Monday, December 29, 2014

MANY MIGHTY MIRACLES!‏

HOLA MI FAMILIA!!

SO I have GREAT news!!! HERMANA BOTT AND I ARE STAYING TOGETHER ONE MORE TRANSFER! WOOOOOOOO! WE are soooo excited! 

Well I already told you about my week but for Chelseas sake and mine in having it recorded ill tell ya again!
Monday we had a huge miracle! we visited a less active we are trying to rescue, she is 15 and only her brother is a member. Her parents usually want nothin to do with us, but she wasnt home and we asked if we could just share a quick video with her about christmas she grugingly let us in, and the dad joined us as we taught her told family, except her! It was HUGE! She wasnt all for us but she listened and agreed to have us come back to share something with the whole family on christmas, since she said they dont celebrate it in her house. Which is actually alot of people here. Christmas isnt a big thing. They just eat paneton and watch fireworks. Nothin else... 
Some families have santa come but not many.

Then Tuesday we had our Unizona. We put on a music/ live nativity program for president and his wife. They told us it was the best one any other zone had done! Hna bott and I and two other elders sang a quartet to away in a manger and it sounded suuuper good! Then we had a gift exchange and watched Gifted hands. Its about ben carson the brian surgen it was suuuper good.  I had never seen it before.

Wednesday we had zone meeting, then we worked in family history but only had one lesson.. That night we got together as a zone and make pancakes! and we were allowed to watch FROZEN! My first time and I LOOOVE it! I was singing along since I already knew all the songs. We then went home and Hna bott and I made Hot chocolate with pan wawa. Its a peruivian bread and watched the fireworks. 

Thursday was christmas! we got up a little extra early and went on a 45 minute run! Including a set of stairs that put a stadiums to shame. BEST! 
then we broke into the hermanas rooms and left goodies and decorated thier desks with quotes. Then we made lunch. We had a peruvian  red beet salad we love (the red) with a spinach salad (the green) and for dessert rainbow red and green jello I made the night before. SUUUPER yummy. WE then got to skype you guys! Which was GREAT! I loved seeing you guys but afterwards when I was talking to hna bott we both just kind of said yep nothins changed. Definently NOT homesick one bit, sorry! haha! Love you guys though! Hey also something I forgot to mention about all our stories about stomach problems. We call them the siempre and Nuncas.. haha! (siempres/always- diarreah  nuca/never- constapacion. hahaha thats just peru life for ya)
That night we went over to sarita the less active and taught her WHOLE family! CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! They were alot more receptive, afterwards we shared a paneton we bought for them, They really liked that! Im pretty sure this was the best christmas Ive ever had! No presents, just working,  my family, and helping other families. 

Friday we visited EVERY SINGLE investagator, less active and recent convert we have.. Only 2 were home. One is a less active mom, Frine with her recent convert daughter, Ivett. Frine was in a bad accident at work back in June and had her whole face and hands badly burned, she still cant do anything. WE had a member with us and it was a huge miracle! First off she found out that she was 7 MONTHS PREGANT! which we had NO IDEA! Then she started making a bunch of plans to help her out and get her to a doctor. Frine is really poor and couldnt even afford treatment for her burns. Its soo sad. The ward comes and cleans her laundry every week but I have no idea how she is gonna take care of her baby. She cant lift anything with her hands. And she is burned up to the elbow. 
Sunday we saw tons of miracles and help from the ward! Our goal was 5 investagators and 5 less actives at church, which we have had 0 and 0 the past 3 weeks, so this week we worked really hard and when we passed for Frine a member was already there picking her up! And the Family Machaca (that we found in the rain that one day) when we passed was already on thier way walking!! AHH! We ended up getting 5 less actives but only 4 invest. but only because 2 of the kids from the families were only 7. add then then we{d have 6.. But well get it next week!

Im so excited for this next transfer with Hna Bott and we are soo ready to wrk and see miracles! We know there is more for us to get done here together and were gonna DO IT!

 ¨God has provided a means that (WO)men through faith, might work [MANY] mightly miracles¨  Mosiah 8:18  we are PUMPED to be together and go find these miracles!!

I Love being a missionary, I love this work! Last saturday I finished reading through all Ambers missionary letters and its totally motivated me to work even harder! And also how perfect my mission is FOR ME. We had completely different missions but I know Peru is perfect for ME. I know learning spanish was exactly the challenge I needed and Im so grateful for everyday I have to be here learning. I cant even imagine where I would be if I hadnt come. I would not have ever been able to become who I am without my mission! I LOVE IT!.
I love you Mom, Dad, CHelsea and Brian, Cody, Summer, Carly and Adelaide! You guys are the best!! 

