We are a bit scattered this week with some of you emailing
me last Friday and others today. As you know, we were blessed to receive 33 new
missionaries last week. They are full of excitement and fire for the work. They
are prepared and ready to go forth. I feel blessed and humbled to serve with so
many outstanding young men and women, including you.
The beginning of each new transfer period is an opportunity
to start anew. It is an opportunity to progress and improve, which, I might
add, is best accomplished through personal change and repentance. Many of you
have received new assignments. Some of you stayed in the same assignment even
though you thought you would move. Some of you are excited for new opportunities.
Some may be disappointed, assuming you were passed over for a new area,
companion or position of leadership.
I wish to assure each of you that, as I prepared this move
call, I carefully considered your assignment. As I consider each missionary, I
start with his or her companion. I ask myself, who can bless this missionary by
being his or her companion? More important to me than where you serve or what
is your assignment, is who will be your companion. I plead with Heavenly Father
to help me assign the right companion for each missionary. I am grateful for
the sacred calling to serve as your mission president. I know I can rely on the
Lord to sustain me as I do my best to prepare each move call. I also know that
He will sustain you as you serve in each assignment. I do not make perfect
decisions, but the Lord, in sustaining both you and I, will enable each move
call to be the right one for you. I urge you to find out how this is so and to
love, serve and listen to your companion. Can you imagine how unified our
mission would be if every missionary continually focused on these three simple
As with each transfer day, I remind you of an important
mission rule: When moving from an area, please do not give members or
investigators your new phone number or address. They can
keep in touch with you by email. If you are approached by one of your RCs, or
other beloved friends, and asked for your new contact information, please give
them only your email address. Tell them it is against mission rules to give out
any other information. If you are being called and/or visited by members from
areas in which you have previously served politely tell them that this is
contrary to mission policy and ask them to stop. If they do not, please notify
me so I can help.
Please do not call or text missionaries outside your area
without permission. All use of mission phones should be directly related to
missionary work. Please do not call or text other missionaries to chat. Please
limit all phone calls to 10 minutes or less unless talking with myself or
Sister Blickenstaff. We audit the phones each month to insure that these rules
are being kept. Disobeying these rules will result in losing phone and Internet
privileges, let alone sacred blessings and miracles.
Thank you for your faith and diligence. Through our faith we
are compelled to act. Through our actions we demonstrate our love for the Lord.
When we are diligent, we have less time to dwell on our own troubles and
inconveniences, thus we are happier. Diligent missionaries are more likely to
find those whom the Lord has prepared. Our faith and diligence will allow us to
witness, and participate in, miracles.
Mentor of Obedient, Faithful and Diligent Champions