Today was monumental in the Spanish Group in Lompoc being formed into a branch. There were 100 people in attendance. It was exciting to see the enthusiasm and support that the members have for the new branch. Presidente Negerete in his comments and testimony said there are three sets of missionaries and he wants more.
The missionaries serving there know the vision of working with the members and the success that comes.
Hermana Zarate, Hermana Wallace, Elder Moreno,
Elder Herrera, Elder Bautista, Elder Clarkson
After transfers a newsletter is done for the missionaries. The following is a copy of the letter President Felix wrote for it:
This is a wonderful time to serve as a missionary in the Great California Ventura Mission. Last transfer we focused on “being led by the Spirit as we find and teach”. I pray that you never forget this important aspect of life now and in the future.
As you know, the CVM Target for this transfer is “We are consecrated servants of Jesus Christ.” Many of you have already studied consecration and you understand that it means “putting both feet in” with all your thoughts, actions, and desires. A consecrated life is filled with work, sometimes repetitive, sometimes menial, sometimes unappreciated but always work that improves, orders, sustains, lifts, ministers, aspires.
From Preach My Gospel, we understand more about being the Lord’s servants.
You are to build up the Church by finding “them that will receive you” (D&C 42:8). Such people will recognize that you are the Lord’s servants. They will be willing to act on your message. Many of these people have been “kept from the truth [only] because they know not where to find it” (D&C 123:12).
Usually you do not know who these people are. They may not immediately recognize that you are the Lord’s servants. They may not understand that greater peace, direction, and purpose in life will come through the restored gospel than from anything else. They often do not realize that they are looking for the restored gospel until they have found it. For example, one convert said, “When I heard the gospel, it filled a hole in my heart that I didn’t know was there.” Another said, “I have finished the search I didn’t know I was on.”
May we continue our search for the elect as noble servants of Jesus Christ.
Love and honor to all of you,
President Dell C. Felix