Gift 4: A desire to plan and prepare.
Missionaries plan. We plan our days–hour by hour and even down to what we will study during our morning studies. We plan our weeks and set goals for what we will accomplish, and then transfer those goals into our daily goals. We plan for individuals–what we will teach and how we will serve them, for activities, for events, for visits with members, dinner appointments, contacting referrals and potentials and finding new ones. We plan a lot. Somehow in these last two transfers here in Clifton Forge with Elder Sorenson, I have learned how to plan even better! One week we tried something new that helped us plan more specifically and it just clicked for us! It all came together! That week was so great, and we’ve continued to increase in our planning and execution since then.
I now have a personal testimony that planning and preparation lead to success. In a talk given to young single adults, Elder M. Russell Ballard said: “I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.”
I know that the Lord expects us to be wise, to do many good things of our own free will and bring to pass much righteousness. I didn’t know that before, ha ha. One good friend of mine can attest to that, definitely. But I know it now. I will forever be grateful for a testimony of planning and preparation.