Monday, June 27, 2016

Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

Dear Family and Friends,

This has week has been great! I am coming to love my new area more and more as the days go by and I am thankful for this opportunity to learn new things and to serve all that I can here. It is always a joy to share the gospel with others and to help them feel of the peace that comes through the gospel and our Savior. It is always neat to share with investigators the personal ministry of Christ among the ancient inhabitants of the Americas.

I love the scriptures found in 3 Nephi 11:9-11,14:  And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:  Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.  And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.  Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

We, in a similar way, can come to know Christ personally as we read and ponder the scriptures. We will come to know that Jesus is the Christ. We will come to feel of His peace and the light of His Atonement. I know that He is real and that His love is infinite. It is such a blessing as we partake of the sacrament each week that we are able to have His spirit to be with us always. How blessed we are to remember the infinite and eternal sacrifice of our Savior.

Elder Markman and I had a great week teaching the Nassari family. They have been progressing pretty well! This week we talked about the strength and peace that receive from the Savior as we pass through challenges and trials. We have been seeing a light come into their lives and it is amazing seeing Salvadors interest in the Book of Mormon and in seeing how it is strengthening his faith in the Savior. Silvi is doing well also and they are very interested in going to church and investigating more into what our worship services are. It will be exciting to see our ward mission leader fellowship them so that they can feel comfortable and continue learning more.

It has been a blessing as well to start riding bikes. It has opened up a lot of new ways for us to find and teach others the gospel. There are a lot of really great people here in Texas who have strong Christian beliefs. The gospel and its fulness will complete the Faiths of many here in Texas as they embrace it and keep the commitments that we extend. We had a great lesson with Bro. Pritter this past week and we talked about the blessings that we receive as we go to church and keep the Sabbath day holy. Being able to go to church helps us receive added revelation and the strength and rest to carry on the duties that we have the following week. It is amazing to know that the Lord has given us the Sabbath for our benefit to draw closer to Him and to strengthen our love for the gospel.

On Saturday we were able to have an open house for our new church building in the Ward. It was a great experience being able to meet people who were invited by the members to come and learn more about our beliefs. It was a great turn out seeing how many people were interested and wanted to learn more. As I was there, the spirit was very strong and I felt of the truthfulness of the gospel and how blessed we truly are to have its knowledge in our lives. We have so much peace as we know that the gospel has been restored in its fulness once again upon the earth.

Today we got our new mission President, President Polley. We are very excited to see how the work will progress and for the counsel that we will receive from him. He is from Arizona and is retired from the FBI. Interviews will be pretty fun! It will be exciting to see the mission come together as we see the hand of the Lord in his work. I know that we will see miracles as we are diligent and faithful. The promises of the lord are always fulfilled as we do our part and live the gospel.

Thank you for all of the support. It is such an amazing blessing to have family and friends who live and embrace the gospel. Hope you all have a great summer!


Elder Munro

Monday, June 20, 2016

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Dear Family and Friends,

It has been a pretty great start to transfers! The Wards that Elder Markman and I are covering are a full-bike area! It has been a great time for me to have a change from the car to the bike. I am very excited to see how the transfer will go and for the miracles that we will see as we converse with the people of San Antonio. One scripture that I found in my studies that really spoke to me is in Isaiah 40:31: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." I know as we wait upon the promises of the Lord and keep the covenants that we have made, we will be able to receive strength and guidance in all that we do. His promises will always be fulfilled as we keep our promises to Him.

This week went by very fast! Time seems to go by a lot faster as we have been riding on bikes from lesson to lesson. Our area is pretty hilly too so there is a lot of great hills to climb and fast valleys to fly through. Sometimes it can get pretty tough but there is always growth to be made both spiritually and physically. I am thankful for the challenges that my Heavenly Father gives to me so that I can grow and become who He needs me to become. I know He is always with us through every trial and challenge that we face and we can always call on Him through prayer for help and guidance. I am excited for the things that I will learn and for the miracles that we will see in this area.

