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