Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Light-bulbs And The Apostasy

Thanks Mom!!!
Tortillas for the week: 30

Where do I start this email; fist off Dad, I do not live in a church and by the way Dad our neighbor loves to listen to 80’s music so you two would be best friends. Anyway this week was great! We had 6 investigators come to church and Elder Chavez and I both gave talks yesterday in church. The speakers couldn’t come so we were asked at the very last minute. As a missionary we always need to be prepared to speak at a moment’s notice because you never know when you will be asked to speak or fill in for someone. Sacrament meeting was amazing not because we spoke because you could feel the spirit of Christ when the emblems of the sacrament were being passed. As I sat there I could just feel something swell up inside of me. It was such a sacred experience.
A Little Piece Of The States
Missionaries Agents Of God 
This week Elder Chavez and I taught the restoration over 10 times! We teach extremely well together. Each time we would teach about the restoration I just felt so humble to share this life changing message. The Prophet Joseph taught that every prophet, priest, and king in every age “looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations they have sung and written and prophesied of this our day;… we are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the Latter-day glory.” As I share the message of the restored gospel I just feel so much responsibility on my shoulders and being as imperfect as I am it hurts because I am called to represent the Savior or you could say to be Him for 2 years. Yes I am imperfect but the thing that keeps me going is this; the Atonement. Through the Atonement I can be lifted up and cleansed and not fail just like Peter, Paul, Alma, los hijos de Mosiah, King Benjamin, Nephi.  
The Force Is Strong With The Missionaries 
So Elder Chavez and I have found a way to teach the apostasy; we compare the church to a light-bulb. When the church fell it literalmente (literally) shattered into a thousand of pieces just like a light-bulb does when it falls to the ground. When the light-bulb falls and shatters to pieces there no light just darkness. During the apostasy there was darkness not physical, it was the worse, spiritual darkness. The people were without divine direction from living prophets. Men corrupted the principles of the gospel after the death of Savior and His apostles so God withdrew the authority of the priesthood from the earth. Imagine to yourself the spiritual darkness as people were looking for the word of God but they couldn’t find it, so people began to take the shattered pedazos (pieces) they liked the most and formed their own church. After teaching that we ask those we are teaching if you only have a pedazos (piece) from the shattered light bulb can there be light from the light bulb? They respond with no. Then we explain it is the same with the gospel of Jesus Christ, you can’t just take one piece and say you have all the truth. We ask the how they feel, they usually say I never knew about this and it makes sense why there are so many churches. We then share the message of the restoration. We have some say this is unbelievable, this is wow and many feel the spirit testifying to them that what we are teaching is true and they believe. We had one guy tell us after we finished sharing our message that he believed Joseph Smith is a prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the authority of God. I can’t even describe what I was feeling at that moment.
The Cobbles Of El Quiche
To end I would like to end with something Elder Chavez and I had to do, we had to fix a problem. We had to go visit some members to apologize for a missionary’s behavior. As we talked to the family we talked a lot about covenants and as we talked about covenants I could truly feel that I made a cevenat (covenant) with the Lord to represent the Lord Jesus Christ. And I must do all I can to have celestial conduct. I shared with this family it hurts because of how imperfect I am and I am called to represent the Savior and how eternally grateful I am for the Atonement because of my imperfection; I know He will never give up on me. I testify of the Atonement and its cleansing power. “Be not afraid, only believe.”
Called To Watch Over El Quiche
Only You Can Choose To Believe
Back To Countless Parades And Celebrations
What I love about Mom is that she used to tuck me in at night and what I love about Dad is that he would take me shooting with him.

con mucho amor, ducks forever,
Elder Mcilmoil
May 25, 2015
Sometimes You Have To Treat Yourself
Scripture of the week: 3 Nephi 11:32-34, 36-39 

The Savior also taught the people to come unto Him through sacred covenants.

“Unlike every other era before us, this dispensation will not experience an institutional apostasy; it will not see a loss of priesthood keys; it will not suffer a cessation of revelation from the voice of Almighty God” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland 

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