Thursday, May 29, 2014

Weaknesses And Good Things To Come

"Welcome To Jungle In San Antonio Huista"
I Found A Donut, Not A Cougar Tail But It Is A Donut!
Tortillas: 50 and 2 baptisms that fell through. This week was good and then it got hard. As I thought about what I should write today I prayed to find the words to share. I feel strongly I need to share my feelings and show that even some of the strongest get discouraged, sad and heartbroken. Today I’m going share some true feelings so I ask for your forgiveness as I am about to speak rather candid. First I want to share a story from my personal study from the Book Of Mormon. On Thursday I was reading when Amulek contends with Zeezrom; I just love their battle of words. This account can be read in Alma chapter 11. I call this chapter the fear no man chapter. As I was reading Amulek’s words, I felt the power of his words. I felt his words penetrate my heart and soul. I felt like I was there because of the power I felt from his words. I realized I needed to be more like Amulek, Alma, Ammon, Peter teaching without Fear. The Lord needs more people like Peter, Alma, Ammon, Amulek who will stand up and testify of the truth with death staring in their faces. They dedicated their lives to teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Me And The Boys
Look Elder A Future Investigator Coming Down The Road
I want to talk about friends. I am seeing how much friends influence our lives. We have a group of kids who are ready and want to be baptized but they won’t do it until one of the friends does it first. Take a look at your friends and ask yourselves what friends lift you up, make you want to be better and make you want to be more Christ like. Choose to be with those friends. My counsel about the not so good friends is to invite to them Come Unto Christ through your example. If choose to hang out with them do not compromise your standards even if you have to stand alone. You may need to spend less and less time with those not so good friends or you may need to find new friends who will make it easier for you to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have seen in my life the choices I made led me down the wrong path because of not so good friends but because of good friends I made good choices. Also this week I read a talk by Chad Lewis, “The World Needs to See and Feel Your Light.” He teaches us we need to share our light. Christ teaches us to share our light in 3 Nephi 12:16, “Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Also in his talk Chad Lewis shares one of the greatest quotes I have ever heard, he says to “Surround Yourself with Greatness.” I just love that; Surround Yourself with Greatness, as you do you will be lifted up. I should say “Surround Yourself with CHRIST!” As you Surround Yourself with Christ you will be picked up and your tears will be wiped away.
Fuego Azul: Blue Fire Insanely Hot Rolled Taco Chip
Guatemalan Deliciousness
The Takis Feugo Azul Experince
I now ask for your forgiveness as I speak rather candidly about my feelings and I will end on a personal note. So here in San Antonio Huista it has been a mountain to climb for me, a huge one, it has also been a fiery furnace for me because I had felt abandonment, and I had weakness exposed and an experience that almost took the most precious thing away from me, my testimony. It hurt so badly. I felt like I was falling and there was nothing to catch me. I felt truly abandoned, I felt alone and it was so hard for me. Teaching was harder because when I would share my so called testimony it felt like nothing was coming out, it was horrible. Satan was attacked full force, he attacked my weakness. I want everybody to know it is ok if you are weak, that is part of life. Sister Anne C. Pingree shared this, “Some people feel defeated by their personal weaknesses and succumb to despair. Some attempt to hide, ignore, or compensate for their shortcomings because of pain and embarrassment. But, as the Lord told Moroni, recognizing and acknowledging a weakness is a necessary part of overcoming it: “Because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong” (Ether 12:37). I have seen my weaknesses become strong through a broken heart and time. Yes it takes time but all of our weaknesses will become strong through our commitment and determination to trust in the Lord. I am grateful that Satan attacked my weaknesses and somehow snatched my testimony because it has brought me closer to God and has shown me that perfection is a lifelong process. During most of my time here I felt alone and like a failure because I only have one baptism in almost 11 months of my mission. As I think about the number one, I think about the Book Of Mormon, the prophet Abinadi-he only brought one soul to Christ but that one soul brought thousands unto to Christ and my convert, she is 19 and she could be a future missionary bringing many others souls unto Christ. I also think about the Savior’s path, the path he took for our salvation, how His circle of friends and followers became smaller and smaller and as he was completely abandoned. He knelt and prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and said, “Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will but as Thou wilt.” I don’t know how many times I find myself just begging to Heavenly Father to remove this bitter cup from me but then immediately and humbly pray let thy will be done. As I look back I see the path that I have been blessed with, without being irreverent in any way it is somewhat like the path that the Savior of the world took and had to take to bring to pass our salvation. The suffering He had to feel, the rejection He had to feel, our sins He had to feel, He had to feel the spirit be withdrawn, He had to feel weakness and He had to feel the ultimate loneliness to personally know each us and the crosses we would carry. I have realized the Savior of the world knows how I feel and I’m also realizing His Atonement is truly lifting me. I testify prayer brings strength! I have seen a change in me as I pray with a humble heart; I am more sincere and praying with true intent. I share these feelings with you to help you to know that Christ feels what I feel but more importantly He KNOWS HOW YOU FEEL! Yes times will get tough and hard and push you to your limits and it may seem like the trial will never end but it will and there is hope and happiness ahead. I also share these feelings with you because every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better because that is what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us. It offers us that there is help and there is happiness. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. He is the Light, the Light of the World, the Bright and Morning Star, the “light that is endless, that can never be darkened.” That light is the very Son of God Himself. I say to you all that there is hope and that hope comes from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I want to end with these words because I find so much comfort in these words and because we all need encouragement at time to keep walking. It is my prayer Elder Holland’s words will affect you as they have affected me. “Don't you quit. You keep walking, you keep trying, there is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon. Some come late. Some don't come until heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be alright in the end. Trust God and believe in Good Things to Come.” 
Elder Mac's Reaction After He Realized He Ate A Bee
Straight From The Hive Honey!
What I love about Mom and Dad is that they taught me to keep my chin up and stay positive. 

