Mission Letter 1-7-13
What a joy it is to have the opportunity to be on a mission right now, right here in the California Santa Rosa mission. Over the last 6 months, Sister Alba and I have had the great privilege of getting to know you better. We love each and every one of you and only want the very best for each of you.
7 And they said: Behold, we cannot understand the words which our father hath spoken concerning the natural branches of the aolive tree, and also concerning the Gentiles.
8 And I said unto them: Have ye ainquired of the Lord?
9 And they said unto me: aWe have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.
10 Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will aperish, because of the hardness of your hearts?
11 Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and aask me in bfaith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.
34 And they were lifted up in apride, even to the persecution of many of their brethren. Now this was a great evil, which did cause the more humble part of the people to suffer great persecutions, and to wade through much affliction.
35 Nevertheless they did afast and bpray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their chumility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the dpurifying and the esanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their fyielding their hearts unto God.
7 For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren.
My fellow servants of God, we can do this and I ask for your sustaining me as your mission president and all the mission leaders in this endeavor. As we do this, I promise that there will be absolutely nothing that can be denied us by God. We will see miracles and thousands will come and join our ranks. Join us in this incredible journey that will allow us to have a mighty change of heart. It can be done!After we purify and purge ourselves, I invite us all to lengthen our stride, quicken our pace and to go forth with power to keep the commandments of God. They will bring innumerable blessings – the greatest of which is our assurance in the Kingdom of God with our families. What greater gift there is I know of none. Imagine – to be heirs of all that God has and will have are promised to us all who are willing to humble and purify ourselves.
Surely as we do this, we will be highly favored of the Lord and His hand will be in all that we do. We cannot go wrong, we cannot fail and we will have joy.Know that I love you and this is why I ask you to do these things so that we can completely enjoy His love.