Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Anatidaephobia...The Fear That Somewhere, Somehow A Duck Is Watching You

Forever on the Grind!
This week was full of still warm weather and now rain I guess!

Elder Willes and I have been working super hard. We have been trying our best to rely on the Lord and find those the Lord has prepared! 
We had a lot of good lessons this week, one being with a guy named Andy. Andy is a great guy who wants to baptized more than anyone I have met. However his time in America is over in about 4 days... We explained the importance of us needing to teach all the lessons and he needs to come to church multiple times. I never thought I would have to tell someone they couldn't get baptized!😢 However he will be back in March so we got all of his contact info and we hope to see him then! 

On a fantastic note! I got pooped on by a bird this week... Elder Willes and I were talking to some Chinese hunks, then I felt a splat on my forearm... I look down to see a nice big glob of bird poo! I look at Elder Willes who is looking confused at his pants. He was covered from his shirt all the way down to his legs in bird poo! The people we were talking to started panicking and I dropped everything and went to wash up! So in conclusion Satan has all kinds of very creative ways to stop the work. However we got their numbers and are setting up an appt for this week, 
Other than that we went out with my first trainer (Elder Zeng) and got some food! Weird to think he has been home since February! 
We did some sweet service this week and I took a picture with a super weird looking duck bird thing! However I was super freaked out because it was getting mad at me! 
Have a great week, LOVE YA! 

Elder Nelson 孙长老

Service with the "Duck Thing" (Ben's words)😁
The "Duck Thing" did not like Ben!!

Surprise visit from Elder Zeng & Elder Merriman 

Matching Ties
Ben, Elder Willes & Elder Phister

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

It's 2018 Already?

It's 2018!!
Hello all my good people out there!
I honestly cannot believe it is already the year 2018...I am now on the decline and it's super scary!
However, I am just going to keep working like normal. Time is flying, but it is the adventure that counts!

We had a very fun week and got to meet with some great people this week. But first would have to be Christmas! Skyping was AMAZING and it's always a trip to see the fam! They all look so happy and I cannot believe I have 1 more Skype! We then had a sweet Zone activity and played some good 'ol Capture the Flag! It was way fun and for sure a Christmas to remember!

We taught a family this week. The Dad's name is Shen Dixiong. He knew a friend of mine who is serving in Arcadia (Elder White). That was cool to hear that connection! He is a cool guy and came to our English class with his family.

We also taught Crystal again this week. She is doing so good and has already read to the end of 1st Nephi. We are expecting her to be baptized in the next few weeks. Elder Willes and I are staying super busy and have many amazing people we hope to meet with this week. I hope all of you had a great New Years, we sure did! 

Love all y'all! Happy New Years!
Elder Nelson 孙长老

Christmas Gifts from Hank and Tina

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


WHAT!!! How did I miss this email??? I wasn't even checking for an email! Ben told me that they probably wouldn't email with Skyping on Christmas, so I didn't even check. Jon asks me right before bed, "Hey did you see that Ben emailed today?" I shot up in bed, frantic and grab my Ipad. "No, I didn't know he emailed!"
I open my Gmail and there it is... an email from Ben. My heart sank. I have NEVER missed his emails before and felt HORRIBLE! All of a sudden I was "Mom" worried about everything. What if he felt we didn't care? Was he looking for an email from us and there was nothing there? Was he waiting for a reply and just silence? AHHHH, I am the worst Mother ever!! 
The worst part of all of this is having to wait until next Monday to talk to my son and explain why there was not an email. I sure hope he is OK and his feelings are not hurt. 😬😕 

Hi mom! We don't get a large amount of time to email today. I don't even know if I will have time to respond.
I was so glad to see you and the family yesterday! Everyone has grown so much it is crazy!!

This week was great and we are working with so many people. Thank you for all the amazing presents you gave me I appreciate it so much! It isn't letting me upload pictures... but I have pictures of all the presents.. Hank and Tina came up and gave Elder Willes and I presents! We got some google socks (he will be working there) and other cool stuff. They said they plan to be Sealed in April!!! So many amazing miracles.

Love you so much mom!
Elder Nelson 孙长老

Monday, December 25, 2017

Seeing Isn't Believing. Believing Is Seeing!

