Use the Spirit. Perhaps your story is just what an investigator needs to hear
and it wouldn't be brought up unless they saw your scars. Or maybe
it's the opposite and they shouldn't know. If you pray to know what
the investigators need, the Holy Ghost will tell you what you need to do.
If more LDS were open about their bouts with depression then it wouldn't
make those suffering feel so "alone." Horray for wanting to serve a
mission, one of the most important things you can bring is yourself. Your scars
will change more lives than you think, it may even save lives as it allows
people to openly discuss depression. You cannot bear one another burdens until
you share them.
I never was a Missionary but I am a convert (14yrs and 3 months) and I will
never forget the Zone Leader I had an interview with before my Baptism. He knew
of my past and it wasn't pretty at all, but he shared with me his past
which was not any better than mine and you could see his past on his face and
his arms, he knew who he, why he was there and where he was going, he bore a
powerful testimony to me of the change that can take place within a person when
God is invited into their life.You have battle wounds so do I and so will
those you talk to on your Mission, don’t let those wounds make feel
insecure use them to make you strong.
The past is determined, the future is uncertain, the present is what you have. I
know about drowning the past in the present and never thinking about the future.
But by the grace of God go I
To Sister Missionary: Your worthy of your call. Forget yourself and go to work.
Don't let anything block you from reaching your potential as a
missionary…especially a past that you have worked through.
Use it as a teaching tool. Your experience might save someone's life.
Sometimes investigators and convert look at missionaries and think that they
must be 100% perfect and there's no way that they could measure up to that.
But we all bear scars of one sort or another and we all need the Atonement to
help us heal. It's so important for people to know that's the most
vital part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it sounds like that's
something you are well-acquainted with.One of my mission companions
struggled with depression, but she also had the sweetest, most touching
testimony of the Savior and the Atonement. Her experiences enabled her to teach
that most fundamental core of the Gospel in a way that I could never do. She
also taught me about relying on the Savior in all things. The Lord sent her to
specifically teach certain people that needed to hear her testimony and I'm
certain that He is doing the same with you. Let the Spirit guide you to those
you can best help.(Enjoy Florida! That's where I served as
well. The weather in December is amazing!)
Cool sweater visual.
Ask yourself only one question: Will my scars help me on my mission? My bet is
that they will. Many people see the missionaries as "perfect their whole
life" Mormons who don't have the same struggles as a non member or new
convert. We love the missionaries. We love their stories. The ones you are
directed to meet will love you too! Have a great mission!
One of my favorite companions had a difficult past and his openness made him so
accessible for so many people. He had such an easy rapport with investigators
and members alike talking about how he dealt with this challenges. In many ways,
it's a lot easier for us as members and missionaries when we're open
about how the Gospel helps us solve problems rather than acting like we have
none at all when we are members (and a lot more realistic).Expect to
have new stressors as a missionary. The church now has more qualified
professionals and a better handle on depression and other issues you may have.
Be aware that you may encounter new challenges and be ready to take care of
yourself and reach out if you feel you need help. And know that there are so
many of us out here who are ready to love you and be supportive of whatever your
needs may be as a missionary.
At the beginning of my mission I tried very hard to be the perfect missionary
— or to at least appear to be so. It nearly drove me crazy. After two
months in the field my companion sat me down and explained that I was driving
him, the members, and our investigators crazy too. He said that God didn't
want me to hide who I really was in my efforts to properly represent the
Savior.My companion's counsel helped a lot. Not long after this
an investigator turned to my companion and said, "What have you done with
him?" I thought, "Uh oh." The investigator continued, "It's
wonderful!"As others have said, our imperfections are a strong
witness of our personal need for the Savior and his atonement. The Apostle Paul
did not try to cover up his thorns in the flesh nor his past sins. He openly
used them to preach the gospel.
You have been called of God by revelation scars and all. I think the Savior has
some scars too he carries with him. so don't worry about it.
Always, always, always. Live in the moment. The past and the future have no
relevance in our daily lives. Only now. Only today. Only this minute.
I agree with others that you don't need to hide who you really are and
those scars have helped form who you are. I love that you think of your scars as
battle scars. You're amazing for conquering in that battle. But
I also agree with Angela that there may be times when you feel self conscious
and want to hide the scars. So I think you should be prepared. Get a couple of
really light weight long sleeve blouses and maybe bring the make up, enough for
Too often we hide in shame from our past and our imperfections when we should
celebrate when repentance is embraced. Hiding, covering up, or even lying about
our past only deepens those wounds and will lead to more hurt for us AND for
others. As we are able to openly talk about our problems we can better help
each other and we can better feel God's love for us.
Al Fox the tattooed Mormon wrote about her tattoos in her latest blog.. She had
tremendous insight about the visible past that some carry. The blog was very
powerful!. Lack of awareness and insensitivity about is an issue that society
has not delt with very well. It is not just members of the church who don't
understand these issues. I recommend very one to read and listen to Elder
Jeffery Hollands landmark and very powerful sermon from the Oct 2013 conference
about the "Broken Vessel." The sermon is a life changer for those ready
to accept the change.
The serenity prayer; God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not
change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the
It would be difficult to provide a better answer than that given by Dadof5Sons.
The Savior indeed carries scars. Press onward and God be with you.
Poqui posted:=If more LDS were open about their bouts with
depression then it wouldn't make=those suffering feel so
"alone."I agree. May 1980 I served as the mission
commissary for the Chile Concepcion Mission, and our office was on the tenth
floor of a Concepcion office building. I was so depressed that at one point I
told my mission president I was thinking of jumping out one of the windows. It
would have helped a lot if I had known other Latter-day Saints got that
depressed at times too.