Monday, June 17, 2013

Life Skills

Hey hey hey family & friends! So I am writing a little bit later than usual today because Elder Spackman and I's dream P-Day (preparation day) was realized today...we went golfing! haha it was a lot of fun as we played a quick 9 holes! Reminded me of all the days spent at Canyon Gate with Jordan haha sweet memories! Also, Ian is a great golfer so I was thinking that I will have to come back and show him up haha :) love you big bro!
So its been a great week! On Tuesday, we went to Iowa City for a meeting with all the zone leaders and sister training leaders in the mission. We reported on our areas and received a lot of revelation together for the Iowa Des Moines Mission and how we will welcome our new mission president, President Jensen, in with a bang! Its short and simple...Back to the Basics! We just need to stick to the fundamentals of Preach My Gospel and the doctrine that is found in the scriptures :) Revolutionary right? Pres. Jergensen always says "stick to the program and they'll call you innovative" haha its so true! To end that meeting, Pres. and Sis. Jergensen stood up and told us that they wanted us to ask them any questions that we had about life. They are such a wonderful couple and have truly become so full of love. I learned so much listening to them answer the questions about dating, marriage, family life, & kids. They love each other so much and they love Jesus Christ and have become like Him! I will be sad to see them go, but super excited to get Pres. & Sis. Jensen at the end of this month!
With that, we have still been teaching a lot of members and Jose, our investigator, gave a talk in Church yesterday haha he is super committed to the gospel and we are waiting for him to get married to Maria so they can both be baptized. Apparently, his old wife in Mexico wont sign the divorce papers...maybe we can send Blake or Jordan over to find her and help her start living the commandments too! haha well I have to be going but remember to pray! In the Ensign (Church magazine), there is a story of this dad teaching his kids about how the Nephites all turned wicked at the end of the Book of Mormon. It says that the Dad asked his kids, what do you think happened that made the Nephites turn away from God. His little girl answered "I think they stopped saying their personal prayers" haha hopefully, we each remember to keep doing the little things because they make the biggest differences! Remember that God sees our acts of faith in private and He will reward us openly :) The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus is the Christ and it answers the questions we each have about life and our loving Heavenly Father. Read it, study it, pray about it, and share it. It will bring happiness to all who give place for it in their heart! Love you all and keep on keepin on!
Love Elder McGinn

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