2 Nephi 9:52

This has been an amazing week! Thanksgiving was so much fun, I got to have dinner with the Familia Coto again! We also had dinner with an active member who has a less active husband. He was active when I was in the branch before, but my companions had never met him. We were able to talk with him, and even set a return appointment with him! It was a huge miracle!

This week we were able to start sharing the "Light the World" initiative!! It is amazing, you should definitely go to mormon.org to learn about the Christmas initiative!

So last Saturday was the branch activity for Thanksgiving. We met 2 new potential investigators there, Miriam and Jessica. Turns out, there are actually 5 people in their family, and this week we started teaching all of them! The mother of the family, Miriam, is especially interested in our message, because she wants her family to come closer to God. She said that she wants to start bringing her kids to the youth activities! Our very first lesson with them was last Monday evening, and I learned an interesting lesson. We got to know the family a bit and explained our purpose. Miriam had been invited to come to the activity by her friend in the branch, Rosa. Miriam also mentioned that she had been to one other branch activity in the past... she went to the Thanksgiving activity last year as well. I was at the Thanksgiving activity last year. There were, in fact, a total of 6 missionaries at that activity last year, but apparently none of us even introduced ourselves to her. We were too busy eating, talking among ourselves, and talking to members. Who knows how many non-members were there that we didn't meet. Miriam might have been ready to accept the gospel even a year ago, and if I had been a better missionary, her family could have begun their gospel journey back then. Well, I have learned a lot in the past year, and I have grown and improved as a missionary. At the activity last week, I knew my purpose and I talked with as many people as I possibly could, especially the ones that I didn't recognize. Now, we have a beautiful new family to teach! If I hadn't been prepared this year, either, Miriam and her family might have had to wait that much longer to hear the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. When I got transferred back into the Rama Sierra, I thought that maybe Heavenly Father was telling me that I had some unfinished business to take care of, and I think I was right. I learned a lot from this experience. When we aren't prepared spiritually, we miss out on opportunities. It makes me sad to think about all the opportunities that I missed out on a year ago, when I didn't know how to do missionary work. But at the same time, I am thankful for all that I have learned, and Heavenly Father has allowed me to see just how far I have come. I still wouldn't say that I am a perfect missionary by any means, but I am thankful that the grace of Jesus Christ is sufficient. I am thankful that everything happens in the Lord's timing. I am thankful for all that I have learned, about missionary work and about life! 

I don't know exactly how to put into words the things that I learned from that experience, but I hope it makes sense. Have a great week!

-- Hermana Nielsen

Alma 29:4-7

It was an amazing week this week! On Saturday, we had the opportunity to have a "mini-missionary" with us for the day. Since we are already in a trio, that made 4 of us, so we did splits for most of the day. Her name was Kenzie, and she is amazing! She doesn't really speak Spanish, but we did some language study so that she would be able to participate in a lesson with our investigators, Alejandro and Rocio! She did amazing! It was a great lesson, and they accepted the invitation to be baptized! Kenzie later texted us and thanked us for an amazing day. She said that she no longer has any doubts about serving a mission, and she is excited to serve, especially if it is in Spanish! 

Also Saturday evening, we had a dinner for Thanksgiving! It was cute, because most Hispanics aren't used to celebrating thanksgiving, but they do now since they live in the US. So for the dinner we had salad, turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, posole, and horchata, hahaha. It was a huge success all around, especially for missionary work! There were a ton of less active members, part member families, and non members that the members had invited! We found 2 new potential investigators in our area, and 1 for the elders, too!

In church on Sunday I got to conduct the music again, and Hermana Eardley helped to translate a talk from a high council member. In Sunday school, all the missionaries sang "We Thank Thee, Oh God for a Prophet," and we helped set up a video for the class. My companions and I were also asked to help teach a sunday school class for some of the youth, which was fun! It was a great day, because we were able to serve so many different members! I'm so glad that the members trust us and that they feel comfortable asking us for help. Member trust is a huge thing that I've wanted to keep growing, so it is cool to see how we are rewarded according to our desires!

-- Hermana Nielsen

We went exploring downtown Reno last Monday with a member. Look, Mom, is this enough pictures?! I have more, too, don't worry ;)

Enos 1:12

It's a great week to be a missionary!!! This Sunday was my first official Sunday back in the Rama Sierra, because last week we had a regional conference. It has been so fun to see so many members again, and also to meet some new faces. One of the most amazing things for me has been to see that Evelyn (who I taught!) and other converts that got baptized when I was here before, like the Coto family, are staying strong and fulfilling callings in the branch! It is amazing, because if I were a new missionary/ member in the branch, I would never pick some of these people out as being converts to the church! I just love missionary work!

