Let me tell you a secret.
I'm a four year old with a name tag.
I'm a full time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been called by a Prophet of God to share Christ's gospel with the world. I have been called to labor in central Florida as an official representative of Jesus Christ.
When someone wants to investigate what our church is all about you'd think they'd send the very elite. You'd think they'd send some scholar who has studied the history of the church for 57 years, heck, you'd think that if someone wanted to investigate the church they'd send the Prophet or at least one of his apostles to teach them.
But no, they send me.
The other day I had gotten home from a long day of missionary work. I had my keys in my hand and instead of unlocking the door with the house key I proceeded to try to unlock the house by pressing the unlock button on the car key. My companion laughed at me for a bit and I couldn't help but think "and God called me?" That same question went through my mind when I went to our leasing office to get a new furnace filter and the man at the front desk asked what size we needed and I said "there are different sizes?"
I am an official representative of the church.
Sometimes I wonder why in the world Heavenly Father trusts us newbs with the task of teaching His precious sons and daughters about His sacred gospel, because clearly we aren't the most qualified. Seriously, he sends 18 and 19 year olds out who have little to none life experience out side of high school. Who barley know their left from their right, and who sometimes get embarrassed when people look at them.
I remembered hearing a quote once that said that "God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called."
Surely that must be true because the other day I was sitting in a lesson and a girl named Abby told me a story.
Abby is working in the Disney World College Program which is a program that allows college students to spend a semester working at Disney. Several weeks prior she had been having a really hard day. She was feeling very lonely and she had been praying hard to God for help. She left to go to the bus stop to head to work and on her way to the bus stop there we were, the sister missionaries, on the sidewalk by the bus stop. With tears in her eyes she told us that as soon as we said hi to her she immediately knew that God was watching out for her and that God loved her. She told us that as she got on the bus and went to work she thanked God for letting her know that she is not alone.
The other day we got a text message from a recent convert that said "Thank you all for what you do and I am so happy for everything! Y'all don't know how much of an impact each of you have in people's lives. Even if it's just a hello or just to see how they are doing. It's definitely an impact on people"
We hear stories like this all the time, and many more go unspoken of times when someone needed help or had a question and the missionaries were there at the right time with the right words.
I don't know about you but to me evidence points towards the fact that God must choose us unqualified for a reason.
Because the fact that we as missionaries we don't really know what we are doing means that we must rely on God. We must rely on the Spirit to tell us where to go or what to say.
So to all the missionaries out there that feel like they are failing, like you are only a four year old with a name tag and that you'll never be able to be good at this work, you are doing more good than you probably know. And to all those that are trying to decide decide if they can trust the missionaries to teach them truth, just know that we may not know everything. We may not speak the language very well and we may not know the answer to every question, but we have been called by a prophet of God to share what we know.
We know our message is true.
And we want to invite you to learn about this truth for yourself.
The Citrus Fruit Sister