San Pedro Sula East Mission
2013 - 2016

Saturday, December 21, 2013

We Wish you a Merry Christmas . . .

To all of you wonderful missionaries!  

To those serving alongside us in Honduras, and to those serving from our wards back at home,
to all our Sunday School missionaries who prepared to teach and testify right alongside of us . . .

We want to share our testimony and holiday message of our Savior Jesus Christ.

We are so grateful to have this wonderful opportunity in our lives to bear testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ every day!  We hope to always carry this testimony in our hearts and remember to share it each day as we return home and continue in the

“Work of Salvation”. 

But what a blessing at this marvelous time in our lives to teach of the Savior and His sacrifice, love and atonement on our behalf each day of our lives. 

In Matthew 1:21 we read –
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins.”

How grateful we are for his infinite love and atonement, for he has truly saved us from our sins.

To understand this principle more fully we ask two questions . . .

Who is Jesus Christ?
And what is faith in Jesus Christ?

The easier question perhaps refers to our faith in Jesus Christ. 

Faith in Jesus Christ is the firm conviction that He is who He says He is and that He will help us when we seek Him.  Faith in Christ means trusting in Him, remembering Him, and following His teachings.  It is a conviction that He is the Son of God, “The way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)

Which leads us to . . . Who is Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God.  He is our Redeemer.  Each title points to the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way by which we can return to live with our Heavenly Father.  He suffered and was crucified for the sins of the world, giving each one of us two gifts -
1) Repentance, and 2) Forgiveness.  

Two remarkable gifts that are two different things and important to each of us as we make our way through our mortal experience here on earth.

Only by His mercy and grace can anyone be saved.  

Then his resurrection prepared the way for each person to overcome physical death as well.  These events are the essence of the atonement.  He therefore saves us from both physical and spiritual death.  He is very literally our Savior and Redeemer.

We love these two very sacred and different principles that describe who is our Savior Jesus Christ. 

It brings us great joy to proclaim to all that he will once again return to earth and reign in peace for a thousand years.  Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He will be our Lord forever. 

On January 1, 2000 the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued the declaration titled
“The Living Christ”.   

It begins –

“As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice.  None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.”

Of Him the Prophet Joseph Smith also declared: “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him; that he lives!” 

“For we saw him, even on the right hand of God’ and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father –

“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22-24).

And we like the apostles and prophets bear testimony that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God.  "He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father.  He is the light, the life and the hope of the world.  His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. 

God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son”.

We are grateful to daily share this testimony now and seek to share this gospel message each day throughout our lives.

Much love to all
And best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

President Norman Klein and Hna. Kristin Klein

Honduras San Pedro Sula East Mission

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas in the Tropics

Thanks to Beckstrom Buzz . . .

Who created this for us here in the San Pedro Sula East mission . . .

Just wanted to share this holiday thought for the day!

Thanks a bunch.

It just about sums it up :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Missionaries and Miracles

Welcome new missionaries . . . and on miracles . . .

Welcome - Welcome!  To all our new missionaries . . .

This transfer we had missionaries arrive from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Peru, Chile, Brazil and Ecuador as well as the United States.

We now have approximately 216 missionaries here in our mission!!  With about 55 sister missionaries,  about 120 missionaries serving from Latin American countries, and the other 90 or so from North America.



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We are so grateful for the service of all our missionaries.  They are truly outstanding young men and women.  We can see for certain that they have been prepared to serve in this important time period.

Missionaries and Miracles -

Missionaries everywhere experience miracles daily as they teach and testify of the Savior and his divine plan for each of us.  We believe in miracles here in the San Pedro Sula East Mission.  They come to pass as our missionaries exercise faith . . . and frequently after the trial of their faith . . . receive the tender mercies that bless the lives of those they come in contact with and share a testimony of the Savior.

These miracles and tender mercies are an important element in the work of the Savior, Jesus Christ here in the Latter-days.  As the bible dictionary reminds us, "Christianity is founded on the greatest of all miracles, the Resurrection of our Lord.  If that be admitted, other miracles cease to be improbable.  Miracles should not be regarded as deviations from the ordinary course of nature so much as manifestations of divine or spiritual power."

