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

June 6, 2011

sounds like things are going great.
first things first, i got your package so dont worry. and thank you so much for what you sent, it was great to see the pictures and i was dying to eat some beef jerky.
Also i got the flight planes last week. i dont remember everything but, i leave monday the 18th in the afternoon and get there the 19th in the morning in the airport. i dont remember the exact times but next week i will bring the paper with me to let you know.
so stevan came back to the valley. thats great!! i cant wait to see him. is he going to asu to study or wheres he going?
here in curacaví we had changes today, my last change before going home. i got a new companion, and left on really good terms with my old comp. so i feel good about it. my new comps name is Elder Clark from Alaska, which is awesome and a problem because we will be talking about hunting and fishing a lot.
i learned that Presidente May leaves the 28th of june, so my last interviews will be with the new president, that is a shame, but thats the way things go sometimes.
i love you guys and thanks for everything!!
Elder Nelson 

May 30, 2011

Hey, i am doing great, we are working hard and trying to stay focused. i will not lie The Lord has given me a challenge with my compañero and it has been difficult. even the members are mad at me because i wont let us spent time all day in the house of the members. but overall we are doing good and i am still learning a lot from the experiences that i am having. it sounds like you guys are enjoying the cabin and the Razor. it is getting cooler here, but no rain which i am thankful for.
we had a very spiritual experience last night. a convert that we baptised last month that is 80 years old, baptised his wife that also has 80 years. the spirit was so strong and it was great to see the Gospel change a family like them, in that faze of there lives. change can be hard, even for someone that is young and has not had 80 years of devout Catholic believes, and has been leaders in the Catholic community here in Curacaví.
the month of June should be a wet month, speaking in missionary terms, so i am excited.
love you guys and will talk to you later.
Elder Nelson

May 23, 2011

Hey, hows it going!!!
I am going great here in Curacaví in Chile. We are working hard here to help a few families that are struggling a lot. it is sad to see families suffering when they stop doing the things that are important. like reading the scriptures and praying and family home evening. and when the great sin of pride enters into the hearts of one. it is starting to cool down, but no rain so far, we are in a drought they are saying, but they don't know Arizona. i am still having a bug problem, so that has been hard, because i think that i am allergic or something.

It has been harder than i thought to remain focused 100% on the mission at this point in my time here. but i am doing everything that i can to focus on the people here in Chile. i love you guys and i hope that everything is going great with you all.
Elder Nelson

May 16, 2011

Hey, hows it going!!!!!!!!
the work goes on as normal, and i am enjoying every minute of it. i love the ward where i am at, there are a lot of problems like in every ward that i have been in, but they are great and are excited to share the gospel with others. it sounds like the ward is working hard, is there a new bishop? thats good that you are focusing on the people, that is how it should be. i have always tried to get my wards to do that.
we are teaching a few people that are great, and also helping two people get over drug addictions, so that has been fun. well thats about it, sorry i dont have much more to say.

thanks so much for everything that you have done for me, love you guys
Elder Nelson

Phone Call, May 8 2011

Phone call with Elder Nelson
Mother's Day

We got everyone on the call, Bean, Tyler, Mom/Dad/Chad

T- I have the coolest experience.  I have been waiting to tell you!  I got a call from a couple of my converts- the best family i've ever taught.  They caught a call from the missionaries from their sector and they told us that they are going to go to the temple.  I got to go with them!!  I went this last Friday.  I was a witness.  Oh man, it was the coolest spirit I have ever felt!  

Is that the one you were telling us about towards the first of your mission?

Yeah, that was the last chance I had to go see a family sealed.  The other's were baptized too late and I'd be gone before they'd go.  Yeah, it was awesome!!  Also, while we were there, the sealer was a really cool guy.  We were there as the missionaries and some from the ward.  And, their whole family.  He just stopped, "I don't know why I feel this way.  He was looking at the M… family.  I feel like you are going to be a great leader in the church. "  It's true!!  When he got baptized he got a calling fast, now he's YM president.  

Where were you?  What area?

Indepencia.  I was there for 6 months.  

That's in Santiago?

Yeah, the second sector I went to.  I went there after being with my trainer.  I was there with 3 changes.  They got baptized then.  I went to another sector at the point I had a year in the mission.  Then I went to Santiago.  Training was the coolest experience ever.  I loved it.  I got to do it 2 times, right after one another.  I was so excited.  The second guy I trained was the coolest missionary ever.  He was put in as DL after 3 changes.  He's a great missionary.  The one I'm rooming with, he's not actually my companion.  I've lived with him in the same house for 6 months.  Elder Squire.  

You are all set up for school with him and Elder Murdock.  The three of you are in the same apartment.  Chad's here too! 

Hey!! Costo Esta? 

He had a good game and has a big football injury.  Chad- I cut my leg on the side.  

