Week 30: Such a Time As This

My beloved family, friends, and fellow servants,

How is everybody doing? See that number up there? 30 weeks! I’m past halfway through my mission. It’s getting amazing. Older, perhaps wiser. And with that I want to share a video with all of you. Click here for the link.

This is the new Mormon Message on Courage. Its basic foundation was the courage of Queen Esther when she defied the king for his proclamation to annihilate all the Jewish people in his kingdom. But Queen Esther was Jewish, and her foster father Mordecai encouraged her to defy the king’s blind plot against her very own people. To approach the king uninvited was to risk persecution. From the Old Testament we read:

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

 15 ¶Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Queen Esther’s courage has always inspired me to be better in making decisions for the better good. Along with the church materials I studied is the Relief Society’s 10th President Barbara B. Smith’s talk on courage. She said:

“A way of life can be designed to create saints, but it is difficult to measure their progress until a situation arises which reveals the inner person. C. S. Lewis gives an example of this kind of examination when he suggests that a crisis does not cause a person to be charitable or ill tempered; it simply reveals the ill-tempered or charitable person he is.

“We are continually preparing for such tests,great or small, planned or unintended, as the circumstances disclose our strengths or our shortcomings.”

Mom, your exemplary courage has inspired me a lot in my mission. You’re a wonderful mom, and I can’t wait to Skype with you again in May. I love you!

My brethren, I hope we will be wiser in making decisions. Face trials with courage.
Elder Poblete
Philippines San Pablo Mission
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