Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas is now P-day

(Written Monday, December 21, 2015)

Hello friends and family,

So sorry we don't have a preparation day this week, I'll be able to email later on Christmas, but I hope you all use your last couple of days to spread the Christmas cheer that Christ was brought into the world! Lend a hand to all and share the true meaning of Christmas! May god bless and keep you all!

Sister Nelson

A Savior Is Born—Christmas Video #ASaviorIsBorn


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Changes Gonna Happen!

(Written Monday December 14, 2015)

Hey y'all,

It's been a crazy week. We had the Christmas Conference together this week and "Santa" came and visited the missionaries.
We were also super sick and then we found out that my companion is being made the Sister AP, so she left on like Thursday at 4:30 and I had to hop from member to member to do missionary work, it was super stressful, but I learned a lot. I got it worked out and today I have another sister missionary with me for Pday tomorrow to get my next companion. She is a temple square missionary and will only be with me for this next 7 week transfer and then I'm probably be switching areas and my next area will be my last area and I'll "die" there.
I've met some cool people though and in the second picture, you might recognize some people from a year ago, the girl in the black shirt got baptized and she was in my first area a year ago with Sister D and I got to go see her get baptized, it was so great!
Also, Christian, our great member is leaving for his mission on Tuesday, he's gonna be great, he's going to Brazil!
Life goes on and the Christmas season is here! Also, the squad pic is us at the dam, it was so fun!
Keep spreading the message of Christ, sorry his isn't longer, more pictures will be sent next week cause I'm out of time,

Love you,
Sister Nelson

Christmas-time is Here

 (Written Monday, December 7, 2015)

Hi Family and Friends,

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (probably everywhere else in the world except here) But I hope that you all are enjoying the weather and the sights nonetheless. Boulder is still the happiest and quirkiest place on Earth.

This week wasn't quite as eventful as last week although, we are going to the Hoover Dam later today so I should have more pictures next week. But, this week, we were walking around a trailer park and stumbled upon this exhibit of handmade intricate wooden dolls depicting the Savior's birth, they had music playing and free hot chocolate and a guestbook and it was beautiful! They even had a running waterfall! It's so beautiful!

We love seeing people celebrating Christ at this time of year. Strangely many of those that do celebrate don't want us to share a Christmas message with them, but we still keep going to do the Lord's work and on our way we find dalmatian decorated fire hydrants!

My dear sweet friends, last night we were able to listen to many of the leaders in our church speak to the world about our savior and celebrating him, it brought the spirit of Christmas in so wonderfully! I love Jesus Christ, I testify that He is our Savior and He started in a manger and one day will come again to rule the Earth and all wickedness, evil, unfair and unjust things will cease. I know that Christ lives today and his birth was so miraculous. I'm grateful that He came to set an example for us and to show the way. Since it is Christmas-time, I'll be sharing videos with you again this year to help bring in the true spirit of Christmas. With this video, Wise Men still seek him, pay attention to when the narrator says that the child will not be found in a manger but he's the brother or sister we once viewed as a stranger. May we all look for opportunities to see Christ in others, to see others the way that Christ sees them, to recognize that they are our brothers and sisters and to treat them as we want to be treated. May this be a holiday season of peace rather than stress and may we not get caught up in it all, but remember what is truly important and how Christ changed the world!

I love you all, Have a wonderful week! Christmas is not too far away!
Merry Christmas,
Sister Nelson
Watch the video here:

Wise Men Still Seek Him

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Werly Mines and Thanksgiving

(Written Monday, November 30, 2015)

Howdy Y'all from Nelson, Nevada,
I found my home; just out passed Boulder tucked away in the mountains is Nelson, Nevada, population about 30. It's literally just a trailer park and this old mine that has all kinds of old trucks, cars, and antique stuff all over it. It reminds me of home and it's so fun there.
Today that's where we visited and got to take a tour of the Mines where many movies have been filmed and other tv shows have taken place. Last week, we were in charming downtown Boulder with a bunch of antique shops and things to take pictures with. It's such a cute place here!

