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Young Man Shares Experience in Preparing for Missionary Service During the Pandemic

“Deciding to serve a full-time mission amid the pandemic seemed to be a great challenge; however, my desire to serve the Lord as a missionary is stronger because of the love I feel for the Savior, and I feel the need to share the truthfulness of the gospel. Becoming an instrument of the Lord to other people to embrace the blessings of love, comfort, peace, and joy that the gospel brings became more important than anything else,” Elder Burdeos of Marikina, Philippines expressed.

Elder Burdeos thought that the past year 2020 would be the time for him to go on a mission. He had been preparing for a long time, but the unprecedented reality of the Covid-19 pandemic has made an impact on his plans.

He told himself to wait for the situation to be lighter and better, but days pass by too quickly that he realized that these tough times may be faced for a long time. He said, “I felt sorry for the decision of putting my focus on an important call a less priority; despite all that, I’m truly grateful for the strong promptings of the Holy Ghost - feeling good in my heart that this is truly the right time to go on a mission, so I refocused to my preparations to serve a mission.”

He had personal struggles, but he knew that he should come well prepared for this wonderful missionary work. He used the ways of the Lord to help him get ready to serve wholeheartedly in the mission field. He learned to move forward. Elder Burdeos shared that some of the noteworthy things that prepared him before going on a mission were attending institute classes, pondering the scriptures, reading the Preach My Gospel, ministering to families and friends, working with the full-time missionaries, and living a gospel-centered home; his preparations have helped him to be in tune with the spirit and to tune out the noise of the world. He expressed, “I’m grateful for the love of our Heavenly Father and the Atoning Sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ that enable us to have the opportunity to become a better person every day and to be worthy before God.”

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Elder Burdeos recalled the excitement upon receiving his mission call. He said, “It was indescribable, I just felt bursting out of joy and happiness; I felt everlasting gratitude for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.” 

“I know that the labor of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ with all our heart, might, mind, and strength will bring comfort and joy to others; these days, the spiritual connections need to be stronger,” he added. 

He once put his preparation to go on a mission less of his priorities, yet he embraced himself on refocusing on an important call that comes from the Lord. Amidst the difficult days, he is grateful for the blessings of the gospel; his desire and gratitude for the gospel have made him have the faith and courage to be a full-time missionary who is well prepared spiritually, emotionally, and physically. 

“I testify that as we put our faith and trust in God, and not rely on our own knowledge, I know that He will make a way for us to accomplish the desires of our hearts pertaining to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that pondering the Book of Mormon will provide a way for us to know how we and our families can go back in the presence of our Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God. I know that we have a living Prophet today, by the name of Prophet Russell M. Nelson. I know of a surety that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church here on earth", he testified.

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The Philippines Area Plan centers on ways we can let God prevail in our lives. One of the area priorities is to establish the kingdom of God on earth. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “But remember, the Lord has never required expert, flawless missionary efforts. Instead, “the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind”. The important thing is that you don’t give up; keep trying to get it right. You will eventually become better, happier, and more authentic. Talking with others about your faith will become normal and natural. In fact, the gospel will be such an essential, precious part of your lives that it would feel unnatural not to talk about it with others. That may not happen immediately—it is a lifelong effort. But it will happen."

About full-time missionaries

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' missionary program is one of its most recognized characteristics. Latter-day Saint missionaries can be seen on the streets of hundreds of major cities in the world as well as in thousands of smaller communities.

The missionary effort is based on the New Testament pattern of missionaries serving in pairs, teaching the gospel, and baptizing believers in the name of Jesus Christ (see, for example, the work of Peter and John in the book of Acts).

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