Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017/04/03 Transfers

exciting week this week.

General Conference was good, it was probably one of my favorite parts of this week. we watched all of the sessions of conference at our church building. they had it in both English and Spanish in our building, but the three of us that are still greenies watched it in English so we could get the most out of it as we could, while out senor companions watched in Spanish. one of the talks that i liked the most, i don't remember his name, but during his talk he invited all investigators who were watching general conference to be baptized, and i thought that was pretty cool.

Transfer news. on Saturday, we found out that Elder Cota and Elder Ziebarth are staying together and i am being transferred to an area called Hatch in New Mexico. I am being moved out a trio, right back into a trio. i don't remember my companions' names, but one of them only has a couple transfers left and the other has one less transfer than i do. trio life is the best. i have heard from other missionaries that Hatch has one of the best green chili burger in new mexico and maybe even the country, i'm excited to try it. its in a restaurant called Sparky's, abut its only opened Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. my new area will cover a town called Truth or Consequences, so that will be interesting.

for the past 2 days i have been stuffing all my stuff into my suitcases and hoping it will fit, because if it doesn't, its going to be trouble.

last Monday, on the way out of the library where we email, a guy stopped us and started talking and kept talking, and talking. we even took our conversation outside, but he kept talking. the only thing i remember from our conversation, was when he asked in a quiet voice if we voted for trump. then later he started making jokes about how trump will be assassinated by us, because we were in our white shirts and ties. he was saying that i would be the shooter, Elder Cota would be the guy with binoculars making sure everything is going all right, and Elder Furlong would be the guy who keeps the girls occupied while we did the job. he was crazy, but completely hilarious, because he would talk nonsense half the time.

my spiritual experience of this week, was when we watched conference, and were able to watch all the sessions, and take notes on them all. i felt the spirit a lot throughout each session.

Es todo, les quiero,

Elder Nielson

P.S. photos


cool picture of the sky 
  ​bueno, somos los misioneros!
creepy dude on the side of the road
 Elder Furlong lighting up this out of tune piano
  when doing family history, found one of my ancestors
 ​sweet castle school

 ​a car next to ours had this on their windshield

2017/03/27 Good Morning Por La Manana

Buenos Dias For The Morning,

its been a little weird getting used to another trio in these areas. we have had to split our time in the 2 areas, but now we have a ton of miles 😊. this last week we have had problems with people cancelling our appointments, mostly them forgetting about it and going somewhere else for the day. but we have plenty of appointments set for this week with some potentials and investigators.

we are getting excited for general conference, an we are debating on whether to watch the English of the Spanish one, because 2 of us are still fairly new to Spanish and will understand more if we watch in English, so we will see what happens.

we had an appointment for a lesson at an old folks home, but either the member in there forgot to invite people, or everyone forgot to go or werent really interested. so we taught four people, 2 members and 2 non-members, who were both of different faiths and not too interested in the lessons. awkward...

we had a zone conference on Friday, that went from 8 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. it was mostly about stuff we have heard before.. well, all of us except for the brand new greenies like my companion. but its still good to hear this stuff again and remember it better.

we also had exchanges this week. exchanges are when we switch companions for a day. since there are three of us, Elder Ziebarth and i went to Fabens with Elder Blanchard. so that is three of us greenies. I came out in the field, then a transfer later came Elder Blanchard, then a transfer after that came Elder Ziebarth, so this it the progression. we had a great time, between the 3 of us, we could understand pretty much everyone. 

my spiritual moment of the week was during zone conference. it was when they showed us the video for the Easter Initiative. its called #PrinceofPeace if anyone wants to look it up, its pretty sweet. i could feel the spirit when we watched it, and felt that this is true, and that Christ died, and lived again for all of us, so that we could do the same. i will enjoy sharing this with others over the next few weeks.

Love you all, tengan buen semana,

Elder Nielson

Fotos:
See these clouds? they arent clouds, this is a dust storm
 ​heading to exchanges
 ​3 different churches in Fabens, Tx. where we went for exchanges



​we visited them all and had a great time 😉 broma (broma means joke or kidding about the last one).

