Monday, May 20, 2013

Update from President and Sister McKee:

Dear Family and Friends,
We have continually been blessed with new missionaries and recently because of receiving missionaries waiting for visas, we have had three weeks of new missionaries or transfers in a row. One Monday we will receive 17 more missionaries (12 of which will be Visa waiters) going into Columbia, Denmark, Argentina, Mexico, Australia and Brazil. These missionaries are allowing us to put missionaries where we have never had them before and we continue to see success in these out lying areas. We have another group in Livingston , TN that will hold their very first sacrament meeting in their city tomorrow. There plan is to have 57 people there. Winchester Tn continues to grow . We are getting so many member referrals there that I am going to place ten missionaries in this small city. We have over 300 referrals to go and teach. With no chapel, they continue to meet in their precious donated mortuary. These times are so exiting for the members of the church here in the Tennessee Nashville Mission. “A marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men” D&C 4. We are a witnesses of this marvelous work.

Today we traveled to Paris Tennessee. Our good friend Alvin Travis and his son Andre were baptized there. Alvin was a minister for the Kingdom Vision Church and the first time I met him I knew that he was feeling the spirit of this wonderful message and I challenged him to follow the spirit and be baptized by one having the authority. He has traveled a challenging road but he always knew that this gospel was true and knew that he would actually have to change his livelihood in order to be baptized. We talked to the whole congregation and invited them to come with him but they have been hesitant. Alvin has come to the point where he has made a stand and chosen to follow the Savior by being baptized into the restored church of Jesus Christ. He knows that the Book of Mormon is true and wants to stand for that testimony and knowledge. Sister McKee and I have had him in our home several times even though he lives over two hours away. This gospel will bless him so much. We love him and are so blessed to have him stand as a witness to this great work. The members in Paris, TN were so loving and supportive as they came today to witness these wonderful baptisms. They will be a wonderful ward family for him as he strives to find another job and begin his new life. This step takes so much faith and we love him so much for his willingness to follow the Savior.

Love to all of you and thank you for your continual prayers for Sister McKee. Each day she becomes stronger and has been speaking often to members and the missionaries. She is such a blessing to this mission and to the Lords work and such a blessing for each of us. We love her and love all of you!!

Here is an article from the Tennessean on local sister missionaries. It was also linked on MSNBC for local stories.

President and Sister McKee  


  1. What joyful news this is! We rejoice with Alvin and Andre and will keep Brother Travis in our prayers to be led to new employment and that the windows of heaven will open for he and his family and send a flood of blessings. The Tennessean article is fantastic! Accurate. Positive. Brilliant. We are truly living in wondrous and miraculous days. Thank you for your diligence, love and sacrifice to direct the work of the Lord in one of the choicest parcels of land in His vineyard. We are so blessed to get to have our daughter serve with you. Sending love from Utah.

  2. Hello,

    I am a researcher on the growth of the LDS Church through the nonprofit The Cumorah Foundation. The recent successes in your mission organizing member groups has caught our attention and we wish to write a case study on this development. If you could provide us with some additional information regarding these efforts to open member groups in cities that previously had no LDS unit previously functioning, email me at We are particularly interested in how many of these cities are in the process of getting opened, how this strategy began to be implemented, and whether any other missions in the area are engaging in similar tactics to expand outreach.

    Thank you,

    Matt Martinich
    Project Manager
    The Cumorah Foundation

  3. Glad to hear the increasing number of missionaries every day.

    Keep it up and God Bless!

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