This week i read mosiah 3:19. the phrase that stuck out to me was ´´ Willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him,...´´ . What stood out to me was inflict upon him. Usually we dont see the word ´´inflict´´ as a happy positive word, but after deeper thought, i came up with this analogy. When i was younger i remember taking piano lessons and strongly dislilking it. I remember trying to be dishonest on how long i practiced during the week so i didnt have to be on the piano as much, but as always, moms know the truth. i remember having to sit at the piano with a stubborn attitude, late at night to finish my practicing that i didnt do. i sometimes shed tears because i wanted to quit.
Looking back on those experiences im grateful for parents who pushed me, and ´´inflicted´´ this upon me in my younger years, because now i love to play the piano more than anything else. i look back and realize how gratefull i am for my parents .that they paid and sacrificed for my piano lessons.
Life is just like this experience. Throughout life we have have many things ´´inflicted upon us and times get hard but in the end we can look back and be happy with our achievements, what weve learned, and how we´ve grown. but there is one person who we need to remember. someone paid and sacrificed to make this life possible and joyous. Jesus Christ paid this price, he paid it with a life full of service and ultimately his life as he suffered in Gethsemane and was lifted and nailed to a cross. and because he did, we can live this life with more joy. Christ made the Plan of Happiness possible for us and created a way for us to return to him and our loving heavenly father. He paid for our lives so we can be here, and because of that we can be happy and we know we can live with him again. Through his gospel we know where we were before this life, what our purpose is here on earth, and where we go to LIVE after we die. Just as im grateful for my earthly parents paying and sacrificing so i can take piano lessons and play the piano well, im grateful for my Heavenly Parents for loving me enough to send their only begotten son jesus Christ to this Earth to pay and sacrifice so I can have eternal life with my family.
This is why i love being a missionary: so i can serve gods people. ´´Because i have been given much, i too must give.´´ I heard a poem that relates to this and i loved it so much i wrote it down in my PMG. it goes like this:
``Christ Has No Hands But Our Hands``
Christ has no hands but our hands
To do his work today.
He has no feet but our feet
To lead men in his way.
He has no tongue but our tongues
To tell men how he died.
He has no help but our help
To lead men to his side.
What if our hands are busy
With other work than His?
What if our feet are walking
Where sins allurement is?
What if our tongues are speaking
Of things his lips would spurn?
How can we hope to help Him
Or hasten his return?
I know Christ lives and we are his hands to help lead people to his side. Im thankful for all i have been given and im grateful for this opportunity to serve the people of Brazil. Only 11 more days til im in SALVADOR!!!