Sunday, November 22, 2009

Good bye and Hello...13 Missionaries Arrive and 1 Leaves

Orientation of our New Missionaries is always a blessing.
We are so excited to add more wonderful Missionaries to the Lord's amazing team.

First day at the Santiago Temple.
These Missionaries are ready to go.
They can hardly wait to get to work!

Early mornings at the airport saying good bye to Missionaries is always bittersweet.
We are so happy to send them on to do wonderful things in their lives.
But we are sad to let them go. We love them so much!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Grocery Shopping in Santiago

I think you will all be interested to see the meat section
of the grocery store near the Mission Office.
I have not learned the art of cooking these delicacies...yet.
But I have three years to learn.

I wish I could transmit the aroma with the pictures.
Sorry, you'll just have to use your imaginations!

Converts that Convert! What a Blessing!

This is a picture of President Laycock and Conrado Munoz.
President Laycock baptized him when he was just 14 years old
and living in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

Converts that Convert! What a Blessing!

Conrado Munoz unexpectedly visited us at the Mission Office one wonderful day. He traveled all the way from Bahia Blanca, Argentina to visit us. He had seen our picture in the "Liahona" (Ensign) and knew that we were serving in Santiago. So he came to surprise us! President Laycock had the privilege of teaching and baptizing him and his entire family 29 years ago when Brother Munoz was just 14 years old. He described himself as a very difficult investigator. He said that President Laycock had to work very diligently to get him baptized. He spoke of the great "ramifications" of Mission Work. He talked about his own mission, the missions being served now by those he baptized, and even the missions being served by his own family members. What a tender mercy. Can you see the tears in all of our eyes? Those are true tears of love and joy.

Invitations to Come Unto Christ

Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God,
see that ye serve him with all your heart, might mind and strength,
that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work.
D&C 4:2-3

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
John 3:5

We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are:
first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ;
second, Repentance;
third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins;
fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

"For behold the field is white already to harvest;
and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might,
the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not,
but bringeth salvation to his soul."
D&C 4:4
We love this work!