I’ve always thought that to be considered ” smart” you would have to be a straight A student, get into the best college there ever was. I know that I would never be considered a smart person in the eyes of the world. Never learning the same way as everybody else, being in the top classes. Well with all that, how does this relate to my like right now?

In the few months that I’ve been on my mission, I’ve learned what it truly means to be a smart person or in other words a learner.

At the beginning of my mission, I felt like I didn’t know anything, that I was just messing up again and again. The only thing that I wanted was to have a book, not just any book but a self-development book that could tell me how to become better. My desire to become a better person has always been in my heart but in that moment I would give anything to just feel like I wasn’t nothing, if there was any way that I would just improve. To learn how to..

My mom told me as I was expressing what I was feeling that I have the best self-development book in the world, right at my fingertips. I wasn’t sure where she was going to go with this but I started to be a little confused at what she was talking about till the words ” The Book Of Mormon” came out of her mouth. That I needed to use this book as a way to not only learn more about the gospel but that God would teach me through it. It holds the power to not only help to make a better person out of me, a better life, a better future not only for me but for my family. All the answers are written within the pages. As I started to do that even though I wasn’t sure where to begin, I noticed things started to change.

When I look at where I am now to the time then, I see something beautiful. Not only do we get to teach and share the gospel with others but we get to learn with them.I like to look at this world as a place where we get to learn, to grow and develop into beautiful people! Just as James E. Talmage said that our time on this earth is “… The School of Life..”, how could this not be more correct?

With every person that I get to visit, I get to not only learn from them but I get to be changed by them. God’s love doesn’t only heal us but it changes us. I never thought in my life that I would learn how to become a better person the way that God is teaching me.

The Book Of Mormon has opened not only my eyes but my heart, to hear His voice. We are all the students, so why don’t we let God be our teacher? The one who knows us best to guide us, to show us who we can become? The only person in the world to truly be our teacher, to reveal to all of us the beauty that truly is within His words, within His creation?

As I have let God be my teacher I have seen my life truly change, not only for my love for others has become more than what I thought possible but the joy that I feel has just consumed me. We must seek for God, for His teachings within His words “… seek the way of life..” (James E. Talmage), it is to seek the life with God. Learning and becoming a learner is the most beautiful thing you can do. Let God guide you!

” God invites us to cast our old ways completely out of reach and begin a new life in Christ” -Elder Dale G. Renlund

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