Dear Friends and Family:
I’m grateful to have a (very) few minutes to write to you and tell you about the things that are happening in this mission.
In the Japan Kobe Mission, we are fortunate to know with a great deal of certainty The Lord:s expectations for us in each one of our areas. And for months we have been giving our sweat, our tears, and our blood to try and fulfill them. Somehow, through it all, it was not adding up. We knew The Lord:s will. We knew His expectations. In a particularly rare tender mercy, we even knew his timing. And yet, something seemed to be missing. There was a disconnect between expectation and fulfillment, between hope and realization, between work and results, between sowing and reaping. This missing piece became the subject of tearful prayers and conversations with President Zinke. While he did not from the beginning have all the answers, he was always a marvelous example of steadfast faith in The Lord and His promises.
We have the missing piece. Not surprisingly, it is the power available through the Atonement of The Lord Jesus Christ. Why did it take so many months and so much toil to arrive at such a seemingly simple conclusion? I believe it is because we had to know of a certainty that we could not do this work any other way. We could not rely on our talents and abilities. Mortals cannot do the work that The Lord has called us to do. And yet mortal we are, and we have been called to do this work. Of course, The Lord never intended us to fail. He simply needed a mission full of missionaries humble enough to trust in Him completely.
And now we are seeing the miracles. Not every once in a while but every day, the blessings of heaven are filling this mission, and we are blessed to be a part of it. I wish I had time sufficient to tell you of the things that are happening. At this time, these things are happening largely unnoticed by the world. But this work will astonish the world. The salvation of souls and the conversion to the gospel of their Savior is indeed a grand miracle. In fact, second only to the creation of the world and the Atonement of Christ, it is little wonder that this work is called repeatedly in scripture, “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder.” And all of these miracles were wrought by the hand of the Master whose work this is.
I am seeing hearts touched by the Holy Spirit. I am seeing their souls fill with the hope available only through the Author of their salvation. I know that this mission and this Church is guided by the hand of Jesus Christ, the living Son of the living God.
As the speed of the work continues to increase, I will be left with less and less time to communicate with home. This work occupies all my heart, might, mind, and strength. I have left you all in the capable hands of Him that sent me, so I am assured of your welfare in my absence. I will continue to write as often as circumstances allow, but please be patient in the meantime. In time, we shall be together again and I will have time to answer all of your questions. In the meantime, please stay strong in the gospel. The time is quickly coming when there will not be an opportunity to sit on the fence or even drag our feet. Missionary work is not the only work progressing with increased urgency. Please work with all your might to build Zion in your families, in your homes, and in your hearts. Love Christ. Serve God. Stay faithful. Stay clean. If necessary get faithful, and become clean. The time is at hand, brothers and sisters. I love you, and I know that God loves you.
Until next time,