Missionary work is so much more than just going out and knocking on doors all day long. Surprising right?
When you think about missionaries you think about the two guys in white shirts and ties that ride bikes and knock on doors all day long. You NEVER think about two hours of studies in the morning. You don’t think about nightly planning sessions, you don’t think about the time spent planning lessons and planning out things weeks in advance. And you definitely do not think about all the meetings. Even members are shocked and surprised when we mention that we have meetings to attend, weekly, monthly and quarterly.
Now, what is the purpose of all these meetings? We learn so much from one another, that a good part of these meetings involve missionaries teaching one another, to help us become better missionaries and better teachers ourselves.
Sometimes the “trainings” (that is what it is called when a missionary teaches everyone at these meetings), are ones that have a profound impact on you, it really hits you, so much so that you want to share it with everyone.
Today we had one of those monthly meetings. It is called zone meeting. Now, the missions are very well organized (after all, the house of God is a house of order). There is the mission as a whole and the mission is then divided into smaller sections called zones. Our zone, Jax West, has about 19 sets of missionaries, which are further divided into 3, smaller, districts.
The very last training given was by one of our Zone Leaders. It was very short, as we only had about 5 minutes left, but it was the one that for me personally was the most powerful.
The training started out with a scripture, Mark 11:23:
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Now, we may not ever need to remove physical mountains, but there are figurative, spiritual mountains which we ALL need to remove. Things like pride, selfishness, fear, doubt, laziness, these are characteristics which are all very natural and human, but they are things that keep us from being like Christ.
Christ, who is our advocate with the Father, wants to have a relationship with us. He wants us to give up those human tendencies, to forsake those qualities and replace them with things like: humility, selflessness, confidence, faith, and charity (to just name a few). Christ wants us to live up to our divine potential as children of God. We have infinite potential, and infinite worth. We are the offspring of deity and as such have the capabilities of becoming like our divine parents. But to do that, we need to give up those things that are not divine, we need to conquer those mountains, and the way to do that is through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is our elder brother, he is the Son of God, the perfect example. We should strive to be like him and live as he did. It is through him that we are saved and are able to attain eternal life and exaltation. To follow Him, to truly be able to say that we know him and follow him and love him, we need to develop our own relationship with him
How can we do that? Well, we have the scriptures. We are able to read about Christ in the Old and New Testament and in the Book of Mormon. As we study the scriptures we learn of Christ, his teachings, his character and come to be able to know who he is and the role he plays in our life.
Next, we need to pray. We pray to our Father in Heaven in Christ’s name, aligning our will to God’s. Talking with God as we would a friend, confiding and counseling with him. We need to make God a part of our lives.
Then, we need humility, we need to admit and recognize the need for changes to be made
and finally we need to Ask for the help and strength to make the changes necessary to align our will with God, to come closer to Christ and gain a vision of what the Lord has in store for us.
Ultimately, as we do all of these things we will gain one of the most important yet priceless things: a relationship with Jesus Christ
As we develop and strengthen that relationship we will find the faith to move those mountains, the things that we struggle with, we will be able to over come, but only through and with Christ are we able to do so.
Of these things I testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen