Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Last meetings -- MLC and Zone Conference

Last MLC (Mission Leadership Council) on June 7.  Elder Nelson's last MLC and President Boucher's last MLC too.


Last Zone Conference - June 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Simple promise fulfilled

Welp this is it. 4 days left!

This week was really cool for us, mostly because of a super special experience that we had on Sunday. We've had a lot of investigators just fall through and not want anything after lots of time dedicated to teaching and planning in order to help them progress, but this week we visited a guy named Rafael that we've been teaching for a while. He always had commitments in the past with his other church and wasn't super excited to even try to come to church with us. But we visited him on Saturday and he told us that he wasn't planning to go to his church, and that he was going to stay home and clean the house. So right then we jumped in and committed him to come to church with us. He said yes and we were just pumped. It's really cool to see how the Lord works in different ways, because at the end of the lesson I remember promising him that if he went to church, he would feel in his heart that the things we're teaching are true and that this is the true and restored church of Jesus Christ. He committed and it was all cool and neither of us thought about the promise we made to him.

So he made it to church on Sunday and right away he found some members that he's known for a looong time. So it was perfect. Already got friends here. It wasn't like the talks were super good or anything special happened during church, but afterwards he told us pointing to his heart "I don't know what it is, but there's something in here that's telling me that Rafael needs a baptism here quickly." We were really happy but didn't really pay much attention to everything he said. But last night I was thinking and literally what he felt in his heart is exactly what we had promised him the night before! It was so special to recognize that a simple promise from two of our Savior's representatives was fulfilled and he realized it.

Without a doubt I know that this is His true church. I know that it has been restored and is the only true church on the face of the earth that has the power to do all the ordinances necessary to make it back to God's presence. He answers prayers. I feel and can see that the authority that was conferred upon me as I was set apart as a missionary and representative of Jesus Christ is real and works miracles in the lives of His children. He loves us and is constantly watching over us.

The greatest joy in this life is being able to help others come unto Christ and find the joy and happiness in this life that will one day transform into an eternity of joy and blessings. I love this work. I know that it is real. Our Savior lives and because of him we can be clean of our sins and one day resurrected to a perfect state, to receive the fullness of the blessings that the Father has waiting for us.

I forgot my cable to send pics soooo those will probs come when I get home haha

Puerto Rico ya tiene mi corazon gana'o... espero verles pronto, jamas podre olvidarme de las personas tan buenas que se encuentran en esta isla! Ya soy Boricua de pura sepa, la isla del encanto siempre sera mi favorita...

WE PUMPED. TALK TO YOU FROM OREGON ;)

Elder Zack Nelson
Puerto Rico San Juan Mission
2015-2017

Soccer with the YSA y amigos!





Monday, June 5, 2017

Nearing the end...10 more days

I don't really feel like writing a big email today... Just know that I love you all and I'll be home in 10 days hahaha

It was a good week though. We didn't actually get to work in our area until Thursday so that kinda threw us off a bit. Rafael apparently believes that his church is the true church. He's wrong, but won't accept it. So he fell through...

But that's not the end of the world because the zone is looking a lot better and there's some young elders that are going to be baptizing. So we're happy for that!

Love you all!
Elder Nelson

 10 dias papa jajajaa

me and Elder Beauregard 
Elder Cook with a lizard on his ear 

Pictures from last week's district activity --




Monday, May 29, 2017

Working to the end! And it's hot, hot, hot!

Se nota en cada foto de la actividad hoy que tengo el cuello super rojisimo pero blanco a la misma vez... por ser gringo jajajajaa

Wow what a week, honestly it was a really stressful week I think. We found some cool people and taught a lot... but in the end nobody came to church. We were expecting like 5 people, but in the end, nobody showed up. And it was like the most important Sunday they could have come to! Because President Gonzalez from the Presidency of the Area Caribe came and visited the ward in San German. He talked and gave lessons and it was just an amazing Sunday, seriously the spirit was soooo strong there!!

We're still working with Rafael, but he has to work on leaving the church he goes to right now. He loves the doctrine and has learned a TON! But still has a connection to the other church... People just don't change very easily. So he didn't come... if he had come he would have loved it!