I'm pretty excited to have a brother as a football stud.  From everything I've been hearing.  

Kevin's here too..  (Spanish speaking.. lots.. I don't understand any of it). ……………………… ????

(He sounds really good!  Spanish is awesome.)  Kevin- I'll let everyone else hear in English so they can participate.  

mom- You sound like a native! 

tyler- unfortunately when I train, i speak a lot of English, so I lose it.  But, right now my comp in native, so 

Do you have a date?!?

Yeah, the 18th of July. 

Dad- WIll you leave there the 18th?  Or get here?  

I will get my last interview and put me on the plane that day.  That's a Monday.  Our changes are always Monday.  I'll get in Tuesday, 19th.  In the next few weeks, It'll come (paperwork).  It comes at the changes, so soon or in 6 weeks.  There's a lot of changes going on.  

Breanna, will you be there?  Probably not, but hopefully that weekend.  I'll be in finals.  

Tyler- I want to go to Lake Powell

HOw do you feel about Lake Roosevelt?  Chad will be in school, he won't be able to come.  So i'd feel better if we were closer to home since he's home by himself.  Also, in August we have a big reunion with all the family. 

I heard about the ATV thingy.. 

Dad- Yeah!  The Razor.  Chad and I took it up to Lake Bartlett.  We can't wait till you can come play with it. 

Yeah!  I"m so excited.  

Breanna is going to help me sign you up for classes.  Still EE right? 

Yeah, I think so.  

We'll just do generals towards that direction. 

Go ahead and do it.  No ballroom dancing!!  Maybe the guitar if I have to take anything like that.  I'm mostly excited for religion classes.  

You take a specific one for RM.  I think you get a language credit automatically.  

Tyler- Yeah you have to test out. 

Dad- Do it right away so you don't forget. 

Tyler- the problem is that I'm bad with the grammar.  I speak great, but I didn't practice with the grammar.  I haven't been able to wrap my mind around the grammar.  Reading things.. I'm fine.  I'll have to study up on the grammar.  I know you can get it up to 16 credits.  

Kevin- you'll pass with flying credit.  I got 16 credit's of A's!  It was awesome.  

Mom- that'd be great for you since you don't have any college credit. 

Tyler- any questions. 

Mom- weather?  It's starting to cool down.  We are wearing a jacket in the afternoons.  There is a drought right now.  I feel like i'm in az.  In Los andes it's really hot. Here in C………. it's nice. Here you have to go through a tunnel to get where I am right now.   It's getting bigger, but it's still small.  We're pretty isolated.  

Mom. how far from Santiago? 

Tyler- It's near the coast.  North and West.  On bus through the tunnel it takes about 45 min to get to Santiago.  on the other side of the tunnel is a different mission.  It is huge!  

mom- is there a beach? 

Tyler- I'm surrounded by mountains.  I've been told from the other side you can see the beach.  But, we won't go over there. 
Dad- you proselyte in that whole area? 
tyler- yeah.. but there's a lot of areas that are expensive.. They are.  YOu pay 600 pesos, you go a certain place.  It's different from a taxi that just charges where you go.  They are fixed rate.  

mom- you are on bikes now? 

tyler- yeah.  it's not that common to be on a bike, but most of my mission i have!  

Dad- does it keep you in shape? 

Tyler- I'm able to maintain, but not down.  I've not gone up.  My pants are big.

MOm- i'm surprised you haven't needed more clothes!  How are your shoes?

Tyler.. I haven't had to buy anything.. Actually, I've gotten 2 pairs of shoes from members actually!  These shoes I got from the place, I haven't really liked them.  For chad, I would go get some good Hush Puppies. they are worth it.  They are much more comfortable.  

Mom- do they have stuff like that in Santiago. 

Tyler- I've just used the same shoes.  Even though I haven't really liked them.. They form to your feet.  The ones the members gave me are great because they don't get worn out.  They are good forever.  They just aren't that comfortable.  Go to missionary mall.  They are expensive but if they get worn out.. YOu can take a picture of them and they send you knew ones.  Just little tricks I"ve learned. 

Mom- that's good because we didn't know anything

Tyler-  Oh, another thing.  I think I'm allergic to tics or dust mites.  They are in the beds.  I've already talked to the office about it.  I don't know. That's rough.  Ic an't sleep at night. 

Mom- Can they do something?

T- they are going to send me a new mattress.  I bought Raid.  I think it might've killed them off.  I already have it all over my body.  So, I don't know if they are still biting me or if they are old.  

mom- do you go to members houses to eat then? 

t- i can eat almost anything now.  There's on thing I can't.  It was a piece of meat. It has hair on it.  I ate it in one bite.  It like scratches your throat going down.  The sister said, Do you want more?!  I feel bad.  She was cool about it.  It's a special thing from the south.  She was excited to share it.  It was horrible.  It's like pork, but they cook it different.  It still has the skin and hard hair on it.  Not a lot, just a little.  South Chile, they have a lot of traditional food.  Here in Santiago, I've been able to eat almost anything.  I really want to learn to make empanadas.  They have ones here that are filled with Olives.  Dad would love it here.  They are really strong.  It took me a long time to learn to eat them.  Meat, olives and onions.  Also cheese empanadas.  Cheese on the inside. 

