Monday, June 16, 2014

May 26, 2014- June 9, 2014

MAY 26, 2014
This week has been extraordinary! Elder Livingston and I have been fasting and praying for a nice young family to teach. Well last week we found them! As we taught the Restoration of the priesthood they lit up with light. We didn't have much time but we touched on how in result of the Priesthood being restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, It renews the possibility to have eternal families. Another miracle this week is that we came across a man whose wife just passed away a month ago. As we began testifying about the restoration his daughter came out and wanted to meet us. We taught them for 30 min on their porch about God's plan for our families and how that has all been restored through the restoration. My testimony of the Restoration is unshakable. I know that God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet. That is how He has worked from the beginning of time to reveal His secrets to us. We are excited to continue working with these wonderful children of God :)
This week I was honored to give my first baptismal interview to a lady in one of our districts. President Pitt has the keys to all of the convert baptisms in our mission boundaries. By assignment I have been given some of the keys to the kingdom of God. I am an instrument in the Lord's hands to interview someone and figure out if they qualify and are worthy to enter the gate of baptism. This is someone's salvation! The interview went great! The spirit was present the entire time and as we went through and discussed her experience and her testimony along with the interview questions. She has faith and has acted upon her faith by repenting. She was baptized on Saturday :) The organization of Priesthood Keys and of all aspects of Christ's church is perfect! Jesus Christ is our savior. We wouldn't have our way back to God without him. Repentance and baptism are required to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. As members we must repent daily and strive to be worthy of that. We must invite others to at least learn more about this only path to eternal happiness. For nonmembers- simply have faith in Christ and learn more about what we believe. I promise you that this is the one and only way back to our Father and that you can find out through the power of the Holy Ghost. It only takes faith to read, experiment, and ask God:) I love you all and I hope you are happy. I sure am! Have a great Memorial Day and week! Praise The Lord!
Elder Mackelprang

JUNE 2, 2014
Memorial Day we went to a BBQ with a bunch of the young families here in our ward. We played tennis and volleyball right next to the Kanawha River. Everything is already green and gorgeous here! I'll have to take a few pics for you to see but it doesn't do justice for how amazing it looks. I love West Virginia! This week we had a couple amazing meetings. I am loving this calling because I get to understand how the higher authorities and auxiliary leaders work. Every month we meet with the Stake Presidency and correlate with them.  First we went to MLC (mission leader council) where all of the zone leaders and sister trainer leaders meet once a month. We talked about mission business and what we can do to improve and motivate our mission. Then President Pitt had his teaching portion. This was his last MLC with us. He will be going home on June 27th. It was a powerful meeting and the spirit brought everyone to tears as he bore testimony and shared his love for us. At the end we surprised him and sister Pitt with a song. We sang the As sisters in Zion/ Army of Helaman mix. As I sang the words "We have been born, as Nephi of old, to goodly parents who love the Lord" I broke down in tears of gratitude. Mom and Dad, I've been born of great parents who love me and the Lord. Thank you for leading me to where I am today. I then realized that President Pitt and Sister Pitt are like my second parents. They have helped me become "born again". They have helped me understand more clearly who I am as a Son of God and a representative of Jesus Christ. I am overcoming and growing so much because of their righteous example and leadership. They will be missed. Nevertheless, I am excited for President and Sister Salisbury to arrive. The second that plane lands and they set foot in West Virginia there will be a transfer of Priesthood Keys. President Pitt will no longer have the authority and keys over this mission, President Salisbury will. He will have the spirit of revelation for every individual missionary here in the West Virginia, Charleston Mission. I am ready to sustain and follow him. As a zone leader during this transition it is important that we help all of the missionaries understand this as well. We need everyone on board ready to be obedient and diligent to whatever changes or twists the new mission president will bring. This is the way the Lord has established his kingdom, through priesthood keys and authority.
We had our first Zone Meeting and it went great! Had some fun activities and role plays. I'll write about it when I have time! This week President Pitt has asked Elder LIvingston and I to teach in Specialized Training which is where we will meet with the Parkersburg Zone and teach all 44ish missionaries with him. I'm excited to work with him as much as we can!
The work is moving forward and we are working hard! I love everything about my mission. This is where I need to be and I wouldn't change anything. I'm growing in light and truth and that is what brings true happiness.
Mom: I wrote in my journal yesterday! only a couple pages for May but this month will be better. Thanks for rebuking me ;) haha I'll write more often! I am busy but no excuses I can make time somehow! Have a great week!
Elder Mackelprang

