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A Temple Coincidence
This is a recent excerpt from man's journal who met Elder McCook last month while visiting the area that he served in a long time ago. He lives here in the valley. ---
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On Friday, we went to the Temple to do initiatories. My wife was going to do the work for my recently departed Aunt Yvonne who we knew well and was never active in the church. However, the line in that part of the Temple was too long…over an hour wait. We decided to do sealing instead. Yvonne can wait another week.
During the sealing session, one of the couples was quite young…in their twenties. I heard their name and wondered where I had heard it before. I began to wonder if that was the name of the Elder I forgot. The man sorta looked like this Elder. So at the end of the session, I inquired. Sure enough. This was Elder McCook’s brother!! I was able to give him the report and told him to tell his parents that their missionary was off to a good start. My conscience was soothed.
Are there any coincidences?"
Excerpts from Elder McCook's Mormon Profile
I love my family, friends, music and my religion. I'm currently serving a mission in
I am from
As most people of this Church, I was born a member. I am thankful to God for this, as I've been given a fullness of the knowledge of the gospel to help me in times of difficulty as well as times of joy. Many people ask if I've been born a member, and the apparent answer is 'yes', but the real answer is that "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God," (1 John 5:1) and in the words of the Savior himself that "Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). So was I born into a family that taught the principles of our Church and was lovingly guided by parents who knew the gospel of Jesus Christ? Answer: Yes. But there are two life events at which I was tested to see if my individual soul accepted this. It was being baptized, and deciding to serve a mission for two years. I had to really decide if I was to be born of God and accept the atonement of Jesus Christ. It was a trial of faith. As I exercised faith, and repented or re-turned towards God and applied the principles given in the Book of Mormon, and felt the converting power of the Holy Ghost, I came to a knowledge of the truth, because by the power of the Holy Ghost, you and I and all of us may know the truth of all things. I came to a realization that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth. None other power than the Holy Ghost can convince me of this. I would invite all to take up this invitation to read the Book of Mormon, for in it contains the words of God given for our day, and is a sure witness of Christ's reality and divinity. It will truly bring you and I closer to God.
I live my faith right now by going out and knocking doors and talking to people a few hours out of the day, strengthening those who have fallen from the truth, and essentially inviting others to come unto Christ. I have decided to do this for 2 years as a missionary because of my knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel and the joyfulness it can bring everyone.
I've also previously had opportunities to serve in priesthood capacities, home teaching, which is visiting people in the Church and uplifting them, and as a primary teacher, or teacher for children under the age of 12. I love opportunities to serve.
Excerpts from emails throughout the first transfer:
The area I am in is officially called Yeovil. Yeovil is pronounced "Yo - ville." Kinda like "Yo, wassup?" and "ville," like
The missionaries in
I also had my best teaching lesson thus far. We taught a family (don't know the surname) of a father James, a mother Toya, and children Harry and Billy (3 yrs and 7 yrs respectively.) We had a very spiritual teaching lesson, and we invited them to pray at the end (kneeling prayer.) James said the closing prayer! I love it when investigators pray, it's like they're talking to someone face to face. Anyway, we taught them all sorts of stuff, it was led by the Spirit. We taught them eternal families, temple marriage, the entire Restoration, the Book of Mormon, and prayer. James pretty much self-committed to going to church yesterday. And Toya wanted to read the Book of Mormon to determine if what we're saying is true (which is exactly what we want!)
Anyway, we also finally have a baptismal date for the 18 year old Nik in the ward. He's been going to church forever, but finally is honoring his commitments. He's good about reading and praying daily now. We have a date for the 11th of November. In our district, we have a total of 6 baptismal dates lined up. Basically, people who say you don't baptize in
My favorite meal so far was a Sunday roast yesterday at a member's home. Every family in
Aug 26, 2011
I just want to apologize in advance if this email sounds loopy. I had less than 30 mins of sleep on the plane ride over. Anyway, this email is mostly just to tell you guys that I arrived save and sound, and that the MTC here is great, from what I know. Anyway, time is limited and I have to do more registration stuff. I will be more detailed later.
P.S. The sign on the bathroom door in the airport said "gents toilets and cleansing ritual room" hahaha! Oh, and signs say "way out" instead of "exit." Also, I can't understand the people in
A tired Elder McCook - as this picture was taken directly upon arrival at the MTC.
Me and my companion Elder Destribois (pronounced Deh-stri-bwa) talked to maybe some 40 people on the streets of
I'm learning loads of stuff here, everything from Scottish slang, to interpersonal relationship struggles, to fundamental gospel topics that I've forgotten over the months of deep doctrine study, to unique personal revelation. I've also learned (or learnt as they say here) that sleep has never been more precious. Although I'm really not as tired as the first few days here, sometimes while sitting I just want to shut my eyes. I've never slept better in my life.
You guys already know this and know that I know this, but I know this Church is true because of revelation that comes through reading the Book of Mormon with prayer, church attendance, and temple attendance. We had a chance to go to the