Its common discussion in missionary efforts to cover the questions most human beings have in common- Where did we come from? Why are we here? What will happen when we die? It seems in general members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints feel confident they know the answers to these questions. If you ask us why we are here the standard answer is, “To gain a body, to be tried, tested, and to return to our Father in heaven.” That is not incorrect, its a great answer. But in our day to day lives, do we really get WHY we are here?
Most of us tend to be people who get so caught up in the little things we forget about God. Most of us don’t forget Him completely, but He is not our focal point most of the day. Even those of us who are obedient, who make it habit to read scriptures and pray and such, often don’t really grasp and realistic perception of who we are and what this life is all about. We may know it in our heads, but do we feel it in our hearts? Are we compelled as though by a fire to seek after and fulfill the missions we covenanted to before we came to this earth?
God has a plan for your life, a marvelous plan! A plan that YOU, with our divinely gifted agency, sat across from Him and thoughtfully mapped out. Most of us can’t remember that at the moment, but imagine the excitement! I happen to love to plan and achieve the results I set out to, and I can visualize this moment in time quite vividly. I can clearly see evidence in my life that, right in alignment with my nature, I made the choice to take on one heavy load. I am always overflowing with confidence that I can do just about everything there is to do… then I get in the trenches and doubt myself. Overwhelm nearly devours me. I bet most of us do that. The great news is, our Father knows us. And He never leaves us alone. I testify to you that I KNOW that we are constantly surrounded by loved ones eager to assist and comfort us, if only we will ask, because of course they will not cross the boundary of our agency.
We are here to fulfill personal missions, and those missions have our spiritual (Heavenly) family at their core. We are here to get ourselves and our brothers and sisters back to our parents. In the process we progress by learning. Period. That is the point of all of this. If we are not daily seeking to know and follow our own specific mission, we are asleep. If we are not daily seeking our own salvation through utilizing the atonement, we are asleep. If we are not daily seeking to comfort and uplift, protect and provide for our brothers and sisters, we are asleep. And in this world of wolves if we are asleep, we are dead, both physically and spiritually. It has been said, “Get your fire back. Its not over until God says its over. Start believing again. Start dreaming again. Start pursuing what God put in your heart.”
But how can we know our missions? By following our interests. By “pursuing what God put in your heart.” If there is anything pure and good that you are passionate about, it likely has to do with your mission. Now is the time to make diligent and daily effort to identify and refine your gifts. You came here with many gifts and you will need them for your mission. I honestly think the saddest thing I can imagine is passing through the veil at the end of my life and being told by the Savior that I failed to complete my part of the grand plan, and to know that I didn’t complete it because I was too busy sleeping my way through life. Wasting time like I can get it back. It happens to too many people. Time is most precious. Its spends itself speedily and can never be earned back. We do not get infinite chances to do things right. My husband came home feeling very pained today. He had attended a funeral for a man in our church ward. He had never met this man, who only occasionally attended, but he saw him in the hallway of church last Sunday. My husband got the impression that he should go say hello and introduce himself, but he was busy chasing our very energetic toddler around and he hesitated, then the man was out of sight. This man later killed himself. He left behind a wife and a little one. My husband returned home briefly after the funeral to sit with our children and explain to them why it is so important to quickly obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He shared with them that he never again wants to hesitate in obeying. My heart broke for him. Who knows what would have happened had he spoke with that man that day. It may not have changed the outcome, but knowing my husband as I do it no doubt would have left a positive impression. At the very least, he would have no regret. My guess is, these two men knew each other before this life and that that connection being made would have been very meaningful. But we cannot know. I am so grateful for my husband and the example he is to so many people. I am grateful that he took the time to come home and share this heartfelt message with our children. I am grateful that he humbly accepted this lesson and I don’t doubt that he will never hesitate again. Some things you can’t get back. This may have been part of his mission.
Please do all that you can each day for the great plan that was laid out before the foundation of the world. We are all depending on you. You are important. Every moment matters, we are only given so many. If each of us comes here with a job to do and you decide you don’t feel like doing yours, then what? I don’t want to have to answer to that when I return, and we know that we all will return.
Here are some other things you can do daily to come to the ever increasing knowledge of what God expects of you:
-Pray always. Pray to know your mission. Pray to know what you can do TODAY. Pray for protection. Pray for discernment. Pray with gratitude and meekness. Never stop praying.
-Study the scriptures, prayerfully and deeply. Write down impressions as they come.
-Seek Priesthood Blessings frequently. Write down those impressions as well.
-Read your Patriarchal Blessing frequently, study it just as you do the scriptures. These are YOUR personal scriptures. If you have not received your blessing, DO SO. Do not procrastinate.
-Live worthy and always hold a current temple recommend. Make consistent effort to attend the temple as often as possible. Your ancestors on the other side will bless you are you have blessed them. You will also have the added benefit of the unfiltered personal revelation that it inherent in the temple. AC
-Make an effort to get to know Christ more and more all the time. He is not an abstract idea, he is a real, warm, compassionate, humorous, intelligent, humble man. He is literally your elder brother. There is never any reason to not come to Him for anything you might be in need of. He is always there waiting. He rejoices when you come to Him. Christ is REAL. He is as real as you are.
-Make an effort to get to know yourself. You may know your worldly self (your habits, favorite things, etc.), but how well do you know your spiritual self? How closely do you see yourself to the way your Heavenly Father does? Do you see your divine potential? Are you aware of your gifts and their purposes? Do you understand your primary expression of energy? Do you know your aura color and what it means? Here is the true test, do you love yourself? If you do not love yourself completely and without condition and treat yourself as you would treat someone you love dearly, then you are not seeing yourself as God sees you. When we see ourselves for who we in truth are, we naturally love ourselves.
-Journal. It may seem tedious and insignificant but put in a little faith and try it for a while. You will find that the law of attraction is at work here. The more you write down of what matters, the more will be given to you. Also, you have a responsibility to record your life for your posterity and for the records in heaven.
“Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.” -Pablo Picasso