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Monday, June 22, 2015

1 exchange, 2 mental institutions, and 3 crazy people later.....

Alrighty, so here we are. Back to Monday..... It was quite the week... I can't even start to explain it all... I guess I will have to start from the beginning.
Monday: It was a pretty good Pday. We didn't have much to do, so we went and looked around some of the tourist shops in Charlottetown. I stoped and bought a hoodie from one of the stores.
It says "Cool as a Moose". I love it! We also stopped in to the City Hall and got Charlottetown pins to add to my collection. That was pretty much our whole Pday. That evening we had a lesson with a new investigator, and his uncle who is a member. That was fun! It's always great to have people to work with. After the lesson we drove out to New Brunswick to start our exchange with the Zone Leaders.

Tuesday: Now this is where the crazy starts. The Zone Leaders had MLC for most of the morning, so we didn't get to do much there... Afterwards we stopped by a potential investigator that the sisters gave us. He fell through, that was a little bit of a bummer. We went back to the apartment to do a little work on the Area Book, and we got a call from the Sisters saying that one of the members had called them and their wife had had a stroke about a month ago, and nobody had been there to see her. He asked if we would be able to go and to give her a blessing, and afterwards if we could stop by in the other hospital to see him and read some scriptures with him. Happily we obliged...  We went and gave the blessing (This lady was not all there.... It was weird....) and then went to find the "other hospital". Little did we know that the hospital that he was in was a mental institution.... and I mean, the kind of place where Horror Movies and Video Games take place... This place was SKETCHY! We ran into so many crazy people... Screaming, and shouting, and being insane... It was super great, ya know.... While we were meeting with the member, we kept getting interrupted by people popping in to say things, and steal bibles, and talk about how they are God... It was strange... I wasn't all too impressed... I'm glad I made it out alive! We topped off the day by having supper with the Ward Mission Leader and his family. They are great!
I taught Elder B the correct face for selfies!

Wednesday: District Meeting here in Charlottetown. There was some other crazy that happened during the day, but that is a little less discussable, so sorry... After all that was done, we drove back to NB to switch back companions. On the way there we had to stop and get Cow's Icecream. It's supposed to be the best icecream in Canada. It's GREAT! We looked at the ingredients, and found out why it's super great. They use 16% milk... So basically that one icecream cone is probably the most fattening thing I have ever eaten in my life... YUM! 
Elder B drew a turtle and selfied with it with my camera...

Thursday: Basically, we just put in tons of finding hours on Thursday. We were really behind, so we worked all day. Nothing really new to report on that one.

Friday: Weekly Planning. And chips and salsa. That is how we survive weekly planning. We had our final interviews with President Leavitt before he leaves next week. That's pretty weird. That was probably the last time I'll see him in person. Strange. We had some lessons set up, but they ducked out on us... Again, not completely a waste, because I got Tim's out of it! We finished up the night with a YSA activity. The YSA are crazy. I love them! It ended up in a USA vs Canada debate. It always does. 'MURCA! 

Saturday: Lots of finding, and we visited a couple of Less Active members. That's about it....
Flying the American Flag at Boom Burger - that's what's up!

Sunday: Lots of finding. Church was fantastic. I love church. It's pretty much the highlight of my week now! Love it! And then back to finding. Lots and lots of finding. 

There you go, that's my super exciting week. Any questions, comments, concerns, verbal abuse, or cyber bullying, feel free to send me an email! I love getting emails!

Hope you all have a great week!

Hockey hockey, Moose moose, Maple Leaf, Sorry about that, Eh?
Elder Nielsen
Elder A was taking Selfies on my camera.  The revenge?...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

... Butt naked.... It was super awkward....

Hello Hello Hello!
 I forgot to take pictures this week, So I am going to send you all the pictures that I am in from the YSA activities.
Last week we had a "Group Selfie" scavenger hunt for Abstract Nouns... It was pretty interesting.

