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

Monday, January 24, 2011

How is my 'Bank Account' with my Companion?

The relationship that exists between to missionaries in a companionship can be likened to a bank account. This "relationship" account is created and maintained by both missionaries patiently, faithfully, and consistently making deposits into the account. When the relationship account has plenty of "money" both missionaries are happy and are able to have harmony and unity in their companionship. As we read in Galatians 5:22, the source of love is the Holy Ghost and so therefore the companionship qualifies to receive inspiration and revelation to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.

In order to be able to carry out our purpose of bringing souls to Christ through the waters of baptism, we must have the Spirit. We must have the Spirit in our own personal lives as well as in our companionships. Love and unity in our companionships will allow us to become the missionaries that the Lord want us to become and accomplish what he has sent us here to do.

A missionary can make deposits, like with money, into the relationship account in many different ways. Acts of kindness, positive verbal comments to the companion about his or her strengths, expressing gratitude, getting to really know your companion, asking your companion for suggestions and counsel (Using the powerful phrase “What do you think?”), helping each other to be obedient with exactness to have the Spirit, etc. There are many different ways to make deposits into the account. Some of these deposits have greater value than others depending on the companion´s needs. The key is to find out what the companion´s greatest needs are by following the model taught by Elder Bednar: Observe (Ask inspired questions), Listen, Discern, and then act.

If we find out that our companion is feeling discouraged, reminding them of their past successes, identifying and reminding them of their strengths, and sharing inspiration scriptures may have more of a value towards a deposit into the account than simply making their bed. The key is to be patiently, faithfully, and consistently making deposits into the account.

We make withdrawls from the account when we are selfish, prideful, disobedient, disloyalty, complaining, etc. When this type of behavior continues, there is no longer any money left in the account. The financial world calls this being overdrawn which if not corrected eventually leads to bankruptcy. In a companionship this means that one or both missionaries are requesting a change because they no longer want to be together. Their account in their relationship is empty because of lack of effort to patiently, faithfully, and consistently make deposits into the account.

Having a relationship account with a lot of "money" requires effort by both missionaries in a companionship. If one does not do his or her part, the other companion has to make the majority of the deposits to keep the account from being overdrawn. This particular missionary may become frustrated, unhappy and tired of constantly having to maintain the account. That is why it takes the efforts of both missionaries in the companionship to keep the account full. Companionship inventory is the time in which we can evaluate the state of the relationship account.

The Lord has said “… if ye are not one ye are not mine” (D&C 38:27). It is my prayer that charity will begin in our companionships so that we be guided by the Spirit to those who are searching for the true gospel of Jesus Christ, teach them by the power of the Spirit, baptize them for the remission of their sins so that they may qualify for the precious gift of the Holy Ghost, and help be strong and active members who help build the kingdom of God here upon the earth.

We love you and pray for your success as disciples of Christ,
President May
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Do we give thanks in trials and see the Lord's mercies?

In 1 Nephi 2:7 we read:
“And it came to pass that he built an altar of stones, and made an offering unto the Lord, and gave thanks unto the Lord our God.”
This verse teaches us a great deal about Lehi´s depth of faith, obedience and diligence. He had just left everything behind after having his life threatened for preaching the gospel of repentance to the people of Jerusalem. He travelled in the wilderness with his family being guided by the Spirit. Most of his family was supportive of him but he had two sons, Laman and Lemuel, who were constantly complaining and doubting his revelation. In the midst many difficulties and challenges, Lehi built an altar of stones and made an offering unto the Lord to show gratitude for the all that the Lord had done.

When we are beset with trials and challenges in our daily work as missionaries, do we recogize the Lord´s hand in blessing us? What type of alter are we building and what kind offering of gratitude are we making to the Lord? Of course we can´t stop and build an altar like Lehi did but we can show our gratitude for the blessings of the Lord in difficult times by identifying what the Lord does for us and then continuing to be faithful, obedient and diligent in accomplishing the Lord´s work. Building an altar of diligence consists of two components, “effort” and “effectiveness”. As we do this we will qualify “for the tender mercies of the Lord (that) are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance. (1 Nephi 1:20)

We love you and we are grateful for your service,
President May
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Power of the Word, by Pdte. Ezra Taft Benson

I would like to share with you a powerful excerpt from President Ezra Taft Benson in regards to the importance of studying the scriptures:

“The Power of the Word”
“Often we spend great effort in trying to increase the activity levels in our stakes. We work diligently to raise the percentages of those attending sacrament meetings. We labor to get a higher percentage of our young men on missions. We strive to improve the numbers of those marrying in the temple. All of these are commendable efforts and important to the growth of the kingdom. But when individual members and families immerse themselves in the scriptures regularly and consistently, these other areas of activity will automatically come. Testimonies will increase. Commitment will be strengthened. Families will be fortified. Personal revelation will flow.” (President Ezra Taft Benson, “The Power of the Word,” Priesthood Leadership Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, 4 April 1986)

May we feast on the scriptures daily, in particular the Book of Mormon. It is the greatest tool for conversion that the Lord has given us.
We love you,
President May
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