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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hey there! I'm a worm....

Hey there!
Cape Forchu 
I'm a worm, and I always forget to write this letter, and then I remember right when I have no time left!... Sorry about that... But, I guess I will see if I can remember any fun stories for you this week! 

Monday: It was a pretty average Pday... Nothing overly exciting. We went out to the Cape Forchu lighthouse. That's always fun. Took a couple of good pictures for posterity :P I'm not the best at remembering to take pictures, but I try! After that we went back to work. We were supposed to have a lesson at 8:00, but it ended up falling through... That was a bit of a bummer..

Tuesday: We did a lot of finding on Tuesday. Not too many results, but that is okay, it's going to happen! We finally went back to doing service at the Archives. It's been quite a while since we've gone and done that, so It was nice to go back. After that it was a lot of finding again. We had a supper appointment with a couple from the branch, and to finish up the night we had a lesson with a less active family. Good stuff.
Organizing the Donations for the Refugees

Wednesday: We had District Meeting for the first time in a while. I gave the Doctrinal Discussion this week. I talked about the names of Christ. It went pretty well. We spent a lot of time traveling, so that was most of our day. We tried to get in a little bit of finding in the evening before Branch Council. Not a lot got done... oops...

Thursday: We spent the morning at Beacon United Church helping sort some stuff for the Syrian Refugees that are coming into Yarmouth this week. We have been helping out with that for a little while. We had a bunch of lessons fall through on us, so that's no fun... but we kept going out and talking to people, we will find people to teach! We helped Joey move the last of his stuff out of his old place into his new house. He is officially moved out! So, yeah, that was pretty much our day.
Our little Christmas tree.

Friday: Weekly Planning. Lots of fun :D We did lots of finding again. We went and had a not-lesson with a really cool guy. We aren't going to teach him, but he is a cool guy all the same. after that it was a lot more finding. The Branch Christmas Activity was that night, and, like usual, I totally forgot to take pictures... My bad. But it was fun. The kids really enjoyed it! We had a really weird thing happen. We went out to look at some lights in a park, and this little dog started following us around, and wouldn't leave us alone. It followed us for probably half a kilometer back to our car, so we ended up taking it with us and giving it to some members until the SPCA could come and pick it up. It was almost like having a pet for like 30 seconds, haha!
Christmas tree made of Lobster Traps

Saturday: Again, lots of finding. We took the new couple in our area to meet some less active members. That was fun! They all got along swimmingly! Such fun people. We had a lesson fall through on us again, so bummer, but we survived. 

Sunday: Happy Sabbath! Church was pretty great. Elder Beckman spoke in church and gave a great talk about Fasting and Prayer. Good stuff. We took the sacrament to an old lady that cant get out, and then had a really long lesson with a less active member. The rest of the night was pretty quiet. 

The lights in the park
Yeah so that was pretty much our week. Nothing too exciting. 

Oh, I guess a minor tack-on... Due to some craziness in the District, I am now the District Leader here.  That's interesting. Not a very long break, haha!

I'm pretty sure that is everything. 

Love your guts, and I hope you have a great week!

Hockey hockey, Moose moose, Maple Leaf, Sorry about that, Eh?
Elder Nielsen
Sunset at the lighthouse






Tuesday, December 8, 2015

In case you are wondering, we have talked to 1/9 of the town of Yarmouth

With my comp Elder Beckman
Hey there, Sorry I kinda forgot to write a letter! I will see what I can whip up really quick
I am just going to give you the basic overview of this week, because basically all we did was finding. We had what my mission president called "Le Tour de Faith" and basically all of our contacting standards got bumped up (from 10 hours of finding and 140 contacts to 30 hours of finding and 300 contacts) it was insane. We decided that we were going to win, so my companion and I went ham and ended up with 46.5 proselyting hours and 801 contacts. It was crazy! 
Each day of Le Tour de Faith had a specific challenge or specific goal for the day. I will tell you all about it.

Monday: We had our Pday, and then Le Tour de Faith began. The Monday Challenge was to get as many Family Home Evenings set up with Less Active Members, Investigators, and Members as possible. We had a bunch set up, but only one actually played out... Bummer. 

