This talk was given at the MTC to missionaries who were about to go into the field. It is a classic talk on serving the Lord with all your “heart, might, mind and strength”. Enjoy! President and Sister Sweeney
Becoming a Consecrated Missionary
Given by Elder Tad R. Callister, of the Seventy
Provo Missionary Training Center
October 7, 2008
Many years ago I entered the Mission Training Center as a young enthusiastic
missionary. The training was shorter and simpler then, but the spirit was just as powerful. I have long forgotten most of what was said, but an observation made by the president of the Mission Training Center struck me and has remained with me to this day. He said in essence: “Every mission has a number of good, even great missionaries, but most missions only have about five or so consecrated missionaries – those who are willing to lay everything on the altar of sacrifice.”
Your Call From the Lord
Each of us experience times in our lives where the veil is thin that separates us from God. Births, deaths, illnesses, accidents, baptism, ordinations and temple experiences are examples of these times. We may not recognize it as such. In fact, if we are not spiritually in tune, we may miss it entirely. As President Boyd K. Packer says,
“The Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all.” (The Candle of the Lord, Ensign, Jan 1983)
Nephi, Sam, Laman and Lemuel all lived in the same household and shared many of the same experiences. These experiences converted Nephi and Sam but Laman and Lemuel chose disbelief and hardened their hearts so much that Nephi later said to them:
“Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words…” (1N 17:45)
If we are not listening with our hearts and minds (“feeling”), we may miss the testimonies the Lord gives to us of his love – and his knowledge of us as individuals.
President and Sister Sweeney, Arizona Scottsdale Mission
Dear Elders and Sisters
If you are reading this post, you have probably received a mission call to the Arizona Scottsdale Mission. Congratulations! All of our children have served missions (4 sons and 1 daughter) and we remember so clearly each of their mission calls and how we felt “this is the place” for each of them. We hope you have gotten your confirmation as well that the Arizona Scottsdale Mission is the place the Lord wants you to serve. If not, go get that confirmation! The Lord delights in blessing his missionaries with this gift of knowledge.
A Little About Us
We met at BYU, courted for about a year and married just prior to Pres. Sweeney’s senior year. He finished his last college final the very same day Sister Sweeney went into labor and delivered our firstborn – a son. Talk about just-in-time! We moved to Texas where Pres. Sweeney worked for various firms as a CPA – while we added 3 more children to our family. In 1987 we moved from Texas for Pres. Sweeney to take a new position in the Washington DC area. We both continued to serve in the Church and it was here that Pres. Sweeney was first called as a Bishop and later a Stake President. Sister Sweeney was busy nurturing our children (and we added one more there) yet also serving as an early-morning Seminary Teacher, Young Women leader and Stake YW camp director. She also joined our older sons in driving an early-morning paper route so they could earn mission funds. In 1997, we moved to Florida to accept a job promotion and we lived there for the next 15 years – where Pres. Sweeney again served as a Bishop and later a Stake President and Sister Sweeney again taught early-morning Seminary and became Stake Young Women President. In 2012 we relocated to Utah to be nearer to the majority of our married children.
The goal of this blog is to:
- Move the work of the Lord forward
- Get you up to speed of what’s new in the Scottsdale Mission
- Share great stories and testimonies of our hard-working missionaries
We hope that you will use the blog to strengthen your testimony and encourage you to share the gospel in your area.