Saturday, November 28, 2015

11.28.15 Happy Holidays!

Hey everybody!!

I hope you had a great week and an especially great Thanksgiving!!  I am glad that the family was together and that you got to enjoy each other's company.  I sure had a great Thanksgiving!  It was the first time I had eaten food that was so authentically American in a long time!  I was in heaven!

This week was definitely one to remember!  President sent us on an errand to Puerto Viejo to take care of some business for him.  So, we loaded up the Hilux and headed out.  Puerto Viejo is a little branch in the state of Limon and is part of the Guapiles Stake (same stake as La Rita).  So we headed out for the two and a half hour drive to Puerto Viejo.  The drive out there was so beautiful and green.  We saw waterfalls, rivers, and dense fog.  When we arrived in Puerto Vejo, it was hot!  It is completely different than San Jose and it was interesting to be in the campo again.  Everyone there works in fields and lives in little houses made of tin.  We were able to see the little building that the branch rents to meet in and it was really great!  It reminded me of when we were meeting in the school in La Rita.  When it rained, you could forget about hearing what the speaker said because of the noise of the heavy rain beating down on the tin roof.   Good memories!

After finishing what we were sent to do, President said that we could stop in La Rita on the way back.  Can you believe it!  I was so happy!  So we pulled off onto the little dirt roads of La Rita to see a couple of families that I worked with there. I only had a little bit of time so I could only visit two houses.  We pulled up to Hermana Luisa's house.  The same wooden house was there on the side of the river.  We parked the car and started down the dirt path to the front door.  All of her grandkids live there and always play outside.  As I came down the path all of the little kids looked a little baffled.  After a few seconds they began to scream "Elder Nelson is here" and ran to the house to let everyone know.  When we got to the house, there was the entire family inside their humble home, and Hermana Kaylin  (our old cook) was in there too doing her visiting teaching!  We sang a hymn, said a prayer, and heard the little message from Kaylin.  It brought back tons of memories of just one year ago, wiping the dust off our bags after setting them down on the dirty cement floor.  

Afterwards, I stopped by the house of Moises and Marisol real quick to see how they were doing.  They were the couple that we helped to marry and baptize.  They, too, were all in the house.  It was so great to see them after so long.  Marisol's son Braulin, was there too, and he got baptized the week that I left La Rita.  We talked a bit and they informed me that they have the goal with the bishop to get sealed in January!!  They love the church and are doing so great!

This week we had a great lesson with Renzo!  He is so prepared and has read just about every piece of literature that we have placed in his hands.  In the lesson, he explained all about the temple to us!  He had read all about it in the Liahona magazine haha.  He accepted a baptismal date and we are working with him to be able to be prepared for that day!  At the close of the lesson we knelt in prayer.  I know that the Lord prepares those that are ready to receive our message.  How grateful I am to serve him.

I hope you all have a great week!  You're the best!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decìa "Fe en cada paso."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

11.21.15 Teachin' in the Rain

Hey everybody!

I hope everyone is doing great and enjoying life.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  I know that you will all be spread out, so I hope that you travel safely and have a great day.  This week we will be at our ward mission leader's house for Thanksgiving dinner.  Super excited!  Glad to hear that you are all healthy and happy.  May God continue to bless you!

This week was full of work!  Lots of work in and out of the office.  We were able to have some really great teaching opportunities and I am really happy with the progress we made this week.  We received four new missionaries this week from the Guatemala MTC.  They sent the Latin missionaries a week early this change so they will be with other missionaries waiting for the changes next week.  We were at the airport early to receive them and took them to see the temple before bringing them back to the office where we got them ready to head out.  They are full of excitement and ready to serve!

Earlier in the week we loaded up a nice bright orange couch in the pickup to take up to San Miguel for the missionaries.  They have a really nice house up there and they asked if they could have the orange couch that has been here in the office for a while.  So, we took a little trip up to their house and I would say that it looks great where they put it haha.

We received a reference this week from a great family in the ward, the Moya family.  That family is always willing to help us out and they are great member missionaries.  They own an internet cafe here by the office and everybody around here knows that they are Mormons because they put out pamphlets and Books of Mormon for everybody to take.  So last week a man named Renzo entered their internet cafe and began to talk with Steve.  He has had a rough time for the last three months.  I don't know how it all happened, but somehow his wife had all of the things in her name.  So she took it all, threw him in the street, and got with another man.  It is really sad.  He found a little house to live in, but he is about to be thrown out because he can't pay the bills anymore because he got fired.  There is nothing in his house.  He has a little bed and a coffee-maker.  He has been in a deep depression and has turned to alcohol to stop him from crying the day away.  When he entered the internet cafe he got talking to Steve and wanted to talk to us really bad.  So we went over to talk with him and it was great!  He wants to get closer to the Lord and become a better man.  When we went for the second visit, he wanted to know all about Joseph Smith.  He has already read through 2 Nephi and is loving it.  He is meeting with Steve to come to church tomorrow and we are so happy for him!

We also met with Lily and her family this week.  They have been investigation the church for quite some time.  She is half way through the Book of Mormon and knows that it is true.  She just wants to take her time to be baptized.  We haven't been able to meet much with her family because she recently got married to her husband and went to the Texas afterwards.  She is back now and will be with us at church tomorrow!

This week we also met with a less active named Julio.  His entire family has not been to church for over three years and I have never seen him.  Turns out he was the bishop of this ward quite some time ago.  When we met him, I was on a division with Elder Jackman.  The lesson was full of the Spirit and he really opened up.  He works on Sundays, but we hope to see him progress and make it back to church soon.

