Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016--Week 59

Hey everyone,

I hope you all are doing well. I don't have a lot of time... again. We have a few appointments at the most inconvenient times today making our email time super short. But that's life. 

This week's highlight was going to the temple with Rocksan. Such a great experience. We went with our bishop and his wife. Other than that, we are finding all day every day. Pray for us to be led to prepared people who want to listen to us. 

I love you all and hope you have a great week!
-Elder Nickerl

Oh PS—This week I was told I probably wouldn't go back to the Korean program. Super mixed feelings on that. I love those people, but there is no work there. So I am officially an English only missionary for the rest of my mission.

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016--Week 58

Hey everyone,

Pretty crazy week. It is weird how God literally has just brought people to us this week. All of our own efforts seem like we are just wasting time, but then randomly, we will get a referral or an idea of where we need to be and suddenly prepared people come to us. It is amazing. God is real and this has to be his work. There is no way some of these people would get to us otherwise. 

This week has had too many cool things so I will just talk about a few and then if I have nothing to say next week, I will just pretend the things from this week happened next week and write about them then :) Just kidding, but really maybe I will do that. 

So we had the Philadelphia Temple dedication this week and that was amazing! We went and had an incredible experience. Rocksan also went (at a different time) with some members from our ward.  It was great that she went with them because it means she is transitioning away from missionaries and to the ward. We are going to go to the temple with her this week to do some work for her ancestors which will be a super great experience for her. She has been doing family history for a few weeks and has gotten very excited about all of it. She also has been teaching us the missionary lessons (First because then she can learn from preparing the lessons and second because then we can see what she does not understand) and it has been going so well. She could already teach Gospel Principles class, which would be nice since we don't have a teacher. She is so solid. 

Also, this week we found some really awesome new investigators. One family, a single man, and then a young teenager. I'll hold off on their details till next week, but they are all so prepared there is no way they all fall through. So we will see. Miracles are real all around—especially in the little details. 

Also today at Walmart, we found some Korean pepper paste (Go Choo Jang) and some Korean barbeque stuff so now we can make Korean food forever cause we stocked up a lot. I hope you are all having a great week and I hope you enjoy this next one. 

Love you all!
-Elder Nickerl

PS--Get stoked for General Conference in 13 days! Don't miss it :D  

1.  My favorite... Weekly planning on couch. Our couch is on top of our bunk bed so it's the best place to think and do weekly planning. 

2.  It's really nice to be able to have Korean food again. And now I'm learning how to make it so I will not have to go without again. I love life.

3.  I don't remember which day it was a couple weeks ago. And so we made french fries right before going to bed. Super bad idea... I hadn't made fried food in like 4 months and we have been eating super super healthy. I was pretty sick the next day. But hey they tasted good. But never again. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016--Week 57

Hey everyone,

This has been a pretty cool week! It's the first week of transfers and I am now with Elder Gim. It's cool having a Korean companion again because he makes Korean food. So that's really awesome because I forgot how much I missed it. So good.

Other than the food being awesome, we have some pretty cool things going on. Rocksan is getting ready to go to the temple this next week, our members are getting more and more excited about missionary work, and next Sunday is the temple dedication for the Philadelphia temple.

We're working to find a lot of investigators because we have none. But they will come. It's gonna be great. This week it's going to be a flood of new investigators. You will see, just wait till next week. That's really about it for the week!  I hope you are all doing great! 

Have a great week!

-Elder Nickerl

Monday, September 5, 2016

September 5, 2016--Week 56

Hey everyone!

Here's the updates on the week. I hope this works okay, not sure how it works, but I saw the sisters doing it a few weeks ago and it looked like a quick easy way to email home, so I'm trying it out.  Let me know how this works out and if there are any problems or concerns with it. 

Just a quick thought on something I have been thinking a lot about. Last night we got our transfer calls and found out what was happening. I was a little worried because I feel like we are running out of new ideas and things to try in this area before we go to knocking doors all day every day when all of the sudden it just came to me--just as it did right before we found Rocksan a few weeks ago-- in a quiet reassuring feeling and it was as if I felt a voice saying, “Don't worry, you don't need to know what to do or where to go, because I do" and at that moment, I knew all would be okay because if I strive my best, God WILL lead the way and he will help us find those people who are prepared. I know it is true. I am really excited to see how things will continue to change here. I know that this is all true. God lives and he loves us. He will show us where we need to be and how to be the happiest in our lives, but we have to seek and look. Just like any parent, he won't give us everything we want, but he will teach us the way to be successful. 

I love you all and hope you have a great week! —Elder Nickerl