OKAY!!!! This week has
been so so so so so good!! We´ve just been finding a ton of miracles by talking
to everybody that comes in our pathway and I love it so much! I am so grateful
that I am still doing missionary work here because it makes me SO HAPPY!!!
Okay, here are a few
Friday- The Spirit
guided us so smoothly to a house and we didn´t even realize it until we were at
their front door. My companion said "Let´s contact this house" So we
walked up and the front door was open and there was a picture frame that said
"Family together forever" In English jajaja! So I started freaking
out and we were so pumped and we clapped out front (ps the house was really
really realllllllly nice) and one of the house workers came out and was being a
little sassy when we talked to her but all the sudden the dad came out! YES! He
was wayyyy nice and open and loves Christ and his family and we talked to him
about the picture frame and how families can be together forever and he was way
pumped and we have an appointment with them this week and I am peeing my pants
because it´s way scary talking to rich people here because they literally never
let us in!! He gave us his cellphone number and everything jajaja. After we
left we were both so dang happy and we thought about how the spirit guided us
there and it was so cool.
RASBAND CAME TO OUR STAKE CENTER AND WE GOT TO SHAKE HIS HAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay it was just one big spiritual bomb. He was there with some other area
seventies and Elder Christensen from the Presidency of the 70. They all talked
to us but Elder Rasband talked for like an hour and it was so good. He talked
to us about how we can do more. He said that President Hinckley is famous for
saying "Do your best" but he was in a meeting with him one time and
President Hinckley said "We have to do our very best" He explained it
way cooler than I can in this email, but he talked to us about how we have to
give the best of our best to the Lord always. We´re not perfect but it´s what
the Lord deserves from us and we can always do more. If we are true disciples of
Christ, we have to give all we have to building up His kingdom. SUCH A COOL
DAY. And we were there with all the missionaries from our mission and the other
mission in Paraguay so it was way cool!
Sunday- We had 2
investigators in church!!!! One named Andres that is like 70. He was just a
random street contact that we gave a pamphlet to and he came to church holding
onto that pamphlet for dear life!!! He was really excited and learned a ton. We
showed him the baptismal font and he wants to get baptized so obviously we´re
going to help him with that! We also had another named Dagne! She´s 17 and went
to young womens and loved it! She´s really cute and the other Hermanas are
working with her! Her dad is really Catholic and has some problems with her
going to a different church but we´re trying to teach him too!
So all in all it´s
been a way good week! We are so happy and excited to keep doing the best of our
Okay this week was
crazy! But way good! Just a ton of spiritual feeding! We had an area 70 come to
our stake conference and it was way spiritual and I got a ton of my questions
about life answered! He talked to us a lot about the power of fasting and doing
our fast the right way. There is so much power that comes from putting of
natural man things and giving ourselves more to God. God is so good to us and
gives back to us wayyyyy more than we deserve. I have really felt that this
I just got out of my final
interview with my mission president and it was so sweet to talk about the
experiences I have had in the past (almost) year and a half. The Lord has taken
what I´ve offered Him and given me so much more. It´s really cool what the Lord
can mold us into when we just give ourselves to Him!
I love my mission so
much! I am really excited to just enjoy the last few weeks!!! Not trunky though
jajajaja Have a great week!
This week has been so great!
I love my new comp so much! We get along really well and she is the sweetest,
Transfers were really crazy
because we had to help the 3 hermanas that left our house and get the 3 new
ones. But after a lot of taxis and colectivo rides, we are good! We live with
two other Hermanas, Hermana Basile from Argentina and she is training a brand
new missionary from Manti. Hermana Cluff. We all get along great and we are
having a lot of fun! The Argentines are trying to change my accent though and
idk how to feel about that....
We wear pants now!!!
Jajaja it´s weird and fun. But it rained a lot this week so it was nice to put
my rain boots on with some pants!
We had to go help an
hermana this week that has chicken pox jajajaja. Her and her companion didn´t
have enough food to last them through the week because they didn´t plan for
chicken pox so we had to go to their area about an hour away and help them buy groceries
jajaja it´s an adventure being an hna leader sometimes.
