President Thomas S. Monson has counseled that full-time missionaries should master three basic skills: (1) prepare with purpose, (2) teach with testimony, and (3) labor with love.  He goes one to say “There is no substitute for love. Often this love is kindled in youth by a mother, expanded by a father, and kept vibrant through service to God. Remember the Lord’s counsel: ‘And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.’  Well might each of us ask himself: Today, have I increased in faith, in hope, in charity, in love? When our lives comply with God’s standard and we labor with love to bring souls unto Him, those within our sphere of influence will never speak the lament, ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.’”

I have seen how Nathan’s love for others has developed in the months he has been serving in Phoenix.  For example, in his last email he talks about an elderly couple that they visit on occasion.   “Brother Fife is 88 years old and still works quite a bit in his wood shop.  He loves to make toy cars and he was showing us how he does it and I asked him to make a wheel I could keep so I could remember the sight of a man who sometimes has trouble getting around operating saws and lathes and sanding machines.  They are a really neat old couple.”  It is really touching to read how Nathan feels toward the people he is serving.   He also had an experience with T …:  “we went to Sacrament meeting and sat by T… but about half an hour in he leaned over and said ‘I think I am having a heart attack’.  So we stepped outside, and found a guy who I knew was in medical school so he talked to him and drove him to the hospital.  He got released yesterday so he is fine now.”

But perhaps my favorite act of love this week is the belated Christmas present I received from Nathan:2013-01-22 21.01.41

The picture didn’t turn out great but it is a frame with a white shirt, a tie and Elder Wainwright’s missionary tag.  I love it!

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  1. Verla Brennan says:

    Nathan has always had a great love for people and has gone out his way to help others! For example, home teaching, mowing lawns, and shoveling snow for just a few. He has learned to serve, help, and love by the example of his parents! His sense of humor (dry, I might add) and his love for the Gosel and his family are truly an inspiration! He excepts people or who hey are and doesn’t judge! God bless him and keep him! What great examples his parents have been! So proud of all of them! Grandma Brenna

  2. Verla Brennan says:

    Sorry for the misspellings, but you get the idea.

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