Love

Hermana Nielsen

other part of the jungle
Part of our area is a JUNGLE! this was the only way to cross to get to the other side.. Sketchy..
BIG HUGE SPIDER! They are everywhere here.... 

This is a dog chewing on a pig hoof.. Yep thats Peru.
 It rains alot here

our unrealiable member haha


zone conference
GO INDIANS!! I still bleed maroon and white!



Monday, December 22, 2014

He is the GIFT‏

Hola My Dear Beautiful Family!

So I thought this week would go by slow since it was a normal week and we didnt have anything big going on, but it did just the opposite! I cant believe how fast time is going. This is the last week of the change. Where did this combio go? But we had a good week!
So a few things I forgot to mention from last weeks letter.. We had our zone meeting on Tuesday and it was the BEST zone meeting Id ever been to! They started out by asking for 12 volunteers they all stood at the front and then they whipped out some Chomans (its so type of candy bar here) And without explaining anything went up to the first volunteer and asked if he wanted the choman, he said yes so he looked at Elder Richardson (Our zone leader who is from ENGLAND I dont know if I ever mention that. He has a sweet accent) and he told him to do 10 pushups after he finished he gave him the candy bar. He then moved on to the next person and did the same thing but made him do 12 pushups. At first everyone was kind of laughing and joking around about it because a few times our other zone leader would say 23 pushups. By the time he got like half way through the line Elder RIchardson was getting pretty tired and his companion had no mercy on him. He would be shaking and calasp then his companion would give him 17 more. He had total control over the amount he made him do. At this piont everyone got a little more serious as we just watched our poor zone leader struggle. I couldnt even watch I was in pain just looking at him.By the end he has done over 200 pushups for all of them. One kid actually said no to the candy bar and our zone leader turned to the other and made him still do pushups. Afterwards Elder Rios Lazo who was the one giving him the pushups has everyone sit down and said to all of us that The price has already been paid. He then continued to bare his testimony of the atonement and got super emotional which I had never seen from him. It was soo powerful. The room was filled with such a reverence. I know christ paid for the pains and sins of all of us, whether we accept it or not it has been paid for us. Super cool experience.

Next was our Unizona with president. He asked who all has about a year in the mission so I had to raise my hand. He then called on me to stand before everyone and share what I have seen change in the mission in the year I've been here. I got to share a little of what I've seen and its crazy how much has changed in just my year of being here in the mission. SO MUCH HAS CHANGED! We have a new focus and vision in the mission. we find FAMILIAS! Families that will go to the temple. President calls it ¨Pilar a Pilar¨ or ¨font to font¨ Baptism no longer is the door. Its like alice in wonderland you open this door and there is anyone right there behind it that is the temple! We are not finished at the font they are not fulled saved after being baptized. We now as a mission work until they have entered the temple. I am so gratfeul for the chance I have to work in Family History because I get to open that second door for them. We may not be having as many baptizm as when I first got here but the ones that we do go to the temple and STAY active in the church! THE TEMPLE IS SO IMPORTANT!

Okay so now on to this week! Last monday we went to quinwa, its some monument of ayacucho way up high on the mountain. Im sending pictures it was so beautiful! later that night we went and contacted a street contact and ended up meeting Marisol, she just let us in no problem and we talked and shared the 1st lesson with he is the gift. She opened up alot and shared alot of her problems. I felt so much love for her she has been through so much and I just bore my testimony that this is what she was missing in her life and exactly what she needed. She just started bawling and i just kept talking and tesifying. when we had to leave she just hugged us and thanked us, We have been able to go back and she just loves having us! she didnt come to church and doesnt have a phone, but we are really excited about her!

This week I went on 2 Intercambios! I havent had much time to tell you much about all this but we have 2 new gringa hermanas in training and they both have been struggling ALOT! They both have called president wanting to go home so we have been doing alot to try to keep them here. The first was with Hna King, she is so awesome! And I grew to have alot of respect for her. Both her parents are inactive and she was inactive up until a year before she came out. Her testimony is so strong. She just struggles being here because her niece at home has cancer and its pretty bad. As I talked with them about mission struggles and adjusting and learning to love the mission I actually learned so much from what I was saying to them. I realized how much I really had learned. I love being in this leader position. I just love being able to help them and try and relate to them. Im learning so much! Also thank you Amber for all your advice over the years. Everytime we get talking with them I always quote you. Or share something that I had learned from you. Haha. They all want to meet you because I talk about you all the time. Hna Bott is VERY excited to meet you!