With Love-Ducks Forever, 
Elder John D. Mcilmoil 
May 26, 2014 
Duck Commander
A Sitting Duck
Scripture of the week: Alma 17:31, I know that all of you are having some trail right now with some lost sheep or in other words loved ones that have wandered. I say unto you be of good cheer because the Lord has called you to rescue those lost sheep, loved ones, investigators, inactive friends, neighbor, friends or family, just someone. Christ has called you to rescue His Father’s children. The Good Shepherd willingly gave His life for His sheep, for you and me, yes, for all of us, that we might live eternally with our Father in Heaven. We each should follow the direction our Savior Jesus Christ gave to Peter three times: “Feed my lambs. … Feed my sheep. … Feed my sheep.” I challenge all of you to bring ONE soul back to the Good Shepard. He will help and guide you to that lost sheep to bring back to His fold. You will be given Heavenly help. You will be given in the exact moment what to say as you reach out to rescue that lost sheep. Father in Heaven loves all of us so much He will place His words in your heart to help you. Have patience, offer friendship, learn to listen and love those you reach to rescue. If you are some of those lost sheep I’m calling out to you, take my hand and Come Unto Christ. Answer His call and Come Unto Him and He will heal you. The decision to change your life and Come Unto Christ is the most important decision you will make in this life. Please do what Alma counsels in Alma 13:27, “And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance.” If you will prayerfully consider those lost sheep in your life the Lord will guide you to who should reach out and rescue. I love all of you. I pray that we all may reach and rescue the lost sheep for that is what we have been called to do. Be Strong and of Good Courage. 
Just One Sweet Looking Leaf
Thunderstorm Rolling In
“Hold Fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes” Elder Jeffery R. Holland

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Difficult Week And Dare To Be Mormon

