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“STIMULATOR” message for the week of June 15, 1971

Message from President Eugene C. Ludwig, dated June 15, 1971.


Dear fellow missionaries,

“Improve the shining moments, don’t let them pass you by.”  So goes one of our favorite hymns.  It also says, “Time flies on wings of lightening, we cannot call it back.”  These are indeed shining moments in our lives.  In years to come we will look back, as all returned missionaries do, and think of the glorious opportunities we have had here  in New Zealand.  We must always remember that they are out finest opportunities, our greatest moments.  We will never pass this way again.  These days will never return.

Joshua said, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  We made the choice to serve the Lord here as a missionary.  Now it is our challenge to serve, to do today what we should and can do today.  We cannot afford to procrastinate.  We cannot wait for a better day.  We cannot think that tomorrow will be better, unless we make it better.

As we look ahead two years it seems a long time, but as you ask any of the missionaries who have just about reached the end of that time, it seems a very short time indeed.

Another one of our hymns says, “Have I done any good in the world today, have I helped anyone in need?  Have I cheered up the sad or made someone feel glad, if not I have failed, indeed.”  There are literally thousands of souls in need in all our assigned areas.  They may not realize that they are in need.  They may feel perfectly happy and very content, yet not realize what they are missing.  I received a phone call not long ago from such a person.  He was complaining because twice, within a short period of time, missionaries had called at his door and he didn’t want to be bothered.  It would not be unreasonable at all to believe that this same man may, in a few months, or years, be looking for the message we have to give.  How many of the saints have you talked to that had about the same feeling before the Lord finally changed their hearts?  It is not unusual at all.

We must continue to testify and warn the world.  We must free ourselves from the blood and sins of this generation, of the world.  This we can only do by working, serving and striving TODAY with every fiber of our being, with all of our heart, might, mind and strength.  TODAY IS THE DAY OF OUR SALVATION.  May we make it worthwhile and rewarding is our prayer.

Faithfully yours,
President and Sister Ludwig


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