Monday, February 24, 2014
Hey there. I didn't get any mail this week so perhaps I'll get some later today! We had a pretty cool week. On Sunday our investigator that we found named Craig came to church with his mom for the first time!!! It was a much needed blessing!!! Elder wride and I were talking this week about how hard it is to get people to come to church. So, sometimes we feel like it would be just as effective to bang our heads against a wall for several hours as it would be to to do anything else! Just come to church people!!! But it was a sweet Sunday having Craig their and his mom Marianne. They seemed to enjoy it! The members did a great job fellowshipping them and that always takes a lot of pressure off! We have great members. It was pretty funny though, sacrament went 30 stinking minutes over because the concluding speaker kept droning on.....me and elder wride were ticked haha. Whenever we get new investigators at church for the very first time in my mind I immediately put myself in their shoes the best I can and try to experience things from their perspective....when I do that it is so easy to pick out quickly things that they probably don't understand at all and things that they will probably take the wrong way...I wish members would remember to a point that in sacrament meeting there is sometimes non members and that we should clean up our talks a little bit with that in mind. Not that the talks were bad by any means they were actually good but that's just something I have seen on my mission....the lesson following an investigators first experience at church is always scary! I have had more than my share of people who get offended or very confused from church...luckily most of the time they say they feel the spirit so it's all good but yeah I was just thinking about that. So sacrament was good. We set another baptismal date this week with a lady named Veronica Chavez! She is very cool and we have been talking to her seriously for a week or two now and she agreed to work towards baptism! Pretty exciting. We passed off Andrew Morehead to 4th ward this week so he is no longer our investigator but technically we have 4 baptismal dates now so that's exciting. Our temple trip was great! We saw the other new video!! It was great! I think I like the other one better but they are both good!!! It was quite the surprise when we got there and found out about another new video!! It was like going to see Harry potter 7 part two opening night at midnight for us haha gotta love being a missionary. We are so weird. Let's see, oh our meeting with p alba went good! He is a great man doing his best to help 250+ 18-21 year olds stay motivated and figure out how to be Successfull missionaries and hard workers...I don't imagine that is an easy task. Last night we went to visit a potential named Chris. As we walked to his door there were three guys outside his door being obnoxious and as we walked up they saw us and ran inside....it was funny....then we found out the house they went into was the house we had come to visit! So we knocked on the door and they didn't answer. Chumps. But as we walked away to our car and opened our doors one of the kids came running out of the apt complex with his shirt off yelling "TRUFFLE SHUFFLE!!" Whilst simultaneously shaking his fat rolls...haha it was funny. I yelled back at him "you need to hit the gym bro!" His friends laughed. Then we drove away cause he ran back inside. Good times! Well flip did you know this is the last week of this transfer? I can't even believe it. I really hope I stay here one more. I love elder wride, he is the man. We have a lot of fun. Time has gone by so quickly because we get along great and have fun and the work doesn't feel like work because we have fun working. Plus I love the ward and yeah I want to stay so we shall see. I don't imagine that I will because that never seems to be what happens but oh well. We find out Friday. It's all water under the bridge in a moment anyways, pretty soon it'll be July. I have like 19 weeks left I think...and I haven't been counting, it is just so close that counting it up is easy...three transfers left plus this week. NUTS!!!! So I don't know what the plan is for July when I get home but I think I might need to go visit a family I got really close with in eureka. The Floyd's! Blaire Floyd leaves on a mission like July 11th or something so that would be cool to go back and hear her homecoming and visit. We will see. That would be really fun!! Okay well that's all for now!! Have a great week! Love you! Elder Nelson
Monday, February 17, 2014
Hello my wonderful parent and Family, We have been crazy blessed this week. We had a lot of appointment's fall through so we weren't as involved with members this week like we were the past weeks but we had some great lessons with our people. Aaaaand we found the elect!!!! We went over to see a potential this week named Craig. Elder Boswell and I had tracked into him. I may have told you about him because when we first met him he looked like the walking dead haha. When he answered the door he could barely stand and at one point his eyes rolled back into his head he almost fell over....it was nuts. I thought we were going to have to call 911 and do CPR or something. But he didn't fall and he didn't want help but just said he was sick so he said come another time. So here we are coming another time and I think we saw him on Tuesday and we talked briefly and he said to come back the next day at noon which was Wednesday. Wait! Just kidding we went over on valentines day. So we went over at noon and he was there and we went in and had an awesome first