Well to be honest this
week was really stressful, I am stressed and happy for a lot of reasons but
it´s a good stress I think¿ We had our leadership council for the transfer and
a lot of things were changed and it´s been hard to try it out because I have
been so used to doing things differently for my whole mission. I´m trying to
have a good attitude and make the changes as best as I can because I know that
they come from the Lord and they are what will make the mission better...I
guess it´s just hard to teach an old dog new tricks?? But nothing is
impossible!!! I´m really happy and enjoying everything that´s going on here!
has been pretty chill
and that is such a blessing! We aren´t dying of heat...yet.
I have felt a lot of
the Lord´s love and guidance this week while it´s been stressful and hard and I
found myself really grateful on my knees last night. It´s the best feeling
knowing that we have a Savior that loves us and will take care of us
especially when we turn to Him and do His will. If we let that happen in our
lives, we will be blessed far more than we could have ever imagined. It´s been
the best learning experience here in Paraguay.
Have a great
Ponderize: D&C 88:41
Randomely opened to this scripture and it helped me a ton!
Hey! Things are crazy
right now. We just found out our transfers and my companion is leaving. I will
probably be crying for days, or months. But we don´t have time for that hahaha.
My new companion will
be Hermana Rojas from Argentina! She´s way cute and has about a year in the
mission! I am really excited, we are going to have a ton of fun!
Also, Hermana Sweat
and Hna Sosa are both leaving the area and we are getting two new Hermanas here
so I am way excited!!!
We are in the first
week now of my last transfer and I am peeing my skirt. It´s blazing hot and
there´s a ton of work to do and I am really excited! We´re just praying for our
investigators to go to church so if you guys could pray for that too, that
would be AWESOME!
Have a great week!
Thanks for all the love and support.
Hey friends! I´m sorry....the
more time I have in the mission the less I feel like writing jajaja I´ll just
fill you all in on the details when I get home jaja.
This week has been good
though! The heat has come back and it´s awful! But it´s kinda fun being sweaty
all day even if you are just sitting and not doing anything, because you look
like you´ve actually been doing a lot in the day jaja.
We´ve just been trying to
help a lot of hermanas and strengthen our ward. And leave our area really
strong this last week of the transfer. Yeah, today we start week 6 which means
that I will be starting my last transfer next week....aggghhhhh. It´s all good
We just made a calendar of
all the things we will be doing for the last 6 weeks with our area, hermanas, and
the mission and we literally have something every day so there´s no time for
We are looking a ton for
people that will accept the gospel, we´ve found some miracles but they have a
lot of doubts so we´re just doing our best to help them be in an environment
where the spirit can testify to them of the restored gospel. It´s the funnest
thing I´ve ever done in my life! Hardest and most stressful but by far the
Sorry idk what else to
write, we´re doing good here and we´re happy so I guess we´ll see ya next week
Sorryyyyy I don´t have
a lot of time today so I´m just gonna send some pics. We´ve had a way good
week, found some great investigators and we´re just workin our buns off! Nos
vemos en una semana...adiós!
Love, Hermana Nielsen
Ponderize 3 Nefi 18:32
Everybody deserves a chance!
Hna Ardila and I this
morning...yeah my face is fried. The suns coming out and I can´t help it,okay?
Sometimes I forget
that I am not a latina and that I stick out a little bit jaja
Us with the elders
watching Gen Conf in English jaja
I don´t even remember
what I did this week just general conference because it was
We went to our stake
center like 15 minutes away (in taxi jajaja) and watched all of it! Both days.
They had it in English again in another room so Hna Sweat and I watched
it with a bunch of elders because it´s wayyyyy better when you can hear their
voices instead of a voice over.
Every talk helped me a
ton but I loved Elder Renlund´s talk. The best for last. It really touched me.
And all the talks about knowing the doctrine of the gospel. My whole testimony
on faith, repentance, baptism/sacrament, Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end
has been strengthened so much. I don´t even know how to talk about them in
English anymore but they are my favorite things.
