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

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Zone training/capacitacion

Presidente May wants to spend more time training, teaching and practicing with the missionaries and finds that when they can do a training within a smaller group, they can cover more material. He has gone to areas and had the missionaries come for a short, 2hr training, and they can accomplish so much more. This last week, he and Hrma May attended 2 trainings; in Alberdi and Colina. Pdte. May spoke about our Gardens here. Symbolically like 3 separate ones that have a cycle in the lives of our missionaries, in regard to their work with investigators, such as:

1. First garden: Planting/Seeds (Sembrar) where we make contacts, find investigators, use references from members and new converts, have baptismal dates. He said that when we receive a reference from a member, it is like planting a seedling or start, because it has a few roots already and chances of making it to full growth are better than sometimes just seeds.
2. Second garden: Cultivate (Cultivar) where we have lessons with members, other lessons, attendance at church, progressing members, and we need to pluck and weed those who are not growing. Are we watering dead plants who don't want to grow? Move onto plants who want to flourish and progress.
3. Third garden: Harvest (Cosechar) Baptisms, where we have the fruit of the work and the product of the seed growing to completion, also confirmation, and them more references and new seeds to continue to grow and plant. Cycle of the work.

Next Hrma May spoke about the sacrifice and Atonement of the Savior. When we think we are doing so much for Him, we can still never begin to come close to repaying for His Life and sacrifice He made for each one of us. She quoted Alma's testimony of Christ in Alma 7:10-13 where we are blessed by His suffereing, pain, Atonement that we can't quite comprehend fully, but realize our own failings and inablity to do this for ourselves and satisfy justice. It is now contigent on our own repentance and desires to turn to Him for all things, and submit our will to His and our Heavenly Father's. We will surely all have challenges, trials, pruebas y desafios, but still will be for our experience and growth. D&C 122:8-9. Someday we make look upon our lives like a beautiful quilt, with threads sewn in trials and challenges, joys and peace. The Savior has a beautiful pattern and individual design for each one of us, and we will surely see His handiwork in every stitch that will be beautifully blended together to create the lives He wants for us, if we endure them well.

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