Christmas Call Notes, 2010

Mom and Dad had some trouble getting a hold of Tyler right at 12:00 because they had the wrong area code for Tyler’s area. They finally got through on the calling card about 12:05. They starting recording the phone call a few minutes in for Jessie, Kevin and Breanna to hear later. They were up at the cabin for Christmas and had Chad with them.

They just asked Tyler what the area he was in is like…

T: Little town areas, little communities so we go around to the little communities

Is it a new area?

We opened the sector there was no work done here at all and there are no members here.

So is it hard?

It was pretty tough but it was a lot of fun. Like I’m having so much fun in this last place. A lot has changed and we have worked our buts off.

So the people that you spent Christmas with, are they members?

Yes well not all of them but they are new members and they just moved into our ward from another sector. They are really cool in fact Sister Sanchez she was really worried that she kept thinking about her kid who is 15 years old and will be leaving on a mission and she was like Oh I hope your parents are worried that you will be alright during Christmas and so she did all these things for us and cooked dinner and everything and she was like crying at the end. She was so sad that we were so far away from home. They are really cool.

That makes us feel good that someone was taking care of you.

Right so I said that I would tell my parents that we are good.

Well tell them thank you very much.

Yeah I got a lot of cool ties and everything.

And you have a new companion now too?

Yeah the new elder, its my second time training so that’s cool.

Where is he from?

Logan, Utah

Oh really that’s where we lived.

Did we live there really?

Well you didn’t but Jessie was born there. Dad –Utah State is where I graduated.

Oh he goes to Utah State.

Chad’s here. Chad- Hi Tyler

Whoa (Tyler was surprised at how deep Chad’s voice was..), hows is going?

Its going good.

That’s good. How is football going?

It’s good. It’s over right now

Did you guys win state?

Oh yeah.
Who did you play again?

Mountain Ridge I think

So Hamilton is doing pretty good in football this year?

M: We didn’t have a lot of competition this year because the top teams lost early in the competition so we ended up playing kind of easy teams so we just kindof blew everyone away. It wasn’t very competitive.

Well that’s alright.

Jessie, Kevin and Breanna are driving here right now and we are trying to get ahold of them but they are in a bad area so they just wanted to make sure I told you Merry Christmas from them and they love you and everything.

Tyler - Ok that’s cool. Its alright. I know that they want to be there.

Mom- We are still trying to call them. We are trying to hook up with them but they are not in a good area.

Tyler- Right
Mom- But we are recording it so they can listen to it. And we are excited to see Lexi too

Tyler- Right me too. That’s very cool that I have a niece.

Dad- Yeah you are an uncle.
Mom- Well you sound awesome. Everyone asks about you all the time.

Tyler- Really? They haven’t forgotten about me yet?

Mom- No, in fact the Scotts that you hometaught. They sent you money again.

Tyler- ah man

Mom- I’ll put that into your account, so if you want to get something you can. You need to write another note to them

Tyler- I’ll write an email. How are they doing?

Dad- They are doing well. They always ask about you.

I forgot to tell you I had to take out money for the bike. We had to buy some things. I haven’t bought anything for a long time. They are going to reimburse me.

Mom- that’s fine. I’ll check it. You did get the work out thing for Christmas right?

Tyler- Yeah, it’s so cool. I’m into working out right now.

Mom- I love the last pictures you sent. Send as many pictures as you can. It makes it easier for us to imagine you there.

Ty- I’m taking a lot more pictures now. Especially during the Christmas time. I didn’t really take many pictures before.

Mom- that’s good. There are a couple things I want to ask you. I don’t know if we can, but have you thought more about us coming to get you?

Tyler- Yes! I want you to come.

Mom- we’ll figure it out. We’re not sure if we can, but we want to.

Ty- I haven’t heard anything bad about coming down. If you can’t financially, then it’s totally fine.

Mom- we’ll need to get tickets soon because it will be a better price.

Tyler- there’s some really cool places that I’d like to take you to. And, there’s some great families I’d like you to meet. Oh! I’ve got to tell you about something. This last Monday, I helped another elder that opened the sector I was already in. They put me with him for the day. Both of us were trained. I went and visited this family. They look so good. He just got the Melchizedek priesthood. They are taking temple classes.

Is that the one you can maybe go through the temple with?

Yeah, that’s the last one I can maybe be there for when they go through because of the time frame.

Is there anyone else that you are teaching now that is looking good?

Yeah.. and no. We are doing well. But, we are starting from zero. I feel bad because I trained another elder, I wanted to have a baptism with him here.

M: How were those rabies shots?

D: Yeah, what was that all about?

T: Did I tell you about the other time I got bit? The first time, there was this dog, nasty looking. It bit me in the back of the leg. It was just a scratch. But, if blood comes out, you have to get shots. So, I went in and got some. It was a series of 5 shots. It wasn’t too bad. I got shot another bite. My garments protected me! I have a garment story. You always look for those stories. I had never had one before, but now I do! Dogs don’t like you here. We get bit a lot.

That’s cool. Did you get our Christmas bard?

I haven’t gotten anything else. You have not sent me many letters, just so you know!! It’s alright. I hear from you Mom every week. Grandma and Grandpa Sheldon write. They are doing really great. They are like baptizing people! That’s really cool. It’s alright though. It’s just funny. Don’t worry about it. It’s just a joke. Once you hit your year mark, your letters stop. That’s exactly what happened to me. I’m actually perfectly fine with the emails. I feel bad because I never write back. I feel fine with not getting letters because I don’t write back.

Yeah those little short emails are hard, but I understand. We’re looking forward to a huge report when you get back.

Yeah, I’ll start making a list of the things I’ll tell you.

One other thing I need to talk to you about. You don’t need to decide, but just start thinking. I just need to know what your preference will be for school. You need to be accepted first. Just think about what you first choice would be.

I would rather go to BYU-Provo. Idaho is far away.

Well, Breanna is there. She’s having a blast.

There’s nothing to do up there!

She finds lots to do. She’s having a great time. But, I understand what you are saying

If I go there, I’d want to pick up snowboarding. I’ve done it before. It’s not hard. I could take her and teach her.

Okay, Well when I email you if you get in, we’ll have to start talking about classes.

Well, just know that I’d like to start going into Electrical Engineering. Something computer related too.

Dad-EE degrees are mostly combined now with computer science.

Tell us more about.. you.


What are some things you do on your off day?

Um, we go, I don’t know. We went and played futbol a lot in Santiago. Here in Los Andes it’s all really spaced out. We can’t get together much. We went on a bike ride- 2 hours. I just about killed my companion. This is his first week in the mission and I woke him up early and took him on a huge bike ride. We go to this hill right next to us. Our sector is right by these hills. I run up them everyday. I like to be active now.

Is it nice to be out of gang-ville?

Game world?

Like where you were.. Were it was kind of violent.

Uh. I don’t know. I don’t understand very much.

Is it nice to be out of the city?

