Monday, April 27, 2015

#NDUR2ZN‏

FAmily!
The weeks are just flying by its scaring me a lot.. But this was a really good week! WE had a Multizona on wednesday! It was Presidente and Hermana Douglas´s as well as mine last Multizona It was soooo great! He talked about alot of random topics. It's so funny he just kind of gets going and just follows the spirit in what he needs to say, so topics change fast. One point he will be telling stories, the next second he is dead serious spitting in our faces (I was in the front row) yelling at us that if we aren't serious to just go home. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! It was just so great! We´ve decided (the hermanas) that President Douglas is a perfect mixture of Holland and Bednar. He teaches so clearly like Bednar but gets so firery like Holland. Hermana Douglas gave a great talk about the Holy Ghost too! It was so cool cause she said it was actually a repeat of one she had given before that she has been requested many times to do over again. I recognized it so I was looking back in my notes and it turns out it was the talk she gave at my very first Multizona. It was so cool to look over my old notes while she was giving it. I also found it interesting that I took more notes the second time hearing it as a experienced missionary then I did when I was new and knew nothing. Just showed me how much I'm still learning and growing! I love it! We also got to watch Meet the Mormons, FINALLY! It finally has made it to south america. haha. We watched it in spanish and it was really good! It even had the song Glorious at the end IN SPANISH by David Archuleta. SO good! My favorite story was the Boxer, mostly cause i was jealous of her long run it shows through forest and beaches. ha. After that we had a mini Q&A with president and Hna Douglas. IT was so great. Lots of questions about the atonement and their testimonies, how they have changed in the mission. There was such a powerful spirit there! Then it turned a little into there advice for our future lives and they started talking about parenting and families. As much as I squirm hearing about those things I love when they give us thier advice on those topics. I took lots of notes haha.
 I felt like my testimony on families and parents was very strengthened this week. All the families we taught this week told us about there relation problems and its so sad to see how some of them are living. And how there is so respect or love. Thats why I love sharing the gospel cause this is whats gonna help them! WE had a lesson with our less active Alisia, she has been improving and coming back to church so well these last few months. Her son is getting married next month in the temple too! But no one explained to her she wouldnt be able to attend. She thought all she needed was a normal temple recommend. When we tried to explain it to her she got sooo mad. SHe was yelling and saying, thats not the way GOd would have it. And that his own mother should be allowed to go. And that it didnt seem right to her. And it wasn't that way in the catholic church so they were better. SHe was just going off. and we both just kind of sat there not sure what to say. I said a quick prayer in my head. Then I just asked if she knew families could be forever, she said yes. Then I asked what place makes that possible? she settled down a little bit but never answered. Then I just bore testimony that I knew her son and his wife would be together forever. I said what would be more important a wedding til death til they part that you can go to, or a wedding for eternity. 
   
WE also had a miracle this week! Hna douglas talked a lot about the spirit and its been something I've been trying to be more concious about as we work. This week I felt its guidance. We ran into and contacted a lot of people this week who have either been to church before or taken lessons before and are excited to have us come back and teach them. We were even contacted in the street this week by a Mother whose son is a member and serving a mission in Iquitos, she isn't a member but said her son kept telling her to listen to the missionaries, she has just moved to this area and didn't know any members or anything about the church and saw us in the street. We were able to go and visit her and she is very open! I know we were an answer to that missionary´s prayer to find his mom. We are seeing small miracles like these everyday, I am so very grateful for them and know heavenly father is guiding us. And if we just keep acting they will lead us to bigger miracles and eventually those ready for baptism! I love love love being a missionary

This is the last week of this transfer! I cant beleive it! SO the next time I will be writing will probably be wednesday. Then I will be starting my last transfer. so werid. so bittersweet. Mostly bitter. But im so ready to work!! This is something President shared with us in his letter last week sorry its in spanish... 

