Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Transferred and now a Zone Leader

Hey everyone!

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

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The work continues...


Dear Family and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Mission President has arrived!

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

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Working hard but it is hot!

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Having too much fun!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

It's getting hot!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy Mother's Day Call!

Tuesday, we did the classic mulch service at Miller Park! We had a Leadership Meeting in the middle of the day at the Stake Center. We discussed how the Zone was doing with different rules and how the proselyting was going! Tuesday was one of the hottest days I have been in for a long time. We ate dinner at Round Table and I had 10 pieces of pizza, salad, and cinnamon sticks...biking hurt all night! 

Wednesday I made my companion lead while we biked and start the conversations with people. I straight enforced those rules and made good things happen. We actually talked to a lot of people and it got him involved so it was worth it! The Longmire Family let us stay at their house for lunch. They gave us Hamburgers and told us to go cook them. We made some bomb burgers! It was a good lunch. We had a companion inventory in the middle of the day because of various reasons. I put on some glasses and got a pen/paper and treated the inventory like a counseling session. I thought it was funny!! Wednesday night we went on splits with the Elder Quorum Presidency and did our best to clean records up. Most of the people we saw already had updates in our "Area Book." 

Thursday I gave District Meeting. Everyone was having questions with how to bring members into their work. It was a simple answer but everyone wanted creative and crazy ideas. As missionaries, we teach the Doctrine of Christ. Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. That’s how missionaries will get members involved, teaching them more about the Doctrine of Christ. We helped move boxes of books into the Fair Oaks Library for their book fair. It was a fun project. Book are crazy heavy. They told us we could take a free book but sadly on the mission we aren't allowed to read other material besides gospel related. For dinner, we went with the Zone Leaders to Chilis. The Spurs vs. Rockets game was on so we got to watch James Harden choke. To end the night Elder Kahle and I Weekly Planned and prepared for this upcoming week. 

Friday was exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I went with Elder Worthen. We had fun the whole day. We were serious when we needed to be but for the most part we were dying laughing. The first contact of the day accidentally was in the La Sierra Ward which is the Assistants Ward. Anyways we contacted this lady and offered to help her with service. She wanted help painting the inside of her house with her husband. Well it ends up that the husband is a member and the wife, who we saw on the street, was the nonmember. The Assistants were already planning on going by that day to teach a lesson, just so happens they also helped paint too. It was a cool and weird visit.

We learned about the new mutual app, which is gross!!! We didn’t know that some of the college kids were back from school and stopped by this house that had a huge "first summer party" it was nuts. I think all the people there didn't think we were actually missionaries. There was about 50-60 people there. We ended up passing out a couple Book of Mormons and they gave us some cake and cupcakes on the way out. It was a weird and awesome night. The Idaho Boys straight killed the work of Salvation in California that night. 

Saturday, we did service at the Fair Oaks park for their annual "It’s My Park Day." Lots of people come out and offer service and help around the park. Most of the projects was basic yard work. It looked really good once everything was done. We met some new investigators Saturday night we caught in their garage. The husband of the family told us to "enhance their understanding of Christ" and that's exactly what we did. We talked about the Book of Mormon and the role that it plays and how it came to be. The family was super excited to start reading their own copy of the Book. They were open minded and ended up loving what we shared. Hopefully this upcoming week we can meet with them and help them progress more! 

Sunday was great the only important part of Sunday was skyping the family of course. Sunday night we ate dinner at the Morgan’s house who had their whole family over. We played lots of games and had a fun time laughing and messing around. It was a good relaxing night that I haven't had in a long time! 

Elder Nelly! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

President Russell M. Nelson in the house!

This week was crazy sorry with will probably be a short email! 

The highlights of the week were District Meeting, I talked about the Book of Mormon and the importance of using that in every contact. Since District Meeting was on Thursday, “May the Fourth be with you” we took a District picture with those masks you sent! We had a competition in our Zone to see which District could share the Book of Mormon more. Our District won and so the other District will bring us treats on Thursday for District Meeting. It was a fun competition! 

Saturday was the beginning of Stake Conference (President Russell M Nelson was presiding to reorganize the Stake Presidency.) It started at 7pm and we showed up to get good seats at 5:45! And guess what the best seats we got were the front row of the hard chairs. Still not bad but we needed to show up earlier. President Nelson talked about "Two Words....Temple Marriage" and "the importance of member work in missionary work." No need to brag but President Nelson said we have one of the best missions in the World because we have a temple with a temple president, lots of members in a small area as well as lots of nonmembers, lots of diversity and multiple stakes! It’s a blessing to serve in one of the best missions in the world. He gave us (missionaries) a shout out, and invited all of us to stand up so members could see who we are. It was crazy cool. 

