So I can´t believe I leave here in 3 days to go to Washington...that´s just CRAZY!!!!! It will be a culture shock considering I feel like (despite all the stress of trying to cram a new language into your head in 6 weeks) I live in the Garden of Eden, but I cannot wait nevertheless!!!!
This week has absolutely FLOWN by!! Not much happened out of the ordinary other than I got to talk to my family on Mother´s day for 30 minutes...which was GREAT. Crazy to hear their voices!! Hmmmmm....We have been packing up and getting ready to leave...bracing ourselves for the great goodbye...see you later...what ever you want to rationalize and call it...
I´ve been reflecting on my experience here at the CCM and it has really been a miracle and a ton of tender mercies. The Lord knew where I needed to be, when I needed to be there, and EXACTLY who I needed to be with. It´s been quite a rollercoaster the past 5 1/2 weeks, but I wouldn´t trade it for the world! This work is truly the Lord´s and is absolutely MARVELOUS!!
I have something I feel impressed to share with everyone, and I would ask that you all share it as you can.
My thoughts come from Matthew 9:37-38
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
I have been studying the Savior´s life and ministry in my personal study and came across this scripture and it hit my like a ton of bricks. I shared this with my family, and I want to share it all with you.
The harvest is truly plenteous. There are so many willing and ready to receive the gospel, but the laborers, us missionaries, are very, very few. I pray, as it says in verse 38, that the Lord of the harvest will send forth more laborers into the harvest--to put into the hearts of the members the desire to share those blessings of the gospel that they have with others.
As missionaries, we can´t do this work ourselves--we are almost completely dependent on members. Members are who aid in conversion. I used to think of the member-missionary relationship as such:
The members and missionaries together make up the success of a body. The missionaries are the blood and veins, and the members lend support by acting as the bones. In the past 5 weeks, I can tell you that I have learned this is NOT the case. It is, in fact, much the opposite. The MEMBERS are the blood and veins, and the missionaries just lend the support. The true blood and veins of missionary work comes from the members. Remember that. I have a duty as a missionary, and others have duties of members.
The missionaries need you. Heavenly Father´s children, YOUR brothers and sisters need you. We can´t do it without you. Please work with the missionaries and even on your own to help this marvelous work roll forth. The blessings for those you serve and your own family are innumerable. I promise.
And so this week, I leave you this challenge:
Share your testimony. Be a missionary.
Pray for opportunities to share. Offer the missionaries your serve.
The harvest is plenteous, and the laborers are few.
Come serve and help in His harvest.
I love being a missionary. Every day has it´s own trials, but when you hit the bed every night exhausted because you know you have done all you can--there is no better feeling. I love my Savior and I love His work.