I'm going to tell you a story that started a couple weeks ago, while Sister Biancardi was still here. One day at church we received a referral from a member in the ward, to go visit her less active family members that had just moved into the area. We swung by the house over the next week or so, but they were never home, and we kinda put the family on the back burner.Then the weekend before Sister B left, we were going around inviting people to the temple activity and we stopped by the G family. And while they weren't planning on being in town, Hna G told us to go visit her less active family who just moved into the area... who happens to be the same family we had tried to visit earlier (everyone in the ward is related to each other...). Well, since we had already tried and they weren't home we weren't real motivated to swing by their house again... but we said we would. And then a couple hours later, we received a call from Hno G (who works out of town), asking us to visit his less active sister-in-law and her kids. So after receiving this referral twice in one day, we decided we needed to go by, and they were home! So we taught a quick lesson and set up a return appointment.
-we helped the Relief Society organized school bags for some orphans in Juarez... i wish we could have been allowed to cross over to deliver the bags... but it was out of Zone, not to mention out of the mission and the country
You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced thatmissionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this isthe truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to methat missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take atleast a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.
For that reason I don’t believe missionary work has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that continued faithfulnessis. I believe it is supposed to require some effort, something from the depths of our soul." It was exactly what I needed to hear, and it helped me put more into perspective the trials and feelings I was having, and how Christ must have felt to do so many miracles and have so many people not believe.