They say that the main beneficiary of the mission is the missionary. This is not always true. But it is true enough.
In the same way, the Church’s missionary focus serves to keep the Church healthy and strong, even without the converts.
It is a Dominical paradox. By looking to grow, you keep the members you already have strong.
I thank the Lord that we will always be a missionary church.
Our young men and women should be reared under the loving guidance and influence of a good home, a home where the blessing of a mission is part of each one’s life’s goal; a home where plans for his future mission become part of his life.
Hollywood would never be able to produce the thrilling stories, the real-life dramas, the diaries, the letters home, the testimonies locked in hearts that have resulted from following the Savior’s instruction
-thus Elder David B. Haight. There is a sweet influence of the Spirit that is only unlocked when you are testifying to those who need to hear it.
I fear that some of us are not missionary-minded because there is a great gulf between where we are and actually seeing our friends and family convert in droves. So be it. The immediate object is not to deliver that kind of miracle of mass conversion, which anyhow only God can bring about it. The immediate object is to live a missionary-minded life. To have “a home where mission becomes part of life.” That can be as simple as praying for your local full-time missionaries and an investigator or two by name.
It can be as simple as finding some good news to share.
In so doing, we ourselves will be kept in the way and made strong.