Week 10: Eldorado Argentina

Another week in the life.

photo 1So this week in Argentina was a very slow week. On Tuesday we had a Multi Zone conference with the President in my chapel, so me and my comp had to get everything ready for that! It was a really cool little conference! The president is the man! He talked a lot about what people think they need to do to be good missionaries like walking super fast, being good at Spanish, etc. and how in reality that stuff doesn’t matter, all that matters is if you love the people. You can be the best walker, talker, preacher, or anything, but without charity we are absolutely nothing! I loved this! And then Wednesday we had a 3 hour bus ride down to Posadas, we had to leave at 4 in the morning which sucked, but it wasn’t too bad! I went down there for some legal documents, and I was reunited with Elder Thomas! That was awesome! His cousin Elder Eddenfieldis in my district, and us 3 are truly becoming brothers out here! Me and Elder Eddenfield went on transfers Thursday after District Meeting, everyone was a little skeptical because I have 4 weeks and he only has one more transfer than me and is still in training, but we KILLED it. We placed 3 baptismal dates, and had 7 lessons in 3 hours. Everyone was blown away. It was such an awesome experience, I truly was able to see how far I am coming in Spanish. On Thursday me and my comp met with Alejandro! He is still smoking, and has a ton of problems, but our lesson was good, but then the dummy decides that sleep is better than church, so we have to push his baptism back! We also met with the Lopez family! What a great family! They all have baptismal dates, and the dad just got left by his wife Monday, she just left him! He is such a nice cool guy, and reminds me a lot of my grandpa for some reason! I love love love this family, and I just know they need this gospel, especially at this time in their lives! He is so strong though, and his kids are helping out a ton! It was kinda nuts getting out to his house which is about 15 miles away, we took a bus down a dirt road forever, and I’m guessing the drive just got relaxed and started driving super fast, then he hit a dip, and we being the only ones in the bus at this point, flew Like FLEW! My head hit the ceiling of the bus, and the windows of the bus shattered.. needless to say we walked the rest of the way. Then we called Jose to figure out where we were, and so he comes down on his little motorcycle with his son and says hop on! So at this point we have four on a motorcycle, and I’m on the back. I was trying to hold my legs up because I had nowhere to set them, and then we hit a bump, and my leg is a little burned now from the exhaust, but it was super fun!

Just a quick little side note to my boy C-wall.. Come have a challenge when you’re trying to learn Spanish, Portugease, AND Guarni which is like the most unuseful language ever, and looks like my brother was typing on the computer. Its compared more closely to Hungarian than to Spanish. I mean its not even on google translate 😉

and another random fact about Argentina… Women breast feed openly. Anywhere. In church, in the road, in lessons, anywhere. Its super annoying when you’re giving a talk and the 27 yr old branch presidents 19 yr old wife is breast feeding, and you’re like c´mon.

Also you can send me letters by using 2 forever stamps and sending it to:
Elder Brayden Cooper Nielsen
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Anyways…Mosiah 2:6 says everyman having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple… This made me think.. ALOT… which way is my tent pitched? Is it kinda pitched towards the world so that it can change with the world? Or is it firmly placed with all of my heart, might, mind and strength towards the temple, and a nonchanging gospel? I invite all of you to ask yourselves this simple question. What is my tent pitched towards?

I love you all and thank you so much for the support!

Selfie Game TOO strong. This is arguably my favorite part about Argentina, just chillin is truck beds cruisin´ at 60 km an hour. There really are no rules here when it comes to driving!:)

Selfie Game TOO strong.
This is arguably my favorite part about Argentina, just chillin is truck beds cruisin´ at 60 km an hour. There really are no rules here when it comes to driving!:)

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Week 9: Eldorado Argentina

I wonder if my Parents are still alive.. The weekly struggle. #MissionaryProbz

photo 1Hola chamigos!

