On this Day in Church History the revelation in D&C 80 was received (March 7, 1832)
When I was deciding whether or not I should serve a mission, the biggest question on my mind was: will my mom be alive when I get back? She had been diagnosed with breast cancer. We didn’t know how long she had. We did know, however, that we needed to have faith. Together my mom and I decided that despite her illness I should follow Jesus Christ’s call to: “go ye into the world and preach the gospel.”1
Today, amid a global pandemic, missionaries still heed the Savior’s call to serve. I reached out to my local missionaries here in Germany to find out why.
Elder Nørrung from Odense, Denmark, said at first he was frustrated. “I started to ponder about why I actually wanted to serve a mission. I realized I wanted to serve because I love the gospel, simple as that. The world and the missionary work might change, but the gospel stays the same, and I truly love the gospel. Pandemic or not, let me show people how much joy the gospel brings.”
Elder Reed from Orange County, California wasn’t sure if he should serve a mission, but a series of miracles made it possible. “I knew I had to go, so I did… It has been really challenging, one of the most challenging things I have ever undertaken, but I have never felt the literal hand of God in my life more. I know that things work out exactly as He plans them to, and I have seen way too many miracles and signs to deny it. I have also strengthened my faith, and felt the holy influence of the Holy Ghost, almost on the daily. Who cares if there is a worldwide pandemic and things are completely locked up, when it is time to serve it is time to serve.”
Elder Simonsen from San Antonio, Texas said that because COVID-19 put everything else on hold it actually inspired him to focus on what matters most. He said his passion for Jesus Christ reignited. “It didn’t really matter when I serve, but more the fact that I serve… So, why not? Let’s go.”
As for me, when I returned from my mission my mom stood there at the airport waiting to embrace me. I know that the Lord extended her life because we chose to serve Him. Jesus taught: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”3
What brings you peace?
All the best,
2. (Thomas S. Monson, “Be of Good Cheer,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2009)
3. John 14: 27