It is amazing what 140 dedicated, hard working, faithful, and obedient missionaries can do in 31 days of service. They had 141 sons and daughters of God accept the invitation to come unto Christ, repent and be baptized so they could receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost and prepare themselves to receive all the ordinances and covenants so they can endure to the end. Here is some of the letter that President Anderson sent to the missionaries after a fruitful week to end a very fruitful month.
“Dear Above Average Great Missionaries,
How amazing it is to feel the incredible Spirit that has immersed this great Mission. All of you are astonishing in your dedication to bring Souls to Christ. We had 39 baptisms (a new weekly record) this week and 141 for the month. We not only beat our goal, we shattered it. You truly have “done what has not been done before”. Last year, July 2011, we baptized 50; we have almost tripled what was done before.
All of you have astonished the Angels in Heaven with your devotion to God and your perseverance to this great work with the power and authority you have been given the privilege to invoke. We have been called to serve God and to represent His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. In fact you are those Angels, those Ministering Spirits that Paul speaks of:
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:6-7,14)
“We had been out for the day and had already harvested for about an hour and a half and we still needed to have 1 more blessing. One of our appointments had fallen through and we decided that we would harvest some more. We decided to knock an apartment building that we were parked at. The first door we knocked on was answered by Chuck. We introduced ourselves and offered to share the blessing. He looked at us funny and then asked, “Who sent you?” We told him that Jesus Christ had sent us to his door. He then told us about how he was going through a really rough time and that as he was just eating dinner he was thinking and praying that God would send someone to his door. There we were.”
And of course your faith and boldness as representatives of Jesus Christ, to invite everyone to come to Him:
“We have an investigator… that gave us a compliment that will stay with me forever this week, he told us that he sees our love and passion for the gospel because we aren’t afraid to talk to anyone. He said that he knows that we are truly Christ’s representatives because we don’t judge, but instead love and invite everyone we see to follow him. He asked us if we have ever seen a person that we didn’t invite to be baptized. I know that what he sees in us is true, we are representatives of Christ and we have to talk to and invite everyone because they need what we have. I am so grateful for this work!”
I have seen so many miracles from you missionaries that I am overwhelmed and astounded. I performed two weding ceremonies this week with wonderful people that had tremendous desires of what you are teaching them. After the ceremonies, both occasions, the husband was baptized. I love how this Gospel is bringing families together and to Christ.
The strength of our unity is moving mountains and we are receiving “an endowment from heaven” of great blessings. I am so proud of all of you!!!
We can do 100 again. We’ve never had 2 months in a row with 100 plus.