Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! Im happy to hear from all of you and hear that things are doing great. I totally didnt even realize we passed St Patricks Day recently, I'm starting to forget how the culture is back home. I thought I would tell a little bit more about where I am i really don't remember what I wrote last week so I apologize if some things are repeated. I am in San Vicente and the zone I'm in covered a lot of distance, covering the whole district of La Paz. This past week or so we have traveled a ridiculous amount of time going to San Salvador or San Miguel almost every day. Also to get to some parts in our area we have to travel in a bus for about an hour so my body feels very worn down from constantly being on the move. This area is really small but the ward is large. It is a district so we are technically a branch but the average attendance is about 150, which is by far the biggest unit I've ever been in in this country. The chapel is a huge building which is nice. We share the ward with Hermana missionaries but their area is a lot bigger and has just about all the members because they are girls and sometimes life is just unfair. So we mostly teach the more humble parts of the city. Me and my companion are basically the same person, its kind of freaky. We love to study doctrine and any free time we have we just listen to Bruce R McConkie and Hugh Nibley talks and anything else we can get our hands on. News flash, I love listening to modern prophets and apostles. My mind and understanding of the gospel has expanded to levels I had never really thought possible before and it has completely changed my outlook on life. I am so thankful for the guides we have today. My companion also went to BYU before the mission and played lacrosse there. So we have that in common too.

Anyways this week was good. Tuesday we had a meeting with President and Thursday we had a zone conference and I think it went pretty good. I have found that i love teaching and I always volunteer to teach Gospel Principles when the teacher doesn't show up.... which is pretty common thing here. Funny story, my mission President is crazy and awesome. Tuesday we got a call late at night from the assistants telling us we had to get the zone to San Salvador in the morning . We get everyone there just to find out that President was going to take us all to the movies. Yeah... never thought I would have gone to the movies in my mission. Hahaha it was a lot of fun and I think it was more than anything to excite us because of the situation in the country. We don't get a lot of chances to do fun things. We saw, "The resurrection of Christ" which was.... interesting. Also we had a baptism Saturday. I forgot to mention an old investigador we found when I got here and found she wanted to get baptized. Now we are working on getting the family sealed. They are awesome. I love the members here. They make me feel so welcome and I get along great with them. They are already family. We are struggling finding new investigators.  We have hardly anyone to teach now so that is the focus we have. 

I know this chruch is true and that its a life time calling to serve the Lord. I love the scriptures and know we are living in the latter days. I know if we base ourselves in the gospel we will be able to withstand all the troubles that will surely come into the world. I know the family is the basic and most important unit of the gospel, and we should try with all our might to strengthen the family against all the many temptaions in the world today. Love you guys and I am thankful for everything!

Elder Nelson

Chad's zone in Apopa

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