Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Letter to the Missionaries 11-25-12

Letter to the Missionaries 11-25-12

There will be miracles when we ‘Believe’


Dear Sisters and Elders and Seniors,

Make no mistake; miracles are happening in the Santa Rosa Mission.  President Alba and I returned from interviewing the entire mission and here is what we learned.

First:  We love you and are amazed at your bright and valiant spirits.  So many of you are experiencing miracles daily that I cannot begin to write them all down.  Our time is now and the Lord is hearing our prayers and the windows of heaven are opening to us.  Be sure to acknowledge the miracles in your life.  Write them down.  Testify of them to your investigators, your ward and your family back home.  Build upon them, remember them when you have a bad day and then lift up your head and look towards the heavens in gratitude and thank Heavenly Father for the miracles that are yet to come. Continue your prayers of asking to ‘have more faith in finding’ and that the ‘windows of heaven with continue to open for us here in the Santa Rosa Mission’.  There is much power in the unity of faith and prayer. Draw on it.

Second:  We ‘Believe’ in the miracle!  We do.  Remember that Elder Gavarret instructed us to ‘believe’ in the possibility of the 101?  Well, across the mission we are ‘believing’ in the miracle of the 101.  Fear not that is not happening in a more dramatic way.  Remember all things happen in God’s time we must be patient and understand that faith and trials precede the miracle. “Fear not, for the Lord thy God is with thee, whithersoever thou goest.”   

Third:  We are an ‘obedient’ mission.  What joy to be with all of you.  I am sure that there really is no better mission on this earth today.  Is everyone perfect?  Well, no. No one is ever perfect but you are trying and doing your best and the Lord is aware of each one of you and so are we.  Thank you for your efforts to obey and now we encourage you to take another step towards Heavenly Father on your path home to Him.  So when you say your prayers each night include, “Heavenly Father, help me be more obedient tomorrow that I was today.”  And the blessings from that increased obedience will come in ways that we never thought possible.

Fourth: I found as I talked to each of you that you all loved Zion’s camp.  I did too.  Let me tell you why I loved it so much.  Zion’s camp was just that… Zion.   We experienced a precious moment here on earth which was divine and sacred.  Our hearts were woven together as ‘one’.  Our spirits were lifted and touched by the Holy Ghost over and over and over.  Love was spoken there.  There was kindness, gratitude, service, laughter, tears, learning, praying, listening, growing and understanding all at once.  Testimonies grew and were strengthened, faith increased and prayers were answered.  The heavens were surely opened as we received revelation in many different ways wherever we went and whatever we did.  If you haven’t taken time to write the experience in your journals please take time to do so.  It was a holy time and each one of you was a part of it. It is now a time that you can look back on and remember the feelings that you had and draw strength from them.  Now you know what the scriptures speak of when they talk of a Zion people… you have experienced it. It is possible here and you can create in your companionships (some of you already have) and in your districts and in your zones and across the mission on a daily basis and someday in your own families.  We are ‘one’.  And when we are one we experience heaven…

Fifth and finally and most beautifully… our 30 minutes of prayer.  If you forget everything else please don’t ever forget our 30 minutes of united, faithful and powerful prayer.  As I kneeled, I saw in my mind all of you, scattered throughout the magnificent redwoods, kneeling together as ‘one mission’.  My prayer was for all of you.  That the heavens would open for you, that angels would attend and that you would receive peace, love, personal revelation and knowledge.  That light would encircle you and pierce your hearts.  That your faith would grow and your testimonies be strengthened and that we would all believe in the miracle of the 101… for the benefit of the children of God in this area and that all glory be His.

As I had the chance to speak to each of you I found that almost 100% of you mentioned the 30 minutes of prayer as the highlight of Zion’s camp. Elders and Sisters, never forget that your Heavenly Father is there for you always.  He is waiting to receive your prayers and bless you with His blessings and knowledge.  You have had the opportunity to experience to some degree ‘mighty prayer’.  It is my prayer now that you will take it into your life forever and that you will continue to grow in mighty prayer and learn to depend on it to lead you and to guide you through this life. Be like Enos who learned about mighty prayer and used it to become a mighty man.


I love you all and it is my greatest privilege to serve along side you.  Together all is possible when we put it in God’s hands.

Love Sister Alba




Monday, November 12, 2012

Letter to the Missionaries 11-12-2012

Letter from President Alba, 11-12-2012
My dear missionaries,

So many of us would like to be closer to the Spirit and to specially know His promptings and how to follow them.  Today, I would love to share this talk given by Elder Scott in the October 2009 General Conference.

