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 week...it’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 



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Still working hard!



Hey everyone,

The weeks are flying by I don't even know what day is what! This week was great though. We had Zone Conference this week. It was very powerful and all about the Book of Mormon and its role in bringing back Scattered Israel. Elder Toki and I gave a training on Wise Time Management and Key Indicators for Conversion (New Investigators, Investigators who attended Church, Investigators with a Baptismal Date and Baptisms). President Hymas came to our Training and said we did great! It was awesome to hear him say that!

Elder Hoskin and I had a chance to do exchanges! It was a blast! I was his last exchange on his mission-what an honor! This Saturday we had three baptisms in our Zone! It was awesome to see three people make the first step to getting back to their Father in Heaven. We lived at the church building that day but the Spirit was super strong! Elder Toki and I had the chance to eat dinner at the Gums house! It was amazing to see the family again and spend some time eating dinner! Elder Toki understands why I roast everyone now..because everyone in our family roasts each other. To be honest Elder Toki and I will probably be bros for the rest of our lives, we get along too well and it makes time fly by why to fast!

The Fijian Ward is slowly, week by week, getting stronger it is awesome! The members are so funny and the members feed us so well! It is a lot of Fijian Curry and white rice. Luckily the Gums family fed us some bomb ribs and chicken! Some regular super good food! We have been bringing out a lot of 18-year-old proselyting with us. There are two that leave on missions in the next month and a couple others at the end of the year! The Bertagnini Family who lives in Laguna 5th Ward apparently knows our Nelson family. They know dad and David Nelson! I think they say the Clinger Music School?

Anyways I destroyed my shoes playing basketball today sooooo sometime is will have buy new service/basketball shoes! I'm kinda mad because I have to wait until next week because I am emailing now and P-Day ends at 6pm. Life is great! The mission is great! I am having a blast! Our investigators are slowly falling away from being interested so we will be trying to find new ones this upcoming week! We have two more weeks and this transfer is over? How did it go so fast??

Love you family and friends

Elder Nelson





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Another busy but successful week!



Dear Fam and Friends

This week was now the fastest week on the mission! It’s because we did three exchanges this week! We had a Companionship of elders stay at our apartment all week because their A/C in their apartment blew up! We had six elders in the same apartment for a week straight so you know we got zero sleep!! It was a blast.  Every day we were up at 1am! Tuesday, we had MLC (Mission Leadership Council) where all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders meet with President and the Assistants! It was a cool experience, we have those the first of every month! We talked all about Good, Better, and Best and how the mission wants to focus on just the Best. Specifically making every activity the Best!

That MLC was the last time I will see Elder Henderson before he goes home! I am going to miss him! Tuesday night we went to Chevys! Heck Yeah! We went to the OG one on Laguna! It brought back good memories! After dinner, we went to the Assistants house for exchanges! This is the 4th transfer in a row doing exchanges with them because I was their District Leader last transfer! This time we stayed at the McKay House and we worked in their area (La Sierra Ward)! It was a great exchange nothing to fancy happened but I was able to learn a lot from the Assistants and I am excited to bring that back to the Sacramento Zone!

Elder Toki served in the Del Campo Ward before I served there and so on our way home we stopped by some families we wanted to say hi too! It seems like forever since I served in Del Campo! Thursday was the only day Elder Toki and I were together! We had District Meetings, Leadership Meeting, Weekly Planning and updated the Stake Progress numbers so we had zero proselyting time when we were together but we had one lesson!   The one lesson was super powerful! It was with our new Fijian Investigator Litia! She speaks Fijian and so we had a translator with us! This had to be one of the coolest miracle stories on the mission! We started teaching the Plan of Salvation and as we got about 2 principles in and shared one scripture and the spirit was super strong in the lesson! Once that strong spirit was in Litia, our investigator, who only speaks Fijian 100% understood us and 100% started speaking English to us! It was super cool! There was no need for an interpreter after that! Super cool! She is reading the Book of Mormon and praying about a baptismal date! She also accepted this upcoming Saturday to go on a Temple Tour. Lots of miracles!! 

When we got home that night from Thursday night to Friday night! Elder Anderson and I were together for that! He is from Guam! We biked around and found some interesting people on the streets! We helped a member names Grant with his Eagle Project! Apparently his mom knows like our whole family! So that was super cool! During the Eagle Project, I met David Latapus little sister! We both made the connection that we were in the Vineyard Ward together for a little bit but I didn't realize that it was David’s little sister! We painted the curbs red at Laguna Creek High School! I got paint all over myself, I was such a mess! 

