Elder Mackintosh is serving in the New York, New York North Mission - Spanish speaking. Hello! I'm Skye's mom and I will be posting weekly pics and emails so family and friends can follow his journey as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thanks for dropping by.
I currently feel really weird jaja. Definitely, the most bitter/sweet feeling
that I've ever had in my life. While praying last night about what I should
share today, I simply felt to share about the Book of Mormon, repentance and
honestly really loved being a missionary for the last two years. Mine time as a missionary has been full of the highest
highs and definitely the lowest lows. How grateful I am for that!!!
Mormon: The Book of Mormon has blessed my life in so many ways that I don't
know where to start. I feel this deep peace and love for and from God when I
read it. When questions come up in my life I know that I can turn to prayer and
the Book of Mormon to be able to find God's will and guidance. Not even just
talking about the small questions of life, but also the big ones such as
"Why am I here?" "Like seriously, what is the point of all of
this "life" stuff?" Peace and answers have come to me through
the Book of Mormon. (Alma 40-42)
I used to see repentance as a scary and bad thing but now I see it as the same
thing as joy. I see it as such because of experience. We all have felt or some
currently feel intense guilt for the sins that we have committed. But in Gods
plan of happiness, I have come to learn that we don't need to feel like that
forever. Sin is bad but repentance is good. Sin brings guilt and shame.
Repentance brings joy and peace. I personally testify that this is true and
this amazing gift is only possible because of Jesus Christ. I know that He
lives because I have felt his influence in my life. (Alma 42:4 and Helaman14:13)
Service has become a necessary element to my life because I have found the
truthfulness of it actually being one of our core purposes of life. As I have
strived to serve others from my heart, that is when I have honestly felt the
closest to the Savior. His life was service. All that he did was selfless and
service. When I say service I don't necessarily mean organized service projects
(which are awesome by the way) but more so I mean the way that we simply should
live on a day to day basis. Looking for opportunities to make others smile and
feel loved. I have come to know as a missionary that this really is what life
is all about. (Mosiah 2:17 and Alma 42:4)
close I want to share a verse from my personal study this morning. Ether12:41 says "And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the
prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also
the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be
and abide in you forever. Amen." This is my simple invitation. In my
scriptures I have "seek this Jesus" underlined and Next to it it says
"3 Nephi 14:7 says 'seek, and ye shall find;'"
you all! Thanks for reading this long email if you made it all the way to the
This week was super awesome. We saw some great blessings and miracles! I will write about two of them.
So last transfer, my companion and I were on our way to a member's house and we stopped at a park bench and talked to this man. We gave him a Book of Mormon after a great 10 minute conversation, but he wouldn't give us his contact info, he said he couldn't have visitors at his place and didn't currently have a phone. He said that if we gave him the address he would come to church sometime. We hear that A LOT so we didn't think much of it. Well last Sunday a member came and grabbed us during sacrament meeting and said "There is a man back there that is looking for you." We went back and sat by him. I didn't recognize the man and to keep the reverence of the meeting he just opened his Book of Mormon and I saw my old companion and my name on the inside! I still didn't remember who he was until after the meeting. He loved sacrament meeting and set up an appointment with us for today! It is amazing to see things like that happen when we honestly didn't think that much would come of that Book of Mormon 6 weeks ago.
Another cool story was while I was on a split with Elder Hunt this week. We were planning our day in the morning and we wrote a man's name down because he kept showing up as a new investigator in our area book. (as a glitch in technology) We went to his house and he let us right in. My companion asked him "So, we felt that we should come see you today. What has changed in your life since you last saw the missionaries?" To my surprise he replied with tears in his eyes "My dad passed away yesterday." From that moment on the feeling was different because everyone in the room knew that we had been guided there by a loving Heavenly Father. We shared Alma 40:11-14 and 23 with him and it was amazing to see him change through this process. He began to have this smile on his face and a lighter and better feeling about him. Hope entered into his heart and he had a renewed faith in Jesus Christ. It was amazing to be a part of this. It just amazes me that had we gone over even 24 hours earlier, he wouldn't have been prepared necessarily for our message. God knows his children.
I love you all! Next week will be the last time that I send out a group email because it will be my last Pday as a missionary. Have a great week! I know that Jesus Christ is real and joy is found through him and his gospel.