It's Raining-Again!
Rain, Rain Go Away!
Tortillas for the week 45, a lot of rain and a pair of shoes which are still wet after 3.5 days and going on to 4 days! This week was a rough one, a week of the cost of Discipleship as Elder Holland would say and a lot of just plain weeping. But hey that’s ok because every day is a new day. A new slate is before me by partaking of the sacrament yesterday. So our two baptisms fell through and I don’t know why. On the day the baptism interviews were to take place, I couldn’t shake the feeling I had that something wasn’t right. I just knew something was wrong and something was wrong they didn’t get baptized. But hey that’s ok because there is always a new day. I am seeing what Elder Holland said would happen in the life of missionaries, he said, "Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary. Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way. The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators." It is beyond true the Atonement has carried me so much this week. Because of Him I drop to my knees to pray and express everything to my Father in Heaven. Because of Him I read the Book Of Mormon to learn that He took upon Him my pain, my sins, my suffering, my afflictions, He took upon Him your sins, sorrow, pains and sadness. I know that one day Christ will wipe away ALL of our TEARS. He is already wiping some of mine away.
Rabbit Ears And Missionaries
I am truly learning that many people DO NOT know WHO JESUS CHRIST is. One night we were teaching a young man, Luis, and we asked him what do you know about Jesus Christ? He said not much. So I said when I say Jesus Christ, what are the first words that come to your mind? And he said ¿Quien es? Which is who is that? Who is Jesus Christ? After he said those words we shared with him that our message will bring you to a knowledge who Jesus Christ is and you will come to know Him for yourself. The past week and a half as I start my personal study, I have prayed that I may come to know who Christ is and that I may know Him better than I do right now so and I CAN explain who CHRIST is and to help the people to come to know who CHRIST IS.
Chillin' With The ZL'S, Elder Turner And Elder Gates
I gave a talk yesterday about missionary work; it was very interesting because I went on a different course than what I had prepared. I focused on preaching the gospel through our actions, that through our actions we show people who we are and what we stand for and that we must walk the walk before we can talk the talk. I also shared that there is only one language of the gospel; that being the Language of the SPIRIT. Then I started talking in English, I truly felt prompted to speak in English. I said in English it doesn’t matter what language I am speaking because the spirit can touch all your hearts. The spirit is the one that testifies not our native languages. We are just the vessels to teach the message of our Heavenly Father and His Son, the Savior, Jesus Christ. As I ended my talk I shared part of my testimony in English and Spanish. I said I know that Heavenly Father lives and answers our prayers. I know that Jesus is the living Christ, the Savior of the world, and there is a plan for each of us. I stopped for a minute and tears came to my eyes, and said “I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it." For some reason at that moment it just hit me that I am a Mormon. I know it. I live it and I LOVE it. I can tell you that my testimony is truly being rebuilt one piece at a time; I get pieces when I need them and other pieces come when Heavenly Father knows I need them.
Downtown San Antonio Huista
I also taught Sunday School and the lesson I gave was “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” I shared the Mormon Message that President Monson shared from his experience he had in the Navy, “DARE TO STAND ALONE”  
After watching the video we talked about the quote President Monson shared:
Dare to be a Mormon;
Dare to stand alone.
Dare to have a purpose firm;
Dare to make it known.
I challenge all of you to do the same thing, Dare to be a Mormon, Dare to have a purpose firm, and DARE TO MAKE IT KNOWN. Choose ye this day who ye will serve by being a Mormon and to stand for what you believe, be the Mormon Christ wants you to be and please don’t say some day I will dare to be a Mormon and make it known. President Eyring says this about someday, “There is a danger in the word someday when what it means is ‘not this day.’ ‘Someday I will repent.’ ‘Someday I will forgive him.’ ‘Someday I will speak to my friend about the Church.’ ‘Someday I will start to pay tithing.’ ‘Someday I will return to the temple.’ ‘Someday …’ The thought ‘Someday I will’ can be a thief of the opportunities of time and the blessings of eternity” Do not be that person, commit to read the scriptures every day, choose to serve Heavenly Father each day and dare to be a Mormon, do not be ashamed about being a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The greatest joy I have in life is being a Mormon, a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fear no man only fear God and choose this day whom ye will serve. God or the devil. I pray that we all choose God and serve Him forever.
Time For The Daily Rain
What I love about Mom is that she always tells me what I need to hear. What I love about Dad is that he gave me my name John.

Ducks Forever, with love
Elder Mcilmoil
May 19, 2014
Loving Some Dinner
Scripture of the week: 3 Nephi 5:13

“Come what may and LOVE it.” Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin 

“You were born to lead as men and women willing ‘to stand as witnesses of God at all timesand in all things, and in all places,’ because that’s what a true leader does” Sheri Dew 

“A morning prayer and an early search in the scriptures to know what we should do for the Lord can set the course of a day. We can know which task, of all those we might choose, matters most to God and therefore to us.” President Henry B. Eyring 
Slide: Guatemalan Style
Yep Your Going To Get Slivers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mexico And It Was Mom

The Hills Of Guatemala
Traveling To Mexico
Welcome To Mexico
Tortillas for the week 30 and 1 minute in Mexico! I never thought during my mission I would go to two different countries. Wow, crazy, boom-mind is blown.
Welcome Back To Guatemala

