Back in the MTC I told a story about one of the native Korean sisters and what she told me the sister missionaries had done for her when she was first learning about the gospel. I wrote, “I hope that I can be that for another Sister Kim in Korea…there are a lot of Kims to be taught!” Well, yesterday my first Sister Kim was baptized! Honestly though, I had nothing to do with teaching her. Not only because of my limited language skills, but also because my companion and her pervious companion taught Sister Kim everything she needed to know, she just needed a little faith and time. As I thought about this, I thought more about my purpose and role as a missionary to these people. Really, the desire to be closer to God and to know Him better, the process of reading and praying to find truth, and the changes we all need to make to be better are very personal. As a missionary, I just introduce people to truth and teach them how they can know for themselves. Other than that, it’s all up to them to take the next steps, like Sister Kim did yesterday. I study every day and frequently pray for the people I meet so that I can know how to best help them, but without Heavenly Father’s help, all my efforts would be useless. He knows each of His children perfectly, and He is the one who knows what they need, more than I ever will, even if I do speak the same language. This truly is His work and His glory (Moses 1:39), and I am so happy to be an instrument in this little part of the world, hopefully the best instrument I can be!
Though inviting and helping people to Christ is my main purpose, there are so many things I have been/am being trained to do to accomplish this great work, such as family history work, conquering addictions, helping families organize and prioritize time, and so forth. Two weekends ago at General Conference, a modern day apostle talked about everything that missionaries do to help people like you, even if you yourself aren’t Mormon. We are here, there, and everywhere to serve Heavenly Father’s children, and that isn’t limited to people who go to our church. So if you need help with anything, whether it is learning English (…ok, none of you probably need
help with that) or painting your house, I encourage you to “Ask the Missionaries! They Can Help You!”
I guess I should explain what General Conference is. It’s the BEST! In the Bible and Book of Mormon, prophets would gather all the people together and give them instruction and revelation from the Lord that the people needed, such as Moses and the Israelites (Deut. 31:1,11-13) and King Benjamin and the Nephites (Mosiah 2:1-2). Today, we do the same thing the first weekend of every April and October. The prophet, 12 Apostles, and other leaders of the church each speak about a topic they feel the world needs to hear. In Korea, and probably many other countries, it is actually held the second weekend because we are ahead of Utah time, so it hasn’t happened yet! I realized at the MTC that I would get to watch General Conference in my first month here, and slightly freaked out because it would be translated into Korean…but the other foreigner missionaries and I had a party in a classroom and watched it in English, fortunately. Some of my other favorite talks, besides the ones on missionaries of course, were “I Know It. I Live It. I Love It.” by Sister Ann M. Dibb, “Where Is the Pavilion?” by President Henry B. Eyring, and “The First Great Commandment” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.
I love General Conference because the messages shared are truths found even in the scriptures; truths that apply to all of us in our day to day lives. I can’t wait for April!