Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Transferred and now a Zone Leader

Hey everyone!

This week was a crazy ride! Elder Kahle officially went home! I think I am just going to skip to the part everyone wants to hear! Ok TRANSFERS! I was transferred to the.... just kidding, first let me tell you about my week! Since Elder Kahle's group of missionaries left, Elder Anderson and I are still in a trio because one of our Zone Leaders left and he still needs a companion. So, it was Elder Anderson and Kenning and I for the whole weekend. We attended the baptismal services for the Zone and that was awesome! It’s been awhile since I have been to a baptismal service. On Sunday, we told our Ward about transfers and they were shocked. I don't know if they cared about what happened with transfers or not.  Anyways highlights of the week! Umm Elder Kahle went home he will be missed, ok honestly, I can’t remember anything that happened this week and I don’t have my journal in front of me to cheat and look! Ok- transfer calls were this Saturday and like usual Monday is the transfer day. So packed and got to the mission home! President Hymas phone call me to went a little like this..."Elder Nelson I want to let you know this call is from the Lord not from me and not from the Assistants, you have been called to be a Zone Leader in the Sacramento Zone, your companion is Elder Toki, you will cover the Fijian Ward (which is Sacramento and Elk Grove Zone) and Sac 1st East!" Booyah! Your missionary is off to Sacramento as a Zone Leader! See you later Carmichael Zone! I’m pumped! Elder Toki is a boss and we are determined to make this transfer amazing as well as have our Zone be on fire. Monday was our first day together and Elder Toki already had a Zone Training planned to get the Zone pumped! So yesterday I gave my first Zone Training and it was all about urgency! I’m excited good things are happening and new trials lay ahead! That’s all I can think about from this week was transfer calls!

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The work continues...


Dear Family and Friends,

For P-Day we did the usual and we hit up Jamie for some haircuts! It was great to see her of course! Nothing super special Monday until night time rolled around. We practiced as a zone our “If You Could Hie to Kolob and Improve The Shining Moment” mash up for our meeting with President Thursday. It was super boring and I'm not good at singing.  I think I will stick with basketball! Of the Assistant to the President, sat me down after the singing and told me some cool things. He talked about my progression as a missionary, he said he felt that I am one of the best missionaries out there even though I've been out for 10 months. To sum up our 25 minute discussion he told me he wanted me to take my "missionary level" to the next level! He said that we both know that I have a sky-high potential to be one of the best missionaries in the mission and he told me the same thing that President Jardine said that I would be in Leadership for the rest of my mission. He didn't want me to plateau. It was pretty cool to see and hear that from him and how he wants me to just explode as a missionary. It got me pumped and rekindled a fire in me to keep working hard and now even harder.

Tuesday and Fourth of July! We ate breakfast at our Ward Breakfast Party and Flag raising! We met an old member of Elder Kahles that took his bike home for him! We are all car now..or all walk..which ever! We got in a giant fight with our Zone Leaders because last month we had 700 miles, which is a perfect amount, and this month we only get 300! We literally just sent Elder Kahles bike home...so we will be walking a lot! Hahaha! So dumb.  We got to watch zero fireworks because we had a Zone Training instead. It was dumb I wanted to celebrate my country's freedoms!

Wednesday was not very productive and not much happened. We were lucky enough to have some bomb recent converts who saved some fireworks for us to we could watch them. We actually got to celebrate the Fifth of July!

Thursday WAS THE BIG DAY WE MET PRESIDENT AND SISTER HYMAS!! They are straight awesome! They are so hyped and so ready to work and so ready to just baptize the whole City of Sacramento! It’s awesome their fire was super contagious. I’m super pumped to be able to work with the new President! President Hymas has to be one of the top most super chill dudes! Very laid back but very straight forward, I feel like we will get along great! We had to pick up a loaner bike for Elder Kahle because we lost so many miles on the car....we still all refuse to bike though! We feel ripped off with having a full car for one month and then the next having to bike so we kinda are boycotting the bikes!   One of the Zone Leaders, was sick and so he asked that I stay with him while my companions went out with his companion...that night I read the whole book of 1 Nephi and made a goal to read the whole Book of Mormon in a week! So, everyone keep me accountable to my goal of reading the whole Book of Mormon in a week! 

