Letter to the Missionaries week of July 29, 2012
Dear Elders, Sisters and couples,
“ A Time for Change”
I am sitting here thinking of all of your right now and wanting you to know that we love you and that God knows you and loves you and He knows what is good for you. Sometimes opportunities come our way that are easy, just what we want and are wonderful. Sometimes things come our way that are difficult, not what we want at all and turn out to be even more wonderful. We cannot see the whole picture of life while here. Our perspective is limited by so many human characteristics: fear of the unknown, comfort in the now, love for where we are and not wanting to leave, doubt that God is really in the picture, not wanting to go into something that we think will not be good. But God is in the picture. He is part of every little thing that is in your life especially, during this time of your life. So, ‘Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, might, mind and strength’. …and ‘be strong and of a good courage: be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with you whithersoever thou goest.’ Joshua 1:9
I love both of those scriptures and there have been times in my life when they gave me the hope, courage and strength that I needed to go forward. Change can be hard but there is always growth.
Dear Sisters and Elders at this time of change, in some way for almost everyone (transfers) you’ll have new companions, new areas, new leaders, new members and new investigators. President Alba and I would like to issue a challenge to each of you. This is a new day with a new dawn and it is a new beginning. This really is the first day of the rest of your mission. Make it great. It is up to you. You can do it. Chose to lift your eyes upward and go forward in faith.
With great love, Sister Alba