Friday night to Saturday night we had our next exchange this time I was with Elder Chen from New York! This exchange was a super weird one! We started it with a 3-hour mulch service! I swear that mulch is following me around the mission! I just can’t seem to get away from it! Also, a lot of administrative stuff came up in the Zone and Elder Toki and I had to be together to fix some things! In the middle of the exchange Elder Toki and I had to sit at a computer for a couple of an hours to get some number stuff done! It was a giant pause on the exchange and our other missionaries just had to sit around and wait! Finally, Sunday Elder Toki and I were back together! We went to church and fasted! We got numbers done that night and rocked out to Mormon Music on the way home! It felt like a friendship reunion when we got together so we couldn't stop laughing! We sang super loud and it honestly reminded me of home! Late night drives just singing/screaming my guts out!

Monday (today) when I woke up I was dead tired! I couldn't open my eyes! All the hard work from that last week finally caught up to me! I feel sore and exhausted so nothing has changed which means I am happy and still working hard! I love the work!

Ok to answer some questions because I keep on forgetting to answer them! First, I live off South Land Park and Green Haven in the Ashford Apartments! The best part about being a Zone Leader! I get to serve more missionaries and help them stay focus and happy on the mission! Our Zone is straight on fire though! Everyone is getting along and motivated to work! There are 11 people on date so far for the month on August and our Zone has 7 of them!!! We are representing big time! Also as a whole mission we had the lowest numbers this last week but..the Sacramento Zone had the highest numbers for the Zone of the whole year. Funny how that works! The mission is at an all-time low but Sacramento Zone is at an all-time high! I love it! Elder Toki and I are still brothers! We feel like we are best friends and homies not just companions! It makes everything fun and wayyy more enjoyable! He has 2 months left so I am doing my best to keep him busy and focused!

I am doing awesome! Tired like always but happy and ready to work! Miss you all! Oh, also today is my 11-month mark! I am starting to forget about which day is which and when my "anniversaries" are! So yes 11 months but not really keep track anymore like I used to at the beginning of my mission! I have read the Book of Mormon 5 times, New Testament 3 and D&C twice in those 11 months! My favorite chapter in the Book of Mormon is Alma chapter 19!   Because Ammon is a beast and great missionary and verse 22 he has so much faith in the Lord and doing the will of the Lord which such exactness that his enemies die right before him! What a gangster he is! I wanna be Ammon! Oh, and I also want to ripped like him too one day! I’m doing awesome!

Love the Idahoan missionary

Elder Nelson

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Another week...life is good!


 

This week was great! Another super busy one and literally this was the fastest week on my mission! Elder Toki and I still have a blast! We got a brand new 2017 Corolla, which actually is pretty nice just its 0-60 mph in 9 years! We had a Fijian family super close to the Vintage Park building so of course I had to stop by! It was super weird! I stopped by our house on Chantal and Beitzel Elementary! The church building is the same as I remembered it! It was the best flashback in my life! We were walking around and walked passed the bishops offices to see Grandpa Pollmanns old office and Richard Landry was in his office! We had a good conversation just talking about life and how much life has changed! It was cool to catch up with him! I love serving in Elk Grove! It’s the best! We did a zone service project getting this whole backyard ready for a giant gazebo! Lots of missionaries came back and visited the mission! Some of them came running into our apartment which was kinda annoying! They messed with the whole zone and made everyone unfocused so that was super annoying!

We played “beat ya teach ya” at the park the other day and it was my first time we lost to some street scrubs!! I was mad but I still passed out 2 Book of Mormons though so it wasn't a complete loss! The work here is awesome! President Hymas and his wife spoke in the Fijian Ward and talked about how big missionary work will be in a few years! He promised great things to happen in the Fijian ward! That night we found a new Fijian investigator who wants to be BAPTIZED!! We are excited! Hopefully we can catch some momentum! I can’t remember to much of this week! It really was the fastest of my mission. I am doing well! The Fijian food is actually super good! My Fijian still sucks but I can say words here and there! I say them so much I will probably say them for the rest of my life I love it! Anyways I wish I was Poly but I'm not! So anyways life is good!  


Elder Nelson