Tuesday, July 28, 2015

07.21.15

Hey family!

I hope you know I love you a lot!  I hope all is well at home!  I love reading the emails and hearing about how everything is going for everyone!  I'm glad that you are all keeping busy and having a great time preparing for the wedding haha.  Save some cake for me.. 
Nate is back in school, all of the nieces and nephews doing well.  Good stuff!

This week was full of excitement, miracles, and hard work.  On Sunday, Byron, Oscar, and Martha came with us to church along with Tania and Ivan.  It was great!  They all enjoyed it and we were happy to have them with us.  They have all been progressing well and we are happy to be working with them.

On Monday, the changes started and we were super busy.  We received all of the new missionaries and got all of their paperwork done, fed them a lot, and got them out to their areas.  This week was extra tiring because for special circumstances we had to wake up and start working before 4 am.  Only with the help of the Lord was I able to do that because mom knows how hard it is for me to wake up in the morning haha.  Now we feel rested and all is well!

Funny story for the week.  I took my most beat up pair of shoes to the cobbler a couple of weeks ago to get know soles put on them and get some more life out of them.  So I sent them and when I went back to pick them up they gave me the wrong shoes!  They couldn't find my shoes.  They either gave them to the wrong person or they stole them and gave me other ones.  If any of you ever travel to Costa Rica, I would recommend fixing your shoes before you leave haha.

On a more spiritual note, this week I saw a miracle.  During the middle of the week I received a phone call from somebody that lives in Springville.  I don't know how he got my phone number, but we talked for a minute and he told me he had a reference for the mission.  He gave me the reference and told me that I should give the reference as soon as possible.  Normally, I would put the reference on a list and send it out as soon as I have a couple free minutes.  But this time was different.  I felt that I should send it out right away.  So I looked to see which area to send it too, and after some research I figured out the area and sent it out.  One of the missionaries in the office was with me and asked him to call it to see if she really lives where I thought she did.  To our surprise, when he called, she was shocked.  She proceeded to tell the Elder that she had just finished praying and asking our Heavenly Father if she should be baptized when the phone rang.  The sisters visited her that day and she has a baptismal date for the 15 of August.  The God of Israel leads this sacred work.

This Sunday the entire country of Costa Rica will be changed forever.  The Lord's promise to hasten the work is being fulfilled and we are seeing it all around.  In Section 88 of the Doctrine and Covenants, verse 73 the Lord gives a simple statement,
73 Behold, will hasten my work in its time.
Tomorrow, 3 new stakes will be formed in Costa Rica and many stakes will be realigned.  Many area leaders are currently here to participate in such a historical day.  We are living in a time of great excitement in this country, and it will never be the same.  The Lord's answer to the early elders of the church still runs strong today, in section 133:

And behold, and lo, this shall be their cry, and the voice of the Lord unto all people: Go ye forth unto the land of Zion, that the borders of my people may be enlarged, and that her stakes may be strengthened, and that Zion may go forth unto the regions round about.

I know that the Lord keeps his promises and that we are living in a time of great excitement.  The work of the Lord is hastening and He is gathering his flock. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true and living church upon the face of the earth, and that thorough it we can receive all of the blessings that our Heavenly Father has prepared for us.  God speaks today through living prophets and is actively preparing His kingdom for the Second Coming of His son Jesus Christ.  

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

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo Mexicano siempre me decía "¡Qué emoción, no!"

Photo from when we completed one year in the mission!

Monday, July 27, 2015

07.18.15





Hey!!

How is everybody?!  Thanks for the emails they are super great!  The house seems to be busy as usual!  Good, good!  Don't get too stressed out!  I'm sure the wedding will be fabulous!

This week was great!  In the office we have been preparing for the changes and all of the plans that go along with that.  I can´t believe that this is my fifth time doing it!  Now it feels like normal.  We will be welcoming 12 new missionaries so I am excited!

Last week we really saw the hand of the Lord in the work.  I have told you about Byron, the friend of Oscar and Martha.  Well, he is doing great!  Last Sunday we were out in the street waking everybody up for church and we saw him walking by.  When we saw him he was wearing his tattered clothes and had his long beard.  He said he would come to church and we waited for him there.  Honestly I wasn't so sure he was going to come, but when he came around the corner my mouth about dropped to the floor.  He was wearing a nice collared shirt and had shaved his beard completely for church.  He loved it!  This week he has has been progressing well as well as Oscar and Martha.  They are all coming to the ward activity tonight and to church tomorrow.  Woohoo!  

Also, this week we contacted a really good family that investigated the church a while back.  The father's first wife was Mormon and passed away some years ago.  We taught the entire family and they were very interested!  They committed to come to church as well and we are happy to be teaching them the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  

These last couple of weeks the country has been flooding with rain.  Today it has been raining a lot. But even with the rain we had quite the eventful morning.  President and his family were on their way up from Zona Sur after doing zone conference and their crate from the United States was arriving at 11.  So, we were running around all morning trying to find a key to the house to let the movers in.  In the end, we were driving all over the place trying to get the key and get to his house on time.  We did it!  Haha it was a challenge but we got it done.  

I hope all is well and love you all!  I pray for you lots! The church is true!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "Que Dios me lo bendiga."