Friday the highlight was 5 of our investigators have finally cracked open the Book of Mormon. It all seem to happen at once! A couple of them want us to go by later with week and read with them so we are super excited to see what comes of it! I was told by Jamie that Grandma Pollmann came into Sacramento this day so I made sure to try my best to hide! Sorry Grandma! 

Saturday was our Zone's "Park your Car Day"...so we walked everywhere! It was hot but we are boycotting our bikes! Walking actually is super productive because talking to people is a lot easier and people aren't intimidated by random stranger pulling up on bikes. We made some hype videos about park your car day and I’ll send those home. We found 2 new investigators that day it was sick! I had the awesome opportunity to do a baptismal interview for the Northridge Ward Sisters Investigator! I love interviews because they are super spiritual and powerful! He did great in the interview and will be baptized July 15th! President Hymas liked our hype park your car day videos so much that he is sending his two sons (who are staying with him for the summer until they go back to college) to come do teamups with us tonight! They both just got back from their missions about a year ago! It will be sick I'm looking forward to it! 

We have transfer this upcoming week so next P-Day will be Tuesday. My prediction is that I will be going to a new area! 

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Mission President has arrived!

Hey hey from hot California!!! We had a Zone activity Monday. Zone Activities are usually boring but luckily for this one we had some visitors. President and Sister Jardine spent part of their last P-Day with us! It was fun we ate breakfast, played signs and played some basketball knockout! The highlights from the rest of the week was we were able to see some cool miracles with investigators. We were able to see Gods hand working with certain individuals. We have tried really hard to get investigators to open up to the gospel and give the Book of Mormon a shot, but this week investigators realized the contradictions in church and in the Bible and were willing to see what the Book of Mormon has to offer. Hopefully something good comes from these little miracles.
Elder Kahle was sick this week, so Elder Anderson stayed with him for the beginning of the day while I went out and did service with the Zone Leaders. Our Zone Leaders thought it would be best to keep me and Elder Anderson with Elder Kahle while he was sick so I spent the rest of the day reading PMG and the scriptures. It actually was sick and I learned a lot!
We had Zone Conference this week! One of the most spiritually uplifting meetings ever. It was President and Sister Jardines last Zone Conference and they left us with a training on the Living Christ. It was fantastic. At the end of the meeting we sang our Famous Called to Serve song (with the California Sacramento Mission mix in it) and the coolest miracle happened. The eyes of President and Sister Jardine were blazing fire bright! You could see the love they had for us! Coolest thing I have ever seen! My last hug to President Jardine he pulled me aside and told me to "stay focused, you have a lot of work to do here!" So, whatever that means I am looking forward to it! Last highlight of the week! President and Sister Hymas are here in Sacramento- it is official! We have our new Mission President..haven't met him yet but Thursday we will have 2-hour Zone meeting with him to get to know him better.
Other than those specific highlights nothing happened all week! Just kidding…best part- We found a basketball court that has been in our apartment complex this whole time and I have never seen it. It was always hiding on the opposite side of the complex that we never go to. We were taking a night walk around the complex because we were bored and stumbled upon the court! Every morning now best believe I am there!!!!! Booyah I love ballin! We are going to sign a Zone musical number from President and Sister Hymas when we meet them Thursday, we will sing a mashup of Hymn 226 Improve the Shining Moment and 284 If you could Hie to Kolob! Hopefully it goes good- I can’t sing so! Other than that life is the same. Elder Kahle goes home in 12 days so he is bouncing off walls! Life is good! 

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Working hard but it is hot!

Fam Bam and Friends! 
How are we? What’s new? Well let me tell you! This week was a reminder that the mission is here for me to learn as well! Let’s start with the shenanigans of the week! First and foremost, I ate dinner with Sam Fegan He graduated El Camino high school with Brock and said that they were in the same music class! Brock does that name sound familiar? It was a good dinner too! We played basketball with about 15 priest aged High Schoolers and killed them. It was sick playing with Elder Anderson. We make a good team on the court. This whole week we helped kids with Down syndrome or other mental disabilities learn how to ride a bike! It was a lot harder than I thought. My companionship was with a kid named Carter, everyone said he could have been my kid because we are the same skin color??? Other than that, we had no similarities, it was kind of funny when people said that! By the end of the week(Friday) we got Carter riding his own bike and on two wheels! It was cool to see his face light up when we stopped chasing him and he was crusin by himself!

