First off, late Happy Thanksgiving! I ate a total of three Thanksgiving dinners that day, #missionarylife. Still eating leftovers from members and loving it.
Over the past week I've been studying gratitude a lot due to the holiday season, and I've been directed time and time again to the story of the 10 lepers. My Dad shared something that stood out to me a lot. Ten were healed, but only one came back to return and give thanks. I think sometimes we think the other nine must have been bad guys or something, I know I used to think that way. In reality, they were probably just overwhelmed and distracted with being healed and the new life that they were going to be able to live. We too can easily get distracted from offering thanks. It's not that we are not thankful, we just don't set aside the time to express our thanks and make a habit of it. How often do we offer thanks for the little things, as well as the big miracles, that we have in our life?
Another scriptural insight from this past week came from zone conference as we were reciting D&C 4. Verse 4 stood out to me for whatever reason, especially the last little phrase. "...the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul" That verse talks about how white and ready for harvest the field is, something that almost every missionary knows. Most of the time, at least for me, I've always related this to the fact that we as missionaries can bring salvation to all of the souls out in the field who are white and ready to harvest. Never has it truly occurred to me the promise here that when we thrust in our sickle with all our might, we also bring salvation to our own soul! I don't know how I've missed this for so long. Really changed my perspective on a lot of things, especially all of the things that can sometimes get a missionary down.
To close, I'll share a scripture that stood out to me this past week.
"And now, O my son, ye are called of God to preach the word unto this people. And now, my son, go thy way, declare the word with truth and soberness, that thou mayest bring souls unto repentance, that the great plan of mercy may have claim upon them. And may God grant unto you even according to my words. Amen." (Alma 42:31)
Con Mucho Amor,
Con Mucho Amor,
P.S. Zone Conference was this past week, and even though Hermana Hull is now serving in the same branch and district as me we had to take a longhorn picture. Shouts outs to the only other fellow longhorn here in the WYM \m/