Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
Jack has settled into life in Red Bank, N.J. He is busy, happy, and filled with love. He is working hard and loves his mission president. Here is a part of his latest letter home;
HELLO! IT IS I! I love you so much! My week has been really nice. On Thursday, we went down to a Facebook training thing that had the entirety of the mission there so I was able to see my old companion and also some other friends from the MTC which was fun. And, as it turns out, I'll be getting my iPad before 6 weeks! Probably next week or something. They had this whole speech about how the people who are new are erupting into a new age of missionary work, and there's a reason that we're here when we are. It was pretty cool. So I'll be on Facebook before long. I have this idea to write a once a week lesson/paper and post it in both English and Spanish. So soon you'll be hearing from me more often. Not directly, but still. I'm excited. We also Skype for lessons when a person can't meet face to face and we keep in super close contact with the less-actives and what not. The problem is that since I don't have an iPad yet, we are both using Elder Jacobs' and we also don't have WiFi at our apartment so we literally rob it from Burger King but whatever.
Everything is going swimmingly (except not because missionaries can't swim). The problem is that the hispanic community is constantly working, so it's hard to get a hold of people. And people are too nice to say no to us so they give us their addresses and phone numbers but then they're never home. One time this guy gave us the address for a grocery store. Ha. So I'm hoping with this Facebook dealio that we will be able to keep in contact with more people and people will be more willing to talk to us online first. We get fed several times a week. Also, I only shop at this grocery story called Juanitos which is all mexican stuff and it's awesome.
President Taggart is the best. I couldn't have started out with a better one. He's so sweet. But yeah, I get to go to Philadelphia with some investigators once this month and once next month for the temple open house. Also, apparently at the main room in the temple there's two quill statues. One is to symbolize the translation of the book of mormon and the other is to symbolize the writing of the declaration of independence which is SICK.
Anyway, that's my life. I spent a long time today cleaning our apartment and doing dishes and that place is spotless. I've decided that I love cleaning. (Well, that's new :) I just listen to that wonderful CD of the Mo-tabs singing Handel's Messiah that you gave me and it's the best. This week is going to be pretty fun. I get to do an exchange with our district leader on Tuesday, so I'll be english speaking for a day. And we go to interviews this Thursday with President Taggart. All is well.
I love you more than I could ever say with words. I miss you horribly but I'm happy. I hope you are too. Here's a picture of me and E. Jacobs getting macaroons because we were jealous of you being in France.
PS. Also, the guitar? Best idea ever. I'm playing "Onward Christian Soldiers" next month in church with my companion and our zone leaders. I love playing it. Also, I drink guava juice like it's my job.
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.