Elder Scott is one who has developed this great skill in recognizing the Spirit and how to follow it without question and great blessings of inspiration have flowed to him as he faithfully obeys the sweet whisperings of the Spirit.

Faithfully read  this article and let us develop a greater desire to be led by the Holy Spirit in all we do as missionaries.  With greater faith follow Him and with greater faith receive the blessings He provides to us all through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

All my love,

President Alba

To Acquire Spiritual Guidance

Elder Richard G. Scott

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Throughout the ages, many have obtained guidance helpful to resolve challenges in their lives by following the example of respected individuals who resolved similar problems. Today, world conditions change so rapidly that such a course of action is often not available to us.

Personally, I rejoice in that reality because it creates a condition where we, of necessity, are more dependent upon the Spirit to guide us through the vicissitudes of life. Therefore, we are led to seek personal inspiration in life’s important decisions.

What can you do to enhance your capacity to be led to correct decisions in your life? What are the principles upon which spiritual communication depends? What are the potential barriers to such communication that you need to avoid?

President John Taylor wrote: “Joseph Smith, upwards of forty years ago, said to me: ‘Brother Taylor, you have received the Holy Ghost. Now follow the influence of that Spirit, and it will lead you into all truth, until by and by, it will become in you a principle of revelation.’ Then he told me never to arise in the morning without bowing before the Lord, and dedicating myself to him during that day.” 1

Father in Heaven knew that you would face challenges and be required to make some decisions that would be beyond your own ability to decide correctly. In His plan of happiness, He included a provision for you to receive help with such challenges and decisions during your mortal life. That assistance will come to you through the Holy Ghost as spiritual guidance. It is a power, beyond your own capability, that a loving Heavenly Father wants you to use consistently for your peace and happiness.

I am convinced that there is no simple formula or technique that would immediately allow you to master the ability to be guided by the voice of the Spirit. Our Father expects you to learn how to obtain that divine help by exercising faith in Him and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ. Were you to receive inspired guidance just for the asking, you would become weak and ever more dependent on Them. They know that essential personal growth will come as you struggle to learn how to be led by the Spirit.

What may appear initially to be a daunting task will be much easier to manage over time as you consistently strive to recognize and follow feelings prompted by the Spirit. Your confidence in the direction you receive from the Holy Ghost will also become stronger. I witness that as you gain experience and success in being guided by the Spirit, your confidence in the impressions you feel can become more certain than your dependence on what you see or hear.

Spirituality yields two fruits. The first is inspiration to know what to do. The second is power, or the capacity to do it. These two capacities come together. That’s why Nephi could say, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.” 2 He knew the spiritual laws upon which inspiration and power are based. Yes, God answers prayer and gives us spiritual direction when we live obediently and exercise the required faith in Him.

Now I share an experience that taught me a way to gain spiritual guidance. One Sunday I attended the priesthood meeting of a Spanish branch in Mexico City. I vividly recall how a humble Mexican priesthood leader struggled to communicate the truths of the gospel in his lesson material. I noted the intense desire he had to share those principles he strongly valued with his quorum members. He recognized that they were of great worth to the brethren present. In his manner, there was an evidence of a pure love of the Savior and love of those he taught.

His sincerity, purity of intent, and love permitted a spiritual strength to envelop the room. I was deeply touched. Then I began to receive personal impressions as an extension of the principles taught by that humble instructor. They were personal and related to my assignments in the area. They came in answer to my prolonged, prayerful efforts to learn.

As each impression came, I carefully wrote it down. In the process, I was given precious truths that I greatly needed in order to be a more effective servant of the Lord. The details of the communication are sacred and, like a patriarchal blessing, were for my individual benefit. I was given specific directions, instructions, and conditioned promises that have beneficially altered the course of my life.

Subsequently, I visited the Sunday School class in our ward, where a very well-educated teacher presented his lesson. That experience was in striking contrast to the one enjoyed in the priesthood meeting. It seemed to me that the instructor had purposely chosen obscure references and unusual examples to illustrate the principles of the lesson. I had the distinct impression that this instructor was using the teaching opportunity to impress the class with his vast store of knowledge. At any rate, he certainly did not seem as intent on communicating principles as had the humble priesthood leader.

