Crescendo

This week we received an email from president Kosak. He spoke about many things and expressed to us his joy in working with us. His email was about the ideal missionary. Or the ideal disciple. This is a short out-take from his email.

CRESCENDO
The ideal missionary is not perfect, but lives a life in crescendo – growing in intensity. It must be since Elder Neal A. Maxwell declared, “In case you hadn’t notice it, in the last days, discipleship is to be lived in crescendo.”

Crescendo as seen in lives of Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, and in yourself!

He learns to know that he knows, and more and more he comprehends knowledge, understanding, and owns his believe consciously. He is ready to act upon.

I’ve seen the ideal missionary as she learns something about herself every day, following the path of Abraham who recognized the almighty God to find personal borders and limits of her own consecration and sacrifice. Happiness and joy come out of it – a joy only the Lord can give.

This ideal missionary takes the advantage to mature physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually in governing himself after being taught correct principles.

Everything we did was for life, not for 1 ½ or 2 years – it is for eternity. It will guide you as eternal truths. The ideal missionary will “never lose sight that nothing is too hard for the Lord”, as Elder Ballard testifies of.

Thank you for your prayers and testimony. We wrote our new mission president this week so I spent considerable time on that. This week has been interesting as it always is in a new area, and we are both learning the city still.

As for how the work is going, it is rather poor. We have one investigator that we work with and one less active member. In a city the size of Hannover, that is not very respectable. It doesn’t really matter but there is a potential for so much more. The members are rather young and there is so much potential for them to invite their friends to hear the gospel. After praying about it we decided to begin by working with our ward council to strengthen the ward and to find those that would be ready to invite their friends to hear the gospel. It is a long and slow road, but it is so worth it. Actually, the relief society president’s son just had his [missionary] homecoming this Sunday. I thought about how we could work with this family to help them invite their friends and family to hear the restored gospel. I don’t know yet.

Love,

Elder Billings

New Town Hall, Hannover, By Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

New Town Hall, Hannover, By Thomas Wolf, http://www.foto-tw.de (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The Aegidienkirche (Aegidien - church) is a landmark in Hannover, Germany. The church was destroyed in World War II, and the ruins have been preserved as a memorial. There are frequently art exhibitions in the ruins of the church.  This Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons image is from the user Chris 73 and is freely available at //commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aegidienkirche_Hannover.jpg under the creative commons cc-by-sa 3.0 license.

The Aegidienkirche (Aegidien – church) is a landmark in Hannover, Germany. The church was destroyed in World War II, and the ruins have been preserved as a memorial. There are frequently art exhibitions in the ruins of the church. This Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons image is from the user Chris 73 and is freely available at //commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aegidienkirche_Hannover.jpg under the creative commons cc-by-sa 3.0 license.

Hannover Panorama view at the new Town Hall "Hannover Panorama2" by / Zeichner: fuchs1978 - Own work (Original text: Eigene Aufnahme). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Hannover Panorama view at the new Town Hall “Hannover Panorama2” by / Zeichner: fuchs1978 – Own work (Original text: Eigene Aufnahme). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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