Monday, September 29, 2014


09/29/14 Hey!

Mom and Dad!
Holy crap Karli is going to have another baby?  That is so awesome.  Everyone knows that May birthdays are the best :)

I am doing well and working hard. This week we had changes!.. but I'm still here with Elder Mejia haha.  Really though we get along great.  We are buds.  I don't think we have had a problem this whole transfer so we are getting along well!  Really though I am working so hard to become the best missionary I can be. I have realized that there are tons of missionaries that are just kind of floating from day to day with no real goal or purpose in mind.  I'm seriously going for it!  There is no reason to be one of the thousands of okay missionaries when I can shoot to be one of the best.
This week we had the baptism of Jose.  It was a great day!  It's a little bit difficult because we don't have a church building here.  We had to take a twenty minute bus ride to Guapiles with all of the family to get to the church.  Also, mom I took out extra money because I had to pay for all the bus tickets for the family to see the baptism because they wouldn't have been able to go otherwise.  When we arrived everything was set up for us but the gate was locked!  We were freaking out because we didn't want to have to postpone it again.. no way.  We were frantically trying to call the other missionaries and get them to come and unlock the gate when a member that happened to have keys to the building walked by.  There aren't a ton of members here, let alone members with keys to the building so we were grateful to see that miracle this week.
Elder Mejia and I are preparing for six more weeks in La Rita! Wooh!  We are setting goals and we are praying and working for success!  Finding those that have been prepared to receive the truth! 
I love you all so much!

Elder Nelson

Monday, September 15, 2014

Missionaries in Training

09/15/14 Pura vida

It is so great to hear from everybody! Oh my goodness Nates baby is so cute!  I hear he likes to snuggle and eats well.. what more can you ask for?  Im glad to hear that all is well in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Costa Rica is so great!  Today is their independence day and the whole country is going crazy! They are proud to be Costa Rican!  My companion and I are in San Jose right now because I had my one month check up with the mission president.  We had to wake up really early to catch the bus to make it here on time today, but little did we know that we wouldn't need to set an alarm.  La Rita was going crazy at 3am.  All we could hear was drums and cheering haha.  I'm super grateful to be in such a wonderful country with such amazing people!

This last Sunday we had church in a town 15 minutes away by bus because the school was being used for celebration all day on Sunday.  We crammed the whole ward in one bus.. needless to say it was super hot haha.  But when we arrived in Cariari we entered the chapel and felt the most amazing thing I have felt in a while.. air conditioning!  It felt so good baby.  But seriously it was a great Sunday and we had great meetings.  

The work in La Rita is well.  Elder Mejia and I try to talk with as many people as possible.  We are learning ways to be more effective as missionaries every day.  Right now we are going to make a map of our area to be able to visualize the work better and we are going to be printing of the records so that we can search for part-member families!  We are excited!

So about the baptism of Jose.  Elder Mejia and I are suuuuper sad because it didn't happen.  We had everything ready to go, but the zone leaders forgot to leave the white clothes for Jose and they were very far away so we weren't able to do it.  The baptism has been rescheduled so we are still anxiously awaiting that day!

Hope all is well!  I love you all!

Elder Nelson

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dinner at the house of Hermana Mileidi

09/08/14 Apresurar La Obra


It is so awesome to hear from everybody!  I love you all so much!  I can´t believe that Nate is a dad! What the heck?!  Haha I know he is going to be an awesome dad.  Too bad BobbyMac won't be able to meet his favorite uncle for two years.. poor guy haha.  I am glad to hear that all went well and that the little ray of sunshine made it safely!  Conner is back in school huh? That's crazy!  I'm glad to hear about your success.. keep it up!

Life in La Rita, Costa Rica is as amazing as always! This week has been amazing and we see miracles here every day.  This week I got into my first fight with the Central American food poisoning!  Boy was that an experience!  I must have eaten some rotten food because those feelings were not natural haha.  I was in a lesson with a less active youth named Darren when it hit.  I told him I loved him but I had to go and my companion and I booked it to the house!  It was a blessing that I made it.. from what I hear many missionaries before me haven´t had the same luck haha!

One of our recent converts, Hermana Luisa, has a grandchild that turned eight years old and decided he wanted to take the lessons and be baptized.  She has TONS of grandkids the house is going to explode!  Haha his name is Jose and the whole time we were teaching him he was scared to death of me.  He wouldn't talk to me because I´m a gringo haha.  So when it came time for him to choose who he wanted to baptize him I was certain he was going to pick Elder Mejia. Haha but he didn´t!  He totally picked me and we are totally tight now!  He loves to wear my CTR ring haha. His baptism will be on Friday and he is super excited! Now all of the kids in the house keep saying that they want "Hermano Nelson" to baptize them when they turn 8 haha.  They are so awesome!

I don´t think I told you this but guess who one of the assistants to the president is? Elder Cude haha.  The same Elder Cude that played for Coach Ellis with Conner.  He is so awesome and he likes to talk to me about football haha.

So I am lucky enough to be a part of the most successful zone in the mission.  This last month we almost set a record number of baptisms and confirmations for the mission.  Because the zone is doing so well we were invited to breakfast at President´s house in San Jose. In San Jose there is a Wendy´s, and you know what that means!  Frosties!!  Boy that was the best frosty I think I have ever had.  Mmmm.

Costa Rica is awesome.  The people here are really nice and love to talk to us about religion.  I have heard some of the weirdest ideas about religion in these past three weeks.  I have learned that there are many types of people in the world haha.  

I love you all so much and pray for you!

Elder Nelson

Monday, September 1, 2014

La Rita

09/01/14 La Rita!!

Another week has passed here in La Rita, Costa Rica.  Sorry I have been so lame in my letters I will try to be better and add more things!  This week has been great and I am blessd to be serving in Costa Rica.
This week we had multizone conference in San Jose!  We had to travel two hours by bus each way to get there but we made it and it was awesome!  Our mission president is amazing and is such a powerful man.  We learned a lot about how we can have more success and help others come unto Christ by accepting the restored gospel. 
Our misson is super successful in general.  Everyone says that it is the most successful in Central America but I don't know if they really know haha.  The mission is working so hard right now to hasten the work because our goal is to split the country into two missions by June next year when our mission president leaves.  They have set very high expectations for us and we need to work harder and smarter than ever before to reach our goal. 
One thing that I wanted to share with all of you is something super cool that we do in our mission.  Our goal is to contact two buses every week.  We go to the front of the bus and ask the driver if we can share a message and we preach to the whole bus from the front!  It is so awesome I feel like its something from a movie when I stand up in the front and invite all the people on the bus to hear our message!  And my Spanish is coming along so well!  I understand everything and contribute in the lessons like a missionary that has been out for nine months!  I'm loving it!
The members here are so awesome!  They always want to help us with the missionary work and give us food.  Something I really like about the culture here is that everytime we go into someones home they give us a fruit drink called a fresco and some cookies.  Baby it is soo good!  But at the same time I definitely am learning to eat all types of food. You guys would be so proud, I eat everything on my plate!  Guacamole and all haha. 
I love you all so much and you are in my prayers always!
Elder Nelson