Sunday, June 25, 2017

Homecoming talk

June 25, 2017
I reported my mission to the Forest Grove Oregon Stake high council early in the morning and then gave my homecoming talk in Forest Grove 2nd Ward in the afternoon.  It was a very hot Sunday afternoon.  After Sacrament meeting we took pictures and then had a family BBQ.  That evening we had a small open house in the backyard for people to stop by and visit with me and have a rootbeer float.





Baptisms

Elder Nelson's baptisms:

1.  Kaneesha Sequi Martinez  (January 2, 2016)

2.  Edwin Gonzalez Colon  (March 26, 2016)

3.  Pedro David Flores Alvarez  (May 28, 2016)

4.  Hector Delgado  (July 2, 2016)

5.  Maria Roman  (Nov. 13, 2016)

6.  Neidalis Quinones Rodriguez, age 11.  (Nov. 13, 2016)

7.  Penelope Viera Landrau, age 9.  (Dec. 25, 2016)

8.  Natasha Gomez Gonzalez  (April 22, 2017)

9.  Herbert Alejandro Santiago Valentin, age 82.  (April 29, 2017)

Transfers and Companions

MTC companion:  Elder Morris

1st Area:  Arroyo with Elder Borries

2nd Area (Nov. 2, 2015):  Vega Baja with Elder Brinkerhoff

In a trio (Nov. 11, 2015):  Vega Baja with Elder Amaro and Elder Morales

New companion (Nov. 18, 2015):  Vega Baja with Elder Suero

3rd Area (April 19, 2016):  District Leader in Caguas with Elder Paniagua

I'm a Dad! (May 31, 2016):  District Leader in Caguas and training Elder Colon

4th Area (Aug. 23, 2016):  District Leader in San Juan/Hato Rey with Elder Munoz

New companion (Nov. 15, 2016):  District Leader in San Juan/Hato Rey with Elder Colon, again!

5th Area (Dec. 27, 2016):  Zone Leader in San German with Elder Corales

New companion (Mar. 21, 2017):  Zone Leader in San German with Elder Arteaga.  April/May we were in a trio for 2 weeks with Elder Flores.

I completed my mission in San German with Elder Arteaga.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Homecoming!

June 15, 2017
A stranger texted Mom this picture of me and other Elders waiting for our next flight at JFK airport in New York.  On our way home!

HOME!
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at PDX






video

The day Elder Nelson left and the day he returned!  Tanner is about 4 or 5 inches taller!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mission Accomplished!

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

June 13
Mission Accomplished! (letter/sign from Mom)



June 14, 2017 Last day in the mission!  Visited Old San Juan and cut ties



Elder Nelson, Elder Fessler, Elder Hunt, Elder McClure, Elder Morris







with Elder Ourth
with Elder Corales





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
Final email from President Boucher - "GO HOME"

Soccer with the YSA y amigos!





June 9
 with Elder Cook
 with Elder 'Anitoni
with Elder Bradford

June 11
with Mariela
 with Nestor
 with Herbert
 with Isabel Flores
Carmen, me, Rafael, and Ashley
with Bro. & Sis. Olmo (June 12, 2017)