The work is progressing and we are seeing miracles daily. It was a bit tough teaching during Thanksgiving because it was hard to find people at home willing to listen to the message. Nevertheless, the Lord provides us with miracles each day as we follow him.

This is a short email this week because I have sent so many pictures home that will eventually be on the blog, so check that out. I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and you're enjoying your time that you have together.

I learned something simple but valuable that has changed my perspective this week "Be Happy With Today" think on that this week and tell me what you all think about it next week! I know God loves us and that his church is on the earth in it's fullest and that is something to be grateful for!
Happy December,
Sister Nelson
PS: I hit 13 months yesterday! WOW

Montgomery Family Thanksgiving
Our District in front of a plane that Hollywood blew up on the Werly Mine Property
Me at Werly Mines!

A Week of Thanks

(Written Monday, November 23, 2015)

Hello Loving Family and Friends,

What a wonderful week it has been! This week, we were able to give trainings to our zone to help them be more effective, I was able to train a couple of times. I trained on the story about Christ leaving the 99 sheep to find the one and I also trained on increasing our faith in the Lord and in ourselves that we can accomplish his work here. Earlier on in the week, I trained on maintaining our spirituality in a world that is ever yearning for spiritual nourishment, but doesn't know where to find it.

It was a stressful week with our zone's interviews with President and our zone training council, but it all went well. The vision that our zone has right now is called #ONE MORE towards the wall of sustainability. We are building a wall of baptisms and helping ourselves continue to be effective by finding new people to teach. As you see in the pictures below, the gold brick is won by our zone when they are finding new people to teach, and the light saber is our finding method and it's challenge changes every week, this week it was talking to everyone and next week it will be finding and getting members out with you. Its fun to have challenges that motivate the missionaries to keep going to find one more person.

I also got to go on exchanges in one of the other sisters' areas! It was super cool. I was with Sister Brown and she's a great missionary! I learn so much from all of the sisters every time we change companions and areas for the day.
This week is Thanksgiving. It is weird to think that a year ago, I was eating a Thanksgiving feast in Mexico City, in a land where Thanksgiving isn't even a real thing. I was a brand new missionary and I didn't even know what I was doing and now here I am in this little town known to few people, called Boulder City with a population of 15,000 and everyone knows everyone! It is going to be a cozy holiday season, we have some wonderful members here who are going to take care of us! I sure am grateful for that! I am grateful for many things, the list would go on and on!

In one of the conference talks long ago, someone talked about knowing what time it was at home, meaning that they remembered their families routine and that no matter where they were in the world, they knew for sure what their family was doing. I love that story. I know what time it is at home, I know what my family will be doing this holiday season because of the wonderful traditions that they have instilled in me. I am so grateful to be able to picture them happy and enjoying time together and knowing that they are taken care of and safe. My family will be watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade all day, my mom and dad will be in the kitchen making the feast, my dad will say the prayer, it will be really long and make everyone impatient, but my dad is grateful for many things, they will all eat and enjoy the day and laugh and play games and probably watch a movie in the evening. I love knowing what they will do. I am so thankful for family traditions and families in general. I owe everything that I am to my family and loved ones who have made me the person I am today! I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for all of you!

I am so glad I get to be with my family forever and not just in this life. I am glad that this life has such a rich meaning and experience to it and I'm grateful we get to keep on learning forever! I love this Gospel, and although I miss home, I wouldn't miss being a missionary at this time in little Boulder City for anything. I hope that I am changing enough to be a wonderful daughter, sister, wife and mother when I come home!
May you all spend Thanksgiving with those you love around you close and may it be the best Thanksgiving yet!
Sending so much love your way,
Sister Alayna Nelson

Boulder City: The Nashville, Indiana of Nevada

(Written Monday, November 16, 2015)

Hello World from the sweet land of Boulder City, tucked away in the mountains!

