Email dated: 31 December 2013
Favorite Scripture this week:
Doctrine and Covenants Section 121, Verses 7 and 8:
7. My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
8. And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.
"...This last week, we did not teach a lot. Many appointments were dropped because it is the Christmas Holidays. But one lesson we did teach twice was Lesson 3. The Gospel Of Jesus Christ. So that is Chapter 3 of PMG Lesson 3. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the missionary purpose, which is:
"Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through FAITH in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, REPENTANCE, BAPTISM, RECEIVING THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST, and ENDURING THE END." That is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the end.
A scripture that I like is D&C 121:7-8. I can send you a new favorite every week if you like!
Advice for future missionaries. Learn to lean on your Heavenly Father. Like missionaries leaving home cannot lean on their parents anymore. They are forced almost to build a stronger and better relationship with their Heavenly Father. Another piece of advice is to learn Chapter 3 of PMG. Those are the lessons that missionaries teach people. Knowing those lessons and knowing scriptures to back up what you are saying is very important.
All the new missionaries and their trainers had a training in Cape Town this past Monday. So me, my father, Elder Thayne, and his father, took a road trip to Port Elizabeth to catch a flight to Cape Town. We drove on Sunday and flew Monday. On Monday morning, about 40 missionaries hiked "Lion's Head" an amazing hike and it provides a beautiful view of Cape Town and the beaches, which really makes me want to go surfing, but I will resist!
We had a training from President Wood Monday night, and me and my father slept at another missionaries flat. Then this morning, we flew to Port Elizabeth, and we are here still. We are with the ZL of P.E. and we do not know where our fathers are. Whatever though. Today is New Years Eve and we will probably get back to East London late tonight. And tomorrow, we are not allowed in the area so we are confined to our flat. So I am in the process of having a 4 day vacation on mission and it is awesome.
By the way! Christmas was amazing for me and I hope it was pleasant for all of you. It was nice to see and talk to everyone!