Monday, June 8, 2015

This is it..‏


    I don't even know where to begin. This week was sooo wonderful. I have absolutely loved our trio. We have grown sooo much together in this short time. Its unbelievable to me. I know we were meant to be together these past couple weeks. We have perfect unity and the lessons we had were incredible and completely guided by the spirit. I've never felt so united in lessons before. We visited a new investigator who wouldn't let us in. as we talked with her she ended up crying out of no where and instantly let us in because she had felt something different inside from us. Next we visited a suuper less active, same thing, the spirit cracked her and she too broke into tears and admitted everything she had been holding back. And the end after she prayed, she told us she know her prayers had been answered, because it was us. we didn't respond and just soaked in that moment, the spirit was so strong. It was amazing! sadly Hna Rodriguez is heading home tomorrow. But we all feel at peace about her decision. But it will be hard to break up our perfect trio.. 

We also went to the temple as a zone. It was my last time in the temple, I love that place so much!

As for Abel, he is all ready to go! He  is literally perfect! I can't believe how much he knows and his level of spirituality. I couldn't think of a better way to finished my last week, and my last day in my area then with his baptism!! Heavenly Father has seriously blessed us soo much! 

 Well this is it.. my last email as Hermana Nielsen so I guess I must bring it all to a close. I have no idea where to even start. These past 18 months has been incredible.

    This week I looked back on in my journal at the goals i made  at the beginning of my mission.
On march 13 I wrote.. ¨what is my plan for who I want to become on the mission.
1. I want to become a missionary like Amber. She has always been my example. I want to love my mission so much I'm sick to my stomach to end it. I want to love being a missionary and truly sincerely express it every week in email. 
2.I want to be more like my savior. Each transfer I will focus on an attribute of Christ and strive to develop it. I want to be that person who is always happy and smiling, always lifting others up above myself, who loves and accepts anyone or anything with joy! I want them to feel their savior's love for them through me.
3. I want to have charity, the pure love of Christ. Dad always talked about how much he loved the people. I want to love them that much too, from the moment I meet them. Then continuing that love after my mission to whomever I meet. Love them instantly as I would my own family because they are my  brothers and sisters.
4. I want to always be a missionary. My mission does not end after 18 months. Only begins! I have so many friends I need to share this with. Everyone I meet. My call is full-time not just 18 months.
5. I want to know the doctrine and have a deep understanding and testimony. To be able to explain it clearly. I want to know the Book of Mormon inside and out. And be able to apply it to my life and know exactly where a scripture is for others at the moment of need. I want to truly know it.
6. But most of all I want to become who my Heavenly Father wants me to be. what he expects me to be, what my husband deserves and the kind of mother my kids need. And live up to my potential and become changed for good, and forever, and all eternity from my service. 
So I'm gonna surrender myself and become his servant and give my heart and mind not just my time. It's game time.¨  

This has been by far the hardest thing I've ever done but the most rewarding experience of my life, as I reflected my goals I was grateful to see what I have accomplished. I still have room to improve but the contrast from then to now is immensive. 

And all because of the incredible gift of the atonement.

I know Jesus Christ is my savior and his atonement  has changed me forever. I'm embarrassed to say I lived 19 years of my life without it but so grateful I now have the rest of my life with it. His atonement changes, heals, forgives, cleans, and strengthens each one of us. And we need it daily. 

I know the Book of Mormon is the only way to truly come to know Jesus Christ. I love the doctrine of Christ. I testify its true, that this is his only true church on the earth and that HE LIVES.
                            I know it. I live it. and I love love love it!

I love and know I represent my savior Jesus Christ. My voice is his voice, my acts are his acts, my words are his words, and my doctrine is his doctrine. I stand in his place to say and do what he himself would say and do if he were personally ministering unto the people of Peru.  
     ¨Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the son of God, I have been called of him to declare his words among his people that they might have everlasting life.´  3 Nephi 5:13  QUE GRANDISOS ES MI LLAMAMIENTO!!!

I love Peru with all my heart and I love being a missionary. I will forever be his disciple. I have been changed for good and forever and for all eternity from my mission. Thanks for being the most incredible family ever. 
Les amo bastante. I will see you next week. Adios.

Hermanita Nielsen

´I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.´ 
                           2Tim 4:7


Monday, June 1, 2015

´Go Bigger or Go Home... or both´‏


This week was just WOW....

First we went to the temple with ANA! SHe is a recent convert it was GREAT!

Next wE had Interviews with president and the first thing he asked me is if I was still being challenged. I laughed and told him the beginning and the end of my mission have been the hardest. And that each day I learned something knew, and that the learning process never seems to end. Our interview was super short, he just explained the doctrine but they are always so powerful.

So this week we had Hna Rodgriuez added to our companionship. And it has been such an experience. I cant share alot in details but im gonna try to explain it the best I can, and hopefully it makes sence the impact it had on me personally. SHe has had a hard mission. She was originally in our mission then had to go home for back problems and then was reasigned to another mission, then there she had a few horrible things happen, which I dont have permission to talk about but were pretty serious which lead to her being reassigned back here again for her last 3 months. WE had no idea until she finally explained everything, which shocked both my companion and I. I first thought was why in the world would president put her with us, im not the person to help her and am not good in those kinds of situations of giving comfort and being sensitive to needs. Hna Rodriguez then shared with us her testimony of the healing power of the atonement. It was so simple but it changed everything inside of me. It was like my eyes were opened even wider to how powerful and amazing the atonement is for every situations. She had been through alot of counseling and shared all that she had learned and it was just so inspiring. She also let us know that she still didnt feel completely capable of fulfilling her calling yet and would probably be going home this week. 

After everything was over with it was all I thought about all week, jsut trying to figure it all out for myself, and I kept thinking if she had never left peru for back problems all this horrible things which now will effect the rest of her life, would have never happened. I then thought back to a story from the June Liahona I had just read called the Path to Palmayra, It explained all the details of Joseph smith and his family and what they went through to finally get to palmayra. Basically every step was something unfortuante, trail after trial but it the end Heavenly father was guiding them to where they needed to be, where the plates were. I thought about Hna rodgriuez and her experience and how each step was something unfortuant leading her to where she needed to be, with us. Personally for me. I felt she was sent all the way back to peru for this short week just to share her testimony of the atonement to me. Because it just changed everything for me. And was exactly what I needed. and I beleive Heavenly father was that aware of me.  This experience for me was something very sacred and gave me so much ´ganas´ to study the atonement and the healing power it has. (I have no idea how to say that in english, it just sounds better in spanish)  
Jospeh smith and Hna Rodriguez got exactly where he needed to be. GOd is shaping and directing us every single day to ends more glorious than we can ever know.  He is so aware. 

Its impossible to explain how much I was actually impacted by this experience in this short amount of time and not being able to reread through it and make sure it made sence but hopefully that made sense. Its better in my journal. ha.

quick update on Abel, he has been late so he promised to be on time this sunday and showed up 20 minutes before it started. WE walk in and HE was the only one in the chapel sitting alone in a white shirt and tie and a nice hair cut ( he always comes in jeans and had the biggest fro ever! ha) It was the BEEEST sight EVER!!! 

I know this church is true. I know christ lives and tha he is my savior. THanks to him EVERYTHING is possible. The atonement heals everything. Its so absolutely incredible. I love being a missionary! And am so grateful for every experience!   Have a great week! 

Hermanita Nielsen