I ate some of the most bomb ribs this week! Some member spent 6 hours on preparing and making ribs and it was fantastic. We did a District Blitz in Northridge Ward to help find some investigators. District Meeting this week was all about Love/Charity and Baptism. We specifically talked about how our love for God effects our actions and how willing and motivated we are to serve with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. I asked everyone to show more love to their companions, investigators, and members! We talked about the importance of understanding when and investigator is ready and progressing toward baptism. According to the Assistants there is confusion about this topic throughout the mission, which is not good. People need to understand when baptism is the next step for investigators. 

Other than this crazy week I have been doing great. I got a Brand-New Mini Preach My Gospel and I am rereading the whole book and will make new markings in it. A goal I have for the week is to invite 20 people to be baptized. I have no District Meeting this week because of Zone Conferences. President Jardine leaves this Friday. Friday, we will have a new Mission President, President Hymas! It will be a weird week. Love you and miss you all in Idaho. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Monday was a blessed day for two reasons! First reason was that it was P-Day so it was a great day to relax and to get things ready for this week. We got to play some basketball. We brought some Priests to come play to try to get a bigger crowd. Second the members we ate dinner with were watching the NBA finals game and refused to turn it off while we were at their house. And in the room, we were in we could not turn away from the TV because it would be awkward and weird! Congrats Warriors, right? Hahaha

Tuesday, we had some cool miracles with some investigators. We truly were led by the spirit because we showed up to investigators house right when they needed us most. Whether that was simple service or Satan was tempting them to make a wrong choice or they had questions about the church. It was cool to see us being led. The Zone Leaders did a team up with us. Elder Kahle and I were with Elder Escoton, and Elder Anderson went with Elder Kenning. The Lord feels like I can help my new District so we will see what I can do, with the Lords guidance of course. 

Thursday was District meeting! I officially think District Meetings are fun! The Assistants were on exchanges so there were the two Zone Leaders from Sacramento Stake! Elder Foley, who was Elder Kahles last companion, and Elder Toki, who thinks that I will be his companion this upcoming transfer.

Friday, we weekly planned! We set some goals for our companionship and ourselves! We went by a member’s house and witnessed some super cool magic tricks. We all learned how to make Jesus Card appear out of thin air! We know black magic now! As a zone, we signed up for a down syndrome bike riding camp! This whole upcoming week we are going to be Training kids with Down syndrome on how to ride a bike! It will be interesting! 

Saturday and Sunday was super slow! We had the Sac Temple call us and tell us not to go by a certain Less Active individuals house anymore, I guess they complained. It makes sense everyone was busy on Father’s Day but it makes our job hard as missionaries. 

I had some members ask me if I was sick or something bad was going on at home because I was looking a lot skinnier. I lost 5 pounds but not in a bad way. I tried to explain that I have put 25 pounds on my mission and I'm just trying to balance out my fat!

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Having too much fun!

(Yes Idaho friends..Elder Anderson is the kid from Madison High School that was on the winning State basketball team in 2016 so Connor knows him well)

This week was fun! Being in a tripanionship is wayyy better than i thought it would be! We have had so much fun! Literally its always a party! Elder Anderson reminds me exactly of Kyle Jones! Same jokes, same body language, talks the same, and is just a funny goof ball! We have become homies! Only the first week together and we want to start setting up plans to see each other in Rexburg and Boise! Looking for better places to hangout around Idaho!

Having the car has made going out and proselyting so much easier. We get away from the heat and tired legs from biking all over. It has been kinda hard adjusting to teaching with three missionaries. Sometimes we contact people and they feel like we are swarming them. We have a District Goal for this whole transfer. By the end of the transfer (July 15) we are trying to invite 300 people to be baptized! At the end of week one we have reached 32! We are behind the mark but we can catch back up! There was a Ward Swim Party this week that we went to. Obviously we didn't swim but it was good to have the ward meet the new missionary around here. Everyone greeted him well. He was trained in the Carmichael ward which shares the same San Juan Building with us so he knows a lot of people when we go to the church building. 6 months in one area is a long time but the Lord needs me here so I'm trying my best to stay determined to find new people.

