San Pedro Sula East Mission
2013 - 2016

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.

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