President and Sister Checkett's both spoke about the Liahona and how we need to find our Liahona and use to it see success and become more obedient. Sister Nielsen taught us about the wheel and how it always needs to be in balance in order to move forward. She spoke about the five spokes on the wheel which are physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and mental, and then encouraged us to set goals in each of those categories and promised that we will see improvement.
The rest of the day was training given by Elder S. Gifford Nielsen and so basically we had a Seventy teach us all day about the Gospel, missionary work, things that we can do to improve as disciples, etc. There were so many awesome things that we got to discuss and learn from. He started off by having us share our favorite scriptures and taught that favorite scriptures bind us together. He then asked us why we were there, explained that we are our first and number one convert, and told us that we must never forget that.
He closed by saying that there is no failure in missionary work when you put forth effort and follow the scriptural mandate of your calling. If you do all that you can do and they choose to exercise their agency and reject the message, you have not failed. You did your job.
I think this helped me to see my calling as a missionary a little bit differently. It made me think of Lehi's Dream in the Book of Mormon. When you have partaken of the fruit and you know how incredible it tastes and how many blessings it brings, you want to share it with everybody! However, in many instances, the people you are trying to share that joy with reject it. It is in this instance that we must not be discouraged and continually press forward!
This past week I was really able to look back and set goals as to how I want to improve. It's crazy that 6 months ago today, I was set apart as a missionary. Looking back and also forward has helped me to see the missionary, disciple, and person I want to become in the future and I realize there is much that needs to change in order to reach that point. Every single day I can take a step forward to becoming even better, and that is the best part about personal conversion.
Love you heaps!
Word of the Week
- Frangipani, Plumeria
- 1 Thessalonians 2:4
"But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."
Heavenly Father has entrusted us with His Work and that is the greatness of our calling. Everyday, we need to choose if we want to live up to that calling and truly serve with all our heart, might, mind, and strength, or not. Sister Nielsen put it very simply. There's only two options in a choice, and we all know that we want to choose to serve.
Christmas Mission Picture
Elder Flake, Elder Nielson, and I
Bought a 9 Kilo (almost 20 pounds) Watermelon and Holy Wow it was Good!
Found this 1970's Edition Book of Mormon in our Flat from when David O. Mckay was Prophet