I once was asked to give a training on a section of our mission
scripture, motto, and theme. The portion I trained on was this quote
by Joseph Smith:
“The standard of truth had been erected. No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs may assemble, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent till it has penetrated every continent, swept every country and visited every climb, until the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say ‘The work is done’.”
I was asked to “dissect it” and break it down. Here’s what I got out of it:
Throughout my entire mission, I have seen a few types of missionaries. I’ve seen the two faced self righteous ones, who are their true selves one moment, and then when they realize they’re not being a “perfect missionary” they snap into this overly self righteous missionary person. I’ve also seen missionaries who are so focused, they forget that there is life after a mission, or that there was even life before a mission, and they kind of get on this “robot missionary” kick that is fine, because they are doing the work, but sad because they’re missing out on a lot, because robots are not known for their emotional
capacity to love, or feel happy, or what have you. Then, there are some who are very much themselves and haven’t really let the sacred call of missionary work change them too much. They aren’t bad missionaries, they’re just “real”. Who they are with their tag on is the same person they are without it and that’s ok, but these missionaries tend to have a lot of regrets because they aren’t putting forth enough effort to make their mission as sacred as it can be. And then, the final type of missionary are those who are truly, hard core, nose to the grind stone, 1,000% focused, meticulously exactly obedient, leaders, and just amazing missionaries, the type of missionary everyone dreams of becoming. They’re truly the best kind of missionary any of us could hope to become.
In my not so humble and very bold opinion, what I have noticed a lot of missionaries forget as they strive to be an exactly obedient baptizing machine is that they are still an important individual. They still matter to God. Yes, we are on the Lords errand, and we need to be as selfless as we can, but if we forget who we are, or what our gifts and talents are, how can we be effective?
So here are my questions of the soul for today: (the inspiration for these questions goes to Carol Tuttle by the way. She’s amazing!) What is your truth? What is your personal gift and God given talent that only you can give to this world, in whatever capacity you are in whether you’re working
a 9-5 job, a stay at home mom, a missionary, a retiree, etc.?
I feel a lot of people sell themselves short by feeling like what they’re good at is unaccepted or is not needed or not important in their vocations or social circles, or what ever. I want to tell you right here, right now that that is a FALSE concept from Satan. You, and me, and him and her down the street all have a significant role to play on this earth. Satan, the father of ALL LIES wants us to forget that fact. I want you to remember how truly incredible you are and I want each of you who read this to take some time today to ponder on what your “truth” is. What is your unique gift to give? And what do you need to adjust in your “management of affairs” so you can more easily use your gift?
I feel very strongly that everyone needs a reminder every now and again that they are truly wonderful! You are wonderful, and awesome, and talented! You don’t need to become a completely new person to make others happy or to be accepted. You need to live your truth, and allow God to put you where He needs you. But in the mean time “let your light so shine” that you can help and bless the people around you who need your light right now. Don’t sell your self short. Don’t hide your truth under a bushel.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.