Monday, April 22, 2013

Hey Family! 
So this week has drastically improved from last week and this email does not even begin to do it justice. So we have been working with this girl. she is 24 and has 4 little girls and she is amazing!
So we taught her the Restoration about 2 weeks ago and tried and tried to get in and teach her the plan of salvation for two weeks and we were starting to get discouraged because we know that she is so prepared... but finally we were able to get in with her and teach her the plan of salvation... and what happens next made the weeks o discouragement worth every second!
So as we laid out our visual for the Plan of Salvation, as we explained that we lived with our heavenly father before we came to the earth, she gasped and looked up at us with tear filled eyes and asked "are you serious?" we explained that we were completely serious and she stopped and just sobbed and then when she had composed herself, she looked at us and appoligized for her crying and then she explained that for her entire life, she has always felt that there was more to this life and that she believed that she lived with god before this life, but when she would try to talk to her family about it they would always tell her that she was crazy, over and over again she would hear this and she was beginning to think that they were right and beginning to loose hope. so when she heard this message, she was filled with peace. 
I can't even begin to tell you about the power that was in this lesson. Family, i have never seen a reaction quite like hers, and i will never forget it as the spirit told her heart that the things we were telling her were true, and her light turned on and for the first time in her life she discovered the truth and knew that there was a purpose to this life. by the end of the lesson she said 
"sisters, im a momron, thats it, i have to be a mormon" so needless to say, but im gonna say it anyway, she has a date for the 5th of may! :) 
We went over there last night and taught her the Gosple of Jesus Christ and it was another powerful lesson, the spirit was so strong and i knew that i was teaching by the spirit because my mind was clear and our mouths were filled with the perfect words that she needed to hear... and i could have talked all night but i needed to let my comp teach her part of the lesson! ;) we now have a baptism to prepare for... my greenie will see a baptism... i unfortunatly have the feeling that i will be getting transferred on the 1st of may so i wont get to see it all the way through. But at least she is getting baptized! We worked hard this week and we were blessed far beyond what we thought we could be... the lord does that, he blesses us far beyond what we ever expect... God is Great! 
well family i love you and i hoe you all are enjoying your week.       
LOVE Sister Dannika Nielsen


Hey Family, well im still alive... and i assume that y"all are staying pretty busy! 
This past week has been very discouraging... i have definatly felt the weight of this little black tag that i wear... i have felt the weight of training, and to be honest i have been kind of down this week... but miracles have never ceased. I was WISPing yesterday... (wollowing in self pitty) ha ha and then after church we went tracting and i had the oprotunity to bare my testimony to a couple of people and it brightened my mood. It is amazing how a simple testimony of truth can turn even the gloomiest of moods into a better one.
we are continuing to work with Jazzmin the moter of four... but this past week she missed our appointments for whatever reason... ehhhh i feel so pressured to show my greenie a baptism... so that she can experience every aspect of the work... and i am pretty sure that i am getting transferred on may 1st... so i only have 2 and a half weeks to help prepare jazzmin for baptism... anxiety level is high this week... oh... and we found out that now with the influx of sisters, that sisters will hold leadership positions ... Sister Training Leaders they will be over exchanges for sisters and corridinating all things sister.... ehhh they will have to train in zone conferences and leadership training confrences... eh... now anxiety level is sky high just knowing that i could possible get a leadership position.... ehhh well family i love you ill talk to you later
have a good week
Sister Dannika Nielsen

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Work Is Progressing!!!!!

So This week was great! we had our investigator with us at conference. She LOVED it. she had written some questions down, and she said that they were all answered! HOW GREAT IS THE LORD!
anyway, i know she will be getting baptized soon... we are seeing her tihis week and are going to give her a date for the 21 of april! She already agreed to be baptized, and after she said she would, she asked if there were any classes she needed to take in order to be baptized.... ha ha yep... we will teach you all you need to know!  
Family, this young woman is so spiritually mature, she amazes me. She is the motherto 4 beautiful little girls and she is only my age... she has been through so much and has a wealth of wisdom from her experiences... she is such a good mom! I know that in the gosple she can find peace and she is so prepared to recieve it. I have never met a person who is more prepared for the gosple than she is at this time in her life! We love her so much. she is already telling us that she want's invitations to our weddings... these people that we meet out here are our friends forever. Our missions are not just eighteen months, but we will be serving these people for the rest of our lives... when you help someone find something as precious as the gosple, you become a permanent part of their lives.... i love this calling! i love these people! and my heart will be torn when i am released. I really can't wait for yall to meet these people who will forever have a piece of my heart.
well family i love you so much and i hope your week is going well
Sister Dannika Nielsen

