But hey!So this week was good! We still are teaching all the investigators we found and most of them are progressing. It's really hard covering two areas though! Cause we're expected to have investigators here in Topeka as well so it just gets difficult. But I know there are people whom Heavenly Father has prepared to hear the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere. And that there are people here in Topeka that need to hear it from me and Elder Stum just like there are in Holton. I was asked to talk about something about myself that I think has changed the most. Now, that's a hard one! Cause the gospel and a mission changes you a lot! Being in places like Colby and Holton have humbled me a lot just cause of the people and circumstances you run into. But I've still got a long ways to go! But, I think what sums it up pretty well is I've gained passion and substance I feel like. I've gained a love for the scriptures and just studying the word of God in general. I have a passion for sharing the gospel. I've gotten better at expressing how I feel and I care about stuff other than what affects me directly. Before my mission I wasn't motivated or passionate about really anything. I didn't have much substance to me. My 6 months out here on a mission but ultimately the Gospel of Jesus Christ did this for me. Love for the people I teach and the Savior is my motive for missionary work! This is by far the hardest thing I've ever done, and it tests my faith, patience, along with other things, occasionally. But I wouldn't trade any of my experiences for anything! I love you guys and have a great week!-Elder McGee
Monday, February 23, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
HELLO! So transfers is this wednesday but it doesn't matter cause I'm staying in the same place with the same companion. This transfer should be pretty sweet! We're going to baptize and thrash it up! My birthday went well too! My district all went out to Texas Roadhouse together on Saturday. So that was fun! But we found a bunch of new investigators this week! Definitely a miracle. :)
My district leader, Elder Ives, goes home on Wednesday though. So, that's really sad cause I really like him. But there's not really any stories I can think of so I'll just send a bunch of pics. :)
Monday, February 9, 2015
Pip pip Cheerio!
Hello everyone! This week was really good but not so really good at the same time. The really good parts is that we went to the temple in Kansas City on Tuesday, a zone training on wednesday, and on Saturday we had a baptism which is a funny story that i'll get too. But that resulted in not a whole lot of proselyting time available, so no new stuff really and the work wasn't the best. But this week is the last week of the transfer, so we're just going to kill it this week! This transfer went by super fast by the way! But anyways! Baptism Story! So, it's the day of Raymonds baptism! Me, Elder Stum, our Ward Mission Leader Brother Groth, and Raymond are all dressed in white and the baptismal service has begun. We struggled to help him down the steps and into the baptismal font. When he was finally in the font we were relieved, but we had no idea what kind of struggles lied ahead. Attempt number one was very unsuccessful. As we tipped him down into the water, for some reason he inhaled and kept his eyes wide open. He started to panic. The look on his face was the essence of fear. So naturally, the moment we heard gargling we brought him back up. That's when we knew we couldn't do this alone. I summoned another Elder, whom is our district leader and is known by the name Elder Ives and the 2nd Counselor in our bishopric whom is known by Brother Ismert. We told them to put some jumpsuits on and hop in! Once the five of us, not including Raymond himself, were in the font we were ready to get this guy baptized. After one more failed attempt, we were more determined then ever! Third times the charm we got this 495 pound man fully submersed! We all smiled from ear to ear and Raymond was now entered into a covenant. Doesn't get better than that folks! But I hope everyone has a great week, and don't forget to find joy in the little things!Love, Elder McGee!
Monday, February 2, 2015
This week was good! We had to postpone Raymond's baptism though because we couldn't find something big enough for him to wear in time. But he will be getting baptized this Saturday 4 sure!
Our ward mission leader got in contact with the temple I believe and found something that will fit him. And speaking of temples, my zone gets to go on a temple trip tomorrow! We will be going to the Kansas City Temple. It'll be awesome, can't wait!
But a cool miracle this week, we got a new person investigating the church named Anthony, he is a super solid and genuine guy. We had one of the most spiritual and smooth lessons I've ever had, when we taught him the Restoration. Me and Elder Stum teach pretty well together. We have a good time!
I don't have a ton to say this week but I love being a missionary, even when it blows to be a missionary...if that makes sense. I love being a disciple of Jesus Christ. This is the best gig in the world. haha
And I'm so grateful for all of you and the support and examples you were to me and for your emails, I appreciate them a lot. I love ya and Heavenly Father loves you as well.