Dear Family and Friends,
I know I'm only 9 1/2 months out on a mission, and I have plenty to learn, but I hope some advice from a young missionary will prove to be useful. During the last few months I had at home before I entered the field, I had a lot of concerns about whether I would be good enough or if I had enough knowledge about the Gospel. There were times I felt very inadequate and questioned whether serving a mission was the right decision for me. If any of you are having those feelings, or are wondering whether mission is right for you, let me be another one to tell you that you won't regret serving a mission. Not one bit. I'll be the first to tell you that I don't have a vast knowledge of the Bible or verses memorized as artillery to contend with people who oppose us and the message we share. There are many things that I do not know, and it's something that I've learned to accept. With those of you who know my nature and how I am, I am one who wants to do their best when they're focused on something, whether it be on the baseball field, or something else.
There were multiple occasions this week that we were invited to a home and the people living there invited us just to contend with them. One was a pastor, and another was an active member of another faith. As these individuals threw all their Bible knowledge upon us, we were forced to sit and politely listen as they bashed our beliefs and the things we knew were true. A year ago, this was the exact situation I feared because of my lack of knowledge and I was afraid I wouldn't know how to respond. However, our purpose as missionaries isn't to convince people our message is right, it is to invite others to come unto Jesus Christ as they pray about the messages we share with them. What you don't know isn't important. In those times, the best thing to do is to focus on what you do and bear pure and simple testimony. As we were able to do that in these separate occasions, we were able to leave the Spirit in the home as we left and moved to our next appointments. I testify that the Lord molds you into what he needs you to become as you gain experiences. Don't worry about what you don't know or what skills you lack, if you have a desire to serve, that's all you need. Trust in the Lord to add unto you what you need in the very moment you need it.
I love you all,