Mother's Day Call, 2016

Chad’s call on Mother’s Day, May 8th , 2016
2:54 Chad logged on to Skype…
2:55 Chad went off line and back on again (mom is jumpy)
2:56 Off again.
2:58 Back on.
2:59 Calling..
Mom: Hi!!! You look great. We’re going to call Tyler.
All: Hi Tyler!
Mom: Hi! Oh, you look so great. We have some questions for you. We want to know
a little bit more about the town you are in.
Chad: It’s a little town.. very, very catholic. More catholic churches than anything.
Lots of farms, cowboys. We are on the edge of San Vicente. There are little tin huts
(houses) and we walk door to door.
Mom: Do the members treat you well?
Ch: Not a lot of members live here. The members can’t cross the ‘lines’. The gangs
will ask for your id and if they see that you belong to another area where a different
gang might be, they may kill you on the spot. The members are scared to go
anywhere outside their town. They don’t like to walk to church because it is across
those lines and they are worried they will get hurt. We believe them. That is our
biggest struggle; not many investigators or members will come to church.
M: The gangs leave the missionaries alone right?
Ch: Yeah, they ask what we are doing. Sometimes they’ll follow us around. There is
one group in particular and they’ll just walk into peoples homes and just sit in on
the lessons. It’s a different atmosphere. We don’t hide from them. We just deal
with it.
M: Is your comp there?
Ch: Yeah, but he doesn’t speak English so he doesn’t know what’s really going on.
M: Can you see Evelyn?
Ch: Yeah, She’s sleeping?
M: What’s a typical day?
Ch.: Uh… wake up.. Study. Our zone is really spread out. We usually go and visit
other districts. We don’t go to members homes for meals. So, we just work till
about 9:00 and eat papusas off the street.
M: What’s your favorite kind?
Ch: We can’t eat meat. Pig meat.. anything like that off the street. So we usually just
have the cheese and beans. If you saw the meat you wouldn’t want to eat it either.
M: Do you keep food at your house? What’s it like at the grocery store?
Ch: Yeah, usually just milk and cereal.
Tyer: I was looking at the map. You don’t have many towns right by where you are.
Ch: There is one about 15 minutes from us. That’s the other half of our zone.
Tyler: As zone leader then, you are spending most of your time traveling?
Ch: Yeah, we usually take a bus into Zacate. On Friday, we had a meeting at
President’s house. We woke up at 4:00am and got back around 4-5 in the evening to
our area. We do that about once a week. We don’t get a lot of sleep.
M: So, as zone leader you are over your district and one other?
Ch: Yeah, right now there are just the two.
M: What are your tasks as DL?
Ch: Glorified house keeper. Just making sure things are good. Check on
missionaries and make sure they are being obedient. Sometimes catch them
Kevin: You got to go to the temple right? Did you get to listen in Spanish? Isn’t it
cool when that catches on for you?
Ch: Yeah, it’s awesome when you understand and it’s just like your own language
M: What is your housing like?
(Connection really bad. He’s going to call back.)
Ch: yeah, the wifi went out on my end.
M: Okay, you are good now. I think I was asking about where you are living.
Ch: It’s pretty similar to my house I had before.
M: So it is a house?
Ch: Yeah.
(trying to figure out the video. We can’t see you Chad.)
Ch: Does Dad have crutches?
M: Yeah.. as a prop. Okay, so your house is like you had before?
Ch: Uh huh It’s just a house. We don’t share with other missionaries. Just me and
my companion.
M: What do you do on your p-day?
Ch: We play soccer. We don’t really go anywhere, which is why I don’t send many
pictures. We can’t walk with a camera while teaching. More than once my pack has
been jacked. So, we just don’t walk with it. Some days I will, but I know which
certain places that I wouldn’t take it.
D: So, how does that work with your transfers? Do you have to watch your bags?
