Elder Oaks dedicates Mexico City Missionary Training Center

By Barbara Morgan

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 8:40 a.m. MST

Turning to a broader topic, Elder Oaks affirmed “the doctrine of Jesus Christ understood in its fullness, is the plan by which we can become what God designed His children to become. This spotless and perfected state will result from a succession of covenants, ordinances and actions, and from continuing repentance.” He continued, “All of this is made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.”

He then reminded the missionaries that it is their responsibility to carry this message to the world. “We take upon us the name of Jesus Christ and we go forth to do His work armed with the power of His priesthood, protected by the shield of faith, enriched by our solemn testimony of the truth of the gospel.”

He instructed, “To testify is to know and to say, to be converted is to do and become.” In conclusion he testified and voiced his “fervent hope that each of you under the sound of my voice, by your faithfulness, and by your righteous actions will qualify for the choicest blessings God has for His children: eternal life.”

Before offering the dedicatory prayer, Elder Oaks pointed out that two purposes of dedication are to consecrate something for a sacred purpose and to “invoke the blessings of heaven upon something.” In his dedicatory prayer he expressed gratitude for the gospel and its latter-day restoration and particularly “for the missionaries who brought the gospel to the country of Mexico,” and for “the vision, the faith and the sacrifice of the Saints of Mexico, including particularly those who envisioned and built this great Benemerito school.”

Sister Mariah Blake, from Los Angeles, California, called to serve in Honduras, appreciated the reinforcement of the importance of missionary work and the role of Preach My Gospel in teaching individuals. “I look forward to using material that has been revised, edited, looked over and inspired by prophets of God, to teach every person individually,” she said.

Elder Jorge Moya, a graduate of Benemerito less than a year ago who is now preparing to serve in the Mexico Ciudad Juarez Mission, shared how difficult it was for him when he heard the announcement of the closing of his beloved school, but recognized that “it was a necessary step to improve the work of the Lord. I have progressed in ways here that I could have never imagined. To be here for the dedication and to sit in the same chairs that I sat in before as a student and now as a missionary is an incredible blessing. We as a people are so blessed!”

Elder Doug Ferry from Brigham City, Utah, assigned to the Nebraska Omaha Mission, expressed, “I feel honored and blessed to be here at this MTC. All of the teachers and workers work so hard, and through them we have been able to have wonderful experiences.” He continued, “In the dedicatory prayer, Elder Oaks said that the Spirit of the Lord would dominate. I can feel that. I feel blessed to have been here during the dedication.”

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