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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oregon Eugene Mission - Meet the Mission President Meeting (07/14/2014)

Holo Madre!
The Gospel Principles class is for investigators, less actives, and returning members, but really anyone is welcome. It's a wonderful class for anyone to just feel the spirit and get back to the basics of the gospel :)
The Gospel Principles class is GREATLY needed in every church meetinghouse.
It helps to ground the people in the basic/foundation of the gospel. Out here, when an investigator is baptized they must go to that class for a full year (getting each of the lessons/chapters) before they move on to gospel doctrine (and/or temple prep depending on where their testimony lies).

Sister West is leaving the mission field today and going home.

Sister West, Sister Savage and Sister Duenas
Some notes from our 'Meet The President' meeting with President and Sister Russell.
Sister Russell - 
2 Kings 6:16 - "And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them."
- this is President and Sister Russell's fave scripture. The angels care more about what we do than we do!
<Mom's Note: 2 Kings 6: 8 - 17 is the Bible story of the prophet Elisha and his servant being surrounded by a large group of soldiers of the King of Aram with the intent to capture the prophet Elisha, and how God provided an army of angels leading horses and chariots of fire to protect the prophet Elisha and his servant and opens the servant's eyes so that he can see the army of angels surrounding them and protecting them. >

- Answers come through the Book of Mormon. When we pray first and then ask the Lord, through the Book of Mormon our answer will come.- "Know how powerful you really are!"

President Russell -
Doctrine & Covenants 138:51-53
We are part of the "other choice spirits".
Take time to think about who you really are

Advice from a prophet/apostle:
1) preach my gospel
2) Preach My Gospel

Pray often and study
Keep the commandments, statutes and judgments.
Jesus Christ (always first)
But next by most importance
1) Yourself
2) Companion - when you and your companion become one you can much better teach and help your investigators
3) investigators
The Importance of Sacrament
- Always stay like the red hot coals in a fire. Red hot coals are always right in the middle burning and keeping the fire hot and going. When we take them out of the fire and put them on the outskirts they cool off, turn black/grey. The same thing happens to us if we stop attending sacrament meeting. We need to be red hot right in the fire of the Spirit not on the outskirts where Satan can make us complacent.

A really cool quote
Elder Argyle - 
Scriptures give validity to our words. They bring the Spirit to everyone.
Alma 31:5 - "And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just - yea, it had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else which had happened unto them - therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God."
- The word is more powerful than the sword. The word will lead the people to do justly. Try the virtue of the word of God. The scriptures explain things in much better terms than we do.

Elder Austin -
Teaching with the Spirit and obedience to the Spirit:
1) What role does the Spirit play in missionary work?
John 7:17 - "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
Anyone can gain knowledge and testimony of the truth if they will try the Spirit.
Doctrine & Covenants 42: 12-16 - the Spirit must be present for others to learn and be edified together
2) How can I qualify more for the Spirit?
Mosiah 3:19 - "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father."
Doctrine & Covenants 130:21 - "And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."
- Attitude of Obedience

Things I can work on: Getting all appointments written down, more focused studies, late night appointments set, love the people we work with (Ward Mission Leader, Bishop, struggling members)
3) What can I personally do to increase the spirit in my work?
Be more observant and able to act at the slightest prompting of the Spirit.
Do page 122 activity in Preach My Gospel - Developing Christlike Attributes, and Read "Teaching and Learning by the Spirit"

So super funny! My new companion is SISTER COLLINS! As in my trainer Sister Collins! I am super excited to see her again :). She will love Eugene.
Sister Collins and Sister Duenas serving together again
Love you bunches of baby elephants!
Your favorite sister missionary,

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