Monday, July 29, 2013

More July 29, 2013

Mom, thanks for the pictures they look so good! 
We just had a transfer and I am serving with Elder Dees who is from Florida and is going home in the next 5 weeks.  He has had a harder mission but is ready to go so I am looking forward to working with him.
Looks like John is getting ready to leave to Paris! That is so exciting. 
Also I heard Lana is staying with you while she figures things out, I hope she is doing good.
Anyway we are serving hard and talking to everyone we cross and just staying busy opening our mouths to declare the restoration of the Gospel.
Thanks for alll you do I love you so much. 
Love Elder Nelson

July 29, 2013

Yeah it sounded like you had a wonderful time with the family. I am so glad john is getting ready to get out to Paris! That is good to hear that Isaac was made an Elder! Him and Hannah are getting ready to get sealed right?
I am doing all I can to pray and ask for the gift of discernment.  It is just hard because some of the missionaries I serve with are very fast and want quick answers and results and forget to be patient in this work and the Lord with give you success.
I have been doing all I can to work hard and be an example with love and care to all people and companion. :) 
Everything is going great here. The members love us and we are getting them excited about sharing the gospel.
Sorry my E-mails aren't to long, just letting you know that this work is going great and I love it. I will continue to fast and pray for the spirit of discernment and do all I can to build up the Kingdom.
Love Elder Nelson

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July 22, 2013

Hey that is wonderful!  So is cindy living up north now? Where is Brian at?
Also, I am not able to see any comments on my page.
This week we were able to find alot more people to teach and we are going out with President Winder today to go teach so that should be fun.
We are having a good time working together and serving the Lord. I have been blessed to share the gospel as much as I do.
How is John doing? I would love to see his e-mails to you each week...?
I hope everyone is doing well, tell them I love them. Say hi to Eli and the kids for me.
I love you, Send me some pictures if you can that would be awesome.
I can tell you that I am going to be a little sad to leave this area cause of all the hard work I have done here. The ward members have really enjoyed me being here, and all those who we have helped draw closer to the Lord.
I have started to do personal fast throughout the week and have seen some great things happen.
I thank you for all that you do and love you so much! Thanks for all the love and patience you had with me as I was growing up.
Let me know if I can do anything for you. Love you again.
Elder Nelson

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 14, 2013

Hey Mom,
Sounds great!  I am so thankful for all that you do and the time that you spend visiting family.  I know they are loving the time they spend with you.

I had a great week and am loving the area I am serving in. we have been asked to teach at church alot, and have found many people to teach as we have been going around finding them.  Elder Usevitch has been great and is a hard working Elder, we are doing a lot of good here.

We have interviews this week so it will be the first time I get to sit with preisdent winder and get to know him.

I am having a great time serving as a zone leader and a trainer in the Amity stake center.
I am sorry I was not able to write Dad this week, I am working out our schedule to see if  we can get more time to write and e mail. it seems that we end up playing sports way to long and have no time to e-mail or write.  So we talked about it today and it is something that we are going to change.
Say hi to everyone for me!  I am writing John right now, seems like he is doing really good. I will keep on writing him.  Let me know if I need to write him anything to uplift or encourage. Anyway I love you and am so thankful for all the time and devotion you spend with everyone. You make a huge change in so many people's lives and are so helping to those who stand in need.
I am going to try and write dad in 10 mins before I have to go out and start getting ready to work. 

Love Elder Samuel Nelson

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

I hope all the traveling is going good. I am writting dad a letter and will send it asap. Also, you can tell dad that it was his uncle that played at the Y. Elder Usevitch has been a blessing.  He is a hard working missionary that has helped me improve in many ways.  I am so greatful to be training him. He is sharp and ready to work.
We have been working with Nate Sparks former quarterback for the Boise State Broncos.  He has had a little contact with the local missionaries and is super nice. Hopefully we can bring him closer to Christ.
Let's see, we have had a wonderful time teaching people here in the area, I feel bad cause when I first got Elder Usevitch we had tons of work to do. But the last two weeks have just been a drag, just dropped appointments!
So the wards are having us teach classes which makes Sundays so fun; we got to teach in three different wards, High Priest in one ward, Elders quorum, and the Primary. Haha, it was a fun Sunday, we are getting to know alot of the members really well because we are working with them so much.
I will send pictures next week and let you know how things are going. Love Elder Nelson

Friday, July 5, 2013

June 24, 2013

So we have had a wonderful transfer and are super excited about the new mission president that is coming.