OHHh.. the GANG world?? I see. It’s like really calm here. It’s almost boring. I went form the most dangerous to the sector that there are little towns. It’s like the complete opposite. I don’t have to worry about gun shots, drugs, arrows in the streets. It was actually kind of fun!

I’m sure it was exciting for you, but not so much for us.

Right, right. It’s cool here. It’s great. There all country people. They are nicer. They’ll stop and talk to you. It’s easier to train here. They won’t swear at you in English.. stuff they don’t understand

Do you get to the mission home now?

I do a lot. Because I’m training. We go in a lot for meetings that we have to be there for. It’s a long ways away. But we were there for the Christmas party. It was a lot of fun. It was a dinner for the whole mission. I got to see a lot of my old companions.

Do they have zone conferences and mission conferences?

They have something called a zone class. You have a little mtg with the zone and with the district. They don’t have mission conf. anymore. We used to every month. It’s now on a 3 month period. Interviews are every 3 months instead of every change. It’s so the President doesn’t go crazy with mtgs and can focus on the missionaries.

That’s good. It reminds me of the new handbook. Mtgs are cut back so you can focus on the individuals.

It’s all about just having the spirit now. It’s great. It’s all geared towards that. The meetings, everything. Do you have any other questions?

We wrote down some, but we’ve already asked them… ha.

Is it hard to speak in English? You sound fluent in Spanish.

I’m actually doing a good job right now. The last change, I was with a person who needed a lot of English. He didn’t know Spanish. I was speaking a lot of English. My companion was having a hard time. They don’t understand anything. I had to speak quite a bit of English. I had a comp that was native for 4 ½ months. Now, I’ve had two companions right out the states. I’ve had more practice with only Spanish now. My new companion, Elder Rhodes. He’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met. He speaks Spanish really well. It’s true that he’s so good. He’s saying its not.

Where did he learn it?

I don’t know! He’s just really cool. He must have actually payed attention in Spanish Class.

Well, Chad got an A in Spanish, so you can talk when you get back.

Right, I remember those Spanish classes. We’ll see how that goes. It’s two different things.

He’s doing really well. He’s taking honors and got straight a’s.

He’s a stud! It’s weird. Chad, you’ve changed a lot. It’s all really cool. I remember getting your last pic. Mom said you were 15. I’ve been telling everyone you were 13!! You’re 15!! No way.. I thought you were 13 for a long time.

Yeah, we went out yesterday and shot the guns.

Have you gone hunting yet

We haven’t drawn since you left. We are going to put in for bow hunting.

I want to go when I get back

Chad was really excited because when you get home, he’ll be able to get his permit. You’ll be 21 so you can teach him

That’s going to scare me out of my mind, but I can do that! I haven’t driven a car for a long time. So, we’ll see how that goes.

Oh, well maybe we won’t do that!

No, it will be fun. I’ll teach you how to drive on the other side of the road like they do here and everything! I saw a few pictures that you’re using my wake board…. Hm..

Oh, you weren’t supposed to see that!

Oh, right..

Well, we really haven’t been much. Only once this last year. Chad with football, we can’t leave a lot. We only went one week the entire year. I keep trying to tell them into selling the boat..
NO! I still want to go when I get back

We’re going to plan a trip when you get back before college. You’ll go just before and just after. Chad tried Dads, but it didn’t fit, so he used yours, sorry.

You guys are doing well! I saw the pictures.

Yeah, Chad actually clears the wake now once or twice during a run. He does really well. Not quite to your level. Dad and I, we’re having knee and hip problems so we don’t go very much anymore
-we’re on the down side now.

………………… (Spanish Speaking..) Oh, sorry I was speaking in Spanish..


(laughing). You guys haven’t done very much?

Yeah, we haven’t been going very much. We like watching you kids.

I heard that dad lost a little bit of weight.

Yeah, he looks great! I’ll have another 30 off when you get home. He looks good.
Awesome! I’m planning on coming home skinny too.

Breanna is looking so old, college girl too.

Everyone is really different! Jessie’s got a family, Chad’s different, Breanna’s in college. Weird! Everything’s changed. I haven’t heard about anyone else. How’s everyone doing?

Everyone’s really good. There’s not much new news.

I haven’t kept in contact with many people. It’s hard. There are a lot of different distractions, so I don’t talk to many people.

You’ll be surprised with everyone growing up and moving in.
Dad- btw we got our final on the cabin. It’s basically done.

Yes! You’ve got to send pictures!! I haven’t seen them with furniture, since the first ones you sent in the beginning.

You guys did a great job. It looks really good. We’ll send some for sure.

You say it’s good because you don’t know the things I messed up on.

Just don’t look too close.. haha. It’s good to enjoy it after all that hard work. Dad talks a lot about all the time you spent up here.

That’s cool. I loved all the time working on the cabin. I’ve actually used a lot of the skills here on the mission that I learned building the cabin. Like, service projects. It’s just a little heads up for Chad. There are skills you’d like to be able to know. It’ll serve you.

He does a lot of football. He can still help your dad.

You’ve got 10 minutes. I need to share you missionary experiences. Is there anything you’d like me to share? Being ward mission leader, I need to be sharing those.

Well, the only thing I’d like to tell you is the mission, you think of knocking doors, pamphlets. That’s not the mission. It’s about the members. You need a ward that’s willing to work. People that are willing to invite people and be a good help and give references. Everything goes better. The missionaries will love you and help you. The biggest experience I can give you.. well, the biggest thing has come from the members. The biggest differences have come from references from the members. No contacts or things have gotten me baptisms. It’s all the ward members. It’s cool your ward mission leader. I want to do that when I come back. It’s fun! You just need to get the members excited. Have the missionaries pass through the houses. Give them spiritual experiences. Challenge them and then follow through, verify. Help them feel the spirit. That gets them going. That’s just things that I’ve learned.

Dads trying. It’s hard when people aren’t excited about it. It’s hard when it’s an uphill battle all the time.

Well, that’s missionary work! It’s always uphill battle.

Good point!

You’re always fighting with members. Trying to get them to work. It’s the most satisfying thing in the world. Help other recognize the commandment of doing missionary work and how they are not going to get in the celestial kingdom if they don’t do it. Let it weigh on their souls so they are compelled to share the gospel, then they feel the joy of it and they never want to stop. Some of the happiest members I know are the ones that are always sharing the gospel and inviting others to church and getting references to the missionaries. You as our family can be like the example for the ward. You go to get out there and start inviting the neighbors

I agree. I can tell the ones that are out there on a regular basis. They are happy and keep doing it because they want to keep doing it.

As far as cool experiences… it’s hard to think of good ones. As I look back, it’s all in one. It’s hard to pick something out. But, the biggest experiences I’ve had are working with people that were inactive and then when they return.. they come with their family. When they come back and get baptized with their family. Just seeing the contrast in their life and the joy they have. They never want to go inactive. It’s darkness when you are out of the church. As members, you are in the light. You feel the spirit all the time. It’s not strong all the time. Some houses, you go in, it’s so dark. There’s an absence of the spirit. When you walk in, sometimes they just start crying. That’s my favorite thing.