Sunday the session started at 10am. So now we got to the Stake Center at 8:30am. Guess what? It was packed full! Almost to the middle of the hard chairs! I was mad. We decided to sit on the back stage with elevated "nose bleed seats", it was good! The theme for that conference was the Book of Mormon and how important it is for people to share it. Coincidence that District Meeting was the same top.... I think NOT! It was cool to see how the two went hand in hand with what I shared with my District. The spirit is real people! Sunday was also my 8 months! Still young though! 

This week we also had interviews with President on Wednesday. I went into the interview praying that somehow, we will talk a little about my Patriarchal Blessing. I just had some questions. The first line President says when I walked in was "I can tell that in your Patriarchal Blessing you have and will obtain great leadership positions and leadership skills" BOOM!!! could not have been any better than that. I love being able to meet with President and listen to his inspired words and motivation that he gives. 

Love Elder Nelson

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Last P-day was a normal day. Shop, email, and Ball! We found a place that could actually cut my hair so I'm happy about that! It’s a lot harder than I thought to find a decent haircut out here. Maybe it is just the area I am in right now! Our Zone Leaders decided to make a Zone competition between Districts to see which District can share the Book of Mormon the most during the week! If you know me you know I'm not going to lose even if I have to carry the team on my back to win!!

Wednesday was a boss day! I haven't proselyted that hard in a single day on my whole mission. I think we talked to about 120 people! It was sooo tiring! One thing I am starting to understand on my mission is that I am going to be tired everyday every hour no matter what I do! Socially, physically, mentally, and spiritually drained every night we get to the apartment. It’s fun but I am just accepting this concept! Elder Kahle and I are on this “find as many new investigators as humanly possible” grind. We want to set a new mission record if that’s possible. Just working our straight guts out! The Stake out here put on a Sports-O-Rama. It was a contest between 3 different teams playing all kinds of different sports. It was sick- I wish I could have played! 

Thursday, we did our weekly planning for the upcoming week! We decided that we don't care about our physical bodies (exaggeration) anymore and that the work of the Lord is more important. We set goals to just preach the gospel to the most hardcore ability ever. Even if we stand on people’s roofs and yell the gospel has been restored! We had an investigator pull out this 1-million-page long Pamphlet about the Mormon church and all the "crazy things" we believe in. We sat in that house for maybe 2 hours correcting that Pamphlet with scriptures from literally all 4 of the standard works. It was the craziest deep doctrine discussion I have ever had. It felt good that I knew all of it but at the same time we lost our investigator because he didn't want to stick to the basics of the Restoration. 

Friday I gave wonderful District Meeting again. We talked all about accountability. I read the "Your calling" section out of the white handbook and explained we are accountable to every person on Earth to share the gospel. It was pretty cool! We did some service for one of our old investigators. It was a jungle but it was cool to make it look nice when we were done. We still will have to go back and finish up the small things but it looks 100times nice. After the service, we got dropped off at our member’s house. The member had a family emergency pop up and so we had no ride to get back home...and we had no bikes because they were at the apartment. We made some calls and no one answered so we walked home. It took 30 minutes and we were still in service clothes. I felt like a local and it was the weirdest most awkward feeling ever looking like a normal person. It just felt off! 

Saturday, we worked super hard and it was hot so we were actually sweating like crazy. Being in pants during the summer is going to be an adventure. The best part is hopefully I will lose weight and not be fat anymore! We had a super powerful Plan of Salvation lesson with one of our investigators! She totally felt the spirit and the best part she understood a better part of the role that the Book of Mormon plays in the gospel. We ended the night in the Sisters area doing a blitz. We found 2 new investigators for them! It was a powerful 2 hours! 

Sunday was a great Sabbath. Sadly, I found out during my progress calls with everyone that everyone is trunky! Dang it! I am officially surrounded by old missionaries! It’s funny to see them trunk because they want to work but always think about home so they just "CAN’T EVEN"😂😂 I mess with them so much it's hilarious, I still crack myself up and laugh at myself! 

I cannot believe April is over though that month was scary fast! I can’t think of anything I need! Too be honest I feel like this mission is way better than what I expected. I have so many memories that I can’t even fit in an hour email! It’s crazy! Luckily, I have a journal that talks more about the memories and the dumb things that missionaries do out here. Crazy thought but missionaries make mistakes too for some reason I always thought they were close to perfect! Boy, was I wrong my eyes have been opened! 

