That pretty much sums up how we feel about our missionary service.
We've been asked by a lot of our friends (and even by people we've just met) why we made ourselves available for full-time missionary. We did so because:
- we know the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true and it blesses people's lives beyond measure
- we have made covenants to consecrate ourselves for service in the Lord's kingdom
- we want to share the gospel message with others
- we love the Savior and want to follow him in deed, not just in word
- we are blessed with gifts that that should be used to help others, not just ourselves
- we know that being an answer to someone else's prayer is often an answer to our own prayers
- we are able ... so why not?
Those are only a few of the "whys" of our missionary service.
The "what" and "how" are still evolving. In the area where we're serving in Texas we have spoken in multiple Sunday services, made presentations at leadership retreats, taught the gospel to investigators, participated in baptismal services, helped reactivate members, participated in training for bishops and branch presidents, and made significant inroads in establishing collaborative relationships with government and civic leaders. In addition, of course, we have the opportunity to provide support for the many younger (single) missionaries who are assigned to our area. As we've mentioned, these young missionaries are a special treat to be around.
Click here to watch it. If you're a Latter-day Saint and familiar with the song, you'll delight in this arrangement. If you've never heard the song, you will love the message. Either way, you'll be tempted to play it more than once. Toe-tapping encouraged. For us, this song tells a lot of the "Why" of our missionary service, and provides a number of clues regarding the "What" and "How."
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Thanks to all of you who accepted last week's invitation to drop us a note, email, or blog comment. We love hearing from you. And promise to remember you in our wills.