Elder Lunt

Երեց Brian Lunt
Եկեղեցին Հիսուս Քրիստոսի Վերջին Օրերի Սրբերի

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 81 "The greatest Miracle"

Dear family and friends,
All is well. I can't believe it is already that time for transfers. It seems like just yesterday that I came Yerevan. I am so grateful for all that I have learned in my time as a missionary and specifically as assistant these past 9 months. I am grateful for all that I have yet to learn and the enabling power of Jesus Christ to do so.

This last week, Elder Jowers and I have been focusing on finding families. Well that is exactly what happened. We were blessed to find two amazing families ready for the gospel. The strength of the church truly is the family unit. We have been blessed to find many waiting and ready to hear the gospel as we talk to everyone on the streets and try to be an example worth following.

Elder Jowers and I are doing awesome! We are sad to see such a great team come to and end, but we are both ready and excited for what the future holds. He has been a great brother and I know our paths will meet again in the future. I truly am grateful for all that I have learned from 6 months of being around him and enjoying his company and presence. The same goes for Elder Cornett and all that I learn and cherish from him. These companions and so much more than friends and have helped shape my life.

I am doing great! I am happy to see things going so well in our area and the mission in general. As I thought about the change that has taken place these past 9 months I was overcome with joy and satisfaction, that the Lord through us has established his church more fully and hastens the work. I love these people, I love the missionaries I serve and serve with. I am so fortunate to be here at this time with these incredible people, in Armenia.

President and I had interviews this last week, it was great talking to him about the change in myself that is hard to recognize sometimes and the change in the mission. I treasure all that I have learned from so many great people and the Holy Ghost.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes, letters and packages. I love you all and miss you!

Love Elder Lunt

For the missionaries:

Dear Missionaries,
9 months ago Elder Cornett and I sat in President's office and discussed expectations and plans we had for the mission. 6 months ago Elder Jowers and I did the same. 3 months ago the cycle repeated. Only a few days ago, in the same setting, we looked at the original goals and plans. As I share a few of those original goals I would ask that you think about your personal development and our overall progress as a mission. 

Happy healthy missionaries
Faith (confidence) in Savior
D&C 4:2 (understanding)
Excellent teachers
Teaching style (triple play)
Finding mindset

At the conclusion of any task we pursue in life, we all ask ourselves a similar question...
Jacob 5: 41,47,49  "What could have done more for my vineyard?"
As the Lord of the vineyard asks himself this question three distinct times in these passages, we too, being our own biggest critic, naturally ask ourselves "what more could I have done"? 

Jacob 5:47 "But what could have done more in my vineyard? Have I slackened mine hand, that have not nourished it?Nayhave nourished it. for have done all."

We have made leaps and bounds as a mission. It is incredible to be apart of. We have further developed Christlike attributes, skills in every phase of the work, and acquired an understanding of what it means to serve with all of our heart, might, mind and strength. As you can see the happiness of the mission is top priority for leaders. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, we follow the pattern The Lord of the Vineyard displays...We start where we are at and go to work.

Jacob 5:61 "Wherefore, go to, and call servantsthat we may labor diligently with our might in the vineyard, that we may  prepare the way".

 Through out Moroni 7 a different question is posed but again three times is repeated... "Has the day of miracles ceased"? They do if we doubt and more importantly if we fail to recognize them. We have had an awesome year of missionary work. Recognize that and embrace it! As I do so it motivates, and strengthens my faith. We ask you to ponder the changes you have seen in yourselves. The biggest miracle is the change in ourselves.

 Let us "retain a remembrance" of what we have learned this past year and let the rest go. Let us always focus on the task at hand and envision our future. Where will we be in 9 months from now? That is all up to us...Let us consistently give our alland desire the things that bring happiness. "We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellency is not an act but a habit". Thank you for a wonderful 3 transfers, and all that you have taught me.

We love you!

Elders Lunt & Jowers

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