This week I read a talk that I really liked.  It is by Elder Dale G. Renlund and it is called "Latter-Day Saints Keep on Trying."  Something that he said that I really like was "If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites."

Love you all!  Have a great week!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "Un santo es un pecador que sigue intentándolo."

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Hey everybody!

Hope that everything is going well at home!  Great job Conner on landing the internship!  I'm not super surprised but I am happy for you.  Congratulations to Nate and Kelly for upgrading into a bigger apartment.  Not much is better than that!  Now you can study more in peace, huh?  Good on ya.  And a shout out to little Bentley for doing some trick or treating even though he was scared.  Good job!!

This week was a great week and we had some great experiences.  You know the kick-boxer from Meet the Mormons?  Well my companion and I met her this past week.  Her husband was with us at a meeting in the Seminary and Institute building so we got to meet her.  Pretty cool!

We have been starting to work a lot with the less actives of the ward.  We have been asking everyone who are the less active families and we are going out to find them.  On Sunday evening, we went to a family's house to ask about the less actives and we left with a planner full of names, phone numbers, and plans.  Super great!  We have lots of work to do and many great leads.  We are hoping to raise the attendance of the ward.  We ask the Lord to direct us as we seek out the "lost sheep"  and bring them back to the fold.  This week I learned a bit more about this principle as I studied the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15. Christ taught "
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
 And when he cometh home, he calleth together hisfriends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
I pondered how it was that this sheep could have been lost.  There are several possibilities really: it fell in a hole, broke its leg,  or possibly couldn't keep up with the rest.  Really it doesn't matter how the sheep got lost.  The same is with us.  People get lost for many different reasons: it could be that they are offended at church, they don't get along with the bishop, or they are confronted with new trials and temptations.  Really is doesn't matter how we got could have gotten lost.  What matters is that we show the Lord that we are willing to do all that he commands, and that we are willing to humble ourselves before Him and to do His will.   The Lord is always calling, we must decide whether or not to respond to His call.
This week I saw a little miracle.  Most times that I go to migration with missionaries I buy some cookies or chips that they have at a little stand there.  Naturally, I have become friends with the young man who sells them to me.  This week were talking a bit and he asked me about Jehovah.  I started to explain to him about our beliefs and how Jehovah really is Jesus Christ.  We talked a little more and I decided to return back to the missionaries to check on them.  Moments later, he came over to me and asked for me to come visit his house and to teach him more about what we believe.  I told him that we would gladly send over the missionaries closest to his house and was very delighted when he said that he lived in Zapote.  He is in our area!  We have an appointment to go teach him this coming week.  Fingers crossed.  Buying cookies is a great way to share the gospel!
I love you all and hope that everything is well on the home front.
Elder Nelson
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "Compre algunas galleticas en todos lados para predicar el evangelio."

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


10.31.15 Happy Halloween!

Hey everybody! 
It sounds like everybody is in tip-top shape in the Nelson home!  Conner, I'm pulling for you with the internship, I know everything will work out great.  Nate is studying the GI system huh?  That's pretty interesting if you ask me.  Take good notes haha.  Have fun spending the weekend in St. George and "trick or treating" with the grandkids.

This week was great!  I spent a lot of time this week whipping this office into shape!  It looks really good now and it is really organized.  The mission is 100% legal and we are leading Central America in properly documented missionaries.  I will be doing tons of migration work this week just to tie up some loose ends and then we will be free sailing.  So, everything is well here in the office.  Elder Burt recently had his birthday so we ate some chocolate cake.  Mmmmmm.  

Christmas is going to be a lot different here in the city.  Half of the city is already lit up with Christmas lights and all of the stores are playing Christmas music.  Everybody has already began to celebrate.  It will be a lot different than La Rita for sure.  Also, Elder Nielson and I will be celebrating our 9 month companionship anniversay hahaha.  Going strong!

This morning we cleaned up the house.  It was absolutely disgusting!  My companion and I have gotten really good and cleaning the place up after tons of missionaries have been through it.  It is no longer a disaster zone so we are happy.  While we were cleaning today there was a pretty big earthquake in the morning.  No damage to anything but we definitely felt it.  I'm pretty sure a volcano erupted too because when we got to the office today our shirts wee covered in ash.  I'm sure we will hear about it later from people that we talk to.  Costa Rica is great!  I love it so much!

This week President has been doing zone conferences in all of the zones.  We attended on Wednesday and it was amazing!  We had the assignment to read Mosiah 1-5 , which as you all know is the discourse of King Benjamin to his people, before we came.  It was so good and I learned so much.  He taught about the significance of what was taught and it really opened up my mind to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Up to this point in the world, the people have been living the Law of Moses.  King Benjamin calls together all of his people and begins to teach them about Jesus Christ and about the "higher law" that he will teach.  We cannot live our lives under the Law of Moses.  Doing things just to do them or completing things just to say we did.  To live the "higher law," we must do things out of love for Jesus Christ and His gospel.  We must continue to progress always, continually thinking of "what more do I lack."  We must constantly work to become "spiritually born again."  The sermon on the mount teaches us a lot about this "higher law," and as we strive to live it, we will find that we act more out of love to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and less out of fear of punishment.  The scriptures never cease to amaze me.  There is so much knowledge and power found inside.  If we want to fill our lives with "light" we must start in the scriptures.  

This week we got some great references from members and we are very happy!  Some great new investigators for sure!  We are trying to teach our Savior's gospel the best we can.  I know that all of the success that we have comes from our Heavenly Father.  It's his work!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!  ¡Pura Vida!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo Mexicano siempre me decia "Lo limpio nos acerca a lo divino."

P.S. I finally got myself a new pillow.  My old one was gross.