Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 24, 2010

**Note- There is a new address for the mission office where we send her mail***

Hello!!! ok first of all CONGRATULATIONS TO TAYLOR AND SAM!!! That's sooo exciting! I always feel the spirit so strong when I read someone's mission call! And I want Sam's and Hilary's addresses! Ok so I have like no time to write! This week was good. We found this girl the other week that i'm really excited about teaching. She's like 19 and she's with a different religion right now but she's really just looking for the truth in her life. The problem is that she is only home on Saturdays because she works and has school all the rest of the week. So we went there for the 2nd time on Saturday and shared lesson one with her. It was awesome. The spirit was really strong. And after I asked her if she wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true and she said yes and I asked her why. And she basically said that if there really is a true church out there she wants to be a part of it. she's really awesome, and I'm praying that she's another Emilio or Alcides. That's what we're looking for, los escogidos. The chosen ones. Hahaha oh my gosh! And I LOVED Ty's email!!! haha let him know I am praying for him all the time. Speaking of crazy people, I got proposed again this week...I think if this keeps happening I'm going to start taking pictures of these men and after the mish we'll take a poll of which one I should marry. Haha chiste. Ok something I do want to share before I leave is that yesterday we had a class in church about the importance de la obra misional...missionary work. And it was funny because before the class in sacrament meeting, while i took the sacrament that is all I was thinking about. I was just feeling so overwhelmed with gratitude that I have this opportunity to be a missionary because my eyes have really been opened. All my life I have known that the church is true but now I understand why it is so important to know that and how important it is to share that knowledge with everyone! It makes me excited! Thanks mom for sending me the copy of the first vision, it really opened my eyes otra vez. How powerful that simple statement is. "...I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other---This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" JS History 1:16-17 From this statement we know that God and Christ are two separate beings. That they live. That they love us. That God answers prayers. That the heavens once again are opened. That we can receive personal revelation. That the church has been restored on the earth again. That Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, called of God to bring to pass the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That we have the priesthood authority on the earth today and a living prophet; Thomas S. Monson. Wow the gospel is so true! Love it! Love yall! Spread this message! Have a great week!

Love, Hermanita Nelson

May17, 2010

*Sorry this got behind all...sometimes I think I've posted when I haven't...yikes the old brain is going!

What's up?!!! Ok so are yall so excited to hear about what happened at changes?!! Ha well guess what?! There is not much to tell because we did not have changes, I'm still with my comp in the same area...which means this is my 3rd change with her (4 ½ months) and my 5th change in this area (7 ½ months). CRAZY ¿verdad? Wow oh AND Hna G (my comp from the MTC that I LOVE moved into our house and is now senior comp with Hna Garcia) What a guapa! She's so awesome and her Spanish is incredible. And I am so so thankful that we get to live together...maybe one day we'll be comps again! So I was also able to go to Hna Case's despedida (farewell) because it was in our area, so I met her parents and everything. So fun! Ah they just reminded me of our family! Ha a lil trunky...yall will have to meet them too! Oh man and last week I forgot to tell you, I almost died. Like literally. We were in Asuncion for a zone activity and most of the streets are just like one way..and we were going to cross the street and we were like joggin across and then all of a sudden I hear my comp gasp and I'm like what in the world, so I turn to face her and she is to my left and I see this car coming straight towards me and I like jerked to a stop and the car passed right in front of me (like half of a foot). It like scared me sooo bad! And then there were these elders that saw it happen and they were like I don't know how you're alive. Real nice, right? That's called being a missionary..ha we have angels guarding us. Ha I thought yall might appreciate that story. Oh and I almost forgot!! I got mom's package! Woot woot I was so excited because it has been cold and rainy all day yesterday and today! Which means I should be getting grandmas in the next couple weeks! Perfect! Oh another story... the other day we were walking in the routa (the road where the collectivo passes) and there was this huge puddle in part of the road so I was like ok we need to hurry and pass before we get splashed! And so I start going and I'm like almost to the other side when this collectivo comes out of nowhere and goes right through the puddle and I get completely drenched!! Gotta love it. Ok and what in the world is happening with Ty?! I thought that he should be leaving pretty soon...so he could possibly leave today but nobody knows. Ha that's awesome. Good email though. Man he is going to tear it up in the field! I can't wait to hear about all his cool experiences! And I'm so jealous that Elder Holland came to the MTC. How awesome. But man Ty is just on fire! What a testimony. Love it. Ok and that's so so tyte that there was an OWL in our backyard. That's so crazy. Who would've thought? Ha and mom I'm completely confident that the Egypt project will be the best one out of everyones! I'm excited to hear how it goes. I hope everyone had a great week! Love yall! Write me :) And as always thank you grandma for your love and emails. Their perfect!
Hermanita Nelson

