Our amazing district leader, Elder Mancer, is inspired! He asked us to do a 5-minute presentation at district meeting on stress reduction. Did you know there is an entire booklet for missionaries titled “Adjusting to Missionary Life” that is all about types of stress you can feel on a mission and how to manage it? (We didn’t!). Little did he know how important this little assignment was for me.
As I studied the booklet I decided that cooking was my biggest stress (big surprise to no one!) and that it fell under the category of “intellectual” stress : ) For the missionaries this refers mostly to the stress of learning a new language. For me it was needing to learn the language of cooking here in the Netherlands. This included 1) no one-stop shopping…which store has what; 2) stocking up since most everything is in very small quantities; 3) fresh
Over the last 11 months I have learned this new language. Without realizing it I had used the tools in the booklet to adjust to my missionary life. I use the very important “weekly planning session” (Preach My Gospel pg. 147). I use the concept of the “missionary daily planner” in my own way. I don’t go to bed on Sunday night without writing down all the menus I need for the coming week, along with the necessary shopping lists.And now I sleep on Sunday nights!
A few days after our little presentation in District Meeting I stood in the kitchen, making my own cream of chicken soup so I could then make green chili chicken enchiladas to take to Den Bosch institute. At that moment, I realized I was feeling happy, competent, and content.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” I testify that we can “find grace to help” when we need it. I have.