Having hit the less-than-a-month-left stage of the mission. I have been thinking back on all that I have experienced and done. But, wow, I cannot even describe in good sense or words what I feel and what I have learned from this whole experience. All of it is way beyond my capacity to even fully understand. I have learned to trust in the Lord more fully and accept His will in my life. As I have come to face a lot of difficulties I have also learned that through His help I can accomplish wonders and see them in my life. We are promised all through out the scriptures of the Lord's help unto His servants, the prophets and to those who serve Him with all their hearts, minds, and souls. Doctrine and Covenants 84:88 promises that as we do the Lord's work we will be promised to have angels 'round about us. What a great promise!
Also there are many instances in the Bible of those who served the Lord and had many miracles occur because of their faith in Him. For instance, Elijah stood against the priests of Baal and overcame them by his faith and showed the power of God to all the people there. Also Elisha with his servant when they were surrounded by their enemies and had the hosts of heaven at their back. Wow, also Moses when he stood against Pharaoh and the armies of Egypt. He, by faith and action helped free the Israelites from slavery, even parting the Red sea so they were able to pass through on dry ground.
Many instances were shown in the Book of Mormon as well. Wonders as done for Nephi, when he was instructed to build a ship, and showing the power of God unto his brothers. Or, Samuel the Lamanite when he stood up for the truth on a wall, having arrows and stones thrown and shot at him, but the power of the Lord protected him until his message was delivered. All of these are just a few of the stories that are shared about faith and miracles happening after that initial trial of faith.
I have learned, as did the pioneers of the past, that I can do hard things. I know so can you. We all have the capability to accomplish wonders and see the hand of the Lord influence our lives everyday. How is this possible? By the power and mercy afforded us by the Savior, Jesus Christ. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."John 3:16
Prayer is also essential for us to develop such faith in God. As we pray we come to understand who He is and what His goal for us is. We know through Moses 1:39 "For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." How much He loves us! He wants us to succeed and to have Eternal life. The greatest of all blessings, being that of Exaltation with our God and Jesus Christ. We can live together with them forever, along with our loved ones, previously passed on and living with us today. The blessings from the gospel are truly that of love and peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Have faith and trust in an Almighty God, who loves us beyond our mortal imaginations. We cannot even compare to what we think God's love for us is. Nothing we know can help us understand it.
As we let this power work in us we can then begin the needed changes to our lives. We can come to see our flaws and recognize the things we can do to become better, stronger, and more full of the Light of Christ. "The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness." Luke 11:14 Others will see the light in our eyes and desire to know of the cause. Then can we share of the love we feel from our knowledge of our Savior, Pattern, and Friend.
Let your hearts be centered on the Savior. Let Him change you to become what you were meant to become. And discover your full potential.
In the name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Amen.