The almost obvious answer for every missionary is to become more like Christ. I decided that I would focus my studies on one quality that I would want to emulate. Through my studies, I came to the conclusion that in my mission and in my life, I want to be meek. Moroni 7: 43-44 says:
43 And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.
44 If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.
One thing that I have learned as a missionary thus far is that in order to do anything we must first have Faith. Faith then leads to hope, which leads to charity. Without charity we are nothing. This scripture tells us that you cannot have faith, save ye shall be meek and lowly of heart. It all starts with meekness.
Another great scripture on this is Moroni 8:26. It says:
26 And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God.
We want the companionship of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost fills us with hope & perfect love. The Holy Ghost will lead us to Eternal Life. We have the opportunity to live with our Heavenly Father for forever. We must first be meek to be a candidate for Eternal Life.
Elder Ulisses Soares said this in the recent general conference, "Meekness is vital for us to become more Christlike. Without it we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control. Meekness was one of the most abundant attributes in the Savior’s life. He Himself taught His disciples, 'Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.' We are blessed to be born with the seed of meekness in our hearts. We need to understand that it is not possible to grow and develop that seed in the twinkling of an eye but rather through the process of time. Christ asks us to 'take up [our] cross daily,' meaning that it must be a constant focus and desire."
"Brothers and sisters, I believe the Savior Jesus Christ is the supreme example of meekness. Even during the last moments of His mortal life, being unfairly accused and condemned, painfully carrying His cross up to Golgotha, being mocked and cursed by His enemies, being abandoned by many who knew Him and had witnessed His miracles, He was nailed on the cross."
I can add my testimony that Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of meekness. We must develop this attribute to become more like him.
So back to the question I was posed by Elder Corbridge: What I expect to get out of my mission and my life is meekness. I pray that I will be able to work on this attribute daily. I know that it is not easy. But the Lord will always help us through it!