Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Take life a day at a time

Immediate needs.

It was a regular Sunday. It was one of those days where everything you are thinking about comes to you all at once hitting you at full speed. That small voice bringing everything you need to hear in order to feel peaceful. I love when this happens, and often it does.
I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on the reason why I chose to serve a 2-year voluntary mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and let me tell ya, there were a lot of reasons why I felt I could choose to go home. There were things that I could be doing, things I gave up, but to ultimately come to the conclusion of feeling good about leaving it all behind and wanting nothing else but continuing my mission. Serving others in countless ways possible and sharing with them what has meant the most to me in my life and how the people I serve can come to enjoy the same things only in their ways and lives.
I had an experience a while back when a companion and I were dinning with a family that really confirmed what I had been thinking about during a sacrament meeting on that very same Sunday. From what I can remember him saying, (I had nothing to write this on at the time) said that he had an experience with someone else about how he was tired of the "Mormon" missionaries coming by to his house. To make it brief and to the point, he told him that he happened to be a "Mormon" himself and that the missionaries wouldn't be coming by if they didn't care about you and knew that what we had to share was true.
When he said that there, he really left me thinking. I can still remember like it was yesterday even though it has now been around 6 years now, feeling that very same way when missionaries were coming by my family to visit with us and to share the message I am now sharing. I have to admit, it's a true blessing to pay that back. I knew my family was important to them at the time because I knew they cared for us and only wanted us to accept their invitation. So a quick little thing that I've learned is that people won't care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.
That's my drive, to give the same back to other families the same thing they offered and gave mine. I embrace every opportunity to let them know who they really are and that they are important & choice children on our Heavenly Father.
So there I was, having all of this coming at me all at once. Before this meeting, I had set a goal to better apply my purpose as a missionary and regular member of this church with the same motive. And did I get my answer. Ha. Moroni, the son of Mormon, in the Book of Mormon explains that, "their meetings were conducted...after the manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the power of the Holy Ghost" Moroni 6:9. So me bringing a question to that sacrament meeting allowed me to receive the answers I was looking for, through the workings of the spirit.(Galatians 5:23-23) Same applies to you, your answers come through the way you know how to feel the spirit.
Today, I am serving a two year voluntary mission, 1 of 85,000 serving all around the world, helping fulfill Jesus Christ's purpose in taking his Gospel of Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End to all the world. (Mathew 24:14) It truly is a message of joy and happiness! Often times you may feel that it is bothering to have a missionary in person, online, or whatever the case trying to teach you about this message we share. Know that we share it not just to share it with you, but that because he or she sharing it with you cares about you. Wouldn't a message that is good and brings you joy & happiness motivate you to share that with people who are important to you as well? There's a reason and purpose why I chose to give 2 years of my life to the work and purpose of the Savior, "For behold this is my work and my glory-to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."
We are about this work of salvation and taking his Gospel to all people and I know it to be true just as well as I know that I live.