Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Allllllllooooohhhhaaa Oe

Well, I've started to tell people how long I've been out on my mission instead of just the "about a year" answer (I did that so I wouldn't have to explain to every person I meet my plans for after my mission haha) but I'm over 18 months now and my ministerial certificate has expired so I've started to really realize how soon my mission will be over. It's definitely been an interesting experience for me and I've learned soo many things, but most importantly, I feel like by this choice to serve, many other people were able to learn about Jesus CHrist, come closer to Him, and change their lives for the better. Not every single person I talked to was baptized, or even wanted to meet with missionaries, but I did my best to "invite others to come unto Christ" in any way I could. And I've been able to feel the Holy Ghost apart of this work, guiding, comforting, healing, cleansing, etc and I'm so grateful that God has given me this opportunity to grow personally and to serve others in countless ways. 

This past week has been full of the visitors' center and online. I had many experiences (as usual) with people wanting to Bible Bash or argue about different doctrines and teachings and history. I know I can't explain or answer every question people have, but everyone's concerns or questions are soo all over the place, that it really is so true that with just the Bible, there is no way to have the answers to all the questions people throw at us. Honestly if it wasn't for the Book of Mormon and modern revelation, there is no way for us to know clearly all the truths of the gospel or the answers to some of life's biggest questions. So I've been more appreciative of the gospel in that way. God really has shown a great amount of love for continuing to try to give His children the gospel!

I know that God loves us and wants the best for us, every if we can't recognize it ourselves, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that his priesthood authority and power is on the earth today, and that when we are obedient to the commandments our lives are blessed soooo much!! These are things I've come to know more. Oh and also that the Book of Mormon does draw me closer to Jesus Christ. When we make time to study the word of God, we will know what we need to do!

I'm going to be home so soon, but I know that life will continue to get better and if we put our trust in Jesus Christ, everything will be okay! 


Sister Nielsen

Tuesday, July 18, 2017



This week has been really great. We had our ward camp, exchanges with our sister training leaders, new bishopric in the ward, and of course many miracles/people who's lives are being changed by the gospel!
My Sister Training leader suggested I tell a little about the poeple we meet in one day's shift in our VC haha. Every day has  new people and different experiences, but example is Wednesday
At first we did some online which I forgot to write down about the people from online (sorry! haha), but then we came out to the front and Kealoha (the sort of homeless guy that hangs out at the VC) walked in and said "guys! Someone stole my moped! but at least I found this glass ball on the beach" and walked away haha. Then came in this rockclimber lady from New Zealand. We got a nice little "tour" with her and shared about the temple, next was this young couple, the boyfriend is a super strong member, and the girl isn't, and got to share the blessings of the gospel, then this part member family that was so funny, the members kept making it so awkward for us to talk to their nonmember family. There was this japanese tour bus that stopped in, then a Russian bright yellow tour van stop through, and of course Chinese buses! These sweet young adult girls from Canada came in wondering what the temple was and we got to give a super great tour to them and share about the gospel. Next this man who looked a little scruffy came in named Brian. He needed some food cause he is homeless. So we talked to him for a bit and he has an interesting story. He is also a missionary in his own sense, he fasted 10 days, almost died, and Apu the tuna fish man on big island nurtured him back to health haha, and he shares how God is real, but also he's on the search for his future wife (who he's seen in a dream-she's from Spain, but maybe not living in Spain... it's a long story haha), anyways, our wards bishop was the one assigned to get him food, so he went to the ward camp! So we got to see Brian a lot this week!! Even today!), and then on the tram, this wonderful family from California came in. 4 teenager kids and then a red haired mom, and mexican dad, and they were soooo "golden". They are Catholic but don't understand any of the beliefs and are really interested to learn more! 

Every day is different, and different people bring different experiences, but I'm so happy to be serving here in such a unique place. I can't even explain any of what happened, and the spirit that is here is so hard to explain, but I know that every person that comes here is guided and is helped along their path, even if it's just a little closer to God. 

