Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 7th-22nd, 2014

April 7, 2014
Defend Your Faith!
Lately we have been getting a lot of people who plainly claim to be Christians and who have been coming up to us trying to tear down our faith. I find it sad that someone would even try to do that. As a representative of Jesus Christ I go around trying to strengthen, increase, and encourage peoples faith. If others could only see that what we have to share will only have positive results pertaining to their faith in Jesus Christ! Nonetheless, I will not stand for any false accusations against the church. Literally everyday the last week leading up to General Conference we had people try to bash with us. Elder Shelton and I agreed that we wouldn't retaliate in aggression like they were but that we would listen and then clear their confusion and teach straight truth. We have found that the spirit is brought back and that these people are caught dumbfounded. We get a lot of "well.. uh.. mmm..." and then they grunt and walk away.. Elder Hollands talk was perfect for us because it seems like we have been doing a lot more defending than actual teaching to people who want to listen. I know that angels are on our left and our right. God sees the opposition before us but doesn't remove it because He knows it is strengthening our faith and testimonies. To quote Elder Holland- "Salvation was never easy" and I add my testimony to that. But it is worth every ounce of pain because the opposite is far greater, eternal joy.
Jesus is the Savior who came down to save our souls. He is my rock and I have never felt so sure of God's plan of happiness and my future than I do at this very moment. I don't have any more time but I promise this to all of you, that as you study and apply the messages which have been given to us by Christ, you will begin to have growth beyond your belief. I testify that trials and opposition will come haha it will without a doubt come, but only for our benefit. You are triumphant as you endure through courageously.
Stay grateful at all times for God has given us our very breathe. I feel His love for each and every one of us. I know He lives.

Favorite moment from conference: "Dieter, don't even think about it!" XD

I'll only be out for two but I'll forever be serving because the church is true!

Love you all,
Elder Mackelprang
April 14, 2014
Blessed be Spring!
This week has been fantastic! After enduring through back to back snow storms, spring is bringing sunshine to our souls! I've been keeping the entire district more accountable in all things and the blessings are very apparent! The Lord recognizes when we try our best, that is when he steps in and miracles begin to happen.
Sunshine brings warmth and happiness. It brings light. If you are living the gospel and loving Heavenly Father, others will see the light within your eyes and in your countenance. If you are striving to have charity and to choose the right, you will switch "sun" to "son" and people will know you are a disciple of Christ. Let the SON shine within you!

Love you all, have a great week and an uplifting easter weekend!
Christ is Risen and he lives today!
-Elder Mackelprang 

April 22, 2014
Elder Mackelprang didn't have time to write out a whole email but he did send me some pictures to share with you all.

"Easter we sang a song in sacrament and then worked all day teaching the real meaning of Easter :) It was a really spiritual day."

I love this picture of him!

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