Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Missions

I've been thinking about this ever since Sunday so I thought I'd post and see what all of you thought about this subject.

There is an older lady in my new ward who believes that her mission is finished and she just wants to die. She's been on 2 missions and been a temple worker but she doesn't do that anymore because she believes her mission is finished..she doesn't have anything more to contribute or give. Although she has 3 callings and enjoys those. So I just don't get it.

I guess my question is: What do you think about this? Should one just "give up" once they believe their mission is accomplished? Is there a specific "mission" we all have to fulfill before we die or are we all working towards the common mission or goal of eternal life. If that is the case then shouldn't we want to gain all of the experience we can while we are on the earth?

Let me know what you think.

4 comments:

Uno Kidney said...

I don't think that there is ONE mission, but many. There are so many people on the earth that we can touch and that can touch our lives....I don't think that there is a single mission to accomplish and then we are done. I think there is only one person/entity that can decide when that mission is over, and I think we all know who I am talking about. I think that is why death is part of life. Because Death is our final Calling Release.
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Heather said...

I agree with Liz.

If her mission were truly over, she would be dead. Seeing how she isn't dead, I'm sure there's plans for her yet.

Jared said...

The one mission of life is to make it to the end and remain faithful, hence the whole "endure to the end" you always find in those pesky scriptues. Thus, lets say you are old (like the lady in the post) and you give up before you die then have you endured to the end?

We are all distinct beings so we each have different goals in life with the main goal of making it back in to the Father.

RCH said...

"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."

-Richard Bach in his new-agey fiction book, "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"

It may be a weird and very '70s little book, lol, but I think he got a lot of things right.

Here's another one I like that may or may not be apropos (is the woman depressed?): "The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly."