Elder Millard with his mission president

Elder Millard with his mission president

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Working with members is the key

Hola Hola!!! looks like Easter was a blast! We also had some fun here. We didn´t have any epic easter egg hunts, nor the easter bunny visited our house, but we did have the opportunity to sing lots of songs about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and talk about such a significant event all weekend with everybody! I am so grateful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My testimony and knowlege of him has grown so much during my time here on the mission, and will continue for the rest of my life. Right now, in this time that God has given me to be in Chile, I will help others come to the fullness of the Gospel the He, our Savior, has given to us to be happy in this life and in the eternities with our families.

Oh, by the way, I was looking at the calendar the other day, and I realized that I have a little over 9 weeks left in the mission!! I have no words to say. i´m speechless

All the investigators are doing great! Carina and her grandma Sara are determined to get baptized on the 22nd of this month. So we will be teaching them alot this week in order to make sure they are ready. Carina attended a baptism this week and loved it. She is actually a huge miracle. She changed from someone who did not know if she believed in God, or Jesus, to a person who all she wants to do is follow the example of Him and change her life so it is in harmony with His teachings. The Spirit really has changed their lives and filled them with light and joy.

Elder Yorgason and I have come to the conclusion that the only way that we will be able to accomplish the goals that we have set is working absolutely with the members. Not only invite them to accompany us with appointments, but also visit their houses, share a spiritual experience with them, then help them with their own family mission plan. All the members are surrounded by friends, workmates, neighbors... that do not have the knowlege of the gospel that we have. So we will visit them to inspire them and animate them to start working with all these people that they know. This is something that I have tried to do more in my mission, but most times the results are more long term. I feel like this will be so much more effective than knocking doors, visiting investigators that will not progress... The joy of helping a member bring one of their friends to the gospel i feel will be even greater than the joy of us finding them and baptizing them. While working like this, the whole ward gets excited as well about missionary work! We are going to put the members to work haha. We are also going to start doing a plan thats called 15 families. The ward is going to give us names and adresses of 15 families that are innactive, and we are going to go teach them all the missionary lessons with the end of re-activating them and baptizing all their relatives, friends... Our new focus is using the Members!

Love you all!!


Elder Millard

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