Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26, 2013

Elder Nelson and companion Elder Morely
P.O. Box 1241
Clearlake, California 95422

Send referrals to facebook account name: Elder Andrew Nelson.

Hastening the Work!!!!
Using technology to literally preach the gospel to the entire world!!!

First Mission to receive I-Pad Minis!!!!

August 26, 2013

Alright everyone listen up!!

     I am not being disobedient! The work is hastening!! We as missionaries are now allowed to contact and teach ANYONE ANYWHERE in the world and teach them over the internet via skype, facebook, facetime, chat, email, blog etc!! We can contact and ask any one for referrals and that includes each of you!
      Another amazing thing is that we the California Santa Rosa mission are the first mission in the entire world to as a whole receive the "8873" or in other words, we now have Ipad mini's to assist us in all of our work! The area book is on it our planners and schedule are on it we have all of our manuals and scriptures and Mormon messages and videos on it and we can get access to facebook on it wherever we have wifi!! It is awesome!! So when I contact you on facebook, don't be surprised!! And in the future don't be surprised if I skype you up so that we can teach together! Yes me and you and my companion in the future could teach together via skype! Mom or Dad you could be the "member present" at my lessons!! Isn't that sweet? I have already begun contacting a few of my teammates from Barstow that would ask me questions about the church! We will see if they are interested!
     So HUGE changes in missionary work! huge! So on Thursday when the missionary department came and gave us our ipads they showed us two scriptures three scriptures that blew me away. The first is Matthew 24:14 it says this,
 "And this agospel of the bkingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the cend come."
Do you remember what happened on June 23rd? That was the big missionary meeting. Do you remember what happened in that meeting? What happened that was different? What changed? anything? we learned about Members working with missionaries, the responsibility of members and ward mission leaders and bishops, which is what we have been trying to do for a long time right? But is that all it was? Well no. There had to be something more than that to make it historical. We received a letter that said it was going to be a huge what  happened that made it historical?? Well this is what bro Donaldson from the missionary department said. He said that that day marked the Beginning of the end, just like the scripture says. Because that meeting was when the whole world was opened for missionary work!! Then the end will come...I hope that made your stomach drop because mine did!!  Now here is another scripture. DC 88:73 says
Behold, I will ahasten my work in its time
This scripture is fulfilled. it is no longer I WILL hasten it is now currently I AM HASTENING MY WORK RIGHT NOW.  
With the age lowered the scene was set and with these ipads and the thousands of missionaries teaching everyone everywhere online, the work has hastened. With theses ipads the work is hastened. The hastening is literally here it is currently happening we are apart of prophecies being fulfilled!
Another scripture, Mosiah 16:1 says
And now, it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched forth his hand and said: The time shall come when all shall see the asalvation of the Lord; when bevery nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and shall cconfess before God that his djudgments are just.
What is the significance of that verse? Every nation shall SEE EYE TO EYE. How can us here in Cali and people in Europe see eye to eye?? i will tell you. SKYPE is how we will see eye to eye. As we were getting our ipads on Thursday the leaders who had their ipads already within the first  hour had taught four lessons via chat. That is usually how much we teach in one day, on a good day! Accomplished in an hour. but they were not only teaching people in their area they were teaching people in Europe, Astonia, Russia. One of our zone leaders taught a girl in Russia via skype last week. They saw EYE TO EYE.
Are you catching the vision??
Something else the missionary department told us is that they have found that most people are online from like nine pm to 12 pm. So how will we teach those people if we are asleep? well bro Donaldson said this. " We will have to get the help of the missionaries on the other side of the world, Missionaries in japan and Europe will have to teach our people and help us out here while we sleep and then in return we will help out with their people over there while they sleep." in fact during that meeting he got a call from a mission president in japan about that exact topic. IT IS NUTS!!!!!
Missionary work has dramatically changed AGAIN. Which is another testimony to me that this truly is a LIVING BREATHING CHURCH!!! I had a funny experience last week. While we were studying, we heard a knock on the door. It was two old ladies giving out pamphlets for the Jehovah Witness. They asked if we wanted a pamphlet from the watch tower and i said yes and offered them a pamphlet, they said no ha ha but I thought it was funny because they are still doing the exact same thing that they have always done. I haven't tracted in months because that is an ineffective finding activity and we have been taught that there are much better ways to find. And it has worked. We are finding many people to teach that are not just quantity but quality. And other churches are still doing the same old thing because they are not guided by revelation! How many times has our missionary program changed!! so many times!! Since i have been on m y mission there have been six or seven big meetings where we have learned new things to do and implement to increase our effectiveness and teaching ability. I know with out a doubt this church is truly guided by Our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ through our living prophet.
So Now I hope you have an idea of the things going on here. And So now I have a question for all who read this, and specifically for you , MOM DAD LIESEL DAN JENNY GREG AND STEW. You were all missionaries, you all taught people, some of which you are wondering if they were baptized or were continued to be taught. Maybe you have friends that need to the sweet peace of the gospel in their life. No matter who it is or what the situation of course we know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can heal them comfort them, guide them, strengthen them, and bless their life in every way. But it is up to us to tell them about it show them how to get it!! Who do all of you know that I can contact and teach online?? it can be anyone! friends family, people around town, your dentist your neighbors, people you used to teach on your mission!! Who do you know that can benefit from the great hope of the gospel??  that is my question for all of you!! I invite you to prayerfully go through your contacts on facebook and see who pops out at you. Can you imagine teaching those people with me via skype?? That would be awesome. Jenny and Greg!! give me some peeps in Europe and Virginia!!! that would be soo cool!!
Don't feel guilty or bad about it either. This is the way the Lord wants it to go! And bro Donaldson specifically told us to embrace this change whole-heartedly because he knew at first it would be weird to have this much freedom, to be able to talk to our family and eventually teach with them. But truly we are all apart of the work of salvation and who better to teach our friends then!! We don't need to worry about trusting our friends with good missionaries because we can teach them ourselves!!
I am so humbled to be apart of this. It is just Alma,  I cannot say even the smallest part of what I feel. The work is truly hastening. gone our the days of the standard being twenty lessons a week. With the help of online work we could be teaching 80 lessons a week. Some Elders already are from what I have heard. Just in these past few days i have gotten over 20 online referrals and that is nothing compared to some other Elders. This week some Elder got over 50 referrals mostly for people in different countries. It is crazy. The work is here and I am no longer called to serve in Santa Rosa but the entire world is open to me.
My beloved family, I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is Gods church. I know that Jesus Christ LIVES and guides this church. I know he answers prayers and that he ALWAYS keeps his promises if we are faithful. even though my flesh is weak and I make mistakes or veer of the path I will forever be grateful to each of you. For providing me with a SURE FOUNDATION.  i love each of you so much. As I have spent time away My love has only grown stronger and the realization of how richly i was blessed growing up hits me every day as i go out and teach less fortunate families and children. I stand all amazed and I feel so unworthy of the mighty blessings I have received. In my prayers at night I hardly pray for myself because i feel like i dont need much. not in a prideful way but I have been given so much I just feel selfish asking for anything. I Love my life and i am so full of Joy even on the hard days! I have never been happier.
So anyways, I love you all so much. i don't know where i would be or what i would be with out you. Please continue to pray for me as I will need them in order to change and grow and be guided as I adapt to online missionary work. i will continue to pray for each of you that you will be inspired about who needs to hear about the gospel!! i know there are many people. Bro Donaldson said that as of right now there are estimated to be  70 million people ready to hear the gospel right now. RIGHT NOW. And it is up to us to find them. I pray that we will be and I know that we will be as this is Gods very work and as a result we will not fail. We were not sent here to fail but to succeed gloriously!! I look forward to having that success with each of you as we Thrash the nations together and invite and help them come to Christ!!
I love you!!
Elder Nelson
P.s. You can contact me on facebook. I don't think i can add you yet but probably we will be able to soon!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 19th 2013

