Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 16, 2011

What! Monday again! I wish that the week was like twice as long sometimes but at the same time at 3:30 when it’s the hottest, the clock doesn’t seem to move (hitting the hundreds quite regularly). Well this week has been pretty cool and full of fun adventures. Let’s see if I can get them all in.
Tuesday, we had a zone conference. The coolest part was that we talked about Mosiah 4 together. Super strong! And with so many elders dedicated to the work and a mission president speaking, well the spirit would have probably put a drunk in comatose like Alma the younger. We talked about some of the verses and how the desire to share the gospel comes from learning to love the Lord. It was such a cool zone conference. We have a mission goal of every companionship baptizing every week. Realizing that that is a big goal, it seems over whelming, but if we all do the little things and do our best, this inspired goal will be realized. We also as a zone decided that we wanted to finish the conference (we went over two hours).
My companion and I (look mom using good grammar) did an interesting activity. There is a principle in chapter 9 of Preach My Gospel about going about doing good works. We had a couple small little simple things that we could do for people. We started by singing a hymn and then if they let us sweep off their porch. The worst thing is that a lot of the people didn’t want us to do it. One lady finally let us in. She is older but said that there was some more family living with her. We swept then did the Mexican equivalent of mopping after. She was very grateful and we set plans to come back. While we were there, we left the Plan of Salvation pamphlet. We came back and the family wasn’t there. She told us to come back and if they weren’t there we could at least talk with her. We came back on Saturday and started the lesson normally. Then we asked if she had any questions, she said many =) First was about the idea of a judgment, then later about baptism and what’s the preparation for a baptism. Then a lot of, “How does your church do… Why? “ type of questions. Super sweet lesson and when we asked if there was anyone else that we could invite they said that she would talk to her other friend who is in her eighties and has a lot of fear about death and what’s going to happen later on. Other than that activity we didn’t see anything super big come out of it but that lady is going to be something to keep your eye on.
We also found a lady contacting and we had a lesson with her later. The coolest thing is she has a goal to finish the book of Mormon in two weeks! That’s probably speed reading but hopefully something will catch her attention. She not too much going on with her because we only had one lesson and such but it could be the start to a super sweet story.
Another cool thing is that there is a recent convert family that has really taken hold of the church. They met the missionaries in December and when we get to talk to them, they are always so happy. They had a lot of problems but now they are a cute little family. The little kids were behaving badly for a second and she started counting 1….2…..3….. and it brought me back to when I use to do that. I told her that my parents use to spank me and she got big eyes and said to her husband, “Did you hear that? His parents use to spank him to and he’s a good man!” Then the husband said, “Well than maybe we need to spank them more?” It brought back a lot of memories of things that I wish I could take back that I did as a little kid (yeah more growing up. I don’t think I’ll ever be a big kid even though I’m bigger sized than Allen (feel like I’m in math class with double parentheses but in case you didn’t get that last joke it’s a family one so ask my mom)). Anyway it’s super cool to see how the gospel changes life.
The family that we’ve been teaching, well they still haven’t gone to church yet. We had a long talk about the restoration and the importance of Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon. We had a talk about the family living forever and being prepared for the second coming of Christ.
A phrase finally made sense to me. In the introduction to the Book of Mormon, the second to the last paragraph talks about how to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. And it really is true that we invite all people to come to Christ and ask Heavenly Father in the name of Christ if the book is true after reading and pondering its importance. The last paragraph talks about what other parts will come to be a part of our testimony if we achieve a testimony of the Book of Mormon. First is that we will come to a greater knowledge that Jesus is the Christ. Second is that Joseph Smith has been his Prophet and Revelator. Third that this (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) is the Kingdom of God built here on the earth in preparation for the second coming of the Messiah. The first two always made sense but the third not so much. We as members of the Church, missionaries, and more importantly I desire all to read the Book of Mormon to find out if this is the church of Christ. There is no other way (2 Ne 31:21. It isn’t just being a good person and believing in Christ. To achieve our potential we must be part of his kingdom having faith where is necessary and following the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After the first Covenant that we make to follow Him, we must stand on that foundation, which is strong enough to stand the whirlwinds of Satan (Heleman 5:12). This is the way and there is none other. Satan’s lies deceive people that there is a free ticket given to all through the atonement but it is not so. Read the Book of Mormon (even if you already have) and ask with the unquenchable desire to know if this is the Kingdom of God, be ready to follow the answer given and having faith that you will be answered. There is no other way to find out this spiritual knowledge other than faith. And there is no other piece of information more important than this. Because in the Kingdom of God lays the salvation of everyone. There is only but to find it through Jesus Christ and His atonement. Ask and ye shall receive.
Wish you all a happy week and for those of you who have been slacking on the writing side and are in need of repentance, my mailbox is open=)
Love you all
Elder Mackay
Oh yeah, P.S. a few photos.
First two are a couple pictures of a scorpion we found while we were walking to a meeting. It was probably about three inches long or so. Just to keep you on your toes
The last one is kind of a long story. The toilet works fine, but the hand on the toilet broke. We were trying to figure out how to fix it. My companion piped up and said, “Maybe we could tie a string to it or something?” Well with a little bit of ingenuity and engineering, we now pull the small rope to flush the toilet. More adventures of a lovely mission. Can’t wait to do it at home (just kidding Mom). Love you

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