Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 23, 2015 ~ Week 53 (Week 8 Arlington)

Week 8 Arlington
Hello Family & Friends!!

Can you believe that it is the last week of February?!  I cannot.  As well as that, it is the final week before transfers.  I am most likely staying here in Arlington (YAY!!), but we shall see next Tuesday.

It has been quite the week.  As far as updates on those being baptized: Karen will be baptized on March 15 now instead of February!  She had such a wonderful time at our Relief Society activity on Thursday. She said that she felt so loved and welcomed into this wonderful women group.  The theme of this activity was Visiting Teaching and it was called "A trip to Hawaii".  Karen also began her family history research on familysearch.org.  She was suppose to be working on it for just an hour, but she loved it so much that she kept going for just under two hours.  Doing her family history research will allow her to be prepared to enter into the temple after she is baptized and help her ancestors with their work since they did not have the opportunity here on Earth.  Karen is so great!  And so ready to be baptized next month.

Marc is now going to be baptized in June!  He was debating on whether he wanted to go to church or not yesterday.  It was his first time. After talking with him about his purpose of attending and the blessings that would come from it, Marc acted in faith and came to church for the very first time.  He loved it, and even asked his ride to church to pick him up every Sunday so he could continue to attend all three hours. Miracle!

On Thursday afternoon, we went over to Orange Park, Florida. (Close to Fleming Island) to have a mission wide conference with Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy and Michael Hemmingway who is over all of the proselyting that goes on in missionary work for the entire world.  The focus was iPad's and Facebook.  How to use them effectively, wisely, and be safe in our work.  But the administrative part of it wasn't the bulk of the meeting.  Something that Elder Zwick really focused on was a very profound phrase and question that each of us can really take something from.  "Are you on a spiritual trajectory?"  What a "spiritual trajectory" is, is a pathway of spiritual progression that increases by our righteous decisions and faithful actions. It is the process by which we are constantly 'becoming' and fulfill our true potentials through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  We brainstormed ways on how we can "Preserve our spiritual projectory".  You can add anything that you want to my list: 

1. Always seek for what brings light
2. Exact Obedience in even the little things
3. Lock your heart unto the Savior
4. Don't let the world slip into your heart
5. Remember the covenants you have made
6. Genuinely love God and others

The Lord knows what each of us are capable of doing and becoming.  We cannot become who we want to or who He wants us to be without Him.  He also will not force to become something that we do not want to become. Remember this promise: "I ought not to harrow up in my desires the firm decree of a just God, for I know that he granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or unto life..."
(Alma 29:4)

Pure desire, Eternal Life.

Love, Sister McCook

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