Mini Missionary!!!
Last week we didn’t have the baptisms we thought we would, that’s ok because it will happen. One of kids said he wanted to learn more, he just wasn’t sure he had received that confirmation. We went home a little disappointed because baptism is the path to discipleship. When we got back home, I sat down and just thought, I thought for a long time, a matter of fact I thought myself to sleep. When I got up in the morning I went immediately to the scriptures and just thought and prayed some more. I came to the understanding what I needed to say, it was what I have been doing for myself for the past month and a half, immersing myself by reading and studying the BOOK OF MORMON to know the pure truthfulness. As I have doing this I feel like I am reading for the children of God, preparing to teach and to understand their questions and concerns. Later that day we went to his house and I told him I have thought a lot about what you said last night and I want you to know God is the source of all truth. He loves you and wants to answer your questions. He will help you recognize the truth as you sincerely seek it and ask Him for guidance. You can know that what you’ve been learning is true. What you need to do if you truly want to know if the church is true, if Joseph Smith really is a prophet and is the Book of Mormon the word of God ask God because you truly want to know. If you ask God one of those questions just one with true desire to know for yourself, you will receive your answer and the rest will be a domino effect of truth, because the Book of Mormon is the word of God and if that is true then Joseph Smith is a prophet and if Joseph Smith is a prophet then the church is true. When you ask God listen with your heart for the sweet feelings of inspiration from the Holy Ghost, who will whisper the truth to your spirit and mind. He said he would ask of God one of those questions. He came to church on Sunday. I taught Sunday school and I could see his eyes and see that he was being touched by the spirit. I knew at the moment the lesson I prepared and taught was meant for him. I honestly didn’t even prepare about what the manual said. I went with the direction from the promptings of the spirit, the direction Christ wanted me to go. I focused on loving Christ with all our heart. I taught if you love Christ with all your heart you will keep all His commandments. I asked the class this question, I ASK ALL OF YOU, WHERE IS YOUR HEART? Is it with Christ or the devil? You cannot serve two masters it is impossible. Before my mission I tried and I stand here to today and testify to you it does work. I then shared Elder Holland words, “You cannot play for the adversary whenever temptation comes along and then expect to suit up for the Savior at temple and mission time as if nothing has happened. You just can’t.” Elder Holland’s word applies to each us; we cannot be true Disciples of Christ if we try to serve two masters. The spirit will not be with us if try to serve two masters. Choose one master and I pray you will choose Christ. I have chosen to serve Christ. Someone truly taught me how to serve Christ, this person taught me the difference between right and wrong, how to love, how to live, how to smile and laugh, the difference between baking powder and baking soda, taught me how to be respectful, how to stand for what is right and left from right, taught me how to be Christ like, taught me to love God and to love myself, and taught me to love the scriptures. That someone is Kristi Janene Cook Mcilmoil, who I call MOM. She taught me all those things. It was and it will be always and forever my Mom teaching me those things daily even when I am 3000 miles away. I learn from her every day. Moms are beyond special, motherhood is the most special and sacred calling in the church and it will always be the most sacred calling. I stand with the 2000 stripling warriors saying: “We do not doubt our mothers knew it.” I say from the depth of my soul I do not doubt my Mom knows that Christ lives, the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the church is true, she knows it and lives it. These things are true because my mom taught me and teaches me that these things are true.  Respect your moms and DON’T EVER LET YOUR MOM BECOME A MOTHER FORGOTEN. Love your moms. I love my Mom with all my heart. Treat your mom’s like queens because they are queens. Take time and give your mom a hug and a kiss and say I love you mom. Mom I Love You and I have chosen simply to say to you Mom at this moment just two words, known as the two most important words in the English language and the most important one word in the Spanish language: THANK YOU and GRACIAS.
Happy Mom's Day-Guatemalan Style
Rain, Rain And More Rain
Chicken Dinner

What I love about Mom is that she loves me and that she is my mom. What I love about Dad is that he chose to marry my Mom, thank you Dad. 

Elder Mcilmoil (your little boy)
May 12, 2014
Got Your Package-Well Not Everything
New Computers At The Internet Cafe-So Excited!

