Called to Serve in the Honduras, Tegucigalpa mission. July 2013-July 2015

Called to Serve in the Honduras, Tegucigalpa mission.  July 2013-July 2015
"I love my mission! I am so grateful to be here!." ~Elder Smith

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Letter from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

March 12, 2013
Dear Elder Braden Curtis Smith,

We welcome you to full-time missionary service to proclaim the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to help build His kingdom on earth.  We trust that you will savor the honor and privilege of bringing souls to the Master by losing yourself in the work.

As you continue to read and study the scriptures, you will increase your personal knowledge and testimony of the Savior and His gospel.  You will be motivated to be obedient and to work hard.  You will learn to be led by the spirit so that you can teach and testify with converting power.  The Savior taught:

     Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.  (D&C 18:10), and

Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; 
that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 
(John 4:35-36)

May you find everlasting joy in your service to your  Father in Heaven, His Beloved Son, and the people to whom you minister.

Faithfully your Brethren,
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Call

March 12, 2013

Dear Elder Smith, 

 You are hereby called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  You are assigned to labor in the Honduras, Tegucigalpa mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.

You should report to the Mexico Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  You will prepare to teach the gospel in the Spanish language.  

You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel.  You will be an official representative of the Church.  As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president.  As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your purpose will 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.  As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.  

The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life.  Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children.  We place our confidence in you and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective missionary.

Thomas S. Monson