What a beautiful place this is as you can see from all the pictures I got this week! I am so happy here everyone, it reminds me of home so much aside from the mountains. There are all these nicknack and trinket shops and it has an old feel like downtown Columbus that I love so much, everyone says hi and lots of people know everyone. It's just a happy place! I have to come back here after my mission.
Me and my companion, Sister Navarro have become the best of friends so quickly, she has a great sense of humor and we are laughing almost all the time, something funny happens pretty much every hour of every day and it makes missionary work so much easier to do! I'm so thankful for her and all she's teaching me already. We are in two congregations for church and this is an older area, meaning a lot of people come here to retire,but it's got a great feel to it.

The missionary work here is really neat, there are lots of people ready for the gospel and I'm so glad to be serving the Lord here. The work is the same wherever you go, we just get the rich experience of leaving a piece of our heart in several places all over the world with people we come to know and love! I have already made wonderful friendships here that I will treasure forever, everywhere you go is quirky and special!

So my thought for this week is to do something that will bring a smile to someone's face. Help them feel the love that the Savior has for them through you. It's a much richer experience when you share it with others! I love life, I love God and Christ and I love this gospel that I am honored to share with others, I wouldn't trade it for the world!

So much love,
Sister Alayna Nelson


PPS: the pictures below are from my first day when our ghetto car's sun visor broke and almost hit me in the face.
This is John, one of our awesome investigators here, he's so sweet
And of course me and Sister Navarro happy as ever this morning! Love you all!
PPPS: the blog will finally have all the photos I haven't been able to send because I finally have a working computer to send all my pictures home, so be watching the blog for more :)

The City of Large Rocks

(Written Monday, November 9, 2015)

Hello dear sweet family and friends,

Another transfer has come to a close and the verdict is that Sister Martin has finished her mission so she heads home tomorrow and I'm leaving the North Zone as well and headed to Boulder City. From what I've heard it's similar to Indiana in that it has a vintage old fashioned vibe going for it in the downtown area, so I'm so excited to take pictures down there. It is halfway between super-out-of-valley in Arizona Lake Havasu and King Man and the real world of Las Vegas.  So it's a smaller town with really nice people I hear. So it will be an interesting change! I'm excited to see what happens.

My next companion is named Sister Navarro. I've never worked around her, but she goes home at the same time I do so that should be neat. It's been a crazy week preparing for the new Elders that will be coming into the area and now, due to new boundaries being redrawn in our stake, they dissolved our ward, so it doesn't exist anymore and got combined with two other congregations. So that will be fun for the new Elders to figure out, poor things!

All in all this last week has been pretty great, we went on exchanges, had our big leadership meeting and learned a lot about how to be an effective leader and we've been working our tails off. I feel really blessed to have been in this area and to have gotten to know the people here, the Craig Ranch Ward holds a special place in my heart, but it's time for a new and exciting adventure! I can't wait to see what's in store for me in Boulder City. This next transfer will be a bit strange because it is only five weeks long, missionaries fly home the week before Christmas travels to save money, so the following transfer will be seven weeks long! Crazy stuff!

As for my spiritual thought, I know that God prepares people to hear the gospel, sometimes they turn away or get afraid or think they aren't ready but I know he has prepared the really solid people in this area who will be getting baptized next transfer. I feel thankful to have been a part of those miracles and each time I get to see a change in others it solidifies my testimony that Jesus is the Christ, He is my Savior and because of Him we all have the ability to change.

I love you all, I love this gospel and I know it is true. Have a wonderful week, stay warm and make beautiful memories, they last longer than many of the silly things we waste our time on!
Sister Alayna Nelson

PS: shout out to my best friend Grace Fischvogt who turns 21 tomorrow

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Where Love and Diabetes Meet

(Written Monday, November 2, 2015)

My dear family and friends,

I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween, it was a wonderful but crazy week with so many miracles to work on closing the transfer. It is Sister Martin's last week as a missionary and therefore we must see miracles, awesome and crazy things are happening here and who knows what the transfer holds, but I only get four more, so I have to start making things really awesome. It's weird to me that I'm repeating days now and that a year ago I was in Mexico struggling my way through Spanish and now I'm nearly fluent, serving in and English congregation and 2/3rds the way done with life as a missionary. It's weird.

