Monday, November 13, 2017

Another good week...and some throwback pictures!

Dear Familia and friends,

This week again was very fast. We had exchanges again and it was great!  We found 5 new investigators. Being on full bike and talking to everyone is soo effective. I miss being able to bike around and have everyone become a new investigator, not just YSA aged people. We did a zone bike blitz in Vineyard area and that too was super effective. We biked around Vineyard Ward for 2 hours. I even knocked my own door at my old house. That was super trippy.

We had a goal as a zone to get 20 new Investigators (2 per companionship). We found 17 investigators some were new some were potential. I can’t remember the exact number. This week as a zone we found the most “new investigators” since I have been here and Elder Berry has been here. The zone deserves some praise for sure. We won’t be letting off finding this week. We will incorporate a goal this last week of the transfer to find more investigators than the previous week. 

I love being a missionary. I’m doing my best to become the message I share and I want the rest of the Zone to become the message they share as well. We had MLC this week...MLC brought great insights. Revelation is always flowing in MLC I love it so much. Transfers calls are this Saturday. They have a new transfer schedule which means Transfer day will be Tuesday now instead of Monday. I will be emailing on Monday next week not Tuesday like usual. There is always a possibility that I could leave Elk Grove or get a new companion. President Hymas likes to mix things up and rock the boat around. 

I officially am 14 months out on my mission...time is straight crazy fast out here. It’s scary to think that I am one of the oldest missionaries now. I’m excited to see what the future holds. I am making it a goal to read Doctrine and Covenants this month. I want to finish it before the month is over! Wish me luck! Also, a goal is to get everyone pumped up for Light the World. I know Thanksgiving hasn't happened yet but best believe I am already looking forward to Christmas. Christmas has such a great spirit! 

With Love 

Nelly boy

** side note-  Sister Mullen is a lady from our old ward in Sacramento.  Connor attended her in-home daycare before he was old enough for preschool.  This week she gave him some pictures of when he was in her daycare. I have attached them to this email.  Also a fun fact, the little girl in the ORANGE shirt was one of Connor's daycare friends at the time. Today she is his cousin.  Her dad and Eric are brothers and these pictures were taken before Eric and I knew each other. Small world! :)    love Ashlie 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Another week goes by...

Dear Family and friends- 
This was a very different week! We were in a trio for the week with Elder Henry. We had two exchanges this week and balanced Florin and Cosumnes River YSA! We always had something to do and I loved it! The first exchange this week was with a quiet missionary but when he does talk he is powerful. We focused on talking with everyone and smiling! Everyone needs to show how happy this gospel can make us! I committed him to have the faith to baptize by asking everyone to be baptized.
The next exchange this week was with a very good missionary and he has great desires to do missionary work. I focused on just having fun with this Elder because he seems to be struggling with his companion. I committed him to stay diligent and to study PMG pg. 121.
Elder Berry and I are doing awesome! We didn't have much proselyting time together but we are getting along. We had a Halloween Training on Halloween night obviously, it was an interesting training. We complimented everyone for 2 hours was the sister’s idea I hated it! But I played along with it.
I was super sick Saturday night and all of Sunday I have no idea what happened to me. I had a really bad headache Saturday night and I woke up Sunday with a fever of a 101 and body aches and nausea. It was a blast sabbath day! I slept for 36 hours straight and couldn't keep any food down. 
Our investigator pool right now is starting to get better. During all the exchanges we were able to find a lot of new people to teach. We are just hoping that many will commit and want to come to church. We have MLC (mission leadership council) tomorrow so I am excited for the new revelation the mission will receive.
I’m a happy missionary
Elder Nelson 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Another week in the life of a missionary....

Hello from EG!

This week was fast and tiring! We had three exchanges this week. The first two exchanges were in our Zone and the last one was in Carmichael with the Assistants. Elder Berry and I decided that I would take the “harder” out of the two companions for the week. During our exchange, we focused on being ourselves and having fun. The Elder I was with, is a very closed book but we were able to have some good miracles. I committed him to be diligent in all phases of missionary work.

