Monday, May 27, 2013

Heylo! :D

Yay, Sister missionaries! With your own set I know you'll be seeing them a lot more :D do they have a lot of work going on? I was looking at our ward boundaries and it's actually a smaller area than I thought. Huh. But good for them! Sometimes, with all the stuff that I know now, I wish I could help them more. But Sis. Flinders said her husband was the new ward mission leader, so per his request I sent my two cents. Hopefully that'll do for now :) 

Ah! Grilling! We've been having that pretty much all weekend. It's still not as good as Dad's, but it'll do. I'm glad you mentioned that picture! That's one of my fav's :3 d'you think you could send me a copy via email? Mine's a little whitewashed. :D I was thinking about this day a year ago, even just yesterday! It's crazy it's been a year already!! We went to the parade, came home, grill'd (the Smiths came over, didn't they?) and yes, I did get set apart on Mondaynight. Pres. Clark was late since he was working on his youth conference talk and spaced it. So we got ice cream before I was set apart, haha! ThenTuesday was our flight. I still remember Matt and Craig in the garage watching us leave, and Craig was in tears and Matt was being all stoic... haha. Then we flew off, got in late, stayed at Greg&Marlenes, and reported on Wednesday! And laughed at all the people crying in the park across from the MTC, bahaha. We're such sadists. *brick'd*

I heard about the hawks. I'm flailing a little bit, but thank goodness it's Monday! I'm sure I'll hear if they're booted! *flail* *dodges tomato*

Zone conference was soooo good! It was really neat, we actually talked a lot about repentance and how critical it is for us as missionaries, people who are learning about the gospel and members as a whole. An important point I thought about was how repentance is supposed to be a daily thing- it's possible and totally okay to have to repent about something more than once, just as long as you're sincere about it. If we say we're sorry and then go off to do it again, how sincere was it? So that was an important thing that I picked out from it. Also the fact that repentance is just a change of heart- if nothing's changing, you're doing something wrong. And we have to remember that the Atonement covers ALL THINGS- literally, everything! and as stated in D&C 88:33- "For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift." Repentance is a gift the Father has given to us, and He rejoices when we use it to be able to be better! That's the point of this mortal life- to learn and to grow. We don't have to feel sorry for everything all the time- it's already been paid for. Why not?
If you couldn't tell, it was awesome. Basically. :)

ALSO, d'you remember that sweet referral we told you about, like a month ago? His sister is a member in San Diego I think, and she texted and asked us to go see him. His name is Les and yeah, he's been coming to church every week since we met him :D but we've had a hard time meeting up with him until this week! and it was AWESOME! Holy cow I can't even begin to tell you!! We went over to the member's house that he's pretty much best friend's with, and we taught him about the Restoration, the priesthood, God's love, the whole bit. (When you see the Sisters next, you should ask them to give you a quick version of lesson 1. Or in that nifty PMG that Matt has now. Muhar!) Anyway, so we got to the end teaching him about the Book of Mormon and how to pray to know of it's truthfulness, and how that's the convincing evidence of the restoration, and he said he would! And- this is the thing with new missionaries, they get to basically extend all the commitments so they can be awesome- Sister Smith asked him to be baptized and he said YES! We set a date for him for June 22!! SO GREAT! So that's the goal! And before we ended he said, "And Mormons don't like the whole drinking and smoking thing, so I'll get right on quitting that." We nearly fell out of our chairs we were so excited :D :D SO prepared, SUCH a miracle!!
And then yesterday was awesome too... I was teaching the gospel principles lesson on repentance (hah?) and in the middle of the lesson he said, "I'm 61, and I feel like my whole life I've been like a ship out at sea- going in circles and not getting anywhere. But now there's the church in my life and I feel like it's a compass, giving me direction for my life." Aaaah! He's so AWESOME! :D *stoked*

SO, yeah. Also, there was an earthquake here last week! We didn't feel it tho cos we were driving at the time. Phooey. Kinda bummed about that.
In terms of that "busy Sunday" I was telling you about last week, we basically had another earthquake- figueratively, of course :) all the RS, YW and Primary callings got mixed up and reassigned. So that was an adventure haha.

how do I end up writing so much? meep.

I LOVE YOU ALL! Great things are happening- the Lord seems to be requiring more of us now than he did before, that's the conclusion I'm coming to. Hopefully we'll be steadfast enough to keep up :) Thanks always for your prayers and support! They mean everything!

Sister Nelson

p.s.- look what I did to my hair! no seriously- I did it :)

May 2013

May 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013


HI!!! <3

So as I said to Matt in his letter today, the Elders and lady who lets us email are all entertained that within seconds of opening up my email, I'm in giggles. Apparently they think it's hilarious. But I don't care! I'm just trying to make a point here :3

I hope so about Dottie. It was just beyond devastating. Boo. Someday... but probably not while I'm around. 

