Hello! My name is Sister McCook. I am a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Serving in the Florida Jacksonville Mission for 18 months. I will be returning August 2015. As a missionary, I teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and invite all to draw nearer to him. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. If you have any questions about what Mormons believe in, please feel free to look at lds.org and mormon.org. I love being a missionary!
I have been learning a lot more
about prayer this past week. I have been studying this general conference talk
called, 'Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer' by Richard G. Scott. Prayer is a
gift from God. I never thought of prayer like that but it absolutely is a
divine gift. To be able to communicate with a loving Father in Heaven every day
and receiving answers from Him is such a blessing. We can express the feelings
of our hearts and ask for things and He freely gives. Prayer has been such a
blessing in my life. If you ever feel like you can't tell if you are receiving
answers, this scripture always gives me comfort.
behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost,
which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.
3 Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the
spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry
is a promise. We can find answers to our prayers simply by listening and being
patient. Pay attention to how you feel and the thoughts that come into your
mind as you pray. They will come.
We had a very fun ward activity this
past Saturday. It's one that they do annually. It's called the 'Women
Appreciation Dinner". All women were invited to come gather at the church
and enjoy a chicken & ribs dinner, prepared and served by the men. It was so
nice. We sat at a table with a Patricia, Teresa, and Teresa brought two
friends-Debbie and Ann. I had met them before at Teresa's home. They are so
great! We were able to give them a church tour! It was a spur of the moment
thing, but it was such a lovely, spiritual experience. They enjoyed the large
pictures that were around the building. They said that they would be happy to
come to church a few times with Teresa in the future.
Here is a fun story. We were
doing service at the Clay County headquarters library in Fleming Island and we
were shelving books in the Young Adult section. I was shelving on one side and
Sister Ashcraft went over on the other side near the graphic novels section. I
knelt down to shelve a book on the bottom shelf and all of a sudden I hear a
voice talking. It was very very high voice, almost like a screech. It was a
voice that I had never heard before and I realized she was talking to Sister
Ashcraft on the other side asking where the newspapers were, but Sister
Ashcraft couldn't understand her. I stood up and walked behind the shelf and
there was this two and a half foot tall elderly woman talking to her. I did not
expect that. She turned to me and asked where the newspapers were, I smiled
really big and I showed them to her and that was the end of it. We aren't able
to share the gospel in the library, but it was sweet to serve her. Then later
on, I figured out that she was one of the munchkins from the Wizard of Oz. So
Also don't forget to participate in
this Facebook event happening on Saturday, August 23. EVERYONE is invited.
Simply share a picture of yourself with a photo of Jesus Christ and post why
you follow Him with the hashtag: #IFollowHim. https://www.facebook.com/events/917012334981525/
Today marks the day that in exactly
one year, I will be on a plane home. I can't believe that it's already one year
left. I just want to be a missionary forever! I love being a missionary. I love
meeting and talking to people about Jesus Christ everyday. Serving a mission
has been the best decision that I have ever made in my life.