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Monday, February 24, 2014

Letter From Kelson - Week #96 - Families are Forever, and Friends last that Long too!!!

Good Morning From Sunny California!!!!

Have I told you how wonderful my mission is??? I think it is really great! I love every minute, of every hour, of every day, of every week, of every month, of every transfer, of every quarter, of every bi-annual, of every tri-quarter annual, of every annual, of every 2 annual moment!!!! I just LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

Hola - Sister Dalley

My keyboard has been jacked and hacked and I now have an interruption in my thought process and e-mail... This is where a face and palm become best friends and meet each other often as life continues on in motion.

I wanted to tell you of the most amazing experiences I have been having this past week as I have seen some of the fruits of my hard labors, and the Lord has shown me the tender mercies of His hand. This past week I had the opportunity to have 2 families from past areas come and visit for an hour or so and share a meal with me. One of them was a family from my second area; they are totally awesome! This same family has been very actively writing me and also meeting me in my areas for a meal and some quality time...mainly around my birthday and now. As I was able to share this meal and talk with them about how life is going and the things that are happening in their lives and how they have been affected by the Gospel, I began to think about how lucky I was to be called to serve here in the California Sacramento mission and what a great family to be friends with. They make me feel welcome, they have funny sayings and funny jokes, as well as their constant ability to make me smile. I am grateful that they are in my life now, and that the Lord has helped me to become a part of their family. This was on Monday afternoon that I saw them.  Then on Saturday another family, different from the one before, came up from Stockton to visit with my companion and myself and Elder Badger and his companion. It was fun.  I don't know if you remember Arturo G. from my letters about Stockton, but it was him. Now this guy is my Stockton Miracle!!! As I think back on my time in Stockton, it was really hard.  I was training, there was a new area and new people, the work wasn't progressing because we were having a hard time finding people who were solid enough to come to church. We also were dealing with some member drama that had directly affected us as missionaries and so in the midst of all this commotion I was a little bit overwhelmed and had sometimes when I would wonder if I was doing the work in the most effective and proper way. There was a lot of self-reflection, it was hard. But then we found Arturo, he was a golden nugget. He had been prepared for a long time and his life had just so happened to align with ours as to make it so that we can become acquainted and now eternal friends! Well, this miracle of Stockton brought his whole family, whom I have not seen for nearing 8 months, up to Sacramento to visit with us and share this most amazing meal. When I saw them outside the church building when we arrived I found such joy and happiness rush through my body that I couldn't help but want to spend all day with them and catch up! I can't do that because I am a missionary still, but the thought and feeling did sweep through my system.  I love this family like they are my own family in Ohio.  I just love these people and once again as I look at them and the joy the Gospel has brought to their lives I found myself just crying on the inside for the happiness that God has brought to my life because He has called me to be a missionary in the Sacramento mission. I love this work, I don't think I would ever be able to know any of these people if I had not decided to forget myself and turn to the Lord for his help in the work of salvation. Every day I think about the blessings of the gospel and how I want to keep sharing it. 

I desire for all of my readers to try and share the gospel in any way this week. Whether it is through your words or a card that you give away. Bring more people to the Son of God to be changed by his love and know of his desire to forgive. I love you and hope that this week will be the most amazing week you have and that your weeks will continue to get better.

Love ya,
Elder Wheeler

p.s. Mom!!! TYPOS!!! Thanks I think I should start paying you, but you don't get any back pay. Love ya

Monday, February 17, 2014

Letter From Kelson - Week # 95 - King Kong vs. Peanut Butter Jelly Time vs. The Member Missionary!!!!

Editor's (Mom's) Note:  Sorry this was so late coming out.  I had to make sense of what he was saying so you'd be able to understand it.  I think he was a little distracted when writing it.  

Good Morning From Sunny California!!!

It is soooooooooo Sunny and warm here in Sacramento, Geez I think I may just have to soak it all up. I mean, just look outside and take it all in, there are nice warm rays of sunlight beaming onto my uncovered arms as I am wearing a short sleeved shirt. The rain has parted and there is a nice median temperature of 68 degrees or so, and on top of all that I am able to drive safely and securely because the roads are clear of any type of water that would cause driving to be more difficult. I don't think anyone could ever be jealous of me when the weather is just soooooooo Wonderful! 

