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

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Specialized Trainings, "Working with Members," in the Viña del Senor

During the change, Pdte. May has been inspired to help teach our missionaries great doctrine, scriptures and ideas to help our missionaries work in conjunction with our members in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ here in Santiago. Here are some of the ideas:

Pdte. May outlined a lesson following the pattern that the Brethren sent us from the Missionary Dept of the church. We taught scriptures and the doctrine, about why we need to work with members, citing Jacob 5:61, 71-75, and bringing more servants into the vineyard. These members will also feel the spirit, have joy, their testimonies will be strengthened, and they will be more active themselves, while they are teaching others. They will feel the Holy Ghost in their lives and they will also begin to remember the importance of reading the scriptures, particulary the Libro de Mormon, and also the reason to pray and attend their meetings. We reminded the missionaries of teaching teh doctrine of Love, that the Savior teaches us, DyC 12, DyC 4: 5, and then he and Hrma. May demonstrate some roll play that the missionaries also break into groups and new companionships to practice themselves. After praciticing these skills, we discuss the PMG activity, pg. 172 #5 about sharing the gospel in an activity we call, "The Vina del Senor." These missionaries are supre bright, have many insights and techniques that they were able to teach and show to one another about how to make this effective. Pdte. May passed out a form where the missionaries go into the members home and begin helping THEM identify names of people and associates, that THEY would like to think about/with prayer,how to begin steps to introduce the gospel. We domonstrated more roll plays, with options they could suggest of giving them a Liahona/Ensign, taking them to a church activity, sharing a pass along card, Book of Mormon, visit to the temple, acts of Kindness and reminded them of the PMG ideas of, "Andando haciendo bienes" going about doing good or simple acts of kindess. They were helped to see how to show service in simple ways and were able to identify new ideas themselves. very interactive and lots of zone participation. We love being with our missionaries more often. Then Pdte May reminded them of having help in the Vina, Missionary work will Multiply our blessings, DyC 104...multiplicar una multiplicidad de bendiciones!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Presidente y Hermana May,
    For the past couple of years, here in Michigan, USA, I have had the blessing of working with the missionaries as a member missionary. I do not have a formal calling to serve as a missionary, but no matter! My life has been greatly blessed, as was described in your posting. I feel the spirit more, I am drawn to the scriptures more, and I experience more joy in my daily life! My testimony has been strengthened and I have received the strength to cope with the things in my life that I wish would change for the better, but that at this time I am to endure as they are. The missionaries are "lights in my life". Honestly, I am having a hard time putting into words how much their presence in my life blesses me.
    I will try to briefly tell you about a current investigator I am fellowshipping. I have given some non-member friends here in Michigan the Book of Mormon, but it has been like pulling teeth to get them to read it. So I continue to befriend them, and enjoy their friendships. A few weeks ago I prayed and ask Heavenly Father if He could send me a non-member who would love the Book of Mormon like I do. The missionaries found a woman from Eritrea (used to be part of Ethiopia) and my husband and I went with them to teach her one Saturday. This humble woman has touched my life so much. She has been through much in her life and her example of teachableness is sweet to behold. She is valiantly struggling to stop smoking. She told me that many other people in her life tried to get her to stop smoking, but when the missionaries taught her that God wanted her to, that she knew it came from above and she wanted to do it! I feel honored to be her friend and to get to help her. We have such joy in our friendship. I'm so grateful for the excellent missionaries in my ward!