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017/03/20

stuff happened this week.

on Thursday, we got a call from the assistants to the president, and they told us that Elder Stone is being transferred. and its the middle of a transfer. so we went to one last appointment, then stopped by one part members house, took a couple pictures for him, then went home so he could pack. i stayed in Ysleta, the same area i've been in since i was born, but now we are a tripanionship in Ysleta and San Elizario again. this is my second tripanionship in these two areas, but this time its with two different elders. now i make jokes that my father(Elder Jones, my trainer) and my mother(Elder Stone, my companion directly after my trainer) both left me  and now im stuck with my drunk uncle(Elder Cota) and his son (Elder Ziebarth, or trainee of Elder Cota). this gets confusing. anyway, i dont know why or where Elder Stone was sent to, but hopefully i will get an e-mail from him.

Our one investigator on date fell off date this week. she wants to get baptized, but there are some things that need to get settled first, and so help me she WILL get baptized while i am here! anyway she will be in Juarez for the next two weeks, so that doesn't help.

i got another sunburn this week, it is pretty much gone by now. i forgot where i put my sunscreen, so when elder Ziebarth and I went walking to our appointments, i got burned. i bought some today, and aloe vera, so hopefully, i will become as dark as some of the Mexicans who live here.

yesterday it got up to 90 degrees, and the next couple of days here should get up to 90 as well. this is crazy, its only march and its already 90 degrees out. if its this hot now, how hot will it be when its actually summer? is it too late to be transferred? just kidding, its great down here in El Paso.

we got some new investigators, this last week. one guy thinks Trump is trying to become King of America. that day i got burned, we talked to pretty much everyone we saw, because we walked to all of our appointments. most everyone we met said they would like to hear a message and that we could come by later, except for this lady standing outside her church at a garage sale, she wasn't interested.

that reminds me of my favorite quote i heard last week. we were with a member and we were talking and then the member started talking about a friend of theirs that he was talking to about the gospel. his friend said, "No i don't want to be a Mormon." so the member said to him,"Not yet." so, when people say, "No" to our message, what they really mean is, "Not yet". and as Elder Pearson said during the zone confernce last December, everyone is somewhere between remebering and remembering, so its just a matter of time before they remember and are baptized.

Love you all, have a great week,


Elder Nielson

My two companions
 The BEST 2 zones
 Some cool graffiti
 We found an old treadmill
 A pile of tumbleweeds

2017/03/13

Hola otra vez,

many interesting things happened this week. we forgot to change the clock in our car yesterday, so we arrived to dinner a half hour late, after a drop-by invited us in for dinner. then the bishop's wife chased my companion around the dinner table, because he wanted to put his dishes in the sink by himself. then when we drove by one way to a member's house, we saw a car parked on the side of the road, with its door open and a person laying on the ground by the car. after we set up an appointment with the members, we went back the way we came and when the person was still on the ground we stopped to see if we could help. at first we weren't sure if he was alive, but i saw him breathing, so we shook his shoulder and woke him up. when we helped him up, he couldn't stand still, he was so drunk. we left after getting a promise that he wouldn't be driving.

we dropped one of our investigators in a part-member, in-active family, who kept on cancelling appointments on us, for about the past month. on Thursday we stopped by and set up an appointment for 7 the next day, but Friday morning, she texted and said she was in Juarez, so she wouldn't be home. we stopped by at about 2 anyway, and guess what? she was home! her mother-in-law called her out to the door, and we acted like we hadn't received her message, and she said everything was still good with our appointment at 7. So we came back later, with a member, and when we knocked a light turned off and no one answered. so we called and she picked up. but when my companion said, "somos los misioneros!" (we are the Missioneries) she hung up. then we texted her and asked if she was really interested, and she said no. we told all we wanted to do was help her have god in her life, and she said she was christian so she did have god in her life. That's when we stopped texting and dropped her. fun times!

we have had problems with our appointments cancelling and not showing up all week, a couple days, all of our appointments cancelled. but when we went on exchanges, only one of our appointments fell through, and we had great lessons, with the appointments and a couple drop-bys with in-actives. our week has started to turn around.