Ch: There is a bus that takes you there. They don’t search our luggage. We just say a
prayer and hope we find the other guys with the white shirt and tie.
M: How are the buses? Still crazy?
Tyler: have you had to hang out of the bus?
Ch: Yeah, it’s crazy. There was one time… around 5-6:00pm and everyone is coming
home. Someone comes in and yells, “We need to get more people in! Everyone sit
on the windows!” So we get up and everyone is hanging out of the bus. And it’s
crazy and fast. Someone was saying that the buses here are the scariest.
Kevin: Are they all decorated with beads?
Ch: Yeah, it’s fun.
Daddy: Did you get your arm taken care of?
Ch: More or less. I called the doctor like 6 times, no one answered. Well, so I went
to the pharmacy and they gave me something and just said to drop the liquid on it.
It’s pretty common because of bad pollution and nutrition. They will just pop up on
your skin. They eventually need to get cauterized.
M: How are your clothes?
Ch: Pretty good. My shoes and pants are good.
Tyler: Here’s Evelyn. She’s awake.
(Cute little baby is “waving”)
Ch: Hi Lexi! You look really big. Thank you for writing me on Monday. How old are
Lexi: You are welcome. I am 5!
M: Here is Kai.
Ch: I like your shirt Kai. Is he eating an apple?
M: Yes, he’s eating an apple. We’re making him wait for dinner.
Kevin: So I have to teach on the first 10 pages of PMG. These are people that will be
leaving on a mission soon. Do you have like any 15-second advice on what direction
I should take?
Ch: I feel like our teaching purposes have shifted a bit. Instead of focusing on the
resoration or something, our purpose is talk repentance, repentance, repentance. If
you do that you’ll reach both converts and less actives.
Bean: Hi!!
Ch: Did you cut your hair?
Bean: No, just up braided.
Ch: I don’t recognize any of you. You all look different.
M: I remember Tyler saying that. We are getting her ready to leave on Wednesday.
Ch: All the questions go out of my mind when I see you guys.
M: Tell us more details.
Ch: The town is a little boring.. in the middle of nowhere. It’s hidden unless you go
there. It’s actually pretty chill here compared to where I was before.
Tyler: What is it known for? Like job-wise. Where do people work?
Ch: IF they work.. most are just really, really poor. They work in a sugar factory.
Most hardly have houses. A lot of people go into San Salvador to work. A lot of
farmers, basically.
M: Our wards are doing this thing where they take the pre-missionary YM and they
take them to go to the member’s homes and have them practice teaching. It’s
actually a little hard because we are trying to respond as investigators. Afterwards
they ask what they can do better.
Ch: the youth in this ward.. there are very few active. None of the priests are active.
There is one active teacher. That is the hot age for gang members. Some of them
can’t even cross the street in front of their house. It’s hard to include them in
lessons because they can’t leave their street. Our ward just got denied from being
made into a stake. We have about 120 people that come to the ward on Sunday. No
one does their home teaching/visiting teaching which is why they got denied. The
church is so simple. People don’t come to church because someone “looked at me
weird” but they’ll come back if they someone is nice to them.
M: How is Antonio?
Ch: He is in my other area. It all (investigators) changes week to week.
Tyler: Is the volcano active where you are?
Ch: Yeah ,technically. It’s not as active as San Miguel.
Ch: My mission has been extremely difficult. As far as success, when it comes to
numbers I have very few baptisms. I can count more than 10 people who have
committed to baptism but who can’t because they can’t get past the #4 interview
Jessie: How have you changed after a year of being a missionary?
Ch: I’ve learned that I tend to stress my self out that I need to develop Christ-like
