Monday, December 26, 2016

We went mini golfing last week! And let me tell you that it was the most competitive game of mini golf I have ever played. We had 8 missionaries all competing for that number one top mini golfer "trophy"! Of course, Elder Nelly killed it! I got first not to rub it in! I’m humble I promise. P-Day is seriously a “busy” day!  P-Days are becoming a struggle. 

We had the chance to go to the Temple!  It was a great experience to be able to go to the Temple. I loved it every second of it. I sat next to President Jardine for it too. After we did a temple session we ate lunch with the Elk Grove, El Dorado, and Sacramento Stakes. I was able to see Elder Rowland and he is doing great! He loves his mission and it was fun to be able to catch up with each other. I met Elder Anderson. Elder Anderson is the kid who played on Madison High School and made that last second tip in shot to beat Borah. I’ll send a picture of us. 

We ate dinner with the Zone Leaders at the restaurant that they chose.... they chose Chicken & Waffles. It was super good actually just a funky sounding restaurant. All of the music that Chick & Waffles played was music that I knew or could remember and so I was jammin out so hard. It was a blast! I miss listening to music but my mission has been way better! 

We made blankets for people in wheel chairs for a service project. We made about 50 in four hours. The blankets were small enough to fit on their laps and not get stuck on the wheels or the ground. They had little pockets as well in the blankets so when it was in there lap they could hold things. We dropped them off to the Care Free center and people loved them. 

We ate dinner with family from our ward. This member gets different cuts of meat for free from his father-in-law. He made us the biggest ribeye steak I have ever eaten in my life. It was heaven! I got sooo fat that night! Then the dad went out with us after dinner and we stopped by our recent converts house, Levi, and had a lesson on Christmas and had a short testimony meeting! It was one of the strongest and shortest spirits I have ever felt! It was super cool to be able to experience that. 

One day this week we had 50 potential investigators planned in! We saw so many people and had so many different conversations that my head hurt and I was exhausted afterwards. Talking to people is weirdly tiring. After 5 hours of talking to people I just need a short break. One of the Elders bike axle broke in the middle of the day so we had to drive all the way to North Highlands and pick him up to take them to a bike shop. Huge detour and used a lot of miles!

We also had the chance to go to the Mission Home and pick up presents! President Jardine had a "short" program for us before we were allowed to get the presents. It actually wasn't short it was more like an hour and a half long! All the missionaries were becoming impatient- it was hilarious! President was stalling on purpose! Trying to fit the presents in the car almost didn't work! It was a tight fit. Our tiny Corollas can't hold a lot of boxes. 

We watched Pete's Dragon on Christmas Eve! It was a pretty good movie but I feel like there have been better movies that have come out recently. Finding Dory was better than Pete's Dragon! We had popcorn and President made sure the lights stayed on in the High Council room because we have sister missionaries in our zone! It is a funky rule but makes sense! Tristan is all setup for his baptism on Thursday! He will be interviewed at 5pm tonight! 

Christmas Day was awesome! I got way more presents than I thought I was gonna get! Thanks for everyone who sent me a gift they were all awesome! Church was combined with the Natomas 2nd Ward! It was packed! It was an hour long sacrament meeting/singing performance! I really enjoyed it, it was spiritual for sure! Of course, I got to Skype with my family! The biggest surprise about the whole Skype was Cooper voice has dropped a little bit since I talked to him last! It was kind of freaky! I was grateful for the technology I have to be able to Skype my family and see them all cry ;) 

Another wonderful week! Missionary work is kicking my butt but I'm learning a ton!

Love Elder Nelson

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Another week that seems to go by super fast! I guess it was a day shorter than normal because transfers were last week. My companion and I are getting along and there are great things happening in the Natomas 1st Ward. 

We met with a family who has been trying to get there son more involved with God. We gave the kid a Book of Mormon and a Bible and told him to read it and pray to know if God is there and if the things that you read are true. time we stopped by that house the whole family sat down in our lesson and we ended up giving Book of Mormons to every family member. The family expressed their interest in being baptized "Christian." We explained the importance of the Restoration and how they have found the true church! No baptismal dates yet for the family!