we have big plans for this week, which include getting four investigators on baptismal date, and getting a ton of new investigators.

remember that at least 2 people love you all, this missionary, and the Lord,

Elder Nielson

Elder Cota dropping a knife in the blender (HAHA)

 Sweet bass piece of art



Saturday, March 18, 2017

2017/03/08

Buenos tardes,

sorry I didn't e-mail earlier, we had missionary Monday, which is one of the days of the year that all the missionaries in our mission go to the temple. so we had to switch our e-mail day to today. it was great, one of the temple workers said that the group that I went in with, was the biggest he has ever seen in that temple. we had missionaries form 2 or 3 different zones, and the members who drove them, and some temple workers. it was great, the temple was beautiful, and they let us into one of the sealing rooms too.

we have had a good week, we kept on visiting the members on our ward list we don't know, and we set up appointments to get to know them better. it has already been paying off, we have gotten a ton of referrals, and potential investigators, its been great.

on our phone we have been getting a lot of spam and scam calls lately, we recognize them pretty quickly now. one of them is a guy with an Indian accent named jon wanting to know about my windows computer. I think about trying to waste their time, but then it would also waste the Lord's time, so maybe not.

one of our potential investtigators this week, was a girl at Whataburger (kind of like mcdonalds, but mainly in texas) and we found out she is jewish, but invited us to come back and teach her more about the gospel. back in our car, we started talking about what we will teach her, and we will have to do more of an explanation on Jesus Christ. my companion has been wanting to teach a jewish person for awhile now.

not much else has happened this week, we are still trying to find a new apartment that isn't too expensive, and that isn't 4 miles outside of our area, we found some good ones that we will try by.

I will add some pictures too.

Love you all, happy Christmas,

Elder Nielson



2017/02/27

bueno dia de preparacion!

our first full week after transfers has been great. when i was with elder jones, we went over on miles, becasue a dyeing missionary doesnt care, but he left me with 25 miles everyday for the rest of this mobnth, and then we went over on miles a couple of days, so the last 2 days we have been riding bikes. yesterday we got a ride to the church from the other elders, then rode out bikes to all our appointments, then back to the church and waited for about a half hour for the elders to come pick us up, and we couldnt call them because they lost their phone. entonces, yesterday was an eventful dia de reposo.

we dont have any investigators on date right now, but we will get a couple pretty soon. one of our new investigators is the ​son of a member and he and his father are the only nonmembers. he is a teenager with and earring and low rider pants, but he has some good questions, like where god came from. since we dont have a specific answer for this, we just taught that god is our loving heavenly father again, it went well, but there were a bunch of distractions during this lesson.

this week during service i got a sunburn in my neck and arms, its pretty much gone now, but hopefully this is the first of many! finally! on my way to get a tan!

not much has changed since last week, we are looking for a new apartment that isnt outside of our area. we found one, and it is right in the middle of our area, so that would be perfect. now we are working with the apartment inspectors about a new apartment, so we will see where it goes.

we got a bunch of referrals yesterday, so we will be tracking them down this week, hopefully they turn out well.

my spiritual experience for this week was when our new investigator opened up to us more. we had visited his family before, but he wasnt very interested before. now that he is esking more questions, we are starting in the right direstion. we will get him there.

thank you everyone, for all your support, love you all


Elder Nielson

2017/02/22

Heeeeeey fam, que pasoooo?

this was my last week with elder Jones as my companion, and its been fun, but he is going home so i'm happy he finished his mission on a good note. elder Jones would always deny that he wasn't trunky (the word we use when a missionary is getting homesick, and less missionary-ish), but he was starting to get trunky, not a lot, but a little.

we had one more baptism this week, everything went well with his marriage license, so he got married and baptized last Thursday, then we took home most of the left over food and cake.

