Today there are over four hundred operating missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each is unique, with its own people, languages, and customs. With that much diversity spread all over the world, the work requires missionaries who are just as diverse.
Each missionary brings brings with them diverse backgrounds, talents, and spiritual gifts, which they use to fulfill their missionary purpose. That purpose being to “Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end”
Taylor Ashcroft, who served in the Cambodia Phnom Penh mission from 2016-2018, spoke on Mission Report about using your strengths and weaknesses in the mission field. He said, “Every missionary, every person that goes out to serve has a purpose. And each of those purposes are different. That’s perfect, that’s exactly why God sent us there, right?”
“I think of the missionaries that I served with. Not one of us came from the same background, not one of us came from, I mean, even similar experiences. Those were few and far between. Each of us had strengths and weaknesses that were gifts, that helped us and helped the Cambodian people. My biggest takeaway, my spiritual experience that I had…was all because I was being myself. The best version of myself.”
To be the best we can be at helping others to come unto Christ, we need to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. What are your weaknesses? What are your strengths? As you prepare to serve a mission, are serving a mission, or are reflecting on your own missionary service, take some time to think about what it would be to be the best version of yourself.
Mission Report is a podcast created to help educate and inspire future missionaries. Each week a new Returned Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be interviewed about their missions, their advice, and the lessons they learned. You can listen to Taylor’s full interview and more here or by searching for Mission Report wherever you get your podcasts.
After serving a mission to Samara, Russia, Tyler graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Creative Writing. Tyler is the author of Away From The Sun, a short collection of his written works. He lives in Provo with his drop-dead gorgeous wife, enjoys playing basketball, playing the banjo, studying history, and collecting Pokemon cards. Follow Tyler on Instagram @therealtylerbnelson