Dad- you'll have to go to the Mexican market where we can't read the signs.  YOu and chad can go do that!  

Breanna's been really sick at school.  

Kev- at the end of the mission.. do you feel like you GET it??  LIke how it works?  

Tyler- I got to a point where I thought I did, but now no. I've been able to keep learning.  I've been able to keep progressing.  At the same time, I do.  I get it.  I know what to do to make someone progress to baptism.  Every day you keep learning, your testimony keep growing.  Keep learning, growing.  That's been really cool.  The mission is incredible.  People always ask me… It's a trend to die in this part of the mission. They ask if I feel "turnkey".  I really don't I feel like there's still a lot more to do.  I feel like I still have a lot more time.  I haven't felt like it's run out.  A lot of missionaries do feel like that. 

K- during my mission, I didn't baptized, but I baptized more in the last 2 months.  Work to the very end.  

Dad- the good thing.  You know what missionary is about.  It's a good thing to pass on to your companions. 

T- my companion now.. I have a special assignment right now with him.  It's been hard.  It's been a learning experiences.  Lots of opportunities to be more like Christ.  We have a good relationship now.  In the past, other companions have wanted to hit him.. I haven't. :)  He's been here a while, so the last 6 weeks of my mission

K- Your mission president has a lot of confidence in you to put you with him. 

T- I haven't written any body my whole mission.  I feel really bad.  I'm horrible!!  I haven't written my converts either.  I need to get better.  But, now it's the end.  I never can.  Monday's the only time and time is so short.  I'm not a fast writer.  

M- MOst people don't really expect to hear back all the time.  They know you can't always write back.  G and G Sheldon just like to write you . 

T- I feel so happy that they write me.  They are almost the only letter I ever get.  It's awesome.  I'm the same way though.  I can't expect other people to write when I don't write.  

M- Steven Lewis gets home this week.  

T- Oh wow.  They are in Flagg right?  

D- The new Bishopbric might try to get them down to speak in the ward.  

T- have you heard from anyone else? From people that went on a mission?  A lot of friends I had.. I haven't really wanted to pick up relationships where things are not good.. Not a good atmosphere.  What about Trevor?  He was in the MTC with me.  He should get home at the same time also.   Any other missionaries that left from our ward?  

M- A few are getting close.   There was a big gap where there wasn't anyone the age to go.  A lot of people ask about you.  There's a lot of new people who you won't know in the ward. 

T- That's okay!  I'm used to new things/new people. How's the weightlifting going chad? 

Chad- it's going good.  

M- what can you bench now?  

C- 230, 225.. 

Everyone- WHAT? 

Tyler- are you guys going hunting? 

Dad- we got Elk.  I didn't put in for you.  We didn't know where you'd be. 

Tyler- What?  Really?  That's okay.  I'm excited to go hunting.  

D- We could pick up archery and go deer hunting.  We have an archery by our house.  I got a bow and arrow.  

Ty- how's that working out? 

D- We haven't done much yet.. haha.  

T- The compound bows are hard!  50 pound is usually good enough.  

M- how do you know so much about it?  

T- I love archery!  Scouting.  

M- Oh, stories about you and other things make me nervous.  Car surfing?  

T- What?  I've never done it on top of the car.  Okay, one time.  I was not the perfect kid.  

D- when you get back, Lexi should be walking. 

T- Oh, i'm excited.  I tell everyone I have a niece.  I got pictures.  I love pictures. Send pictures.   Things I can give to members.  Candy from the states.  Things they can't get here.  Beef Jerky.  Things like that.  That's like heaven here.  And, PB.  I'll get it before I leave.  

Jessie- do you clap at people's door when you want them to come out?  Kevin did in Paraguay. 

T- here we yell!  We say "alo".  They are security… Or you say their name.  Or you find metal and you knock with your keys.  You can knock.  it's not weird.  you just got to make a noise so you know they are there.  Gangsters whistle.  Gangs will answer to whistles.  They'll go outside and whistle.  On the other side of the town, they'll hear a whistle answer.  That's how they communicate.  Like the gadianton robbers.  The secret combinations.  That's here.  You should hear my companion talk about El Salvador.  All the time, there's a lot of crime.  I'm actually really glad to be here in Chile.  It's pretty safe.  Not much happens.  

J- What are you doing every day? 

T- THere's a lot of inactive.  You work a lot with them.  Baptisms come from part member families.. that's the most effective way to baptize.  They have mostly all been from reactivation.  