That’s great. Dads been working with some. It’s been neat to see them come back.

That’s great! Just support them. Invite them over, call, and never judge. People get offended really easily. The biggest thing here in Chile, there’s a problem with pride issues. I’ve learned the importance of being humble as a member.

It’s a problem everywhere. Definitely universal.

So, that’s what I’ve learned.

Those are great things.

Has there been any cool games come out???

Chad- Yeah! There’s the Call of Duty games, 3 new ones.

Wow.. They just want money.. Are there other cool.. things?

The Madden games are really good now. Metal of Honor. It competes well with Call of Duty.

Did they ever come out with Assassins Creed 2?

Yes, a 2nd one. And one I’m hopefully getting for Christmas tomorrow.

Wait, tomorrow? Christmas was today!

Not for our family.. We’re waiting for the kids to get here.

They open Presents here in Chile as 12 in the night. So everyone is sleeping here now. Is it snowing there now?

No.. it’s sunny and nice. It’s warmer than normal here right now. It’s 50 degrees.

Wow, it’s almost as warm there as it is here.

We don’t have any snow here. It’s good for the kids driving, but we wanted some snow. Btw, Chad is a dead on shot. He can outshoot me. He is dead on.

Wow! I’m surprised!

Mom- I shot guns too! I actually hit some things too.

Tyler- I’m so excited for when I can go shooting again.

Dad- that’s what’s nice about here. You can go about a mile away just out in the woods. We had a huge buck in our yard yesterday. It had huge antlers.

Wow, that’s so cool. I bet your trigger fingers were itching… Okay. Like 3 minutes.

Is there anything else you need to know? Everybody’s just doing their own thing!

T: How’s the ward?

D: They’re great. There’s a bunch of boys coming up that will be serving a mission. Remember the Platts in the MTC? They’re back now!

T: You know you’re old in the mission when the senior missionaries are back in the home.

M: I’m glad you’re such a good example to your brother.

T: right..

M: Though, I found out about some things… your secrets are coming out. Like car surfing!

T: Ah, man. I only did that like once! Hey, how my car?

M: It needs some work. We might let Breanna take it to school, but when you get home it will be yours. She doesn’t have a car. She drove yours while you’ve been gone. It still drives. It just has some quirks.

T: Alright, I gotta go.

M, D: we’re proud of you! You’re doing a great job!! Love you. Talk to you later.

T: Chau! Bye! Love you.

The biggest difference we noticed from the last call was how relaxed and confident he sounded. Mom and Dad felt like he seemed at home. It seemed that he was a little more willing to talk about his next phase, coming home. Whereas last time he wanted nothing to do with talking about home. He is doing really well. We can tell how happy he is. He tells us often how he doesn’t want to leave. You can tell he has the Spirit and is completely immersed in the work he is doing. He loves the people of Chile. We loved talking to him.

December 27, 2010

it was great to hear from you all. you all sound so different, much has changed. i and am glad that life is going great. its great to see those pictures and to see how the cabin looks and how you all look. lookin good!!! i do have one cool story. we were riding our bikes and passed a house with a man out front. we just past by with out doing or saying anything. we kept going a little bit and then we felt this strong desire to return and talk with that man. so we did and he accepted us and is now an investigator. just goes to show that Gods in charge and leading this work. i love being able to learn from someone new on the mission, i am very blessed for the opportunity. we had a great Christmas but i am excited to be back to work.

December 20, 2010

Hey hows it going. there are changes today, and i am going to train again. the new elders are coming tomorrow, so i dont know who it is. some times changes are hard, but its always what the lord wants done. so i forgot to give you the number thanks for saying something. it is (XXX)XXXXXX. i think you have to put in that first part, i forgot how long distance calls go again. it has been very crazy, the hardest time of my mission the last 6 weeks, but i know this is the work of the lord and that he is in charge.
here are some pictures of the last change.
the important thing is that im happy, trying to be obedient, and working my butt of.
I love you guys and thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!!!

December 12, 2010

hey, hows it going. ok so we are going to be able to talk to you guys the 25 of December, and you are going to call me at 4 pm Chile time. if any thing changes then I´ll let you know. se we have had a great week. very busy. we are trying to put together a Christmas program for this Saturday and like usual as the missionaries we are doing everything. that's all right, i love it. that's really funny with the temp. because people always ask me hows it like to have a cold and snowy Christmas, and i got to tell them it is basically the same during this time right now. its actually a little bit hotter here right now but just by like ten degrees. love you guys and i hope that you are all having a great time.
Elder Nelson

December 6, 2010

Wow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chad!!!!!!!!!! 15 that's Great! but i bet i can still beat you up:) hey, just to let you all know i am having to best and the hardest time of my life and i wouldn't change it for anything. i love the mission!! thank you for all your support and the love, cause i feel it.

Thank you so much Grandma and Grandpa for your gift, it means so much to me. i hope that you are doing great you have been a great example for me. Love you Guys!!!

I love training a greenie, its a lot of fun. the other day we were teaching and he said, Sé que Jesus puede limpiarles de sus pescados in stead of pecados. it was so funny, i was dieing of laughter. and so were the investigators. one of those funny Best Two Years moments. but we work great together.
Love you guys,
Elder Tyler Nelson

November 29, 2010

hey, hows it going? im glad that you had a great thanksgiving. it was my first thanksgiving that i didnt do anything, so that was a little funny. my comp is from canada so his thanksgiving is in october, so we just didnt really remember. i got your package the other day thanks so much, i am excited to be able to open it. we are living in an apartment with 4 missionaries, its kind of crazy because i have only ever lived with my comp before, but its a lot of fun. we are teaching a few families that are really great, we are working really hard, i want to give my comp the chance to get his first baptism. i love the mission and never want it to end, its the best thing that i have ever done. actually i wanted to ask you how you feel about me buying some protein, thats kind of a weird question but i was thinking it would help me alot stay in shape.
Love all of you thank you all for everything.
Elder Tyler Nelson

November 21, 2010

This thanksgiving weekend, i wanted to first express my gratitude for everything that you guys have done as parents and as examples, for me. everything that i am right now i can trace back to my family. thanks for putting up with us all this time. thanks for answering my request with the blessing that you have received. it helped a lot. so that you know i got the interview with pres. and he said that he will put it online and today i will try and write the other essay. if you want to go through and change or correct things i don't have a problem with that. they're not very good and i didn't know what else to write. actually that first one i wrote in my last year of high school, and it doesn't really answer the question. we are doing great here in Los Andes, the country!!! I'm happy to be back in the country, the people are nicer. these last few weeks have been the hardest and most rewarding weeks that i have had in the mission. i love my companion and i love the chance i have to have to train him, because i feel like hes the one that's training me. we had a conference with Elder Corbridge from the 70. that was incredible, i testify that he is called of God, and that this church is the true church. well i love you guys and thank you for everything. I LOVE THE MISSION!!!!! i don't want it to ever end. in fact i am making the decision right now to always be a representative of Jesus Christ and to always help to build the kingdom of God.
Elder Tyler Nelson

