Saturday, January 30, 2016

Week 49

Monday, January 25, 2016

 Hi mom!!!!

I am ok today!! I got a call that I wasn't expecting... I am an STL now :) Exciting but terrifying too!!! I am ready for this new adventure and I am excited to be what the Lord needs me to be, that is what I signed up for right :)

Milaor is good, it is still Milaor with people and it is still thriving :) I am sad that I am transferring, but I am excited for my companion and her follow up trainer :) so I have like four minutes, so Ima just bear my testimony!!!

I know that this church is true. I know that the book of Mormon is true, and I know that it really does bring us closer to God. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father that really does love us more than we can physically comprehend! I know that he knows everything about us and he knows how to help us, and he will give us the help that we need even if it isn't the help that we wanted or the help that we hoped for,  but it is the help that will shape us into what He wants us to be.

I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ never leave us alone, and that they are always right there with us in times of trials and that they carry us when we are no longer able to walk, they strengthen us when we are down and feel that there is no way out, they pick us up when we cry and they tells us its ok and help us get back to the right path and come closer to them. I know that because Father and His Son, Jesus Christ love us, Jesus Christ died for us. I know that life is not easy and that it is not always what we expected, but it is always what we need!

I love you all and I hope that you all have a good week!!!! next week I will email better :)

Love Sister Emma Nelson!!!!!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 48...Dad

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hi Dad!!!!

I am ok :) I feel a lot better than I have in a couple weeks, and The work is going good :).  I never thought that I would have another foriegen companion after sister Saua unless I became an STL, and I really don't want that to happen, and then I never thought that I would be good enough to train a person that doesn't know Tagalog.... Like I realized this morning that I understand, but I dont understand every word.... And like all of that... but I understand them enough to teach and to talk and all of that, but then I realize that I still really suck at Tagalog... But I am cool with it.... I feel bad for my kasama right now.... She deserves a lot better trainer than what she got :)

I have a story of how I killed a whole family of cockroaches... This is how it goes.... Once upon a time in Milaor Naga appartment, there was a leak under the sink and it stunk to high heaven and not only was there a leak, but there what a bunch of junck left over from other sister missionaries that left  about 6 months ago... Well Sister Nelson thought that it was sooooo gross that there was old rice and dirty water under the sink, and that might be why their appratment stank, so Sister Nelson, even though they should have has two hour companion study, and then go to the baptism they have that afternoon, she clean under the sink!!!!!!!!!@

well while she did this, she sang her song of EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And then at the very last part, she found the sorce of ALLLLLLLLLLL their cockroach problems.... There was a huge family!!!!!! And so because sister Nelson has now become brave, she grabbed the bug killer and sprayed it under the sink singing a new song saying "PATAY!!!!! PATAY KAYONG LAHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! And then they all died, the kitchen was put back together and then Sister Nelson and Sister Gonzaga went to their baptism and they lived happily ever after!!!!!!!!

Love you daddy,

Sister Emma Kate Nelson

Week 48

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hi mom!!!!

I am ok :) I am a lot better than last week and the week before that and the week before that too.... I am just all around a lot more happier :) I found out that I lost about 12-15 pounds and that made me happy :) I got that juice, the aloe vera juice... The one that you said to get and that sister Reeder recommended :) I don't like it, it is really sour and nasty tasting, but I take it because I love you and I love sister Reeder and because it was expensive.... I also really need it to survive... :) So I do it :) um.... This has been a better week than I thought that it would be :) I love my mission president and his wife and I am so happy that they are here :). I am feeling a lot better :) And so it has made it a lot better with our investigators :)

We finally have some good investigators that can progress and really do have the potential to be baptized... I am so happy and excited :)

Sister Rosalie is one of them :) She is a referral from one of our investigators! I gained a testimony this week of referrals talaga! I know that there are people that are ready for the gospel that we can't find if we don't use referrals. Like part members and just other referrals that come from others... I know that they are amazing! Anyways! so we had taught her once and then we hadnt been able to teach her again, and so the other day, we were out and our one appointment wasnt there, and so I said lets go see if she is there, and so we did and she was there and she was ready to listen! She has such an willing heart and is so ready to listen to the gospel! She said that she believes in the bible and the experiences that she shared with it are amazing and it was an amazing lesson! She then willingly accepted a baptismal date! It was awesome! I just about fell to the ground with excitement!!!! We have struggled for so long with that!!!!

And then we had another Nanay that we extended a baptismal date, and she said yes, and then hopefully she will be able to come to church next Sunday!!!! and then we got some awesome member referrals and part member referrals and I am just so excited to go to work and to see this awesome work progress here in Milaor!!!!! I know that this is all true! It was just a really good rewarding week!

