Days feel like weeks, weeks feel like days - the missionary time warp thing is real.
This week was my first full week as a missionary. Being here is...well... one of the STL's in our zone calls it an emotional blender. She is not wrong. However, the Holy Ghost is always here and so is peace that surpasses all understanding. So thankful for that.
Elder and Sister Zwick spoke to us evening. They are so good and faithful. She talked about how "instant is not the way of eternity". Both she and Elder Zwick invited us to have patience with ourselves and to continue doing our best.
Elder Zwick shared 4 principles of being a kingdom builder:
1. Create a vision for what the Lord expects and wants you to become.
2. Remember that your faithful example is a powerful tool.
3. Increase your faith and do not fear.
4. Open your heart and mind to receive promptings of the Spirit.
Right after devotional my district had devotional review with our branch president, President Williams. He told us that President Martino (MTC President) feels that the Lord is impatient to hasten His work. Changes will soon take place at the MTC to better prepare missionaries to bring souls unto Christ. Hopefully I will get to see these changes. I know that the Lord needs righteous and noble kingdom builders all over the world. Lift where you stand. Pray about your role in preparing the Earth for Christ's personal reign and ministry. The Spirit will teach you what God needs YOU to do, wherever you are.
On a kind of related note, I learned the coolest thing in my studies this week. In the Bible dictionary under the word Earnest it says, "As used by Paul (2 Cor. ; 5:5; Eph. ) it means that the Lord gives us His Holy Spirit in this life as a foretaste of the joy of eternal life. The Spirit is also the Lord’s surety that He will fulfill His promise to give eternal life to the faithful." If that doesn't encourage you to always have the companionship of the Holy Ghost, I don't know what will! Heavenly Father has mansions and glory prepared for those who are faithful - such immense joy that we cannot comprehend it. But the Spirit knows all things. I have come to better appreciate the role of the Holy Ghost in my life while at the MTC. I am constantly seeking for revelation and understanding that I cannot have without the Spirit. At the MTC I say or am part of at least 15 prayers a day. In each one we pray for the guidance and strength that the Spirit provides. It. Is. Awesome.
Love you so much. The church is true!!
-Sister Gore :)
|Emma & her MTC District|
|The giant map at the MTC - a right of passage... :)|