Monday, November 30, 2015

November 23, 2015 Week After Thanksgiving


How are things on that side of the world?

Sounds like Thanksgiving was super fun, even with the unorthodox method of making the stuffing. Not gonna lie, kinda jealous. For thanksgiving on this end we went to a buffet with all you can eat meat lol. Oh also the day before this white guy who lives in our area made this thanksgiving dinner for his students and held a party at the church and invited the missionaries so we got to eat thanksgiving food there too, with enough leftovers to eat the next night as well. A senior couple in our area is also having us over for a thanksgiving dinner this week so by the end of everything I'll probably have had 5 thanksgiving dinners haha.

Lol smeagol probably partied hard all week. Congrats on getting through that chapter senor, that must have been a pain. Are you gonna send it to me? ;)

Did you like Brooklyn?

So crazy that Hales is taking that job in Philadelphia. Thats gotta be so stressful and exciting and nervewracking and awesome at the same time. IT will be weird with hamstr and her being separated..

Wowww senor you are busyyyy, 2 patients a day during your BREAK? 

That must have been fun to see David and Renny as well. Arijit didnt come back did he? Super nice of Mrs Gan as well to send that basket...

haha its actually funny senor i was thinking this week, ya know i would love to go to the TWHS choir concert with pops right about now. If im ever back in time again i will be your loyal comrade.

That article on the theory of relativity sounds BOSS. Still so crazy to think that all of that stuff in Paris really happened. You said if only people could see the pattern in the BOM...every day i tell myself the same thing - if only people could see how beautiful this gospel is! 

That was super cool about how the general authorities got their testimonies mommy! They're just like us, gotta start somewhere.

Mommy you're always reading the most interesting books haha did you like this last one? And yes i got the christmas package! It is currently being hidden underneath our stairs.

Soo yeah im in my new area now, yuan shan. Im also the English Leader now which is obnoxious because it means i pretty much have to plan the english party all by myself. Its super fun though because one of the sisters from my MTC district is in my district here so we've been able to catch up and see what we've been up to these past few months. The ward here is super cool, i was able to meet a lot of them on Sunday and luckily already been able to establish good relationships with a lot of them. 

This Friday was particularly special because Elder Stevenson, of the quorum of the twelve apostles came to visit our mission :O His son was released off of his mission last week, so their
family came over to pick him up and decided they might as well come and give us some counsel/advice or whatever. We all shook his hand as we were going into the chapel. Im not gonna lie, i was pretty dang tired while he was talking but I really liked how real he was. Like he said something along the lines of "If i wake upat 6 30 i dont get blessings, i just get tired" and then when he was flipping to find a scripture he was like "D&C 42...or is it 46?" Everything he said was really good and inspired me but the most memorable part was when he bore his testimony at the end, specifically about Jesus Christ. The spirit filled the room and everyone was just like man, this guy must be an apostle or something.

I was reading in Job this week in the Old Testament and I particularly liked Job 5:17 "Behold happy is the man who God correcteth, therefore despise not thou the chastening of the almighty." It reminded me of a quote by Elder Bednar who said something along the lines of if we're not getting chastised by the spirit every night we probably want to reevaluate the sincerity of our prayers.The power of repentance is real and doesnt just have to be used for big transgressions. What lack i yet? :)
Anyways, i loveee you guys a ton and hope you have a great week!!!

Elder Nelson

Ni zhang lao

Monday, November 23, 2015

November 16, 2015 New Companion - E. Rock to Office


Wow sounds like a lot is happening at home both on the home front and abroad. That party for Annie's birthday will probably be super fun! 

But Senor geez you got a ton on your plate, what between patients, working on that chapter that you need to have finished by December 1st, temple trip, the med school thing, goodness. You seem to be a little overcomitted at the moment. I'll try to pray that you can survive these next couple weeks haha.

We actually haven't heard a single thing about the terrorist attacks on Paris. What happened?? And a russian passenger jet? and a suicide bomber? What is going on in the world?

haha running the race with patience is an every day battle but im starting to find my speed i think/hope.

cant believe amy actually has a car now..its like shes about to graduate college or something :O

Yes me and Garrett celebrated together this last week as it was my half birthday :) Will Renny be spending any time with you guys over the thanksgiving break?

I think they have a childrens program over here but i havent seen one yet..

They do already baked turkeys at kroger? how really curious how thanksgiving is going to turn out on this end. Maybe ill eat some extra noodles or something haha.

Glad the brakes turned out okay. I feel like those things are always going out. Also good to hear Sister Ellis's school chugs right on along. How many students does she have now?

Love the scrip senor maybe ill ponderize it this week ;)

Sounds like youve been running all over the place mommy trying to get a hold of that coat for amy. Its always one thing or another isnt it?

The chinese is very "man man lai" as us mandarin speakers say - literally translated meaning slow slow come or slowly coming along. Right now I'm working on studying the characters found in the Book of Mormon so that I can actually be able to read it and share with investigators more easily.

