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Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

           The Book of Mormon is powerful evidence of the divinity of Christ. It is also proof of the Restoration through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  An essential part of conversation is receiving a witness form the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true.  As a missionary you must first have a personal testimony that the Book of Mormon is true.  This testimony can lead to a deep and abiding faith in the power of the Book of Mormon during the conversion process.  Have confidence that the Holy Ghost will testify to anyone who reads and ponders the Book of Mormon and asks God if it is true with a sincere heart, real intent, and a faith in Christ.  The Book of Mormon describes the plan of happiness, which gives meaning and perspective to life. The Book of Mormon combined with the Spirit, is the most powerful resource in conversion. Knowing the power of the Book of Mormon and the blessings that come from reading it, we recently challenged our missionaries to read the Book of Mormon in 100 days, to make it a part of their individual and companion study time.  We look forward to completing this challenge together as a mission.   We invite all of you to join us in this challenge, to begin today and read The Book of Mormon inviting the Spirit to testify to you personally of its truth, and to strengthen your testimony along with ours.
We appreciate your love, support, and prayers, may the Lord bless each of you and your families,
President and Sister Berry

 

 

Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

           On the very first page of Preach My Gospel it states Our Missionary Purpose, which reads, “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 full time missionaries it then asks us to consider 7 points, I believe that the 6th point in this section applies to all of us.  It asks, “What is my responsibility in helping others come unto Christ?  President Brigham Young started, “There is neither man or women in this church who is not on a mission. That mission will last as long as they live, and it is to do good, to promote righteousness, to teach the principles of truth, and to prevail upon themselves and everybody around them to live those principles, that they may obtain eternal life.” President Hinckley said,
“We are here to assist our Father in Heaven in His work and His glory, let there be a new awareness in every member’s heart of his own potential for bringing others to a knowledge of the truth.  Let him work at it, let him pray with great earnestness about it.”
           Our missionaries here in the Florida Orlando Mission work very hard each and everyday to bring souls unto Christ, to invite them to learn more about the restored Gospel, and the promise of eternal life.  Can each of you say the same?  Do you have a plan? If we as members really loved our family, friends, and associates, wouldn’t we want to share our testimony of the restored gospel with them?  Our challenge to each of you is to be a little bolder, stand stronger with the full time missionaries and pray earnestly for opportunities to share this wonderful Gospel with others.
          “And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!”  (D&C 18:13, 15-16).
         We appreciate your love, support and prayers, may the Lord bless each of you and your families,
                                          President and Sister Berry
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Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,
         We all feel very blessed to serve here in the Florida Orlando Mission.  To stand shoulder to shoulder with each of these great missionaries linking our name with that of the Savior.  We do our very best each day to bring souls unto Christ, helping others understand the value that the restored Gospel can be in their individual lives and in the lives of their families.  How grateful we are that we live in a country and at a time when we can embrace the freedom of religion, to practice where , who, and what we may.  As missionaries we stand up for the things that we believe in, but at the same time we take great care not to trample on the rights of those who may choose to believe differently.   Knowing that when we are courteous to one another, life is an infinitely more rewarding experience.  May we each take the time to teach our children everything we believe in, so that we may instill in them a desire to safeguard these ideals, and the future of America. May our Heavenly Father continue to bless each of you and your families.
                                           President and Sister Berry
                                               Florida Orlando Mission
“There are feet to steady, 
hands to grasp, 
minds to encourage,
hearts to inspire, 
and souls to save. 
Are we doing all we should?”
-President Thomas S. Monson 

 

Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

Each of our missionaries commits to memory their Missionary Purpose which states, “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 full time missionaries it then asks us to consider 7 missionary specific points, I believe that the 6th point in this section applies to each of us and it states, ” What is my responsibility in helping others come unto Christ?”  President Brigham Young stated, “There is neither man or women in this church who is not on a mission.  That mission will last as long as they live, and it is to do good, to promote righteousness, to teach the principles of truth, and to prevail upon themselves and everybody around them to live those principles, that they may obtain eternal life.” And David O. McKay said it best when he stated, “Every Member A Missionary!”  True Christianity is love in action, that is the spirit of missionary work.”   Let us take new courage from our studies and pray as did Peter, “And now, Lord….grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.”   We must share the Gospel with others.  That is our responsibility, every member a missionary, that is the call of the prophets. Share your love of the Gospel and the importance of it in your life, bear testimony of its truthfulness.  Step by step, little by little, great things will begin to happen.  The Lord will bless your efforts and magnify your abilities.  May our Father in Heaven bless each of you as you take on the challenge of Every Member a Missionary.

                                                                                                              President and Sister Berry
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IMG_3251  Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

        We were once again counseled in this past General Conference to stand shoulder to shoulder and arm in arm with the full time missionaries around   the world.  Elder M. Russell Ballard encouraged each member of the church to obtain a copy of “Preach My Gospel” for their home and to use it as a teaching tool for their family.  He stated, “Read it, study it,and then apply what you learn to help you understand how to bring souls to Christ through invitation and follow up.” Preach My Gospel teaches everyone how to not only invite but also how to follow up on invitations.   Our missionaries study and use Preach My Gospel everyday in their personal study and in teaching those they contact and who are seeking to have Jesus Christ in their lives.   Do not be timid about sharing the Gospel.  Bear witness of the truth to your friends.  Invite the missionaries into your homes to teach you, your family and your friends. Elder Ballard also encouraged each of us to pray to be led to at least one person to whom they could extend an invitation to learn more about the restored gospel.
       Commit yourself today as family and friends of our missionaries here in the Florida Orlando mission to stand strong with the full time missionaries in your own area and ward, to pray and be lead to someone who you could extend an invitation to meet and be taught by the missionaries.  You will bless the lives of those to whom you extend this invitation and your own life in return.
         May heaven’s blessings be with each of you and your families.
                                            President and Sister Berry

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Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

       Spring is arriving here in Orlando and we are anxiously watching for the signs of the season.  With flowers beginning to bloom, and trees looking more green, it reminds us all of the light and hope that we need to have in our own lives.  We remind the missionaries to always let their light shine, through their examples of good works and their obedience, others recognize this light, become curious, and want to know more.  Always keeping in mind the scripture in 3 Nephi 12:16,  “Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  President Eyring has given us this counsel, “Each time you choose to try to live more like the Savior, you will have your testimony strengthened.  You will come in time to know for yourself that He is the light of the World….You will reflect to others the Light of Christ in your life.”
As we come to understand that Jesus is the Light of the World, we will increase our faith in Him and become a light to others.
We thank you all for your love and prayers,
President and Sister Berry