59: Eternal Perspective

The work in here in Corona is chugging along, slowly but surely. It’s been a pretty rough week actually… we’ve hit major roadblocks with several investigators, and many of the people we had been visiting told us that they were no longer interested in us coming over. It was heartbreaking each time.

BUT we’re not discouraged! (Or at least we’re trying our best not to be!) And we have faith that God’s just preparing more people who are more ready to accept the restored gospel, and we just need to find them.
On the other hand, I’ve been really getting a lot from my study time every morning. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the missionary schedule, every day we start off with 2-3 hours of studying from the scriptures and words of modern-day prophets. 1 hour personal study, 1 hour companionship study, and 1 hour language study. That’s a lot of scripture reading. It’s awesome. Besides preparing for the lessons that we’ll be teaching during the day, I’ve been working on understanding more deeply the lessons that I share every day by studying them principle-by-principle out of Preach My Gospel (the missionary handbook).
I’m currently studying the Plan of Salvation lesson. I’ve developed such an appreciation for God’s great love for us, and how perfectly He laid out this plan. I know that families are THE MOST important unit in this life. They’re necessary for our Father’s plan to move forward- the first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve was to have a family.
God just wants us to be happy. Our purpose here on earth is two-fold. First, we’re here to prepare to meet God, to repent so that we’ll be able to return to live in His presence. Second, “men are that they might have joy.” All that God created is for our benefit. The birds, plants, sunsets, the way it smells after rain… it’s all for us! God made this beautiful world, and we’re here to enjoy it!
This life is so important. The choices we make have eternal consequences- whether they be good or bad. There really are just two choices- freedom and eternal life through following Jesus Christ, or captivity and misery by disobeying His commandments. When we think of it in those terms, it’s simple. Satan tries to lead us astray by trying to convince us that it isn’t just black and white. But the fact is what’s wrong is wrong and what’s right is right. We’ll be blessed and live more happily if we choose the right.
Life sometimes seems unfair, and sometimes things seem just not to make sense. However, God is just and He is perfect. In our current state, we’re finite and simply can not understand everything. But this life is just a tiny “blip” in our eternal existence. It’s easy to forget that, but it’s so important. All the injustices, all the things that don’t make sense… it’ll all work out in the long run. We just have to have faith and trust in God for now, follow His plan and remember that He’s the one in control and He knows what He’s doing. He loves us and wants the best for us.
I love you all so much! God loves you even more!
Sister Howell
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