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!


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)
to meb.crum1984skylerbrooksbylaura.crum1988vickers463nataliebrooksb.
Emusi is Samoian and Leni(his wife) is Tongan. It's a lava lava they gave me.

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