Sunday, 28 September 2014

Hump Day Package from Home

Celebrating the one year mark (hump day) is pretty important after dedicating two years out of your life to church service.  I am so proud of our Elder Joe for the service he has given thus far in teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is an amazing young man.  
To celebrate this milestone we created a Hump Day package for him.  I filled it with a number of fun things:
  • a new pair of socks and gel insoles (walking all day makes those feet sore)
  • some sheet music and a CD that I ordered especially for him
  • his favorite chocolate bars
  • some food from the dutch store
  • a camel bag (something I found from the clothing exchange - it had camels on it)
  • animal crackers - camels inside
  • long letters from each of his immediate family
Then we covered it with #1 and hump day themes pictures, cartoons and quotes.  He wrote me this week that he loved it and enjoyed opening it.  After being so far away from him

By Cheryl K. Carpenter
As you come to the one-year mark of your mission, I am sending you this camel to remind you how far you have come, and where you are going.There are many similar characteristics of a great missionary and a camel.
The first is the "hump". Yes, you have crossed the mark and now are over the hump of the first year. But remember the hump of a camel is used to store food for the long journey. Camels can go for long periods of time without food, but he must store his food in his hump. A Missionary has learned from so many experiences, but a wise Missionary will store the knowledge he has gained, and put it to greater use the second half of his mission.
Another important symbol is what the camel does to be prepared to carry his load for his Master. A camel sometimes protests his heavy load, but he drops to knees for his Master, and once started, he patiently carries his load. As a missionary, sometimes the load seems heavy and difficult to carry but when you drop to your knees and succumb to the Master's will, he will carefully lead you and you can bear the load patiently, and do your Father in Heaven's work as he would have you do. This is why the camel's knees are heavily padded, as a Missionary; your knees are calloused from the many hours of kneeling in prayer.
The camel has high set eyes, that enable him to see long distances. A Missionary has his eyes set on higher things, he follows the Spirit that enables him to see the Children of God, those who are seeking answers, and he teaches them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The camel has broad, two-toed feet that keep it from sinking in desert sand. A missionary has a broad knowledge and a firm testimony of the Gospel. This enables him to teach with boldness and stand firm in his testimony. The people you teach do not yet have the blessing of such a sure-foot, but as you teach with love and the Spirit, you will help them gain their own testimony that will help them walk on firmer ground. One that will lead them back to their Father in Heaven.
So you see a Missionary has a lot in common with a camel. Put this camel where you can see it often. Dedicate yourself to do as the camel does. Serve your Master well and patiently over the long journey. You have come a long way; there is still much ground to cover. Continue to move forward, serving with love, until your mission is complete and your Father in Heaven will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

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