Tuesday, July 2, 2013

11 Months Out! - July 1, 2013

It's hard to believe it has already almost been a year!
One year ago I was enjoying my last fast Sunday as not a missionary. It is pretty weird to think it has been so long!
The Iowa Des Moines Mission is officially under new leadership as President and Sister Jensen are now here and President and Sister Jergensen have completed their service. We have a Zone Conference tomorrow with them, so I am excited to meet them and see how they are! Our mission is also one zone smaller as the Peoria Zone is now officially a part of the Illinois Chicago West Mission.
This week was good. Elder Newhouse turned 20 on Tuesday! Some members made cake and had ice cream, so we got that two days in a row. :)
I think the highlight of my week was "The Work of Salvation" broadcast. If you haven't seen it, WATCH IT!!! There are lots of different videos and other trainings found here. The Spirit is super powerful and I hope you can learn something new from the Spirit as you watch it. The part about the missionaries in Oklahoma includes my friend from BYU, Elder Byrd, as one of the missionaries working there. It was exciting seeing a bunch of familiar faces in the crowd of missionaries going out to serve!
For our 5th Sunday, combined Priesthood and Relief Society 3rd hour, a member of our Branch Presidency had a few clips he downloaded from the Broadcast and watched with the members. It was really neat to see them be so excited about the new things, and help bring these things to the members and get them excited as well. We are on the brink of some amazing work happening here in the Story City Branch! Missionary Work is changing! Do all you can to be a part of it! :)
The Bennett family came to church again this week! Brother Bennett, who has been less-active for almost 20 years, is coming back and is very excited! He participates in Sunday meetings quite a lot. You can see a renewed interest in him about the true gospel of Jesus Christ. He wants to quit smoking this week! We are hoping it all goes well!
Elder Zachary R McKenzie
Iowa Des Moines Mission
    D&C 6:34, 36
Doubt Not, Fear Not.
550 Souls to Christ

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