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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November Mission Council

Once again our Mission Council was enriching and edifying.

Here are some glimpses of our day together.

Are we continuing to give our best efforts?
All day, Every day?

3 Nephi 2:1-2  The people began to forget

*They began to be less and less astonished at a 
sign or a wonder from heaven

*They began to disbelieve all which they had heard and seen.

Our task is to help those who have fallen away to remember.

*To remember what they felt as they read the Book of Mormon
*To remember how they felt as they prayed
*To remember the peace, the comfort, and light they once felt

Who is your most important convert in the mission?
It is you!

You must return home deeply and solidly converted,
having seen miracles and felt the Lord's hand in your life.

We must not forget what we have seen, felt and 
experienced here in our mission!

"We tread a path covered with diamonds, but we can scarcely
distinguish them from ordinary pebbles". Pres. Uchtdorf 

                 *relying on the Lord

True conversion = Changing
*our beliefs  
*our feelings
*our life      

*Alma the Younger changed his life completely after his rebellion.

*He spent his remaining life trying to repair the damage he had done,
lifting his voice, so that others might not suffer as he had suffered.

*Do we understand the changes we must make as we repent?

Understanding the doctrine of repentance + repenting ourselves = teaching repentance

*Only as we ourselves have sought for forgiveness, and repented of our sins,
can we effectively teach and testify of this powerful principle
and doctrine of the gospel.

*Sometimes we lose sight of our purpose, and our vision.

* Remaining converted will help us keep our eye fixed on the mark.
(On our Savior Jesus Christ)

*A true change of heart means > we will never forget.
3 Nephi 6:14
they would not depart from it...

My teaching-
Teaching Repentance

How can we be effective teachers of repentance?

The doctrine of repentance is full of layers and depth.  As we teach the Doctrine of Christ, we must :

*teach repentance clearly so there is great understanding.

*As converts and members mature and develop in the gospel, they will gain a greater depth of understanding and more fully realize that repentance is a continuous, daily process.

*Untold blessings await those who continuously seek to keep themselves clean through the merits, mercy and grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Nephi 2:8)

*Our sins not only keep us out of heaven, but condemn us (2 Nephi 9:16, Alma 12:14).
The Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ, not only cleans us, but purifies us, so we are able to return to live with our Father.

Teaching Repentance - We teach the Doctrine of Christ

Faith > Repentance > Baptism > Holy Ghost > Enduring to the End

Key points

*Our faith must be unto repentance.. full, complete and sincere repentance.
*Baptism is a commandment and signifies our willingness to be obedient.
*Baptism is the 'initial gateway' to God and prepares us to receive the Holy Ghost.
*In order for the Baptism ordinance to be complete, we must receive the Holy Ghost.
*Each week, accompanied by the Holy Ghost, we partake of the Sacrament, which provides a 'holy and repeated invitation to repent and be spiritually renewed'.
*Remission of our sins is not possible until we have faith in Christ, repent of our sins, are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost.
*Each week as we partake of the sacrament, we renew and refresh our faith; our commitment to keep our baptismal covenants, and our desire to be made clean through our Savior's Atoning sacrifice, faithful to the end.

***please note references***   
Elder David A. Bednar’s April 2016 Conference talk: Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins
2 Nephi 31:17; 3 Nephi 27:20; Mosiah 4:11,26.

Example of the prophet Nephi's correct and clear teaching (Nephi, son of Nephi, son of Helaman)
Nephi was visited by angels > hears the voice of the Lord > is an eye-witness to the reality of prophet's words and prophecies > is given power> and becomes a mighty witness of the reality of the Savior’s ministry.

3 Nephi 7:23-26 Nephi cries repentance, and preaches repentance and remission of sins

vs. 24 (Mormon's commentary) I would have you remember that there were none who were brought unto repentance that were not baptized with water.

Rat Trap

So what are the traps we fall into as missionaries as we are teaching repentance?

1. Do we ourselves understand repentance?
2. Do we understand the doctrine of repentance?
3. Have we repented of our sins and received a remission of our sins?
4.  Do we know how to bear testimony and blend into our lesson on repentance, a personal and convincing, heartfelt testimony, testifying that repenting of our sins and applying the Savior's Atoning sacrifice, is the only way back to the Father?  
5. The only way to become clean, and without spot is in and through our Savior Jesus Christ.  There is no other way
6. Do we understand that baptism without a true understanding of repentance and how to obtain forgiveness for our sins is not and cannot be binding?  A lack of this complete understanding will not bind individuals to Christ.  

We are getting air conditioning units!!!!
Elder Aparico and Elder Hyde
demonstrating to the Zone Leaders how
to correctly install them.

Our missionaries are thrilled!

President Clayton's scripture chase

Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4


Assistant's teaching

Ever since the vision “To New Heights” was introduced back in June, all that we have been learning has been focused on helping not only the people we teach, but also helping us as missionaries be more converted unto the Lord and to the vision he has given us through President Clayton. We have seen miracles in this. These past 3 months, we’ve been learning about the 3 different means by which we as children of God can receive revelation.
These are: prayer, the Book of Mormon, and now, church attendance.

In September, we learned how vital prayer is in conversion—we saw how sometimes, the things of God are as simple as a cup of water, that no natural eye or man could ever hope to perceive its true significance if it wasn’t for the divine power that prayer offers us. We were compared to a leaf of a tree, and the torn piece of our mission's standard of truth: when we are a part of something greater, we have power and we are something; but, as we are picked off our Tree, and torn from our Standard, we become even as chaff, to be carried to and fro by Satan.
Prayer, in its truest nature, can help us always remain a part of our Heavenly Father, keeping alive our divine heritage, always abounding in His light.

In October, we learned how vital it is for a child of God to obtain a vision of what he or she wants to become. We learned more about how our divine nature allows us to "envision" in our minds, and gives us drive and purpose in our lives. We learned, with the help of a mirror, how important it is, as well, to recognize, where we are. And the, with an image of our Savior, we were able to see more clearly what our “framework” is—the measurement we are to use to determine our progress, and ultimately, our success. We came to understand how the Book of Mormon is exactly that—the vision. When the scriptures speak of a “restoration of all things” it is literally, a restoration of all the things we need, as children of God, to obtain a correct vision of what we want most—eternal life.

And now, in November, we have learned how all these things work together to bring us to a “new height,” but we were also instructed concerning the “finisher of our hope:” the enabling power of the Savior’s Atonement. All the efforts we make as we pray and receive from the Book of Mormon what it grants us, will forever be in vain, if it wasn’t for the grace and mercy of a loving Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. We learned how, as we go to church, we learn and come to recognize how we completely depend on our Savior Jesus Christ to be able to achieve everything we work so hard for. As we gather on the Sabbath day, we gather, and “examine ourselves” to commit to give more than we gave to our Lord and Savior, so that His power can lift us up, and that way, we will be able to reach the “new heights” that we would never have reached without Him. All these things, work together, to lift us up. All these things work together, to make us shine. But, of all these things, the greatest of all, because it makes it all possible, is that sacred feeling that we can all come to develop: dependence on the Lord, and trust in His divine grace.

With the Sister Training Leaders

Great day together :)