Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Restoration

Saying Goodbye To Elder Moncada, Going To Miss This Guy!!
Tortillas for the week: 35

So my new zone leader comp is the one and only Elder Perry and for you two Elder Aspinall and Elder Van Leeuwen, min compañero es Elder Steve mis hermanos el steve de Timpview...pero esta bien...el es mas maduro, y muy diferente, pero es calidad. Elder Perry and I went to Timpview High School and played football for the T-Birds. He is a solid missionary!
More Goodbyes; Elder Navarro Is One Stellar Missionary!
This week a lot happened, I would call this week a week de revelación (revelation), it was amazing. Every area in the zone had a change so we so basically we have a new zone, not only in missionaries but with time being a missionary. The average time a missionary has served in our zone is 7 months and I am the oldest by 5 months. I have the responsibility  to train all of the zone, a new zone leader and finish training Elder Chavis, you could say I am just a little stressed out, but oh well it’s the way of the mission. Back to a week of revelación, our main focus for the mission is the most important event that has happened in the history of the world, well I should second place; the Resurrection is first, second is the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why is this our focus?? We know we have a singular message to share with the world; the message is that God speaks, not spake, He speaks to man through His prophets. He has called prophets otra vez (again/today) to guide and direct us. He has revealed for us a plan, the Plan of Salvation or the Plan of Happiness which will help us find greater peace and joy both in this life and in the life to come. Yes our focus is the Restoration and we are now teaching this lesson in two parts. If you teach the message of the Restoration in one lesson there is a lot of doctrine to swallow, it like stuffing a turkey down a beak. The first lesson we teach is on the apostasy. After the lesson we set up a return cita (appointment). When we set up a return cita it is a miracle to see what happens in the following lesson. I don’t know how many miracles I have heard about and have seen since we have been teaching the message of The Restoration in two lessons, it is incredible. Now when we challenge the investigators to baptism, they say yes, they say our church is true, they also say that all the other churches are from man not God because Christ’s church would have His power and authority to administer ordinances. Great things are happening since we started teaching this way. It has made me think on the importance of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his divine calling and also the importance of the Book of Mormon. As I have thought about this I had a glimpse of those things and truly felt that the zone needed a glimpse of this to. It is also President Smith’s main focus. I know if we could truly see how much this message has impacted our life, we would talk with everyone. If we truly found our real and true testimony of the Restoration we would claim as an Angle with a trumpet of this good news. I love the message of Restoration and I’m so grateful to share the message of restored truth. I am grateful to our Heavenly Father that He called the Prophet Joseph Smith and brought many out of darkness into the light of the Book of Mormon. The restoration is just amazing since it makes available to us the opportunity for all to receive once again all of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Changes=Tired Missionaries
Yesterday we had ward conference and our Stake President said if we are not serving our brothers and sisters it is because we are ignorant or sinning? Both have a remedy. To solve being ignorant is to gain knowledge of the gospel and to solve sinning is repentance. It made me think about us missionaries and the investigators, is the reason why the investigators do not progress is because they don’t understand or are they sinning? When we as missionaries are not working, is it because we are ignorant and don’t have enough knowledge or is it because we are sinning or in other words not being obedient. We need to ask ourselves this, am I sleeping through the restoration? President Uchtdorf shared this insight, “Sometimes we think of the Restoration of the gospel as something that is complete, already behind us—Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, he received priesthood keys, the Church was organized. In reality, the Restoration is an ongoing process; we are living in it right now. It includes “all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal,” and the “many great and important things” that “He will yet reveal. There is too much at stake for us as individuals, as families, and as Christ’s Church to give only a halfhearted effort to this sacred work. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is not an effort of once a week or once a day. It is an effort of once and for all.” The Lord is hastening His work, He has revealed to His servants that we need to focus on this message, to gather los escogidos (the elect), and to have a firm foundation. Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah.
Until We Meet Again
What I love about Mom is that she loves listening to others teach the gospel, what I love Dad about is that he is now my bishop.

con mucho amor
Elder Mcilmoil 
February 23, 2015
Elder Mac And Elder Perry, Teammates To Companions
Scripture of the week: 2 Nephi 33:10-11

“No wicked man could write such a book (The Book of Mormon) as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.” George Cannon

We declare to the world that the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth.
DJ Mac Dawg Is In The Church, If Only There Was Music!

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