Posted by: Elder and Sister Hambelton | April 30, 2012

Until the work is done . . .

The mission here has two mottos, one is the President McKay motto that Sister Hambelton wrote about earlier, “Whate’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part.” The second motto is “Until the work is done,” which means endure to the end, or keep working until the master says, the work is done. They even wrote and recorded a mission song with that title and words in the lyrics.

In keeping with that motto, we thought we would share a sampling of the work we do. Our work is not routine and each week has been different. We anticipate that constant change will mark our mission experience. We have much similarity in some of the days but we hesitate to use the word routine- it does not seem to apply. They told us in the MTC to be flexible and we can see already that it was sound advice.

Since we can’t describe a “typical” week, we will describe a “representative” set of tasks and activities that we engage in. We have found it both interesting and frustrating that we don’t have a more fixed schedule and routine. Some days it is hard to know what we should be doing; and other times we welcome the challenge of figuring out what the Lord would have us do next.

We try to follow the mission counsel to young missionaries (with appropriate adjustments for us “Senior” missionaries) to arise early, study, exercise, and breakfast. We study our employment literature and manuals, watch a conference address during breakfast and walk in the neighborhood if the weather is not too bad.

When we work at home, we answer emails, generate a lot of follow up emails and phone calls to our clients and Priesthood leaders; work on client resumes (called CVs here); and score and interpret the psychometric profile surveys we administer. We prepare talks and lessons, study our workshop manuals and calendar and plan and go over supplies needed for the next workshop or event. We have spent a lot of time learning about the higher education system that is quite different from ours, the government and community resources available to our clients, and something about the businesses and industry in the area.

We work 3 days a week at the Stake Centre, meeting with appointments or drop-in clients. We assess their needs, review their job and education history, and help them plan what type of career they want, and what they need to do to get there. We help them know where to search for jobs, how to network for the hidden job market, and how to interview and “sell” their skills and experience. We also help them discover their skills and capabilities and gain confidence in themselves (that is a huge part of our work). Then we pray patiently with them for the opportunity to interview and gain employment.

We visit different wards on Sunday, and try to make our services known and make appointments with those in need. We try to train local leaders on how to identify members with employment needs, how to help them in the quorums and RS and how to support them in their job searches. Unemployment can be so devastating to a member that they really need support and caring by members and not just technical help from specialists.

We are busy now trying to get to the other stakes in Scotland and train their specialists and local leaders –that is proving more difficult than we anticipated, but we push forward.

We stay as connected to the mission as much as possible, going to baptisms, fellowshipping with investigators (sometimes helping them with employment) and having the young missionaries to dinner and just being friends with them as they come and go. We do flat inspections every 5 weeks for a couple of the companionships. We go companion teaching (accompany the full time missionaries on teaching appointments) when we can.

We do not attend many district or Zone conferences due to conflicts with our schedule.

We connect with the other missionary couples whenever we can for meetings, sight seeing, socials, and having them over for dinner. They are a great comfort and wonderful new friends.

We try to support the local members in their assignments and classes and socialize whenever we can. We love being with them.

We are encouraged to learn and experience all we can of Scotland while we are here, and we are trying to do that at least once a week visiting an historic site, museum or scenic location. It is a beautiful and fascinating place, with historic buildings and locations everywhere from 1.000 to a few hundred years old. We love it.

We write our blog, email our kids and family, Skype and Google Video as often as we can to watch our grandkids grow up and stay in touch. We read in the Book of Mormon and study commentaries and citations nightly, we pray earnestly and we fall asleep most nights holding hands and happy to be in Scotland on a Mission.

Till’ the Work is Done.

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Responses

  1. Just as I thought….you are doing it all!!! Just keep up the great work!!! Love, Paul and Connie

  2. I vividly remember how often persons mentioned what a great team the two of you are together at Dad’s 60th. It shows now too. Keep up the good work and good luck with the schedule. I’m glad you have each other.

  3. I just loved hearing all about your tasks…..I always wondered what an array of missionary tasks might look like for a senior missionary. Well done.

  4. Elder and Sister Hambelton… sounds like you are doing just what the Lord needs done. May you feel the comfort and peace of the service you give.


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