Vancouver Mission Star

This message was written by President and Sister Middleton.  It also appears in the Vancouver Star, the weekly newsletter of the Vancouver Mission.  It is sent to each companionship throughout the mission.

Canada Vancouver Mission Newsletter                                                                                                              March 25, 2008

Kent and Jannilyn Nelson Named as New Mission President

                 We are delighted to share with you the news that Kent and Jannilyn Nelson of Kaysville, Utah, have been called to be the Canada Vancouver Mission President starting July 1, 2008.  While we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them yet, we have corresponded by E-Mail and phone and are thoroughly impressed that they will be excellent in their calling.  The parents of 4 children, they come to BC with a wealth of Church leadership experience.  President Nelson has served as a bishop twice, a stake Mission President, stake Young Men’s President and on a High Council for several years.  Sister Nelson has served as a Young Women’s President, in a Primary Presidency, Relief Society teacher and Gospel Doctrine teacher.  Following is a biographical introduction from the Church:

                “Kent Nelson grew up on a dairy farm in Cache County, UT and was one of eight children where he was taught to work long hard days.  Enjoyed high school athletics and was a three-year letterman in football, basketball and track.  Worked for Marion Olsen, a large farmer in Cache County for six years before serving a mission to Canada.  While attending Utah State University Kent went through ROTC and received his commission in 1971 as an infantry officer and thereafter served in United States Army Reserve as an infantry Officer, and artillery officer and personnel officer and left this service in 1977 as a Captain.

                “Kent married Jannilyn Dickey in 1972 and after graduating with an MPA from BYU began his career in Nephi, Utah as the Six County Economic Development Director and Law Enforcement Planner.  Moved to LaGrande, Oregon in 1978 and began his career in real estate finance and brokerage.  Moved to Salt Lake City, UT in 1981 and continued his career in real estate brokerage with several different companies to his present work with Hendricks & Partners.

                “One of the highlights of Kent’s life was coaching basketball at West High School (Freshman) with his son Tyler just before Tyler left for his mission to Tennessee.  Kent also coached Little League baseball, Pony League Baseball (ages 13 to 15) and competitive basketball ages 11 through 14 in the Salt Lake Valley.

                “Of all his Church callings, his favorite is to teach the Gospel, especially the older teenagers and adults.  He would drop anything or adjust any item on his schedule in order to teach someone or some class the Gospel.  He loves his current calling of teaching the older youth of his ward where over 20 youth attend his class.  Jannilyn, his wife, is constantly encouraging him to not get so excited and animated when he teaches. To be with, teach, and supervise full time missionaries for three years to help build their testimonies as they learn to live together as companionships and teach the Gospel to investigators will be without question the greatest event of his life.

                “Jannilyn Dickey Nelson is one of a family of six.  Her father’s career took her to Texas and California before settling in Brigham City.  She attended BYU and Utah State University and received her teaching certificate from BYU.  She met her husband, Kent Nelson through a blind date that was set up by Kent’s brother Thomas Nelson.

                “Jannilyn became a diabetic when pregnant with her first child, Rebecca.  Even though she has diabetes, she was able to have four children; these children, along with her husband and grandchildren are the highlight of her life.

                “She gained a significant testimony of the Book of Mormon during college.  After completely reading the Book of Mormon she took the challenge given by Moroni 10:4-5.  She fasted and knelt in prayer to inquire of Heavenly Father as to the truthfulness of this sacred record.  Her prayer was answered when the Holy Ghost bore witness to her soul for over three hours of the divinity of the Book of Mormon.  Joseph Smith was an instrument in God’s hands to deliver this wonderful book to us.

                “Her favorite pass time or rather her passion is to study and discuss the scriptures, especially the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.  Her study desk is always covered with open reference books, scriptures with countless notations and bookmarks.  She loves to teach the Gospel and has been a youth Sunday School Teacher and Young Women’s President.  She has taught the Gospel Doctrine in two wards totaling over seven years.  She is looking forward to sharing her testimony of the Savior and His Gospel with others.” 

                Please join with us in welcoming President and Sister Nelson to the greatest mission in the Church, the Canada Vancouver Mission!

                We love each of you.

President and Sister Middleton

(Check off weekly whether you have achieved each of the eight goals below.)

q Ask for a referral name in every conversation with a member or non-member alike… “Will you bring an acquaintance on a Spiritual Tour?”

q Challenge members to Set-A-Date for a Spiritual Tour or a Church event which can be coupled with a Spiritual Tour  with their non-member friend at least 3 times yearly.

q Our goal is to find at least one new investigator daily. 

q       Our goal is to teach 15 or more full lessons weekly…

q       …with at least 3 Spiritual Tours weekly.

q Extend at least one baptismal invitation and commitment each week.

q Remember our mission goal:  10 Gospel contacts per day per missionary outside our usual finding and teaching duties.  That includes a Gospel message to everyone you see.

q As weekly goals are set for each Key Indicator, pray for inspiration, and set goals that are lofty yet achievable.  Our ultimate long-term goal is for at least 3 baptisms per companionship per transfer.  

