You Only Get One Chance to Serve a Mission Says Elder Holland

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Jeffrey R. Holland has a way of teaching with such fervor and emotion that it’s hard not to be filled with motivation after you hear him speak. This quote on missionary work will make any missionary excited to walk that extra mile and knock on one last door.

“You only get one chance to serve a mission; it is your responsibility, your duty, to use it to the fullest; to give every last ounce of energy until you collapse in exhaustion at the end of it.

All the hardships, all the tears, all the hard work will be looked back upon as the best thing you’ve ever done, not because you enjoyed it, not because you baptized everyone, but because you gave everything you had, even when you didn’t think you could, and especially when you didn’t want to.

You only get one chance to serve a mission; it is your responsibility, your duty, to use it to the fullest

Live your mission to your fullest, work harder than you’ve ever worked before. Let people know that this is the most important thing in the world to you…

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via LDSMissionaries.com

If you do not run until you have nothing left to give, and then keep going anyway; cry and pray and work and sweat and plead until you are so drained that all you can do is turn to the Lord; if you don’t do this, then these people will not come to this joy because of you – their failure to come to Christ will be partially upon your head.

Come out of your mission proud of what you’ve done, and this experience will bless the rest of your life.”

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  • I think Elder Holland is a bit mistaken there. You will get many chances to serve a mission and many can server multiple missions. Some serve starting at 19 and then again when they retire. Some individuals never get the chance to serve a mission and despite Elder Holland’s assertion not everyone is meant or should serve a mission. But we’ll give Elder Holland a pass given his advanced age 🙂

  • It takes the desire to serve the Lord and the love of mankind to share his plan with strangers. Their hearts are made with pure intent. Missionaries are just special people.

  • Elder Holland is far from mistaken in what he says, however, his words were taken out of context. This is an address directed towards missionaries, not people preparing for or considering a mission. It’s supposed to relay the depth and power of the calling a missionary has, and how great their need is to put in every ounce of effort they have. I don’t understand what this article was written, it’s really just a long quote with no context or elaboration.

  • Elder Holland has been caught lying repeatedly (a practice not only long practiced, but also condoned by church leaders since its infancy). He’s not necessarily lying now, but he is promoting actions that lead to enhanced commitment to the organization that he represents. When someone fully dedicates their life to a purpose, they entrench themselves to its ideals even more.

  • Caught lying? If you are referring to the story he shared, which he later corrected, I’d hardly call that lying. And as for promoting actions that lead to enhanced commitment, yeah, Jesus did that too. So it’s hard to say that it is a bad thing.

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