Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
Here is the latest from Elder Nielsen. Just a note...he sends separate letters to me and his dad so forgive the personalization. He's a good boy and we both love him so much. Only 65 more days!! -K
HIIII MOM!!! I love you! Te amo! Mwen renmen ou! However many ways I can tell you I love you, it is never enough! Hi! I literally am going to have the funnest day today and I’m so excited that I have to lead with it in this letter. So there’s this inactive lady we met and she’s the sweetest lady ever. She’s like 72 and an artist. She and I have gotten really close. Her apartment is full of really cool art. Anyway she’s taking us to this asian foot massage place for a literal HOUR worth of foot massages. After that I think we’re going to go to paint with her because she used to be a painting teacher for people who don’t know how to paint (me) so I’m really going to get in touch with my inner chi today. Can’t wait. I’ll send you pics.
I had a good week this week. We ended up with 8 investigators at church because we had an investigator bless her baby and she brought her family and it was the Easter program which was really nice. I love Easter. So that was cute. I took some pictures wearing one of our investigators wigs yesterday and I’ll send those because they’re literally so funny. I look like Maddie. Spring Valley will have to be one of the places we visit together. There, Morristown, Union City (bc it’s right next to NY), and maybe Elizabeth. That’ll be so fun. I can’t wait to show you all my peeps.
I can’t believe we only have 65 days left! It’s going by really fast for me, which I didn’t think it would. I guess I’ve been doing this shindig for long enough that my days kind of bleed together. And soon I’ll be in the arms of my cute mom and if I was in Harry Potter and I had to do the Expecto Patronum spell to cast off the dementors, that would be the happy thought I would have to be able to do it.
So I’m going to have a busy day but I’ll be sure to write you more later. I love you so much. So so much. Thanks for the Samoas, btw. I got them last night. You’re so sweet to me. I love you. ❤️😘💕
— your boy.
Tracy and I had the chance to visit this week with a cute sister missionary that served with Jack and just got home a week ago. She told us all about our "hipster missionary" boy and how loved he is and how hard he is working. Melted our hearts. Here's the latest from our guy. -K
What a cute lil week. All my weeks are cute and they go by pretty quick. This last tuesday we went around for like 5 hours and just cut member’s trees up with a saw because a lot of them fell in the storm we just had. That was super fun. I love working with my hands. That was pretty fun. Got to hang out with my homie Wes. He’s a v hipster dad. He’s the second councilor here and also just a really good guy. He’s a car salesman. His wife does like physical healing though mental therapy or something cool like that. Anyway. They’re cool and I’ve gotten pretty close to them. They tell me I'm doing a good job and that's nice because imma tryin. I’m tired. A good kind of tired though.
Later in the week we played basketball with the young men which was really fun because they’re all punks. Love hanging out with punks. My people. We also had zone conference this week which was fun because I was able to hang out with Elder Sanhueza. Love him. My companion and I won a game about who knows your companion best. It was fun. And this weekend I had an exchange with my friend Elder Nunes, my current ZL, who came out with me and spent a year in the Portuguese program which is really hard. And yesterday I ran around all day. So I’m a busy boy and it was a good week.
I got a fun picture of you, dad, and Sister Spackman lol. She’s so funny. It was always fun to serve around her. I remember when she came in. Why are guy missions so long? Who knows. Solo dios lo sabe. She sent me this funny email:
“It’s me hazie paze!!!! GUESS WHO I MET TONIGHT !!! Your cutest mom and dad. Okay they are SERIOUSLY THE CUTEST NICEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET. And they love you so much. They cried when they saw me. And they don’t even know me, but it was because I was in NJ and got to be your friend and they weren’t :/ but they asked me so many questions about the mission and about you! And I told them all good things !! I told them I would be at your Homecoming with sister Daniels! Your dad asked me about picking you up and just how excited they are! Hahaha they told me 73 days.. I think they’re counting :) BUT! It sounds like you are killing it in New City with all the cute Haitians and speaking creole! Go you! Have a good week.
