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 missionary with a good attitude works with people, not through them.
My favorite quote from Elder Holland is: “This is hard work. It is the hardest work you’ll ever do. That’s why I say this is the most important work you’ll ever do. I think the two go together. It’s hard work but everyday, in every way, it will get better, and you’ll feel the Spirit of the Lord. You’ll know He loves you.”
If you’re not happy, something is wrong.
It is important during the lessons to not teach everything but to teach only the exact portion the investigators need.
Rely on the spirit every moment.
Plan what to do.
The Lord has called you to His work. I invite you to follow Him.
We don’t only teach the message. We have to become the message.
As a greenie I felt inadequate and out of place. Living the mission has made it possible for me to learn to be better and fulfill my callings.
The Lord is always ready to help us.