Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Planning and Calling

Hey hey hey! Whats up my Utah friends of the west? Everything here in California is great. . . kinda. Its mostly great!  The ward has a couple of issues, but that's ok because we're doing everything we can!  Don't get me wrong, I love the West Hills ward, it's just hard to get members to come out to lessons and help out.  I've never made so many calls to get people to come out to lessons before.  We generally spend about an hour a day trying to get members to come out, and most of the time, we resort to just going by ourselves.  It's whatever though!  All is well!  The weeks keep going by faster and faster.  I can't believe I've almost been out 7 months already!  It's crazy! 

This week was super busy!  I've never had so many appointments cancel or fall through in a week!  It's frustrating, but we're doing everything we can!  I've never called so many people before in my life.  We did a ton of planning to get members out to our lessons and schedule lessons with investigators and potentials.  Every time we'd get something in place, something else would fall through or someone would call and cancel etc. It's frustrating.  Tuesday was supposed to be full of lessons, but they all fell through.  Wednesday, we visited a referral from Bro. Maeza in the Northridge ward.  He's an awesome guy and last week we went with him to give his referral a blessing.  Her name is Marissa and she has a son named Isaiah.  Her son has a lot of heart problems and he's 9 years old.  They are super awesome.  We went by to follow up with them and see if they had read any of the Book of Mormon that we had left them.  They hadn't.  We set up a lesson with them, but once again, we weren't able to get a male member to come with us, so we had to cancel.  We set up another lesson with them this Wednesday and hopefully that doesn't fall through.  Bro. Maeza told us he would come with us even though he's in the Northridge ward.  He's such a good member missionary.  He knows Lindsy and Ryan too, as does everyone else in the mission.  Everytime I talk to the Chatsworth Sisters they're always like, "We saw Lindsy and Ryan the other day!"  That's always fun.  Anyways, we taught Matthew Jalsevec Wednesday as well.  It was interesting.  We set a baptismal date with him for August 25th.  We want him to be sober for at least 5-6 months before he gets baptized.  We're not sure it'll happen, but we're praying for him.  He didn't come to church this week and hasn't been answering his phone, so we think he may have relapsed.  We also taught Jane Choy on Wednesday.  She's a women confined to a rehab center.  She's paralyzed in her legs and she's a big lady.  She knows the church is true and wants to be baptized and come to church, but can't find transportation because she has an extra wide wheel chair and it won't fit through the door of the rehab center van.  We're working on getting her transportation, and when that happens, she'll get baptized.  Thursday was a ton of planning.  Weekly planning.  It was long.  Friday we went on exchanges with the other West Hills Elders.   It was a good exchange.  We found a lot of potentials, but once again, all of our appointments canceled.  We found this guy named Rudy in the morning before the exchange and taught him the Restoration.  It was awesome.  He's awesome.  He's in his 70's and his wife is Catholic.  He's been trying to come closer to God recently and has read a little of the Book of Mormon before.  He liked it and wants to continue to read it.  It was cool.  Saturday morning we taught Elena, our investigator we found a while ago.  She's been reading the Book of Mormon and really likes it!  She hasn't been coming to church though.  She'll get baptized.  We asked her to be baptized and she said she wouldn't say no, but she won't say yes yet.  Sunday we didn't have any investigators come to church sadly.  The other Elders had a baptism that was amazing!  Our investigator Elena said she was going to come, but she didn't show up.  This morning was awesome!  We went on a hike and bought sombreros!  It was great!  So ya, we're doing everything we can to move the work forward in this area!  It's great!  Thanks for everything and I love you all!

Elder Nelson 

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