Mary Nelson Atkin’s Childhood Stories

Part 1 of a three-part series of Mary Nelson Akin's autobiography, an eleven page document titled "Mary Nelson Atkin History", and composed in May 2008. Mary's birth, preschool and early childhood memories, grade school adventures, and memories of her mother and father.

An Instrument in His Hands

January 2017: It is wonderful to see how much the Lord loves these lost YSA, and to what lengths He will go to help bring them back – if they will just let Him do it. P-Day adventures, YSA reactivation efforts, fun with our Virginia grandchildren.

Building the Kingdom

Another crazy fast week as we continued the process of finding new people to teach, went to San Pedro Sula for a Mission Leadership Meeting (I could eat Subway afterwords for lunch aka a trip back to America), and Jeison Fuente's baptism!

The Weak and the Simple

In this January 2017 audio letter, Elder Call describes a teaching situation with an investigator, and a member named Juan Carlos who accompanied the missionaries. Missionaries can become really polished at teaching, but Juan Carlos threw the elders a bit of a curve ball, and Elder Call learned something special.

Emissaries to the World

OK, really cool photos of tropical flowers this week. It's been a week of big changes for all missionaries worldwide; last Wednesday there was a worldwide missionary broadcast where, among some key points of training, two innovative changes were announced. Also, what it means to be a flechon missionary, and how to help an investigator who's struggling to prepare himself for baptism.

Mary Nelson Atkin Journal: New Year, New Journal

Mary Nelson Atkin's journal entry for January 4, 1976. Reflections on Christmas and her goals for the new year. The first in a series of posts from her files, inherited after her death in 2016.

When Investigators Don’t Progress

Elder Call answers his father's question about how they help investigators to progress, and what he and Elder Elmer do when they're not progressing and keeping commitments. Plus, Elder Call's predictions of where his brother Andrew will be called to serve on a mission.

Counsel for His Sisters

Many past episodes of Called to Serve have featured Elder Spencer Call reporting from his mission to Honduras. In this week’s audio letter, Elder Call did something a little different: he recorded a personal letter to two of his teenage sisters with counsel on being a teenager and preparing for adulthood.

Richard Crowley in Australia

Elder Richard Crowley sent an audiotape from his mission in Australia in March of 1981. He and his companion recorded a "day in the life of a missionary," with a goal to find someone to take to a fireside that night. Finding, teaching, haunting "milk bars", and more.

Wit and Wisdom of Thora Emma Kofoed

From Mary Nelson (Atkin)'s journal: "It has been suggested that I write down some of the bits of wit and wisdom I remember hearing my mother say. (And some things that I only remember came from "someone" or "somewhere" in the family). I will write them from time to time as they occur to me."

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