19 The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—
23 That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.
D&C 1: 19,23
Fear Not I am with Thee!
I will give thee Aid.
The weak and the simple shall break down the strong and the mighty.
“Mark writes of Peter’s denials and even says that Peter “began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.” Peter later wept and agonized over that betrayal. With a broken heart, he pleaded with God for forgiveness. How could he have been so weak? How could he have allowed fear to make him deny the man whom he knew was “the Christ, the Son of the living God”? But from the moment Peter saw the risen Christ, he was transformed. He was a different man. Along with James and John, he was a true leader. No longer was he afraid. From that moment on he boldly testified that “this Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”
Peter fearlessly spoke in public places—even the temple itself. Peter, along with John, was taken into custody and the next day brought to the rulers, elders, and scribes for interrogation. Annas the high priest was there, and so was Caiaphas. It must have been an intimidating group—a group that held Peter and John’s lives in their hands.
But any trace of the old, fearful Peter had by now disappeared in the magnificent refiner’s fire of that Easter morning. Peter bravely confronted those who condemned him—the very men who had slain His Lord—with miracles performed in the name of the Lord. When he healed the lame man, he was asked by what power and through whose name he had done this.
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you. . . . There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Such courage and boldness were not expected by the rulers of the Jews.
The scriptures say that they marveled how these unlearned and ignorant followers could be so bold.”
From that Easter Sunday morning on, Peter was a new man. He had been born again. For the rest of his life, Peter faced threats, ridicule, hatred, and humiliation. But he did not back down. He feared no man. Nothing kept him from fulfilling his mission to raise his voice as a witness of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Dieter Uchtdorf. June 24th 2014 MTC
How can we be so bold ……so Fearless to all men……as to declare to the world that Jesus is the Christ. The Son. The Redeemer of Mankind.
I can be so bold. I can and I will tell the world that His my Savior. He is the Gift.
I know He lives and is my Savior.
TRUST HIM and ALLOW HIM to give you peace and POWER TO BE SO BOLD!
Fear not I am with thee!
“Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed, For I am thy God and will still give thee aid. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, . . .Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.” How Firm a Foundation. Hymn
- Plan to arrive at the temple 1 hour before your session begins.
- Endowment session only. No baptisms, initiatories, or sealings.
- Do not walk through Time Square or Manhattan. Straight in and straight out.
- You may drive to a train station in Newark or take a train all the way, but you must take public transportation to get INTO the city and once there, use the subway to get to the temple.
The Lincoln Center Stop #1 at 66th street is very close to the Temple. It always runs.
- Do not stop to eat at restaurants. Either bring a lunch or buy from street vendors.
- This trip takes the place of your preparation day. The week that you go, you may grocery shop and email. No other Pday activities that week.
- Zone Leaders are responsible for coordinating these trips. Please carpool to save miles and gas.
BAPTISMS - December 14, 2014
16 Reactivations this week. Awesome.
Elder Smith and Reese 4 activations
Dubon and Harris with 2. Good work.
Great JOB ...The work is moving forward. The Lord knows His Sheep.
Miracles are happening each day here.
The Lord is in the details.
"I just had one of the greatest miracles of my mission, literally a few minutes ago as I was writing you this email. We are using the computers at the church, and someone rang the bell. We answered it, and it was an old man. His name is Bishop Brown, from the Pentecostal church. He told us that his wife passed away last Saturday, and somehow God guided him to this church on the same day, when the Spanish ward was having a baptism. He watched the service and then left. This morning he came back because he talked to the person performing the baptism and he wanted to talk to him again. We sat down with him and taught him the Restoration and explained how because of it, he can be with his wife again. Since we were here at the church, we went up to the painting of the first vision with him, recited it, and invited him to kneel down right there and ask God if it is all true. He said the most humble prayer and asked for a sign to know if our message was true. He then opened his eyes and said "I could not have received greater confirmation than the one I just received." He said that he saw himself as Joseph Smith, kneeling in prayer, and that God manifested himself to him. We set him on a baptismal date for December 28. Then we gave him a Book of Mormon and he couldn't stop describing the powerful feeling he was feeling just from holding the book. WHAT A MIRACLE!!!! And an awesome detail is that he plays the organ for his church so afterwards we went to the chapel and he rocked out on our organ and said he wants to play for our congregation. wow!!! "
"We had an amazing experience with the invite this weekend! We were led to a LA home on Saturday night and were able to be made instruments in Gods hands! She had prayed the most sincere prayer that morning. More sincere then she had in years. She recognized something missing in her life and she told God that she would do anything he wanted her to do to find it. Miraculously, we showed up on her doorstep that very night! We showed her the "He is the Gift" Video and it brought the Spirit into the room. She then told us of the prayer she had prayed and about how amazing it was that we showed up at her house that night. We told her that God had sent us for a reason, to invite her to come back and take the Sacrament with us. She immediately said she would and we testified to her that God had a plan for her. She paused and then told us that she knew it was true. She pointed at me and said "I heard that. I really heard that" (meaning that the spirit had testified of it to her). From there, she started to receive revelation on the importance of the sacrament and of Gods plan and shared everything with us as it was revealed to her. I said things in there, but they weren't my words. And by the end of it, she was in tears, finally understanding her purpose in God's eyes! It was an amazing experience! One that I will never forget! We were made instruments in God's hands as we put our trust in him and he was able to not only answer her prayers, but our prayers as well. I LOVE being a missionary!!! "
If you are in a circumstance where you can take the sacrament more than once on a Sunday, then take it each time. Do not refuse to take the sacrament where members may be given cause to imagine why. This sends the wrong message and causes speculation and gossip. It is OK.
Service is a wonderful part of our mission. It is not our main focus however. From now on if you are asked to help do service after 6:00 p.m. or on a Saturday it must be approved by the mission President. These are our peak proselyting times. We have been instructed to use these times to contact and teach. The Elders Quorum and Ward Council is the place service needs to originate for all members. The missionaries are the last choice for some of the service projects that are taking place. Please defer to the ward or branch when asked to work during this time. There are appropriate projects that we can assist the ward with working side by side with them. Not alone.
The regional and stake Public Affairs people are now initiating a new plan to find meaningful community service for each companionship and unit. If you are not already doing this you will be asked to work with your branch or ward to help provide this service weekly. They will find the proper places to serve where the local members will manage the relationship long term. Please look for this to start happening in your area.
You may go to a Christmas Dinner in your Zone. Not out of your Zone.
The Church is asking that we report our efforts on He is the Gift site. Please they need our tracking in order to truly test this program.
Go here to report. https://jfe.qualtrics.com/preview/SV_9uG4M7YrRQjJ153&mon=Mon%20Nov%2024,%202014&datesent=2014-11-24&prosArea=Preview
The Gift. Has Launched. (Open it Below) We will be working hard here in our mission to help this fill the earth. Use the Gift hand out cards as an icebreaker to talk with people.
Using the He is the Gift cards... Ask if you can come in and show them the 2 minute video right now using their iPad or computer. A special Christmas gift for them.
Do not ask to attend a baptism outside your area.
Your TIWI cards must be authentic and used or your driving privileges will terminate permanently. The car Czar from SLC has spoken.
If you have no TIWI or a broken TIWI please call Elder Vause ASAP and have it fixed.