So this week we worked exceptionally well this week. It was partly due to us working harder, e.g. Talking to more people, setting up for members to come with us, knocking on neighbors doors to hear if they were interested in learning about the gospel, etc. However, I would attribute most of our success this week to the hand of the Lord. We've been working hard lately and dropping a lot of our investigators and doing our best to carry out our carefully planned out days. We were starting to see some success and have found that many of the investigators that we found were quite interested in the message we had to share. Some we were able to set on date, and others who are willing to learn more. It hasn't come without a price though, this weekend was really trying for us in that we had someone on the phone calling us all sorts of bad things, just because I misdialed the number, and being so drained emotionally, mentally, physically, and to a degree spiritually as well. We were worn out big time by the time Sunday came around. It was a wonderful week regardless.
I have noticed that in my mission it comes down to just a few simple things. The qualifications are as such:
- A desire to serve with a willing mind
- Faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ
- Diligence and patience
- And above all, Charity
There are countless others such as humility, but when it comes down to it. If we can truly dedicate ourselves to serve others and invite them to come unto Christ, there will be great happiness in the field and success, according to the will and circumstances of the Lord.
There was a great scripture shared in sacrament meeting when they were reorganizing the new bishopric in the Switzer Canyon Ward D&C 64:32 "But all things must come to pass in their time.
33 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
34 Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days."
So let us trust in the Lord's will and truly seek it out in our lives. Life is short, so let's not take a long time trying to figure out what He has provided for us and requires of us. And I share these things, thanks to the wonderful revelation I have received as I have shared this, in His name, even Jesus Christ. Amen.
🌅 Elder Nathan Benson 🌅
I don't think I have ever been in the hospital or have given nearly as many blessings as I have in the past 5 weeks that I have been here in Flagstaff. (Well the hospital is in our area... And a lot of members ask for us... And many of them are Native American from the reservations...)