Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Still working hard!

Hey everyone,

The weeks are flying by I don't even know what day is what! This week was great though. We had Zone Conference this week. It was very powerful and all about the Book of Mormon and its role in bringing back Scattered Israel. Elder Toki and I gave a training on Wise Time Management and Key Indicators for Conversion (New Investigators, Investigators who attended Church, Investigators with a Baptismal Date and Baptisms). President Hymas came to our Training and said we did great! It was awesome to hear him say that!

Elder Hoskin and I had a chance to do exchanges! It was a blast! I was his last exchange on his mission-what an honor! This Saturday we had three baptisms in our Zone! It was awesome to see three people make the first step to getting back to their Father in Heaven. We lived at the church building that day but the Spirit was super strong! Elder Toki and I had the chance to eat dinner at the Gums house! It was amazing to see the family again and spend some time eating dinner! Elder Toki understands why I roast everyone now..because everyone in our family roasts each other. To be honest Elder Toki and I will probably be bros for the rest of our lives, we get along too well and it makes time fly by why to fast!

The Fijian Ward is slowly, week by week, getting stronger it is awesome! The members are so funny and the members feed us so well! It is a lot of Fijian Curry and white rice. Luckily the Gums family fed us some bomb ribs and chicken! Some regular super good food! We have been bringing out a lot of 18-year-old proselyting with us. There are two that leave on missions in the next month and a couple others at the end of the year! The Bertagnini Family who lives in Laguna 5th Ward apparently knows our Nelson family. They know dad and David Nelson! I think they say the Clinger Music School?

Anyways I destroyed my shoes playing basketball today sooooo sometime is will have buy new service/basketball shoes! I'm kinda mad because I have to wait until next week because I am emailing now and P-Day ends at 6pm. Life is great! The mission is great! I am having a blast! Our investigators are slowly falling away from being interested so we will be trying to find new ones this upcoming week! We have two more weeks and this transfer is over? How did it go so fast??

Love you family and friends

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Another busy but successful week!

Dear Fam and Friends

This week was now the fastest week on the mission! It’s because we did three exchanges this week! We had a Companionship of elders stay at our apartment all week because their A/C in their apartment blew up! We had six elders in the same apartment for a week straight so you know we got zero sleep!! It was a blast.  Every day we were up at 1am! Tuesday, we had MLC (Mission Leadership Council) where all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders meet with President and the Assistants! It was a cool experience, we have those the first of every month! We talked all about Good, Better, and Best and how the mission wants to focus on just the Best. Specifically making every activity the Best!

That MLC was the last time I will see Elder Henderson before he goes home! I am going to miss him! Tuesday night we went to Chevys! Heck Yeah! We went to the OG one on Laguna! It brought back good memories! After dinner, we went to the Assistants house for exchanges! This is the 4th transfer in a row doing exchanges with them because I was their District Leader last transfer! This time we stayed at the McKay House and we worked in their area (La Sierra Ward)! It was a great exchange nothing to fancy happened but I was able to learn a lot from the Assistants and I am excited to bring that back to the Sacramento Zone!

Elder Toki served in the Del Campo Ward before I served there and so on our way home we stopped by some families we wanted to say hi too! It seems like forever since I served in Del Campo! Thursday was the only day Elder Toki and I were together! We had District Meetings, Leadership Meeting, Weekly Planning and updated the Stake Progress numbers so we had zero proselyting time when we were together but we had one lesson!   The one lesson was super powerful! It was with our new Fijian Investigator Litia! She speaks Fijian and so we had a translator with us! This had to be one of the coolest miracle stories on the mission! We started teaching the Plan of Salvation and as we got about 2 principles in and shared one scripture and the spirit was super strong in the lesson! Once that strong spirit was in Litia, our investigator, who only speaks Fijian 100% understood us and 100% started speaking English to us! It was super cool! There was no need for an interpreter after that! Super cool! She is reading the Book of Mormon and praying about a baptismal date! She also accepted this upcoming Saturday to go on a Temple Tour. Lots of miracles!! 

When we got home that night from Thursday night to Friday night! Elder Anderson and I were together for that! He is from Guam! We biked around and found some interesting people on the streets! We helped a member names Grant with his Eagle Project! Apparently his mom knows like our whole family! So that was super cool! During the Eagle Project, I met David Latapus little sister! We both made the connection that we were in the Vineyard Ward together for a little bit but I didn't realize that it was David’s little sister! We painted the curbs red at Laguna Creek High School! I got paint all over myself, I was such a mess! 

Friday night to Saturday night we had our next exchange this time I was with Elder Chen from New York! This exchange was a super weird one! We started it with a 3-hour mulch service! I swear that mulch is following me around the mission! I just can’t seem to get away from it! Also, a lot of administrative stuff came up in the Zone and Elder Toki and I had to be together to fix some things! In the middle of the exchange Elder Toki and I had to sit at a computer for a couple of an hours to get some number stuff done! It was a giant pause on the exchange and our other missionaries just had to sit around and wait! Finally, Sunday Elder Toki and I were back together! We went to church and fasted! We got numbers done that night and rocked out to Mormon Music on the way home! It felt like a friendship reunion when we got together so we couldn't stop laughing! We sang super loud and it honestly reminded me of home! Late night drives just singing/screaming my guts out!

