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.
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."
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.
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."