Friday, May 1, 2009

to wait is often harder than to work

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. - Brian Adams

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. - Peter Marshall

It was easy to be patient the first week. The first few days, I was visiting my friends. Back home Sunday, I laughed to myself at people asking if I had news from Andrew yet. Of course not! I only left him Wednesday.

I was fine until Wednesday. The 1 week anniversary. 1 Week! Missionaries get P-day (Preparation Day) once a week and they WRITE LETTERS HOME.

I started checking my email every chance I got - that is to say at break, lunch and upon arriving home. Nothing. Nothing in the snail mail box, either.

Chatting after the youth activity Wednesday night, I learned from a RM (returned missionary) that they don't get P-day the first week in the MTC. I hoped he had clean clothes. RM said they got a little time for laundry, but that's all.

I resolved to wait patiently.

It's not that easy!

I keep checking email and snail mail, but ..... the wait goes on. Let us with patience bear our afflictions.


Good article about LDS missions/missionaries with a link from there to the life of a missionary including, at the end, a typical daily schedule.


  1. Oh, I definitely understand! It's awful, not knowing how he's doing, isn't it? =(

  2. My problem while in the MTC was that I got no letters, despite sending out many. It got to be a joke in my district. That, of course, was way before email.

    I hope Andrew writes soon and eases your troubled mother's heart. Maybe he's just so busy learning Canadian, eh. :)