This past week, we had the opportunity to hear from Brother Osgulthorpe, one of the General Authorities of the Church. He spoke on the idea of real intent, of how it drives the success of every action we do. It took me back to my years of swimming, and how important Real Intent was in everything that I did. If you wanted to be the best, you had to train like the best – you had to be striving every moment. And whether it was the the technique, or the power, or the endurance, every moment had to be filled with the Intent of wanting to be the best if you were going to be the best. It got me thinking about how important it really is to be utilising every moment of our days to the best that they can be. The difference between those who see results, and those who see great success, is the intent.
I have learnt to apply this principle to missionary work as well. When we are finding people to teach, or when we are teaching, we have to have the real intent of wanting to help them enjoy the blessings of the gospel. One thing that has been a huge factor in how well my companion and I teach each day is our ability to see our investigators as sons and daughters of God, to love them as our Heavenly Father loves us – full of hope and with great faith in our potential. In a talk I read this past week by Elder Joseph B Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “The Abundant Life”, he said that there is a spark of greatness within every one of us – a gift from our loving and eternal Heavenly Father. Everyone, whatever their circumstances may be, has divine potential, and as missionaries, it is our job to see that potential in everyone.
One of the greatest changes has been in an investigator that is getting baptized this week, Jean Louis. He has now filled with hope for the future and faith in our Heavenly Father. I just think back to 6 weeks ago when I first met him on the train, and to see how much change the gospel has had in his life is truly incredible.
See through spiritual eyes. Remember your divine potential.
The Church is True and the Book of Mormon is the Word of God.