Our Zone Training this week was on the purpose of missionary work and it was definitely a good reminder of our calling. President Kimball speaks about what happens when we as missionaries are set apart. In that blessing, not only are we given the authority to preach the Gospel, but we are also set apart from the world. However, it is up to you if you truly want to be set apart or not.
Just like understanding the message of the Restoration or gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon, living up to that setting apart comes over time too. In a way, you have to earn the blessings through diligent scripture study, sincere prayer, faith, and preparation.
I think a common discouragement for missionaries, myself included is that you'll instantly become a great missionary over night. I'll let you in on a little secret: nope, there's no special Wheaties cereal that missionaries eat every morning, their knowledge of the Gospel comes through diligent study, just like it does for any one in the world, member or non-member.
When you acknowledge this simple fact, you begin to see progression. In the past three months, my testimony of this Gospel has been strengthened in ways I couldn't even imagine being possible and I've truly been able to feel the love that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for all of us. Oh how great that love is.
Yesterday, my second transfer in the field came to a close. Today marks the beginning of my third transfer, and great potential lies ahead. It's up to Elder Lamipeti and I to seize the potential and with that, miracles and blessings will come.
The past couple of weeks, Elder Fields (some of you may know him as Kekoa) have been able to shoot a few emails back and forth. While talking about our respective missions and areas, the scripture Dad shared with me came to mind.
Alma 17:2 reads: "Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God."
Elder Fields and I have known each other since before we were even in Primary, so it has been very cool to see that over the years, we've still remained brothers in the Gospel, just like Alma and the sons of Mosiah.
A very good week lies ahead. All is well in the Harbord!
Love you heaps!
Words of the Week:
- Globe, Lightbulb
- Torch, Flashlight
- Petrol, Gasoline
- 3 Nephi 5:23"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life."
- This is a great missionary scripture, our commission is to declare His word, that gospel to all nations. We bring glad tidings to the people of North Sydney. However, everyone is a disciple. Especially during this Christmas season, I invite you to share the glad tidings, the good news with the people around you, and I promise that the blessings the Lord has in store for you will be so great, you shall not have room to receive them!
District P-Day Fun
Sydney Temple, Christmas Lights Tours
The BIG Lizards are Coming Out (jk it's fake)