Another week here in sunny Prince Edward Island!!! Well.... Sunny sometimes.... More like overcast... Well.... More cloudy.... Actually it rains. A lot... But the sun doe come out sometimes! I swear it does! I think it might actually be sunny right now! 

Alright, I'm going to see if I can make up any stories to tell, I can't remember if I actually do anything interesting... Haha

Monday: It was pretty much your average P-Day.... Nothing overly exciting happened. I bought milk... It only cost like $7.30 for a gallon... So that's fun... Food here is really expensive... Especially in Charlottetown in the Summer. We get a cruise ship docking every other day, so that means a lot of people here, and a lot of money to be made in jacking up food prices... It's fun! But yeah... Other than shopping, not too much else... We went out knocking after P-Day was over... Exciting, right :P

Tuesday: We had Zone Conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. It was fun. President and Sister Leavitt's last Zone Conference... In only 2 more weeks we will be getting a new mission president! That's so weird. We had a little bit of an adventure getting to Moncton. GPS's are crazy... They like to take you out into the Boonies, where everything is in french... But we made it safely and alive, and got to see the beautiful back country of New Brunswick. 

Wednesday: It was a pretty long day. Lots of trying to contact potential investigators, and former investigators. No luck... We did some knocking and some street contacting. No luck. So, we finished up the night with a Recent Convert lesson, and then tried a potential investigator that the sisters gave to us... No luck... To top the night off we had a meeting with our Ward Mission leader. Good times all around.

Thursday: I had a Skype call with the Zone Leaders in the morning, and then spent the better part of the day out knocking, and street contacting, and talking to everyone... Nothing yet. We had a lesson with a potential investigator who is the landlord of some of the YSA members. It went really well! We talked a lot, and left him with a copy of The Book of Mormon. We weren't able to have a prayer with him, or set up a return appointment, so he isn't an investigator, but one day he will be! We finished up the night by contacting people down on the Boardwalk  (Side note: One thing I LOVE about PEI is the fact that I am right next to the Ocean ALL THE TIME! I love it! )
The Game? Pudding Pictionary. It is Elder VS Elder Here!
Friday: Weekly Planning. Got to love it. It was a pretty good day. We were able to have a lesson with 2 of our investigators! They are brothers (one of them is 15 and the other is 12). They are doing really well! We had a lesson with a less active couple, and it turned out to be a surprise dinner appointment! It was pretty great! They are such great people! They are working on coming back now. She is pretty much active, and she just went to the temple for the first time in YEARS! It's pretty great :) We had a quick lesson with an older member of the ward, but we got called out to give a recent convert a blessing, so we had to run pretty quick. That was pretty much our night.

Saturday: We had a lesson set up with a potential investigator that the Elders in Summerside gave to us. We were supposed to meet him downtown at Tim Horton's, but he didn't show... It was kind of a bummer... But on the bright side, I had Tim's for the first time in like 4 transfers! It was great! Other than that it was pretty much another long day of knocking and talking to people on the streets... I lied! I just remembered a fun story! So, we were out knocking, and we walked up to some people who were getting out of their car. One of them ran inside the house so she wouldn't have to talk to us, but the other stayed out, and we talked to her for a minute. As we were talking, I saw an iPhone pop up in the garage window. They were taking pictures of us, so that was pretty weird... But it gets weirder. As we were knocking on the next house, we heard laughing coming from the house we had just been at, so we look over, and the girl that had ran inside was now outside again... Butt naked.... It was super awkward.... So that is what people are like in the Meritimes... Haha!
"Passion" - if you look way in the background, you can see a member petting a dog - she loves dogs.