It has been another great week for missionary work everywhere! I think that there is a definite hastening of the Lord's work, and if you are not a part of it, it stinks to be you because this is the most legit time to be a missionary. People are ready to hear the gospel.  They have been prepared and are seeking the truth wherever they can find it. Luckily for us we have the truth so it makes it easy for us to say... "hey, over here!!!" It works too. We are teaching a lot of solid people who are willing and wanting to be baptized, plus they are willing to put in the effort to keep commitments! Thank you God for hastening the work, it makes finding much easier, but that doesn't mean we don't need help. There are very few of those contacts that walk up to you, or you to them, and they say something around the lines of... "I think you are really cool, and the things you do are awesome, why do you do it? I want to be like you" This is what we call a golden contact and they tend to keep the commitments and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. These come about as often as my brothers take a break from League of Legends, which if any of you know my brothers it is not often enough. But that doesn't mean that we wait for those Golden Questions, we go out and make our success. I call it Planned Happenstance, instead of mere coincidence. 

We can plan our success and help other come to know of the happiness that can come through abiding by the precepts contained within the scriptures. We just need to show others what the Gospel does for us.  For instance, when you go to work in the morning, are you happy or sad?  If you are sad and tired someone might think you need a coffee to wake you up. Then when they ask you about why you don't drink coffee, do you respond, "Well my church tells me no" or do you respond, "I do it because it makes me happy, I know that God will bless me for keeping this commandment" (Molly Mormon response) or "I don't drink it because I don't see a reason to, but my church also advises against it."  If either of those last two were your response, you are doing a great job at sharing the gospel, but your face needs to be in it too...so don't be sad, be GLAD!! Then after these statements two things could happen, you co-worker will say "oh, ok" or, "What, ok, please explain because I don't see why not"...BAM!!! Perfect lead in to sharing your testimony about the church. If you also want to know a cheater way to explain stuff like that, just say "Hey, I have these two friends, that are way nice, like super nice if you ask me, but anyway they just love to answer the weird question that people have about our church, would you be down to coming to dinner at my house sometime and then quizzing them on the answers to those questions?, I know those guys would be totally stoked to have someone ask them questions?"... Gospel sharing done, now the missionaries can do the work. Your friend will come over because you are offering free food, and then the missionaries will do their job. And if things go in the way of "I'm not interested guys" then they don't like the missionaries and not you, because you gave them a free meal, who is going to hate you after that. And the missionaries don't care because they will be transferred soon, so it doesn't bother them at all. You would be surprised at how many people will take you up on the offer to come have dinner with you. But don't be creepy about it, because then your friends will not like you or the missionaries. If they say "No" still be their friend it is ok, we don't kick you out of the church because you have friends who aren't members, if they did, I would have been kicked out long ago. 

Missionary Work in a nut shell... 

I want to tell you of the most comical experience I had this past week and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Missionary Work in YSA (Young Single Adult units) is super fun, because we get to go on to the Sacramento State University campus and just talk to all sorts of people. We talk to the activists, we talk to the jocks, we talk to those who seem overly infatuated with the grain of the sidewalk that they never looked anywhere else. As we were talking to everyone, there was a nice man who came up to us, but he had some bad news, he was wearing a badge and had a stern message that we were probably not supposed to be proselyting on the campus without special permission/paperwork because we might be impeding someone else's freedom of religion. Anyway, after we finished talking to him, we decided to search out the truth behind this and make sure we were in line talking to these people with all the correct permission. It was like looking for leprechauns without a rainbow, we went one place and they told us to go to another place, and then we went to that other place and they told us something different. We finally found out that we don't need permission from anyone, we just need to be dignified and nice, and accept when people tell us no. Which means keep doing what I was already doing. YAY!!! But what is the comical part of this whole thing you may ask?, I am about to explain.  