At times the work gets a little hard, but I have been blessed this whole time.  We have just had some wonderful experiences, we have made it a goal to talk to everyone and we have found several new people to teach.

Love Elder Nelson!

Elder Nelson and his companion Elder Usevitch

June 17, 2013

Hey So I am staying in the Boise Mission and will training a new missionary!
So excited to be apart of this split and all the wonderful things going on right now, I am sad to see President Cannon go but I am looking forward to work with President Winder! He is from the Salt Lake Area.
Sounds like the Family is doing really good! I will keep them in my prayers. Tell John Happy Birthday!
He looks like a little model in his grad pictures! He will be such a great missionary, so crazy to see him leaving and serving the Lord!
I am so excited about the work in our area and the Love the memebers here have for us we have made a complete 180 in the area!
I am amazed and filled with such a joy to see the people to whom I am Laboring draw closer to the Lord. I am also so greatful for the support I am given on a day to day basis; though at times I get few hours of sleep I am restless as the day goes forward. I have been so blessed to have truths revealed to me and also treasure the knowledge that the Lord has given me and yet to has given me.
I hope all is well! Tell the family I love them and will write them very soon,  tell emma she will do so good in school she is so smart!
Love Elder Nelson! P.S. Happy Fathers Day To Dad Tell him I love him!
Also Let Maria know that doing a blog for me would be great thanks!

June 10, 2013

So we have had a good week, I am super tired but have energy every day to carry out the work to which I have been called.

We had a stake president hug us and thank us for the wonderful work we are doing in there stake! I felt pretty good about the things that we have been doing in the Stake and look forward to all the work that will be done in the near future. Here are a few guys that got baptized not to long ago. Dante And Dason Rock and well as Hayden wolfe. Great kids I loved being able to work with them. I will try and write more later on today when I get the time to write

March 27, 2013

Sorry I wasn't able to write on Monday. I got transfered to Meridian it is right outside Boise. I was just made a Zone Leader... I am serving with Elder Oldando Porras from St. George UT, his family was in the same stake and I knew him back there.

If you can make it known to anyone that sends a letter or Box to send it to the mission office 1111 S Cole Rd. Bosie, ID 83709. That way the mail will always get to me.

I am super excited about this transfer. How is John's French going thus far? Is he Mastering it?

Also I heard some members from the area I was serving in started writing you an E-Mails? They asked for your e-mail and then I never heard back.

Good luck in your talk you will do amazing! Tell John he will do great! I miss you all and thank you so much for all you have done for me.

I have had such a great week and it is just getting better and better as I go forward. I am so grateful for this time I get to spend out here.

I was reading the First Epistle of John and one thing I noticed and have cherished from this read was in chapter 1:1-3. They had seen the Lord and "Handled" Him. Yet the point of an apostle is to testify of Christ that he is the only Begotten and that he is the Living God, John tells us this and is a eye witness of the Lord. One other point of many as I was reading was in chapter 2:1-3 that if any man sins he can repent and we have a Mediator with the Father that is Jesus. If we obey and keep his commandments we know him. I like these because anyone can come to know the Father as they exercise faith and repent. Repentance is granted to all, in that he appeased the demands of justice and took upon him our sins "and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."

I love you and hope everything is going great I know that you will be and are a great RSP (Relief Society President)!  Tell Everyone I said hi! Tell Dad I love him and Love you too! Thanks again!

March 14, 2013

February 18, 2013

LOL!  Nice Elder Nelson!!

April 26, 2013

April 8, 2013

Yes I am In Meridian now:) 
That is so good to hear that your talk went well! I got a little sick over the weekend so I am just recovering Today, we saw and heard some great talks from general conference. I am writing Dad a letter today. 
Here are some pictures. These are from Kimberly Idaho just some families I got to spend time sharing the Gospel with.

