Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

It was wonderful talking to you all yesterday. I loved it. It went by way too fast for me  :) But I really loved it. You all look so good. Thanks for everything you do for me. I am so spoiled to have you as my family! I really am. I love you guys so much. Grandma and Grandpa thank you so much for coming as well. It was great seeing you and talking with you.
This week has been really fun. We were really busy. We had a good week. We helped set up for the ward Christmas party. We helped the YM/YW set up. We had a really good lesson with some Chinese students. We went to see an investigator, but she wasn't in so we were able to come in and talk with their friends it was awesome. We were able to talk to them about the restoration. They were interested!! :)

Sister Brooks and Sister Lefevre came and spent the night before the Christmas Conference. So we could go together. It was fun we caught the coach to drive to Birmingham. So we drove and picked up more missionaries. The conference was really good. This Christmas has been something special. Because it is different being away from home, in England....on a mission. I have felt the spirit so much more. The real meaning of Christmas. It has been fun. The ensign this year has a talk from Elder Holland about his Christmas in England. You should all read it. It was amazing!! And still so TRUE!  Raining every day. I have loved it!! I definitely love it. Thank you!! Marissa Masihdas for the beautiful Christmas present. The talks went to great use. It was so sweet. I will cherish that gift so much. Thank you. It was 25 days of conference talks about Christ and the light of Christ.

Oh my gosh!! It was hilarious as I was biking it was pouring down rain. This car came by and through a FULL cup of water right into my face. It was epic!  Definitely a good mission story. Later that night we had the ward Christmas party. It was awesome.

Sunday!!! E CAME TO CHURCH!! She loved it!! She said it was great. She felt something. She wants to come next week! :) Ya I was so excited!!! She is doing so well.

Christmas eve we went to carol at the town centre it was fun!! Singing in the rain!! :) It was freezing. Then we went to the Members home and had a GREAT Christmas Eve!! It was brilliant. I loved it!! Then we had pajamas and made scones and slept by the Christmas tree.

Christmas we opened presents...thank you so much!! :) It was a great Christmas. They did a Christmas service. It was a carol. It was beautiful. The spirit was so strong!!!! I loved it!! :) Then we went to another members home and had an awesome Christmas. Then we went to the Kirk’s to Skype. We had a miracle happen. We were knocking at their door. They didn't hear us for like 5 minutes. We both looked around and saw this girl sitting waiting for her friend. We felt like we should go talk to her. She was amazing. We talked about God and what she believes. She really wants to learn more since she is going in the Army. She thinks it will be good and help her lot, as well as prayer!

It was a great Christmas. I love you!! :) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

-Love Sister Nelson
Catching the Coach headed to Birmingham
Christmas with Sister Lewis = PJ night Christmas Eve

Christmas Dinner

Christmas at the mission home in Birmingham

Sunday in Nottingham - out side the Church

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas is almost here!!

Christmas is coming fast…..
Hello family!! I am so excited to talk to you guys soon. So I talked to the family we are going to spend Christmas with yesterday and I think we are going to Skype with you. I am so excited!!

So Sister Lewis and I had a great week. We had a great lesson with E this week. She is doing so well. Sister Lewis lived in China for 7 years so she knows Chinese. We had a member from Notts 1 come as well. The lesson was so good. We taught the Plan of Salvation. She loved it. This is my favorite lesson to teach. She is praying about a date. She really see's the reason to get baptized!! :) :) She is afraid of water.  So we will have to help her with that.

We teach really well together. I love it! We know where each other is going with the lesson and it works great. I am so excited for this transfer.

 The weather has been crazy!! It has poured so much. I feel like I am getting sick. It has been fun though. I think I am killing Sister Lewis on the bike. She is a rock star though. She is doing so well.

We have our Christmas party on the 21st. then the 22nd we have our ward party. Then 24th I will email you guys and we will try to work out the Skype stuff and it’s a regular working day. Then CHRISTMAS!!! Then the 26th is Boxing Day. It is a big holiday here!!! It’s as big as Thanksgiving probably so that is our P-day.

I love you guys so much! So excited. I hope you have a great week! :) love you!!!!!!!-- 

Both Sisters soaked after riding their bikes in the rain!!

Rylee and Sister Lewis getting ready for Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

10 Months.... What?!!

10 Months….. WHAT!!!!

Hey family!! Oh my gosh....You guys will not believe it when I tell you. This does NOT happen. SO guess who my companion is...Sister Lewis from the MTC!! :) Crazy!!! We are companions in Nottingham. I am so excited. This week has been insane.

E got BAPTISED!!! It was an awesome week. I will tell you guys about it at Christmas but it was a great service. He was really happy!! :) The Bishop baptized him. He also took us to have a Nigerian meal at the University. It was really good as well.

We had a great week with some less actives. I love all the people we are working with. We said our good-byes to everyone Sister Matapo wanted to go by. It was great. We went to a little Christmas party. 

I went to reflection night.  It was the first one I have gone to, Sister Matapo needed a companion since she was the only sister. It was nice to be with her. The testimony meeting was really good as well. I love to hear other missionary’s testimonies. The spirit was so strong. It made me realize this is not too far away. I know it will go by fast so I need to focus and find those people I am here for. I have this feeling I haven't met some of the people I am here for.  So I really want to find them. I feel like I have promised some people I will find I really want to!!

Today we have had a great day I spent the day with Sister Rasmussen. Helping her out. She was my companion. It was fun to get to know her. I really haven't spent that much time with her. So it was great. I really enjoyed it!
Well I love you so much! I hope you all have a great week and I will email you on Monday.I love you all so much!! :)

What an awesome day

Beautiful Sunset in Nottingham

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's My Birthday!!

Birthday Week!!

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. My birthday was awesome!! I really enjoyed it. Sister Matapo made it a good day as well. I opened my package. Mom I loved it all! Thank you so much! I cried when I opened up the calendar. I was not expecting that. Thank you SO much!! It was so sweet

This week has been really good. E is doing so well. He passed his interview!! :) Yay!! He is not sure if he is right now he isn't so his baptism will be on Saturday. So excited!!!  We had a really good lesson with Sis. E. She reads the scriptures before we get there. She is making progress. She finds it really difficult to understand the Chinese Book of Mormon so (a member) came. It was really good. Sis. E asks really good questions. Things that I don’t really know myself or how to explain them. It’s crazy to see how much I have grown...but then again how much I still need to know. I guess we are all learning.

We had a really good exchange!!! I loved it!!!! :) Working with Sister C was so fun! She is from Utah and we had a good time together. We work really well together. I hope I get to serve with her before she goes home. She goes home in April. Sister S from Belgium is her companion. She is so sweet. She talks like she is American. She is so sweet. She is a new missionary. This is her first transfer. She is SO GOOD!! She is fearless, and very bold. Many things I am still trying to work on.

We saw a lot of Less Actives this week. They are all so great! I love them all!! 4 of them came to church on Sunday. It was awesome! It is the Christmas spirit that is bringing everyone back. I love it!! The small chapel was FULL!

The English tradition is usually Christmas decorations 12 days before and 12 days after Christmas. But a family here, the Beardsmores put the decorations up early!!! :) I love it!! Now it does feel like Christmas.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!!! Love you all!!

Rylee's 22nd Birthday

Rylee's Birthday cake

Splits with the girls

Looking like Christmas in Nottingham

The streets of  Nottingham