Often times on my mission, I received an email from someone who I truly love and respect, reminding me to CARE FOR THE ONE.
"My dear Katie, how can you care for the one? How are you lifting those around you? How can you learn from and teach the members? How can you inspire the missionaries? How can you impact the members and your companions? Love and support ALL of those you come in contact with. Smile and say hello first. Care for the one. Search for the one. Testify to the one." Now that I have been home for 6 months, I am realizing that advice is still so prevalent right now. WE ARE ALL HERE TO HELP EACH OTHER HOME. TO HELP EACH OTHER COME CLOSER TO CHRIST.
Journal entry from my mission journal on April 2nd, 2016 - "Tonight we went contacting. My companion and I were speaking with this kind lady, who was not interested in learning more, but was open and seeking our advice. As we sat, patiently listening, the spirit spoke to me, as I realized this was a slightly similar experience to something I experienced the prior year. My heart started to burn. I felt my Savior's arms around me. The spirit spoke to me clearly and lovingly, "Katie.. this is why you experience this trial. This is why you overcame. This is why you learned. This is why I had you become. I need you to now minister to the one. I need you to TESTIFY now." Tears filled my eyes as I looked as this distraught lady, and I opened my mouth and shared a similar experience. With the spirit burning in my heart, I testified to her of God's perfect plan. The spirit then spoke to me as I was testifying, that what I was saying was true. These are my favorite moments."
If there is anything I know, it is that Heavenly Father puts people in our lives so that we can learn from each other. There have been countless times throughout my life where I am speaking with someone - perhaps as a missionary, during companionship study, or speaking with a member at church, or in the middle of a lesson, or even sitting on my bed having late night chats with a roommate, or speaking with a sibling, or writing an email to a friend - when the spirit speaks to me and says "TESTIFY. You went through that experience, so that you now can minister to my child, as a disciple and witness of Christ now."
Why is it this way? It is this way because we are all here to help each other home. Yes, we all have the call and mandate to COME UNTO CHRIST, but I believe that it is just as important to bring others to Christ. And in so doing, we are brought closer to Christ ourselves, in the process.
President Uchtdorf - "When I think of the Savior, I often picture Him with hands outstretched, reaching out to comfort, heal, bless, and love. And He always talked with, never down to, people. He loved the humble and the meek and walked among them, ministering to them and offering hope and salvation. That is what He did during His mortal life; it is what He would be doing if He were living among us today; and it is what we should be doing as His disciples and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. As we emulate His perfect example, our hands can become His hands; our eyes,His eyes; our heart, His heart."
Elder Joseph B. Worthlin - “We are to be our brother’s keeper. We cannot neglect this commission given by our Savior. We must be concerned for the one.”
I am eternally grateful to the people who Heavenly Father has put in my life, who have brought me closer to Christ. Who inspire me to be better. Who encourage me to change. Who love me for who I am. I am thankful for the people who remind me to do the same to others. These are the people who make my life SO SWEET.
LOVE - KATIE