Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Letters sent home from the Phillippines

Elder Nielsen

Elder Nielsen

Monday, May 16, 2016

Ball and Missionary Work is Life.

We had another great week this week. Brother Rudy attended church again last Sunday. He has now attended church four consecutive Sundays. He will have his baptismal interview this week. We do not have any concerns or problems with Brother Rudy, he knows that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on earth. We are very excited for his upcoming baptism on May 28th. Brother Danny and Sister Ester also were able to attend church last Sunday. Danny and Ester are relatives of one of our recent converts. We have been teaching them for the last few weeks, unfortunately they have only been able to attend church on one other occasion. They love our teaching visits to them and know that what were are teaching is true, but they have not been going to church. We are now trying help them understand why they need to go to church every Sunday. On Friday night, we found a new big  investigator family.  We taught them on Friday and Saturday night, and invited them to church the next day. The mother and 3 of her children were able to attend church last Sunday. We have very high hopes for this new family. The mother is already in Mosiah, and we gave her a Book of Mormon only three days ago. 

Overall it was a very busy and rewarding week. We found 33 new investigators this week and we had 9 investigators on church on Sunday. I love just having full days of work without any meetings or distractions. 

And about Dad's question. Yes our name tags are in English. The missionaries here used Tagalog name tags in the past but they are all in English now because there is a very big and popular church here called Iglasia ni Cristo. And they use Jesucristo in their church name. So apparently they didn't want the investigator to be confused and think we are the other church because they have missionaries too, so they just make all the missionaries use English name tags to avoid the confusion. A big bummer though, I really wanted one in Tagalog. 

We have been playing a lot of basketball lately because Elder Perkins and Elder Goodwin are big basketball players so we try to play a few times a week in the mornings, then every P-day we play with all the YSA and youth at the church. And also when the APs have exchanges with the other Zone Leaders we always play basketball in the morning. 

Overall another great week in the service of the Lord. I am very lucky to be serving a mission right now, especially in the Philippines. The work here is great. I love you all. I hope you all have a great week! 


Elder Nielsen 

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