Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Como Tamo Dominican Style

Hey! Sup?

First, here’s a little Spanish lesson; "Como tamo" is Dominican Spanish for what really should be "Como estamos" which means; "How are we doing or how is everything?"

So two and a half weeks ago we were walking in the street and we heard someone say "Como tamo?" As soon as we heard it we naturally repeated the same phrase out loud with a thick Dominican accent as well and we turned around to see 2 men behind us laughing along with us. That is how we met Carlos Reyes. He went to church in Honduras for 5 months before he came here to New York and one of his best friends is serving a mission in Argentina. (it's funny because he's not even Dominican but people just like to talk like Dominicans) We met with him a week later, taught the restoration and invited him to be baptized and he accepted!!! All he wants is to come to church more before he makes the covenant to make sure he is ready. The coolest part is that this last Sunday he went to stake conference and brought a friend with him! Tonight we will meeting with his friend and hoping to set a baptismal date. All because of "Como tamo"!

Another cool experience happened yesterday when we were walking towards the church. We were like 20 yards away from the door when 2 people walked passed and we just stopped in our tracks because we felt we should talk to them, it took us a few seconds to follow the prompting so as usual we had to go running back to catch up with them. We asked them if they knew anyone that had lost a loved one recently and they didn't want to talk to us, I mean they really didn't want to talk to us. So after 2 minutes of walking and trying to figure out why we had felt so strongly to go talk to them,  we decided to stop trying to start a conversation and leave. We were so confused because we were sure we had followed a spiritual prompting. After talking to one more person that wasn't really interested we decided to head back to the church a little discouraged and confused. As soon as we had hit the same square of concrete at which we turned around the first time we heard "D├ímelo" from a man as he pointed to the Book of Mormon in our hands, which means "give it to me!".  His name is Manuel and he is from Guatemala. We gave him the Book of Mormon of course and we added him on Facebook and set an appointment for this Thursday. He called us through Facebook video call later that day and we talked for a little longer. So cool how if we wouldn't have followed the first prompting there would be no way we could have met Manuel because the timing just wouldn't have worked out.  Secondly I reaffirmed the reason why it is essential to always  carry a Book of Mormon our hands at all times. You never know who will say "Give it to me!"  jaja.

So yeah. Life is great here in the Bronx. We are receiving sooooo many blessings.

Hope you have a great week.
Love,
Elder Mackintosh




We saw Jermaine and the family at stake conference! Sure love them.



I got to go to my last area to see Ben get baptized! He was so happy
and it was just amazing.



With our investigator Ricardo



We decorated our investigator and a members door with some stuff to

help them remember the goals we set together! Woot! Woot!

Monday, May 15, 2017

EL BRONX

May 10, 2017

Hey y'all!

It was another fantastic week as a missionary! We saw so many miracles this last week... so many. Definitely grateful to be serving here in the Bronx. Life is great. 

I've been asked a lot of questions about the Bronx so I figured I would take the time in this email to answer those questions. 

"What is it like when transferred and having to leave an area you're attached to and love the people?"
-It is really hard. Honestly it is similar to leaving your house again every couple months. I have definitely shed some tears saying goodbye to some members. #GratefulForSocialMedia

"Describe The Bronx; what does it look like, what are the people like. Where do you live? Do you eat with members everyday or where and what do you eat? Describe a typical day."
- What does the Bronx look like... Exactly what you think the brinx looks like (jaja) it really is awesome, there's so many different types of people here. And so many different backgrounds. It definitely is interesting every day to talk to people and hear new things and new perspectives! We don't have scheduled food appointments with members every day but we definitely eat something for members every day. Normally it's ice cream (jaja) hispanics are awesome. 

"What is the most difficult part of being a missionary and the BESTest part?"
- I would say that at this point in my mission the most difficult part about being a missionary is staying focused. I definitely wouldn't say that I'm homesick but I also can't say that things don't distract me sometimes because we live in a pretty worldly place. And to answer about "the best part of the mission", I would say that it is definitely the relationships that you're able to build out here. One, serving people you just grow so close to them - that is something that I hope to never forget.

And to answer "Describe what a day in the life of a missionary in the Bronx looks like"... that is really difficult because every day is so different. One person screaming at you here, hugging another person on the street corner there, and saying prayers with random people everywhere. (Jaja) Life is good. 

I love you all! Byeeeee

Elder Mackintosh 

1. 5 de mayo so we are tortillas jaja
2. Went to the Bronx zoo today 
3. A guy on the street gave this to Elder Aurich because his birthday is this Saturday! 



Today we went to The Bronx Zoo, just before I wrote this email. :) 



 A guy on the street gave this to Elder Aurich because his birthday is this Saturday! 
(Crazy story how it all came about)



5 de mayo so we are tortillas (jaja)







Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Transfered! Now Serving in....


May 3, 2017

2 Nephi 2: 21

Time keeps flying by! I got transferred and I am now serving in...

THE BRONX! 