Joanne is continuing to progress, and she is finding strength in the gospel every day. On Saturday we were able to attend a baptism with her, and she kept saying "I want to be her. I want to get in the water!" Joanne is seriously more converted to the gospel than most members; it is incredible! 

I also had the opportunity to do an exchange in Tahoe this week, and teach some more old investigators! That was a treat. Luckily there wasn't too much snow there, yet...

In relief society this week, we talked about reaching out to others. Something that one sister said that I really enjoyed was something along the lines of "Don't feel sorry for yourself if you feel lonely and no one is reaching out to you, but you be the one to reach out!" I've been thinking a lot about how I can do more to go out of my way to be friendly. I don't feel lonely very often, but I need to remember that other people do, and even if I don't need a friend, someone else might. Go be someone's friend!

-- Hermana Nielsen

-Snow on the way to Tahoe!


Doctrina y Convenios 4:4

Well, I'm back in Reno! I take that as a sign from Heavenly Father that I have some unfinished business to take care of! I love being back in my first area for a variety of reasons. First of all, I just love the Rama Sierra, and I have been able to see so many amazing members again! Second of all, the area is more or less the same, but I am a far better missionary than when I began my mission, so there are so many more possibilities! I have been thinking of so many ideas for how to build up this area, and how to leave it better than I found it. I am excited to apply all of the things that I have learned to the work here in the Rama! Also, I love speaking Spanish again! It's good to know that I didn't loose too much of my Spanish when I was in Elko, haha!

Oh my goodness, I have to tell you about our investigator, Joanne! When I first came to the mission field a year ago, we had a recent convert named Graciela. Graciela is an older woman, and she was baptized just before I got to Reno. Well, Graciela lives with her daughter, Joanne. We knew Joanne, and we talked with her a bit, but she was very Catholic, and she didn't have much interest in meeting with us regularly. She came to a couple activities, and she always respected the missionaries and the LDS church. Well, the day after I got into the area, we had a lesson with her, and I found out how much her faith has grown! She wants to get baptized so badly, and right now the only thing holding her back, is that she has to stop smoking. She reads the Book of Mormon every day, she prays constantly, and she has begun coming to church consistently as well. She wants to get baptized as soon as possible, because in December she is moving to... wait for it... South Carolina! Anyway, she is incredible. This week she called us and told us "I just want you to know that I was packing, and I found a bunch of crosses and Catholic stuff, but I threw it all away because I believe in the Mormon church now." That is true conversion! 

What are you willing to throw away, literally or metaphorically, because you believe?

-- Hermana Nielsen

-Rolled ice cream in Elko!

-That moment when we find goats in someone's driveway...

-My beautiful companions!

Mosiah 10:21

Our investigator, Danny, will officially be getting baptized on November 22nd! I am so excited for him, he is so prepared! Yesterday, a less active named Cricket came to church again! He has so much desire to return to the church, it is incredible! 

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week we didn't have a car, but luckily we have bikes, and amazing members who are willing to drive us around all day! Mica, a recently returned missionary, drove us around Tuesday evening. We were able to catch a less active member named Cory that we have tried a bunch of times. We had a powerful lesson with him, and he even allowed us to set a return appointment this time!

This week all of the sisters in our mission got together in Sparks for some specialized traning! I got to see almost all of my past companions, which was amazing! The spirit was so strong as we were able to gather together as sisters and learn together. I 

So... transfer calls... I thought I would be safe in Elko, but I am going to the Rama Sierra! If you don't remember... that was my very first area!!! I am so torn and sad to be leaving Elko YSA, with so many great things happening, and so many people that I love... but I am also so excited to be able to go back to Reno and see more people that I love! And the really spooky news, just in time for Halloween: I will be in a trio! I have never been in a trio before, so I would be lying if I said that I wasn't a bit scared. But my new companions will be Hermana Eardley (one of my past companions in Tahoe!) and Hermana Antonio! After the hurricane that destroyed Puerto Rico, all of their missionaries were evacuated. Hermana Antonio is from the Dominican Republic, and she was serving in Puerto Rico when it happened. She arrived in our mission (along with 5 other missionaries) several weeks ago. I had the opportunity to meet her this week, and she is so sweet! She hardly speaks any English, which means Spanish 24/7! I am so excited!

-- Hermana Nielsen

New/ Old Address haha
Hermana Kayci Nielsen
Reno, NV 89502

-Las hermanas de la mission!