Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Since my roommate Natalie and I are both going on missions, we decided that it would be a good idea to start teaching the lessons out of Preach my Gospel to people. Last night, for FHE, we decided to tag team it and start teaching the first lesson as our spiritual thought. She taught about how God is our loving Heavenly Father and I taught about how the gospel blesses families. Even though I'm not with my immediate family right now, I know that because I've decided to serve a mission, they will be blessed immensely. I'm so grateful for them and want them to know that I love them!
Sunday, January 27, 2013
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the CALIFORNIA VENTURA MISSION. It is anticipated that you will serve for period of 18 months.
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, MAY 8, 2013. you will prepare to teach the gospel in the SPANISH language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.
You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As such, you will expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of you mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your hear, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.
The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective missionary.
You will be set apart as a missionary by your stake president. Please send your written acceptance promptly, endorsed by your bishop.
Thomas S. Monson