Senior Missionaries Leave 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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Remember you are called of God and act in a way that reflects you are a representative of Jesus Christ.
It is a privilege to be called to work in the vineyard of the Lord.
Remember to get up on time then study the word of the Lord. Mosiah 3:3 …awake and hear the words which I shall tell thee.
Remember to work hard to find those the Lord has prepared for you to teach.
Remember to be obedient and to work hard. 2 Timothy 1:17 When he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently and found me.
There may never be another time in your life where you will be able to dedicate all your time and energy to serving the Lord. Take advantage of this.
Eat right and exercise. Having a healthy mind and body is needed to keep up with the heavy load of missionary life.
Accepting that you will not always have success will help you face rejection and disappointment.
Not everyone will be as excited to earn about the gospel as you are.
Always learn to look for the good in others, especially your companion.
It does no good to pray for direction if you do not believe and expect to receive revelation from God.
Remember to smile. No one wants to listen or talk to someone that does not appear happy.
Be faithful in all things.