Sunday, May 8, 2011

What Wilt Thou Have Me Do?

   Missionaries want to be successful.  Within the mission, they look to their President, mission leaders, companions, church members... anyone they think will help to bring them the success that they have come here to achieve. They want to baptize and they always look for ways to successfully do it. They want to do what the Lord would have them do.
   Many times throughout my life, I have asked the Lord what He would have me do.  Perhaps we can learn best from Saul of Tarsus as he journeyed on the road to Damascus to threaten and persecute the followers of Christ. He had an overwhelming experience that changed his life forever.  A light overshadowed him and he heard a voice ask, "...Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?... And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest... And he trembling and astonished said, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?..."  (Acts 9:4-6) Saul's life was forever changed. He became a great advocate for the Savior. 
   What we may learn from Saul's experience, however, is each of us should be an advocate for Christ. In John 17, we read that the Savior prayed for his disciples, and then prayed..."for them also which shall believe on me through their word;... that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."  We must live and teach the Gospel of  Christ in such a way that others will know that Christ is the Son of God, and there is no salvation or exaltation without Him.
   At times it is difficult to push on through the challenges a missionary faces. Yet, most missionaries are at the peak of happiness as they serve. They have made the decision to serve and they don't want the experience to end. In the Doctrine and Covenants, we may find an answer to the question, "What Wilt Thou Have Me Do?"

"Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness: For the power is in them wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward." (D&C 58:27-28)
  The Texas McAllen Mission has missionaries doing all the good that they can. I know they will receive their reward.  They are blessed- and I am blessed to be able to be here to serve with them!

Here are some pictures from zone conferences held last March:

Sinton Zone


Corpus Christie Zone

 
Hidalgo Zone
   
Laredo Zone
  
Harlingen Zone

Brownsville Zone

Edinburg Zone

McAllen Zone