I love love love ya and sorry to say it, but I can't think of any good souvenirs so far, so none of ya might get something hahah. But You can have me back! I'm getting excited to come home, but also very sad and can't really believe this is almost over and I'm leaving this place. I really love it.

Love you!

Sister Nielsen

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

My beautiful 4th of July Lunch haha

I am loving that today is my preparation day. We got to spend this afternoon with one of my favorite families here. Sister Jones is my mother in mission haha, always caring for us! It was fun :) We started this day stuffed with assorted meats and probably will end the day that way too :) GO hawaii!! haha

So this week has really flown by. I still love it, and have really seen the difference God can make in our lives when we ask. I kept talking to all the people that did NOT want to talk to missionaries in the VC and was being really rejected haha, but I said a prayer to God and in the end of the day we were able to have some very good conversations and be able to testify and share copies of the Book of Mormon with many wonderful people. I know that we don't always see the good we are doing, but I’m grateful that God let me see some of the seeds I planted! 

Elder Swintons usual speech on VC stats lol so cool though!
I really loved the training we had today, and just wanted to share a little of it. Elder Swinton was teaching us how our testimonies are like brick walls. Some peoples testimonies might be complete and full (so rare) but most of us have some pieces of testimony that we really know concerning different doctrines and such. When we really remember and look back we can remember some or many different experiences or spiritual experiences that have lead to our testimony of that certain thing, but there still might be pieces missing. That's okay, and we are all on our journey. The key is that we keep learning and searching, and as we go, God will teach us piece by piece, the truths so we can have a stronger and stronger faith and knowledge of the restored gospel. I loved it. I don't know if it makes sense from what I'm saying haha, but I really do know that through Jesus Christ we can find forgiveness, healing and overcome any evil or fears in our life. Also that through the priesthood is one of the ways we can access those blessings. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!!! Love you so much! 
Sister Nielsen

Cutie Sister Hamano 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


(Our president put a limit on our emailing lately haha so only one hour and so it's hard to cover everything, but at least I can just tell you more later in person...) 

Sooo this transfer has been so wonderful. I seriously want to cry of so much gratitude. I LOVE sister Hamano. She is about the sweetest thing ever, and practically perfect (except learning English haha but that makes her even cuter because she says the funniest things) I am SOOO happy she is my last companion. I hope you all meet her someday haha. Being in Laie 4th is also a blessing for me because now that it's summer, it's more realistic to help people in our little time we have :) 

We do have hours of studies and need to spend muchos time online, but we did get to go visit a few wonderful people and to me it was a huge blessing to be able to catch several of the part member families home and set return apts, because that is soo hard to do here with everyone working all the time and school Summer is the best!! Plus ward camp is coming soon so I"m so excited about that to help these less active families get there!

Because Sister Hamano is learning English, we aren't able to get huge quatities of online referrals just because we are focusing on understanding what the person even said haha, but I really trust that the interactions I pick up will be those who will still be interested even if it's not right away. One of the referrals i sent is really progressing which is so fun because it's to a sister I served with in Honolulu so I could even see pictures of him :) Such a fun experience to see the faces of the people we work with. Also a cutie that got baptized named Dorothy sent me a picture of her baptism. She is so cute, I'll forward the picture :) 

I don't want this transfer to fly by but most of all, I hope that it can be a transfer of many miracles and spiritual experiences for those we meet! 
Love you!!!

