It’s true isn’t it? Then what else matters?

There I so many things that I’m going to miss out by going on a mission for eighteen months. I’m pretty sure I can’t continue my eating obsession with fry sauce, nutella, salt and vinegar chips, ice cream, pickles, and black pepper spits. I won’t have time for hour-long dance parties/concerts  all by myself in my room, let alone my kind of music isn’t really “mission appropriate.” I will miss my family. I will miss my friends and even those people at church I don’t really know. And oh my gosh I’m going to miss my family. I will miss Christmas twice being away from my family. All the birthdays, weddings, parties, and everything else.

So why am I doing this? Is it self-punishment? haha no.It’s not just for the amazing Mexican food I will soon get to enjoy, I’ll tell you that. It’s not because I’m not married or don’t have anything to do with my life either.

In one of my favorite talks, President Gordon B. Hinckley talks with a recent convert who is flying home to his family. It says:

"It's true, isn't it?  Then what else matters?"  ~Gordon B. Hinckley“I met a naval officer from a distant nation, a brilliant young man who had been brought to the United States for advanced training. Some of his associates in the United States Navy, whose behavior had attracted him, shared with him at his request their religious beliefs. He was not a Christian, but he was interested. They told him of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, who gave his life for all mankind. They told him of the appearance of God, the Eternal Father, and the resurrected Lord to the boy Joseph Smith. They spoke of modern prophets. They taught him the gospel of the Master. The Spirit touched his heart, and he was baptized.

He was introduced to me just before he was to return to his native land. We spoke of these things, and then I said: “Your people are not Christians. What will happen when you return home a Christian, and, more particularly, a Mormon Christian?”

His face clouded, and he replied, “My family will be disappointed. They may cast me out and regard me as dead. As for my future and my career, all opportunity may be foreclosed against me.”

I asked, “Are you willing to pay so great a price for the gospel?”

His dark eyes, moistened by tears, shone from his handsome brown face as he answered, “It’s true, isn’t it?”

Ashamed at having asked the question, I responded, “Yes, it’s true.”

To which he replied, “Then what else matters?””

I’m going because the church is true. This church, this gospel is true. We really do have a Heavenly Father that loves us more than we can ever imagine and hears our prayers. Christ really did suffer and die on that cross for our behalf, and Joseph Smith really did pray in order to find out which of all sects were true and then those two heavenly personages appeared too him. The scriptures are true. It is all true. Anything less, would not be worth putting 18 months of my life on hold. But missions are called of God, and we truly represent Christ as we preach the gospel to the world. Because this gospel is true, people need to know about it. They need to know how gospel blesses families and how families can be sealed together for eternity. They need to know they are never alone, and that Heavenly Father loves them and will help them through their trials in life.

February Come, Follow Me lesson handout. Moses 1:39. Scripture mastery verse.It is all too easy to take the gospel for granted. I know I do. But in reality, the gospel changes lives. We know this. And if you are anything like me, somehow you still are afraid of preaching the gospel, of being rejected, of being inadequate. But the truth is, preaching the gospel is the most important thing we can do. “For behold, this is my work and my glory–to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Moses 1:39  This is God’s work, and this is where he gets his glory–seeing his children come unto Christ and obtain eternal life.

Our purpose of missionaries is also to “invite others to come unto Christ”. This is our work–it is the work of the Lord.  And it is worth it. So serve the Lord with all of your might, mind, and strength–because you cannot fail.

“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!” D&C 18:10, 15-16

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Ogden Temple Openhouse

I had the opportunity yesterday of being able to go to the Ogden Temple openhouse! For all of you that have not yet had the chance to go, it is amazing! I believe it is the most beautiful temple I’ve got to see the inside of. Good thing I live so close to it! Watch out future husband out there, we gonna get married in THIS temple!…or St. George, Salt Lake, or San Diego. haha

I was going to post the pictures we took of up standing all cute outside the temple, but those pictures….were really….awkward. :S haha sorry!

And if any of you can’t make it to the Openhouse or afterwards go to the temple, want to figure out how to make a reservation, or are curious to how it looks like inside! Check out the post on it with official pictures (taken by the church) on mormonnewsroom.org right HERE!   (though trust me, it looks soooooo much better in person where you can feel the spirit and truly see the beauty of it!)

