Tuesday, August 26, 2014

irè y harè....‏

Hey there family!

Wow where do I even begin... I guess ill go in order.
I SAW THE ESPINELS!!! They are all sooo big now! We had a great little visit, we went to hna kellys house and talked for a little while just catching up. About all those good times working putting the lawn down at thier house in Elko and having a mud fight, the time dad killed there fish. jajaja. and they still remember moms brownies. We talked about all the old missionaries that had taught them, sister little and sister judd, elder prettyman. It was so cool being able to talk to them in spanish! Then I asked if I could share a message with them before they left. They remembered everything about the book of mormon and Joseph Smith, I basically just told them and explained why I was in peru and why I chose to come here and share this gospel. And how with them being friends to me meant so much more to be able to share it with them, and just bore my testimony about how much I love being a member of this church and how much I love being a missionaries and seeing it change families.We then shared a little of lesson 1 read a few scriptures. ANd I invited them to read the book of mormon again. I wrote my testimony in one and gave it to renato to take to college, and made him commit to reading it. ;) It was a super super cool experience! They are a great family and I know someday will find the gospel in thier lives! 

So hna J and I knew combios were coming, and we both made the goal we needed to leave the area better then how we found it meaning have people progressing that if a new companionship came theyd be able to have something to work with, which totally backfired when I found out I was being changed, because we found a FAMILY this week! ANd she came to church! WE also found a single mom that came with her 2 kids who also came to church! Sunday we also were told we had talks that we didnt know about.. lucky being a missionary we are pretty good at always having something to teach. I talked about testimony and how we needed to be strong and imovable in our beliefs even when those people in the great as spacious building point and make fun of us.

So every combio I have a chirstlike attribute I strive to become and this combio was charity and really finding the pure love of christ. And oh boy did I find it here in Villa El Salvador, I LOOOOOOOOOOVE all the members and all our investagators! as I bore my testimony for the last time to all the members and thanked them for all that I had learned from them and that I would be serving in a new area, it hit it.. I cried.... mehhh im so ashamed, but yes i did. I LOVE VILLA EL SALVADOR!

They threw me a suprise going away party with a cake!! IM now serving in san juan in institute.. not sure how i feel about that. ill explain more about it next week.. but now i love you all!!!!! 
Hermana Nielsen

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hey the spirit WORKS!‏

HEY there!

So I was finally able to get in contact with the Espinels! They called us and they didnt know their address very well so they passed the phone to Renalto, not gonna lie that felt reeeeeallly weird talking to him on the phone, i just kept thinking wait im talking to someone i went to high school with! epecisally in English! and they kept saying my name... ah it almost hurt it felt so weird. But we havent been able to set up a time to go over and teach them. Can you tell them to call us again, we dont minutes so i havent been able to call back... But im super excited to see them and be able to teach them IN SPANISH! 

So for Jaime... I had a long chat with President on the phone and we both agreed our vision in the mission is the temple so if we were to seperate him and his wife so he could be baptized it would be breaking a family so he isnt gonna be baptized soon, we are gonna be patient and wait til his wife agrees to listen to us because we have the hope that they can be an eternal family and make this decision together! So that was a lot of relief on our part. and i feel alot better about this decision.

As for maurico he was working and studying allll week so we werent able to teach him, then he didnt go to church, and said he wasnt reading and we kind of were super worried but we were able to see him sunday afternoon and he had tons and tons of doubts about the book of mormon we read with him 3nefi 11 then 2nefi29 then the scripture that finally just made everything click for him was 2nefi33:10 and he got all excited and was like its true!! It was so cool! And the spirit we had been lacking was defintely there in this lesson! THE SPIRIT WORKS! But we still had to move his baptism back to the 30 cause he isnt ready with everything we have to teach him. Also we have a super cute single x misionera we are gonna invite to the next lesson ;);)

well i looove being a missionary and i you guys tons! have a great week!!

