Wednesday, September 7, 2011
There's a reason that we missionaries leave a commitment with everyone that we teach. If we challenge them to even just pray every night or read a folleto (pamphlet), then when they comply with that commitment, they show us that they're capable of progressing. But more importantly, they show the Lord that they're willing to arrange their priorities for Him. What's more, it's part of the repentance process, allowing them to leave their sins and put the Lord higher on their priority list. Even when a person can't repent of all their sins because they haven't learned all of the commandments, they can show the fruits of "faith unto repentance" through keeping simple commitments. This is a lesson for all of us. If someone doesn't even feel the motive to read the scriptures a few minutes (let alone study them) or pray or go to Church or keep the Sabbath Day holy--the little things--if they don't feel to do those things, then in their heart of hearts, have they really repented? They might not have grave sins standing against them, but something I've learned here is that everyone needs repentance, even if it's a project of small things. If we aren't repentant, our baptismal convenants aren't effective by themselves, and the little things may end up having an eternal impact on our lives.