Two days later I had an exchange with a different Elder. He also is a closed book and very very indirect. It was a funny exchange- he was cracking me up with some of his weird comments. We focused on talking to everyone and having courage to act. It was a long day that exchange I was getting very drained from doing everything. We had a Companionship Study half way through the day and I committed him to take the initiative and talk first. The rest of the day went a little smoother.

The last exchange of the week was with one of the assistants and we had a blast. It was an unusual exchange for us because we picked up another Elder from our Zone half way through the day. His companions went home because his father passed away. He got special permission to go home for a week and he will be back next Sunday. I have never heard of that happening but he is blessed I guess.

So, it was 3 of us and we were in Carmichael trying our best to baptize nations.  The Assistant Elder committed me, after contacts with people, to represent the message we just shared with people. I tend to get too pumped up when we have a good contact and I guess when I leave I am loud and laugh. By the end of all the exchanges I was exhausted.

Sunday was a good day...another Sabbath Day of running into more old friends or even people who I can’t quite remember but know me. We ate dinner in the Florin Ward and my Sunbeams teacher (Alisha Williams..she married now so that’s not her last name but anyways) fed us dinner. It was funny to see her reaction. Highlights from this week were getting new proselyting clothes from grandma and mom. They fit good and I needed them so thank you! We ate dinner at the Bennions. They are such a cool family. I love serving in the YSA ward. Missionary work is still tough and kinda slow though. For Halloween tomorrow, we are stuck inside a church building so you know I will be going insane and wanting to leave. I also have no pictures again. I’m sorry I'm failing at taking them. I will do better next week! I have tons of families looking out for me so don't worry about us not getting fed or me needed anything. It feels like I have family everywhere! And to answer my mom’s question- Yes sometimes I feel like a celebrity with everyone looking to take a picture with me! Not sure if Elder Berry is getting annoyed about it or not!

Elder Nelson

*** Connor may not have pictures to send me but attached are 6 pictures that I received from people just this week who ran into him.  FYI- Mom's LOVE to get pictures of their missionaries so when you have missionaries over for dinner--take a picture and text it to their families! :) It will make their day!- Love Ashlie 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Another week of working hard!

Dear Family

This week was great! It went very fast! We had Zone Conferences this week and it was all about the First Vision and using the best tools our Father in Heaven has given us (Book of Mormon and Preach My Gospel). I went into Zone Conference this week with the question of “what does the Elk Grove Zone need to improve on?” It has been on my mind lately and I have been studying out in my mind! I knew that Zone Conference was going to have the Spirit strong enough to get my answer. The answer to the question I got was help the Zone develop the faith to Baptize! It totally sounded like PMG (Preach My Gospel) develop the faith, chapter 9 to find, but instead of 'finding' its 'baptizing'.

 Elder Berry and I are going to plan a Zone Training and try to give a training based of developing the faith to baptize! I’m super excited! This zone already has 6 individuals with a date who are praying about their date! And 5 others who has accepted and ready to be baptized on their date! I know God will give them the right answer.

 We had the opportunity to do exchanges with Elder Snow and Elder Henry. I was with Elder Henry who is from Spanish Fork, Utah.  He is a good hardworking missionary. We actually were able to get two less active YSA member to church this Sunday because of our efforts. I committed him to study diligence in PMG and to be as diligent as possible throughout his whole mission!

 Elder Berry and I are continually trying our best to be there for our zone and help them in any way possible. Elk Grove Zone will develop the faith to baptize and their efforts will be blessed because of it! Some highlights from the week was watching the meteor shower that happened this week! It was pretty cool! Some of the stars were hard to see with all the city lights.

 I saw Isabel Mariano this week. I dropped off a gift to her from Sister Hogge. It was cool to see her! I saw Aaron Pierce at church but failed to get a blanked my mind! That kid is so funny! We played some 'beat ya teach ya' this week at the church with some nonmembers! They brought some really good kids! It was fun...I still didn’t lose but it was best competition I have had out here! 

