As a missionary, my favorite part of the day was the hour I had in the morning to do personal study. During those 18 months, I read many inspiring talks from apostles and prophets, and since then our Church leaders have continued to give inspiring messages on the topic. But the following five are still my favorites and helped me the most on my mission. Holland When a missionary comes home after a long and hard day, they can read this and realize the love the Savior has for them as a missionary. This talk is what got me through the hard times.
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Of the First Quorum of the Seventy There is only one way to happiness and fulfillment. Jesus Christ is the Way. There is only one way to happiness and fulfillment. He is the Way. Every other way, any other way, whatever other way, is foolishness. He offers a well of living water. He is the Bread of Life. He is the Light of the World. He is the Resurrection and the Life. He is the Savior of the world. The way of the Father is the way of the Son.
Only He can sustain us. Only He can cause our hearts to beat and give us breath. Only He can preserve and protect us. Only He can give us strength to bear up the burdens of life. Only He can give us power, knowledge, peace, and joy. Only He can forgive our sins. Only He can heal us. Only He can change us and forge a godly soul. Only He can bring us back into His presence.
And He will do all of that and much more if we but remember Him to keep His commandments. What then shall we do? We will remember Him to keep His commandments. It is the only intelligent thing to do. It is the source of joy, peace, knowledge, strength, love, and every other good thing. With the Atonement, it is the power by which we may be changed and made strong where we are weak. With the priesthood, it is the power by which marriages and families are sealed together eternally.
Everything depends on that. To that end, Jesus Christ entered a garden called Gethsemane, where He overcame sin for us. He took upon Himself our sins. He suffered the penalty of our wrongs. He paid the price of our education. I only know that He did and that because He did, you and I may be forgiven of our sins that we may be endowed with His power. Verily I say unto you, even as I am. We might think it is too hard, too high, too much, beyond our capacity, at least for now.
In life we learn that the highest achievements in any human endeavor are always the most difficult and, therefore, achievable only by a select few who are most able. The higher the standard, the fewer can reach it. But that is not the case here because, unlike every other experience in this life, this is not a human endeavor.
It is, rather, the work of God. Not anywhere. Not ever. No institution, plan, program, or system ever conceived by men has access to the redeeming and transforming power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Life is hard, not the gospel. Life is hard for all of us, but life is also simple. We have only two choices. And I ask, which way is easier? Get on the path and never, ever give up. You never give up. You just keep on going. Every other way, any other way, whatever other way is foolishness. He is the Way, the only Way. May we have the good sense to follow Him. In His holy name, even Jesus Christ, amen.
5 Talks That Helped Me on My Mission (And Could Help Your Missionary, Too)
Bagar Monson Focusing on what a missionary has instead of what they lack will transform each missionary and allowed them to focus on others. It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. I plead with you. It is by Elder Lawrence E. Salvation never was easy.
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