Well it is Friday night right now and we just finished our day. I just was thinking back to the beginning of my mission and I was thinking of how I was interacting with others. And I don't have any idea why but felt this week I needed to write you this and do it while it is fresh in my head.
Before my mission and in the beginning of my mission whenever I was having a hard time I would see a lot of what “they” were doing to hurt me even when they do not mean to all the time. And what they were doing wrong. Well tonight I was thinking of a missionary's purpose and that is... "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end."
Well as you see above I underlined “invite and others”. This is what we do all the time as missionary's cause when we invite in a loving Christ like way for people to do something most of the time they will do it. And trying in the right way to help someone become better is a good thing. But we as people say,
"Well it makes me mad he/she does this!" or
"He or she needs to do more of this."
"Why can't they see all the things they do?"
Well I have to admit I have done all of these things, but how do we expect people to change and become better when we don't even look at what we may be doing wrong... Yes it is hard and it takes a bigger man to say I messed up I need to change here and do this. Because if we want people to change around us and treat us different as a person or have our friendship or Marriage or relationship improve, sometimes it takes humbling ourself and looking inward. Sometimes we need to ask ourself", “what am I doing wrong to cause this..." Or "what can I change to become better".
So humble yourself and don't be prideful and think it is their fault with what is going on. In fact there is a quote in preach my gospel that says... "Pride is competitive; those who are prideful seek to have more and presume they are better than other people." No one is better than anyone, we are all equal and not perfect or close to it. We all can change and show the pure love of Christ by changing flaws about us that are hurting our relationships with others before we start going and pointing out what others are doing wrong cause that is not our place.
God had only one perfect son and that is the Savior Jesus Christ who set the way for us. So I invite everyone who reads this letter to look at themselves to see what they can change before trying to change someone else, don't be a boss be a leader. And by that I mean a leader is down with everyone doing his part to get from point A to point B and working along side others. He is showing them by what he or she dose by example. A boss, on the other hand, is someone who sits in a chair and tells people what to do and what they need to change.
This is not the Saviors way, it is not how the Savior did it and it is not how we should do it either. Lead by example for others like the Savior did for YOU!! I love you all hope you all have a great week!!
PS what would be a fun in a Christmas package is just written letters from everyone that can. It’s so great just to hear how family and friends are doing. That is it really...maybe some money to get my suits dry cleaned...