Monday, June 9, 2014

Week 16 ~ June 9, 2014


Hello Family and Friends!

This week has been pretty wonderful. I have found yet another joy about missionary work. There are infinite joys to be discovered when sharing the gospel with others whether you are a missionary or a member missionary. This joy is laughter. With all of the combining emotions that the life of a missionary has to offer, there needs to be a good balance of laughter. When there is a good balance of that, the days are happier, more positive, and filled with more things to be grateful for. Like President Uchtdorf said, "Gratitude is the catalyst to all Christ like attributes." His words are true!

We had our lesson on the Plan of Salvation with Walt in a member’s home which went very well. The Spirit was so strong. It was one of my favorite lessons I have had the opportunity to teach. I have a testimony on working with the members. We need them in order to help others to progress. They are the best fellowship because missionaries are temporary in the areas they serve in, but members are there to stay.

There is also something else extraordinary that is happening right now. We had a meeting in the Jax West Zone and we were informed of this. The Florida Jacksonville Mission has created an event called "Discover the Book" to spread the word to everyone of the Book of Mormon through online efforts on Facebook. It is a fun thing to become a part of! The event starts tomorrow, June 10, but you can find it on Facebook right now and become a part of it. It is a wonderful way to share your testimony with everyone of how you 'Discovered the Book' of Mormon. The instructions are simple. You can find them on this link! 

Become a part of this event and invite your friends and family to join in this event too. I can promise you that your testimony of the Book of Mormon will touch the hearts of many of your friends online! This is the best. 

I read a scripture the other day during personal study about how we can continue to 'Discover the Book'.
3 Nephi 23:1 "And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently."
Jesus Christ is speaking. He teaches us to search the scriptures diligently. To 'Search' means to meditate, study, heed, ponder. That is how we can Discover the Book of Mormon. Ahhhhh I love the scriptures so much.

Also, Ryan's baptism was exciting! At the last minute, Sister Call and I were asked to teach the Restoration to everyone. It was a great experience. Teaching is so fun because every teaching experience is different, even though we teach the same principles every time. 

Yesterday night was a pretty scary storm. This is thunder that I have never heard before. Right when the lightning strikes, the thunder would BOOM and shake the apartment. In addition to that, the power went out for about a minute while Sister Call and I were eating Tagalong Girl Scout cookies that I had been saving for months and finally got the chance to eat them, it was pitch black.

I love all of you.

Sister Mccook



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