We were able to do a lot of great visits this week for both active members, less actives, and high potentials. We visited with the Falcons who are a less active family and had a great lesson about the restoration of the gospel and how important it was that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. That single moment revealed so much to us of the true nature of our Heavenly Father and His love and care for us. Bro. Falcon knew quite a lot about the church and shared many great insights. I hope we can continue meeting with and help them be able to attend church so they can increase in their faith in the Savior and His gospel. We also met with a part member family, the Kirtlands and visited with Bro. Kirtland's wife, Elaine and read with them about the Atonement of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. It was pretty hilarious for them to find out that I was from Idaho because they too were from the "Promised Land". It was a great time visiting with them and we hope to continue fellow-shipping Elaine and helping her receive a witness of the truthfulness of the gospel.

On Friday we had a great visit with Salvador and Silvi Nassari who have been interested in the church and in the Book of Mormon. It has been very amazing to see how prepared they are and for the sincere interest that they have to learn and understand truth. It was very neat to see Salvador talk about the comparison from the Bible to the Book of Mormon and how they both testify of Jesus Christ and witness of Him. I can't wait to be able to extend a baptismal invitation to them this next week and hope that the Spirit will testify to them that these things are true and that the gospel will help them through their trials and challenges. Next week will be exciting!

Next Saturday, Indian Springs will have their new church open house and many of the members families and friends are planning on coming so we are very excited for all that will come to learn more about the church and Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I can't wait to see the miracles of the next transfer. I am very excited for the people that I will meet and for the amazing opportunities that are ahead. I know that as we extend and exercise our faith, we will see the work move forward in great measures. I love the quote by Pres. Thomas S. Monson "The future is as bright as your faith".  I hope that we may continue to exercise our faith in the Savior's healing powers and His ability to change and mold us to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.

Thank you all for the support and love! I hope you all are enjoying the summer. Have an awesome week!


Elder Munro

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.

Dear Family and Friends,

Transfers are here! It turns out I will be leaving for a new area! I will be going to the Hill Country Zone and I will be serving in the Evans Ranch and Indian Springs wards. I will be getting my new companion, Elder Markman tomorrow and I can't wait to start a new journey again and to find those who are prepared to receive the restored gospel. I cannot express how much of a blessing it has been to serve along side Elder Gardner and to be companions. I have really enjoyed the way that he teaches and how he is able to truly teach people according to their needs. Many memories have been made and I am excited for him to go on another journey as well.

The scripture I would like to share this week is in Mosiah 2:41: "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it." I love how it says the blessed and happy state of hose who keep the commandments of God. The commandments are there to protect us and will always make us happier and free from guilt and sorrow. Our Heavenly Father desires to bless us both temporally and spiritually. I know as we hold out faithful till the end, we truly will receive an eternal reward in our Heavenly Father's presence.

This past week we were able to have a lot of great visits with our current investigators as well as the less actives that we have been working with. On Saturday we were able to visit with Lemoey and talked with him about repentance and the Atonement and discussed how it can truly become personal to each of us what Christ went through. I am forever grateful for the price our Savior paid and for His sufferings for us. I am so very thankful for His infinite Atonement and that we are able to experience peace and comfort and an escape from our sins and mistakes. We were also able to visit with Bro. Gauvearu, a less active and discussed the peace that can come through our Savior's Atonement as we pass through trials and as we look forward to the future. We need to look to the future and to the blessings that our Heavenly Father desires to give us.

Sacrament meeting on Sunday was very spiritual for me in being able to partake of the sacrament in remembrance of our Savior and His sacrifice. Throughout my mission, I have gained a greater love for the Sabbath day and especially in partaking of the sacrament. How amazing it is that we can consistently renew our covenants and have a fresh start to every week. I know as we truly partake worthily and keep our thoughts and desires focused and centered during sacrament meeting, the spirit and love of our Savior will enter into our lives not only during sacrament meeting but for the whole week. The blessing of the constant companionship of his spirit is truly an amazing gift and we should strive constantly to keep Him always with us as well.

Tomorrow, our mission president, President Slaughter will be ending his mission and will be leaving for home. Time has gone by so fast and it is crazy to me that he is already going home. I cannot express how great of a mission president he is. He truly is a disciple of the Lord, Jesus Christ and it has been an immense blessing being able to learn from him and receive his guidance. He has truly inspired me to be a more consecrated and dedicated missionary of the Lord. I know with out a doubt that I am supposed to be here in the Texas San Antonio mission. The many things that I have been learning here, the people I meet, and the knowledge of the gospel continues to testify to me that I have been sent here by divine revelation. How thankful I am to be able to serve here and to learn how I can be a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

This gospel is true! I know it with all of my heart. I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ lives. He is the Way. He is our hope to returning back home to our Heavenly Father's presence. I know that Joseph Smith saw them in glory and was able to restore Christ's church again upon the earth. By the power of God, Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. The priesthood is once again upon the earth and with its power is used by our prophet Thomas S. Monson to lead and guide it today. How grateful I am that we are able to have the restored gospel here upon the earth. Our Heavenly Father truly loves us so much and wants us back home. I know as we do our best, grow our testimonies and remain faithful to the covenants we make, we will return to his presence with a fulness of joy.

