Should I Be Doing More?
Have you ever wanted to do more spiritually? When I felt this way, a chapter in the Book of Mormon came to mind: Alma 29.
Alma starts by saying he wishes he were an angel so that he can speak with the trump of God and cry repentance unto all people. His goal is that they'd repent and be redeemed so that sorrow could cease.
But, then he says that he's sinning in his wish and that he ought to be content with the calling the Lord has given him. He declares he shouldn't try to do more than what God in His wisdom has called him to do.
I, like Alma, have wished to do more spiritually.
I'll be honest. It's hard being away from the main body of The Church. Sometimes I think I could do more if I had a large group to fellowship with every Sunday or if I was able to attend conferences and camps more often.
But then I remember what God called me to do. He's showed through experiences that being in this part of the vineyard is His will for my family and me. There have been times when we thought it was time to go, so I started to apply for work elsewhere. In every one of those situations, He showed we were right where we belonged.
So, there may not be a large group, a building to meet in, or an elder to pass communion, but I am doing what God has called me to do in teaching and visiting the few sisters here. I also have a loving and supportive ministry and congregation at the Ft. Worth Branch, who pray for us and visit as much as they can.
The most important thing, though, is that when it's all said and done, it's God's will and not mine. Who am I to question His will? I just need to listen, trust, and obey. God blesses me in what I've been called to do, and I shouldn't try to do more than what He has commanded.
When those marching orders change, if that time ever comes, He'll make the decision, and it will be perfectly clear.
If you've ever been in a situation where you don't think you're doing enough, look at Alma's example. God has a calling for you, whether "great" or "small," and when you are fulfilling that calling, you are benefiting His creation.
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