The bishop asked our new Ward Mission Leader and us to put together a Ward Mission Plan.  My companion and I made one up ourselves in companionship study and we presented it to the Ward Council and they all loved it! We will make a final draft and send it to all the the Auxiliaries. It was not easy putting a Ward Mission Plan.

We had the chance to set a Zone Vision for the Zone. A Zone Vision is like a motto/slogan that the Zone can remember to evaluate themselves and help them stay on purpose. Good ole Elder Nelson came up with ‘Diligent Determined Disciples Diminish Darkness’! It goes along with #lighttheworld too! Everyone was like "i second that" and setting the Zone Vision took like 3 minutes! Usually it takes about 30 minutes! Im thankful for all the Rap i listened to before my mission because it helped me think of that Zone Vision and make if flow!

Elder Ravsten had a New Leadership Meeting on Thursday because this is his first time being a District Leader, so i was with the Zone Leaders for about two hours. It was raining super hard outside so it was actually a blessing being able to be in the car with them and use their miles for my appointments with investigators. It was a good two hours for me!

After we picked up Elder Ravsten we had a member come out with us for a couple more lessons.  He stayed out with us for three hours! It was so cool! We avoided the rain again and our investigators actually were involved in our lessons because it wasn't just the missionaries talking. He dropped us off at our dinner appointment  where the member wanted to go out with us to see investigators as well. Our members came in clutch that day! Our investigators were happy it wasn't just the missionaries. 

On Friday on our way to District meeting there was a huge car crash! One car was flipped upside down, another car completely destroyed and the last car on fire! Well traffic was horrible and we were late to getting to District Meeting. Lucky for me, my companion is the District Leader so we technically didn't get in trouble for being late. Elder Howland had to go to the doctors so we picked up Elder Haywood and we had a tripanionship for a little bit! We stayed in Foothills area for about three hours and it was not very productive. I feel bad for the missionaries there. They don't have very many people to teach! We ate dinner at a members home that is full of four little girls. It was a long and crazy night at the house but the food was good! 

We had our Ward Christmas Party on Saturday and a sister was in charge. She is an event planner and she made the gym in the church look so good. The whole gym looked like the town of Bethlehem and members of the ward reenacted the Nativity. It was super cool and spiritual. Right after the party the whole ward came over to John's baptism! John's baptism was amazing and i was able to do the actual ordinance which was in front of the whole district leader(or companion)....the Zone Leaders.....Elder Henderson came for the baptism so my Trainer....the Assistant to the President came because they were on exchanges with Elder Henderson and his companion....oh and President and Sister Jardine. The whole line of authority was there! So no pressure right??? Well i didn't mess up! After the ordinance John and I went back to change and he was pumped! He said he felt so good and was so happy! It was an awesome experience for him be able to glow and enjoy his big day! No Sacramento basketball players came because they had a game!

On Sunday i had the chance to confirm John a member of the church and give him the Holy Ghost! Confirmations have become my favorite thing to do on a mission! The spirit is so strong and every time i finish i have no idea what i said. All i know is that i feel good and that the spirit was doing the real talking.

Love Elder Nelson

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Transfer week!!

This week was crazy! Last Monday the 5th Elder Henderson and I wanted to spend as much time playing basketball and having fun together as possible because transfers were coming up and we didn't know who was leaving. We only got to mess around for like 2 hours. The rest of the time we were running errands or doing chores. 

Elder Jenkins went home on Thursday and so he actually made us all lunch before he left! It helped us have some fun together before Elder Jenkins left. He was losing his mind the day before he went home! I hope that doesn’t happen to me when I go home!  He gave me a tie that says "Dab on 'em and Stay Complete" I have this habit of dabbing now - its off the chain! 

