I promised someone I love that I would share more of myself, my spiritual experiences, and I simply don’t have time to do that in personal emails, and so I’ve decided that I will do so here.
This has been the most magnificent week of my mission, and I pray, and fully expect, that it will only increase from here.
On Monday, I was able to attend a historic Mission Leadership Council with the other District Leaders, Zone Leaders, and Sister Training Leaders of the West Virginia Charleston Mission. We were asked by President Pitt to fast, to study 3 talks, and to come preparing to receive revelation and the will of the Lord. We did, and we did.
After the council, Elder Maxwell, one of our Assistants to the President at the end of his mission, stated, “That was the most spiritual meeting I have ever been in regarding to the salvation of other people, and probably ever will be in.” I couldn’t have said it any better.
God loves His children. He expects the laborers in His vineyard to love His children as well. The focus of our meeting was “Doing His will, His way.”
What is the lord’s way? President Pitt taught us recently in a Zone Conference, that “miracles are the God’s way”. We also learn from Alma 37:7 that “the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” The Lord wants miracles to happen, and they are happening, and they WILL happen, according to the faith of those on both sides of the veil.
In Jacob 5:72 we read, “And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.”
The Lord is laboring with us! How incredible that is to know! And His way of performing His work is through miracles! There is a magnificent talk given by Elder Gene R. Cook in a 1981 address to the students at BYU regarding faith. This is one of the talks we were asked to read in preparation for the MLC. You can read it here: http://www.lds.org/new-era/1982/10/faith-in-the-lord-jesus-christ?lang=eng
Time is very short, but I want you to know that the talk linked above has changed my mission and my life. I truly hope that you will read it, and that you will learn the principles taught therein.
At the end of this magnificent meeting, the 73 Elders and Sisters in that room knelt in prayer, and the Lord bound this mission together. The work is changing, the Lord is hastening, and that hastening means far more and encompasses far more than I ever realized. We must double our might, our efforts, our faith, and pray for the Lord’s will to be done. Let us pray for miracles to happen every day. We are the means by which the Lord works. We are His angels.
This was shared to me by Dan Fackrell:
Elder John A. Widtsoe of the Quorum of the Twelve said: ‘In our preexistent state, in the day of the great council, we made a certain agreement with the Almighty. The Lord proposed a plan, conceived by him. We accepted it. Since the plan is intended for all men, we become parties to the salvation of every person under that plan. We agreed, right then and there, to be not only saviors for ourselves, but … saviors for the whole human family. We went into a partnership with the Lord. The working out of the plan became then not merely the Father’s work, and the Savior’s work, but also our work. The least of us, the humblest, is in partnership with the Almighty in achieving the purpose of the eternal plan of salvation’ (‘The Worth of Souls,’ Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Oct. 1934, 189).”
I submit that this partnership is a two-way agreement, a covenant with promise. If we will do this work His way, He will grant us what we desire according to our faith, and we will see miracles.
Let us increase our faith.