Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
One more month officially counted down! Jack is doing great. He's happy (always), healthy, and super busy. Here is a portion of his latest letter home;
I was on an exchange this week with Elder Doria and it was really cool. The first thing we did is go to Jersey Shore Med and hunt down this referral who needed a blessing for an upcoming surgery. It took us a while to find her. The doctor left as we came into the room. Apparently he had told her to expect the worst but hope for the best. We went in and she had tears on her face and we introduced ourselves and she was so sweet and also mostly blind but still liked to watch Jeopardy. We shared with her a video about overcoming afflictions and the whole time she cried. She said they were happy tears. We gave her a blessing and she said "As God is my witness I will be there at your church to testify of what I've felt today. I'm going to recover." And it was just really touching.
After we went to a rest home to see a woman who was very funny and sassy. Also there were a lot of unsupervised senile old people which was fun. Then we went to this investigators house and he loved to talk. We talked about everything. Eventually we asked if he would be baptized and he said yes. I don't know. It was just one of those situations that I felt like I needed to be there in that house at that moment. Can't really explain it beyond that.
Later we played basketball with the investigator of the other English elders and that was super fun. The investigator spoke French and Spanish and Creole so he and I talk up a storm. B-ball skills are still sharp. Dad would have been proud of my boxing out.
So you know my Latinos en Red Bank group I got accepted into on Facebook? Well I've been talking to people like crazy through it. And we found this guy named Roomaan. Roomaan is so solid. We have him on date for the 26th. He's so dope. This area hasn't baptized in forever and we have three on date! I'm happy. It obviously is never about numbers. Ever. And I refuse to reduce people to statistics. But it just makes me proud to see progression here. I feel like a good steward. We also have this guy on date named Jose and he's so funny. He's poor and shy but super smart and lives in a basement and we're bringing him some blankets and sheets this week. Love that guy.
So Manuel right? Sassy inactive guy who now comes to church after we've been visiting him? So dope. He shoots off referrals like nobody's business. We're still teaching his wife and we're teaching their housemate and Manuel's friend. I love their family. He told us a few days ago that he doesn't want us to leave because he loves how much we care about the people here. Aw. Good guy.
I'll probably be golfing when you read this but I'll email you again later today. I love you so much.
One more note of interest. I found out today from our stake president that his release date is MAY 30, 2018!! That's two weeks earlier than I thought. Fastest two weeks I've conquered this entire mission. I'll take it!! Have a great week! -K
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.