Monday (today) when I woke up I was dead tired! I couldn't open my eyes! All the hard work from that last week finally caught up to me! I feel sore and exhausted so nothing has changed which means I am happy and still working hard! I love the work!

Ok to answer some questions because I keep on forgetting to answer them! First, I live off South Land Park and Green Haven in the Ashford Apartments! The best part about being a Zone Leader! I get to serve more missionaries and help them stay focus and happy on the mission! Our Zone is straight on fire though! Everyone is getting along and motivated to work! There are 11 people on date so far for the month on August and our Zone has 7 of them!!! We are representing big time! Also as a whole mission we had the lowest numbers this last week but..the Sacramento Zone had the highest numbers for the Zone of the whole year. Funny how that works! The mission is at an all-time low but Sacramento Zone is at an all-time high! I love it! Elder Toki and I are still brothers! We feel like we are best friends and homies not just companions! It makes everything fun and wayyy more enjoyable! He has 2 months left so I am doing my best to keep him busy and focused!

I am doing awesome! Tired like always but happy and ready to work! Miss you all! Oh, also today is my 11-month mark! I am starting to forget about which day is which and when my "anniversaries" are! So yes 11 months but not really keep track anymore like I used to at the beginning of my mission! I have read the Book of Mormon 5 times, New Testament 3 and D&C twice in those 11 months! My favorite chapter in the Book of Mormon is Alma chapter 19!   Because Ammon is a beast and great missionary and verse 22 he has so much faith in the Lord and doing the will of the Lord which such exactness that his enemies die right before him! What a gangster he is! I wanna be Ammon! Oh, and I also want to ripped like him too one day! I’m doing awesome!

Love the Idahoan missionary

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Another is good!


This week was great! Another super busy one and literally this was the fastest week on my mission! Elder Toki and I still have a blast! We got a brand new 2017 Corolla, which actually is pretty nice just its 0-60 mph in 9 years! We had a Fijian family super close to the Vintage Park building so of course I had to stop by! It was super weird! I stopped by our house on Chantal and Beitzel Elementary! The church building is the same as I remembered it! It was the best flashback in my life! We were walking around and walked passed the bishops offices to see Grandpa Pollmanns old office and Richard Landry was in his office! We had a good conversation just talking about life and how much life has changed! It was cool to catch up with him! I love serving in Elk Grove! It’s the best! We did a zone service project getting this whole backyard ready for a giant gazebo! Lots of missionaries came back and visited the mission! Some of them came running into our apartment which was kinda annoying! They messed with the whole zone and made everyone unfocused so that was super annoying!

We played “beat ya teach ya” at the park the other day and it was my first time we lost to some street scrubs!! I was mad but I still passed out 2 Book of Mormons though so it wasn't a complete loss! The work here is awesome! President Hymas and his wife spoke in the Fijian Ward and talked about how big missionary work will be in a few years! He promised great things to happen in the Fijian ward! That night we found a new Fijian investigator who wants to be BAPTIZED!! We are excited! Hopefully we can catch some momentum! I can’t remember to much of this week! It really was the fastest of my mission. I am doing well! The Fijian food is actually super good! My Fijian still sucks but I can say words here and there! I say them so much I will probably say them for the rest of my life I love it! Anyways I wish I was Poly but I'm not! So anyways life is good!  

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Elder Toki is a tricky one!


1st full week as a Zone Leader

Bula! E vakacava tiko na veika kece? (hello! how’s it going?!?!) that’s the only Fijian I was able to pick up this week! This was by far the busiest week on the mission! Elder Toki and I had to go to so many meetings! Let me explain! We had a New Leadership Meeting for me, meeting both the new bishops, we had a Food Bank Service, we had to Weekly Plan, we had to setup interview times for the missionaries and President, we had to setup a zone activity, we setup a progress report for the stake in Stake council, and to finish it off we had number for the whole zone! We proselyted maybe 5 hours this week! I just want to work and share the gospel not sit behind a computer!! Anyways I have loved being a Zone Leader I have been humbled even more! I have learned a lot about being an example and setting the bar even higher! Highlights of the week was definitely Sunday and meeting the new wards! We went to Sac 1st at 11am and that is an awesome ward! I will love my time here! Now if you remember the beginning of my mission I mentioned how much I love Polynesian people and culture! Well obviously, the Fijian islands are a part of that Polynesian culture AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! To be honest I can’t understand them when they speak Fijian but I'm picking up a little bit! Most of the people who speak Fijian are Methodist and Hindi! I pass out more Hindi Book of Mormons now than I do English! It’s crazy! We went to the Fijian Ward at 1pm! That Fijian ward is the only Fijian ward outside of Fiji!

Elder Toki and I had the awesome opportunity to bless the sacrament! Elder Toki almost tricked me, making me think that we had to bless it in Fijian but luckily, we did it in English! This week was awesome!

I look forward to being an instrument in the Lords hands and getting some baptisms, this transfer because Sacramento Zone is hot with baptisms right now! I’m praying I can be a worthy vessel to bring souls to Christ!

Elder Nelson

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 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" 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