The Elder Poe Report
So in a surprise turn of events Elder Poe will not be serving in the biking area and will instead be serving in the Strongsville West area of the Strongsville ward (my address is still the same), it was quite the surprise when this happened. In addition my new companion is Elder Fiefia from West Valley City Utah, of Tongan ethnicity; he is a great guy and has been serving in the Ohio Cleveland now for 19 months. He seems like an awesome guy and I am very excited to be looking forward to work with him. We already have found a wonderful less active member that has three daughters and a husband that haven’t heard of the Gospel and we have a return appointment with her this week so that was very exciting.
In this report rather than discuss the events of this last week I would instead like to take a moment and reflect upon the completion of my training and what I have learned in these past 3 months.
The first and foremost thing I have learned is that Charity is the single most important thing, in missionary work, and life in general. As Paul said “if I have not charity … I am nothing”, charity is defined as the pure love of Christ and as is also stated by our Saviour you must love the Lord your God with all of your heart might mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself, upon this hangs all of the laws and all of the prophets. Furthermore as King Mosiah declared that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service our your God” (Mosiah 2:17 thank you mother) The fundmental essential of missionary work is Charity, because once you truly love those you are serving your greatest desire will be to see them enjoy the fruits of the Gospel and be able to experience the blessingis that come from having the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also as a slight side note President Harold B. Lee said once “Missionary work is but home teaching to those who are not now members of the Church and home teaching is nothing more or less than missionary work to Church members” (PMG pg 13) so anytime I reference missionary work I also mean home teaching.
One of the other great lessons that I have learned is that this is the Lord’s work that is being done, and He will ensure that it is done. We just need to be worthy to be the vessels through which it is done, if we trust in the Lord and put forth our best effort and demonstrate our faith in Him he has promised he will stretch forth his hand and bring about miracles among the children of men. When we are talking about the blessings of the everlasting Gospel and the joy of salvation nothing else will suffice except miracles, as such if we want to see others enjoy the blessings of the Gospel and the joy of taking full advantage of the Saviour’s Atonement we must exercise the faith for the miracle of conversion to happen in the hearts of the lives of those we love and care for.
Unfortunately I am running a little low on time and it would take me a week and a half to adequately explain everything I have learned so far but it can all be summarized in this. God lives, he loves us each, and knows everyone of us perfectly and completely and only cares about our happiness. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour and Redemeer so that all of us can be made free from death and hell and the chains of sin which bind each of us, our Saviour wrought an all powerful and all encompassing Atonement so that all of us can find eternal life and eternal joy if we will turn to Him. I know that these truths were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith who was called and commissioned by God to be a Prophet Seer and Revelator in these last days, finally I know every person on this earth can come to the same knowledge if they will read the Book of Mormon ponder in their hearts the message it contains and then ask God the Eternal Father in the name of Jesus Christ if it is true. Every person who does this with a sincere heart and real intent will be able to come to the same knowledge that I have and will find the joy of the Gospel in their lives.
Moroni 10: 4-5
And when ye shall receive these things I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having a faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost, and by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
The Report of Elder Hunter D. Poe