Elder Colin Fotheringham from the Quantico Ward of the Woodbridge Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was called to serve a Spanish-speaking two-year mission in the Nevada Las Vegas area. Even though he was called to serve in the United States, he spent a few months in Mexico at the Missionary Training Center to learn Spanish. When receiving his call, there was a little anxiety as Elder Fotheringham had struggled with foreign languages in high school. He struggled so much that when called to this mission, many prayers were said in his behalf. He now speaks fluent Spanish and is a testimony to all who knew of his struggle that God is truly a God of miracles and will manifest His power to further His work.
In a recent letter Elder Fotheringham shared his testimony with us:
“This week I studied about the atonement and how Jesus Christ loves us so much. Because the atonement was very difficult for the Savior, He called and prayed to God saying, ‘Aba’, meaning father. He cried for help. We shouldn’t take the atonement for granted and use it. If we will use it, we can live with our families for eternity. This is what God wants for us. I know that through the atonement we can be happy and live with our families again. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Another recent letter revealed the love that is growing for those whom he serves:
“As I work with our less actives and investigators, I find that it takes love, time, and patience. Teaching them is not about numbers, it is about loving them. Once you develop a friendship with them, they will see you that you actually care about them and their salvation. Your friendship and love for them will grow and they will feel it. When they feel the Spirit and feel of your love for them, they will accept your invitations to come to church and other meetings. That is when they start coming back little by little. This has been my experience with many less actives and investigators alike. They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care for them.”
We are so pleased with him for his diligence in service to the Lord.
Elder Colin Fotheringham will return from his mission on January 12, 2016 and can be reached at email@example.com. More information about his mission can be found at http://www.missionsite.net/eldercolinfotheringham/.