Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 27, 2015- Last email!!

Well just wanted to send out one last short email thanking all of you!  Thank you for the love, Support, and Continuous emails.  I have loved serving the Lord out here and have learned so much.  I can't say the corny phrase that,  "It's been the best 2 years", but I can say, "it's been the most important 2 years of my life, so far".  I know that Christ does live and the Atonement of Christ is real and infinite.  I have loved learning about and experiencing the Atonement.  I also know that the Power of Prayer is real and that God hears all of them!  The Priesthood has been restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith and that authority has been passed down to our Prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson.  The Book of Mormon is the word of God and works together with the Bible. I would invite everyone, no matter how many times they have read it or prayed about it, to read the Book of Mormon with an open heart wanting to know that it's true.  Ask your Heavenly Father to reveal the truth of it to you, and you will come to know these same truths.

  Thank you all again!

    The Church is true, The Book is blue, and Moroni is still on the ball ;)

Love Elder Bubba Nelson

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 20, 2015- I Ran Out of Titles

 Another good week, found another lady to teach named Beth.  We found her while we were tracting a street called Gobblers Knob (Weirdest street name!)  We set a return appointment for Tuesday so we went back and she was actually there thats a rare occasion ha.  But we had a good lesson with her about the Restoration.  Her son is a member over in Seattle area.  She says they get in arguments because she feels she has some spiritual gifts and he says she can't have those kind that shes talking about because she doesn't have the gift of the Holy Ghost.  So we told her that her son was an idiot (ha not really) Just said that she can very well have those gifts; some people are more sensitive to spiritual things than others, so she liked that.  She also liked the story of Joseph Smith.   She feels like her experience has been similar.  We have another appointment with her tomorrow so hopefully it all goes well.
    Also had an exchange, one of our Zone Leaders came with us, Elder Barnes is his name.  We got this refferal from Scotty's care taker (Scotty is the ladie we found a few weeks ago and kicked her ex in the *@%#)  But we went and contacted the refferal and when we walked in there I could tell it was just gonna be a Bible bashing meeting.   He opened his Bible and started flipping/slamming pages down.  So we went on with his little rant and turned to the verses he was talking about and shared our own, to shut those down.  (which isn't the best idea)  Bible bashing gets nothing down.  So we said thank you for sharing what you believe.  May we just share with you a short 2 minutes of what we believe?   We shared the restoration in 2 mintues and testified, then got out of there.  The whole atmosphere changed when we did that.  The Holy Spirit was finally present when we did that; instead of arguing and laughing at his arguments (because they were ridiculous)  ha.
  Other than that nothing real exciting happened.
I don't know if I will be able to email next week.  So thank you everyone for your love and support and your emails!  Can't wait to see you all!
Elder Bubba Nelson!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

June 29, 2015- Skunked

Still haven't found any new people to teach yet, but we did finally get in with a lady that we haven't seen in a couple 3 months, the Grandma of Whisper, the little girl that was baptized a few months back. The Grandma has been having heart problems lately she has had 2 small heart attacks the past couple of weeks but the doctors finally got her on the right medication so hopefully that all works out.   Hope she starts coming to church she didn't come this week so hopefully next week.  We were also able to do a church tour with a part member family but the dad who is the member had to work, but they seemed to enjoy it.  When we were out knocking doors on Saturday it was like 105 and pretty humid, it wouldn't be bad if it wasn't muggy, but everyone was like "it's to hot to be doin this" and to a couple of them I said " well let us in then!" But only one did haha and another one gave us water.  We went on a hike today with our Branch Mission Leader and his family back to a lake and they were all swimming and I was so tempted to jump in but I guess I will have to come back to do so.  It was a really fun hike and gorgeous I will send some pictures.   Love you all!   Have a great week!