Yes, you told me that you found a lot of volumes for Bro. Hawe! He told me yesterday he doesn't think he'll be able to swing out near Chicago, but hey. Good effort :) hope those high-place friends work out! Off topic, but yesterday we were talking to him about some records needing to be moved, and offhand he said, "Okay, I'll get this figured out this week, just don't come to me with more of these next week, it's going to be busy in here!" We were confused and asked him why it was going to be busy, and he said, "Well, everyone's going to be busy. Trust me!" so... we'll wait to see what things are awaiting us next week. ;D but don't spread that around, hahaha! 

yay, hive! glad it was warm enough to get it in. And that's good it's nice and close, too. :) and booooo bunnies. at least you don't have to deal with deer. I happened to mention to people we had bunnies die in our window wells all the time, and they all said, "and you didn't save them??" and then I realized we sounded like terrible people. :D I still regret nothing!

ooh! self-defense! I had a companion teach me a move, where you got out of a stranglehold and then grabbed the back of their knee and sat down. takes the wind right out of their sails! I didn't get to practice it much, but it was fun while we did it haha. ohh man I would've LOVED to see you and Sis. Holyoak go at it :) hahaha you're like heads above everyone else too, so that doesn't help her much hehehe. oh well. good for her to be so enthusiastic!

... speaking of seminary graduation, did I even go to mine? I feel like I didn't. Or if I did, I was really not paying attention. I don't think I've ever really been at one of those. Man, how noncommittal do I sound like I was when I was a teen? sheesh XD

I hope Dad isn't sad I didn't send a card D: I'll have to rectify that.

SOOO this week was SO GREAT! Well, not all around great, but here's a super awesome experience! Cos it's awesome! Okay, so there's Jessie, my mom-type-experience-investigator. Woo! Anyway, we had a great lesson with her this week about prayer and scripture study, and basically she has the best member friend EVAR and we want to be her someday. But we had a great lesson and commited her to pray about something specific and then look to see how God would answer. Well, she texted us the NEXT DAY and said she had an answer!! So great!! She's our ray of sunshine :) I love her so much, and I want to see her baptized! Unfortunately her aunt (whom she lives with) is putting up kinda a fight about her being Mormon or associating with them and everything, so we'll have to wait 'til she turns 18 in July. SO CLOSE! Mar :) but she's awesome. And so is the Lord. He hears and answers our prayers, and I know he answers them ALL! Sometimes it takes lots of time for us to hear it, and sometimes he says "no" or "wait". but he DOES answer! What a blessing to know that and apply it in our lives, and exercise great faith in feeling that he's there. LOVE it!!

This week we have a zone conference, so Pres. Weston will be there and will teach us :) So excited! I love that kind of thing. And I'm finding that I like to drive, so... yeah. Haha! Who knew. XD

I hope all is well with you! I'm grateful for your continuous support and love- stay awesome! Remember who you are and how that can help you through it all :) he's there, just waiting to talk to us- if we'll listen!

Kepp with it!
Sister Nelson

Monday, May 13, 2013

FAMILY! *glomp*

Ohhhmygosh it was so awesome to hear from you all last week!! That was the perfect ending to the week. Ahh. Refreshing. :)

I did get a letter from Matt, so that was happy :D I was really happy I got on early so I could at least talk to him for a couple minutes.... *brick'd*

Aah! Star Wars day! That's also the anniversary of my going through the temple for the first time :3 good times. I'm soooo looking forward to lego star wars again. /trunky I promise I'm not this bad all the time, haha. Just on Mondays. ^^; (also, omg wookie of the year. XDXD) 

Yaay, warm weather! I was thinking about that yesterday after I got off the phone and I thought it was a little later than usual for cold stuff like this. Nuts. But it'll warm up soon and then everyone will be wishing for cooler weather. There's always something. 

ALSO, YAY REDWINGS. I'd much rather face them oldies than the Sharks. The Sharks/Kings would be an interesting matchup, I wish I'd be home to see all that. Tivo all the games you caaan! *is having withdrawls* man, this is the most exciting time of the year and I'm missing it all @_@ alas. good sacrifice. And anyway, the long break won't hurt. Even if they lose the first it'll get the fire under them and they'll bounce back hard :D *clapclap!*

As far as the work went this week, holy freak this was one of the hardest weeks of my liiiiiiife. Also depressing. We had a super awesome (and really long o.o) lesson with Dottie this week, and we were able to help her address some of her concerns about baptism and everything- it ended up coming to a point where she said if she didn't have a panic attack in the middle of the night (they're frequent, so it was a legitimate concern), she'd be baptized. SOOOO we were so excited! But the next day she texted and said that baptism was too big of a commitment and she wasn't going to go through with it. (?!?!?) So after much confusion, we texted her back and asked her if she had a panic attack. She said no- she'd had dreams of different colored fabric and buttons and also golden haired people and children. Cue flail and depression. TT_____TT so yeah. That was really hard. Urk. So.... yeah. There were lots of things that we learned from that, but we were able to talk to the other sisters in Chico and get feeling better. Friends are great for that kind of thing. 

