Vina Del Mar, Chile

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Week 40: The Spirit of God like a fire is burning

Buenos Dias!

This week was such a wonderful week! A week of Miracles, even more miracles, and good news!

This week we got some really good news! Our branch and the district (like a stake) have finally been approved to become a ward and a stake! This is big and I am going to be here for the conference with the general authority and everything! It is going to be super awesome and super exciting! :)

This week we were door tracting (knocking on doors and doing contacts). We knocked on the door of a house and no one answered, so we knocked again, no one answered, so we knocked a third time. No one answered so we started looking up the direction of an old investigator who lived close by. After a minute of looking some music turned on in the house the we had just knocked at. At first I was kind of frustrated, because that meant that someone was there but didn't want to answer us. But after hearing the song for like 30 seconds I decided I really liked the song and decided to knock on the door just to ask what the name of the song was... and do you know what happened!?! Yeah that's right, they didn't answer... so I didn't get to know what the name of the song was.

This week we encountered some little girls who have been going to church for a year but aren't baptized so we went to their house and talked to their mom (A less active) and asked her if we could baptize them. She said yes, but that we had to ask permission from her husband on the weekend (when he would be home from work). So all week we taught them lessons and started preparing them for the baptism. Finally the weekend came and we went to their house after church to talk with their dad. We got their and he was busy so we had a lesson with them and then asked again if they could get baptized. Them mom called in the dad and we asked him. And he said no, that they are too young to make a promise with god and that they think it is just a game. I was just thinking "Fetch, we just lost 2 baptisms right there, how dumb" but I kept talking hoping that we could talk some sense into him, and that is when the spirit decided to take control. We talked about baptism and repentance, and then the spirit just took full control. I started sharing a very passionate testimony about repentance and life experience and baptism and the holy ghost. I had no Idea what I was saying, the Spirit was just putting the words into my mouth. Everyone was looking at me stunned and amazed, and in that moment I recognized the power and authority I had. After sharing that we asked the girls about why they go to church and they answered "to learn about Jesus and God" and I was about to say to their dad "Look, they are going to church for the right reasons, what more do you want?" But I didn't and decided to ask one more question. "And why do you like to learn about Jesus and God?" The girls (9 and 11) answered " To be happy, to get closer to him and to..." Then everything got quiet and they started crying and she said "And to help my mommy and my daddy" When she said that a spiritual bomb exploded. The whole family started crying and we sat in silence for about a minute. Then the dad said "I didn't know they felt that way" and then more silence. After that we shared more and let the spirit teach. It was so intense and so powerful. I have never had a lesson like that in my whole mission! It was amazing. In the end we got permission to baptize the girls this weekend! And the spirit was so strong that the other kids (15 and 19) accepted the invitation to be baptized. I don't know if I have ever felt the spirit so strongly, but in that moment I received a strong testimony about the spirit and the power of the spirit.

That was our week in a nutshell. I know that this is the Church of God and that He loves us. I Know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet Called of god to restore the fullness for the gospel.

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!

Stay Golden!
Elder Nielson :)


  1. What a wonderful letter! He's an amazing guy!

  2. Dear Missionary Mom,
    My daughter is serving in Vina del Mar. Your son, Taylor is her District Leader. He seems like a wonderful missionary. I am so happy I came across your BLOG. He writes very well! I am so happy you have such a great son! He has been out the same amount of time as my daughter. They were also in the Mexico MTC together and arrived in Vina on the same day back in October. I saw their picture on the Vina Mission Blog. We are from Pocatello, Idaho. Where are you from. Thank you again for raising such a great boy. I am glad he is doing so well. I love the pictures....a few of my daughter are in there. They look so happy! Blessings to you! Sincerely, Sister M. Graham Chubbuck, Idaho

  3. Hello,

    Sorry I did not get back to you sooner. I am not used to having people comment on my sons blog. That is so great that our missionaries get to work together. Taylor says the Sis Missionaries in his district are, I quote "the BOMB". He says that they are amazing. So thank you for your amazing daughter. I know exactly who she is from the pictures :)!
    He did mention Idaho for the win because there were three in the district from Idaho. We are from Boise. I travel through Pocatello every so often because I go to Idaho Falls a few times a year. Such a small world. IWe should meet for lunch on of these times. Swap stories.
    I am glad to hear that he is treating those young ladies right. Otherwise he would have to answer to his mom. Even from far away HAHAHA.
    Thank you for the kind words. I know that those missionaries are doing great things. Just the amazing smiles on their faces even when they have had particularly hard days or weeks.
    Thank you for reaching out and for your kind words.
    Hope to hear from you again soon.