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

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

He that thrusteth in his sickle with his might....

During the zone training this past week, Presidente May spoke of the cycle that we have in the mission, symbolically like working in gardens. We have three seasons or needs;Planting, Cultivating, and Harvesting:

We compare the planting in the mission, Sembrar, such as finding new investigators, making contacts, having references from members and others, putting some with a baptismal date, etc. These are the beginning of the growth. Give them lots of water, careful place them in leccons to receive the nourishment of the word with the Book of Mormon, and then help them to begin to establish roots of understanding, developing their faith in Christ to want to change their lives and repent.

Next comes the culivating/cultivar, where we have the lessons taught with members, have them attend church, progress as investigators, which is the time we carefully help them along, weeding out the bad habits or challenges in their lives, add the water and sun needed for them to begin to flourish. Sometimes we have to pluck out the ones who have died, so we don't keep watering dead plants, and give our attention to those who are progressing and want to grow, change their lives.

Lastly, the harvest/Cosechar, comes when the plants bear fruit and an investigator is Baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here they can have complete joy, as they receive the Holy Ghost and are confirmed members and also begin the planting cycle as they refer their families, neighbors, friends in this miraculous work. We have to constantly be tending to all parts of these separate sections of the garden, as they grow in stages. We can't just continue to plant seeds and plant seeds, without helping them grow to completion and bear fruit. We are here to teach and to Baptize. That is our calling and purpose.

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