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Monday, December 17, 2012

Letter from Kelson - Week # 34 - I'm Singing in the Rain!!!!

Good Morning From Liquid Sunshiny California!!!!

"What a glorious feeling I'm Happy again!!!" To all those who have no idea the reference of my subject and the first line of this here e-mail I apologize...your childhood was stripped from you and you should invent a time machine to go back and try again. 

It is raining!!! And I am riding a Bicycle.  .  . . .    Please take a moment to feel sorry for me...
I said a moment, not the whole day...haha

Thank you for your condolences, but I will be just fine. I am not a wicked witch, so I am safe as a cucumber. I am learning great and wonderful things about my bike though. In my last area I went trail riding a couple of times with a super sweet member of the church. Well, while I was hitting the slopes and rocking the Mountain biker adrenaline levels I hit a few trees, stumps, rocks etc...and my bike seems to be a bit beat up. My front brake is unusable and my rear brake is always rubbing. I lost the use of gear number 7, which means I only have gears 3-6 because when I fixed the bike up like 4 months ago I had to lose the use of gears 1 and 2...So, my bike has seen much better days...hehe The plus that I have found is that my back fender still works so I am not being sprayed with water as I ride down the street and I have a front head light that works. And I guess the other plus is this...I am getting my thunder thighs back because I am riding a bike everyday, anywhere between 10-20 miles a day....YAY!!!

My new area!!! I am in a rather small area that only weeks ago was considered the biggest bike area in the whole mission. The Ward boundaries changed and with the new change came a new ward, which made our ward the smallest.  We have about 100 people come to church on a good Sunday and 330 people on our records...lots of Less-Active members. Our teaching pool is super small. We added our first investigator this week and now we have someone to teach. When it comes to the work, we have it all pretty much cut out for us. We need to go out and find people who are ready and willing to be taught, and then help them feel the Spirit so they will get baptized. Seems easy enough right...uh no! When I first entered this area and heard that we had a lot of work to do, I had an overwhelming feeling of "Get me out of here and back to the area where things were flourishing!!!"  But then I went back to my last area on Saturday and saw the baptism of Pat and Pina McD (Yes, they got Baptized!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!) and I saw that I was no longer needed in that area. I felt at peace with the companionship that was there and I saw the hope and future of that area being bright. I realized that I was being selfish to try and keep all that goodness of a great area to myself. I also felt a Spirit of relief when the song "Where Can I turn for Peace" was sung at the baptism. I realized then that the Lord had put me up in the Hills for my duration of time and now He was moving me where I needed to be. I learned that I will not be given anything that I can't handle, and because that is the case I will be blessed in my new area if I have a great attitude and I work hard through Faith and relying on the Lord. I never knew I could learn so much from just short time frames in the mission field. I have only been out for 8 months and within these short months I have seen the Spirit work miracles right before my eyes. Thank you for all of your prayers...keep them coming!!! 

BTW!!! My new companion is Elder Nethercott. He is from Montana and we get along just great. We have fun and hopefully we can add some new investigators so we can learn to teach together too. This transfer is going to be great, no matter how much rain is dumped upon me, we will still see great success! 

Love ya'll and have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Elder Wheeler

P.s.MOM!!! TYPOS!!! And this time next week I will be calling you...hehehe

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Letter from Kelson - Week # 33 - Transfers, with a hint of Christmas Ghetto!!!

Good Morning From Sunny California!!!!

Guess who it is? That's right it is I, Elder Wheeler, the one and only. So I have some crazy news for the whole world to hear!!! Are you ready World??? Are you sure?...Come on put your back into it...Alright i think you're ready now...I am being transferred from the beautiful lush El Dorado Hills to the most amazing and humble place on the earth...South Sacramento, where they have roads that are off limits to missionaries after the sun goes down, and the possibility of death and mayhem...I told you that you weren't ready. Gosh, come on world get with the program. Actually it really isn't that bad at all. I am super pumped to go down to South Sac and to teach. Elder Baryshnikov actually started his mission there and he said that the people are humble and ready for me to walk into their houses and baptize them. There may be some sketchy stuff that I will be surrounded by, but who cares!!! I am going to go teach someone who needs a 20 year old kid from Ohio to come and tell them that God Loves them! I am so stoked; my companion will be Elder Nethercott and he and I are going to baptize nations this holiday season!! 

This new area is not as well off as the one I am in now, but if I were to stay among the well off I would get jaded and become a snob..."Hello" not on my top ten things to do before I die. I love the excitement that comes from moving to a new area, plus it helps me see how much of a pack rat I have become in the past few months. Right now I think I can still fit everything I have in 2 suitcases and two carrying bags, along with my bike. I am pretty good at keeping my stuff limited...I don't need anything too fancy, more temptation to have it get stolen. The area I am going to is a bike area, however, which means I am going back to riding down the street in a suit and tie talking to people we pass. I will once again build up my Thunder Thigh muscles and become the Incredible Hulk and rip my pants at the stitching on the side. I am looking forward to that, but I am not looking forward to California Winters...lots of rain.. 

