July 6, 2015
So this week I gave my reflection in Zone Training Meeting in JiaYi. At the last ZTM of your mission, you have a few minutes to give a reflection. Mine was something like this (I forgot to bring my notes with me today to the computer.):
On my mission, I have thought a lot about the word reliability. What does it mean to be reliable? The words reliable, dependable, faithful come to mind.
We put our name tags on each morning and go about doing missionary work as a representative of the Savior Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father has called us to come to Taiwan to share the restored gospel. We are the only ones who can do this work, we who have been called by Him. It's such a blessing to be here doing this work!
The Lord is relying on us to do our best as we serve Him. He expects us to work hard, to be exactly obedient, to love, serve, and listen to our companions, to strengthen the areas that we serve, to become consecrated and converted.
Mosiah 3:20 says: "And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people." We are a part of this prophecy! Are we reliable to the Lord for how well we honor this calling? I know that He is relying on us in this work!
I have often imagined Heavenly Father working with us in this work. He is using both His hands to bring to pass His work and His glory. Not just one hand casually at work. Both hands! This work that we are doing is His work! This work means everything to Him. He relies on us to do all we can during this time we have to work with all our heart, might, mind, and strength.
As I have tried to be reliable to the Lord, I have learned the reliability of the message that we are sharing to the world. I have seen the gospel of Jesus Christ change the lives of many. I have made a short list of some of the difficulties people face in this world. These examples are from people I have personally worked with and taught. I'm sure there are many more, but here are just some: hopelessness, regret, loneliness, miscarriages, individual apostasy, stealing, disrespect, being offended, affairs, murder, drugs and alcohol, abortion, homelessness, starvation, suicide, depression, divorce, abuse, war, anorexia, prison, cancer, hospitalization, single parents, no parents.
The message that we are sharing as missionaries is centered on Jesus Christ. Alma 7:14 says, "have faith on the lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness." No matter what challenges are faced in our lives, the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can really relieve the pain and scars that sin and wickedness leave. The Atonement can free us from burden and regret. It can help us overcome the challenges that we face and give us peace and real happiness. No matter who we are teaching, the message that we share is the same. A message of happiness and hope, of comfort and relief. This message is what will carry them through their lives, it's something that they will always be able to rely on. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He knows how to carry us.
Love you all so much! Sister Berrey