Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
Hi mom! It’s me! Your boy! Do you remember your boy? It’s been like 21 months since you’ve last seen me so it’s ok if you didn’t know who I was right away.
I’m sorry you’re sick. That’s no fun at all. I actually have been really lucky in the health department lately. I directly attribute it to the fact that my cute mom prays for me every day. That and the fact that my food intake is now only regulated by my personal desires instead of needing to inhale large quantities of meat to make people like us. Hispanics, man. We still teach a decent amount of people in Spanish though so I’m able to keep it up. I want to take a spanish class in fall semester because I’m pretty sure I can take a proficiency test and then take a few more classes for a Spanish minor which would look pretty sassy on any resume.
We had a nice week here. Lot of people to teach. We basically just go to homes where they let us in without knowing us and we teach and then I usually go to the kitchen and do their dishes lol. Haitians are great. There’s this food called Greole that’s really good and I eat at least once a week. They cover it with this stuff called “piklies” which basically means “spicy” and it’s like pickled onions and peppers and it’s really spicy and I think dad would like it a lot.
I finished reading the Book of Mormon again past this week. What a great book. I met this inactive woman this week who is literally the COOLEST lady. She’s an artist and has like 5 degrees. She has been inactive for a while and expressed concern about some doctrine and practices in the church. But basically we just talked about how cool the Book of Mormon is and the truthfulness of the record and it was just a lovely conversation. Also she gave me a Hindu book of scripture. Thanks, lady.
Anyway. I’m going to go get some groceries and whatnot. I’ll talk to you later today. Basically I love you so much and I can’t wait to see you in 3 months. The pictures are from us translating this week on Saturday and Sunday for stake conference. And stamped cards because I was tired of writing all our stuff on cards by hand so I literally ordered a stamp for like $10. And some other stuff I can’t remember. Ok I love you.
This Wednesday Jack drops to 99 days left on his mission. That's so awesome since we started at 730!! He's happy and working hard to finish strong. Here's the latest on our cute boy. -K
It was a nice week. SUPER busy and I’m sleepy. I went on an exchange with an elder in Passaic which was fun. He was teaching me how to solve a rubix cube. I also met this guy who Elder Hunt baptized and talked about ALL THE TIME. I love Elder Hunt (now known as Caleb). I had so much fun with that guy. My companions have been the coolest people. I’ve really lucked out in that department. Elder Hunt and I always talked about getting friendship sealed. Lol. Anyway. I had a meeting on Wednesday for the new missionaries and their trainers which was nice. I did that exchange on Tuesday and then went with our zone leaders on Friday which was fun. I was with Elder Nunes who is really cool and a good friend of mine. He spent half of his mission in the only Portuguese area in the mission. Super funny guy and we had several really good lessons that day. We also had interviews with president this week which was fun. He basically told me I’ll be here for the rest of my mission which I am happy about. President Hess is just the best of guys. He also went to our ward this Sunday and I had to translate his big word talk into Spanish (which is my job almost every Sunday). So it was a real busy week but it was nice and good.
On behalf of all of us at the Middletown apartments, thank you SO much for the food on Saturday. So our appointment at 7 canceled and the sisters needed help planning their baptism so we all went to the Noodle House and they brought so much food and then we took the rest to go. It was really nice. The food there is super delicious and everyone who eats there is oriental so you know it’s good. So thank you.
We had a huge snowstorm this week. Like at least 9 inches. The streets everywhere were impassable so we just went around and shoveled snow for people which was really fun. The high for Wednesday is supposed to be almost 70 degrees so it won’t be here for two long. You know what almost 70 degrees means? It means we are transitioning into the season where I see my family again and that thought warms my heart to way more than almost 70 degrees.
One of the senior missionaries here, Elder Jensen, is my guy. He calls me just to talk sometimes lol. He’s super funny and he actually is on the alumni board for SUU. He was a bishop down there for a while too. He gave me a few good places to go and other stuff for when I get back. I’m really excited for college because I can learn my lil brain out. But right now I'm going to concentrate on finishing my mission strong. 99 days isn't a lot to get everything done.
