This is President Summerhays first e-mail message to the Elders and Sisters in the Tampa, Florida, Mission. Kade had his first interview with Pres. Summerhays and his wife last week.
Dear Sisters and Elders,
I LOVE YOU! I find myself with many opportunities to impact the pattern of your mission and therefore the pattern of your life. I feel a responsibility to see that you set a pattern of excellence here; knowing that the very pattern you establish here will likely be the pattern you continue in the years ahead. Happy spirit now, happy spirit after your mission; excellent now, excellence after your mission; mediocre now, and unfortunately, mediocre after your mission. There is a quote that says, “few if any missionaries ever rise in their entire lives above the pattern they establish for themselves in the mission field.” The pattern of excellence is full of attributes such as faith, hope, charity, virtue, knowledge, patience, humility, diligence, obedience and the happy spirit of love. These attributes will absolutely guarantee one a blessed and happy life. But if one cannot give to the Lord the best that is in you here, you will not likely ever give the Lord your best. And if you do not give to Him your best, then it is you that He cannot bless with the best that He and He alone can offer. There is no other guarantee available, but His, that will deliver happiness, prosperity and Love. His excellence is the only way that we can be saved from the depressing bondage of mediocrity. This is our chance. Now is the time. Today is the day. Rise up! Get up! Get out! Give this work all your heart, might, mind, and strength today and every day. If you will do that today then you can do it tomorrow. Decide today to be men and women of excellence. Do not let fear, doubt and discouragement be your mentors and counselors. Get His Spirit and keep it and you will be men and women of excellence. I LOVE YOU. I have been serving with you for only one week and already I love serving with you. As I have looked into your eyes and journeyed down into your hearts, I have seen in many of you the excellence of which I speak. As I continue this coming week to look into the eyes and hearts of the rest of the incredible missionaries of the Florida Tampa Mission, the Best Mission in the Church, I am confident I will see much of the same. His excellence is the way.