We as members have to
know the doctrine of the church not just to teach and share it with other
people but to be able to understand and apply it to our own lives. The basic
doctrines and principles are what will save us!
Being a missionary is
the best thing ever because the more I study and share these things with other
people, the more I understand. I didn´t think the mission was going to be as
personal as it has been for me. I thought it was going to be all about other
people and helping them, and it has been. But I have changed and grown so much.
The Lord has put me with people and in situations that have stretched me and
helped me to grow and while focusing on other people I have been able to
I was thinking a lot
about conference last night and the impact it has had on me thus far and
Heavenly Father has shown me how much I have grown and what the gospel has been
able to do for ME. I´m really humbled a grateful.
I feel like another
big theme was Joy and that if we are going through hard things, it´s okay. With
Jesus Christ we are able to have joy even in the hardest times and that is so
incredible. I love Conference so much. I´m so pupmed to download it all today.
Have a great week!
Ponderize: Just go
watch your fav conference talk again.
Hey we have the John Deer
factory store thing in our area. I saw it last week and it made me SO EXCITED!
I can´t believe it.
Hermana Sweat and I
were walking the other night and we walked past some punk teenage kids and they
threw something and it hit a tree and then they threw some fruit or a rock at
me I don´t know which and it hit me in the back hahahaha we just turned around
and then kept walking hahaha it was so funny! That was probably the most
interesting thing that has happened this week!
I am getting used to
our area, it just blows my mind every day. It is so city and there´s literally
no dirt roads or creepy food so I feel like it´s just a dream or something!
But we are in charge
of 6 companionships of hermanas and all their areas are city and it´s way weird
to go visit them, but I love it! Our apartment is really nice and we have 2
SHOWERS!!!! So it´s real nice here.
I keep wearing my hair
down and I just let it air dry curly and now I’ve gotten the nickname Shakira
jajaja that´s what Hermana Ardila calls me....we are having a ton of fun every
day! There´s never a dull moment with 4 of us living together! I really like
Hna Ardila is so cool!
We have the same time in the mission so we go home más o menos together, she´s
just going to stop in Colombia jajaja. We´re just working hard and trying to
Our ward is kinda lazy
so we´re trying to help with that. There are a lot of challenges here and I
like it. I don´t like to be bored anymore and there´s always work to do! I feel
really blessed to be here and a lot of pressure, too. It´s really fun trying to
balance everything and just always having something to solve or someone to
We´re pumped out of
our minds to watch General Conference this week, I have been waiting for this
since April jajaja I´ve got a lot of questions for el Señor that I need answers
too and I know that conference is going to answer them! I hope you guys do the
same, it´s the best weekend to receive revelation!
Love you all! Have a
Ponderize: Alma 32:27
My first night here,
Hna Sweat and I came out in the same outfits jajajaja
Hahahaha this has been
the weirdest week of my mission! So Tuesday morning I left San
Lorenzo...SO WEIRD. And a way cool member Hno. Suarez brought me here with some
Elders that were going home. We just pulled up and there were like 8 Hermanas
standing outside and I was like "Oh no" jajaja. But there were just
some leaving and some had to stay with us because they were waiting for their
companions and all that jazz...BUT here in our area we live with another
companionship and it is so fun jajajaja!!!
We have a way chuchi
apartment and I keep feeling like I am on vacation in St. George or something
idk. My companion is Hermana Ardila from
Colombia and she´s like 5 feet tall and super sassy and so much fun!
But when I got here
she had lost her voice and couldn´t talk. She got worse in the week so I was
like yeah we gotta go to the doctor. She has bronchitis so we´ve been in the
house for a couple of days. It´s been a little hard because I am so excited to
get to know my new area and work a ton and I literally can´t sit still anymore!
But the other
companionship that lives with us are having troubles too jaja Hermana Sosa
(from Mexico) did something cray cray to her leg and hasn´t been able to work
fully for like a month. Her and Hermana Sweat (from Heber UT also one of my
BFFFFFF´s in the mission!!!!) have only been able to leave for half days so
those two would leave for half day and then Hna Sweat would come and get me and
we just had so much fun all week! It´s seriously been the funnest week!
