In an earlier blog I mentioned that one of my primary reasons for regular church attendance is that I need all the help I can get. I KNOW that I’m supposed to be kind, honest, loving, fair, giving…and forgiving too. I KNOW that prayer and scripture study are musts if I am to continue my progress along the road to eternal life. However, I need occasional memory prompts to help me stay on the straight and narrow, and Sunday’s service provided just the reminders that I needed.
I attended church with my daughter who is a member of a small “branch,” and I almost chuckled when I realized that the service that day was to be the Primary program which I had already heard and seen two times this month, both in my own ward and in my son’s. Still, every unit adds a little different twist so I settled in with a positive attitude. Of all the things I heard the children sing and say, the most memorable is a line from the hymn “Love is Spoken Here.” Here it is: “I will try in all I do and say to live the gospel more each day.”
Simple but profound, huh? It’s easy to be spiritual and loving while you’re in church, but sometimes the spaces between the meetings can be a bit challenging. What I need to think about more often is that everywhere is a mission field, and everyone is a child of God. When we serve others, we serve Him.
What drove this morning lesson home was a conversation with my brother Mike on Sunday evening. He and his wife Lisa are involved with international students who attend their church, and on Sunday they had nine Chinese young people over for Sunday dinner. While talking about how much he and Lisa enjoyed the experience, he mentioned that these students were part of his “mission field.”
I wholeheartedly agree with Mike and feel that everywhere we go is a mission field. If you want to know where yours is, for starters look at your to-do list or your appointment book.