These past two transfers I’ve been more mindful of one of my mission goals which is to have “stronger faith and no more fear”, for some reason in this transfer it’s become somewhat more of a struggle. And so this week I’ve come to study more about fear and it’s relation to faith. But I read this verse in D&C 38:30 and at the end it says “…but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” We need to just prepare ourselves and leave the rest up to God. Which reminds me of a talk by Joseph B. Wirthlin where he says “The simple secret is this: put your trust in the Lord, do your best, then leave the rest to Him.” We need to take our fears to the Lord, and ask for the strength to confront them. I know when we ask for opportunities to do so, I can promise you that when you act, your fear will diminish and your faith will grow. There is danger in delay, as Thomas S. Monson has said “There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today, and to live most fully today, we must do that which is of greatest importance. Let us not procrastinate those things which matter most…One day, each of us will run out of tomorrows. Let us not put off what is most important.” This talk in which he said this is called “In Search of Treasure”, from April 2003 General Conference. He said this “The Savior of the world spoke of treasure. In His Sermon on the Mount He declared:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
The promised reward was not a treasure of ivory, gold, or silver. Neither did it consist of acres of land or a portfolio of stocks and bonds. The Master spoke of riches within the grasp of all–even joy unspeakable here and eternal happiness hereafter.
Today I have chosen to provide the three pieces of your treasure map to guide you to your eternal happiness. They are:
1 Learn from the past.
2 Prepare for the future.
3 Live in the present.”
I know that if we do these three things we will not have regrets in life, and I’ve tried to apply this to my mission. Yes, I’ve don’t some stupid things in my mission, but I’ve learnt from them; I’m trying to stay focused on the here and now, how the spirit is guiding me, and then I’m preparing for the immediate and more distant future so I don’t have to fear.
This week was good, Monday night we went for dinner at an old couple’s home in the country and the sunset was just so pretty on the drive home! Our Father in Heaven truly has created beautiful things for us to enjoy.
Wednesday we had a scambio with the Sassari Sorelle and I was with Sorella Palmer! She’s really sweet and we had a really good scambio, that night we had dinner with the Bishop and his family. Then Thursday we saw one of our less actives and taught a good lesson on hope and how it links to faith and charity; Sorella Palmer found a good quote and it ended up being a really good discussion about how all the Christlike attributes work together so when we develop one, we develop them all.
Friday we had MLC and it actually worked. Anyway, it was good to see President and some of my cari! That night we did some good ole door to door because we had an hour and not enough time to go somewhere and get home in time for 9, some said we could come back; we rang on a door bell and there was no reply but there was this plant and in it was a head massager thing…
Saturday was a bit crazy, and saw some miracles! This girl gave us her number, we passed by our investigator in her gelateria and I just feel that she really knows that we love her! Then to top it off we got a referral, and she picked up the phone and were going to see her on Wednesday #dontfearaugust. Then on the bus ride home this drunk man got on, and stood right by us and read my name tag for the whole bus to hear, then tried to sell us his watermelon for €10! Sunday was a goooood day, we had dinner with some members and they fed us Chinese food, didn’t expect to be given that in my mission. Today we took a trip to Oristano, and met some YSA and the other missionaries and played volleyball, ”twas fun!
I hope you have a great week, I love you and happy ferragosto! Sorella Tacchi xxx