Man ribs sound pretty good right now...

So in terms of what happened on this end this week it was kind of crazy. On Saturday night we got a call telling us that my companion, elder rock was moving to tai zhong to be our mission's financial secretary. Before it had been a senior couple but their mission is about to come to an end so they need them to train him and for him to serve in the interim until the new couple comes on board. Apparently he has some background in accounting so thats why they asked him to do it. Hes super stressed because the only other people in the office are like the assistants and the president and his wife. Butt because he moved out (one week early too) I got a new companion! His name is Elder xu and hes a "bendiren" or a native! Hes from taoyuan which is where the airport is here in Taiwan. It's kind of stressful but i'm really hoping that this will be a great opportunity for my language to improve a lot. I just barely met him so its hard to know how things are gonna turn out.

In terms of Sister Zhang, she's going to get baptized this Saturday! Next week after shes baptized ill probably write more about her because she's seriously the coolest ever.

We met Richard again this week and its super frustrating with him because he knows the Book of Mormon is true! Its just that literally all of his other friends are in another christian church and he's also in a christian band so he fears that if he joins the church he will lose all of the people around him that he loves most. Its a sticky situation. Maybe you guys can pray for him that he'll be able to have the faith to choose to be baptized and act on the answer he's received.

this week I was ponderizing Matthew 13:44. It says something about how the gospel is like a man  that finds a treasure in a field, the which when he finds it he selleth all that he hath and buyeth that field. I dont know why, i'm just always touched by this scripture every time i read it, A question that i used to allow myself to ponder it better this week was, Am i selling all that I have?

Anyways, not a lot of time because my new companion just got here and we got to do some stuff but i miss and love you guys a ton! I Hope you have a great week!!

Elder Nelson

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015 Work Continues in Gio Xiong


Sounds like you guys had a really cool broadcast. Cool opportunity to hear from an apostle. 

Also congrats on the Altimaaa! haha i should have known that you guys would revert to the old classic. Hopefully it will be able to last the hamster a good little bit. Geez she's so olld. Was it super expensive?

To be honest i had no idea that the leaders of china and taiwan were meeting...we dont see a lot of the media here unless theres a tv on in a restaurant or something.

haha just give them all A's Senor, youre guaranteed to get a pay raise.

So what is that chapter youre writing about even on? Also is the med school thing getting trashed just because that one guy left or??

Smeag's such a studd. Shouldnt track be starting up within the next couple months as well? Glad to hear the hamster and phillus are doing at least ok enough.

Wow what a party at the outback! Crazy to think that your mom would be 100 years old now pops. Strangely enough, i still remember that funeral/time in general.

The Surfside party sounds like it will be super fun as well, just about everyone's gonna make it down. Im sure smeagol will enjoy some alone party time.

We actually haven't had like any rain here since ive gotten here..Its definitely still very warm though. Apparently the winters in gao xiong are pretty nice but the summers are absolutely deathly hot. So im probably lucky

Yeah apparently christmas here is just like any other day. Like even for us missionaries, besides talking to the family we're just out on the streets continuing to preach the gospel. Also you're definitely not allowed to talk about all of the delicious foods that you guys will be eating for Thanksgiving (also doesnt exist in Taiwan).

haha i didnt know you were a muppets fan senor..

Yay taxesssss

Are the flowers still surviving mommy? haha not gonna lie kinda laughed to myself hearing you talk about running back and forth to lowe's. I can see it oh so clearly.

Is the book youre reading one of those historical fiction ones mommy?

D&C 84:88 is an awesome scripture. You guys probably know how often we have to rely on that promise as missionaries.

So in terms of random things that happened this week...We had some exterminators come by our apartment and spray some stuff and my goodness it was disgusting. After they left, our kitchen floor was literally layered in hundreds of dead cockroaches. Senor probably would have passed out. Butt now we dont have as many crawling through our dishes so  thats nice haha. 

Also funny story: So we were biking home one day and saw this booth thing on the side of the road selling Taiwanese peanuts. She let us try some then thrust this huge bag full of them at us wanting us to buy it for 200 kuai. We told her oh maybe next time but she just kept holding her hand out at us saying "Money, money" (in english) haha gotta love Taiwannnn

This Friday we had a special mission tour where the asia area president Elder Wong came and talked with us and told us how to be better missionaries, as well as President Blickenstaff and his wife. It was actually super good, all of the gao xiong missionaries were there so I got to see some old friends from previous zones/MTC days. We also got free lunch which was nice. Elder Wong was hilarious, he kept talking about how since he was a general authority he had special privileges.

So this week had some good and some bad in terms of investigators. Remember Richard? Well he's experiencing major opposition from both his mom (who doesnt want him to marry a mormon girl) and his other christian friends/church. He shot us a txt the other day and said he could keep coming to our church but that baptism was going to be impossible...:( we're meeting with him this Friday.