In that environment, strong impressions began to flow to me again. I wrote them down. The message included specific counsel on how to become more effective as an instrument in the hands of the Lord. I received such an outpouring of impressions that were so personal that I felt it was not appropriate to record them in the midst of a Sunday School class. I sought a more private location, where I continued to write the feelings that flooded into my mind and heart as faithfully as possible. After each powerful impression was recorded, I pondered the feelings I had received to determine if I had accurately expressed them in writing. As a result, I made a few minor changes to what had been written. Then I studied their meaning and application in my own life.

Subsequently I prayed, reviewing with the Lord what I thought I had been taught by the Spirit. When a feeling of peace came, I thanked Him for the guidance given. I was then impressed to ask, “Was there yet more to be given?” I received further impressions, and the process of writing down the impressions, pondering, and praying for confirmation was repeated. Again I was prompted to ask, “Is there more I should know?” And there was. When that last, most sacred experience was concluded, I had received some of the most precious, specific, personal direction one could hope to obtain in this life. Had I not responded to the first impressions and recorded them, I would not have received the last, most precious guidance.

What I have described is not an isolated experience. It embodies several true principles regarding communication from the Lord to His children here on earth. I believe that you can leave the most precious, personal direction of the Spirit unheard because you do not respond to, record, and apply the first promptings that come to you.

Impressions of the Spirit can come in response to urgent prayer or unsolicited when needed. Sometimes the Lord reveals truth to you when you are not actively seeking it, such as when you are in danger and do not know it. However, the Lord will not force you to learn. You must exercise your agency to authorize the Spirit to teach you. As you make this a practice in your life, you will be more perceptive to the feelings that come with spiritual guidance. Then, when that guidance comes, sometimes when you least expect it, you will recognize it more easily.

The inspiring influence of the Holy Spirit can be overcome or masked by strong emotions, such as anger, hate, passion, fear, or pride. When such influences are present, it is like trying to savor the delicate flavor of a grape while eating a jalapeƱo pepper. Both flavors are present, but one completely overpowers the other. In like manner, strong emotions overcome the delicate promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Sin is addictive; self-degenerating; conducive to other strains of corruption; deadening to spirituality, conscience, and reason; blinding to reality; contagious; destructive to mind, body, and spirit. Sin is spiritually corrosive. Unrestrained it becomes all-consuming. It is overcome by repentance and righteousness.

I share a warning. Satan is extremely good at blocking spiritual communication by inducing individuals, through temptation, to violate the laws upon which spiritual communication is founded. With some, he is able to convince them that they are not able to receive such guidance from the Lord.

Satan has become a master at using the addictive power of pornography to limit individual capacity to be led by the Spirit. The onslaught of pornography in all of its vicious, corroding, destructive forms has caused great grief, suffering, heartache, and destroyed marriages. It is one of the most damning influences on earth. Whether it be through the printed page, movies, television, obscene lyrics, vulgarities on the telephone, or flickering personal computer screen, pornography is overpoweringly addictive and severely damaging. This potent tool of Lucifer degrades the mind and the heart and the soul of any who use it. All who are caught in its seductive, tantalizing web and remain so will become addicted to its immoral, destructive influence. For many, that addiction cannot be overcome without help. The tragic pattern is so familiar. It begins with curiosity that is fueled by its stimulation and is justified by the false premise that when done privately, it does no harm to anyone else. For those lulled by this lie, the experimentation goes deeper, with more powerful stimulations, until the trap closes and a terribly immoral, addictive habit exercises its vicious control.

Participation in pornography in any of its lurid forms is a manifestation of unbridled selfishness. How can a man, particularly a priesthood bearer, not think of the emotional and spiritual damage caused to women, especially his wife, by such abhorrent activity?

Well did inspired Nephi declare, “And [the devil] will … pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, … and thus [he] cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.” 3

If you are ensnarled in pornography, make a total commitment to overcome it now. Find a quiet place; pray urgently for help and support. Be patient and obedient. Don’t give up.

Parents, be aware that the addiction of pornography can begin with youth at a very early age. Take preventative action to avoid that tragedy. Stake presidents and bishops, warn of this evil. Invite anyone you consider captured by it to come to you for help.

An individual with foundation standards and an enduring commitment to obey them is not easily led astray. Someone who is increasingly repulsed by grievous sin and who exercises self-restraint outside human influence has character. Repentance will be more efficacious for such an individual. A feeling of remorse after a mistake is a fertile soil wherein repentance can flower.

