Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14th, 2014

Well I didn't get any letters this week so I'm thinking I might get
 them today if you sent them. I'm looking forward to getting the
 packages!! You don't need to worry about them not getting to me
 because I'm staying in Vacaville with elder wride!!!!! After this
 transfer I'll have spent 6 months in this place! Haha oh man I really
 wish you could have witnessed our reaction to transfer information
 when we opened it up!! We were screaming and laughing for like 5
 minutes. It was awesome!! So I'm really really excited about that!! We
 both are! I love this place and I love my companion! It has been and
 will be so great! We have been working so hard to get this town
 going!! It feels like everyday all we do is eat sleep and talk to
 people. We only have a few solid people we are teaching. Everyone else
 has flaked out. So we are just really in need of finding prepared
 people! It's a whole different area than I have experienced before.
 There are tons and tons of churches here so almost everyone goes to a
 church or is atheist. One day while tracting we talked to a very
 faithful passionate Lutheran who wasn't interested in talking to us,
 and then right next door to him we talked to a hard core atheist that
 was a jerk. Speaki of jerks, we have had it rough the past week. We
 think satan is working on us or our faith is being tested cause right
 before general conference we were talking about how everyone is so
 nice here and we haven't had too much run ins with mean people. But
 right after general conference it feels like every day we have run
 into people that attack us. One day the pastor for church of Christ
 pulled over to the side of the road and was telling us anti and that
 we were wrong and stuff. We have run onto several atheists who have
 told us stuff that makes us look stupid for believing haha and then
 there are just lots of mean people that we have run into. So it's been
 a rougher week for us but hopefully that means blessings are coming!
 Not that we haven't been blessed. We have found quite a few sweet
 potentials and part member families! And also on supa day we found a
 sweet family that had an uncle in like Oklahoma that is a member and
 he has just been starting to learn about the church out there. But I
 guess he has been emailing this family saying he is going to send them
 stuff and that they should check it out! So when we knocked on our
 door and she told us that we were like well, now you can tell him he
 doesn't need to send you anything we can give it to you right now! We
 are going back next week to teach her! So that was awesome. We are
 having a baptism on April 26th for Sierra Jensen! An awesome 11 year
 old who is much smarter than I am! We are excited about that!
 I don't have to much else to say! I'm thankful for all of you.
 I love you so much! Talk to you soon!
 Love elder Nelson

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dear family,
 This week has been quite a week of miracles for us! I don't know
 if I have told you but in our mission the daily standard of excellence
 is 20 contacts 3 lessons and 1 baptism invite daily. Or the 20-3-1.
 Our mission has been promised that if we would get 20 contacts a day,
 (10 per person) then we would double our baptisms. So for awhile now
 over a year I'd say. That has been the struggle is getting the 20 3 1.
 It used to be just ten new contacts a day but now it is twenty. So
 elder wride and I decided we needed to buckle down and focus on that
 so we could find new people to teach. As of today we hae gotten it for
 over 30is days in a row. Which means we have talked to over 600 plus
 new people about the gospel haha. That's a lot of people!! Sadly
 enough, most don't listen. But we are being blessed!! This week on
 Tuesday I think, we hadn't had time to get our 20 earlier in the day
 because of zone meeting and elder wride had some doctors appointment.
 So we were In Fairfield for that. So we were out tracting, in the
 pouring rain at like 8:30, in order to get 20 contacts haha. In case
 you don't know, tracing after 8 is sketchy because it's dark and
 people are relaxing or putting kids to bed and it hurts us every time
 we knock a door that late...but it just so happens that on this night,
 because we chose to not let anything stop us from meeting our goal, we
 found like 6 awesome potentials on that street over two nights of
 tracting it! (The night before we tracked one side of the street and
 found some good people) but this rainy nig was rough except for that
 right as we were about to head in on one of the last doors we knocked,
 we ran into this awesome lady named Victoria with 3 kids who is a
 member of the church but has been less active for many years and she
 is trying to figure out which church is right...haha it's funny how
 perfect our timing is sometimes p, Even when in our own minds the
 timing might be horrible! So if you can picture it we are out soaked
 in the cold rain knocking doors at 8:30 waking up children probably
 and interrupting dinners and people sleeping and relaxing haha people
 hate us enough already...and so here we are and then out of the blue
 this beautiful family opens up let's us in and she invites us back to
 teach her and her kids. We went back on Friday and had a great lesson.
 And it's been like that all week! We set a new baptismal dat
 with an 11 year old part member family that I have been trying to work
 with my whole time being here! She finally be getting baptized in a
 few weeks! And the family is very excited! We also had an amazing zone
 meeting. When elder wride and I were preparing to teach it we didn't
 really feel good about anything. Then on the morning of zone meeting
 we felt that we needed to teach about sacrifice. So we did and I don't
 know what happened but everyone loved the meeting and came up after
 and said it was their favorite meeting and that they needed to hear
 what we said and it felt like we were talking personally to them. And
 ever since that day, our struggling little zone that has been on the
 up and up is now on fire!! Every single companionship is now
 consistently getting 20 contacts and the lessons and baptismal dates
 have shot up!!! So we are very excited about that. We are thankful for
 the spirit and it's guidance in our live because without it we would
 be nothing!
 So while I'm thinking about it, last night we found another
 sweet family while tracting!! It he invited us back and have us his
 number so we could call and come over another time!! Awesome!!
 The zone is doing so awesome. I don't know if I said this earlier
 but ever since zone meeting everyone is working hard and seeing
 miracles!! So it's been a good few weeks here. Unfortunately they will
 probably be my last :/ at least that's what it seems like. But hey who
 knows maybe I'll get lucky and get to stay here in Vacaville one more
 transfer! That would be the best! I can't believe that this transfer
 Is already over. It's weird to think that two transfers ago elder
 wride came into Vacaville, and that's how much time we have left.
 Pretty crazy. It's going to go fast.
 General conference was great I Thought! I loved priesthood
 session. I hope stew was paying attention. It seemed like they were
 talking right to him! There were some awesome talks given. I already
 can't remember anything though. I swear I have the worst memory every.
 Thankfully they are online and can be read anytime anywhere. I look
 forward to re reading them and studying them more!
 Well, I think that's it for me this week. I can't believe it's
 April already. What is going on!?
 I love you!
 Elder Nelson