Elder Nelson called Dad's cell phone (while the family was at the cabin) right at 9:00 Christmas morning. Dad put the phone on speaker and mom called Kevin and Jessie on her cell phone. Kevin and Jessie were able to hear everything he said. He had 40 minutes to talk, we talked for 39 min. 40 sec. Here are the notes we took from Elder Nelson’s phone call!
He is in the Northern part of
He is in the Northern part of
He sounds great! He has a Chilean accent already. He has a hard time remembering English because they use Spanish all the time. Like, when dad answered the phone, he couldn't think of how to say greetings in English.
Went to the temple the other day. It was awesome, interesting. I was used to going every week in the MTC, then now it has been a while. It was during Christmas time, we told our converts that a year later we could go with them.
2 investigators right now are really strong, one may get baptized this week. Everyone is going every which way during Christmas, so it’s hard to keep track of everyone during the holidays.
Christmas day is like a p-day, three hours to work, then we get to go to families for Christmas, we get to stay out til 12:00am. That’s awesome. Here they celebrate Christmas on the 24th, they celebrate at night, starting at midnight. Right now, there’s no one in the street, because they are all sleeping. At 12:00am, they have dinner and are up until 3-4 in the morning. We went to the mission home. We had a play of Christmas, all the missionaries were there. A lot of missionaries I knew from the MTC were there.
He loved the Christmas presents he got. He got a box from his boss from work.
I feel bad I haven’t written a lot of letters. Dad says, I hope you are writing more in your journal because you are not telling us a lot about your mission. Tyler says, It’s hard to write. I’m not writing as often as I need to. In the night, is the only time to write.
Usually don’t eat breakfast, then we have a huge lunch at 2.
We can’t say no if we are given food, they get really offended. But we try not to eat. Mission rules are you can’t buy anything, or be spending time in a store, after 6 because that is a prime time for proselyting. After a day's work, if you want to eat, the only time you can is between 10:30-11:30pm. There’s not a lot of time.. that's what it is hard to write in my journal. You have to choose to either eat or journal.
Most missions you wake up at 6:30, leave house at 9:00-9:30. But in our mission, we get up at 7:30 and don’t go to bed at 11:30.
Right now, it is 1:05pm (
There is a couple of people here from Arizona, so I can ask them questions, like what time it will be at home.
You can’t find Dr. Pepper anywhere (in response to a question from Bean). There is only one store which Walmart bought, it’s called Lotos. This is one of the only places you can find American items because Walmart bought it. The only thing ppl drink here is Coke. I didn’t drink it (Coke) at all at the MTC. They also have this juice thing, everyone has them here (Jugo).
When I was in Butuco, I ate Chicken Hearts and the thing that’s on a
Here we are walking a lot. A lot of members give us food. There is something like a fruit cake (Pandepascua), we eat it all the time. It is like sweet bread.
In this sector, it is not that bad (poor). In my last area, it was.
Do you do a lot of tracking? What does your day look like? A lot of tracking, a lot of inactive members, some of the best investigators we get are through the inactive families. We work a lot through the inactive members. We are trying to gain the trust of the members in the area. We can’t just waste time at the members’ houses. We are working on gaining their trust.
In Spanish- This is the true church. We can become closer to Heavenly Father if we follow His principles. This is the way to find true happiness and peace. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Through Him we can live and we can be with our families forever... We can find happiness in this life and in the life after...
Once you’re done with your mission, your parents can come pick you up. Now it is like the hottest time for us(not compared to AZ though). In about a month, will be the hottest. High 80’s right now. January is the hottest.
What is a cool experience you have had? – It is really interesting. I have noticed when we talk to ppl on the streets, you’ll be sharing the gospel. All the sudden, they’ll start crying. Then, they’ll start talking about their problems. “I smoke, I drink, I need help. Can you help me?” It is incredible. The spirit works on ppl in incredible ways. It is interesting, you’ll talk to them, then you’ll try to set an appointment. Sometimes you never get a chance to come back later, but I know that they felt the spirit in that moment. It is really interesting, in my last sector, one of the investigators, actually 2, tried to kill themselves. One was fed up with life. Really sad stories. I don’t want to go into details. I love these people. It is always really sad. It is amazing because you are able to help them. I didn’t baptize. I think my companion will get to baptize some of them. But, I helped find them. It is incredible, the change you can see and bring into ppl’s lives. I can’t think of really cool experiences right now.
The biggest change in me? Lately it has been really interesting to witness the changes in myself that I’ve had. A huge change. At first, when I was going to go serve a mission. I didn’t understand what I was getting into. It is the purifying fire. Everyday you work on purifying your heart to receive and teach with the spirit. Forgetting yourself and thinking of the ppl you are serving.