I love my companion!!!!! She is so funny and she has one of the biggest bestest hearts that I know :) I learn so much form her everyday and in every lesson! She makes me happy and I am so happy to be her companion right now :)

I hope that you all stay happy this week! I know now with out a doubt that we have a Heavenly Father and that he loves us and that he weeps with us when we are sad. He never ever EVER gets angry with us, he only becomes a little disappointed with our choices but he always loves us and he will always give us blessings and ways to feel his love :)

Mahal ko kayo!!!! Ingat kayo palagi!!!!!

Love Sister Emma Kate Nelson :)

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Week 47

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hi Mom!!!!

Thank you mom for that awesome email with the amazing story! I think that is what I have needed for the longest time, actually this whole transfer :) I have been struggling with being depressed and with being happy, and just over stressing myself! I know that I just need to remember to take time and see and listen and all that other stuff to make things good and happy in this time of my life where I really won't get it again! Thank you for being so happy and for being inspired to send that to me! I love it!

So this has been a really good week. I have struggled with anxiety and depression, and a lot of other emotions because I have been feeling that all that I have been doing hasn't added up to anything and that I just keep messing up and failing at this work, but I learned a lot this week and saw a lot of miracles that helped me realize that I am not failing or doing anything wrong. I remember that there is this one EFY song that says God must like broken things because it is only when we are broken that he can fix us and make us better! It is a hard and challenging process, but I know that it is possible!!! I know that he only does it for our benefit, and to make us who he wants us to be!

I love my companion! Sister Sulunga! She is amazing and has an amazing testimony and is very diligent in her studies and makes me happy and laugh everyday! I am happy that we are companions and that God made everything possible for us to be companions at this time :). We had some good work this week and she did amazing! She is soo funny and I love her!

So!!!!!! We have investigators this week finally!!!!! So one night we were Oyming, and we talked to this one sister, Sister Rosie, and she was like I don't have time but you can come back tomorrow, and so we gave her an articles of faith thing and we just prayed that she would be there for our return appointment. So the next day we went back and she was waiting for us! So we started to talk and we asked her if she read the Articles of Faith, and she said yes! So we totally taught the Restoration with the Articles of Faith and it was such an amazing lesson and then she said she would pray! Well on Saturday we went back and she said she prayed and that she knew that it was true!!!! I wanted to fall off my chair I was so shocked! This was just an OYM! I was so happy!

And then there is another one Sister Mariam. She is pretty cool too! We taught her and she was like ok, but she said that she would come to church and just see what it is like, I am so excited about them, and hopefully they will progress and will come to church next week!

Then we got a member referral! It was also a good lesson, the referral really began to trust us and to listen, and it was so awesome! I love her and I am so excited to go back and teach her, hopefully she is at home this week!

It has been a good week with work and everything! We had a Philippines Area Brodcast last night, and the area presidency talked about their goals this year and the next five years, and how we can achieve them and just continue to build the church and become stronger as a whole! It was really good :).

My health is ok. I am still alive right?! I am ok really though... I like the weight-loss, so I won't really complain, Sister Reeder said last night to go and spend PHP 900 and buy some alovera juice for my immune system. I told her that I think I am ok, but if it gets really bad, I think I might, but right now I think that I am ok :) I still eat a lot of food promise :).

We had zone training this week, and it was really awesome! It was such a good one. We got a new standard of Excellence for this year and it went higher, and I stressed over that, but it is ok because they, the zone leaders, talked about Faith and Obedience and how that is hope we can achieve the new standard of excellence! I know that it will be hard to achieve this but! I know we can do it because God trusts us! I love it and I am ready to rock these up coming weeks!

So I love being able to see all the miracles that happen in our lives every single day! It makes life just a little more sweet by looking for Him and for trying to do what he needs us to do! We had exchanges this week and everything was going pretty good! But I learned a lot! I learned a lot about myself, and things that I need to do and need to change and be so that God can make me what he wants!

I love you all and I hope that you all have an awesome week! I am so excited to work this week :) Have an awesome week Loves!

Love Sister Emma Kate Nelson!

Week 46

Monday, January 4, 2016

Hi Mom!

I am good on this nice Philippines day :) It is really early in the morning, and it is going to be a good day :) I am excited for p day, and for this next week :) It was a good but kinda hard and long week last week, so we shall see how this week goes :) We are excited to work hard and to become ever better missionaries right now in our missions! I love my aki and I think that she is so amazing and I am so grateful to be her companion everyday! She has such a good heart and a really strong testimony. She makes me laugh all the time :). I love her to death!

