"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou
dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest."
-Joshua 1:9

Monday, April 7, 2014

Obedience Brings Blessings

Hey my loving followers, I hope that this letter finds you all doing great. Thanks so much for all your love and support; you guys are all amazing. I have a lot that I want to share and not a ton of time so lets get down to it. 

First, if you were wondering, we are all still sweating like crazy here? Yes, that’s nothing new. But, all good! 

So this week absolutely flew by. All the leaders in the mission had a leadership meeting with President Fortuna and it was awesome! It was all about leadership in the mission and in life. A lot of good lessons learned. In simple terms, to be a leader, we MUST lead by example, that’s the short of a 2 hour conference. The spirit was strong and there was a lot of time to reflect and think about what we can do better and change. Trying to be better in life requires change. I challenge all of you to think about what you can do better to be a better man or woman because each of us are leaders in some shape or form. 

So this week I would like to focus my email on the topic of the importance of the little things that we do every day. What brings good habits? Good habits bring results that are good. What shall we do to see these great results? We must be obedient in all that we do. We must be obedient at all times, no matter the circumstances. ¨Selective obedience¨ isn’t the way. We must all stay steadfast and obedient during both times of good and times of turmoil. When we do things with obedience we will see that we can do all things in worthiness, and this is when we put ourselves where we will have to be to have uplifting thoughts and actions. Our gap in our standards and the world’s standards should be greater every day. Set your bar high and keep it there. Just because the world’s standards are lowering, does not mean that we should lower our personal standards. When we keep our standards high we will reap the benefits later. We may have to stand alone at times, but I tell you with all my heart it is worth it. You will see the blessings poured out upon you. I know that it is not easy.. but I do know that it’s well worth it. Our eyes need to be like a telescope. We need it to be clear. Our lens is our faith. It should always be clear, in hope, looking downrange that something good is soon to come. IN THE LORDS PLAN, THERE ARE NO ENDINGS, BUT EVERLASTING BEGINNINGS. I testify that the Lord is our Savior, but more importantly our personal Savior and counselor. 

Mis hermanos y hermanos, I know that the Lord lives, and that he is our Savior and Redeemer. Through the Savior we have the opportunity to live with our Heavenly Father once again. I am working in the Lord’s work and he bears witness to me of the truth of these things and the love that he has for each one of us every day. I know that when we are obedient we will see blessings. I know that when we sacrifice our time to serve others we will see the blessings in our life. I challenge every one of you to serve others everyday. It may be something small, but serve others. When we serve others we will de drawn closer to our Savior. I love this work. I love these people. I love my Heavenly Father and know that he has a plan for me and each one of us. I know that my time here is preparing me to be a better man in the future. I am so thankful for a loving family and friends. You are the rock in my life, just like the Savior is the rock to each of us. He is there to get us back to our Heavenly Father.

-Are you guys feeding yourselves spiritually every day? 
-Don’t limit your gratitude. Gratitude is the catalyst of Christ-like attributes, may we live in thanksgiving every day. 

I love you guys so much. Aim high in all that you do this week and put your best foot forward. 

Con mucho amor, 
Elder Long! 

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