Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Honor to Serve on Holy Ground

I cannot believe this mission is coming to an end!  Words cannot describe how I feel.  Some days I am not sure what to say about my mission, but one thing is for sure, I have been more converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and knowing that makes me happy!

For eighteen months I have been striving to share the message of the Restoration to as many as I can.  As I believe I have mentioned in previous posts, my mission scripture is D&C 100:5-6 which states,  
Therefore, verily say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that 
shall put into yourhearts, and you shall not be confounded before men; For it shall be given you 
in the very hour, yea, in thevery moment, what ye shall say.
Last Thursday I was on exchanges with Sister Leyes from Argentina.  We were at the reflection pool and approached "Fred".  He was staying in Utah for a couple of months for work.  Right away he asked who we were and what we did.  We explained that we were missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and our purpose was to invite others to receive the restored gospel.  We then pulled out the Restoration pamphlet and began to share our unique message.  Reciting the First Vision was refreshing and spectacular!  That day the sun was bright and warm, the sky was clear blue and the spirit was strong!  Sister Leyes and I knew the spirit kept us balanced with one another and our tongues were loosed.  Fred then asked, "Well what do I need to do if I were to become Mormon?"  With enthusiasm we pulled out the Book of Mormon and shared about baptism. He accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and to learn more!  Sister Leyes will continue to teach Fred.  When she called at the scheduled appointment we had made, he was busy, but, he had started reading the Book of Mormon!

I love my Savior Jesus Christ.  His love is soothing and assuring.  I am grateful that I have weaknesses so that I may be able to find joy as I overcome them!  It is such an honor to serve on holy ground where families are sealed for eternity.  I know President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God.  Joseph Smith did see God the Father and Jesus Christ.  Obedience is a commandment that secures our eternal salvation.  I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.  

Sister Mikeila Aquino
Sister Geraldino was in my MTC zone.  She went home last week.

Some of the departing class-we sang on Sunday


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wash the Feet of the Sisters

General Conference was spectacular!  I loved seeing the bright colored flowers, the clear blue sky; feeling the warm sun and meeting the crowds and crowds of people from all over the world!  It is one of the most miraculous sights to see! 

Because of the conference we met mostly members, but there were some guests not of our faith and it was wonderful to share with them that there is still a prophet today, from whom we can receive guidance for our lives!   

One of the greatest lessons I learned from General Conference and MLC (Mission Leadership Counsel), is that we, as disciples of Jesus Christ, must tend or serve our fellow men in order to be happy individuals.
In MLC, President Risenmay bore testimony of what it truly means to be a Christ-like leader.  He shared of the time Jesus Christ washed the feet of His apostles.  This got me thinking of how I needed to "wash the feet" of the sisters in my district more often.  Each of us as members have been given a calling or are currently serving in one.  We do not have to be a Bishop or Stake President to act as a leader and diligently serve.  What ever the calling may be I invite you to be a righteous example and continuously serve those in your ward specifically. "For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; Naked and ye clothed me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me." Matthew 25:35-36.
Never forget the "worth of souls is great in the sight of God".  God loves us individually and He knows what we need.  We need to be the answer to someone else's prayers.  That someone may be the sister quietly sitting next to you in Relief Society or the single parent struggling to get the children to church.  That someone could be the Bishop himself.   

I know that the Savior is the master of service.  He is the director of this church.  I hope to be His hands and obey His will.  I am grateful the Savior forgives me for my mistakes and shortcomings.  I am grateful that Joseph Smith asked God to know the truth.  I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Sister Mikeila Aquino
Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference

My wonderful mission president and his wife.

Look who we ran into!