"There were envy in the glances that a lovely woman cast
at the hairdo of her neighbor while the sacrament was passed
and a teenage girl I noticed, though a time, lass and shy
watched a youthful priest intently through the corner of her eye
as he sat behind the table where the water trays were spread
she was not remembering Jesus nor the prayer the priest had said
there was nothing reveriental in the things the cub scout drew
on the pages of the hymnbook 'till the sacrament was through
not a thought of Jesus passion entered careless elders minds
As they whispered to eachother and the girls they sat behind
and the High priests brow was furrowed as he stole a secret glance
at his checkbook's dismal story of his failures in finance
there were hundred in the chapel but the worshipors were few
and I couldn't help but wonder what the Lord himself would say
had he walked into a meeting where His saints behave that way
would his loving eyes be saddened, would His countenance be grim?
While he there observed and listened to a meeting Meant for Him?"
I, too, have been guilty sometimes of just going through the motions when it has come to taking the sacrament but I am coming to learn on my mission how important this time is each week and how it can be a really special and spiritual time for us. If we prepare spiritually before the meeting and repent we can really allow Christ's atonement to change us. I'm so grateful for zone conference and for the opportunity I had to learn more about the sacrament and gain a greater testimony and appreciation for all that our Savior Jesus Christ has done for us.
On Thursday, Sister Broyles and I had two appointment that fell through so we decided to come up with a new way to approach people on the street for the night of proselyting. We found an idea in a missionary book that momma sent me that included making a religious survey for people to take. we translated the questions into Korean and then typed them up. They included questions like "Do you believe in God" "How do you overcome hard times" and "Have you ever thought about the questions of "Where did I come from", "Why am I here", and "where do I go after I die?" There was a total of about 10 questions all together. One of my favorite questions was "If there was another book about Christ that ancient prophets wrote, would you read it?" If people said yes..then we were able to easily introduce the Book of Mormon and invite them to read it. It was a really fun way to talk to people about religion on the street and we were able to pass out a lot of pamphlets, and some Books of Mormon! Sadly, more than half the people were either buddhist or didn't believe in God... so it made it a little more challenging to introduce the Book of Mormon... But overall I really liked the new survey approach! I think I will continue to use it throughout the rest of my mission.
Also I started reading "The Power of Everyday Missionaries" this past week and it is SOO GOOD. I invite everyone, member missionary or full-time missionary to read it! It is so good and it has some really good ideas about How to do missionary work! Read it!
Anyways...I hope you are all happy and healthy! Love you<3
Sister Courtney Hurley