Have patience as you are perfecting your ability to be led by the Spirit. By careful practice, through the application of correct principles, and by being sensitive to the feelings that come, you will gain spiritual guidance. I bear witness that the Lord, through the Holy Ghost, can speak to your mind and heart. Sometimes the impressions are just general feelings. Sometimes the direction comes so clearly and so unmistakably that it can be written down like spiritual dictation.

I bear solemn witness that as you pray with all the fervor of your soul with humility and gratitude, you can learn to be consistently guided by the Holy Spirit in all aspects of your life. I have confirmed the truthfulness of that principle in the crucible of my own life. I testify that you can personally learn to master the principles of being guided by the Spirit. That way, the Savior can guide you to resolve challenges of life and enjoy great peace and happiness. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1.  Notes

2.   1. John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom, ed. G. Homer Durham (1943), 43–44.

3.    2. 1 Nephi 3:7.

4.   3. 2 Nephi 28:21.

5.    4. See D&C 8:2.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Letter to the Missionaries 10-14-12

Letter from President Alba

Our commission – under the direction of the Savior


Dear fellow missionaries,


I want to testify to each one of you that the work we are involved in is the work of God.  He has commissioned each of us to unitedly serve Him at this time here in the California Santa Rosa Mission.  What a great joy it is for Kathie and I to be serving along side each of you.  I can testify that the Lord is serving right along side with us as well.


The Lord Jesus Christ has sacrificed all for the welfare of all of Father’s children and He would invite all of us to return to live with Him and enjoy the blessings of exaltation at His side.  There is nothing better that we could be doing with our lives than serving Him at this time right here.


He has declared that this gospel be taught to all nations.   In Matthew 29:18-20, He commanded His disciples and charged them with this calling:  “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.”


In the Doctrine and Covenants he declares the following:  “And your whole labor shall be in Zion, with all your soul, from henceforth; yea, you shall ever open your mouth in my cause, not fearing what man can do, for I am with you.  Amen.  (D&C 30:11.


Is there any doubt that if we labor with all our soul and open our mouths in his cause that He would ever leave us by ourselves?


Later in section 31:13 He states: “Be faithful unto the end, and lo, I am with you.  These words are not of man nor of men, but of me, even Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, by the will of the Father. Amen”


We must also exercise great faith unto the end – What He has spoken is truth and we must have the necessary faith that He will never abandon us – specially at the hour of our need.  In regards to our faithfulness, later in D&C 61:10 He declares:  “And in as much as they are faithful they shall be preserved, and I, the Lord, will be with them.”  Again, we must be faithful!


What does that mean?  The dictionary offers this description:


1.  strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.

2.  true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.

3.  steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.

4.  reliable, trusted, or believed.

5.  adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.


Can we be strict and thorough in our performance as we represent He whose name we carry in our hearts?


Can we be true to our word and the promises (covenants) and vows we have made with Him?


Can we be steady in our allegiance or affection?   Can we be constant and steady? 


Can the Lord count on our loyalty and can he count us to be reliable, trusted and believed?


Are we also adhering or true to the standard that we bear?  Can we be accurate in our teaching His children?


If we are to remain faithful we must have these characteristics as true believers and followers of Christ – then He promises that if we are – faithful – He will be with us.  There is no denying this – of this I am sure.


Then comes a great promise to those of us who are faithful – “Behold, the kingdom is yours.  And behold, and lo, I am with the faithful always.  Even so.  Amen.”  (D&C 62:9)


Again that word – faithful!  Can we do this even though we may be turned away by almost everyone we meet?  Can we do this even though we may face opposition, discouragement, home sickness, rejection, etc.? 


We must, we must and we will.


“Brethren (and sisters are included), shall we not go on in so great a cause?  Go forward and not backward.  Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory!  Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad.  Let the earth break forth into singing.  Let the dead speak forth anthem of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free.”

Let the amountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid brocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the cmorning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and dimmortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!

Behold, the great aday of the Lord is at hand; and who can babide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth? For he is like a crefiner’s dfire, and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a erefiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of fLevi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an goffering in righteousness. Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the hrecords of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.”  (D&C 128 22-24)


Let us remain faithful – the Lord is aware of our offering and when it’s offered in righteousness – He will honor those who honor Him and He will bless those faithful followers of Christ – after all we can do.


Believe in the Miracle!