April 20, 2015
En el año 1982, ocurrió una de los partidos de fútbol norte americano mas recordados de todos los tiempos. Cuando el partido solo faltaba 4 segundos, el Equipo de Stanford tomó la delantera y estaba ganando 20 a 19. Los fans de Stanford y el equipo seguramente pensaban que habían ganado. Aún la banda de música empezó a entrar la cancha con los fans. Nadie se daba cuenta que todavía quedaba 4 segundos. Cuando todos los del equipo oponente estaban celebrando prematuramente y totalmente desenfocados, El equipo California puso la pelota en juego y en 4 segundos avanzaron le pelota 100 metros para ganar 25 a 20. Fue un ejemplo magistral de lo que ocurre cuando uno pierde su enfoque. Todo lo que Stanford había ganado durante todo el tiempo del partido fue perdido en los últimos 4 segundos. No tenía que ser así. En los últimos 4 segundos, este equpo, por haberse desenfocado, perdió la confianza de todos y decepcionaron a todos sus fans. Este equipo de Stanford jamás ha sido recordado como el equipo que perdió su enfoque, el equipo que no cumplió. Que vergüenza por ellos, que remordimiento y amargo pesar. Y no tenía que ser así.
Misioneros de Lima Sur, la doctrina de Cristo nos enseña “a menos que el hombre persevere hasta el fin, siguiendo el ejemplo del Hijo de Dios viviente, no puede ser salvo.” Misioneros, este aplica directamente a su misión. No es “perseverar hasta el fin” cuando un misionero, terminando la misión, se desenfoque en su casa. Cuando un misionero lo hace pierde la confianza de los demás misioneros. Además, pierde el Espíritu y decepciona a Dios, su familia y sus conversos eternos. Misioneros, les pido que sean misioneros de toda la doctrina de Cristo. No hay gloria que se encuentra en hablar del fin de la misión. La palabra “trunky” significa “no fiel” y es un descrédito para un misionero y la obra sagrada de consagración que hacemos. 
Misioneros, cuando hay un misionero terminando su tiempo acá, favor de no recordarles de esto. Ellos necesitan su apoyo en perseverar hasta el fin. Misioneros terminando, mantenga su mira puesta únicamente en Dios y “vuestro cuerpos entero será lleno de luz y no habrá tinieblas en vosotros.” Que majestuoso ejemplo dejó el profeta Jose Smith en terminar su llamamiento. Se dice de él “Vivió grande y murió grande a los ojos de Dios y de su Pueblo. Se debe decir de todos los misioneros de Lima Sur que “Sirvieron grande y terminaron grande a los ojos de Dios y de sus conversos y los demás misioneros”. 
La carrera no termina hasta el último nanosegundo y cuando el Señor lo dice. Pablo dijo “¿No sabeís que los que corren en el estadio, todos a la verdad corren, pero sólo uno se lleva el premio? Corred de tal manera que lo obtengais.” Misioneros, ¡el premio solo viene a los que perseveran hasta el fin! 
No nos escuchamos nada mas de misioneros desenfocados. Es una vergüenza y descrédito a nuestro Señor. 
¡Les amamos mucho!

 basically it just says the end is where it all comes down to. I had a dream this week and in it I randomly remembered the Madsens License plate that says NDUR2ZN or something like that. I woke up and really liked it and decided it would be my last transfer theme. ha ENDURE TO THE END!! This is my last 4 seconds in the 4th quater.

I love you all soooooo much!!! Keep enduring! Thanks for all you guys do!
LES AMO!!!

LOve,
Hermanita Nielsen











Monday, April 20, 2015

When in Peru do as the Peruvians do‏

Hey Family!

LAst week for Pday we went to the center of Lima, I went there last year when I was in the CCM. It was cool to go back, we just shopped and took pictures of all the pretty buildings.
  Tuesday I had an intercombio with Hna Rush. She is from Arizona and we have about the same time in the mission and it was the BEST intercombio ever! We talked about eeeeeeeverything! Goals, how the mission has affected our lives, how much we have changed, how much every girl NEEDs to go on a mission, how scared we are to return home, just everything. It was so much fun! and it was nice to have someone to talk to, I just felt so edified afterwards. WE got along reeeally well. Love her! Great missionary!

This week I finished the Book of Mormon reading aloud in spanish. FINALLY! took me like 8 months. But now my goal is to finish it again in english before I go home! 

OKay so this is just gonna be tons of  random stories..

  We are teaching a less active that just moved here from Iquitos, the jungle, and she has the coolest accent. It sounds like a thick southern accent but in spanish. Its sooo funny! On the phone the other day, as she was hanging up she said *Ya Hermanitas chua bediciones..* I thought that was a strange thing to say so I said it in English with her accent. And both Hna Addington and I were like TRACEY! (old youtube video) So now we always say paz y bediciones. or Peace and blessings, with our best version of a thick accent haha.

