Elder Lawson's Adventures in Honduras

Elder Lawson's Adventures in Honduras
Heleman 13:4, "And it came to pass that they would not suffer that he should enter into the city; therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hand and cried with a loud voice, and prophesied unto the people whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart."

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Member Missionaries

Hey Family!  

This week was a good one!  Full of citas, exploring our area, and Missionary work siempre!  Our investigators are doing well and we're excited for Ever and Ericka's wedding this weekend!  My first wedding!  It's gonna be great!

This week I learned a really valuable lesson about the role of members and missionary work.  I´m going to give you all a little shaving, but in the words of Elder Holland it'll be "just enough fire in my voice to singe your eyebrows a little."  Member missionary work is very VERY important.  It's actually one of our callings as members of the church.  When President David O. Mckay said "Every member a missionary" he didn't mean that every member "could" be a missionary.  He said every member IS a missionary!  Whether or not you serve a full time mission, EVERYONE can benefit from missionary work.  You can all be missionaries like me!  Now having come on a mission I can testify of this.  Our job as missionaries is WAY WAY more effective when the members help us.  So share the gospel!  

I'm going to be a little harsh here, but when you don't do member missionary work you aren't only failing in this calling, you are wasting the Lord's time.  When members don't invite people to come to church or listen to the missionaries, the missionaries don't have any other choice but to go look for people to teach by themselves.  That means knocking doors.  How effective is that?  I'll tell you, NOT.  It's not effective at all.  It really just living on a prayer.  A lot of missionary time is wasted when members don't give references and now they are more needed than ever with the great influx of missionaries in the field.  That's why the first presidency is going so crazy about Missionary work right now.  Missionaries are out there wasting time without references!  The Lord needs you to bring his children back into the fold!  

So here's your job.  Go though a mental list of all your work partners, friends, aquantiences, and family members.  Think and pray about each one carefully and pick 5 that you are going to set goals to share the gospel with.  Ways of sharing the gospel doesn't have to be so direct as "Will you come to church with me this weekend?" But they can be invitations to your house for a Family Home Evening where you invite the missionaries or an invitation to a ward party.  But here's the tricky part!  You can't just do that.  You have to share a little bit of your testimony too.  They hardly ever will go asking you about the church, you have to ask them!  Don't be shy!  You made a promise to do this when you got baptized and now you have to complete with it!  Be brave my friends.  You can do this.  It's scary, I know, but you CAN do it.  Let your testimony be your power!

I recommend you all turn back to conference and watch this talk, It was my favorite, he says it all way better than I do...
 (http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/hastening-the-lords-game-plan?lang=eng) (Also the reason my email right after conference weekend was called "exclamation point!")

I love you all, Have a great week,
Elder Lawson

Taking "the bomb" (It cleans your system out to help reset it!)

Getting dirty doing service.


The city is a jungle too!

New shoes came in the mail!!!!

So nice to have a sole with no holes!

Perfectly clean, no dirt.  That's about to change!

All the missionaries in the city for Elder Ochoa's visit.