On Saturday President Monson started out General Conference announcing the change in the age in which young people can serve missions. For my daughters life as they have always known it or rather the future as they have thought about it has been forever altered.
As I have thought about how this will affect us personally and the world at large, I contemplated one of Elder Holland's previous talks (We are all Enlisted)and his words from the press conference following conference, "God is hastening his work, and he needs more and more willing and worthy missionaries to spread the light and the truth and the hope and the salvation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to an increasingly dark and fearful world.”
The Lord knows the outcome of this life. He knows what we need and how to succor us. He is the master teacher and to use Elder Holland's analogy the master coach. He knows how this game will end and His will be the victorious team.
All these thoughts reminded me of my years playing basketball, a lifetime ago when I was in great shape and young. I would have never guessed I would be writing about the gospel in context of a sport, but there you go. I remember a game when we were down. We were clearly a better team, but we continually made unforced errors and no matter what we did we couldn't get the ball into the hoop. Our coach called a time out, he looked at each of us and told us our strengths and how we could beat the other team. Then he changed the plays: a full court press and man to man defense.
As we came back out on the court with our new assignments and the encouragement of someone who knew better than us our potential I remember feeling a little electrified. I knew what I needed to do. I knew it was going to be hard and that it might require all the strength I had, but that I could do it and that with my other teammates we could be victorious.
The game changed at that point.
We played with more vigor and determination. We answered the call and walked away victorious, although in our case we were not guaranteed the victory as we are in this mortal life just by the team we play for. We know who will win, we need to decide for whom we will play.
The Lord has altered the game a little bit with this change in missionary age. Clearly He is looking for the full court press to help lead the hearts of His children to Christ. Evidently adding more young women into this mighty cause prior to marriage and motherhood is something that helps His overall game plan. It doesn't mean that the way will be easy, it will require work and perhaps even more sacrifice, but in the end it will be worth it.
What a glorious time to be alive!
Footnote: When I shared my thoughts with my girls they just stared at me a little blankly. They had no idea what a full court press was or how it all related. When I asked if there was something similar in tennis they rolled their eyes. Clearly we speak different sports or perhaps all this only makes sense in my mind, which could definitely be the case.
I have loved drawing today. I might have to make a sports kit after this post, perhaps even one with Church things. I am working on a Halloween digital kit for Friday.