Last night Søster Williams was set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. From this point forward I will be posting messages from her and excerpts from her letters here on her blog until she returns.
I asked if she has any final messages before we leave for the MTC, and she said, “I’ve loved preparing for my mission. It’s brought me so much closer to my Savior and my Heavenly Father and I can’t wait to serve them in Denmark. I can’t believe it’s already here.” I think she’s ready.
We want to thank everyone who has shown so much love and support! We have been overwhelmed by the kindness that you have shown.
As promised, I am posting her farewell talk for those who weren’t able to join us.
December 28, 2014
The Lord has declared that missionary work is the responsibility of all who follow Him. Throughout all history we find examples of those who teach of our Savior and share the good news of His coming. Missionary work is simply sharing the message of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, with others.
In Psalms, David declares Christ’s birth. He says, “And I will make him my firstborn, higher than all the kings of the earth.”(Ps. 89:27) He also speaks of our Savior’s goodness and mercy in Psalms 23, saying, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.”(Ps. 23:4) David goes on to speak of how the Lord has blessed him and how the Lord’s mercy and love shall be with him throughout the rest of his life. This is an amazing testimony and declaration of Christ’s everlasting atonement. I would encourage everyone to read the whole Psalm; it’s so beautiful.
Isaiah also teaches of our Savior and of His sacrifice for us. He teaches of His atonement and how He died for us. He says, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”(Isaiah 53:3-7)
In the New Testament, we see messages of Christ all over. We hear the telling of His birth from the Angels. In Luke, it reads, “Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will to men.”(Luke 2:10-14) And after the shepherds heard this, they went and found the Christ child. They were obedient and told everyone about what they had seen and that the Savior of the world was born, as this message was for all people.
In John, it says that, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came from a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was to bear witness of that Light.” (John 1:6-8) He was called to serve and prepare the world for the coming of Christ. He was to bear witness, as should we.
Christ taught of His own mission to Nicodemus, saying, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
In the Book of Mormon, Nephi writes that they had also been teaching about Christ, saying, “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Ne. 25:26) We also do these things so that the world may know of the Savior’s great atoning sacrifice.
In all of these scriptures, you see people who are sharing the message of great joy. There were so many more in the scriptures who testify, like Alma the Younger, the sons of Mosiah, and Samuel the Lamanite, who were amazing missionaries to their people. They all sacrificed to do as the Lord asked, to share the gospel of our Savior, whether it was through words or actions, so that we may come unto Him as He has invited us to do.
Elder Holland has said this on missionary work, “Missionary work isn’t the only thing we need to do in this big, wide, wonderful Church. But almost everything else we need to do depends on people first hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ and coming unto the faith. … With all that there is to do along the path to eternal life, we need a lot more missionaries opening that gate and helping people through it.” (“We Are All Enlisted,” Ensign, Nov. 2011, 46-47)
We can all be missionaries, whether we are called to do so, or if we are simply going throughout our daily lives. Let us all be examples of the believers and act as Christ would have us act. Sharing Christlike love is just as important as bearing testimony of Him. We can share the tidings of great joy, for it is for all men to know. We have a loving Savior, who died for us. He loves us and wants us to return home to Him and our Father in Heaven. We can all be like John, and be witnesses of that Light, which is the Light of the world.
“Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.” (D&C 4)
I am so thankful to be called to serve. I know that I am going where the Lord wants me to go, and that I am going to love Denmark and all the people in it. I cannot wait to go share the gospel that has brought me so much joy and happiness. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that He loves us, and that is why He performed His everlasting atonement. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that he did, in fact, see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon through the power God bestowed upon him. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and I do love that book with my whole heart. I know that this Church is Christ’s restored Church on the earth, and that it is the true church. I am so blessed to be raised in this gospel. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
“Good Riddance, Sister Williams!” was the humorous way Milly chose to refer to her farewell. Of course none of us are glad to be rid of her. We will miss her. Every. Single. Day. The humor and lightheartedness are typical of her cheery, fun-loving attitude, though, and we’re so glad that she has the opportunity to teach and learn in the land of “the happiest people on earth.”