Mission witnessing miracles in work

The Church News has invited some mission presidents returning from their fields of labor to share their experiences of faith.

In Monterrey, one of Mexico's most economically developed cities, Mexicans are accepting the gospel in "huge numbers," said President Tim Evans who recently returned from presiding over the Mexico Monterrey West Mission.

But it was the humble, not the affluent, who were being baptized, he said.

"The work is going very well," said President Evans, now in his Kamas, Utah, home following three years of service. About 180 missionaries serve in a large mission in northern Mexico that extends along the Texas border to the Rio Grande.

Most missionaries in the mission are Latin, President Evans said. About 70 percent are Mexican, and most are converts. "They are powerful missionaries," he said. "Somehow, these Mexican missionaries are able to open doors into the hearts of their people."

President Evans said he learned early of the truth and power of a blessing he received when set apart as mission president by Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve.

In the blessing, Elder Eyring assured the new mission president that every missionary was called to the right mission, and that if callings were extended by the Holy Ghost, he would see miracles in the work.

President Evans recalled a missionary who overcame his struggles with esteem. Born in southern Mexico and having lived in a hut with his family as they cared for a flock of sheep, this young man was overwhelmed by the talents and abilities of the other missionaries and felt he had nothing to contribute.

He became particularly homesick when his family failed to write letters. One day he knocked on President Evans' door and requested to go home.

After learning that the missionary's mother couldn't read or write, President Evans arranged for her letters to be dictated. The elder's sad countenance soon grew more happy as he received letters.

In time, good companions helped him gain confidence. He was recognized in a zone conference for the power of his faith.

Later, he and a capable junior companion were assigned to open an area in the mission. They soon baptized many people, including a man who was called as president when a branch was organized.

"He was very revered among branch members," said President Evans. "He returned home confident, capable and ready to serve."

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