Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week of August 15, 2016



 

Sunday, August 14, 2016


Defining Success

To the Missionaries of the Great Texas Houston Mission,

We have loved being with you this week in zone conference. We are inspired by the work you are doing throughout this mission. We stand all amazed at the mercy of the Lord in allowing us to participate with you in the words of Ammon, "as instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work." (Alma 26:3)

We talk a lot about baptisms just as we are expected to do, but we want to remind you of the great measure of our success. In Preach My Gospel we read: "Your success as a missionary is measured primarily by your commitment to find, teach, baptize, and confirm people and to help them become faithful members of the Church who enjoy the presence of the Holy Ghost." We encourage you to read the list that follows this statement at the bottom of page 10 detailing ways we can KNOW that we have become successful missionaries. We are confident that you will find them to be very similar to those attributes of a true disciple as we discussed at zone conference.

In the Luke chapter 6, there is an interesting example of this type of discipleship. The Savior joins Simon ("Peter") in his boat and invites Peter to launch his boat "into the deep, and let down your nets." (v.4) Peter, apparently frustrated by this request begins by responding, "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing." He then wisely utters these important, disciple-like words and says: "NEVERTHELESS at thy word I will let down the net." (v.5) We then read in vs 6 that "when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and the net brake." They caught so many fish that they had to call for help. The number of fish caught were so numerous that both ships began to sink.

Because Peter had the faith to act even when it made no sense and when he undoubtedly didn't feel like it, he was blessed with such a remarkable "sign" and he immediately desired to repent. (v.8)

To such disciples in our day, the Lord makes the following promise in D&C 97: 

8 Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice—yea, every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command—they are accepted of me.

9 For I, the Lord, will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yieldeth much precious fruit.

We hope that each of you will resolve to be true disciples so that you can receive all of the blessings promised to the faithful!

Love,

President and Sister Mortensen




Mark Owen Vickers

Aug 8 (13 days ago)
to me
Hey Dad,

The Work is going so great. Hopefully I can get an update sent out in
a few. Good luck with surgery. Let me know when it's set so I can fast
for you. :)

That is a small world. Although I've seen that a ton on the mission.
Most people here are Utah transplants or Arizona or Idaho.

Love ya!



-- Elder Mark Vickers


Mark Owen Vickers

Aug 15 (6 days ago)
to me
Hola mi familia! 

Sorry it is so short this week. Musi is doing great. Should be baptized on the 3rd. They are awesome. They gave me a Lava Lava. Not sure if I am spelling that right. Most of our day dot taken up on a fishing outing. I will for sure email more next week. Tell the cousins in Colorado hi from me. Didn't have time to email them back. 

Love you!

-- Elder Mark Vickers




Mark Owen Vickers

AttachmentsAug 15 (6 days ago)
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Emusi is Samoian and Leni(his wife) is Tongan. It's a lava lava they gave me.




Monday, August 1, 2016

Week of August 1, 2016

Blake Visser came back with his parents and took us to Texas Roadhouse



Mark Owen Vickers

3:22 PM (5 hours ago)
to me
Awesome talk. It's funny how now as I am working to overcome some of those habits from my youth how I see the prophets words were truly for me.

-- Elder Mark Vickers

On Aug 1, 2016, at 8:50 AM, Deanne Kay Vickers <deannevick@gmail.com> wrote:
Beginning of talk has funny story

Four B’s for Boys


 



Mark Owen Vickers

3:29 PM (5 hours ago)
to me
Hey Dad! 

I know right? It was so good. They had a deal on 11 ounce sirloins so pretty much the entire table had one. Love you so much padre. Keep working hard to get healthy. I know the Lord is as mindful of you as he me and spenc. 

He's really funny though and we have a good time. He is super talented when it comes to art though. He showed me some sketches that were amazing. His English is good enough to be understood, but some of his expressions are a bit off. I'll have to think of a few and send them. Haha.  All of his family are members other than his dad. He plans to fast on the way home and them teach his dad the Restoration before he is released as a missionary. He has this transfer and then one more before he goes back home. I may 'kill’ off two companions in a row. 

Love ya!

-- Elder Mark Vickers




On Aug 1, 2016, at 3:26 PM, DEANNE VICKERS <deannevick@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey Elder,

Save some of that great Texas Roadhouse for me. It does my heart so good each week to see your glowing smile. I Love you with all my heart and I am so proud of you. 


Dad




Mark Owen Vickers

Attachments4:17 PM (5 hours ago)
to me
So every night on our walk back to the apartment we pass this septic
cover and there are always 2 frogs there, without fail. I don't know
if it's the same 2 frogs or not. Haha we think they may like the
warmth after it's been in the sun all day. Not too sure....





Mark Owen Vickers

Attachments4:22 PM (5 hours ago)
to me
These lizards are everywhere in Houston. I see about 10 a day.



Mark Owen Vickers

Attachments4:24 PM (5 hours ago)
to me


So Elder Yanzon's last area included the Hennessy Factory. A member
works there.  So jealous. Some awesome cars. If you zoom in on the
truck license plate, it's a good laugh.






Mark Owen Vickers

Attachments4:21 PM (5 hours ago)
to me


Don't know if this is anything like what you used to drive dad, but it
made me think of you. :)

If you take a left at this light, onto Hafer Road, our mission office
and meetinghouse are just down the street. Our apartment complex is
also on Hafer.




Dad will appreciate this :)



Mark Owen Vickers

Attachments4:27 PM (5 hours ago)
to me
This family couldn't feed us so instead they made dinner to go. Such
good people. It was Tres Leches and sweet pulled pork


Awesome members

Abdullah's awesome bird. Speaks and everything




Another rainy day in Texas






 

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Summer to Remember


 To the Missionaries of the Great Texas Houston Mission,

The prophets have taught that we are living the fulfillment of the Lord's statement that "I will hasten my work in its time" (D&C 88:73). Elders and Sisters, we are witnessing the fulfillment of those words. There have been more convert baptisms in June and July than any consecutive two month period in the history of the Texas Houston Mission! The Lord is truly hastening His work. We marvel at the wonderful people who have been prepared and we are grateful for each of your efforts to qualify in such a way as to allow the Lord to permit us all to participate in this great harvest of souls. We are mindful that some of you aren't seeing the results that you would like, but we assure you that the blessings we are seeing are only coming because of increased collective faith and collective obedience. No effort is wasted. No one has been forgotten.

The great blessing the Lord promises to the laborers in His vineyard is found in D&C 88:75. It reads:

74 And I give unto you, who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean;

75 That I may testify unto your Father, and your God, and my God, that you are clean from the blood of this wicked generation; that I may fulfill this promise, this great and last promise, which I have made unto you, when I will.

There are no greater promises we can receive than to be made clean and therefore inherit eternal life. The path to "preparing" ourselves is simply by living the way He would have us live and being who He would have us be. As we recommit ourselves to be as obedient as the Lord has asked and then labor in faith, we will see even greater blessings come to our families and to the lives of those we teach.

God lives. We love Him and we love you! There is no greater work on the earth. We are humbled to be able to share this time with you. God bless you all for your valiant service!

Love,

President and Sister Mortensen

We attended District Meeting in the Klein Oak District last Friday. It was great to be with them and learn from each other and from the spirit. We were inspired by the hard work and miracles that are happening.