JUNE 9, 2014
This will be quick and not as in detail as I wish, but time does not permit an extensive email this week!
I have been blown away at how much President Pitt loves us and the Lord. I want to become just like him in the sense of doing everything out of pure love for God. This week I conducted another baptismal interview. It was for Crystal Neals son, Jerome! I was able to interview her and now her son! It's amazing to see a family come into the gospel and covenant with the God. Interviewing a child was fun. I did pushups with him during the interview to teach a couple things haha it was fun. The picture in the church is with Crystal and Jerome.

Sorry to hear about the tragedies in Las Vegas! I will be praying for all of your safety and well being. I do everyday. Pray for the families that were affected. I know this gospel is true and that the world will continually get worse. These are the last days and many will see that and soon convert to follow God. But also many will go against the truth and work works of wickedness and evil. It's important more than ever that we never lower our standards or waver in what we know to be true, that God's commandments lead to lasting love and happiness. I love you all and I know that the Lord is watching over all of you. Stay strong and continue to grow spiritually!

Elder Mackelprang

Sunday, June 1, 2014

APRIL 28th - MAY 19th 2014

APRIL 28, 2014
What a fantastic week full of miracles! Since I've been here in Clarksburg we've been able to help bring 3 people back into activity in the church and on Sunday we had 5 nonmembers at church! Through everyday trials we focus on the blessings and carry on. I've been through some interesting things with other churches. I'll be talking to you all on Mothers Day about one particular experience haha it was crazy! I still review my setting apart and patriarchal blessings and part of it says to learn about other churches so I have trying to do so. It helps so much when we can understand where someone is coming from and why they think or believe a certain way.
Sorry I don't have a lot of time again. Busy talking to President Pitt and getting things done but know that I love you all. I'm trying my best to magnify my calling and I'm seeing a huge difference in myself and in the work. Stay safe and keep serving God!
Trials seem to stretch and pull us in several different directions. Because of that we gain more room to improve and grow. I'm grateful for all of our struggles. Heavenly Father is taking care of us and I know that if we go through trials with faith we will reach new heights. The blessings of heaven are available to all who simply follow Christ.
Hurrah For Israel!
Elder Mackelprang 

They didn't have anything to work out with that day so they used the couch haha!

my district, minus the new martinsville elders, doing adopt a highway.

Why did the goose cross the road?

Bro adkins and I

MAY 6,2014
 Got the call. I'm headed to Charleston, WV tomorrow to be a Zone Leader! I'm so excited to serve there, yet I am already dreading leaving Clarksburg. I've grown close to so many people and have seen so much improvement in myself as well. With goodbyes comes more hello's.
Something that President Pitt told me has really helped me understand my inadequacy whenever I receive a greater calling. He told me: "You are not called to be anything because of who you are, but because of who you can become." Isn't that so true? The Lord knows what will stretch and pull us in order to create more room for growth. If I magnify my calling I will become exactly what the Lord has planned for me to become. I accept this call as I have all the others, with excitement and commitment. I have a testimony of our potential as children of God. They path is laid before us and if we follow it, only then are we tapping into unlimited and eternal progression. The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple enough for a child to understand how to make it back to our Father in Heaven and how to inherit all that He has. President Uchtdorf's Mormon Message on  "Our potential, Our privilege" is one of my favorites because it really opens your eyes on how much more we can grow and receive if we do our best. I've loved serving each missionary in my district here in Clarksburg. I'm going to miss them all, especially Elder Fehlberg since he is going home after this next transfer. He was my first Zone Leader! haha love you all! have a great week.

