Happy Independence Day!! So grateful for all those fought and continue to fight for the cause of freedom!
This week has been a crazy one, and I just wanted to say thank you to all the members out there who are willing to drive the missionaries to appointments, pick those they are teaching up for church, fellowshipping returning brothers and sisters, and for those members who are willing to try someone else when appointments fall through.
You make all the difference in our lives!
One of our members reminded me this week as we apologized for the crazy changes in our appointments "That's missionary work! Sometimes it all falls into place and other times it doesn't. That's why it's called work".
So this week I'm grateful for members! And through all the craziness I learned a whole lot about one thing: becoming.
This transfer I have been working on the Christlike attribute of Humility, and as I was studying this week I came across a talk by Elder D. Todd Christofferson entitled "As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten" form the April 2011 General Conference. (If you have a chance, read it!)
In the beginning of the talk he quotes Elder Dallin H. Oaks
"The final judgement... Is the final effects of our acts and
thoughts-- what we have become."
And it hit me.
Sure we can fill up a jars on end full of good deeds and good things, but if we fail to become like our Savior and our Heavenly Father, we have missed the mark. We are not just asked to do things, we are asked to become.
So this week I realized that I have forgotten for a short while that the Lord wants to change my very nature.
He doesn't just want me to put on a name tag everyday: He wants me learn how to remember the Savior always, even when I take the tag off.
He doesn't just want me follow the rules to say I was obedient: He wants me to follow the rules so that he can more fully bless me, strengthen my faith, and help me learn to follow him.
He doesn't just want me to go out and teach people about the gospel for 18 months, just to say I did it: He wants me to go out and preach the gospel everyday because I have learned for myself that it is living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, that makes people happy, and in the end what brings us home to our Heavenly Father.
And he knows that that change only comes as I allow the atonement to work in my life, or in other words-- repent.
So to all of you, I ask you to let the Lord change you. Live his gospel, not just to check off a to-do list, or fill up a jar, but let it become a part of who you are. He has a far greater knowledge of who you are and, through his Son, who you are capable to become.
Matthew 16: 25-26 says:
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
May we all lose ourselves to become ourselves through Christ.
Love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!
Abrazos y Oraciones
Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt