Area Leadership Message

    As we come into the Church through baptism, we are filled with the hope for eternal life and to come closer to God by better understanding Him and his purpose for us.
    The simplified Area Plan was launched in January. We are now over half way through the year. This is a good moment to ask yourself how you are progressing with the three priorities.
    By holding to the iron rod, in the faithful Saints in Europe are reaping the fruits promised by the Lord and becoming more spiritually and temporally self-reliant.
    An essential part of our faith is reaching self-reliance, both spiritually and temporally.  Self-reliance has been and is one of the priorities taught to the Saints in this dispensation.
    “There will be a great sifting time, and many will fall; for…there is a test coming, and who will be able to stand?”
    Gratitude enables us to see the hand of God guiding our lives; it strengthens our will to keep His commandments. We align our will to our Father’s will.
    This is the best time of the year to invite others to come unto Christ because many are happy to come to a carol service or a Christmas party but not what they consider to be a more formal service.
    Many members are using social media to invite their nonmember friends and family to mission farewells and homecomings, baptisms, ward parties, baby blessings, and other church events.
    In His mercy, the Lord has determined that His children need to work together, helping one another, to be successful in living the law of the Gospel.
    Recently our daughter Ruth began her mission in the São Paulo South Mission. Before she went to Brazil, we went as a family to the Madrid temple. We had an experience that united our whole family.
    I can express my love for the Savior, who is the source of my joy, by sharing the gospel with others.  Love must ever be the motivation for missionary work.
    Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel outlined in the Articles of Faith. It is the brick that lays the foundation upon which everything in the Plan of Salvation is built.