So to end I just want to share that I know my savior lives! I know he came to this earth because he loves each one of us! He really is the greatest gift we could ever recieve and I am soo excited for this christmas we have nothin planned but to work work work and give pure service as we invited others to come unto him. There is nothin else I would rather do this Christmas then share this gift all day long! I AM SO EXCITED! And i know it will be the most memorable and my favorite Christmas Ever! HE IS THE GIFT! Share it with everyone! I hope you guys have a great christmas! I will be calling later today to set up a time for skype. I love you all so much! I Have the best stinkin family in the world! 

Love
Hermana Nielsen

Fun facts: Its been a year since I... Drank soda! Driven a car! havent made my bed (YES can you believe that, I sure can't ha) and many more but those were my favorites.  

Also I added you on Hna botts skype acount dad! so we will use that.

foto 1 Quinwa!

foto 2 yyyyyy LLAMA!!!!! I LOVE llamas!







Monday, December 15, 2014

Stop. Drop and PRAY!‏

FAmily!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST COMPANION EVER HERMANA BOTT!!!
This was a great week!Full of sooo many miracles! My testimony of prayer has been so strengthen! WE went to the temple saturday with 2 recent converts and 2 rescued members! BUT boy was it HARD!! Satan really did not want them to go to the temple. Every single one of them had thier own personal advisary fighting them to go. One of them named Gabriela she is 19 and the only member in her family, she has only been a member for 7 months, and she was super super excited to go to the temple for the first time. Thursday morning she calls us just bawling! and told us that her teacher told her she had to take for final exam saturday, she had already bought her tickets and everything but her teacher said it was the only day. We tried to calm her down, read a few scriptures with her. told her to just go and pray and heavenly father would figure it all out. As soon as we hung up. We looked at each other and just both at the same time dropped to our knees to say a prayer for her. Hna Bott said it but it was the coolest thing I was like kind of praying along in my head and everything I was thinking she said! It was like she was reading my mind. When we finished we just smiled and said yeah everything will be alright. I felt pure peace. It wasnt til friday morning that she told us that she called her teacher and explained she was going to the temple and it was really important and he let her take it friday morning! Nice try satan!

The temple was GREAT!!! ALl the other hermanas working in family history came and we had a huge group! 

ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO!!!!! GUESS WHO CAME TO THE TEMPLE!!......


THE WHOLE BRANCH OF MALA!!!!!!!!!! I literally ran to them and just hugged and kissed all of them!!! And I got attacked by all the little kids! I was suprised they even remembered me! BUt the Familia Gallegos came!! I guess they didnt get to go the last time so this was thier first time entering the temple for baptism! It was sooo great so see them! The little girl Lucia just bawled! It was so special. I love that family soo much! And they told me they are getting sealed in JUNE! justamente I had asked permision from president the week before to be able to go because techincally I was never there for a baptism. But he said Yes! Which we will have to figure out more later because Im pretty sure its like 1 week after im suppose to come home so we will have to see if I could extend or if we are all making a trip back to peru 1 week afterwards! It was so great I cant even describe how happy I was! I also saw Hna Mendez! I missed her alot! Hey did I ever mention her family moved to Floridia while she was here on her mission. Im trying to help her learn english. She is the best! Also hna guzman from argentina sends Dad saludos! She is bummed too she wont get to meet you for christmas! ha

I love you all sooo much!! Being a missionary is the best thing ever! I love my calling! I love seeing so many miracles! Prayer is so real! I wasnt able to share all my experiences but something Ive learned from hermana Bott is that its never a bad time to just stop and pray. We stop and pray before everything we do and its made such a difference in our word! PRAY ALWAYS!!
also I hit the big 365 this week! I cant believe what ive seen and what ive become in just a short year! Im so ready to work so hard these last 6!! I wish it would never end! KNow I love every one of you! And thanks for all the birthday wishes! 

Love,
Hermana NIelsen

ps, Fun fact.. Im the talllest Hermana In he mission right now! woohoo!
ps Happy birthday to Great Grandma Ruby Godfrey on friday!

My birthday ice cream!

FAMILIA GALLEGOS!!!!



 LOVE THE TEMPLE!







Monday, December 8, 2014

Im dreaming of a WHITE Christmas!‏

Hey Family!
Well I just spent like 30 minutes of my email time looking through all of chelsea´s Blog pictures she sent, and they are all soo cute! Adelaide is HUGE! and my room looks so different. And amber has raided ALL my clothes haha. Thanksgiving looked like such a Blast! You all are so cute! I love love loved seeing all the pictures. THANKS CHELSEA! 

So honestly the only thing I could even want for my birthday today would be like 45 extra minutes to write you guys!! But Ill try to do with what I got!

