Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
It's finally here! Elder Jack Nielsen will be arriving home this Wednesday! We are bouncing off the walls with excitement. Last week I didn't post an update because he spent the day with all the missionaries coming home this transfer and he didn't get a chance to write an email. It is tradition for missionaries going home to spend the second to last P-day visiting the Statue of Liberty in NYC. Today he was really busy packing and saying goodbye to many of the people he has come to love during his service there. Soon I'll be giving this boy the biggest hug he's ever received. The countdown is on! Thank you for supporting him these last 2 years. My cup runneth over. -K
Here is a short update on his last email.
Hi mom! More than 100 weekly emails later and here we are. Look! We did it! This was a good decision. I’m a smarter punk now. Still a punk though. But smarter. I love you so much. So so much. We never have to do this again which is really nice. We just get to hang out together by the pool and watch movies together and dance in the kitchen. But I really wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.
It's going to be a really busy day. We’re actually going bowling with the sisters and some other stuff just to have some fun. And then I have like 20 people I have to go say goodbye to. I have a dinner tonight with Lou, who is one of my favorite dudes. He’s bought me an entire library of books to take with me (lol) so I might surpass the weight limit. Plus this really nice lady bought me the heaviest blanket I have ever owned ever. Like it’s so so so so big and pink and flowery (lolol) and imma going to take it home because she’s cute. I’ll send a picture I took with her while my comp fell asleep.
In other weekly news, Jimmy got confirmed yesterday. Love that dude. We had a really good week at church yesterday. And everyone has been so nice. I love them.
I’m basically packed already which is nice. I’m only bringing home one suitcase. I just have to do laundry tonight and pack a few things and I’m READY. I’m so ready. I just wanna hang out with my cool family.
I'll see you soon. I love you so so so so so much.
your boy. -Jack
This week we were able to FaceTime Jack for Mother's Day and it was SO GREAT to talk with him and make all our plans for the coming weeks. Today marks 13 days left until we pick up our boy at the airport. I can hardly believe it's true. We are busy make preparations for his return so most of his letter home this week included lots of incidentals not post worthy...but I did ask him to write a paragraph for the blog and this is what I got. Enjoy! -K
Everything I have learned on my mission can be summarized in two important points. They are:
1. The gospel is about love. That’s the point and purpose of it all.
2. Don’t touch your eyes after eating a spicy pepper.
That’s it for now. I’m out.
It’s me! Your boy! Remember me? That’s ok if no because in 6 days I get to see your cute face and in 23 I get to squeeze your cute face! That’s fun!
Last transfer is basically what anyone would expect. My friends call me and ask, “are you dead yet?” People have these like “goodbye journals” where missionaries write in them when you leave an area and it’s basically like yearbook signing but I hated yearbook day in school and turns out I hate it here too so I haven’t subscribed to any such practice. When people give me theirs to sign I usually write “HAGS” or something funny because I’m funny. I have always just gotten a letter or something from my close friends. The mission is its own self-sustaining society. But my last transfer has been nice. My comp and I have really clicked over the past while and it’s really fun. He’s a funny dude. Plus we’re teaching some cool people. So I’m chillin basically. I’m a happy guy.
It was a good week too. Did a lot of service which I always really like to do. We do service at Salvation Army every week and I feel like they’ve given me too much authority there because like I run part of that show basically. We also did some yard work for our former bishop and I really like him. He has a really big library full of my favorite authors. Has a beautiful home full of art. A dog the size of a horse. He's a really smart guy and I like him a lot. He’s also a phenomenal chef. He’s our unofficial ward mission leader so we’ve been working with him a lot. He wants to take me to a poetry slam in NYC when I come over to visit some time. I have a lot of homies in this ward. I like them. One of my favorite lady’s here is Sis. Jean Louis who is this haitian lady who is like the funniest person on the face of the planet (other than you, of course.) like she kills me. She’s tryna get me to marry one of her family members. Lol. Also Peter (old guy we help) gave me this catholic Jesus ring that is literally gold lol. I love it. I wouldn’t have taken it but it has been collecting dust for like probably 10 years so I didn’t mind. It was just a nice week full of nice people.
Today is zone pday and it’s actually the last zone pday ever because they’re taking it away. Good thing I don't care because I'm not a huge fan of zone pday and also I’m going home so lol. So I’ll be playing some sports today with some other missionary hoodlums.
Ok I have to drive to Solider Hills to go socialize (ugh) wish me luck. I love you and will write you more later! I love you so much!!!!
Today marks the official month we get this boy HOME! Only 29 more days until I get to hug him!! I can't wait! He's working hard and finishing strong. Here's the latest. -K
HIIIIIIII MOM. Mi mamá. Oh, how I love you. Only 4 more weekly emails from me (and a facetime) and then I’ll be home and we can go eat sushi together and I can tell you all my adventures and you can tell me all of yours.
We had a really lovely baptism yesterday which actually was on the year anniversary of when I baptized Marié in Union City. That’s fun. I love everyone. It was really nice and the entire ward was there and very supportive of her. Ysabelle is cool. President and his wife came up too which was fun. The members payed way too high of compliments of me. I don’t like being complimented in front of people because I don’t know how to act. My least favorite compliment was, “We as a bishopric and ward, have decided that Elder Nielsen is not allowed to go home.” To which I said, “NNNNOOPPEE!” But everything was successful and we had my best friend Jimmy there to watch it and I love that kid so much. He has a baptismal date for the week before I go home and I know I was meant to teach him because he is literally me. Funny kid. But anyway. Good week. Things are good.
Are you going to get sick of Hamilton by the time I actually see it with you? At least pretend you’re still excited to see it, ok? Practice your excited face. A few days after I get home I start my American Civilization class and I’m going to bring up everything I know about Hamilton as much as possible. Man I’m so excited to start studying again wow. I’ve learned really good study habits on my mission which I definitely needed. I’ve learned A LOT of really good things here. Especially the importance of family.
You don’t need to do anything for me. Just make sure you’re at the airport on the 30th (right?) I’m doing just fine here. I’m a happy boy. Two baptisms my last transfer is a pretty good way to leave a mission. Sorry you had to pay for all of summer for my apartment. Just know that I can live on a blow up mattress and use cardboard as a desk. Don’t need that much.
Anyway. I love you so much. So so much. Wow I love you. Thanks for being the best mom who has ever been a mom before. I’m a very happy boy.
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.