John 4:35-36

"Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit until life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together"... John 4:35-36

Monday, May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012

We were able to do an audio conference call via Skype on Mother's Day with Dustin and our family.  It was so good to talk to him and hear his voice.  He is doing so well and sounds happy and content.  He has a slight accent but still sounds like the good old Dustin we all know and love.  We can talk to him again on Christmas day; only 7 months and 12 days to wait!

Because we just talked to him he didn't send a letter this week.

He did tell us that as a branch activity they will be killing a goat and about 20 chickens.  He also said a couple of phrases in another language for us...I can't repeat them.  He is on an english speaking mission.  In Domboshawa most of the people speak Shona. 

Also in that area he told us that very few people have electricity.  He is close to a member there that helps them translate who is a brick maker.  Dustin has helped haul the dirt to make the bricks.  He also said that they will be building a grass hut.  What a different way of life this young man is leading in Africa. 

Dustin said it's about 80 degrees there and they are going into winter.  It's a different kind of cold for him because of the humidity.

He is healthy, safe and happy. 
He sent some new pictures. 
We have to delete older photos to add new ones to the blog. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Photos and Letters are updated.  Good luck following his letters....I give up on the time consuming job of corrections.  :)  We love and miss Elder Nellesen but he's doing an amazing job in the mission field.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Updated Photos

New photos of Elder Nellesen with his second companion Elder Duwa from Malawi, Africa.  Also eating caterpillars!

Monday, February 13, 2012


I finally am caught up on the blog. There are so called new letters in "letters" and lots on photos in "photos".

Elder Nellesen is doing well.  We miss and love him very much!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I know I'm behind....I'll update on Sunday!  Sorry! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

P Day Letters for two Weeks....

Two weeks of short letters are posted on the Letters page and plenty of new photos on the Photos page.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sending Packages?

If you are going to send Elder Nellesen a package allow plenty of time.  Also please look at the Mail Service Page as it is much more expensive to go anywhere but directly to the post office if you are using a flat rate box.  Just an FYI

The First P Day for 2012!

We were so excited to receive so many pictures of Elder Nellesen, his Christmas and adventures in Zimbabwe.  He truly looks as though he is thoroughly enjoying himself, making the best of what he has and letting his personality shine!  Watch for his letter in the next day or two.  Meanwhile take a look at his photos in the Photos Page.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Day Call 2011

[12/22/2011 11:24:00 AM] Zimbabwe AP's: Hi Sister Nellesen. May we recommend that you Skype with Elder Nellesen at  3.30pm CAT (which will be 6.30am your time on Sunday 25 December).

Call from Sister Dube (aka Elder Nellesen), duration 32:45.

We were so excited to not only hear Elder Nellesen's voice but thanks to skype we were also able to see his face.  He had been to a lake the day before and got his face pretty sunburned.  There is no sunscreen in Zimbabwe so he's been using it very sparingly. 

He has got a new slight accent pronouncing his "t" very strong and proper.  For instance, he mentioned a water bottle.  When we heard his say the words it was waTer boTTle.  In such a short time he's gained this accent so by the time Mother's Day comes we most likely will notice an even stronger accent. 

He skyped us for 30 minutes from the mission home in Harare, Zimbabwe.  He is learning to bare his testimony in another language with the help of the branch missionaries.  I don't know for sure the name of that language.  There is some clicking in the language.  He could say a couple words for us in another language but again I don't know what language it is.  He is on an English speaking mission.

He was able to take a shower at the mission home, something he hasn't been able to do since he was there last, on November 3.  He also told us he's only had meat 5 times because the power goes out so it's hard to keep food at safe temperatures.  He confirmed that they are hoping to move on Dec. 31 to a better place with a shower.  This place is next to a butchery as he called it, which is a butcher shop where he can get meat regularly. 

He is given $120 US dollars every two weeks.  Or as he said one hundred twenTy dollars to spend. He has a lot of money left because there isn't much to buy there.  He said he bought 12 elder's breakfasts that day for $20.  But he also had a hamburger the day before for $21.

He looked good, He looked happy, He's a little sick of the camping idea of 74 days but overall He is doing well and very good things. 

He told us that they eat Sadza a lot.  They eat with their hands there.  He plans on fixing us some sadza when he gets home.  

It was awesome to see him and hear his voice.  We all enjoyed it very much.