I was soo tired this week. Like zombie tired. WE drove to lima all night last monday got there at like 8 changed in the bathroom and had our leadership meeting which was really good! President talked alot about baptism, and really here in Peru we could baptize ANYONE we wanted. Its so true. Its so easy to teach them, explain it, they become convinced and boom a baptism. But they arent truly converted, And thats a huge problem we are having here. No one is staying active. So president told us we can not baptize anyone until they are solid ready and have truly truly repented and UNDERSTAND. that the huge thing. we are teaching people who are educated so half done even understand. Its frustrating. But its so true. He also shared a scripture that said is someone doesnt repent before baptism it really doesnt even count. That hit me HUGE! WE HAVE to find those that are READY and will establish the church not be another burden for the leaders to try to get to church every week. Hna Bott talked a ton about this! So alot of the ´people we are teaching are gonna take a while to get ready but we are working hard with them! 

We then drove back to Ayacucho that same night got back in the morning at 8 just in time to head over for our zone meetings,. so we slept 2 nights in a row in a bus. FUN. but i didnt get as sick as the first time. so that was good!

So we may not be having any baptisms this christmas but we are still dreaming of a WHITE christmas! This saturday we are taking 3 converts to the temple to do baptisms for the dead! So we are very very very grateful for the hand of the lord in our work in Family history! And we have had lots of miracles getting this trip together!  Speaking of white... GUESS WHAT! IT SNOWED IN AYACUCHO!! okay well hailed but there was a layer of white on the ground! WE were so excited! WE are gonna have a white christmas after all! We have pictures!

HEY IDEA and FAVOR! I was thinking and for a family home evening activity you guys should all get on family search and everyone who write a memory or funny story about grandma and grandpa, either side,  or our family or anything and add it family search! Its so important we record all those memories. I didnt realize how much I had forgotten.
And mom and dad if you could get on and write about your grandparents, I want to put something in my book but I know nothing about them.. Im trying to finish it all before christmas. Then send them to me by email too because sometimes they dont show up for everyone. 

I think thats everything I got for today! I love you guys sooo much! Seriously soo much! I cant believe in just 10 short days I will have completed a year here in Peru. I try not to think about it, Im loving every moment! I seriously feel 1 year older and wiser too! Ive learned sooo much in just this past year!I LOVE LOVE LOVE what im doing here as a missionary! Have a great week!

Love,
Hermana Nielsen


ps hna bott gave me a memory card and little sock footies for my birthday, those ar the Perfect present. what I needed! 

Christmas card fotos!‏





MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

IT SNOWED IN AYACUCHO!












Monday, December 1, 2014

DONT EAT PETE!‏

Hey family!
Good Honk, I can not believe its already DECEMBER!! I'm glad you guys had a good thanksgiving. Our thanksgiving feast was an omlet and beets. Mmm! Actually it was pretty good. Hermana Bott and I cook for ourselves during the week cause its cheaper then paying for a pension, and its been the best. We eat pure vegatables basically! And we run together every morning! Ive actually lost 2 kilos, not sure how much that is in pounds but yeah!. haha. For thankgiving we had a Family home evening at a members house with the 4 elders we share the ward with and the investagators we brought. Hermana Bott and I made healthy no bake cookies to bring ha! We used a banana inplace of butter and didnt add sugar. They just tasted like dark chocolate no bakes. WE lOVED THEM! And everyone else did too. Then we played Dont Eat Pete! It was super fun and so funny hearing the Latinos say it in English. haha

So we taught that family Machaca that we found in the rain and it went really well! They started to open up and the dad explained how he really wanted to see a change, and that none of the other churches he has been too he has felt one. Thats like the best thing to hear ever! After wards we played Dont eat pete! Its actually one of the best games to play for missionaries. We just use cheap candies and a piece of paper. I dont think the kids had ever really played together like that as a family so they really enjoyed it. And the parents were laughing too! Only the mom and 2 kids came to church this sunday but she said she really liked it and wanted her whole family to come next week! Im really praying they all do! I love them so much already!

So with family history its been kind of slow, we just teach lessons basically. The temple is so far away its hard to see progress. WE have a trip planed for the 13 of december. But its so hard to get a group. It cost 150 soles about to ride the bus, and these families dont have that kind of money. We have talked alot about sacrifice and the pioneers, I know the importance of the temple and the importance of sacrifice but it still is so hard to ask them when we have seen the places where they live and know they are bearly getting along. BUt we are praying super hard for all of them! We do have a few who are going who can afford it just fine. So we are looking forward to this temple trip, just now the bus ride.... 

Not much else to say about this week. It was good but I cant think of anything else. Tonight we are headed to Lima for our Leadership meeting. NOT looking forward to the bus ride, but we will just eat a light lunch. 

