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 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 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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pictures from members

It is always fun to get a random text from a member in California with a picture of Elder Nelson! Here are 2 I got this week

This week was a little harder...!

Last P-Day was boring. We didn't do anything excited. We sat at the church building and just laid around bored! I played basketball for maybe 3 hours and then took a nap on the stage. I found a nice Relief Society lady to sow my pants together for me. I have two pants left (besides my suit pants) from when I can out on my mission. I'm getting so fat that I am exploding seams and ripping holes. Monday night I was able to perform another baptismal interview for an investigator of the Assistants. Later on, that week the investigator backed out of the baptism last second. It was sad. President says that lots of investigators get put on date for baptism and then for some reason they back out! 

Tuesday I got invited to sit in MLC (Mission Leadership Council). That council originally is just for the Zone Leaders and they meet with President and the APs to talk about the needs of the mission. It was great to be able to see how the mission truly works. Of course, my favorite part was being able to see Elder Henderson. During lunch in the intermission of the MLC Elder Henderson and I were catching up and straight dying laughing about everything going on in life. We have become true friends and it’s awesome! After the MLC I got back in the Del Campo area and we received four referrals from Salt Lake. Two of them was in a part member family, and the other two got lost in space apparently. All of them are super interested and were actually happy to see us! We are trying to make the best of the opportunity we have. We got hooked up for dinner with a 'on the spot' meal to Panda Express! Tuesday night I made a video for Zone Training at request of the Zone Leaders, about how to NOT properly perform Progress Calls. Progress calls is when I call my District to see how there week went and how I can help them. I made it hilarious of course! The whole video was me playing basketball and "looking at pictures of my girlfriend" during the phone call. I win the funny contest.... if there was one! 

Wednesday, we had the opportunity to do exchanges with the Assistants. I was with Elder Watts. Our goal was to share to Easter initiative as many times as possible and find 2 new investigators. We started the day off with Service at Kim and Haley's house(RC) cutting bamboo. Bamboo is some strong stuff I had no idea it was that rough. After we got done with that service project we were on our way home to eat lunch and we saw an old couple working on their yard and offered to help them. They agreed and we did some yard work and put together some barrels for compost. It was good service and they were willingly to listen to a quick message. They have been interested in learning more and wanted us to come back another day. After lunch, Elder Watts finally got comfortable with me and cracked jokes the entire rest of the day. Everyone we met, whether they were members or not, he told them he was from Scotland and that I was training him. It was super hard not to just die laughing when he would say that because everyone believed. At the end of the day we shared the initiative 6 times and found 1 investigator and a half.... half because we don't have a return date to teach them again. Elder Watts had no improvements for me he told me to just keep improving in anyway and I will become a great missionary. It was a fun and good exchange. 

Thursday, it rained all day! I didn't have to give District Meeting because of Zone Training on Friday. I found out one of the Elders that came out with me from the MTC went home. He was one of my friends. We had 4 missionaries go home this week. From my original group that came out with me which was 8 total, only 3 are still out. It’s sad when I found out my friend went home. I seriously started balling my eyes out! It was sad. A lot of missionary work has dropped off, just people aren't interested and people won’t stay committed to baptism. All the missionaries are talking like the work for us is over😂😂 who knows lots of rumors as missionaries about second coming prophecies. We lose 23 missionaries next transfer (May 23ish?) and we only get one sister coming in that day! This is getting crazy out here!

I am sorry but I am not going to have time to write out the rest of this email. The highlights of the weekend were we found a new family to teach. They came to church Sunday and loved it. They want to get baptized but also want to know everything about the church before they do. My companion is trucky and its hilarious! I can mess with him whenever I want!

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Minor Bike Crash but another good week!

Last P-Day was sweet! We got all our chores and shopping done for the day and went biking! I wasn't looking forward to biking because that's what we do all week but it was super fun. We went along some trials out by Lake Natoma and Nimbus Dam. Our whole zone came out and we looked like a biker group.  It was funny! The Elders did this super hard trail up and down some crazy steep hills. The trail was maybe 6inches wide and was super hard to see because the grass next to it was about 2 feet tall. When I was biking, there was a fallen tree in the path which made a huge hole in the ground and I didn't see it! The hole devoured my front tire and I did a complete front flip over my handlebars! It was hilarious. Luckily, I had my backpack on so I didn't get hurt too bad. My back looked like a Tiger shredded it. My legs were pretty sore for the next couple of days! We were able to snag a young man from our dinner appointment and brought him out to a lesson with us. The lesson was awesome and our member didn't say much but a difference was definitely felt! It was an awesome lesson and they agreed to read the Book of Mormon.

