I didn't hear a Beyoncé song. I didn't eat a taco... We just WORKED.
The morning was rough. I was so tired. We took the train up for district meeting, and on the way, Sister Veale was being a boss missionary, and talking to everyone. I was having a difficult time. 🏽 - but then district meeting came around. We talked about faith. We talked about Jesus Christ. And the Spirit was so strong. President Bingham sat in on our district meeting too! He shared the following quote:
"Paradoxical as it sounds, more diligence actually brings more relief. Any selfishness, on the other hand, magnifies our weariness. Selfishness not only shrinks the quantity of service we render but also provides none of the needed renewal....If living our religion can at times make us physically tired, not living it brings a worse weariness, a weariness more pervasive, dark, and constant." Elder Neal A. Maxwell “If Thou Endure It Well” 113-114
I know that this is true!
This quote helped me to realize that disobedience is a symptom of selfishness.
The more selfless we are, the freer we feel. I noticed this particularly after District meeting. Sister Veale and I left, and started talking to EVERYONE.
We were pretty hungry and tired, but as we rode the train and walked home, stopping to try and talk to more people, we both felt so Happy. We didn't feel hungry or tired anymore, we just wanted to keep going.
I noticed that I wasn't counting down the minutes until the day was over. I wasn't praying for strength to get through the night. No, I was anxious to talk to more people. We wanted to meet.that.goal! It all clicked for me that day. The power of goals, faith and hard work. My goal this transfer was to make the time count and not count the time. And the Lord showed me how to do that this past. I want to try and make every day, for the rest of my mission, like Wednesday, September 7th!
I felt the joy of missionary work. And I want to continue to feel that way. Obedience + hard work = pure joy.
This week I've been studying chapter 6 in PMG, and specifically, faith in Jesus Christ.
It all began with 1Nephi 17:50-51! It stood out me very powerfully. It strengthened my faith. No wonder God chose Nephi to be a leader. He had the faith to make things happen. He exercised his faith, which allowed God to exercise His power.
I want my faith in Christ to be strengthened to the point in which I can testify as Nephi did that, "If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done."
I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers the prayers of His children, and that He exercises His power in the lives of those who exercise Faith!
I love that.
I'm looking forward to what this week will bring.
I want to invite you all to share the gospel this week. With a family member, a neighbor, a friend, or/and a stranger. Anyone & everyone. I know that as we strive to do the Lord's work, we will be happy. We're all in this together! All of us are missionaries.