Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Talking With God

"After this manner therefore pray ye:  Our Father which art in heaven . . . "  Matthew 6:9

"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth".  Mark 9:23

A talk in Sacrament given by a 14-year-old lad suggested that we maintain contact with our Father in Heaven  like the astronauts in space always stay connected to ground control.  Obviously, communication with God is directed heavenward, though the point is clear that we cannot be guided, protected, and brought home safely without staying in tune to course corrections and affirmations telling us when we are aligned properly with the plan for success of our earthly mission.

Occasionally I've wondered what it must be like for God hearing voices coming up from the world and how He filters them.  He obviously would know all the languages, since He was around at the time He confounded them.  There are no language barriers with God.  The only barriers are our own.  We are supposed to be able to talk with Him the same as when we talk to another person face-to-face.  Yet, until we get to know Him through scriptures and personal revelation, we may not feel comfortable saying something to Him as we might to a friend or family member in everyday conversation.

Does God have a point where He gets so many messages about a certain individual that He moves him or her to a priority pile for heavy consideration?  Does the plea of a fearful child, or a cry of pain from a lonely person go into a special slot for quick action?  This is silly speculation on my part, but I do know He somehow handles all the prayers in a manner that is the best for each individual and answers them to accomplish His eternal purposes.

A quote from Sacrament meeting today:  "You can live without God but cannot succeed without Him.

From the perspective of the world, a person may seem very successful by the measures humans use such as wealth, accomplishments, and accumulation of goods, but the ultimate success is to gain Eternal Life and no worldly accomplishment without that will amount to anything in the end.  After all, what can we take with us?

I do want to ask Heavenly Father some questions today.  It will be as if He and I are sitting in the lounge, kicked back in front of a warm fire, sipping a lovely exotic fruit juice and nibbling on scrumptious goodies.
Did we have committee assignments to present designs and ideas for the creation of the earth?  Who voted on the final design?  Did someone say these flowers should hand down with dangly things and contrasting colors that matched on the little bulbs on the ends and everyone said, "Cool!"  Obviously, You liked the idea.
 Did someone specify how many poky-out, thin, spiky petals these could have without overwhelming the design?
 Did You ask someone to render a drawing of tiny little flowers as You gave them practice at what it is like to create things?  Did you comment and "ooo" and "awww" over how brilliant your children were as they showed You their ideas?  Did you hang the pictures somewhere?  There isn't a fridge in heaven, is there?
Did You become so happily overwhelmed with the marvelous renditions that you decided to make everyone happy and use them all so we would have a wondrous variety on Earth?
How long did it take to figure out how to make the leaves change color?  Did You learn that in Your kindergarten or did we get to learn about it in our pre-mortal education?  Were we excited when we saw Your demonstration in science class?
Concerning the missionaries Thou art sending to earth, are they older spirits than those of us who were born first?  They seem like the noble and great ones we read about in the scriptures and they get better and better as the years go by. Did Thou sprinkle the best, strongest, and most valiant spirits amongst all the dispensations so all generations have examples to follow?
How did You do the miracle of removing the severe panic and anxiety from this daughter so she could be around people and attend meetings and ultimately be baptized?
How did You make such a beautiful variety of people all over the world?
What made You decide it would be extra fun to send more than one spirit at a time to parents once in a while?  Did the spirit children refuse to go alone or was it an extra privilege because they were really good and You delighted in allowing them that special experience?
How is it we know in our hearts that Thou does know us individually and love us and listen to us when we need to talk?    

And, last but not least, how can my prayer such as, "Please help me find the car keys!" be answered so quickly?

Thank you, for listening.  I know the answers to my questions are forthcoming.  Were the refreshments delightful?  I'm glad You thought of taste buds . . .

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