As I struggled to fight the fatigue, it seemed as if my body screamed, “I’m too tired.” There are times on a mission when you’re just really tired. This was one of those times.
I wondered if I should stay home. Then into my mind came the Lord’s instruction from last night’s prayer. “I don’t give you these principles just to teach the missionaries. You need to use them yourself.”
During this round of interviews I have taught principles of faith. I have taught that one of the principles associated with faith is realizing there are blessings that you can call upon. I reminded them of two experiences shared in General Conference. One involved a pilot and his companions who had been floating in the sea for several days hoping to be rescued. At the point of desperation, he heard the familiar sounds that accompanied help; however, the rescuers seemed unable to find them. Then into his mind came the powerful prompting, “You hold the Melchizedek Priesthood. Command them to come to you.” He did, and they were rescued. The other experience involved a young man who was desperately climbing a rope in hopes of boarding a huge military ship. The task was bigger than the strength he had. He felt his strength weakening. Then into his mind came the thought. “You have always lived the word of wisdom, call upon the Lord for those blessings.” He did, and not only was he helped; but also, he was propelled forward.
These thoughts were followed by the humbling reminder that there are times in which our actions bless others and there are other times in which we are blessed by others actions. “Missionaries, their families, temple attenders, friends, and family members are petitioning the Lord for your benefit. Call upon the Lord for those blessings.”
By the time I arrived in Springfield I was no longer aware of nagging pain. The possibility of being with the missionaries far outweighed any other feelings. The fatigue was gone.
And so with Thanksgiving I want to say, THANK YOU! To everyone who prays for us. Your prayers are making a difference!