We're still working with Rubi also. She's making progress but didn't make it to church because they were in San Juan this weekend.

But for right now those are the people we're working with a lot to get baptized before I leave!

Today we had a district activity in Cabo Rojo exploring some caves... but man it was super freaking hot and all I did was sweat. It was a really cool activity but man it was hot hot hot!

Gotta go because it's a holiday and we have to share the computers... love you all!

See you in 17 days!
Elder Nelson
District activity today in Cabo Rojo.  Me and my companion, Elder Arteaga
 Elder Willes, Bradford and I
 me and Elder Bradford
 Exploring caves in Cabo Rojo today
 just a part of the district... Hna Rodriguez, Elder Bradford, Elder Bauregard, Elder Murillo


The elders in action


Monday, May 22, 2017

Hot, Tired & Happy.

IT'S BEEN SO HOT LATELY

I feel like I'm gonna die literally every day. I think the 2 years has just taken a toll on me, plus the extreme heat that has hit me like a brick wall lately...

This week we had some disappointments as usual, but it was sad for us (for me especially) because Michael, who has been progressing really well lately, told us that he doesn't want to hear anything else from us. Just out of nowhere told us that he's done. I thought he was going to be baptized for sure but obviously that's not quite what he has planned apparently.

But we spent a lot of time finding new people to teach this week and we were able to find a man named Rafael, who's super special. I think he's missing an eye (ironic that I'm not super sure because I couldn't see very well hahahhaa). But he's super cool and knows a ton about the bible and stuff, but the best part is that he loves the Book of Mormon and wants to read it. He says it just makes sense! He accepted a date for the 10th of June and has loads of potential. Super cool guy. It just shows that you can't judge anybody! When I contacted him on an exchange, he was all sweaty and gross and obviously missing an eye. I had no idea he would be so cool!!

We also found a cool family on our exchange and went back and taught them on Sunday and it was another super cool experience! It's really amazing how a true testimony can help someone to feel the spirit and want to learn more. The mom of this family was asking all the right questions! Honestly that's like the best feeling in the world as a missionary, when your teachings work and contacting lead you to someone who has the questions that our message answers... it's cool!!

Rubi is progressing towards her date for the 10th, but she's in the middle of graduation stuff so it's been hard for her to come to church. But I'm confident that she'll make the date!

I'm super happy to be here on the mission. I have like super mixed feelings about coming home but I really know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. El la dirige y se han restaurado todas las cosas necesarias para poder regresar a la presencia de Dios un dia. Se que El vive y sufrio por nosotros para proveer el camino para ser personas nuevas y limpias del pecado! Somos hijos e hijas especiales de Nuestro Padre Celestial y el quiere que lleguemos a ser como el un dia! Amo poder servir como representante de Jesucristo.

Les quiero a toditos! Espero que google Translate les sirva!

Elder Nelson

Elder Arteaga and I with Ramon, who was the baptism of the sisters Rodriguez and Medina here in San German
 ELDER BRADFORD (the big one, a giant stud)
Elder Bauregard (greenie, mas chiquito)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Mother's Day! (30 more days)

Welp, this week was rough. We worked super hard and saw some really amazingly cool miracles but I'll just tell ya right now I don't feel like typing today hahahahaha

We're teaching a less active member from the DR who's here for like 6 months living with his wife and daughter who aren't members. So we've gone by and taught like twice now and it's one of the most interesting things ever. Because the wife doesn't quite believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God it makes the lessons really interesting. It's kinda like teaching Herbert again because she asks tons of questions and we really have to think in order to answer them. But it's all good, the daughter named Angie has a son that's 5 years old named DiAngelo and he's super cool. But at the end of our last lesson she asked "so how can I know if this is true?" which is like the best question an investigator can ask. So she's got some potential!

We found a lady this week named Lillian and she told us that she's Catholic but "doesn't reject the word of God" So we taught her and it was a super solid lesson and she felt the spirit as we talked about the restoration and then she says "I know that God must have sent you to me for a reason" and then she accepted a date for the 3rd of June! She's super cool and really sincere and has a whole family that we're going to visit tonight!

