We welcome all to follow along as Elder Nelson shares with us his experiences as a full time missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. These are truly they best 2 years FOR his life!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

3 Nephi 7

Hello Family and Friends,

This week the highlights were:

Katelyn changed and solidified a baptism date for Feb. 25th. We announced it in church on Sunday. So its happening. She had the best week at mutual thus far coming to church! She told us after she has never felt so much that she belongs. She said the girls and the leaders just put no pressure and just pure love! and she feels so good when she is there. 

She invited us to hear her do a solo for Band, ( she plays a Euphonium… mini tuba ) and her mom was there too, so we met her mom. No blood was spilt, and apparently that helped! That same night her parents let Katelyn go on the ward campout and she had a great time! She is all set for her baptism, but she is beginning to feel the pure joy that comes from knowing the truth, but the deep sadness that comes from people who you love, denying it. I wish there was a way to fix that. We just told her to do all she can to be an example and let the light of the gospel shine. She is so fearless we can learn so much from her. 

Saturday night the Kidd's invited us over for dinner with them and Sis. Kidds sister who just returned home from her mission in Brazil. It was so fun, very nice to get to know them a little better and to feel the fire of this Returned Sister. She is all about helping us get them baptized. Sis. Kidd is picking a date for both of them to get baptized, and Chris is agreeing to go though with it if he gets an answer that it is true. Which he knows he will. He just needs to actually READ IT! he watched the Restoration movie and has come to church 3 times in a row now. So its looking very good! 

Last night, the Sarasota Stake was asked to Host a multi-congregational choir performance for people of Sarasota, conducted by Ryan Murphy, the associate Director of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Yes it was amazing and there were so many people there. Elder Spach got a picture with him and we both shook his hand. The hand of greatness… 

I have been studying a lot about the missionaries in the Book of Mormon, searching for ways that they accomplished their purpose and fulfilled what they were called to do. I want so deeply to just do all that Heavenly Father wants me to do. One that I am blown away with, is in 3 Nephi Ch. 7. Nephi was living in a city where many missionaries and Prophets had come and been stoned one after another, and these secret combinations were causing so much destruction. And as Nephi watched this he couldn't take in anymore, and went to the same towns where these people had JUST killed the last missionaries, and preached the same stuff, EVEN BOLDER! 

That would be a transfer i would NOT want. and yet he did it. and because he had put so much work into his testimony, and had so many experiences, that he ministered with so much power and authority that it was not possible for the people to disbelieve ( verse 17 ). That is what a missionary should be, and just to make sure he was safe, Angels did minister unto him daily. He was never alone. I hope I can qualify for those blessing. So grateful I know the truth.

Please help us spread it. 

Be not afraid;Only Believe

Elder Nelson

Loving that pineapple

Valentines from Mom

Elder Spach trying some new drink from the Sister who 
recently returned from Brazil

I guess it was pretty nasty!

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