To be converted unto the Lord means that when we come off our missions, we will endure to the end. We will not go back to the person that we were before the mission...not only that, but we will not look back. We will come home and do all that we can to serve the Lord in our communities. We won't think twice about being married outside of the Temple. I know I will have difficulties not reverting back to the person I was before the mission. This just gives me strength to solidify me self in the standards and Gospel of Christ and also to practise them, then when I come home I'll be more prepared to ETT3 (endure to the end).
Being a consecrated missionary means that we will take the habits and the schedule of the mission and apply it to our lives back home. Being perfectly obedient to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfilling every calling that we are given. As I learn to be a consecrated missionary, I will be converted to the Lord.
In Church yesterday, we learned about being self reliant. We had a great discussion in the combined Relief Society and Priesthood meeting. We talked about a scenario-Bob needed some help and was struggling, what would we do to help him? We listed loads of things to help 'Bob': scripture study, prayer, service, Church etc. But the main point was, we have lots of ways to help others, we just need to do it ourselves first and strengthen ourselves.
In companion study, Sis Hurst and I were doing the 12th week and we did this activity in the Preach My Gospel missionary manual chapter 8: using time wisely. The activity talked about leaving our 'fishing line in the water longer'. As missionaries we are fishers of men. Missionaries, we all have the same schedule. But some of us leave our 'line' longer in the water than others. Then we wonder why others have more success than ourselves. And Preach My Gospel say that we should put our 'line' in the water once we leave the flat, and take them out when we arrive home to our flat. This really hit me hard, I realised I need to leave in my 'line' longer and find people and talk to everyone and bring them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I encourage everyone to talk to someone once a day to plant seeds of Christ. It doesn't have to be a gospel related conversation, they just need a good opinion of the Church, curiosity will do the rest.