Welp this week flew by! We had a lot going on with meetings and such, and didn’t get to track to much, pero esta bien! Alejandro was outta town this week, so that kinda sucked, but we did have an investigator at church this week! His name is José! He just showed up! And he is in our area.. kinda? So that’s a really good start for his journey towards Christ! The beginning of this week was FREEZING! I was rockin a sweater and then the last 2 days it has been so hot that I come home drenched in sweat! I feel like I’m in Utah with this bipolar weather! At lunch one day with a member we were talking to him, and found out the lady he lives with is his mistress, and they’re not married, and he is waiting on a divorce, so that his mistress can get baptized and they can get married, but he’s on probation, but still participates in church, and reads out of some other version Bible that just confuses people. It was super awkward to talk about with him, and no one in the ward seems to care, he still has a calling and everything! One of the members this week mentioned how much power our words, spirit, and priesthood has on their home when we are there! This struck me very hard, and was a real eye opener. We as missionaries are a direct extension of the 12 apostles. With all of the same authority, and power to testify of this gospel. Ever since that day I have really opened up, and just started baring testimony at random peoples houses, and I have found that when I do this we get more lessons, and investigators. It has really helped me not be so afraid to talk, and bare witness of this gospel. One instance in particular is when we were in the “Bronx” is what we call them, but its a big grouping of white trash apartments, and we got in to this one couples house, and we were talking about the restoration, and then I was overcame with the spirit to bare testimony of the ability to live as a family together, forever. I said Yo se que con todo mi corazon y alma es posible para todas las personas vivir con nuestros familias para siempre y yo quiero leayudar su familia recibir este don. Which means I know with all of my heart and soul that it is possible for any one to live with their family forever, and I want to help your family receive this gift. I have never felt the spirit so strong! It was so amazing. Also another thing I kinda realized and learned this week is that I honestly regret 90% of the decisions I made in high school. if I could go back there would be so much I would do different. I would focus on school more, friends more, sports more, the gospel more, and on girls less, lots less. There are so many awesome people I hurt because of my decisions, and this pain they felt, that I caused, was felt by our savior. the thought that I made someone feel pain, and that caused our savior to feel pain haunts me. What an outstanding gift we have of the atonement to comfort us with this pain, and this suffering. What an outstanding plan we have laid before us by heavenly father. What amazing grace Jesus Christ has. And I promise you that his grace is sufficient for you, and for anyone. Mosiah 10:32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

I love all of you and thank you all so so so much for you support, and standing by me through all of the stupid things I have done.

oh also a quick shout out to moms everywhere cause this whole cooking and cleaning and laundry stuff is hard. So ya you rock mom. I love you 🙂

Week 8: Eldorado Argentina

Random facts about the big Argentina area:)Week 8: Eldorado Argentina

photo 21. Everyone sleeps in between 12-6. Everything. EVERYTHING. is closed
2. The government hates America, so it is rare to find random american things like peanut butter. And hard to get packages, and mail, and anything good from America!
3. Dogs, Dogs, Dogs. Dead, sleeping, roaming. everywhere.
4.Very rare out side of the city for people to have real floor, normally just sirt, and random wood pieces for cieling.
5. No dinner. ever.
6. Dulce de leche is life. its basically carmel apple dip, they eat it with everything.
7. Mata is some weird herbs tea they LOVE here. they drink it ALL THE TIME.
8. everyone says south america is easy to baptize because people are humble, the reality is they are scared to say no, there are over 80 inactives in our branch alone. CONVERSION IS KEY.
9. I will probably come home nearly fluent in 3 languages. Spanish, Portugese, and Guarni which is in paraguay and is super weird and doesnt sound like a language.
10. Pavement is super rare, mostly its bright orange dirt, or super bad cobble stone!:)

Anyways thats just a look into the daily life here.
i love you all 🙂

Week 8: Eldorado Argentina

“I just gave Jesus water” – Some crazy catholic lady after giving me and my comp water.

¿Que tal?

