Monday, January 26, 2015

My Last P-day in Micronesia . . .

The last P-day in Micronesia carries many emotions on both sides of the world. We're happy for Elder McEwan's return but know how much he is going to miss his Micronesian family once he leaves the islands. They are such a big part of his world and his heart. As a family, we are so grateful for the opportunity that Elder Sean McEwan has had to serve an LDS mission and know that he nor are not the same because of his choice to serve. The Micronesian people also hold a very dear place in our hearts and hopefully some day we will have the blessing of meeting those that have taken care of our Elder and are also so dear to him.

January 25, 2015

Dear Family,

Thanks for all the support. Things are going well so far we just had transfer calls last night so Elder Matalolo will now be with Elder Naegle (also from UT).

As far as what to do after the airport…Like I always say...A nonnom remi (it's up to you guys) J.

Kind of a lot to talk about but I'll save it til Friday.

I love you all!

Elder McEwan

Monday, January 12, 2015

Gearing Up For Graduation . . .

January 12, 2015

Dear Familiy--

Things here in Guam are going great. Elder Matalolo and I are trying to work super hard right now and get to as many people as possible. Right now we are trying to reactivate a lot of less actives namely Roger (from Chuuk) and his family who are all members but the guy "in charge" of the house is not a member and he doesn't really like us. We also have a new chuukese family Siu and Sinbad that we are hoping show potential. They've been reading a little from the book of mormon but haven't come to church yet so we'll see.

Hmmm...right now I feel like I'm back in school gearing up for graduation… I've finished all my "end of year projects" (zone conference and zone meeting) and now I just show up to class every day and do my best to finish on a high note. Elder Matalolo and I are doing great! One of the goals that we set with each other is that we will do our best to get up every morning and go play basketball at the far we've doing well on that.

That's awesome that you got to meet with Sister Jaidy Warner she was one of my favorite sisters to work with here in Guam.

RIght now Guam is also very wet in the weather and very dry in baptisms...we had 0 baptisms this last weekend. Honestly it's frustrating especially when you as the leader are supposed to be leading out but I'm confident that Guam Zone will still finish this month on a high note.

Before I go anything I need to know before I come home? School stuff, work stuff, etc?

I love you all!! It seems like forever since I left and I'm excited to be starting a new phase of my life. But I'm forever grateful to my Father in Heaven for the things that He has taught me and put me through the last two years. I’ve learned so much from my Heavenly Father. One of which is that I need to have the right people in my life and not shut them out.

Ai tong ngenikemi meinisin!!

Elder Sean McEwan

Monday, January 5, 2015

MGM 2014 Baptisms, Reactivations, and Miracles . . .

January 5, 2015

Dear Family--

Life here in Guam is still going well, we just had our mission leadership council (my last) and it was so good to be able to see everyone from the different islands and to hear from President Zarbock. Right now Elder Matalolo and I are tryng to get things organized and ready for the new year while still trying to get out and teach. Yeah Dylan we are able to do indexing but with our schedule it's hard to set it up to where we can go. But I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing well and that everyone is having a good start to 2015.

To sum up the last year, I'm going to include an excerpt from an email from President Zarbock that tells us all how the MGM did for the 2014 year:

Dear Beloved Missionaries,

We have totaled up the numbers for the year, and we have some wonderful news regarding baptisms and reactivations for the year of 2014. We truly are witnessing miracles in this mission.

For baptisms, we had 783 baptisms in the mission. Equally as important as the baptisms, we were also able to witness 435 people return to church activity, through your reactivation efforts, for a total of 1218 people who have either joined the Church or returned to full fellowship with the saints.

It's so exciting to see this growth here but as President Zarbock AND President Hinckley have put it: IT IS NOT ENOUGH. I don't know where the MGM will be 1 month from now or 3 months from now or 1 year or 5...but I do know now that this work is the greatest thing that I have ever been a part of and I'm so happy that I was sent here. The last two years of my life have truly been a blessing as I've learned and experienced much.

The people are doing great we actually had a less active family come back to church yesterday, the Gildifan family. We haven't been able to meet with them for about 2 months now as they have just been super busy with holiday festivities and family business but seeing them yesterday just made me so happy. Honestly I have crossed paths with the most amazing people the last few months and two years and it makes me sad to leave but I hope to still be able to help them from the other side.

Other than that, just trying to finish strong.

I love you all!! I hope this year of 2015 is the best for everyone and I'll see you all soon!!

With love,

Elder McEwan