The members here are
really cool! We live in a way chuchi (fancy?¿) part! The city is called
Fernando de la Mora and it´s all just houses and people that own cars!!! We
have more than 3 members that have cars it´s crazy!!!
Hermana Ardila and I
are Hna Leaders and we are in charge of 6 companionships and they all live like
an hour away so it´s going to be real fun doing divisions.....but I am excited!
I wasn´t expecting my last few months to be like this but it´s going to be good!
We had leadership
council with President Wilson and the Zone leaders last week and it was really
good. Our mission is focusing a ton on Preach My Gospel and I love it so much!
We also had a meeting
with President and Hermana Wilson afterwards with just the Hna Leaders and they
were all asking me questions because they are all brand new at this and I was
just a real nervous mess. And all the Hermana Leaders are Latinas now except me
so I was just trying to speak in spanish and not be nervous and act like I knew
what I was doing jajaja it´s so funny being a gringo here! But I´m enjoying my
time here a ton!
I´m way happy and I
thought living with 4 of us was going to be a straight disaster but it´s been
really fun and there´s a lot of potential for miracles! The heat is coming back
and I weirdly like it (I think it´s because that´s what feeling like a
missionary in Paraguay is). But that´s about it for the week!
Hahahahaahaha whaaaaaa we
just got our transfers! I am going to a place called Ettienne!!! My new comp is
Hermana Ardilla!! She is from Colombia I think??
I am still an hermana leader
hahahahahaha I thought I wasn´t going to be and I was way pumped to relax my
last 2 transfers buuuttttt......we´re here to do the will of the Lord, right??
I can´t believe it though!
I have been in San Lorenzo
for 6 months now and it feels like my home! I am probs going to cry a lot tonight.
But we´re on to a new adventure! I have loved this area so much! The members
here are incredible and I have seen so many miracles in this place.
This week has been way
crazy with divisions and stuff but this weekend was SO AWESOME!!! So much
Elder Mark Bragg came on
Saturday, he is an area 70, and we had a meeting with just the hna leaders and
the zone leaders and it was so cool! He just talked to us about the mission and
our calling and the authority we have. It was so cool and so much fun! He asked
where we were all from and when I said Spanish Fork he was like, "do yu
know the Youd family?" I was like jajajaja yeah one of them was my teacher
in High school jajaja and he and I bonded for a moment! Idk how they know each
other but if you see the Youd family tell them that I met Mark Bragg and he
knows them jajajaja.
Then Saturday night
and Sunday morning we had stake conference and another area 70 came.
Elder Krasnoselsky! He was sooooo cool and just talked so much about members
and missionaries working together.
The temple prez and
his wife talked too and his wife said that one time she was reading her liahona
and felt like she should give it to a lady and her daughter that passed by her
house selling fruit. A few years later they came back to her house and told her
that they had gotten baptized and everything!!! It was so cool.
Sharing the gospel
doesn't have to be scary or hard and it has eternal results. Share it with
I'm so excited for
this new adventure that I'll have! I'm holding on to every last second that I
Mmmmmm not much this
week. Except it's been raining A TON. Not a lot of people want to talk to us
but we are having fun! And finding out who our real friends are jajaja. And
it's way cold so that's fun. I have been listening to Christmas and I feel like
it's Christmas time yahoo!
This week I went back
to my first area, Reducto, on an intercambio with a way crazy hermana and we
laughed our heads off and there was an activity that night in the church and we
ate cow liver and heart and it's weird but that's just normal here hahaha.
We're just trying to
work so hard! This is the last week of the transfer so we're just trying to
find a ton of new investigators and people to help! We have found some miracles
in the rain and a really cool family that let us in on Saturday night
so it pumped us up!