This quote DOES NOT apply today! LOL😁
I cannot begin to express how excited I get to talk to Ben. Not just talk to him, but to see his face, read his body language and to REALLY communicate face to face. 

I got a text from Brother and Sister White that they were going to let Ben and Elder Willes come to their home on Christmas to Skype. I am always so grateful to those people that open their homes to these boys. 

I get a text on Christmas morning that said, "He's going to call you. Our computer broke." 
My heart dropped a little, but I was still so excited to be able to hear his voice. Then immediately I get a text that said, "Just kidding! It's in 40 min."
Then the call comes in and there is no picture on the screen. We can hear Ben's voice saying, "Mom, are you there? Sorry, their camera broke so we can just talk here on the computer."
I have to admit, I was almost in tears. I told him that it was just fine and that we were just excited to hear his voice. Then he pops up on the screen and yells, "JUST KIDDING! Hi everyone!"
Honestly...that kid! He knows me so well and knows that I was heartbroken but would put on a good face. Maybe I shouldn't have been such a jokester with him when he was young! 😏

This year was total CHAOS, which is pretty normal for us. All the kids wanted to talk to him and of course all at the same time. We made sure to let Sam go first because he was so excited to show Ben his pump. Ben said, "Sam, does that make you a SUPER HERO?" Sam said, "No. It keeps me alive." Hahaha! So funny!
As soon as they were done Ben say, "OK! Have you guys seen Star Wars?" LOL He then proceeded to show us a list of all the movies he has written down in his book that he wants to see when he gets home. I'm so excited to just sit for like 2 weeks and do nothing but hang and catch up on all the cinema he has missed. 
We talked about his mission, filled him in on things at home a little, he shared his testimony with us in Chinese and we said a prayer together! 
He looked and sounded AMAZING! He has a spirit and light about him that is so bright it felt like you could touch it through the screen. 
I am so proud of that boy and the sacrifice he is giving. The tender mercies that we receive as a family and the journey that we get to have through him and this experience is a blessing on a whole new level. I will forever be grateful to Ben for the example that he is being to all of us. 
I will admit-as spiritual and as radiant as his testimony is, he is still the witty, funny, spirited and down to earth Ben we all know and love. 
This Mama's heart is filled to it's fullest today!♥♥♥ 

We had the blessing on Christmas Eve to spend some time with one of Ben's first Companions, Elder David Zeng who brought along Elder Merriman from the Riverside California Mission too. What a treat it was to get to talk to them and know them a little better. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Christmas Mice WERE Stirring

One week to Christmas! 

I can't believe how fast time is zipping by! We're one week to Christmas and I just hit my 13 months on the 16th!!

This week was super lit! I would like to start with a very interesting Service Project we had on Wednesday.
Every year Jurupa Valley (my area) does a service project. They give out gifts to 1000 under privilege  kids. Our job on Wednesday was to go get the gifts from various storage units and put them at the church. Our last storage unit was super tightly packed and had mouse poop everywhere! But we just loaded it and dropped them off at the church. As we were unloading it into the church, a mouse flew out of the box!!!😨 Everyone in our Zone was chasing this mouse throughout the church. We finally caught it and put him outside. So we then proceeded to pull apart all the packaging to find more mice! As we opened many boxes, mice began to run all over the place. We were running all over the parking lot catching these little dudes! It was super fun and very tedious.🐭

Moving to Thursday, Elder Willes and I were SOOOOOO busy. We had hour to hour appts from 3-9. We taught 4 new people that were all so amazing. One in particular was name Pius, we taught Pius along with his son Arthur the Restoration. They were eating it up, they love the Book of Mormon and committed to read every day! We also taught a man around 8:30 by the name of Cliff Yang. The last time we went over to teach, he was super suppppper drunk. He was preoccupied with the ant crawling on his hand during the lesson. So we set an appt for Thursday when he was a little more sober! His lesson on Thursday was great! He loved everything about it. He took a baptismal date for 1/21. He truly wants to follow his Savior and we're excited for him!

This week was full of many miracles, were super hyped for this upcoming transfer!!! 
We are now in a 4 man, which means 2 more Elders live in our apt so we will see how that goes! 
I probs won't be emailing next week due to we will be Skyping! 