lesson. We didnt teach the restoration but he told us a lot about his life and what he has been through and he told us his religious background. He has a copy of the Book of Mormon and he also has read it before and has family that are members. But we did a lot of listening and then as directed by the spirit we did HTBT chapter 10 PMG dad ;) the bullets are the best. As we testified that his life would improve and that his guilt and shame would be relieved he started to cry...he said he has felt burdened for a long time and all he wants is to be forgiven for his sins. Well how do we fully access the atonement? Through living the gospel and being baptized!! It is the best feeling ever to be prompted by the spirit to invite someone to partake of the greatest gift in this life, the atonement, by being baptized by proper authority. He readily accepted a date in March!!! It was an awesome lesson. He is such a sweet guy. Unfortunately he didn't come to church...now I know what your thinking haha I thought the same thing but that's bull. Don't let doubts into your mind! Me and elder wride made a pact to never doubt anything ever again. Even the smallest things. Anyways we called him before church and he said he was super sick in bed and he told us to come over on Tuesday and committed to church the next week without us asking him. So it's good. I forgot to mention he has some sort of nasty health problems. Like in his liver or kidneys or something and it's pretty hard on him. So that will be a struggle, but through faith all things are possible. So yes me and elder wride are pumped about him!! By the way just want to let you know how much I love elder wride. He is so awesome. I have never wanted to stay with a companion for 2 transfers more than now so I have been praying that I will stay another transfer her in Vacaville. We have so much fun and we are always on the same page. I'm so thankful for him and that he is my companion. Let's see, what else, we helped like three people spontaneously move last week. I have thought about maybe going into that for a career, moving business. I'm a professional! Gimme a couch and I'll get it through the front door. Period! Haha. I had a cool experience giving a blessing this week. Sis warnock in our ward said she was hit in the gut by the spirit that she needed a blessing but didn't know why. So she asked me to give her one and I did, (I have given so many blessings these past two transfers haha) and it is always powerful to experience what The Lord meant when he said take no thought before hand what you should say, it will be given to you in the moment when you need it. I had no clue what I was going to say my mind was blank. She just simply said I need a blessing. So I laid my hands on her head and opened my mouth and guess what!!! Words came out!!!! But not my words. I don't even remember thinking the words almost I just remember saying them. She was bawling after and later told me that it was the most powerful blessing she has ever been given. The words were very personal and meant for her. But like I said, it wasn't me no credit for me I just opened my mouth. Another classic example of being unprofitable haha he gives us the authority and the wods and carries them with his spirit into the hearts and minds of others. We are a vessel. All we do is stay worthy and open our mouths. I was happy for the opportunity to use the priesthood. It is always nice to have those confirmations from The Lord that you are on the right track. (If you have the spirit with you you are usually on the right track!) so I'm thankful for that. Liesel and jenny! Thanks for your emails!! It is great to hear about your awesome families and how hints are going. It has always been such a great blessing to have you set the bar high for me in my life and being great examples! When people ask me about my family and I tell them about you both and that you have served and married well and in the temple and have cute kids I always feel very grateful to have you as my sisters. We are a truly blessed family I'd say. Time is sure flying and it brings me soo much peace that I will have each of you standing by My side no matter where I go in my life. Not many people have a family like that these days. I can personally testify of that. I see families divided and broken frequently. Usually due to some form of disobedience to gods laws. I like nephi am grateful for goodly parents and siblings who taught me and set the example for me to follow. I love you so much is what I'm trying to say! I hit 19 months this last week. That's just crazy. You are all the best! Thanks for everything!! Have a great week I look forward to hearing from you! I hope you enjoy my weakly letters ;) Elder Nelson
Monday, February 10, 2014
Hey family it will be a short email this week. Sorry about that. This week was great! We set a baptismal date with a new investigator! I can't remember if I told you about him last week but his name is Andrew and he was a member referral and he is so solid. Unfortunately he is 20 so we have to pass him off to singles ward but we have taught him twice and he is awesome. It was wonderful having the experience of teaching him. Teaching people ready for the gospel always reminds me of my purpose and why I'm here. We are here to find those people who are ready. We have to weed through a lot of tares to find the wheat but when you find the wheat it makes it worth it. There is nothing better or more exciting or more powerful than teaching someone prepared the the gospel! It is great. The mini MTC was great. Thanks for your tips. I read what you told me as part of my talk dad haha everyone laughed. Do you want to be happy or sad? Well duh. Everyone said my talk was great so I'll take their word for it. Highly recommend doing something like that in gville. It was cool. Well I love you all I'm thankful for all you do! Thanks for the packages!! I looove the peanut butter, it's good. Hope you have a great week!! Elder Nelson
