Week 24: My Golden Truth

December 15, 2014

Good Morning! (Or afternoon or evening!)

Well, I just had my last week of my mission… it’s kind of crazy and a little unreal. But I am SO excited! And I’ll get into the reason why in a minute.
We got a ton of snow this week, but it was mixed with a lot of rain, too, so it’s kind of all washed away. I’m grateful to know that I can drive in the snow! And if I get stuck, I have a fantastic companion who will push me out! At least until tomorrow… Sister Crook is getting transferred to Lindon, Vermont and she’s going to be senior companion! She’s kind of nervous but she’ll be fantastic! πŸ™‚
Here is our wonderful district. They’re awesome, and a little crazy, and I’ll definitely miss them all, but they will do wonderful things during the rest of their missions!
Here is the Arnold family. Oh my goodness, I just love them! They’re super amazing and I’ll really miss them! Sister Arnold is a ward mission leader and they feed us every week. We’ve gotten pretty close with them and they are really sad for us to leave.
It has been so hard to say good-bye to all these wonderful people here in Lebanon. We have grown close over the past few months that I’ve been here and it has been such a privilege to serve in this amazing ward! There were some tears shed and lots of hugs at church yesterday. I think the hardest part is knowing that there aren’t any sisters coming into the area again. But I’m so thankful to know these people and be able to continue to communicate with them in so many different ways! Technology is awesome that way! πŸ™‚
Just for grins and giggles, here’s Sister Crook and I. We’re wondering how we were allowed to stay together for three transfers… Because we’re super crazy.

​And one more for grins and giggles. This is O’Rion. He’s a fantastic dog. We love him very much, as you can see by Sister Crook snuggling him! πŸ™‚

