Monday, September 18, 2017

Lots of exchanges!

Dear Family and friends,

This week was packed with exchanges. We did exchanges with Hmong, Marshallese and the Spanish Elders.

During the exchanges two of the elders were on their last exchange, I left them with the commitment to stay worthy of spiritual promptings and to use their time as wisely as possible. These two commitments were recently used but we felt like this would help them finish their mission on a good note.

The last exchange was with an Elder who has been struggling with finding joy in the work. The whole time I tried to help him recognize the joy in finding new investigators, good contacts, and solid lessons. We had a blast together and invited him to study diligence on PMG pg. 121! We will follow up with him on Thursday at District Meetings.

Elder Toki and I missed being with each other for the week but when we were together we got work done! We found 7 new solid investigators. We are hoping to put two of them on date this upcoming week!

The weather here in Sacramento has been amazing! The delta breeze is keeping everything cool to a nice 70-80 all day and its sweet! We drive everywhere with the windows down and man I miss being able to blast’s just blasting MoTab for now! Which is getting old I will be honest...I love the gospel but MoTab is old!

Anyways! I was exhausted this week because I felt like I was doing everything with all the missionaries coming into our area. We had Stake Conference yesterday. It was all about Family History and how we need to be doing this work for our deceased family members. It was good...still the same topic from the whole rest of the year but it was powerful. The second coming must be real close if all the focus in Family History because that will be most of the millennium. This next week Elder Toki and I will have three more exchanges..nothing will be slowing down for us!

I almost forgot to mention we did play Basketball this Thursday with all the college kids. They were super excited to have us come play that they brought even more people! They brought better players but that just made it more fun. According to the member, he says every talks about the cool Elders who we are hoping the messages we share will be more powerful now they trust us and think we are "cool"! So hopefully 20+ new investigators will be listed soon!

Love everyone and miss you!

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More beat ya- teach ya!!

Hey Family!

This week was off the chain exhausting! We had three baptisms this week in the zone, we had district meetings and I felt like we ran a ton of errands this week! It’s true what President Jardine used to say...our assignment as Zone Leaders we really are just Zone Servants. I love the chance that I have to be in this spot though. I’m glad I can serve all these missionaries!

Elder Toki and I had a blast on Thursday! Thursday was official 1 year mark out on the mission. All I wanted to do to celebrate was play beat-ya-teach-ya! So, all Thursday night we went looking around for people to play! We played two high schoolers in the park, killed them and passed put 2 Book of Mormons. We went to another park played three on three with some older men maybe around mid 30s. Beat them and passed out three Book of Mormons.

We got a text from the Assistants saying we needed to update the people who are firm and on date for baptism...we kind of forgot to do that...we got to the church and saw that our firms list was already up to date so we didn't get in trouble. We did hear someone bouncing a basketball at the Seasons Building so we jumped up and ran to the gym. A member who is in college at Cal state was playing basketball waiting for the 20 friends he invited to show up. We waited maybe 15 minutes and 20+ kids from Cal state showed up to play basketball. We called first game and balled these kids up. Best competition I have had all mission. We won 11-1 and got a return appointment for next Thursday night. We told everyone next time we were going to start with a scripture and a prayer. They agreed so I am pumped for next Thursday. Hopefully we will get 20 new investigators!!!!!

Work around the mission has been crazy, last week we were at an all-time low finding only 64 new investigators. This week the mission doubled it finding 136 new investigators. It was awesome to see the transition. We have been coming up with ideas on how we can make finding easier and find creative ways to get people to listen to the gospel. As a Sacramento Zone, we will start a Finding Friday, where the whole Zone will go do a blitz or team-ups together for most of the day! I’m excited to see what happens with this new idea!

Our Fijian Ward Bishopric will start a fast this week to find new Fijian investigators. All the missionary work in the ward starts through the Bishop's priesthood keys so we are excited he is on board and ready to help us out!

I have been thinking back on this last year of the mission and wondering what things I can do to continually improve. The two things that came to mind was journal writing (writing more than just one page) and obtaining Christlike attributes. Trying my best to be more humble, patient, and kind to people. Luckily the Lord is on my side or that would be impossible for me. We have three exchanges this upcoming week so Elder Toki and I won’t be together for much of the week but I will still make the work fun, I always do! Mission life is treating me well.

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

1 year mark this week!!

Dear Family and Friends,

This last week was packed with meetings! We had Zone Conference with Elder and Sister Martinez of the 70! They focused a lot on obedience and the true teacher in lessons, the Spirit! It was amazing to hear their council and their humor. Both of them were hilarious! I have a story to share about what they said later in the email when we saw them in MLC!

Sadly, I was feeling horrible this week so I was out of commission for one day this week! I was really upset and mad that I had to be sick! I had a horrible headache and my body was just super I took some medicine and hung out with another sick Elder for the day. We were able to setup two blitzes in the sisters’ areas! We found a total of 15 new investigators between the two blitzes so they were very successful!

I love being a Zone Leader and being able to help out our missionaries and see miracles in other areas! It gets me pumped for proselyting. The best part about the week was this month’s MLC (Mission Leadership Council). Elder Toki and I were the first two missionaries to the MLC and right before the meeting we were able to visit with Elder and Sister Martinez. The first thing they said to both of us was not a "hi, I’m Elder Martinez nice to meet you, or hi, how are you Elders?" He said Elders "your ties are wonderful when you get home and get a wife you should match those ties with your wife's dress!  Now take that thought and cast it away, don’t think about that ever again until you are released as a missionary!" Hahaha - man they were funny people! Elder and Sister Martinez were able to attend that meeting with us and it was amazing how much revelation was flowing in the upstairs room of President and Sister Hymas house!

