Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
Another week down. Jack seems to be doing great. The weather has started to cool and he's loving the people of Red Bank. Here's a few paragraphs from his latest letter home;
This week was a pretty good one. Frustrating at times and ridiculously rewarding like 5 minutes later. I taught this lesson to Marta the other day that I've been dying to tell you about because WOW, the spirit was so strong. So, basically I knew something was up with her. I've been praying a lot for her and just felt like I needed to go talk to her so I drive up to her house--no lesson planed, and she pulls up in her car right after us. We go inside and she sits down and basically, it's just me and Marta talking. I felt impressed to share Alma 7:12 which talks about how the Lord took upon our infirmities to best know how to understand His people. She then told me that she's been super depressed for like 10 years and when her husband died she just couldn't find motivation for anything anymore, including church. And I told her I understood, and more importantly, so does the Savior. She cried and I cried. And I felt like I was needed in Red Bank N.J. at that particular time for that particular reason. She came to church on Sunday. First time in 2 years. I sat next to her and we took the sacrament together. Good ole Marta. This next week I'm meeting with her to talk about the temple. I want to get her sealed to her husband. Marriage is so important. Literally, it's so beautiful and permeates the eternities and I love that.
This next week I have an exchange with my zone leaders which I'm excited for. And other than that, it's just another week. Time goes by pretty quickly when you're doing the same thing every day. lol, so yesterday I was at this thrift shop right next to an investigator's store because my companion needed something. So I'm there and I was like "hmmm, I want a piano." So I buy this cheap keyboard and I've been teaching myself piano. And it turns out that I'm like, not that bad. I learned both hands to "Sweet Hour of Prayer" in like an hour. Basically the next time you see me I'm going to be a sassy piano guy.
Also, funny story. While I was buying my piano the guy mumbled something and I thought he said "what's the pin" and me, being stupid, told him and he laughed and was like "you shouldn't tell that to people" and then as soon as I left the store I cancelled my card because I'm paranoid. And so now I need a new card. *shrugs".
I'm probably going to be in Red Bank for a decent amount of time and there's a lot of trees down here which are beautiful and are starting to change colors. Basically, everything is beautiful and I'm full of love every second of every day. We were with the sisters the other day and this lady and her husband bought us ice cream. She lived in SLC and she works for a company that employs a lot of mormons. She was so nice. And she had a labradoodle. I love dogs.
Anyway, that's me. I love you. Mucho. Tengo todo de la amor por mi madre. Ella es mi mejor amiga. My Spanish is really good. I talk with everybody and I dream in Spanish sometimes which is kinda fun.
Anyway, I love you.
-your boy Jack
*About the giant Book of Mormon. So some of the members made it for Sunday school and then after are going to give it to us to use for street contacting. Lol. Fun!
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.