Another awesome week in Westminster. I just wanna say, we are working hard and the Lord is really blessing people around us. He is really helping us to be fruitful. Even though I’m dragging because the allergies and the allergy medicines.
We have been running around everywhere like crazy people, we had a ton of stuff to work on with people in our zone (like emergency transfers… those aren’t fun) but they have to be done sometimes and the Lord knows what’s best and things appear to be working out the way they should.
Me, Elder Brown and Sister Ellis (we live with her)
We also got to do a Q&A for the stake mission prep class in the Westminster Stake. Their mission prep class is HUGE! But they had some really good questions. Something I’ve learned and was able to share was that Baptisms are not a blessing for missionaries. Baptisms are a blessing for the person being baptized. The blessings of missionary work is being an instrument in the Lord’s hands in helping that process come to pass (the Work of Salvation).
“11 For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.12 And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance. 13 And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth! 14 Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people.15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! 16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!”
Take note: “if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me…” It is possible for that to happen.
Baptisms are not for you as a missionary but Baptisms is what we strive for, It is our purpose as missionaries. PMG says, “Your Purpose
Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.”
In the end missionary work is not a selfish task, Missionary work is to bless the lives of those we serve. To help others to receive the Joy of the Lord. We must be careful to never turn inward to ourselves or compare ourselves to others or aspire to our will rather than the Lord’s. To any Future missionaries, work hard, pray hard and love every second of it, and the Lord’s blessings will come and enable you to do His work His way.
So I have a really awesome experience to share. We met a guy this week named Gene. He’s in his 70’s and is in pretty bad shape, he has been blind his whole life. But he was a referral from Salt Lake. His friend some years ago read him the entire Book of Mormon. He says it’s his favorite history book haha. He loves it. So when we went over We read to him Joseph Smith History, the account of the first vision. This man has such child like faith and believes it all. He said he knew because of the holy spirit. He wants to be baptized and came to church his week. He wants to wait for his friend to get out of her medical situation so they can get married and she can be at her baptism. He is truly a miracle. The Lord has really blessed his life and I have no doubt he will be baptized and one day see the Lord with his own eyes.
I love the work, I love the Lord he strengthens me and shows me the way every day. Because of Christ I feel the love God has for me and each one of his children every day.
Love you all,