Monday, June 20, 2011

June 20, 2011: Eric's Letter Home (Tucker, Conference, 'gators...)

Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:12:31 -0400
Subject: Re
From: Elder Eric Nelson
To: Lisa Nelson

hey mom and dad! i hope you guys are doing good in Arizona! and are doing okay? I didn't get any emails from you guys or anyone this week and hope everything is fine! we are in best buy just for a few minutes! because the county i am in is having internet troubles this morning at the libraries! so we will try and go get back on at the library at like 4 o clock this evening! but if i cant, know that i am doing wonderful here in Tucker! yesterday there was a member baptism, and afterward a guy walked into the church telling us how he was contacted by missionaries down in Cancun a while ago and that the past week or so he has just been thinking a ton about that and the church! so we taught him and gave Victor a tour of the church! and he has tons of potential! like i think he will be baptized next transfer! transfers are on the 29th of June! so next Monday evening we will get a call telling us if we are staying or leaving! i think we are going to both stay together for another transfer! yesterday our mission president was at our stake conference, and our bishop grabbed him and told him that he never wants us to leave the ward! that he wants elder Horner and I to stay there forever! and President Satterfield was so impressed by us! Stake Conference was crazy yesterday! the Atlanta Stake Pres is a black guy! so he was preaching like a Southern Baptist! haha it was way sweet! and we had Bishop Kieth McMullin, the 2nd counselor from the Presiding Bishopric from the church there! it was way sweet! :) it was a great experience! I gotta get running! but I hope you guys are safe! and hope to hear from you guys soon! have a great day! i will try to write you guys this evening when we head back to the library! :) I love you guys! and the church is true!
Love Your Son!
Elder Eric Dean Nelson

PS- we have 5 investigator baptisms on Sunday the 26th! we are way excited for them

Monday, June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011: MORE PICS from ATLANTA!!!

June 13, 2011: Pics from Atlanta (Zoo, Underground, etc.)

