Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Raising the Bar"

The obligation to proclaim the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is inherent in the oath and covenant of the priesthood into which we enter. Missionary work essentially is a priesthood responsibility, and all who hold the priesthood are the Lord’s authorized servants on the earth and are missionaries at all times and in all places and we always will be.
~Elder Walter, Elder Obray,and Elder Bower~ This group of three Elders joined the Chuuk zone in July and are already trainers. These young men are amazing at how fast they have learned the language. They are all teaching lessons and sure they stumble a little but truly they are just 12 weeks out and speaking Chuukese.
Proclaiming the gospel is not an activity in which we periodically and temporarily engage “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Missionary work is a manifestation of our spiritual identity and heritage".
~Elder Selander, Elder Rainey and Elder Peck~ This group came in September to join the Chuuk zone. They are still learning the language but we also have to say how amazing this group is. Almost our entire meeting this time was in Chuukese. They were training in Chuukese and all of them did a great job. Elder Dallin H. Oaks has taught us most effectively about the challenge of becoming something instead of just doing expected things or performing certain actions.
As you can see by both of these pictures, neither group are giving Chuukese signs. They are so new here they didn't even think about it. When President Mecham is getting ready to take our group picture, Sister Mecham usually would have to say "NO hand signs". Now we are such a new zone she didn't have to say anything about it.
In this picture they decided to show you, yes they know the hand signs. All of these young Elders are doing wonderful and we love them and look forward to working together.
"It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become”

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