Hey everybody, well I got transferred to the land of the Lamanites. Im headed to Otavalo. I'm no longer a ZL which I'm super happy about it. I'm DL Compañia with Elder Draper from Ogden, Utah. I'm super excited. It was hard to leave Coca, but I fought hard down there. It took a lot out of me. I've never been tried so hard in my life but it was a good experience for me. I'm not going to write a letter to long today. I'm short on time but I'm in Otavalo and life is good in the neighborhood. We are gonna go hard on the Lamanites now. I love you guys talk to ya next week.!
Hola Familia Nielson hoy me gustaria hablar solamente en español! jaja no, bromeo nomàs! This week was pretty legit. I was in Quito the entire week with meetings with Elder Godoy and it was awesome. I even got to go to Otavalo. The meetings were awesome. Elder Godoy is an awesome guy, and he had a lot of great things to say. One of the things that got me and basically all of the leaders of the mission was when, in the mission council, he said "I say this as a General Authority and a father but you really are the missionaries your parents think you are." It was a pretty powerful moment. All the meetings were really cool. But speaking of meetings with General Authorities, on the 17th of February a guy named Jeffrey R Holland is coming to la mision Ecuador Quito Norte! You might have heard him. I'm super excited for that. This week will most likely be my last week in Coca. it's been an unbelievable experience. Sometimes I still find myself asking what more could I have done, but there have been lots of blessings. We had great achievments and had fun. We grew as missionaries and did everything we could to further work here. I'm at peace turning the branch over to God. I know he's in control of things and this branch will be taken care of one way or another. If this is my last week, I hope it's a good one. I'm just happy that I was able to come here. This week once again I don't have pictures, but i'm hoping I can get some pics pretty soon. On Hma Richardsons facebook there will be some pics of the meetings, but I love you guys, and i'll talk to ya next week. Hasta luego.
Hey everyone, well this week was alright. We had like two days to work in our sector because of trips. This week will be the same unfortunately, so my time is very short here in the jungle. I dont know how I'm going to be able to leave this sector. I've given so much to it. I've never walked closer to Christ than I have in this sector. It has been an incredible experience. I was reading the letter that dad sent me four months ago right when I got here with the challenge he left me, and I realized that things went how God was planning. The real challenge in that letter was not to stay positive and serve others not so the plan we had would take affect but to stay positve and serve others after we didn't get the results we wanted. You trully were inspired when you sent that to me four months ago. I do know that God knows what he's doing and that I was able to get done what needed to get done for the good of this branch in the future. It's been a great experience and this week I have been happier. I'm enjoying the last days I have here in the jungle. I'm nervous now because the time I spent in the jungle is what I have left. I don't know where my mission went, but a good chunk has gone by without me even knowing about it. Truth is I dont want to come home. I dont want to leave the sector, and I don't want to leave Ecuador. I just want to be a missionary my whole life. I know that God knows what he's doing and that he will bring to pass the salvation of many souls in Coca long after I'm gone. I'm just happy to say I was here to prepare the way for the future elders that come and harvest like beasts here! I love you guys! I'll talk ya next week. Hasta luego!
This week was interesting. To tell ya the truth it was a long week. New Years took a pretty good hit on the week. But we did what we could. Here in Ecuador for New Years they build life like statues out of paper of movie characters or players on sports teams and they write a testament of what they are leaving behind in the past year and looking forward to in the coming year, and they burn them. It's their tradition. There was a bunch. It was pretty dead though. In Coca they didn't really do hardly anything. Everyone was gone. There were more chickens in the street than people so our week was pretty slow. We still don't have anyone progressing. The zone and really the whole mission dropped for the holidays. Now that it's all gone we hope to start building things back up. I can't believe that 2016 is here. I feel like it should be 2015. Last year flew by. I'm a little bit nervous that this year will do the same. It's weird walking around new missionaries and watching their faces when you tell them you have almost 19 months. I feel like I was in their shoes yesterday. Now it's time to leave it all on the field. Things are going good out here. Always learning and trying to get better,. It's been a great experience in the jungle. I'm grateful I was able to come here and do what I did. I truly gave it everything I had. I have nothing more to give to the branch. Sometimes I still feel like it just wasn't enough, but in the future good things will happen. God is running the branch and he knows what he's doing so I'm at peace with that. I read a scripture that hit me pretty hard this week. It's in Mosiah 14:10. It's talking about how Christ suffered so much in the atonement, how he was wounded for out transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities and how he was oppressed and opened not his mouth and how he wasn't esteemed of men. I thought to myself, why did he suffer so much after not doing anything wrong. He gave everything he had to the people and did everything he could for them, and they still rejected him and his gospel. In verse 10 it says, "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him." It wasn't until 2000 years after his death that the Gospel of Jesus Christ made it into the entire world. It wasn't until 2000 years later that it began to be accepted and shared to everyone. Even though not everyone is accepting it even today, it's fulfilling its purpose. It was simply the Will of of God that it happened that way. The same with Abinadi. He testified to the death probably thinking nobody believed him. Now around 2000 years later much of the Book of Mormon is in our hands thanks to the boldness he had before the priests of Noah. I haven't done anything like them, but I do wonder sometimes if the fruits of our efforts will come in a future a day, simply because it pleased the Lord that way. One of the greatest blessing I've received in this sector is to have been able to take a step or two in the Savior's shoes. It was hard but God gave me the opportunity and I'm grateful for it. I have a firm faith the what we have done won't be in vain, even though I struggle with not seeing success right now, I do have a strong hope it will come in the future and that we will have helped a tiny bit in blessing the branch. I love you guys and that's about what I've got today. I have a few pics that I'll try to send. Hasta luego
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