We were at a recent converts house and the recent converts mom was telling us about how hard it was to have her husband being inactive in the church.  She got in her face and told us that if we ever left our families that she would kill us. She said that it's been the hardest thing she's ever had to go through in her life. I made a promise to myself that I would never leave the church, that I would always be a worthy priesthood holder for my family, and my wife deserves a loving father/husband.

A family took us out to Chevys and of course I pigged out and loved all the food. That place just gets better and better every time we go. You guys are missing out, sucks that you have to be in Idaho where it is snowing. That day we also setup Kekoas baptism! 

We had Elder Esotton with us for the weekend because Elder Jenkins went home.  Trying to run around and two wards is mayhem. It was fun to be able to see some of the zone leaders investigators.  while we're outside of the bishops’ house Santa Claus came by on the fire truck and I flipped out! I ran up to the fire truck I took a video. I was bummed I didn't sit on his lap. It's been a good week. 

Kekoas baptism was awesome! The whole time he expressed how happy he was and how he was excited to be able to follow Jesus Christ. The service was awesome the spirit was very strong and many people said that it was the best baptism they ever went to. After the baptism on Sunday, I was able to confirm Kekoa a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. It was the most spiritual experience I've had on my mission! And it was sick! That gave me new determination as a missionary to do my best.

Transfer calls finally came in and Elder Henderson got transferred to East Sac. I am staying in Natomas 1st area. I am the senior companion.

My new companion is Elder Ravsten. He is from Farmingville, Texas he came from Hurley ward. So far so good. We went out together for the first time yesterday and we met a referral and we invited her to be baptized on the first lesson and she excepted her date of January 14. It was sick! Baptisms are flowing like crazy now.

We have a baptism next Saturday and we have a baptism on the 29th. I'm excited to be able to be a part of the missionary work in this area. We have been working really hard to get our members out. It's because of the members coming out with us that we have been successful. 

Love you and miss you 
Elder Nelly🏀

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Week 13- Another crazy week!

Last Monday the AP's finally came up to North Sac to play ball with us.  They were good at basketball and they said they have gone around the mission and beat every companionship. Until they played Elder Nelly of course. We schooled them! After we beat them they were so mad they just packed their stuff and left. Umm sorry? My companion was amped out of his mind and laughed when they left. I think they might hate us but hey it was just a game of basketball! 

Every Monday night we have FHE at a care home with members and a few nonmembers. We shared the new Christmas Initiative video and by the end of it they were all asleep. It is only two minutes long- we were like -what? I think if the video was any longer though me and my companion would have fell asleep because we were exhausted. 

We did two exchanges this week and that made the week fly by. It’s crazy to think it is December and I left in September! Anyways I was with an Elder from Holiday Utah in the Foothills Ward. This Elder is crazy. He said some things to people that I literally thought we were going to have to fight someone to get home. For example, we were riding our bikes down the road and some guy yelled at us and the Elder turned his bike around and asked him why he was talking like that.  He ended up following us for about 30 minutes. Luckily nothing happened.

This same Elder and I went to an investigators house that they have been going to for a while. Well half way through the Plan of Salvation lesson I found out that this investigator was a member! Are you kidding me?  I was so confused. We probably got nothing done in that area but I learned an important lesson. We, as missionaries, are out fishing but our fishing lines were not in the water and because the lines weren't in the water we could not catch any fish. The activities throughout the day need to be meaningful and positive. 

We had two days this week, Wednesday and Friday, were we did service at the Food Bank that our Zone Leaders signed the zone up for. The shifts we did were three house long. I literally thought I was becoming a piece of canned food! The best part of sorting cans was there was music being played so I could dance while I sorted food! Sorting cans got old fast but we organized half a ton of food. That is what the manager told us after Friday. I'm glad that I could help out those that are less fortunate.

On Friday night, we went to a single mother and her four kids house to help them with service. We put their Christmas lights and afterwards we tried to share a quick message but we literally were attacked by the kids. We were the playground for the kids. They jumped on our backs, threw things at us, and almost stole out iPads and ties. It was straight mayhem. The kids climbing on us was so against the Handbook rules because we aren't supposed to be playing with or carry kids but we didn't have a choice. Even the mom couldn't keep them off of us! Missionary work is so fun! I literally love being a missionary!