All is well here in Eldorado! Its been a little bit harder week, but Just gotta keep working, and working! Working is key to happiness! We found this awesome awesome guy on Saturday, Alejandro! His wife is a member, and we gave him a lesson about the priesthood. I always have a picture of Matt with me, and I felt prompted to share his story! When I did I was so overwhelmed by the spirit I lost it in tears, that’s when he started bawling. Right after that, I brought up baptism and committed him to 16 de Septiembre! He came to church the next day and everything! He was so engaged, and I just know that this man needs the gospel, and that he wants it! What a great way to end a week of total rejection. Its so weird how whenever the missionaries start talking, people all of a sudden are leaving to somewhere, or have a baby, or are tired, sometimes they look out the window and just way their finger signaling no.. It is so so hard to take so much rejection, when we are trying to spread happiness! But then on Saturday to commit 5 people to baptism on the 16th, and to just have so much success was the most amazing thing ever. We went on divisions with the AP and one of the office elders. The AP told me he is molding me to take his spot.. Little does he know I don’t wanna be AP. I would rather work in the field, and actually have an area! But whatever happens happens I guess! On Tuesday we found the ghetto.. Honestly I was scared, for the first time on my mission I was legitly scared.. We got attacked by tons of dogs, and I constantly was fighting them off with a stick, one of them bit my foot, and tore my shoe. Only a little blood though! Me and my comp just smiled, and said Hey! Just something to write home about! 🙂 On Sunday I had to give a 15 min talk in church.. I was so scared it wasn’t even funny, I got up there and realized I didn’t have the talk I had prepared, but its crazy how real the gift of tongues is. I was able to speak for around 13min, and after everyone told me they could understand what I was saying, and everything! I always am looking at my watch calculating the times in Tacoma, Provo, and London to kinda get an idea of what the homies are up to in the world. It always gives me an emotional boost! We still haven’t got money for a stove, the dumb financial secretary forgot to send it, so we have to wait another week… Cereal, and bread is the regular! But I love it here!!!

Thank You so much for all of the support! I love you all!:) also Alma 56:47 Doubt your Doubts before you Doubt Your Faith.

Con amor de todo mi corazon,
Elder Nielsen 🙂

Week 7: Eldorado Argentina

Week 1 Eldorrado….:)

Argentina.. It definitely isn’t the USA, but man is it beautiful. i am in the second biggest city in our Mission. By big I mean half of Ogden, maybe.. maybe 2% of our area is paved roads, the rest is awful cobble stone that kills your feet, or bright orange dirt. 99% of the houses are the size of a small bedroom, with dirt floors, and maybe a roof, maybe. I absolutely love this amazing country and the amazing people here. Our rama (branch) has some of the most amazing men and women that I have ever met. My comp. is Elder Smith from WX he has been out 7 months, and basically I do all the talking, and leading. we are doing a white wash (both new to an area) which meant NO investigators, at all. We have contacted on the streets and now have 3. My comp hasn´t had a baptism yet, so Im hoping to get him there. He tells everyone im the next AP because my first day I placed 3 BOM, which I guess is amazing:) There are dogs everywhere, i mean everywhere. like everywhere. I have been bitten a little, not too bad. Our stove and ovenodesn´t work, the washing machines here are mostly your hands and a bowl, our apartment is full of mold, but I LOVE IT. We have been stopped by drunks a couple times, but it’s just super funny, and they just say that since we are men of Christ we owe them money.. I just LOL:) We have been turned down alot, which sucks, because I know how many amazing blessings they will miss out on. They don´t eat dinner here. ever. no dinner for me. Lunch is the meal here, so we have lunch appointments with the amazing members everyday of the week. Spanish is coming along. But i just want you to all to know, and that I promise you as a representative of Christ that he loves all of his children, and he does hear and answer all of our prayers. I bear witness that he will help us, and strengthen us always. I love you all, and I invite you to share the testimony that you have been BLESSED with to others.

Con amor de todo mi corazon, Elder Nielsen 🙂