Elder Nelson

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

No transfer this week and no pictures to share!

Last P-Day was awesome! We played some dodgeball in the gym and played best of 7 game series! I wonder where I got that idea from (Playoffs that I can’t watch)! Our Zone activity for the day was eating pizza and just relaxing! Well I don't relax so that lasted maybe 10 minutes for me and I am off to basketball! We played basketball for 5 hours straight! 5 hours! I am way out of shape and it was killer but so so fun! We ate dinner at an older couples’ home who had a little dog that loved our ankles! I probably got bit by the little guy 5 times! Luckily the dog was tiny and it never hurt it was just annoying! Even on the mission everyone talks about the NBA playoffs it is hard to not hear about it and not miss basketball! 

Tuesday I was so sore from playing basketball laughing hurt! It actually made me laugh that it hurt so bad, that it created this vicious cycle that made me laugh and cry at the same time..if that even makes sense. Elder Kahle and the Zone Leaders did Family History at the church and I'm not the best at Family History so I cleaned our Area Book and spent time looking for some focus people to try and contact. The Zone Leaders took us to Mongolian BBQ for lunch and it was super good! I ate so much food I thought I was going to explode. To make things better our dinner called and asked if they could serve us dinner early. I was not hungry! The dinner was straight dessert so I was suffering from food! That night we had a Ward Correlation Meeting. The main focus is this family that we are teaching and how they are progressing. They are reading the Book of Mormon everyday so things are looking good! I’m super hoping for a baptism this transfer!! 

Wednesday Elder Kahle was feeling super trunky and didn't want to work...so learning from the Last Transfer with my old companion, I called the Zone Leaders and did a team up with them. Elder Worthen and I went out to work and we actually find some new people to teach so that was awesome! It was productive and I felt good about my decision to do that team up! Wednesday was pretty slow day. For dinner, we went to Black Bear Diner with some members and it was really good! Elder Kahle got a flat tire after dinner and that pretty much took up the rest of the night walking to the apartment and fixing the flat! 

Thursday I gave District Meeting and talked about Accountability. It was setup like a chastisement meeting but I promised them that if it felt like that then it was the spirit's fault! After the meeting, Elder Hafen and Kahle (the trunky bunch) wanted to pull some pranks at the other missionaries so Elder Worthen and I did another team up and let them go be dumb! Elder Worthen and I taught a lesson about the Word of Wisdom, Law of Chastity, and the Sabbath Day. It was a powerful lesson and their investigator absorbed the commandments. We had another huge dinner at the traditional Thursday dinner at the Masseys home! After the dinner, I could not get my companion out to Proselyte! Dang! Transfer week is always a slow and lazy week for every missionary! It’s weird but it’s a mission fact!

Friday I tricked the Zone Leaders into thinking I was training a new missionary for transfers. I got dressed up in my suit and everything! They drove us to the Deseret Building and when we pulled in the parking lot I told them I lied, I mean tricked them. They thought it was hilarious! They could not wrap their brains around the fact I tricked them! We helped the Zone Leaders with service that morning (yes, I changed out of the suit for service). We moved some bamboo around this older man’s backyard. Once the service was over we weekly planned and both Elder Kahle and I decided that when the new transfer comes around and if we are still together we are going to work hard and kill it! Friday afternoon and evening we worked the whole time and made some good things happen!  Friday in the parking lot of McDonalds, some lady walked up to Us (Elder Kahle, Hafen, Worthen and I) and told us that we are the most correct church on Earth except the fact we have "golden statues on our temples" and that we "shouldn’t worship statues like the gold calf!" She came at us with some heat and was mad and expected us to take the Angel Moroni Statue down like at that exact moment! I bounced back and said 1. Exodus 20:4-5 says if we bow down and serve the "statue" then we are in the wrong 2. The King James Bible (most correct translation of the bible) says engraven images and the NIV version says statues so I told her to be careful which what book she was reading and 3. That we are called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because we worship Jesus Christ and not anything on the outside of our temples! The lady called me a BLASPHEMER!! and walked away! I felt like a boss! She wouldn’t take a Book of Mormon after that but everyone was dying laughing because I have "no chill"

Saturday was the big day! Transfer calls day!! Spoiler alert Elder Kahle and I stayed together! Nothing changed. I’m still District Leader.