In Butuco, we could use the internet, it was nice to send pictures. But here, we don’t really have anywhere we can send pictures. So, I don’t know. I might end up not being able to send some for a while.
Thank you for your support. It means a lot.
Dad- you have a lot of people pulling for you.
I love you guys. Thanks for everything, for your support. It has been great. I am happy. I am happy to be here. I don’t want to be anywhere else. I’ll talk to you Mother’s Day!
He sounds like he is doing really, really well. We were really happy to talk to him. Merry Christmas! The Church is true! :)
Hello again. this week has been a crazy one i have been sick (with what i do not know) for the better part of the week. we also had a district conference and interviews with Pres. May this week. but it was great and i learned alot. i am dead tired from working all week and being sick but i am just happy i was blessed with the strength to be able to work everyday with a fever and everything. i think i really saw the lords hand in the work this past week. i hope everything is going good this week, it sounds like you all had a great weekend and very busy. Chad congrats with the eagle, you are officially in the club now, that is a great accomplishment and i am very proud of you. bre i hope you injoyed new moon or whatever its called, i do miss going to movies with you, i hope you are keeping track of all the cool movies that are coming out, and making a list of movies i can watch when i get back. by the way i love the calender i will hang it up on the first for sure, but you did a great job on it and it makes me feel at home. but like i said this last week has been crazy , and we have had crazy problems with our investigators, two of them tried to kill themselves this past week. i am just so thankful that we were there to help them put through it. we are most definitely in the right place at the right time. the lord knows what he is doing. well i know you had more questions but i really cant remember them, so sorry. i hope the cabin is going well dad i cant wait to see it, in fact i was wondering if you could send me pictures of it and other things as well, not just the cabin. but i was hoping to be able to show the people here a little more of my life back home, the house, more of the family, other things like that. but you can just send them by email and i can put them on the flash drive and print them out the next time i go into town. that would be awesome. well thank you so much and a love you all! talk to you next week!
Elder Tyler Nelson
my roommates and a few others at the mtc in our room on the last day.
ward members at the baptism. son locos!
me with a chile hat ( they all have these there)
with my first district
an investigator family that we are teaching, only the mom is a member, they have three other daughters and a son as well.
a lake on the one side of batuco, we run there in the mornings sometimes. beautiful area.(great for duck hunting!)jk
transportation chile style! bakan!(cool)
me and my comp at tgi fridays
i would also like to say thanks to jessie and kevin for their letters, i got them all this last tuesday,and it was great to have them, and read them on the bus ride home. well have a great week and i love you all!
Elder Tyler Nelson
(never a bad day!)
Elder Tyler Nelson
(Your Favorite son on a mission)Elder Tyler (and Two names i try and wear with honor)David Nelson
Elder Tyler Nelson
Love,Elder Tyler Nelson
Dear Nelson Family,
It was a great pleasure to welcome your son to our mission. He arrived in good health, is enthusiastic, and anxious to begin missionary work here in the Chile Santiago North mission. I have interviewed him carefully and find him well prepared, with a strong testimony, and a good beginning foundation in the Spanish language. I feel honored to be his mission president and know that the Lord has prepared many people here to receive the testimony of the restoration he bears. Sister May and I will treat him as our own son.
Your son will look forward to your weekly letters of encouragement and support. E-mail is a great way to communicate with him as he communicates with me by e-mail weekly as well. If you prefer to send letters, the church pouch system is the safest method. The pouch mail comes several times per month and is delivered to the mission office, where we either carry it ourselves, or send it with missionaries to your son, as soon as possible. You can also send letters and packages directly to the mission office. The address of our mission office is as follows.
Thank you for all you have done to prepare your son for him mission. Sister May and I will do everything in our power to help him have a wonderful and productive mission.
Michael E. May
President, Chile Santiago North Mission
-Elder Tyler Nelson
ALso i need a usb drive if you could. that would be great! also ever second sunday i have to speak in my ward crazy!
I thought I should send you what pics I have. Most are random. Some of the elder in my district are crazy. Anyway, I deleted most of the really silly ones. Mostly there are just pics with me and my teachers. The blonde one with the braces is my favorite. He has been a great example to me and I have learned the most from him. So I love you and thank you for your support! I'm writing this on Saturday as we are packing for Monday. It's kind of like another P-Day. You will most likely get this way after I talk to you on the phone on Monday.
Love, Elder Tyler Nelson
Playing? Cleaning?? Something???