sorry i didn't email until now, but we had to wait to email so we could tell you we got to our next area safely. well, i got to my area safely. i'm still in the same place, but have a new companion, his name is elder Stone (Piedra in Spanish) he is a ginger, but he has good Spanish, and nothing else matters...broma, he is cool, and he is ready to start in a new area. he has been out 7 months, so he isn't a greenie. the elders we share an apartment with, only elder Cota stayed, and he got a greenie, Elder Ziebarth, and he looks like cousin Ben, its weird how alike. they are all cool, so i believe we will get along well.

not much else has happened this week, other than getting a bunch of stuff from elder Jones, and staying with ZLs from another zone for a day because my companion left the day before transfers.

this will be a difficult to get used to, because i always had elder Jones who always knew what to do, where to go, and who to go try by. so now i have to take control for awhile, because my companion is new to the area. anyway, it will be fun trying it.

es todo, love you all, wish you all then best,


Elder Nielson

Elder Cota
 Elder Faber in Elder Jones's suitcase
 Elder Faber in Elder Jones's suitcase
 This Elder looks like Luke's cousin Ben 

 Elder Nielson's New Companion

2017/02/13

bueno, etse es los missioneros, tenemos un breve mensaje sobre Jesucristo que yo testifico he bendicido mi vida en muchas cosas.

it is raining today, so we don't need to wash our car. i was able to understand most everyone who spoke to me yesterday at church, so i'm still getting there with my Spanish, and it is fun to see how far i have come, even just from leaving the CCM. i only had to jump one fence this week, but nobody was home.

our investigator who is getting married and baptized this week went to get a marriage license two weeks ago, but bought the wrong one, and we only figured it out Saturday night. now he has to go back, but it didn't open until about nine, and here in Texas, after you buy you marriage license, you have to wait 72 hours to use it, so if he gets it this morning, his wedding will have to be on Thursday. none of this is a real problem, but he bought the rings, and they are inscribed with the 2/14/17 on them. but now there is nothing we can do about it. he is excited to be married and baptized finally.

last Wednesday, we left to drive up to Albuquerque for the special MLC. it was a long drive, but we talked most of the way, so it was good. that night about 10 of us stayed in an apartment, with 5 of us sleeping on the floor, it wasn't that bad. the next day the MLC started with President and Sister Guffey talking to us for a little bit. then Bro. Lee Donaldson talked to us for about 5 hours with a lunch break. i took many notes, it was great i learned a lot, found some things i need to work on, and had fun. we learned some ways that we can use technology, even thought we don't have smartphones or ipads...yet.

we have been volunteering at a food bank since the time i got here, and a couple weeks ago, they took our pictures to draw us on a wall inside as a mural. and i was the first one to be started, its still not finished, but it looks good already if i do say so myself.

this is the week before elder Jones goes home so we are going to find a ton of news this week, its gonna be lit.

i shared some pictures to you msn account. in it there are pictures of us carpooling with other elders (1st), playing a fun futbol game (2nd - 5th), on the drive up to the MLC (6th - 12th), meeting my brother elder Rivera (13th), us at the food bank (14th), recording us singing a song in the bathroom (15th, 16th), more carpooling (17th), and more futbol (18th).

(I wasn't able to access those pics yet--Ross)

love you all, thank you for the support.
cuidense,


Elder Nielson


2017/02/06

hola mi familia y amigos,

this week has been fun, we had our miracle baptism. Elder Jones was relieved, after working with him for, pretty much the past year. nobody got hurt at this one, but the water in the font was still cold. we really need to get that fixed.

our investigator who is getting married and baptized on the same day is getting ready, he bought a suit, and a new shirt, and a couple of ties. he wanted to do the wedding at 6 in the morning because he didn't want anyone to come, he wants it to be small with almost no one there. we convinced him to reconsider and have it at about 7 at night, because we have a zone training from 8 in the morning to 2 or 3 in the afternoon. and we told him we wouldn't invite anyone.

this week we have a special mission leader conference, where they invite random people of different time spans in their missions from all over the mission to attend, and i was invited to go. so we will go up to Albuquerque on Wednesday and stay the night, then have the MLC and eat dinner after, then go back down to El Paso. the drive each way is about 4 or 5 hours, so that will be fun.

