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Monday, November 23, 2015

One day I am going to be good at this, but that day is not today....

Looks like the Doctor is hanging around Yarmouth
I guess it's that time of the week again where I need to think up things to say in a weekly letter home! One day I am going to be good at this, but that day is not today.... 

Yeah, so this week was Transfer Week, that's always fun. So a couple of adventures came from that. So yeah, we will see what I can actually remember... It's also the first week of the transfer which means that I didn't bring my old planner, so I basically have no brain from last week... oops... I feel like I say that about ever six weeks or so :P

Monday: It was Elder Ashby's last Pday in Yarmouth, so we had to think up something fun to do... We kinda failed at thinking, so we decided to go bowling. That was pretty fun. Other than that, it was a pretty normal day.

Tuesday: Not much going on that I can remember... I wish I remembered to bring my planner. I know that we had supper with a lady from the branch. That's about all I can remember from Tuesday.

Wednesday: We were supposed to have an extra hour of planning to get ready for the new missionaries, and transfers and what not, but Elder Ashby realized that he hadn't even started to pack yet, so he packed while I cleaned the house... That wasn't so much fun. But it got done. We got to do a little bit of finding before we had to leave at 5:00 for Sackville. The Zone Leaders told us to leave Yarmouth at 5:00 to get to Sackville by 9:00, but when we were on the road we realized that we were going to get there at about 8:00, so we decided to make a little stop in Hammond's Plain to see Emile and Peggy (The man I baptized in Sackville and his wife). It was so awesome getting to see them! Emile about died when he opened the door and I was standing there! It was fantastic! I love them so much :D We got to spend about an hour with them before having to head to Sackville. That was pretty much our night. I stayed in the Sackville apartment, so it was kinda like old times :D

Thursday: It was a long day of driving. I stayed with the Sackville Elders for the morning, and then went to the Temple at 2:00 to pick up Elder Beckman. After we had picked him up, we went back to Sackville to put all his stuff in our car, and then hit the road back to Yarmouth. We basically just spent the rest of the night driving home to Yarmouth and then having supper at 9:00.

Friday: Weekly planning. After planning we did a ton of finding. Like a lot. We had to play catch up after the week, so it was a ton of finding.

Saturday: About the same story as Friday, still trying to play catch up.
Found this on a stop sign... Did we stop Kony?

Sunday: We got to go up to Annapolis Royal for the broadcast of the Temple dedication in Montreal. That was pretty awesome! I loved it! After that we came home and did a lot of less active work. That was pretty well our day.

That's about it for this week. Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Hockey hockey, moose moose, maple leaf, sorry about that, eh?
Elder Nielsen

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sometimes service projects can be pretty fun :D

Well Hello there!
Well, I guess I will actually get around to writing a blog letter, because I know you are all chomping at the bit to see what is going on in the exciting life of Elder Nielsen!
I will see if I can think up anything for you this week :D

Monday: Pday... again, nothing too exciting. We bought milk, that was about it. We wrote our emails, and did normal pday stuff like laundry and junk. We are pretty boring people for pdays... after pday we knocked on some doors, and called some people out of our area book. I'm pretty sure that was about it for Monday.
This is a cream puff... Not your average cream puff..
They are $2.00 at this little hole in the wall bakery that we found in the boonies

Tuesday : Tuesday was a pretty normal day. We street contacted in the morning, and in the afternoon we went and did service at the Museum Archives. We had a lesson with a Less Active member. We went and got the oil in our car changed, always a good time. We had supper with some stellar members. We knocked on some more doors. We had branch council. To finish off the night we had another lesson with a less active member.

Wednesday: Remembrance Day.Did you all wear your Poppies? Probably not if you don't live in Canada.... We had District meeting in Annapolis Royal like usual. We started about an hour late because when everyone showed up, we realized that nobody actually had a key to the building, so the missionaries who used to be the Annapolis Royal Elders went around until they finally found someone who had a key to the building to come and let us in. That was super fun. We finally got back to Yarmouth just in time to have a lesson with a less active member. It went pretty well. The branch here had a Remembrance Day Supper at the church, so we spent a good amount of the evening setting up and attending that. It was really good. Turkey Dinner is always a treat! To finish up the night, we had, wait for it, another lesson with a less active member! It was a pretty good day.

