Monday, June 13, 2016

06.13.16 Testify, Testify, Testify!

Hey everybody!

How are you doing?  It is so good to hear from you all!  I love you guys so much!  Good luck Karli with the whole baby thing.. cant wait to meet my niece!  Con Dawg.. you are the man, keep killing it in your internship!  Show them what it is all about!   Nate, we are going to have some fun in Iowa.. I need to fill myself with some corn!  Do they have tortillas?  haha that was a joke..

Well, everybody, this week was great!  Elder Paiz and I set the goal to challenge everybody that we talk with to baptism.  And as a district we put a goal to challenge 50 to baptism each area.  Well, Elder Paiz and I challenged the entire boat that crosses from Jimenez to Golfito to be baptized.  I was giving my companion a little bit of a hard time because he was nervous to do it.  So I told him that he was going to do it on the way to Golfito.  So, we sat down on the boat and everyone was talking.  He got up the courage and stood in front of everyone and invited them all to prepare themselves to be baptized by the restored priesthood authority.  The boat got so quiet, you could hear a pin drop.  He shared a brief message about baptism and the restoration of the gospel and we took off to Golfito.  I did the boat on the way back!  It is pretty fun to do.  Our purpose is to always testify of Jesus Christ.  The Savior taught "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven."  
We are going to have a meeting this week with the District Presidency, we will be discussing the support that is needed for the group and making plans to raise the church attendance and to better organize the group.  

I gave my last testimony to the group on Sunday.  It was really sad.  I love these members so much and it will be hard to say good bye.  Next week is the district conference in Rio Claro so this was my last Sunday in Jimenez.  After the conference on Sunday, President Hayes will be taking the missionaries that are finishing this week to San Jose in the back of his car haha.  It will be a lot better than the bus for sure.  

I don't have more time..  the power has gone out like 6 times and shut down the computers so I didn't have much time to write.  I love you guys!  I hope to write in San Jose next Monday.  

Keep the faith!  Hurray for Israel!

Elder Nelson

Monday, June 6, 2016

06.06.16 Another Week in Paradise !!

Hey everybody!

Sounds like everybody is doing great!  I love you guys a lot I hope you know!  Conner sent me a picture with peeps from the Mall of America.  Oh man, I love those peeps!  Conner is the man!  So is Nate!  Karli is ready to have the baby!  Que emocion!!  Cant wait to meet my first niece!  

All is well here in Puerto Jimenez.  This week Elder Paiz and I went on divisions to Ciudad Neily.  So, we crossed the gulf and headed to Ciudad Neily.  I worked the day with Elder Maldonando from Guatemala.  He is a great missionary.  Their area is basically the oldest here in the zona sur.  It has over 25 years as a branch, with an attendance of about 35 and a list of members with 750 names on it.  They have a lot of reactivation to do if you ask me.  Thank goodness we know who all of the less active members are here.  While on divisions it was raining terribly.  We were soaked from the knee down because the wind causes the rain to splash you even though you have an umbrella.  The rainy season has started here and because we are in the middle of the rain forest it is pretty strong.  A couple of days ago they said it was dangerous to be outside because the rain and wind was ripping up the trees and throwing them all around.  Pretty crazy!   

The district president of the Rio Claro district lives in Ciudad Neily, so I sat down to dinner with him while we were on divisions and we talked about the growth of the group and the progress that we have seen.  He is a great man and I told him that Puerto Jimenez is the best in Zona Sur and that he should give as much support as possible to these faithful members on the peninsula.  I love these members so much.  They have so much faith and strive to follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ.  I feel so blessed to work at their side.

Church was great yesterday.  Denia came!  She is progressing well with her husband Elogio.  We just have to commit him to come next week.  Sonia and her son came this week as well!  Woot woot!  They are progressing so much and showing their faith by keeping the commitments.  I hope that they can be baptized before I leave.  They are so great!  

Elder Paiz and I are working hard here in Jimenez.  We have been talking to everybody and we have set the goal to contact the entire boat as we cross the gulf to the district meeting.  We will see how it goes haha.  Doing contacts at sea!  Also, they put air conditioning in our house this week!!!!!!  I had to pull out the blankets because we had it so low haha!  I haven't slept so good in two years haha!  All is great here!

I love you guys!  Keep the faith!  This is Christ's church! See you soon!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decia "Siempre hay que echar bastante repelente, si no, los zancudos te comen."

Monday, May 30, 2016

05.30.2016 No Time to be Trunky!

Hey everybody!

Good to hear from each of you!  You are great!  Sounds like you spent quite a bit of time in the car on the way to OKC.  17.5 hours!  I remember when we did that trip the first time.  Hopefully Conner didn't eat all of the Reeses this time hahahaha!

Well, everybody keeps asking me if I am trunky... no!  Haha I have had it about up to here with all of the trunky jokes from my district!  Today we were on the border and Elder Escarcega kept telling me to by all of the small containers of food because I will never be able to finish the normal size.  I have been thinking about it.. and there is no time to be trunky.  Right now this group needs a lot of nourishment and this area needs a lot of work.  We are working as hard as ever!  Elder Paiz is getting a little worried because his skin is getting a lot darker from the sun.. he doesn't like that haha. 

We found a great family this week!  We were working in an area and Elder Paiz started to get a little sick of rejection.  Each time somebody turned us away, he added another flower to his shirt pocket.  By the end of the day he had quite the bouquet walking around.  Finally he said "We are going to say a prayer and this house will have somebody ready to hear the gospel."  So we said the prayer and knocked the door.  A woman that is very strong in another faith opened the door and didn't want anything with us.  Great.  So we continued with the faith and finally arrived at an apartment.  The family quickly ushered us in and accepted the message.  Let's just say that when we left the house we had a bag of 25 avocados and a return date.  Ush!

