WA Week 21 - The Why

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week.

One of my favorite parts of the week was a worldwide missionary broadcast that we were able to watch on Wednesday morning. It was wonderful! As a missionary, sometimes we get into these slumps. There's a roller coaster of times when the area is booming and we're teaching tons of lessons, and then times when it seems like we aren't finding anyone and we're not doing any good. Right now, I kind of feel like we're in a little slump. We've got a great ward, and we've been teaching a decent amount of people, but none of them are really progressing all that much. That's why I lovehaving conferences and broadcasts where we can strengthen our faith that Heavenly Father really does have some great things prepared for us. They just pump me up!

We got to listen to several general authorities on the missionary general board as well as Elder Anderson, Elder Bednar, and Elder Oaks. The theme of the broadcast was to "Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts." I loved the emphasis to teach repentance, to encourage people to change their lives to be more in harmony with Heavenly Father's will. I've found that there really are a lot of "hard hearts" and "stiff necks" in the world. A lot of people don't give the gospel a chance because they aren't willing to change their ways. But we can't define our own truth. Our ways are not God's ways, and no matter how much we want to be happy living our lives the way we want to, we just can't. Heavenly Father's way is the only way to happiness and eternal life, and teaching people His Way, His Gospel, is what defines our purpose as missionaries.

Getting people to understand our purpose is one of the most frustrating things I wish people would understand. We don't have a hidden agenda. We don't try to baptize people to increase the church's numbers, to get brownie points, or whatever ... We do it because we really believe thateveryone needs the Gospel.

The Book of Mormon says it best:
 "Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise." -2 Nephi 2:6, 8

That's why we give up 18 months to 2 years of the prime of our lives. That's why we are up at 6:30every morning until 10:30 at night -- studying, praying, teaching, knocking on door after door after door, getting rejected time and time again, having people threaten to call the cops on us ... because we know that there are people out there who are searching for the gospel. That's what makes it all worth it.

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a full-time missionary, and I will be grateful for this short time for the rest of eternity. The gospel has changed my life.

I love you all, and I'm so grateful for each of your letters and emails! I'm sorry if I don't respond back to them all. I only have a limited amount of time every week to write, but I really appreciate them. So keep 'em coming! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Talk to you next time!

-Sister Skousen

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