Sunday, March 29, 2015

03/28/15

Hey everybody!!
I love hearing from each of you! Thanks for everything and for keeping me in mind and in your prayers.  You sure are in mine!

This week has been another week full of excitement!  Things have been cooling down a little bit here in the office, but it is still as busy as can be.  So for migration purposes the church has a lawyer here in Costa Rica and I am in constant contact with her trying to keep everything under control with the legality of the missionaries.  Well, about once a week we have the opportunity to go to her office and meet with her to discuss how we are doing and anything new.  Let me just say that it is the coolest thing in the world!  Her office is in a high rise building in Escazu, which is by far the nicest part of San Jose and where all the rich people in Costa Rica live.  We have to drive about thirty minutes to get out there to meet with her but it is so awesome.  Elder Nielson and I walk in wearing our suits and our shined shoes with all of the business people that are walking around on the bottom floor.  The security guard beeps us in and we go to the elevators and up to her office.  In her office she has a board room surrounded by glass walls.  We get to sit down with her and her assistant to discuss everything and it is seriously the coolest thing in the world!  And it is in Spanish so I love it even more! You just feel like such a business person or something!  How many missionaries get to do that?!  I think it is super awesome! We got to do that yesterday and it was great!

This week was a good week in the field as well.  Noelia is still progressing, but has had a little bit of a hiccup with coffee.  But she is super close to kicking it completely and we are very happy for her.  She has had a tough life and she has come so far to get out of a lot of problems she has had.  She used to smoke and drink a lot, but through her desire to be close with God had been able to overcome that a while back.  She is a single mom and tries to get along without even having a watch to keep the time.  She said that ever since we have been visiting her, the weirdest thing has happened.  About every temptation has come into her life.  She has once again seen all of her friends that are bad influences and they have invited her once again to go out with them.  She said no of course haha!  We testified that she is so close to the kingdom of God, and that God will always be more powerful than His counterpart.  This week we also found two awesome families!  One of them is a family from Nicaragua and the father said that we showed up at the exact right time in his life and we are planning on picking him up for church tomorrow!  The other family is just amazing and we are excited to work with them as well!

The rainy season is coming back soon here in San Jose!  It should be hitting at the end of April and the beginning of May.  We need to start carrying our umbrellas around with us all the time now because you never know when the rain will start to fall!

I love you all and wish the best for each of you!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "Que hermosa la mañana, que brillante era el sol.."

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Got myself stuck in the safe!


03/21/15 Survived Changes Week!

Hey fam!

How is everybody doing?!  So I just saw a bunch of photos of Karli´s kids.  They are just the cutest little things haha.  Seriously though they look like a lot of fun!  Lots of family stuff has been going on it sounds like.  That is super exciting!  Everybody coming into town was always a fun time.  I'm sure it was full of excitement and fun.

This week was changes week.. and we survived it!  It truly was the most crazy week of my life.  I have never done anything like it.  We brought in several news and I helped them to fill out a lot of paperwork.  In the night I was able to take two of them out on divisions in our area and it was great!  They had that "fresh out of the MTC fire"  and it was a good day of work. After the week full of events and emergencies, on Friday we had a visit from President Duncan, the Area President and Elder Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy came to give a mission-wide conference.  It started at 8:30 in the morning, which meant that any area outside of San Jose had to sleep in San Jose on divisions with another area.  To give you an idea, there is an entire zone of missionaries on the border of Panama that are 8 hours in bus away from the city.  We were calling everybody and planning so much.  In the end we had over two hundred missionaries here! There wasn´t enough room in all of the areas so everybody else had the sleep in the office and I was here with them.  It was an interesting experience sleeping in the office, super cold haha.  Finally the next morning everything turned out great and we had the meeting.  It was a great meeting and I learned a lot from the spirit as Elder Maynes taught.  In our weekly meeting with President he told us that we are a very blessed mission.  We have many people in Salt Lake that want to come tour the mission and see what we are doing.  Costa Rica has forever been known as the beautiful country that never had too much success.  We are now leading Central America and we are excited!!

We were blessed to be able to have baptismal services last Sunday!  They were very spiritual and I loved being a part of them.  David and Jorge are super great and I am so happy to see them take such an important step in their eternity.  We are going to be taking Jorge out to work with us a lot and we are excited to have him teach with us.  Noelia is still doing amazing!  She is so funny and just loves the church.  I am so grateful for the opportunity that the Lord has given me to meet her family and to be able to teach them.  She has had a tough life and she has been prepared for the message that we bring! They are so great and we are planning on her baptism at the end of this month.  She is excited as are we!

I love being a missionary!  It is the greatest calling in the Church!  I have never been so sure of the truthfulness of the gospel in my life.  I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the kingdom of God upon the face of the Earth.  I love seeing the joy that this gospel brings to everyone that accepts it and lives by its principles.  I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for letting me be born into a family with the gospel.  I´m so grateful for how fortunate I am to have been able to grow up in the family that I have with parents that have taught me from a young age the importance of the Church and that I have had so many opportunities in my life.  I am forever grateful for all of the miracles and blessings that we see here in Costa Rica every day and I am glad to be a part of the hastening of the Lord´s work.

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

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo Mexican siempre me decia "Hay desafíos?  Si.  Hay dificultades? Claro. Ni importa.. Dame este monte!"