I love you all so much!! I know this church is true! Something I'm learning here is that before my testimony was really that I knew the CHURCH was true. Because I could see how the CHURCH had blessed my life and the standards ect, but here its a little different, church is a lot different. But now I'm gaining a testimony of the DOCTRINE. The Doctrine is true! and thats what we teach and thats why its still Christ church here in Peru, no matter how different it may be from the states. BUt i still love it here! SO much! I love being a missionary! I cant even express how happy I am, IM SOOO HAPPY! I love my companion! I love Peru! I love the book of mormon! I love my mission presidente and his wife! Life just seriously couldn't get better! 
WE are excited for another great week of working! Love you guys!

Love,
Hermana Nielsen

ps, for pday today we are taking christmas card pictures! I curled my hair for the first time in like 9 months!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Hermana botts family sent her some cute decorations. Then we put feliz Navidad on the other side. 











Monday, November 24, 2014

Familias GALORE!‏

Family!
Wow this was one of the best and hardest weeks of my mission. I am sooo tired, mentally and spiritually drained!
WE FOUND 2 FAMILIIES!!!! Ill try to tell this story as quick as possible but we were walking and we passed a Mamita, which is basically a true Peruvian, they dress traditional with these long skirts and their hair in braids and these weird hats. but she was carrying these bags of like popped rice. They weren't heavy at all but we asked to help and she handed them over ha, then when we asked where she was headed she replied ARRRIBA.. we thought great all the way up the mountain out of our area. But we figured it would be good to know where her house was so we walked with her and started talking with her, she told us about her family and her job. Then as we were getting close to her house it just started down pouring rain. We were drenched, we gave her our umbrella. When we got to her house we asked if we could come in and share something with her and her family. She let us in, it was a tiny one room house with one bed, we walked in and just see like 5 little kids all huddled on this bunk bed together. Their roof was just a sheet of tin and the rain was coming down soo hard so we couldn't hear anything. We sat there just being stared at by her 5 kids and husband for 20 minutes cause they couldn't hear if we tried to talk. But We did pass around our my family books so they could see our families. We really wanted to teach them because we had finally found a Family!!  and the youngest was 7! Hna Bott yelled to me say a prayer in your head for the rain to stop. So we both did at the same time and literally the down pouring just vanished. we looked at each other in just pure shock! PRAYER IS SO REAL! We were able to teach the first lesson and it was soo cool they all just sat in amazement listening. It was a great lesson! We set up another time to come back  and as soon as we got out the door Hna bott and I just hugged each other for like 2 minutes! It was such a miracle. We have been praying to find families all our missions!
The next family was pure coincidence, which remember I don't believe in. We knocked on the wrong door and asked for a Julia and the daughter of 31 years old ( with her FAMILIY) a little confused told us she had lived there but has passed away 2 years ago and seemed pretty hurt still talking about it. She told us her mom Julia was a member, then she just let us in and she taught a great lesson with her family too!  And she came to church this week! I have never seen so many miracles in just one week! But its also been so draining cause now their all I think about and how we can help them. I'm so worried about them every second. Its getting tiring. ha.
The other thing I've been struggling with is changing how I teach these people. They don't really have a social background and don't have very much education. Especially all the parents here and its so hard to come down to that level and be able to teach them. Its like teaching  year olds. But whenever I get in these slumps I feel my answer is always the spirit. ANYONE can feel the spirit. Even kids! And the spirit will be what teaches them not what we actually say. So that has been our focus for these familias. especially these Mamitas! Which also remember that crazy language I told you about. Everyone over 70 here that's all they speak. We have a sunday school class just in  Quequa. I've actually been learning a little bit. I can say ¨Manca, Nuqa kani nañay Nielsen ¨ (Hello my name is hermana Nielsen) 
But yeah its been a great week! so much to do! but I'm loving every second and every day more and more! Hermana Bott and I are ready to see some great miracles this change.
Im actually really excited we both are going to pass our birthdays together ( hna bott is the 15) and christmas!!
I love you guys soo much! I love testifying that this gospel will bless there lives and families because it has blessed mine! AND IT IS SO TRUE! You guys are the best! 

Love 
Hermana Nielsen

ps Hey also I got the YSA package but it didnt have pictures of Carly like you said.. so Idk if you forgot or what happened. 
Pss They don't have thanksgiving here... And we aren't doing anything special. BUT more time to teach these families!! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!

pss i dont know if i mentioned but Hna Bott and I are sister Leaders!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AYACUUUUUCHO!!‏

The TEMPLE! 

And our biggest group of converts on my last trip to the temple!


This is my new area from out my window.. The clouds are UNREAL here! IM SO IN LOVE!

Nefita y Lamanita! 

