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Sharing the Gospel
From the New Zealand Auckland Mission
Joanne and I have had the privilege of know Herschel and Shirley Pedersen for many years. We love them and have learned much of value from them. The Pedersens were blessed with much success when they served in New Zealand where Herschel was mission president from 1987-90. I have never met any couple that have more genuinely warm and lovely smiles.
With a gentle boldness born of love, Herschel Pedersen has been an instrument in the hands of the Lord in helping rescue many less active members of the Church. As a young missionary, mission president, mission representative of the Twelve, and as a senior missionary with his wife, he has had similar success in sharing the gospel.
Letter to Elder Rudd - Part 2
On the Island of Niue, Sister Jessup was taught about the mission of Elijah and the sealing powers. A few months later she was visited by, five dead people. One was a minister from the LMS (London Missionary Society) Church accompanied by his wife and another couple from his village. The fifth was an active Melchizedek Priesthood holder that had died without getting to the temple. The minister spoke to her and told her he had fought the church on earth. She had been a witness to the opposition. He explained that now that he was in the spirit world he had been taught and knew what was right, but he could not progress. She was the only living person that knew what kind of help he needed and would she do it for all of them? Sister Jessup wrote down the five names in a letter and mailed them to her son in Auckland and asked him to take them to Hamilton and be baptized for them. The letter was in the Niuean language.
The son was obedient and caught a bus and went to Hamilton and asked to have the names done and he wanted to be baptized for all five of the people. Of course that could not be done in that matter. So he wrote home and told his mother the temple said no. The next time I visited her she told me that the temple would not let the work be done. So we explained the genealogy sheets and took the names and they are now being properly documented for processing. We also explained that her son could not be baptized for the women.
I visited a Methodist minister (retired) in Orewa. He had an unusual conversation with a dead Mormon Patriarch that came back and asked him to give a message to a living relative. When he inquired as to what name he should say sent the message he was told that it would not matter about the name because those that had been through the temple used a different name than when they were on earth. He was told to deliver the message and the living person would understand. The message was delivered and the living person said that message had come from gmy Grandfather because I made him a promise.h
Sister Hine McGhee reports the following: They had been to an all night session at the temple and were returning to Gisborne, about a six hour drive, everyone was asleep and there was one empty seat on the bus and she was awakened and saw her father, who was dead, sitting on the seat. She was startled and then asked him what he was doing there? He said, hI came to warn you that the bus is in danger and on fire.h So she jumped up and screamed and jerked on the door trying to get out. It awakened the passengers and they stopped and opened the door and the bus was on fire.
When we first introduced the concept we are currently using, it was difficult to get the missionaries to understand and the following experience was reported by Sister Bryan. As the mission of Elijah was presented and she was being instructed to activate and use the genealogy sheets, a vision opened to her view and she saw the crowds of people that they were waiting to have the work done in the spirit world and to help us do our missionary work.
In July I went with Elders Neurberger and Musselman to visit Vivian in Hamilton. She was a good woman and had several children. As we spoke I explained, by the help of the Holy Ghost, that certain blessings would be hers if she joined the church. I then asked her to pray and ask God if it was right and if she was to be baptized on Sunday. She approved, and she received a manifestation of the truth and was baptized on Sunday with her family. One of the promises was that if she was baptized, she would be married in the temple. She is a widow and within thirty days she married a faithful Melchizedek Priesthood holder that was a widower and they are now waiting for the year to pass to be sealed.
Elder Smith and Elder Baer report from the Island of Aututuki: There was an old man they visited that was 74 years old and had been baptized at the age of 14, and never went back (to Church). He had a friend that was a non-member and was 76 years old. This friendfs parents had been members, but not sealed in the temple. The Elders made the presentation about the fathers and the mission of Elijah and he (74-year old) agreed to come to church on Sunday. On Sunday he started walking to church and was passing the CICC (Cook Island Christian Church) and endeavored to enter but was restrained three times but could not see anyone. The fourth time he got inside, and after sitting there 15 minutes he said to himself, "This is not home," and he then arose and went on up the road to the true church but was now late for the meeting. After church the missionaries walked home with him, re-teaching the mission of Elijah and that his parents were praying for him to come back to church and get the temple work done for them. The next day the old man came over and told the missionaries to come baptize his old friend (76-year old). They went over and the two old men had met that afternoon and discussed what the Elders had taught at first. The non-member then asked the member how they could know that it was right? So they prayed about it and the dead parents appeared and they saw both sets of parents. The parents that had been members were seen teaching the parents that were dead and the two old men said we have to get the genealogy work done. So the old man (76-year old) was baptized.
Elder Cornell and Elder Brown in Henderson report the following: They had given a presentation of the mission of Elijah to an inactive family and had a very good experience as they accepted it. As they left the house, a huge dog came running across the street to attack them. As it leaped into the air it was repulsed as though it hit a brick wall. It literally fell to the ground at their feet and went whimpering away. A similar experience happened to Sisters Kimball and Tingey. A large Doberman attacked them and they said a very quick prayer for deliverance and then they both felt arms placed on their shoulders and the dog ran away from them rather than to attack.
An inactive priest in the church (age 45) became active because he reported that his grandfather had appeared to him and asked him just one question. He said they want to make me a High Priest over here and I am not even an Elder yet; what are you going to do about it? That was in Rotorua.From Pukekoe, Elders Beck and Jones reported: They made the genealogy and fathers presentation to an inactive widow and told her to get the work done in the temple. She bore them her testimony that it was so, her husband that was dead visited her and (he had) actually taken what genealogy they had in an old box and put it on the night stand and asked her to please help him.