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.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Last Email: Man Do I Love Being A Missionary!
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