Hola familia! This week was an alright week. I say alright because everything went well until nobody attended church haha. . . Well, I'll fill you guys in on the new sector. It's awesome. Its a lot like America. It's quite a bit safer than my last sectors too. There is a ton of potential, and we are working well with a plan to get everything going well. I get along super good with my companion. It's nice to hear funny sayings and witty remarks again. For example, when we teach new people, we always try to find the "iceberg." It's like the biggest doubt or the question that they might have. Well one investigator basically gifted us the iceberg and after the lesson my comp said, "Well we didn't even have to do anything, and that iceberg was beache and melting. It was done haha." You might have to be a missionary to appreciate it, but it made me laugh pretty hard. Needless to say, this change is going to fly by because I get along too well with my companion. Our house is good, a super hot shower which I thoroughly enjoy. I went to 4 liters in a bucket, to a fantastic bucket, to a sometimes warm shower, to hot shower. I'm movin up in this world so I'm happy. The house super dirty though. My comp has been working on it for 3 months and today we just went to town on it, and its getting better little by little. It's a good house though. The members are super good here. We are in one of the best wards in the mission. My time here is going to be good. I love the sector and I know that the Lord has me here with a purpose. I hope to be seeing miracles in the future and it should be a good change. I'll send you guys the pics from last week. I love you guys. Talk to ya next week.
Hola familia! Well this week was a crazy week. It was pretty normal until we made it to changes. Then it became like the hardest night of my life. I got the news I was headed out to another sector in Quito, and I knew it had been coming, but what I didn't see coming was the change of companion who also got moved out. They shut down my sector for the safety of the missionaries. It was so hard. Everyone was there with us waiting for the changes, so we started to say bye to everyone and I almost made it until I got to Marco, who was a little teary eyed and I completely lost it. I never knew how hard it would be to leave that sector. It got even harder when Stalin Chinchuña, the son who is 11 yrs old hugged my leg and begged me not to go. I couldn't believe I actually had to leave these people. Erick sangucho, who had worked a lot with us, had bought a small soccer ball and took it around to some of my best friends and they all signed it and gave it to me. Hma Matilde an Hma Rosa, our Mamitas that always read with us and everything were struggling. It was a hard night leaving these people. The only thing I have to say is that this sector was crazy in many different ways. I had a hard comp, some crazy experiences with robbers haha, and it was just flat out hard sometimes, but to be able to find everyone that we found and to have that much success, it was by far the greatest thing I've been apart of in my life, I loved those people so much, and I absolutely loved the missionaries I was with, Elder Bolivia and Mendoza. It was a hard district and sector to leave. I just hope I can do the same thing with my next sector. I'm with Elder Green from Safford Arizona and I'm in the heart of Quito so we are going to work hard to see what we can do. The sector hasn't had tons of success in the past but it has potential from what I've heard. I'm excited for the new challenge and it should be fun. My house is pretty awesome and my comp knows how to make giant Kit Kats so it should be good.
That about sums up what I feel about the sector I just left. It was awesome why I was there but now I'm just going to try to do the same with the Next Sector. That's about all I've got for this week. I love you guys and I'll send pics next week. Talk to ya next week.
Well family, there is not a whole lot to say this week because we talked yesterday. As you know, the baptism didn't happen which was sad, but we had some investigators in the church, so that was good. I'm doing good. Enjoying my last week in Pisuli. It's been a great 4 and half months here, and I can't believe it's coming to an end. The Lord has blessed this sector so much in so little time. I've seen so many miracles in this sector, and this week it will literally feel like I'm leaving my family again. It has felt like my home ward and everything, It's been such a great time here in Pisuli but you know what the song says, "Adonde me mandes ire señor" (I'll go where you want me to go). Guess we will see this next week where I'm headed. Something cool that happened this week is I got to drink water straight from a coconut. That was cool. It's super good too! It was a good week, and there isn't a whole lot to say this week. I love you guys! I'll see Marci & Brian in Utah when I come home, and I'll talk to ya all next week.
Hola familia! This week basically nothing crazy happened. We were able to find a couple of families that are super awesome. It was kind of funny how we found one of them. One day we were street contacting, and we contacted an older lady that was a less active. With her we got an appointment to visit for the next week. Well two days later we were contacting, and we contacted two two cousins that were walking in the street and we got an appointmnet to go back and visit them. Well the next day a guy we had never seen yelled, elders! You have to visit me. We said great and we got an appoinment to go and visit him. Well the day came for the first appointment and we went, and wouldn't ya know it, every one of them was there haha. We had contacted the whole family but at different times. We walked in and thought, you gotta be kidding me. We've contacted everyone here haha. The other was a reference, and they are super awesome. They don't currently belong to a religion, but they want to and they loved everything they heard so we are definitely excited. That appointment was crazy. It was 5 o clock. at 3 o clock we hate a huge lunch, at 3:30 we ate ceviche peruano which is super delicious and also a very large lunch. We went to the reference full to the brim thinkin that would be it for the night. Well, we were wrong, They gave us a big dinner and we were at the point of exploding. It was crazy how much we ate. We had to just hammer it because it was an investigator, and we didn't want them to feel badly in any way so we girded up our loins and ate until the food was coming out of our eyes. It was nuts. The best thing that happened to us this week is that familia chinchuña, well the dad, finally said he was ready so this Saturday we hope to baptize the parents of this family and get them started for the temple. Its been incredible how much we have been blessed in this sector. In Esmeraldas, I would have killed for just 2 or 3 investigators with potential. Here, they have been put in our path like crazy. It been nuts to watch miracles right before me eyes every single day. Beginning this week we had no investigators becasuse they all got baptized and we were able to find 9 investigators with tons of potential this week. It's incredible! I don't even believe it haha. The thing that made me most happy this week was to see the conversion of every convert I've had in the sector this week. With fausto tixi, we were in a lesson talking to his wife, and she was naggin him a little and pointing out his flaws. I asked howd you feel in your baptism? You have to remember he doesn't talk much, but he said with as much power and authority as a missionary, " I felt the plain ashurance that God forgave my sins." Marco ugsha stopped us in the street happy as could be and said, " Elder Nielson, guess what! I started reading The Book of Mormon. I had my guitar and a Book of Mormon and I couldn't decide which to do, and I read the book." Carmen and Piedad, "I love the Book of Mormon, I read it everyday and I just want to keep reading it everyday." Katy Frutos, " From the first moment that I met with the missionaries my life had changed in so many ways for the better." That was something that was really on my mind a lot. We worked like crazy with everyone of them so they would say this but when they said it it meant everything to me. I've never been happier in my life than to hear Marco is reading the b of m. It was a pretty incredble week actually. Marco never attended church before I got here but since the day of his baptism on the 28th of february, he has not missed even one Sunday of church. I lvoe that man so much. That is basically all that happened this week. It was good week and we hope to have more like it. I love you guys and I'll talk to you next week.!
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