Thursday, January 8, 2015

Training!!!

Happy Birthday Elder Mac!!!
I Love My Birthday Cake
I have Big News I am TRAINING!!!!!  So in the mission President Smith is having most of the zone leaders train. So yes, Elder Moncada and I are still the zone leaders. He will also be training a missionary who has six weeks left in his greenie training and then Elder Moncada goes home. Once again there will be four of us living together. I am so stoked to train; it is going to be fun. As I think of this calling I know it is a very special privilege because it is a calling Christ had in His life. When Christ called twelve men as Apostles to teach His gospel, He had to train those twelve men (Matthew 10). So yes in some ways it is the same but in other ways it is not. Those twelve men Christ called had no clue what to do just like the greenies, I mean at least the greenies had the MTC to help. I have to show this kid everyday life of being about our Father’s business just like Christ did, I will prepare him to teach like Christ did, I need to love him like Christ loved those twelve men. I will show him how he can exercise faith like Christ showed the twelve. There are so many points that are the same, and one of my favorite is this, I have to be humble in teaching this kid the doctrine of the kingdom. Yes we know the doctrine but we don’t know it truly enough and we always need to learn more. I will need to prepare him to teach and testify of the doctrines of the restored gospel by the spirit so the people will feel and recognize the Spirit, and to invite the people to make commitments to do the things that will help them become converted. I need to help him see the basic needs of the people and to serve with kindness and unconditional love. To serve with obedience and desire to work just as Christ taught the twelve to serve. I am truly grateful for this chance I have to train and show a new missionary in a small way how Christ prepared the twelve to serve and to bring souls unto Christ through the saving ordinances of the gospel.
Pizza And New Year's: This Going To Hurt!
No, I Did Not Take The Last Slice
So this week I read 1 Nefi 2: 1-5 which says

1. For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.
2. And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness.
3. And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.
4. And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his
inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the wilderness.
5. And he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea; and he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which are nearer the Red Sea; and he did travel in the wilderness with his family, which consisted of my mother, Sariah, and my elder brothers, who were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam.

In verse 1 we read that the Lord SPEAKS to Lehi which means the Lord answers our prayers.
In verse 2 it says the Lord COMMANDED Lehi (the investigator or us) to take his family and depart into the wilderness and in terms of speaking to the investigator it could be for example to get baptized and for us it could be being listening to the promptings of the spirit and act without hesitation.
In verse 3 we learn Lehi was OBEDIENT to what the Lord said and as I read that I learned that los escogidos (the chosen) will obey the Lord’s voice. The Lord promises His sheep (the chosen) they will know His voice and instructs them to obey His voice. For the investigator it means to obey the promptings of the spirit and know it is His voice inviting them to be baptized. For us it is to obey the voice of the Lord and again not hesitate when those promptings come.
In verse 4 and 5 we learn Lehi gave up everything and took his family as the Lord commanded into the wilderness. We know Lehi was obedient but also see how important family truly is. Lehi left everything; all his gold, silver and precious things (the things of the world) took nothing except his family. So very interesting as a missionary are focus has been changed to finding the one to finding and teaching families and to prepare them to go to the temple so that may be a forever family. As we bring families to the church or unto Christ we are truly building His kingdom. So don’t always look for that one person, look for that ONE FAMILY to share the message of the restoration and tell them that God loves us so much He has called prophets again to guide us and lead us in this life so we can return back to the presence of Heavenly Father and live forever with our Families. FIND THAT FAMILY!
This Is What Happens When You Don't Have A Fork
New Year's Zone Activity: Minute To Win Games
con mucho amor, ducks forever,
Elder Mcilmoil
January 5, 2014 
Ghost Town On January 1st!
Happy 2015!!!!
Tortilla count for the week: 20

Scripture of the week: 1 Corinthians 10:13

“We have the responsibility to stand strong with a shield of faith against the fiery darts of the adversary. We are role models to the world, protecting God-given, inalienable rights and freedoms. We stand in defense of our homes and our families. … How will you resist [Satan’s] aggressive tactics? Put on the whole armor of God.” Elder Robert D. Hales

"When you come to the temple you will love your family with a deeper love than you have ever felt before. The temple is about families." Richard H. Winkel

"I should not like to contemplate an existence, especially one that is going to continue forever, if I could not enjoy that existence with those whom I love. And so we build temples in the name of the Lord." Hugh B. Brown

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