Elder Jackson york Nielsen
New Jersey Morristown mission
This last weekend was tender to my heart realizing that Jack and I were watching the same thing at the same time, listening to the same inspired council during the Saturday and Sunday General Conference meetings. Here is a little about what he had to say about this week;
This week literally went by so speedy fast. We taught a ton this week. I had this lesson yesterday with this guy who I found on Facebook what was so powerful. He let us come over to his house and I taught the introduction to the Book of Mormon without hinderance. The Spanish flowed and the Spirit verified every word I said. I really can't tell you in words the power I felt while I was in that small bedroom, but it affected me deeply.
I also cried happy tears at lunch yesterday. In between sessions of GC, they had this huge meal with all of the Spanish branch, aka all of my friends. I just looked around and beheld these people whom I have come to love. Marta was there. She seemed so happy. And Yemeni was too, my homie who was less-active before I came into the area. Now she is active and brings her kids to church. I owe one of them ice-cream next time I see him. And everyone was full of love for each other. I think about this ward when I first came here and I compare it to how it is now and I am filled with such gratitude. Obviously, my efforts are nothing without the help of our Savior, but I had a moment in which I looked around at these people that I love, and who love me, and who all love the Lord, and I felt like everything is worth it. The pains of missing you. My often-unfruitful hard work. All of it. Just to see these people as they are... children of a Divine Being.
This week I finished reading Jesus the Christ, which is my absolute favorite. I have seriously learned so much in the short few months that I've been out here. It's ridiculous. I've learned so much about people and language and human connection and most importantly, my relationship with the Godhead. I can honestly tell you that I feel truly converted to the teachings of Jesus Christ, because they are so full of compassion and love. And I have come to know with an unshakeable certainty that this is His church. I have seen and felt things that can only attest to this fact that this is real and this is beautiful. And I am filled with perfect love.
I LOVED CONFERENCE. Literally, I was so enthralled the entire time. Conference is insane as a missionary. I've written freaking novels of notes on each one. I loved Uchdorf's saturday morning talk. And I love every word ever uttered by Elder Bednar and Holland, obviously. One of the most significant feelings I've ever had came to me when I was looking over my notes last night. Throughout every session, I not only understood the scriptural references that were made, but have read them recently. 1 John 4, Alma 5, Alma 8, and Moroni 7 were all quoted, some more than once, and I have intensively studied each one of those in the past few weeks. I'm not saying this to boast about how "spiritually in tune" I might be. None of this about me. But I felt participant in this marvelous work and that made me really happy.
So basically know I'm happy. I follow every rule. And I help people feel important because they are. I love you so much. So much. Like a ridiculous amount. More than oatmeal and dogs and those are two of my favorite things.
-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.