J- Did you get to watch Conference?  Where?

T-  We watched it in English.  At the stake center.  They put another TV in another room.  There are two channels, one english, one spanish.  I think that's normal.  You can watch it in English, it doesn't matter where you are.  But, if you are in another country, they'll have it in their language.  It's hard watching inSpanish.  There's words that I don't know that they are using.  You miss a lot of the subtle things.  Things that are important.  I didn't realize how important they are until I heard it once in Spanish.  

M- Do you get to read the Ensign. 

T- We get them every month, free.  I read them.  

M- Did you hear all the references to getting married right after a mission???

T- Yeah, oh man.  There are a lot of subliminal messages in this conference.  There's a lot of good things, but a lot of awkward things that we're not supposed to be thinking about right now.  Pres. Monson's talk was really powerful.  It seems everyone through in something like that.  Like Elder Oaks, even, I loved his talked, but he just through that in at the end.  I was really surprised.  

M- Do the guys get pressure to get married at school? 

B- Yeah, A lot.  

T- Just to let you know, I'm not getting married right after my mission.  A few years!  Okay, I can't say that.  Here in chile, there's a problem.  They'll be 35 years old and not married.  A lot of leadership have to come talk to these people because they won't get married.  I have fear now of not getting married.  I see that they don't have anything.  They just work, study, some don't complete their callings.  I've seen the negatives.  I'm not really worried.  Brigham Young said if you're 25 and not married, your a menace to society. ha.  I want to get a few years in though of study.  We'll see.  

T- How's work going?  Your health? 

D- work's busy.  Health is okay. 

T- You need to keep yourself healthy. 

D- Yeah, definitely.  

M- Yeah, something else.. we didn't really tell you…

T- I was so worried after the last one.  My Mission President had to give me a blessing because I couldn't focus.  It's better just to tell me.  I always pray about it.  

M- Well this last one.. He had to have transfusions.  He's had a lot of testing, they've all come back negative.   

C- Yeah, he has a lot of gray hair now.  

T- Hey! Happy Mother's Day!  

M- Oh, thank you. 

T- I had to speak in church today too.  I talked about Charity and the Family.  It was fun.   Do you know who your new bishop is going to be?  Dad, what's your calling? 

D- We don't know yet.  I'm the Cub Master.  

T- I knew you were released from Mission Leader, but I didn't know your new calling.  Well, I think that's all!  I just wanted to know details.  

D- When you get back are you ready to start the garage of the cabin??

T- Yeah!  I'm so ready!  That was the greatest, coolest experience ever.  I hated it at the time.  But, looking back on it, it was the best thing ever.  Chad, really you should do it.  Take advantage of it.  It's a once in a life time thing.  To build and learn skills that will serve you your whole life.  I'm going to do something like that for sure!!  I'm excited to just enjoy it.  I've built it, so I can enjoy it.  Well, I have to go.  I've already gone over the time limit.  I forgot to tell you guys.  I could've done Skype!  But, this is so much easier. I didn't want any complications with that.  So, since this is my last time.  

D- Okay!  Well, I guess we'll see you in a couple months!  

M- So, will you still get our package? 

T- Yeah, jerky is great.  Whatever.  Just through it in.  Well, Love you guys!  Thanks for calling. 

M- Love you too!  We're proud of you.  You're doing great.  

T- I'll try to send a decent email on Monday.  Yeah.. The temple experience was incredible.  That was the neatest thing.  To know I baptized and they made it to the temple.  That's the whole process!  There's only a few missionaries who get to go to the temple with their converts.  I have a way stronger testimony of eternal families.  I had never witnesses a sealing, with the kids.  It was incredible.  They came in in white.  The coolest thing, he was 10.  He had a deficiency.  When we were there I was thinking about the eternal destiny of the family and the resurrection.  I had this picture, so clear, in my mind of this kid.  I pictured him completely normal.  It was an incredible, incredible people.  He is a special son of God.  He has this deficiency, but he is so pure.  You should go to the temple.  You have the close temple right?  

m- Not yet.  Gilbert is still building. 

t-Well, I have to go.  Love you. 

All- Love you!  Bye!  

