Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Here we go: down with the trunky bug!

Alrighty, I am alive but barely. Let me just tell you all a story.
Once upon a time there was a stupid sister missionary named Sister Wright. But we'll rename her Sista Donu (note from the mama: "Donu" means "right" in Fijian, so this name is her Fijian name) to protect her identity. Now Sista Donu was a good missionary at heart, but because the end of her mission was looming fast, she had started to get complacent. And because of that, she also started to catch the trunky bug. In case you didn't already know, trunkiness and the Spirit do not mix. So spiritually, she was lacking strength. It was not a good thing. Not a good thing at all. And slowly, a negative attitude started to creep it's way into her soul. She was not the missionary she had always wanted to be. She rolled her eyes at people when they told her she needed to change. She saw the end as an escape. This was not good. This mindsetting was an big issue. And she knew it, but it was hard to get out of it. 
SO. She prayed. If she had learned nothing else in her entire mission, she had at least learned to cry to the Lord in prayer. And she did. She prayed for the motivation to change. She prayed to overcome the evil spirit that had become rooted in her breast. She knew that she couldn't do it alone. 
Sista Donu knew that the Lord would hear that prayer, because she knew it was more in alignment with His will than any other of her prayers had been lately. And He did. 
First, He whispered in her District Leader's ear to let Sista Donu give the training in District Meeting on Tuesday. How perfect that this training had to be about the Atonement and how it applies to missionary work. She started to prepare for it two weeks before the actual meeting. And wow. A study on the Atonement was just what she needed. Her testimony and love for the Savior had been amazing at many points of her mission, but lately it had been slightly pushed to the side. As she studied and prayed about what to do for this training, she found herself changing. She came to realize that Christ is the reason. He is the reason that we came to this Earth. If we had not chosen Him in the preexistence, we never would have been born. He is also the reason that the Plan of Salvation works. Without the Atonement, we would never be able to return back to our Heavenly Father. We are so incredible indebted to Him. But how does this apply to missionary work? Well, He needs to be the reason why we serve, too. He needs to be the reason why we wake up every morning. He needs to be the reason that we cry repentance unto this people. He needs to be the reason. Otherwise, our focus is off. And we will not truly be successful missionaries. Because success is measured not by the outward results (numbers) but the inward changes that are made within each of us. And inviting our own selves to come unto Christ is the best way to make those changes. Wow, how grateful Sista Donu was for this refresher. How grateful she was for the opportunity to realign her perspective, to refocus. 
So that was the first thing. Then, her companion Sister Uoka was transferred, and her new companion was Sister Mataoa. Sister Mataoa is well known in the mission to be a very good missionary. But her health had been difficult lately, and she needed to come to Suva to be close to the hospital. She also needed a companion to take good care of her. But in reality, the reason why she was transferred to Suva (to Nasinu) was to be companions with Sista Donu and to help her finish her mission on a high note. 
Since Sister Mataoa arrived, Sista Donu has seen a change in herself. She is closer to meeting her true potential as a missionary than ever before. She is more obedient, more diligent, and much better. She is also exhausted. But it isn't so bad, being totally bone tired in the service of God.
I want to encourage all of you out there to do your own study of the Atonement. Make our Savior Jesus Christ the center of your lives. Make Him your reason. You won't regret it.
I love you all. Thank you for helping me persevere. Hopefully I still have enough time to make you proud.


Jenni said...

Love this!! I;m going to have my kids read this too. So proud of Sister Donu and her example.

Anonymous said...

Sister Donu, I LOVE you! Stay strong!! Love, Grandma Wright