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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Welcome to the World’s Greatest Mission!
It is very important to have a personal testimony of each of the principles that we teach.
Obedience brings blessings. Strict obedience brings miracles. Don’t let that become your first priority. Don’t confuse such a good principle with being a robot without emotion.
Use time wisely. “This life is the time for men to perform their labors.”
President Uchtdorf said “Diligently doing the things that matter the most will lead us to the Savior of the world.”
It will be important for you to know who you are. Think about it. Ponder about it. Pray and study the scriptures looking for that answer. The better you understand that, the better you will be at helping others understand their divine heritage and who they really are.
Obedience brings blessings. Maybe not baptisms all the time (even if lots of the time it does) but it will always bring you the Spirit and every day you can go to sleep knowing that you did the Lord’s will that day.
If you ever feel like crying, cry unto the Lord and He will bless you beyond belief.
Have faith in the Enabling Power of the Atonement. It will lift you to do things you could never have imagined to have done.
You will never make a mistake without the spirit first warning you of it so be aware of the spirit at all times.