Thursday, May 26, 2011

Seguimos A Jesucristo.

At our last devotional, Elder Russell M.Nelson of the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles and his Wife Wendy came and spoke to us concerning
obedience and our purpose. Now being obedient is not particularly
hard for me. At a relatively young age I discovered how people
(especially me) are the happiest when everyone is choosing the right.
The benefits far out weigh the drawbacks.

Sister Nelson relayed an experience where, as she was conversing with
a recently returned missionary, she asked what was the most profound
lesson to be learn as a missionary. His reply was that obedience
brings blessings, but EXACT obedience bring miracles. The Lord has so
many blessings to pour out upon us, but we must first do what He asks.
In Doctrine & Covenants, section 82 verse 10 the Lord tells us about
this remarkable relationship. "I the Lord am bound when ye do what I
say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." God is
sitting on the edge of His seat, with the desire that we, His
Children, will understand and utilize this glorious relationship.
What a simple equation! So why is it so difficult for some to do
those small and simple things? (Alma 37:6-7) There is a wise purpose
to every commandment of the Lord. When we do these things, I know
that the Spirit can better guide us as we serve the Lord.

Building upon that foundation, Elder Nelson asked us "why are You
obedient?" His answer sunk deep into my soul. It was simply put, for
the human soul speaks simply. "You Follow Jesus Christ." What a
phenomenal phrase! Encompassing the entire reason for why we do the
things we do, and why we are who we are. In General Conference a few
years ago Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
said that people know who we are by what we do. That what we do is
dictated by how we feel about what we know. That is why I am serving a
mission. I know that the messege of the restored Gosple of Jesus
Christ will bless your life. As you ask for yourself, and study it
out, praying with a sincere heart to recieve the answer, you will feel
the truth of it, and begin to act. This is who I am, "Behold, I am a
disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him
to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting
life." (3rd nephi 5 :15) Sigo a Jesucristo. Nos Vemos.

Sonrei ~ Hna. Milmont

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Faith in His Children

A great deal is happening here at the MTC. For example, yesterday 500 missionaries arrived. What a marvelous thing, the work is moving forward, the stone cut out of the mountain without hands is rolling forth. (D&C 65:2) Here we are, children, quasi adults, who know so little, and yet we are here to serve the Lord & His children. It makes me feel so insignificant, but we learn in Doctrine & Covenants that the Gospel will be "proclaimed by the weak & simple, unto the ends of the world" (1:23) and "every man shall hear the fullness of the gospel in his own tongue."(90:11) As I see the new missionaries arrive each week, I remember how small I felt when I arrived four weeks ago. Learning how to be an effective missionary is a formidable task.

Recently new challenges have arisen, and because so many missionaries have been coming in, changes are being made. One of those changes dealt with my district. We have been transferred to a new zone & combined with their intermediate district. Luckily we already have a good friendship with each member of that district. Nevertheless it has been a difficult transition. Our challenge is to take two individual districts with their established dynamics, and create one unified district. With several stong personalities, this may take some time. I'm still the only sister missionary, but now I'm working with 11 elders instead of 4.

There are also many changes occuring within the curriculum. I'm learning how constant change really is. All of these changes are proving to be incredibly challenging, so what does that say about the missionaries who are making the transition? God has faith in His children! God has faith in US! How amazing that knowledge is! He asks us to accomplish a great things, because he knows that we can, and has faith that we will. I love the mission, and I love all of you. Nos Vemos!

Sonrei ~ Hna. Milmont

Thursday, May 12, 2011

And I went Forth

Do you ever think about the difficulty that comes with persecution? How do we act? Can we say with confidence: I did my part.
Each morning we have an hour of personal scripture study time. This is a choice opportunity to develop a lasting friendship with the word of God.
Yesterday I began a new study of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is an account of a people who left Jerusalem around 600 B.C. It follows these people, their posterity & development up to about 421 A.D. Also, it gives an account of Christs' visit to the Americas, after His atonement, crucifixion, and resurrection. John 10:16 tells us that there was another people needing salvation. This scripture was given in reference to Gods children on the American continent. The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
As the Book begins it tells the story of Lehi & his family. Lehi was a prophet and thus was called to preach the world of God. At this juncture, Jerusalem was a fairly wicked city, and the people were hard in their hearts. In his heart, Lehi longed for the salvation of his people. Knowing that the message may fall on deaf ears, he went forth. 1 Nephi 1:18
Verse 19 continues saying he was "mocked because of the things which he testified." But he still went forth. Like Paul, in Romans 1:16, Lehi "was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power unto salvation.
Like Lehi, I am called to preach the word of God. The people will probably mock me. Nevertheless, I will go forth, for I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, I know that it is indeed, the power unto salvation. Nos Vemos.
Sonrie ~ Hermana Milmont

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I do not doubt my mother new it:)

Homesickness: An unproductive state of being brought on by what life is where you are not. Yesterday, it finally happened. Yours truly, was finally homesick for 2.3 hours. She swore it would never happen, but, the natural man weak, and subject to such feelings. The Lord blesses us each with the promise that if we rely on him, he will convert our weaknesses into strengths. Ether 12:27

As I was struggling with my new found weakness, I remembered all of the people whom I love at home. Life for them, is moving forward. Generally this might be the cause for some longing of home, but as missionaries we are promised that our families will be well watched over. D&C 31:2.

Finally, I thought on my mother. This weekend is Mother's Day, but I am of the opinion that each day should be Mother's Day. After birthing you, changing your diapers, cleaning up your vomit, feeding you, dealing with teen drama, teaching you to do your laundry, etc., she has spent the greater parts of her life loving you. Truly the most noble occupation possible. All the while, she has taught you how to be: a good person, an asset to society, a loving human being, a light to your fellow man, and above all; a follower of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. In Alma 56:47-48 there are roughly 2000 young men going to war, but they are not afraid. Their mothers taught them to put their trust in the Lord, and they did. Like them, I am away from home charging headfirst into the battle for the souls of man. My mother tauhgt me to trust in the Lord. I will do so, and I will not fear (or be homesick). I cannot doubt that my mother knew it. I love you Mom! Nos Vemos.

Sonrie~ Hermana Milmont