Vina Del Mar, Chile

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Week 30: I'm Late I'm Late for a very important ..... Zone Conference!!

Buenas Dias!!

This week was also a good one! I decided to stop being sad and to be awesome instead, True Story :) 

It started with Tuesday. On Tuesday we had a zone conference (A big meeting with lots of missionaries and... PRESIDENT and HIS WIFE). We have to be there at 8 in the morning to be ready for everything. The night before I set the alarm clock for 6 o'clock so that we could do everything we needed to and arrive on time. All night I was having nightmares that we were late to the conference and kept checking my alarm clock. 2:30... 3:30...4:30. After checking the clock for the 3rd or 4th time i decided to relax because the alarm was set. Then I woke up, the alarm still hadn't sounded so I figured it must have been about 5:55. I checked the clock and had a heart attack 7:52!! I couldn't believe my eyes! I checked the phone and my watch and they all said 7:52! I started yelling and running like crazy! We had 8 minutes to get ready and to get to the conference (It takes at least a half hour to get to the conference). I was brushing my teeth while eating breakfast while putting my pants on while tying my shoes all at the same time. I don't know how I did it, but honestly somehow I did. We didn't have time to shower (Gross I know) but we made it out of the apartment by 8 o'clock. We took the bus and made it there by 8:30 which was good because president hadn't arrived and the meeting hadn't started yet. I forgot to shave so I had a little shadow but President didn't notice which was good :) After the conference I checked my alarm clock and somehow the alarm had been changed to 10:34, So I think I might have changed it in my sleep.

But anyways the conference went super well! We learned a lot, spent time with other missionaries, received lessons, advice and help, and did practices. Normally practices aren't too bad, you just get together with another companionship and practice teaching and learn what you do well and what you can improve. But with our luck we ended up doing practices with PRESIDENTS WIFE. I was beyond nervous!! We taught and did pretty well. She told us what she liked and what to improve and then we practiced again and had a good lesson! It was awesome and she said she loved it. So that was definitely a good part. Later in the hallway president commented to me that he heard that we did a good job teaching, which was great to hear :)

To end the conference that was so awesome was we got to watch MEET THE MORMONS in Spanish! It was awesome to watch a movie and the fact that I understood it in Spanish made me feel even better :) I loved it and the stories really inspired me to continue teaching and helping families encounter the gospel :)

I am still teaching English classes and doing everything that I can to make them interesting. This last week we took a tour of the church and they learned words of things in the church (Knife, fork, spoon, picture, oven, stove, plate, bowl, bathroom, toilet, sink, faucet, mirror, broom, and things like that) Then we learned some verbs and played charades. The best part was a younger boy (10 years old) was trying to say fork. But in the process he started saying it wrong and started dropping the F-Bomb! Knowing him he wasn't trying to do that and didn't know what he was doing. But I died laughing, it was super funny :) 

This week Sunday was wonderful and really strengthened my testimony about fasting. I fasted this Sunday and the blessings came. P an 11 year old investigator came to church for the first time and loved it. He has said he would come for many weeks but this week he finally came :) 

M couldn't come because he is in Santiago with his dad for the weekend but he is still going to be baptized on April 12th :)

A miracle happened!! On Saturday we were passing by future investigators and doing contacts and we went to a house and encountered a lady who the missionaries before us contacted. She told us that she didn't want anything, and didn't believe in Joseph Smith, that she believed in God and Jesus. My younger missionary self would have said "Okay thank you, have a good day" but the spirit told me to try to help her feel that the gospel is true. I started talking and sharing part of a lesson and then bore my testimony. After that she said that she really couldn't talk to us because her husband needed help with stuff but that she wanted to go to church to see what it was like. We told her where it was but I didn't expect anything out of it. Then on Sunday right after the sacrament the door opened and in she came! And not only did she come to church, but she brought her 2 sons and her husband! All four of them came to church! We have an appointment with them on Tuesday because right after church she turned to me and said "I loved it :)". I really believe that they are chosen by god and are going to accept baptism. Another reason to Fast! :)

All in all we have 2 investigators with baptismal dates, P and M, and we have the opportunity to talk to 4 more people (the people who came to church).

We have changes this Wednesday and I am pretty sure I am leaving Villa Dulce, but we will see :)

I love you all! Stay Golden!

Elder Nielson :)

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