While going on this wild goose chase, My companion and I find some very interesting things on this campus of higher education and learning. There he stood, 35 stories tall, I thought I was looking into the eye of the Tiger (do do dooo doo dood oddoood, sorry started singing the song), he was massive, his fur was dark as the evening sky, and fluffy like a mid summer cloud. His hands engulfed great multitudes of people at once and made them look like the ants that the sidewalk dwellers where staring at, his mouth was as great as many mountains and his saliva made the land of many waters look like a kids blow up pool. I stared deep into his soul and I asked one simple question... "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?" At that moment there was a scream and a flash of yellow and the craziest looking creature came running across my view. He was Yellow and long, and he ran super fast, as if he was running from the creature that I had been standing in front of staring down. I couldn't understand exactly what he was saying, but it was catchy and fun, with a few side to side dance moves and the continuous mentioning of America's favorite lunch time sandwich, the Peanut Butter and Jelly. The first monster than grabbed this yellow man from off of the ground and began to eat him alive...I saw some really horrific things, that I never want to see again, I don't think I will ever be able to eat a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich again, it was so bad. There was sooooooooo much yellow stuff oozing out of this guy's body that I thought he might be a banana, but I was so traumatized that I couldn't put a name on his fruit type. After this horrific scene and the loss of my companion's lunch we were able to take a picture with these two fine gentleman and I will send it next week. I have forgotten my camera today. 

Have a wonderful week full of sunshiny days and warm weather!!! 

Love ya,
Elder Wheeler

p.s. mother I love you sooooooooooooo Much, but I will love you more if you correct my TYPOS!!!!! ;)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Letter From Kelson - Week # 94 - HAPPY NO LOVE TO MISSIONARY DAY!!! ;(

Good Morning From Sunny California!!!
 
I want to just say that we have had an answer to an area fast! It has been raining all week and it is great!! YAY for cars! I am loving this whole Zone Leader thing, It makes staying dry so much easier. Last year I was on a bike when it was raining and it wasn't daisies and sunshine, but it was pretty fun. I must say, though, I feel for those missionaries that have to ride their bikes in this weather. It isn't easy to be motivated to go out and ride around your area while you are soaking wet and trying to share the gospel. They are real troopers and I think that every missionary that rides in the rain for at least one whole day on his mission should be given a plaque and a candy bar so that they know that we appreciate their sacrifice for the kingdom of heaven. If we can't afford the candy bar, we will send them a colored picture from my cousin's 7 year old...They are pretty nice!
 
We have been well blessed this past week, we now have 2 people who are ready and willing to be baptized on February 22nd!!! It is so awesome! I think this is the most success I have had in such a short time. It is crazy how the Lord works, and the things that he does to make everything happen at the right time and for the right reasons. I wish that the whole rest of my mission was like this, but I think that the reason it wasn't is because I needed to grow and that growth took lots of hard work and exercise! By exercise I mean dealing with rejection and doubts. My struggles now are with internal turmoil and disheartened missionaries. They are having a hard time getting the motivation to go out and work because it is raining and there has been some success but they are running into opposition at every corner and some of them are just letting themselves get discouraged. This is a big no no, which is where Elder Sabin and I come in. We are having success and we are getting along great. We also are worried about their success and as such we are trying to help them by offering time for us to come help them as well as prayers and fasts and other things that we are able to do with our agency. We can't do everything for them, but we can help them in the ways of spiritual/moral support. We are both pretty optimistic so I think it is starting to rub off on them. That is our hope and we will keep it up.
 
I want to tell you a story about what happened two weeks ago at a baptism we were attending...
 
The water was cool, the crowd was quiet, there was the sound of an angelic voice that was gliding across the air as the words of life were being spoken and there was this unusual gurgling sound that was unidentified and subtracting from the spirit. The crowd under their breath begin to whisper to one another, "What is that?" The looks of puzzled members turned ever so slightly to the missionmormonaries that were involved in the baptism. The was a quick shrug of shoulders shared with everyone that they had no idea of what was going on either. The sound continues, the people keep trying to listen, while paying no attention to the gurgling sounds, but the focus just isn't present. It seems that the sound has stolen the show and the husband to the angel speaking turns and looks at the Leaders of those missionmormonaries that shrugged off their knowledge. As the gaze of "Fix this" was given, the two missionaries sprang into action, there was a quick move and a long walk.
 
