Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Elder Toki is a tricky one!

1st full week as a Zone Leader

Bula! E vakacava tiko na veika kece? (hello! how’s it going?!?!) that’s the only Fijian I was able to pick up this week! This was by far the busiest week on the mission! Elder Toki and I had to go to so many meetings! Let me explain! We had a New Leadership Meeting for me, meeting both the new bishops, we had a Food Bank Service, we had to Weekly Plan, we had to setup interview times for the missionaries and President, we had to setup a zone activity, we setup a progress report for the stake in Stake council, and to finish it off we had number for the whole zone! We proselyted maybe 5 hours this week! I just want to work and share the gospel not sit behind a computer!! Anyways I have loved being a Zone Leader I have been humbled even more! I have learned a lot about being an example and setting the bar even higher! Highlights of the week was definitely Sunday and meeting the new wards! We went to Sac 1st at 11am and that is an awesome ward! I will love my time here! Now if you remember the beginning of my mission I mentioned how much I love Polynesian people and culture! Well obviously, the Fijian islands are a part of that Polynesian culture AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! To be honest I can’t understand them when they speak Fijian but I'm picking up a little bit! Most of the people who speak Fijian are Methodist and Hindi! I pass out more Hindi Book of Mormons now than I do English! It’s crazy! We went to the Fijian Ward at 1pm! That Fijian ward is the only Fijian ward outside of Fiji!

Elder Toki and I had the awesome opportunity to bless the sacrament! Elder Toki almost tricked me, making me think that we had to bless it in Fijian but luckily, we did it in English! This week was awesome!

I look forward to being an instrument in the Lords hands and getting some baptisms, this transfer because Sacramento Zone is hot with baptisms right now! I’m praying I can be a worthy vessel to bring souls to Christ!

Elder Nelson

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 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" 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