Monday, April 24, 2017

See You On The Other Side

Hola Todos!
This is the last email I will send home as a missionary. My heart is breaking and tears are coming out of my ojos. :) This has been the best 18 months for my life. Maybe I didnt enjoy every minute but I sure did grow every minute. I have seen more miracles than I can even explain. I feel so grateful to come to know my Savior and His goodness through the lives of others and in my own life. I will never be the same. I feel as Alma felt when he said: Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.

I know that God is real. Because I feel Him. He answers my prayers. I know that the Church is true. Because I have seen the truth of it in my life. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God and did indeed see God the Father and His Son jesus Christ. I know that the Plan of Salvation is real. I know that the Atonement is the biggest gift we have been given. The atonement has changed me and continues changing me. I will never be the same. 

I invite you all to pray tonight and ask to feel His love. I promise you will feel it. I have felt it every day for 18 months. 

Thank you for all that have read, written, or sent me. I feel so much support. thank you thank you thank you. I cannot express my gratitude. 

Les amo! See you on the other side!
Con amor,
Hermana Kelson (for not much longer) 

Leah will be speaking on May 21st at 1:00. She will be speaking at the church on the corner of 200 N 200 E
 She hopes to see you all there. Thank you for all your support in her journey.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Hola Todos!

This week we had 2 Easter Capilla Abiertas! Its was wonderful. WE talked about how to find peace in this life. It is so true that the gospel brings us peace in every part of our lives. I am so grateful for the knowledge of the gospel. 

WE also had zone conference and enjoyed LOTS of easter candy. Its a big thing here too. :) Our President talked about the Book of Mormon. I am a testimony of the BOok of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has changed me. I know that the council from the prophet to read it every day is divine inspiration. If you want to have a clear mind and heart, read the Book of Mormon!

The area is a litle slow. There is a phrase here in chile that is ¨We walked more than the mormons!¨ And we have been using it to contact this week to make people laugh. Becuase we really have walked our tails off! My shoes are so dirty the dont look like shoes.

My companion is hilarious and we are speaking lots of english to help her learn it. She speaks really well actually. But it is funny when we start talking about Disney movies and she realizes the names of the characters and we laugh ourselves silly. 

I want to testify that HE LIVES! And not just sometimes. But always. He lives to hear our cries and help dry our tears. I am so grateful for my Savior. I can say now that I know Him. I love Him. 

I love you all so much. The mission is the best thing that has ever happened to me!
All my love,
Hermana Kelson

Monday, April 10, 2017

Savior On The Mount

Hola Todos!
This week was pretty under the radar. We did 2 exchanges and I got to be with some NEW missionaries. One that only has been here for 2 weeks and another that has been here for only 5 months. They gave me excitement and hopefully I could share some wisdom with them, but lets be honest. I STILL DONT KNOW ANYTHING! :)
I finished the new testament in SPANISH! I have grown so much closer to my Savior in doing so! Goodness I love the scriptures!

Also my companion is hilarious. I think I have more abs thanks to her.
This week after my slap in the face from conference with family history I was studying about it and realized the term ¨savior on the mount.¨As we do family history we act as the Savior did and do a work that these people cannot do on their own. How incredibly beautiful. So if you want to experience the atonement in a new way, DO FAMILY HISTORY!
I love you all so much!

Hermana Kelson 1

Good Intentions

Hola Todos!

I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me enough to help me change. Goodness. I have learned so much this week. He takes us out of our comfort zones and makes us become more like him.

Meet this little dragonfly we found!

This week we found a new famliy to teach. The mom is named Maria and her daughter is Franchesca. Maria is the hardest worker I have ever met. She has 4 daughters that she provides for, is single, and didnt even finish elementary school. She has such a positive attitude aobut life. Even though she cant read very well she has been trying to read the Book of Mormon. We taught about temples with their family (a new tatic we are trying to invite people to be baptized which is AMAZING!) and we inviting them to be bapitized. The Spirit was SO strong and they said yes if they feel it is right. Straight up milagros!!

This week our toilet got clogged and went WACKO! I wont go into details but lets just say it was GROSS! We had to buy a powder that I am pretty sure wouldnt be legal in the US without a license because it has a chemical reaction and explodes. You ahve to use a mask and gloves to use it. Which I didnt have so we improvised. Pictures included. :)

This week we used the bikes a lot. It has been a while since I have been on a bike and my tushy is feelin it but it has been really fun too. I got a break from the bikes when we did exchanges and I got to know even more wonderful hermanas! It was Hermana Hill´s (she is in the picture with me) birthday this week so we decided to make her brownies. Our only pan was a circular one so they cooked really weird and looked a little burned on top. We decided to put powered sugar on top but only had normal sugar. We put it in the blender and put it on top without trying them because we just trusted that it would be alright. Turns out the ¨powdered sugar¨ was actually salt. Talk about nasty! I was thinking about how many times I do that in my spiritual life as well. Sometimes I have really good intentions and do the work at hand but not the way that is asked. Thus the results are less than desirable. We see this in scripture study, saying our prayers, visiting teaching, schooling, etc. . . We do the task at hand but without the necessary ingrediants. For example reading our scriptures but just opening to whichever palce and reading 3 verses and calling it our scripture study. It doesnt work like that. LIfe is SO much sweeter when we follow ALL the directions that God gives us. Luckily, He still sees our good intentions and blesses us still. He is so merciful. 

Also conference was the bomb and I have lots of things to improve. 

I love you all dearly!
All my love,
Hermana Kelson 1