Monday, December 29, 2014

SMALL. DOGS. ARE. THE. MEANEST.

Hey!!

I sure hope that everybody had a good Christmas. This week has been good. It was nice to be able to talk to my family over Skype. The missionary work was slow this week since it was a holiday.  A lot of people were traveling and we got a couple days off. It is way different this time of year here. It is really hot and it’s weird having my birthday and Christmas when it’s 100 degrees, but overall it was good. On Christmas here they start celebrating on Christmas Eve and go through the night and end on Christmas morning.

We found a new investigator this week that seems pretty interested in the church. We are heading to teach him tomorrow. So hopefully this week will be better for the work cause people will be home after the holidays.

On my birthday the elders that were in my room sang happy birthday to me and yesterday, a family here, the same family that gave me a machete, had a surprise party with cake and juice for me. So that was pretty cool!! Haha.

And on our way to the member’s house there was a little dog on the side of the street and when we walked passed it, it started growling, then out of no where started chasing us!! Ha and one elder here went running passed us all. Haha I was getting ready to kick it but it finally quit growling.  Finally the little thing stopped chasing us and we started walking again, ha, it started chasing my companion again, hahaha!! It was so funny cause the dogs are so small but they are the meanest.



It sure was nice to talk to and see you guys on Christmas. I sure do miss and love you guys. Things are good here. Lets hope this is a good week and we can catch people at home. I love you guys!! Tell everyone hello at the cabin.

Man, I love years like this back home. It kind of makes me sad I can’t be there with all of the snow.  Tell Landon it helps me to know that he is out. It makes me feel support. But before we know it we will be back enjoying the cold.

Well I hope everybody had a Merry Christmas!! Thanks for everything you guys do. Talk to you next week.


Love Elder Nickerson

Saturday, December 27, 2014

BEST. CHRISTMAS. GIFT.


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This year as a family we received the best Christmas present we could have ever gotten.  We got to talk to our son and brother.  Sometimes you never realize how important something is until it is half way across world.  We sure love him!  He is good brother, a good son, and a good missionary. 




Elder Nickerson is doing great! He is loving the food, loving the people, and loving missionary work!  He is not loving the heat and humidity, the distance from home, and the Chihuahuas suffering from small dog syndrome.  :)

He told us that the "rains come down, and the floods come up".  He said when it rains there, it pours, and the roads and streets turn into rivers.  The rain is definitely a sight to be seen.  The weirdest part about Christmas for him was being in 100 degree weather.  They are in their hottest season over there.  




Today is his birthday!  We can't believe how fast time flies when you're having fun.  We are sure proud of him.  When Nick is happy, his family is happy.  We love watching him grow and progress.  We know that he is there for a reason and there is someone or a few someones waiting to hear from him. 


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He said missions are like riding a roller coaster.  Some days are easy and fun and high, and other days are struggles, disappointing, and lows.  Nick said there is no other place he would rather be right now than right where he is.  The language has good and bad days for him.  Some days he understands mostly everything and other days he doesn't understand anything.  But he said every day it gets easier and easier.  


We were beyond happy to hear his voice, see that he was looking good, and that he still has his sarcastic sense of humor.  We love that boy more than anything.  When he first called no one said anything because we were all in tears.  We all just looked at each other and cried.  It meant the world to us to see him well and happy.   Even his dog Charlie got to say hello.  He was a little confused at what was happening.  He could hear Nick, but wasn't quite sure where he really was.  A boy and his dog!


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Here are a few pictures Elder Nickerson took on Christmas!





We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and are excited for all the families that got to talk to their missionary.  Thanks for all the love and support Elder Nickerson has been receiving. He definitely feels your love and prayers from home.

Monday, December 22, 2014

THE. WATER. DOESN'T. STOP.

Hey everyone!!


 This has been a pretty good week. Right after we got done emailing last week, we went to the grocery store and it started a downpour again. So we got to walk in water over our ankles in the street again. It happened twice this week that we have had to walk in water in the streets. There is nowhere for the water to go, so it all drains in the streets and then runs forever.  It gets almost annoying. Ha!




There is a pizza place here that gives us one free pizza a week and they have this bike to deliver on . . . . . .  and they let me take it for a little drive. Ha, it felt good to be on a bike for a minute.  It was kind of weird to ride, all the gears are backwards and second gear didn’t work. I wasn't on it very long. 





We taught a cool lesson this week. We made a contact with this guy that wanted a Book of Mormon.  He had recently fell off a building while he was working.  He broke his teeth out, cracked his head, and broke both his wrists and arms.  Now one wrist will never work again and the other is really weak.  He works a lot and it is hard to catch him home.  We finally were able to teach him and it was our most cool lesson yet.  He has a wife and a kid and he said he has been looking for the gospel ever since he got hurt.  He wants to know more and accepted our baptismal invite.  So hopefully we can keep teaching him and he keeps progressing.  It felt good to have a good investigator this week.

There is a ton of fruit here.  They have apples I like and more fruit than in the US. Tell grandpa the blueberries were really good. I don’t know what my favorite food is yet. The food here is all pretty good. They just have rice with everything here!!

 It is going to be different here for Christmas because it’s usually cold this time of year and here it’s the hottest time of the year. I hope that everybody has a Merry Christmas. Thanks for everything you all do for me. I’m grateful to be where I am. Sometimes it’s hard, but I know this is where the Lord wants me and where I’m supposed to be. But I can’t wait for Christmas.  The best gift is to talk to you guys.

Here is a poem I received. This poem can help you prepare for the transfer and assignments we serve in. Remember that no matter what your work is, and no matter where you serve, it is for the Lord and GREAT in his eyes. 

“Father, where shall I work today?”
And my love flowed warm and free.
Then he pointed out a tiny spot
 And said, “Tend that for me.”
 I answered quickly, “Oh no, not that!
 Why, no one would ever see,
 No matter how well my work was done.
 Not that little place for me.”
 And the word he spoke, it was not stern; …
“Art thou working for them or for me?
 Nazareth was a little place,
 And so was Galilee.”

Love you guys. Have a Merry Christmas!! Talk to you next week.

Elder Nickerson