MISSION AGE WHAT?! I don’t think anything has been ever discussed to more of an extent than the changing of missionary ages–while serving a mission.
I have been telling everyone (probably two or three times actually) that I have a 19-year-old sister and she’s turning in her mission papers, a 17-year-old sister who starts on her papers when I get home, and a brother that gets to go right after he graduates. How amazing that all of us kids get to serve missions? We watched the Saturday Morning session at the Hill Cumorah. When President Monson said the word “eighteen,” we started screaming, “He’s going to change the age! He’s going to change the age!!” Sure enough, age was changed to 18 to boys, and NINETEEN to girls. I’m totally not surprised, however. I have felt that the Lord was going to do something to forward this missionary work. I now know at least six nineteen year olds who have dropped everything to go right now, including two recent converts from the Lyons ward. This has a bigger impact than we all think–the missionary force will double, even triple. The Lord needs an army of strippling warriors to come out and fight hard. And guess what? Those of us serving right now will get to welcome in and train the new army. Talk about a responsibility. The gathering of Israel is real everyone, and it’s happening at it’s strongest right now. You are truly seeing continuing revelation at it’s finest which gives everyone an opportunity to take part in it. Good luck to the bishops and stake presidents out there that won’t have a life. 🙂
I’ll try to write somewhat of what we did this week–but this news basically trumps it all. Anyway, the rest of this week was fantastic as well. Not because it was easy, but because it was hard. We picked up three new investigators by tracting, but had got a baptismal date and dropped by one within four hours. We tried to reach former investigators, but none of them answered their doors, or they had moved. We’ve done lots of planning and having everything fall through. You’re wondering why I enjoyed this week so much. Two words: general conference. I had easily 10-15 questions written in my notebook that I needed answered. All of them were answered. Some word for word, and some not even said, but the Spirit brought something to my mind while watching a servant of the Lord speak. If you listen, the answer is always there. The Lord will never leave you hanging out to dry, He’ll put you in the place where you can see him the most. It’s up to you to listen or not. Sister Graham and I have been listening hard, and it’s been coming.
Honestly, that’s what our week has consisted of. Tracting, planning, and falling through’s. Thank goodness for general conference! It is a missionary’s dream. Hearing revelation straight from a living prophet, words of advice from His servants, and gorgeous music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Having such an opposite experience to our week is true happiness. You can’t experience true joy without experiencing true sorrow. I noticed also that there was a lot of talk about “leaving your nets” and following Christ. There are so many analogies you can make to this–obviously my favorite is dropping everything to come serve a mission. The time has come for you to get up and serve. The Lord didn’t reveal this call for missionaries just because. He needs you to be the front runners in this vast army of soldiers. He needs more bodies, literally bodies, to come and do the work that most people can’t do for themselves. Instead of fighting with guns, swords and shields, we are fighting with the Book of Mormon which is the strongest weapon anyone can ever hold in their hands. It has the power to change a human heart, and no manufactured product could ever do that. Don’t contemplate serving the Lord, just go. He needs you. Don’t worry that “you don’t know anything.” You’re right, you don’t know anything. It’s not about you. It’s all about the Lord, and He teaches you everything you need to know in the very hour you need to know it. All you have to do is study hard…really hard.
D&C 4: “Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men…therefore, if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work.”
Now, who wants to come join me in the field?
p.s. BE HAPPY!