Well I was in the Houston North Zone, haha but now I'm in the Woodlands Zone.
4:42 PM (3 hours ago)
Hi Family and Friends,
Another great week here in Spring, Texas. We are working with so many great people right now. Among those are Randi and her children Tanaya and Terrell. We were able to visit them yesterday and introduce family history research to Tanaya. She was so excited to research her ancestors and to have her family tree all filled in. Looking back I never would have imagined that people would be calling me a family history guru. Go figure. It really is true that the Lord makes more of us than we could ever make of ourselves.
We are also working with Tomas, Stormy, and Carlos. Tomas is a great man with great desires to learn all he can about our Savior Jesus Christ. As we met with him you could tell that questions he had always had were being answered and in ways he did not expect. We left him with an invitation to read the first 15 chapters from the Book of Mormon and to pray to know that it is truly another testament of Jesus Christ.
Something that was brought to our attention at Zone Meeting, a meeting where a group of missionaries meet and discuss the progress in the larger area in which we all serve, was that rather than refer to ourselves as simply missionaries in our interactions with others is that we should try saying instead 'we are representatives of Jesus Christ'. Truly we bear His name and should remember this always.
We also have the opportunities to volunteer in this area on Wednesdays at the PCI Ranch and Special Angels. PCI is a Christian horse ranch where those with mental or physical disabilities are able to come and receive therapy through horse riding. We help clean up the property and bag hay from bales into hay bags. It's a good change of pace and great to serve an organization doing so much good. Our other opportunity to serve is with Special Angels of the Woodlands. They are a dayhab for Adults with special needs. Most weeks we play monopoly with a young man named Aaron. He loves monologue and playing with the missionaries.
As King Benjamin tells us in the Book of Mormon 'And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.' Mosiah
I know this is true and I have felt His love as I serve. I invite everyone for this week to look for an opportunity to serve in some way you have not done in the past and promise as you do so that more joy will come into your life from your service.
Until next week,
-- Elder Mark Vickers