Thursday, July 25, 2013

feed my sheep

Elder Jeffery R. Holland gave this devotional at the MTC a few years ago called "Feed My Sheep."

The devotional was a precursor to his General Conference talk in October 2012:
"The First Great Commandment"

Watch it. Then watch it again.

His overall message:
You [the missionary] need to have the gospel in your own heart before you can bring it into the hearts of your brothers and sisters.

Such an inspiring devotional for prospective missionaries.

My favorite part:
"You need to be the best missionaries this world has ever seen. You are the hope of Israel. And you are 19, 20, 21 years old... I stand all amazed at a what a missionary is in this Church."

Me too, Elder Holland. Me too.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

called to serve

"Dear Sister Lauren Holbrook,

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the English language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

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. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Your purpose will be 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. As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.

The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you and pray that the Lord will help you become and effective missionary.

You will be set apart as a missionary by your stake president. Please send your written acceptance promptly, endorsed by your bishop.


Thomas S. Monson"

Basically one of my favorite places on the planet.
I'm really excited about the mountains. 

my mission boundaries
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love this gospel with all my heart! I am thrilled that I will be able to share the wonderful messages of peace and joy with others. I love my Savior and am honored that I would be entrusted with such an incredible calling.
I can't wait to get started!