This subject line is very near and dear to my heart. And.... the spirit constraineth me, that I speak no further. So shall it be.
Anyways, I suppose I'll talk about this past week. And I'm going to be honest with all of you, this past week has been probably the hardest, physically, of my entire mission.
As most of you know, I have really terrible knees. This problem has been going on for a loooong time. And so far on my mission, it has only gotten worse, to the point that I couldn't work for most of this week. I've tried to tough it out and say to myself that I can get through it, it's just something that I need to get through on my own. But just last night I finally had the Zone Leaders come over to our apartment to give me a blessing. I now know that I need to seek medical attention, talk to my Mission President, and see what the best course of action is. I have no clue what is going to happen in the next few weeks. But I do know that whatever happens, happens for a reason. I know that no matter what, the Lord is going to put me where I am needed most. I don't mean to worry or upset anyone. (Especially you, Mom) But I do want all of you to know what is actually happening on my mission. I don't want to sugar coat it all the time and say how amazingly fantastic a mission is ALL THE TIME. Sometimes a mission is the hardest thing ever. BUT, what I can tell you, is that this is the most rewarding work that we can possibly do on this Earth. I know that for a fact.
Anyways, this past week has been really slow, because of my problems, so we weren't really able to work all week. So to be honest, I don't really have any cool stories or anything this week to share with you.
However, I want to share something with all of you that has been really bothering me lately. I have come to realize that Members in this Church, see us missionaries as the "men on the front lines" whenever there is a problem or concern or anything, they ask the missionaries instead of Home Teachers, the Bishop, etc. In my own personal opinion, I think that this is not how it needs to be done. Missionaries are like.... the specialists. We are not the front line infantry, we are the tanks, and aircraft, the support for YOU members, who SHOULD be on the front lines. There are MILLIONS of you, and only thousands of us. It is your responsibility, now more than ever, to get out there and DO what you have been called to do! Every member a missionary. I am not asking that all of you get out there and start tracting or something ridiculous like that. But what I am saying, is that you ALL have been given a divine, and sacred calling. The Lord Jesus Christ has told us repeatedly to feed his lambs. Home Teaching/Visiting Teaching/being neighborly, these are all things that we as a church SHOULD be doing. How is your Home Teaching going? Are you really making an effort? Or are you making excuses? Distance does not matter, time does not matter. The Lord will help you with whatever you need when you are doing His work. Do you really think that you don't have time to visit someone? Do you really not have the time to help one of Gods children? Ask yourself that question. Can you honestly look the Savior in the eye at the last day, and tell Him that you did your best? I sincerely hope so. My time here on a mission has shown me that most everyone hates home teaching. Why? It absolutely angers me more than anything. You have been commanded by the Lord Himself to do this work. It should be JUST as important to you as following the Word of Wisdom, the Law of Tithing, and so forth. Even if you have that house that never answers the door, or they just don't want to listen. Does that mean that you should just not go anymore? Really? Would the Savior give up on one of his sheep? If you say "yes, in some cases" You are a liar. Flat out. The Savior will never give up. And neither should we.
I thank all of you for your love and support, and I ask that you please remember me in your prayers, and remember the challenges that I have extended to each of you.
P.S. I hope you don't get offended to my comments, If you're doing your home teaching, and doing a good job with all of that, then you shouldn't be offended in the first place. And if you ARE offended... well... Book of Mormon prophets got stoned and persecuted when they told sinners the truth so.... take what you will. Just know that In the Doctrine and Covenants it also says that whom the Lord Chastises, he loves. So when I say these things, it's not because I'm angry with you, it's because I love you, and want for you to follow Him as close as humanly possible!