Fire Selfie
Thursday: We left pretty early with a member to go and do a service project in Wedgeport, about 25 minutes from Yarmouth. What kind of service you may ask? Well, we went out to a good friend of this member's home, and we burnt all the brush in her back yard. Sometimes service projects can be pretty fun :D It was a good time, and Elder Ashby got to burn his Year mark shirt, so that was pretty great. We got back to the apartment to find out that they had done some painting in our apartment, and fixed a leak in the ceiling, so we couldn't use the shower... We had to smell like bonfire the rest of the day. We had supper with a member of the branch. Our Mission President wanted to get to know all of the new members, so Joey had a Skype call with him that evening that we got to come with him to. It was pretty cool :) That was pretty much our night.

Friday: Weekly planning.. More finding, lots of knocking. We had supper with some members, they are such a fun family :D and then back to finding. A pretty uneventful day.

Saturday: LOTS of finding! We spent a lot of time out talking to people. We had a lesson with Joey in the afternoon, and then went back to finding. Again, pretty uneventful day.
I decided to start a photo series called
 "Weird ways that my companion falls asleep"
.. But I only got a couple of pictures...
I call this one "Falling off bed, still fully clothed."

Sunday: Transfer letters. I am staying here in Yarmouth and my companion is getting sent to Woodstock, New Brunswick. My new companion is going to be Elder Tanner Beckman from Arizona. That makes 8 out of 10 companions American, haha! Yeah... Other than that, it was a pretty good Sabbath. Not much to say.
And I call this one, "No study, just shoe pillow". Art right there.

There ya go, that was our week!

I hope everything is going well with you back home :)

Love your guts,
Hockey hockey, Moose moose, Maple Leaf, Sorry about that, eh? *Nova Scotia Sucking Noise*
Elder Nielsen

Sorry my week was so boring.... I hope yours was better!


So... As I begun to write this email, I realized that I don't have a brain (Planner) today, so this is going to be fun trying to remember what I did this week.

Monday: Pday... About the same as always. Nothing new and exciting. We shopped and wrote letters, and ate food, and then we went and tried to talk so some people. It was a pretty average day.

Tuesday: It wasn't as productive a day as we would have liked. We did service at the Museum Archives, and then tried to get things put in place to meet with some people.. That didn't really work out. We had supper with a family in the branch, and then went and tried to knock on doors. Just so ya know, it gets dark here at like 5:30, so knocking is terrible now... But we tried anyways. Not much luck there. So we finished up, went back to the church, and had some administrative work that we finished up.

Wednesday: We had District Meeting in Annapolis Royal even though there aren't missionaries there any more... I guess that's not really true because they just put in a senior couple there, so there are missionaries again. After District Meeting, we started an exchange with the Zone Leaders, so I ended up going to Kentville. We did a couple of things that day, but mostly Zone Leader stuff, and calls, and it was all very long, so I wont bore you with the details. But yeah. That was basically the day.

Thursday: Still in Kentville. We studied, and went street contacting, and visited some members, active and less active. We knocked a little bit, and made phone calls to some former investigators. Basically everything that a missionary can do, we did it. We had supper at a members house, and then ended up driving the 2.5 hours to Weymouth so that I could be picked up and then drive the rest of the 45 minutes to Yarmouth. It was a long day of driving.

Friday: Weekly planning. After that it was again another day of normal missionary work, and finding.

Saturday: See Friday and subtract Weekly Planning.

Sunday: Church. It was a pretty good service. After that it was back to our normal Sabbath Activities, we visited some less actives and shut ins, and all that normal stuff. Yeah, good times

Sorry my week was so boring.... I hope yours was better!

