Monday, June 27, 2016

Week 39

So we had to push an investigators date back so he could have some friends come. That's never a bad thing. In fact we want friends to come! Most of them are members but his brother who isn't a member will come and the brother also wants to get baptized too! that's so cool! I'm excited for it. We also had to switch out our car TWICE! once last week and once last Wed...sigh...the one we drive now is a Jeep compass...its like the 2nd best car in the mission so we thought it was a good idea! yay! 

I've been reading in the OT still and now I'm on the stories of David and Saul and Saul wanting to kill David for being a dude. Its cool to read up on all the history I only had bits and pieces of. I'm happier now to know how history works. lol

Love you all! this week we have lots of busy plans wish us luck!

Peace and love,

Elder Nielsen

Monday, June 20, 2016

Week 38

This week was full of some up and downs in terms of things. We got tons of more work done however which is the ultimate up! for us we got a new investigator on Sunday and he's pretty much golden. he is working at the air force base and his wife is in Cali and she became a member and he wants to follow her good example and be with her forever. Cute :D We also are gonna get to go to the TEMPLE!!!! aaaah! A investigator who got baptized is going to do baptisms for the dead at the temple and she invited US. So cool huh? Yay! I hope you all are good and this week I wanted to focus on something I've been reading. 

In the old testaments the children of Israel constantly disobey God and eventually beg Samuel the Prophet (not to be confused with Super Sam) to give them a king which became Saul. I think the point is we all sometimes can be quick to forget our God and go back to Natural man like things. For them it was whorish things and wore shipping idols. You gotta give them a slight break...they were in egypt for awhile and that's all they knew but things are getting pretty messed up. Constantly in Judges we see them committing sin and begging for god to save them when someone takes over...HOPEFULLY we can learn from them right? lol 

Hope you guys have a good week! I love and, miss you all

peace and love,

Elder Nielsen

Week 36

So as I mentioned last Tuesday we had a few big things going on this week. I'll talk about them in a particular order.
First we had the MAN CAMP on Friday. It was amazing. Now don't tell me that God blesses his good children because this was a pure blessing. It couldn't have worked better. We had no dinners on the days we were gone so we didn't have to make the awkward call...Lucky us! And we spent time talking with a fewnon-members and less actives. The highlight was having our Exed Investigator there. He sent mum the pictures from the camp he took of us. He's a really cool guy and is super nice. He brought his 9 year old son and we all had a blast. The big event was a fireside about which men in our life made us the way we are. This was the only reason why pres said we could come lol and so naturally we got to go first. I knew right away that Dad! (Papa, Erik, That one who I got sealed to that rocks) was the one who made me the man I am today. I talked about how he walked into our lives a brave man. He had to deal with three little children from 10-8-6 and had to learn how to help raise them. I'm on a mission and IO'm doing a good job so I think he did a good job eh?
After the campout we had the next big event. Transfer Calls

Neither me or Elder Baker is leaving again XD he even got promoted to District leader. The only one in our district to leave was Elder Carlson. It was kinda funny. A little mission inside joke that I'll explain when I get home :3 SO this means my address will not be changing for another six weeks! yay! SO SEND ME ALL THE LETTERS! lol

We also have been meeting with this new investigator. I think I mentioned him briefly last week. His mum was a less active for over 20 years and she wanted him to get baptized. We've taught him twice and set a date for the 24th! how cool! It is amazing how the lord truly prepares his people for us to come help them. I'm just glad I got to!

This week I've been talking about faith with the members and why its a good thing to have. I've been relating this scripture 

 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

I hope you all are having a good week. I miss you all and hey! Next transfer Is my year mark....WAT...Its 9 months in three days and the end of the next one is 12 months. Holy cow...that was quick huh? Lol 

Peace and Love

Elder James Harrison Nielsen

Week 35

This week has been very interesting. The last week of the month always seems to be with our money at the low end of the 159...Lol. WE also got a new investigator on sunday. How cool is that?? up to 4 1/2 (Don't ask...). He basically got interested from coming to church with his mom who just got reactivated and wants to be baptized. He even asked us to teach him hot to pay so he could be closer to God. How cool is that??? It def makes up for when we lose people or when we get doors slammed in our faces. Another up is the campout this weekend. We get to go all the way down to Rye which is like...two hours out of our area...I don't know why...most of you know that under normal circumstances that I don't like camping...but I guess my inner mentality is "If we can't do it and pres said we can...I WANT TO!" or in other words since president approved a forbidden thing I want to take full advantage of it. Don't judge...Lol 

Also this is some new news please if you have not already done so SEND ME ANYTHING! Transfers are next week. Originally I didn't think I'd be moving but with this news there is a chance that I may. The missionary department just split our mission with Denver south again. THis time they are taking Parker South stake and all the missionaries in the zone that were in that stake are coming down here and helping to open new areas and split some old ones. This may include ours. So i may be moving...may not...may not have anything of the sort happening but just in case! Don't send anything that isn't already sent till after next Tuesday. Cool? 

This week I've been thinking a lot about patience and having things done in Gods
time. That really is the best definition of Patience. It is the ability to wait for things that will be done in Gods time. I think this scripture helps a ton. It's in Mosiah 23

 21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.

As a missionary that subject can be tough for us. We can get a mentality that God has when he sees us screwing up. I know that sometimes he has to have super patience when he sees me do something stupid. Like "DUDE! Why did you do that!"
I kinda say that to people we teach. Things like
"I know! this will make you a better person but you refuse to do it.."
I think that we have to have more patience in order to become better people. Yeah it sucks but I believe that doing it will help! I've seen firsthand the fruits of patience from other people. People like parents, brothers, friends, or even other missionaries as they see those they love get baptized. It is a good feeling once the end comes. 

Anyway that's all I got this week. I hope you all are doing good. Love ya!

Peace and Love

Elder James Harrison Nielsen