Dear Family,
    Hello! So This week went by like super fast!! So quick side note. hermana Bryant just brought in a little present for me in the form of a eyebrow waxing kit! Apparently she thinks my eyebrows need to be waxed?? I don't exactly know what to think right now!! I cannot figure her out! But anyways, So exciting news!! Felice Spencer is going to be getting her Patriarchal blessing very soon!! isn't that awesome?? We were teaching her the other day and she is just super into the church like it takes many recent converts awhile to settle in but Felice is just taking it all in stride. And I could tell she was wanting more from us but we have taught her quite a bit about the church she already has families to visiting teach and is going to get a calling soon and for some reason I just felt like she needed something else to be working towards I think she was feeling that too. Like there was something she needed to be doing that she wasnt beacuse that is how i felt weirdly. But anyways we were teaching her and it just so happened that the words Patriarchal blessing were placed into my mind. As soon as i heard it I knew that that is what we needed to teach her and so we did!! It was cool because as we described what that is and told her our experience with them she got super excited and couldnt wait to get it!! So that was one great experience. She is set up to meet with the bishop next sunday!
    The other sweet experience is that we went over to see the Ellsworth family. They are a Part Member family that we teaching! But they are great!! The mom is the only member but she is less active and works on sunday! She is totally cool with her kids getting baptized but wont force them or tell them they should do it. it has to be their choice which to some degree I understand but I dont think kids should have a choice until they are way older. Especially if you know that the church is Gods kingdom on the earth and the only true church. HELLO PEOPLE!!!!! Anyways, We are teaching her daughter Cynthia and she is awesome!! We are teaching a whole bunch of people and we have 6 of them with a baptismal date and many other less actives and investigators that we invite to church and commit to church every week and the only investigator that came was Cynthia!! And she is 11!! And she has to walk to church! She is awesome! And she is getting baptized on sept 7th!! I cant wait!! 
     And hermana chavez just told me that i need to finish because i am out of time, and i do not want her to be angry with me so i must bid you all a fond farewell until we meet again next week on Pday. brethren adieu!