November 15, 2010

hey hows it going! I'm doing great here in the country. actually i have new been more busy than ever in all my life. I'm training a new elder called elder Payne from Canada, Alberta. a great elder. i am really blessed to have him as my companion. i am opening a new sector here, starting from nothing. in a part where there are very little members living in my sector. i feel like I'm new in the mission again, a great and very scary feeling. i think i am learning what it really means to have confidence in God, faith in his strength and not my own. i will say i have never been so tired in all my life. but its a good feeling and i am determined to have success, for the sake of my companion who new in the mission. sorry i have not been able to write the essays but I'm getting on to it. if i don't get it done today i will for sure have it in the next Monday. the interview i am still trying to set up, it has been a little hard to do it, but I'm working on it.
i wanted to ask you guys, all you guys, to answer a question in preach my Gospel. it says to ask you guys to share how you have been blessed or what blessing you have received as you have lived a certain commandment? Or how has our family been blessed when we have obeyed the law of tithing? something i can use with investigators.
Love you guys, thank you for all your support and for your prayers.
Love Elder Tyler Nelson

also i forgot to tell you that i kind of bought my xmas gift. today i bought an exercise thing to use. It's really useful. i will be able to use it the whole mission. thanks ;) for the gift, its what i have always wanted. love you guys

November 8, 2010

transfers!!!! i am leaving the city and heading for the country. to a city called Los Andes and i get to train and open a new sector. so we will see how that goes. it was hard to leave a sector after 6 months, you grow to really love the people. but im very excited to get to work and explore this sector. we have been very busy and now i will be the busiest i have ever been in the mission. but im very excited. we are waiting to meet up with the new elders and then go to are sector for the first time. i am doing great, thank you for everything. sorry its short but, thats all i got. love you guys and im glad everything is great.
Talk to you later!!
Elder Tyler Nelson

November 1, 2010

hey hows it going, don't worry it was a little bite, you cant even see it now. but they have to take every precaution. so i got on line to look at the application. thanks for doing so much of it. (i just found out i could do that, the smiley faces) but I'm kind of lost as to what parts you have done and what i need to do, the interview and answer the two questions right? sorry im not focused on college, i think i want to get it done so i dont have to worry- i dont know why- thank you for everything love you guys and will talk to you later.
Elder Nelson

October 25th, 2010

Hey!! im alive!!!!!!!!!!!! Jk sorry for not writing last week, i didnt get transferred. i was really booked doing an activity. i also had to go get a rabies shot, yeah thats right i got bit by a dog. theres like 5 shots i have to get, but its not bad at all, dont worry. just in case.;) thanks for doing the thing with the college application, although i thought i had to write some essays or something like that. we have been really busy working, doing a lot of activities to try and help our ward. we did a talent night last Saturday and it was a lot of fun. a lot of people went and like 7 investigators. well im not really sure what else to write, i love you guys and i will talk to you all later.
Elder Nelson

October 11, 2010

Hey hows it going!! im doing great! and yes it was me dipping into my account. for the holiday this 18 of sept., there were a lot of activities and i also had to buy a few things like a bag and well... i bought two soccer jerseys. but no more! unless there is a necesidad. that family will hopefully get baptised right after, that's the plan anyway. but i don't think i will still be here in December. the work is going on here in full. and its going by way to fast!

1,2)we went up the mountain today, again. i am still fighting against hope to lose weight and i like to do it, when we went up there were clouds all around really low, it looked like a sea of clouds, it looked really cool.
3)the district that i have been in the last two changes
4)an activity of Zone that we had were we bought pizza and played soccer all day, my favorite activity.
5,6)Fiesta de 18 de sept., i was cook! for like 600 people
7,8) lunch on the 18th, cualquier Carne!!!!
9) district member in the hospital, long story, good times

October 4, 2010

Happy Conference. we had a great time in conference here. we tried to bring everyone that we could, because its such a great opportunity. i learned a lot and received valuable answers and revelation to questions that i have had. including a great and comforting manifestation of the spirit that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. i know that to be true and am grateful for the guidance that we receive through his counsel. things are going great here, we are teaching and finding. there is a family very special that are going to get married in Dec.( i hope i am around until then). about the package, i really love getting pictures. other than that its what ever you want, food, pictures, and letters. i am trying to send you pictures but the computer that i am using is not very good, i don't know if it is going to work, but i will keep trying. love you guys and will talk to you all later.
Elder Nelson

September 27th, 2010

Hey, am glad that everything is going great! it sounds like everyone is enjoying life. congratulations to Chad, what a stud. i knew he would win. hes turned into quite the jock, football, homecoming king, wow! jk i am really happy for you. we are teaching a few people here in this sector, some families very special but almost all of them are not able to get baptised because they are not married. we are working on that. thats one of the biggest problems here in Chile and i guess in all the world. i love to focus on the family here in the mission. thanks to you guys especially my parents its were my testimony is the strongest. and when i get the chance to find a family complete and the parents are married, i just want to shout for joy!! to open the gates of exaltation for the families, thats why i feel like i came on the mision. today there were changes, but i stayed here with the same comp. i will finish in this sector with 6 months, or maybe more, we will see. i am also very excited for conference this next weekend, its going to be great. if i count my mission by the conferences i have left, its a little scary. but theres still a lot more time left. im glad to hear that Dad lost weight, that will help a lot. im not going to lie i worried alot about the health of Dad and its always in my prayers. Hay que cuidarse! im working on the pictures, i still have to get them from that other Elder, because its not my comp, but is will get them. thank you for everything i love you all!!
Elder Nelson

September 21, 2010

it sounds like you are enjoying your time with the baby. its weird to think that she will be one year old when i get home. but thats how things go on the mission. i had a fun weekend here in chile. 18 de septembre is the independence day of Chile and i had to eat a lot of food. we also supported the ward and stake partys, helped out and brought investigators. it was a lot of fun, but i forgot my camera, but another elder is going to give me copies of the videos he took and of the pictures. we are teaching a few different families here that are really great, i love the people here in chile. love you guys and will talk to you latter.
Elder Nelson

September 13, 2010

Wow!! thats a suprise, congradulations!!!!! i hope that everything went well. i love the pictures. sorry i dont have much time today to write, i did want to let you know that the next pday for me is tuesday en vez de monday. its because the 18 of sept. is like the 4th of july here in chile, and its a holiday weekend, through monday so nothing will be open. but i will be able to write you tuesday. things are great here! all normal. also i want to be able to sign up for college Byu provo and idaho to see were i can get in, i will be asking pres. May, but if you could look into it that would be great.
Love you guys, talk to you later!!!
Elder Nelson

September 6, 2010

Hey Hows it going? things have been going great here on the mission. it sounds like you all are having a great time and that things are really busy. well i just went over there to do some baptismal interviews of my district and we just had a lot of problems with the leadership of this branch, doing things that they didn't have authority to do, but everything is fine now. the church is still young in Chile and some times it gets complicated. its a good thing that its the Lords work and not of men, because if it was it would have failed long ago. we usually rent out houses from people that are not members. but most of the time its just where they can put us. also i got the package you sent, thank you very much, i loved the shirt. and i loved getting the pictures. that's what i really like to get is the pictures that you send. whenever you want to send more its fine by me. well i love you guys and am praying for you always.

