Quotes, Thoughts, Talks and Other Good stuff

"I Sister Wilkinson have been born of goodly parents and I will serve the Lord in the Illinois Chicago Mission with all my might heart mind and strength. I will serve honorably and to the best I possibly can. I will wear the four names on my badge with pride and make sure they are always respected, Sister, the Church, Jesus Christ and Wilkinson."
  (Yo hermana Wilkinson haber nacido de buenos padres y yo serviremos al Señor en la Misión de Chicago Illinois con todas mis fuerzas la mente del corazón y la fuerza. Te serviré con honor y lo mejor que pueda. Voy a llevar los cuatro nombres en mi insignia con orgullo y asegurarse de que siempre se respetan, la hermana, la Iglesia, Jesucristo y Wilkinson)

“Pray to understand that your mission is not about you. There will be some days when things aren’t going at all like you expected, the people in the ward aren’t helping you, and even your companion may seem to have a shaky testimony. But your problems and frustrations will arise when you start to use to words “I” “me” “my”. Don’t do that. This mission is about Him and the people you have been called to serve. This is for them.”

Book of Mormon in two weeks 
Day 1: 1st Nephi
Day 2: 2nd Nephi
Day 3: Jacob, Enos, Jarom,
Day 4:Omni, Words of Mormon
Day 5: Mosiah
Day 6: Alma 1-16
Day 7: Alma 17-42
Day 8: Alma 43-63
Day 9: Helaman
Day 10: 3rd Nephi
Day 11: 3rd Nephi Again
Day 12: 4th Nephi, Mormon
Day 13: Ether
Day 14: Moroni 

Missionary Work and The Atonement


"Remember the day you decided to go on a mission?! Whether you knew it your whole life or you thought the announcement last year was just for you...because let's be honest even though it was for all of us, it was just for you:) 

Remember when you started your papers and the interviews with your bishop and stake president!! 

Remember turning in those papers and waiting the longest two weeks of your life to get the call that will change your life FORVEVER!

And then the day you opened it, reading it out loud with all of your loved ones around waiting in anticipation. As you can't even get it out because of the pure overwhelming power of the spirit confirming to you that this is the ONE place in the whole world The Lord wants you:) 

Remember those months of waiting.... The devil trying his hardest and at a time you think he might win, but NO! Somehow, someone or something allows you to get that spirit back and get right on track for this glorious mission we have been asked to serve! 

Remember the moment of walking into the temple, and the overwhelming feeling of the spirit as you leave! And Also the awkward new underwear you think you will NEVER get used too!!! 

Remember the family, the friends, the quotes, the notes, the love and support everyone has shown you only at the beginning of this journey! 

Y'all this is the start of something that will change your life forever! WRITE IT DOWN! You don't want to forget ANY of these most glorious moments! And one day you may just want to share it with your kids and family! You can't remember it all:) so keep a journal, that way you can have it all from that first moment of knowing a mission was for you to that last moment when you return from the BEST 18 months of your life!!!!! :)"

*A Sister*
"A women in this position 
Preparing to be a wife
The age is no longer twenty-one
We've chosen to follow the son

This is the decision
Where life truly begins
Sent to a place unknown
Mind totally blown

We got the permission
Their waiting for us to arrive
We're in the missionary zone
Time has really flown

Gift of the holy vision
Paired with different companions
You are never on your own
Spiritual you've grown

An eighteen month mission
Can change a life
Packed up your bags
Given the SISTER tags!"

"Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? It is the truth. We believe in angels. We trust in miracles. Why don’t people just flock to the font? Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font? You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary. For that reason I don’t believe missionary work has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that continued faithfulness is. I believe it is supposed to require some effort, something from the depths of our soul. If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass,” then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way. The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived." -Elder Holland 

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