 We were driving down the street one day and Elder Berry loves to parallel people on the road. This time he paralleled some girls and they saw us and slammed on their brakes just to play along. The girl then floored it after we slowed down and almost hit the car in front of her so she swerved into our lane and then almost hit the car in front of her again so she swerved into the suicide lane and almost hit the car trying to turn in the suicide lane so she swerved into the next lane on the opposite side of the road. She then almost hit a Police car head on and then swerved all the way back onto the right side of the road. The police car turned around and pulled her over so quick! I literally thought I was going to see a huge crash happen. It was a crazy day! 

 With love,
Elder Nelson

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Elder Nelson in Elk Grove- his hometown!

Hello Everybody,

This week was a roller coaster let me tell ya! First YSA work and tracking down young adults is a very hard thing to do. They have school and work and sleep all the time! It looks like I already know what my life is going to be like when I get home!

Elder Berry and I have spent most of the week getting to know each other and setting goals for our Zone and Companionship! Literally this was the first week of the transfer so not a whole lot of meetings or crazy activities yet. The highlight of the week had to be Stake Conference!

Ok I will try and list off all the families that swarmed me...I mean came up and talked to me this week! The Foxes, Potts, Mullens, Haas, Jenson, Stephenson’s, Busch’s, Bishop and President Hogge and I'm blanking on a few more! It was good to see everyone! Everyone said I was tall and all grown up! I actually hope I grow a couple more I can’t be all the way grown up yet!

We met at Bishop Hogge’s house twice this week! Both times he asked about home and how my family was doing! I thought it was awesome! I can tell he wants to just ask a bunch of questions but keeps it on purpose for us missionaries! He is a great man and great Bishop! We live in apartments off Bruceville! So very familiar spot and I know my way around town as if I lived here or something!

I think highlight of the week was teaching a new investigator. He has met with missionaries before but this time he is a lot more committal. We feel like this could be his time to enter the gateway! He was unable to come to conference for actual legit family problems so we know he wasn't actually flaking on us! I’m pumped to be teaching him and hopefully something amazing will happen with him! Elder Nelson is doing great out here! Everywhere we drive I am just yelling saying “Hey I remember that place, or Hey I have been there!” My poor companion I bet he is sick of me pointing at everything and yelling at it! Anyways I got some pictures to share! We had a Zone Activity today! We each came with little minute to win it games! We all played at Elk Grove Park! This week was good. Hopefully this upcoming week is just as awesome!

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Transferred to the YSA ward!!

Hey Family and Friends,

This week for sure had its ups and downs. First the down side, Elder Toki is officially home and I will miss the fun we had together. He was for sure one of my favorite companions! Transfers this week as a single Zone Leader was very busy and tiring! It was fun though trying to balance 18 missionaries and when and where they are all getting transferred to!

So quick update on transfers.... President Hymas called me and told me I was getting transferred! They made a lot of changes this transfer! The Fijian Ward will get two new missionaries in that ward! President Hymas call to me when like this. “Elder Nelson the Lord has called you to go will be serving the Cosumnes River YSA Ward in the Elk Grove Zone!” For I second, I was confused and wasn't sure what he meant by going home but when I finally understood I accepted the call and jumped out of the park car I was in a ran like 800 miles in circles! I was screaming and dancing and really just acting like a freak! IM PUMPED, YOUNG EG BOY IS SERVING IN ELK GROVE!! It’s good to be home!

My new companion is Elder Berry! He is from Rexburg Idaho. He went to the same High school and played on the same team as Elder Anderson, one of my last companions (Madison High). We are hoping this will be a pump-up transfer and that we will get a lot done in YSA work. The YSA ward covers two stakes! The Elk Grove Stake and the Sacramento Stake. The Sister Training Leaders, STLs, cover the Elk Grove Stake side of the boundaries and we cover the Sacramento Stake boundaries. So really my proselyting area didn't change but the people I am preaching the gospel to has!

Let me tell you a little story about yesterday our first day in YSA work! So, by the time transfers were all done and I got all unpacked it was dinner time! We ate dinner at Chick-fil-a and then went out. Not a lot of success most of the night. The first door I knock for a potential YSA investigator was also the first door that opened for us that night, it was around 8pm! Just imagine this right, 8pm, crazy day, finally someone opens, and I get to share the gospel with them!! was a very attractive Latino girl, and boy oh boy, I couldn't say one word.... finally, when I was done being in LaLa Land we actually got a return appointment and gave her a Book of Mormon! Elder Nelson needs to focus up and not get stuck in LaLa Land again. I learned a good lesson my first night out! I will be better prepared to see who in inside of these YSA houses! I am doing great, I have a new fire for the work, and know that this church and gospel are true! It’s time for me to play some basketball now!

