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…
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.”