May 2, 2011

hey hows it going!!!!
first things first the call.
we will be in a members home and the number that you need to call is (xx)xxxxxxx,
i need to do it at 3:00pm chile time. i am not sure what time that is in Arizona, also look out because i think in chile they are going to change the hour (maybe sunday but im not sure, the safest bet is to look up the time difference sunday). i hope it is not during church for you guys,
i am doing great, i still use a bike which is odd because, its not common to be on a bike in our mission, but i will be on a bike for more than a year of my mission.
we are working hard, i am very focused, and i am exited to talk this sunday.
i love you guys, and i hope that you are doing great!!!
Elder Nelson

April 25, 201

Hey, i am doing great!!! i just got transferred. it has been really hard, because i got comfortable in the same sector for 6 months. but thats the mission. i am in a new sector called curacavi, out side of santiago again. it looks like i will end outside of santiago. but im happy to be in the country. my companions name is Elder Melendez he is from El Salvador. it is hard some times for me working with native spanish speakers, not because of the language, because i always speak spanish anyway, its just hard to live with one. but he is great and i am excited for the chance to work here. we will have a lot of success. i love the mission for the chances and challenges that it gives. thats alright that your not going to come pick me up here in chile, i think its better that way. i am not sure about the calls but normally they are after 3 and before 5 or 6 just to give you a ballpark. i will give you the number to call next monday.
i love you guys, thank you for everything.
Elder Nelson

April 18, 2011

Hey hows it going!!
I am doing great, i got this paper from the office that i need to fill out. but i forgot the paper in the house, from my memory i will try and remember all of it.
i think i need to know,
airport, which don't remember
if you guys are going to come pick me up, and I'm not sure how to do that,
phone number
well...... thats all i remember but i think that there was more. thats all right next week i will let you know.
well we have had a great week, Elder Amado came and talked to our stake here, so that was great.
like always i struggle finding things to say. but we are working hard and trying to help a ward with a lot of problems.
Tal vez me va a matar por no decir mas, pero....
Love you guys and i am forever grateful for your ejemplos and the support that you have given. ,
Elder Nelson

April 11, 2011

Hows it going!! im glad that lots of great and exciting things are happening. :) the taxes are fun. just kidding. i am doing great, we are working hard, i have been a little sick but ok. no i have not received a release day yet. i am hoping that i will not receive one and they will just forget. but just to give you a ball park, transfer day will be the 18 of July, and normally you leave that day. so that is my guess. well things are great and getting a little cold, but thats normal around this time. i have realized that i hate the cold, so it will be fun in Idaho. love you guys,
Elder Nelson

April 4, 2011

Hey hows it going,
Conference was great!!!
I did learn a lot watching it. we had a fair amount of success bringing investigators, i feel more converted to the Gospel after watching it. sorry i have not been writing very many stories, i have been sending more pictures to make up for it. i will admit i get a little lazy writing, but i still love you guys!!
this week i was able to dig a trench for some investigators that really need some help, that was a lot of fun.
we are teaching this amazing family that went to conference and loved it, it has been a great spiritual experience with them. Roma is the mom, Fransica the daughter(14), and Diego(10). Diego is the coolest little kid, in the hardest of circumstances. he is sick and has to be hooked up to a machine a lot to keep alive, the doctors say he lives on spirit and will, that he will not live long. he remains optimistic always and has a way of helping me feel the love of Christ in my life. he is a very special Kid and i get emotional just thinking about him. God loves him, as he loves all of us, in ways and in amounts we do not understand or comprehend.
we also talked to a guy that very seriously thought that the entire church and especially the missionary network is a spy organization, and he gave us a very convincing argument, i almost believed him. it was a man that spoke very well in English and that lived in the states, and that new a lot about the church. he kind of sounded like a Chilean spy. :) we joked around with him for a while, he was a very cool guy, in completely convinced that i work for the C.I.A. that was a funny contact.
i love missionary work and the gospel, i love witnessing the blessings that come flooding into our lives when we are worthy to have the spirit.
thank you for everything,
Love you guys,
Elder Nelson

March 28, 2011 (Elder Nelson's 21st Birthday!!)

Hey thanks for hooking me up with everything for school. i am glad you are on top of things. im excited about going right up to school, it makes things a lot less complicated. but i will be up there for a long time. well it sounds like everything is going great, i do miss baseball games, here in Chile they do not even know what baseball is. i got all the letters for my birthday, thank you all so much for taking the time to send me those, i was very exited to get all the letters. especially the spider man one that makes noise. that was fun when i opened it up in zone class. I'm really bad at writing so i am going to send some pictures!!! I'm not sure if i have already sent some of these but here they are. not sure about to order 1. we play soccer every week at 6 in the morning, its a lot of fun 2. we do a lot of service, for people, i actually hated doing that one because we had to cut the grass with scissors 3. the house of a member doing service out back. 4. fixing the bikes, they are horrible, we are always fixing them. 5. i made an awesome breakfast for Elder Rhodes, i am trying to learn how to cook, i know scary right. these are from this morning, the perks of having sisters in your district. they came at 6 in the morning put it all up then rang the doorbell and ran, i was make and tired, then really happy. like a sour then sweet commercial.