attributes. I’ve seen a lot of pridefulness and I’ve been working on that. Stuff like
that has helped me. I’m not going to say it’s been easy. It’s been hard, really hard. I
know the success isn’t in the baptisms, but I had really high expectations. I know
that there are successes.. For example, our mission has progressed a lot. When I
came here a year ago we were 16 th as a mission in central America. Now we are
number 8. An average good missionary that works hard usually leaves the mission
between 25-40 baptisms. I know I shouldn’t compare myself, but sometimes I have
to ask myself what I’m not doing right.
Jessie: I’m sure you can see relationships that have developed and are strong. You
can recognize those right?
Ch: I do. Yes. I see that I can get a long with people really well. I cry and they cry. I
don’t usually have terrible numbers, but I want converts. I have to teach people how
to baptize. But, it’s hard that I’m not able to get there. But, I get a lot of compliments
and leaders that want me to progress.
Ch: It truly is hard. I don’t want to be a downer. I really am doing well. But, it is
really hard. We actually have a lot of missionaries going home right now—being
sent home. Just it’s hard to handle and we have some disobedience.
M: I know you can handle it. It’s one of the reasons you were sent there.
Ch: Thanks. I am doing well. These last few changes have been fun. They have
flown by.
M: So do you have anything big coming up soon?
Ch: Not really. Just normal stuff.
M: Do you get to meet with your mission president often?
Ch: He comes by a lot. He is in charge of this district. Even today, one of his
counselors was here. My President is awesome. We had a general authority come
and say that he is one of the best presidents here in Central America. I’m happy to
have him here. He goes home in July after I leave.
Ch: We are in the dry season right now. We are moving into the wet season though.
Tyler: Do the streets flood?
Ch: Yeah, sometimes.
M: Did you ever get new running shoes?
Ch: No. I don’t really care.
Jessie: What kind of cereal do you buy?
Ch: I buy plain corn flakes. When I go to the store I just usually buy milk and fruit. I
usually get served other fattening stuff other places. I try to avoid that stuff when I
buy my own food. I’ve been buying the milk in jugs. The carton goes too fast. The
powder stuff just takes longer to make. It’s not too bad.
Kevin: On my mission, I would buy a bag of cookies in a pack and pour them into the
milk. That would be my breakfast.
Bean: Are you wearing sunscreen? Wear your sun screen!!
Jessie: Are there tourists?
Ch: One time I saw a big bus full of white people. A long time ago when I first got
here and only that one time. There’s not a lot of touristy places here. I’ve never
been to the beaches. I guess they are really pretty, but I wouldn’t know.
M: Do you hear from Hunter at all?
CH: Yeah, he’s doing great!
Dad: Something you said about not wanting to be an AP. Something to think about..
there might be a reason you need to be an AP. You have a great work ethic. There
may be something you need to teach other missionaries.
Tyler: You seem really converted. Your conversion is more and more towards the
Gospel, I can tell. That is probably something you are teaching your zone.
Dad: A good leader does more missionary work than a missionary. You have great
M: I have more people comment on your testimony. We can feel it and it blesses
those that read.
Ch: Okay, I have to finish up here and start saying goodbye.
M: The hard one. You are doing great. We’re really proud of you. I don’t want you
getting down on yourself.
Ch: Thank you. Okay, bye Lexi and Kai and everyone.
M: So you are doing okay?
Ch: Yeah, I’m good.
M: We sure love you!
Ch: Happy Mother’s day! I love you too. Bye everyone! Thank you for being here.
M: We are very proud of you. We love you.
Ch: Thank you. I’ll be fine.
M: You are doing so much good work there.
Ch: I hope so. Thank you. Okay, I’m going to go now. Love you!