June 13, 2011: Eric's Letter Home

heyyyy Ya'll!!!! hahah :) hey guys! how are you doing this fine day? :) we decided to email after we went to the ATLANTA ZOO today! :) and to a little southern bbq shack in southeast Atlanta hhaaha! :) it was so good! this past week has been amazing! we worked so hard this last week,and had 10 investigators at church! one was crazy! her name was "Sister B" hahahha! she was a referral to us, we went over to her house in the projects in ATL, she opened the door, smoke hit us like a CAR! haha you couldn't even see to the other side of the room, thats how thick it was! haha! and in the middle of the lesson, i asked her how she felt, and she stood us, and sang... "I feel good......!" hahaha and then sat back down! it was sweet! then after the lesson, we were saying goodbye to Bernadette, and she was like, call me "Sister B"... shes like 56 years old haha! and we did and she started to rap and break dance! it was freaking sweet! we were all, "Now break it down..!" and she went into a pose! haha it was crazy! and then at church, after one of the speakers finished, she stood up and started clapping! hahaha :) it was freaking sweet!
How was your guys week? oh ya, that was back when i was in Marietta! haha, the day before i was emergency transferred out! haha! i was going 30 miles an hour through a parking lot, and a car pulled out, and i put on my breaks and hit a pot hole, and flew over my handle bars for like 10 feet on the asphalt! and banged up my knee and cut up my elbow! but everything is fine now :)
when was the last time Kevin came down?how did the girls like the museum? i went to the Atlanta zoo today and i think the girls would have loved it there! i have been very active here in GA! every morning we go to the track and run about 2 miles, and then go home and do tons of push ups and everything like that! :) but underground was was sweet! i will have to send you some pictures of it right now, when i end this letter!
I want to thank you for the BOX!!! :) i loved it! i loved the girls things in there! and the colored rock! haha its on my desk right now! :) I love when you guys send stuff like that! :) it makes your whole day just so much better.
with our member, we live in the same house as he does, he buys everything, band we have our own bedroom and planning/studies room! and bathroom, but we share everything else..
Alex Bosse left huh? WOW! that's crazy that only 4 months ago i left! I'm so proud of him for leaving though! i hope he likes the mtc, i got bored of too much of the same thing ya know? how long is he gonna be there? he will be a really good missionary! that's not good that he was sick when he was about to report! can you guys get me the date he will be in the mission field? and his mission home address? thank you guys! :)
that's cool, you guys bought a Tramp, I'm sure the little kiddos will love it! how has you weeks been?
The work here is going fabulous! this past week, an investigator thath's a baptismal date, but is addicted to Marijuana, gave us a call on his 3rd day sober! and told us he was having some really bad stuff happening, and temptation was insane, and asked if we could head right over to his house, and we got our team-up to head right on over there, and when we got there Brandon, was in tears and wasn't the average happy, energetic kid we know! he was depressed and way sad! Brandon has read the whole Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants and knows they are true! he has a way sweet conversion story with it! and With Brandon, he described to us how the adversary was pulling him down, and we shared with him Joseph smiths account of the devil coming upon him, and read and bore testimony of the situation, and had Brandon give the prayer before the blessing, and as he did, he gave one of the most spiritual, heart felt, honest, best prayers i have ever heard before! he was pleading with Heavenly Father in the prayer, and was crying, and it was so sincere, it brought tears to all of us and the spirit was so strong, after the prayer, he asked if i could give him a blessing, so i did and it was an amazing experience! the spirit was flowing out of me! and i have no remembrance of what i had said, just mentioning about how much Heavenly Father loves him and how he is there to help him and that's about all, and the blessing must have been like 10 minutes, and after it was over and we sealed the blessing, the spirit was so strong, it completely turned him around! and brought back his old happy mood! :) only the spirit can do that, and bring true happiness! it was cool, about a week ago, we wasn't giving up smoking weed at all and had no intentions, and was going to go do something he was going to regret, and i had a prompting to say... "Share the gospel!" and i did and he went into a story of how he did and the happiness it brought to him, and we left with a prayer and i feel that sparked his change of heart, it completely changed his mood when we were with him last week, and as i followed the spirit, the spirit told him exactly what he needed to hear, to prepare him for his change of heart! It is a really cool story! we have him set for the 26th to be baptized! and a family of 4! :)) so were way excited!
How is joey doing? i need to write him soon! how have the girls been doing on summer break? :) well guys, i gotta get running! but thank you for the box! and the wonderful inspirational spirits you are to me! dad, how is your Book of Mormon reading going? getting 7 pages a day? it is so neat isn't it?!

Gotta go! have a great week! i love all of ya'll
Love Always, Elder Eric Nelson

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011: Eric's Letter to President

From: Eric Nelson
Date: Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM
To: President Satterfield

Dear President Satterfield,

Goals: 5 10 6 5 3 20 55
Actuals: 4 5 6 8 2 24 91

Hello President Satterfield and Sister Satterfield! Thank you for everything you do, and all the hard work you guys do! Elder Horner and I really took away so much from Zone Conference! It was a really uplifting day! This week we had a really good week! We didn't have as many people show up to church as we wanted to but we are trying to do all that we can to get our investigators there, so they can partake of the Spirit in greater abundance! Yesterday after conference we went to work and then went to an appointment we had at 6:30 at the church with our baptisimal dates, (the Johnson family), and their fellowshipping family! It was such a neat experience because as soon as we arrived, another one of our Investigators that has read the whole Book of Mormon and knows it is true was sitting on the curb outside the church, he has an addiction to marjiuana, and was waiting for his addiction recovery class at 8pm. We talked to him and he told up about the change of heart he has had! And how he wants to be baptised this month! It was cool, Elder Horner and I related very well to him, because we both have had massive changes of hearts in our lives and it was so cool to relate to him! This morning in studies I was going through the challenge of the Book of Mormon and was reading in Alma chapter 5, and it was talking about that change of heart! We are planning on talking to him about that today, along with reading the chapter with him. And also setting a baptismal date with him. And after we left him in the gym, we went to the Primary room and had a great lesson with the Johnson family and they loved The Gospel of Jesus Christ! We made each principle as a stepping stone, and taught the lesson with the family of all ages, and had alot of fun doing it, and then after wards we had them go down the path and tell us about each stepping stone! And they did a wonderful job relating the key points about each gospel doctrine! They did a wonderful job and are so excited to be baptised on the 26th of this month! Things here are going great! The work is amazing! And we are working with everything we have, mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally! And are seeing wonders and miracles come to life here in the Brockett Ward, we have reclaimed the ward and they love us as missionaries! One member made a comment to our ward mission leader that said, "Wow, we have some really good, high caliber missionaries don't we?" And he said, "Yes we do! They are great missionaries!" And the Bishop called the other day and thanked us for everything we have done and for the enthusiasm we have brought back into the ward for missionary work! It was quite amazing! We have been working very well! And are doing wonders here! Thank you for everything you have done for us! And we hope you have a wonderful week!