Love to all,


President Alba



Monday, October 8, 2012

Letter to the Missionaries 10-7-12

Letter to the Missionaries 10-7-12
Wow… and wow again!  What an amazing conference and what an incredible announcement concerning MISSIONARY WORK!  Can this be part of our answer to the ‘Windows of Heaven”’ opening?  Yes it is.  Can this be part of the way that we will be able to reach our goal of 101?  Yes it is. Can you imagine our royal army swelling in numbers, covering more area, touching more lives, and the adding of more faith in finding by way of more missionaries on their knees in prayer morning and night and then going forward in actions?  Yes I can. Let us all thank our Heavenly Father for this great miracle that we are a part of.  Are we on the brink of something?  Yes we are and the Lord has heard us and is now showing us all how it can and will happen.

We must all prepare now to receive the new missionaries that will come to us.

 Please begin by praying that we will receive MANY… AS MANY AS THEY CAN SEND US.

Pray that they who are coming will consecrate their time here unto the Lord.

Pray that you will know how you can be ready to receive them.

We will need many more trainers.  Are you ready?

Pray that we will receive these missionaries a quickly as possible.

Our living situations may need to be adjusted and perhaps not so comfortable… Is it worth it?  Of course!  It is part of our miracle.

It may mean that many more are on bicycles… YAY!!!! We will all be more physically fit!

Does it mean that we will need to sacrifice more?  Yes it does, ‘faith precedes the miracle’… ‘sacrifice calls down the angels’.  We will be surrounded, we already are.

What and exciting and amazing time for you to be on your mission.  Please write in your journals about your feelings and pray to understand your part in this.  If you still doubt, the time to believe is now. Do not wait.  Do not miss the opportunity to be at the forefront of the army.  The new missionaries that will come to us will be younger, fresher, but also needing you to stand as examples like never before. They will need YOU.  Without your strong and steadfast faith they will flounder. So from this moment forward, no matter how long you have left to serve we must all raise ourselves up to meet the challenge, the gift we have been handed by the Lord.  He is sending us help in a way that has never, ever been done before.

It is not a coincidence that you are serving at this time. Step up and be more that you have ever been.  Join in preparing for the changes that will quickly come. Prepare yourselves.  Pray more.  Study harder.  Forget yourselves. Work as you have never worked before.  Be positive.  Generate happiness. Show the light of the Lord that glows with in you. Love your companion more.  Listen to one another. Say I’m sorry, please forgive me.  Act as if you are a zone leader because to us….EVERYONE OF YOU IS A ZONE LEADER. Everyone is equal and great. I love you all and I know that we can do this together.  This is our time and our season. We will prepare.  And someday we will sit together and look back with great joy in the time that we had together working side by side in the Lord’s vineyard.

Love Sister Alba



Monday, October 1, 2012

Letter to the Missionaries 9-30-12



Dear Elders and Sisters,


It’s now been over a week since we had a visit from Elder Gavarett from the Seventy.  What a great experience it was for us to have a servant of the Lord right here with us in our mission.  As he arrived, both Sister Alba and I could feel a difference – especially as he stayed in the mission home and as he shared so many wonderful things with us that provided us with a greater sense of faith and belief.


Elder Gavarret is a very special servant of the Lord.  In the Doctrine and Covenants section 107 we read:


23.  “The twelve traveling councilors are called to be the Twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world – thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.


24.  “And they form a quorum, equal in authority and power to the three presidents previously mentioned.


25.  “The Seventy are also called to preach the gospel, and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles and in all the world – thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.


26.  “And they form a quorum, equal in authority to that of the Twelve special witnesses or Apostles just named.”


As part of his calling to be an especial witness, he testified and promised many things to us – including the charge for us to exercise more faith and to believe.  Is anything too great for the Lord?  If we truly believe that this is His work, we should not doubt that what we do and our commission is to represent Him here in our mission. 


“Behold, I say unto you that whose believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.”  Mormon 9:21 (italics added)


Later in the same chapter verse 27 we learn:


“O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need.  Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.


Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanliness; ask not, that you may consume it on your lusts, but ask with firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.”  Mormon 9:27-28.


Again, if we truly believe that we are on the Lord’s errand and that this truly is His work, “doubting nothing”, we are then entitled to ask the Father in the name of Christ and it shall be granted unto us.  As we dedicate ourselves to this work and our will becomes His will, nothing will be held from us because our desires will be pure and will be the same as God’s.  We must not doubt or despise not, or wonder not but we must hearken (listen and obey) unto the words of the Lord.  Whatsoever we stand in need doubting not but be believing, it shall be granted unto us.  I truly believe this and know that my faith is sufficient because my desires are the same as God’s.  He will grant unto us what we ask for – remember though, that it will be in His own time and His own season when He wills it.  It will surely come to pass after all we can do.


“Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my friends Sidney and Joseph (we could well place our own name here), your families are well; they are in my hands, (there are no better hands) and I will do with them as seemeth me good; for in me there is all power.”  D&C 100:1 (see the connection to 101?). 


Then, the Lord makes an incredible declaration that truly applies to all of us here in the California Santa Rosa Mission:


 2 Therefore, follow me, and listen to the counsel which I shall give unto you.

 3 Behold, and lo, I have much people in this place, in the regions round about; and an effectual door shall be opened in the regions round about. . .

 4 Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the asalvation of souls.

 5 Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; aspeak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be bconfounded before men;

 For it shall be agiven you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.

 But a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall declare whatsoever thing ye adeclare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things.

 8 And I give unto you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this the aHoly Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say.”


Can any of us doubt the word of the Lord?  Can any of us wonder if what we are about is true?  Can any of us wonder if 101 is possible.  Can we all believe together? 


Let us evaluate ourselves and ask if this is why we are here.  Let us recommit ourselves with greater faith, doubting not but be believing that the promises of the Lord will be fulfilled and the blessings he promises His righteous missionaries will come to pass.


Let us be more obedient, let us be more believing and trusting in the Lord – then work with every fiber of our being to make it happen – after all we can do.


My dear fellow servants, miracles are happening all around us and we will be the recipients of many more to come – all we need to do is obey, increase our faith and to believe that God will bless our efforts.  I believe this with all my heart and would that you believe as well!


I testify that we are in this great work – all together we are working and experiencing great miracles that will allow us to reach to the heavens and that God will grant unto us the desires of our hearts if we are ALL believers.


I love you, I respect you and trust that you will join in this great miracle that is about to happen.


One final word – BELIEVE.




President Alba

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Letter to the Missionaries 9-11-12

Letter to the Missionaries 9-11-12


Dear Elders, Sisters and wonderful Senior couples,

You all are always on my mind and in my prayers.  I love you all!  All week I have been thinking about you and about all that each one of you are doing.  Thank you.  It can be really hard out there!  So here is something to give you some food for thought.

President Monson:  “As we go about living from day to day, it is almost inevitable that our faith will be challenged.  We may at times find ourselves surrounded by others and yet standing in the minority or even standing alone concerning what is acceptable and what is not.  So we have the moral courage to stand firm for our beliefs, even if by so doing we must stand alone?”


1.    He tries to blur our vision of why we’re here… on our mission or even on earth.

2.    He whispers that there is plenty of time to pull our spiritual lives together later.

3.    He feeds our vanity:  spend your time getting recognition and power

4.    He tells us that we are not worth much, and loves when we compare ourselves to others.

5.    He encourages us to judge and evaluate one another.

6.    He tells us that life should be easy and fun, and if not the gospel is not working

7.    He’s gradually numbing our morality:  music, computer, movies, books, and our tolerance level for evil increases.

8.   He wants us separated from each other.  To stop caring and nurturing one another in person.

9.    He wants us hung up on perfection, so we are frustrated and hopeless.

10. He loves it when we rely on others testimonies instead of gaining our own spiritual strength.

11. He tells the world that religion is restrictive and boring

12. He wants us to get hung up on unanswered questions

13. He has launched an all-out attack on women and their roll.

14. He is devouring marriages and families

15. He has others ridicule and mock religion. He will do anything to make us feel ashamed, embarrassed or to have doubts.

16. He tells us that the ‘natural man’ is good for us. He tells us that we should give in to our natural desires and do what we want.  He wants us to be a slave of our appetites. He wants us to be his.


President Monson: “It is up to you to keep your testimony alive.  Satan will try with all his might to destroy it.  Throughout your entire life you will need to nurture it.  As with the flame of a brightly burning fire, your testimony- if not continually fed- will fade to glowing embers and then cool completely.  You must not let this happen.”


I ask each one of you to please read and ponder the 16 ways Satan can shake our faith. (and I am sure that there are many more) I ask each one of you to understand that you can withstand anything that he throws your way.  You can do it.  Let us all go forward in faith, standing firm and looking our challenges square in the eye.  We climb every mountain one step at a time. But the peak is always in sight.  I love you!

Sister Alba