August 30th, 2010

well......i cant promise about the whole writing in my journal thing, but i am going to start again! :) well just to set the everyone straight, i will always be able to beat Chad up. its called older brother powers. you cant top it! it sounds like things are a little crazy for you guys right now. for me too. things have been crazy. we had a interesting weekend. An Elder in my district is in the hospital so i had to do like three spiritually draining interviews for baptisms. and I had to personally be sent over to put a branch presidente, the branch were the other Elderes in my district are at, in his place because he was doing things that were complete apostasy. he had a lot of pride and great was his fall when our mission president had to call and meet with him. the fun things that go on in the mission. I'm sure dad can relate and Kevin too. needless to say I'm really tired. well that was my week. i love the mission and i have really come to know of what Ammon was talking about in Alma 26:12, especially the first part. i love you guys and am very thankful for everything you have done for me.
Elder Nelson

August 23, 2010

Thank you so much for your emails, it sounds like you all are having a great time. we are having a great time here in the mission. On saturday we had a devotional in our mission.. one of the best that i have had. Elder Amado of the seventy, and Elder Kosta of the presidency of the seventy were there. i learned a lot of things and i know that we will be able to work better as a mission thanks to this conference. in the morning we hiked up a mountain, and i took pictures, so that i could have something to send you guys. its the same one as before but with different people. I'm still in the same area with Elder Garcia. the truth is we are just working hard, trying to do everything we can to find the people that are waiting for us. i love the people here and i love the mission. thank you all so much for your support and for your prayers. don't forget to pray for the people here in Chile.
Elder Nelson

August 16, 2010

Hey hows it going!! its great to hear from you, sorry the emails have been a little short. but we have been really busy. there are a lot of things that are changing in our mission. with the way we teach, how we work and basically everything. but it all comes from the prophet and is going to help our mission a lot. but we have had conferences and trainings like loco. we are teaching a few people, but things are a little slow with people progressing. but we are working harder than ever, and the animo(i cant remember what its called in english) is higher than ever. i don't really have much to report, and sorry i haven't been taking many pictures. but i will get better at that, until then i hope you can forgive me. i love you all and hope you have a great week.

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feliz Cumpliaños!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18 wow your old
Breanna i hope you have a great birthday, you are a great example to me and to many others. and will yet be a blessing in the lives of many to come. Que los cumplan feliz!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your Brother, whether you like it or not, Elder Tyler Nelson

August 9, 2010

Hey hows it going!!! it sounds like you all have been having a busy time. cant believe that Michael and Nick are coming home, it seems like they just left. well i don't have much to report, the work is moving forward like always. there are a lot of changes in our mission. a lot of my old companions leaving, and a lot of new missionaries arriving. but that's life, full of changes. and that's the thing i love about the plan God has for us, the opportunities it gives us in life, to always be progressing. love you guys sorry this was a little short, talk to you next week.

August 2, 2010

Hey hows it going? well.... every day in the mision is a great experience. we are just working hard trying to find the people that will progress and trying to fulfill our purpose as missionaries. dont get discouraged!! sometimes people take a detour, believe me i know. what she needs is a friend that will love her unconditionally. try to put yourself in her shoes, its hard to do, because we have grown up in the church all our life. she has just entered a new world with new rules and a new lenguage. its hard to change. i imagine that she is learning how hard it is to be a real diciple of Christ. try and give her a perspective eternal. i know that you can do it, love her and have faith in the spirit. i love you guys and i will talk to you all later.

July 26, 2010

hey hows it going? i am doing great here. im glad to hear that everything is going well. Chad's talk sounded great and i am sure he did a great job. you taught him well. it sounds like things are getting exciting for breanna also. a laptop thats cool, i hope she puts it to good use, ( i know she will). this can be an exciting time and i know she will do well. its going to get a little lonely in the house, only chad will be be there, just the three of you. i bet thats exciting. well i had a great week this last week. lots of great experiences, every day keeps being ´´un milagro´´ and im happy to just be part of the work. i love you all and will talk to you later.
Elder Nelson

July 19, 2010

well i have had a fantastic week, i hope you all have had a great week also. i have to tell you i am very thankful for the chance that i have to help others and to help change the lives of others. i am reminded of the talk of E Bednar about tender mercies. i have seen a lot of those this past week. and then to top it all off as i was walking though Renca to go use internet, i meet up with a man that i had taught in my last sector that i was in. the father of a family that is very dear to my heart. he told me that i had taught them well that they are still attending chruch, that they are still firm in the gosple. it was exactly what i needed to hear, my heart filled with pure joy to see him and to hear that glorious news, i was basicly crying right there en the street. i look forward to going with them to the temple to watch them get sealed for time and eternity. i know that these things are true, i want to shout them from the roof tops. that God has a plan for our families that we can live together for ever. that thought keeps me going, through the hard times. i love you guys with all my heart, and am eternally grateful for what you have done for me. for rasing me up in this wonderful gospel. i am sorry for everything that i have ever done to offend any of you or to cause any kind of harm. but it all worked out in the end and i know that many people will be and are eternally grateful for what you have done as parents, you have set the example and i expect to follow it. thank you so much. and have a great week.
Your son, Elder Tyler Nelson

July 12, 2010

Hey hows it going!!! thanks for all the emails!! it was great to receive all of them at once, the last week i couldnt even get on the internet. we had transfers. i stayed en the same place but now i have a new comp. his name is Elder Garcia de Honduras. he is great and has a lot of anime, wereas i am more tranquilo. its a good mix, and the first latino comp that i have had, it is different, very different, but will also help my spanish. thank you all for writing me, Jessie, Dad, mom, breanna, chad, grandma and grandpa. also thank you for the letters from the young women, it was great to hear from so many people. sorry i dont have time to write you all back. every one is growning up i cant believe i will finish one year this week. i really cant believe it. time has flown by, in order to help with your talk, a few points are: one worthiness, that is the first thing that is the most importante, to get everything taken care of before hand, the other is Preach my Gosple especially chapter 3 the leccions, study, memorize it, live what it teaches. in my mission we are a mission of Preach MY Gosple and you can see the results, baptisams and in the lives and the obedience of the missioneres. learn to love the scritures, learn how to set good personal goals and to achive them, learn to reconocer the spirit and now how to follow it, and the atonement of Jesus Christ, to experience it in your life, the power to change, and be a better person every day, to develop a good strong relacionship with your heavenly father. those are some of the ideas that i can think of right now. i know that if you aply them, you will be more perpared spiritually to serve a mission. i am doing great and i know that this church is true. i love you all and will talk to you all later.
Elder Nelson