Love Always,
Elder Eric Dean Nelson

June 8, 2011: Eric's Letter to Shaun

Hey man, i just needed to write you fast before Monday, about my disobedient comp, he listens to country music all the time at the house on his CD player, and cusses when he "feels like a missionary to much".. he will drop f bombs just for no reason and says s*** and all that, he doesn't like authority, and gets pist so easily, like today, we finished reading the white handbook, and we had 4 more pages to read, because we have to read 8 pgs a day for comp study, and he was like, "I'm done, it will make it easier for next time" and i was like "dude, lets just do it and then we can have the satisfaction of being completely obedient to that rule.." and he was like "NO! I'm not doing that, you can!" and he got up and stormed out of the room and i sat there reading the rest of the pages out loud and when i finished he came back in and continued comp study.. then yesterday, we knocked on a DNC's home and she came out and was like "i don't want you guys coming around anymore!" and he got all pissed and was like "FINE!!!! HAVE A GOOD DAY!!! (yelling it)" and stormed off! and i looked at her and in a sincere voice i said, "Tamara, Jesus loves you and i personally hope you have a good day." and as she was rebuked by the spirit and she shut the door, bu he made a big scene about it.. and all he does is talks about his gf and how he is gonna marry her and do the deed with her and everything! so it makes it hard to feel the spirit when he is polluting my mind with sin... and he gets on facebook all the time and talks with his girl and friends on it and everything, and justifies everything.. and gets on ESPN all the time and everything, he says so "he can keep up on the stats and news so he can talk to anyone on the street about it, and with members" it really bothers me because he is hypocritical, like he gave a small 5 minute talk at zone conference yesterday about obedience and the happiness that comes from it and rebuked everyone for not being obedient and talked about how we need to improve, and it just bothers me knowing that he intentionally breaks the mission rules and commandments just to feel cool, and fit in and "have fun"........ but he is a great elder, and i love him! he works, and we work well together and likes to be of a help to others, i just wanted to ask you how you would deal with him? and how you would encourage him to become better and repent? thanks for your time! i gotta go!
Love Always,
Elder Nelson

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6, 2011: Pics from the A.T.L.

June 6, 2011: New Address Update

hello everybody! my new address is

Elder Eric Dean Nelson
4036 Oakcrest Drive
Tucker, GA 30084

And i am living with a member, his name is President Schmit, he use to be in the stake presidency! and he use to be a bodyguard for Spencer W. Kimball, and i told him that that is my grandpa's uncle, and it was like an immediate love between us! hahah! i am sorry i have been a little slow on the emails, hopefully today i can get many more out, and catch up! :) but this is my new address, and the next transfers are on the 29th of June! so they are coming up! i think i will be staying here with elder Horner for another transfer!
Elder Nelson

