Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Salmon Arm

The first picture is of all the missionaries in the mission office in Abbotsford on P-day right before transfers.  The next picture is the Noftle family.  They are so amazing.  Brother Noftle treated me like a son and I'm really going to miss them.  The last picture is from a members back yard in Salmon Arm, BC.  That's my new area, it is about 4.5 hours Northeast of Abbotsford.  There are about twenty thousand people in town and I am super excited to be in a new area.  I'm serving with Elder Manley from Draper.
The trip to Salmon Arm was crazy.  We drove 2 hours from Richmond to Chilliwack and stayed the night.  The next morning we got on a Greyhound bus and drove 4 hours on this windy road to Kamloops.  There were cars off the road everywhere.  Once we got to Kamloops we drove another hour and a half to Salmon Arm.  We met some members here that remind me of Grandpa Milton and Grandma Gerri.  The guy says he is in the sheep business and has been to Provo to buy sheep before but doesn't know Milton.

The work is going well and we are finding lots of new investigators.  I'm learning a ton and my testimony is growing everyday.  The church is true.

Have a great week everyone.  I love you.

Elder Nielsen

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sad Day

I learned today that my Uncle Chris Starkey passed away last Wednesday.  I'm totally in shock.  When my parents told me I was sick and it literally felt like someone punched me in the stomach.  I feel so bad for Julie and her kids.  The only comfort I have is knowing that they will all be together again some day.  I love you Julie and am praying for you!!

This is a bridge we crossed on our way to hear Elder Christofferson speak.  It was really cool but I can't remember the name.

This is Brother Jaspar and my companion Elder Hudson.  Brother Jaspar served a mission in Provo, UT when he was young.  We have been doing a lot of service lately for Brother Jaspar which is way cool.

This was another great week for Elder Hudson and I.  We found 15 more new investigators and have two baptisms scheduled for March 30th.  I like serving with Elder Hudson he is a hard worker and it is showing in our results.

I love you all.  Have a great week.

Elder Nielsen

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Vancouver Temple

This is a picture of the Vancouver temple I took while we were at a Zone conference last week listening to Elder Christofferson.  He was amazing and so spiritual.  He said there will be a lot of persecution in the last days, like we've never seen before and we need to be prepared.

We had such a great week last week!!  We found 22 new investigators and have a baptism date set of March 30th for one of our previous investigators.  Can you believe that 22 investigators. :) The Lord really blessed us by being in the right place and the right time.  That's the only way that could happen.

It rains here so much we just walk around soaking wet all the time.  I get along with my new companion so well.  We work really hard, but can laugh when we are soaking wet or when things didn't go like we had planned.  I just didn't realize how blessed I am to be a member of the church until I starting serving a mission and can see how hard life is for people who don't have the Gospel in their lives.

Thank you for all your love and support.  Have a great week!!

Elder Nielsen