We work to achieve our missionary purpose through the 3 levels of consecration. Work Hard. Work Smart. Work Inspired.
Working hard. On my mission, I have learned that I am a hard worker. I'm not afraid of 12 hour days, walking 10 kilometers, or riding my bike for hours. Working hard, it takes stamina, but it's pretty easy.
Then there's working smart. It's having a plan, using your time wisely, and really working with a purpose. It's not just getting out the door of your apartment, it's getting out and having an idea of where you are going.
And finally, there is working inspired. It's working hard, and smart, but doing it all as the Savior would do. Working hard and smart for the sake of others. Forgetting yourself, and really praying to Heavenly Father that He will tell you where you need to go and what you need to do. Then working all day to find those who are prepared, and help those around you return to Him.
We talked about what it means to know that we're a successful missionary, and I really do believe that we can know that we are a successful missionary when we feel the Spirit of the Lord working through us and influencing the lives of others. But in order to do that, we need to know what the Spirit feels like to us.
I have been striving so hard to know how I feel the Spirit, and I have been trying to be extra sensitive to recognize when I feel I am being prompted by the Spirit. I have found that as I am searching for those feelings, not only am I able to feel them, but I also am able to feel them more deeply than before. I feel the Spirit of the Lord guiding my words, my actions, and bringing me where I need to be at exactly the right time.
Here's a miracle that we saw this week that simply amazed me!
Our friend Motoko San. Sister Matsuzaki and I met her last transfer, but were never really able to follow up with her and she kind of got lost in the areabook. Well, Elder Maurer had us write a PI list, and so we ended up calling her and inviting her to meet with us that Monday night. Then we called her that day, and asked if we could have it at Kichijoji and she was totally down. She loved FHE. Had a huge defining moment, and even on the way home, we were all feeling the Spirit so strongly, and it was so comfortable. Like we'd known each other for a really long time. We set an appointment for the next week, but then she called us on Tuesday, and asked if we could do a lesson that night. It was incredible!! She loves prayer, the Book of Mormon, and the fact that God is her loving Heavenly Father. She also realized that she's met with missionaries before in Taiwan. When we taught about baptism she said that she would LOVE to be able to receive the ordinance. She is going to pray about her date, but she feels pretty confident about it. She's amazing. She is prepared.
None of what happened can possibly be contributed to me. It is all simply that the Lord loves Motoko San, and He guided her to us. I feel so humbled and amazed to be a little part of her finding the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have a lot of mixed emotions these days as my mission is coming to an end.... But I feel incredibly blessed for every moment of every day. I love my Savior, and that through Him, I can be forgiven of my sins. I can become better. I can progress along the path to eternal joy.
I love you all! Have a great week!!