June 28, 2010

Chile is playing today verses Brazil, it is crazy here. it has been like 12 years since Chile has been to a world cup. Chile is kind of funny, when they lose they like to destroy things, and when they win they still like to destroy things. we cant even go into the center of town today. we accomplished our goal last month with bautizmos, so we had a sports day. it was a lot of fun. we played soccer for about 3 hours. also me and my comp in the morning went on a hike up a hill that is very big. here in Renca there is a hill that has a great big cross on top we hiked to the top in the morning, to watch the sun rise. it was very cool. i will send you some pictures. we just have been here working hard and helping the people come unto Christ. i love my work. it sounds like you are also having some great experiences with missionary work. well thank you so much for everything i will talk to you later. also i got your package, thank you so much. also please thank the Scotts for me, it meant a lot to get something from them.

June 21, 2010

Dad Happy Father's Day!!!!!!!!! i hope you had a great day, and was able to rest a little. it sounds like you all are going to have a great time at Lake Powell. i'm glad to hear that everyone is doing great and enjoying life, but sorry, I am enjoying life more here in Chile on the mission. :) I love the mission and the time is going by way too fast. Something a little fun here is, as i'm sure you know, Chile is playing in the World Cup Tournament and today just won their second game a few minutes ago. It is really crazy here. People going crazy in the street. It was hard to find a place to use Internet because everywhere was closed. not a day goes by when we don't hear something about futbol. and chile is good this year. Well, we are teaching and baptizing here in Chile still. So, life goes on even when there's the World Cup playing. It is amazing how God is always preparing his children to receive the gospel. well i love you all and hope you all have a great trip. Sorry this is short, i will think of a few good stories for the next time. actually i just thought of a story. we received a reference of an inactive member, a friend that he had. and we passed by it the next day. When we got there he let us come in and asked if we could pray with his family because his abuelo was dying. we went into the room and there was like ten people there all crying. so we asked if we could have a prayer with them. they said yes. so i said the prayer and then spoke to them about the plan de salvacion. it went well and we were about to leave when my comp said, "Do you believe that God can heal people? If he wills it?" They said yes. And then he said we hold the power and authority to heal people who are sick. we asked if we could give him a blessing and they let us. I sealed the oil and my comp gave the blessing. as we left we told them if it is the will of God, he will be made whole. The spirit was very strong during all of it. Like a heat and a light in the room. The man died a few hours later, but I know that God is preparing that family for the gospel in the future. The things we are called to do as 20 year old boys here in the mission is incredible. Oh yeah, also we were in divisions that day and the elder I was with said that the day before he had a dream in which during divisions that day, us or our comps would be called to give a blessing. And that something very good would come from it. It was a good day. Well I will talk to you all later.
Love, Elder Nelson

June 14, 2010

ok i will send some pictures. i don't have many good ones but here they are. it is really cool that you guys had that chance to see the miracle of a baptism, every one that happens is a miracle, its incredible how God prepares His children. we had the chance to go to the temple on Friday. that was amazing, we had a great time, it was very spiritual, and i learned a lot. i love my area and my comp. we are just working hard here in Santiago. i love you guys and will talk to you later.

June 7, 2010

Hey hows it going! sorry that i sound all gangster like now. i will try and tone it down a little. we had a great week the work is going forth en ful like they say here in Chile. we have really seen the hand of the lord guiding us here in Chile. in the last few days i have seen miracles here, things that just work out so perfect, and you know that all of it is of God. i am learning tons every day, and am very happy for the chance that i have to be here. it sounds like you all are doing great, and enjoying your time. always remember to put God first and he will fill your lives with the blessing of heaven. i love you all and thank you so much for your love and your prayers.
and i love the pictures, they are sweet! also i got the graduation cards. they are very very nice.
love you guys,
Elder Nelson

May 31, 2010

Sup fam,
Hows it going? i hope that all is going great. i am here in gangster central en Ranca, and i am already talking like all the flyters(Gangsters). talking with the people in the street all day and the way they talk just rubs of on you. but i am doing really great here. we are having a lot of success here and i am really enjoying the area. my comp is really great and we are working harder than ever to bring everyone the gospel here in chile. i really have gained a love for the scriptures and for prayer. i know that God answers prayers and that he always knows what we need better than we know it. Yo que vive mi Señor. i have felt his redeeming love many times in my life. especially here in the mission. well i love you guys and thanks for writing me. especially Breanna and Chad. Also thanks so much to Grandma and Grandpa Nelson and Sheldon. you guys are always writing me and it means alot i am sorry that i dont get the chance to write you guys. also thank you Jessie and Kevin for writing me it was great to hear from you all. Love you guys and i will talk to you all later.
Elder Nelson

May 24, 2010

Hey Family,
nope i haven't gotten the graduation announcement, but I'm sure i will get it here soon. well i finally changed sectors. i am right now in an area called Renca 2 (2), with an Elder Weaver from Utah. i am very excited, i have heard a lot of stories about this sector. this is the most dangerous zone that we have in our mission. I'm not in the most dangerous area of the zone but i have heard some crazy stories. its still in the city in a part that is very poor with a lot of drugs and violence. but the people here are humble, and we will be able to help a lot of people. that temple dedication sounds really cool, and very spiritual. i was able to attend one in the MTC when they dedicated one of the temples there in Utah. its been cold and rainy here. fun weather to be knocking doors, I'm sure Dad can relate. its weird to think that you are in summer break. the thinks are the opposite here, kids in school and the cold. have fun with the graduation things. i remember those times, fun stuff. i bet Breanna and Chad are excited to start another phase of life. well thank you all so much for your support and your prayers and i will talk to you next week.
Elder Nelson

May 17, 2010

Yeah Chad, looking Good!!! you are really tall, and skinny. its fun to see that change that passes with time. hey i heard the lakers are going to play the suns. thats going to be good, they both swept the other time right. there is another Elder here from AZ thats keeping track, i bet AZ is going a little loco. well things here in the mission are going great. im learning tons everyday. i really dont know where i would be with out the mission. its starting to get really cold now, it rained all day the other day. that was fun. but it was interesting at the same time, because we were able to find a lot of people that day and had a lot of success. its really cool how the Lord works. sorry i havent been sending very many pictures, but i havent really been taking pictures. but i will try and start taking more. the next monday is the end of this transfer, and im think i will be leaving this area. which is sad. but thats life, and the mission, constant change. or at least thats how it should be. always changing, always something to make or do better, to give more. thats why i love the mission. i plan on shaping me so that God can use me the rest of my live, as an effective instrument in his hands. well i love you guys and thank you for all your support and your prayers.

