Monday, May 30, 2011

May 30, 2011

Hola mi familia!

This week was pretty good. We have spent the last few weeks hitting the streets and striving to find some new investigators, and this week we saw a little of the results. We have a few more people in our teaching pool. I think I told you about Star's daughter Canitra. She is getting baptized on the 11th. She came to church for the first time this week, and I guess she loved it. We had a member from Jamaica speak in Sacrament and it was pretty amazing, as well as the Elders Quorum President, he is a convert and used to be baptist, and you can tell when he speaks or teaches Elders Quorum.

Canitra actually brought a friend to church and they asked me if I would sit in on their Sunday School class with them since they didn't know anyone. It was a really good lesson and afterwards Canitra's friend asked if she could get baptized as well with Canitra, so next time we go over by their apartment we are going to talk to the girls parents. Hopefully it goes well.

Love to all,
Elder Nelson

Monday, May 23, 2011

6 months down already! Tie Burn

Time is a "flyin" 6 months down, burned my ugliest tie

Our newest convert "Kierra "

The Flooding in Memphis

"Raccoon Hunting"

Just caught ourselves a Raccoon with a piece of yarn.

May 23, 2011

Hey Family,

So I did something really stupid yesterday... "I think"? There is a recent convert and she has gone through some crazy stuff while joining the church. Coolest lady ever, anyway her entire life was in a storage shed and they were going to give it all away if she didn't pay... Well I told you how I had a slush fund saved up... Well, I gave it all away...haha I won't say how much, but it wa a lot. It looks like Elder Badger and I won't be going to the Rendezvous to eat after all...we had planned on doing it today, but no more money?? haha

That is so awesome that Dave Sturt is now the Stake President. That is really cool and will be cool coming home with him as the Pres.

Mom, I loved what you said about that talk in conf. and about the missionaries who "DO" compared to those who "Become", compared to those who don't do anything. We have been talking a lot lately about the term "returned missionary" and decided it is the biggest load of crap ever haha, There are so many missionaries that go home the same person they came out as, that spend their days napping instead of working. It is really sad.

Anywho, this week we actually had a baptism, a girl name Kierra . She has been taught for like 4 months, but would never commit to baptism, but we went by to see her the first day I was in Frayser and had a good lesson with her, but then things just didn't work out to see her forever. We just didn't feel like we should go by. Then like 5 weeks later we had some things fall through and I felt like we should stop by, and we walked up to her and she just asked us "when are you holding another baptism"? It was super cool. Some stuff had happened in her life to prepare her. She is one of the coolest ladies ever... I was able to confirm her yesterday and that was super cool as well. We were also finally able to confirm Star after like 5 weeks. She has been going through some hard stuff. Her family has fallen apart because of her joining the church, but she stood strong, and was finally able to make it to sacrament. It was a relief.

Not much else going on here, just living the dream haha We are fittin to do some park tour today, and I can now do a back flip off a tree...pretty cool!!!

I love you guys, thanks for all your support,
Love Elder Nelson

Oh ps. The pictures: The one with us holding sticks...we caught a raccoon with a piece of yarn, and we are trying to free it from the yarn, haha it was epic. Then the one with Elder Boice in it is my lineage. Elder Boice is training again. (the Elder on the right) so I have a baby brother, and then the Elder on the left is my Uncle haha so we had to get a family photo. I don't know what else I sent out, but there are the explanations for those.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Good ol Memphis

No, we haven't been sneaking around Memphis
although we'd just love to see our son "In Action"

Thanks Wendy for the great"Memphis" T-shirts

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mom says "Quick is good"

Our e-mails are getting shorter, but that is okay with us... We are so thrilled that our Elder is busy, engaged in the work, and loving his mission. We love you Elder, and are so proud of you!!

May 16, 2011

Alright Family, this letter is going to have to be a quick one, so I am just going to answer "Yalls" questions.
1. Our teaching pool is pretty slim right now. We found a few awesome investigators this week, and one of them came to church. Unfortunately she got hit on by one of the recent converts (he didn't have much game, it was pretty pathetic) and we think it may have scared her off.
2. The teaching is going good. Elder Badger and I actually teach really well together, so the teaching is fun. He has a different style teaching and we have a lot of fun teaching together.
3. Transfers are this Wednesday, but we didn't get a call so Elder Badger and I will be together for at least another transfer. Elder Peay is leaving, so there will be someone new in the house with us.
4. Injuries... ya, doin pretty well. Since my ankle sprain at Saddleback it is really weak, so it hurts some, but I'll get over it.. hahaha, and I am supposed to go to the Dr. about my jaw this week as well??
5. I should have one more interview with President Drewes before he heads home, but I'm not positive that will happen. Hopefully it will.
6. anything else I can think of?? haha um... oh shoot!!! not only is Elvis a member of the Church, but as of yesterday...he is a Melchizedek Priesthood holder, haha Oh and he was showing us some of his moves at church yesterday, it was pretty funny.

