Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Elder Stewart is tall"

02/28/15 Great week!

How is everybody?!  It sounds like dad is helping Nate to keep up on his Haitian skills haha.  That is awesome!  It is so weird to hear about all of my nephews growing up.  I feel so old!  When I get back I won't even be able to recognize them!
Well last Saturday we were able to have the baptisms of Nikol and Fabrizio.  It was a great day and we were able to bring several investigators to the baptism to be able to see and get excited.  Nikol was very scared of the water!  She didnt even want to step foot in the font.  So her father picked her up and took her down into the font on his shoulder.  After talking to her for a little bit she calmed right down and was able to be baptized.  It was great!  Fabrizio was such a stud and got baptized and received the priesthood the next day.
This week Elder Nielson and I got our drivers license.  You think that the DMV in the states is bad.. try going in Costa Rica!  We were there the entire day!  But it is okay we got our licenses and everything is good!  The old secretaries thought it would be funny to make us drive home from the DMV, which is 40 minutes away, to get back to the office.  Elder Nielson ended up having to drive home and it was scary, not to mention we were in President's car because he had ours.  That just added to everybody's stress levels.  We found out afterwards that the biggest street that Elder Nielson has been on was the road to Walmart in South Carolina.  He isnt too used to the idea of traffic.  But he is a champ and rocked it haha.
This week we are preparing for Elder Alonso of the seventy to come on a mission tour.  He is coming and will be addressing all of the missionaries in multizone conferences next week.  We are getting everything ready for his arrival and the multizone conferences.
This week we had another couple of miracles.  On Tuesday we were walking in the street and two older women started yelling at us to come over and talk to them.  We went over and talked to them and it turns out she is a member and has been inactive for ten years.  We have an appointment with them tonight.  But while we were talking to them another person came up to us and wanted to talk.  She was a member and had just moved to Zapote a month ago and wanted to ask us where the church was.  After talking to her a bit we found out that her father isnt a member but has been going to church and wants to be baptized.  We have an appointment with that family on Tuesday and we are excited!
I hope everyone has a great week!  Love you!
Elder Nelson
P.S.  This week I was talking to a missionary named Elder Stewart.  After talking a bit I found out he served in the same mission as Conner.  Then after talking a little more I'm pretty sure that Conner was companions with this guy's brother!  I got a picture with him.. he is really tall haha.
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decia:  Diga s o c k s cuando no sabe que decir.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

02/21/15 - Misioneros

Hey!  How is everyone doing?!  Sounds like you had a blast in St. George over the weekend!  Eating all of the good food!  I talk about the mongolian barbeque place with one of my buddies in the mission all the time.  Good stuff.  Mom, I do have warm water in the new place!  After the ice shower for six months it is a good change.  You just have to be fast and get out before the heater shorts out and it gets super cold.  To answer the question, my companion Elder Hoover is from Lehi, UT.  He is a really cool guy and he's training me well.

The office life is super busy all of the time!  It is so crazy and we have so many things to do all the time.  Its really good though and I like it a lot.  Actually, this morning I got up at 1:45 for an airport run.. I'm pretty tired right now haha but it's fun.  You get to see a completely different side of the mission in the office.  It's just a bunch of things that you never think about that happen behind the scenes to make a mission run smooth.  The other cool thing is that we are preparing for the mission to split and we have a ton of work to do.  We are going to bring in about 80 new missionaries in the next couple changes and we need to get the other office up and running a month before the split actually happens.  It is an exciting time to be a missionary in Costa Rica!

We are starting to see some great things in the area!  Tonight we have two baptisms.  Their names are Fabrizio and Nikol.  They are young but we are excited to see them baptized today to complete families.  We are also finding several great investigators and are very excited to start working with them.  We found an investigator this week through a miracle.  His name is Marvin and he is from Nicaragua and just moved here less than a week ago.  Many of his family members are members of the church, and right before he moved here to Costa Rica his cousin gave him a Book of Mormon with his testimony written on the inside cover.  One of the first people he meets in his first week in Costa Rica are the missionaries!  When we went to go teach him he told us about all of this and sure enough he pulled out a Book of Mormon with a testimony on the inside.  I know that we have a Heavenly Father of miracles.  He truly prepares the people to receive our message.  This is His work and His glory, we just have the amazing privilege to participate in this great work.  Marvin has some work to do, but I am very excited to work with him.

Right now we are working with two really great investigators for March baptisms named Jorge and David. Jorge is 17 years old and a goofy guy. He loves to talk with us and likes church a lot.  David is in his 30s and has a mild case of schizophrenia.  He is such a cool guy and he calls us every single day to pass by his house and teach him.  They are progressing very well in the gospel and we have great hopes for them.  

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored on the earth today, and with it the fullness of the gospel.  God loves all of His children, and I know that He is aware of each of them in all of their situations.  The peace and joy this gospel brings amazes me.  I love it!

