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Hello everybody! I hope everyone’s week has been going well. I don’t have much to talk about this week but I’ll do my best to update you guys on what’s been going on! 🙂 It has been a little bit easier as far as doing missionary work, because me and my companion have been setting more goals for ourselves to work hard! This! We’ve been a lot more productive than we have in a really long time and it feels good to be working. Been reading a talk given about 4 different types of missionaries and I really enjoyed it. It talks about different levels of commitment and characteristics of being obedient on your mission and what the consequences are for each of the missionaries.

The speaker talks about the 4th missionary who is obedient and worthy, has totally surrendered themselves to the Lord, consecrates himself, has charity, is a disciple of Christ, measures success from within, and their predominant desire is to do at the Lord wants.

The consequences assigned to this missionary are that they do great good, enjoys the spirit, has faith, their nature is changed, they are content and happy, they benefit immensely from and are changed by their mission, gains great knowledge, and is redeemed.

Who wouldn’t want all of those blessings? This talk has talked a lot about changing yourself and giving your all to the Lord in a way that I’ve never thought about and it’s changed the way that I’ve looked at my mission experience. I want to have those blessing and I want to give my all to the Lord, but that takes a lot of work and commitment.

I feel as if I’ve been the third missionary, who the speaker describes as Obedient and worthy, does their duty, serves faithfully but withholds their heart, does what the Lord wants but they want to do what they want to do, sacrifices their own will for the lords will, strives to be the best, and measures success by comparison. I don’t necessarily feel like I can relate to all of those (I don’t try to be the best, and I measure my success within), but I know that I need to give my all, truly. The consequences that the speaker aligns with the 3rd missionary is that they do great good, enjoys the spirit, has faith, conforms their behavior, is frustrated and discontent, gains little or no knowledge, and is not changed by their mission. I want to become what the Lord knows I can be. I know what blessings I would miss put on receiving if I don’t put in the effort and commitment. I would never be able to look back on my mission knowing that I could have done more.

There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and learning to love that work is something I want to improve at. Just working with an open mind and heart is the first step. Acting with more faith than I have is the first step. Sincere prayer for a desire and motivation to change is the first step. The next steps will follow.

As we make an effort to align our will with God’s will, I know we will be blessed and we will become happier. We can be healed by people who have hurt us, we can develop Christlike attributes and be quick to forgive. To become disciples of Christ. To live with Him forever.

I know my email isn’t as interesting or long today but I hope you guys enjoyed a little bit of what I shared from what I’ve been learning this week. Anyone who is interested in looking up this talk it is called “the 4th missionary” By Lawrence E corbridge in June 22nd 2002. Entirely sure where you can find it. Parian happened to have it printed out in a binder that she got from the Mission field.

We didn’t get to celebrate much for 4th of July we did have an amazing, super American dinner with hot dogs, pink fluff, cherries, corn on the cob, baked beans and watermelon. We aren’t allowed to light anything as missionaries (probably due to fire hazards…and elders) We did have an opportunity to watch some fireworks from our window and celebrate the 4th of July a little bit with our families during singing with the sisters, and my family sent me some lovely videos of fireworks! It’s been interesting because people here in Michigan have been celebrating the 4th of July for what seems to be the past month. There have been a lot of “explosions” and loud noises that sound kind of like gunshots… hopefully they were just fireworks lol. 😅

Anyway karma hope you guys have a wonderful week and I’m excited to hear from you those of you who will be reaching out and I’ve been so grateful to those of you who have already reached out. Stay safe, have fun and spend time with your families. Happy 4th of July!

Published by Katie Malan

Sister Malan is currently a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the Michigan Lansing Mission (United States).

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