Monday, September 1, 2014

My first Mexican haircut

Yes folks that's right! I got a haircut today. And since it's so hot here in Atlixco, I asked them to cut it ALL OFF.

Just kidding, It was just a trim. You can't even tell.

But what did happen this week is that we helped the members clean the chapel. On Saturday we had no set appointments, so we decided it would be a good use of our time to help with the weekly church cleaning. It was a lot of fun. We just cleaned some windows, but it was nice to be there with the members and serve them. I think that we are going to have to keep doing stuff like that to be able to build a strong relationship with the ward, because our success depends on not only our efforts, but theirs.

Here's a secret about missionaries: we are not here to bring people to your church building, to your sacrament meeting on Sundays, to activities during the week. No. We are here to TEACH the people that YOU bring, that you invite into your church and your home. Yes we find people to teach on our own, but it's more effective if you introduce us to the people you already know.

I encourage all of you to obtain a copy of Preach My Gospel, or read the one that you already possess. Make it a part of your daily study. Read chapter 1, which teaches us our purpose as a missionary. But it's also your responsibility as a person. Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

We are ALL enlisted 'til the conflict is o'er. All of you as members have a responsibility to share the gospel. In a lesson this week with an investigator, I was teaching about our modern day prophet. She asked us "If this prophet is not just for your church, but for the whole world, why haven't I heard of him before?" Well that made me think. But I remembered the end of the New Testament, and Paul's missionary work among the Gentiles. He had a duty to preach Christ to those who didn't know Him, who had no knowledge of His coming. We are doing the same. Making the gospel known to those who don't know.

This church is a missionary church. It started in a farm house in the Eastern United States in 1830, and now I am in Mexico preaching the gospel. There are missionaries in all parts of the world, but we will not rest until every soul has had the opportunity to accept the Restored Gospel.

And that simply is not possible without the help of the members.
  • How many people have you invited to church?
  • How many people have you invited to take the missionary lessons? 
  • How many hours have you dedicated to accompanying the missionaries on their teaching visits?
Remember that you can always do more. In fact, the Lord expects you to always do more, to always be improving. Do many good things of your own free will. FOR THE POWER IS IN YOU. (D&C 58:26-27) The fight is not over, the Lord is not done. He has just barely started hastening His work, but without your obedience and dedication. it will go nowhere.

Make the difference, be the light.

You are the salt of the earth, you have tasted of the fruit of the tree of life. And it's time to help others find salvation. Remember that many have not arrived at the truth simply because they know not where to find it. The Lord has placed great confidence in you in allowing you to have partaken of the gospel in its fulness. Don't let Him down. Often the way the Lord helps other people is through each and every one of us. We are His hands.

I invite all of you to dedicate yourselves to missionary work, to the work of the Lord. This truly is His work and His glory, as we help to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. Through prayer, scripture study, fasting, and church attendance, you will receive revelation as to how YOU personally can contribute to the hastening of the work of salvation.
Do not delay. Start today.

Hermana Cheever

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Rachael, we had a similar discussion in our ward council meeting! I have a lot that I could be doing. I really appreciate your posts