Anyway cute mom, today we are going bowling and other stuff. I love you so so SO MUCH. I’ll write you more in a little bit. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!❤️💕😘😘💕
It’s me!!! Your boy!!! Do you remember me? That’s ok if you don’t because I remember you enough for us both! Wowza look at the rapidly approaching finish line! It turned from an inconceivable concept in Red Bank, NJ to a very tangible reality in New City, NY. Good job, us. We did a very hard thing. Remember when I wrote you that letter telling you that I was going to go on a mission? Look at us now. This honestly has been the best decision of my life to do this, though. I feel it was a pivotal life event. One I’m sure I will ever be grateful for. And I’ve loved my mission, honestly. It has been just a lovely time and very soon I’ll be able to hang out with my lovely mom and I’ll feel at home. Apparently I’m very nostalgic at 8:00am.
We had a really good week this week. Like every week! All the weeks are good. We’re working really hard and we find a lot of really nice people. My Creole/French is actually getting pretty good too! Enough to make people laugh and from there my companion does the talking and I nod my head a lot. I am being very safe and life is very good for me. Everyone is SO nice to us and they usually just let us in to teach them because everyone just loves God a lot! It’s very very sweet. And we’re seeing a lot of success. I’m like 99.999% sure that I’ll finish my mission up here and I think there are worst ways to do so.
Also this week we ate some peppers that almost sent my companion to the nurse. You would have been proud of my spicy tolerance. No longer a spicy baby am I.
Regarding the apartment for school, go for whatever one is cheaper. I literally just need a room to sleep in. I’ve lived like a nomad so my standards are close to nonexistent. I’m excited though! I can’t wait to go back to learning stuff in college. I feel like I’ve retained a large portion of what I learned my first year so hopefully I won’t have to skip too many beats.
It’s going to be a pretty chill day today. Probably am going to nap because I’m a sleepy boy. But I’ll be here whenever you send me a reply. I LOVE YOU.
— your boy!!!
First of all, let me tell you that I’m a happy boy. The happiest, in fact. I don’t think I could finish my mission in a better way honestly. It’s a really fun area and I’m with a really fun companion and I’m just swaggin' basically. We contact so many people a day y no me cuesta para nada because everyone is just so nice I just realized I accidentally typed that in Spanish oops but I think I’m going to keep it there.
We had a really good week. All my weeks are good weeks tbh. It was Elder Merizier’s birthday on Saturday and we partied hard. We knocked doors for a few hours and found some super cool people and he was just like through the roof excited. It was really sweet. And later we had dinner at this woman’s house who is the nicest lady ever and we had good Haitian food and it was fun. Fun times in New City. It was a good week and we had a lot of success. We also had a zone conference in Union City, my old area. I loved that place. I took Elder Merizier to a few really cool rooftops and to my old apartment. Fun times over there. On the way over I accidentally took the George Washington bridge and we got a nice little tour of Manhattan for a second. Oops. I also got a ~smartphone~ so I’m pretty hip. You can’t do much on it but texting is the nicest thing in the world now because I don’t need to use a sliding keyboard from 2007.
Also, on behalf of all of us here on 249 N Middletown Rd, we want to thank you for that delicious noodle house food on Tuesday. It was so good. Like so good. Thank you so so much. While waiting for the food, there were these giant goldfish that you could literally pet. Photos attached.
That’s cool that Dawn’s daughter is going to Ecuador! I love Ecuadorians. Most of the Hispanics in this area are either Ecuadorians or Guatemalans. If you meet someone from Ecuador then you can say, “de la sierra o de la costa?” And if they say “de la sierra” then you say “ahh ustedes comen el cui entonces” (which is the guinea pig I had to eat) and if they’re from the la costa then they eat cerviche which is like seafood. Boom. Instant friends. Never underestimate the bonds created from knowing the food from a country.
I can’t believe I have less than 4 months left. Wowza. Remember dropping me off at the MTC? Not fun. But this experience isn’t one I would trade for anything.
Basically just know that I’m a happy boy and I love my family with all of my soul. I am grateful for the sealing power because if I went to heaven and you weren’t there I would go John 2:15 all over that place. Just kidding. Or am I?
I love you. Here’s some funny pictures.
Here is a little video I received from him. All I can say is bless that guys heart. -K
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.