Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
Elder Nielsen officially hit the 3 month mark (only three months?) last week. He is healthy, happy, and working hard. Here is a bit from his last letter home;
Hello. It's your boy. Another week down!
So this week I'm walking back to our car after trying a potential and I was looking at the ground and then I saw a bush and looked in the bush for like no reason and I found a $100 bill in the middle of the field. Like what? Just a single $100. I didn't know what to do. No one trained me for this. My first thought was "ask your mom". But since it wasn't P-day I just sat there in the car and waited for someone to look for it. It was a windy day so who knows where it came from and I called the zone leaders and they were like "keep it" and so I've decided to dedicate all of it to helping people out. Like, there's this homeless guy that's always outside this liquor store and Saturday I bought him a cheeseburger. Today I'm going to buy a less active flowers. It's so fun. Missionary work is so fun.
Fun/cute story. So there I was, driving back from Keyport. It was almost dinner time and we were going to Jersey Mikes, this super good sub place that I had a gift card that Nancy sent me (thanks Nancy). But then I was like "I need to go see the Prados right now (less active family)". We were going to swing by after dinner but I was just like "nope, now" and so I flip a u-turn and go to their house. We go and it's just Marlene (less active) and her husband (non-member). Both speak English. We talk for a while about life and stuff and started talking about Marlene. Side Note: She's the nicest lady. But she starts talking about how she's been having doubts for a while and they've really been hurting her and I could just tell how sad she was and it hurt me. She had prayed for help before we came over. So we just talked. And mom, I was supposed to be there. Like, me personally. It was one of the strongest spiritual experiences I've ever had. And then....snoring. ELDER JACOBS HAD FALLEN ASLEEP. He and I have laughed about it for the longest time. Even the Prados thought it was so funny. (P.S. He loves the Star Trek stamps you sent him).
I was on an exchange this past Tuesday and Wednesday with Elder Covington, my new district leader. So I was English speaking for a day. Funniest guy. I had quite possibly the most productive and most fun day of doing missionary work with him. It was crazy. We just taught every second of the day. And we even got called to the hospital to give a blessing and then we helped this lady move until 9:30 and then we were super hungry because we hadn't had time to eat so we got Chinese food and then we talked until like midnight (in our beds so we didn't break any rules). Then we woke up at 5:15 am and met up with the Ocean elders and watched the sunrise on the beach while we walked in the sand and it was really nice.
I want you to know that I'm so happy and I'm so healthy and I love my mom so much. I don't feel lonely and I don't feel sad and I don't feel scared. I just feel full of love. For everybody I meet. And especially you.
I love you.
--your boy Jack.
Called to Serve June 2016-2018
My son is currently serving a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This Blog is for family and friends interested in following his adventures for the next 24 months.