Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Forget about the Extras

Hiii guys. Man, life is so good. HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU I LOVE MY MISSION. I honestly get so happy every day just knowing that I'm out here and I have such a cool life. Just sitting down with someone and talking about repentance or eternal families or truths like that and seeing them open their minds to something that brings lasting happiness. SO COOL. okay. 

So quick funny story, Sister Rigby and I taught our Chinese companions how to play Ninja and it was going really well until my companion got a little too aggressive and accidentally slapped me right in the face. I'll show you a picture below haha it hurt sooo bad and my lip was swollen for about 2 days so when we would go finding it was always so awkward and embarrassing. Anyways...

  This week, my good friend PK shared a talk with me in an Ensign called "Missionary Work and the Atonement" by Jeffrey R. Holland. WEIRD COINCIDENCE two days later in district meeting, it's my district leaders last district meeting and he wanted to share with us a video that has helped him through his whole mission and it was called "Missionary Work and the Atonement" .... thanks, Heavenly Father.😊 IT WAS SO GOOD. I took the very best part out of it and want to share it with you because it hit me hard. It's about missionary work but I really think you can apply to just every day life that can be hard too:

   "Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? It is the truth. We believe in angels. We trust in miracles. Why don’t people just flock to the font? Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font?

   You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.

   Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price.

   For that reason I don’t believe missionary work has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that continued faithfulness is. I believe it is supposed to require some effort, something from the depths of our soul.

   If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass,” then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way.

   The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him--the Way, the Truth, and the Life."

   SO GOOD, RIGHT. My district leader also said something I really loved. He told us that it's not about the extras. Being a missionary, some things are really 'cool'. You have family and friends back home supporting you, sending you letters, and packages, cheering you on and thinking you're a pretty big deal. You get to wear a cool name badge and serve in a foreign country and have everyone love your accent and think it's so 'cool' that you left home for 18 months- 2 years to serve the Lord and sacrifice everything. You think about when you go home and there will be a big party of everyone telling you you did it! And congratulations on enduring the hardest thing you'll ever do and they'll think you're pretty 'cool'. But we need to remember that it's not about us  at all. We need to remember to forget about the extras. It's not about the letters or the packages or the funnest areas/companions or how many months we have left or all the glory of being a missionary, it's about Jesus Christ. For Him, it wasn't about the glory, even from the beginning when God presented His plan to us and needed a Saviour. If we truly want to live up to the second name on our badge, we need to forget about the extras and go to work. I definitely need more help with this and I'm not perfect at all but I hope that one day I can completely give myself to Him and I am already seeing the huge change and happiness that comes from getting lost in His work. 

   Long email, I know, and if you're not a missionary this probably was really boring but I think it can work for a lot of other things too. Anyways, I love you and I love England and my Saviour Jesus Christ. Good good. 

Zai Jian!
Sister Pete 💛

Oy-yo! (I was in a trio for a couple hours while So-so took her English test)
My nasty lip hahaha
The best district + 2 random elders + the STL's
Chinese people are really good at drawing except this looks nothing like me lol
My cute so-so
England in the winter

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