Living by the scriptures

Behold, I say unto you that you shall be a physician unto the church, but not unto the world, for they will not receive you.

Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do and whether you shall go. - D&C 31:10-11.

I was pondering the mission statement for our area which states: "Full time missionaries have been called by the Lord through His leaders to be physicians to those who are spiritually ill." I also read this scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants where I learned that Thomas B. Marsh was called to preach the gospel and was called to be a physician to the Church.

The word "physician" reminds me of my childhood where I always told my father that I wanted to be a physician someday. I kept that dream until I finished high school. I had planned to go to college to become a physician but my mother had a stroke and was left paralyzed. Because of my mother's illness my family was having financial problems and my parents could not afford to finance my studies in college.

Fortunately, I was able to get a loan scholarship to help pay for my college education, but I could not get into a college that offered medical courses. I wanted to help my family financially and was eager to get my education so I could get a good job. Consequently, I took a course of study that I didn't like. I tried to accept my frustration and tried to love my studies too.

I was blessed then to finish my studies successfully. Now that I am serving a full-time mission, I realize that Heavenly Father has granted my wish which is to become a physician. A physician not to those who are physically ill but to those who are spiritually ill. Somehow my dream has come true.

I am grateful for the privilege of serving the Lord in His vineyard and the opportunity to serve others. I have gained important blessings, increased my ability to love and become less selfish.

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