May 19, 2014
Hello hello everyone!
I hope your day is going well and everything is awesome! First off: Transfers! Sister Hall and I are staying together another transfer in Ellsworth! YAY! But, sadly, everyone else in our district is changing. Elder Martineau, Elder Smith, Elder Millis and Sister Bateman are all being transferred. We sure will miss them!
This week wasn’t SUPER exciting. The area has been moving quite a bit slower than we’d like. We’ve been cleaning out our investigators for a while now because a lot of them are more interested in having someone visit them than in learning about the Gospel. Which is not our purpose. We are there to teach the Gospel and help others come closer to Christ. That’s why we’re missionaries. So yeah. We’re trying to find new investigators who sincerely want to learn. By the way, we knocked on someone’s door yesterday and they totally slammed it in our face with the rude comment of: “We’re all set. It’s Sunday at dinner time.” Can I ask a favor of all of you? I know I’ve said it before, but if someone comes to your door and you’re not really interested, especially if they’re being nice and haven’t said anything more than a pleasant, “Hi, how are you?”, just say answer the question and say something like “I’m not really interested. But I hope you have a good day!” Wait a minute to see if they’re about to say something else or if they’re in the middle of saying something BEFORE you shut the door, and then smile and THEN shut the door nicely. As far as missionaries go, we won’t be offended if you say you’re not interested. We were simply just wondering because we know that what we have is precious and so important to us that we want to share it with everyone. There’s no need to be rude about it. We’re just people who are trying to do what the Lord has asked of us. So. If all of you could do that, especially if you’re not interested, that would be fantastic. 🙂
Anyway! We did get a new investigator this week named Doris! She’s super cute and was quite excited about the Book of Mormon! We love when people are excited about the Book of Mormon because it means that they don’t think we’re crazy! Usually. Hooray! We’re excited to teach her. But sadly, we won’t see her again until June 5. She’s kind of busy.
Remember Bobby? Well. We didn’t see him this week. He wasn’t there when we showed up for our appointment. Sad. BUT! We were walking to try to contact a potential, he saw us out his window and came out! So we talked to him, shared a message, and set up another appointment for Tuesday. He seems sincere and excited to learn, but definitely let us know he doesn’t want to be pushed. No worries there! That’s not our job. Our job is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel. It doesn’t say that our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel in two weeks. We can’t force them to do anything, so it’s completely up to them how fast they learn, if they want to learn at all. Don’t you just love agency? Sometimes it’s frustrating, but I love it because otherwise, it’s totally against God’s plan. 🙂
Okey dokey! So! I have something to share with you all! Something SWEET! It’s something from my personal studies over the past few days. Something called… PATIENCE! I’m not sure why I decided to study it, but I was reading Chapter 6 in Preach My Gospel, which is a chapter all about Christ-like Attributes. There are six of them in there, though there are more than just 6 attributes of Christ. I decided to study patience. Like, REALLY study it. So I’ve studied it for the best three or four days and I’m STILL not done. Not even halfway done. This is how I love to study – when it takes forever, because it usually means I’m getting something out of it.
So anyway, I first started out by thinking about what patience actually is. A lot of you might say that it’s learning to deal with things. I even said that. Not anymore. Patience is learning to endure trials, opposition, delay, etc WITHOUT even thinking of being upset or angry or anything negative like that. You learn to focus on Christ, even in the worst of times and realize that everything is in the Lord’s hands. A quote came to mind that I’ve seen just about everywhere: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” If you’re just sitting there, waiting for a storm (something bad) to pass, it generally means you’re dwelling on it, wishing it would be over, etc. If you learn to take it as it comes, see the bright side of things, learn to have fun with what you’ve been given, you have patience. That quote now means something completely different to me, and I love it!
I then started studying scriptures about patience. So far, the three I’ve looked at have all been in the Book of Mormon. If you’re not sure about whether or not that truly is scripture, bear with me, and see if you can’t learn something from what I studied. Then pray about it. 🙂 So I was reading in Mosiah 28:1-9. This is when the sons of Mosiah, who is a prophet and king, want to go out and teach the Lamanites, who are a group of people that are pretty sinful and awful. Verse two and three say about why they want to teach such a horrible group of people:
“That perhaps they might bring them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and convince them of the iniquity of their fathers; and that perhaps they might cure them of their hatred towards the Nephites, that they might also be brought to rejoice in the Lord their God, that they might become friendly to one another, and that there should be no more contentions in all the land which the Lord their God had given them. Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.”
While I was focusing on those verses, I asked the question, again, of what patience actually is. I went through each reason why they wanted to teach the Lamanites. With just about every single one of them, I realized that patience is humility – admitting you or someone you love or follow is wrong. Patience is love and charity, being rid of negativity. Patience is humility – realizing that there is someone bigger and more important than you. Patience is Charity and service – trying to help others learn patience. When I read on and think about king Mosiah and how he felt when the Lord told him to let his sons go to the land of the Lamanites, a pretty dangerous place, I found that patience is love, trust, faith and humility – submitting your will to God’s. You have to have patience with three groups – yourself, others around you, and the Lord. What do you learn about patience from those verses?
I continued studying a few other verses that continue the story of the sons of Mosiah. These next verses I’ll share talk about when the sons of Mosiah were feeling a little down about the work because it wasn’t going as well as they’d hoped.
Alma 17:10-11 says:
“And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his Spirit, and said unto them: Be comforted. And they were comforted. And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, they brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.”
Alma 26:27 says:
“Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.”
Now what do you learn about patience? I learned that patience is being obedient and submitting your will to God’s, trusting in Him, learning to have faith, humility and diligence, turning to the Lord and finding hope that He will provide a way to accomplish His will. The blessings I see in these verses from being patient are that we will be examples to others, we will be made an instrument in the Lord’s hands and we will find success. But we have to have patience and be obedient, diligent, faithful, humble, trusting, and willing to do what the Lord asks.
So what I’ve learned so far about patience, if I had to put it all in one word: Humility. Humility is another Christ-like attribute listed in Preach My Gospel. Humility is the opposite of pride. When we are prideful, we are thinking of ourselves and no one else. If we are impatient, we are thinking of ourselves and what we want. If we are humble, it’s a lot easier to be patient.
So, my challenge to you this week is to pray. Find out what you can do to learn patience. Study it in the scriptures and on lds.org or from other sources. Pick one thing about patience that you feel would help you develop it the most, and work on it. It will be an amazing blessing to each of you and it will be something you can apply every day of your life. Heavenly Father wants us to be happy and I know that it’s hard to be happy when we’re angry, frustrated, or whatever other negative feelings come from being impatient. So be patient and you will be happy. 🙂
Have a fabulous week!