Elder Nelson 孙长老

Aileen & Linda gave Ben & Willes some American chocolate-YUM!
Ben & Willes with Crystal

EVERYTHING about these 2 boys makes me HAPPY! 💗😍

One of our Christmas traditions is we buy the kids an ornament that represents something about them that year. Ben's ended up being Lego Missionaries with hearts leading from Utah to California. ♥♥♥

We sent Ben and Elder Willes the 12 days of Christmas this year! One of the first things in Ben's email this week was his excitement for the presents (which of course makes this Mama happy!)
"I have been loving the package you sent. The 12 days of . Christmas has been great! It's the first thing I open right when we get back from the gym in the morning!"


Ben's recording:
This week Ben let me know that he is ENGAGED! 😨 WHAAAAT!
Annie is determined to have him marry a Chinese girl and is ALWAYS trying to marry him off. When he went to Annie's house to teach her daughter, there were A LOT of people in her house. All of them , except Annie were drinking, hanging out and having a good time. 
Annie grabbed Ben said to Dave, "Dave, can Ben marry his daughter?" He said, "Ya, of course! And then I will buy you 3 houses in China!"
Ben said, "Ya, so that was super dope!" 
It makes me chuckle because I'm pretty sure he gets engaged about every 3 months! Hahaha! 

Elder Casper and Elder Hale are the new missionaries that will be living with Ben and Elder Willes. Elder Porazzo was moved to La Sierra which is really close to where they are now which is great so Ben will still him on Mondays! 

On Thursday they went to meet a guy named Pias and his son Arthur who was a referral from the Corona Elders. Pias has been here for 30 years so his English is really good, but when Ben and Willes started to speak Chinese to him, he flipped out! They had a really good lesson with him and he's excited to read the BOM. I can't wait to hear about the progress with him and his son. 😁

Obviously referrals are really common in missions but this is the first time Ben has had a "Ring" referral. They went to meet with a man by the name of Brian Chen who they spoke to and scheduled another meeting through the "Ring" Doorbell. LOL They are really common in California so I wouldn't be surprised to hear Ben speak of more meetings this way. 

My favorite part of the recording was to hear Elder Willes get on at the end and speak to us in Chinese. He said: "Hello Nelson Family. I love your son and he is great missionary."
I am always in awe when I hear either of them speak. It seems like such a difficult language and to speak it and have the accent down is just an absolute testament to me that God has a hand in their work and the success that they are having! 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sometimes The Smallest Things Take Up The Most Room In Your Heart

One of my FAVORITE things about Ben's Mission is the little random texts or emails I receive every now and then with pictures and stories of my handsome son. 
This AWESOME picture of these 2 came from Elder Willes Mom, Marianne. 
Just look at this picture!! 😍😍

I know the Lord looks out for His missionaries, but to receive images where I can see the light, the happiness and their funny characters and personalities always puts my worried heart at ease and brings a smile to my face and warmth to my soul. 💗
We are on a mission from God😁

Jurupa Zone Christmas Devotionals

Ben, Medearis, Crowther, Herald, Shurtleff, (Williams in the background & Elder Clark peeking😊)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter Of Palm Trees And Sunsets

Sorry I'm sending this out on a Tuesday. We were so busy yesterday we had no time to email...

This week was honestly not that crazy. Elder Willes and I went seeking alot this week we have been trying to find more prepared people to teach!

We are working with some great people at the moment. Xun and Sara are one of those couples we are really hoping will be baptized soon! We started teaching them about 4 months ago. They have come to church almost every single week! They are going to go to Utah this week and see the Temple lights with some of our members. We really hope that they will have a spiritual experience while they are there. We hope that they will take a baptismal date soon and partake of those blessings! 

We had a good amount of people at church this week too! We had 6 investigators there. They all loved it and are all willing to continue to meet! We taught Crystal before church, she is super shy and looks like she is on the border of crying every time I talk to her lol😀. However she is doing great and is progressing quite a bit, We have her paired up with a member who LOVES to talk so they are a good mix lol.😀

Other than that it is still in the 80's and there are still tons of Palm trees. I got some sweet pics for you this week, hope all is well with all of y'all!!

Elder Nelson 孙长老

Exchanges with Porazzo

♥LOVE♥ my tag pics