Wednesday, January 20, 2016

1/18/16 – No End to God's Goodness

Hello Everybody,

I've loved the good that comes from service as a full-time missionary. I'm not excited to be finished with this calling. There's been many priceless pearls I've picked up along my journey. As I've traveled from area to area, companion to companion, the only real journey I've taken is the journey within. I feel good about what the Lord has done for me and I feel like I did a fairly good job of keeping myself well-oiled and prepped for sounding the music of the Gospel as an instrument in His hands. Heavenly Father not only has a plan for us collectively, but he has prepared plans for us as individuals so that we are setup for success in this life and eternal life in the life to come. We are each dealt a different hand. President Hancock (our Mission President) is a rancher and he shared with us, as a mission, this statement, "If the cows get out, you deal with it." That's the short version. In essence, his comment is meant to guide us into understanding that no matter what happens in life, you deal with it. The good the bad, and when this life is over you will come to discover the treasures you've laid up for yourself in heaven, because you chose to deal with it. If we instead buckle from the pressures of life, if we give up, if we believe in Satan's lies, we will find that we missed out on important lessons that we needed to learn in this life. I've been a bystander witnessing the trials of so many different people throughout my service as a missionary. I'm grateful for that. I've gained perspective that likely could not have otherwise been gained. I've gained a great love for people and an understanding of who they really are under the weaknesses, flaws, and blemishes that we see. I'm excited to continue working hard as a servant of our loving Heavenly Father.

Love,

Elder Gillespie

Sunday, January 17, 2016

1/11/16 - Boundless Gratitude

Hello Everyone,

There is so much to the gospel! It's so simple, but the learning does not stop! I only hope that I've served the Lord to the utmost of satisfaction to Him these past 22 months. I've been grateful for all of the growing opportunities I've been given. I have gained a greater love of my Heavenly Father and for the people whom we interact with daily. Sometimes it seems overwhelming with all of the weaknesses I'm working to overcome. All I can do is keep building my foundation of faith and pray that I will be forgiven of my shortcomings.

The end of my full-time missionary service is fast approaching and there is yet much to do. We will find out what happens with transfers two Thursdays from now. I'm not really excited for that call. The IDEAL situation, in my opinion, is that Elder Hoffman and I stay here for another transfer and we tie up some loose ends. 

I will never forget the people I have met. I will never forget the love I've felt. I will never forget the testimony I've gained. I will never forget my experiences as an instrument in the Lord's hands. I know that those experiences have been for me personally. I'm grateful to have walked the same path of conversion that many of our investigators and returning members make. I've walked right alongside them as we have helped each other. I have tears of gratitude for the wonderful experiences I've had as I reminisce about the light that the Lord has shone on me and my life. I've become deeply rooted in my knowledge of God's plan and I will not be shaken. All that I am is because I've laid everything on the altar, and allowed our Savior’s matchless sacrifice to work miracles. I've given all that I have to personally develop into all that He is. He is the pearl beyond price. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and my Redeemer. Much work is ahead of me, but I am not alone.

Love,
Elder Gillespie

1/4/16 – Excited for the New Year and for Life Eternal!

"Your son is an awesome Missionary."
Yes, YES he IS!!! --- Here are Elders Gillespie & Hoffman.
  
Hello Friends and Family,

I don't like having days off as a missionary. Christmas and New Year’s Day we had all day preparation days. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve we had partial preparation days from 5 to 9pm. We ALSO had our regular Monday preparation days from 10 to 6. I feel like we did nothing the last couple of weeks.. 

On the upside... We are back to regular proselyting! So I'm excited about that. My time is short and I'm ready to learn what the Lord has for me to learn for the remainder of my service in this capacity. I'm excited for the New Year and for life eternal!

LOVE YOU,
Elder Chillespie

12/28/15 – Baptism Bliss!

12/22 - Elders Gillespie & Hoffman after dinner at a wonderful member's home.
Elder Gillespie is 'proving' he eats his vegetables 
by holding the empty green bean dish! - LOL
  
Hello Hello,

We had a baptism this week! Yet another family well on their way to the celestial kingdom! I honestly don't have any inspired rants to go on today. Sorry! Christmas was great and grand! Unfortunately, this week was rather unproductive because we have been given Monday as our normal Preparation day, Thursday (Christmas Eve) as a Preparation day from 5-9pm, and Friday as an all-day Preparation day. This next week will be the exact same schedule with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s.

Love ya,
Elder Gillespie