Love, hazie paze.... since we’ve always been on a first name basis ?¿”
Lol at her. She was a good friend up here. Now almost all my friends are dead and I only recognize like half the mission as is. Casi ya me chupo faros. (Which is a mexican expression which means to suck lights, i.e. to get hit by a car, i.e. to die, i.e. to go home) Anoher good one is “bailar con la mas fea” which means “dance with the ugliest one” which means to die. Mexicans are funny.
Today I’m just chillin. I think I have to go buy some new pants because most of the ones I like to wear have holes in it and the other one is pretty baggy and I look like a rapper from 2002 when I wear them. I’ll probably just get some cheap ones at Burlington on the sale rack or something so no worries. I’ll probably take like 4 naps. I’ll write my cute mom. Sounds like a good day to me. I'll email more later. I love you!
So let me tell you how much I hate daylight savings time. I hate it. Can hate be genetic? Because I think I got that from you. Especially as a missionary when every hour of sleep is literally the most important thing in the world, losing an hour is a real low blow. On the bright side we still had a cute lil investigator at church despite the early hour. I’ll talk more about her in a second. But basically to quote that old and overplayed Script song with respect to how I feel after DST, “I’m still alive but I’m barely breathing.” Do you think when the millennium comes there will still be days and nights or nah? Probably not. That’s lame because I like the dark. I’m like a vampire. Maybe there can be an exception for me.
Anyway. It was a good week though. Taught some cool people. Regarding the woman that came to church: she knows it’s all true but 1. Needs to stop smoking and 2. Can’t get over the fact that we don’t praise like in a southern baptist church. Haitians and their churches man. It’s a struggle. But basically we’re helping her stop smoking right now. We’re teaching Sara and her family and they’re super cool. Niki, who is this super cool lady who is really funny and witty. Luigi who is an 18 year old kid. We’re teaching a lot which is fun. Always, a lot of things to do and a lot of people to see. This last week we had that GIANT snowstorm. Literally more snow than I’ve seen here in all my 2 years in any storm. Our bishop got more than 20 inches of snow. So we shoveled...a lot. The nicest thing is that it’s already melting. My kind of storm.
My mission has consisted of me trying to keep the church together with like 10 active members who all have like 3 callings each. Right now we (the missionaries) have been called to teach the youth of our ward which is really fun. I like teaching youth. That's nice.
Anyway, I’m a happy boy and I love my mom a lot. I'll write more later.
This week was pretty normal for the last week of the transfer. On Thursday we had TAC which is basically when we clean our apartments for 3 hours and is my favorite day ever. We had some good lessons this week. We met this little woman who was a member a really long time ago but has since joined the baptist church because she was kind of forgotten about but she is just the sweetest little woman. We came over and she had us sing her favorite hymns and give her a blessing which was really cute. Haitians, man. They’re cute. But through her we ended up meeting this other woman who speaks like 7 languages and is 84. We went over to her house yesterday and I think we said like 5 words in total because she just went off on the weirdest stuff. One of the skills that the mission teaches you is how to steer a conversation, especially when the person is very talkative (you ask a hispanic person a question about God and they’ll tell you about their childhood for an hour). So that was fun. I have never fallen asleep while looking at someone in the eyes until yesterday. She didn’t skip a beat though, even though I was 75% unconscious. Also this week we had this woman who was taught in 2014 who just walked into church during fast and testimony meeting and bore her testimony of the church at the pulpit and talked about how she is ready to be a member. Lol. Haitians, man. We’re teaching a few cool people and the members are really cool here. So it’s just a fun time.
Not much changed from transfers last night. Still here with Elder Merizier. But Sister Mendez is leaving and a little girl who did theatre in Davis High is coming up here. But for your boy it is the same old thing, which I’m happy about.
The storm here was pretty docile. A few trees were blown down that we helped with but nothing too big. Your boy is always very safe. It sounds like dad got the worst of it. Poor guy. He needs to retire and just hang out by the pool like a sloth. Maybe moss would grow on him. That would be cool.
So today is kind of busy because we have Zone P-day and we’re playing basketball so I’m going to go BOX OUT. I’ll write you in a little bit later though. You’re the best mom. I love you so much. Thank you for taking such good care of your missionary boy. He loves his mom.
I LOVE YOU.
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.