Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 6, 2017






















Mark Owen Vickers

Attachments10:04 AM (11 hours ago)
to me

Mornin!

Was this everyone watching the Super Bowl together? Ellie bean being
mischievous?

We had some pretty neat experiences finding yesterday during the game.
I'll include them in my weekly update.

How has the week gone for you guys?

Love ya!

-- Elder Mark Vickers







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DEANNE VICKERS deannevick@gmail.com

Feb 6
to MarkRachelSpencer
My endowment dayπŸ’•πŸŽˆ

Spencer Vickers

Feb 6
to me
This is the day that you got your endowment taken out?? That's so cool! 

On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:35 PM, DEANNE VICKERS <deannevick@gmail.com> wrote:
My endowment dayπŸ’•πŸŽˆ

Mark Owen Vickers

Feb 6
to me
You were endowed today how many years ago? That is so cool!

-- Elder Mark Vickers

DEANNE VICKERS deannevick@gmail.com

Feb 6
to Mark
1981😊


Mark Owen Vickers

Feb 13 (10 days ago)
to me
That is so awesome! I'm in Alma as well, ch. 36. I really enjoyed reading again Alma 32-34 as a cohesive whole. So much meaning to reading it that way. I've made it a goal to read something from the Book of Mormon all the days of my life. So far so good!

-- Elder Mark Vickers



Mark Owen Vickers

AttachmentsFeb 13 (10 days ago)
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Some of my favorite people in Spring Ward, the Barba/Batz family and
the Hill family

Some of my favorite people in Spring Ward, the Barba/Batz family and
the Hill family
   

Sister Leavitt 'died' this transfer.

Mark Owen Vickers

AttachmentsFeb 13 (10 days ago)
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We volunteer here every week and spend about 2 hours typically playing
games, throwing a ball, etc with adults that have intellectual
disabilities. This is Aaron. He remembers literally every missionary
that comes through the area. One of my favorite people from the
mission thus far.


Weekly Update 02.13.17


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Mark Owen Vickers

AttachmentsFeb 13 (10 days ago)
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My last week in Spring Ward!

Got the news last night that I will be heading to a new area and Elder
Troy will be staying here in Spring. He'll do great things here, I am
sure. I have really appreciated the opportunity to teach and leave
from Elder Troy. I'm excited to find out where I will be going.
Tomorrow morning all the missionaries going to new areas will gather
at the Hafer Road building by the mission office and then go to their
new areas to meet their new missionary companions. I have a feeling
I'll be going to a bike area. I'm excited because the last time I was
on a bike, the start of my mission, I lost a ton of weight. Not so
excited as things are already warming up here in Houston and us
gingers don't like the sun too much. I'll let you know what I find
out. Spring Ward has truly been a time of growth. During my time here
I was called to train a new missionary and also support the growth of
15 other missionaries. I didn't feel up to the task at first and know
I still have a lot to learn. I hope to be able to apply what I've
learned here about helping people feel loved and accepted to my next
area and beyond the mission. Not too much of an update this week. Just
some nerves waiting to hear where I'll be headed off to.

Love you all!

-- Elder Mark Vickers

Monday, February 6, 2017

Agents to Act

To the Missionaries of the Great Texas Houston Mission,

We are excited by the opportunities that the revised reporting structure will give us to learn to exercise our agency to choose righteousness. This is one of the great doctrines taught in 2 Ne 2. Lehi instructs his sons about agency and how it works. One of the great lessons learned as missionaries is that we don't have to be enslaved by our circumstances, emotional states, or any other circumstance that would seem to "cause" us to fail. We are empowered to choose righteousness in spite of all of those conditions. That IS the reason we have been given agency (Moses 7). As President Russell M. Nelson taught in our last general conference, joy is the reward of those who understand and act in righteous ways. 

We want to remind you that along with the opportunity to exercise our agency, the scriptures teach that we will be judged according to our choices. This is the principle that Alma tried to teach Zeezrom (Alma 12). So, as there is greater freedom to choose, there is also greater accountability for those choices. We expect that any area falling beneath these standards will get the attention of their leaders so we can help each other succeed. 

We hope you are each taking the time to plan to achieve the standards of excellence each week. If we are planning to find at least one new investigator everyday and teach two lessons, and hold ourselves accountable to those commitments, you will find that the work will be more rewarding and we will be entitled to greater success. We are excited to see it. 

We promise you that as you use your agency to act in righteous ways IN SPITE of your circumstances, the Lord will bless you openly and bless those you serve in ways that will build your faith and shape your future in ways that will astonish you.

Love,

President and Sister Mortensen

We had Mission Leadership Council last Tuesday and enjoyed a wonderful council with these amazing leaders. We feel so blessed to learn from them!


We attended Zone Meeting last Friday in the Woodlands Zone. It was such an inspiring meeting and we were filled with the spirit as discussed how we will adapt to the new changes to the key indicators and the daily schedule. We feel the Doctrine of Christ permeates the things that we do personally and with our investigators.






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