Sunday, December 2, 2012

Never ending opportunities. . .

We are the servants of the Lord, his agents, his representatives.
” It continueth in the church of God in all generations, and is without beginning of days or end of years.” (D&C 84:19,17)  
We have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and we are entitled to receive the gifts of the Spirit—those wondrous spiritual endowments which set us apart from the world and raise us above carnal things.  We can be sanctified by the Spirit, have dross and evil burned out of us as though by fire, become clean and spotless, and be fit to dwell with gods and angels. 
 It amazes us how the gospel keeps on giving and giving.  On this tiny speck of land called Weno in the middle of the Pacific ocean and surrounded by water and more water, we serve with 14 fine young men that we believe are some of the strongest and finest in the world.   We have served with many others who have returned home to their families this past year and we KNOW they were some of His best. We have also had the opportunity to meet and speak with other Elders who served on this tiny piece of land in the past and know they are some of the Lords finest.  

We want to share this story of Missionary work in Chuuk because once a missionary here, always a missionary here.  

The Chuukese people absolutely love the missionaries and with the camaraderie that is built here among them, it leads to all becoming family forever.  
We have told you already about Pweiky getting his call and leaving for the MTC for his mission.  So we are going to pick up the story now. . . First let me say we are so blessed to be a part of this sweet experience with his family.  When Pweiky boarded the plane he was very nervous because everything from now on was going to be new experiences. He has never been out of Chuuk before. Chuuk is growing up but still has a long way to go.  You need to go back about 40-50 years in time to see the many changes this young man is in for.  
When Pweiky received his call, his mother Oriko asked us to please locate the missionaries that he knew when he was a youth and questioning things about life.  Those missionaries are Elder C. Woodward, Elder J. Hardy and Elder C. Hill. 
The Ewar family really loved these missionaries when they  served in Chuuk and we are very thankful for technology, especially Facebook, because that is how we located them.  Of course they were willing to meet with Pweiky and make sure he is taken care of.  (Once a Chuuk missionary always a missionary) Also, Pweiky has family in Utah and they were be there to greet him.  Just before he left we practiced memorizing his mothers email address so he could email her letters and updates.  (technology is very new here in Chuuk).  He was thrilled and scared and nervous when he arrived at the SLC, Utah airport. 

Then he was transported to the MTC, in the company of his promise brother, Elder Woodward. 
One of the many reasons this is so special is because Elder Woodward was also the person who baptized Elder Ewar. Today Elder Woodward had the opportunity to be his escort at the temple. 
Pweiky goes to the temple. . . 

What a wonderful tender mercy for his mom. She has been really worried about her son and things have been tough for her these last few days.  She is a woman of great faith so when we were able to see pictures of her son and all the love that was poured out for him, we immediately took the ipad to show her and it gave her comfort.  "Tears of joy and happiness" all she could say was I am so happy (pwapwa) thank you, thank you very much, (kinisou chapur).
Those who magnify their callings in the priesthood “are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.”(D&C 84:33.) They are born again; they become new creatures of the Holy Ghost; they are alive in Christ. The Holy Ghost is the Sanctifier.
We can stand in the place and stead of the Lord Jesus Christ in administering salvation to the children of men. He preached the gospel; so can we. He spoke by the power of the Holy Ghost; so can we. He served as a missionary; so can we. He went about doing good; so can we. He performed the ordinances of salvation; so can we. He kept the commandments; so can we. He wrought miracles; such also is our privilege if we are true and faithful in all things. We are his agents; we represent him; we are expected to do and say what he would do and say if he personally were ministering among men at this time.
We have power to become the sons and daughters of God, to be adopted into the family of the Lord Jesus Christ, to have him as our Father, to be one with him as he is one with his Father.
We can enter into the patriarchal order, the order of eternal marriage, the order which enables the family unit to continue everlastingly in celestial glory.
We have power to govern all things, both temporal and spiritual kingdoms of the world, and the elements and storms and powers of the earth.
We have power, through the priesthood, to gain eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God.
We have power to make our calling and election sure, so that while we yet dwell in mortality, having overcome the world and been true and faithful in all things, we shall be sealed up unto eternal life and have the unconditional promise of eternal life in the presence of Him whose we are.
We have the power—and it is our privilege—so to live, that becoming pure in heart, we shall see the face of God while we yet dwell as mortals in a world of sin and sorrow.
“It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;
We are members of the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth, and we have received the fullness of the everlasting gospel.
Sharing this experience has been dear to Elder Tiffany's heart for many reasons, but one in particular is the person that baptized him was his escort at the temple as well. His brother.

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