Well it’s been an eventful, but stressful week. Lot’s of teaching, but never in my whole mission have I faced so much disappointment. What I thought was a good week ended up to be very trying. We have so many people on date for baptisms, but they just fail to come to church! We only had like 2 come to church, and one was just visiting from Kwekwe. In my heart I felt so frustrated and impatient. Amidst all of this, at the end of our empty investigators class a member offered the closing prayer. As I was listening to his prayer his words calmed my heart. He thanked God for the souls that were here today, and for their sacrifice and desire for truth. I just had this overwhelming feeling of gratefulness for those we did have that day.
After church we just continued our work and saw a few more people who either failed to come to church, or heard from us for the first time. When we got home that night I pulled an old paper from my files in the MTC. It was an apostolic blessing invoked by Elder Bednar during a training broadcast. The blessing included waiting on the Lord. Not being so impatient. That we will trust in his promises, and wait for those blessings. Everyone works according to their own pace and I think I just need to accept that. My beating heart then turned away from it’s impatience and I felt an overwhelming feeling of peace. It’s kind of funny but this kind of reminded me of basketball. You’ll find that more experienced point guards are more patient and attack when the time is right. They make the right moves according to what they read from the defense. Well kind of like basketball I guess I could apply this to missionary work. Every one has different needs. An experienced missionary knows not to be disappointed when things don’t work out or they’re not progressing as fast as you want them to. We need to wait on the Lord and trust in His timing. With everything there is a purpose, and a reason. Our job is to just keep doing what we’re supposed to. Whether I plant seeds, or reap the fruits of my labor it matters not, save it those souls are saved in the Kingdom of God. In Psalms 27 (A psalm of David) it says…
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Last week I explained these problems we’re having in our area in our regular interviews with President Mkhabela. He basically told me the same thing. He told me to be of good courage and never give up. Just keep trying with all discipline. He also said to continue motivating and encouraging the zone. Man I love my Mission President.
Well on the 26th of March I’m left with exactly 6 months of my mission. I’ve (technically) served a sister mission! Well time surely is flying and I feel like I sit in this internet cafe every other day but I’ll just keep pressing forward. Thank you so much for the motivation and inspiration to endure.
Wait on the Lord! Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.