At the beginning of December, we gathered our missionaries together to uplift and inspire one another to be able to work even harder to reach our mission standards of excellence for December.
We enjoyed physical exercise in the form of Olympic games and activities. Then we traveled by bus to the chapel to change clothes, and share a special dinner. Next, we participated in a powerful fireside focused on the birth and life of our Savior. We concluded the day with an inspiring movie.
We learned and grew together and reminded ourselves of the joy that comes through devoted service to God. Every time we are with our missionaries, we feel the power of their sacred calling as representatives of Jesus Christ. We watch them carefully and are filled with gratitude for the opportunity that we have to be among them and to serve at their side. They are remarkable in every way. They are dedicated to the Lord. They are strong and brave and true. They are full of charity, and they have never ending energy.
President Laycock often reminds them that when difficulties arrive, they are to adapt, adjust, improvise, and overcome. He loves to recite to them: "Be not weary in well doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great" (D&C 64:33).