Hermana NIelsen

ps. So i got a surprise email from Elder Bleazard, I guess Pam sent him the email about my lovely fall at the temple.. haha of all the emails... ;P

pss Also Kelly Lopez is the recent convert that we are teaching, and her son is Jorge that isnt baptized that we had all those super hard lessons with, I LOVE HER SOOO MUCH and we are going to the temple with her and her husband this week to do baptisms for the names we helped her find, also her family is gonna be sealed in the temple Dec 8!!!
ANd sonia is the bishops wife, she is also suppper awesome. haha they asked why you were a blue image and i laughed, still havent decided to use a profile picture i see.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The spirit is KEY!!‏

well well well... this week when by suppper fast, holy smokes. First off i forgot to tell you guys I FINISHED READING EL LIBRO DE MORMON like 3 weeks ago, I now know its true in spanish too ;) 

so some sad news.. flor our lessactive/investo told us she wanted some time to think about if this is what she really wants. so we are giving her a break, I was super sad.. She was doing sooo good! she went to church 3 weeks in a row and was reading the BOM and praying.. she said she just wished she could take all the things from our church and have then in the cathlotic church... meh.. but we will visit her in a few weeks and hopefully she will feel the difference with this break.

Jaime is doing awesome! He fasted with us and payed a fast offering! I talk to president today about his situation with him wife, and we both agreed we needed to work with trying to get them to get back together and married, because our vision is the temple with an eternal family not just baptism. so we are praying for a miracle with him! He is doing so awesome though, the atonement is soo real! and has completely changed him!

So with Maurico this week he has been struggling with knowing he has recieved an answer that these things are true, he knows they are good but he wants to be more sure. So as I was praying for him saturday night i was praying to know how we could help him, and then as i prayed that the spirit would testify to him that these things he is hearing and learning are true it just kind of hit me! He needs to feel the spirit, i literally just stopped my prayer and had to end it cause I couldnt contiue any more thoughts about anything else so i just sat there thinking about it and the role of the spirit, then I was just kind of meditating over my thoughts and i looked at the picture of whiteny and i on my wall, and i started thinking back to the lessons we had with her. And how her big thing was the spirit, thats why she progressed so fast is cause she felt the spirit, then i started thinking about how every lesson we had with her the spirit was suuuuper strong, probably the strongest ive ever felt it in my whole life. And that alone was the answer, i remember those feelings perfectly. Then it started to bother me how every lesson we had with whitney the spirit was over whelming but here in my mission Ive yet to have a lesson THAT powerful, I couldnt stop thinking about it, and i couldnt sleep all night. I talk to my companion in the morning and said we have to make sure we do everything we can to have that strong spirit we havent had a lesson with him yet, but thats our goal. The spirit is so key, and its not something we are lacking, its there but its not as powerful as it was with whitney,. so thats been my new goal to have those lessons be like how they were when we were teaching whitney. 
 TOOONS of thoughts this week, and thats not even the beginning of it.. Im learning sooo much! I LOOOOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! Everything about it! 

Hermana Nielsen

ps, Shoutout to Chelsea Decker and Elder Steflik, thanks for the letters!!! :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Wait its already Monday??‏

Como estan ustedes! 

The weeeks are flying by and  OOOH wow was this a greeeeat week! So first off a little background to my GREAT NEWS! Mauricio.Our miracle. We met him while walking with a member to her house,  he was just sitting in his motortaxi as we passed and out of no where she starts indroducing us to him, saying these are the missionaries listen to them! so we shared a folleto with him with the direction to the church and said he was welcomed to come. Just a simple contact. I guess she had met him once in the market but the member didnt even know his name.This was like a month ago. And the following sunday he actually came! All we had was his address and so the following week we passed by but never could contact him again. so time passed and we dropped him. Well the other day we saw him again in the street and planned another visit with him, we had it the home of the member that introduced us. And it was one of the BEST lessons we have ever had! HE was sooo prepared! He understood everything and before we even asked him to be baptised said he wanted to follow christ in his life and that he wanted all of this in his life. I had to privledge to invite him to be baptised and it was one of the coolest moments ever! Ive invited tons of people to be baptised before but this time i could just feel so much power, cause we both knew how ready he was. He accepted and will be getting baptized the 23 of august!! WE are sooo excited. He came to church again this week and is doing soooo well! I looove being a missionaries! I love seeing so many miracles! LOVE Ya´ll bunches!

hermana Nielsen