President's Pen 9-26-16 (Last Door)

As missionaries in the Texas Houston South Mission, we know our purpose is 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. We do this through our constant efforts to find, teach, invite, retain, and activate God’s children; we love it, we live it, and we do it! We begin with the “End in Mind”, and see God’s children as he does. We are Disciples of Jesus Christ and the best missionaries in the world!

Dear Elders & Sisters,

We love you and it was so great to be with you at our recent zone meetings.  We pray that your focus will be such that you take advantage of every moment of every day in sharing the gospel.  We want to bless and help you develop the critical missionary skills you need to plan, find, and teach effectively.  As we taught in zone meeting: faith comes from confidence, confidence comes from skills, skills come from knowing what to do and how to do it.  All skills take hours and hours of development and practice.  You’re only as good as you set out to be and because we know who you are and who you serve you can and will become great. 

General Conference is underway and the sisters enjoyed a great evening that focused on the Doctrine of Christ and FAITH!  I pray that you are all preparing in such a way to have the Spirit prompt and direct you to become the disciples you desire to be. 

We have talked a great deal lately regarding your tenacity and effort as missionaries.  The Lord requires our diligence and willingness to keep at it despite rejection, fatigue, and disappointment.  You never know how the last door you knock, the last person you talk to, or the last member you visit might turn into something special. 

President Uchtdorf shared a personal story on this principle last night at the women’s broadcast…

“Earlier this evening I spoke about how faith comes to the humble, the diligent, the enduring. It comes to those who pay the price of faithfulness.

As I mentioned earlier, this is demonstrated in the experience of two young American missionaries who meant a lot to our family. One day, they decided to approach the residents of a well-kept, four-story apartment building. They knocked on each door of the first floor. No one would listen. The same thing happened until they came to the last door of the fourth floor.

When that door opened, a young girl smiled at them and asked them to wait while she spoke with her mother. At first her mother didn’t want to listen, but the mother finally agreed, and the missionaries left her with a copy of Book of Mormon to read. The mother did read this sacred book, and directly thereafter she and her two daughters entered the waters of baptism.

When the small family attended our local ward in Frankfurt, Germany, I was a deacon and noticed the beauty of one of the daughters. I thought to myself, “These missionaries are doing a great job!”

The beautiful young woman—the one who had pleaded with her mother to listen to the missionaries—is Harriet, my wonderful wife, the sunshine in my life.

How often have I lifted my heart in gratitude for the two missionaries who did not stop at the first floor! God “rewards those who earnestly seek him,” but that reward is not usually behind the first door. Dear friends, keep knocking on God’s door. Don’t give up. Seek God with all your heart. Exercise faith. Walk in righteousness, and have trust in our Heavenly Father.

I promise that if you will do this—even until the fourth floor, last door—you will receive the answers you seek. You will find faith. And one day you will be filled with light that grows “brighter and brighter until the perfect day.”

I love this example of two missionaries that were tenacious and kept the faith to find!  This is what I expect of you and know that you can do the same.  I recall similar experiences on my mission where it would have been easier to head in because of the rain and cold, but we kept at it and were always blessed at the last hour.

Elders and Sisters, the Lord will try our faith, but he will bless us as we continue to work as hard as we can.  We do this work to help people come unto Christ and to open the path the Celestial Kingdom.  Your efforts matter today and every day.  Have the vision and effort to baptize, see all in white at the baptismal font and the temple font. We love you and so appreciate all you do every day to do your best.  Keep it up and know the Lord is with you in the vineyard.

Mission Update

Please notice transfer news email and updates.  The temple trip is Friday, October 21st, looking forward to all of you being there.  Love ya!

President Hall