That was the major highlight (or lowlight?) of the week. The other was getting honey as the mother's day gift. Coincidence? Mebbe not. :3

So yes. I love you!! Thanks for being awesome! <3 

Sister Nelson

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dearest family!

Cute new email, mom :D very fitting. haha! glad your birthday went well! I
was thinking about you that day. It was funny, actually- we have a lady in
our ward (who just recently went through the temple for herself :D :D ) and
her birthday was on Friday, too! so we had dinner with her and had a nice
evening. I was thinking about you the whole time. :3 we're actually going
to go see her again today- they taught us how to play Mexican Train, a
domino game, and it was SUPER FUN! You should look into it, it's way fun :D
They say to make sure you get the double-dot color version, though. I'm
sure you could figure it out :)

I got the package! YAY! Thanks! The CDs are exactly what I wanted :) I saw
they were already opened- did you rip them and include them in your
library? They're good choices ;D the skirt is beautiful! 

RIP ash tree. T___T

Yay! School's out! (Soon.) Sounds good to be busy. Are you and Dad going to
be up to much also?

Hawks Hawks~ <3 it's funny, a couple took us out to eat this last week on
Wednesday, and on one of the TVs where we were eating was pre-game for the
Sharks/Canucks. Oh it was so hard to not have my head glued to that screen!
*fail* I don't know which I'd have, either. D: Is there a possibility of
not playing either? haha!

Yay, Sisters! Are they just over 2nd ward now, or do they still cover both?
(Haha, I had a super funny mental image of Dad grilling with an umbrella.
He could make it work, I'm sure. XD )

@Bro Hawe- Yay! He's a super great guy. He's super into history and loves
digging around- he's been called as a stake historian, which I don't even
know if that's a thing in most places. He's very nice and proper too- he
makes me think of a gentlemanly British man sans accent. His wife is fun
too, very nice :) I think you'd like them! You could definitely ask :)

Also, I talked to President Weston and he said he'd prefer if all calls
could be on Mothers day if possible. So you have the 1pm schedule now
(right?) and we have the 9am, so... in central time zone, we would be
starting church at 11am, so that crosses out all time from 11-4 for church
and whatnot, so I'm thinking that we could call when you get back from
church. so 4:30ish for you? (Since Matt has a concert, right?) That's
2:30ish for me, and we'll definitely be available. We'll try to ask the
Hunts if we can skype at their house (we live with them :D ) and they have
a computer we could probably use. We'll figure it out. But hopefully that
time works for you? If not, uh... well, if not just shoot me an email and
I'll look at it next Sunday and just hang 'til then. :D

Hokay. This week was good! A couple weird things (mostly having to do with
feeling down about ourselves- sometimes you just want to change the world,
but you can't... and then everything falls through. lamesauce.), BUT! There
were two supah awesome things. Firstly, remember Les? He's the referral
that we went to go contact, and he invited himself to church and has been
coming every week since. Well, this week we dropped by to visit him and in
the middle of the conversation said, "Yeah, I think I'll probably end up
being Mormon. I feel the most peace in your church." We about died, haha!
Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to invite him for a specific date, so
we're planning on doing that this week. Yay! :D So excited!
And then the second awesome thing was Dottie! We were going to try to
invite her to be baptized this week, but... we didn't. HOWEVER, we did
invite her to go see a baptism! We've tried to do that before, but she'd
said no for whatever reason. Well, on Saturday we texted her a reminder
about it, and she texted back to say that she wanted to go! You should have
seen us, jumping around at our house and just being so excited about it :D
There's a special spirit at baptism that has the potential to change
everything, so that's why we try to invite investigators to baptisms.
Anyway, we found out later that she was supposed to dog-sit for her son who
lives in Chico, but she had just gotten a call from him saying he didn't
need her to dog-sit anymore. She was feeling kinda bummed since she was
looking forward to it, but then we texted! She said she wanted to go
because she knew that it would help her feel better, and happier! So we got
her the address and she met us there. (Also, sidenote, she said at one
point she didn't know if it was one way or the other on a street, so she
made a decision and just went with it. Of course she "happened" to go the
right way- we all determined that the Spirit was directing her and helping
her get to the building so she could see a baptism. Sweet!) It was SO
great, and I hope that something that was said there made a difference to
her. We'll try again this week to invite her to be baptized.

Great things are happening! I'm so grateful and happy to be here. And I'm
so excited to TALK to you next Sunday! Hurrah! I can't wait :3 Someday I'll
be able to talk to Craig too... hah. Christmas.

Also, I'm coming up on my year-mark. When did that happen?! Didn't it just
feel like I just STARTED this thing?? Crazy. Time is such a weird thing!

I LOVE YOU ALL! Thanks for being awesome and everything! I'm grateful for
your support, your letters, your love, and your prayers! Keep 'em coming :)

Sister Nelson