This week Denia and Maicol came to church!!  We were so happy!  They said that they liked it and we are going to go visit them tomorrow!  They are so great!  

The members here are great!  There is a less-active family that we have been working with quite a bit.  The husband has fallen to alcohol, and is having a hard time staying active in the church.  However, the wife, Maritza, is a super star.  She is so funny!  She always is so positive and is running the ship solo in her house.  At first, she was shakey too in her testimony of the gospel, but she has come so far and is always at church each week with the children that she can bring with her.  I think I am going to buy some tubs of ice cream and take them over for the Family Home Evening that we have with them tonight!  The kids will sure like that!

All is well here in Jimenez!  I am getting in touch with nature haha and trying to keep the little monkeys away!

Love you guys!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decia "Que tal le parece la sopa de gallina?"

Saturday, May 28, 2016

05.23.16 Closing the Internet Cafe

Hey everybody!!

I hope that everybody is doing well!  Elder Paiz and I are doing well!  We are pretty good cuates (buddies).  I heard that Nate and I will be driving to Iowa in July.  Ussshh!!  Road trip!!  Karli is soon the have the baby.  Good luck Karli!  Let me know when you have chosen a name or I will keep calling her Gertrude haha.  And, good luck Conner in Houston!  Have fun driving town and eating in Crab Town with dad!  I remember going there and eating off of the table.

Well, the only internet cafe in Puerto Jimenez will be shut down tomorrow.  They just told us.  So, we will see what happens but honestly there is no other place to write in this little pueblo.  So, I might be falling off of the face of the Earth until I come home.  I will see if I can figure something out, but if not, I will see you all in a month!  No news is good news!

This week was good for Elder Paiz and I.  The woman that I told you about last week, her name is Sonia.  She came to church again this week with her son.  They accepted the challenge to be baptized by the restored priesthood authority and they have a baptismal date for the 15th of June. Elder Paiz and I are praying hard that she can be ready for baptism on that day. I will keep you posted.  We are also teaching the family of Elogio, Denia, y Maicol.  They are so great!  This week Elder Paiz and I went to make pupusas with them and they are progressing well.  Elogio and Denia need to be married, so we taught them about marriage and they said that they would discuss it and think of a date to be married! Ush!!  They have been together for 23 years, I have no idea what they could possibly need to discuss! 

This week Elder Paiz and I were in Jimenez searching for people to teach and he got a little down so we decided that we would pray to find somebody who is prepared to receive the restored gospel.  We continued with little luck, but at night we were walking by the dock and decided to talk to a family in a little house by the dock.  They are great!  They started crying as we testified of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the power of the atonement to heal all wounds.  We are going to take Presidente Conejo and his wife over to their house for a lesson this week.  We are praying for them!

The group is doing well.  Last week I gave a talk about our commitment to our Heavenly Father as His children. It was good!  I invited the members to increase their level of commitment to our Heavenly Father, and that commitment promotes progress.  In this case, spiritual commitment produces spiritual progress and we grow closer to our Heavenly Father.  I invited the to remember the (OLA, Orar, Leer, y Asistir a la iglesia).  Or for you homegamers out there (Pray, Read, and Attend church).  As we pray each day individually and as a family, read the scriptures, and attend church, we will progress spiritually and become stronger rooted in our faith.  I know that to be a true principle for I have felt the spiritual strength that comes from the basics.  Hopefully each of us can remember the OLA.  

Well everybody, I hope that all is well for you!  Keep strong in the faith!  I love you guys!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decia *Hay que pedir los milagros del cielo.*

05.16.16 The land of pinto and pupusas

Hey everybody!

Sounds like good things are going on at home!  Karli is going up to visit on the weekend!  Hope that you have fun and enjoy the grand kids!  Hope that everyone is well!

I am here with Elder Paiz in Puerto Jimenez!  He arrived in Gofito on Tuesday morning at 5 am and we had district meeting before loading his suitcases on the boat and heading to Jimenez.  He is from El Salvador and is a convert to the church.  He is amazing and I am learning a lot from him.  He is a big jokester and every once in a while he will say "turn down for what" in his thick Spanish accent.  I don't think he knows what that means haha.  He is going to teach me how to make Salvadorian pupusas.  
Yesterday, we were invited by a sister from the group over to her house to eat Sunday lunch after church.  She made us "rice and bean."  It is so good!  They actually call it "rice and bean."  Basically it is just gallo pinto cooked with coconut milk instead of water.  We ate it with a fried fish.  Honestly I think that the fried fish tastes pretty good.  The only weird thing is having its little eye stare at you while you eat it.  Oh well.. I enjoyed it.  Elder Paiz loved it and grabbed a second fish and slammed it down.  

This week we dedicated much of our time to finding new investigators here in Jimenez center.  We had a little bit of a miracle.  The sun was so hot and we were sweating so much that we were just trying to find somebody that we could teach in the shade.  We found a woman who has been suffering from brain tumors and as we taught her I felt really bad because she looked like she was in some pain.  Well, we left her with a blessing and she came to church on Sunday!  She made friends with the Relief Society sisters and she is going to got the activity on Saturday with them.  

Elder Paiz and I are doing well here!  I hope that al is well with you and that your find joy in all that you do!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo SalvadoreƱo siempre me decia "El pescado frito me cayo tan bien."


This is our chapel, when all of the zone came to the conference here.  President and Sister Conejo are in the back of the room.