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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Guest Blog Post ... Elder Jaden Lee Mecham

Elder Mecham has been in the office with us for one year.
He has gone beyond the call of duty.
With a few different circumstances that arose...
he was asked to stay in the office
over what any Elder should have to do.
There was never a complaint or a murmur.
We love and appreciate him.
He will be leaving the office on Tuesday
to go work hard in the field his last few weeks.
Here is his guest blogpost.

Elder Jaden Lee Mecham

"Wow…what a roller coaster the last two years have been.  A mission is something that cannot be described on paper.  Words just can’t explain the experiences that a missionary has in his dedicated service.  The lessons that I have learned here on the mission have forever changed me.

Many missionaries arrive to their missions excited to serve, learn, and bring others to Christ but at the same time feel a sense of insecurity; wondering if they’ll really be able to measure up to the high task of representing the Son of God (as we should).  However, the Lord qualifies whom He calls.  When a missionary loses himself and realizes that God Himself is directing this work, miracles happen.  People are changed.  They come unto Christ and the young, selfish boy turns into a selfless man of God.

When we are humble and moldable the Lord takes us by the hand and brings His work to pass.  He knows His servants.  He uses our strengths and works with our weaknesses.  A missionary must forget thoughts of inadequacy and remember that when you represent Him you are entitled to His power.  Elder Bednar taught us recently to “Get out of the way”!

We have to realize that missionary service is a divine privilege and not a great sacrifice. That’s when God endows us with power. President Turk always teaches his missionaries that the pattern is the prize. It’s not the final result! It’s all about enjoying the journey. I’ve learned to be grateful for the difficulties and challenges.  Every challenge is a great opportunity."

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.”

Elder JL Mecham