Nanay Elizabeth is good. We got her to tell us if she smoked or not, and after like 5 times of asking her if she smoked and if she was telling the truth we were finally like, Nay! Brother Eugene told us that you have been smoking! And then she said Oo, when I go to the CR... And we were like, well... ok, at least she told us and we were able to move on from there.... our next lesson was then about being honest and about not procrastinating the day of our repentance! soooo..... It was a good lesson! um, we found a lot of new investigators this week! I am excited to return to them. They have a lot of potential to progress, all we have to do is get them to church! We are so excited this next week!

I am ok.... I have still felt a little better... Besides that, I am good. my stomach still hurts sometimes... but I hope that changes this week as I start eating healthier this new year! Ima come home skinny :) Thats honestly my goal :) but of course, the work of the Lord comes first and is way more important than that silly goal, basta that is one of my goals, so Ima try it :).

Oh yeah!!!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!!! I have decided there is no better way to celebrate new years than the way they do it in the Philippines!!!!!!! It makes me happy!!! Like there were more fireworks than there are there on the fourth of July!!!!! It was so much fun!!!! We also got some good pictures!!!! But Those will be some other time when I have a computer that will read my card reader.... dang it.... I even told myself today I would send you all some pictures!!!!

I love your thought! It is so amazing! I love the conference Ensign! It has been good to feast my soul on that and then the Ensign just in general! I love the prophets and how every month we get new food, and then every day when we read our scriptures we get food.  It may be our favorite scripture that we learned something new, or it may be a scripture that we have never read before with a whole bunch of meaning! I realized that's why the scriptures never get boring to us, is because they are always full of new insights that we have never seen before, and then I thought that only God could do something like that :). It was a cool thought in my personal study yesterday!

I love you all so much! have a good week!

Love Sister Emma Nelson!

Week 45

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hi mom!!

I am ok today! I had a good weekend nothing too exciting... I just had a wonderful experience fasting. I know that it is true, and that it really does work! I love being a missionary, and partaking of the sacrament! It makes me happy and I love my savior more and more as I keep the Sabbath Day holy. It makes everything better :). This work with the right attitude will make anyone and everyone happy :D So It is amazing to see that in my life!

I don't know the temperature here.... I kinda don't want to. I just know that it is hot and that it will only get hotter before I come home :) I miss being cold. Of course the snow comes the year I am not home :) Hahahahahaha So about talking about unnormal things, after we got off of skpye, I realized that we didn't really talk about anything important.... We just sat there and talked like we always do :)

Being a part of Family Prayer was my highlight! I miss that talaga! And then just feeling like I am home... It was awesome!

Nothing really exciting happened this weekend talaga... We got nanay Elizabeth to be honest with us.... That took a  while, and it hurt me.... Hurt that she was lying to us.... But at least she told us. :)

um... Sorry it is really short... I told you everything on Saturday :) just Please pray for the area.....

I love you all have an awesome week!

Oh! I will send my testimony next week :) Maybe :) Kung may time....

Love Sister Emma Nelson

Week 44

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hi mom!!!!

I am ok today, I am still alive and smiling! It is a nice warm day here in the Philippines... I don't really feel like it is Christmas because it is still August here... Maybe if it were more cold and like home I would be more homesick, but I am cool with it! I am happy that I am here and not thinking about home too much :)

I survived transfers! I have a Hawaiian companion, and she is amazing! She is so diligent and hard working in the language and in being a missionary :). I love her tons and tons! I know that I am meant to be her trainer and that she is meant to be my aki. I know that all that happened for her to be here know is she was just waiting for me to finally be ok and to be ready to train her :)

Sister Gonzaga went to Pamplona and my other kabahay got transferred too! So it has been a very long, hard week..... Adjusting and making everything ok. I am ok right now, my stomach has been sick. Like for a while every time I ate, I couldn't eat a lot, and it just hurt, but now! I am ok, I love food again, but I want to keep what I lost off, so its a lot of water and Gatorade, and fruit and veggies. I got this!

So we had some amazing lessons this week! We taught a recent convert, Brother Leaolpldo, and he has one of the best testimonys that I have ever seen... In the last six weeks this was my first time to teach him, but he opened right up to us and he has an amazing testimony! I love him! Sometimes for tatays, I would just love to hug them because they are the sweetest people ever!

We also taught nanay Elizabeth.... She is struggling with some WOW Problems... I have some problems with this ward, so I am at a loss with what to do with her... But it is ok, because I talked with President Reeder :) I love him too! Anyways...

I really will send my testimony next week!!!!! Do you want it in English or Tagalog? Enjoy your Star Wars!!! on Tuesday! I will see you all on Friday!!!!!!! Have an amazing week!

Mahal ko kayo!!!!

Love Sister Emma Kate "Lulu" Nelson

Philippines Naga Mission