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Letters sent home from the Phillippines

Elder Nielsen

Elder Nielsen

Monday, January 2, 2017

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Hello Fam! 

We had another great week last week. Elder Peterson is doing great a job leading the area. He has already introduced me to most  of the active members and less actives members in our area. I am slowly but surely starting to learn and familiarize myself with our area. Our area is composed of five main subdivisions. Most of the people living in our area are in the middle to upper class of the economic social system. I have never had an area with subdivisions before. I have usually served in poorer areas. So I am excited for the new challenge!  Another major benefit of this area is the fact that all the subdivisions has some sort of house numbering system, meaning almost every house has a house number on it. This has made searching and finding inactive members a whole easier for us. 

Last week Elder Peterson and I sat down and discussed all the investigators in our teaching pool. Elder Peterson said that we have many investigators in our teaching pool, but many of them have not gone to church yet and are not progressing. We did not having any really progressing investigators, so we are pretty much starting from scratch. So together we picked a few families and individuals that we wanted to focus on during the this transfer. We believe and know that this are has a lot of potential to progress and be a high baptizing area. 

Elder Peterson is a great missionary. He is from South Jordan, Utah. He has been out on his mission for about 5 months. He is a super nice down to earth kid. I really admire his humbleness and his desire to learn and improve. Elder Peterson wants to be obedient and do the right the thing. I am glad I have the opportunity to be companions with him! 

For our New Year we just hung out and ate food and watched the thousands of fireworks. It was very lad back and relaxing. It was a very nice New Year! 

On Sunday we got fed 4 times... We were SOO full. The Filipinos always make tons of food for New Years ( it is their biggest holiday here). So yesterday we just getting fed, and fed, and fed. I have eaten in about 24 hours because I have just been so full.. haha 

And today we went to the famous Avilon Zoo. Because it was a holiday they had a super cheap discount so our whole zone went.  It was HUGE! It was a lot of fun.They had soo many cool animals. I have a lot of cool pictures. We got to feed and touch the Giraffes. The tigers were the best. They were charging at us and growling at us, and doing fake attacks on us. It was suuuper fun. Chelsea you would gave been jealous. This zoo was legit. I will send pictures next week.

Overall another great week! Have a great week! And a great 2017!

Mahal ko po kayo,

Elder Nielsen

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