Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Instrumentos en las manos de Dios
We have spent the week with our missionaries participating in Zone Conferences for the month of June. Each missionary in the mission was good enough to let me paint and imprint their hand on a tablecloth that will become a cherished keepsake for President and I. It is a reflection of the "blessing that has been bestowed upon us, that we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work.....behold 349 have been brought into the fold of God". (Alma26:3-4) Definitely a marvelous work and wonder for all of us. The telephone call was made shortly after the numbers were calculated and true to his word, we have a date for Elder Bednar to visit our mission on June 19th. For those of you who haven't heard the story, at our very first MP Seminar Elder Bednar was our visiting Apostle. At this time we were baptizing between 70 -80 each month. This seminar was held in Veracruz and a special meeting was held with the missionaries and area members before our seminar began. Elder Bednar was the guest speaker. At this time we could envision what a great blessing this could be to our area as well....and later during the seminar President approached Elder Bednar about the possibility. The #300 became the magic number and we have been working towards that goal ever since. We know what a great blessing it will be for our missionaries, new members, converts and Priesthood leaders to be in the presence of an Apostle of the Lord and receive personal direction for building the kingdom of God in our mission area. We are so grateful for this great man and his willingness to come and teach us as only an Apostle of the Lord can.
WOW! That is all we can say. We are running now trying to get all our ducks? in order. The missionaries will meet with him from 2-5pm, we will then have a mtg with all the Stake Presidents and their wives and a general meeting for everyone 6:30-8:30pm. We have never entertained an Apostle of the Lord before so you can imagine what a special privilege this will be for President Cox and I. Our only regret is that all those who have come and gone cannot be here to enjoy this moment as well. We are grateful for all the wonderful prayers that are extended to the missionaries serving throughout the world but especially for those serving in the Leon Mexico Mission. We know Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers.