Every day I grow to love the scriptures more and more. I learn so much every single time I read them. I have a strong desire to know more about the scriptures and to share these teachings with others. I have gratitude towards Joseph Smith and I am so happy that he had the desire to know which church was true.
The message of the restoration is so powerful. I never realized this before my mission and had never just sat down and read it before. Every time I read it I feel the spirit so strongly testifying to me that this is true. I just can't believe I never had read it intently before this time in my life. It is a comfort and a testament that this church IS true and that Joseph Smith truly was a prophet and that through him the church was restored to the earth, and the Book of Mormon was translated for us in these latter days.
As I continue to learn more about the Plan of Salvation I understand the great importance of following the commandments to the best of our abilities. What a great blessing it is to be able to access the power of the atonement whenever it is needed. Every time I take the Sacrament I think about Christ's sacrifice and I can't even imagine the pain he endured. He loved his father in heaven and every single person that has ever or ever will be born to such a great extent that he took ALL of our sins upon him and was also crucified on the cross. Even while he was on the cross he was asking our Heavenly Father to forgive them for they knew not what they were doing. He and our Heavenly Father have given us so much that we know about and even more that we can't even imagine. As I was pondering on this I thought about what I could do to give back to them. As my companion and I recite our purpose every day, I am reminded of some ways we can.
My purpose as a missionary is:
"To invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. The restored gospel is the only way by which we can find eternal happiness. My calling gives me authority, keeping my covenants gives me power. The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon in evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I help people live the gospel by inviting them to make and keep commitments. I show my love for the Lord and gratitude for his atonement by bringing souls unto him. I am successful when I am obedient, live righteously, and do my best in helping others live the gospel."
By helping other to come unto Christ and bringing souls unto him we are giving back and showing our love and gratitude for Him. By loving and serving His children we are being Christlike and doing as we are asked to. By following the commandments we are setting ourselves on the straight path to the Celestial Kingdom if we live righteously, are obedient, and help other live the gospel. We do this as we are faithful members of the church, read our scriptures, pray, keep the Sabbath Day holy, and help and serve our fellow children of God. I know we will continually be blessed as we do these things and we will make our Father in heaven extremely happy as well.
I love and miss everyone so much!
Love, Sister Breana Stewart