Scripture of the week: Alma 56: 47-48 

Quotes of the week: “May each of us treasure this truth; one cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one.” President Thomas S. Monson

“We cannot escape the influence our lives have upon the lives of others.” President Thomas S. Monson 

IT WAS MOM-Ducks Forever

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Mission Has Just Begun

San Antonio Huista
Power update, yesterday about 5 pm our light started going on and off, finally it stayed on!!! So about 4 am this morning we had a BAT incident, yep a bat. It was flying through our room and wouldn’t leave. The bat landed on my bed then flew up to where I hang my pants; it was going crazy because we were trying to get to fly outside. We were finally able to chase it out. It was crazy and funny since I was half asleep! One of those moments I wish we had on video. 
Bath Time For Nacho!
This week was amazing; first of all I took on an experiment. You can watch the experiment on YouTube. 

I took a picture of Christ everywhere I went on Wednesday. I never set the picture of Christ down, not once. As I went throughout the day I honestly found myself looking to Him more often and just always smiling. Since I was constantly looking at Christ, it honestly made me think twice before I acted or said anything, even though I am a missionary. It truly was an amazing experience. I felt that Christ was really with me every step. At the end of the day I wanted to do it again, but as I thought about it I realized I don’t need to take the picture of Christ everywhere because Christ is always with me. He is always with each of us, He never leaves us. He is always there we just have to believe.
Since I have changed my focus on the way I study the Book of Mormon, I’m seeing little insights on how to help God’s children. I am also beginning to see that the people here are coming to a knowledge of their forefathers but most don’t want to break the tradition of their fathers. They say I can’t because I don’t want to offend them or disrespect their traditions. For example we found this couple and taught them, they understood everything. We challenged them to baptism and the husband said we can’t break the tradition of our fathers. I shared a scripture in the Book of Mormon where it teaches that the Book of Mormon will restore to the Lamanites a knowledge of their forefathers and of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Nephi 30:3–6) They just couldn’t accept that truth. It just hurts when they can’t see the truth.  
Preparing Them To Serve
We are teaching a family of five. The sons are amazing. One of the sons said he would like to serve a mission. Two of the sons have a baptism date for this week. Of course I am so excited for them because of the many blessings they will receive, one being the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost to help them make good choices. We are going to visit them every day this week to help them to continue to prepare for baptism and make that sacred covenant because the adversary will try to plant seeds of doubt. My prayer is to bring this family of five to Christ and to prepare them for the eternal blessings of the temple. In these past couple of days I have found that I have come even closer to Christ as I have prayed to know how to turn the hearts of this family to the Savior and follow Him. When we have done our part as missionaries, the Lord will do His part. Well He does everything, He speaks through us, we are His instruments.
The other day I was thinking that a mission is a lot like preparing for the big game. As an athlete we want to get better, be better, and improve. Even on days when it is tough and we don’t want to get out there because there is nothing left to give, we still go out there and work harder. I realized that all aspects of my mission requires the same determination and discipline to get better, be better and improve even on days I don’t want to because I am so tired and feel like I can’t do anymore I have to, people that the Lord are preparing are relying on me to be that missionary. After thinking about that I received a renewed desire and determination, which has changed me. 
My New Peep
I read a talk given at BYU by Curt Holman, “Raising Your Ebenezer: A Monument to Remember.” ( It is an amazing talk. This talk taught me two things. 1: look to your past and reflect upon your life. You will see the divine guidance of our Heavenly Father and how He has brought you to where you are today.
2: earnestly seek opportunities and environments in which the Spirit can touch your heart. In this talk, Brother Holman quotes Elder Steven E. Snow, “When it comes to our own gospel progression, we cannot rely alone on our long-term memory. That is why in all our remembering we must remember to renew. Our testimonies must be continually fed with new spiritual experiences.” Brother Holman gave an example, “Choosing to attend your church meetings, attend the temple regularly, read the scriptures, and even attend university devotionals makes it more likely for you to have spiritual experiences. After all, it is hard for the Spirit to bear witness to us of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon if we aren’t reading it.” If you only read the Book of Mormon once and never again and just rely on that one experience to strengthen your testimony, your testimony will crumple. “Even though Laman and Lemuel had seen angels and had had other heavenly manifestations, they seemingly forgot them and constantly murmured against their father and their brother. In their case the inability to remember resulted in an entire nation turning from God.” We need to seek opportunities and experiences to feel of the Spirit to strengthen our testimonies. This week I have earnestly sought opportunities and environments in which the Spirit can touch my heart. One of those opportunities came yesterday; we showed the Mormon Message, Because Of Him, to this member family, you could just feel the sprit in the air. It was like you could wave your hands through the air and feel it, it was amazing! I didn’t want that feeling to go away. I realized that it doesn’t have to; part of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that there is no end, because of Christ. I can have that feeling for eternity. This week was just amazing, just looking for ways to improve and get better and truly helping people Come Unto Christ is just amazing.
Loving My Peep
We taught a lesson this week to an inactive member’s wife. I have been constantly praying about her needs and how we could help her. As the lesson was coming to a close the answer to my prayer came by the words she said, “Honestly right now I don’t believe that families are forever.” It hit me that she truly needs to come to know that knowledge. Now we can focus on teaching her that families are forever.
Tasty Peep
As this week unfolded I couldn’t stop thinking about Christ. Every day I would always make sure He was with me, whether it was a picture of Him or He was in my heart. Through faith and prayer I know He will always be with me, He will walk with me, He will talk with me through the spirit by the means of putting words in mind in knowing what to say to his lost sheep. I KNOW THAT CHRIST IS THERE, NEVER BE SAD; OR DISCOURAGED, NEVER BECAUSE CHRIST WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. I challenge all of you one day this week to take a picture of Christ with you NEVER set it down and write down how it affected you.  