May 10, 2010

hey, guys was great to hear from you all. it sounds like life is just moving on for you all. im glad that you all had a great mothers day. expecially mom. i am having a great time here in Chile, just working hard, getting through the tests and challenges that God gives us in life. its amazing how the mission can, one change your prospective on everything, and how it prepares you for life after the mision. young men that dont end up serving a mission miss out on so many opportunities its incredible. well i hope that everything is going well with all of you guys, it sounds like it is but remember, when life gets busy sometimes we forget to put God first. remember your prayers, the scritures, and family home evening (Alma 37:6-7, 41). i love you guys, and thank you all for the letters and packages, i know im terrible at writing back, but i really apeciate it. i will talk to you next week.

Sunday, May 9th, 2010 – Call to Chile for Elder Nelson

Dad called Jessie on 3-way from Arizona and then called Elder Nelson at 3:00 Chile time (12:00 AZ time). He asked us to call to a member’s home. We got 45 minutes to talk to him.

Elder Nelson answered the phone… “Hey, how’s it going?” We could hear him great. The same member that I called from to talk to you on Christmas let the missionaries borrow their phone again.

Mom, How are things going? Good. I’m still in the same place. In Indepencia. In two more weeks, there are transfers. I will be changing sectors. I guess I don’t know for sure, but at the end of this transfer, I will complete 6 months in this place. (Elder Nelson couldn’t remember a lot of words in English…. It took a couple sentences to start speaking clear English and without having to think about each word.)

What about the Earth quake? Where I am at, there wasn’t that much damage. But, down south, there is a lot. In concepcion.. it destroyed the city.

Have you done a lot of service or clean up? No… we haven’t. The missions down south changed to service missions, but we didn’t. We just kept on working like normal. We had to stay in the house for a whole week after the earth quake. Then, right after we had to be in the house by 8:00 in the night. After 2-3 weeks, it was back to normal. It was only a few houses that had problems here.

Mom- Everyone in the ward shares concern. We left a little early from church to make sure we were here. Everyone in the ward was anxious to tell you hi and was really excited for us to be able to talk to you.

Dad- Brother Scott always asks how you are doing. Tyler- I love that man.

Chad- Hey Tyler! Tyler- Who is this? Is this Chad? Whoa… you’re voice is really deep. Chad- Yeah. Tyler- how’s it going? Chad- good. Playing football a lot right now. Tyler- How much are you benching? Naw, just kidding.

Dad- how are you getting around? Tyler- this area is really big. In the city, there are no bikes. People steal them, so they don’t let you have them. In the country, you get bikes (where I was before). I just walk around or take the buses everywhere. I’ve memorized the bus routes of every place. Here we have a huge cemetery in the city. It is a large part of our sector. We have to go around it. In order to do that, we have to take the buses a lot. It’s a lot of money. You have to pay for transport. Mom- does that come out of what they give you? Tyler- normally, yes, but it doesn’t always work out as planned. I took some money out a little while ago for food because we didn’t have money.

Mom- I know you have a long ways to go for your mission. But, I still need to ask you if I need to do anything for college? This fall is when everybody applies. Do I need to do that for you? Have you thought about it?

Tyler.. uh.. No. I don’t know. I’ll get back in July, the 15th. So. I’ll be able to start the next semester.

Mom- Does your mission pres let you get online to do applications?

Tyler- I’ve never heard of them say anything like that here. I think you’ll have to handle that. I don’t think if I can get into BYU-provo, but I’d like to go there.

Dad- I think you can.

Mom- I’ll try BYU provo or Idaho. Or ASU. I’ll start that and email you about it later.

Tyler- okay. Wow. That wasn’t even on my mind at all.

Dad- What are some of your missionary experiences. We need to hear what is going on.

Tyler- Well, today at church. Two of my converts got baptized, they both received the priesthood. One blessed the sacrament, one passed. I baptized a dad and a son. They completed their family in the gospel. We reactivated the rest of their family. They have the goal to go to the temple. They can go in one year. If they go and I’m still on my mission... I’ll get to go. That doesn’t happen very often, so it’s really cool. A lot of my other companions… Sometimes depressing when you baptize, then you leave the sector, because sometimes they aren’t active and leave the church after baptism. It’s depressing because you can’t go back to that area and help them. You have to count on the other members to help your converts.

Mom- What about when you got mugged?

Tyler- It’s kind of funny. I was with a new elder. We were in this division, I don’t know what it’s called.. that’s a word in English, right? We were in this part of our area that’s really gangster. We were going to play Futball. We play from 6-8 in the morning. We were there picking up an investigator. It was 5:30am and we were there. I feel really dumb too because I had received the impression we shouldn’t walk that way. I wasn’t thinking. I didn’t listen to the spirit. I had to repent afterwards, it was a hard lesson to learn. I was leading this Elder and we went anyway. A guy followed us to the bus stop. The new elder I was with got really nervous and scared.. that got the other guy excited. He was asking for coins. I said no, just leave, I don’t have anything on me. But, the other Elder had a nice watch. The guy saw his watch and got all excited. The guy told him to give it to him… Saying he had a gun. He was threatening the investigator who was with us and us. I just told him I’d give him all I had.. because I didn’t have much. In the end, my companion had to give him his watch and 4000 pesos. Nothing much happened, just shook my companion up for a while. Where I am at now, it’s nothing like other areas. There’s another place where there is a lot of gangster activity. The missionaries have to know all about the gangs and their leaders so they will leave you alone and can get through the streets.

Mom- do you go to those areas? Tyler- I’ve only been once with the zone leaders.

Tyler- I should be writing more people back. I don’t know why, but I have no time to do anything- to write everybody. I got a bunch of birthday cards and packages. It is really nice to get those things.

Mom- is there anything you need?

Tyler- American food. We don’t get it very much. I can actually find PB. Walmart bought out one of the big stores here. They’ve started to put a few American things here. But, it is really expensive. 8-9 dollars for a jar of PB. Send whatever you want. I don’t really care.

I can only read things from the mission library. I’m always reading Jesus the Christ, etc. I can reference to the book you sent me about mission questions, but can’t read directly from it.

Chad- how many ppl have you’ve baptized? Uh.. not very many. Don’t worry about it.

Jessie- What do you eat everyday? A lot of rice and meat. Every lunch is at a members’, but that’s it. We always have a huge lunch. I don’t usually eat b-fast and dinner. In this ward, we have a family that we go to during the week. In the weekends, it rotates through the other members. I remember when I got here, the first bit. I had to choke down the rice. I would spoon it off onto the plate of my companion. My companion could eat and eat and eat. I would give him all my food. The first three weeks I lost so much weight. But, once I learned to eat rice, I could eat a lot of things. I still don’t like beans. I eat it when I have to. Besides that I like pretty much everything.