I LOVE HERMANA MENDEZ!


Hey Family!!
So i got changed.... IM IN AYACUCHO!!! but before I get to that I have to tell you about our amazing week!  So last monday we had a mini emergency change.. An hermana in our missions dad had pasted away and she went home for 5 days for the funeral. so Hna guzman went and stayed with her companion, so it was just hna Mendez and I the whole week.  We went to the temple 3 times this past week! twice for baptisms and we did 74 names!!! Thats 74 souls who can finally continue on in the other side!! It was our biggest number yet for one week! So in all in the 3 months I was there 386 baptisms we were abe to help with!! HOLY SMOKES RIGHT? We also had 15 recent converts this past week go to the temple for the first time. Then on Friday we went through a session as a zone. It was great! AND GUESS WHO I SAW?? The whole ward of Villa el salvador! One of our rescues was recieving her endowment and my mission leader was getting sealed to his wife! It was so great to see all of them. I probaly wont have time to send that picture. But man I miss that ward so much! BUt yeah it was a great last week, Hna Mendez and I had sooo much fun together. SO MUCH FUN!  I had only been with her for 3 weeks and we just became so close, It was so hard to say goodbye. She has definetly been one of my favorite companions. We laughed so much together and she helped me a ton with my accent. WE also took like over 600 pictures together in only 3 weeks together. oops. 

Okay now I can tell you about my new area. AYACUCHHO!! Just google map it or something its like way out in the middle of peru in the mountains and jungle. ITS SOOO BEAUTIFUL!  Its about a 10 hour bus drive from Lima. We drove all night and it kicked my bottom.. Its all switch backs and hills as we go higher in elevation. I was sooo sick. I didnt puke but only because I kept swallowing it back down. I had never been car sick before. I was also the only hermana traveling there, so my companion was my zone leader. But yeah I finally got there to meet up with my new companion Hermana Bott, she is from kaysville utah, we were in Cañete together during training, she only has one change less them me. You might recognize her from some of my old pictures. SHE IS GREAT! I love her so much! She loves to run and eat healthy, so im super excited haha! but sorry Dad ill be having another gringo when we skype you guys... ha. But hna Jimenez is here in my zone!  Also this area is 50% family history so i havent escaped completely yet, we teach lessons but only a few nights every week. But we do have a few temple trips planned for this change. Im excited, just not for the bus ride... 

I love you guys so much! I love being a missionary! I love this church is true! Hna bott and I talked alot about prayer yesterday and shared all our cool experiences with Prayer in our lifes.I know our heavenly father hears and CARES about everything we say. I know he loves each one of us! 

Have a great week!! 

Love
Hermana Nielsen
in AYACUCHO!!!


Ps, there was an earthquake this week, it was actually pretty strong.

Monday, November 10, 2014

312 baptisms!!!‏

Hey Family!!

This was a super great week! 

Things are going really great here in San Juan, the other day I found and reserved 22 names in just 2 hours! Im getting alot better in knowing how to work familysearch. Today we had a meeting with president and I guess he has to present all our success and what we are doing to the area and eventually to the 12 apostles!! Thats kind of a scary thought.. the apostles are going to know what my indicadores claves are. Its super crazy so we are trying to get everything all ready and perfect. So thats gonna be a huge stress this week! But im excited! This is also the last week of the combio... im really scared to see what happens but i know itll be where i need to be. 

Also just a fun fact.. Since ive been here Ive had 312 baptisms!!! Vicarioss, but a soul is a soul. Its the work of salvation no matter what side its on!

 Last monday we did some major spring cleaning, cause its spring time here! I killed at least 500 spiders... I wouldnt be suprised if I woke up tomorrow with some super spidy powers (that was for cody haha)

Also I love my companions. We have sooo much fun together. I love being in a trio! If i have time ill send some of our great pictures we have! Adn yes dad I have started picking up al ittle bit of an argentinan accent. haha 

Hey random, so one of the best parts about going to the temple is I always run into people I know. Whethers its old missionary friends from the CCM in other missions or old members from all my old areas, Guess who I ran into this last week, Elder Austin Morris. He played basketball with Cody and I, It was so crazy. He recognized me first, he is sooo tall!  I had heard from colby patton that he was coming to Peru but yea it was cool to see someone I knew from Nevada! He is serving in Lima east. 

Also cool story! So on family search I found a picture of grandma nielsen in one of the dresses I brought on my mission. I hadnt worn it in over 2 months then thursday I decided to wear it just becuase itd been a while. My companions who had never seen me wear it, complimented it and so i started talking about how it was my grandmas and showed them the picture in my my family book and when i look at it I looked at the dates and it said that she passed away the 6 of novemebr, i looked at my calender and it was the 6 of november!!! I dont believe in coinsidences. I was very grateful for that sweet special little miracle to remember grandma and have a piece of her with me that day. I took a picture with her picture ill send it in a sec.