our mission president told us that if we get 9 baptisms in our zone this month, he will take us out to dinner. Elder Jones and i have one already, and 3 more planned that i believe will all make it. and Elder Jones wants the dinner before he goes back home, because he leaves on the 21st.

a miracle we had this week, was when we went to a nursing home to visit a member. we were on our way out and the receptionist let us out, because you need a pass code, and she said, "have a nice night elders!" so we stopped her really quick, and she said she was a less active member. we asked if she would like us to come over and share a message, and she said her husband isn't a member, and was taking the lessons awhile ago, but stopped, and she said that they were wanting to come back to church. but they prefer English so we gave this referral to the Socorro elders, and hopefully something good comes out of it.

another miracle the Elders of San Elizario had, was when they got a call from a lady who said that she has been sober for 9 months, and is wanting to get baptized. they take down her information, then go to try and find her. she only gave them directions, but they called back and got her address. that is when they found out that she lives 12th Ward boundaries, so she would even go to the mission trail ward. i hope the other elders got a miracle baptism. this was funny because the San Eli elders were really excited, but they don't get to teach her.

Wish you were all here to see how great this place is.
Remember everyone, the Church is true, the Book is blue, and Moroni is on the ball.
Love you all,


Elder Nielson

(I think Luke misses our Benz.)

2017/01/30

Bienvenidos,

we had a good full week. we had this Worldwide Missionary Broadcast on Wednesday, it was of a couple of General Authorities going over the last missionary broadcast and explaining it a little more. It was good, i learned a lot. in the broadcast they also had 2 announcements. one was a change in our daily schedule, all it is is that we now can choose when to do our studies, when to exercise, and everything else we do daily we can choose when to do it, so we have a more agency. and we also got 2 more hours added to our p-day, that is one of the things i am most excited about. the other announcement was, that before we had 9 key indicators that we would report to church headquarters, like baptisms, lessons taught, and referrals. but now they are cut down to 4 key indicators, baptized and confirmed, investigators con baptismal date, progressing investigators, and new investigators. so now we don't have to worry about getting a certain number of lessons each week, and get a variety of them, now we can teach lessons to share the truth.

we met this crazy less active lady, she was an interesting character, who came to us for help, because she was wanting food, and home items. but we cant help with that, so we offered physical labor, and referred her to the relief society. but her sons aren't baptized, so the area they fall under could have 2 new investigators.

we have had alot of service opportunities this week. this mornings was us trying to get a 4ftX4ftX3ft swamp-cooler air conditioner from on top of a house into the bed of a truck. it took awhile to disconnect it from the house and much less time to get it in the truck.

Elder Jones was sick for a couple days, so we had to stay in our apartment for awhile, but it was fine, i studied a lot.

one of my miracles this week, was when everyone in a part-member family showed up to church, and the 9 year-old son is the only one not baptized. we have spent the last 2 weeks trying to set up a lesson with them, but every time they said, 'otra dia esta mejor' or they just weren't home. when they showed up to church, the parents came up to us and started saying they were going to baptize him this Saturday. so we just went with it, because he is ready and we have been teaching him for awhile. Miracle Baptism!!

love you guys, say hi to everyone for me (literally everyone),


Elder Nielson








Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 01 23 Excitement and Danger...and Nicknames

Muchas cosas, este es que paso,

we had an interesting week, on Tuesday we had a baptismal interview for one of our investigators who was getting baptized on Friday, and her husband brought her to it, and before we had asked him to pick a date that he would like to get baptized. after his wife's interview we asked him if he would like his interview now to get it over with. he agreed, and they both passed their interviews, and when he came out he said he was going to be baptized on Friday with his wife.🤗 Then on the day of the baptism, about an hour before, i remembered i hadn't written my talk yet, so i threw one together, and it wasn't half bad if i do say so myself. the boiler in the church doesn't work right, so we turned on the cold and were going to turn on the hot later to warm up the water, but we forgot to turn on the hot, so it was full of cold water.😒 And then, when Elder Jones and Elder Cota were moving the piano to the gym, it fell over and Elder Jones tried to catch it but couldn't and smashed half his fingers. we gave him a quick blessing and he didn't want to go to the hospital, so we finished the baptism. we had members baptize them, and everything went fine even though we had to redo one of them. they both got baptized, and confirmed, so everything is all good.