Welcome Home Elder Nelson!

Tyler will be home in only a few days.  Can you believe it's already been two years?  We couldn't be more excited to see him and welcome him back home after a fabulous mission.  Please join us if you can!  Thanks for all of your support over the last two years.  

July 11, 2011

Hows everyone doing?
i am doing great!! we are here working hard, im not going to lie, its hard to remain focused in the last week. but we are doing our best and this last week i will leave with a baptism, i feel great and am very exited. im glad to hear that everyone is doing great. today i am visiting some of my converts and people that i have known. in the morning we visited someone that i baptized named Bryan. we reactivated his mom and baptized him, but his dad has never wanted anything to do with the church. well we have always gotten along, and when i visited he gave me a gift wrapped up. (i think as a joke but at the same time serious) i still have not looked at it, but he hinted as to what it is, and i think that it is a bottle of authentic Chilean Wine. so now i have no idea what to do with that.
well i think that this might be the last email that i will write in chile, but all good things must come to an end.
I love you guys and thank you all so much for the support that you have shown me. love you all and will see you soon.
Love Elder Nelson

July 4, 2011

Hey, mom!!
 yep, 2 weeks left. but im working until the end so don't worry. on the 11th i get to say goodbye to my converts so i am excited for that. i am glad that Chad had a good time at EFY, what a stud! it sounds like it is hot over there. it is still pretty cold here. it freezes in the morning. we are teaching some great people, and i really do love the people here in Curacaví. i hate it when we have to go into Santiago every week cuz i love the small town feeling. our ward is struggling, we have been working a lot on that- trying to help out the leaders. it is interesting how much the members, and people who are not members depend on the missionaries, and what they have got to say. the other day someone told us that he felt that if the missionaries left Curacaví, the town would be lost. a little dramatic i know, and i laughed a little when he said it. but it does help one feel the weight of their calling.
our new president has invited us to restudy the life and teachings of Christ, and i have loved it. it has really helped me a lot, i have found. and President Essig taught that if one really whats to become like Christ, one must know him. its true and i invite you to do it also. i know you are basically like Christ being my Mom and Dad, but its helped me a lot. i thought i would throw that out there.

Love you guys and cant wait to talk to you guys next week,
Elder Nelson

June 27th

Hey hows it going?
it sounds like everything is going great!
I am sure Chad will have a great time in EFY, well i didn't like it that much, but he is a lot cooler than i am.
i am sure that he is a lot better than i am on the wakeboard, is he still using my board and bindings? thats why he's getting good! just kidding, i cant wait to pick it up again.
we are working great here in Chile. Presidente May goes home tomorrow and president Essig is the new President. it was nice that for my whole mission i was able to have the same Pres., i already had my interview with him last week, which was strange because normally you do that the last day of your mission.
thank you for your prayers for the people here in Chile.
Love you guys,
Elder Nelson

June 20, 2011

Hey, Como Están?
we have had a very rainy week here in Curacaví and its been cold. i forgot how much i love the heat and the sun. my companion is loving the weather here because he is from Alaska. thanks so much for taking all that time to help me out with my classes, i know its a pain. If you could try and make sure the classes can transfer, just in case. not much is new, just working hard and trying to get people to go to church. the level of dedicaion is a little low here when its cold and rainy out. especially if its fathers day, not even the members in our little ward went this last sunday, much less the investigators. but thats life on the mission. i hope that you injoyed the camping trip. On the Lake? Did you do something for fathers day?
Well i love you guys and i will talk to you next week,
Elder Nelson

Hey, Happy fathers day!!!
i wanted you write you and let you know how much i love and appreciate everything you have taught and done for me. 
i personally am so grateful for you example. that example has helped me so much as a missionary and i have used it to help the lives of my investigators. 
i hope to become like you and that i can have the same relationship with my kids. 
you have been there always and have sacrificed much for your family. your sacrifice does not go unnoticed, and your Children love and respect you.
i  have unfortunately seen many families destroyed and torn apart for lack of a good father figure. 
I had to leave and go to another country and see the problems of other families to realize how good i got it.
Love you Dad,
Your son
Elder Tyler Nelson

June 13, 2011

its good to know that your not counting down! jk 
i am really excited to see you guys again also, so dont worry about it. but we are working hard and trying to work the hardest that we can to finish well, and baptizing!!! 

the work moves forward. i found out that President May will still do my last interview to thats great. i heard about the fires there in Arizona, they are even here on the news in chile and all the members have told me about them, knowing that i am from Arizona.
we are working with some great people here and the ward here is progressing a lot.

i love missionary work, and hope that it is a part of me my whole life. 

love you guys and am always praying for you. 
Elder Nelson