Mexico Pachuca Letter #9 – January 13, 2014
(Excerpts from his e-mail)
Thoughts on member missionary work:
We are working really hard with the members, what I’m learning is a lot of missionaries are really blunt and they kind of have to be, but my companion grills some of the members. Something that we have been telling a lot of the members is the truth is they aren’t here to help us we are here to help them with their missionary work. Yes it’s hard but really they are the ones that know the people they know who lives where and what not and they are going to be here longer than we are to help them stay active in the church.
A New Standard:
EP: Well this week president had interviews and then a training for leaders and my companion went and he talked about planning and working hard to obligate our father in heaven. He just raised the standard of excellence in the mission to 40 lessons every week and a lot of people were like wow, why because most of us weren’t even doing the old lower standards. But one thing he emphasized both to me in my interview because the new standards came up and the next day is if we do everything we can if we plan to have lessons at every hour and if we have back up plans and back plans and still everything falls through, then we bow our heads in the street, pray and Heavenly Father will bless us with someone to contact or a door to knock. We have done our part and we have done everything we can and now He is obligated to help us. Its like the scripture in D&C that says when you do what I say I the Lord am obligated or something like that but if you do not what I say you have no promise. This is something me and my companion are going to work on because we don’t have a lot of baptismal dates and a lot of our investigators right now aren’t progressing but we are going to keep working hard.
M: It does sound daunting as far as a task, especially with how it is going presently, but President is right, when we do all that we can, the Lord promises the rest and if President is saying it can be, then that's what you shoot for, perfect obedience. You are also correct about the scripture reference, I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise!
EP: Yeah at first it was crazy cuz 40 is like double what I had before if I was lucky and here we teach more but not forty. But 1 Nephi 3:7 says if the Lord wants that from us He will help us do it. I know He can and will we just have to do our part.A request: Please join us i in making it a matter of prayer that Elder Park and his companion, Elder Hernandez, can meet the standard that President Egbert has set for them. We can do very little from home, but prayers are a truly
powerful thing!!! Thank you for your love and support and PRAYERS!
Some pictures from the Mexico Pachuca Mission Blog.
Hermana Diaz, Hermana Luguna, Hermana Schaumkel, Elder Hernandez and Elder Park.