Bean- Hi tyler! Tyler- What’s up? Bean- This summer I am graduating! Tyler- where are you going? Bean- BYU-idaho. I’m excited. Tyler- are you going by yourself? Bean- yes. Tyler- Do you have to pay for all of it? Bean- Just for my rent.. I’m saving.

Dad- maybe the two of you can go there to school

Tyler- That’d be awesome. that’ll be weird, because you’ll be further ahead in school!!

Bean- seminary grad is soon. I miss Brother Clanton. Tyler- the teachers are all really great.

Mom- did you hear from steven at all? Tyler- two times. I’ve written him too. When they send me emails, I normally can write them back quickly.

Mom- is it cooler there now?

Tyler- it’s really weird.. it’s actually really hot right now. It changes. In the night, it’s cold, but the day is hotter. They said that winter here is really cold in Santiago. But, they are kind of babies. When there is just a little heat, they say it’s too hot.

Dad- tell us some more missionary experiences

Tyler- I don’t really know what to say. I don’t really get a chance to sit and think about it too much. I hear others talk about their experiences. I know I’m having them for sure, but it’s hard to think about them other than just what happens from day to day.

Mom- what do you mainly do during the day? Tracting?

Tyler- Tracting/ knocking doors.. We work a lot with the members. The members in some wards are good. The ward I’m in now, they are really good. We’ve tried to change them. They are getting a lot better. They are trying to help us out. We don’t have ward mission leaders. It’s different than in the states. In this ward, there’s a bunch of people that have been there for 30 years. They get doing things that you just don’t do. As 19 year olds, you have to correct these older people. It’s cool though. They look to you and think “Wow, you’re a missionary”. Even though you don’t feel as special as they view you.

In my other ward, it’s was a branch. They don’t really know what they are doing. When you come in, you have to have a lot of meetings and call the branch president to change things. It’s a great opportunity to learn and grow. You end up with a lot of experiences.

Oh, I gave a talk today! For about 25 minutes. The Bishop called yesterday and asked. Your first priority is to befriend the bishop so he’ll work with you. I’d prepared a couple of things. I can talk for 15 minutes.. That’s nothing compared to the lessons we teach. It was about missionary work. It was good because I’m a missionary! After the first speaker, there was 30 minutes of the meeting left! I asked the Bishop how much time he wanted me to take.. He just said, “Oh, take the rest of the time!” I read some scriptures and just talked about being a missionary. It was great.

The church in Chile is really strong. There are a lot of members here. But, also, it’s new. It hasn’t been here very long. It grew so fast, and there’s a lot of inactive people. But, there are people who have been around 30 years or so, so there’s usually a lot of people to fill the callings. Which is good because we don’t have a lot of time to fill those callings.

Mom- do they have mother’s day there?

Tyler- They have a big breakfast for them. Happy Mother’s Day mom!

Jessie- I’m having a baby girl!

Tyler- that’s weird I’ll be an uncle when I get back.

I was looking forward to talking to Kevin in Spanish. The words here are different and I wanted to see how it was talking to someone else in Spanish.

Jessie- Kevin’s working, but wanted me to tell you that you’re doing a great job. He wrote in Spanish, you should get it soon.

Chad’s taking Spanish!

Chad- I can’t speak Spanish! Tyler- you’ll have to practice. I’ll teach you. You’ll go somewhere Spanish speaking on your mission. Chad- I want to go to Spain. Tyler- Spain would be cool! They talk weird.. with a lisp. They pronounce their s’s very profound.

Tyler- I have to go soon. 2 minutes.

Mom- you’re happy? You love everything?

Tyler- it’s really interesting, you learn so many things. It has opened my mind to so many things.. the gospel. What you try to do and what I’ve been trying to do is convert yourself as much as you can on the mission as you convert others. If you can do that, you’re good.

We’re real proud of you and everything you do. We love your testimony.

We love you!!

Tyler- I’ll talk to you soon, love you guys too.

Elder Nelson sounded great. We could tell he’s been immersed in Spanish. He would often think aloud in Spanish to try to remember English words. He’s doing great and loves his mission. 45 minutes flew by, but it was probably the perfect time for a focused missionary. We are very proud of Elder Nelson!

May 3, 2010

Hey family hows it going. first to talk about mothers day. i think that you have to call me this time. i will be there at 3 chile time( i think that you guys are three hours behind, so for you it will be at 12:00. i hope that works for you guys. i dont have another time that i can do it) . if you could call me at this time. we can talk for 40 minutes. i think it will work out right. well i hope you are not in church at this time but i cant call you any later. i love you guys. it sounds like you are all doing great. and i will talk to you on sunday.
Elder Nelson

Numero 2: April 26, 2010

Tyler wrote to a friend of his, Anneke, about an experience he has had teaching a convert. Tyler thought it would be enjoyed by all and asked Anneke to send it on.

Wow, that sounds like a great opportunity. i hope everyone goes well with that, and you are able to take up the spirit of temple work. i wanted to tell you about a converso that i had the opportunity to teach and baptize, his name is Mauricio Raul Bernal Jara. he has a family and is about 47 years old. this is a man that has really experienced a change of heart. before he was a man very orgulloso, o sea, prideful. i have never seen a man make such a change, and be so humble of heart. the spirit has wrought a mighty change in his life. and now i think he will be the next stakepresident. well its very cool to teach this family. right now they are all focused on getting sealed in the temple as a family. in less than a year they can do it. and the cool thing is if im still on the mission i will be able to accompany them there, an opportunity not many missionaries have in our mission. so i am very excited for them and the steps they are taking. thank you for writing, it means a lot to me to have your support.
Your friend,
Elder Nelson

April 26, 2010

Hey Family!! i hope everything is going good and that everyone is healthy and enjoying life. i love the mission and the opportunity we have to serve the Lord. i am doing great and really enjoying the mission. my comp is great and we are working hard and finding people to teach. i hope you're all having family scripture study and family prayer everyday, and family night. i have a great testimony of these things. they work, i have seen them save families and marriages. the gospel is true and Christ lives. i have felt his love and his sacrifice for me in a way so personal and so real, that there is no way that i can deny it. through the atonement of Jesus Christ comes the power to change, to purify our hearts, and be clean and worthy to receive all of the blessings that God has in store for us. i love you guys, and your influence as parents and as brothers and sisters, has made me who i am, and has helped me be an instrument in the hands of God. the other day i found this quote of Joseph Smith, y me gusto, it says:

“I am ready to be offered a sacrifice for this people; for what can our enemies do? Only kill the body and their power is then at an end. Stand firm my friends. Never flinch. Do not seek to save your lives, for he that is afraid to die for the truth will lose eternal life. Hold out to the end; and we shall be resurrected and become like Gods, and reign in celestial kingdoms, principalities and eternal dominions.”

we are truly in a great work. Never flinch. never be afraid to share you testimony with others, to help them receive the truth, and the happiness that we enjoy. thank you for your prayers and the support that you all have shown the Obra misional. les amo!

Con amor,
Elder Nelson