June 6, 2011: Eric's Letter Home

Hello everyone! how are you guys doing? i am doing great here i Tucker! in the brockett ward! elder horner is a great elder to serve with, i have to push him alot to work hard, but he is doing great!things are going wonderful here! we picked up 8 new investigators this week and 91 positive contacts! way cool huh?We had a way cool experience with a Less active last night, he served a mission in Germany, and we talked about his mission and i asked him about miracles he saw on his mission and it made him break down into tears to remember the spirit he felt on his mission! and the spirit was so strong, and i had tears in my eyes from the experience! we really learned what it means to "Teach people, not lessons" with people last night! it was such a neat experience! and the AP's text me this morning saying, we are doing a grweat job! that we are starting that fire in that area again! it was really cool!
Man, i was looking forward to getting a long letter from you guys today! :) ahaha! i guuess its okay! :) A car is pretty nice, its pretty warm, and you never stop to sweat! like its not to warm, but u are just pouring sweat out of ur body non stop haha! it sounds like you guys are getting into the warm summers! haha ohhh man, ho i hated them haha! but it is really neat though! elder horner wants to get in shape, he goes home in 6 months! so everymorning i have been running/working out for an hour with him, and we are doing great! my mission president says "Show me your mornings, and i will show you your missions" :) and it is so true! i know that the Lord will bless us as we continue to do our best and i know that the church is true and we need to go to church for our benifit not Heavenly Fathers.
My address is 4036 Oakcrest Drive, Tucker GA 30084... I hope grandpa can get that soon so i can hear from him! i worte him right after transfers! so i am anxious to hear from him again! :)


hahahahah thats funny, little gina is teasing nicole! haha i remeber her doing that and i would always get such a kick outta that! hahah! Time does fly by so fast! this past week, i hit my 4 month mark! and it is crazy to see how fast it has gone so fast! i hear from 6 months til like 21 just fly! and then you realize "hey, im going home soon" and then you get trunky and depressed! ahaaha!
WOW! those wildfires sound like crazyness! stay safe! and trust in the Lord! he will look after you! :)
CONGRADULATIONS on the 28 years! thats great! :) what did you guys do for it?
how is taft and matthan doing? are they doing okay? getting use to the land of eternal p-days yet? haha
Sister Clayton really loved me, shes a great lady! ima call her soon so i can re motivate her into church, shes really chill about going to church!
I am staying with a member again, his name is President Schmit, he use to be a body guard for Pres Kimball! crazy huh? i have some picstures of tm together! i could always use some money haha, a check is better, i always forget to use gift cards haha!

but i gotta run! my time is running down! I hope you guys are doing great! and i am doing fabulous here in ATLANTA! well a subberb of atlanta haha! we are going to the underground today! its a underground mall under downtown Atlanta! :) ATL is so cool! there is always so much stuff to do there! :) have a great week! and i am exceited to hear from you guys next week! keep up the family prayers okay?!?!!?!?!? and continue to read out of the Book of Mormon, it is so true! Love Your Son,
Elder Eric Dean Nelson

Monday, May 30, 2011

May 30, 2011: Second Email from Eric Home

hey guys again, i am super sorry i couldnt really email you guys! i got emergency transferred in here on Saterday and due to the fact that it is Memorial day, all the Libraries are closed.. so we, as a district are all at the apple store in the mall, trying to email all of our families and everything! trying to email as long as we can for an hour... well if that.. we just have to email as long as we can, until we get kicked off! haha! and right now theres a dude that keeps talking to me, and i may have to log off soon, but next week, i will be at the library in tucker, and will be able to write back to everyone on monday :) so again i am very sorry for the inconvenience i have caused.. and i love all of you guys! until next week!
I will work hard in this area!