 love E. Nelson.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 6th, 2013

Dear Family, 
     I am not MIA! Yesterday was just to busy for me to write you so I received permission to write you today!! How lucky are you!! 
     Well the news you have all been waiting for, I have not been transferred! I am staying in Clearlake for another 6 weeks! Elder Volkson and Skidmore are obviously gone, and Elder Farnsworth is gone as well. He is getting transferred to Davis in the Woodland Zone. Which is perfect for him because he is crazy about bikes and Davis is bike central of our mission. It is a college town and everyone is on bike so he should do well there! 
     As for me I will be once again training a new missionary! My Second born in the wilderness. So that will be fun! It will be interesting because instead of bringing two new missionaries into highlands south (I was highlands north) They just combined the area and made it into one. So I took on a whole other area and all the investigators and less actives and members...Which as you can imagine is a lot. So I am feeling a little worried about that side of things, I don't know to much about souths area or about who they were working with. I know a little but not a lot. So it feels like I am white washing into an area almost. But it will be good! 
     This last week was great. I Love Elder Volkson and Elder Farnsworth and I am really going to miss them a lot. Saying goodbye to Volkson yesterday was just weird! The day that we had talked about at the very beginning of the transfer had finally come. It never fells like it will. But it always does. 
      This week was pretty nuts. Saturday and Sunday especially!  On Saturday we had a service project scheduled at a ranch owned by a a member in our wards non member grandma. And she needed some help so we went out to help her! I painted fences mostly, I don't know what the other people did. While I was painting I was talking to the Non member mother of the members, who was also there helping. And she was super cool and we talked a lot! But it started to get crazy around noonish. We were about to go in and have a tri-tip lunch, but first we wanted to finish putting in some fence posts. Elder Skidmore was pounding them in with one of those fence post pounder things. Well, I didn't exactly see what happened all I know is that the next thing I saw was Elder Skidmore falling down right on his back hard! As it turns out somehow he managed to bring the pole pounder high enough and bend his head low enough to bring the pole pounder down on top of his own head! our initial reaction was that it wasn't to bad but then his head started to bleed...a lot! So we got him to the ER as quick as we could and he had to get five or six staples in his head! I will send you some pictures. 
    That same night we had a farewell party for the three elders leaving but mostly the two going home. They bought this really cool cake about bagging a babe or something like that. Ill send you that picture too. 
     Now on to Sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to baptize a 9 year old girl name scarlet! It was a baptism for the Middletown spanish sisters! I guess when they asked her who she wanted to baptize her she said she didn't know so they showed her pictures of all the elders and she choose me to baptize her!! Isn't that funny? I was really excited! And that went great of course. Something else really cool about the baptism is that, I noticed a girl was there that I had contacted on the street a few weeks earlier! Her name was Kyla and when I saw her I knew exactly who she was because she was really cute and there are not very many cute girls here in clearlake! So When I saw her I was pumped because I was wondering why the heck was she at this baptism?? That is no coincidence! So I sat by her and talked to her and found out that her boyfriend is the older brother of scarlet, the girl getting baptized! And the boyfriend is a less active member that the hermanas were teaching! Crazy eh?? 
     After the baptism I gave her a book of mormon with our number in it and I just added her on facebook, so she isn't getting away now! muahaha. facebook is such an awesome missionary tool if you use it right by the way, I know there are many who wont and dont use it right but I have seen such great miracles from using it. And they are simple ones too. Like just simply being able to find and communicate with random people you talk to throughout the day by just getting there first is sweet, then you can send them videos and messages and quotes and pictures and teach them online! it is cool but that is off the subject! 
     Anyways. It was a great week! I am sad and excited about the future. tomorrow morning we will head to santa rosa and I will lose farnsworth.. i didn;t just lose one comp I lost three and I only get one back. how lame is that!! haha. 
      But yeah mom, I only have eaten one of the fish I caught. The fish in this lake taste like the lake if you dont cook them the right way and I dont cook them the right way but we had to try it once. OH I should probably tell you that I caught another fish this week too. Boo yah!! 
      But that is it for me this week! I love you

                                                     Good-bye Volkson

Another Big One