Thursday, August 21, 2014

Newsletter from President

Dear California Ventura Missionaries,
          What a blessing it is to get to associate with each of you!  Sister Felix and I have already endeared ourselves to all of you.  We love you and pray for your happiness, success and safety.  Of course, one of the elements of behavior that brings happiness, success and safety is obedience.  I shared an article with the missionaries in the transfer meeting that was from my mission president, H. Clay Gorton more than 40 years ago.  I believe that it is something that fits our mission well.
            “The principle of obedience is the first law of heaven.  Electing to obey the commandments of God is the noblest expression of free choice.  Freedom is exemplified in the ability to make decisions.  He who is in control of himself and who chooses to follow the Savior is indeed free.  He is given light and understanding: he is given power and influence with others; he is protected from the slavery that results from indulgence in the gratification of appetite. 
          Everyone has the freedom of choice, but no one is free from the consequences of his choice.  ‘But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ Romans 6:22, 23
          Because the Lord loves you and desires your happiness, He has given you the opportunity to forget yourselves in the service of others-to devote yourselves exclusively to His holy purposes and to bring eternal joy and happiness into the lives of others.  As you merit His blessings through your willing obedience, He will open doors for you, He will work miracles through you, He will manifest himself through you to the honest inquirer after truth.  It is my prayer that we shall not fail to take advantage of our opportunities, that we may win the accolade of the Lord.  ‘Well done thou good and faithful servant.  Thou hast been faithful over a few things.  I will make thee a ruler over many things.’”
            With this new transfer, we will see miracles as we serve the people within these mission boundaries.  Let’s unify our efforts with “both feet in” as we serve with love and humility.  “And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care.”  D&C 12:8  We can be a Zion Mission.
With love, hope and trust,
President Dell C. Felix

5 comments:

  1. Thank you so very much for the time you have taken to create this blog. It is both fun and informative. ♥

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  2. I am really enjoying this blog! Thank you so much for the fun pictures and great messages!

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  3. Great letter from a great leader!

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  4. Thank you so much for being such a great influence on our children. In all my Elders letters home he is always saying..." Be Obedient " I love this, thank you.

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  5. Until my first child served a Mission, I never understood how important being totally committed and obedient to the work of the Lord was for these young Missionaries... It basically determines the outcome of whether they will look back and say "I loved my mission because I choose to be Obedient in all things I committed to do when I decided to serve a mission." Or say that it was the hardest thing I did in my life, I'm happy that's through, now on to bigger and better things? I'm the first generation byproduct of member missionaries and I can't say enough about how greatful, thankful, blessed I feel because (in my case) friends sharing the Gospel with me in Santa Barbara CA. Now I have a Missionary who is willing and able to give back that gift to someone else, and my son makes me so proud in the most non-prideful way that he puts the Lord first, and serves with all his heart, mind, might and strength to give the gift hope that his mom was given to others who yearn for something they don't even realize exists!!! So President Felix, I love the 40 year old letter you so graciously shared with our young Missionaries and with us as well! Obedience is not a ball and chain, it freedom pure & simple... and the blessings that follow are to numerous to ever imagine living without! I'm with you %100! And I pray all of our Missionaries are as well!!!

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