Zhang ai li on the other hand is incredible! She is literally just miracle upon miracle. For example, recently we taught her about the word of wisdom. She brought up the concern that she drinks coffee every day. She prayed to Heavenly Father to help her stop and the next day when she drank coffee she said it tasted disgusting to her. Shes actually reading the Book of Mormon with real intent and every night we call her for 30 or 40 minutes just helping her to understand what she's reading. everytime we meet with her i leave on a spiritual high and shes really helped my own testimony to grow as Ive realized what the principles in the Book of Mormon mean to me.

This week in the Book of Mormon I was reading the story of Abinadi. And i really like something that he tells the wicked priests. He's talking to them about the law of moses/commandments and then he says that "I perceive that they are not written in your hearts." How do we make the gospel written in our hearts? Maybe something y'all can ponderize this week :) 

Ahhhh I love and miss you guys so much! I hope you have a great week! Ill try to get some pics off today 

Elder Nelson


Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2, 2015 Nese's B-Day


haha Senor you would be surprised how entertaining it is for me to hear about the weather report in Houston. I can picture the anemic fall so well. Although we dont really have a fall here either. Trick or treating/Halloween in general does not happen here. Poor kids dont know what they're missing out on. Oh and yeah daylight savings does not happen in Taiwan. Totally forgot that was even a thing.

Senor your schedule sounds crazy right now! Grant reviews, textbook chapter, med school. Think you'll everapply for another grant? ;) Think SHSU will get the med school?

Woahhh Amy's getting a car??? SO WEIRD. Its like shes a real adult or something. How much are you gonna have to pay for it? Isnt 90k miles a lot?

That pic of the city lights was from the roof of our apartment back in taizhong. Yeah that overcast feel is really just because theres so much pollution. I used to think it was foggy every morning but when my shirts started graying slowly i caught on haha. 

Glad to hear Tim is recovering. Excited for Lukas. And sounds like you really like the Stake President. He's a pretty nice guy, huh? 

Hows the family history work coming mommy?

Ohhh yeah my MTC teacher emailed me saying he'd met someone from Taiwan who knew me up at byu or something? small world

Right now we're working with some AWESOME investigators. Theres this one family, zhang jia ting who are so prepared its unbelievable. They were finally able to come to church this last sunday for the full three hours. Theres a grandma, a mom and her little girl. At the end, the primary children were practicing for the primary program and the mom broke out into tears. She told us if there was one word that she would tell her future self about the feelings she had at church that day it would be "believe." So cool. We were kinda worried because the gospel principles lesson was on temple work and some pretty deep stuff but she seemed to have a really good experience. Richard and zeng jie mei we're also still meeting with. (Richard is the drummer). They both have baptismal goals for a couple weeks down the road. I invited Richard to come visit us in Texas in a couple years btw so i hope you guys dont mind..I told him about my mom's cooking ;) We're also meeting with this 14 year old kid lin zi peng. He seems to really like church, but tbh i dont know if he really understands the importance of everything,  But yeah, a lot of exciting potential right now.

The food is pretty much the same. We're eating inside more which is kinda good. We also discovered a local japanese restaurant with sushi that we go to quite frequently. Yeah we're on the West coast of gao xiong, in a harbor place so theres a lot of businesses working on shipping and freight stuff. We're right by a lot with a bunch of those huge box things that go on the ships (think Batman Begins).

So in terms of interesting stuff that happened this week...Monday for pday we went to a place called monkey mountain. Its this small little mountain with beautiful foliage and TONS OF MONKEYS. If you have food they'll straight up come and steal your food haha. It was a constant struggle to try to snag a selfie with them. Im behind on pics but ill try to send a few off  bc it was super cool.

Tuesday night the bishop had us over for a dinner and it was amazing. There's a costco in our area, so the wife prepared the most delicious American costco dinner ever, complete with pizza pasta salad chicken etc. You'd be surprised how big a difference a good meal can make in your day haha.

Every day we meet so many interesting people contacting in the most random places. For example, on Thursday alone we met 1) A lady in a print shop who has two daughters studying Chemistry and was interested in coming to our english class 2) a guy from new jersey who had just barely retired and was circling the island for a couple weeks and said hed get in contact with missionaries there 3)Some guy who came up to us asking us to go visit someone in his company who has no friends and 4)a 17 year old kid named Raonchen, who lives right next to us, came and checked out the church, and played some songs for us on the piano, including "It's only just a dreammmmmm." But yeah i wish you guys could just watch a video of a day in the life haha.

Anyways, this week i was really struck by Luke 21:9 "In your patience, possess ye your souls." Idk i feel like those 7 words have a lot of meaning. I think that one of the biggest things that we're meant to learn on earth is patience. Patience is really hard and its something that I myself have not been the best with but i feel like a lot of the trials God gives us are to teach us patience and how to deal with hard things with a smile.

I love and miss you guys a ton and hope you have a great week!!! 

Elder Nelson