Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Acceptance Letter

Dear Brethren,

I accept the call to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am humbled with this privilege to represent Him and witness of the truthfulness and joy that comes through His Gospel to the people of Mexico City. 

I promise to serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind and strength and strive to do His will with all that I do and say. I know that I have been called of God and this is the place I need to go. I have felt the Spirit confirm this to me and I am anxious to learn and grow with those I teach in Mexico. 

I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know that “His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.” (Living Christ) I know that I will be led and protected by the Spirit and will be able to help the work of the Lord progress if I put all my trust in Him. I eagerly await this service and will do my best to prepare myself in every way that I can.

Marissa Rhoten 

Monday, September 23, 2013

My Mission Call

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Dear Sister Rhoten,

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Mexico Mexico City East Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. 

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

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 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.

You will be set apart as a missionary by your stake president. Please send your written acceptance promptly, endorsed by your bishop.


President Thomas S. Monson