The picture is with the Servers.  They are senior missionaries here and they are the parents of Brother Server in the ward.  He was a counselor in the Stake Presidency for 9 years with President Wilkinson.

Sunday, July 12, 2015


07.11.15

Hey everybody!
It's good to hear that there is excitement in the Nelson home!  It sounds like the place is changing a lot!  I would love to see some photos when it is finished!  I'm glad to hear that everything is well with the nephews and they are growing up strong.  Give them a double cheeseburger plain for me haha.
This week was a good week.  Nothing really new happened this week, we just took care of the normal routine.  Something this week that we were able to do was go on a tour of the major hospital in San Jose.  It is super nice, it is one of the nicest buildings down town.  Sister Hayes and the nurse took us with them and it was an interesting experience.  It makes me want to be a doctor haha.  But, next week I will be preparing for changes and for the new missionaries to arrive.  So it will be busy. 
This week I brought in an Elder from Limon to get his residency.  He stayed in our house on Wednesday night and I noticed that his white shirt was ironed super crisp.  So, he taught me how he irons his shirt and now I know the secrets.  My shirts are looking pretty crisp now and feel pretty proud of it haha. 
Yesterday we had a little miracle in the street.  A man came up and wanted to talk to us.  Years ago, he was thrown out of his old church because he wasn't married.  So he asked us if we would accept him in our church.  "Of course!" we said.  He went on to tell us that he wants to be married and baptized.  Then he said that he has six children and he wants them all to be baptized as well.  It was a great experience and it made my companion and I super excited after not having much luck for most of the day.  We really hope that it turns out to be something good.  It's super interesting the little miracles that we see every day.  Truly the Lord directs this work.
Also, remember the new investigators I told you about last week?  Well, we went to their house this week and one of their friends was there, Byron.  He has had a rough life and is trying to find God.  He had been addicted to drugs and has been fighting to change his life.  So we taught him along with our new investigators.  He is super good!  He asked for work off to come to church tommorrow and we are super excited for him!  Surely he will feel the spirit in church.
This morning I was listening to a talk that I really liked.  It's called "The Challenge to Become" by Dallin H. Oaks.  He said "In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to become something."  I love this message for those who have been members for their entire life as well as the new members.  Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can become what the Lord would have us become. 
Have a great week!  I love you lots!
Elder Nelson
Mi amigo Mexicano siempre me decía "Siempre felices, nunca satisfechos."

Monday, July 6, 2015

7/4/15

Hey everybody!!
So Nate and Conner are golfing it up on the 4th of July!  That is awesome!  Maybe tonight you will go and see some fireworks and eat some barbeque.  Uuush that sounds so good.  I can't hide my America pride!
A lot happened this week.  On Monday we were running around like crazy to make sure everything is ready for the new presidents to arrive. On Tuesday we were with the new president helping him to get situated and doing all of his migration paperwork.  He lives in a new house in Santa Ana and it's a nice place.  That night we took his Sister Hayes and their daughter to Aserrí to work with missionaries in the field.  Aserrí is located in the mountains and the traffice was pretty bad.  But we got them up there and back and they had a very spiritual experience.  They are so excited to be here and I love their energy!  Wednesday we were up really early to take the Wilkinson family to the airport.  We went with the assistants and there were lots of tears shed. 
Thursday we had a zone conference with President Hayes.  He is so great!  He knows so much about the scriptures and I already have learned tons from him.  He is super loving and excited about the work.  He wants us to teach more with the scriptures and more with the Spirit. I have no doubt that I am going to learn a lot from him and his family.
Yesterday we saw a miracle.  One of our recent converts, David, gave us a reference months ago of a woman named Marta.  Well when he took us to meet her the first time she was in bad shape.  She was sitting at the bus stop and she was completely drunk.  She couldn't even understand what we were saying to her.  So we didn´t think much of it and a couple weeks later we saw her drunk in the street again.  We was crying and was telling us that she needed God's help.  So we said that we would bring someone and come visit her if she tells us where she lived.  She couldn't remember.  Anyways two days later we saw her on the street again and she came after us.  She was less drunk but still drunk.  She said showed us where she lived and we told her that we would come back tomorrow if she wasn't drunk.  So the next day we were wondering if we should even go because she would just be drunk again, but we went anyways to check on her.  When we arrived, she was there with her boyfriend.  To our surprise she wasn't drunk and the pamphlet we gave her was propped up against the wall for everyone to see.
It was a very humbling experience because her house is 4 tin walls and a tin roof and had just enough space for her and her husband to sit on the bed while we sat on two stools.  Earlier in the week Hermana Hayes taught us the important of hymns and touched on primary songs.  She challenged us to use a primary song to open some lessons and invite the Spirit. My companion had "I´m Trying to Be Like Jesus" in his bag from when we sang it at a baptism.  We sang the song and the Spirit was so strong.  We taught about the atonement of Jesus Christ, repentance, and baptism.  They were great to teach.  It turns out that they had investigated the church about 10 years ago and loved it.  They accepted baptimal dates and we are so excited to work with them.  Their kindness really humbled me because they wouldn´t let us leave until they served us juice and cookies.  They wanted to share whatever they had with us and it really touched me.
I love you lots and hope you have a great week!  God lives!
Elder Nelson
Mi amigo Mexicano siempre me decía "Vamos a enseñar más con las escrituras y más con el Espiritú."