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Divine Spiritual Power - that's what we're talking about here . . .

We see it in the lives of our missionaries every day of the week.  It is such an amazing testimony and witness that the gospel message is rolling forth upon the face of the earth at this time and season, more so now, than ever before.

Yet . . . they do not come without much prayer, fasting . . . and indeed faith.

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It's important to notice that some miracles come as signs . . . signs that our Heavenly Father and Savior know us, love us and desire to bless us when we are obedient and ask in Faith.  Some experience very visible miracles that change and bless lives.  Some receive tender mercies that prick at their hearts . . . and turn and change their hearts and minds.  Yet all . . . are natural results of the Light of Christ which is a gift given to all mankind everywhere.  Each in it's own way is a wonder, marvelous . . . and produce an intended effect on those who experience each miracle and tender mercy.

And yes . . . here in the San Pedro Sula East mission . . . and missions everywhere . . . they are extraordinary events caused by the power of God.  And important element in missionary work .  . . miracles are a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ . . .

 . . . received through and frequently after the trial of faith.

Moroni shares with us the promise . . .
 "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have amiracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to bclaim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men? . . . . . And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men."   -- Moroni 7:27 & 29

and again in Mormon 9:15 -

"And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do ano miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles." 

The "clave" is . . . the faith . . .
We have no idea the power of the faith . . .
Yet as in all things . . . we are subject to the will of the Father, as we all experience the greatest miracle . . . the remission of our sins, the opportunity to change our lives on a daily
basis . . . and receive the opportunity to return to the presence of the loving Father who gave us life.  As eternal families . . .
This is the greatest miracle . . . and all through our Savior Jesus Christ.
Whose birth we celebrate.

A few of our miracles and tender mercies . . .

A missionary shared that they were finally able to begin a friendship and gain interest in their gospel message with a person who thus far the missionaries had not been able to establish a relationship with.  They brought with them to their appointments, another who is herself just gaining her own witness of the  love of our Savior, and she shared her experience and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Through this experience this new investigator that previously none of the missionaries have been able to reach is now attending Sacrament meeting.   (The power of additional witnesses and the opportunity for service as we all look for opportunities to serve another!)

Some sister missionaries were teaching for the evening with the help of a member, as the member led them down a new street they had never been on before . . . they find a man whom they had previously taught but had become less interested so they hadn't seem him in a long time.  He shared with the missionaries that he had been praying for some time that he would be able to find the Sister missionaries, and he knew that if he waited in this spot they would be coming. He asked them to teach him some of the gospel principles he had questions about, and shared that he knew that the Sister missionaries coming to that exact location was an answer to his prayer! He now wants to continue to learn more!  (Being in tune with the Spirit is so important! Member missionaries are all so important in sharing the gospel, and Heavenly Father prepares each of us to contribute to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ!)



Another shares that the missionary heart and mind changes for him as he learns what it is to BE a missionary and not just serve a mission.  A change of heart and mind that will help him throughout his life as he will BE a forever missionary!

One missionary shares his experience of working with the Ward Mission leader in his ward . . . as they are out and about teaching, this wonderful member shares a message with the missionary that helps him to learn and grow in his calling, and strengthens him in the missionary work.  The exact message he needed to hear to give him an additional witness of the importance of his work here in Honduras, San Pedro Sula East Mission! (We can all lift another as we heed the promptings of the Spirit!)

Missionaries helped prepare the family they were teaching to receive spiritual promptings during General Conference by asking them to write down specific questions they needed answers to in their lives and then listen with faith to receive the needed answers.  The family received very specific answers to specific questions about what they needed to do to get their lives in order, progress in the gospel, and strengthen their marriage relationship.  Through this experience they have increased faith in our Savior Jesus Christ, and have a desire to be baptized.  They also experienced an increased love for the scriptures, the gospel message and a witness that our Heavenly Father lives and loves them!

