Andy Proctor has a few reminders for those missionaries who have went on a mission and returned home early.
1. You Actually Went
You chose to go even tho you didn’t have to go! You are still a returned missionary! Every missionary, no matter how long you serve, will receive blessings. God has not forgotten you.
2. Remember Thomas S. Monson
Tomas S. Monson did not serve a traditional full-time mission as well as Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Boyd K. Packer, Dallin H. Oaks, Robert D. Hales, or Russell M. Nelson. This did not stop them from becoming missionaries in the hand of God. Someday someone will need you and your experiences so get back out there and be ready to serve the Lord.
3. You Can Still Serve.
You can call yourself on a mission and change lives. If you are open and willing the Lord will use you to help those around you. You can have a huge influence on the internet. Click Here to help now. Call yourself on a mission, keep serving, and never stop.
4. Truth VS. Culture
There is a very strong culture around the LDS church and you have to be careful to focus on the truth, not what is believed to be true because of the culture. God loves you and through the atonement of Christ you have unlimited eternal potential to become like God. Remember to look for the best in the people that judge you as they are doing the best they can.
5. Go to the Mountain to Pray Oft
Pray often and pour out your feelings to God. The relationship you share with God should be the more important one and he should know everything about you. He will always be there for you. Go to the temple monthly and if possible daily. This will change your life forever and you will gain strength there that you cannot gain anywhere else. Go to the temple and feel the love of God.
6. Become a Missionary Forever
Elder Bednar said the following:
The issue is not going to church; rather, the issue is worshipping and renewing covenants as we attend church. The issue is not going to or through the temple; rather, the issue is having in our hearts the spirit, the covenants, and the ordinances of the Lord’s house. The issue is not going on a mission; rather, the issue is becoming a missionary and serving throughout our entire life with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength. It is possible for a young man to go on a mission and not become a missionary, and this is not what the Lord requires or what the Church needs.
Andy Proctor says it best,
You don’t have to serve a mission to become a missionary. . The point of serving a mission is to become converted, not to check off an item in a list of things to do to to be acceptable in LDS culture.
Don’t just serve a mission, but become a missionary forever.
7. You STILL have a Calling in Life
Even if you don’t serve a mission you can make a huge difference in a world that could use more light. You are here on this earth for a reason. You are a child of God and you need to find your own personal mission that God has in store for you. He will help you accomplish great things.
8. Snowman the $80 Champion.
Can’t be said better than by Andy Proctor:
This horse was given up for useless when it was sold. It was a plow horse that seemingly had no future. Not in the eyes of the first owner at least. So Snowman was sold for $80. But what happened? ***SPOILER ALERT*** Snowman became one of the most famous horses in history as a jumping horse. It is an amazing story that I would recommend to anyone who wants to be inspired to remember and reach their highest potential. Read it here.
You may feel like Snowman right now, but don’t forget your potential. If you feel like an $80 plow horse, remember that maybe you weren’t made for the plow, you were made to jump. Don’t forget your potential. Be your best self! Don’t worry about what someone else thinks you are made for. You were born to lead. You were born for glory.
Read more here.