Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,
As the Holiday Season approaches, we extend to each of you our love and gratitude for all the love, prayers and support you continue to give to each of our Missionaries. Please accept our wishes for a wonderful Christmas season with our love and thanks!

“This Christmas, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand.
Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and speak it again. Christmas is a celebration, and there is no celebration that compares with the realization of its true meaning – with the sudden stirring of the heart that has extended itself unselfishly in the things that matter most. ”

President Howard W. Hunter

This Christmas season may we remember that Christmas means more than packages, boxes and bows. May the true meaning of Christmas reside in our hearts and change us.

Merry Christmas,
President and Sister Berry

Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

Sister Berry and I continue to thank you all for your love, support, and prayers on behalf of our missionaries here in the FOM as well as around the world. This is a great and inspired work these Elders and Sisters have been called to do, but without the encouragement and prayers from all of you, what they continue to do would not be possible. We send you our deepest love and gratitude
We hope each of you have taken the opportunity to see “Meet the Mormons”. Our missionaries are not allowed to go to the movies, knowing this is a church wide policy, the church provided the mission with a copy and we were able to meet with all the missionaries and view the movie together. “Meet the Mormons” is intended to provide an overview of who Mormons are and a chance for people to get the know the LDS Church by going right to the source, those members of our faith that live their Christ-centered lives as everyday people. People may not realize we have more members outside of Utah and the United States than inside, the movie showed that diverse representation. A lot of the world knows us through our missionaries, but they don’t know the background or understand there is a family attached to that missionary, and the sacrifice they are making. As the movie builds understanding of the LDS, that was an important component. Our missionaries loved the movie, and although it was not intended to be used as a proselyting tool, the missionaries have enjoyed discussions with members, part member, in actives as well as investigators concerning the movie and its content. We know it will continue to be a point of discussion as our missionaries meet and teach people here in Orlando.
We are grateful for the commitment that each of our missionaries serving here with us has made to the Savior and his precious work. We ask each of you to re commit yourself in helping hasten the Lord’s work, to lift someone to a higher road and a better way.

Happy Thanksgiving,
President and Sister Berry

Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

Now is the moment in the timetable of the Lord to carry the gospel farther than it has ever been carried before. Many a person in this world is crying, knowingly and unknowingly, ‘Come over….and help us.’ He might be your neighbor, she might be your friend, he might be a relative, she might be someone you met only yesterday. We have what they need, let us take 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.’ (Acts 4:29) We must share the gospel with others. That is our responsibility – every member a missionary. Member missionary work is one of the great keys to the individual growth of our members. President Joseph Smith stated, “Let the Saints remember that great things depend on their individual exertion, and that they are called to be co-workers with us and the Holy Spirit in accomplishing this great work.” Our challenge to each of you as friends and family is to step outside your comfort zone and to speak with everyone you met, share the gospel, be bold, help lift them to a higher ground and a better way, you can change their lives and the lives of their families for eternity. Every member a Missionary!

We appreciate your love, support and prayers for each of us and the missionaries around the world, may God continue to bless each of you and your families.

President and Sister Berry

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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
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