When I was in the MTC over Christmas 1980, President Spencer W. Kimball visited
us. I don't remember what he said, as much as I remember how it impacted
me. How could this diminutive servant of God who most resembled Yoda
physically, have taught with such power and conviction and authority? Truly he
was a Prophet of God.I pray for all the Missionaries around the
world, full time or member missionaries. Christmas is a hard time, but
persevere. Often the greatest blessings are right around the corner and out of
Skype and facetime are great new ways to make visiting with missionaries during
Christmas such a joyful time.As for rumors, they seem to grow as
they pass from one person to the next. I supppose if would be natural for
people to speculate that with more missionarys going out that new missions might
be created or expanded, perhaps in areas that were closed previously. That
doesnt mean it would be done without the countrys permission and knowledge. Our best wishes to all the missionaries.
He really speaks the truth when he says "feel an atmosphere of evil" to
get out. He really speaks the truth. I've had a couple of times when
I've had to get out.
It seems when a rumor gets to a certain point, something has to be said to
correct it. Now, on the other hand, when a rumor gets to a certain point, it
would seem logical to dig a little deeper to see what exactly the basis of the
rumor was. This type of information does not do the LDS Church any favors as new
areas are open for missionary work. When can we expect another article from the
Deseret News providing the follow up on the background of these rumors?
Too many members get caught up in this type of faith-promoting gossip. Elder
Nelson's counsel is wise to stay true to gospel principles and not engage
or sensationalize that which doesn't come through our leaders.