Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
This funny boy. He makes me laugh. Here are the latest adventures of Elder Jack Nielsen. -K
Do you want to hear a funny story? So there we were. Having a really nice Tree of Life activity in the church. We planned this whole thing of Lehi's dream complete with a fog machine, water mist, and a Christmas tree with apples at the end. And a TON of people came. Classic activity, right? So the concern of fog in a closed area neglected to impress any sort of warning to us. Long story short, fire alarm went off and within about 5 minutes there were 2 fire trucks outside of the restored church of Jesus Christ. And they couldn't get the fire alarm to shut off. So this alarm was blaring and we're trying to ventilate a room with no windows. But then I noticed that the literal love of my life, this sweetest blindfolded 80 year old woman is still making her way holding onto the iron rod. I go up to her and tell her that she doesn't need to keep going and that she can let go but just tells me that nothing would ever stop her from getting to the tree of life. She made it to the end. I died. She's so funny.
My Easter was delightful. We had our two churches and I just love everyone. Our Young Single Adult ward is lit. Not a lot of people come but it's just super rewarding. Like we're helping some people prepare for missions and helping to receive the priesthood and whatnot. My best friend Loraine wanted me to baptize her yesterday. I don't know it's just really great. I hope I stay here in union city for a while. I told president to never take me out. Ha.
Speaking of UC, The investigators we have are so solid. So let me tell you about Marie. She's the coolest person like ever. She's this 29 year old from Venezuela and is super educated. She's super funny and witty. But she told us last night that she wants to get baptized this month and is going to move to Salt Lake City. Like no joke. She watched an Al Fox video and it inspired her a lot. So that's kind of funny. So we're going to baptize her either next week or the week after. We're also teaching a ton of other people who are super chill. So like things are great and I'm happy.
It's weird that you were so close to me this week. I basically live in New York. So that's super fun for me because even though I didn't see you, at least you could know that I'm in an actual physical location instead of a boy that only exists through words. Because I'm real and I love my mom, with a real love. There's this little town that we're going to today called Hobokin and it is the cutest town. Like you would love it. It's where Carlos Bakery is so today we're going to go there today for a little bit and eat some good pastries made by Buddy the Cake Boss and his dessert minions. I'm excited. And after we're going to the church and we're going to play nerd darts which is so fun. So it's going to be a really nice day for your boy. (Aka me).
(Note from Kami: Warning...deep thoughts ahead. Jack and I are doing a book club together. We are reading a chapter a week from Talmage's "Jesus the Christ" and I thought some of you would appreciate his perspective on Chapter 2. One of the things I miss most about him is when he would lay at the foot of my bed and we would have deep discussions about things. Here is what he said about our latest chapter.)
So let's talk a little but about Jesus the Christ chapter 2. One of the things that I find eternally consequential is the formation of intelligence. In Joseph Smith's King Follett Sermon he talks about the self-existent nature of God and Man, and when you think about the eternal nature of man, you cannot come to any other conclusion other than the fact that the atonement of Jesus Christ himself therefore demands an eternal nature. As Nephi says, "Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement--save it should be an infinite atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption." I am a firm believer that when we fully are able to understand fragments of the mind of God, we are able to understand that everything we have in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is made to benefit and aid in the eternal progression of man, and it is based on rational laws. Jesus Christ himself is an eternal intelligence so it would not make logical sense to exclude his foreordination as the Christ from his divine mission because in doing so supports the doctrine of annihilation. Like everything in the Gospel makes so much obvious sense at its basics. Which I never cease to adore.
Sorry for the rant. You're so sweet. I love my family. We're going to go shopping right now. I love you SO MUCH and I'm excited to talk to you with you next month. 😉☺️❤️
I LOVE YOU.
Your boy - Jack
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.