Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Importance of Personal Worthiness

Me and my classmate acting as sister missionaries. We were trying to resolve the concerns being acted out by our classmates too. It was so much fun!
Sister Revesencio in her proselyting attire. I'm ready to serve the Lord!

I would forever be grateful to my Heavenly Father for enabling me to attend our class today in Missionary Preparation because I felt the need to be reminded always. We were taught by Brother Manuel Insigne about Personal Worthiness and how important it is for full-time missionaries to be worthy in serving the Lord. He gave us a checklist of requirements in order for us to assess ourselves if we are really indeed prepared to serve the Lord.

*Emotional Stability-emotional challenges must be stabilized, confirmed to be fully functional and if not, it has to be settled prior to leaving for the field
*Moral Worthiness-those who have concerns in this area should settle it with their bishops or branch presidents and must be seen to have seriously repented before could be allowed to serve
*HIV Positive-those who are confirmed to be positive will be advised to serve locally instead
*Divorce-will be advised to serve in other means such as in local areas
*Others: serious physical, mental emotional limitations are excused to serve in full-time mission
*Special Circumstances such as
-Abortion-anyone who has participated, encouraged or conducted abortion will not be allowed to serve
-Child out of wedlock-anyone with child out of wedlock will not be allowed
*Homosexual Activity-anyone with homosexual relationship during his teenage years (like 17-19) will be asked to repent before proceeding and must abstain from such activities and prove himself willing to give up such activities. Unless he's willing to do those mentioned, he will not be allowed to serve
*Belated Confession-Mission if not a place for sinners to repent but for calling sinners to repentance. Prospective missionaries are expected to have repented of any sins that may hinder in serving the Lord worthily in the field.

Me and my classmates were grateful that we do not have problems with those concerns because we tried all our best to prevent in indulging from them just as Elder Charles Didier of the Presidency of the Seventy said, "Prevention is better than redemption". Of course there's still a way out as the Savior's love and compassion is infinite. However, how painful and rigorous would be the process before someone could fully get rid of himself with the guilt from his sins so it's better not to be involved in those activities that will disqualify us in serving the Lord.

How great and wonderful is the work that is requires clean hands and pure heart. How amazing is the work that it needs worthy servants.

Brother Insigne related a story of prospective missionaries in the United States that were unable to serve because some miserable dentists sabotage them by transmitting their HIV during the dental check up or dental operation because just like Satan, these people are too miserable that they want others to be miserable too. It's such a sad reality that some people would not hesitate the future of what could have been valiant and wonderful servants of the Lord. I was shocked with such news but that's the reality, there are some individuals that couldn't accept their weaknesses and become miserable, and worse, would like others to feel the same way.

Later in the discussion we were tasked to resolve concerns of the investigators (acted by our classmates) such as homosexuality, disobedience of the Law of Chastity and the likes. I love the scriptural passages that were shared to us in order to combat these concerns such as 1 Corinthians 10:13:

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be ablee to bear it"~(KJV)

The Lord is ever faithful that we will rise above the temptations that we may encounter. I'm so thankful that I'm always reminded of my standards everyday and I decided before the sign of temptation to keep my covenant with my Heavenly Father and will not let any worldly pleasures suppress me from becoming the daughter my Father in Heaven expects me to be.