I truly believe that you are the greatest missionaries in the greatest mission in the Church! This is my last email to you, I will miss writing these weekly letters to all of you I love so much! I have certainly loved reading your emails to me. Your email today will be read by me before I leave on Saturday. Your email next week will be read by President Weston. I hope that everyone will write President Weston next week and welcome him and Sister Weston and Jackson to the greatest mission in the Church!
I want to summarize what I taught during Specialized Training, so you have it in writing. I tried to share with you some very important life lessons that I've learned and have tried to live my life by. I hope that they are of help to you as you continue your journey through life. The answer the Savior gave to the question, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" (Matthew 22:36) sets a wonderful pattern for life. He said, ""Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all they soul, and with all they mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40). You must get your priorities right in life. If you always know where you face then your course is more sure and you are able to make daily decisions that will help you arrive at your final destination. Always face your Heavenly Father and the Savior, keep focused on them in all that you do. Strive to emulate their character traits and think what they would do as you are faced with decisions and life's choices. I have pondered often the definition of neighbor and have determined that the right sequence of importance in life is as follows:
4. Extended Family and Friends
5. Home / Visiting Teaching and Church Callings
6. Education / Work
I never told my boss at work that he was number six, but for some reason, it never interfered with a successful career, in fact, I know that my priorities helped to achieve my success in business. To help you further, I will explain some principles that will help you to fulfill the top three priorities in life: First, your relationship with the Godhead: Power in prayer; Inspiration from studying and pondering the scriptures; Sabbath day worship (the three R's); Frequent temple attendance; and Live a healthy lifestyle. Sabbath day worship includes the three R's: Repent, Renew, and Recommit. Second, your relationship with your spouse requires: Live the gospel; Place the happiness of your spouse over your own; and Create a strong spiritual bond with your spouse. And third, your relationship with your children involves: Consistent family prayer; scripture study; and family home evening; Establish family traditions, and Create opportunities for your children to have spiritual experiences.
I desire so much for each of you to be happy throughout your life. I know you will face challenges and trials - that's a part of life. I also know that as you live the doctrine of Christ and learn to utilize the Atonement in your life that you will learn and grow from your challenges. You know how to receive answers to prayers, you know how to gain inspiration from studying and pondering the scriptures. You know that by living the doctrine of Christ that you will continue throughout your life to be an instrument in the Lord's hands to help others!
The gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and is a witness that Joseph Smith was a prophet. We are led by a prophet today in President Thomas S. Monson. I know that he holds all the priesthood keys necessary for us to receive all the ordinances and covenants necessary to provide us the opportunity to live with God and the Savior again as families. I know these things because I have felt the power of the Holy Ghost in my life numerous times. I have experienced an abundance of the Spirit throughout these three years. I have felt the Lord's influence upon me as I have counseled with missionaries and made required decisions, there has been almost a continuous conduit with the heavens as the Spirit has constantly communicated God's will to me. I am completely dependent upon Them for Their guidance and am so grateful that it has come. I have felt a part of the love They have for each of you . . . you are loved, you are of great worth, you have incredible potential, you are wonderful! Thank you for teaching me, thank you for your example, thank you for all that you've done, thank you for living the doctrine of Christ!
I Love You!
This is President Kunz's last email. He has said in the past that he loves reading the last couple of chapters from each book in the Book of Mormon to read the last words that each wanted to tell, so these are his last words. I wanted to share it with you. Don't worry, its not to make you feel guilty about anything. Haha. Love you!
( I guess Sister Melly has been gone too long and she has forgotten her family is perfect. Why else would she mention that we should not feel guilty. Silly Sister Mel.)