Sister Nielsen

We got to go to Sister Hamano's sister's wedding and reception

Monday, June 19, 2017

Last Transfer


Well I had my last transfer news of my mission. Ah!!!!! We played a fancy version of "hot potato" that somehow led us to find out who our comps would be and our new areas. So I'm going to get to stay in the Laie 4th ward which I am so happy about, and also will be training again Sister Hamano! I served with her older sister but she's serving in the same mission! How cute :). She's from Japan, and her sister is getting married in Laie on the 24th haha so I'll get to attend my first live sealing!! Whoohoo exciting ;) 

This last week really flew by! One of my cute online referrals got baptized. She texted me from her new phone "I got baptized today and tomorrow will get confirmed"... and I was thinking WHO IS THIS. this is such good news for someone haha. But happy it was Lalaine!! I love getting to work with people from all over the world and be able to share the opportunity to teach people alongside their local missionaries. 

Also we were able to spend 7 hours in our area (that's a lot for us hahaha) this week, and were able to visit soo many wonderful families. I'm sort of surprised how many part member families there are, but each has their own personal challenges and concerns, so we try our best to follow the spirit.

I've loved having 3 different comps this transfer, it's been a little crazy, but learned so much. And I am so grateful for one more transfer to learn and learn and learn, and to serve the best that I can and give it all to the Lord! I am glad to finish in the Summer when it will be so busy too. The miracles will come as we follow the spirit and do our best!

Love you all so much.

Sister Nielsen

Monday, June 12, 2017

Aloha :)

This week sort of just flew by. Everything feels weird, it's like a new transfer but only 2 weeks long. So I haven't felt so productive in my proselyting area just because the schedule is changed to cover both mine and my new comps' shifts/areas. It's been good though. There are definitely amazing members here that take good care of us, so I'm grateful. And in the visitors' center, this week it seemed like there were many Persians. We got the opportunity to teach them a little bit and share about the Book of Mormon or family, and I'm hoping that they really take the challenge to heart to read the Book of Mormon we gave them. Those people are so kind though and after spending only like 15-20 minutes with them, I feel like I'm great friends with all of them. But I can't imagine being VC sister without the online system and having the chance to keep in touch. But I learned how people from ANYWHERE can be touched by the spirit. It's a blessing from God to ALL of his children.

Also our trio had 13 baptisms this week online haha. Well Sister Park had 11 because a huge Nigerian family got baptized this week. Such an unexpected miracle haha grateful to be able to be happy for them. And they're going to be going back to Nigeria and possibly the dad will be a branch president. Crazy crazy haha. Things are going good for us. I feel like a mom haha. 

Don't forget to read the first presidency message by our Prophet! :) https://www.lds.org/liahona/2017/06/called-to-the-work?cid=HP_TU_30-5-2017_dPFD_fLHNA_xLIDyL1-A_&lang=eng

getting packages
Love you muchos!

Sister Nielsen
Trio love
One of my favorite families

Monday, June 5, 2017

Goodbye Sis Eagle


This morning I had to send Sister Eagle off so she can go home and recover from her ankle break. Sad sad. And now I'll be in a trio with the sisters I live with, Sisters Staheli and Park. I've never had comps for just 2 weeks so it'll be interesting. 

Even with our days all messed up and limited time online, there were several blessings and miracles :) I love how a simple request for a free Bible can go many different ways. When we make the call to confirm, each person we talk to has such different concerns or lives that it makes it impossible to truly help them without the spirits' guidance. We try to help them to meet with missionaries but most importantly, to give them a positive and spiritual experience that they will look forward to the missionaries. We had the sweetest lady we called, Denise, who was really struggling and feeling really alone. I felt like it was such a blessing that we can call people anywhere anytime and right when she needed someone to talk to, two girls called her up about a free Bible haha. But really, and I know she felt God's love through us. I love those moments to be an instrument in God's hands. That's the biggest joy of mission and also I know after mission I can also receive promptings to follow. 
Oh also always fun to find out when the referrals I sent and people I met online got baptized!!! I love to hear their conversion stories, and remembering how important this work is because it changes peoples' lives!! Darkness into Light (which I heard this video is really great!! by the way haha https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2016-01-011-choose-the-light?lang=eng)

Keep the faith, choose the right, and be kind to everyone you meet!!

Love Sister Nielsen :)