The Zone Leaders slept over at our apartment to help us with service early in the morning at one of our investigators house. The yard was a legit jungle. It reminded me of the houses grandpa and I used to do for property management. After the service, I showered and got ready for a baptismal interview with an investigator of the Assistants. Shar, the investigator, passed the interview and I love doing interviews because the spirit is powerful in them! That night we had dinner with the Palu Family and they took us to Buffalo Wild Wings! You know what that means! The Playoff games were on the 4 million tvs in that place! I couldn't help but watch I felt so bad but I didn’t have a choice! Basketball is too fun to watch! We watched the overtime thriller of Game 4 Grizzlies vs. Spurs and it was sick! It filled the missing basketball hole in my heart so I felt better! 

Sunday was church and a huge announcement with someone that is coming to our Carmichael Stake but I can’t give any names! I’ll just let you know I'm absolutely going to get a picture with him or sneak a picture whatever it takes!! It will be in a couple of weeks though! I had some crazy cool Patriarchal Blessings revelations at church. It blew my mind actually! I was in awe! I got a journal today to write down all the things I learned on my mission about my Patriarchal Blessing! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Next week are transfers...

Last Monday Elder Kahle had the chance to go to Coloma with the departing missionaries which means I got a new companion for most of the day. I was with my Zone Leader, Elder Worthen, from Kuna Idaho. There was lots of mixed emotions that made Monday crazy. I was able to play some basketball and if anyone knows me that is the best therapy for me! I literally didn't miss one shot, it felt like I made 99/100 shots. We went to Chilis for dinner because Elder Kahle and I were craving some normal restaurant food! We walked in the same time as other members and they offered to feed us and for us to sit with them. It was super nice of them!  We ended the night at a Leadership Meeting...which really almost the whole Zone showed up so it was more of a Zone council!

Tuesday, we did service at the Fair Oaks Park. We finally upgraded from spreading mulch to weeding different areas of the park. Some upgrade I guess! Anyways we focused on the 3 foot weeds next to Madison Ave. (North side) of the park. The only tools they gave us were hoes. Well hoes are not useful at all for weeding 3 foot tall weeds, it was the dumbest thing ever. So, frustrating but whatever! Smile and wave! The really only big highlight of Tuesday was we had Ward Correlation Meetings with the Auxiliaries. There is always great information shared in those and it really helps us as missionaries with our work! We caught the Zone Leaders in the FHC room after the Ward Meeting! We had a fun time just cracking jokes and just being laid back making fun of different things on the mission! It was about 8:30pm and we had nothing better to do! 

Wednesday, we started the day off doing service in the Sisters area by helping their investigators move some furniture. We moved a dinosaur TV that weighted more than me! It was a back breaker for sure! The weather was actually nice for once and we caught some people play basketball at the park! It was perfect time for "beat ya teach ya!" Of course, we won!!! So, we taught them and gave them a Book of Mormon and invited them to church. After the game an older man came up to me and said I chose the wrong profession. He told me I should play ball instead of being a missionary...my response was "thanks but Jesus Christ could get me farther in this life than basketball would." For dinner, we had a nonmember feed us! It was interesting! His ex-wife was a member and he always enjoyed when missionaries were in his house! I forgot to write in my journal this day so I can’t remember what really happened the rest of the day! 

Thursday, we had Zone Conference. The focus of the Conference was the 4 pillars of obedience, knowledge, attitude, and work ethic. It was a good refresher on the basics of missionary work! Thursday night was mayhem. Elder Kahle had a Recent Convert going to the temple so he was headed up there with the East Sacramento Zone Leaders...which happens to be Elder Henderson! I stayed with our Zone Leaders in Carmichael.

Friday, it was cold outside! We were in jackets riding bikes! The Novak's were nice enough to let us inside their house and feed us lunch. In return we helped them clean out their garage. It took about an hour for us to clean up the garage and in the garage, was a pool table! We had nothing set for Friday afternoon sooo we played some pool! The last time I played pool was at Grandma and Grandpa Hindleys house in Utah! Anyways it was super fun to play and actually super relaxing! I am a lot better than I thought I was! We went back out in the cold and no one was outside to talk to and maybe 1/15 doors actually opened! It was a very slow day! We ended the night weekly planning! We sat in the church building and set goals and made plans for this upcoming week! Crazy to think that the 22nd is transfer calls day! 

Saturday, we ate breakfast at McDonalds and planned for our day there! Saturday, it seemed like everyone was either "too busy" to talk to us because of Easter plans or out of town for Easter! It was annoying that us as missionaries could not talk about Jesus as much as we wanted to before Easter. Everyone we met we invited to church and gave them the time and address regardless if they were interested or not! It almost seems like missionary work is slowing down everywhere! Just not a whole lot has been going on since the New Year came around! It’s weird! 

Elder Nelson