NEWS (INVESTIGATOR'S NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAINTAIN ANONYMITY)
JUNE 24, 2013 "Dropped, The True Teacher, and Every Member a Missionary"
Hola mi familia!!! Y pues amigos! Como están? Well by the time Mckay gets this he should be in France. I can not believe how fast time is flying. Yes papi I am well aware I have less than a year left.... We don't actually serve the full 18 months- a little less. I am not counting either... actually as missionaries we tend to avoid it. I cant believe my Sister Cole goes home in two weeks and a half. I have truly come to love her in these short weeks and will really miss her. She helps me be a better missionary and a better friend. She has been asked a lot what has she learned on her mission and as I ponder on what I will one day say I think I will come up speechless... not because I didn't learn anything, but because I learned so much I cant quite put it into words. Today I am humbled form these last weeks events... Nothing extraordinary happened - we didn't baptize a thousand people or anything but I feel stronger than every that this is truly Gods work... That his Work is hastening and on a larger scale than I think I fully understand! We will start with Dropped.... This transfer has been full of that... We have been contacting people who have been on our list to see if they are really interested or not... Well this last week we were supposed to have a lesson with Epy.. and she never showed up. We had been worried for a while whether her heart was in it or not and were planning to have a lesson on the subject that particular night. Our member Francisca (Epy's Friend) had actually been feeling the same and had asked Epy about it. Needless to say her heart wasn't truly in it.. It may have been at one point and I know one day she will be, but right now she is not ready. I love Epy with all my heart and I was really sad by this.. We decided to stay for and teach Fran and as we consoled her and told her she did the right thing and began reading scriptures I felt so much better. I felt I had to trust in God completely and understand he was working twice as hard as I ever could and Loved Epy too. It also testified to me that when we are feeling down or worried the best antidote is to read the scriptures and focus outward! As we read the scriptures and I focused on Francisca's concerns- mine went away and I was filled with Gods love and Happiness.
This week we had some incredible tours in the Visitors Center! I think probably one of the best I have given was this last Wednesday We had a tour come in... a women came in with her two children. She has been investigating the church but has been going through some hard times. Her husband had tried to kill her and was now in prison. My first thought was how in the world can I say anything that will make this women feel better and know it was going to be okay...? As we prayed and planned for the tour the spirit lead and we knew what to say. We did a Temple tour and read parts of 3 Ne 9 where Christ consoles the people after the great destruction. We focused the whole lesson on our ability to be redeemed by Christ. It was an experience I will never forget .
The next night however was very different... We had a tour we did not prepare for and the VC was running rampant with 200 primary children... CHAOS! Half way through a disastrous tour Sister Cole and I went in the back and prayed. When we came out we knew what to do and the tour ended well. These two experience taught me a powerful lesson... One I already knew, but needed to be reminded of. The spirit is the True teacher-- with out it we can not teach. We do not know these people and how they feel only God does... It is only through Him that they can find peace.. The spirit must be there!
I Loved the broadcast! I was slightly sad I couldn't see McKay singing, but it was more important to hear the message our leaders had for us... As missionaries we truly are there to assist in teaching the Gospel... We can not do it with out the efforts of the Members!! Every Member MUST be a missionary if Gods work is really going to be able to come forth. They are right... Knocking doors is not really all that effective.... Or that pleasant I might add ;) We just had a lesson at 10 where we invited a member (who actually was Sister Cole's convert) He testified of what he knew and his experiences... That lesson would not have been what it was with out the member. I am so grateful to be apart of this work.. I am running out of time, but I feel so strongly we must do more to be like our savior. I am so grateful to be his servant and stand as a witness of him as a missionary in Los Angeles. God knows us perfectly! I love you all!
Thank you for your support! For your emails and letters! I received a letter from the Clawsons that was exactly what I needed. Papi you are right our Ward family is truly the greatest! :)
(sorry I have no pictures this week...waiting for the new camera to arrive)