Sunday, February 21, 2016

02.06.16 "Special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world"



Hey everybody!

Good to hear that all is well at home and that you are enjoying Chick-fil-a.  A nice chicken sandwich always hits the spot.  I think that it is so awesome that Nate got in to the whole election game in Iowa.  Even cooler that he got on national television with Rubio.  Good on ya.  Karli is finishing up her schooling.. good stuff.  

This was a great week full of spiritual experiences.  Last Saturday I was able to meet and shake hands with an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Elder Cook came to Costa Rica and held a conference with both missions.  He was accompanied by Elder Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy.  What a spiritual meeting!  I have noticed that many of the times that I have felt the Spirit the strongest on my mission, it has been as we sing.  All of the approximately 300 missionaries stood and sang praises to Jesus Christ, our captain.  I wish you all could have been there, because it was incredible.  Then we heard the words of Elder Cook.  He emphasized that our purpose as missionaries is not to baptize as many people as will comply, but to become "ward and branch builders."  He also taught us to teach that atonement to each of our investigators.  He further emphasized that we must teach them that the atonement of Jesus Christ covers all of the injustices of life.  All of the unfairness and all bad things that happen to people.  When God gave each of us our moral agency to choose right or to choose wrong, He provided a Savior to overcome not only all sin, but also all injustices and unfairness that comes as a result of the divine gift of agency.  He finished with a powerful testimony of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The Spirit was so strong.  Christ lives, and is at the helm of this, His church in the Latter days.  I have a burning testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and his role as a prophet, called by none other than the most high God.  I am so grateful to take this message to everyone!  

Elder Nielson and I have been looking for all of the inactive people found on the ward list.  It is kind of a fun task, because you never really know what their reaction will be when they see that you are on their front step.  You can tell that the reaction of some people is like "Darn, they found me!"  They always ask us who sent us and we always respond saying that it was the Holy Spirit that sent us.  Well, we found an inactive family on Sunday.  The woman invited us into her home and we talked a little bit.  She explained that she went to church just a few times after her baptism.  When she was baptized, she did not have a testimony of the Book of Mormon or of the prophet that translated it. Sure enough, she was "tossed to and fro, and carried about with everywind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." (Ephesians 4:14)  She is now attending another church and said that she has no desire to return because her pastor "fills her spiritually."  So after talking with her and resolving some of her doubts, she accepted to take the lessons one more time.  We gave her a Book of Mormon and promised her that she may, too, know that it is the word of God.  I am excited to go visit her again and to teach her of the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Well, I have changes this week.  I will be heading out of here on Friday morning.  It will be quite the adjustment after being in the office for so long.  I hope to be able to build the church in my next area and to testify always of Jesus Christ.

I love you all so much!  Keep the faith!

Elder Nelson

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