Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
It was a short email this week from Elder Nielsen but we are counting the days to be able to Skype him on Christmas Day. This will be the last call until 2 weeks before he comes home so the next time we talk we will be asking him what he wants for dinner! Yay!! Here is a little bit of his letter home. Merry Christmas friends! Thanks for supporting our sweet boy. -K
This week was pretty good. I really love the members here and they're all so nice to us. One of my favorite families gave us a little christmas present that was just so sweet and we have like 2 dinners on christmas eve and 2 on christmas lol. Whenever I eat food by myself I always have the smallest portion sizes because I'm so tired of being full. So it'll be nice. I sang a solo at a Christmas fireside last night in front of like 400 people and it went really well. I sang Angels We Have Heard on High. I accidentally changed the line "and the mountains in reply" to "and the mountains in disguise" but they're both as abstract so hopefully no one noticed my shout out to undercover terrain formations. It was nice though.
Other than that, this week was nice. This area is a lot like Red Bank so I know what I'm doing but I got so used to places like UC and Lizzy where there's just seas of people outside that the change is notable. But challenges are fun and I'm a happy boy so what else do you need amiright? I was a part of this cool Catholic tradition on Saturday night with some members and nonmembers and it was so fun! Also we ate yummy food. So basically my week has been good. I miss family but that's ok because I talk to them next week!!! So excited.
So basically life is good for me and I just really love you a lot ok.
Your boy. Jack. ❤️
Here is a little from Jack's last email home. Love this kid. -K
First of all let me express my upmost appreciation for the Christmas countdown packages. It makes every morning of mine so fun. I can tell you put a lot of work into it so i just want you to know how much i love it and how much i love YOU!! I love the Christmas season! And it’s especially nice as a missionary because you’re really involved in everyone’s lives and everything you do is about Jesus and it’s just cool. I have this family that I LOVE here and they’re moving to I think Orem in June which is going to be cool because then I can hang out with them there! They’re going to go check it out next month. They’re super nice and love us and their little kid got glasses that look like mine lololol. I think my favorite part of missionary work (aside from talking about what a nice guy Jesus is) is just being involved with people. And missionary work just flows when you just love people and you help them do things that will make them happier and it’s just low stress and kind and nice. Anyway I just love people. The most magnificent work of a Creator of worlds without number is the human condition itself. And maybe dogs.
So transfer calls were last night! Surprise surprise I’m staying with Elder Swain! (Not actually a surprise at all). I’m excited though because I got called to be a district leader again and that’s fun because I love being a district leader! It’s like the most fun assignment because you work really close to missionaries and also can be fun with stuff. I was only a DL for 2 transfers (like a year ago wowza) and then got moved to ZL so I’m excited to do it again, probably for the rest of my mission. Ojalá. Ojalá means “I wish, or I hope” in Spanish but it’s actually Arabic because one of the Muslim civilizations of North Africa of mixed Arab descent conquered Spain in the 8th Century and influenced their language. ~history~.
Speaking of history, I'm super into the Old Testament right now. IT'S LIKE SO COOL. Man like it's literally the foundation of modern civilization as a whole and the building blocks of everything we believe. I dedicate time at night and time during meals when we're not with someone to just reading it because it literally just makes sense to me now, which is a big deal because I've always strongly disliked the old testament because of the excess violence and weird things like when a donkey talks (Numbers 22:25-31) or when a drunk, naked Noah curses his son for covering his drunken nakedness. (Genesis 9:20-25) literally lol. But I don't know I just think that I have grown a lot spiritually and am able to understand things a little better. Like a lot of the Restoration of the Gospel is all about the Gathering of Israel and how are you supposed to understand that when you don't understand the Scattering of Israel? Or even like what Israel is? Or the scriptures that Jesus and the Book of Mormon prophets used? Wow very large tangent sorry. But look how cool things are!
Yesterday I went to a Christmas fireside in Newark and it was SO. NICE. The actual program was just alright but it was mainly awesome because several of my recent converts were there; including Marié! She is literally one of my all-time best friends ever. I had this whole spiritual confirmation where we came to the conclusion that we knew each other in the premortal life. She is literally exactly like me lol. She's getting married to this RM who is a chef and is moving to Finland! What the heck? Finland? But she is just the best and I literally served my mission to find and teach her. She's getting her endowments out in April and I'm excited to be there with her. I hadn't seen her since like June when I left Union City so it was just really nice and sweet and teary. Her sister was there who also got baptised and she's super cool too. And all my missionary friends were there and it was just the best night last night. Aww.
