Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy and his wife spoke to us last night and it was so great! One thing I really liked that they said is how sometimes all you need is a start. How simple, but how true! It’s when you’re standing on the brink of something new, looking down at the dark waters below that fear takes ahold of you heart, leaving you motionless. The thing is that’s exactly what the adversary wants. He doesn’t want you to move, he doesn’t want you to progress. He makes you think that there’s no way you can do this–turn back and find somewhere safe, somewhere familiar. But this life is all about change and progression, that’s the whole purpose for us being here. We have to push ourselves to try and do new things. And yes, sometimes it’s scary. Looking down from the ledge can sometimes appear to be certain death. But the great and miraculous thing that we have, the thing that we must never forget, is that we have never been expected to do this alone. Our Lord and Savior will be with us through every part of the journey if we call upon Him.
23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Trust Him. He has all power and all knowledge. It’s so easy to forget the power of the Lord over ALL things, even the little or seemingly insignificant ones. He cares about us and will help us. Sometimes starting is the hardest thing, but it is essential. Get to work and it will work out. All you need is a start.
I can’t wait for the next step in the adventure! I am so incredibly grateful for the time that I’ve had to learn and grow in the MTC and for this whole mission experience that I get to be a part of. Every time I feel scared about going to Hong Kong, I just think about all of the people that I will have the chance to talk with and help and I am again filled with a strength and fortitude. I know that the Lord will be with me through every step of the way calming and comforting, strengthening and steering me. China, here I come!
(Gok Ji Muih)
(P.S. The Men’s chorus also preformed “Baba Yetu” which is like one of the coolest songs in the world. Look it up and prepare to feel EMPOWERED!!!(Just kidding. Not really))
1) sisters in my district
2) flowers at the temple