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, January 31, 2010

My Commission, by Elder Bruce R. McConkie

Read below to see our new message that we will memorize as a mission this month. Latin missionaries will learn in Espanol, NorteAmericanos en Ingles. Those super achievers...learn in both languages. We have MANY who love to do that for the challenge.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, wrote this while he was serving as Presidente de la Mision in Australia:(How Great Is My Calling,1961–64). Parents and families might also want to memorize along with your missionary. They will be thrilled if they know you are also working on it for this month! (One month the whole mission learned DyC 4, in the OTHER language (not their native tongue!) and last month was the Standard of Truth, that Joseph Smith taught us. It is impressive to hear these incredible missionaries practice together and achieve so much. The Lord has blessed these great missionaries with talents, abilities, quick minds, and great memories to be able to share and teach with power. They are truly impressive and inspire us! We love you dear missionaries!

I am called of God. My authority is above that of the kings of the earth. By revelation I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my Master and he has chosen me to represent him. To stand in his place, to say and do what he himself would say and do if he personally were ministering to the very people to whom he has sent me. My voice is his voice, and my acts are his acts; my words are his words and my doctrine is his doctrine. My commission is to do what he wants done. To say what he wants said. To be a living modern witness in word and deed of the divinity of his great and marvelous latter-day work.

Soy un llamado de Dios. Mi autoridad es superior a la de los reyes de la tierra. Por la revelación he sido seleccionado como representante personal del Señor Jesucristo. Él es mi maestro y él me ha escogido para que lo represente. Para ponerse en su lugar, decir y hacer lo que él mismo diría y haría si él, estuviera administrando personalmente, a las mismas personas a quienes me ha enviado. Mi voz es su voz, y mis actos son sus actos, mis palabras son sus palabras y mi doctrina es su doctrina. Mi comisión es hacer lo que quiere que se haga. Para decir lo que quiere, que sea dicho. Para ser testigo moderna viviente en palabra y de hecho de la divinidad de su gran y maravillosa obra de los últimos días.

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Capacitacion/ Mission Training

This past week our mission enjoyed a Mission Training, we call Capacitacion de Zona. This differs from our zone conferences. We are fortunate in this mission to live relatively close to each other, as far as mileage, which enables us to meet more often for trainings, classes, workshops, interviews, and conferences. Our farthest distances are about 1.5 hours drive in car for us to be with any or all of our missionaries. That is a blessing. This week we divided the mission into three sections. As we have close to 175 missionaries and having 3 groups with smaller numbers, this helps us to have more interaction and participation from the missionaries. Our trainings are much more 'hands on' with workshops, classes where they move from room to room, share ideas, practice, learn teaching skills, etc. This week we:

President May taught the missionaries an important format of teaching doctrine, principles and applications. He gave great examples of the differences, and why we need to learn by faith to implement these in our own lives and then to our investigators. The missionaries made thoughtful questions and comments which helped us all be edified. These fine missionaries are eager to learn, want to be obedient, really are able to work hard, endure hardships and challenges, and usually are healthy and happy. This is a tremendous help in this marvelous work, as they are usually so much happier when they are doing the work well, having success by bringing people to baptism for the salvation of their souls. We are learning how to truly be converted, and helping our investigators too.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Atonement of Jesus Christ

The prophet Joseph Smith once declared that all things "which pertain to our religion are only appendages" to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I have a testimony of the power of the Atonement in our lives. I also have a testimony that the Book of Mormon is our greatest tool to help ourselves, investigators, and members come unto Christ by gaining a greater understanding of what the Savior truly did for us. Elder Holland said, “With its declared title-page purpose of testifying that Jesus is the Christ, little wonder that the Book of Mormon was the first-and still the greatest-missionary tract of this dispensation.”

Here is just one of many scriptures in the Book of Mormon that teach us about the Atonement and how it can bless our lives:

Alma 7:11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

Pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind means that there is nothing that we can experience that He has not already experienced and overcome. Does this not bring great comfort to all of us? Comfort in moments of disappointment when an investigator who is progressing wonderfully toward baptism suddenly tell us not to come back. Comfort when our physical bodies may be fatigued and exhausted after a long hard day in the hot sun. Comfort when the success we are diligently striving for does not come immediately. Is this comfort available to all of Heavenly Father´s children? We read in 2 Nephi 8:14,15:

11 Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy and holiness shall be upon their heads; and they shall obtain gladness and joy; sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

12 I am he; yea, I am he that comforteth you…

I testify that this comfort is available to all of those who accept Christ as their Savior and Redeemer and exercise faith in Him and His Atonement unto repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. Our message in one of Salvation for all of Heavenly Father´s children:

6 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy cMessiah; for he is full of grace and truth.