I love ya'll, have a great week!
Hockey hockey, Moose moose, Maple Leaf, Sorry about that, Eh?
Elder Nielsen

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ghost Chili Peppers... BAD IDEA....

Well, I am on early today... Which is weird, so I guess I will write this letter now :D
From a while back. Elder Ashby and I had a combined birthday with some members
I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! Things have been pretty quiet this week. Nothing overly exciting. I will see if I can remember anything interesting that happened this week, but I'm pretty sure it was mostly talking to people... We will see

The Ghost Chili Peppers
Monday: Pday. Mostly writing emails.. We didn't have money to go shopping, so... yeah... We pretty much didn't do anything.. Haha! Monday night we went out and talked to some people.. Knocking isn't so much fun now that it gets dark really early, and the only time that is good for knocking on doors is in the evening, so it is 6:00 and pitch black.. Not so much fun. Oh... okay, I lied. Something interesting did happen on Monday. Our District Leader and his companion came down for a surprise visit. For a bit of a "Bonding activity" that night, he brought down some Ghost Chili Peppers... BAD IDEA.... We got them all prepared, and each ate a full one. In about 5 mintues, between the four elders that were there, we downed a full 4 liter of milk... Those things burn like none other... OUCH!!!! And the full effect didn't hit until later that night. I was up all night with stomach pains, and the DL and his Companion were throwing up all night... Not so much fun. That was a bad idea. Don't do it.

Tuesday: Our plans got kind of shaken up because we had the DL there, so we had to make completely new plans. one of us did the plan that we had already made, and the other had to go and do something else. And then nothing really got done anyways. The DL went home at like 4:00, so we had the rest of the night to work by ourselves. We had supper with some members, and then went and knocked on some doors.

Wednesday: We had District meeting in Annapolis Royal for the last time this week. They took the missionaries out of Annapolis, and are moving them to Greenwood (Not that all these places actually mean anything to you guys, but.. yeah...) It was actually a really big change. They are closing Annapolis Royal for missionaries, and so they moved the Annapolis Elders to Greenwood, the Greenwood Sisters got moved to Sackville. So we lost the only sisters in our district. We stopped at a little restaurant called "Sunken Dory's" for pizza after District Meeting, and picked up the two guys that work there as Potential investigators for the now Greenwood Elders.. It's funny how things start happening when they close an area, haha! We had supper with some HILARIOUS members, and then had our Branch Council meeting. We finished the night by visiting some Less Active members.

Thursday: It was actually a really slow, quiet day... Nothing big.. Lots of talking to people. We had a lesson with a potential fall through. She didn't show up, so that was a bummer. We went and read the Book of Mormon with a less active member. I love reading the Book of Mormon with people, it's my favourite :D
A photo of a photo... I got stabbed in the neck while helping Joey move.
Friday: Most of the day was spent out trying to talk to people. Not much success. Friday was the day for Halloween parties.. We had our branch Halloween Carnival. That was really fun. We ran a beanbag toss booth. Fun stuff :D

Saturday: Happy Halloween! We went out and tried to street contact in the morning, but the streets were absolutely dead. It was crazy how there was nobody outside. We had Brunch (which turned into an all day event... it was crazy!) With a less active family. They are fun :D We had to be in our apartment by 5:00, so we made a quick run to Bulk Barn to stock up on Candy for the trick-or-treaters... That we didn't have... So we have a bunch of candy all to ourselves 

Sunday: Oh man.... So nobody remembered to tell the Missionaries that the time change was happening, so we got up and studied and got ready, and came to church to set up the sacrament, and then... Nobody showed up... And we were getting really worried... and then about a half hour later the Branch Presidency finally showed up, and we found out what was going on... so I missed my extra hour of sleep.. I wasn't a happy camper about that one, haha!  But yeah, other than that, it was a pretty normal Sabbath. We took the sacrament to some Shut-in Members, and visited some less active members. That's about it. 

So yeah, that was our week, super exciting, eh?

I hope everyone is doing well, not too many injuries or anything like that.

Love your guts, have a great week!

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