Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Mosiah 5:2  And they all cried with one voice, saying:  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.

From crushing disappointment last Sunday to ecstatic elation today when an investigator came to church with his six-year-old son!  This man is a very spiritual man from Angola.  He stayed for all of the meetings today and said he enjoyed them very much.  His son was well behaved and reverent, just sitting on the bench attentively through Sacrament Meeting without playing with toys, drawing, reading, or eating.  He had plenty of energy when the meeting let out, though, and was excited to go to Primary.

We think, from what we experienced in Georgia and what we are seeing here, anyone with roots in Africa seems to be given a gift from God that makes them very in tune with the Holy Ghost and can discern truth easily.  They are open mined like children and eager to learn, being extremely receptive to the teachings of the restoration of the gospel.  They are intelligent and love to learn of Jesus Christ.  It is an absolute joy to teach these chosen children of Heavenly Father.  What strength they are bringing into the Church!

We got another referral to teach today, so that makes three investigators.  It is exciting to think the ward will grow with strong new people.  I know, I know, I'm setting myself up for disappointment, but it is fun to enjoy the celebrating of a sheep and lamb being found.  We embrace whatever joy comes our way and plan to celebrate even more when these people get baptized.  How is that for positive thinking?  Have faith.  Pray.

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