Well another week has gone by. It was pretty good because we were able to go to a meeting and listen to Elder Alonso of the Seventy. He’s absolutely hilarious. It was an awesome meeting and I was able to learn a few things. I especially liked a quote from our Mission President’s wife. She asked, are we high-output, low-maintenance members? That was a really good question, and obviously I put it in my notes, but as a missionary. Am I a high-output, low-maintenance missionary... it was something that I liked. We as members of the church should be high-output, low-maintenance members.
I’m comparing this to a car... so here we go. I know there are people in the world who are awesome about maintaining their cars. They always change the oil, keep air in the tires, all the little things. And generally these are the people that have their cars for a longer time before they die. They don’t have problems, as compared to someone who never changes the oil, or does any of that stuff. And their car serves them well. Now we don’t have to change our oil, or check the air in the tires, or things like that, but we do need maintenance.
We, as children of God, have to keep ourselves maintained. And we can do it through the study of the scriptures, daily prayer, and weekly church attendance. These small and simple procedures will keep us better spiritually maintained in the long run. They require effort and consistency just like changing the oil, or checking the air in the tires, but if we do them, we will not be left on a lone road in the desert wishing that we would’ve done them. They will keep us maintained. If we do these things, we will be high-output members. We will be capable of many things. We will overcome our problems, we will have strength in difficulties, and we will be able to serve the Lord to the best of our abilities. We will be the kind of person that He wants. We will have stronger testimonies. If we do these things, basically we will be a lot better off.
Now maybe that comparison doesn’t make much sense, but I loved the quote, and I know that if we do these things, we will be much better off. Keep reading the scriptures, praying daily, and going to church. Keep yourselves well maintained to make it through the hazards and problems on the road that is life. I know that if we do these things, we will be ok. I know this is the true gospel, and the only true church that contains the true gospel, and I know that through these things, we can return with God.
Love you all, Elder Ollis