Monday, February 2, 2015

Sacrifice bring blessings!

Hey Fam, 

Happy Groundhog Day! Life in Aimogasta is going well, my companion and I get along really well, we are having a blast. The week was great, we visited all the members that I knew where they lived, and found a couple more members that I had never met. A week of working hard, ended with a record 23 people in Sacrament Meeting. Hard work and sacrifices pay off! We had 3 investigators come, which was awesome. Everybody seemed to bring a less active friend or a nonmember, and the "chapel" was literally full! 

Unlike the last fast and testimony meeting, we actually lasted the full hour! 4 or 5 members got up to share their testimony, as well as us 2 missionaries. I testified with a focus on the plan of salvation and the Atonement. We covered doctrine from all 5 of the missionary lessons, and afterwards multiple members came up saying this was the most powerful church meeting that they had been a part of. They said they very literally felt the presence of the Spirit there with us. Definitely a good week! I listened to a talk this week that Elder Holland gave in the MTC about a decade ago, talking about Missionary Work and the Atonement. Not sure if you all will be able to find it, it’s about 45 minutes long, but extremely powerful. Talked about the importance of focusing on the Atonement in every lesson that we teach, and how when we testify about Christ and his role as the Savior and Redeemer of the world, we invoke the powers of Heaven in a very literal way. It was an awesome talk.

We sang O, God the Eternal Father as our sacrament hymn. The funniest thing was playing games in an FHE with a less active family and a bunch of little kids from their neighborhood. It is as dry as Death Valley here, very little rain. No, I did not eat anything sweet this week. My comp is cool, he is a convert, got baptized when he was 15 and his family kicked him out of the house. After a little while they accepted him back, but then he gave up a position in the government in Peru to come on the mission, and they disowned him. But about halfway through the mission they sent an email saying they want to be baptized, so it’s all good. Another testimony that sacrifices brings blessings! 

Love you guys, hope that everybody is doing well! 
Elder Mangum

Missionary Work and the Atonement
Henry B. Eyring and Jeffrey R Holland

Text taken from Elder Holland's original talk to Missionaries at the MTC in 2000

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