Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Years Message from President Marsten

Dear Missionaries,
We love you.  We pray for you.

As we start a new year together in the California Roseville Mission I want you to know what a blessing it is to serve with you.  At few other times have I felt such a goodness around me.

We have seen many miracles in our mission through our missionary efforts and zone conferences, mission tours, the all-mission temple day, service projects,  church-wide Easter and Christmas initiatives and increased diligence. Our commitment to obedience is ever improving and we are seeing the results in our work.   We are baptizing at a rate of more than ONE baptism every day of the year (on average).  Though our baptisms have been fewer than 2014 I am confident that we are moving forward in a way that will accomplish the work that the Lord has in mind for this mission.  Missionary/Member work is improving.  Ward Mission Leaders are playing a greater role in our finding, teaching and baptisms. While there are fewer missionaries in our mission the expectations have not changed.  Our missionary purposes will always be “to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end”.   During 2016 we will place greater emphasis on teaching repentance and baptism to our investigators.

Traditionally New Year’s Day is a time to reflect on the past and resolve to improve in the new year.  Elder Holland has taught “every day ought to be the start of a new year and a new life.  Such is the wonder of faith and repentance and the miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”….The past is to be learned from and not live in…..and when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead, we remember that faith is always pointed to the future.”

Let’s look forward to 2016 with FAITH, with PURPOSE, and with GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

I have attached a talk by Elder Holland that has inspired me as I look forward to my new year.

I hope that you will read it and consider what your expectations will be for this new year as a missionary in the California Roseville Mission.

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