Thank you for all that you have done for me. I am so very thankful for my wonderful family and friends. Hope you all have a great week!


Elder Munro

Monday, June 6, 2016

Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness;

Dear Family and Friends,

This has been a truly amazing week for us here in our area. I am so very thankful for all of the many blessings that we experience as we are missionaries in the Lord's work. I strive to constantly look for improvement in all that I do and I am thankful for the patience that my Heavenly Father has in me in laboring in His work. How amazing is it that the work is moving bold and nobly throughout the world. This truly is a marvelous work and it is amazing that all of us have the opportunity to embark in His work to help his children come unto him.

I would like to share a thought that I have been thinking about over this past week. It is remarkable to think about the sacrifice that many believers put into preserving and even bringing forth scripture for us to enjoy and to strengthen our love and knowledge for the savior and His gospel. I would like to talk about the closing remarks of the Book of Mormon written by Moroni in Moroni Chapter 10. Towards the beginning of the chapter, Moroni seals up the records and writes words of his own. It is amazing to read the end of the Book of Mormon and to see the amazing invitation given to us all. He says: "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.  And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."

I know as we come unto Christ and strive to become like Him, we will receive His grace and a remission of our sins more abundantly in our lives. Through our Savior, Jesus Christ and His atonement we can become perfected. How amazing it is that through Him and through His gospel we can enjoy peace, happiness, and growth in this life and salvation in the world to come.

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with our District leader Elder Hutchings. It was such a great time being able to learn new things from him in teaching and in contacting others. It was very fun being able to share memories from the MTC as well. We were able to visit with many less active families and recent converts that they had in their area. He truly is a great example in being dedicated and consecrated in the work of the Lord. We have an amazing district!

We were also able to do many member visits through out the week which are an amazing opportunity to get to know the members and to see where we can help out in the Ward. It has been such a blessing visiting with the members and seeing their strong faith in the gospel. We have been making a major emphasis on working with members and we were able to visit with the Stevens family and were referred to their good friend Roger across from their house. Afterwards we visited with Roger and had an amazing lesson about the Book of Mormon and the Atonement. We're excited to continue going back and in meeting with him and having the Stevens uplift and support him in learning more about the gospel. I love being able to work with the members of the Ward in building up the church in this area.

We met with James Nixon this week and we talked about the Ten Commandments and their importance in our lives. We have been striving to help him see the influence of the Holy Ghost in his life and in helping him receive an answer that the Church is true. I know as we share with him the blessings of going to church and in being baptized, the spirit will testify to him of the truthfulness of the gospel. We were able to meet with Lemeoy Wiebush this week and shared with him the Word of Wisdom and talked about the many blessings that we receive both temporally and spiritually as we obey this law. It is always a great time being able to visit with Lemeoy and in talking with him about the gospel. It is pretty amazing to see his knowledge of the gospel grow and in seeing his testimony strengthened as well. We hope that his wife's heart will be softened so that she will be able to learn more about the gospel and in having Lemoey baptized.

I want you all to know that the gospel is true! It has been restored to the earth by the prophet Joseph smith. He saw our Father in heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ and was lead and guided to bring forth the fulness of the gospel once again on the earth. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and was given for us to bring peace, hope, and happiness to our lives. I know that my Savior lives. He is real and loves each and everyone of us. I know as we follow Him and choose His gospel, we will have a greater abundance of peace, love, and joy come into our lives. If you are going through a trial or a challenge that is hard to bear, look to Him who has carried our sorrows and who has felt our pain. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (Isaiah 41:10). He truly will carry us through our trials and hardships as we embrace Him and His gospel.

Thank you all for the birthday wishes and for the letters. I love you all so much! I am so very thankful for my family and friends and for all that you do for me. I hope you all have an amazing week.


Elder Munro