Monday, June 16, 2014

Week 17 ~ June 16, 2014

Dear family and friends,

Happy Fathers Day!

There is a family who has been praying for missionary opportunities and sure enough, Heavenly Father answered their prayers with a missionary opportunity. They both felt impressed to invite their friend Nancy to learn more about the gospel, how, why, and what they believe. She accepted. They were planning on visiting her one night and they called us up asking for a scripture from the Book of Mormon about hope in the world. The first scripture that came to mind was Ether 12:4 "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the should of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God." They went to her home and shared that scripture with her and she asked when she could come to church with them. She did come, and the word she described with how she felt when she attending was very peaceful. Church truly is a place where everyone can feel peace. When someone reads the Book of Mormon. It does the same.

If there's one thing out of the many that I love to do, it would be to share my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I had that opportunity while teaching a lesson yesterday. He wanted to know of experiences that Sister Call and I have had with the Book of Mormon. The feeling that I have whenever I study and pray from the Book of Mormon is indescribable. A feeling overcome with warmth throughout my heart. A witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that this record is true. And the best part is that we get to hold this record in our hands and study it today. We get to have our own experiences, or 'AHA' moments in the Book of Mormon. Know of things that we didn't know before. Relate to the people within the Book of Mormon even though it is a record written over 2500 years ago. I love the Book of Mormon with all my heart.

I would like to share with you all the miracle of the week. Family history has really sparked an interest with everyone that we talk with; people are drawn in to how they can find their ancestors and where they came from. It is the Spirit of Elijah that touches their hearts. They have this hunger to learn more about their family. Sister Call and I did a family history presentation with a member at a nursing home. It was the first time that we had ever done this before so we did not know how it would go because we don't know very much about family history; but we knew that if we put our faith and trust in the Lord, that all things would work out in the way that they were suppose to. The member hooked up her computer to a flat screen TV and pulled up family search. She asked the nice man, who is a survivor of WWII and was part of D-Day, what his father's name was. After finding his information on family search and pulling up a Census record from the 1900s, this man was able to find his family for the first time ever and the excitement that he had was the happiest thing to watch. Soon after, nurses were coming in and insisting that we search for their family members and it became a frenzy of finding family names! The Spirit was there. They asked us to come back and the elderly people were mentioning that this family history would be the talk of the nursing home. My testimony of family history has grown so much. It is so fun to do your own family history work, but there is something special about helping others do their own family history work. I encourage all of you to start now or continue on with where you're at with family history, on 

'Discover the Book' on facebook was incredible! Don't forget to do 'Search the Book' tomorrow. Share your testimonies of the Book of Mormon. 

 Expect a letter from me on Tuesday because next week is transfers. Already! That was fast.

I find myself saying that phrase frequently. Missions fly by too fast.

Love, Sister McCook

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