Monday, May 26, 2014

I'm getting attached....‏

haha first of all gotta admit I laughed really hard when I heard Cody is out taking senior pictures. haha! C.Scott photography might actually happen ;) Tell him to be careful with my baby though! 

Well we had another awesome week! It was really hard at first cause we just weren't having ´number success´ we couldn't find anyone new to teach, and we were both kind of getting frustrated and finally sat down and talked about what we could do better, and as we talked we realized there was so much that happened this week that was huge to peoples progression that we couldn't be counting in numbers, and in personal study  read in Alma 26, and I realized we needed to be more grateful for all those little things, and as we talked it over again, we remembered all the situations where we were being placed in the place where we needed to be, quick little story, one of the people we went to visit wasn't home so we were a little bummed and started walking towards another house and we ran into Julia, she is Hna Blanca´s mom, so our neighbor and she is 90 years old and such a trooper! (and suuuper funny, she kind of has a grandma Nielsen personality ha.) but she was visiting her family and they weren't home either so she had started to walk home which was up one of the huge hills, when we past we asked why she was walking and she said ´well i don't got any money´ so we were able to pay for a motor to take her home. And just little things like that which didn't seem big, but heavenly father knows his children and little old julia needed help getting home and we got to be that help. 

 We also went to  the Chacra, a huge garden, for service, it was suppose to be with hna Julia but she wasn't feeling good so we went with her daughter Rosa who is our other neighbor, but we havent really gotten to know her as well, we were kind of bummed cause we wanted to go with Julia, but it ended up being a great opportunity to get to know Rosa more personally and she opened up a lot. she hasn't been to  church in over 3 years since her son died, and we talked with her about the plan of salvation and temples and she was really interested about the baptisms for the dead, so this Sunday she had a interview with president to get her started on her way to the temple!! 

We also had the baptism of Andrea (hna blancas daughter) Jhastin ( hna blancas grandson) and LUIS! and it was one of the best I've seen, a lot of people came, all of our neighbors since they are all one huge family, and it was just so great! Jhastin, since he is a boy we only give him handshakes and he always gets super sad cause we always hug andrea, after his baptism i think he was just so happy and tired of it when i offered him a handshake of felicidades he shook his head and just bear hugged me, haha it was so cute but i had no idea what to do. He is 10 by the way and Andrea is 11. I LOVE THEIR FAMILY SO MUCH! And we have seen a HUGE change in all of them, and little by little more of our house is getting back into coming to church! they still have a long ways to go, but its happening! so this could be my last week in Mala and I'm freaking out, I love this families and all the new people we are teaching so much. But I'm ready to work my heart our this last little bit i got here, but I'm still crossing my fingers i stay one more transfer!I LOOOOVE being a missionary and I love you all MUCHO! 
Hermana Nielsen

Monday, May 19, 2014

I love being a missionary!‏

Bueno, this was an AWWEEESOME week! and can you believe im already turning 5? yikes... I hate how fast its going! So in all my personal study last week and at the beginning of this week I focused on the spirit, and how to have it with us and how to recognize it, so we could be guided by it. And in reality really all it is is just doing what you are suppose to. We were so guided this week, without even knowing it, he really just lead us to those people. First story is that we picked a name from our future investigator list from the previous missionaries just to try to find some new people to teach, we contacted her and just shared something in the doorway, later that way we contacted a guy in a motor had said he had listened to missionaries before and wanted to again, so he gave us his address, and as we were looking for it, it was the same house! he was the husband of the lady we had chose, so then we knew there was something special with this family. we had a great lesson with the whole family, their daughter was super interested and wants to be baptized but isn't married so were working with that, the parents have been a little harder but we still feel there is a reason we ran into both of them that week. Also we visited with 2 other less actives and one had just lost a brother the day before and said how she felt so alone and how she really needed our visit, the other was really sick and the same thing she just felt alone and also really appreciated our visit, it was just so cool to see that heavenly father loves them and knows what their going through and through us he shows that love, and its such a privilege to know he works through us.

