Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
Jack found out Sunday night that he is getting a new companion. His name is Elder Dove and he is from California. He is just hitting his one year mark. Apparently they had already become friends from different district meetings so he is so excited to get to spend the next 6+ weeks with him. He says he is a fun-loving guy, a great missionary, and really funny. Here is a little bit from his last letter home;
Happy Transfer Monday! How fun is it that I get to stay here in my favorite area with my favorite people and one of my favorite missionaries as a companion? Thanks Heavenly Father! What a good day. Like it seems almost unreal to me. It's just like hanging out 24/7 while also talking about Jesus! We (Elder Jacobs and I) just barely ate crepes at this lil crepe place by where we live because we went there once like 8 weeks ago and we went again as a "goodbye" celebration. Elder Jacobs is so happy to get out of Red Bank. To be fair, he's been here a total of 4.5 months so I understand his eagerness to head up north. He's heading to Dover. Elder Bylund stays too because he's still training and that makes me happy because he's my homie. And he's the new district leader! He just got released being a zone leader like last transfer. But that means we get to go on exchanges with each other and I'm super hyped about that.
I loved the talk on obedience that you sent me. I read it like 8 times. I've been thinking a lot about a lot of things this week. One of the things I really liked was this summery of a talk that I listened to over the course of the week that talks about the Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost. Basically summarized it says that we think the remission of sins happens at baptism but it doesn't. The baptism of fire comes when we allow ourselves to be changed and have no more disposition to do evil. Doesn't mean we won't sin, obviously. If us, as humans, are good at anything, it's sinning. But we no longer have the desire to sin, so when we do, the repentance process is shorter, more sincere, and with more of an understanding of the Atonement. I like that.
Also you remember the story of Manuel, the sassy guy I talked to last week? He came to church. First time since like 2009. He brought his nonmember wife and kids. I cried. What a good day. I've been a little sick this week but that's ok! Satan's just tryin to slow me down but I say nope!!! Not today!!!
There are only 2 missionaries in Red Bank. We have a huge area, too. But all the hispanics either live in Red Bank or Keyport, which are both at opposite ends of our area. Also being a facebook missionary is so funny. My friends and I have just started accepting anyone that adds us and now we get like 200 friend requests a day. I'm pretty sure I'm friends with the entire Asian population.
Oh, and one more thing. I got someone on date yesterday! His name is John and his 22 and super cool. We still have a ton to teach him but I'm excited for that. Seriously, it was so out of the blue. Like wow. My goal this week was to get someone on date and we didn't and then he was like "hey, are you guys free? I'm in the street, come talk to me" and we put him on date and it was a miracle.
So that's what this cute boy has been up to. Thanks for your continued prayers. There has never been a boy more loved. See you next week. XO
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.