“O be wise; what can I say more?” Jacob 6:12

The Coveted “Off the Hook” Award:

(Week-ending March 23, 2008)

In Recognition of the following:


Baptisms Year to Date

Vernon (9 Baptisms)

Honorable Mention: Abbotsford (8 Baptisms)


Baptisms this Week:

Kelowna, Vancouver, Vernon, Abbotsford, Nanaimo and Prince George (1 Baptism each )


Investigators with a Baptismal Date:

Vancouver Language  (9 with Baptismal Dates)


Investigators Attending Sacrament Meeting:

Abbotsford and Vancouver Language (26 Investigators at Sacrament Meeting)


Lessons with member Present

Victoria:  (18 lessons)


Other Lessons

Surrey:  (210 Other Lessons)



Vancouver  (32.1 contacts per day)

Honorable Mention:  Victoria (26.3 contacts/day)


Progressing Investigators:

Surrey Language (21 Progressing Investigators)

Honorable Mention: Vancouver Language (20)


New Investigators:

Vancouver Language: (17 New Investigators each)


Full Lessons:

Vancouver (16.8 Average per companionship)



Vernon (8 Tours)

Honorable Mention:  Surrey and Victoria (6 Tours each)




Elders Peck and Cheng:  63 Other lessons, 507 Contacts

Elders Bowles and Smith:  4 with baptismal date, 11 at Sacrament, 2 member present, 27 other, 8 progressing, 10 new, 162 contacts, 18 full, 17 to non-members

Elders Shibayama and Fullmer:  6 at Sacrament, 7 member present, 50 other, 2 new, 345 contacts, 17 full, 10 to non-members

Elders Pack and Curiel:  146 contacts, 15 full

Elders Heaton and Anderson:  2 at Sacrament, 7 member present, 2 progressing, 115 contacts, 14 full

Sisters Caribou and Dye:  3 member present, 56 other, 128 contacts, 18 full, 13 to non-members

Elders Curtis and Wilson:  4 member present, 2 progressing, 16 full, 8 to non-members

Elders Shumway and Lassetter:  5 at Sacrament, 3 member present, 2 progressing, 160 contacts, 16 full

Elders Nebeker and White:  5 at Sacrament, 4 member present, 273 contacts

Elders Miles and Weinert:  1 baptismal date, 3 member present, 3 progressing, 120 contacts, 18 full


Honorable Mention:

Elders Klekas and Taylor:  2 with baptismal date, 5 at Sacrament, 7 progressing, 3 new, 375 contacts

Elders Marcum and Homer:  2 at Sacrament, 4 member present, 3 progressing, 19 full, 10 to non-members

Sisters Overlock and van den Bosch:  3 at Sacrament, 3 member present, 2 progressing

Elders Saito and Leavitt:  3 at Sacrament, 27 other, 181 contacts, 19 full, 13 to non-members

Elders Brunt and Ramsey:  1 at Sacrament, 4 member present, 3 progressing, 23 full

Elders Martinez and Shaw:  2 with baptismal date, 4 at Sacrament, 3 member present, 110 contacts,

Elders DeHerrera and Thompson:  3 with baptismal date, 3 at Sacrament, 3 progressing

Elders Carlisle and McDowell:  1 at Sacrament, 4 member present, 2 progressing, 267 contacts, 15 full

Elders Johnson and Barker:  4 at Sacrament, 4 member present, 2 progressing, 120 contacts, 15 full, 10 to non-members

Elders Godfrey and Hea:  3 at Sacrament, 4 member present, 69 other, 4 progressing, 123 contacts, 15 full

Sisters D’Amours and Anderson:  5 at Sacrament, 6 progressing, 13 full,

Elders Morrill and Jenkins:  1 baptism, 2 with baptismal date, 2 at Sacrament, 7 member present, 2 progressing

Elders Mather and Brown:  4 at Sacrament, 2 progressing, 20 full

Elders Elders Ruesch and Fillmore:  2 progressing, 101 contacts, 17 full

Elders Earnest and Knapp:  5 member present, 223 contacts, 15 full, 13 to non-members

Sisters Dalling and Lee:  3 at Sacrament, 2 member present, 3 progressing,

Elders Harrison and Reynolds:  1 baptismal date, 3 at Sacrament, 3 member present, 3 progressing

Elders Hatton and Evans:  7 at Sacrament, 2 member present, 4 progressing

Elders Johnson and McAllister:  1 At Sacrament, 5 member present, 135 contacts, 19 full, 11 to non-members

Sisters Falk and Weber:  1 at Sacrament, 2 member present, 4 progressing, 20 full, 15 to non-members

Elders Mun and Jung:  8 at Sacrament, 50 other, 8 progressing, 6 new, 226 contacts

Elders Heinzen and Roberts:  8 at Sacrament, 6 progressing, 145 contacts, 16 full, 15 to non-members

Elders Marianno and Hassell:  6 at Sacrament, 6 member present, 3 progressing, 17 full           




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