March 21, 2011

Sorry i have been having some computer problems.
I'm doing great and working hard. i want to end the mission working harder than i have ever worked, but i will say that God has been sending me some fun trials along the way. the trials make us stronger, and allow us to increase our faith.

i wanted to send some pictures so im going to see how that works

1. a treat that we made. with crushed up Oreo and a mix of cream cheese and peanut butter on top. amazing!!
2-3. a service project with an investigator and her family. they bought that house (really really cheep) and had to take it apart and move it to some land that i think is like government given. really poor family. but the service was cool, we took apart the house with a hammer and a crowbar.
4.out workin hard
5. the picture says it all.

March 14, 2011

Hey thanks for writing! its great to hear from you all. it sounds like you are all doing great. there were changes today, but i stayed here with my same companion. i will be here that means for 6 months, which is a long time. i am now district leader of sisters, which is a new experience. with Elderes it has been easy but now i have to be nice and creative. i am happy to spend so much time outside of santiago (en el campo). i am a little disappointed to not be going to school until the winter. it complicates some of the plans be were making, but it will all work out in the end. i think that i will end up staying in arizona unto school then. time is going very very fast and i only have three changes left, but that's alright it just makes me work harder. we are going to baptize everyone here!! i don't have any really cool stories this week. it was a rough one, but we just buckled down and worked like crazy. i love the mission.
Love you guys and thank you for everything
Elder Nelson

Elder Tyler David Nelson
Mision chile santiago norte
sucursal correo patronato casilla 60

this is the new address for the our mission. you need to send things there. also they said that we should only use USPS to ship packages.
I got your package and i loved to see the pictures. you guys are all looking good.
Love Ya,
Elder Nelson

March 7, 2011

Hola Como Estan?
hows it going? i was talking to a few missionary's about going to BYUI and they said that the track should be on the thing that we received. i don't know if that is true. also the mom of Elder Squire (future roommate?) asked for your email address. i thought it was ok so i gave it. i thought about getting hers for you, i could do that if you want.
Some things that are happening here, that happened this last week:
Crazy exercises, there is this little mountain thing near our house that we have been running up basically every morning. so that has been fun and exhausting, but worth it.
we have been doing a lot of service projects lately, for people that are not members so that has been fun and has been opening the hearts of many in our sector. We started fixing up a fence of this house that doesn't look so good, that was fun.
through doing that we found this guy that has to leave this house with his wife and basically live in a shack. well he has got a lot of medical problems and cant exert very much strength. he needed help to make a hole, 4 feet by 4feet and like 4 or 5 feet deep. as we were digging the hole we found a bag, that we accidentally broke into, and it smelt like death. i thought it was a dead guy that we had found, because the bag was huge, but it was just a really really big recently buried dog. that we had the pleasure of digging out, it was pretty funny.
we have been facing a lot of trials these last few weeks, but it has been one of the times when i have learned the most. i have learned about God, his nature which is fundamental to know in order to obtain The Faith necessary to let us come back to live with him, and a greater testimony of the divinity of this great and marvelous work.
i have never felt so needful of the grace of the Lord than i have on the mission, i have also never felt Pure Joy and Love the comes from knowing that you have been an instrument in the hands of God to help is children. to hear the words ¨that is exactly what i needed to hear¨, or ¨you got here right when we needed it most¨ has become the means of bringing such peace to my soul. i Echo the words of Alma when he said,
1O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the atrump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!
2Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and acome unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth
(Alma 29:1-2)
Love you guys and am eternally grateful for your support and for your prayers.
Elder Nelson

February 28, 2011

Wow, lots going on.
i will talk to the other Elders to see what we are going to do. but its important to know if i will be going in the fall or in the winter. we are doing great here in los andes, working hard and finding some really incredible people. to tell the truth, i didn't write down what happened this week but i will try and do it for this week that comes. i am excited and nervous to be going up to BYUI. i try not to think about it to try and focus on the work. we heard about the new mission president. they will change mission presidents when i have one change left in the mission i think. so that will be interesting to have my famous last interview with the new president. My companion Elder Rhodes knows the new president really well and he is awesome. time goes by fast. Well love you guys, talk to you later.
Elder Nelson

February 21, 2011

Hey family, im alive. sorry i could not write last week, another activity, that left like no time to do anything. we had a great week. full of trials and miracles and great blessings. we are working hard, i really feel the urgency of the work now. time is ticking and instead of making me unfocused i am trying to do the opposite, and work harder than ever. i am excited to go to BYU, if i end up going to BYUI then there are 2 other elders that want to room with me that are going to get back at like the same time, right before me actually, and want to room together, which would be a lot of fun. just so you know the earthquake was in the south and the was hardly any damage down, we only felt it a little bit. the atv thing looks really cool, Super Bakan, as they say here in chile. thanks you everything, i always feel your love and support and am very grateful for it.
Les amo,
De corazon,
Elder Nelson