Sunday: It was a pretty normal day. Church was great.  We knocked some. We gave a blessing to a less active member who is getting surgery soon. We had a supper appointment with an awesome family! And we finished up the night by going to the YSA Family Home Evening. They are super fun... And weird... But you have to love them :P As we were getting ready to leave, some crazy guy walked up to the church and started preaching to us about how God is love, and God is in all of us, and Churches are just Vanity, etc. etc. etc.... I leaned that it is pretty much a mistake to run into a group of Mormons (4 of them being missionaries) and try to preach crazy stuff... You wont walk away with your doctrine in tact... It was interesting to see. We let him pretty much have his way and then leave, but we got to teach him a little bit and offered him a copy of The Book of Mormon :P

So yeah, that was petty much my week. Fun stuff, right? 
"Pride" It's a Canadian Flag up there.... Also, fun fact: There are no Canadians in this picture :D

A quick update: Like I said, it's been raining a lot, so it's been really wet. That means the bugs are starting to come out. Lots and lots and LOTS of misquitoes... Its pretty bad. It's also spider season again. I have only seen little ones so far, I'm waiting for the huge ones to come back... I love telling the new greenies about the spiders here! It freaks them out so much! I love it!

I love you all so much, and I hope you have a great week! 

P.S. Today I bought a tie with a whole bunch of moose on it, and a little moose pin from Value Village. I love thrift shopping!

Hockey hockey, Moose moose, Maple Leaf, Sorry about that, Eh?
Elder Nielsen

All of us together :P

Monday, June 8, 2015

Yeah... I don't know what happened on Tuesday, Sorry... (or Charlottetown is the Promised Land!!!!!)

Well hello again!


It feels like quite a while since the last time that I wrote to you guys! I sent a lot of pictures home last week, so that's about it. Yeah... Lets see if I can actually remember what happened this week, being the beginning of the transfer, I forgot my old planner, so I am totally relying on my brain... And that's really not all that reliable... So, lets see,

Monday: We had a couple of missionaries leaving Summerside, so one of the Senior Missionaries in the area decided to take us out for a little journey around the Island. We got to go see some of the major tourist attractions in the area. We traveled all of the North side of the Island, with our final destination being Cavendish Park, or as it is more commonly known back home, Green Gables. (I've never seen the movie, or read the books, so I will have to do that when I get home... It will be a little cooler now that I have actually been there!) It was a pretty good adventure! We saw a lot of the Island, and had lots of fun. Good stuff ;P
Tuesday: Yeah... I don't know what happened on Tuesday, Sorry...

Wednesday: We ended up having a surprise District meeting In Charlottetown,  It was all good though, because I didn't have to prepare a training! I just got to sit back and enjoy the meeting for the first time in almost 5 months! We had lessons with a couple of less active members, and were finally able to get in to see one of our investigators! She has been kinda slippery to get a hold of! Don't remember much more than that...

Thursday: Transfer day. I took the other Missionary leaving Summerside down to Moncton (New Brunswick) to catch the Transfer van, and so I could bring the new missionary back on to the Island.... It was all going fine and dandy, until my GPS decided that it would be much quicker to take us on a scenic tour of the New Brunswick countryside than to just take the Highway. It was nice, and I enjoyed the view, but we were a little late showing up. But we made it, and then made it back to Charlottetown just in time to drop the new Elder off with him companion, send them back to Montague, and get to work. It's so strange being in a city... I've been out in the boonies for way too long! There are actually people here! We can go street contacting! And people are homes when you knock on their doors! It's insane! I love it! Charlottetown is the Promised Land!!!!!
Friday: Weekly planning. It went longer this week because we had to figure out our transfer plan as well, but we go it done.. Other than that, lots of contacting. Lots of contacting... LOTS of contacting!

Saturday: We had a pretty open day, so what did we do? Lots of Contacting! We also helped deep clean the church, so that is always interesting. Scrubbing toilets, it's what I'm best at. 

Sunday: We had a pretty great church meeting. Fast and Testimony meeting is always a little interesting... but it was enjoyable! The ward here is pretty great! I found out that there is a lady who lives in the ward here who used to live in La Verkin, so that's pretty cool! We went to the YSA Family Home Evening, and that was fun. University students are weird... That's all I can say... They are weird, but I love them...
Yeah, so that was my week... I don't have much more to tack on to that...

I hope everyone has a fantastic week! I love you all so much~

Hockey hockey, Moose moose, Maple Leaf, Sorry about that, Eh?
Elder Nielsen
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