In the Book of Mormon, there is a story of the 2000 stripling warriors – a small Nephite army of Young men who, despite their youth, went forth with exceedingly great faith, with great trust in God, and with firm minds that they would indeed defend and protect the lives of their families who they dearly loved. One of their greatest attributes was the fact they were perfectly obedient to the commandments that their mothers had taught them:
“Yea, and they did aobey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their bmothers had taught them.” (Alma 57: 21)
Because of their exceedingly great faith and their perfect obedience, every single one of these Young men were spared in the defense of their land. Some were injured, but “there was anot one soul of them who did perish.”
This week, our Mission President, President Poznanski, spoke to our Zone, and told us to “Set a Culture of High Expectations” while “Develop(ing) a Culture of High Obedience.” He promised us that if we were to raise the expectations that we had in our daily missionary work, cultivating a culture of obedience, we would see the miracles in our daily work. Taking this advice to heart, my companion and I decided that we would really work on being as perfectly obedient as we possibly could in everything that we did in the day, from what time we would Wake up, to how we would contact to following the advice on how to teach our investigators from Preach My Gospel. And, yesterday, as we reflected on the missionary work that we had done that week, we had in fact taught more lessons than any one of us had taught in our entire missions. We had seen many miracles that week, and had been led daily to find and teach people who were prepared to receive the gospel. We were able to have the faith and trust to “Expect the Miracles” because we had strived to be exactly obedient in everything we did.
Strive, in every way possible, to be obedient, because it will give you the confidence in yourself, and the faith in our Heavenly Father to Expect the Miracles that will come your way.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church, and the fulness of the Gospel has been restored. Our Heavenly Father loves us and we have divine potentials.
Elder Parker Lam
Dinner with the Babin Family, and my first picture with my new companion, Elder Cutshall