I hope you guys had a great christmas. Say hi to my friends for me. Before I forget, I need to mention something to Randy. Randy ,when I talked with you, I talked about you reading your scriptures every day. I'm learning that the way that we do missionary work is through us inviting someone or some people to do something, the other person or party doing that thing, and then us following up with them to see how things worked out. This is in preach my gospel a lot. So my part would be to invite you to read your scriptures every day. The reason why I invite you to do this is because I know that the Lord has great plans and blessing for those who strive to do what is right but more specifically, you. So if you could email me or write me on if you accept this invitation, it would be great.
We invite because this gives us the opportunity to use our agency. So your parts are 1st, to either choose to accept or decline this invitation, and then 2nd to follow the decision that you have made. Then my part is to follow up with you. This means to see how you have been in this whole thing. I ask how it has effected you, and what you have gotten from it, but also on how improvement can be made. I do these things cuz I've seen in my life what can bring more happiness into the life of someone your age. Because I love you Randy, so much.
It was so great hearing from all of you and it made me think of a few things that I'd like to share. I looked back at our family and all the goodness of it. The gospel has really made our family the way it is. Of course we are imperfect, but there is so much beauty and love in what we do have. As I thought about this, it made me want to work harder. I wanted to bring that same kind of happiness into the lives of others. Because I have been given much, I too must give. Where much is given, much is required. I always pray for all of you at home. I pray that you may have happiness and growth. Something that I re-learned at one of my first zone conferences, is that no growth can come without discomfort. The more we sacrifice the more the Lord is willing to bless us. There is so much goodness that can come from the gospel. but if we dont rely upon what our God has given us, or apply it in our lives, it can't benefit us.
I love you guys. I know that God is aware of each of his children and loves them dearly. I know that he wants us always to come closer to Him. He wants us to be happy. In the name of Jesus christ amen.
Love Elder Masulonis