On Thursday, we did service all day! December 1st was the start of the #lighttheworld and we have something planned for each day to help serve those around us. I met this kid named Angelo Thursday night out at dinner with a member. Angelo was a 12-year-old kid who was selling candy bars as a job to help him stay off the streets and away from drugs. He was a super nice kid and he was freezing. He didn't have a sweatshirt and he had shorts on. I invited him into Chipotle with our member so he didn't have to freeze outside. We got our food and Angelo just sat at the table trying to get warm. I asked him if he was hungry and he said he was starving because he doesn't get food until his boss comes to pick him up after he sells his candy bars. 

I gave him a $20 bill and told him to go get whatever he wanted on the menu. While he was in line I ran out to the car and grabbed my sweatshirt and gave it to him! I felt so bad for the kid. I got many compliments from people at Chipotle for helping. I wasn't seeking praises but I'm glad I could be an example to them. After dinner, my companion and I sat in our car and I just started bawling because we felt so bad. I’m so grateful for light I was able to share with Angelo and with those people who were watching me spend money on this random kid. I actually bore my testimony on Sunday about this experience and just how much love God has for each one of us. 

The other exchange I went on was with an Elder from Texas. I feel like I complain a lot about the missionaries I exchanges with but holy smokes this Elder was off his rocker. He walked into our room in our apartment and literally emptied his whole bag right in front of the door and just left it on the floor. The entire exchange he was mad at me that I write letters/emails to family and friends because as missionaries "we are supposed to leave all personal affairs." He told me I was not being a representative of Jesus Christ because I would dance and sing when I cooked my food and would joke around during the day. He said Jesus Christ would not "sing and dance like a fool while cooking food" Talk about ruining the fun. I just let him say what he wants and was so good to be patient and not talk back or say anything negative to him. It was a long 24 hours but I survived and was happy to say I didn't cause any contention. I was proud of myself! I learned an important lesson and that lesson was that not everyone sees eye to eye or is enjoyable to be around but every missionary is here on a mission for the same reason. I’m sad that he said he hasn't enjoyed his mission but it is because he refuses to have fun because he thinks it is not how missionaries should act. 

We found out the Zone Leaders were teaching an investigator in our area and we stole him back. This investigator is sooo cool though. You won’t believe me when I say what he does but I'm telling you anyways. His name is John and he is a barber. He is a barber for some of the player for the Sacramento Kings. He cuts Willie Callen-Stein, Ben Macklemore, and Darren Collision hair. John told us that for his baptism that he was going to invite the Kings players to his service. If the Sacramento Kings players come to the baptism I'm going to freak out like no other. December still has some super awesome events that are going to happen. We will have three baptisms maybe four if we continue to work hard! I’m sooo pumped!!!!

Our investigator John came to church and fast and testimony meeting was 100% for him. We had a very quiet member, walk up to the podium and said that he hates talking about religion and the fact he was bearing his testimony was a miracle. He was super prompted by the spirit to share his conversion story which his story just happened to match John's life perfectly. John was glued to the testimony and I know for a fact that he felt the spirit. I’m excited for John and what his baptism will bring him. 

Transfer calls are Saturday and Transfers are Monday so next P-Day will be on Tuesday! I will officially be done with my training and so Elder Henderson and I think we are going to be split up! I am excited to get a new companion it will help me learn and grow. Just praying it’s no one that is absolutely crazy. 

I am doing #lighttheworld and for my light the world service: 
December 1st: I gave Angelo the coat and the money for food, put up Christmas lights
December 2nd: sent letters home to my parents
December 3rd: helped open the eyes to people about how the gospel blesses families
December 4th: went to church and bore my testimony
December 5th: I don't donate blood or else I would pass out so I gave up on that one! 😉

Elder Nelson