Tuesday, October 27, 2015

10.17.15

Hey family!

I hope that you are all doing well and that you are seeing the hand of the Lord in your lives.  Wow it sounds like life is moving forward at a rapid pace.  I love to hear about what is going on with each of you and all of the success that you are having.  You are the best!

This week was another changes week.  Which meant a lot of paperwork and early mornings.  We lost a bunch of great missionaries, but we also received missionaries with tons of potential as well.  Each time we send a group of missionaries to the airport, it gives me a sense of urgency about this great work.  We only have two years to give all that we have to the Lord, and as Tad. R. Callister so masterfully stated "to put all that we have on the altar of sacrifice."  For each of us, there will be an end to our full-time missionary service as young men, and we better well have made the most of those two years.  It is my prayer that I can become the servant that the Lord wants me to become and to give Him everything I have to offer.  President Wilkinson always taught us that we, alone, are nothing.  Many times in life we think that we did something great, or that we are great people.  He taught that in this life, if we count on our own abilities or our own knowledge and strength, we will surely fail.  Only through Christ, and His mercy, do we have all that we have and can become what we will become.  Just like Christ turned water into wine, if we let Him into our lives, we can allow Him to turn us into "wine" as well.

My companion and I have been thinking and praying about how we can help this ward.  For years, the missionaries have struggled in this ward to find how to work effectively and efficiently.  Like all wards, it has several issues, but from what I can tell the best way to describe it would be to say that the members are spiritually "asleep."  It has had several issues in the past and the members have no trust in the missionaries.  My companion and I are now on a quest to wake up this ward!  In the most loving way possible we hope to teach the ward that being a Mormon is not just going to church on Sundays.  It is a way of life.  We are a covenant keeping people.  We make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father and we do all that we can to stay true to those covenants throughout our lives.  That is how we find true happiness and joy!  Like President Uchtdorf poignantly asked "Are you sleeping through the restoration?"  Ancient prophets saw visions of our day and longed to  be a part of the time when the gospel of Jesus Christ would once again be restored in its fullness to the earth!  We are living in a crucial time in the history of this earth.  We must do all we can to prepare ourselves, and the kingdom of God for second coming and the millennial reign of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We can't live our lives half way.  God wants us to be hot or cold, not lukewarm as he says in Revalation 3:16 "So then because thou art lukewarmand neither cold nor hotwill spue thee out of my mouth."

My faith has grown so much over the past 15 months.  The spirit continues to testify to me the truthfulness of our message.  Faith is a choice.  We must ask our Heavenly Father each day for more faith!  

I love you all so much!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me preguntaba "¿Estás durmiendo durante la restauración?"

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