We went and bought
pants today and we're just waiting for the word for when we can start wearing
them JAJAJAJA maybe we're gonna feel like Elders but maybe it will be fun for a
day or two! I'll send you pics when we start! Sorry I don't have too much new
I went on an
intercambio with Hermana Salgado this week and her and I go home at the same
time so we had a wayyyyyy good talk about how we´re feeling and what´s going on
with our hearts and heads jaja it was way nice to talk to somebody that is
feeling like I am! It´s like we know it´s coming in our heads but our hearts
won´t accept that we are ever going to stop being missionaries. It makes me
really sad to think about. I love what I do! Maybe they´ll let me go home and
be a missionary in Spanish Fork or something.
We found out that
Elder Rasband is coming to our mission in November so I will still be here
yahhhhhoooooooooo!!!!!!! I´m planning on getting his signature or something
This week we had a
really funny ward night. We have them every Friday night and this
week we were in charge with the elders! We had different groups and they had to
act out fairytales and idk why but these Paraguayans thought it was so dang
funny. There was a group of 4 and they had to go up and act out the ugly
duckling and they just stood there and laughed so hard they couldn´t even do
anything hahahahaha and they were all old so it was way funny! Idk just the
little things ya know?
Yesterday a missionary
that just got home told me that I have an accent!!!!!!!!! Whooooohooooo! I have
been working so hard on my Spanish still and people laugh because I can´t speak
Guarani but my Spanish is getting better jajaja!!! Don´t worry, I can
communicate just fine but everybody always says that the gringos have funny
accents so when somebody told me that I have a good accent I was way
We have transfers in
2 weeks and I can´t believe it. It´s been really fun teaching Hermana
Valdez all the stuff about being an hermana leader, she´s really blonde jajaja
but it´s been so fun to work with her and have a new best friend/sister in my
life! She´s really goofy when she´s tired and by the time we hit Sunday nights
we are wayyyy tired. So Sunday nights with her are the best! She just
laughs at everything and she thinks that I am so funny so I always feel good
with her! And she always says awwwww mannnn jajajajjaja
Thanks for the love
We are always always
always blessed when we keep the commandments and I love this scripture because
we really are blessed IMMEDIATELY when we keep the commandments!!!
She made us pizza this
week and I was FRIED
(the cool thing about
sunburns here though is that they don´t hurt at all!!!! Idk why…. maybe the
humidity or algo)
We are still teaching
a way crazy less active member that tells us all her prophesies and can see the
future jajaja she´s really interesting but is really confused about religion.
She looks in all the wrong places. She like goes to the catholic or evangelist
churches to ask questions about the Mormon church....we are trying to help her
get a testimony of the restoration....slowly but surely.
We are also teaching a
way cool investigator named Gissell! She´s hard core looking for the truth and
it´s so fun to teach her! She´s starting to understand a lot more about baptism
and the Book of Mormon and it´s been cool to see her testimony grow little by
little! She lives with her boyfriend so we are trying to work on the law of
chastity but she understands it and wants to change! We had a way good lesson
with her last night and she´s going to read the Book of Mormon and pray and
decide what obstacles are in her way and the things that are keeping her from
reaching baptism and the eternal family that she wants. She´s 21 and super
Yesterday we had a way
intense lesson with Bruno who got baptized in July and he says that he´s atheist
again WHAT. Actually he´s not. He says he is but he has the lamest excuses. But
I had a way cool experience, when we passed by his house and he told us that
he´s atheist the spirit took over and I was just saying things to him that I
wasn´t even trying to say. I was like Bruno, you´re not atheist. I know it and
you know it. And we were just quiet and the spirit testified so hard to me that
it was the truth. Bruno believes in God, he´s just got some challenges that he
needs to overcome! It´s so hard to see people change so much and come closer to
Christ and then decide to turn away from it but we´re not going to give up on
I have held a lot of
monkeys this week. People just have them as pets and it´s so funny!!!
We just got the news
that we need to start buying pants because we will start wearing them soon
hahahahaha nnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I´ll do what the Lord
wants I guess!
Okay well here´s the thing.
Today is a holiday here and everything is closed and the people just told us
that they are closing in 30 minutes so aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh
I was going to update
you all on a million things but if we can´t find another computer then next
week will have to do.