I love you guys soo much! Im so greatful for each one of you! I know this church is true and I know my savior lives. I love every day I have as a missionary. I love working and serving. This is seriously the best decsion ive ever made in my life! 

Love,
Hermana Nielsen


PS, I had an intercombio with Hna Cortez, SHE GOES HOME NEXT WEEK!! Im so sad! But I loved every minute with her, it was just like the good old days, we talked so so  so much it was great! I love her so much!

pss, Also I made blue cheese salad this week! I couldnt rememeber the portions for the dresing only the ingredients but it was super good! 



psss Hey mom I have a video for you... Thanks for all you have done for me and all the time you have sacrificed for me! This video made me think of you!  http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=3792885561001

pssss Also you guys as a family should watch this video for family home evening its sooo cool! 


I think thats everything! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!


wanna see something funny...








Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy late NEVADA day!‏

Pretty Peru!!














Hey Family!

 OH hey Happy Nevada Day! There are only 3 of us in the mission from Nevada but I saw them both and was super excited to wish them a Happy Nevada Day that day haha.  This week went by suuuper fast!  WE had our leadership meeting tuesday, so im not a sister leader, but everyone calls us the Hermana assistents, so president asks us to attend every month. It was really good. I got to participate in an activity where they had me hold a 1 liter of water with my hand streched out, and they said to hold it as long as I could but that I could ask for help whenever I needed from my companion who was standing next to me. SO me being me, I held it as long as I could and when I started to shake a little my companion asked to help and I say no Im fine... yeah until my arm basically fell off, Then afterwards they explained what it all meant and it really hit me, they said my companion was like the savior and his atonement offering to help us but only if we let it. I realized how well this showed who I am, I try to be too independent sometimes. They explained yes we must do all that we can before the grace and mercy comes in, but I sometimes take that to the extend and think I dont need any help, cause I could have asked for help from my companion at the very first second and lasted a lot longer. It was really cool and made me think alot about what kind of person I am and if I really am relying on my savior and his atonement to help me through my hard times cause I dont have to always take the whole load upon myself. I know it was really interesting for me to think about. I liked it a lot.

AS far as the temple goes we had 9 converts go to the temple and we did 13 names! and of those 9 seven of them went to church! so the promise of elder bednar we are truly seeing! I think thats what I love most about this calling, is that we really get to see the fruits of the work. We get to see these recent coverts enter the temple and thier faces when they come out and hear about how they have never felt anything like that before. Its soo cool! I love it. We are having changes in 2 weeks im pretty sure I will be returing back to the normal missionary life which I am very excited but I do love love love this work! But I will be such a better missionary now because of this! But who knows well see what happens...

Hey funny story so last night we turned on the lights in the kitchen in the church and it was covered in cocrochets, like seriously the whole floor was moving and then we just went crazy trying to kill them all, I felt like i was walking on that bubble wrap. but yeah it reminded me of Dad and all his mission stories, haha so I had a good time and know exactly what he was talking about now. 

ALso did i ever mention we cook for ourselves? Yesterday I made real green beans with garlic mash patatoes with a cream of mushroom dressing and chicken in corn flakes.. it was super good! we always take turns cooking food from our countries so its always yummy chilean, mexican and argentinan food! I LOVE IT!

I love you all sooo much! I know this church is true! I LOOOOOVE being a missionary! Its going by soo stinkin fast but I seriously Love every day! I wake up happy EVERY DAY! its the best! Hope you all enjoyed my letters! (chelsea yours is coming)

Love,
Hermana Nielsen

Monday, October 27, 2014

I had the Noodle Dream!!‏

Family!

SO Guess what?! I finally had my first offical real completely in spanish dream!! POR FIN! Ive had a ton others that were like half and half but i didnt count it. 

But thats not all others have had their noodle dream too! Okay so story time rewind to Vill El salvador..
  So before Mauricio was baptized he was struggling a ton, and remember my story about remembering Whit and how he needed to feel the spirit well a couple days after that I was praying before I went to bed, and praying super hard for him, and the thought came to me and I didnt think much of it but I prayed that this familia that had past away or his ancestors could help him recognize his answer, I think because of the story of Bednar and how he said that we would have thier protection with us if we did our family history, I just thought why wouldnt they be able to help him now, because if he joined the church he would be able to do thier work. So I prayed they would be able to help him feel this was the right thing to do. Cause we were out of ideas in how to help him. And all of this was before I was called to serve in Family History. When I got the call I thought hey this is perfect I can help him now, well he was super busy with work and could never come in, so I put it aside for a while cause we were super busy with everyone else. When he came to the temple with us just to see I thought about it again and thought man I really got to help him, since then  I had kind of forgotten about it until early this week, I didnt dream about it but right when I woke up it was the first thought in my mind and I remembered how I had prayed for that, and I attamatically thought I didnt get put in his assignment out of coinisedence I gotta help and do my part of the bargin. Then that morning the Hermanas in Villa El Salvador called, so I took advantage of it and told them they had to bring Mauricio in to us soon so we can help him, and they told me they had actually just talked to him yesterday and he had a free day from work saturday. 

