Wednesday, March 9, 2011

President's letter October 2010

Dear Elders and Sisters,

I have been pondering the success we have been enjoying in the Virginia, Richmond mission. I have noted that along with our success has come plenty of opposition. I am satisfied that we are moving in the right direction and the increase of opposition, only confirms it.

Opposition comes in many forms including discouragement, health, homesickness, frustration with self or a companion, anti-Mormon myths and misunderstandings, self doubt, temptation and many more. There is not enough room to make a complete list of the challenges that plague a missionary.

I would like to offer a thought or two regarding opposition and the spiritual cures for the challenges associated with opposition.

Nephi teaches his son, Jacob, “For it must needs be, that there is opposition in all things”. (2 NE 2:11) We grow and learn through opposition. James teaches that the “Trying of your faith worketh patience”. (James 1:3) Ether reminds us that we “receive no witness until after a trial of your faith”. (Ether 12:6) Joseph Smith taught the early Saints, “after much tribulation come the blessings” (D & C 58:4) He also reminded, “These things shall give the experience”. (D&C 122:7) Additionally, the Lord through the prophet, Joseph, taught, “My people must be tried in all things”. Moses gave clarity to the last testament with this understanding, “taste the bitter, that they may know the prize”.

“Preach My Gospel”, chapter 6 offers some solutions to the challenge of discouragement and opposition as we learn to develop Christ like attributes. Please review it individually and with your companion.

The best way I know how to overcome my opposition or challenges is to remember my purpose. To define my vision and keep it in front of me at all times. Like Brigham Young, I try to keep Zion in my view constantly.

A few quotes I keep around to encourage and keep me focused are the following. I hope they help…..

"Never, never, never give up!" ~ Winston Churchill

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." ~ Samuel Johnson

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." ~ Calvin Coolidge

"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." ~ Alexander Graham Bell

"Fall seven times, stand up eight." ~ Japanese Proverb

“Joseph Smith’s perseverance made possible the Restoration of all things.” - James E. Faust

Kind regards,

President Perry

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