Anyway. That's my life right now. Fun. 😊 fast week and just keeps getting faster. This last transfer went by really quickly, which is nice because soon I'll come home and pretend to have nightmares so I can sleep on your floor.
Do you know that I LOVE YOU? SO MUCH. SO SO MUCH. WOW SO MUCH. I can't wait to hang out with you for the rest of eternity! I wouldn't accept anything less. I love you!
Note from his mom...I would have paid for the gas. Here's this weeks letter from a funny guy.
I’m glad your week was good! Things are normal for me. Same old same old. Last week was killer because we had so many things to do, including (but not limited to) causing me face pain. However my tooth is totally fine now and I just have to get the permanent one put on in a few weeks. The people were super nice through and the receptionist was super patient with the fact that I don’t know anything about being an adult. Also why the frick is the dentist so expensive?? Man, like just for laughing gas was like $60-100 more and I was like ??? looks like I’m going to feel the pain, as they say. But it was good and my tooth is fine now and if I had waited a little longer it would have needed a root canal they said so it was good to catch it in time. I’m so dumb sorry lol. Apparently cleanings are covered by insurance?? They want to give me a cleaning when I come in again which would be cool if I don’t have to pay anything but if I do then I’m out I can gum my food for the rest of my life. Anyway. Tooth is fine though now and I’m a pain-free guy.
This week I was on an exchange with a friend of mine who is my zone leader rn and it was nice. It’s good to have little vacations sometimes. It was in the English program through and I don’t even understand English. Weirdos. Spanish speaking is a big blessing. It was fun though. I came home to a big package from my cute mom that is making my Christmas so fun! Plus being a missionary for Christmas is a really good time and I love it. Right now my apartment is decorated with a cute lil tree and I’m just a happy guy because you know how much I love festivities. There’s this park in our area that’s really popular and they have it all decorated with a nativity and a Santa photo thing and it makes me wanna cry because it’s so nice! Christmas is a lovely time of year.
Speaking of decorations, yesterday we met with the literal COOLEST people. Martha and her husband Omar. Martha is a returning less active and her husband literally studied for 9 years to become a catholic priest and then like the last month of his studies he decided against it and married Martha. But he’s like SO smart. He and I are really good friends and I’m like hardcore studying the Old Testament right now and we spent some time talking about it. Super nice and I think he’s really ready to investigate the church for real. I’m excited about that because I love teaching really smart people because they teach me a lot and I love to learn.
Sorry this email is getting to you a little late. We got all of our groceries this morning and we taught a lesson and basically I’m just a busy guy. But I love you so much! So so much! I love this time of year because it’s so cute and everyone is kind. I wish we could be like that all the time but for now it’s nice to relish in the Christlike love all around. There was the crèche activity the other day and it was lovely and I took a video because I figured you would love it. Ok I’m going to send this so you have something to read. I LOVE YOU.
Jack had a really short email home last week. His p-day was moved to Wednesday so he could go to the NYC temple. He also apparently cracked his tooth on some "delicious Mexican chips" about a year ago and didn't do anything about it until this week. Luckily we caught it before he needed a root canal. Silly boy. Anyway, here's a little bit of his letter home;
Hiiii mom! It's me! Your busy boy! Man I have been running around literally all day. But it's been super fun! We went to the temple with Ibette and Yomairy and Ibette's brother who is going on a mission soon and it was just really nice. Other than the fact that it took me 1 and a half hours to drive like 21 miles to Jersey City where we took the subway (I am the king of the NY Subway) and then anyway basically it took the entire day and I'm tired!!!!
This week was as really good! We had some really cool miracle lessons. This area is undoubtedly pretty hard but President told me that it needs to be loved and taken care of because it hasn't been for a long time and that's why he sent me here. It's fun though. I love it here. I want you to know I'm a happy boy and I'm healthy and also sorry about my tooth. haha. I'm literally so dumb that's why I need a smart mom like you. Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment at 10:30am where I have to get a temporary crown and I'm excited. 😑
My Thanksgiving was so cute!! I loved it. I am literally a turkey. My companion gained 5 pounds in 2 days. Lol. SO MUCH FOOD. Please promise me when I get home I'll only have to eat as much as I want and no one will get offended if I don't lick my plate clean. But it was really nice and we spent it with the kindest people. I love the people here. They're so so so nice.
I'm sorry this is short but I'll talk to you in a few days and I'll write you a GIANT email. So it'll be ok. Just know I'm happy and healthy and the only thing you need to get me for Christmas is a new tooth and a Facetime call. I love you. SO SO MUCH.
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.