Tuesday, we did service spreading mulch like always! The whole time at Phoenix park the missionaries were talking about their plans when they go home in 1 more transfer. I did super good not to listen to their trunkiness and just worked hard. The Novak Family offered to feed us lunch and give me another treatment for my foot! I have to say these treatments are working! My legs are a lot stronger and I feel a difference in my energy level in my legs while biking. We got a referral from Salt Lake about another investigator. I honestly wish that one of these referrals would actually be interested. Most of these people hate us coming to their house and claim they want nothing to do with us. I will just have to take Elder Rasband's advice and stick my foot in the doors and demand for them to find or know someone who is interested. We ate dinner at at a home and they had a lot of extended family there. Most of the extended family is from Meridian. It was all girls and they all go to Centennial High. Small world! Pretty cool to see Pocatello is getting a temple now! I think a cool goal for me and my future wife would be to get a map and take a picture of as many temples as possible around the world and put it in the map. 

Wednesday, we tried to do some Family History and I couldn't quite figure out how to do it! I read some stories and looked as far back as some trees would let me! Our family is so crazy with adoptions and different birth parents that someone is going to be so confused when they look at our family tree! At Lunch, Elder Kahle switched his back tire and front tires because of the difference in wear on the tires. Well we forgot the bike pump in the Zone Leaders car from the biking trip on Monday. So, while the Zone Leaders were on their way to our apartment to give us a pump we decided to switch his bike pedals because he had better metals pedals. I got the first pedals off but the second one was super hard. Long story short I was turning the wrong way to take the pedal off and ended up breaking the wrench! How is that possible I have no idea! I guess I'm just that strong. Well the Zone Leaders showed up we pumped up the tires but Elder Kahle still couldn't ride his bike because he had only one pedal! Oh, geez being missionaries is so embarrassing sometimes! We are just so stupid! Well now the Zone Leaders had to get us a ride to the mission office so we could get a new wrench. Because of me turning the pedal the wrong way it was super hard to get it off but nothing that WD40 couldn't fix right. Even with a lot of WD40 we could not get that pedal off so Elder Kahle just put the old pedal back on. He had one new pedal and one old pedal. Finally, the bikes were fixed! When we left our apartment to finally proselyte luckily, we didn't get far before he realized that he sprayed WD40 on his disc brakes and his brakes didn't work! Oh, man we cleaned the brakes and finally his bike was functional! I love being a missionary! Truly I do! We just laugh at how dumb we are and preach the gospel! As weird as it sounds nothing is as fun as that! 

Thursday I have District Meeting. Again, the Assistants to the President were on exchanges so I had the El Dorado Zone Leaders at my District Meeting as well. I have no complaints just ever Zone Leaders said they had heard wonderful things about me and according to them my District Meeting just proves all the "hype." Whatever that means. After the meeting, we helped our Recent Converts in the ward move some furniture in their house and gave a lesson on the answer to prayers. How we have to ponder the matter in our mind, study the scriptures and then ask for an answer and the Lord will give it to us! I’m going to skip to dinner because our investigator preparing for baptism came to the dinner and basically shared his conversion story. It was super cool! We packed our bags and went to the Zone Leaders apartment for exchanges. We stayed up until like 1 just being teenagers! Playing door basketball and sharing deep doctrine that we think we understand. 

Friday, I was with Elder Hafen in the Carmichael Ward. He is headed home super soon! It’s funny just to hear all his plans about going home. It was a pretty slow day but we were able to find a new investigator. She was an upstairs neighbor to one of their members and she recently has been trying to learn more about Jesus Christ. It’s perfect with what we do as missionaries! We rocked out to James the Mormon in the car I would have made another car video but I didn't know the words to sing along with it! I learned a lot of the exchange though it was cool and fun!

Saturday, we watched General Conference all day. Literally all day we didn't do anything. I think this was the first time my whole life that I sat through a whole Saturday of conference without leaving or sleeping! It was actually spiritually uplifting...imagine that! In between sessions we ate food and then drove back to the church building, we basically lived there. Return and Receive given by Elder Ballard was my favorite talk of that whole day.

Elder Nelson