WE met a guy who looked exactly like captain hook this week! His name is Eduardo, he has long black curly hair down to his shoulders, this sounds terrible but he even has the hook! He somehow got his hand shopped off except one finger, so its all wrapped and bandages up and his pointer finger sticks out the top and he uses it just like captain hook. An At first glance I was reeeally scared to enter his house, but he ended up being AWESOME! He was like mindblown when we taught him about the trinity. And it just made so much sense to him. He was writing down notes so he could show it to all the other preachers that stop by his house. haha. He also loved the restoration. Got super excited, it was kind of scary! but well just have to  see what happens next with captain hook.. 

We were teaching a less active and she told us she could not go to church because she was addicted to her sewing machine...... She told us how she wakes up in the middle of the night and just has this burning desire and need to sew and she just cant stop or control it. So she wouldnt be able to come to church... uhhh... HAHAHA!

There is an Elder in our district who is teaching a family and thier names are Johnny, John and Juan... we joke and say whats the moms name Juana?

Yesterday a man passed us with his dogs then a few minutes later was running to catch up to us and then asked my companion, what do I have to do to talk to her. referring to me. We didn't understand so we just said oh well we are missionaries and if youd like to learn more about the church we can come visit you. Then he just said no, I just want to talk to her. Ya chua!  So we started walking away and he just keeps yelling *Eres Bonita*  

Sorry this is all kind of jumbled..  But I LOVE you guys sooo much! It amazes me that even 16 months in I still feel like Im learning as much as I did when I first got here. AND I LOVE IT! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!! THanks for being the best family EVER!
LES AMO!!!

LOVE,
Hermanita Nielsen





Hermana Addington and I





Monday, April 13, 2015

A Tomato a Day Keeps the Doctor Away‏

Family!!
CODY IS GOING TO THE PHILLIPINES!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im sooooooooo excited!! Thats sooo crazy!!! And sooo perfect for him!! And my other Native brother is going to whatever that place is called.  Adriatic Mission? Im so excited for BOTH of them! Loved the pictures! Thats soo exciting! Not sure how I feel about giving my homecoming talk on his farwell. Yikes. phew im still filled with just so much adrenaline.. Felicidades Cody and Jacob!
  Alright now I'm gonna have to try and refocus, so sorry if this doesnt make any sense. We had a great week! LAst monday for pday we went to this mall on the beach! It was soo pretty. That postcard I sent Cody, yeah thats where we were. Or really close. We just kind of walked around and looked at things. It was expensive but it was beautiful! Then Tuesday I went on exchanges with Hna Alvarez back to my old area in San Juan. I had never actaully met her but everyone says she is crazy and has mental problems and laughs uncontrollably and all her companions have struggled with her. so I was kind of scared going into it. But it was THE BEST! I dont know if it was a good day for her or something but we had sooo much fun! She did laugh a lot but I was laughing right along side her so it felt normal. We had a super great time. I enjoyed every second with her and it was a nice break from my area. I could completely be myself with her. IN the morning we woke up at 6 cause they all go and workout in this one place that has a track and what not. Basically the whole zone goes and workouts together. So I ran around the track. I had just completed 2.5 miles when all the elders asked if I wanted to race. I agreed. The race was just 1 lap around the track. So it was me and a bunch of Elders. They all took off sprinting, I ran it like I would a 400m in track They were all just a little in front of me then the last 200m I passed them all and ended up coming in a close 2nd. haha, of course elders never expect this of Hermanas so I earned a lot of respect haha. I just left out telling them the fact that I was a 400 runner. ha but it was suuper fun! I really enjoyed my exchange.

   ALright now for what's going on in the lords vineyard here in CHorillos.. 
Our invest Jesus who had a baptism date fell through.. WE haven't been able to meet with him for 2 weeks and he didn't come to church. His whole family are members so were not giving up but were gonna give him some space until he is more commited to make sacrifices to meet with us and go to church. kinda sad... 
Leonardo is doing great! Its a slow process but now he catches himself saying and answering questions with God as the answer even though he still says he doesn't believe. But he is a lot more comfortable talking to us about it and really wants to believe it. He just wants too many signs and doesn't understand the faith in the process. But we see him everyday because his mom is our pension so we are becoming better friends and he trusts us a little more. Poco a poca con El. WE also met a guy named Micheal this week. He showed up at a less actives house and joined the lesson. HE had tons of questions and lots of opinions. He didn't do much listening when we answered them and was kind of rude, but wanted to keep learning, and showed up again the second lesson in the less actives house. SO I guess he really is serious. We´ll see what happens with him. WE also contacted a reference, she was from another church and basically told us really nicely she would not accept our visits, so we explained the book of mormon she had lots of questions and at the end we asked if we could leave a copy with her, and she would not accept it. We kept fighting it a little. But she would NOT accept it. Just makes me think a little afterwards. She was soo agaisnst it. SHe wouldnt even accept it or touch it. I think its cause people are scared to know if it might be true. Cause they don't want to change. But we just bore testimony of it and left. I Love the book of mormon and it breaks my heart when people wont even try it.. 
 We met Carmen, a new invest. SHe is super awesome! Everything she said was just perfect. She is super religious and prays with her husband already as well as save sundays for thier family day so they can all be home! SHe was super excited to hear our message and learn more. Sunday we passed by again and her husband answered. He wasn't as thrilled when we met him and said they were busy... But Tengo fe! We're gonna teach thier whole family! They seem super great!

