Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reflection Of Leadership

Made Thee A Watchman (Ezekiel 3:17)
These Things Shall Give Thee Experience (Doctrine And Covenants 122:7) 
Tortilla count for the week: 15

I don’t have changes but there are still changes since the time has come for Elder Moncada to go home, he had served faithfully for two years. I will miss him. Elder Moncada’s greenie/comp Elder Cervantes is being changed since he has finished his new missionary training. I’m still the zone leader so I will be getting a new zone leader comp and I will still continue to train Elder Chavis.  
Build Upon My Rock, Which Is My Gospel (Doctrine And Covenants 11:16)
Serve Him With All Your Strength (Doctrine And Covenants 4:2)
This week Elder Chavis got sick; he ate tamales with milk. He told me he had a stomach of steel well that was a lie, he was throwing up and could not stop. Yes it was sad but dang funny because supuestamente (supposedly) he has a stomach of steel… I got to work with Elder Moncada for a little bit and it was sweet! Like I said before I’m going to miss him, he is a great missionary and we have been through so much together.
Surely There Could Not Be A Happier People (4 Nephi 1:16)
Be Of Good Cheer (John 16:33)
On Sunday all four of us gave talks in Sacrament Meeting and the meeting ended on time. We each talked for 5 minutes just like we were asked. The only problem was that the microphone didn’t work, that was a bummer. I talked about el libro de Mormon (The Book of Mormon), Elder Chavis la santa cena (The Sacrament), Elder Cervantes oración (prayer) y Elder Moncada seguir al profeta (follow the prophet). The talks went great. As I was preparing my talk I saw how much I love the Book of Mormon.
Teach Them To Love One Another (Mosiah 4:15)
Stand As A Witness At All Times (Mosiah 18:9)

Something I learned this week, when you are a zone leader, the zone fails where you fail. The missionaries follow your example in ways they don’t know but you see it. The leaders set the work ethic for the mission and this week was hard because having to wear this boot (which to me represented Satan) and it got the best of me. But the boot gave me some time to think and ponder where I can get better and what I need to do, and to see the zone was affected where I was falling and they didn’t know it, but I did and it hurt. I finally got things back up and the zone finished strong, it is just amazing to see how people follow their leaders in ways they don’t know but you do as you watch them. 
He Made Them A Feast (Genesis 19:3)
Thy Days Shall Be Spent In The Service Of Thy God (2 Nephi 2:3)
This week we taught a super powerful lesson on the restoration. We taught it in a different way than we have before. Each time we came to a new principal we would ask a question so that when Willy would answer we could know if he truly understood the principal we were talking about. The lesson really started to develop when Elder Chavis and I talked about Christ’s life and the apostasía (apostasy). As we explained with the Bible (yes Elder Mac uses the Bible at times) that Christ estableció His church with His power and authority and to also introduce la apostasia. We asked if the apostles truly established Christ’s church and only taught His doctrine then why are there so many Christian churches today. Willy really thought about this and said something must have happened, was it because they were killed and there was no one with the authority. He got it! It was a powerful lesson.
To end I want to share a talk I read that gave me hope given by President Uchtdorf, ‘Living The Gospel Joyfully’
President Uchtdorf said this, “He is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. He is aware that you reach up to Him in heartfelt and hopeful prayer. He knows of the times you have held onto the fading light and believed—even in the midst of growing darkness. He knows of your sufferings. He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed. And still He loves you.” I felt His love. Just knowing that He loves me despite of all my shortcomings gives me hope. President Uchtdorf’s words gave me hope to repent and to keep repenting. We are from Heavenly Parents and as I read that I felt a strong desire to do good, or I could say I felt what the el pueblo de rey Benjamín (King Benjamin’s people) felt and said, “Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” (Mosiah 5:2) Take some to truly think what it means to be from Heavenly Parents.
Ye Are A Light Unto This People (3 Nephi 15:12)
He Spake With Power And Authority From God (Mosiah 13:6)
What I love about Dad is that he has been called as a bishop. What I love about Mom is the support she has been to Dad.

con mucho amor
Elder Mcilmoil
February 16, 2015 

Scripture of the week: 2 Nephi 11

Do you apply the scriptures????

He loves you today.

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