Monday, April 1, 2013

Slow Week...but the work goes on

So it sounds like all is well in the Nielsen home! life is carrying on as usual. :)
well this past week had been a bit of a downer as far as finding investigators goes... Sister Reese and i are out tracting all the time but having little success... but we keep positive, because nothing good comes when we are discouraged.... discouragement weakens faith... and we defiantly dont want that
We are trying to work with this awesome mother of 4 who seem super elect, but every time we set up an appointment something always happens to prevent her from meeting with us.... Satan is hard at work... but we keep trying because we know that god is greater and it will all come together when and how it is supposed to.
I had the opportunity to go back to Suwanee on Saturday to  support one of my investigators at his baptism! what a great day that was! There is nothing better than walking into a stake center and hearing running water as the baptismal font is being filled, and the one that we have come to love gets dressed in white and you can see the light of Christ shining in their eyes! What a miracle! i love it the only thing i can think of that would match it would be to hold your children in your arms for the first time! I am so blessed to get to witness these great things and to be aiding in the moving forward of the Lords work. I also got to see Sister Henderson.... awww how i miss them! it was good to see members from the Suwanee ward too and my old comp and the Suwanee elders! ehhh i didn't want to leave!  
So yesterday we (sister Reese the Assistants and i) all had dinner @ president and sister wolferts home... it was so nice to be there with them.. The Assistants volunteered us to give the spiritual thought after dinner and to be completely honest i was SO nervous! but it turned out beautifully i just bore powerful testimony of the atonement and my experiences with its enabling power and the spirit was right there testifying to the hearts of all who were in the room that my words were true.... i love the spirit! because no matter how in-eloquent your words are, if the spirit is there, it doesn't matter! but after that thought, sister wolfert just told everyone at the table that she knew that i had indeed applied the atonement in my life here on the mission because of my rough start she said that i could have easily have chosen to give up and go home, but i didn't and they wer so proud of me for it! i was so honored that she would say those things about me... and then she called me her poster child... oh boy, i don't know if i would go that far, because i am far from perfect, ha ha but i just thought that was funny. I so love President and Sister Wolfert, i didn't ever think i could become close to them, but i know now that they will forever be in my heart. i am so glad for the relationships that i have been making here on my mission, they are some that will remain with me forever!
I am learning so much out her and i am loving almost every minute of it... there are still some rough days, but i know that with the lord as my guide, i CAN get through them... the most wonderful thing about having a testimony, is being able to help others.... because i know that Christ died for us to free us from sin and ease our burdens, i can tell people with surety that he lives and that all things through him can be made right and can be eased.... i know this with all my heart to be true!  I can't even imagine what it would be like to not have this knowledge... life would be so much harder! I love my lord and savior Jesus Christ! he is MY enabler he has helped me get through some challenges that i thought i would NEVER be able to get through! and i know he can be that for every person on this earth... IF they will but let him... the key word being if.... (as my grandpa wells says and i will never forget) "it's such a small word, but it has such a powerful meaning, because it requires us to act" But, when we do act... Heavenly Father can not withhold the blessings he has promised. His hand is continuously outstretched, he is ALWAYS waiting for us to come unto him! and when we do, he will with loving arms welcome us!
Family i love Yall so much and i hope that during this easter season and through out the year, you are remembering your savior and what he has done for you.... i do truly stand all amazed at the love he offers me! I will never be able to adequately express my feelings toward my savior, that is why i am glad that the Lord looks on the heart, because my heart sings his praise when my words can not!
I love you and hope your week is awesome!
Love with all my heart 
Sister Dannika Nielsen