I love you all and hope that you have a great week!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo Mexicano siempre me decia:  Dame este monte!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

La Rita

02/13/15 Zapote!

Hey everybody!!

How are you all doing!  Enjoy some Saint George sun!  I love to get all of your letters and hear from you all!

This week was a good week! I'm starting to get a hold on all of the office things that I have to do and I like it a lot!  The things in the office are a lot of the same and we are working hard in the area.  This week Elder Hoover and I were out working and he decided to take me to the scariest place in the area!  Its called Barrio Nuevo and it is a bunch of houses pegged up against a hill.  To get into the area you have to walk across a suspension bridge over a gully on a bridge that doesn't seem very safe haha.  Well the area is so bad that the Bishop of the ward told us not to work there anymore.  Well Elder Hoover just wanted to show me the bridge and so he took me down there on our way back to the house at night.  We round the corner to see the bridge into Barrio Nuevo and a huge group of guys was there to greet us haha.  We turned right around and got out of there!  My heart was beating so fast but we got home safe and sound!  Its probably the roughest place I've ever been and I don't plan on going back soon.

We have some super good investigators that we are working with as well!  There is one family of five that we are working with that has serious potential!  We are working hard with them to get their spiritual confirmation that these things are true.  They love the Book of Mormon they just need help with a couple other details.  We also have found quite a few great new investigators these week and we plan on following up with them! 

This past week Elder Hoover and I went to the bank to get out some money to do some office work.  At this bank there is a hedge about waist high that goes through the parking lot to divide two different parts of the lot.  My companion ran ahead of me and jumped over it like it was nothing.  So, I sized it up a bit, got a running start and I went for it!  Lets just say that the hedge wasn't very nice to me because the next thing I knew I was laying on the ground in the parking lot at the bank all scratched up.  The hedge was a little beat up too haha.  It must just run in the genes.. jump over the box.. jump over the hedge.  It was a sight to be seen!

Well I love you all and I hope you have a great week!  The church is true!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decia:  Tiene que correr mas rapido para poder brincar mas arriba.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

First Week in the Office!

02/07/15 First Week!

Hey everybody!  How is everyone doing?!  I really do love to hear from each of you.  Everyone sounds like they are having exciting things going on!  You guys are the best!
I got changed out of La Rita.. man it was a special place.  I love the members in La Rita and the past six months were great.  I was sad that I am missing our baptisms for the month.  Two great guys, Alonso and Braulin.  But the area was left in good hands so no worries.
So this Monday I got changed to the mission office to be the migration secretary of the mission!  Man it is completely different than what I am used to haha.  Basically my job is to make sure that each of the missionaries in the mission are legal to be here.  There is also a ton of other stuff that we do that you would never even think that mission secretaries do, but I am still learning a ton.  This past week was changes week so we had the busiest week of my mission.  Each changes week we are in charge of making sure that all of the new missionaries that are coming get a ton of paper work done and get them all set up to go on divisions with other Elders until they get their trainers.  We also are in charge of coordinating all of the flights of the outgoing missionaries and taking them to the airport at 3 in the morning.  We did that this week and it was a doozy haha. 
I'm getting trained by the old migration secretary, Elder Hoover.  But when he leaves after this change my companion will be Elder Nielson, he is being trained to be the financial secretary.  He is from South Carolina and really likes school and to read books.  He's from South Carolina and came in the same group as me to Costa Rica  I actually sat by him on the bus during our first day at the MTC.  Who knew that we would end up being companions!  Elder Nelson and Elder Nielson in the office!  It confuses everybody!  Haha Sister Wilkinson just calls us Utah and South Carolina.
I'm in the process of getting my Costa Rican drivers license.  Driving here is completely insane.  I'm pretty nervous but I'll be alright. The problem is that Elder Nielson is scared to death to drive!  He tells me all the time that he refuses to drive.  We will see about that haha.  The mission has a brand new toyota pickup with rear view camera and everything.  It is pretty sweet, but I really don't want to wreck it.   
Our new area is in Zapote, which is just basically on the outskirts of San Jose.  It is completely different!  The people are a lot more closed off to missionaries.  You can't be as direct here or it will turn all of the people off.  Finding people to teach is more of a challenge, but there are still plenty of people to teach.  Its all good!
Well I love you all!  Have a good week! 
Elder Nelson
P.S.  I already found the Johnny Rockets in San Jose.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

02/03/15 Hey Everybody!!

Hey!!  How is everybody doing?!  So I don't have much time but I was able to get on and let you know that I did have changes!  I was called to be the secretary of migration for the mission!  So now I am in the office being trained by the old secrataries and it is crazy!  It is changes week so we are running around all over bringing in new missionaries and sending out the old ones.  My p day is now on Saturday because I am in the  office so I will talk to you on Saturday!
Love you all lots!
Elder Nelson