Love Always,
Elder Eric Dean Nelson

May 30, 2011: Emergency Transfer-Letter Home

hellooo!!! its so good to hear from you guys again! i am no longer in Marietta Georgia! On saterday morning i got a call and President Satteffield was on the other line! he said "Elder Nelson, I have a special assignment for you!?" "I really need your help!?" I said okay, what do you want and i will do it! President told me how there have been some elders in a ward called Brockett, in Tucker Georgia... and they have been "getting with" a youth (14yr old) girl in the ward.. they were completely dissobedient! and were not doing any missionary work really at all! and breaking the COMMANDMENTS! ecspecially the law of chasity! They were horrible elders and the members in the ward really hated missionaries! they didnt have any respect for the missionaries anymore! and the respect for missionaries was shot! and there was no respect there! One of the missionaries was sent home, and
d the other was transfered out to linnett georgia! it is crazy! one of the elders only stayed in the mission because he has 4 weeks left! crazy huh?! anyways enough talking about these disobedient elders! President gave me TWO assignments! 1.) Show the ward that missionaries are there to work! and number 2.) RECLAIM the ward at all costs! gain their trust and love and completely stay away from the "Gallagher family" do not talk to them.. i have permission to rebuke them if they try to talk to me! crazy right?! i am with an ELDER HORNER, he was transferred in here last week .. the 18th of may! and was with one of the disobedient elders for a week and a half! so he barely knows the area! there is no work dont here, so we basically reopened/whitewashed the area!! yesterday we were flying around talking to everyone doing tons of work! showing the members we are there to work!
we worked so hard! and it has been so crazy here! it is a car area! and elder horner is wonderful! he use to be really disobedient but he has been changing around! and is now the DL!! he is a really good elder! president wants me to keep him straight! in our district, we have the Vietnamese elders! which are sweet! they can go to all the southern states! so we are going to be going down to Atlanta today! but since it is memorial day, our library we go to is closed, Tucker is a subberb of Atlanta! it is pretty much NE Atlanta! Its way neat! since being here, we had 10 invesitgators at sacrement, 4 with a baptism date and are working our butts off! our library is closed, so we are in the Apple Store Emailing you guys! so i dont really have time to email all you guys, or answer your questions! i am very sorry! we need to get going soon! but i wanted to let you know what happened to me! and where i am now, and how much trust President Satterfield has in us to "Reclaim this ward" :) :) :) :) we will go and do (1 nephi 3: 7)

love always, elder nelson

Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 29, 2011: Dad's Letter to Eric

Hello Elder,
We get to see your picture in the church hallway now and it looks quite handsome. We are so happy you are out and learning ever more so day by day how to show love for the people by studying more about your Savior and serving those you come in contact with.
I received the forwarded memo from your president. It is an exciting document he has written and wants to share with so many. I have not officially begun to read but will start this round tomorrow and am excited at the results of reading it fast. In the past I have always read slowly, studying as I go but can get the whole picture more quickly now this round.
Kevin has already started communications about deer hunting. The applications are due the middle of June. If money allows we may put in for hunting the Kiabab which is North of the Eastern end of the Grand Canyon. They have some huge muleys up there.

We will be seeing grandpa tomorrow at the cemetery. We should have fun doing that.
Gina asked today at church if she could see you and knows you are in Georgia. She was thinking about you about 1:10 pm.
Taft is coming home Wednesday. I'm sure he is excited and probably quite sad. That huge object of a goal or accomplishment or frontier is now almost behind him and oh so quickly. Nineteen years of anticipation, two years of work, and over. A good thing to have ready for your return is an in depth plan of what you want to do after the mission. I didn't have a plan per se accept work a little, og to school to get some basic classes out of the way and then decide what I wanted to do. I really didn't know what I wanted to do as a career choice But then again it can be quite hard to know what might suit a person. It's okay if you don't know, I just thought it may help with post mission life adjustment but then again that is quite a ways off and you don't even need to think about it now.
Hope you are well and happy. Watch out always for Satan's suttle, tiny, almost unseen embarrassments he will laugh at you with called sins. Try always to see them coming. Obey all the mission rules and white handbook guidelines and learn all you can. Knowledge truly is power. Remember that to be tempted isn't yet sinning, it is holding onto that thought and not dismissing it that we find ourselves already conquered, embarrassed and looking ,begging, and pleading for forgiveness. The Spirit has been offended and has long since left and we are alone, scared, and feeling ill with cold looking for that warmth we are so comfortable with and happy is our guide and securer. Repentance can be quick as we quickly realize the Spirit has left and we feel to ask for forgiveness. Our Loving Savior is extremely quick to forgive and does. He worked hard to work out our Salvation and isn't going to keep forgiveness from any of us now if we work for it.
We are a people so blessed with a knowledge of our Savior and with the ability to make covenants with Him and with our Heavenly Father. We are so blessed to have the scriptures to help us to know them better and a living prophet to give us the current scripture we need today. That is being blessed is it not?
It is my prayer we endure to the end in the gospel covenant we have entered into and when we are not enduring that we quickly see our error and repent and assume our course back to our Heavenly Father.
I love you very much and love our Savior and Heavenly Father very much.
Talk to you soon again. Love, Dad

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011: Eric's Letter to President

Dear President Satterfield,

Goals: 2 2 7 4 3 21 70
Actuals: 1 2 5 5 1 22 76

Hello President Satterfield! How are you doing this great day? We have been really busy here in the Kennesaw Mountain Ward! Everyday we have been out busy with missionary work! Even if the days we are having are really trying days, we still stay out harvesting the fields, or preparing them for the Second Coming of Christ to this beautiful Earth! We are disappointed to announce that we forgot our planners from last transfer, so the numbers we reported are to the best of our memory, and we apologize for that. We believe they are correct though.