Saturday, March 14, 2015


03/14/2015

Hey fam!!

This week has been really great!  I feel like each week is starting to go by really fast here in Costa Rica.  Time is flying but I love it!

This week I had a couple of really cool experiences that have taught me a lot.  When Elder Alonso came he taught a lot about what kind of missionaries we should be.  He spoke a lot about how we should be direct in our words, and fear nothing. We should speak clearly and with power and authority.   He said that if we truly understood who we were and what we were doing as missionaries, we would change the way we teach as missionaries.  Nephi testifies of the same principle in 2 Ne 32:7-


And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of theunbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and thestiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.

And just as Nephi taught in plainness, so should we.  As a mission we have been working on implementing this principle into our teaching and finding.  This past week, many of our street contacts were "Good afternoon, we are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  God sent us here to prepare you to be baptized in the only true church upon the face of the Earth. Can we share more about this message with you?"  The results are amazing!  Yes, some people look at us like we are completely crazy, but at least they could see that we were sure of what we were saying.  Those that let us in are those that are ready to hear about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  

A couple of days ago we were walking down an little street that Elder Hoover said that they had been on several times.  When we got to the end of the street we found a man who let us in with this kind of an approach.  We entered and before we even said an opening prayer to start the lesson we challenged him and his brother to baptism and they both accepted.  I could really see that as we work with boldness, the Lord will bless us and His work.  This was just one of the experiences I had this week that helped me to grow and to know that we are helping to build the kingdom of God upon the earth.  

Tomorrow morning we will be having the baptism of Jorge and David.  I am super excited!  Jorge turned 18 last week and he is super excited about the church.  He used to have long, curly hair.  One day when we passed by to visit him he had cut his hair.  When we asked him why, he replied, to start getting ready to be a missionary!  Uuuushhh!!  David has been going through a hard time.  His brother was in remission for cancer and it has come back.  He has been so sad, but he is getting better every day.  He, too, is excited for tomorrow.  

A couple of weeks ago Elder Nielson and I found an awesome family.  The mom's name is Noelia and she has three kids.  She lives behind a gate down a little ally and there are tons of people in there.  Well we began teaching her and she is progressing a ton.  She has already come to church twice and she is in love with the Relief Society. She has a baptismal date coming up.  Today is actually her sons birthday and she invited us over to come eat and spend some time with them for a bit, we are excited!  She is so funny!  She has started inviting her friends to church, but as she says it, "I invited my friends to the best church!"  

That is about it for this week.  Next week is changes week!  We've got 12 news coming in so I am excited for that.  Our trainers leave on Monday, then we are solo in the office.  

Love you all!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía, "Usted es más Tico que el gallo pinto."

I took the picture at a park that overlooks Zapote and San Francisco.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


03/07/15 Busy Week!

Hey everybody!

How is everybody doing?!  I love to hear about all of the experiences of the family each week.  Sounds like I've got a pretty super-star family.  Conner going to Texas and New York for cool business opportunities, Nate in medical school, and Karli killing it in nursing school and with her two boys.  That's awesome!  I love you guys!

This week was an amazing week!  We were able to have Elder Alonso of the Area Presidency come and train the mission in multi-zone conferences throughout the week.  I had the opportunity to meet him and his wife and they are so amazing!  I was able to go to the training on Thursday.  Sister Wilkinson asked me to translate for her during the training that she gave.  She is so full of personality so it was a little interesting trying to translate her words for everybody in Spanish but it went well!  Then President trained something he tells us always.  The three enemies of faith: fear, disobedience, and doubt.  He is such a powerful man and an amazing teacher.  

Lastly, we were able to hear from Elder Alonso.  It was such a spiritual experience.  You can just see it in his face that he is a man of God.  You can feel his presence so strong when he enters a room.  The training was amazing because he had a topic in mind that he was going to train each of the three conference on during the week.  He gave the first one like normal and during ours he completely changed the topic as the Spirit directed.  He stood in front of everybody and started to train on his usual topic and after receiving a few inspired questions from the missionaries he completely changed the subject and started to train on faith.  He put forth the example of Abraham and Isaac, and taught us the story from a different perspective.  He taught of his amazing faith as he went up to the altar with his son.  And in verse 5 it says:

And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye herewith the ass; and and the lad will gyonder and worshipand come again to you.


He told those young men that he would go up to the altar with his son, and they would both return. That we will "come again unto you." He had complete faith in his Heavenly Father that he would provide a way to come back.  He had no fear nor doubt.  And at that last moment before sacrificing his son Heavenly Father did provide the way. Elder Alonso said that the answers to our problems won't come when the problem first presents itself, neither after a little bit of time.  But after we put our faith in our Heavenly Father and do all that we can, and right as we are about to give up the Lord will come through and help us if we have the faith sufficient.  I learned a lot from the Spirit in that meeting and it deepened my testimony.

The rest of the week went well in our area.  Jorge and David are working towards a baptism next Saturday and we are so excited for them.  This is my last week of training in the office, then I will be on my own in here.  I love it though and I feel confident that I´ve got it all down.

I love and pray for you! The picture is of the missionaries in the San Francisco Ward.

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía:  Sus padres le mandan a usted los paquetes mas ricos! Hay que agradecerles mucho.