From the first day we arrived in the mission, our missionaries have often heard us inviting them to practice daily journal writing. We have encouraged them to create good memories of their mission service, and then we have constantly reminded them that they should carefully preserve their happy memories by writing in their mission journals.
We hope 2010 was a lesson for them (as it was for us) to always listen carefully to the Holy Ghost, and we hope that because of our experience in the Santiago East Mission together, they will be even more inspired to set a pattern of daily journal writing in their lives.
We know that the Holy Ghost speaks to us as we take the time to be still and listen. Writing is one way that we can be still enough to listen to the still small voice as it speaks to us about how much our Heavenly Father loves us and what He wants for us. We know that as our missionaries take time to listen to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost and write them down, they will learn to recognize and respond to all that the Lord directs them to do. They will be able to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost, and they will be able to build the Kingdom of God in miraculous ways.