We got some great direction and a little bit of chastisement but that is expected as Leaders in the mission. Something all the Leaders will have to work on is correcting missionaries and making sure missionaries have a testimony of the rules! I guess there have been some problems with that going on in the mission! Elder Toki and I had the chance to eat dinner at the Cantillos home this week as well! It was amazing I love that family and I am sad that Nathan and I couldn't have spent more together through high school!

P-Day today was spent up in Serrano neighborhood in El Dorado Hills at Presidents house playing games and having friendly competitions! It was a blast to get the whole Zone out of Sacramento and into new grounds to enjoy our day off! Sadly, we weren't able to get in their massive pool they have..but we had lunch and had a ping-pong tournament! I did not win but if it was basketball we all know that outcome of that tournament! Anyways Elder Toki and I are still having a blast as companions and the members are now asking us if we knew each other before the mission because we seem like such close brothers. Hey this week is my one-year mark. I officially have served for half of my time! It went crazy fast! The mission is fantastic, now only if we can find someone to baptize!!

Your boy 

Elder Nelson

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Another transfer...

Wazzzup Family!

Transfers were this week, obviously, that’s why I am emailing on Tuesday! Elder Toki and I are staying together!!!! This is his last transfer so this will be the second companion I have that will be going home! Elder Toki will stay strong to end I have faith in him! Elder Henderson is officially home so my "mission family" is literally nonexistent. Just me now! The transfers changed every companionship in our Zone except Elder Toki and I! We are the only original two!

This week was nuts! During transfers, we had a companionship totally mess up what they were supposed to do. They drove half way up to the Mission Office and didn’t have everything they were supposed to take up! Long story short Elder Toki and I had to clear 2 hours of our day to go up to the Mission Office and back it was annoying! But we understand the sacrifices we need to make in order for us to help our missionaries so we repented for having hard hearts!

Elder Toki and I put together a Zone Gathering yesterday! We focused on the spirit and how the spirit is our joy on the mission! We really just tried to pump our missionaries up for this upcoming transfer! It was awesome! Elder Toki made a joke saying that summer was over because last Sunday night it felt super cool and nice.... he jinxed this last week so bad! This last week was hot! 100+ degrees every day! It was funny to see him just be sweating and us burning outside and him say "well summer is over..." We started a Missionary Book of Mormon reading! The whole mission will finish the Book of Mormon by the end of the year! I’m excited to see what I can learn from that! 

We have a new trainee in our apartment with us now! Elder Evans from Centerville Utah! We will try our best not to scare him away but let him know missionary work can be fun! I am looking fresh in my new shoes! We played ball with Nathan Cantillo and Grant Bertagnini! They have become our mission homies! They come and proselyte with us during the week. Our Zone had 3 more baptisms this week and so we had the awesome opportunity to attend those! Our investigator pool has died this last week so this upcoming week we are hoping to find a lot more!

This week ahead will be busy with MLC (Mission Leadership Council) and a Zone Conference with Elder Martinez of the 70s is coming! We are excited for the new revelation we will receive and the guidance from our area Seventy! It will be an awesome week!

We had the chance to go to a Fijian wedding this week in Wilton! I jumped out of the car and told Elder Toki "wow there are a lot of white people here for this wedding I probably will know a family or two from when I lived here" right after I said that the Bush Family popped out of their car which was right next to us! It was very cool to see them again! Trevor is huge now!

Elder Nelson
Serving the best Mission right now!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Another baptism and seeing Bishop Hogge!

Dear Fam!

This week was a little slower than normal but another great one! Elder Toki and I are trying our best to get relationships booming with the youth. Ages 15-25 are the most influential times in a humans life! If we can make the gospel a priority in that time then they will be lifelong members. By the age of 30 most humans are on auto-pilot! They brush their teeth without thinking, drive without thinking, and eat without thinking! Involving the church into that auto-pilot system will change people forever! It will keep strong families and will bring great converts to the church! That has been the big focus of the’s hard and our numbers aren't that great but we are hoping the work will just explode!

We had a BAPTISM this week! Elder Pitcher and I found a 19 year old and taught him the first couple of lessons during exchanges. We had to refer him to the YSA missionaries but we were blessed to go to Elk Grove (Vintage Park Building) and witness his baptism! It was awesome and a great spirit was there! I had a blast seeing Bishop Hogge! He is an amazing man! Super humble and it was fun catching up with him! I will send pictures of the baptism!

We have lots of opposition this week! We a giant bolt in our tire and got a flat tire on our 2017 Corolla, on our way to the church (since we noticed the bolt) we also got rear ended.  Literally all in 10 minutes we got a flat tire and rear ended in a brand new car.  It doesnt even have 2000 miles on it! Our zone is kind of losing its fire right now so are we are stressing picking up the work and even working harder!

Missionary work is hard so we are supporting but asking for a lot! We are hoping a lot of miracles will happen this week with everything that happened this week! Thank you all for your support and emails!

Elder Nelson 

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