On my other site, http://www.graceforgrace.com I wrote the following:
For those of you who are LDS or attend meetings, how often have you heard the phrase â€śWhen I was on my missionâ€¦â€ť? If youâ€™re like me, itâ€™s a phrase you hear almost as much as â€śI know this church is true.
Whenever I hear the â€śmissionâ€ť phrase I think to myself â€śwhat about today?â€ť Let me share an example.
Today in church we studied President Monsonâ€™s most recent article on faith and prayer. The teacher did a great thing, I thought and opened up discussion for people to share their experiences theyâ€™ve had with prayer.
As we were reading, I thought about an experience Iâ€™d had with my younger sister and thought it would be great to share. Iâ€™ll admit it. Iâ€™m guilty. I started the comment by saying â€śWhen I was on my mission I learned how to truly pray intimately with the Lord in someoneâ€™s behalfâ€¦â€ť and then I preceded to explain a very personal and spiritual experience my sister and I had while we prayed together.
I hadnâ€™t realized what Iâ€™d done until hands started firing up all over the place with people saying â€śWhen I was on my missionâ€¦â€ť Suddenly, I realized what Iâ€™d done.
The whole rest of the lesson was about experiences people had had 5 -30 years ago while they were on their missions. I appreciate them sharing these comments, and have definitely been to worse meetings where people donâ€™t even want to participate at all, but after the 5th time of hearing the â€śmissionâ€ť phrase I started thinking about the LDS culture a bit more.
First, an LDS mission is amazing and filled with opportunities to grow closer to Jesus than almost anything else Iâ€™ve ever done. I was fully immersed in studying about the Lord and helping others. Iâ€™m sure this is why people love to talk about their missions. However, I asked myself the question: â€śWhat about today?â€ť
Thatâ€™s great that we had spiritual experiences to fall back on, but what are we doing today to have them? Maybe Iâ€™m off-base, but it seems that we as Mormons tend to fall back on our missions too often and donâ€™t have daily spiritual experiences through faith and prayer like we once did.
What are your thoughts?
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