 

Missionary Plaque Scripture

Isaiah 41:10 KJV   Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaish 41.10

This is my missionary scripture. There is something in these words that touched my heart as I read them while going through all of the highlighted scriptures in my beat up quad in order to find the “perfect missionary plaque scripture.” I didn’t know this scripture well, but I felt impressed to choose this as my scripture rather than many other scriptures that I’ve come to know and cherish. Why? I am not perfectly sure, but somehow I know this is a scripture that I need to constantly remember throughout my mission.

A couple of Sunday’s ago, the closing song in relief Society was “How Firm a Foundation.” And suddenly I realized how familiar the scripture really was as we sung the third verse.

 

  • 1. How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord,
    Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
    What more can he say than to you he hath said,
    Who unto the Savior, who unto the Savior,
    Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?
  • 2. In ev’ry condition–in sickness, in health,
    In poverty’s vale or abounding in wealth,
    At home or abroad, on the land or the sea–
    As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand,
    As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.
  • 3. Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
    For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
    I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
    Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
    Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

 

One thing people constantly ask me is if I’m nervous yet. Thankfully, I am not. I feel like people think I should be, and maybe I should and maybe I will, but I am not worried. I feel both excitement and peace in serving a mission. I am not confident in my abilities, oh heck no. I’m not that great at teaching or scripture memorization, I am terrible at Spanish. In no way am I confident in my own abilities. But I am confident in my Father in Heaven.Where I falter, He will lift me up. And though I’m lost and clueless of what my mission has in store for me, He knows what to do and He knows the way.

“Fear not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”  This is His work, this is His gospel, and this is His plan. A mission will not be easy in the slightest. I know I will have trials and struggles bigger than I have ever experienced before; but it will also be filled with rich blessings and happiness as I preach the gospel and serve the people there. It is work, but it is a work that I will not ever regret.

“Hard times will be there, but so will Christ.” –Al Fox.  I have a Father in Heaven who loves me more than I can even attempt to comprehend. So why should I fear?

Should I fear failure? Should I become dismayed when I do not know the language, the work is hard and seemingly unrewarding, I feel alone and far away from home, and I feel like no matter what I do and how hard I try things just don’t go right? Easier said than done, but I have no reason to.

General Conference 2013I love the quote by Elder Ballard, “It is impossible to fail when you do your best and when you are on the Lord’s errand.” Do your best, that is all that we can ever do. But we’ve also been promised that that is enough. The Lord will strengthen and help us. “It is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength…it is expedient that he should be diligent” Mosiah 4:27

What we need to have is faith. Because I have faith I have no need to be worried, to be afraid. “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” Ether 12:27

Faithful

As I have said before, in no way do I feel confident in my teaching abilities, scripture skills, or any ability to speak Spanish at all. I can’t roll my “r”s or have even a semi-convincing Spanish accent, so I may be a gringa forever, but one thing I do got is faith in the Lord, a testimony to share, and the determination to “go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.” Ne 3:7

 

 

 

ESPAÑOL

I’m in a love/hate relationship with practicing Spanish. I’d like to start with how grateful I am to be learning the Spanish, especially instead of I don’t know Japanese or anything else! Spanish just makes sense to me. But those 2 years of Spanish I took in high school? Gone. No hablo espanol. So I put together all of my old spanish notes and stole my little brother’s spanish 1A class notes and hit the books! But starting over at the beginning re-learning everything is frustrating….I’ll just leave it at that! 🙂

In this process, a few things I’ve found helpful is a Duolingo app! It’s totally free, and kind of fun! Muy divertido! 😀  For my birthday I got a mini Predicad mi Evangelico (Preach my Gospel) and the hymnos (hymal), plus I have a Spanish BOM! Because duolingo just doesn’t really make the cut in religious terminology. Duolingo is more “los gatos beben leche en la manana.” Yeeaaaaahh…..

So here is a lil list of my favorite Spanish study resources!

Spanish PMG:  I highly recommend buying a mini one of these before you get to the MTC! It is pretty much all the terminology and phrases you NEED to know once you get out into the mission field. Plus It is TONS easier to read and simpler than reading straight from the Spanish Book of Mormon.

Spanish Hymn book and CDS: You already know the music and the lyrics, so it makes it that much easier to understand the Spanish version!

Duolingo: If you haven’t tried this out yet, and you need to know the basics, this is the best!!

My Mission Language: This is ran through BYU, and it is specific to learning things like “how to say a prayer” and “how to testify” in spanish. You need a lds account in order to log in though! (And this my just be my opinion, but it is very boring)

Espanol Notas: The condensed version of everything you learned in jr high spanish 1 class! I created this PDF file so it is all in one place if anyone needs a place to start! It’s not super extensive and not all the way completed, but it still helps me a ton!