Also this week I read a talk, “The Miracle Of A Mission” by Elder Holland. His words helped to have a better appreciation of my mission. I can sum up this week in four words: MY MISSION HAS JUST BEGUN.
What I love about Mom is that she learned about rugby and what I love about Dad is that he took the priests rappelling.
With love, Ducks Forever,
Elder Mcilmoil
May 5, 2014

Tortilla count for the week: 42

Scripture of the week: Jacob 5:61, 70-74   The lord has called prophets, apostles, missionaries and members to work in His vineyard. Will you accept His call? 

“Great battles can make great heroes, but heroes will make great battle. Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man, and so can you. You are a royal generation. The heavenly grandstands are cheering you on. We are fast coming to the close of this game. The opposition is real and is scoring. But we have scored, we are scoring, and we will score in the future. The Lord is our coach and manager. His team will win, and we can be a valiant part of it if we so desire. Rise up, O youth of Zion! You hardly realize the great divine potential that lies within you. May you all follow your leader, Jesus Christ, and increase mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord.” -Ezra Taft Benson. 

Weekly quote: “I don’t want to be remembered for how many baptisms I got but for the person I was.” Elder Mcilmoil   

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Rocks, Elder Clark and A Shooting Star

Yep I Got This
Elder Mac, Master Rock Mover
This week was a tough one. We went to see the 1st counselor at his house and we were told that he was moving rocks at the back of the house. When we went back there to talk with him, I instantly knew they needed help. Without hesitation we went straight to work. All I can say after helping this family is I LOVE SERVICE, I know it sounds crazy but it was so fun. Offering service is amazing! I LOVE SERVICE, you just feel MORE CHRIST LIKE when serving others. It was great to talk and laugh as we working. When we returned back to our house (the church) that night I felt like I just played in a football game. My shoulders were so sore and they had some good bruises on them. The pain was so worth it to help this family.
Just A Few Rocks To Move
A Good Day
On Wednesday some students from a university did an interview with us about the church, they were going around and talking to people who belonged to other churches to learn more about their beliefs. It was a sweet experience. I had a blast talking with the students and sharing with them about our beliefs. One question they asked was, “How do we receive an answer?” I told them in the Bible, in the book of James it says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.” And I then said if you want to receive an answer ask of God and He will answer your prayer through the power of the Holy Ghost. I also shared with them if you truly want to know what church is true, ask of God, He will answer. 
Daughters of God
No Greater Joy
Yesterday was Monday and we did not have our regular p-day because we had a meeting with Elder Clark, assistant Executive Director in the Missionary Department and his wife Sister Clark and President and Sister Bautista. It was an amazing meeting. Sister Bautista shared some amazing things; she said a lot of your investigators don’t want to offend the religion of their fathers by accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ. So we need to teach them of their forefathers and what church they were a part of, the church of Jesus Christ. Then President Bautista talked about the Good Ole Days, yep the Good Ole Days. He said today is the Good Ole Days because every prophet looked forward to our day and every scripture was written for our day. He said, “Hermanas and Elders, you are living in the Good Ole Days, so live it up by living and sharing the good news of gospel. After President Bautista finished speaking Sister Clark spoke to us. She said, “You are walking with the Savior, shoulder to shoulder, if you are not obedient He can’t walk with you.” Power and profound words.  