Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10/27/14 Hello Everybody!!

How is everybody?!  I hope everyone is well! I hear that some exciting things have been going on with Halloween and all.  That is awesome!
This week we had changes again!  President shortened the length of the change by two weeks so that the missionaries going home can be home for Christmas.  Elder Mejia and I didn't have changes once again and we are starting our third together! 
This week everyone got sick.  Almost all of the missionaries had a cold but boy I got hit hard.  I had 3 days with super high fever.  I was walking around like a zombie because I was so achy haha.  But no biggy the work of the Lord never ceases.  Being sick here is an experience in itself.  Everybody wanted to give me some sort of medicine!  Haha it was really funny because these guys would ask me how I felt and after I responded would say, "I've got jut the trick"!   Then they would go out in their back yard and pull some leaves off of a tree and boil it in some water for me to drink.  I'm not too convinced that they actually know what they're talking about but if it makes them feel good then I feel good! But the worst was when a member gave us lemons and garlic and told us to boil it.  Elder Mejia and I made the mistake of actually doing it and it was nasty!  I have tried all sorts of crazy mixtures while being here.
The mission is great!  This past month we lead all of Central America in baptisms!  We are working super hard to split the mission next year.  President has asked for our goal to 200 baptisms as a mission in November to keep ourselves on track.  Also, if we reach our goal our whole mission gets to watch Meet the Mormons on Christmas Day! We are excited about that baby.  Our zone is now the largest in the mission with 34 missionaries.  Zona atlantica for life!

I love you all!  You are in my prayers!
Elder Nelson

Monday, October 20, 2014

La Rita's new chapel!

Yesenia's Baptism

Family! 10/20/14

How is everyone this week?  I know that I am taking a lot of flack for how much I have been writing so I will try to be better!
This week was awesome!  We had the opportunity to have the open house for our new chapel!  Boy it is a great building!  The ward here is so excited to have a new building it is crazy!  They all worked so hard to make it an event that the community will never forget.  My favorite part was that I was able to participate in the typical Costa Rican dance!  So you know how on the cruise ship everyone twirls their napkins on Italian night in the dining room? That is basically what it was while hopping around the room.  We kind of looked ridicoulous but the crowd loved it and were cheering us on haha.  We did the dance on the last day, which was centered on cultural things like the dance and they had other people perform.  The Bishop said that we had upwards of 300 people there on the last day to see all of the performances so we are glad to be able to have this exposure in the community!
We also had the dedication of the chapel.  The entire stake presidency came from San Jose and we had a special meeting to discuss the missionary work and other subjects from the ward with them.  They were pressing us pretty hard so were are grateful that we had good things to report.  The dedication of the chapel truly was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had.  The spirit was so strong as the stake president gave the dedicatory prayer.  Wow.
Something that I never mentioned is that we moved two weeks ago.  We went from our apartment to a two bedroom house.  Haha they said that we had to move because of a mold problem so now we have our own little place, and it's cheaper too!  We have had a couple of problems with the pipe in the shower bursting and flooding the bathroom at 3 am but other than that it is treating us really well.  We did, however, give up our hot water.  Boy, at first I was surprised that we were getting water from a polar ice cap in Costa Rica.  But now I actually kind of enjoy it so that's a blessing.  A crazy story that happened this morning is that we were going to do service so I had my workout clothes on.  Elder Mejia kept asking me questions like, When was the last time you washed your clothes? and stuff like that.  He thought they smelt super bad but I didn't think so.  Anyway later in the morning we found a dog on our porch.  This dog was basically really gross and it was kind of sad but it looked like he was rotting alive.  Well anyway that was the smell!!  We had to clean our porch because everywhere the dog was became nasty.  Elder Mejia has since apologized for false accusations of smelliness haha.
Also we had the baptism of Yesenia this week, it was a great service.  Her daughter had to postpone her baptism til Saturday so we will have it this week.  But I am amazed at their testimonies.  They are so strong and they truly were prepared to hear the Gospel. Yesenia always says "God first", and I really love that.  She is really trying to put God first in her life.
Well I hope all goes well for everyone this week!  You are in my prayers and I love you all!
Elder Nelson

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hello Everybody!! 10/13/14

I love you all! The work is well in La Rita!  This week we have the open house and dedication of our new chapel!  It is so beautiful and it will really help out in the missionary work.  We also have the baptism of Yesenia and her daughter Valeria!  Elder Mejia and I are super excited because they are the first converts that we have found and taught!
I love you all!  The church is true!
Elder Nelson