7 Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.

8 Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

9 Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.

(2 Nephi 2:6-9)

You are the greatest and we love you very much,

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Experiences of the Inexperienced!

We enjoy our orientation trainings we have with our new missionaries, in sessions we call Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3. We hold them the next week after the missionaries first arrive, and then Fase 2, during their 2nd change cycle, and 3rd during their 3rd cycle. It gives us an opportunity to see their growth, change, improvements, and also answer more of their questions as they are coming upon them. Today's 2 groups have really progressed in their language acquisition. We were so happily suprised to hear them talk about the work they are doing:

Some of their thoughts:
-"I loved the words to this song, "The Light of Truth" especially verse 3. (God has called us to serve, to all people we've been sent to go, we're going to teach with fervor in the Name of the Lord, --chorus-"The glorious light of Truth, will shine forthe eternidad, shining with the rays of sun, to all the world today!"
-"A man had a powerful spirit, we taught him of baptism. There was a lot of noise int he street and outside, kids playing, etc, and then the spirit inside the house was so powerful, the man was teachable and wanted to obey. He said, "I want to be baptized but what do I do?" Very humble to follow Christ."
-We were teaching a woman. We stopped in to visit her and another Jehovah's Witness was there in the kitchen trying to teach her before we got there. The other was trying to critizie our investigator for reading the Book of Mormon, but our investogator just got real bold and testified herself, "I know that the Libro de Mormon is the word of God." Then with that, the Jehovah's Witness left."
-"I was trying to talk to a bunch of jovenes/teenagers, and one started to put his hand in my slacks/pocket to take my cell phone. When I realized it and started to pull away, there were 3 hands in my pocket by then, and they took my phone and in the process, as I jerked away, they ripped my pants totally open in the front! I shouted to give back my phone, and they quickly did! That suprised me too."
-"We had been praying that morning where to go. We arrived to a corner and decided to pray again, because we couldn't decide where to go. The spirit told us to go across the street to the other corner house. The man had lots of problems but after we taught him, he asked that if he would feel the spirit strongly in attending our church meetings, like he does wiht us teaching him, then he wanted to go to church and feel that powerfully again!"

-"Banca Rota=bankrupt!"

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Departures and Arrivals with tears?

These are great missionaries. We know that might sound trite, but they are 'gran misioneros.' We are seeing the full gamete of feelings in these days of changes. One Monday, we see the fine missionaries who are leaving Santiago to return to their homes, followed by Tues in the airport with the new arrivals. With the departing missionares, they come to the mission home to have their final interview with Pdte. May, then followed by a beautiful meal in their honor, and then followed by a sweet testimony meeting....

As we listen to their faith, hear their heart-felt love for the Savior, Jesus Christ and what they have loved and grown to know about Him, reminds us that these have been His faithful servants, valiant and noble in sharing the truths that the world needs to know. We listen to their dedication, and we can discern their growth by the way they express themselves, not just in another language (also we had one of our Latin Missinaries share his testimony totally in English...impressive!)but by the power of the Holy Ghost. We love to hear the committment in their voices and the desires they have to stay strong, holding to the iron rod, and want to remain faithful. We love their examples of faith and determination that will carry them through the trials, challenges of the new life they are entering with this transition.
Our hearts are breaking as we have to say goodbye for now....we know we will be able to share this relationship eternally, now that we have been here together. We hug in the airport for the last (and first time for Hrma May)with each one, tenderly wanting to make this last and be eternal. We know it is.

The next day, our lives are enriched as we joyfully welcome the new arrivals. We are thrilled to see them come through the gate of customs (happily all accounted for and no one missing in action!)We notice that they look petrified, eyes eagerly searching for a familiar face among a sea of strangers, and their eyes spy a familiar missionary plaqua, and the smiles, waves, and grins begin. They all want hugs from Pdte. May. He is their leader and they look to him for the love of a father and guide. He knows how valuable each one is to Our Heavenly Father, and he loves them before they arrive, after studying and reading from their mission papers. They are enthusiastic, eager, and so willing to do whatever they are asked. This is a wonderful group who arrived, with talents, gifts, abilities and strong testimonies. These fine missionaries show us hope again, that this is the Lord's church, and that He is about this work, as we see their willingness to be taught. We all need to have that attitude. They are humble; leaving behind their previous lives in many ways, to accept the life the Lord has for them here. We are touched by their testimonies. Pdte May interviews each one privately, and then prayerfully listens for inspiration as to who each trainer should be training. The Lord knows and loves all of His missionaries, and this we see evidently in the way He pairs his companionships. IT is miraculous and inspired.
As we meet together to give a small orientation and simple guidlines this first day, we notice their innocents, faithfulness and desire to obey instantly. The missionaries want to learn, ask questions, and step forward wtih faith. We admire these fine ones also. As we testify of the Lord Jesus Christ, we remind them that we will do many things in this mission, but the most important is that we will teach and testify of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. 2Nephi 25:26. We are filled with the Holy Ghost as He bears witness of this divine errand to these missionaries. Again our hearts and eyes are filled to overflowing with love for these great missionaries!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Standard of Truth has been erected...