After her remarks Elder Clark taught us, let me just say that he taught by the spirit with power and authority. He talked about our name tags, he said, “Look at your name tag every night and think did you use the name Elder like it is supposed to be used, did you honor your last name, did you represent the name of Jesus Christ and did you represent Him that day?” He said treasure the title Elder, because if you are not a General Authority or an Apostle, you will never be called Elder again. An Elder is commissioned to stand in the place and stead of his Master—who is the Chief Elder—in ministering to his fellowmen. An Elder is the Lord’s agent. His responsibility is to preach the gospel and perfect the Saints. He said being a missionary is Not A Right, it is a PRIVLEGE! He had all the Latinos stand up and said these exact words, “Let me prophesy right now, 5 of you (Latinos) will go inactive.” As he said those words my heart just broke. I stated crying and just kept saying, don’t say that, just don’t. He talked about obedience and said out of all things that are most important it is obedience. He said where is your white bible? Open it up and you will read these are the basic standards of missionary service and conduct, better known as "RULES.” This is false doctrine. They are actually COMMANDMENTS, not rules because rules are easier to break and not feel bad about breaking them. When we break commandments we feel bad and don’t want to break them! Keep these commandments and your mission will be amazing. He also shared with us that your missions are a very special time, you are not on your time, you are on the Lord’s time and this is not your mission, it is the Lord’s mission. If you see that and know that you can and will say just as Elder Holland says, “My Mission meant everything to me in my life. Everything. No young man could have served a Mission and been more effected by it than I was.” Elder Clark counseled us to baptize families. He said by baptizing families there is a better chance your converts will stay active after you leave. He told us when you teach; teach with the temple as your goal, not just baptism. Temples bring forth eternal blessing and forever families. He also counseled us that we must read and study the Book Of Mormon and Preach My Gospel every day! So this week I read the Book Of Mormon with a sincere heart and with true intent and I could feel my faith had increased and was also strengthened.
Me and Elder Smith, Best Missionary Ever!
Window Selfie
On Sunday night I was on the roof of our house (the church) and I asked Heavenly Father if thou are listening please show me by letting me see a shooting star. So I sat there and waited and nothing. I decided to wait a little longer and then the clouds took over and there was no star in sight. As I sat there the zone leaders called to tell us that our district wouldn’t be having any changes. After the call I went back out and sat there and again nothing happened. It was time to go back inside and as started to close the door and I looked one last time and I saw it, I saw the shooting, it was just barley bright enough for me to see. When I saw it my eyes begin to fill with tears and I just wept thanking the Lord. I felt so happy because this month a lot of things have happened, things that I didn’t expect or didn’t want to happen. I have sought heavens help and often times felt as if the heavens were closed. As I saw this star I knew my all prayers were going to be answered in time and that Father in Heaven is listening to me. A number of my prayers were also answered the following day at our conference with Elder Clark. One question I had thinking about was why am I here? Is it just to baptize. Elder Clark said these words you missionaries are here to guide people to salvation, you are bringing people to the knowledge of salvation not just by baptism but by the temple, so families can be forever, our goal is eternal families. Teach that our Savior lives. President Bautista showed Because of Him.
As I watched this video a little feeling came over me and put a ball in my throat and I knew my Savior does live. I give you my witness that because of Him there is not an end, the grave has no victory and regret becomes relief and we have second chances. I know HE LIVES and because He lives we ALL will LIVE AGAIN.

What I love about Mom is that we share Mormon Messages back and forth. What I love about Dad is that he puts duck call videos in my drop box.

With love, Ducks Forever,
Elder Mcilmoil
April 29, 2014
Ammon, Defender Of Faith
Ducks Forever
Tortilla count for the week: 45

Scripture of the week: James 1:5 and 1 Peter 3:15  Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.

“NO EMPTY CHAIRS” Anna Christine “Chris” Cook; I should say GRAMMY!!!!!!!!!!!