Wednesday, November 26, 2014

11/25/14 How is Everybody?!

What up USA?!  I hope all is well and that everyone is getting ready to celebrate one of the greatest days of the year on Thursday
So our cocinera was getting us all pumped up to have typical Thanksgiving food on Thanksgiving but I think that it fell through.. more rice and beans baby!!  I don't know if I have explained this to you but I'm pretty sure that the national food of Costa Rica is rice. We eat it in kilos!  Every other country in Central America eats more tortilla and a lot less rice, but the Costaricans are super proud of it.  But seriously for breakfast the typical food is rice with beans.  For lunch we eat rice and beans with some meat and dinner is more rice and beans or rice and bean soup haha.  There are a some elders that carry sauces in their backpacks to always have with them because they can't take it anymore plain haha.  It's a good thing that I'm the way I am because I actually enjoy it a lot! 
This week has been good and we are finding a lot of good investigators.  Right now Elder Mejia and I are focusing on finding a lot of new investigators to spark the work a little bit in our area. We are working with references from members a lot.  A member of the Bishopric gave us a reference of a family that is amazing.  We went with him to visit them for the first time and they live a little far away haha.  It was a 25 minute hike all the way out to a little neighborhood called La Bomba.  We were super sweaty when we showed up but we had a great lesson with them and have a return appointment today. 
I told you a little bit about a group of teenagers that we found and taught in the street one night.  Well a lot of them are progressing super well and attend church with us.  We talked with one of them in the street a couple of days ago and he said "Elder, why don't you Mormons drink coffee?"  We explained to him a bit about the Word of Wisdom and he said "okay that sounds good.  I want to start coming to your church so I already stopped drinking it. I just wanted to know why."  Elder Mejia and I were so glad because normally the Costa Ricans have a hard time giving up their coffee haha.  Also, this week I was on divisions with an Elder from Puerto Viejo and we went to see one of our investigators, Andrea.  We have been teaching her for a while and she is progressing well but has never come to church with us.  We sat down and began our lesson and she began to tell us about how she knows that the message we bring is true because she feels something different every time we come to teach her.  We then taught about the Spirt and had a powerful lesson.  She now has two friends that she wants to bring to church this week with us.  That's what I'm talking about!
Also, the ward got invited to sing Christmas carols during a city gathering of some sort next Tuesday.  The Bishop asked us to participate and it is going to be awesome.  We are going to try to share a brief message with the crowd of  La Rita before we begin and try to get some things going.  So I'm getting my Christmas carol voice all prepped for next Tuesday.
I hope everyone has a great week and that all goes well.  I love you all from the bottom of my heart and send my love from Costa Rica!
Elder Nelson
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decia:  Los gringos tienen voces angelicos, por eso necesitamos que participen cuando cantamos villancicos frente de todos.

Monday, November 17, 2014

11/17/14 Hello Everyone!!

How is everybody?  I love to hear that all is well and that everyone is getting along just fine!
It has been another good week in Costa Rica!  Everything is great here in La Rita.  The usual.. tons of rain and sun.  I love it though!  It is really weird that everyone here is putting up the Christmas decorations and its super hot outside and still November.  But as it turns out, our cook cooks a thanksgiving dinner each year for the elders and I am so excited!
The work is great in La Rita. We have been finding a lot of people these last couple of weeks and we are focusing on helping them to progress.  We did have a devastating blow to us though.  Our two buddies Yordi and Pablo had a baptismal date for this week and they were super excited but their family has been working hard to keep them from taking this step.  They told us that they cant be a part of our church if everyone is going to attack them all of the time.  It made us sad but we have a powerful lesson set up with them in the chapel tonight and we have the faith that our Heavenly Father will help us.
This week we had an awesome lesson.  We were walking in the street and we found a group of about 7 teenagers hanging out in the street.  We talked to them and had an awesome lesson.  They were super interested and some of them came to church with us this Sunday.  They love coming to the activities with us when we play soccer and basketball.  We are going to keep things going with them and help them out.