Como estan? Por falta de tiempo voy a escribir a los dos en español. es mas facil para mi igual. Me hace muy feliz de escuchar de ustedes. Ojala que todo este bien con los tres. estamos trabajando muy fuerte para encontrar y bautizar aquí en Chile. Sé que Dios siempre esta preparando el corazon de las personas para recibir el evangelio en sus vidas. Vimos milagros en nuestro semana los cuales me ayuden recordar del amor que Dios tiene para nosotros, y hacia sus hijos. muchas gracias por todo su apoyo y sus oraciones. si puedan orar por Matías y dario, dos personas que son increible que estamos enseñando.
les amo tanto
De corazon,
Elder Nelson

Translated to English by Kevin:
How are you? Because I don't have much time, I'm going to write to you in Spanish. It is just as easy for me. It makes me happy to hear from you. I hope that everything is well for you three. We are working very hard to find and baptize here in Chile. I know that God is always preparing the hearts of the people to receive the Gospel in their lives. We see miracles in our week which help me to remember the love that God has for us and his children. Thanks for your support and prayers. If you could pray for Matias and Dario, two incredible people that we are teaching.
Love you so much,
Elder Nelson

February 7, 2011

Hows it going? i am very sorry to hear about what happened, it does give a greater appreciation for the Plan of Salvation. that has to be so hard to pass through. we have had a very good week, like every week in the mission. a week in which i was able to learn a great deal. time passes by very fast and i feel the urgency of the work a lot more. it is a good time to reflect and look at the things that really matter. what is really worth our time, our leaders have taught us to choose between not only things that are good and bad but thinks that are good and things that are better. i have been studding a lot about how to learn the will of God and how to shape our lives to match his will. i have found that prayer is one of our best tools, that along with applying the atonement in our lives.
it sounds like everyone in the fam is doing great and dad will be great at his new calling, i love scouting. he will be developing a lot of patience (cuz his kids are perfect so he didn't need to develop any with us) :)
about my birthday i was actually wondering if i could save up to get into snowboarding when i get back. i dont know if that would be too much, but if im going up north for school i would like to get into it. as far as packages goes i love pictures.

Happy anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!( ok i really have no idea on what day you guys got married, not going to lie)
you guys are great examples for us, thank you so much for everything that you have done for us.
Love you guys,
Elder Tyler Nelson

January 31, 2011

What an awesome missionary. This letter cracks me up. :)

Hey Fam,
I have had a great week. we had transfers in the mission but i stayed here with the same comp so thats cool. we found the same guy that day, and hes doing alright. we are not teaching him but we felt like we were in the right place at the right time to help. its good to feel like God has that confidence in you.

so just to let you guys know what went on this week:
first we found a family that is really cool, Felix and Joseline, and their two little girls. Joseline is amazing and progressing really well. Felix is just crazy and funny. He likes to party and drink. but they're are only like 24 and 25 years old and not married, so thats going to be a hard one but, there progressing so thats awesome.
something funny, we were walking down the street and there was this old lady picking fruit. so like good missionaries we stopped to help. we picked all the fruit off that tree. then as we were finishing the neighbors walked out and noticed what we were doing. they then said to each other,"they're stealing the fruit off the neighbors tree!!" so then the old lady is like thank you, and just walks off with all that fruit. nothing happened or anything but we just robbed this guy thinking we were doing service.( not our fault :) ) but it was really funny.
also as we were in the street this huge part of a tree just fell down on top of this car with a bunch of kids in it. close call but they're all right. We passed this guy that was wasted on his bike who stopped us. at the time i didnt know he was wasted. he stopped my comp and was like "you guys have to help me because i just hate life and im all alone". so we were like ok, we are going to help you. then he told us that he was going to shoot himself. we thought oh no not again, so we tried to help him. but he just got mad. then we saw that he was just really really smashed. but at this point he wouldnt let us go. i dont think my comp noticed that he had been drinking, but i was just going to end it because we were not getting anywere with this drunk guy. so i gave him a pamphlet and said that we would go by his house. then it just turned funny because he took the thing and just chucked it, yelled at us and said "i just wanted a hug, is that to much to ask?" so i gave him a hug and left laughing. it was a great experience. helping people here in chile one hug at a time.
but we have really been blessed this week, i am mystified be the tender mercies of the lord that he gives us everyday. at the time things just seem like trials, but as we look back we realize that the times we grow the most aren't when we have easy times but the hard times. God has an incredible armor for us. as we increase our understanding of God's plan, we begin to see that hes in charge and to see the things from his point of view. its good stuff.
Love you guys,
Elder Nelson

January 24, 2011

Dear Family,

Hey Hows it going!!! I'm going great!! we have had a great week. I'll start with a funny experience. we were in a car with a few members when we ran into one of those police stops that are pretty common here. well my comp got freaked out a little bit. and when the cop, who was not having a great day, he got a suspicious of us because we don't look like we are from here. i was in the front seat and Elder Rhodes in back. I'm not sure why but my comp put his hands in the air and looked really nervous, and red, but hes always red and we are kind of burnt. so the cop started asking a lot of questions and my comp couldn't really answer very well in Spanish. well it was all really funny and ended with my companion getting searched. he was freaked out and the rest of us were laughing our heads off afterwords. its great to be new in the mission!!

i hope that dads doing alright and that hes getting better. i dont need to tell you that hearing that kind of stuff makes me worried. he better be taking good care of himself. please keep me posted. its great hearing of the success that your having there in the ward. keep it up, and keep helping the converts.
Well, love you all thanks for everything.
Elder Nelson

P.S. i got the christmas card, thats a really old picture of me, it was weird to see it. but i really liked the whole thing.

