Don't be too shocked. I realize it has not been a month since the last posting, but we need to tell you about our good fortune to have a visit to our mission by one of the Lord's special witnesses, Elder M. Russell Ballard. Nine days ago I received a conference call from the area presidency executive secretary, informing me and Pres, Jordan of he England London Mission that we might get a visit from Elder Ballard. He had come to Sweden for a regional conference and was scheduled to go to St. Petersburg Russia on Monday but they had dated his visa two days late. They were trying to get it changed. If they couldn't the backup plan was to fly to London and to meet with both missions at the Hyde Park Chapel. We would not know for sure until Monday at 10:00 AM.
We had to put our missionaries on alert so they could respond quickly if the call came, it being a
P-day. Now there are two missions of missionaries praying for the visa not to be sorted out. And, it didn't. We were able to get 6 out of our 9 zones into London by 2:30 PM. Elder Ballard had Elder Teixeira from our area presidency with him. They met with the London Mission at 2:00 PM then had us join them at 3;30 PM. He talked to the combined group then to our mission alone for 45 minutes, then they left and gave the mission president time to train our missionaries alone. It was a special time. Many of our Sisters and Elders had never seen an Apostle in person, or heard them speak.
Elder Teixeira instructed us setting higher expectations and to do more to further the work in England. Elder Ballard talked about the association of the companionship between the Prophet Joseph and his older brother Hyrum. He talked aout his mission to England in 1948. He also told stories of his ancestors who found the church in England and immigrated to Utah. It was full of faith and testimony. He challenged us all to treasure up chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel so we can be prepared to teach the doctrines of the restoration in any place, and in any situation with confidence , and to do it in our own word. Our testimonies of the restoration and the role of the Prophet Joseph was strengthen. Our desire to serve with faith was increased. We were fed by the spirit in great abundance.
We were moved by the fact that Elder Ballard didn't look at the problems with the visa would be an opportunity to get some additional rest, but that he looked for additional servants to minister unto. He brought us the Love of the Prophet Thomas S. Monson, his counsellors and the Quorum of the Twelve. We were richly blessed.
May I say that I know the work we are involved in is the Work of the Lord. We see miracles every day. Truly God does hear and answer his children's prayers.