That is right, there are weeks upon weeks where it just rains everyday and there is nothing I can do, but go out and work...I love working in the rain.  .     .   . . . Yeah, I am not looking forward to the rain... ;P

Enough about Transfers; I want to talk about this week. So We had a pretty remarkable week starting on Tuesday. We had our normal P-Day on Monday, but on Tuesday we received a super sweet referral from one of our recent converts, Michael Z. We went over to see him and we caught him right as he and his mom were leaving to run some errands. We talked for a few minutes, but he told us about this friend of his that he sees while out on his walks around the neighborhood. Her name is Sam C. and she is definitely searching for some stability in her life. She has 4 children under the age of 8 and she is going crazy. The reason he told us to go see her is because the day after he was baptized she asked him what was different about him...He said that he was baptized on Saturday and received the Gift of the Holy Ghost on Sunday and that was a huge change in his life. She noticed the drastic change that the atonement brought to his life and she wanted it too. We invited her to church and a Christmas party, but unfortunately the missionaries don't have the right information, so we sent her to the wrong building...we went to the wrong building, too. So she didn't go to the party and I think getting 4 children ready for church, probably made things difficult for Sunday services. So she hasn't attended either of them, but she is still wanting to meet with us which shows a great deal of Faith and a desire to change. This just goes to show that when we pray and fast for Miracles they can happen. We are going to keep teaching her and I hope that she still has the desire to join the church...If not I know that seeds were planted so she may in the future. 

Elder Baryshnikov and I are being separated ...  We are both pretty bummed. We both had such a fun transfer and enjoyed every minute of it. I really wish that he and I could have had more time to spend together preaching the Gospel and bringing more souls unto the fold. This is one of the worst parts about transfers...we make friends with our companions and then when we have to leave we can't help not wanting to say good bye. I will forever remember Elder B and I will also be part of his wedding we are most definitely hanging out after the mission. Along with the companion separation, there is the Ward/family separation. There were so many good people here that we have become such good friends with that I will probably end up living in El Dorado Hills when I am rich and famous, or at least when I have nowhere to go and I can take them up on their offers to come live in their garage.  This feeling of separation is everywhere, whether in East Sac, or El Dorado Hills, or soon to be South Sac. I guess that's what I get for leaving a part of me in every place I go. It really makes me super glad for the Plan of Salvation, because I can say that I will most definitely see all of them, because we are all part of our Heavenly Father's Eternal Family!!! And we will party like it is 2012!!! Every Day!!!

I love you all and Hope that you have a wonderful Christmas Season, filled with Joy and Gladness because of Christ.

Elder Wheeler

P.s. Mother TYPOS!!!! Love ya

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Letter from Kelson - Week # 32 - I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!!!

Good Morning From Sunny California!!!!

I know that you might be wondering why I said good morning when it is clearly almost night time...Well It is morning somewhere and that is all that matters. I apologize for the amount of time it took to write today, we have had a day full of pictures and service and Christmas card making. If you would like to receive a Christmas card, let my mother know and I will have her send me the list of addresses that I will then send out cards to. 

It has been an interesting week. We started it off with a bit of craziness. We had a few FHE (Family Home Evening) appointments and some jumping around to accommodate all the people we wanted to and needed to see. We taught many lessons this week and most of them were Member Present Lessons, so that is good for all around happiness. I do want to say thank you as always for the prayers of all those who feel so inclined to pray for the missionary work out here in Sac Town...We are being blessed exceedingly well. This past week we had 2 baptisms!!! Austin McD was baptized first, by yours truly, at 10 in the morning on Saturday, and Michael Z was baptized by our ward mission leader at 2 in the afternoon. It was a full Saturday of baptisms!!! The great blessing from these baptisms, doesn't just come from being a baptism...although that is great in any span of the imagination...The great blessing that comes from these baptisms is our mission is doing a push to have a White Christmas!!! Not of snow, but of people dressed in White. I am not sure I told you already, but in case you are someone new who hasn't been reading until now, White Christmas is where the mission wants every companionship to baptize at least one truly converted person in the month of December as a gift for our Saviour on his birthday!!!  And the cool thing is Elder Baryshnikov and I have already been blessed with 2 people baptized in December and we have prospects for 2 more on the 15th!!! I love Missionary WORK!!! Plus we are being blessed because of your prayers and the good people of the in El Dorado Hills area!

This week was super busy! We had Zone Conference this week and we had a guest general authority in the mission for it. We had Elder Bruce D. Porter of the First Quorum of the Seventy come and tell us how to be better missionaries. We also found out that because of the new influx of missionaries into the field we will be going from a mission of 170 missionaries to a mission of 250 missionaries. This huge influx will cause an exponential growth in the need for trainers. President Lewis said that every missionary we have right now may become a trainer in the near future...This is freaking not ok!!! I can't even handle myself let alone train someone. I am not ready for any kind of responsibility other than junior least I don't feel ready or want to be ready...I like being able to just be the Junior Companion and follow the Senior around and have the great blessing of being a teacher, but there is one thing that is certain, the Lord is going to put me somewhere where I don't feel comfortable and then expect me to become comfortable...grrr Whatever; thus is life.

I think that is about it for this week. It was really full, but not of anything that I really can recall and tell you, my readers, other than I am very thankful for this holiday season. I am very thankful for our Saviour Jesus Christ and his Atonement. I love the Christmas season because it reminds me of the most important birth of the whole wide world, followed closely by my own...hehe. I know that our Saviour Lives and He is watching over us. 

I exhort you to just think this season about the true meaning of Christmas and give more than you take. This season may have become all about the latest video game console or who has the coolest stuff, but I can tell you one thing...That stuff stays here when you're dead. The spirits in the Spirit World don't care if you have an Xbox 10 Bagillion!!! Their cares are focused on eternal happiness and great wealths of knowledge. 

I love you and I don't want to sound like I am condemning anyone...heck I was thinking that I needed the latest video game system, otherwise I would die when it came to Christmas...but then I saw how much richer my life became without it. I have friends all over the country and some of them will be my friend forever because we share a special bond that comes from sharing the Gospel. 

Go forth with a Heart full of service and you will have a life full of Happiness!

Elder Wheeler

p.s. Mom TYPOS!!!! They are the most important thing this holiday season...jk

Mom's Note:  Next week is transfers, so Kelson's letter will not come until Tuesday.