My name is Tanner Nelson and I have been called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been assigned to labor in the Costa Rica, San Jose Mission.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
05/16/15 Zona Sur!
hope everybody is doing well! You all looked well on the phone call so I
am happy and it was a great experience! Love you lots.
like I told you on the call, this week President sent us on an errand to
Zona Sur. Zona Sur is on the boarder of Panama and is 8 hours away
from San Jose. We went down there to take the movie "Meet the Mormons"
to the wards down on the boarder. Each ward was able to have a movie
night and to enjoy the movie together. We just had to take the video
down to them. So we were preparing for our 16 hour road trip to Zona
Sur and on Tuesday
afternoon we took off. We were also really excited because President
recommended a few restaurants for us to try on the way in Quepos and
So our plan was to stop and stay the night with the
Elders in Quepos and continue down the rest of the way in the morning.
The most interesting part of the trip is that Elder Burt gave us a new
GPS from the mission to use on our trip. So we put Quepos in the GPS
and started off. We thought it was really weird that the GPS was taking
us through the mountains and not on the freeway, but didn't think too
much of it. So we pressed forward with excitement. Well before we knew
it we ended up on really rocky dirt roads. However, we had never been
to Quepos so we kept going forward thinking that everything was fine.
It turns out that we were in the mountains of Costa Rica on dirt roads
that were the steepest I had ever seen in my entire life. After about
three hours in we started to think that we were going the wrong way.
Now, when I say that we were on dirt roads, they weren´t nice dirt
roads. They were terrible! Really rocky and they frankly freaked me
out. They had potholes the size of craters, but we kept moving
forward. At one point, we found ourselves in the middle of the
mountains, getting dark, weak cell phone coverage, fog rolling in, and
looking a little low on gas. We stopped to ask one of the houses that
were sparsley scattered along this road if we were close to Quepos.
They said "Yeah, just two more hours on this road." At this point we
realized that our GPS was on the setting "shortest distance" not
"fastest way." Oh my goodness I was going to get sick. Up and down on
the bouncy mountain roads didn't sit well with me. It didn't help either
that the Burts gave us a HUGE bag of chocolate and my companion and I
ate it all within the first hour of the trip. So we kept going,
pressing forward with faith. We had to take the car through some small
creeks and cross some not-so-safe looking bridges but we were getting
close. Finally after weaving through a bunch of palm trees and the help
of some Costa Ricans we were able to make it out in Quepos 5 hours
later. We were so relieved to see civilization. The drive was actually
quite beautiful because you could roll down the windows and hear the
monkeys, birds, and frogs. Amazing experience.
we were able to visit with some members, and boy was it hot. My
companion and I were drenched with sweat the second we stepped out of the
car. But it was so beautiful. We stayed the night with the Elders
there and woke up very early the next morning to continue down to Zona
Sur. We rolled in to Zona Sur around 7:30
and headed right back for San Jose. On the way back we stopped in
Quepos for the restaurant and it was beautiful. I will have to take you
there someday. It was looking over Manuel Antonio National Park and
was made in an old airplane. It was a great experience, extremely
beautiful. We also stopped at a famous bridge that overlooked a river
crocodiles. They were huge. And there was a local there that was
throwing steaks over to them and it was wild to see. Then we made our
way back to San Jose (this time on the freeway) and got to work. Elder
Nielson and I were so grateful for the opportunity we had to go and see
much of the mission and to help members see the movie.
we have been seeing a bunch of success in the field. We have some
great investigators and I love teaching them. The Lord is very good to
my companion and I. He truly does show us miracles daily and I am so
grateful to Him for all that we have. He gives me so many great
opportunities to serve and to grow and this week I was amazed as I saw
all of His beautiful creations as we drove to Zona Sur. The Lord is
smiling on Costa Rica and hastening His marvelous work. How lucky I am
to be a part of it.
I hope you all have a great week!
Mi amigo Mexicano siempre me decía "Qué hace en esta calle de piedra, tome la pista mejor."