Except for my companion's fingers, they are now black and blue and very swollen. he ices them, and members have told him to soak them in hot Epsom salt water, he hasn't yet. the other day, he tried to stab his finger to let out some blood, but it didn't work because its the muscle that's swollen. i got some pretty good videos and pictures of it. since then i have been driving our car, for the first time in 4 months, so that's fun.

yesterday, our chapel had a gas leak, so we had to drive 13 miles out and back to get to Fabens capilla, and we carpooled, so the other elders wouldn't waste miles, we only had one hour of church, but more people than i thought showed up, so that was good. but only two of our non-progressing investigators showed up to church, so that's a bummer.

We had a bunch of service opportunities this week, one was with the family that gave me the tea that made me puke, we were laying down bricks for a pathway infront of his house. he was making fun of Elder Faber and I, and Elder Cota less, and Elder Jones he was treating like a son.😒 he gave the 3 of us he was making fun of nicknames. Elder Faber's  was Guero Loco, Elder Cota's was Chavalote, and mine was Minion, because aparently, i look like a minion. thats not even the first time!😤 our ward mission leader compared me to Milhouse from the Simpsons.😖

other than those things, everything is going good, we are having plenty of lessons, even though some of our investigators, have fallen of the baptism wagon, and one of our investigator's mothers hasn't let us in to teach him in almost 2 weeks. but we are getting ready for more baptisms, and more of sharing our testimonies with new investigators.

i am still having fun here, and i feel good everytime i share my testimony. thank you everyone, for supporting me in my calling.

Love you all,


Elder Nielson

2017 01 17

As usual, I am behind in posting Luke's letters. Luke is in a tripanionship, and one of his companions is from Yelm. Note in the picture that Luke is promoting Winlock, and his companion is promoting Yelm. Way to represent Washington! - Ross

feliz ano, sorry I forgot to let you know that because yesterday was a holiday, p-day was switched to today.

everything is still going here in El Paso Texas, it started to rain this week, but not a lot. there was this huge puddle that disappeared after being there for over a week, and then it rained again so the lake is back. it has been mostly warm here, until the clouds came in and made it cold and windy. its getting better, it usually ahs 2 or 3 days of rain or wind, and then a week of sun, its fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun ,sun.

we have had some trouble getting ahold of one of our investigators, brian, who is the son of a less active recent convert. he was planning on going to church this week, but his parents didn't let him. his whole family is baptized but him, and he wants to get baptized, his parents are friendly to the church but just difficult. every time we set a time to go and visit them we went and they weren't home. we will find them eventually.

this other part member family that we just started teaching gave us their phone number but we wrote it down wrong and we called someone else instead, and it was a person that pretty much skypes with the person you call, because they are deaf, and they sign with them while translating to you. that was an interesting phone call because my companion had never seen that before either.

another fun thing that happened, was we ate some bad discati at a members house, discati is a Mexican sausage cooked up with cut up hotdogs. we all had a stomachaches starting 2 days after, but elder jones for only one morning, and elder faber and I got hit hard. then elder jones and went to dinner at a members house, and we told them I was sick so I wouldn't eat a lot. so they made me a home-made tea that they said would help my stomach feel better. I ate a little bit of dinner while sipping the steaming hot tea, once it was cooled down enough, they told me to just chug half of it, I looked at elder jones and he said go for it. so I thought why not? so I took 2 big drinks and it didn't taste the best, but 10 seconds after I felt something and I thought,
oh no, so I quickly got up and went to the bathroom and started spewing what little dinner I had eaten. it didn't taste as good coming up then going down. I did feel much better after that, except for when I blew my nose after, food came out. now I know to be careful with Mexican women and home-made remedies. it worked, but it wasn't fun.