Other then that I still dont know our area and it stresses me out alot. This is the first area I've struggled with. I feel like I know no one and haven't contributed as much as I need to be. I kind of got a slice of humble pie this week. Many times. And realized I need to rely more on Heavnely help as well as the enabling power of the atonement. It was a good wake up for me and I hope to see some changes in this next week!

I love being a missionary! IM so excited for CODY!! I'm healthy and I'M happy!! and I love you alll! Have a great week!!!
Love,
Hermanita Nielsen

Fun fact. I eat tomatoes literally EVERYDAY. And I eat them like an apple. hahaha 









Monday, April 6, 2015

I Thank Thee O God for a Prophet.. and Conference.. and Hna Bott :)‏

Family!!!

IM GONNA BE A TIA???!!! I really hope Chelsea wasnt pulling an April fools joke on me cause ive literally just shouted it and told it to the whole world already. CONGRATS! IM so excited!! IM gonna be a TIA! 
  So this was a great week! SO MANY ANSWERS TO PRAYERS! First one, I kind of mentioned last week how I was struggling a little, just with a new companion and new area and just lots of things, well I decided to write Hna Bott a letter and tell her a little and I mentioned how I missed her and wished she was there so I could see how she would handle it cause I knew she´d be better about it. Well God loves his missionaries and is so aware of my needs! WE got a call around 6 that a few hnas were coming that night and needed to sleep in our house, since were the new hotel for hnas. And im sure you could guess who it was... HNA BOTT! I was sooo excited! It was such an answer to my prayers. We talked non stop and got all the updates on each others families and it was just exactly what I needed. To get off my chest a few things Id been carrying. THen in the morning I was in the bathroom and I hear this loud scream then what sounded like a waterfall hahaha. Hna Bott was using our big water tank and the top fell off and water came gushing out all over the kitchen floor. it looked like a lake. I walked out and her face looked like she was about to cry and I just started laughing soo hard. I dont think Ive laughed that hard since the whole rat experience. And boy did it feel good. Im pretty sure Heavenly Father sent her and took the top off the water just so I could have that relieving good laugh. It was just the best. I LOVE HNA BOTT! Later she told me that they were originally assigned to a different house but they changed it at the last minute. I dont think that was a coincedence, Heavenly Father just knows my needs perfectly! I later wrote her a note thanking her for everything and gave it to her along with the other I had written before i knew she was coming. 

   THen conference!!! I went in with 4 specific questions. And it was amazing and I literally sat there in shock and how perfectly each question was answered. Every single one of them! I know we have living prohpets and apostles today who DO recieve revelations for us! I LOVED LOVED LOVED conference. I really liked Oaks talk about the parable of the sower, as well as Elder Pearson about enduring which fit in perfectly for me in trying to sprint to the end. I also really liked the one by Elder Ringwood about titles and leadership and just serving our God and not looking for acknowlegment. Also lots said about the family! And everytime it just makes me so so so very grateful for the family I have and the parents I have! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THE BEST!! I also really loved Nelsons about the sabbath Day.. And I always love Hollands bold shouting at us, ahh best,.haha I could probably just keep on saying all the ones I loved. haha and the muuusiic!! I wasnt even there, but I just felt like the music was soo powerful this year, and I could just imagine Dad singing along with them ´consider the lilies of the field.... ´ and then continue singing it the whole rest of the afternooon. Am I right? 

I actually didnt know it was easter til the afternoon session. I thought it was next week. But it wasnt too late to celebrate and be super grateful for my savior jesus christ. What would we do without him ??
Job 19: 25-26 
For I know that my redeemerliveth adn that he shall standat the latter day upon  the earth
 Im soo grateful to know that HE DOES LIVE!! I love him soo much! I love you all sooooo much too! Thanks for being the best!! Have a greeeat week! 

Love,
Hermana Nielsen