The last couple weeks of a missionary’s mission, they give a reflection and kind of sum up their thoughts or feelings in about a 2-3 minute talk. This was mine.
Brothers and Sisters, I love to stand on mountain summits. I love to look out at the view beneath me. But moreover I love the challenge of the way up.
Before my mission, I was a mountain climber. There is a certain climb right behind the Provo Utah Temple in Rock Canyon. My friends and I would have to climb up a pitch to get to the crack we wanted to climb. Because of the grueling nature of this climb, we nicknamed it Devil’s Crack. We would climb it all the time, but I could never finished it.
Right before my mission, I told my friends that I was going to finish this climb and get to the top of it. When I made it to the top, I had used up all my energy and my hands were bleeding. Hanging off my anchor, I couldn’t believe I had done it. I turned around and was able to see all of Utah County. As I looked down at my route, where I had placed my feet and where I had placed my hands, I had a new perspective. There were some things that I had missed that could have made the climb easier had I noticed them in my ascent.
For the past two years I have been serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have been climbing a crack. I have been giving it my all. I have been sweating and hurting. My hands have bled. I have noticed some things and I have a new perspective. I want to share ten perspectives that I have gained on my mission with you.
- I have found that prayer is to think and to listen, more than it is to ask and to tell.
- I have found that giving of your time and a listening ear is some of the most valuable service you can offer.
- I have found that families take time, planning and love – for they become the future leaders who establish the church.
- I have found that we are what we do. We are not what we plan to do, hope to do, or want to do, but simply what we do.
- I have found that memorized scriptures fill our lives with virtue and empower us to answer the prayers of others.
- I have learned in working with others to show, not tell.
- I have learned that an attitude will determine our altitude.
- I have come to find that a companion is a mortal, ministering angel.
- I know that journals remind you of the tender mercies of Lord. Be sure to write them.
- Lastly, I know that when we are consistently obedient, consistently diligent, and consistently accountable, that we will all be consistently miraculous.
I love my Savior. I know he lives.
I share this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
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Ok I have a few minutes got to make this quick!
We found all these amazing families out of our area book this week! We pulled up to one of these families and all these little kids came running out yelling “zhanglao! zhanglao!” (Elders Elders) These little kids were so excited to see us! Apparently missionaries hadn’t been there in years but these kids loved the messages and feelings we brought! This gospel is all about families! I was definitely reminded of that this week!
We had tons of families come to English this week and we tripled our program out here in Puli!
The Lord is with us, we are happy and we are seeing miracles!
I love you with all of my heart!
-Elder Spencer K. Bailey
Well, my new preparation day is now officially Mondays!
I am in Puli with Elder Green! He actually went to Orem High School and is an incredibly humble and dedicated missionary!
Wow, from the second we got here to Puli, we have just started seeing miracles and meeting amazing people!
My time is about out, but know I love you and we will talk next week!
– Elder Bailey
Hello my dear family!
Oh my, this week has been CRAZY! We got 19 new missionaries and I was answering questions like crazy for Elder Forbes (my replacement in the office) so he can be ready for the next crazy big group of 30 missionaries! Our mission has increased by 30% since President Monson’s announcement lowering the age for missionaries.
Anyway, it sure kept Caitlin fresh on my mind! I am so excited to skype with you all tomorrow and find out where she is going!
I had a great birthday this past week! Mom, thank you so much for your package! We had a big Cinco de Mayo party with all the office elders and we had burrito bar! We had breakfast burritos, Cafe Rio pork burritos, and Elder Alan even tracked down 3 different kinds of beans! So that was very fun!
Well, it is crazy it has been a good 7 months in the office! This Monday I move somewhere new! I will find out tonight so I will tell you tomorrow! 😀
I love you all! Wish you a wonderful week!
– Elder Bailey
Thanks for the birthday wishes! I love you all so much! I am out of time but here is some fun pictures! Continue reading
My dearest family! Did you know I love you all SO SO much! Thank you for your continued prayers and support! The next two weeks I will be finishing training Elder Forbes and then be back out in the streets! YAY!
I had two experiences that really made me think this week! Continue reading
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Hello my Dearest Family!
Wow, conference was great! Granted I have only seen Saturday (we are a week behind everybody), but I heard some wonderful talks! Continue reading