Bienvenidos a la Mision Chile Santiago Norte! We love the Savior, and are blessed to be part of this great work, to share His gospel, and invite others to come unto Him. We are grateful to have this incredible opportunity to associate with such fine young men and women and other couples who are serving in this wonderful part of the vineyard. We decided to share this mission through a blog, with any who would like to know more.... All of the lessons, talks, training, conferences, and meetings are obviously done totally in Spanish, but for the sake of this writer, the notes are here in English, for speed in typing, and therefore, mixed with a bit of both worlds. We hope all of our missionaries, families, and loved ones can enjoy this blog, in spite of the writing, grammar, language, errors, etc. This will be a miraculous journey, and we invite you to share and enjoy it with us.

Lovingly, con cariño,
Presidente Michael May
Hermana Carol May

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Presidente May escribe su nota cada semana a los misioneros...

Dear Elders and Sisters,

Always maintaining a vision of conversion is so important in missionary work. We know that we do not convert the people but rather the spirit does. We are instruments for the Lord so that people can receive His gospel.

Maintaining a vision of people entering in the waters of baptism, being confirmed, being active in Church, receiving the priesthood, entering in the temple and serving in Church assignments give us the excitement and motivation to carry out the Lord´s work with all of heart, might, mind and strength.

Let´s imagine we are lost in the ocean in a small boat with two oars. We are disoriented and without a map. We cannot see land anywhere, only water in every direction. How motivated would be to row? If suddenly an island appears on the horizon, what would are motivation be now? An island or a vision are like adrenaline to our spirits. Not only are we going to row with enthusiasm and excitement but our joy will increase even when we become more and more tired. Run and ye shall not be weary, walk and ye shall not faint! The island has had a miraculous impact on us.

Success or the battle is the Lord´s but the blessings come as a result of our diligence. Diligence is multiplied when islands are seen. The islands for us are the faces of our investigators who have tears in their eyes as they receive the gospel of Jesus Christ through our efforts to teach them by the power and authority of our calling and the influence of the Spirit. The effectiveness of our teaching can be measured by whether investigators are growing in their faith in the Savior, repenting of their transgressions, and earnestly preparing to receive the ordinances of baptism and confirmation. In other words, we have to prepare to be effective teacher with the same excitement and enthusiasm as if we were rowing to the island we see on the horizon.

It is my prayer that we maintain the vision of people coming unto Christ and that we work with more diligence each day to bring souls unto Christ so that they can have the joy that comes from receiving a remission of their sins and having the influence of the Holy Ghost in their lives on a daily basis and endure to the end.

We love you,

President May

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