 So yeah he came in Saturday and it was sooo great! It was a great lesson. I didnt share this story with him, but i did tell him his family is waiting for him to help them, he is really excited! And just kept saying how he knew this was true. Then right before he said he said he wanted to share something with me and told me he had dreamed early this week of his grandparents who have passed away, he said in the dream they were just standing there and didnt say anything to him so he didnt know what it was suppose to mean til after he came to our lesson and now really wants to help them. WOw tons of relief off my shoulders. But its not finished til he has taken the names to the temple and they are completely done. His schedule is still busy but he said he could skip a couple classes so we are hopeing for this week!! AH this work is soo real! I really have just felt how true it is this week. I love what i get to do here!

The Hermanas also told me he is reading the book of mormon faster than they are! He is so awesome!

ALso have you read the ensign this month??  especailly the talk by bednar?!! Holy perfect!! 
ALso I met sister oscarson and sister stevens who came to our stake. They came up to talk to us cause they saw we were missionaries. I got to play translator for all my companions, but yeah it was super cool! they are great!

Also hna zarate left this morning for chile... This is the first person ive killed in the mission. WE got along so well im gonna miss her tons! Then hna cortez goes home in 2 weeks. AHH! its so sad. Im old in the mission now. its weird. But hey im still in a trio! Hna mendez, also in my goup, is now in our trio. im super excited! she is from mexico.

Well I love being a missionary soooo much! I KNOW this church is true. I know the temple is the house of the Lord. I am so grateful for this oppertunity to work so close with the temple. Family history is so real and so importance. and its hastening too! Just go read the ensign! 
LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!! keep being good examples to everyone! 

Love,

 Hermana Nielsen

Hna zarate and mendez at the temple 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Short letter.‏

 Hey there family!

So a few things from your letters, Summer, holy cow what a stud! in 7th grade my mile time was 8:23 and I thought I was bookin it. haha And i love all the adi stories! haha she is soo cute!

I don't have a whole lot of time to say much and only have a few things on my list of things to say but...

  this was a good week. We created 20 accounts in family search. we only had 4 converts go to the temple but we have plans for a ton next week. We visited 7 ward councils. It was crazy!!  WE traveled a ton around Lima this week. I can get to basically anywhere i want in our mission by train or cambi and bus. SO thats fun!

Also next week sister osacarson and stevens are coming to our stake! IM not sure if we will get to see them but we will be here in the same buidling!

Sorry this is so short! BUt i love you all and I LOVE being a missionary! Hope you all get feeling better! 

Love,
Hermana Nielsen

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Birthday week!!‏

Family!
I feel like i just wrote you guys. So this week was a little on the slower side,.. With changes and conference everyone is adjusting to there new areas or dont know about us, So this next week we will be visting zone meetings and ward council. Presidente has asked us to visit all the Ward coucils in all the lima zones... THATS 32 ward councils in 5 weeks.. uhhh.. yeah so are work is just getting started. Also presidente wants to double our number of persons we take to the number for this month! 

So conference was super good! I got to watch it in English, and I totally understood everything the spanish speakers said, we listened in spanish those ones. Huge progress from last conference as far as understanding goes. YAY! I thought it was super cool how they let them speak in there native tongue. I fet like a general theme was just not letting the adversary pull us away from what we believe and the importance of prophets and sustaining them. with lots of other toppings like loving everyone no matter what there beliefs and taking the sacretment with purpose. I really liked Bednars, but i always love his.

Thats all I can think of that has happened in the past 5 days..


So this is the week of birthdays! Its seriosuly everyones birthday!  but to my family, Happy Birhthday to My oldest and youngest sisters! CHELSEA hope you had a great day! I cant believe your 25! And my adi pants happy birthday thursday! My little stinker is gonna be 5!! AHH! I love you guys lots! Im so happy to have you 2 in my life! 

Love you ALL!!
Hermana Nielsen

ps, I sent home a package for you guys with hna udy who just finished, Hopefully thatll be getting to you guys soon. let me know when you get it!