Friday, April 22, 2016

Mission President - You Are Always Teaching

Dear Sisters and Elders,

Congratulations on a wonderful harvest of souls these past few weeks!  Thank you for your
obedience, hard work and dedication. I thank the  Lord for sending you to this mission.

Thank you for being great teachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As  "Master Gospel Teachers" you have demonstrated your ability to teach all  five missionary 
lessons (a total of 40 gospel principles), including all of the doctrine as well as supporting 
scriptures and personal  examples. Thank you for taking the time to prepare yourself so well.

Today I want to remind you of another kind of teaching you do. This  teaching is even more powerful.
This teaching reaches many more people  than just those you sit down to teach in their homes. 
This teaching  starts the minute you wake up in the morning and ends the minute you go 
to sleep at night.


When you wake up in the morning you are teaching your companion and  apartment mates
when you are out of your bed by 6.30am, praying for the  Lord's help in your day. You are 
teaching as you faithfully exercise and  then start your studies promptly at 8am. You are 
teaching when you take  companionship and language study seriously. You are teaching 
as you  realize that you serve the Lord IN your apartment just as you do OUTSIDE  your apartment.

You are teaching when you leave the apartment and go out on the  street. Are you smiling
and pleasant with your companion and those you  meet, or are you shy, embarrassed 
or focused on yourself? You are teaching when you greet people and Open Your Mouth 
to share the gospel.  Do you treat them with kindness and like a child of God and not "just  
another person who will probably reject me?"

You are teaching by how you walk. Are you walking WITH your companion  in unity?
Or do you trudge through the streets like you are sweating  through a death march?

You are teaching with your humor. Is your humor uplifting and cheerful or is it making
fun of someone?

You are teaching by the respect you show to older people and women and children.

You are teaching when you are watching and praying for your companion
while he/she teaches rather than watching TV or gazing around the room.

You are teaching when you show only love and patience
with your foreigner companion learning Tagalog.

You are teaching when you NEVER say anything negative about your companion
to members, investigators or other missionaries.

You are teaching by taking a daily shower and keeping your clothes  clean
and fresh-smelling, even though every day you sweat and are  covered with dust.

You are teaching by asking questions of others that show your true love and concern.

You are teaching when you refuse to go home early, even when you are tired
and none of your appointments have worked out.

You are teaching by what you say in your relaxing time. Is it  uplifting and spiritual?
Is it focused on your investigators or is it  focused on the things of the world?

You are teaching by your obedience to mission rules, whether you understand them or not.

Elders and Sisters, YOU ARE ALWAYS ALWAYS TEACHING. You have the name
of our Savior Jesus Christ on your chest. You are always teaching about  what it means to be 
a disciple of Christ and a member of His Church.

Please make sure that you never fall into the condemnation that  Corianton received
from his father Alma: "Behold, O my son, how great  iniquity ye brought upon the Zoramites; 
for when they saw your conduct  they would not believe in my words." (Alma 39:11)

May it be said of you, as it was said of Moroni:

"And Moroni was a strong and a might man.; he was a man of perfect  understanding...
Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to  his God for the many privileges 
and blessings which he bestowed upon his  people; a man who did labor exceedingly 
for the welfare and safety of  his people.

Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ...Yea,  verily, verily I say unto you,
if all men had been, and were, and ever  would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers 
of hell would have  been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power 
over the hearts of the children of men." (Alma 48:11, 12,17)

May your teaching, through your words and through your actions, be powerful,
clear and righteous.

Mahal ko po kayo,

President Creg Ostler

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