Well, I'm fittin to run, (as they say in the south)
I love you guys, hope all is well...
Love Elder Nelson

Monday, May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011

Hey guys,

It is weird e-mailing yall after having talked to you yesterday. haha Oh well
I gotta say the weirdest thing in the world is hanging up the phone and knowing that I won't be talking to you for another 7 1/2 months. I wish we could have skyped, so I could see how all the little ones have changed. It is alright though, just the way they are talking is different. I am kind of feeling bad for the joke I pulled on mom. I saved the voicemail she left me, and I'm sure it is the saddest thing I have ever heard. haha Hopefully the call made up for it. I have been quite lucky with my companions so far. I think about each of them and how inspired all 3 of them have been. Elder Boice was the perfect trainer for me, and then when I served with Elder Adams it was exactly what I needed at the time. Elder Boice did most of the teaching because he is a really outgoing kid and I didn't know a whole lot, and then things switched completely when I was with Elder Adams. He was a lot more quiet and it forced me to do a lot more of the teaching and that was huge for me. I really didn't think that I knew what I was doing, but I learned quick and was better than I thought. Now I am with Elder Badger, who is the man. I am leaning so much about teaching from him, he is an incredible teacher... keep praying though mom, my luck with companions may run out. hahaha Oh well, I'll be fine.

Dirty Rotten Trick on Mother's Day!

We anxiously awaited our "Mother's Day" call for weeks. Unfortunately for me, I got laryngitis and had completely lost my voice. When we arrived home from church we had a message from our missionary. "We had missed his call" It simply said "Weather too bad to call back, I love you all and Happy Mother's day, talk to you at Christmas"... I fell apart!!! I called the number back that he had called from and left a message that between my squeaky, horse voice and tears, sounded pretty sad indeed.

An hour later, he called back... His message was just a joke (nice to see he still has his sense of humor) and told us that was the saddest message he had ever heard.

We had a wonderful visit, and were overwhelmed at his growth, his testimony and his love for his mission, companions and the wonderful people of the South. He is still our fun loving son, but with a great depth of maturity and love for the gospel.

He was filled with stories of the spirit, evacuating members from the flooding, wading through a trailer park to help people in thigh deep sewage water. (they found that after the fact), and receiving a "tornado warning call" directly from President Drewes, instructing them to get inside and take cover.

My Mother's Day was complete (dirty trick and all)!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011

what up family!
The storms have been pretty nuts. We have been hoping to see a tornado, they have been happening all around us, but not where we can see it. There has been some terrible flooding in the area though. We have been helping out members, quite a few have been evacuated and others weren't and should have been, so we have been doing quite a bit there. We don't really have much going on missionary wise, things have been slow since our last baptism. The mission has some serious ups and downs, but last night we decided randomly to go see this guy we had met and had an awesome lesson, seems like every time the work gets slow and I get discouraged we have an awesome lesson that cheers me up. Hopefully this guy Zach comes along, he is pretty cool.
The flooding was so bad yesterday that they just had the sacrament and then sent everybody home, so we were only at church for like half an hour.
1. yes we got the package. and everyone told me to tell you thank you. we all wore our purple ties on Easter. got made fun of pretty good for being matching. but who cares... baptisms this week. probably wont have one till at least the 21st
3. investigators are slim right now, but we have been doing some finding to fix that.
4. next week we will probably call at like 3 or 4 our time, because we have church from 10 to 1. So i guess any time from 2 to 5 haha sorry. things are crazy.
5. we get to play quite a bit of basketball. we get together every Tuesday night and invite people in the area to come play. and then every day after lunch we shoot around for a bit.
Elder badger and I played some guys at the park the other day in our proc. it was pretty sweet, we decided we could take any two guys in Fraser. hands down.
6. p days we do random stuff. we went biking one day, we play ball sometimes and today one of the members who's son we helped move, is taking us out to eat and then we are going to play risk at the stake center.
7. we get to go to the temple like once a month. that is the only time missionaries are allowed to go. our work is with the living haha
8. we have a couple dinner appts each week. there are some awesome people in the ward.. we have a guy named "amen Charles" who just hollers out amen and hallelujah through peoples talks. and people cussin out their kids during sacrament. its pretty crazy haha and very different from home.
9.The area I am in is supposed to be the most ghetto in the mission. it is a lot like the south side of blytheville. I think more people have jobs here. but not by much.

i love you guys. hope all is well
love elder Nelson


Crazy Weather
Tornado's all around us!!
Tornado Damage...