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Okay that’s enough fun for now! Haha just kidding, but I wanted to share something with all of you. When missionaries go home in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission, they share one golden truth they’ve learned on their mission. So here’s mine:
My Golden Truth that I’ve learned on mission that will change who I am forever is Moses 1:39. In that scripture, God says “For behold, this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” I’d like to change it to: “For behold, this is our work and our glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” These eternal truths are things that everyone needs to know and because I have that knowledge, and have been learning it throughout my whole life, I now know my purpose as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as a Daughter of my Heavenly Father: It is my responsibility, my duty, my privilege and my JOY to help the Lord bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of EVERY man – which means I’m helping others to come HOME. Because I know this, I will do EVERYTHING I can to bring as many souls to Christ as I can. I have a lot of years left in this life, and I will continue to be a full-time missionary, 24/7, every day of my life for the rest of my life. I may not be set apart as an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but because I have been baptized and because I have a testimony, I will always be a full-time member missionary. This is who I am. This is who I’m supposed to be. If I’m not focused on myself, I’m so much happier. I’ve found that when my life isn’t about me, I love it so much more!
I want to be my Father’s Daughter. I want to be like Christ – so unified with my Father that to know me is to know Him. To become one with God, you have to use your talents and gifts that He has given you. You have to magnify your callings that you receive throughout your life, wherever you are. Every time you receive a calling whether it be as a mother or father, wife or husband, daughter or son, ward music coordinator, bishop, visiting teacher, Relief Society president, Primary teacher, seminary teacher, full-time missionary… Whatever your calling is, no matter how many callings you have, whether you’re a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or not, you have that calling because that is where Heavenly Father needs you to be for that time, no matter how long or short it is. And because that’s where He needs you to be, you have to put everything into that calling that you can – use all of your time, talent and effort to consecrate it to the Lord. I want so much to bring others Home that I’m willing to give my life for it. Wherever the Lord needs me, I will go and do!
I have learned to serve and to love. I have learned the value of family. I’ve learned who my Savior and Father in Heaven are and how I can come closer to them. I’ve learned what the Gospel and Atonement of Jesus Christ truly are and why they’re important to me. Once you know these things, there’s no going back. You can’t go back to who you were before you knew it. You HAVE to keep moving forward. You can’t just stop, either. You have to keep moving. The Gospel changes you if you let it. My mission has changed me. It has made me a better person. It has shown me who I want and need to be. My mission has given me a great knowledge and vision of what I’m supposed to do throughout my whole life. I’ve come to see that there are two things besides my Savior and Heavenly Father that are the most important to me: First is my family. Being away from them and only being able to communicate through email and letters once a week and actually talking to them twice a year, I’ve come to realize how much I need to work on my relationships with them and what more I can do to be a better daughter, sister and friend, as well as what I can work on and prepare for for my future family.
The second thing that is most important to me is sharing the Gospel. The reason I’ve come so much to love the Gospel and sharing it with others is because I know how happy it makes me – without it I would be miserable and I wouldn’t be who I am today, nor do I think I’d ever become who I am today. The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps me to be better and points me towards my Savior. It frustrates me when people refuse to even listen to what this Gospel (and this Church!) is all about. It makes me sad – really, really sad, to the point of tears – when they won’t even give it a chance and they’re not open to changing themselves to come to know Christ more through His Gospel. Sometimes people think they know what we’re all about, but they didn’t take the time to go to the right sources, so all they hear are rumors and false doctrine. Even if people decided not to follow the things we teach once they’d heard it, I would still be sad, but at least they listened. At least they now have both sides to choose from and can make a fully informed decision based on truth, not rumors. All I want is for everyone to take the time to listen. But I don’t want them to do it for me, or for a loved one who is a member, or for anyone else but themselves and the Lord. I want them to sincerely want to know truth. If they don’t sincerely want to learn, there’s no point in teaching them because they can’t see why it would be good for them. They would be biased and then there’s no point in learning about it in the first place.
Elder Bednar gave a talk this last Conference that was specifically for people who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He’s explaining why members of the Church try so hard to share the Gospel. If you are not a member of the Church, I encourage you to read it, because he explains very clearly the reasons why I love to share the Gospel. Even if you are a member, it’s a fantastic talk to study.
All I want is for people to be happy, and I know that the thing that will make EVERYONE the happiest is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and following His teachings as best they can throughout their lives. This is something that is for everyone – it’s not just for me or for the lady next door. It’s not just for people who need a life change. It’s not just for those who struggle. It is for every single one of God’s Children. It is for YOU. It’s never too late to start, so if you’re searching for happiness – TRUE happiness – try out the Gospel. Ask questions and search yourself, the scriptures and the Lord for the answers you’re looking for.
I’ve always had this saying that I try to live by, even more-so now that I’ve learned all these things. It goes something like this: “I want to change the world and I’m going to start by changing someone’s life because if I can help them change their life, then I’ve changed the world for them.”
Someone once told a story about a little boy who was on the beach throwing star fish into the ocean. A man went and asked him what he was doing and why. The boy replied “The tide is going out and the sun is high in the sky. If I don’t throw them back, these star fish will die.” The man told him it was hopeless, that he’d never be able to make a difference. The boy looked at him, then silently bent down, picked up a star fish and threw it into the ocean. “It made a difference for that one.”
What kind of a difference are you making in the world? What more can you do to help others find happiness and peace? What do YOU do to find happiness and peace?
So that’s my goal in life: To change the world by bringing happiness to one person at a time, which means that I’m striving to work and help my Heavenly Father and my Savior ‘bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.’ No matter what my calling and no matter where I’m at, I will always strive my best to complete the Lord’s work in the way He would have me do it.
I love this Gospel. I love the Lord. I love the work that I’ve done for the past 18 months and I would never trade it for anything because it has taught me how to be me. I love it all and I hope that someday, everyone can feel the same way as I do, or even better!
Thank you everyone for all you’ve done throughout my life, throughout my mission for me and for my family. I hope to be able to see those of you in New England again sometime in my life. And I’m excited to see everyone back home again in a few days or maybe weeks!
Love always,
Sister Mayle
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