 Next miracle! I don't know if i have shared this story but Luis one of my investigators since my first week i was here is finally getting baptized, this week! His mom was super against it so we didn't have permission, but he comes to church every week and reads everyday! And this week his mom finally had a change of heart and told him he could! Prayer and fasting works!! We are so happy! He will be baptized with Andrea and jhastin this week, they are the two neighbor kids we live with sorta. The same family we have fam scrip study with every night. Which is another cool story. its all just one big family that all live side by side, and they are all less active. and this Sunday we had ALL of them go to church! It was sooo great! Oh yeah and this Sunday was stake conference so we had to travel an hour to canete for the meeting, and they had all the members of mala meet and then we took vans. we squeezed 41 people in a 25 person van. IT WAS SO PACKED! but it was so fun we sang hymns as we drove the hour drive. there was about 3 kids on every lap, haha. it was great! but the whole family Escobar came! Then after church when we came home we could hear them listening to conference talk, cause our house is connected, they have changed so much, and you can just see they are all so much happy. Its really making me nervous with transfers in 2 weeks, I love this family sooo much! But yeah we had a great week, and Im loving what im doing more and more as the weeks go on. Im happier then ive ever been! This church is so true! and the change it brings to families in amazing and indescribable! I love you guys lots! Have  a great week! share the gospel!
hermana Nielsen

These kids are basically my little brothers and sisters, they all live in the house next to us and two are getting baptized this weekend!!

our matching shirts for some political person hna blanca gave us. haha. with our peruvian pants. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Picture Post

Well since I talked to you guys yesterday I thought id take this time to send all my pictures I havent got around too!

This is mala mala! :)

saying goodbyes with hermana Galo. and FAMILIA GALLEGOS! the cutest peruvian familia in all peru!

did i ever mention we washed all our clothes by hand?

all the hermanas in my zone 

my two favorite honduranians!i think thats how its spelt. AND FRUIT!!!

making cupcakes with hermana kelly  ;)

crammed in a motor taxi :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

happy cinco de mayo‏

Hola familia!
Como estan ustedes? Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Este semana fue un otra muy bueno! Mucho milagros y exito!
Im actually writing from Lima today, because i have a doctor appointment today.. Ive had diarriah for a whole week now so they think i have a parasite? or however its spelt, so yeah that should be fun.. But i feel great! :)
First of all, Monday we had a mini intercambio because hna cortez had to go to lima for a leadership training meeting so I had 2 latina hermanas come stay in Mala with me. 2 NEWBS right out of the CCM. They had only been out of the CCM for 5 days so I had to train them!! And do their hour of training during the day too. And.... I got us lost! haha. weird huh? It was at like 8:30 at night and i couldnt see out the bus window so we accidentally passed Mala, cause we have to yell at them when to stop. So by the time i figured out we had passed it we had to jump off and wait on the side of the road for another bus to take us back. haha, the poor hermanas only their 5day in the campo and they get lost with a gringo. BUt I got us home safety after that :) But yeah I had to Train them! That was really weird for me, but it makes me have to step out of my comfort zone cause I actually had to teach all the lessons cause they didnt really know them. ha. SO it was good for me.
  So i dont know if I've ever told you guys but one of our investigators HAD A BABY!! She is 17 and the girlfriend of the Stake presidents son... ha yeah kind of awkward, we`ve been working with both of them. BUT she had a BOY! 

   So there is an Hermana in our ward named Kelly! she is 20 and basically the Peruvian Whitney. Ha she is the only member in her family and her parents dont really support her in the church but she is SOOO STRONG! I love her so much! ANd she is a cheff! so for our service this week we went and helped her make cupcakes and cakes and empanadas. THEY WERE SOO GOOD! And it was super fun!

  Oh before i forget this Wednesday Elder C.scott grow is coming to talk to us! SO I'm excited for that!

  So one of the miracles we had this week was with a part family. We didn't have plans to visit them it was just a random visit but the whole family was home. they have 2 daughters that are members and super strong, one is preparing for a mission but the parents have never wanted anything to do with the church. we just kind of chatted with them about their opinions and they seemed pretty open with us and just said it wasn't what they wanted but if their kids did they didn't care. we still invited them to church but they didn't really except. We passed by Sunday morning but they still were just kind of like nahh.. BUT this Sunday THEY CAME! only for the last 10 minutes of the meeting but since it was the testimonies, Andrea one of their daughters went and bore her testimony and said they today was a special day for her because her family was all here in the church, they she basically said how badly she wanted her parents to be baptized so they could have an eternal family and oh man it was a heart ripper if that didn't get then, their own daughter pleading. BUt yeah so were are excited to start working with them!
 IM out of time but im going to call this week to plan a time! so be ready! Love you all! and see yeah next Sunday EEEEEEK!!!

MOZA! the cutest dog ever