Michael is 18 and has a lot of interest in the gospel. He understands everything really well and it's just cool to see how it's making sense in his head. He's just such a good guy and wants to do what's right, I really hope he can be baptized in May. He has a date for the 28th so we gotta get him to church!

We've faced a lot of obstacles lately as we've tried to teach more young people... there's always some kind of family member that gets in the way of their progress, but it's been fun to work around the obstacles and see how their testimonies shine.

This week I was able to do an exchange with Elder Hortin in Isabela and it was really cool to be with him. Last time I did an exchange in Isabela I was with Elder Glissmeyer and we found a 24ish year old girl named Isabel who lived in Utah for a year on an internship and had gone to church once and has friends that are Mormons and will be going back to Utah in the winter to work and live, so she received us really well. This last Saturday I was able to go back and teach her again and it's just really cool how the simple invitation that her friend in Utah made to come to church and receive a Book of Mormon has helped her to receive the gospel here and be really interested in it. Honestly even though the attempt of her friend in Utah to share the gospel with her might not have born fruits at that time, I know we were led to her on the exchange and that she was being prepared to receive the gospel here in Puerto Rico! She's super cool and we're hoping that soon she'll make the decision to be baptized!

So always make the effort to share the gospel and don't get down when you don't see the results right away!

Love you all and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! You're the best!

30 days man eso esta brutal ;)

Elder Nelson


May 2017 MLC (Mission Leader Council)

Monday, May 8, 2017

T-MINUS 5 WEEKS PAPA PERO NO ESTOY TRUNKY

I WAS SO TIRED THIS WEEK.

Tuesday and Wednesday we spent like 22 hours in the car in total and man that just sucks the life out of me. But the rest of the week was pretty cool! We were able to set a lot of baptismal dates this week with new people, and we found a lot of young people to teach and work with!

We have Michael who's 18 and is a gymnast and actually is friends with a member. He accepted a date for the 28th of May.

Adrian is 25 and lives in a house that Hermano Olmo has rented out in Sabana Grande. He's a really cool kid and knows a ton about the bible and stuff, so it's really easy to teach him. He came to church yesterday!

Juan is the Dominican who's super cool and came to church 2 weeks ago. This week we weren't able to see him because he was in the DR running in a competition all week. But we heard from the other Dominicans that live in the apartment that he won his races! So that's cool. We're still working to get him baptized this week if everything goes well.

German is a guy that's like 45 and really wants to be baptized! He is working on quitting smoking and drinking coffee so that he can be baptized on the 20th. He wasn't able to make it to church because his uncle came and picked him up at 8am yesterday unexpectedly. Next week!

We're now starting to work again with Rubi, who is the daughter of a recent convert family that wasn't baptized with everyone else. She's insanely smart and knows everything about the lessons and stuff. She just has to recognize her answer I guess. Her date is June 10th since she won't be in San German for a few weeks due to registration in the college in Ponce where she'll be studying soon.

The zone has a goal to hit 27 baptisms in May! We had a total of 7 in April so we just have to quadruple the baptisms in order to get the 27! But really the zone has changed a lot lately and we already have 31 baptismal dates for May, just waiting for the missionaries to get all their investigators to church... That's the hard part! But with lots of faith we'll definitely be able to see miracles in each area.

Herbert is still Herbert... super funny and always making jokes! Sometimes he seems to be like too smart for some of the lessons in church because he thinks too in depth hahahahahaa and then the teacher has to find some super in depth way to explain the example or something.  Always on your toes with Herbert!

Natasha is good as well! Loves to work with the Young Single Adults and stuff.

Love you all! Que tengan una semana bien brutal brodel porque la vida 'ta goofia'o y hay que disfrutarla jajajajjaja

LES AMO
ELDER NELSON

T-MINUS 5 WEEKS PAPA PERO NO ESTOY TRUNKY

Live action pic on the church couch waving what I think is a handmade toilet paper holder... Pic creds again to little Vicky, hahahaha