(Originally posted at Mormon Buzzz; Written by Kathryn Jones)
I’ll say it—
It seems as if every returned missionary has the phrase “GIVE ME ADVICE” posted on their foreheads. This is fine until we start receiving conflicting counsel, or we’re given guidance that we don’t necessarily want. I mean, sometimes we’re given suggestions that are legitimately crazy.
But, regardless of what we hear, there are three overarching principles that must be understood.
And, because I love you, I’m about to get real: if we don’t figure the following three things out, we’re going to be absolutely miserable. And, THERE JUST ISN’T ANYBODY THAT HAS TIME FOR THAT.
But, if we allow these principles to become a part of us, we will feel whole, confident, and in control! Which, you know, is pretty great.
So, without further ado, here are the three things returned missionaries cannot afford to misunderstand:
1. You Are In Charge
2 Nephi 2:26 teaches that men and women are “to act for themselves and not to be acted upon.”
Are you acting, or being acted upon?
Often, we confine ourselves with the excuse of, “Well, I don’t act because I don’t know how to act!”
But friends—we must change our mindset.
Instead of thinking, “I don’t know, therefore I can’t do” we must think “I don’t know, therefore I will learn.”
Here are some examples: