Saturday, September 28, 2013

Missionary WORK

Just got home from Relief Society General Meeting and a wonderful salad dinner.  I thoroughly enjoyed both.  My heart breaks for our prophet and how he misses his sweet wife!  The words love and service were what impressed me throughout the meeting.    I loved seeing the missionary sisters singing.  I couldn't help but wonder if the five we are getting in 2 weeks were in the group.

Elder McOmber gave me 10 minutes warning that he was bringing these  beautiful sisters home for dinner.  It was literally the dividing of the loaves and fish. But there was plenty with some left over, just like the scriptures.  Sister Scott, Sister Okanoua, Sister Jessop  They are angels!
"I have often said that one of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work!  If a missionary works, he will get the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; and if he teaches by the Spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people and he will be happy.  Work, work, work--there is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work."  Ezra Taft Benson, Keys to Successful Member-Missionary Work, Ensign, 9/90.
President Tew getting ready for a meeting.
Sister Andelin our pianist for u\our meeting.  She is one semester away from being a nurse and chose to come on a mission.  She will finish when she goes home.

Elders and Sister ready for a Leadership meeting.  We now have girls in leadership because there are so many sisters.

Elders and Sisters in the office.  There is lots of work to do as well as their missionary work.
They all are so happy and positive all the time.

These missionaries all see to not mind all the hard work they have to do!

"The most effective missionaries always act out of love. Love is the lubricant and life of good missionary work."
“None of us should be like the fisherman who thinks he has been fishing all day when in reality he has spent most of his time getting to and from the water, eating lunch, and fussing with his equipment. Fishing success is related to how long you have your line in the water, not to how long you are away from the apartment. Some fishermen are away from home for twelve hours and have their line in the water for ten hours. Other fishermen are away from home for twelve hours and have their line in the water for only two hours. This last type may wonder why they do not have the same success as others.
“The same principle applies to missionaries, whom the Master called ‘fishers of men.’ A missionary’s line should drop into the fishing water the moment he or she leaves the apartment” (Dallin H. Oaks, seminar for new mission presidents, June 20, 2000).
(PMG 153)

Fundamental to any effort to receive revelation is a commitment to do all we can with our own efforts and judgment. This means we need to serve and to work.""
Dallin H. Oaks, "In His Own Time, in His Own Way", Ensign and Liahona, August 2013

There are those words again.....Serve and work!!!!

This next quote goes along with Elder McOmber's project that he got for when he goes home, a 1950 Chevy truck.   It is his problem now to figure out how he is going to get it home to Idaho.  This was an e-mail that I  received this week:

"I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away.

I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful.  Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return.. So... While we have it..... it's best we love it.... And care for it... And fix it when it's broken......... And
heal it when it's sick.

This is true. For marriage....... And old cars..... And children with bad report cards..... And dogs with bad hips.... And aging parents...... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. 
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special........ And so, we keep them close!"

This was just like my Mom-I grew up in a home like this.
I don't throw anything  away-especially my  family and  friends.  Thank you for sticking by me through it all!!

California State University is only 1/4 mile down the road from our office.

"We work together in faith and unity faith that the Lord will guide our steps and unity with each other and with the missionaries, always motivated by our love for Him, our love for one another, and our love for those we serve."
Neil L. Andersen, "A Spiritual Work"
Day 2-5 after chemo, I did not feel so well, my stomach was upset.  I was still able to take calls and go into the office a couple of days, but the worse day, I had very few calls or problems--the Lord and my missionaries are good to me!  I am feeling much better now, just in time to have the second round this Friday.  For my P day, I was able to sew some scrub hats and beanies to wear.  I will have one for every outfit.  :0)  Sewing is always so comforting for me.  God is Good!!!

1 comment:

  1. I always love your positive, faith-filled messages! It is a treat for us to see the photos of some of our amazing missionaries - we love and miss them! You are in our constant prayers! Thank you for all you do for the great California Long Beach Mission!