Leaving a Legacy
When missionaries complete their missions, one of the things they are asked to do is leave a legacy for new missionaries who will be coming to the mission. They are given a form that says:
“As you finish this wonderful chapter of missionary service, you have the chance to help those that follow. Think back to the first days of your mission. You were full of new missionary energy but maybe not quite sure how to use it. Take some time and contemplate about all the many lessons and great experiences that you experienced during these two years of service. What knowledge would you have wanted in order to enhance your experiences? What great tips of obedience or endurance would you like the next generation to know? Now is your chance. Please write a short letter speaking to all those that will follow.”
With permission from the departing missionaries, here are some of the comments they made.
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The mission was a wonderful, stressful, exciting, energy exhausting, and most rewarding experience I have ever done. Up to this point, I have never done anything more difficult.
Just like in my mission, you have people being prepared right now for you to help. Never get discouraged and think that you aren’t doing any good.
The mission rules are important! But don’t follow them just to follow them. Follow the principle which extends far beyond what the rules say in the white handbook.
The first tip I have to give is don’t get so focused on the work (as in “getting things done”) that you forget about your companion. You will find that the person you can bring most unto Christ besides yourself will be your companion.
Your greatest asset as a missionary will not be your skill, but your conversion.
Trust in the Lord, and lean not to thine own understanding, and your mission will be the highlight of your life.
Read Preach My Gospel. It has been prepared for us by Prophets and Apostles.
One of the most important things I learned that I wish I had figured out sooner is how to communicate. Communication with God, your companion, and others is vital. It is ok to say how you are feeling—always in a loving manner—but good communication will help bring the spirit, resolve concerns and conflict, and give strength and support.
God expects us to work. He will not give us results that we are not willing to work for.
God knows our potential and knows who we can become. He gives us experiences so we can become that person.
I remember putting on that little black nametag and thinking what a privilege it is to be a missionary.
Read your Patriarchal Blessing.
Take advantage of every opportunity to do good, no matter what it is, cuz at the end of the day that’s the real purpose of missionary work.
Be the message. Be a light to those who have fallen and those who “sit in darkness” (Micah 7:8). You represent our Savior Jesus Christ and remember he chose you, you accepted His call.
Do your best with what you have. Give it your all. That’s all that’s asked of you.
You are called to this mission for a reason.
There are going to be a lot of times when you are going to feel like you can’t do it anymore and you’re probably right. We don’t have to do it alone, nor are we expected to. Let God help you with it.
DO NOT HAVE FEAR! Push the limits of your capacity to serve, and have faith to do more.
Never underestimate the power of prayer. Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work!
Plan, plan, plan. Then do it. If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.