.... I will be able to use my Spanish again after 10 months of serving in an English area! :) 

My new companion's name is Elder Aurich and he is a super cool kid from Arizona. Funny thing is that he went to high school with Elder McBride so at the end of this cycle I will have spent literally half of my mission with someone from Red Mountain High Schoo.  jaja. Random.

Also Elder McBride is flying home right now. ):

So the reason for the title of this email, 2 Nephi 2: 21,  is that the purpose of life has been on my mind a lot. Basically from my studies and prayers and why not I have come to feel like that for the purpose of life really is to repent and serve others. If at the end of the day we can say that we did that, it was a successful day.

Something funny that happened this last week: We were walking down the street and this guy stopped us and started talking about how he used to run a gang and stuff in Chicago but he got out and move to New York. While talking to him, this other guy walked up and asked,  "What's this meeting?"  We responded and said we are missionaries. Then he told us how he just barely robbed a Coke from the gas station.  T
hen the first guy went on with this story about how he used to shake soda cans and then chuck them in the air and tell God to hold it for a couple of minutes and then it wouldn't come back down until he told him to drop it. Jaja i didn't know what the heck was going on but it was awesome! jaja 

Life is good here in NYC!  Have a great week!

Love you!
Elder Mackintosh

My new companion Elder Aurich


                                            After doing Yoga on top of Ben Pelos' Roof. Twas Awesome!  




Meet Constant, the nicest guy ever. We walked passed him every day and would stop and give

him a hug and pray with him.  I am going to really miss him. 
He recently started coming to church! Awesome. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Nothing is Better than Heaven"


Yo!

This week was seriously fantastic. It seemed like all of our hard work from the last 6 weeks turned into blessing this past week! Woot Woot!

We had an investigator in a restoration lesson that kept saying "nothing is better than heaven." He was saying that while explaining that even billionaires at some point sit there unsatisfied asking questions "will I make it to heaven? Is there a heaven?" And the investigator just kept saying "nothing is better than heaven. Nothing. Heaven is the best." There is something to learn here.

So here is a miracle: we were in district meeting and a senior missionary brought a guy to the door and said "this man would like to know more about the church. Would any of you happen to know a little about the church?" So we stood up quickly and walked out the door with them! We sat down and found out that he had seen the Book of Mormon musical and it had sparked some questions and he figured that he should come find out more. We shared the message of the restoration and it was cool to see him light up and have things click with him. The cool thing is that he came to church yesterday too! He is only here for another 5 days and then he goes back to Denmark where he is currently living but is actually from Finland. We are meeting with him again and will put him in touch with missionaries there. Truly amazing.

We were just really blessed this week with great opportunities to share the gospel. We were finally able to find some new investigators that are actually interested in learning, changing, and progressing. It feels so good to be able to sit down with someone and share the message of the restoration with them for their first time.

On a funny note, I tried to give a guy on the street a high five and he put his hand up but then put it down at the last second and then turned around and went "ohhhhhhhhh!!! Oh!!! Oooooohhhh!" And then walked away. jajaja.  It was pretty funny, especially because he was like a 50 year old business guy. jaja!

Love you all. All is well in NYC. I love being a missionary.

Elder Mackintosh


Elder Pulu made this sign. It says "change"


Roommates.  We went on a split and then took a picture after. 


This is us doing our "Hispanic pose" for the same picture.  jaja


Charity, Peace & Change

April 17, 2017

Yo yo yo,

This week was really great! Everything was fantastic the only thing that wasn't so fun was getting sick. Actually I'm still a little sick but I sound a lot worse than I feel (jaja) so that's good I think. It does make it hard to talk to people on the street because my voice is cutting in and out, super raspy, and sometimes I just start coughing (jaja). Makes Street and subway contacting a lot of fun!

I have had charity on my mind lately because really it is so important. President Monson spoke for a total of like 6 minutes and he talkedabout the Book of Mormon and charity.  Another reason that this has been on my mind is that on Saturday we had an investigator come to clean to the church with us and the ward. It just really strengthens a relationship to serve together! My main thought about charity has been that charity should be the "why" behind our actions. I believe that this has become a part of who I am in a lot of ways and hopefully will become me even more so. At the beginning of my mission I would talk to people because I knew I should and I knew that it was expected of me by others. So it was more of a motivation of fear of being looked down upon if I didn't. But now it has switched to me just wanting to share the gospel because I know that it has brought me joy and I know that it can surely do that for everyone else!  I'm realizing now that love is 100x better of a motivator than fear! As we love God, we will keep his commandments. Just something to think about.

Another funny thing this week was on Saturday night with he Ward. Have you heard of "Mortified"? It is something that they do in Brooklyn where people go on stage and share song lyrics or journal entries that they wrote when they were young. So basically you just go up and laugh at yourself and allow others to do the same (jaja) Anyways, our ward did "Wardified" and it was hilarious! Definitely a good bonding
experience. I love the YSA ward!

Last quick thought: Easter is awesome. My Easter morning studies were special to me. I studied John 20 and "The Living Christ". Definitely recommend those two things!

Love you all! Have a great week.

