Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stocks are through the roof!!

Hey there everybody!

Well it's been just another good week this week. First things first... we baptized somebody!  We baptized Ryslan and Tatyana!  Oh man that was a pretty cool experience, Iwas able to perform the baptism for Ryslan and it was all good.  We hope he stays just as solid and keeps everything in order, he's got a couple funny ideas in the head, but is very solid in the doctrine and has read just about everything.  Elder Broekhuijsen was able to Baptize tatyana because he served here forever and so she loves him.  It was a good evening...so there you go.  Good times.

As far as other things go, I am glad that the last weeks e mail was appreciated, and the little references for making the top 10 list with that, those remarks were very much appreciated.  I guess I gotta write 9 more of those to make it a legit list of 10.  Anyways, it sounds like everybody is just having their own good time back at the ranch.  Crazy to think how much time has passed by since we even just talked on skype and just everything that is going on.  Even the lone peak knights are moving on with out me.  Haha I was also able to get a letter this week from Kim Jensen and had a ton of fun looking at those pictures.  Good heck, I think Preston could eat me if he wanted....gosh I was laughin so hard at those pictures.  Preston's side of the truck is about rubbin the ground and Tanner's havin to hang on so that he didn't get thrown into the air!  Haha and cal looks really pumped to be on the railroad tracks.  Haha I love it.   I hope tanner is havin a good time, it sounds like he is getting a run for his money down there in Brazil.  That's way awesome to hear about him.  Also got a fun letter from Aunt Tana, thank you!  Anyways, just a few fun random things...as far as weather goes its strangly warm, it snowed a bunch and then yesterday the snow turned into rain.  So that was really fun to trudge around in, but it sounds like tomorrow we'll wake up to some chillier stuff.  Just a lil update.  Just another random thing, that perhaps was my last visa trip of that type because they have come out with three year visa's.  However, there is a migration card that we have in the visa that has to get renewed every 6 months and so we might just have a quick jaunt outta the country that doesn't require a second passport every 6 months.  But there are a whole bunch of complications that are surfacing right now with that, so we will see.  Anyways, kinda interesting.  I will also keep a keen eye peeled for a package coming in, thanks for taking care of me!

Well, as far as other things that went on around here, there isn't a ton of craziness to report on besides the baptism.  We were able to do exchanges with the zone leaders here in Samara (both my old companions- Elders broekhuijsen and my trainer Elder Christensen) which was a good time as always.  Probably my favorite parts of mission work are the exchanges.  Anyways, I was able to go with Elder Christensen on a lesson to good ol' Natasha and Masha in our old area and that was super fun.  They made geneology trees at school, and so Masha made "Chris Nilson" a geneology tree.  pretty cute.  That will definitely go in the "mission stuff" box when I'm back home.  We have been super blessed with a bunch of other lessons and things going through and a bunch of new investigators we have been finding.  It's funny, we are busy with different administrative stuff and things that just interfere with doing normal missionary work (transfer schedules, visa trips, any other problems, etc.) but it's been the most amount of lessons that actually go through, and even as I said, my first baptism.  Pretty cool how Heavenly Father helps us out, and it goes to show that it definitely isn't us who makes it happen, it's Heavenly Father.  Good Stuff.  The baptism was a very gratifying experience, at the end we were able to have a few minutes for testimonies and both Tatyana and Ryslan just said how grateful they were for the missionaries and for the chance to be in the church and things. it is good to see how the gospel can take root and help to change and bless any person's life, regardless of the circumstances.  We are pretty blessed to have had that for our entire lives to impact us in all aspect of life.  Pretty humbling.

Other than that, I am drawing a blank on other things that we had happen this week, but it was a good one.  We are super blessed with such a great mission president and Elder Taylor and I have such a good opportunity to work with him.  Like I said, we have that office meeting once a week and then we meet just us two and president to discuss different things.  This week, we were finalizing this next transfer and he just took a minute to pour out some wisdom on us at the end.  He is a very inspired man, he is definitely one of my role models.  It will be a different place when they go home in July.  We are in good hands here.

Well I think that does it for my rambling on of random thoughts this week.  Hope you all have a good week and that you are able to keep the spirit in everything you do.  Sure love you, see ya next week!

Elder Nielson

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