Today Elder Mejia and I were able to go to Guapiles to do some shopping.  He needed some new pants in a bad way.  He has gained a ton of weight on the mission and his pants actually started to burst at the seams haha.  Some of the members call him the "Elder with leggings" hahaha.  Im not sure if he thinks its as funny as I do but we laugh about it.  We got some other good stuff too!  I got a burger so Im feeling pretty good right now!
I love you all and hope that everyone has a great week.  Say your prayers and read your scriptures!
Elder Nelson

Monday, November 10, 2014

11/10/14 Hello!

How is everyone?!  All is well in Costa Rica!  The sun is bright and the rain still comes basically every day!  Good stuff!
This week we had an awesome experience as missionaries.  The local school in La Rita invited the four missionaries in La Rita to participate in English Week at the school.  They thought it would be fun to have two gringos with them to help them in the activities.  So we got special permission from President and had a blast in the school for a couple of days!  At first we thought that the school just wanted us to help some kids learn some English or something.. but oh no.  We were wrong haha.  When we arrived we quickly discovered that we WERE the English Week haha.  All of the kids were gathered in the meeting place of the school and we gave assemblies to all of the students!  It took me back to my days in PLT!
Well at first we were super surprised because we learned that the school had made powerpoint presentations about the United States and typical food and why it is important to learn English.  We didn't know what was in this presentation so we just went with the flow haha.  But to make things more interesting the school wanted us to give the presentations in English to help them learn.  Haha the funny thing is that these kids don't know any English!  So we got a ton of blank stares at first, but then we figured it out.  So I got to give the presentation of the food in the United States, and basically it was pictures of KFC and other fast food.  Haha I guess that's what they think we eat all of the time.  But when we figured out the entertainment thing we had the kids going nuts!  We would yell "fried chicken"  and they would repeat and cheer.  It was a blast!  The good thing about that opportunity is that now all of the kids in La Rita know us.  They say hi to us in the streets and they help us to make their parents like us haha.
Other than that the week was full of a lot of hard work.  We have been working with two brothers to prepare them for their baptism.  Their names are Yordi and Pablo and they are so awesome!  They contacted us in the street and were super interested!  The rest is history haha.  We have their baptism planned for next Saturday and we are continuing to work with our investigators to prepare them for baptism.
I hope that you all have a week full of fun and excitement! 
Elder Nelson
Mi amigo mexican siempre me decia:  Pollo frito es la comida tipica de los Estados Unidos ¿no?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

11/03/14 Hey Fam!

I'm glad to hear that all is well on the home front! Sounds like you all had some fun with Halloween.  That is awesome that Nate and Karli get to dress up their kids and go trick or treating!
This week we had a lot of fun!  We got to go to a FHE/party to say goodbye to Elder Herrera (another Elder in La Rita) who is going back home to Argentina.  We ate a ton of good food and we were able to have a lot of fun with the members and strengthen our relationships.  This week we also got a new ward mission leader.  There is an 18 year old boy named Anthony here in the ward who went out on visits with us all the time.  He just got called to be the Ward Mission Leader and is super nervous but we are going to help him out haha.  We are going to have some major success in our ward!
Also, we just got back from a zone activity.  We started with a meeting to evaluate our progress and goals as a zone and after we played some soccer.  It was pouring rain but it was a blast!  Let's just say that we have a new David Beckham on the rise haha.  I finished with a goal so I'm feeling pretty proud of myself!  All of the latinos were just as surprised as I was when I totally destroyed out there. It was a fun activity to bond as a zone and to relax a bit!
I forgot to tell you last week that we had the baptism of Valeria!  It was awesome and a great day for her family and for the ward.  They have an incredible faith and it impresses me every day!
I hope all is well for you in this coming week!  I love you all so much!
Elder Nelson

New Mailing Address

NEW Address for Letters and Packages:

Elder Tanner Nelson
Misión San José, Costa Rica
Apartado Postal 249-2010 Zapote
San José, Costa Rica