All of our missionaries have been memorizing the "Standard of Truth," in English or in Spanish during this last change.It is powerful and they are accomplishing great things too:

“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."

La Estandarte de la Verdad se ha izado; ninguna mano impía puede detener el progreso de la obra: las persecuciones se encarnizaran, el populacho podrá conspirar, los ejércitos podrán juntarse, y la calumnia podrá difamar; mas la verdad de dios seguirá adelante valerosa, noble e independientemente, hasta que haya penetrado en todo continente, visitado toda región, abarcado todo país y resonado en todo oído, hasta que se cumplan los propósitos de Dios, e el gran Jehová diga que la obra esta concluida.” (José Smith, Historia de la Iglesia, 4:540).
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Election Day in Chile,

Yesterday was a special day for Chile. Because of the democracy that exists here in this blessed country, they were able to hold a free election in which the people had the opportunity to vote for their candidate of choice. It brought to mind the 12th Article of Faith that states:

12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

With a new president being elected, all of Chile now has the responsibility to support him.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is guided by living prophets and apostles who receive revelation from God. God calls individuals to positions of leadership and service through revelation. We have the opportunity as Church members to sustain and support our leaders. As we do so we show the depth of our testimony and our true understanding of the Gospel. In Hebrews 13:17 we read:

17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

As we support and respect those assigned as district leaders, zone leaders and assistants to the president, the Lord will bless us with His spirit. Preach My Gospel teaches us that we should also seek to learn from our leaders, and invite them to suggest ways we can improve.

I have a strong testimony that the Lord puts people in our paths to bless us and help us accomplish all He has sent us to do. As we are humble and teachable and not only accept the counsel of our leaders but also seek their guidance and direction when needed, we will be blessed with greater faith to bring salvation to Heavenly Father´s children. Our ability to find those that the Lord has prepared, teach the gospel of faith unto repentance, be baptized for the remission of sins, receive the precious gift of the Holy Ghost and help individuals to endure to the end will be greatly strengthened as we sustain and support our leaders.

We love you and are grateful for your dedication to the Lord,

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Presidential Elections here in Chile!

Yes, Chile now has had elections and voted in a democratic way to have Sebastian Piñera as the new President of the country.

On Sunday, last week, all of the registered voters in Chile must return to their original place of registration to vote in order to avoid a heafty fine/multa. They travel quickly, with purpose that reminds me of Mary and Joseph returning to Bethlehem to be taxed...back in their city from before. Here in Chile, the people line streets, cars, walking, buses, etc to arrive to their schools, churches, places of voting, which are orderly and respectful. These are well protected, and with local carbineros de Chile/police enforcing the discipline, it went off without a hitch. These are not done electronically, so the votes are opened and counted with many witnesses, and they tallies began to come in by 6pm that afternoon. Pdte Pinera ran against Frei, who had previously been the President in Chile. It was a close race, but there were no battles or discussions by the time the votes began to arrive showing a slight lead but consistent from Pinera. By 7pm, Senor Frei conceeded. It was all done in an orderly, respectful and well-organized manner. We were impressed.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Zone Concilio set Goals for the New Year!

Zone leaders came to the mission home to discuss the missionary work together
with President May. They reviewed the past year and looked forward to 2010
working together, setting goals and making plans.

Zone leaders and assistants discussed the great successes they had during 2009, what the Lord blessed us to accomplish, talked about ways to improve. They had so much to talk about, that they all decided to come back the next day to discuss and set more
plans, by adjusting goals, re-addressing the mission standard and how to best
accomplish these ideas. It was a positive, interactive, everyone-participates
kind of activity that demonstrated good counceling, working together.
We have much to be thankful for in our mission, and know that the Lord expects
much more still from each of us. We will put our trust in Jesus Christ and
listen to the Holy Ghost guide us for this new year, 2010. The concilio was followed
by a nice lunch together in the mission home dining rooms, and a group photo. We
love these dear missionaries. What fine leaders they are and will be for the Lord in their futures.
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