Ukraine Kyiv Mission
“Quote: “How great is your calling!” Missionary Handbook pg.3
Dear Elders and Sisters,
You have been called by a prophet of God and set apart to represent the Lord Jesus Christ and His church. You have been called 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.”
We missed you while we were gone this last week to the mission president’s seminar. But we were richly fed by our area presidency. They are amazing, I spent the week in awe at their love for our Savior Jesus Christ. Their love for Eastern Europe and their hopes and wants for this area. They had prepared themselves well. The spirit was so strong and we left each day feeling inspired and excited to return home. The quote above comes from the Missionary Handbook. The only exclamation point in the entire handbook is "How great is your calling!”. Elders and Sister really how great is your calling! We have the opportunity to come and serve in this area for 18, 24, or 36 months. For some of you, today is your last day. We love you. We are so grateful for your service and your love to our Heavenly Father and the people of Ukraine. You will be missed. For the rest of us we are going to have an exciting week as we welcome 16 new missionaries to our mission (one broke his hand and will come in the next group). Our numbers will keep going up and we are so excited to welcome more missionaries to this area.
With new missionaries each of you will have some sort of added leadership put upon your shoulders. It is time to raise the bar. Are you ready? In the Europe East Area there are over 360 million people, over 900 missionaries serving, which when you calculate it out it leaves around 400,000 people to teach per missionary. To me this is mind blowing. For over 2700 years these people have been cut off from the words of the Lord. 25 years ago Ukraine was opened to the preaching of the gospel. It is a privilege to serve here at this time. As we all see and hear each Sunday the lost tribes are no longer lost. They are found in each of our branches. We need to point them to Jesus Christ. In our studies each day, do we realize the responsibility the Lord is trusting us with. Are you studying, praying, searching your scriptures? Is your companionship study focusing on finding, teaching and being prepared for who you might meet or teach? D&C 64:29
"Wherefore, as ye are agents, ye are on the Lord’s errand; and whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lord’s business." President Porter said “it is easy to please the Lord, but hard to satisfy Him” there is no time to be idle in this work or to feel frustrated. We get up each morning, we exercise, we eat, we get ourselves ready for the day, then we pray before we start our studies and ask, "what would the Lord have us do today? Where should we study?” President Klebingat said “if you want to talk to your Heavenly Father pray. If you want to hear your Heavenly Father, read your scriptures." Before you leave your apartments pray for added help, pray to find those who need Christ in their lives. Let them see your light. We are different, we look different, we have a message to share, so lets get to work.
We love you! Sister Packer