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(One of our previous Assistants to the President greets his family as they arrive in the Mission
 field to travel home with their missionary)

(saying goodbye to these missionaries as they see their final transfer . . . so happy for their families
 but we'll miss them a lot!)

One sister shares that she observed how another sister missionary served all those she came in contact with, even other sister missionaries as they greeted one another and she made them feel so special and important. She really lifted and strengthened others in her service and was a great blessing in her companionship as she also made such a difference in the life of her companion as she looked for ways to serve her.  The countenance of her companion has been uplifted a great deal by the service of another.  

Each of our missionaries share countless instances where they are blessed daily by the Spirit as they seek with faith to do the will of our Heavenly Father.  We can see the difference daily that they make in the lives of the people here in our mission.  They share the blessings of the gospel with many  every single day . . . and are truly changing the heart, minds and lives of the people they come in contact with.

From Doctrine and Covenants 52 - 
And let them journey from thence preaching the word by the way, saying anone other things than that which the bprophets and apostles have written, and that which is taught them by the cComforter through the prayer of faith.
 10 Let them go atwo by two, and thus let them preach by the way in every congregation, baptizing by bwater, and the laying on of the chands by the water’s side.
 11 For thus saith the Lord, I will cut my work short in arighteousness, for the days come that I will send forth bjudgment unto victory.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Just my Thoughts of the Day . . .

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Work of Salvation

We just finished our mission tour of Zone Conferences . . . it was a wonderful opportunity to see each and every single missionary.  Oh how we love these young men and women.  They are strong and valiant missionaries with a desire to serve our Heavenly Father and teach and testify of our Saivor Jesus Christ.  That people the world over might receive the good news the gospel brings.  Our Savior lives, our Heavenly Father loves each one of us.  He desires all to return to live with him.  And he has a plan so that we can do just that.  And enjoy the blessings of eternal families.

Based on inspiration received at our Mission Presidents Training Seminar in Guatemala, that we just returned from . . .

We focused our Zone Conferences on  . . .

"The Work of Salvation"

No more is it the missionary work . . . but for all, you and I, and everyone who has made a covenant through baptism to serve our Savior Jesus Christ . . . it is the work of Salvation.

We began our Zone Conferences with a video that really touches on the heart of 
the work of salvation - 

I'm going to share the thoughts included in this article with photos from our zone conference . . . because it expresses the message we want to share with everyone.  Our missionaries . . . our families back home, our friends, neighbors . . . and especially the those we come intact with everyday in the . . .

Honduras San Pedro Sula East Mission.

Behold, I will Hasten my Work in it's Time.
On December 27, 1832, in Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord provided us with a message of peace, including these words to ponder: “Behold, and lo, I will take care of your flocks, and will raise up elders and send unto them. Behold, I will hasten my work in its time” (D&C 88:72–73).

Following President Thomas S. Monson’s historic announcement in general conference on October 6, 2012, the number of missionary applications has continued to increase. It is a spiritually electrifying time as new missions and missionary training center expansions are announced. This “spirit of the gathering” is all around us and has global impact.  

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(La Ceiba Zone)

n Elder Russell M. Nelson’s inspired words, “The full-time missionary force is growing, and these well-prepared young men and women are both eyewitnesses and participants in this gathering of people from the world into the fold of Christ. Much is being done to help them in their preparations to serve as worthy, well-prepared disciples of Jesus Christ.”
In the beginning pages of Preach My Gospel, the First Presidency’s message to missionaries states: “There is no more compelling work than this, nor any which brings greater satisfaction. We challenge you to rise to a new sense of commitment to assist our Father in Heaven in His glorious work.” 



