Friday, August 20, 2010
"The Best Thing I Have Ever Done In My Life!!!"
Aug 19, 2010
I can't believe how quickly time is passing! Yesterday I got my "trunky papers." :( Anyone who served a mission know what those are (departure papers). Personally, I think it is way too soon for that! I still have three more months left!!!! The mission is seriously the best thing I have ever done in my life! I know without a doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's church on the earth today! I am so happy that I can be here spreading this wonderful news with the whole world! Literally. We are teaching people right now from India, Zimbawe, California, New York, Ohio, Florida, Liberia, and South Africa... just to name a few. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings so much happiness into my life and many others. I am grateful to share this message with others!
I love you all so much!
p.s.I found this on mormon.org and I love it!
Imagine you found a cure for cancer. How urgently would you spread the news of your discovery? Who would you tell? The gospel of Jesus Christ is the cure for so many of life’s ills that Mormons want to share the good news of eternal life with the same urgency.
The Lord’s Church has always been a missionary church. Jesus Christ’s life was the perfect example of missionary work. During His ministry on earth, he taught the gospel at all times, in all places, and to all kinds of people. Jesus taught the educated men in the temple, the sinners, the faithful and the unbelieving. He also called apostles and other disciples to preach the gospel so more people could hear about the blessings of righteous living. Most of their preaching during Christ’s life was to their own people, the Jews. After Jesus was resurrected, He visited His apostles and sent them to preach to the gentiles. He commanded them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
Most of the Church’s missionaries are around twenty years old, though many members also volunteer to serve after they’ve retired. All prospective missionaries turn in applications to Church headquarters and one of the Twelve Apostles calls them to a specific mission around the world. They spend a few weeks in a training center where some of them learn a new language and all of them rigorously study and practice teaching the gospel. Then they set off to their assigned locations and begin their service. Missionaries’ lives are completely dedicated to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. They pay their own way and put off school, dating and work for two years in order to focus entirely on doing the Lord’s work.
A common morning for a missionary might consist of waking up at 6:30 a.m., studying the scriptures, and meeting new people to share the gospel with. The afternoon might include discussing gospel lessons with people they meet and volunteering for service in the community. A good night has them teaching the gospel to interested individuals and helping them learn and keep God’s commandments or attending a baptismal service for someone who’s decided to join the Church. They return home around 9:30 p.m. and fall into bed, usually exhausted and happy.
52,000 missionaries are currently serving in 350 missions around the world. They proselytize in every country where the government and political climate allow it. Many missionaries grow to love the areas in which they serve so much that they find it harder to come home after their missions are over than it was for them to leave in the first place.
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