to improve, there are always moments and
situations we could have handled more effectively, there are always
times where we could have run further than we have strength. I'm
reminded of a song "To dream the impossible dream, To fight the
unbeatable foe... this is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how
hopeless, no matter how far" Our roads to self- mastery all differ there
are some temptations and trials that I will face that perhaps you might
not. However, sometimes Sin might now be a form of a sin of commission,
but perhaps a sin of omission.
My greatest fear as a missionary, is that Heavenly Father has placed
someone who I am supposed to find, who I am supposed to teach and
baptize, but somehow through my human frailties, perhaps through my
weakness and my inability to run faster than is required, I miss out on
that opportunity, and consequently that person misses there opportunity
and so there future children miss there opportunity and so on, that is
truly the reason why I run. But however we need to remember the words
spoken in Ether 12:27 "And
if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto
men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all
men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves
before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become
strong unto them." I love being a missionary!
We taught him and he even came to Church this weekend as well, he met
the Bishop and was invited around for dinner at a member home already
and it is his first Sunday visiting the St. Helen's ward... isn't that
wonderful? The ward here in St. Helens really is supportive, I love it!
Another great lesson I've learn't as a missionary is sometimes the
High Priest group leader says "temple, temple, temple" the Elder Quorum
President says "home teaching, home teaching, home teaching" the Relief
Society President says "Visiting Teaching, Visiting Teaching, Visiting
Teaching", the Bishop says "Read and Pray, Read and Pray, Read and Pray"
and the Ward Mission Leader says "Missionary work, Missionary Work,
Missionary work"... they all approach it from different angles thinking
that one is more important than the next, but truthfully they are all as
equally important, it is one great work, there are not many different
ways to the Celestial Kingdom but only one, which requires us to engage
in all of the work, including going to the temple and missionary work...
they are one in the same.
I love looking back at who I used to be, try it this week, my
thought provoking question for the week is: "What are the top 5
Christlike attributes you have been able to develop in the past 12
I love you all!