Monday, February 3, 2014
I got the peanut butter and the scale and the quest bars! I wasn't expecting any of it to be honest!! Thank you so much! And thank you for the extra money as well for the other things! I love you so much!! I really don't know where I would be without amazing parents and siblings. I have seen so many families torn apart and suffering from bad choices. I'm so blessed to have been born to goodly parents that taught me how to make right choices and and loved the heck out of me even though I made so many wrong ones. You have both supported me at every turn supplying me with anything I might need to have the greatest chance for success. I consider the greatest blessing in my life to be you, my wonderful family!!! Sometimes, on Sunday evenings when I'm worn out from a long week and tired. I remember those Sunday evenings and nights back at home. I sure did waste a lot of them. But if there were good times that we had as a family for some reason Sunday nights come to my mind. Especially before I left for the mish. Being with the fam playing games eating bologna and cheese and crackers and nachos, watching church videos and home videos, and playing board games. I'm so thankful for those times. The weird thing is that when I remember those times I feel a sense of Great peace and satisfaction and I have a renewed desire to serve The Lord more diligently. I guess you could say that I have a testimony of taking a moment to look at your life and count your blessings. The song rings true! Count your blessings, see what god has done. I think it reminds me of how greatly God has blessed me and that I should serve him the best I can to show him that I am thankful for those blessings and recognize where they come from. Anyways what I'm trying to say is that I love you! So this week we accomplished a lot!! And we had a couple of really great spiritual experiences. First of all it was great because we had members out with us to every single lesson and that was fun and awesome and way better than going without them. If there is one thing i have finally been able to knock through my brain and into my heart in the past few months it is that there is almost no point in going to a lesson if you don't bring a member with you to help you teach and bear testimony and more importantly to fellowship. So I have a huge testimony of that and we have seen the blessings. On Sunday two brand new investigators that we taught for the first time this week came to church with their member friends who referred them to us. So sweet. If you take away that member friend one we never would have taught them and two they probably wouldn't have come to church for the first Time on their own immediately after hearing the first lesson. That just doesn't happen too often. So it just goes to show how important it is for members to be missionaries and invite. So that was great. We had the sweetest lesson this week as well. It was with a guy named Andrew morehead. He is 20 years old and has a 3 year old son with a girlfriend who is no longer a girlfriend. He was referred to us by bro. Crist a member in our ward. Andrew is trying to get into the CHP California highway patrol and has been shadowing officers or so,etching and he has shadowed bro Crist a lot and they have become good friends. We went over Thursday and met him and we had one of the most powerful first lessons I have had in awhile. It has been rare lately that we find someone who is totally new to the gospel.P Point is that often we are teaching former investigators and part member families and less actives who already know or have heard quite a bit about the church and Joseph smith so it was a tender mercy and great refresher and reminder of the power of the restoration. We taught him the whole thing and it went awesome. He loved it and was feeling the spirit really strong. I invited him to be baptized and he accepted! We were very thankful for that opportunity to teach and bear testimony and invite someone to partake fully of the atonement of Jesus Christ. We were also very thankful for the spirit backing our words and filling our mouths. I'm also thankful for elder Wride and his awesome skills. He is a great companion. I haven't talked much about elder Wride have I!? Well he is awesome. He is from Ogden! He is funny and quiet but he is very chill and is a great missionary. We have been getting along great and having fun! I am hoping that I get to stay with him for two transfers. We had zone conference this past week. It was good but I must say I feel like if you go to one zone conference you have been to them all..I hate to sound like a bum but I hate those meetings haha they are way to long and about the same old stuff. It's not bad and I did learn but sheesh. 8:30 to 4;00? It's just drug out and too much. I'm gone after three haha. But it was good. We have good leaders. We had one of our gators at church on Sunday for the first time. She didn't stay but seemed to really enjoy it! We were excited about that. I have to give a 12 minute talk this next Friday on "why serve a mission" to about 50 youth at a mini MTC experience we are doing here in Vacaville. If you have some thoughts on that I would love to hear them! Well that's it for me! Oh yeah I had a splurge this week.....fentons ice cream did me in haha here is a pic...