Last Zone Conference Talk
June 2014, Hermana Bautista
William Shakespeare was a great writer from England (Inglaterra). He wrote a play about King Henry the 5th, who was the king of England (Inglaterra) during part of the terrible 100 year war with France. October 25th, in the year 1415, was a church holiday. The day was called Saint Crispin’s Day. On that day, King Henry, was about to lead his 9,000 soldiers into a battle against 36,000 soldiers from France (Francia). His soldiers were in a strange land (like most of you) and they were tired and hungry and wounded. Some of his soldiers demanded more men to help them fight.
At this time, King Henry began to give his famous Saint Crispin’s Day speech…as written by Shakespeaer. He said: (this is paraphrased for clarity)
Some of you say that we need more men to join in our battle,
But I say that I do not want even one more man to join us,
The fewer men we have, the more honor there will be for all of you who fight.
Those men who do not want to stay and fight, let them go, and I will give them money in their purses for their travel ! For we do not want to fight or die in their presence.
And those of you who live thru the battle of this day,
will stand tall, on your toes when others speak of this St. Crispin’s Day.
And you will say, “I was there.” (Yo estuve allí)
All of you good men of England (Inglaterra), when you grow old, you will tell your sons…”
“I was there” on St. Crispin’s Day.
And you will say to your neighbor… tomorrow is St. Crispin’s Day, and you will show them the scars from that battle.
And the men of England (Inglaterra) who are now at home in their warm beds,
will feel it was a curse (maldicion) that they were not here with us.
King Henry the 5th won the battle against the French with his few good men, on that Saint Crispin’s Day.
Most of you know other young men and young women who have not accepted the call to come to the battle that is taking place in these Latter-days. It is a battle for the minds, and the hearts, and the futures of God’s children.
There are those who stayed at home in their warm beds…and they will regret that decision from this day, to the end of the world.
There are those who could not leave their Facebook pages, or their texting, or their video games.
Some could not leave their girlfriends, or their boyfriends, or their bad habits, or their sports to accept a call from our Eternal King.
But you Sisters and Elders that are here in the rain, and in the challenges of this Latter-day battle…you will be able to stand tall, on your toes, like the men of England (Inglaterra).
When the councils of Heaven speak of the grand times here in the Quetzaltenango Mission, you will say “I was there.” (Yo estuve allí)
“I was there” with sore knees and wet socks, and a bad stomach!
“I was there” when the Lord hastened his work!
“I was there” and I served with honor and with diligence and it made a difference in my life.
I want to finish my remarks with a few words from Mosiah 5, Alma 58 that apply to you:
3 And we…through the infinite goodness of God, and the manifestations of his Spirit, have great views of that which is to come…
3 Y también nosotros mismos, por medio de la infinita bondad de Dios y las manifestaciones de su Espíritu, tenemos grandes visiones de aquello que está por venir…
5 And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that He shall command us, all the remainder of our days…
5 Y estamos dispuestos a concertar un convenio con nuestro Dios de hacer su voluntad y ser obedientes a sus mandamientos en todas las cosas que él nos mande, todo el resto de nuestros días…
11 Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith… 11 Sí, y sucedió que el Señor nuestro Dios nos consoló con la seguridad de que nos libraría; sí, de tal modo que habló paz a nuestras almas, y nos concedió una gran fe…
12 And we did take courage with our small force which we had received… 12 Y cobramos ánimo con nuestro pequeño refuerzo que habíamos recibido…
13 And thus we did go forth with all our might… 13 Y así avanzamos con toda nuestra fuerza…
41 And now, my beloved Elders and Sisters, may the Lord our God, keep you continually in his presence; yea, and may he favor this people…and now I conclude mine epistle with all my love. I am Hermana Bautista, and “I was there” with all of you in Quetzaltenago, and it blessed my life, forever.
41 Y ahora bien, mi amado Elderes y Hermanas, que el Señor nuestro Dios, te conserve continuamente en su presencia; sí, y que favorezca a este pueblo…Y ahora, he aquí, concluyo mi epístola con todo mi amor. Soy Hermana Bautista, and “I was there” in Quetzaltenango with all of you, and it blessed my life, forever.
En el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen
10 Por lo tanto, derramamos nuestras almas a Dios en oración, pidiéndole que nos fortaleciera y nos librara de las manos de nuestros enemigos, sí, y que también nos diera la fuerza para retener nuestras ciudades, nuestras tierras y nuestras posesiones para el sostén de nuestro pueblo.
11 Sí, y sucedió que el Señor nuestro Dios nos consoló con la seguridad de que nos libraría; sí, de tal modo que habló paz a nuestras almas, y nos concedió una gran fe, e hizo que en él pusiéramos la esperanza de nuestra liberación.
12 Y cobramos ánimo con nuestro pequeño refuerzo que habíamos recibido, y se hizo fija en nosotros la determinación de vencer a nuestros enemigos, y preservar nuestras tierras y posesiones, nuestras esposas y nuestros hijos, y la causa de nuestra libertad.
13 Y así avanzamos con toda nuestra fuerza contra los lamanitas que estaban en la ciudad de Manti; y plantamos nuestras tiendas por el lado del desierto que se hallaba cerca de la ciudad.
41 Y ahora bien, mi amado hermano Moroni, que el Señor nuestro Dios, que nos ha redimido y nos ha hecho libres, te conserve continuamente en su presencia; sí, y que favorezca a este pueblo, al grado de que tengáis éxito en posesionaros de todo lo que los lamanitas nos han quitado, que era para nuestro sostén. Y ahora, he aquí, concluyo mi epístola. Soy Helamán, hijo de Alma.