I am still working a lot on my Spanish, I can usually understand what words people use, but I still need to work on understanding the words, its coming slowly but surely. I learn a lot from my companion, he teaches me what to use in certain instances and what is better to use in others. we have fun doing it too.

con amor de me,

Elder Nielson

Service project, Yay!


Monday, January 9, 2017

2017/01/09 and more pictures

Here is the latest from Elder Nielson:

buenos dias familia de mio,

estoy bien, siempre estoy bien. this week has been good, we haven't gotten many new investigators recently because we are trying to prepare our other investigators for baptisms, so this month we should have a bunch of baptisms. one of our investigators is really funny, we were teaching him about the word of wisdom, or in spanish, la paladra de sabiduria. he was telling us about this dog he had that hated everyone, but respected him. he was telling us about when he would smoke weed, and he would give some to his dog too. we had a member going on visits with us, and we were all cracking up laughing by now. he wasn't really meaning his story to be funny, but  it was hilarious, he is great, and he is one of the investigators we have on baptismal date. he has some more stories like these,and most of them are funny, or just the way he tells them are funny.

we are having transfers tuesday, for those who don't know yet, transfers are every six weeks. i have been in a trio for the last half transfer, we have had two areas, but now they are being split again back to how they were. now that elder faber is done training, he is still in san elizario, and his new companion is elder cota. elder jones and i are staying in ysleta. we are getting new zone leaders, and a new district leader. we have a lot of good missionaries coming in and a lot of good missionaries leaving.

one of my favorite experiences this week, was with a couple we are teaching and are on baptismal date. they have a son and are living together but aren't married. they were planning on him moving out so they could get baptised, but we dont really want that. they said the only thing they have in common is their son, so we advised them to keep having lessons with us, and to try praying together everyday. they have been doing this and they said that they are getting along better and that its actually working😁 so they are actually thinking about getting married instead.

andele pues from the land of enchantment,
elder nirleoc

whoops, i spelled my name wrong, i just started typing and this is how it appeared, so i left it.

this is a picture of a recent convert who baptized his daughter this week, and she is shy so she was trying to hide. its funny, she isn't this shy when go to teach the recent convert lessons.





2017/01/03 and Pictures

Here is Elder Nielson's letter from 1/3/2017. Sorry so late. 

Here are pictures from my first zone conference, and a cool picture my companion took of the moon.





hola, estoy bien. the holidays were great, other than the fact that most of our investigators are or were in Juarez for the holidays. we still had a bunch of lessons with investigators, less actives and members alike.

one of the few investigator families that didnt go to Juarez, we went to go give them blessings because they were all sick or around someone who was sick. we gave almost a dozen blessings, our arms were tired from holding them up for so long. afterwards, we had a lesson with all of them. there were 15 peolpe there not including us missionaries, and only five of them were members. it was a good lessons, we got the kids involved with the ten commandments, it was fun.

we found out mexicans, when they saw "happy new year" they instead say "happy year", in spanish it is "feliz ano", but i dont know why. on new years eve, my companions, a couple other elders and i, popped open a bottle of bubbly (dont worry mom, the non-alcoholic kind) and said some toasts for the new year.

our mission did this activity called, "A Day With the Lord" it started saturday because we had to be home by 6 pm because of the drunk and crazy people. we were given 9 separate letters, the first one told us to clean our apartment, and really how dirty can it be?😷 the next couple had some talks that we read and they had some soul searching questions we were to answer as well. the next one we opened was yesterday, and we all were told to get a brand new copy of the Book of Mormon, so we started at 6:30 am and started reading, marking references to Jesus Christ and the Atonement (separate colors) and we read until about 11:30 pm, me and elder Faber didn't finish all the way, but elder jones stayed up until 2 am to finish. after that we had one more talk to read and some more soul searching questions. it was all great, i felt the spirit a lot while reading BofM and the talks. and the questions made me realize more some things i need to work on, as a person and as a missionary.

i had a great time this holiday, we had fun teaching and some challenges with everyone being in Juarez.

until next time on "The Elder Luke Nielson Chronicles"

Elder Nielson

here is a picture of the border, the wall. It isn't building very quickly,