Thursday, January 21, 2010


Hey everyone!

This was a great week! Jessica was baptized yesterday, and her husband Juan Antonio will be baptized in two weeks. They are really excited, and we are planning a trip to the temple in two weeks so they can really have the desire to enter in a year.

President wrote us a great letter today! I want to share a little bit of it with you guys.
Dear Elder of the East,
I'm thankful to be able to write you again this week. On June 7, 1962, President Henry D. Moyle, first counselor in the First Presidency, said the following to a group of missionaries in California: “I shall go to my grave saying that missionaries never rise in their entire life above the stature they carve out for themselves in the mission field.”

Now is your time to do something big. The rewards that will come to you through your faithful service to the Lord will bless you for the rest of your life. If you really want to be a successful missionary and become great in the sight of the Lord, you should not cheat Him or yourself by serving a mediocre mission. Is it the “what” or the “who” that will determine the success of your mission. The answer is obvious, the “who” is you. If you decide now to take advantage of every opportunity to complete your purpose as a missionary, you will build a sure foundation of greatness in your life, and it's worth doing it...You can't have one foot in the mission and the other in the world. You are putting in danger your success and your happiness. Either we're going to be disciples of Christ, “dedicating all our time and attention in the service of the Lord,” like our calling says, or we're going to be like children, “double minded”. There is nothing that is more inspiring than a missionary that gives himself completely to the Lord, 24/7 for all of his mission. All that he has, all that he does, and all that he thinks is of the Work, until he is released.”

That is what I want to be, I want to be a missionary that is completely focused on the Lord. Now is the time for us to do something big for the Lord, and that time is these two years- the “tithing” of our life. I'm so thankful to be here in Mexico. I know this is the work of the Lord- there is nothing else that matters! I hope all of you are continuing to pray for the missionaries in your ward, and praying for opportunities to find people who are ready to hear the gospel. Make a missionary's day, give a referral!
Con mucho amor,
Elder Rasmussen

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