We were "tracting" this week (as much as you can do in a "downtown" type area) and we came to a building to try on the interphones. Anyway, there was a glass covering and it gave [me the chance] to see my nametag in the reflection. I think that was the first time that I actually looked at my nametag for more than just a few seconds. I started thinking about the power that this little piece of plastic has. Then I thought about it more, it't not the plastic that has the power, but me. I have the authority, bestowed upon me by a priesthood holder, to be a representative of Jesus Christ. This isn't a game, this isn't a dream, this is real life. I am a representative of Jesus Christ on the earth.
We have a saying we repeat every morning; it's called "My Comission" from Elder Bruce R. McConckie.
I am called of God.
My authority is above that of kings of the earth.
By revelation I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is my master and He has chosen me to represent Him--to stand in His place, to say and do what He Himself would say and do if He personally were ministering to the very people to whom He has sent me.
My voice is His voice, and my acts are His acts; my doctrine is His doctrine.
My Commission is to do what He wants done; To say what He wants said; to be a living modern witness in word and in deed of the divinity of his great and marvelous Latter-day work.
How great is my calling!
I just want you all to know that I love this gospel with all of my heart. I love being a missionary. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, but I'm so grateful for all that I'm learning. I know that I am not only respresenting Jesus Christ Himself, but I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that this is the same church that Jesus Christ established when He was on the earth and that it has been restored. It was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the authority to act in God's name, the authority known as the priesthood, has been restored as well. It is through that authority that we can receive the ordinances that will allow us to return top the presence of our Heavenly Father.
I hit 9 months this week and thought I would be the happiest person alive knowing that I'm halfway done, but it was a difficult moment for me. I've already used half of the time that the Lord has given me and I don't want to waste one minute of the time I have left. This time is sacred and I'm truly grateful for it.
I love you all! I hope you have a great week!
Amo Sempre/Amo Siempre/Love Always
Sister Mackey/Hermana McEldowney/Sister McEldowney
PS. I had French Toast for my 9 Month mark. I cut the pieces in half because I'm "halfway" there haha!