Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas!

December 23,2013
Hey family and friends!!
Thank you for you packages and presents!  Christmas/thank you cards are coming your way!:)   I got transferred to Kennewick, I'm serving in the Kennewick Park Ward.  
The Sisters got doubled out and me and my new companion, Elder Chadwick, got doubled in.  So we have no idea what's going on in this area, really we are just winging it and saying a lot of prayers!  We have been trying to contact all the investigators.  We had our first meeting with our Ward Mission Leader.  He was impressed with all that we have done, especially since we are on foot.  This area use to have a car but it left with the sisters, of course!   It's ok, I like walking, keeps me in shape! 
 Sounds like everyone has been pretty busy and having fun right before Christmas, but none of it sounds as fun as when I get to Skype, haha.
  Christmas season is pretty awesome on the Mission!  I get to focus on the true meaning of Christmas alot more! 
  We had to teach the Relief Society yesterday (freakin weirdest thing ive ever done!)  But it was pretty cool.  Our lesson we were assigned was Elder Packard's, talk The Atonement, from last years General Conference.  It was an awesome talk, I suggest reading or listening to it!  I started reading the book Believing Christ, on Thursday as well and that tied in with the lesson perfectly!  I learned alot from that lesson. Like that Christ's infinite perfection cancels out out finite imperfection, as long as we accept him and believe him, not just believe in him!
     Did you guys get my package?  Did you like my magnet that was in there? :)  haha
 Well thanks for all you guys do and the love and support you give me!  Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!:)  Love you all!
Elder BUBBA Nelson

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 16

 Well I'm getting transferred!  I'm going to Kennewick!  I thought I was ready to leave this one horse town, but I didn't realize how much I made it my home away from home!  It's like leaving home all over again! I hear your first area is the hardest to leave I sure hope so, because I can't do this every 5 months!  That's good you sent Elder Pesnell's package separately because I haven't gotten my package yet.  They start holding everything the weekend before transfers, if they know you are getting transfered.
  Did you get those videos from Brother Cobb.  I don't know what they were about but he wanted to send them.  He is the funniest old man ever.  He loves Duck Dynasty!  He turned it on for like 5 minutes for us haha.  He is the 2nd counselor in the Bishopric so it's all ok, ha.  He said no one can go 2 years with out watching it!
  I'm gonna beat Jed up I still haven't gotten a letter back from him!
Sounds like everyone is doing good at home. Thats good that dad is staying busy!
 Christmas season is different out here I don't feel like it is next week.  But I have gotten 3 presents from members.  All the hymns at church have been Christmas songs so that has brought the Christmas spirit a little.  We went to the Bishops house for a Bishops Youth Discussion, it was on the 2nd coming.   I learned a lot of new stuff!  That actually brought the Christmas spirit too. 
 I hope I don't have a biking area, haha.  I would love to ride a bike but I don't want to in the winter and I don't want to have to buy one!
 Oh yeah, we get to call for like 10 minutes Christmas Eve to make sure everything is good for Christmas.  So have someone set up a Skype account so I can get it from you guys Christmas Eve.
Hope all is well!   Love you all!
Elder Bubba Nelson

P.S.  My Mission President calls me Elder "Bubba" - told you I'd get to keep my name!!!
Figuring something to do.

Elder "Bubba" & Elder Pesnell
P-day Baller.

Going to chop wood.

December 9

Yeah I got your package thank you!   I don't know if ill be here for Christmas so you might just wanna send it through the Mission Office.  We get Transfer Calls this saturday. I wanna leave but i also wanna stay. There are some members here that I don't wanna leave but I also kinda want a different area.  Haha no offense to this one horse town! 

 Lucky you got to hear Alanah's sister sing!  I hear she is pretty good and she is singing for the Gilbert temple thing.
  How is Jed doing in Wrestling this year?  Yes, please send me his matches!

 You didn't take pictures at the Christmas party of Maddie?  I wanna see how big she is.  That's funny that she boss's the kids in her class around haha.   So her and JJ get along pretty well then?

 Yeah we were supposed to be able to watch the Christmas Devotional, but they didn't set it up in the church because only 1 family was gonna watch it there.  Only 70 people come to church averagely and there is only 21% activity in this ward, haha its nuts!

 This week was pretty good.  I went on exchanges Tuesday.  My comp and the other Elder that came here went and taught one of our new investigators Cathene. They taught her the plan of Salvation and at the end she said it just makes since so they invited her to be baptized and she said she was already baptized in her church so why does she need to be again.  And they answered her question and she understood. When they were about to reinvite her to be baptized her son, that is like 45 that lives with them, walked in and the whole atmosphere changed so they decided to hold  off.  I guess her son thinks he has been saved after a fall he had in the bathroom and he told his mom she was going to hell because she is a woman, hahaha.  So I think that's why she liked the plan of salvation.  I never met her son but my comp did and says he's kind of off a bit and has no job and doing nothing with his life.

 Well I hope all is going well at home.  Love you all!

Elder Bubba Nelson

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Elder Nelson-December 2

Dear Family/Friends!!

  My week was pretty good!  It was weird being away from home for Thanksgiving though!  Those two families that did that dinner, like 30 people came.  That was the least I have ever eaten on Thanksgiving, haha.  Just had like a regular dinner serving.  It wasn't like ma's and pa's cooking!  I don't remember the last time I had a traditional turkey Dad always smokes one and its way better!  But it was pretty good!  This old farmer brought a goose that he killed and cooked!  I didn't try it.  My companion did and it made him sick, haha!  No one had a pecan pie, so me and my companion went and bought a Maries Calendar Pecan pie and it wasn't as good as homeade but thats missionary life ha.  I had Mrs. Kay's (T's Mom) Pecan Pie at the dunes one Thanksgiving and it was BOMB!!

  Teaching has been going pretty good!  We have found like 5 new investgators in the past couple weeks!  This week was a little slow and because of Thanksgiving and I've been getting my winter allergies or whatever I get every winter.

  Sounds like November was pretty rough for you guys there.  

  This week was rough I didn't get any mail until Saturday, then Bro. Cauthen saved me and I got his on Saturday.  He's a true Bro haha.

   Holiday season is gonna be weird out here!  But it's going pretty good!  It's a lot better than I thought it would be.  All the members here make you feel at home. 

  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got fat!  Thanks for all the love and support!

Elder Bubba Nelson