They sped to the back of the room, trying to find out what the sound was. There was a long look at the water in the font; it looked fine, the drain was plugged, and it seemed as if there was no problem. But the sound, almost as if it was a hungry fasting missionary, was getting louder and louder as the time went on. Where was it coming from? What was causing it? These missionaries were puzzled, but then out of the corner of one of their eyes the see the overflow drain... 
 
BINGO!!! 
 
With a quick thought, they desired to plug the overflow drain and stop the sound. They couldn't do it though, there seemed to be about 300 gallons of water standing in their path. Their suits were not waterproof and they were a bit low on clean clothes at this very inconvenient time. They needed a miracle to be able to walk on water or something, however, they lacked the faith to do that one.
 
"Brain Blast!!!"
 
Grab a trash can, empty out the water one bucket at a time! Lower the water and keep the water from draining out of the overflow...GENIUS! The missionaries jump into action, they find a room.... (Imagine the mission impossible theme going in the background) *Flash of the screen with a POW motion... TRASH CAN!! (POW sounds) Taking the trash can into the font room, and putting into the water... *Flash of a different colored screen... WATER!!! (Kapow sounds) Pour in the sink to dispose of the water *Flash again... EMPTY!! (Mortal Kombat Finish him!) As they lowered the water, the sound stopped and the day was saved!!!
 
Smiles and a nice syncopated High Five! *Flash the Success screen and winking faces!
 
THE HEROES SAVE THE DAY!!!  There was much rejoicing!!! yay...!
 
Have a wonderful day and enjoy the Valentines Day that I won't be enjoying.... ;(
 
Love ya,
Elder Wheeler
 
p.s. mom I used a computer today that was kind of old, which means I was running an older version of e-mail, which means that there are lots of spelling errors and grammatical flaws...please fix them... TYPOS!!! love ya

Monday, February 3, 2014

Letter From Kelson - Week #93 - Copy Right: Rated I (Inappropriate for all ages)

