Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Merry Christmas!

This week has been so amazing. Christmas Day was really special for me this year for a few reasons... 

I got transferred yesterday to Manhattan so that made Sunday (Christmas) even more special because I was able to take the sacrament one more time in the New Rochelle ward and able to say goodbye to all of the members and investigators. Serving in the New Rochelle Ward as changed my life in a lot of ways and for that I am grateful.  I'm also grateful for the 6 months that I was able to spend as an assistant to President Smith. That assignment really taught me how to serve with everything I have. I'm grateful that I had that opportunity. I will really miss that assignment, the area, and all the people, but I will serve wherever the Lord wants me to serve and I’m certain I will love my new assignment as a Zone leader in South Manhattan just as much.  

AND I also was able to Skype home with my family Christmas day and that was so special and really awesome! Being able to share spiritual experiences with my family means the world to me. I love my family.

Over the past couple of days I have been able to have a couple of really spiritual experiences that have made me grateful to be a full time servant of the Lord. It is such a privilege and it is something that I will never get again.., the time is zooming by, I realize this time is precious. I am grateful for every day in the mission field here in New York City!


I know that God exists. I know that he has a plan for us. I know that peace and joy are attainable in this life and can be ours for eternity. The Gospel is so awesome...  and last I want to testify that repentance is cool! Repentance is amazing - it brings so much peace. Repent daily.

Love you all! Merry Christmas and happy New Years!

Elder Mackintosh

I will miss William! I will still see him but not as often ):

William, me, and in the back seat my new companion Elder Tabor  :)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Buenos Días!

Buenos días,

I can't believe it is basically Christmas and that it is almost 2017... SERIOUSLY THAT BLOWS MY MIND. I remember last Christmas so vividly… I’m going to have to do a lot to top last year! But his year is a Sunday and I get to take the sacrament so I guess this one already wins.  AND I get to skype with my family.  That's a win win!! 

My Companion Elder McBride has been sick but he is a trooper and has worked the whole week. Such a solid missionary. Did you know that in total I have been companions with him for like 10 months?! Jajaja yep, crazy huh!. In case you've forgotten, he was my trainer and now we serve together again as assistants...  jaja it's awesome!  

2 cool things from this last week, but first, the baptism scheduled on Christmas won’t be happening, but it's okay, he is still in contact with us and still loves the church... it'll happen just not on Christmas.  The big news is that Jermaine is getting baptized on January 8th! And this is alike a super solid date because he is the one that chose it!  Man, it makes me so happy to think about it because he has really changed so much.. The Atonement of Jesus Christ changes people! We can always change and improve. If there is anything I have learned out here serving a mission, is that people can change and we can change because of Jesus Christ.

The second cool thing happened while partaking of the sacrament this week. The deacon was nervous and walked away from me before I could put my cup back into the tray. Sitting there holding that cup made me go into deep thought and have a spiritual experience. The Spirit testified to me of the reality of the suffering of the Savior in Gethsemane and on the cross. I felt the individual love that the Savior has for me. It was one of those special experiences that I will never forget. The sacrament is amazing..

Love you all! I hope that everyone, myself included, can remember why we have Christmas and turn outward as Jesus Christ did. Participate in the 25 days of
service on it is so fun!

Elder Mackintosh

William Smith and Elder McBride after getting lunch

 We went on splits in south Manhattan and saw this!  The missionaries this up in 
 front of the Manhattan Temple to show the Christmas 

I didn't get a good picture of it but our wards Christmas party 
was spectacular!

William is the best
(William is President Smith's son)