So, Saturday morning, we had a huge mission conference in Wichita and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland visited!! It was such an amazing and humbling experience and opportunity to be taught by one of the Lord's twelve apostles. He started out expressing to us how important this mission is to the Lord and how important it should be to us. He expressed that his mission meant everything to him and that every good and significant thing that has happened to him in the 54 years since his mission have happened because of his mission and what he was able to become because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He expressed that the fundamental way to do missionary work is to just open your mouth and speak. If we do that and allow the Lord to place the words in our mouths, we will be able to change our lives as we lose ourselves in helping others come closer to Christ in their own lives. Overall, Elder Holland told us to be joyous about our mission, but understand how serious and important it truly is. The Spirit that was in the room as he expressed that was overwhelmingly peaceful.
We also had a training by the Assistants during interviews this last week. They talked about having Vision, Passion, and Power! Throughout life, we need to set visions as to what Heavenly Father has in store for our future potential. When we maintain that vision with passion, constantly thinking about it and going above and beyond to realize and become that vision (reach your potential), you'll receive power through the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to do so. That enabling power is our constant energy source to climb the mountain of life and it comes from the perfect love that our Father in Heaven and Savior have for us.
As we teach people, I've really been focusing on trying to get them to open their eyes to the vision Heavenly Father has for them. The vision for their eternal potential. (Kind of like Lehi's Dream in 1 Nephi 8). When they see that and strive to reach it, they will do whatever they can to reach it and will allow it to become a part of them, taking joy in trials because they know those trials will help them the most in reaching their potential.
I know that one person can be a multitude. We have the power to choose whether we are going to strive to be a Christlike example or not. I know that we become who we want to become by consistently being who we want to become. And that which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not because the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do so increases.
I love you all and I appreciate everything you have done individually to impact my life and help bring me where I am today. Have an amazing week!