To the Gentiles who have care for the house of Israel,
I have been asked to assist in forming a committee, to help support missionary work among Native Americans.
This endeavor to form the committee is being done in accordance with the directive found in the Governing Principles. Here is the pertinent excerpt.
“When beginning an initiative, cast a net widely to allow all who feel so inspired to join. Once formed, take the time to come to an agreement about how the group will be run, make a commitment to see the project through, and then plead for Heaven's guidance and support. If that group will work with an eye single to His glory and the welfare of Zion, rather than their own name and reputation, the Lord can take their weak effort and give it His strength. Once a project has gained momentum, and the group has achieved a shared vision, it is best to refrain from quickly and unwisely adding others who were not inspired to do the work in the first place. Rather, trust in the Lord; a small unified group is more powerful than a thundering crowd.
Once the initiative has been completed, let the group take their work and present it to the body of the church. While it is a righteous principle to not seek credit or glory of men, accountability is also a true principle. Therefore, let there be a spokesman and a witness for the council to the body. If the general body of believers do not vote to accept the product, they are not obligated to do so. Time must be given to the body to deliberate before a vote can be requested.”
This initiative is to help coordinate efforts between individuals and groups that are called by the spirit to preach to the various Native American peoples. There is no agenda behind this to control or compel others. A great work remains to be done. This initiative will offer assistance for those who have desires to minister to Native Americans.
There will be some among the repentant Gentiles, who will fulfill Nephi’s prophecy.
“...there shall be many which shall believe the words which are written; and they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed…And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among them; wherefore, they shall be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers, and also to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which was had among their fathers.” (2 Ne 30:3,5).
If you feel the voice of our Shepherd calling you to assist in this initiative you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember our Lord has said, “…if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work.” (RE D&C 99; D&C 4:3).
To all Native Americans I say, I am sorry. We the gentiles have broken treaties, pledges, and our sacred words of honor. We have taken away your stewardship over the majority of the land. We have forced many of you onto small reservations. We have also tried to take away your cultures and your languages. Despite all of this you have persisted and survived.
We seek now to lay aside our pride and the sins of the past. We know there is power and healing in forgiveness. These are not things that some big government official or some big religious institution can grant. In the end it takes “little people” joining together to heal through the Creator.
Yours in the hope of the New Covenant,