Tuesday: The goal for Tuesday was to invite as may people to baptism as possible. We talked to about 120 people that day, and invited 43 of them to be baptized. We won the challenge for that day.

Wednesday: The challenge for Wednesday was to come up with the most creative finding idea possible. We decided to tie a whole bunch of Christmas Pass-Along cards to balloons and hand them out to people on the street. It was awesome! People thought it was hilarious and loved it!

Thursday: The challenge was to teach as many ten minute restoration lessons to people as you could. We started to run into a slight issue... after the Tuesday challenge, people started running away from us on the streets... Like, literally dropping whatever they were doing and running. It was actually pretty funny. But it made talking to people a lot harder... We talked to about 160 people, but we were only able to teach 10 lessons... 

Friday: The goal was to hand out 5 copies of The book of Mormon. (We were only able to pass out 5 because the mission is running low right now.) We did that in about an hour, and then kept on going. We talked to about 206 some people that day. 

Saturday: The goal on Saturday was to invite as may people to church as possible. We were so tired after the week we had been having, but we just kept on going. We talked to about 130 people, and invited 61 of them to church. It was pretty great.

Sunday: We went to church, and rested.

Overall it was a pretty great week, and, like I said we ended up with 46.5 hours of finding and 801 contacts. (In case you are wondering, that means we have talked to 1/9 of the town of Yarmouth.)

Yupp, so that was my week. I hope you guys had a great week! 

Love ya!
Hockey hockey, Moose moose, Maple Leaf, Sorry about that, eh?
Elder Nieslen

It's great to be teaching people again!

Hello hello! Another week as come and gone in the Canada, Halifax Mission! It's already that time of week again, can you believe it?

So, I will see if I can think up some fun stories for this week!

Monday: It was pretty normal. Had Pday. We fixed the computer here at the church, so it doesn't take a total of for hours to email, so we actually get to have a Pday again! It's pretty awesome! After Pday was over, we went and knocked on some doors, and tried to get in contact with some former investigators. We finished up with a lesson with some less active members.

Tuesday: It was actually a pretty awesome day! We were supposed to drive up to Greenwood to stay the night with the District leader before Zone Conference in Dartmouth on Wednesday, but we really felt like we needed to stay in our area, and work here, and just drive up to Dartmouth Wednesday morning. So we called the DL and told him, and he told us to stay here, so we did. That night (at exactly the time we would have been driving to Greenwood), we knocked into someone who let us right in and we are now teaching him! It was pretty great!
Elder Beckman and I decided to take a picture before we left Halifax the other night, because we never actually get to see the temple at night!

Wednesday: We left Yarmouth at 5:50 so that we could get to Dartmouth at 9:00 so I could practice with the group for a musical number. Zone Conference was pretty great, it always is! This is going to be a crazy transfer! Lots of changes happening in the mission! After Zone Conference we had interviews with President Pratt. Good stuff. We had supper in Dartmouth at a SOLID seafood place, and then drove the 3.5 hours back to Yarmouth.

Thursday: We basically just worked out butts off trying to play catch up after losing a day to Zone Conference. Yeah, that's about it, tons and tons of work.
This is from when I saw Emile at Transfers. I promise he is happy,
 just not great at smiling, haha!

Friday: Yeah, so last week when we went shopping, we started talking to this guy in the check-out line that was from Jamaica, and had met with JW's over there. We had a really awesome conversation with him, and got his phone number. This week we were able to set up another appointment with him, and, we are now teaching him! It's pretty awesome! It's great to be teaching people again!

Saturday: Yeah, another day of just pounding the pavement. It was pretty crazy! Lots and lots of work. 

Sunday: Happy Sabbath! We spent the whole day meeting with shut-ins and less active members. I would call that a good day :D

So yeah, that was pretty much our week!

I hope you are all doing fantastic! I love your guts!
Have a great week!

Hockey hockey, Moose moose, Maple Leaf, Sorry about that, eh?
Elder Nielsen
P.S.Oh Yeah! And Before I forget to tell you, because I have forgotten every week for like, two transfers now, Gina Eves sister is serving here with her husband. Elder and Sister Excell are the Branch President and wife in the Halifax YSA branch. It was an interesting little connection that Bishops Sister in law was here in the mission.