Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Not of Our Mission?



Mormon Missionaries Love Jesus

Mark 9:38-41 Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.”


But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.  For he who is not against us is on our side.  

Many years ago, when our son told me he was planning to marry the girl, I said, “You know that we do not believe like they do, but I must say they are family oriented.” 
 
He replied, "yes, and the girls are chaise."

To please her parents, our son was obligated to join their LDS/Mormon church and be baptized. 

It has been 21 years since they married, and now their handsome 19 year old son has signed up for a two year “Mission.”

When our LDS grandson was 12 and preparing to be baptized in water, I asked him if he understood all that this meant.  Then I proceeded to explain to him, the spiritual application; how we are buried with Christ and are raised in newness of life to live always for Jesus. 

In his teen years our grandson began getting in with the wrong crowd, and the LDS church leaders took him aside and gave him a solemn talk.  What ever they told him, it caused an about face. 

Our young boy still in high school; found a job and began to save his money.  He changed his friends, and before long he was attending local classes to prepare for a mission.

Last Christmas he announced to our family about his plans after High school graduation; a two year mission.

As he left our home that Christmas, I told him, “I know you love your church, but always focus on Jesus and put Him first in your life.”   

Our grandson made a special trip to visit us before he left for Utah to the training center.  We asked him a lot of questions most were simple and not deep probing interrogations.

He told us that mostly they were going to find people who needed help and offer assistance and also tell them who they were.

We told him we will pray for his safety and that what ever he does that he will be acting as Jesus would have done.

Were we happy about this mission trip? 

Probably not, but as my husband so aptly put it, “Things could be a lot worse.”
 


 

2 comments:

  1. That's a wise perspective, Hazel. Things come along in life that don't always sit perfectly within us, but how we respond can make all the difference in the world later on. I'm taking notes! Thank you!

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  2. What Floyd said is just about as good as what I'd come up with. So much opens so many doors, and one of the basics I do is simply ask the Lord to break into their spirituality. He's the One I can trust, day by day.

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