Elders and Sisters:
We love you. We are grateful for your obedient, faithful service. The Lord loves us. He loves all of His Heavenly Father's children. Our purpose is to "invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel. . . ." Our vision is to help the Lord "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life man." With this vision, we can set our goals, pray for guidance, and plan how to bless the lives of the people we know and meet. We can make a difference.
The Lord will lead us to more new investigators. He will help us commit more people to read and pray about The Book of Mormon, attend Church, and receive baptism. He will help us unite with members to build the wards and hasten the work. We must continue to pray for missionary opportunities. As they come, we should always give thanks to the Lord for the opportunities and blessings. This is the Lord's work. As prophesied, it will fill the entire earth.
On , we are blessed to attend another special missionary conference. Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will preside at and train us in that conference. He will be accompanied by Elder Larry S. Kacher of the Seventy. The conference will be held in the Woodruff Building (the mission office). We need to be in our seats and ready to worship by . We will have an opportunity to shake hands before the meeting begins. We are blessed to have another conference this soon. It is unusual to enjoy two visits from members of the Twelve. Please don't take it for granted--count it as a blessing and prepare yourselves to be taught. The Brethren will teach us how to be more faithful and effective servants of the Lord. We invite you to prepare spiritually for this conference. What we learn and feel will be enhanced by our sincere and faithful preparation. Please prepare diligently and reverently to be taught by the Spirit.
Last conference Elder Hales taught, "Of all the lessons we learn from the life of the Savior, none is more clear and powerful than the lesson of obedience. In the premortal Council in Heaven, Lucifer rebelled against Heavenly Father's plan. those who followed Lucifer ended their eternal progression--be careful who you follow!"
As we are obedient to the commandments and to missionary standards, we follow and sustain prophets, seers, and revelators. Let's follow the Lord and His prophets. We will have the guidance of the Holy Ghost. We will feel power, peace, and joy. We will be more effective, more successful, and more happy.
We love you.
President and Sister H