This week, I’ve been on Neal A. Maxwell kick. I printed out and have been studying several of his talks, and…wow. I know, I’m a little late on that bandwagon, but better late than never, I suppose. My new goal: Scriptorian, Maxwell style.
One of his talk’s “Murmur Not
,” hit me particularly powerfully this week. I realize, that with the trials and difficulties of missionary work, I often am accustomed to respond Laman and Lemuel style, directing frustrated “why?!”s toward heaven, rather than continuing with faith, hope and obedience, Nephi-style. Murmuring after the innumerable miracles I’ve seen here might be likened unto the absurd faith-lacking complaining of the two brothers:
“And after the angel had departed, Laman and Lemuel again began to murmur, saying: How is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands? Behold, he is a mighty man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he can slay fifty; then why not us?” (1 Nephi 3:31)
Angels truly are at work here, so I am working to trust in the ways of the Lord (Isaiah 55:8-9) and the fact that “[he] will show unto the children of men that [he is] able to do [his] own work.” (2 Nephi 27:21)
We had some difficulties this week with wedding documents and progressing families, but we also had MIRACLES! Our frequency in the branch reached its record: 196! And we also found, knocking doors, an inactive member from Beira who had not yet found the church in Maputo. And she came to church yesterday! Truly, “great is his wisdom, marvelous are his ways, and the extent of [the Lord’s} doings none can find out.” (D&C 76:2).
Keep praying for Bento and Isabel, Emilia and Saucane, and the other prepared families that are waiting for us.
Love you all!