Monday, June 16, 2014

Internships and Missions

June 17, 2014


Serving a mission is a lot like doing a summer college internship.  When doing an internship, a lot of preparation is required.  Certain standards must be achieved  and much thought goes into the process. Only the very qualified are chosen.  The pay isn't much, but the experience is invaluable.  During an internship, you have to work hard and learn as much as you can during a specified time.  It's the same with a mission, missionaries serve 18 to 24 months and they work very, very hard and spend a lot of hours studying, teaching, and finding new investigators.  After all, it is called missionary WORK!  Doing an internship means doing your very best to please the boss.  Missionaries do their very best to serve the Lord.  If the boss asks you to do something, you do it immediately and don't try to come up with an excuse why you can't do it.  Someone doing an internship would never consider sleeping in--even if they were tired, because the boss would find out.  Sometimes a missionary sleeps in and forgets to acknowledge that God sees and knows everything. Most missionaries are very diligent, but occasionally a missionary will spend more time trying to figure out how not to do missionary work than he or she actually works.  After all their hard work, missionaries, and those doing internships, don't always see the results they hoped for. Sometimes missionaries put their heart and soul into teaching someone and then get transferred just before the baptism or else the individual decides not to get baptized at all.  Missionaries leave for their missions with preconceived ideas about what it will be like only to find out that reality is different from their dreams.  It's the same with an internship. You don't go do an internship because you know everything.  You do it to learn.  Sometimes internships are immediately rewarding and sometimes they are extremely challenging.  The same is true of a mission.  At the end of an internship, a person should think it was the best experience ever and he/she certainly learned a lot.  Missionaries feel the same.  Their missions are the best thing they've ever done and the rewards are eternal.

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