President's Pen 12-4-17 (Trust)

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 that teach repentance and baptize converts and the best missionaries in the world!

 Dear Elders & Sisters,

I love ya!  What a wonderful time of year it is to share the message of repentance and a remission of sins through baptism.  The Savior’s birth is celebrated as a recognition that His Atonement makes it possible for us to connect to heaven and find peace in this life and the life to come.  We help #LighttheWorld as people come unto Christ!

A few years ago, our company held a client appreciation event in Park City.  As a business, we prided ourselves in always taking care of our customers and trying to meet their needs with great service and high value.  Our customers had placed in us a significant amount of trust as we represented their products and brands throughout the world.  Our employees became an extension of our customers desires and expectations and our appreciation event was a way to thank them for their business and foster important relationships. 

As we gathered our clients, we decided to bring in the author of a newly published book titled, “The Speed of Trust”, written by Stephen M.R. Covey.  Having read the book, we felt like it would be a great way to share important principles and discuss together how lasting relationships were built and kept.  As the keynote speaker, Mr. Covey shared the summary of his message, “There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy and civilization throughout the world — one thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most

influential leadership, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love. On the other hand, if developed and leveraged, that one thing has the potential to create unparalleled success and prosperity in every dimension of life. That one thing is trust.” He had everyone’s attention!

Trust is a powerful word (both a noun and verb) that provides us with a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.  You all know what it means to trust in someone or something (in the Lord, the sun will come up) and you have also all felt what it means to have your trust broken (promises to yourself and by others).  To trust in someone or to be one that can be trusted is a Christlike attribute that is worthy of all our effort.  In life and in my relationships, I hope to be found as one that can always be trusted to follow through and keep my word, in experiences that are seen and unseen.

Trust, as referred to in the scriptures, is generally spoken of in two ways… First, we are invited to put our trust in the Lord; these are some of my favorite teachings…  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Pro 3:5)  “And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.” (D&C 11:12) “…for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.” (Alma 36:3) “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation.” (2 Ne 22:2)

Second, we are warned not to put our trust in the arm of the flesh…  “Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men…” (2 Ne 28:31)  “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Ps 118:8) “She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.” (Zeph 3:2)

As we liken the scriptures unto ourselves, we see that those who trust and put their faith, confidence, and hope in God, always receive the greatest reward.  On the other hand, those who follow the precepts of men and put their trust in the things of the world, are always broken, lost, and disappointed.  Where do you put your trust?  A great study for you would be to take the time to go to the topical guide and study some of the many scriptures on trust. 

In the April general priesthood session, President Monson, reminded the brethren of the priesthood the importance of the sacred trust the Lord has given us.  He taught, “Wherever you go, your priesthood goes with you. Are you standing in holy places? Before you put yourself and your priesthood in jeopardy by venturing into places or participating in activities which are not worthy of you or of that priesthood, pause to consider the consequences. Remember who you are and what God expects you to become. You are a child of promise. You are a man of might. You are a son of God.”  He went on to teach, “We have been entrusted to bear the priesthood of God and to act in His name. We are the recipients of a sacred trust. Much is expected of us.”  I love his counsel and want to be one found who follows it!

To be called of God, and to be one of His representatives, shows how much the Lord puts His trust in us and in who we can become.  We will either take that trust and build upon it, or we will be found as one who has been called, but not chosen.  As missionaries, we put incredible trust in you.  Trust that you will be obedient and worthy.  Trust that you will take the time to plan each day and set goals to help investigators progress.  Trust that you will study, treasure up, and earn the trust of your companion, and members.  Trust that you will care for, love, follow up with, and do all you can to bless your investigators.  Trust that you will take care of the Lord’s resources (cars, apartments, sacred funds). Trust that you will use the Lord’s time effectively.  Trust that you will do what you need to do, be where you need to be, and be one that is found as a witness of Christ at all times and in all places.  Trust is at the heart of one who becomes an effective missionary.

Elders & Sisters, are you known as one that can be trusted?  An old and often used quote on trust states, “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.”  These are all true principles, but trust can be repaired if true repentance is demonstrated, consistent behavior is recognized, and integrity and honesty are established.  Trust is a great measure of your character and a demonstration of love towards yourself and others. 

I invite you to evaluate if you are building and developing trust, both at times when you are seen or unseen.  The Lord trusts you, I trust you, and I am grateful that mortality affords us the opportunity to put our trust in the Lord and not in the precepts of men.  I have absolute trust in the Father’s plan to bring us home.  I have absolute trust in the Savior’s Atonement, His redeeming, His power to heal, and His enabling grace.  I trust that the Lord has called each of us here to do His work and to help others increase their trust in Him.  I am grateful for the trust you put in me and I thank the Lord daily for blessing me with the opportunity to work with each of you. Let us all be found as representatives that can be trusted to do His work!  Love ya!

President Hall