As for my birthday, it was wonderful, I have many more pictures on my camera but the place where we email still doesn't have Internet on the computer so eventually you will see all. I received so much joy and love from so many people and most of that love came through sweet treats which I am so grateful to have but can we just look at the picture below, I mean honestly people how are two missionaries supposed to eat all that? So lots has been given out to spread the love and joy of diabetes with the north Las Vegas area.

It was a great day though, we got to eat with one of our favorite members, Sister Avance, and she got us Panda Express (my favorite) and she got us pretty necklaces, she is so sweet! The only problem is, that morning we both woke up feeling super nauseous like we were going to throw up... I was just thinking, "Well I probably feel like most 21 year olds on their birthday, the only difference is, I didn't even have to drink to feel this way haha," but I felt better in the nighttime for some delicious Panda.

For Halloween we had a trunk or treat party at the ward and I slyly dressed up like Snow White the missionary. Perhaps that was immature or unprofessional of me, but sometimes you have to have a little fun and this is one of my favorite holidays and I dont get to do have the other things that I normally do so I felt like it was fair. As for the actual Halloween, we didn't proselyte in the evening because everyone is busy trick or treating and no one would believe we were missionaries, they would think it was a costume. So instead, we get together with all the missionaries in the mission and we do silly skits about crazy lessons we've had and then we got to watch the movie the Cokeville Miracle which is really good and about God intervening to save children in a school, I recommend it to everyone.

It's been a crazy week and here we go into the last week! I love you all, thanks for your prayers, I can't believe that it's November already! I hope you all enjoy the weather and life itself, it's a beautiful thing to be living.

Sister Alayna Nelson


(Written Monday, October 26, 2015)

Dearest family and friends,

First off HAPPY HALLOWEEN ( I wish I could change the color and font on my iPad but sadly it isn't that advanced yet, or if it is, I have no idea how to do it, so just imagine that Happy Halloween looks really cool)

This is my favorite time of year and I'm sad I don't get to see the leaves changing in Indiana, but that's okay, I'll see them next year! It's been an incredible week with a lot of unexpected surprises!

I've had many milestones crossed this week as one of our recent converts had her sixth baby and his name is Tazion, we got to go visit last night and he just looked like a little piece of heaven in her arms, it was wonderful.
Another recent convert asked us if she could come out to lessons with us to teach the world about our loving Heavenly Father and she's a teenager and has already been out twice, I am amazed to see how fast she is growing.
Another recent convert got to go do baptisms for his ancestors in the temple this past Saturday and we got to go, it was my first time doing baptisms on my mission and it was so special and beautiful. I love seeing people grow and feel the spirit.
Among other things, I see my companion preparing to finish her mission and how that is impacting her work and service in her last few weeks, what giant milestones everyone seems to be crossing right now, but how neat it is.

I'm about to have some of my own milestones this week too. I get to turn 21 as a missionary in Vegas, how ironic and I hit my year mark on the 29th of serving a mission. I will be 2/3 done and I just don't know where the time goes.  I received an email from a very close friend who told me that there has been a mighty change over the past couple of years, but especially this past year. I personally can't see much but I do hope to return as a person completely changed by the atonement of my savior Jesus Christ. I know he gets us through everything, I know he is mindful of us and the challenges we go through, I know he helps us each day and as we watched for those miracles we see and feel them. Each day I learn better and better that this is God's church on the earth and that it is lead and directed by him.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I hope each of you notice the milestones that you're crossing and having in your life right now and recognize that progression -not speed- is the key. Happy Halloween!
Love, Sister Alayna Nelson
PS: Sorry I don't have pictures this week, the Internet on the computer is down and I can't load pictures from my camera, so maybe next week!

Can you believe this crazy kid is turning 21. Just some lovely selfies from my iPad for you because I'm still five and refuse to be a legal adult this week. Taken this morning.