As missionaries we all learn by heart what our purpose is. We are serving to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them to accept the Restored Gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, receiving the Gift of the holy Ghost and enduring to the end. Every day we get up early in the morning, prepare, study and then work for 9 hours till 11 pm to share with our brothers and sisters that which is of greatest worth and value to us. We go out with the desire to share the principles and believes which have blessed our lives and our families in so many ways and have brought us greater satisfaction and happiness than anything else. Dedicating everything I have to this cause, it is hard to see nobody truly accepting what their loving Heavenly Father is offering them through my service as a missionary. I literally hold in my hands this simple and wonderful way to find true happiness and all I desire is to share it with everybody.
I know I am not the only one who has ever felt this disappointment of working hard but not getting anything from it. Last week President & Hermana Deere talked to us about "Learning to love the satisfaction of a hard day's labor". Truly inspired counsel given in the right moment. I just need to do the best I can and remembering that I did everything in my power I can be satisfied and happy looking back on the work I did no matter how great the immediate outcome is.
Further great counsel I find in the words of our modern day prophets. In his talk from general conference Grateful in Any Circumstances, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf invites us to develop any "Attitude of Gratitude" no matter what the circumstances are. Another living prophet, Elder David A. Bednar, teaches us about significant but subtle blessings. From his talk The Windows of Heaven I learned that we need wait a while and take a second, maybe even third and closer look to recognize all the blessings our Heavenly Father gives us every day. Every morning I learn something new from the scriptures. Every day I get to help and serve in many different ways. Not one day has gone by without opportunities to act upon my believes and thereby be a witness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is hard to serve my mission and it always will be and because it is hard it is the best time ever.
<3 elder gantner