This last week was pretty crazy. Monday and Tuesday we were grounded indoors because it was so cold. That is the first time that has happened in my 17 months in Iowa. It might also be because the weather was the coldest in Iowa in over 20 years, and, with wind chill factored in, we were colder here than it was in the center of Antarctica. Now if that is cold, then I don't know what is!
Friday night we were also grounded, but this time it was just the cars and not us that were grounded, as there was freezing rain. So we spent a good part of the week indoors. It was really weird!
Some highlights from the week and then I've gotta go!
I first want to say I know that the words spoken by our Savior, Jesus Christ, in Doctrine and Covenants Section 1 verse 38 ring true today, they were true and they will forever be true. It reads:
God calls ordinary men to perform extraordinary works, and to be instruments in His hands, each and every day, and that miracles proceed from the mouth of God and His servants.What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
The Bishop of the Waterloo Ward is an inspired, caring individual. We had the opportunity to coordinate with him, the other 4 missionaries serving in the ward, and our assistant ward mission leader to discuss the ward baptismal goal for the year of 2014. In the meeting we discussed who was baptized in 2013 in the ward, who we are currently working with, what we should work towards for 2014, and set a goal to "leave room for the miracle." We prayed, discussed, and prayed again, and using his keys, our Bishop made an inspired decision, giving me a great example of how to counsel with others and make decisions by the Spirit.
We also attended Ward Council where our high councilman also provided training. We are called o our calling to receive inspiration to share things with those who hold keys. Our callings are how God builds us to further the work of His kingdom by building servants who will obey.
May we all seek the Cause of Zion and seek to build the kingdom of God on earth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and build in unity to bring others to Christ.
Elder Zachary R McKenzie
Iowa Des Moines Mission
D&C , 36
Doubt Not, Fear Not.