Doctrine and Covenants 80:2
Transfers. It’s always hard getting a new companion, especially when the companion I’m sending home has become a brother. I learned so much from Elder Jeppson. He is truly a man of God.
I got my new companion this last Tuesday: Elder Barker! Elder Barker is from Utah, he’s an incredible Rugby player, not to mention a spiritual powerhouse. In our short week together, he has testified boldly countless times. He isn’t afraid. He is a powerful missionary. I have a lot to learn from him. So far, we’ve had quite a bit of fun and I’m looking forward to these next couple months. We’re putting in work.
Mission Leadership Council
Once a month, we have a meeting with all the Zone and Sister Training Leaders. It’s always a sobering experience to see all that happens in the mission. One of the common themes that has come up has been something on my mind for the past couple months: how can one teach something that they don’t practice?
I’ve only been a missionary for just over a year, but I’ve seen that trainings that are taught by those who practice what they teach are always 1) more effective teachers and 2) accompanied by the Spirit in more abundance while they teach. I’ve put a lot into that. As Zone Leaders, we get the chance to receive revelation for our Zone and I’ve been trying to make sure I am striving for the same standard we ask others to reach for. It goes without saying that the best leaders I’ve had, have always worked with me. They are friends and they always lead the charge.
Our mission is the test mission for Smartphones. So this week, Salt Lake is sending some ‘higher-ups’ from the missionary department to evaluate how we are using them. They’ve picked 3 Districts in our mission to use as Focus Groups. And yes, ours is one of them. We’re excited and a bit nervous.
It’s been such a blessing to have Smartphones. Data everywhere allows us to reach out to anyone, anytime. When we’re in a lesson and a video we can share comes to mind, we can download it on demand.
These tools are given from God for the hastening of His work. Elder Bednar has said that “[a]ll of these advancements are part of the Lord hastening His work in the latter days.”
In tandem with this statement, Brigham Young also stated this:
“Every discovery in science and art, that is really true and useful to mankind has been given by direct revelation from God, though but few acknowledge it. It has been given with a view to prepare the way for the ultimate triumph of truth, and the redemption of the earth from the power of sin and Satan. We should take advantage of all these great discoveries, the accumulated wisdom of ages, and give to our children the benefit of every branch of useful knowledge, to prepare them to step forward and efficiently do their part in the great work” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe , 18–19).
God’s primary purpose in giving these technological advancements is not to grow business, create better opportunities for education, or even connect friends and families in seconds. It’s to hasten His work. This is mankind’s God-given priority and blessings truly pour out as we keep our priorities straight, not to mention real, long-lasting joy in a world that seems to have anything but. So grateful for God’s trust in us!
Leroy reminded me that I need to ask questions.
Leroy is a man we found a couple weeks ago and have attempted to teach. It was easy for us to see this week that he wasn’t interested right now. The biggest reason? He wasn’t asking questions or searching for it. Some of life’s most profound answers have come as I’ve asked God specific questions and diligently searched. Just a good reminder to me to constantly seek God, ask questions, search for the answers, and listen with an open heart and contrite spirit (Moroni 10:4; Doctrine and Covenants 58:27).
Good week and more to come. And as an incredible member in our mission says, “Don’t keep the faith. Share it.”