Mosiah 18:30

It's that time again... transfers. I'm going to serve in Elko YSA with Sister Hull! I'm going to be serving only in English (I've already served in all 3 of the Spanish areas for hermanas...) I'm a little disappointed to be serving in English, but I am really excited to serve in YSA! Transfers get easier every time, but it's still hard to leave behind so many people that I love. But hey, the whole reason we are here is to experience change... so I might as well get used to it!

This week I have learned a lot about following spiritual promptings. Last night we were driving, and we saw a young man walking on the side of the road with a basketball... so we drove past him, pulled over (where he couldn't see), got out of our car and just started walking towards him as if we were going to visit someone else. Apparently he had missed his bus, so he definitely wasn't in a good mood, but we talked to him for a minute. Turns out that he is from Romania, and he had spoken to missionaries in the past. We were able to give him a copy of the Book of Mormon that we hope he will read! We might never know why we needed to talk to him, but we both felt that we needed to. 

I am so thankful for the time that I have had to serve here in Tahoe. I continue to learn more every day, and I know that I will continue to see miracles every day in my mission!

Thought of the week: If something* isn't beautiful to you, it is only because you don't understand it well enough. (See video, haha)
*Humans included

-- Hermana Nielsen

New Address:
Hermana Kayci Nielsen
3356 Bell Ave
Elko, NV 89801

-We saw a bear! Finally. My Tahoe life is complete, I can leave now XD

-Our hike in Tahoe last Monday!

-Isn't it beautiful?! Our ceiling fan wobbles at a perfect resonance frequency with the wire that hangs down!

Moroni 7:27

Buenos Dias!

For Father's day, Hermana Eardley and I sang "Love is Spoken Here" in sacrament meeting! (We recorded us singing it without the piano, I hope the attachment works). It was cool, it was the first time I had ever sung in public with just one other person. Our investigator Francisco walked to church! And a less active, Michelle, came to church!!! She has never come since I've been in Tahoe, so I don't know how long it's been since she came to church. 

We made a new record last night: We had 3 families try to feed us dinner. We made the mistake of showing up to visit a couple families while they were cooking, which means that eating something ourselves is mandatory haha. Luckily we got away with taking most of the food home to eat later, or we probably would have just exploded. I love Hispanic culture; I'm never going to go hungry!

Funny phone call:
*Our investigator Linda calls* (She's a bit older...)
"Hi, this is Sister Eardley and Sister Nielsen"
"Hi, This is Linda. I've met some of your sisters... Sister Nielsen and Sister Eardley... and I would like to get in contact with them. Could you have them contact me. My address is ____ and my phone number is ___. Bye!"
And then she just hung up! I guess she thought that she was leaving a message haha. We called her back and she just said "That was fast!" Hahaha ella es muy "linda"! Hermana Eardley was laughing so hard that she couldn't even talk to her, so she had to hand me the phone. 

I know that we can continue to see miracles as we are obedient to the commandments! Have an awesome week!

-- Hermana Nielsen

Pictures of my exchange in Fallon! I got to see all of my favorite people :)

It has been brought to my attention that I sent the wrong file XD haha hopefully this is the right one. We can't listen to anything on these computers, sooo...

But it worked out, because I also forgot to share our biggest miracle this week! We forgot our traveling area book at home, so we decided to go back and get it. We then decided to go visit our investigator Linda, who lives just a couple doors down from us. When we got there, she told us that she had been praying that we would come! (Her phone wasn't working, so she couldn't call us). We just started talking to her about her baptism, and we told her that she could be baptized on the 22nd, and she accepted! It was perfect! The cool thing is that Heavenly Father used our bad memory to make that miracle happen. He used our weakness for good. That give Ether 12:27 a whole new meaning, doesn't it?

Alma 27:4

Last Monday our zone hit some golf balls into a lake for our zone activity. It was really fun. My arms were really sore the next day... I don't think I use my golfing muscles very often haha.

On Sunday my companion and I got to give talks! It was the first (and might be the only) time in my life when I actually asked our bishop for the chance to speak. We wanted to talk all about missionary work and get the ward excited! Our ward is already very missionary-minded, but I think that it was a great opportunity, and we loved it. I was the last speaker, which made me nervous, but I ended right on time!

My companion and I had a fun experience last night! All of our plans and back-ups had fallen through, and we had an hour left of the day, so we did the only thing that we could do, and we prayed. We each said individual prayers, and I just wasn't getting anything, so I finally just prayed for Hermana Eardley to receive the answer. Moments later, her head popped up, and she suggested that we go see two potentials that were nearby. They weren't home, but their room mate answered the door, and we were able to give him a Book of Mormon and talk for a bit. He said that his room mates were probably washing their clothes. That's when I got the idea to just go to the laundromat, because why not? So we went, and we actually found two of our investigators that we had just been looking for that weren't home either. We felt really stalkerish... but they didn't even ask us what we were doing there hahaha They were just waiting for their clothes... so we read Alma 32 with them, in the laundromat! It was cool that we both had to receive a piece of revelation to get us to that point and finally have a lesson with them. 

Thought of the week:
"Not all missionaries have name-tags, and not all angels have wings."

-- Hermana Nielsen

-This picture would be a lot cooler... if the golf ball wasn't still there XD

-More golfing!

-There is finally a Chick-fil-a in our mission!!!! And it happens to be just a few minutes from where we have district meetings every week... so guess where we went for breakfast!

-This was last Monday, where we had a lesson with one of our investigators!

-...And this is today. Just in case you got the impression that our weather was back to normal

2 Nefi 30:5

Fun experiences this week:
-A drunk man came up to us while we were walking down the street, asked us to pray with him, and then invited us to go to the bar with him
-Another drunk and/ or high man asked why we were in his parking spot, what church we were from, what we were doing, where the alligators are, and then told us that we had to help him draw an alligator in his parking space. 

I'm not sure I could list or adequately illustrate all of the experiences that I have had, this week and on my whole mission, that have strengthened my testimony of the Word of Wisdom. Let's just say that it is definitely inspired...

I got to do exchanges with Hermana Ortiz (my granddaughter) this week! She is so sweet, and she is such a great missionary! I am one proud abuelita!

I have been reading "Jesus the Christ," and one thing that I thought was interesting, is that some Jews basically said "We know that he can't be the Messiah, because the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem!"....... To them, it was perfectly sound logic, except that they were completely ignorant of the fact that Jesus was born in Bethlehem! It reminds me a lot of the logic that missionaries get to hear all the time... "Your church is bad because you worship Joseph Smith!" Well, actually, we don't... Sooo make sure you have all the facts!

-- Hermana Nielsen

-Our new best friend Sister Ruch! The Ruch's spend every summer here in Tahoe, so we are excited to have them in the ward!