Elder Mackintosh


If you can't tell what the sign says, it says "peace" and we stood
in the subway station and talked to people about how Christ brings us
peace!




The trio was back together for like 30 minutes!



 This one says change

Inspired Questions

April 10, 2017

Hey fam,

The weather is prime right now in NYC and I'm sooooo happy to be comfortable in a short sleeve shirt!! Woot Woot! Seriously it is amazing. Sorry for those of you that got snowed on in Utah. jaja

We had a super sweet experience yesterday with "George" that I wrote about last week. He is an investigator that has been meeting with missionaries since Christmas and has had 3 different baptismal dates. Well last night we had "George" over at a Members house that has been fellowshipping him. The lesson started a little rough and the thought went through my head "say his name, pause, and then ask whatever comes out of your mouth." So I did that and then everything changed. We began to ask inspired questions and he began to respond by the spirit. Every sentence seemed guided by the spirit and every silence full of deep feelings from the spirit. The member talked about what the baptismal covenant is by quoting; Mosiah 18 and then he invited Julio to be baptized. The Spirit flooded the room even stronger and we were silent for about 10 seconds and just sat there feeling. Then the words blurted out of George’s mouth saying "yes!" It was amazing. We then knelt down and he prayed for the date. We looked at the calendar and he said, "I have been thinking about the last week of this month. I didn't know why but I felt like something would happen then and I guess it might be my baptism. That weekend has just been on my mind lately." It was amazing. Asking inspired questions and listening.

So it was a seriously great week. Also we had Stake Conference yesterday and it was my 5th one as a missionary! Crazy! It was super spiritual but something hilarious happened. While the spirit was strong someone stood up to speak and said "my fart... my heart is full." And it just made me laugh so hard! It was bad because it was such a serious moment but the slip of words just hit my funny bone. jaja. My fart is hull.

Love you!

Elder Mackintosh




Did companion study on top of our member’s roof by the temple! Soooooo rad. I love NYC




Panoramic of the top of the roof



We came up with some questions and then had a member design and create posters for us to use to find people to teach. Here are a couple of them!

Hey Hey Hey

April 3, 2017

Hey Hey Hey!

This week was stellar. We had some great success and it was just awesome. I always was able to go on a split with Elder McBride and that was sooooo awesome! We served together as companions for 10 months out here and now we are in the same zone! It really was great to be back together again. He is a missionary and friend that I really look up to. Also, we set a baptismal date with someone while together! So that was great too!

General conference was fantastic. On Sunday morning we had a lesson with an investigator that we will call George. The Lesson went really really well and the spirit was extremely strong. We talked a lot about baptism and the feelings of the Spirit. I said the closing prayer and as we know it down I had the thought to pray in Spanish as he is from Mexico. I prayed in Spanish and the spirit came flooding into the room, it was a really powerful moment. We felt to assign him to say a prayer, read 3 Nephi 27, and say another prayer. Then during conference he texted us and we had the feeling to respond by telling him to get online and watch conference right then because the speaker that was speaking was speaking to him. He listen to the rest of the session and as we talk to him later that evening it was cool because he recognized that multiple speakers quoted from 3 Nephi 27! He said he felt like the Apostles were talking to him! It really was an incredible experience and I just simply testify that as we follow promptings of the spirit, amazing things happen. Miracles continue to happen everyday.

Also a funny thing that happened this week: we have realized that if we simply say "hello" or "how are you?" or "have a great day!" then most New Yorkers just ignore us. So we have figured out a better way. As we say these things to them we tap them on the arm and then they immediately think that they know us because no stranger would do that randomly in NYC! So about 99% of the time this works fantastic. But. Sometimes it doesn't. Elder Cottrell tapped this man on the arm and said "have a great day!" In response this man hit him in the chest and said "you too. Now why do you guys think that you can go around touching people?" Uh oh jaja he wasn't very happy with us especially because the exact same thing happened with the same man about 2 months ago except I was the one to touch him that time! We apologized and tried our best to remember his face so that that never happens again. (jajaja) NYC is awesome.

Love you!

Elder Mackintosh
 #PrinceofPeace #CheckItOut


P.S. Oh and I just realized that I failed to tell the "I just want to get out" story! jaja. Basically what happened is we got to the 34th St. Train Station. We got off our train and everywhere we looked there was pornography. Normally when we see pornography we point at it while simultaneously looking away and saying out loud "that is pornography." So that the other person doesn't have to see it. This time unfortunately that didn't work because it was seriously everywhere. We decided to just look at the ground as we walked and I said "I just want to get out of here! But I don't know where the exit is and I can't look up because there is pornography." Then out of the corner of my eye I saw an exit and we hurried not knowing if it was the one that we needed but only knowing that we didn't want to be in that place any longer. So yeah I just wanted to tell the story because pornography is bad and I want to remember the story so that I can use it in a talk one day. jaja. Lots of good life lessons can come from this story!



 Roommates walked by us on the street and took a live shot (jaja) I look jolly





Last second efforts to get people to come watch conference!




Top of the Empire State Building today!




Got to see Jocy from my last area!