Elder Michael Thornton

Elder Michael Thornton
24 August 2011 to August 2013

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Thirty-Sixth Letter Home 30 April 2012

Hey family,

I'm glad to hear everyone is having a good reunion. Sorry it isn't under better circumstances, but I'm glad Xander and Uncle Dave had good Birthday parties.

I've had a good week though it's been slow. We're trying to find new investigators, and we haven't had much success. We keep looking though. It's like a big game of hide and seek. We know Heavenly Father has prepared people in our area, we just have to be diligent and listen to the Spirit so we can find them.

This is such a glorious work; I love it. Being a missionary rocks! Sometimes it blows me away that I'm actually a missionary. I look in the mirror, and I'm like "how did I get here?" I've always thought missionaries were tight. They were always so wise, noble, and just all around cool. I need to step it up if I'm gonna exemplify that persona. Serving the Lord should never become mundane, after all this is the Lord's work, and His glory. It is a privilege to participate in this.

Vickie got baptized and confirmed this week. We are super excited for her -- she is such a nice lady. A Polynesian lady allowed us to teach a lesson in her house with Vickie, and it was funny because the Polynesian lady kept telling Vickie that she and her were both lamanites, lol. Vickie is Native American. Lamanite-tism! Many of the members in the Ward were excited about Vickie getting baptised. She likes going to Church, and she even went to a Relief Society function prior to her baptism. She is determined to become an active member of the Church, and her goal is to lead her family to be baptized as well so they can all be sealed in the Temple together as an eternal family. Why would we cause someone to procrastinate the day of their repentance, when they are converted, and want to follow Christ?

The adversary doesn't want people to get baptized. Why? Because baptism unlocks the atonement of Christ in their lives, which puts people at liberty, and gives them greater power to exercise they're agency. The evil one is an enemy to agency, and to all righteousness. Why give him more time to discourage people by putting off the day of their repentance? We have an investigator who now doesn't want to be baptized anymore because she put her baptismal date too far out. A postponed baptism date gives way too much time for the devil and his minions to discourage people.

We're working hard, we are going to find the people Heavenly Father wants us to find. Everytime things have been slow, it has been a test for us to endure. Heavenly Father wants to see what we'll do. He's waiting to bless us if we demonstrate our real intent.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.


Elder Thornton

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