Monday, May 6, 2013

Two Instead of Three

My beloved Missionaries of our Ukraine Donetsk Mission.

This morning came to my mind a few scriptures and I will explain why I mention them to you.

Our Area president, President Lawrence, called us and read a letter that the First Presidency sent him stating that President Campero and Sister Campero will serve two years instead of the original three. This change is only because President Campero should take care of his health, at this time, as his first priority.

The news was initially distressful but soon after we understood that this is another expression of the love of our Heavenly Father, He knows us personally and he is mindful of our real needs, regardless of our best wishes, so, Ecclesiastes 3:11 applies to us, too. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,

In the Lord’s vineyard He calls us and He releases us, so that means that after we have been called we should do our very best and also prepare ourselves to be released. Every single action of our Lord is for our good. Alma 42:4 And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God.

I shared this news with our family and also with my Assistants; they said, very inspired, President, Now what is your goal until the end of June?

I ponder about it during the night and this morning after my prayer I opened my eyes and in front of me was an empty piece of paper. A strong thought came to my mind, “Today is the first day of your future, now you can start with renewed energy.” Yes, I can see my life from a new perspective.

The goal that we should accomplish together in the next two months is to achieve the goals that we already established together, 100 baptisms during this 2013 year, that means that by the end of June we shall bring to the feet of our Savior at least 51 brothers and sisters. We should do this for the correct reasons not only for the numbers. I strongly believe and know that we have all the resources needed. Elder Holland taught during the last General Conference that it doesn’t matter how big or little our faith is, we should apply to the fullest the Faith that each of us have. Our Master said, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Are you ready to accomplish our promise?

A long time ago, I said to our President Bennett that he is to me like Moroni and our missionaries are like the Stripling warriors that Helaman taught and guided. You are the Stripling warriors that need this nation. Today in Ukraine we and our members of the church are not at war in the straight sense, but we are all at war with the toughest enemy of our souls. Consider the verse in Alma 46:12. We all have to defend our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children in memory of our God. This is our time to act with the power of God and His angels. D&C 4:4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;

The new Mission President will arrive probably on July 1st and it would be great if he can start with a positive mission, one that achieves what promises to our Lord. Read once more D&C 4:4. Yes, the field is white already to harvest.

I testify that to save souls (invite to come and abide with our Savior Jesus Christ) is the most important work that any man or woman should do on this earth.

With increased love. President and Sister Campero

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