Monday, March 31, 2014

A New Companion & A Nicaraguan Proposal

March 24, 2014

Hey family!

Hows everything going over there in Utah?? I miss you guys like CRAZY! I miss you more than ever and hope everything is awesome for you all :)

Over here Hermana Mackay had a transfer. I was SO sad to see her go. I had never cried for a companion before until she left. Watching her go nearly broke my heart, but we’re still going to hang out a TON once we’re both in Utah, and she’s going to be a bridesmaid at my wedding.

BUT, my new companion is Hermana Vasquez from Huehuetenango Guatemala! She’s 25 and the oldest of 11 children! Her mission clothes are the 1st “normal” clothes she has ever worn in her entire life. She only wore ropa typica de Guatemala until she came here. She’s never learned how to read, write, use a computer or a cell pone. She has 4 baby months in the mission and is VERY new. And the craziest part of it all is that she doesn't speak Spanish! Hna Vasquez speaks ´Mam´ a mayan dialect. She’s very shy and doesn't talk much, but is very sweet. I know once she starts getting Spanish down a little better she’ll start opening up more. But she LOVES to clean. She cleans the entire house every night completely spotless and its so adorable haha. I’ll make sure to teach her everything I can during our time together.

We were in the middle of nowhere the other day working when the back part of my shoe completely ripped in half. I tied my scrunchie around it so it could work as a flip flop until we got home, but that didn’t last very long. Right before I was going to have to walk the rest of the way home with one shoe we came to a venta (little shop). She asked the lady there for tape, and my sweet little companion taped the entire back part of my shoe back together. Isn’t that so sweet?? It lasted until we were at the front door of the house and I could change my shoes. So no matter what happens wherever we may be, I know she’ll take care of me.

In other news, our ward Mission leader proposed to me yesterday... haha. I said no (obviously) but he told me he had received personal revelation that I was supposed to be his wife and that he would do anything to get me to fall in love with him and stuff haha. He served as AP when he served his mission in Ecuador so he thinks he’s hot stuff. After his whole shpeel I was like... no. Ha! Ahhh yep. I thought you guys would get a kick out of that.

I have been SUPER sicky for the past little while. I’ve had a scratchy throat, blood shot itchy little eyes, super stuffy/runny nose and this heat rash eczema thing all over my body. I’ve had it for like a month now and we figured out that its hay fever that comes with seasonal allergies. BUT I got a health blessing that said all of the buggies inside of me will go away. Jace is sending me some meds so I´ll be better in no time :)

Anyways, I love you guys so much. This church is so true its crazy and I hope you all have an AWESOME week :) Talk to ya´ll sooooooon :)

Love, Hna Nielson

ps: Dad. I love you :)

pps: Matthew, you’re the bomb :)

ppps: Katherine you are GORGEOUS and happy birthday!

pppps: Jace that picture of you and Katherine from her birthday is my new favorite picture EVER! You´re a stud and I LOVE you :)

ppppps: Mom! I got your Valentines Day package and I´m so excited to open it when I get home!

Haha anyways I love you guys! Bye!

ppppppps: Heres a picture of a cute Nicaraguan baby :)

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Belle Moment

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Reading letters from the family while walking through some cows. Tired but happy after a long day at work. 
 (We all started humming Little Town from Beauty and the Beast after seeing this picture :))

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A cute Little Nicaraguan boy and his dog named Tonki

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Hermanita Chistosa

Hey family!!

How are you guys?? I miss you all so much.  I cant believe I've been away from you all for an entire YEAR! Isn't that crazy? I will have completed ONE YEAR on my mission on Thursday and I feel SUPER weird about it. It feels like I just got here, but nope. I’ve been gone for 365 days and counting. It really is so…. Cool :) Because of the things I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had, I can easily say that this year has been the best year my life has ever had :)

Things over here in ‘El Rosario’ (is what our little area is called) has been so great. Its kind of a little farm land in the middle of nowhere, so if we ever need to go anywhere to buy anything, they have a really great minibus and taxi system. When I was in the city of Managua, we had a bus pass and got around on that, but here everyone waits for the taxis or minibuses that go back and forth from the main town called ‘Jinotepe’ and El Rosario. They CRAM us into those little things with as many other as they can fit. Since Hna Mackay is so tall they shove her in the back, and cause I’m so small they shove me in the front and I’m ALWAYS sitting on top of a guy. Every time. Haha Its SO weird but no one thinks anything of it cause they’re all used to it ya know? But its been sooo funny going back and forth with all the little Nicas. I try and pass pit pamphlets and share the gospel a little bit but there have been no missionaries here since the 70’s haha. They know how to shut us down so good…

Little by little I’ve been figuring out ways to soften up the people a little bit, and the only way to do it, is to make them laugh. I’ve gotten so good at it I can make the most dead pan Catholic little grandma laugh. The members and people that we’re teaching have ALL unanimously given me the nick name ‘HermanitaChistosa’ :) (Sister Funny) They named Hna Mackay ‘Hna Tuanis’ because she’s kind of the cool tall one. So Hna Tuanis (tuanis means cool in Nicaraguan) and Hermanita Chistosa have been tearing it up over here.

We’ve been really happy together. Walking around in the heat/dirt while being a little sicky (I think the farm stuff really took its toll on my immune system this change haha) We’re always smiling and laughing. Life is good as a missionary with a year in, bringing the joy and happiness of the perfect and true gospel to the Nicaraguans.

Well, I love you guys. Keep being awesome like always and I’ll talk to you all soon :)

Love, Hermanita Chistosa
AKA Hermana Nielson

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Study area

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Repairing our worn out shoes

Monday, March 3, 2014

Looking for People to Teach

Mom :)

I love you. I'm alive and well. Here's a picture of me looking for people to teach and some Nicaraguan cows :)

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