Last sunday we got to
go to a fireside for our stake and president and hermana wilson talked and they
had us and the zone leaders answer questions with them about missions and it
was so fun!! We were just trying to pump up all the youths to go on missions
and it was a way good time!
My comp is so so so so
so great! She is a dang hard worker and we just run everywhere and it´s so
crazy and so fun!
We had one of our hermanas sick in the hospital this week so
we went to help with some things and she has like one week in the mission and
her comp doesn´t speak english and she is from Nevada so we just talked in
English and our comps were so confused jajajaja
Hermana Valdez is
trying to learn english so we speak a ton in the house and she always says what
and yes to me and we contacted a guy yesterday and she accidentally said what
in english to him instead of spanish and I died from laughing
We are doing so good
here! I wish I had more time. But we are way happy and talking to everybody we
see and sweating to death and just loving every second!!! I´m so happy to be
That was like a fork
stabbed in my heart and then twisted around.
BUT Hna Valdez came!!
She´s tall and verrrrry dark and from The Dominican Republic and she´s so sassy
and thinks I am so blonde and laughs at everything I say and we are crazy
together and we have found a lot of miracles this weeks!
There have been so
many changes in everything this week and I was not ready for all of them but I
made it through this week and I actually enjoyed it! The whole week was for
real so crazy but the whole entire time I felt so much peace. It was so cool. I
felt the Savior so close to me the whole time. I always have to rely on the
Atonement here but especially this week and every time I kneeled down to pray
at night I was just so amazed at how much peace I could feel with so much
change. It´s because the Lord loves us and wants us to be so happy! And he will
help us even through the most difficult challenges! I realized that I felt so
much peace because I looked for it. I looked for the positive and the Lord
helped me to see it! It´s incredible what He will do for us if we just ask, he
is always always waiting.
Highlight of the week:
Hna Andreasen told me that I have a lot of qualities like the Grinch and I
think that´s the nicest thing anybody has ever said to me.
I swear that our weeks here
in San Lorenzo just keep getting crazier.
story. A random inactive member came to church last Sunday so this week we went
and found her house so we could help her ya know? And I guess the members here
call her Juana the prophet because she always sees things and they come true or
something I don't know. But she's wayyyyy confused about religion and gets the
church way mixed up with the Catholic church. But we went to visit her and she
asked if we wanted and snack and we were like sure......she brought us out a
WHOLE CUP OF BLACK HONEY. We died. She put some peanuts on top but the rest was
just straight honey. We ate as much as we could and I swear I was going to die.
I thought of my mom because she hates honey and I don't think she'd expect me
to drink all of it so I didn't jajajajja but when we left we realized that it
turned our teeth black so we had to go home and brush our teeth hahahahaha it
was such a weird experience!!
We found such a
miracle this week! We found a part of our area that we have never worked
in....it was so weird that we had never been in it, I think it's because we
don't know any members that live there. But we just contacted a ton for hours
this week and we've been finding so many people!!! It's so much fun! Our week
has been so so so busy, we've had so much going on this transfer but we have
seen so many miracles. Our recent converts are struggling. We work with the
ones that have been baptized in the last 2 years and there are so many that are
inactive now :( BUT Bruno and Edith are doing SO GOOD!!!!! We taught Edith in
English this week and it was SO WEIRD!!! I tried to talk about prophets and it
was so bad but so much fun! And she was like "hermana put your foot
up" and she just gave me a solid foot massage so that was GR8!!!
It's still way cold
here and our shower is broken so I cry every time I have to use cold water but
we good. Our trials will be but a small moment, right?
We are working a ton
with all of our hermanas and it's really cool to watch them learn and grow so
much as the transfers go on! I feel like their mom. Or aunt. All of the people
here call us "tia" (aunt) idk why but all of the moms tell their kids
that we are their tias and I feel like that with our Hermanas! The Lord is
giving us strength physically and spiritually when we don't have it and I
always feel so rejuvinated!
Thanks for loving and
supporting me! I'm so deep in the work and I've never felt better in my life!