"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." . . . . .
3 Nephi 5:13 in
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
Saturday, November 12, 2016
"One Real Week Left . . . My Heart is Full"
NOTICE: Elder McClure will report his mission in sacrament meeting of the Timberline Ward on Sunday, November 27, at 9:00 AM. 600 East Swallow Road, Fort Collins, CO.
Our home phone is: 970-225-6946
I’m not sure what to say ... maybe that I
only have one real week left as a missionary …or that we are going to baptize
in a week from today … maybe that my heart is full and that I’m very happy with
where I am and my progress up until this point.
I realize that I only have one p-day left after today and I do have some
final words I’d like to say in that final email home. But for now, I must say that life is
good. I’ve been studying the Book of
Mormon in English these past few weeks and it’s the first time I’ve done it in
almost a year and a half. It’s funny how
now I prefer to read in Spanish. I feel
like I understand more and enjoy more of what I read when it’s in Spanish. I now get caught up on words in English and
I’m not sure how to pronounce them. Who
would have ever thought that would happen!
These past few days I’ve been trying to organize myself a little better. I’m not packing up yet … don’t think that …
but just organizing. I pulled out about
10lbs of Dear Elder letters from my suit case the other day that were from my
parents as I started my mission. No
wonder my suitcase weighed so much! I’ve
also been looking over my three 16gb memory cards that are now practically full
of pictures from the past 2 years of my life.
I’ve been looking at all my now yellowed shirts and stained ties, holy
pants and scripture cases that have withstood one too many rain storms. Life is good when you’re dedicating every
minute of every day in service to your neighbor and representing the Lord Jesus
Christ. My heart is full. BUT, it’s not over yet, so let’s just take a
nice pause right there. :)
What a miracle! Saturday and Sunday, we as a mission, fasted
for the wellbeing of the Elder that ran away.
We all ended our fast in the afternoon on Sunday. Our President ended his fast at exactly 3pm
and at that same moment, 2 youth from a ward in Iztapalapa saw the run-away missionary walking in the street. They ran looking for the elders of that ward
to tell them the news. The word got to
President that night and early Monday morning President and Sister Mecham were
able to find, talk to, and help the runaway elder. The Elder’s heart was softened, along with
others who knew where he was, and because of that he was found. I do not doubt for a second the power of
fasting. When we unite in a worthy fast,
miracles happen. What a blessing!
This week we got to continue doing our
Chicken Fat workout routine with Sister Mecham at Zone Conferences. It’s been pretty fun to participate and teach
and train with the other leaders of the mission. There’s always lots to do and we really do
enjoy what we do.
Monday I believe it was, President
called us into his office. We thought it
would be something about the mission, but it turned out he wanted to talk to
us. Supposedly he saw something that I
wrote a few weeks ago on my blog when I talked about being an office
assistant. He said my comment had been
buggin’ him for weeks and so he finally had come up with a plan. We are now in a new area. The ward is called Educacion and it’s been a rough ward for
years now, I’m pretty sure. It’s close
to the offices. So now we are in-field
assistants. President took away almost
all our responsibilities and now we are dedicated to our area and helping the zone
leaders by bringing them to our area to see how we are doing it. We are pretty much the role models for the
mission and right now we are starting out at 0.
The goal is to build up the area real good so that next change it can be
in full function. It’s pretty exciting
and we have lots to do! President also
told me that he didn’t want me to finish my mission in the offices like he’s
seen so many of his other assistants do.
He’d rather we be working hard in the field until our last day. I like his idea! It’s a strange transition and for these last
2 weeks we are also gonna stay working in Taxqueña
because we have an investigator that’s gonna get baptized on the 19th--my
last Saturday here. :)
This next week is going to be crazy,
crazy busy! We have leadership councils,
final interviews, the big change meeting that I’m absolutely stoked to be in,
going to the temple and probably interchanges
with a few zone leaders, a baptism on Saturday and confirmation on Sunday. There’s lots of sickness going through the
mission right now and I can’t afford to get sick-- too much to do! Pray for me please!