Last week I got my jaw checked out because it kept popping. (Mom and Dad don't worry it’s all good, just got it checked out) It didn’t hurt, it was just more of an annoyance. So they sent me off campus with my companions to see a specialist. I talked to the dentist and he said, "Well, we have a couple of options. Your jaw is too big for your skull young man. We could send you home to get 3 years’ worth of orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery..." I stopped him and said, "Doctor Wilson, I don't think you understand, there is no way I am going home, or going home for this." He then said, "Well that's not what I would have had you do anyway. If it’s not bothering you, you will just have to live with it and be careful chewing." I was relieved. Then as my companions and I were waiting for our shuttle ride we were opening doors for people by the dental office and people would walk in and say, "Thank you, Elders." The best thing though was when young families would walk by and the parents would stop their little children and say, "Look kids, the Missionaries!" I used to be one of those little kids who ALWAYS looked up to the missionaries. It was an amazing feeling. I am so grateful for parents that taught me the importance of serving a full-time mission. That made my day.
Yesterday we had choir practice. We sang a special arrangement of "Jesus Once of Humble Birth". Our director talked about the song and some of the things he said hit me so hard. He said, "Heavenly Father had to send the star into orbit that was a sign to the Nephites millions of years before the earth was ever created. He had to send the star so it would appear on that one special day to the Nephites. If he cares that much about a star, imagine how much He cares about us. BE THAT STAR going into orbit for those you teach! Don't fail them and go home. You don't know what you could have helped them change in their life if you leave. There will be no salvation for them. We all have stars in our lives; be a star for someone else. Bring ALL unto Christ and talk to everyone. There is not a single person on this earth that can drop SO LOW that the Atonement of Jesus Christ cannot touch them. Jesus Christ went as low as possible so we can have happiness in our lives. He suffered so WE DON'T HAVE TO. Do all you can." I loved that. BE A STAR for people!
For our devotional we watched a video on 9/11 and the attacks. I got choked up because I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was in the 4th grade at Hillside Elementary in Wisconsin. My teacher told the class what had just happened and I just remember when I got home my mom was watching the news and they kept showing the planes flying into the twin towers over and over again. 10 years really does fly by. We also watched, "Music and The Spoken Word" by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. That was so uplifting. The message was the beauty of earth and the joy of life. One of the lyrics touched me, “And I'll return to you somehow." President Brown spoke after the video and said, "More people found themselves closer to God after 9/11. But most people have turned from Heavenly Father once again. It is our challenge as missionaries to bring peace to people. The only antidote to overcome wickedness and terrorism is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. What we have is for ALL of God's children. We have a responsibility to teach people about Joseph Smith and The Gospel of Jesus Christ. The people who died on 9/11 should NOT die in vain; they MUST not die in vain. Go forth now and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. NEVER be ashamed to be a missionary."
I am so happy I am on a mission. I get to take 2 years to gain a true knowledge of the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bring people unto Christ. I AM RESPONSIBLE for the sins of the people in my area. I AM RESPONSIBLE for their salvation (Jacob 1:19- AMAZING SCRIPTURE). My companion and I are the ONLY people that have the authority and power to do this. The Lord will always meet us halfway. If we do our best, the Lord will do the rest. :)
Thank you everyone for the love and support. I have never been happier. AMO ME MISION.