More than excited to talk to yall on Mothers Day! See you soon! :)
Elder Mackelprang

 MAY 12, 2014

Mothers Day was a success. It was more than I could ask for being able to see all of you, but especially you mom! I miss you a lot :) It's great that we didn't skype for 2 1/2 hours this time haha I'm keeping every rule to the exactness, well at least trying to! I am convinced that I have the best family on the Earth! I wish I could share more but time does not permit. I love you guys!
So transfers are now over and the work continues. I am now in Charleston WV serving with Elder Livingston. He is from Kanab Utah! Instantly a flood of memories overpowered any previous thought that I had. Went back to my baptism on 4th of July in the Johnson Ranch pond. What a glorious day! Than to the many times we strolled through Ghost Town and climbed each mountain looking for the dinosaur tracks. From Zeke being Flight For Life'd out of the little Kanab Hospital to skim boarding in the creeks being pulled by the fourwheeler. It gets better, Elder Livingston was in the same ward as Van and Jamie! They really didn't know eachother but he knows of them.
Now that I'm a zone leader, my personal/free time as gotten even smaller (literally to almost nothing. I understand why the men in the bishopric always fall asleep during church because now I'm the one trying to stay awake during a lesson late at night or in a church meeting. I understand a little more what it must take to give all that you are to the Lord. I ponder on how much the prophet and the apostles give for our journey into eternal life. These men are undoubtedly called of God! They seek nothing in return, only to do the will of our Father in Heaven. In this life there are two gifts given to us that are greater than anything else we could ever receive. Those gifts are 1. Motherhood and 2. The priesthood. Without these two things we wouldn't be able to make it back to Heaven. They are sacred and to be dealt with care. I've grown to have sincere respect for these two gifts because without them I am nothing.
Day by day we venture out seeking for God's elect children who are willing to change for the better. Who are willing to make and keep covenants. They are here in Charleston, we just have to find them! I love my calling and my duty and I'm striving to magnify all of it! This is life eternal, to know the true and living God. The harder I work the closer I get to my maker. I hope that all of you can catch the vision our Father in Heaven has for us. Our potential is greater than we can see. We are worth more than what we think. And yes, we are worth far more than a tree. Serve God and you will come to a greater knowledge of this reality.
Take care everyone! Have a stellar week! :)
Elder Mackelprang

Goodbye pic with Elder Shelton (grinch onesie) worse ting I've ever seen! 

had a blow out on the way to charleston from clarksburg for transfers. Got to change the tire.

Elder Livingston skyping his fam!

MAY 19, 2014
What a miraculous week!
This week I have a strong testimony of Christ leading this church. Elder Livingston and I have been fasting and praying to know how to help our zone improve their commitment to the Lord. We know that there is a law in Heaven where every blessing must go through first before we receive it. Within that law is the condition of whether or not we are being obedient. If we are obedient than blessings come. It is promised. With this knowledge we knew that if we helped the zone become more obedient and diligent than we would all see much more success. We were inspired to create a list of expectations for our District Leaders to do every week. Within this list contains things such as: consistent contact with their areas, getting to know who the missionaries are working with, and keeping them all accountable to the Lord. Because they have all accepted and applied our zone last week qualified for the Lord's hand and blew up with blessings. President Pitt has the keys from Christ to lead us and now that our zone is improving on doing what he says, we are seeing miracles. Two weeks ago our zone only found 22 New Investigators. This week we found 34! More people are being put on date for baptism and we are getting more involvement with the members. The Work of Salvation is hastening and Christ needs us to do all that we can to bring this gospel to our Father's children!
There are ups and downs in life but as we keep Christ as our closest friend and continue to strengthen our relationship with God, growth always continues. That's Heavenly Father's plan for us, to learn and to grow. I encourage and plead with you to step out of your comfort zone. First pray with faith to have the desire and courage to share the gospel, and then do it! The only way that we can obtain our own growth and salvation is if we help God's other children do the same.
Charleston, West Virginia is a wonderful place and I'm grateful to be serving here among all of these missionaries, members, and nonmembers. We have been having some crazy lightning storms and tornado warnings haha but I'll be okay mom.
Love you all! Have a RIGHTEOUS week!
Elder Mackelprang