Friday, September 19, 2014

This week in Coquitlam

This week was so fast it was unreal!  The ward here is cool, but I miss Salmon Arm so bad and the people there (especially Troy and Leonard), but I'm afraid I was liking it too much and it was probably time to get out of there.
My companion and I are speaking in sacrament meeting on September 21st in our new ward so that will be good (I hope). 
We have no idea what to do here, there is nobody to teach so we just go down to the sky train station and talk to people.  The good news is we have two baptismal dates from all that talking for the 11th of October so that's sweet.  I always go and talk to the Jehovah witnesses, I am going to convert one of those people one day.
We have been going to visit some of the less actives.  Brother Blanks went on a mission to South Carolina like 25 years ago (which is kind of weird), but has been smoking ever since.  I feel so bad for him.  I gave him a priesthood blessing that he could stop smoking, but it hasn't seem to help. After the blessing his non-member friend came by and said do you guys want to go have pancakes on Thursday. Of course I said yes.  I think my companion about fell over when he realized we were going to breakfast with a less active and a non-member.   Later in the day I gave another guy named Brian a blessing to help him stop smoking and he said he felt amazing when I was giving him the blessing.  He said he hasn't smoked in over a week, so that is awesome.  What an amazing experience.

We chill at the sky train station all day because there are so many people coming and going from college and work.  Most people really love talking to us which is great.  We gave this 19 year old kid a Book of Mormon and he read 1st and 2nd Nephi in two weeks.  That has been a miracle.  We met him at Tim Hortin's after that and set a baptismal date for October 11th.
We had zone conference with all three zones in the lower mainland.  It was crazy and fun to see some of my old companions.  We can have dinner now with the members without investigators which is a great blessing.  I like it, but it's kind of stressful because you have to come up with stuff to talk about and sometimes I am kind of boring.  Oh well!
Have a good week.  Love you all!!
Elder Nielsen:):):)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I found out this morning I'm getting transferred.  I'm headed to Coquitlam which is in the lower mainland of British Columbia and the six largest city.  It is roughly the size of Provo or Orem (150,000 people).  Because of the Pacific ocean and mountains the annual average precipitation is..... 77 inches.  Yes that's right 77 inches which is about 6 times what you get in Utah.  Luckily since it is close to the coast most of that is in the form of rain.  I also found out I'm going to be a District leader.  I'm not sure I am ready for that. :-|

I love Salmon Arm and I will miss everything about this place.  

We visited Troy and Leonard and they always have funny stories for us.  They were telling us their pigs have gained 100 pounds in a week.  I said they don't look any bigger to me and Troy said come on Elder Nielsen can't you tell they've gained weight.  I said no not really.  Those two guys are funny and I'm going to miss them.

Brother Mourtisen is the guy that had the heart attack.  I guess when he was in the ambulance going to Kelowna he was teaching all the doctors and nurses about the Restoration.  He said I about had them, they were all super interested and I got a few of their addresses and phone numbers for you guys.  I said wow Brother Mourtisen that is more missionary work than the rest of the members in the ward have done since we've been here.  He's a great man!

I guess next time I talk to you I will be in Coquitlam.  I love you all have a great week.  Thanks for all your support.

Elder Morgan Nielsen