Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Taken aback

Hello! How are you all? I hope you guys had a SUPER awesome week. I miss you guys.

Over here in Nicaragua everything is sooo good. I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful this week went. Just when I thought my testimony couldn't get any stronger, it did. I am learning so much and am feeling so blessed. Hermana Garcia is an absolute JOY to work with, oh my gosh. This little Salvadorian fire cracker and I are closer friends than I could ever have imagined. She reminds me of a Latina Rachel Whitehead! We are sooo happy together its not even funny. The combined positive energy that we bring out in each other is bringing us sooo much success it's ridiculous. We are PRAYING we can outlast at least two more companion changes together, if not more. We'd be happy if we were companions the rest of our missions ha ha! I don't speak English hardly at all anymore so even typing it feels a little weird... :)

I have a little experience I would like to share with you all that was super special. We were walking to a cita (appointment) Saturday afternoon when I felt the impression to contact a certain house we had never before contacted. We knocked on the door and out came a man who looked to be in his mid 50s. I told him who we were and that we had a message that could bless his life. While I was talking, he was looking at me like he had seen a ghost. Before I could say another word he said 'I know you.' Knowing I had never before seen him I was a little taken aback. 'I have seen your face' he began 'Years ago I saw your face in a dream. In my dream you came and blessed the life of my family and I. I knew you were coming. Please come in :')'  So. Humbling. The BEST part of being a missionary is finding the people waiting for you :) The church is so true you guys. I love you so much and hope your week is AWESOME!

Hna Nielson

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Fun pics

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from a primary child in her ward

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Yes. She is wearing her Thor t-shirt in Nicaragua ;)

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The District -eating waffles

Beautiful Nicaragua

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Echando fuego en Managua

How are you guys? Did you have a good weekend? I sure hope so :) 

Conference was so... Wonderful. Every single talk and song was so beautiful, inspired and perfect, it left me speechless. The Prophet, his Apostles, the choir... I love it so much I could die! :')

It was sooo crazy seeing the missionaries on TV using i-pads, i-phones, teaching in houses, sitting on COUCHES!! (I haven't seen a couch since I left home) They were driving in cars, and looking clean and beautiful. Those types of missions look sooo glamorous. All of us Nortes were a little jealous... but we are teaching real Lamanite decedents about their literal ancestors. It doesn't get much cooler than that. So serving in Central America is worth it to us :) We love it here 

Hna Shaffer had changes last week so I am now companions with Hna Garcia! She is a little Salvadorian fire cracker and loves me so much. It's really humbling being around someone who loves you so much. This past week I've had with her has been the best week of my mission :') We are the BEST companionship ever. Estamos echando fuego aqui en Managua!

At the reunion de cambios we received 4 sweet little Norte girls. They were so scared, barley speaking any Spanish and were in tears by the end of the meeting. One of them was just bawling scared to death. I consoled them and told them they were going to be just fine. I was fluent-ish in Spanish after about 6 months so I know they'll get there. It's crazy to think I was in their place not too long ago with the toughest trainer out here.

But the mission is sooo special. You learn and grow in ways that I can't even begin to explain. The mission doesn't just make you tough, strong, bilingual and more doctrinally educated, but brings you so much closer to the Savior, Jesus Christ. While being out here on the mission I have really come to KNOW Him, and can call Him my best friend :') I love Him so much and have learned how to fully render to Him all that I have and all that I am. I have fully accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and love this gospel with all of my heart. I love all of you as well, and hope you have a wonderful week.

The church is true and I love yoooou!


Hermana Nielson 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Attack of the Nicaraguan animals

Hey guys!

I miss you all so much. I have been praying for you each individually every time I pray. I hope you're week was AWESOME :)

This week was basically attack of the Nicaraguan animals over here. Iguanas ate out electric wires so we didn't have electricity for 3 whole days. We were so hot without our fans we thought we were going to die of heat stroke. Bats have now made our ceiling their new home and keep us up all night with their little bat noises. During dinner the other night, Hna Shaffer almost got attacked by a HUGE rat (more like a rodent of unusual size because it was enormous)! And then the next night Hna Shaffer killed a tarantula in our hallway with a shovel. I was all trying to save it with a cup and a piece of paper... Ha! Nicaraguan anything- bat, snake, tarantula, is so.  Nasty.  All this madness was due to fumigation week. The government comes and fumigates all the houses in Managua to protect us from the little creatures lurking around. I say it does the opposite!

I have eaten rice and beans, beans and rice mixed together gio pinto and fried cheese every day my entire Nicaraguan life. The Zone all went to McDonald's and all got soooo sick.Our diets are so simple now that our tummies couldn't handle the change. So I have found I am VERY happy with my rice and beans. I can't live without them now!

They don't have ovens here, only stoves, so I haven't had a baked good in 200 years. I am super excited to eat a brownie or a cookie again someday.

They don't have washing machines here in Nicaragua either. Everyone (including us) washes their clothes by hand. We were telling one of our investigators that there are things called washing machines that clean your clothes for you and they thought it was the strangest thing they have ever heard. They said we shouldn't trust things like that, ha ha. I think I have come to like hand washing more actually because 1. I'm getting strong from it (strong for me anyways) and 2. You can make sure your clothes get super clean because YOU are the one who cleans them :) So yes, hand washing and rice and beans are my favorite things.

My Spanish is pretty good now so I have been having to do a lot. I've had to teach at district meetings and zone conferences and lead my area in divisions and things, so the time has been FLYING by. It feels like I just got here. In a little over 2 months I'm going to be half way done. THAT just about gives me a heart attack... Ah, you blink and before you know it, its over. So I will see you all again ridiculously soon!

Until then, here's a beautiful quote from Spencer W Kimball that is perfect for those unexpected challenges and struggles.

¨No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education... builds our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called children of God.¨

The church is so true its ridiculous :´)

Have a WONDERFUL week. I love you all!

Love, Hermana Nielson