I feel like i have talked to everyone in this area! Its kinda ridiculous but i like knowing everything about everyone. I know just about every house that would answer and wouldn't, which house we have stopped at before and had good conversations or bad. Its crazy i feel like Google maps out here. 

Highlights of the week! 
We were having lunch one day in the apartment and Elder Kahle was cooking corn dog. I stole the corn dog from out of the microwave and threw it to Elder Anderson. It was a game of keep away! Elder Anderson tried to throw it back but it hit the roof and fell on the ground! It made the best thud noise and left a moist spot on the ground. I haven't laughed that hard in forever! 

Elder Anderson and I had a great late night discussion about our lives Wednesday night. Elder Kahle fell asleep around 10:45 but Elder Anderson and i stayed up talking until about 1:30am! It was sick! We super bonded and our relationship has been amazing since. We definitely have each others backs and that's what matters! 

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

It's getting hot!

Last P-Day, because of all this "beef" with our Zone Leaders, we rode around to our Shopping Shenanigans with the Office Elders. We don't really get along. Only because they look at Elder Kahle and I as jocks and they are not...so it was a funky start to the day! Anyways you could tell that all four of us sucked up the fact we don't like each other and shopped and then went to the church and parted ways never talking to each other the rest of the day! It was funny to see how all of us were on the same page! We had the Assistants pick us up and they were actually going to play basketball with some ex missionaries who were visiting the mission for the day. We played with old Elder Butters and Jaramillo. It was fun. We had a good lesson with our investigator Gwen about the importance of church during her course of finding out if the church is true. 

Tuesday was the hottest day on the mission. According to my weather app on the iPad it said it was 100 degrees outside but felt like 106!! I wanted to die. My pants were like glued to my legs from sweat and my shirt was 100000% see through. It was a little funny talking to people because they looked at us like we were freaks. Weird kids on bikes, talking about Jesus, and are soaking wet from how hot it was. It probably would make a good comedy show! Regardless of the weather we made sure to work hard and to stay hydrated. We had the deepest doctrine dinner conversation with our members. Most of it was about the Plan of Salvation...you know the classic "doctrine" that is not stated anywhere in any of our books. It was fun to guess though. I got complimented on my knowledge for only being an 8-month missionary. 

Wednesday, we did our routine mulch in the park. I’m kind of sick of that service but it will never change. We had a really good lesson with a man named John about the Church compared to his church. It was cool to see differences as well as just how true our Church is. Meeting people who "follow" the Bible in their church but when you pull out a scripture on them from the Bible and they don't follow it. It’s hilarious! I love being a missionary. That is a huge testimony builder on how true and real the Holy Ghost is in learning the gospel. I love it- it’s so fun! We did splits with our new Elders Quorum Presidency. I was with the new President and he is hilarious.  A little racist and very liberal views and dead funny! 

Thursday there was no District Meeting but there was a Zone Conference. El Dorado, Folsom, North Sacramento, and Carmichael Stakes all meet together. Elder Henderson (trainer), Ravsten (2nd companion), Young-Yen (hilarious elder), Pastor, Scott (basketball player from Emmett) and Newton (MTC group) were all there. It was so fun to catch up with them. We had dinner at the Recent Converts of the Ward. It was a roast session on me apparently. Apparently, my teeth are too white and their 5-year-old daughter has the hots for me. It was great...NOT! Whatever! 

Friday, we had a lesson in the morning about Repentance, Temptations and the Devil. I wanted to share a little something I learned a couple of months ago about the Devil. In the BD under Satan...it means the slanderer and a slanderer is "the act or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation." It’s cool to see that our reputation is literal children of God who have the potential to obtain everything the Father has. Satan is trying his best to damage our chance of obtaining Exaltation. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share. Highlight of the day was we got challenged to play basketball by Conner Pope and his friends. Last time we killed them and this time he brought some of the Del Campo High School Basketball players. Well same result happened. We won. I love basketball! Wasn't even a competition either!

Saturday, we did a deep clean in our apartment because we live in a pig pen! Not anymore though because its clean! Actually, none of the apartments I have lived in ever get too dirty because my mom always comes out and is like reborn through me because I clean everything and freak out if a sock is left in the wrong spot! No offense to my mom I still love her but I act like her and it’s a little weird!  Transfers are next week and I so hope for a new companion that is well seasoned but far away from going home! 

Elder Nelson