Thursday, May 9, 2013

The TMM Wave

A new "wave" of missionaries arrived in the TMM last month. We had a record number of twenty-one new arrivals.  These missionaries have brought with them a burning desire to serve and an enthusiasm that can't be squelched. They arrive with faith to move mountains, and we are grateful to have them here with us!

Elder Russell M. Nelson explained it best when he said, 
"Now an unprecedented wave of enthusiasm for missionary work is sweeping the entire earth. Since President Monson’s historic announcement last October, thousands of elders, sisters, and couples have been called, and many more are preparing.  Now we get questions like “What are you going to do with all these missionaries?” The answer is simple. They will do what missionaries have always done. They will preach the gospel! They will bless the children of Almighty God!
...This wave of truth and righteousness is wondrous! It is not man-made! It comes from the Lord, who said, “I will hasten my work in its time.” This wave is empowered by a divine announcement made 193 years ago. It consisted of only seven words: “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Uttered by Almighty God, that announcement introduced a young Joseph Smith to the Lord Jesus Christ. Those seven words launched the Restoration of His gospel. Why? Because our living God is a loving God! He wants His children to know Him and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent! And He wants His children to gain immortality and eternal life!
...Together, members and missionaries invite all to learn of God, of Jesus Christ, and of His gospel. Each inquiring individual should seek earnestly and pray fervently for the assurance that these things are true. The truth will be manifest by the power of the Holy Ghost."
(Elder Russell M. Nelson, General Conference, April 2013)
Great blessings are promised to these young missionaries who have felt the urgency of the work and have answered the call to service:
"Hearken, O ye who have given your names to go forth to proclaim my gospel, and to prune my yard... I say it is unto you that it is my will that you should go forth and not tarry, neither be idle but labor with your might--- Lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, proclaiming the truth according to the revelations and commandments which I have given you. And thus, if ye are faithful, ye shall be laden with many sheaves, and crowned with honor, and glory, and immortality, and eternal life.  (D&C 75:2-5).
Pictures of the arriving missionaries:

Deciding what they'll need for one night...

Transfer Chaos:

Transfer van

Missionaries returning with honor:

Elder and Sister Papa

Singing good-bye to Elder and Sister Choules in the office

Strategic placement of the Book of Mormon...

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