Hey Jessie, How's it going,
Its great to see the pictures, it looks and sounds like you are doing great. i got your Christmas card this last week. it looks great!!! just to let you know its alright to send the video. i don't think there is any rule against it, not that i have heard of anyway. we had an experience that was very interesting on our way here to use the Internet. we passed a man walking here, and said hi to him. then waiting at a light he caught up to us, and we passed him again. as we were walking a man fell down on his bike so we stoped to help him. as we were helping him the man walking passed us again. then we kept going and passed him for the last time. as we passed him, and he was behind us, he yelled to us( which is not unusual). what we thought is the worth of a life, so we walked with him talking. As we stopped he told us that he was going to see his dad and his brother to say goodbye, and that he was going to end his life. We were placed in his path to help him, he told us to go to his house later and to give him a reason to live. i don't know what will happen later but i know that God uses us to help his children in need and to be an instrument in the hands of God. Also to be worthy in order to be able to help. that desire weighs heavy on my soul.
Thank you so much for your support and for everything that you guys do. Jess you have always been a great example for me and i am very grateful to have been blessed with such a great family.
Elder Nelson

January 17, 2011

oops, sorry i didnt write last week. there was a problem and i couldnt get to it. but before i forget i will write the letter to the scotts.....done. ;) so im trying a new thing and i made a list of some of the things that happened during the week. we had a crazy week full of ....challenges. here it is.
we were in the house of some members teaching a lesson about charity, when suddenly they start telling us about a lot of problems that they have been having and how the father is going to just leave. then the son started yelling, and then the dad got up and just started beating up of the kid. i couldnt just sit there so i got up to stop it. but i wasnt able to. It was the weirdest thing i have felt, because it was like i could not move. well God helped me out a lot because it is not something that we do as missionaries...we cant get into that kind of thing. then he left and left us there with the mom. i didn't know that to say or do, but was prompted to give a blessing. as we put our hands on her head, i felt a feeling of love so strong. it was like something that i have never felt before, we just started crying. i know that it was the love that the savior feels for her and that he used us to let her know.
that was my real dramatic experience this week.
some other funny things that happened are those funny Spanish mix ups. my companion was buying Turkey (pavo) but said dirt(Polvo), needless to say i was laughing my head off. And you would think that with older people that kind of thing never happens, but we were buying lunch another day and a sister from the ward was buying. so she told us to go next door and buy a drink. but as she was saying it she repeated the "next door" part at the end. well in Chile when talking they don't say the d at the end of the word very much, so instead of understanding ´´a lado´´ i understood Helado. in Chile they say the two words very much the same, she was very confused when we walked out with ice cream.
Also our tires got slashed on our bikes. that was a bummer. a sister we just got active broke her foot going down the stairs at a Family night we were having in the church. ( there's another cool blessing story with that one, and she is doing a lot better)
what else?
i played basketball for the first time in a long time, that was embarrassing.
a lot of things happened but more than anything i could really see the hand of God in my week. the work goes on and we are finding the people that need us, the best thing it to get to a family and hear that we got there right when we needed to and that we gave the mesage that we needed to give in that moment. the Spirit is a wonderful thing.
well i hope that that was better.
Love you guys,
Elder Tyler Nelson

(Sorry, I can't get this image to flip around...)
Getting my hair cut from a sister. It was her first time.

Typical missionary food. Eating a bag of cookie dough.

A really cool bike ride.

January 3, 2011

Hey hows it going, I'm writing a little later because we went on a 3 hour bike ride through the mountains this morning and it took a lot of time, but it was a lot of fun. it sounds like a lot of fun what everyone is doing, i was really happy to hear from jessie and kevin also, it sounds like they're doing great, and i cant wait to get the pictures. i wanted to ask breanna a favor, if she could. i found out that in the mission, nobody asks for emails. Instead they just look everyone up on facebook. i know that sounds dumb but it is huge here in chile. i know nothing of facebook but its the only way that i can keep in touch with companions and converts and members here in chile. i was wondering if bre could make me one and get it going so that i can just give people my full name and be able to keep in touch with them, after the mission. i cant use it on the mission and i don't want to have to worry about it and have it be a distraction so if she could do it that would be great. love you guys!!!!
Elder Nelson