Good morning everyone! This week was all over yhe place, but so good in many ways. I think Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday had to have been my favorites.
On Tuesday we had interviews with President Heap. I always love my interviews with him, and I always leave more uplifted and hopeful. He seeks to develop charity a lot and it really shows. All he strives to teach this mission points to the Savior. He’s not perfect, and never proffesses to be, but he is spirit-led and has a great love for "Father" and teaches a lot by his example. I asked him in my interview what I could d. To take advantage of my mission and be a better missionary. He invited me to move forward, free of heartache with a greater hope in the Savior. We talked about some of the amazing friends I’ve had an opportunity to teach (those who joined the church and those who have not) and trusting and having hope in the Lord. The first scripture I studied went perfectly with that invitation I think.
"…ye must press forward with a steafastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men…" (2 Nephi 31:20)
Here’s a portion of what I wrote him concerning my studies and the question he asked us all this week:
"I think having more hope in the Lord has been a huge theme of my studies this week, and has helped me move forward with hope and trust in the Lord, and therefore peace. Though I can’t remember your specific words when you gave me council on Tuesday, I wrote down what I could remember and followed an invitation to "move forward, free of heartache" and having a greater hope in the Savior. The first scripture I studied was actually 2 Nephi 31:20 (perfect brightness of hope). In addition, I read a quote from Elder Uchtdorf "…you are instruments in the hands of the Lord with the purpose of bringing light and healing to the souls of Heavenly Father’s children." He was addressing the men in General Conference I think, but I found it applied to the work all the same. I would add for the work, that we also bring covenants that bring many needed blessings to the people we teach. It helps them to have a greater hope in their Savior. Later in my week I also found a quote that says,"who you are begins with what you do today." As I studied Alma 46 and pondered what I could put on my title of liberty (in addition to what Moroni wrote), I decided I would write,"I choose this day" because of my experience in the cultural celebration for the Gilbert, AZ temple when I was 12. We were each given a flag to write our title of liberty and the theme of the celebration was "I choose this day." Having a greater hope in the Savior for me is a decision I must make every day. First thing in the morning. It helps me to not have hope so much in my abilities, but the Lord’s. There’s so much peace in handing over all of your hope to the Lord. He’s perfect! And he loves everyone much more perfectly than I. Continuing to act on that hope has brought me a peace that gives me courage in times of fear and faith in times of doubt. As I read Alma 40-47 this week, I saw a huge theme of dissenters from the Church despite a prophet, leaders, and teachers in the church who were "like unto Moroni." I loved that Ammon, the sons of Mosiah, Alma and his sons, and Helaman and his brethren were all compared to the likeness of Moroni. Despite some of their people dissenting and becoming more hardened, impenitent, wild, wicked, and ferocious than the Lamanites, they had done all they could. They were vulnerable I think, which is why they felt sorrow for those who fell away, but they also had a greater hope in the Savior. I am going to put a paper on my wall that says "I choose this day" to remind me who my hope is in. Not me or my abilities, but the Savior and his will and love for his people."
So what is hope? To me, so far, as I’ve been learning about it, it is trust and faith centered in Jesus Christ. President Gentile (one of President Heap’s councilors) talked about how hope, faith and charity are like exercise, food, and sleep. Three things we all need. Three things that compliment each other. He likened them to a three-legged stool. It’s amazing to me to think about these three things that all go hand in hand with eachother. Three things we have studied as a mission the last 16 months. We started with charity. Having love for God to increase our love for His children. Then to help member develop that same focus. Then we studied faith and what it meant. Faith to see miracles. And now hope which relates to both of the previous two focuses. I think these focuses all relate to (what I believe is) my mission plaque scripture:
"Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.
Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.
But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day." (Alma 26:5-7)
I’m trying to "reap with [my] might…all the day long" though I often fall short. But the Lord will use every effort i put forth, and im striving to improve each day. I know the Lord can and will magnify my efforts as I center my hope in him.
Love you all! Have fun wondering why I liked Friday and Sunday lol! (I’m too lazy to write it now, and my phone won’t even let me type for the most part 😵💫) In all seriousness though, Friday was weekly planning and Sunday I got to take the sacrament which is always an uplifting experience.
Sister (Katie) Malan
My New District:
Me, Sis Legg, Sis Atkinson, Sis Zimmerman, Sis Timm, Elder Hanson (DL), Elder Douglas (see back)