So this week was a lot of the same routine that we have settled into. Studying 5+ hours a day, in class for 6 hours a day and sprinkle in some meals and workout time and another day has passed. But these are the best days to have. The learning, the growing, the constant prayer and study – I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!
The biggest thing that happened over the past week happened just last night at Tuesday devotional. We were spoken to by Bishop Causse, who is a member of the presiding Bishopric and he gave one of the most incredible talks I have heard in my life. He spoke of many things in regards to missionary work but one thing stuck out to me:
What makes a bold missionary? Humility
A humble missionary is a bold missionary because they are willing to recognize the weaknesses they have in regards to all apsects of the work they are called to and are willing to step back and allow the Spirit of God to testify through them (despite their weaknesses) the truthfulness and the power of the Gospel. Since coming here to the MTC, I have learned more about humility than I ever knew before. Daily I am reminded of how little I truly understand on my own and how much I have to rely on God to help me to study, learn, and teach exactly what it is that will be best for our investiagotrs. I am grateful for every moment I have here and all the opportuinties I have to draw closer to Christ and draw strength from Him.
I know this work is of God and I know that everything I learn out here on my mission I will be able to apply to the rest of my life.
I hope you all have an amazing week and I’ll talk to you all next Wednesday!!
P.S. I am officially over halfway done here at the MTC!!
And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
To be humble is to recognize gratefully our dependence on the Lord—to understand that we have constant need for His support. Humility is an acknowledgment that our talents and abilities are gifts from God. It is not a sign of weakness, timidity, or fear; it is an indication that we know where our true strength lies. We can be both humble and fearless. We can be both humble and courageous.
Jesus Christ is our greatest example of humility. During His mortal ministry, He always acknowledged that His strength came because of His dependence on His Father. He said: “I can of mine own self do nothing. … I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30).
The Lord will strengthen us as we humble ourselves before Him. James taught: “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. … Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:6, 10).