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,