Well, I don't have a whole lot of time this week, so I'll feel you guys in on what's going on. Changes came in, Elder Green went to Esmeraldas. I was super sad to see him go. We literally didn't have even one issues in the last change. It was fantastic. I'm now with Elder Briggs Dalton from American Fork, Utah. He's got about 20 months in the mission, so it should be a good change. This week was hard; our investigators didn't attend so we are just going to be trying to build up the sector and to have some success. We have built it up a lot so now we have potential for success, but it's gonna take some serious miracles so that's where we are at right now. That's about the update for this week. Changes have been crazy, so its a little short, but I love you guys and I'll talk to you guys next week.
Hola familia! I'm Èlder Nielson, and I have MORE than a year in the mission. You guys know how much time I've waited to say that? I can't even believe it. I'm one of the old guys in the mission now haha. It's been the craziest year of my entire life. I've seen so many miracles that I can't even begin to count them. It's been quite the growing experience. I remember getting to Esmeraldas and wondering what in the world I had gotten myself into? Then getting to Peter, my first baptism, and feeling the joy of the mission. Then to Marco and my family in Pisuli. It has been the most incredible experience of my life. This week was a good one. We started a new method to work with the members that we think is going to work really well, so we are excited about that. We had a solid attendance yesterday which made us super happy, and it was a good week. Also we had a stake activity with family history work, and they showed the movie meet the Mormons, so I FINALLY got to watch it. I enjoyd it thouroughly in Spanish. The Activity was solid as well so it was fun. Well, I was reading through some random scriprures the other day, and I read one that got my attention. It's in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, "For my strength is made perfect in weakness, most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ might rest upon me. . . Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christs sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong." I love this scriputre, the mission has a way of humbling you to the dust. In a hard sector where nobody accepts you. You have do absolutely everything for a miracle and wait patiently until it happens, but it does and when we rely on Christ to help us we do become strong and we do see these miracles. I've seen them for a while now, and we are never left alone in hard situations. I love this work and I hope the second year doesn't pass me by too fast,. I love you guys, I'll send pics. Hasta luego.
Hola familia what's up. Well this week was a crazy one. We worked super hard the whole week, and we almost had a fantastic week, but it kind of fell apart Sunday with attendance. There were a lot of good things about our week though. We found out that our miracle of last week, Narcisia Rosero, works at a hotel with her husband and at this hotel there is a super good costal restaurant. The food is super cheap so we have been happy with that. But with that I also have bad news. I've lost 8 pounds in this sector so thats a little bit of a problem.. . . I'm not eating as well as other sectors in the past. This week we almost had a crisis as well. The owners of our house illegally changed the contract of our house and are expecting the four missionaries to pay more. The mission has been trying to sort it out for some time now. Well this last Friday, the owner comes and knocks on our window and tells us that shes going to lock our house so we cant get in, so the whole rest of the week we were really hoping to be in our house every night. Lucky for us the secrateries resolved it in time so we are good for now. Today was pretty hard as well because I had to say by to Elder Santana from Chile. He's ending his mission but he is the missionary that has probabaly helped me the most in my time here. I met him back in Esmeraldas, and we have been great friends since then but he's going home so I'm a little sad. This week was hard. We worked super hard and we still aren't seeing the success we want to see. There is scripture that has helped me quite a bit in Hebrews 12:3
Hola familia, well this week was a crazy one. We came out feeling like winners but not because we lit up the key indicators; it was a horrible week for that. Throughout the whole week we were fighting quite a bit of rejection. We always just tried to stay happy and keep the faith that good things would happen. Thats actually one of the reasons that i love my comp so much, he and I both have a lot of faith. Day after day, we kept searching for "our miracle," We made it to Saturday thinking next week it would come and the phone rang. The other missionaries said they had a reference for us that was suppose to be good. I got excited but I didn't want to jinx so I kept my cool and called the reference right after. I called and a Man answered me and said the following," Elders, I'm a member of the church and i got married 3 months ago, my wife isnt a member but she has gone to church with me every Sunday for 3 months, she has read parts of the B of M and she wants to get baptized to have an eternal family." I heard that and my excitement level was through the roof, Elder Green and I were going nuts in the apartment and the next we went to visit her and she accepted a baptismal date for the 20th. It reminded me of the scripture in Ether 12:6 you recieve a witness only after the trial of your faith. Along with that, we were able to recieve a few other references and life is starting to look up for us. Some new investigators are coming out of the woodwork and we are hoping to be able to help them out. We have the plain surety that God is going to bless us abundantly for the work we are doing, and we know the question is when? It's a hard sector but we are getting it set up so it yields a lot of fruit. It's a lot like my last sector, and we are hoping for lots of success. This week was a good one. I love you guys and I'll talk to you next week.
Well this week was great. We really got things going and our sector is coming along. We only have on person that is on track to be baptized, but they should start to come quick because we are getting everything set up. Upon the unfortunate discovery that Reeses don't exist in Ecuador, my companion and I decided we'd make one ourselves. So we made one the size of a pizza box if you can imagine that. It was very delicious, and it was definitely worth the 4 bucks it took to build it. We also had some pretty awesome rejections this week while we were contacting. One lady was carrying two big bags of fruit on her back and we wanted to help her. We walked up to her, and I reached out to shake her hand. She looked at me, then at my comp, then at my hand, gave us a look that could almost kill and without saying a word picked up her bags walked around us and left us hangin. That's been a difference in this sector from the others. The people will reject you with power and authority haha. It was good though. This week was a pretty regular week. Not too much happened, and we just worked like crazy so I don't have a whole lot to write this week. I'll send pics. I love you guys and I'll talk to ya next week.
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