Hello! This week in the MTC we celebrated Christmas together as it was the 25th and we decided it would be fun as a district to share that together. As we did so, one thing stood out to me very strongly. That was the importance of the Light of Christ, or the love that Christ has for us and how if we pay attention, we can feel that love. As a missionary, I have had so many opportunities to feel and see His love. Whether it was through just simple feelings in my heart, or seeing His help in learning to speak Czech. I’ve noticed it more and more as I’ve been here longer.As time has gone by, things have been hard. My schedule, although very rewarding, is very busy and difficult. The longer I’ve been here, and as I have been able to help serve in a leadership position, the stress has built at times and my worries have really bothered me. At times I would just feel exhausted and overwhelmed,and I’m still only in the training portion of my mission! But this is where the Light of Christ comes in. As I saw the blessings, felt the joy that comes from being in His service, seen other missionaries or mentors follow promptings and go out of their way to help me in ways they couldn’t have known to help me in, I have just been filled with His love. I know that God loves me and that I am watched over and cared for. As I’ve realized this, I did some personal study on the topic and came across two scriptures I’d like to share:
First is Matthew 5:16 which says:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
And then I found that this is quoted in the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi 12:16 which says:
Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
I pondered this and noticed a subtle difference. In Matthew it says “before men”, and as we believe in the Bible, I took this to mean that I should help uplift and strengthen everyone I come into contact with. Then I looked again at the verse in 3 Nephi and saw it said “this people”. By considering both I realized what I was supposed to learn from these two scriptures, which is that we should share our light with everyone we meet because God has put us where we are among “this people” for a reason and there is someone who needs you specifically.
I love Christ and the joy that He shares with me. I know that God really does love us and watch over us. I can’t wait to share the joy I’ve found in this with those I meet!
Thank you for all your love and support! Čau!
– Starší Harrell