Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Elder Russell M. Nelson Is Boss

Today I read a great post from Elder Sean Gilmore who is serving in the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission. He has a great missionary spirit. I have his link on my sidebar. He shared this experience with Elder Russell M. Nelson who visited his mission yesterday on October 13, 2008.

"Ok so Elder Russell M. Nelson was BOSS!!!! I got to shake his hand, and his wife's, and Elder Shayne Bowen of the seventy, who is our area president. They all addressed us, and it all was awesome. Elder Nelson just did a question and answer session, and turned it into this huge boss lesson. Someone asked about marriage or something, and he was like, "Let me refer you to the Conference Talk I gave 8 days ago..." It was pretty funny. He was saying how only covenants with the Lord are honored on the other side of the veil, and people who don't make those covenants and think they will be with their husbands and wives on the other side, "are in for a bit of a shock"...get married in the temple kids...Anyway a few little questions like that were asked and finally he stopped the session and said this, "Ok, enough with those questions. I perceive that someone here has been fasting and praying for two days now that I would answer the question they have. Would you please stand and ask, don't be shy, I'd love to help you answer it." There was dead silence, and like a shockwave of the Spirit went through the room. In my mind I thought, HE JUST RECEIVED STRAIGHT REVELATION THAT SOMEONE IS FASTING FOR HIM TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTION!!! Nobody moved...he just stood up there with hands folded and waited. It was one of the most definitive moments in my life; I don't think I will ever forget it. The Spirit was so strong, finally in the front of the chapel a sweet sister missionary stood up. Elder Nelson smiles, "Ah, there you are." HOLY SMOKES!!!!!! I'm telling you, I don't know how to describe how I was feeling in that room. I was with an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the joy I felt was indescribable...spell check that for me...The hermana's question was that she loves her mission more than anything else, and has no other desire but to serve the short time that is asked of her, but she was born like 30 minutes away in the South mission, and got called to the West mission. So she asked, "The Lord knows I live 30 minutes away, so why did he send me here?" Elder Nelson, "Now that is unusual. But I tell you, The Lord uses the unusual to accomplish the impossible! You are here to do something that would be absolutely impossible for anybody else but you, and that is why you are here." He promised that it is the same way for all of us, and to cast away any doubts we have about our calls, because through us the Lord will accomplish the impossible. It was amazing! He went through the scriptures and used examples, with the climax of the lesson being Christ of course, and how the impossible was used to bring the Son of God into the world. He was like, "We all know it is impossible for a virgin to have a child, but through the miracle of Mary's conception, the most important part of the Plan of God commenced." It was just a great day."

It is great to see when missionaries are excited about their missions and feel the Spirit. The thing that I loved about my mission was the thrill I got listening to the Lord's anointed tell us about principles of the gospel. Many times I felt the Holy Ghost as they spent time with us understanding our duty in bringing people on to Christ. I firmly believe that the men who preside over us are called of God as this experience demonstrates. Check out this great elder's feelings about his mission.


cadams said...

That's a powerful story! I'll never forget that one.

Quentin said...

I was just interviewed by Elder Nelson last month. I was unique to say the least and I will never forget it.

When I served in Toronto we had a missionary that lived 2 hours north of Toronto and was called to serve in Toronto. When he got his call he was bummed. His Stake President encouraged him to take a deeper look at his patriarchal blessing. When he read it he was surprised to notice that it stated he would serve amongst his own people. I always thought that was pretty cool. It beat going to Pocatello.

Happy Gilmores said...

This is my son. Thanks for the kind words. We think he is a great kid!