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 10, 2010

***It was so amazing being able to talk to Amanda on Mother's Day!! She sounds just like Amanda with a few Spanish words thrown in. I think she's at the point where she doesn't speak English, Spanish or Guarani...just a mix of all of them...haha!
It was so wonderful to still get a letter the next day. Here it is:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALENA!!!!! 15 years old!!! Watch out! Woot woot I hope you have such a fun day! Live it up chica! Ahhhh and it was so so good to hear yall's voices yesterday! Chulina! Seriously, it was fun because it just felt normal. Yall are all just fabulous! And I hope everyone had an amazing mothers day!! So like I already told yall my comp has been sick for this whole past week, que triste, and we find out changes tomorrow! Oh la misiĆ³n! Ahh and I have to tell yall something so cute, that's happened twice! Ok so one day about two weeks ago I was with my comp and we decided to contact this one house and so we entered in and were walking to the front of the house and there were these 2 lil boys playing soccer (one was like 10 and the other one like 4) and we walked up to them and started talking to them and then all of a sudden the younger one looked at me and stopped playing with his brother and just came running at me and just gave me the BIGGEST HUG and just held onto me for like 10 sec and then walked away like nothing had even happened. And my comp was like, and me? But he just walked off. Ha it was the cutest thing! It totally made my day because it was just so random and out of nowhere and you know how I love little kids!!! Especially lil latinos. And then this past week I was with Hna Case on our division and we were walking down the street in her area and these 2 lil girls were walking towards us probably like 10 and 4 tambien and they were like hola hermanas and we had no idea who they were (which is pretty normal because most of the kids know who we are) and then the lil girl came right up to me and did the same thing. Hugged me and just held onto me and then just walked away. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal, but to me they were lil gifts from God. Tender mercies, ¿verdad? Ahh and then Emilio recieving his llamamiento (calling) to be the 2nd counselor in the YM presidency. And we were able to be there to sustain him. Just so cool. Love the mish. And mom in your email you talked a lil bit about the light of Christ. And yesterday in church somebody gave a talk on that. And I told Emilio and Alcides that they had the light of Christ now and you could just see it because they're always just so happy and excited about the gospel. And Emilio told me that that was one of the first things he recognized about us. He said I could just tell there was something different about yall and I liked being around yall because I always felt so good and felt closer to God and could just see something different in your countenance. And the other day we were at his house and I was talking and said something like, "ya know life is always going to be hard, but it's just so much easier with the gospel!" And then he just bore testimony of that, and said how at first he wasn't really sure about all of it and he had a lot of doubts, etc. but now with the gospel he can see the difference and he recognizes how simple everything really is. That's also one thing I have noticed. The gospel is so simple. The doctrine is laid out, so simple that a child can understand. But for some reason a veces (sometimes) we like to make things difficult and complicate things. And bueno, how many times does it say in the Book of Mormon that if you keep the commandments, you will prosper in the land, you will receive eternal life. That's it! Why do we make things so complicated? Ha I do it too. But man, I have come to love the simplicity of the gospel. It's in the little things (reading our scriptures, attending our church meetings, praying) if we do those things we'll stay strong, we'll have our rock built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and when the hard times comes, we'll stand strong. Ha the gospel is perfect! Love it! Love yall! I hope you have a great week! Pray for me! Be excited to hear what happens in changes! Yikes! So nervous!


Hermanita Nelson

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4, 2010

Ahh I'm so excited to be able to talk to yall in a week! How fun! Prepare yourselves because I'll probably be speaking a mixture of guarani, spanish, and english! Ok so this past week, I was able to witness something so special and sacred for me! One of my converts, Emilio who was baptized 3 months ago (crazy how fast time flies!) is just a stud. As yall know, he has been blessing the sacrament ever since he was baptized, and about a month ago he entered in the temple for the first time, and this past Friday, he performed a baptism! It has been so rewarding to see the gospel change his life and to see how happy he is with the gospel. He is the only person in his family who is a member and his mom does not like the church or us lol but he is so fiel. He also just got his papers to start filling out from the bishop for his mission. He says right now, that it is the most important thing for him and he hopes and prays that he will be able to serve our Heavenly Father. And then to see him baptize Alcides! Ahh just so rewarding because it was a miracle that Alcides decided to get baptized. I was at the point of thinking it was hopeless for him to decide to get baptized and then I was able to witness a miracle! He changed his mind and on Friday he was baptized and received the Holy Ghost. That is what it is all about!!! Moments so sacred and special like that are what make all the hard times worth it. I feel so blessed to be a part of this work and to see the gospel change lives and to see and witness the power that the Book of Mormon really does have. The church is so true! I love being a missionary! I honestly tried to send a picture but it’s just not working out and it takes up too much time, BUT I’m going to send my chip (memory card) home with Hna Case and she’s gonna send it to yall…so in about a month you should be getting a good chunk of pictures! In fast and testimony meeting on Sunday, Manu got up to bear his testimony and he started talking about the Book of Mormon and how they are still planchas de oro (plates of gold) that each Book of Mormon is of that same worth and more! And how these records had been hidden up for years to be brought to pass at this time for us! I really liked it. Honestly the Book of Mormon is not just another book from another religion. It is the word of God, written for us. It is our guidance and map in this crazy world. It is such pure evidence that our Heavenly Father loves us. I know that God loves us. I know that he sent his son, Jesus Christ to die for us, so that we might live eternally with them. Ohhh the church is just so true! Yesterday (Monday) we had an hermana activity that we do about every 3 months, where all the hermanas get together and we do something. Yesterday we went to a baby hospital and handed out lil baby blankets and then went to the Wade’s to eat lunch. And after the 4 hermana’s that are leaving got up to bear their testimonies to the rest of us. Tear fest…yes. But as they were talking I just kept thinking, WOW this gospel is so perfect! And we know all about it! Sometimes it just blows my mind when the people don’t want it. Ha for me it’s just so simple and so obviously true. I dunno cada dia I just feel more and more blessed to have the knowledge of his gospel and to have the opportunity to share it with others. So awesome! Love the mish. Not gonna lie, it’s really hard, but like I said moments like watching Emilio baptizing Alcides make it all worth it. And honestly the Lord’s hand is everywhere in the work, you just have to recognize it. Love yall so much! Oh and thanks for forwarding Nick’s email…what a stud. Lol he’s gonna be such a good missionary! And I’m so excited for Steve! I can’t wait to hear where he’s gonna go! And oh man I can’t believe Elder Curtis is going home so soon! I don’t know if I’ll see him again before he leaves…so yall might see him before me! So you better tell him, he better write me! Que rapido!!! And mom that’s so tyte about the DT. Que guapa. I’m excited to hear what happens with that! And which picture did you use? Bueno, g2g. Chao!!! Love yall!