Our week has been pretty good. We met a Lithuanian woman a while ago, and we’ve just started teaching her in the last couple of weeks. Before Christmas we gave her a Book of Mormon in Lithuanian, and when we went back this week (two weeks later than the last time) she was on 1 Nephi 14, and she loves it! She said she feels like its a good book and that its true. She also told us about all these hard things that happened in her life back in Lithuania, and about how she started to blame God for it, until one night she had a dream where Jesus Christ came to her, and told her that He was in charge of everything, that the child she lost was with Him, and that she needed to follow Him so that she could be with him again. It was so sad and so sweet! It made me cry, just because of this lovely woman sharing her simple testimony of Jesus Christ. Her name is Rasa, and I just love her! The language barrier is difficult, but I feel like the Spirit makes up for what we can’t say.
There is also this area of Swansea known as the Mumbles. As far as I can tell, there’s been no proselyting in it previously. I’ve been eyeing it for the past couple of transfers, but it’s kind of far out, so we haven’t worked in it. But I started feeling like it would be a good place to go. So I talked to the Elders and told them I wanted to open up the Mumbles for missionary work, and they said it was a great idea. So they’re going to help us and hopefully this week, we will start bringing missionary work there.
I’ve been thinking and studying a lot lately about my call letter. In the white handbook it says, “…you have been called by a prophet of God and set apart to represent the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. You have been called to “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end” How great is your calling!”
Then in the call letter it says:
“You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church.”
The thing I like about all of that is that it says you have been called. You’ve been called by God. It’s like He said, “Hey. I need you. Come on. I’ve got work to do, and I need your help. Let’s go.” It’s just kind of neat to know that when a missionary comes out, God needs YOU to help Him do this work.
Before I left Bishop Hall pulled me into his office and we just talked about missions for a while. Then he had me read Matt, 4:19: “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then he said, “That was the old days.” We looked up Jeremiah 16:16: “Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.”
He told me that I wouldn’t be fishing out here on my mission. Those days of fishing are past. Now the Lord has called hunters, whose job is much more difficult than the fishers’, and we’re a part of them. We’re supposed to hunt them from every mountain and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks, or wherever they may be hidden.
That scripture has kind of been my anchor for the duration of my mission so far, not just because it tells me what I am to do, but it helps me understand again that God sent for me. It was like God called my name, and I obeyed, I answered and I followed, and mostly I didn’t know why, or where I was going, or even if I was supposed to go, but as I approached God, He said, “I have a job for you to do. Will you do it?”
The Lord sent for us. He called us to be His hunters. It’s one of my favourite scriptures now. It just really anchors me in what I’m doing. And it’s so true, because our mission is a low-baptising mission, because we REALLY have to hunt to find someone to baptise.
We went to this castle and cliffs this afternoon. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!