My testimony of Missionary Work
21. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth;
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints focuses a lot on missionary work and sharing beliefs through words and actions. I have always wanted to share my testimony through my works and through my personality.
I love the Church I was born into and believe it to be the true church of Jesus Christ. I have testimony that the gospel brings people closer to Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father through it’s standards and commandments. I also believe that we are given the spirit of the Holy Ghost as a guide through our life to help in our decision making and receive comfort.
As I have gained my testimony since my childhood I have also had a strong testimony for others to choose what they want to believe. I have never wanted to impose my thoughts or actions to persuade others to do what they don’t want to do. My main goal in sharing my testimony or missionary work is to connect and create relationships by relating with one another, sharing life experiences, and being understanding of each other’s thoughts. Truly loving each individual.
An Article of Faith I like to think of is number 11:
11. We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
My testimony is full with the love of Jesus Christ. I have seen his power in my life and pray for others to experience His similar love, outpouring for us. I also believe that we all have the same privilege to have testimony in our own personal beliefs. I choose to love others for choosing their own way to worship and I hope it will serve them.
I know we are all trying to do our best. I think all of us out there have a universal language that we want to understand and love each other. That can be done by worshipping through the way we want to worship and trying to be the best version of ourselves. I hope it brings you as much joy as my worshipping brings me.
What is Missionary Work?
According to Missionary Work in Gospel Topics in the Gospel Library for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints it says;
“When we experience the blessings of gospel living, we naturally want to share those blessings with others. The Lord spoke of the joy that comes into our lives when we share His gospel:
If it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!”
Missionary work to me, is sharing or expressing your thoughts and beliefs through a kind act and being a witness of a gospel message that has touched them. It’s a way to bring others to follow Jesus Christ and experience that same feeling of the message that was received from the gospel.
My Missionary Experience
I remember the importance of missionary work when I was in the Young Women’s program as a teenager. I would reach out or visit members that were inactive. I would also share a spiritual message or share my testimony during a phone call or visit. It was a way to extend friendship and possibly planting a seed of faith in their thoughts or hearts. I always enjoyed doing it and have created life long friendships with many by doing this. I love them dearly and they are often in my thoughts.
My favorite missionary experience was with a young man that I grew a friendship with, soon fell in love with, married, and whaaaat…14 years later are still together! That man is Domanic Marshall. My sweet, handsome, heart burning love, man!
I met Dom in our Junior year of High School. He moved to my school at the beginning of that year and after a month of us staring at each other when we would pass in the hall, we had an abrupt encounter. I pushed him into a locker and asked why he hadn’t talked to me yet and then ran away. He ran after me and to this day we don’t know what we said to each other other than the communication through our eyes, but we have been crazy for each other ever since. We hung out all the time and really liked getting to know each other.
A few weeks later, when he was walking me home from school he pulled me aside from our friends and asked me to be his girlfriend. I was so happy he asked me but then I thought about it and said, “no.” He was shocked. I quickly told him that I do enjoy being around him and do like him but I want to date a member of my faith.
In those few weeks of hanging out and getting to know him I like him a lot. I was nervous though because I didn’t want to have a relationship with him if it turned out down the road we didn’t have any of the same beliefs or shared core values.
We liked each other’s personalities but weren’t deep enough into our conversations to know one another’s hearts, goals, values, and desires. I wanted to marry in the temple and relate to some pretty important things in my mind.
I wanted to share with my husband the importance of temple covenants, our faith in Jesus Christ, and striving to live the gospel standards. I had no idea what his take on religion was. I knew he was Jewish but didn’t know where he stood with it or even what they practiced.
After I explained all this to him, he said something to this day that has me crack up; he said, “No girl has turned me down. I need to do some research on this church and see why it is so important to her.” That’s how it went down.
Dom came with me that next sunday to church wearing all black with long hair, and a beard. My parents set up the missionaries to come over for dinner and my family and I shared our testimonies of the church.
For the next few months Dom had the missionary discussions weekly and he and I would talk about the standards or the scriptures anytime we had the chance.
Dom had a complete faith story. He came to know the gospel and quickly took the steps to get baptized, and make some changes in his life. He quit smoking and drinking. He started working harder to earn money to prepare for a mission and studied the gospel every time he had the chance. He still lives like this today.
When he gets a chance he reads a church book, studies the scriptures, and serves for the ward when he isn’t working. To me, I have seen him before being a member and as a member, it’s though he has been a member all his life. It’s who he is and I love that I get to experience his journey with him. It was and will always be my favorite missionary story.
I don’t think he changed for me, I believe I was a tool in him choosing to find a belief that would help him become a great member of the Church of Jesus Christ and do more missionary work.
Missionary Work now and in this blog
That’s what I want for my content. I want to share my thoughts and experiences to be a tool for others to come feel the spirit and the love of Jesus Christ from what I have learned and felt. I have always wanted to share my testimony to many whether it be my neighbor or someone across the world. I want from what I have learned and grown from in my testimony to relate and connect with those I come in contact with.
I love this quote my Boyd K. Packer;
“Please note the similarity between this definition and your overarching purpose as a missionary described in Preach My Gospel: ‘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’(Preach My Gospel, 1). . . . As we serve, we do not represent our families, our friends, our branches, our wards, our communities, or nations. Rather, we represent Him. His purposes should be our purposes. . . . His will should become our will.”
My will is to share my love for Jesus and what I have learned from Him. His purpose helps me want to become better and live better. The experiences I have help me want to center them more towards His light and for me to share that light I have witnessed.
I love my testimony and journey. It continues to grow. I want my missionary work to be sharing my experiences here to you and connecting with you through absolutely anything. We are all in this together. Our universal language is to love and understand. I hope to do that here with you.
How can I connect with you more?
I want to be your friend and relate at any level!