Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011: Eric's Letter to President

Dear President Satterfield,

Goals: 2 2 7 4 3 21 70
Actuals: 1 2 5 5 1 22 76

Hello President Satterfield! How are you doing this great day? We have been really busy here in the Kennesaw Mountain Ward! Everyday we have been out busy with missionary work! Even if the days we are having are really trying days, we still stay out harvesting the fields, or preparing them for the Second Coming of Christ to this beautiful Earth! We are disappointed to announce that we forgot our planners from last transfer, so the numbers we reported are to the best of our memory, and we apologize for that. We believe they are correct though.

Today, we went over the instruction the Lord revealed to you about our "plan of action" to baptize someone this transfer! We came up with the following: 1.) Every night when we plan, to faithfully ask for inspiration for the next day, and in the prayer, we will stop and listen for that inspiration to come to us. When we receive that inspiration, we will go to that area the next day and tract for one hour everyday with faith. 2.) TALK WITH EVERYONE! We will talk with everyone, even if they are out of our way, and we have to back track a little bit, we will talk with everyone. 3.) Teach with the Spirit in unity and in love and incorporate the Eight Lessons. 4.) Every night we will repent faithfully in our personal and companionship prayers and DO better the next day. 5.) When we find the person Heavenly Father wants us to find we will meet with them twice a week, and on the third lesson we will get them into a members home for a lesson and dinner. And number 6.) We will invite the investigator to be baptized in the first lesson. We know and promised with Heavenly Father that if we do these things with FAITH we will find that elect, hiding under the weeds and dirt in the vineyards. I know we can accomplish this as we exercise our faith and diligence everyday as we follow this guideline. It is such a blessing to communicate with Heavenly Father and receive revelation! Today, the veil felt so thin as we kneeled before him in prayer with faith. Thank you for this challenge, I believe and feel that we will accomplish this task given to us by Heavenly Father.

This week has been great! We have had so many spiritual experiences! One of which happened last Saturday, We had a rough day of being rejected all day and the warmth just made it the more enjoyable for everyone. We exercised our enthusiasm to the limits that day, and at the end of it I had this memory come to me, it is some advice my brother gave to me before leaving for my mission, he said "Lighten the blow of a bad day and buy a milkshake!" I consulted with Elder Paxman and he was totally in for the idea. We grabbed our backpacks, and set off to the Chick-Fil-A right by our home. Right before we got to our destination, we passed a teenage guy and girl outside of a Krystal, and they yelled at us some more... "Satanists!" and laughed at us. Heavenly Father knows me so well! He knew i was physically and mentally tired, and had placed this trial before us. I stopped, and looked over at Elder Paxman, who said, "Don't do it, lets just go!" and then i looked over to them and said, "Let's go and talk to them about Jesus Christ!" and started to walk across the parking lot to confront them. They ran inside and we walked up to a employee sitting outside and he said, "Those guys were jerks huh?" And we said ya and talked with him and talked about missions and the rejection we get, and then we started teaching him. While teaching I looked up and saw the two kids that yelled at us, and I smiled and waved at them, and they smiled and waved back also and continued to laugh. They must have been talking pretty loud, because another employee came out and he said, "Hey, I have some questions for you guys!" And we were like "Okay, hopefully we can answer them for you!" And we started talking about our basic beliefs and found where he was at spiritually and I felt inspired to ask, "How bad do you want to know if the true Gospel is out there?" He said, "Really bad!" And I said in response, "What would you do to find out for yourself?" He said, "I would do anything!" I glanced over to Elder Paxman with a smile and we taught about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon! and It was such a spiritual experience! As I recited the whole First Vision to him, I made eye contact the whole time, and the spirit was so strong! It was so real and vivid! He is an amazing guy! And he has text us since and told us how enlightening the Book of Mormon is! It is so cool to see how Heavenly Father prepared that whole day, just for that one experience! I know that Heavenly Father used us to find him, and planned it all out from the beginning of the day! It is so neat to see how he put us through a whole day of rejection, and really knowing us personally and knowing what we will do in certain situations! I love Heavenly Father so much! And am so grateful for that experience! I am so grateful for this experience! And thank you for being such a great Mission President! I want to include some fun facts every letter I write you, This weeks fun fact is... We were honked at 18 times from the last letter I sent you! HAHA!
Have a great week President! I love you! And thank you for everything you do!

Love Always,
Elder Nelson

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