Monday, August 4, 2014

Miami Lakes South Area 8-4-2014

First off, I just want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KYLIE! Kyle you are such a great sister and don't party too hard today! Holy cow you're old! Thank you as always everyone for writing me! Those pictures from the zipline were awesome! Man, I miss those mountains! I love hearing all the updates from the ward as well, so thank you for those!

This week was pretty crazy here in Miami Lakes. As always I don't even know where to start! We were able to find a lot of cool people again this week which was super exciting. We're working with this family from Colombia who used to study with JW's, and they love us. Sadly, they didn't come to church but they should be coming this upcoming sunday. We also found this guy who used to meet with missionaries. Somehow he ordered an Ensign back in like 2007 and still has it and reads it so he's solid as well! This week though the biggest miracle was definitely with our main man Halberth! The guy that I wrote about last week, because he got baptized yesterday! Whoop Whoop! It was so crazy! During this past week though, we were not able to see him once. He was so busy with work, that we were never able to see him. He also doesn't have a phone so we weren't able to talk to him at all. But we still went to his house on Sunday morning, and he was ready to come to church! We started talking to him about what's been going on, and he just said he had been super busy with work and everything, but that he was ready to be baptized! Me and Elder White both just are like ok we will see about that, but let's go to church! So then after sacrament meeting we talked with him, and asked if he was willing to do whatever it takes to be baptized, and he said yes! So we taught him everything right there! The biggest issue we knew about was the word of wisdom but he said he knew he needed to be done smoking and drinking and he promised to never smoke or drink again! He got interviewed, and we filled the font and had an amazing baptismal service! It was pretty crazy getting a baptismal program and him interviewed and prepared in 2 hours but we got it done! Afterwards he was just so happy, and so were we! It was a HUGE miracle!

After a miracle like that me and Elder White are just on cloud 9! We are so excited for this upcoming week to continue working with Halberth and getting him confirmed and helping all of our other people come to church! I love the mission! Seriously it has been the greatest thing for my life. I have learned so many life lessons and my testimony has grown so much. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Without him, there would be no hope to this life. But because of him, there is so much to hope for! I know that His Gospel brings happiness in this life and never-ending happiness in the life to come!! I love you all so much, and am so grateful for all that you have done for me. Keep up the good work!
Elder Nielsen

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