Elder Taylor Dearden
South Carolina Columbia Mission
110 Oak Park Drive, Suite B
Irmo, SC 29063


Monday, February 1, 2016

February!? 2016?

FEBRUARY!? 2016?

Elder Nielson of the Seventy was with us last week. I got to hear from
him for 3 days! On Friday we had an all day visit with him and his
wife! What a privilege! He certainly has a gift to speak! He talked
about the enabling power of the atonement and the prophecy that is
being fulfilled as we "hasten the work". He shared some remarkable

We also got to hear him speak at the adult session of stake conference
Saturday and the general session on Sunday!

There are a few things that I'd like to relay that he said.

He shared how in a report, some Chinese officials have noticed that 5
words are disappearing from the Chinese vocabulary. Words like,
"Uncle, Aunt, Cousin, Brother, Sister". He said that is because of the
policy they made in the 50's prohibiting having more than one child.
The Chinese Government is making changes to remove that law because
they have noticed that it has negatively impacted their nation. Elder
Nielson was sharing how the Family Proclamation to the world directs
parents to "multiply and replenish the earth", the Law is still in
force. Millions in China now do not know what it is like to have an
"Uncle, Aunt, Brother, Sister, or Cousin". I personally am grateful
that I had Parents and Grandparents who honored that law, so that I
could have "Uncles, Aunts, Brothers, and Cousins". He shared with us
many other phrases from the Proclamation that were prophetic, I wish I
could have all of you sit down in front of him and listen to what he
said, it was remarkable.

He also gave us many great insights on how to be better missionaries.

The greatest of all though was the witness from the Spirit that Elder
Nielson is called of God and has Authority to declare his witness to
the world. I love meeting Seventys because they bare a presence of
power that confirms to me that we have a living prophet who has all
the keys.

So, we found out today that Elder Pace is going to be transferred! I'm
always anxious for the future, but we will see what happens! I'm glad
Elder Pace lives in Utah, it's not to hard to say goodbye to people
when you know they will be living only 20 minutes away when we all get

I hope ya'll have a great week!

Elder Dearden

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