Good Morning From Sunny California!!!
It is once again a beautiful morning in the lovely land of California! The Sun is in the air, the birds are chirping, it is a nice 70 degrees or so, there isn't a care in sight, I could just fall asleep under a tree and live in paradise forever!!! NOT!! That seems like a great day, but there needs to be some diversity! I would like Rain, lots of Rain! Actually bring on a monsoon or maybe a typhoon, or maybe something that brings lots of water with it! I need some change, I am going crazy here. I don't know what season I am in. I think it is supposed to be cold and windy, with snow and freezing temperatures, but it isn't. It is like June in February! I need my change in seasons, without that I get all cranky and I start yelling at people and then my companion has to calm me down, shoot me in the butt with two tranquilizer darts just to keep me from going ape crazy, and then take a hammer and beat me over the head with it so that I am knocked out cold until the rain comes. It is a very long and intense process, and then I have a headache for at least a week if not longer because of the blunt force trauma to my noggin. This is why I PRAY FOR RAIN!!!! We need it badly and everyone here knows it. They aren't concerned about the water reservoirs or the lack of water in the lakes and rivers, they just don't want to see me when I am angry!!! They wouldn't like me when I am angry!
This past week was awesome!!! Yeah, it was full of Awe! I am now companions with Elder Sabin, we live in a nice member's home who is very nice and willing to help us out in any way. He is grateful for our company, because he lost his wife not too long ago, and was feeling lonely in his house. Now we are there and he feels much better. I love missionary work. This last Sunday was Fast and Testimony Sunday, but I will get to that in a minute. The Branch here is great!  They fellowship like nobodies business. They love our investigators that we bring to church and when we bring them to church we don't have to lead them anyway because the members got us covered. Now the branch is only like 30 members strong in the active category, but that might just be because it was terrible bowl Sunday, in which the Broncos were not present at all because they came to our sacrament meeting in spirit because they knew where they needed to be on Sunday afternoons. 30 members is still really good though, and they all did a wonderful job at helping me feel welcome. We have some sassy people in this branch and we have some quiet ones, but all in all it is a very good place for me to be. There is a lot of work to be done here, which is great. It keeps me occupied and working hard, there isn't any time to slack or become preoccupied with other things, and on top of all that I am within a stone's throw from the Temple... maybe if I was Hercules, but still a stone's throw, so Temple tours are the best! Speaking of Temple Tours this is where the real cool things happen on the mission. We took our investigator to the temple on Saturday for a tour, her name is Amber, she is awesome! She loves the gospel and really loved the temple. Anyway we took her to the temple and afterward we had a great lesson. In order to make a short story shorter she said she would fast for the Rain that the valley and all of California needs, and she would live the other commandments to be baptized!!! Which means that on the 22nd of this month she will be making a covenant with God via baptism and then she will be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ!  WAHOO!!!!!! I love my Job!!!
*Everyone Celebrate with me!!!* (Dance around like a crazy person)
Funny thing happened this past week, Elder Sabin and I were enjoying a nice meal at home, because we didn't have someone signed up to feed us on the dinner calender, now for those thinking of crying and buying me food, it is okay. I have changed the dinner situation and they are feeding us, plus we have plenty of food at home. back to the story, we were at home eating, and there was this big jug of Apple juice, it was soooooooo good. Elder Sabin and I both love Apple juice. He handed me the jug and I poured the last of the Apple juice into my cup and then started to drink, as he looked at me and made some very funny grunting noises, I just smiled and then started to drink. He said " It would be a real jerk move if I just tipped the cup back on you." as he gestured to do it, and I replied "Yes it would be." He then asked me to pour some back in the jug so he could have some, and because I love him, I did as he asked of me. Then we both began to drink at the same time, well I have to slow this movie down and give you a quick disclaimer here...
*Any reproduction of this film without prior written consent from the original writer and all those involved in this scene will result in a slap on the hand and the cone of shame wrapped around their neck to be forever looked at as a shameful copy cat who has no soul.*
Two bros, standing in the kitchen, swapping stories and having a good time.  They clink their glasses together and they go to throw back the drink that they will always remember.
*I really mean that any reproduction of this will result in a near fatal blow to the noggin causing cerebral hemorrhaging and possible loss of uncommon sense making it hard to function in the real world.*
As Elder Wheeler throws back the drink Elder Sabin begins to do the same. There is a slow lag as they are being controlled by the bandwidth coming into the Family History center, Please be patient as I finish the story. They throw back the drinks they open up their mouths wide and as things begin to get good.
*Ok like for cereal, don't steal my writings, I know that they are funny and full of wit and lovely puns that make one giggle, but this is my precious, pride and joy and if you steal it, imagine how many baby elephants are being set free into the wild from their zoo captivity and the total number of times you scratch you head in trying to figure out what comes next in the story. Those things have feelings too, and if you were to break that first warning they would be traumatized beyond comprehension causing the world to desire to be destroyed and my heart to be shattered into a million tiny little microscopic pieces that cause one to be totally and utterly bored from this over dramatized warning of copyright infringement and death.*
The liquid begins to flow down Elder Wheeler's throat and then his tie and his shirt and everything else...Wait!!! What?!?!? As Elder Sabin brought his drink to his lips, there was an appendage of his body that was in the perfect spot and angle to be right underneath Elder Wheeler's glass and lifted it ever so slightly as to dump his apple juice all down the front of him. Now all of this wasn't on purpose it just happened this way and it was ironic because of the comment made earlier. If you missed the comment please go back and reread this e-mail. It was funnier in the moment, and I think it will be one of those things that I replay in my life movie that God is keeping so I can relive it on repeat and slow-mo.
That is all today folks and I love to keep you entertained for a while, glad you liked it. tune in next week to hear Elder Wheeler say "Where my tie at!?"
Love ya,
Elder Wheeler
p.s. Mother Typos please!