Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
Here is the latest in the adventures of Elder Nielsen;
This week was absolutely wonderful. I know I say that about every week but this week was really great.
Early in the week we were able to talk to some new investigators and we ate basically hamster. I've eaten worse, honestly. But there was a point in the meal where I ate little kidneys. Elder Harding said it tasted like hamster smells. I'll leave that to your imagination. They seemed super interested though. We have another appointment with them this next week. This guy came in halfway through the lesson and he just sits down and after 5 minutes he was like "where's your church? I'm going to come." So that was really cool.
Wednesday we had a meeting that rocked my entire world. So we had zone conference and during lunch we watched the worldwide mission broadcast. So basically my whole life has changed. They made it so we only report 4 key indicators (investigators baptized, new investigators, member present lessons, etc.) instead of the usual like 10. Which is like CRAZY even though to the normal person it doesnt seem like much. When this is your whole life every little change is huge. And they changed the schedule which is like the biggest part. So listen to this. Basically they just give us time slots where we can do certain things and we can choose when and how we do things. Like there's so much agency. I'm amazed. So we started this week and we love it. It also seems to be super productive too. I love it. So basically my whole life has changed. But anyway. We also had this appointment with this super cool Dominican part-member family and we set up a noche de hogar with them every week. The non-member husband also came to church this Sunday so that made me happy.
Thursday we went on an all-day exchange with the zone leaders. Literally they are my best friends. Elder Brooks and Elder Justice. The new way we do exchanges is a companionship leaves their area and all four work one area. We had a super fun day and taught a ton. At night we were all in bed but couldn't sleep so we took a personality test because for some reason Elder Justice had one. It's the Myers-Briggs test. I ended up with INFP which stands for Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving. Also fun fact it is the rarest personality type in men. And I slept on a very small couch that night.
Friday we went to go do service at the food bank which is always a good time and then we got together and ate some really good pupusas. I love my district so much. They're all so nice and we're all good friends. We then had some lesson with some less actives, found some really cool new investigators, and had a noche de hogar at this members home. They're SUPER cool. The husband was like this scientist in Cuba so he's super smart. Love that guy.
Saturday we had this lesson with these super awesome people. We went with the APs because one of them is their investigator and the other two are ours. (One of them speaks English and the other two don't). We gave our investigator Evelyn a blessing and then after we ate some delicious Honduranian food. We also all dared each other to eat these peppers which were SUPER hot. Like hot even for Dad. We died. Attached is a video of Elder Wildman eating one and it's funny.
And Sunday, as always, was lovely. I love the Sacrament. We had a really good day at church and then taught a lot in the afternoon and it was just a good day.
That was my week. Pretty normal. I'm a really busy guy all the time every day. Which is a good thing. I sleep really well every night. Elder Harding and I both walk so much that our feet are destroyed which we think is funny. Elder Harding is the best. He's super funny in a really quiet way which is my favorite kind of funny.
So there's the rundown on this sweet boy. Thanks for your continued letters and prayers. They make all the difference. -K
Here is the spicy pepper video he talked about in his letter. "Holy St. Maria". lol
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.