The happy missionary,

Elder Nelson!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Transfer coming next week...

Hey Family!

This week was a meeting packed week!  We had MLC, General Conference, and Elder Toki’s departing interview. I remember when Elder Toki and I got together we were thinking this upcoming week was never going to happen.   I never thought Elder Toki leaving was going to happen, but it is here! We will work super hard this week to help him finish strong.  MLC was great.  I feel like sometimes missionaries forget whose name is on their name tag and forget that most of the guidelines/questions people have they can answer themselves.  

My all-time favorite talk was from Elder Anderson. He finished General Conference with some fire. Elder Bednar is always my favorite but Elder Anderson knocked it out of the park. This General Conference was powerful...we need to be prepared for Satan to try and match that. Stay strong to the faith and just like Henry B Eyring and Russel M. Nelson said “SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE BOOK OF MORMON”. God preserves his people so we need to stay on his side!

This upcoming week will be a sad one but I learned a lot from Elder Toki! I will have to jump in with another companionship for the weekend...I will be a lone wolf by myself.  Transfer calls are this Saturday and I get to do them by myself because I will be the only Zone Leader. Everyone is calling me the Zone Emperor! Haha! The weather out here in SacTown is beautiful! I love it here...I think I will stay here after my two years and never come home...anyways!

We did a huge Church tour at the Seasons building. It wasn't as successful as we thought but a lot of good things happened. Lots of investigators came and they all felt the spirit and learned what the church is all about.  Well I’m too lazy to write more I’m sorry!

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

More exchanges and the work goes on!

(Elder Henderson is the one in the t-shirt. He was Connor's trainer and Connor loves him! They will forever have a special bond.  He came back to visit)

Dear Family and Friends,

We had another crazy week of three exchanges! The first exchange this week was with the Assistants. I was with Elder Murphy and super excited to be companions with him because I have heard so many good things. He is the newest assistant. We honestly had a blast. Something I took from him and want to improve on is testifying of the love I have for people out here on the mission. That is a big reason why I am serving a mission so I need to tell people that.

The second exchange was with Elder Hammond. It was great to be with him for a long time and get to know him even better than I did before. I left him with the commitment to make long term and short-term goals to continue to progress at the same pace, no slowing down! Elder Hammond and Osborne are getting a long great and they are seeing lots of success from their obedience and hard work!

The last exchange this week was a little harder. The Elder seems to be struggling a little bit because he feels like everyone is out to get him and point out his wrong doings. I made sure to express my love for him and the love others have for him because they see his potential and what he can become. Everyone just wants him to be happy and improve. He is having trouble accepting correction. Other than that, our exchange was awesome. We hit the pavement hard and pushed ourselves to talk to everyone and testify of Christ. We both were exhausted at the end of the day but we could feel that our Heavenly Father was pleased with our effort.

Elder Toki and I again weren’t together that much this week but we are happy to be back together again. I’m going to miss him when he goes home in 2 weeks. We played our weekly beat ya teach ya basketball/lesson! These kids are starting to be more open to the gospel and there is like 20 of them that might start taking actually one on one lessons. Elder Toki and I have been doing our best to work hard together these last couple of days. He has like 12 days left! Anyways the boy is going to have to move out to California with me and go to school out here. Oh, shoot did I say I was moving to California...I love it here too much to not come back! I have met up with so many old friends and made so many more new friends that I would love to attend college with all of them. Anyways on a more spiritual matter. I made a goal to finish the Book of Mormon again before Christmas. It should be pretty easy since I was able to finish it in a week in Del Campo Area. I hope this time I will be able to dig a little deeper! The weather this last week was perfect! We drive everywhere with our windows down cruising! Its perfect weather to talk to people on the streets!

Much Love
Elder Nelson

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