Monday, November 15, 2010

Bitter Sweet Week

G'day Mates!

Fair Dinkum its good to hear from you all haha. Elder Kerr and I had a Bitter sweet week this week. It was a roller coaster ride but in the end it was really good. I should be used to riding this roller coaster by now though eh? We saw many many miracles this week. This week we smashed our record of the number of investigators we find in a week. We found 15 new investigators this week. 15!! Thats INSANE for us. It was crazy as haha. I'm sure in some of the South American missions they find like 30 or something ridiculous like that but 15 was heaps for us. You can probabaly recall me whining about how we cant find investigators and its really hard to find investigators(which it is) but man I've never taught so many first lessons(Restoration) in a week than I did this week. It was so exciting!! I honestly cant really say we did anything different either. haha I know buzz kill as. I wish there was a secret formula like you pray for 30 min straight then fast for 17 and a half hours and then talk to a certain number of people a day and then BAM you have a new investigator but it doesnt work that way. The Great Sydney Mission has a new policy though. It expected of us to do at least 2 hours of Street contacting or tracting, or both, a day. We were doing that before but I guess now it is an even more sacred time of the day. Me and Elder Kerr have been as diligent as possible and thankfully the Lord has blessed us with people to teach. At the beginning of the week we found quite a few potentials and by the end of the week we had turned most of those people into new investigators. The most exciting new investigator experience we had this week is we found a family!! YAY! WOO! It was a very cool experience. They are Burmese! Cool eh? Luckily the Young man Paulian that I GQ'd on the street speaks pretty good english. They like us a lot, they said "Your white, we're black but we both love Jesus. That makes us family." So cool. By the way they have 9 in their family and the youngest child is 9 haha. So they are ALL baptism age! It was the first experience on my mission where I have taught a whole family at once with the Father and Mother listening too. We got to know one another and then we watched Finding Faith in Christ. The spirit was sweet. Elder Kerr and I bore strong testimony of the Divinity of Christ and also of the Restoration. We also told them that we are representatives of Jesus Christ, messengers of truth. And that our message is that there is a living prophet today Thomas S. Monson and Twelve Apostles again on the Earth. Everything was very new to them but they are curious to learn more. We'll be seeing them again this week. We had another similar experience this week with an African family too. But it will take too long to telll you that one as well.

So there was a lot of sweet experiences we had this week. The bitter ones was we didnt get anyone to church and when you dont get an investigator to church everything just sucks pretty much. Also we found out that the church has no gospel material in Burmese so its gonna be tough trying to teach the Naulak family. Darn. But I know that the spirit will be there and if they open their hearts the spirit will flow in and they will recieve a witness of the Restoration too. Another Sweet experience we had was we gave two chapel tours. I love giving chapel tours. I like to think of it how when you get a new house you just want to show everyone and you love living there and you love visiting there. Well the chapel is the Lord's house and he's left it up to us to show the rest of Heavenly Father's children where His house is, whats inside and why we love going there every sunday. We gave a chapel tour to one of our members Mum who hasnt listened to the missionaries since her son (bro. blundell) decided to get baptised. So we were the lucky ones to really introduce her to the church. She loved the chapel tour and we gave her a Book of Mormon in Indonesian.(not just for fun she actually really is Indonesian). Also I found out she loves music so at the end of the chapel tour we all went into the chapel and I sang a hymn for her. I sang How Great thou Art and I made sure that she followed along with the words because the words are so beautiful. I love that hymn. That was a sweet moment. I also had another opprotunity to sing a hymn to a Priest and Bishop from the Greek Orthodox church BUT that will just have to be a story for another day :). I love you all. This church. Is God's church. I know that is true. Latas!

Elder Nelson


I dont have much time because I have already taken forever because I decided to write a novel. Holy cow. This week was very exciting though. So many stories to tell but so little time. Well I just wanted to say how FREAKING EXCITED I WAS READING THOSE EMAILS TODAY AND LOOKING AT THOSE PICTURES!!! Man......I miss you all heaps as. But its all sweet I got work to do. Thank you for bringing such great news! Bryce you are a monster! Keep up the good work. Stephen that picture of you singing in the Football gear. Sexy. haha. Nah thats cool as though. You must be getting heaps of "fans" if ya know what I mean. Mum i'm so proud of you for giving that talk and it sounds like it went really well. Christin and her family look so good. Dad you are a legend. I already told my companion your building "Zion the New Jerusalem which shall be built upon the American continent" as we speak. haha. Thats really cool though. Wow so many blessings! I dont think I can even count them all. Oh by the way Johnathan's getting baptized this weekend! Get excited! Hopefully satan backs off. Or else I'll have to bust a cap in his Ace hahaha. Well times up gotta go Love ya all. Stephen i'll write you. cya

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