Conversion & Exito
“Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.” — Alma 26:27
I’ve had a lot of hard weeks on my mission. Thankfully, this was not one of them!
Despite the fact that we have stopped visiting nearly all of our investigators, due to their lack of commitment; despite our struggles with finding people who are ready and willing to hear and act on our message; despite our struggles as leaders to help other missionaries become more converted to this work, I do not feel discouraged. In fact, I feel successful.
Many may wonder, “How is she successful, if no one seems to be willing to listen to her message?” Here is a quote by Hartmon Rector, Jr:
“The Lord doesn’t seem to measure success in terms of attainment of position or power or wealth. A prophet in the Book of Mormon (where, by the way, the most succinct and unvarnished truths can be found) said, ‘But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.’ (2 Ne. 2:24–25.) If man is that he might have joy, then success to the Lord must include the attainment of real joy. On the basis of this definition, then, no one is really successful who is not happy.”
I know why I am out here. It is not because I want personal recognition for what I am doing. I am simply here because I love the Lord, and I know that doing all that I can to help people come closer to Christ will please Him, even if they don’t listen to my message. I am not here to work until I see a blessing or a miracle; I am here to work until the Lord is satisfied (which, by the way, takes longer than a year and a half).
No matter what we accomplish, we are not successful unless we are truly happy, and striving to do things that will make us happy, like developing faith and obeying the commandments. May we each strive to live happily and be patient amid our trials, that we may be successful in this life.