Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Email - May 5, 2012

As for Yours Truly, Sandra and Ayda are getting baptized today! They are so excited and have invited many friends to the service. I love that about the Gospel, people who are truly converted seek to share in whatever way possible. Our other convert, Eliana, has a message in the baptism and has been teaching her siblings the gospel while we haven't been able to make it. The other missionaries in our Zone are bringing investigators, it should be big.  This week was full of trainings and interchanges. We met up with the zone leaders for a training on Wednesday and yesterday was with the missionaries that are being trained. It is great to see old faces and progress in their lives.  That is one of the sweetest fruits of the mission.

Yesterday we also had exchanges with a companionship in another part of the city that is struggling. I am a firm believer of the truth taught in D&C 84:106. God has given us so much and our personal progress depends on ourselves alone, but let us be humble enough to help another on their way, who may not be as fortunate as ourselves. Many times we are selfish, self-centered, self whatever-else-you-want-to-say. But as we reach out, listen instead of share, and give instead of wait to receive, many are blessed. I love a quote by Elder Nelson from Preach My Gospel (I don't remember it word for word) 'Let us, disciples who have been blessed with a greater hope, lift the hands that hang down, strengthen the feeble knees...' In studying John, I am amazed at the number of times Christ refers to 'His Will' or of 'He who sent me' or 'The Father.' He was so humble, He knew why He came, what He had to do, and what the Father wanted of Him. I am sure He still is that way. As we learn to treasure the scriptures daily, we too can be filled with such humility, such love, such diligence to the work.

 I love you all and hope you enjoy Cinco de Mayo! Which is NOT an Ecuadorian Holiday ;)

 Elder McGinn

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