November 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

Dear family,

We had a fun visit with Sam (Elder Nelson) on Christmas Day.
Jake uses Skype frequently, so we set that up for the call.
He looks healthy and happy.

He is working with members with his companion, Elder Smith.  Elder Smith has been out 4 weeks and Elder Nelson is the Trainer/Senior Companion.  It is a car area, Sam does the driving though admits Elder Smith has a better driving record.  Elder Smith is older (24)and is from New Hampshire.  We were able to meet him also.  Sam said that there are many older elders out there.  ( A shout out to all who are older than 19) The younger missionaries are not coming until early next year.

The Elders live in an apartment built on to a garage at the Wardell family in KImberly, Idaho.  The town has 8 wards and they work with 4 of them.

They had several places to go on Christmas Day, so they planned a full day besides talking with us.  It was fun as we witnessed our family come to the call area and visit with Sam.  They basically asked some of the same questions, but in different ways.  When we had about 5 minutes left, we all gathered around the computer and sang Sam's request of "Angels We Have Heard on High" and finished with a rendition of "We Wish you a Merry Christmas."

When we got home there was a card from the Wardells waiting for us.  I will quote from the card.

"We wanted to let you know how grateful we are to you for raising such a wonderful young man.  Your son, Elder Nelson, is living with us and we have grown to love and respect him greatly.  He is doing an awesome job as a Senior/training companion to Elder Smith, who is a convert of 3 years and a past Jehovah's Witness.  Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season and know that your son is well and is a blessing to us all. Dan and Cherie Wardell"

Just wanted to share an update

October 30, 2012

September 6, 2013

Everything is going great, we have been busy! I am training now so I just have a lot to do right now... I am still in my same area.  My new companion is Elder Patterson from St. George!!! His brother is Robert Patterson who i know. anyways everything is great!

August 12, 2012

Elder Nelson and Elder Rogers from the MTC.

 The group picture is everyone Elder Nelson came out with.
 The one picture that I look tall in is me and Elder Barnes... Elder Barnes went home after a week so that is why i am in a trio.
 First Baptism With Leonard Murray and his step father they were awesome.
The picture is me then to my left, your right is Elder Hoyt and the other Elder is McDonald.
 The first one is Elder Nelson studying, eating some avocado on bread and drinking Coconut milk, so we know he is keeping up on his healthful habits.
Anyways let me know how everything is going, I will keep writing and keeping you guys updated as best I can. Love You Elder Nelson

Another letter sent just before the one above:

Hey how are you doing? Are you playing tennis now? So thus far it has been great just working with the members and the people of Idaho. Hope you got to see some of the pictures I sent. I am riding so much now we are covering a stake so it has been hard to write you guys.
The Refugee Area is so much fun, the people just come sit down and if we have something in their languge they are so happy! I just wish the people that lived here were that excited to get the book of mormon... or to know God still talks to us today, I have been just working hard and taking my time in the wards. cause so many people have been offended or just don't like the church, so i figure if they see me all the time they may be softened. Iam learning  about myself out here it is so good. Alma 32 has been so good because my mind is begining to expand and I am loving it. Anyways I will send pictures and explain who is in them.

August 8, 2013

Right now I am with the two elders serving in Boise Central.  We are on bikes and we are covering the whole stake! Alot of riding, my legs are turning into steel. This week will be my first baptism which is exciting to have.  So you have probably seen the pictures I sent .  These are some kids from the Congo who always come to me to fix there bikes. (When they say this it is with a big smile and the english is bad. This is what they say, "Bike no good") So I always help them out.  I have started to talk with their parents.  They all really like me. :)  I have read through the Book of Mormon three times now and am almost done with Bible.  So everything out my mouth is a scripture. haha not really. But it is getting that way. I will try and be better at writing. I will keep you updated.  How far along are you now?
Love Elder Nelson

August 6, 2012

These pictures were originally sent August of 2012.