Stacy (Brazil Rio de Janeiro North Mission)
–Paraphrased from Stacy’s mission interview–
For Future Missionaries
If there was one thing I could tell someone who just got called to Brazil, or anywhere as a matter of fact, I would say to remember why you’re there. I know that’s very vague, but it’s important. As missionaries, we are called to serve. We aren’t there to instruct the poor people of wherever we may be, but to serve them.
Many missionaries think that they’re the knight in shining armor, and that they’re there to pull people out of the slums. While missionaries do so spiritually, these people already know a lot and have so much to offer. Doctrine and Covenants teaches about a process called edification. It’s not a one way transmission, but a two-way thing. If you go on your mission ready to learn as much as you can from everyone, you will learn to love the people, and you will take away so much from the experience.