I hope that you have enjoyed the New Year festivities and that you have not gained too much weight! Are you ready to go to work now with all of your “heart, might, mind and strength?” (D&C 4:2). The field is white and ready to harvest and I am excited to see what we can accomplish! We have new missionaries coming this week and will have an infusion of enthusiasm and faith.
This week we will also say goodbye to our dear friends and fellow servants, Elder and Sister Wheeler. They have labored tirelessly during the time they have been here and we have all been blessed by their love and service. Unfortunately, we do not currently have a couple coming to replace them. In the interim, please make the following changes:
We are implementing an online system for ordering proselyting supplies and materials. You should have been emailed a training video on the procedure. We have also established a “storehouse” of supplies and materials at the Schwieder’s apartment for missionaries in the Gaoxiong and Tainan zones. We ask that you plan in advance and order your supplies around the time of zone conferences and interviews as much as possible. Please use this and give us your feedback.
Because move call is next Monday (March 2) PLEASE DO NOT PLACE ANY ONLINE orders until AFTER the move call comes out Saturday night.
If you are in the Taizhong or Taizhong North zones, AND are remaining in your area after the move call, you may place an online order in the mission office AFTER zone conference, which will be held on Tuesday, 3/3. You can assemble your order afterwards.
If you are in the Zhongxing, Jiayi, Tainan, or Gaoxiong zones, AND are remaining in your area after the move call, you may place an online order on Monday, 3/2. Orders will be ready for pick up at zone conference, which will be held Thursday, 3/5.
If you are in the Gaoxiong East or West zones, AND are remaining in your area after the move call, you may place an online order on Monday, 3/2. Orders will be ready for pick up at zone conference, which will be held Friday, 3/6.
Apartment Repairs and Furnishing
Direct any apartment problems to the Operations Manager. We ask that you text him and remember that he is busy with many responsibilities and now has even more. He will call you back as soon as possible. Please be patient.
CO Monitors: Call President with any CO monitor problems/alarms.
As zone conferences will be held next week as mentioned above, you will receive two talks to study in preparation for our zone conferences. They will be emailed to you today from Elders Gassman and Jardine. Please take time to read and ponder the messages in these talks. Come to zone conference prepared with your insights, comments and questions so that we can learn together some concepts that will help us in our personal conversion and in accomplishing our missionary purpose of inviting and helping others to come unto Christ. These discussions are often one of the highlights of our zones conferences.
I know that the Lord hears and answers our prayers. He is aware of our needs, both personally and as a mission. It is our privilege to see miracles and witness His grace as we labor in His service. It is also our privilege to come to know our Savior and Redeemer more personally than we could otherwise know Him as we represent Him. I love these words which He spake unto Jeremiah:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
I pray that we may be among those who are “searching for [him] with all [our] heart[s].” I testify that as we do, we will find him.
Mentor of Champions
PS. We still have missionaries that are awaiting their visas in order to come to Taiwan. Please continue to pray for them.
PPS. We currently have 30 baptisms for the month of February. We have 16 week A baptismal goals. Let’s exercise our faith and help all of our baptismal goals roll over.
PPPS. You are awesome. Yes, you.