(Olanchito Zone)


(Miramar zone)

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These invitations to serve, combined with the direction of the Holy Ghost into the hearts and minds of young men and women throughout the world, have resulted in surges among the entire missionary force, but many families have felt this surge within their own homes.
Elder Kyle Idso, 18, and Sister Kaylene Idso, 19, both entered the Provo Missionary Training Center the same day, January 16, 2013. Sister Idso is the oldest child in the Idso home and has always had a desire to serve a full-time mission. In her own words, “When I heard President Monson make the announcement, I first thought of my brother who was 18 years old and could go immediately. Then when President Monson announced the new sisters’ age, I was excited to know I could also go now.”
Identical twins Sister Linsey Haas and Sister Jocelyn Haas of Mesa, Arizona, are serving in the California San Bernardino and Pennsylvania Philadelphia Missions respectively. Their 19-year-old sister, Tessa, just received her call to serve in the Idaho Boise Mission. By June of this year, all three of the Haas sisters will be serving missions. Senior couples are also feeling a deeper desire to serve, and many have served multiple missions. Elder Gary Batchelor, former president of the Arkansas Little Rock Mission, and his wife, Sister Kay Batchelor, have 30 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Following their experiences in Arkansas, they received a call to serve for two years in the Micronesia Guam Mission. They are now in the Provo MTC with their calling to serve 18 months in the Missouri St. Louis Mission.  
Entrusted with ushering in this last dispensation, the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1842 described this great latter-day work: “The truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country and sounded in every ear; till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).


(Progreso Sur Zone)

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(Satelite Zone)

How might we be active participants in hastening the work?
Sometimes we complicate the gospel to such an extent that we forget what it’s really about. 
  • It’s about knowing that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us. 
  • It’s about knowing that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. 
  • It’s about making covenants. 
  • It’s about knowing that the gospel was restored on the earth and that we are led by living prophets, seers, and revelators. 

Additionally, it’s about teaching the doctrine to one another that we might be instructed more perfectly in the laws of the gospel (see D&C 88:77–78).


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Elder M. Russell Ballard, in the April 2003 general conference, said, 
“Remember, we’re not marketing a product. We’re not selling anything. We’re not trying to impress anyone with our numbers or our growth. We are members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ, empowered and sent forth by the Lord Himself to find, nourish, and bring safely into His Church those who are seeking to know the truth” (“The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work”).  
With the increasing number of missionaries throughout the world and greater access to missionaries in every unit of the Church, we will need to do things more effectively. 
This will include a more steady engagement by our ward councils into the lives of our young men and young women, as well as a more effective approach to reach out to our less-active brothers and sisters. 


(La Lima Zone)

Spiritual Preparation in the Home
Spiritual preparation in the home is critically important in preparing to share the gospel. The doctrine of Christ and the lesson plans contained in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel can be taught in a simple way even to young children in our family home evenings.
Young minds in a home setting are so teachable. 
We must be steady in our daily scripturestudy and also must preserve our Monday evenings for family home evening so that the evening does not turn into just another social gathering or athletic event that might compete with our chance to be with our own children in a well-planned and executed family home evening.


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(Pineda Zone)

Elder Clayton M. Christensen, a former Area Seventy, tells of many blessings and friendships that come through trying to share the gospel. He reminds us that the Doctrine and Covenants is filled with remarkable promises that God has offered to those who accept His call to share the gospel (see “Seven Lessons on Sharing the Gospel,” Ensign, Feb. 2005, 36–41).
Among the promises given:
• You shall have power to declare His word (see D&C 99:2).
• He will go before your face. He will be on your right hand and on your left (see D&C 84:88).
• You shall have blessings greater than the treasures of earth (see D&C 19:37–38).
• You will be given a testimony of the words of the prophets (see D&C 21:9).
• He will bear you up as on eagles’ wings (see D&C 124:18).
We have a gift. We should be willing to share it.

We are blessed to live in a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ is being hastened by our Heavenly Father to all parts of the world.  Not just through personal contact with missionaries, but through example, social media, news media, publicity and every means of technology available to man today.  The opportunity to do family temple work, gathering the records of loved ones from the past has never been easier nor more available to all mankind throughout the world.  
Truly we see the Lord's hand in the work of salvation in all parts of the world. 


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Capture the Vision
President Thomas S. Monson

Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion.

President Henry B. Eyring

Whatever our age, capacity, Church calling, or location, we are as one called to the work
to help Him in His harvest of souls.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

There is a way for everyone … to participate in this great work. We can each find a way to use our own particular talents and interests in support of the great work of filling the world with light and truth.

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