Today, we went over the instruction the Lord revealed to you about our "plan of action" to baptize someone this transfer! We came up with the following: 1.) Every night when we plan, to faithfully ask for inspiration for the next day, and in the prayer, we will stop and listen for that inspiration to come to us. When we receive that inspiration, we will go to that area the next day and tract for one hour everyday with faith. 2.) TALK WITH EVERYONE! We will talk with everyone, even if they are out of our way, and we have to back track a little bit, we will talk with everyone. 3.) Teach with the Spirit in unity and in love and incorporate the Eight Lessons. 4.) Every night we will repent faithfully in our personal and companionship prayers and DO better the next day. 5.) When we find the person Heavenly Father wants us to find we will meet with them twice a week, and on the third lesson we will get them into a members home for a lesson and dinner. And number 6.) We will invite the investigator to be baptized in the first lesson. We know and promised with Heavenly Father that if we do these things with FAITH we will find that elect, hiding under the weeds and dirt in the vineyards. I know we can accomplish this as we exercise our faith and diligence everyday as we follow this guideline. It is such a blessing to communicate with Heavenly Father and receive revelation! Today, the veil felt so thin as we kneeled before him in prayer with faith. Thank you for this challenge, I believe and feel that we will accomplish this task given to us by Heavenly Father.

This week has been great! We have had so many spiritual experiences! One of which happened last Saturday, We had a rough day of being rejected all day and the warmth just made it the more enjoyable for everyone. We exercised our enthusiasm to the limits that day, and at the end of it I had this memory come to me, it is some advice my brother gave to me before leaving for my mission, he said "Lighten the blow of a bad day and buy a milkshake!" I consulted with Elder Paxman and he was totally in for the idea. We grabbed our backpacks, and set off to the Chick-Fil-A right by our home. Right before we got to our destination, we passed a teenage guy and girl outside of a Krystal, and they yelled at us some more... "Satanists!" and laughed at us. Heavenly Father knows me so well! He knew i was physically and mentally tired, and had placed this trial before us. I stopped, and looked over at Elder Paxman, who said, "Don't do it, lets just go!" and then i looked over to them and said, "Let's go and talk to them about Jesus Christ!" and started to walk across the parking lot to confront them. They ran inside and we walked up to a employee sitting outside and he said, "Those guys were jerks huh?" And we said ya and talked with him and talked about missions and the rejection we get, and then we started teaching him. While teaching I looked up and saw the two kids that yelled at us, and I smiled and waved at them, and they smiled and waved back also and continued to laugh. They must have been talking pretty loud, because another employee came out and he said, "Hey, I have some questions for you guys!" And we were like "Okay, hopefully we can answer them for you!" And we started talking about our basic beliefs and found where he was at spiritually and I felt inspired to ask, "How bad do you want to know if the true Gospel is out there?" He said, "Really bad!" And I said in response, "What would you do to find out for yourself?" He said, "I would do anything!" I glanced over to Elder Paxman with a smile and we taught about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon! and It was such a spiritual experience! As I recited the whole First Vision to him, I made eye contact the whole time, and the spirit was so strong! It was so real and vivid! He is an amazing guy! And he has text us since and told us how enlightening the Book of Mormon is! It is so cool to see how Heavenly Father prepared that whole day, just for that one experience! I know that Heavenly Father used us to find him, and planned it all out from the beginning of the day! It is so neat to see how he put us through a whole day of rejection, and really knowing us personally and knowing what we will do in certain situations! I love Heavenly Father so much! And am so grateful for that experience! I am so grateful for this experience! And thank you for being such a great Mission President! I want to include some fun facts every letter I write you, This weeks fun fact is... We were honked at 18 times from the last letter I sent you! HAHA!
Have a great week President! I love you! And thank you for everything you do!

Love Always,
Elder Nelson