February 1, 2014
Our President is a fan of conference calls. He used them for years in his business and has made them part of his tenure of president of the SCCM. Once a month, we all call in to the same phone number, but in a code and listen to the APs, the Sister Training Leaders, President and Sister Holm, and every once in a while, a special guest.
February 1st, we had a special guest. Sister Johnson, wife of a member of a Stake Presidency in our mission, talked to us about the mission she served several years ago. She said that first of all, a mission is NOT all fun and games! Missionaries tend to share only the fun, spiritual and uplifting parts of their missions. They don't tell about the rejection, the sadness and discouragement. Then when WE are sad or feel rejected and discouraged, we think it's a personal thing. And we feel like WE are not doing it right.
She said that missionaries should share their ups AND downs with their companions and their leaders. We are all in the same boat, and the Savior is on our side. With HIM on our side, how can we fail?
She said that we should appreciate the fact that we work had and that we are obedient. That counts for a lot. We may not baptize the most people, but perhaps we touch people's hearts when we don't even realize it. We need to trust that The Lord is using us in His own way. I really liked that line. Our ways are NOT God's ways. He sees things that we never see. He knows The Big Picture!
She said that we are stronger when we show our weaknesses. Satan wants us to believe that we are not good missionaries.
We have to know that EVERYONE has problems and discouragement, but we cannot let it get us down. Jesus Christ will always be by our sides to strengthen us. This is HIS work. It will NOT fail!
I KNOW this is true! I am so grateful to be a part of this great work of bringing souls unto Jesus Christ. We are preparing the world for His second coming and it's going to be SO great!