Bubba with the Peterson Family

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 15, 2015-Dying in Cle Elum

Stayin in Cle Elum for my last transfer, I guess tracting it out 4 times wasnt enough so I gotta do it a 5th time! Keepin Elder Potts around as well. I it was a hate love thing to stay I feel like I have been here forever but I guess there is more work here. And one of the members has a sooped up Semi truck that hes gonna drive me to the mission home in. They are trying to get me to come meet there daughter after I get home because they dont have a son in law that wants to take over the company yet haha. They were really pushin that on me at dinner last night.
  This week went pretty well. We found a potential investigator who is 11 years old and from England cutest girl. She comes running up to us begging us to preach to her. She is very spiritually mature and knows her bible really well. She needs to get permission from her dad before we can start really teaching her. She was there with her aunt who is one of our investigators but the girl Maddie seems way more interested so hopefully her dad gives her permission. 
  We went on a hike this morning before one of the Elders in the district went home. He was trunkin me out the whole time. "Hey Elder Nelson whats your favorite thing to do? Picture me doin that in 48 hours!" But it was a fun hike though. Everything else is goin well. Thanks again for the shoes they are awesome and swag nasty! You really didnt have to get that expensive of ones though but I do love them:)
Thanks everyone and love you all!
Elder Bubba Nelson

June 1, 2015-57 Days and Counting!!!!!!

 This week was pretty good. Last week for P-day we went to the Stake Presidents house and had a memorial day BBQ and also played ultimate frizbee and volleyball. I was so sore the next day ha but it was fun.
  Went on an exchange with Elder Wilkey in Ellensburg had a good time there did some service cleaned up a back yard. One of the kids there made steak and shish cabobs and asked me to finish the steaks and I cooked em medium rare ( the only way to cook steak) and he was like thats not done so he grilled em till they were jerky but it was nice of him. Also I finally had sushi for the first time in 2 years while I was there:))
  Then came back and one of our Zone Leaders came up here and did an exchange with us, it was a fun time and worked really hard. Havent worked that hard in a lil bit I was so tired the next day ha. But we did find 3 new people to teach that week and a total of 6 people to teach through out the week. Elder Barnes ( my ZL) definitely taught me to teach in every situation. One of them we tried by this guy Shawn who we talked to about a month ago and said we could come back. Well we finally contacted him again and when we went there his girlfriend was there so we talked to her and as we were talking to her Shawn pulls up and says " What do you want?! Im havin the worst day of my life!!" So we just said well you said we can come over and share a message with you about Christ. ANd he said alright i'll give you 5 minutes so we start talkin with him and then I ask him if we can go in his house and sit down with him and his family. It was an awesome lesson we were able to see the Holy Spirit soften his heart as he heard the message of the Restoration.
  As we were getttin in our car Elder Barnes was like Elder Nelson you got some huge Juevos to ask him if we could go in side I was afraid he was gonna tear our heads off. The Spirit really softens peoples hearts!
IT was a good week!
Love you all!
Elder Bubba Nelson

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 25, 2015- Gettin' Weird

Hey Ya'll,

  Sorry gonna be another short one, not like I do a lot of long ones anyway. But I just emailed WednesdayThursday we had Zone Conference, and I had to give my departing testimony! So it was hard to be focused for the rest of that day when I had to do that 9 weeks before I go home ha. But it went well I haven't been that nervous to bare a testimony ever!  So I don't think I can give my homecoming talk sorry Bishop...:) haha jk. 
  Nothing else really happened, its still been a struggle to find elect people. We are gonna try to start working with the branch more. They need to get excited about the work.  There has been 9 baptisms in the past year here! But everything else is going well.
  Love ya'll
Elder Bubba Nelson

May 20, 2015

This week was great! We had some great experiences, we had a great lesson with a lady Mary Canfield she is reading and praying about the Book of Mormon right now. She had a daughter commit suicide about a year ago and is still torn up about that. Taught her the Plan of Salvation and she loved it. She wouldnt commit to a date for baptism or to come to church. We couldnt understand why if she wanted peace in her life so much, come to find out she was in an abusive relationship and is nervous around big groups of people right now. Hopefully she will find comfort and strength to be able to commit to come to church.
Also found a new investigator Gloria, we tracted into about a month ago and havent been able to contact her since. But Elder Potts and I tried by one last time yesterday and she finally answered. She said " remember that old guy (Elder Taylor) that was with you last time and how he asked if there was something wrong and I lied to him and said no but there was. Then he prayed for me and I felt a weight lift off my shoulders" She kept saying she wants more of that feeling. It was awesome. She has a friend thats a member in Yakima and she is moving there next month maybe to Elder Taylors area, we will find out.
  Everything else is going well. Went to the Temple today that was really good. Have Zone Conference tomorrow those are always fun to see old friends. Got to get an interview to renew my temple recommend means im getting old!
  Well hope yall had a good week. Sorry I dont have a lot of time to email. Love yall!
Elder Bubba Nelson