Monday, January 19, 2015

Alabama Ain't that Far.

Well hey y'all.
This is my last post as a set apart missionary.
I feel like I should have something super epic, deep, and amazing things to say....
But I really don't... 
There never will be words to describe what I've been through, felt, and lived every single day for the past year and a half. Ever. 
So, it's just one of those "songs I cannot sing".

But y'all... Let me tell you. DO IT.
If you are thinking about serving a mission and have the slightest desire.. GO FOR IT. I am serious! You will never regret serving a mission- giving the Lord 18 or 24 months. In fact... you might regret it if you don't! SO go for it.

This week has been really good. One of our investigators is progressing and will be getting baptized on the 31st :) She bore her testimony to us about the truthfulness of the gospel after inviting her to be baptized. The spirit literally FLOODED the room as she told us how she's seen the difference in her life and how her relationship with God is so much better now than it ever has been before. 
I"m really sad leaving Alabama. Like... Alabama has become my life! 
But I know this must end. I knew it would end when I signed up for it.
BUT! It will live on (soooo cheesy). 
Alabama has, literally, become a part of me.
As I've said goodbye to people I have come to love so much and as I've started packing, the feeling of sadness has slowly been overwhelmed with peace and the feelings of "this is right".

Last night we went to Mission Prep in Montgomery with a few youth.
During it, I got such a sense of peace and knew that the Lord is pleased with my mission.
That is really all I wanted. To know that the Savior is proud of me- and that is the most important to me.

Y'all. I know he is real. I know he loves ALL of us so much. I have had the opportunity to serve around people in all circumstances- well off, poor... etc. etc. And Let me tell you, God knows no boundaries. His love for us, His children, is so very real. I cannot deny it.

I want to promise you all, as a representative of Jesus Christ, that if you take the time to read the Book of Mormon sincerely, you will be able to feel closer to him than you ever have before. Sincerely reading the Book of Mormon has changed my life and those I've met. His love is real.

I feel as if the biggest thing I have taken away from my mission is, in a very real sense, who I am. I have come to better understand my worth as I testified to others of theirs.
I am so grateful for this gospel and all it has done for me.. but, almost more so, what I've seen it do for others.

This coming Saturday I will be having an open house, so come say hi! And then on Sunday I will be speaking at church at 1pm. All are more than welcome to come to both :) In fact, I would love to see everyone there! :)

Basically, missionary work is the very very best. I have seen so many miracles and tender mercy's that I can't even begin to count them.
this girl is going to do amazing things :)

I love y'all and am so excited to see everyone! :D

All of my Love, 
Sister Kirsten Nelson.
Steadfast in Christ.

Monday, January 12, 2015

This is it

Hey y'all.
I have been the WORST at updating.

But, this is my last full week on my mission!

We have been seeing so many miracles this past week! It is SO humbling.
I am just so grateful for this work and all I've been able to witness.

Y'all. I KNOW that God is real. I know He lives and He loves each and every one of us. I have felt that love for me and for others every day and I will never forget these 18 months.

When I get home, I'll put some stories up as I have been so bad at updating this!

I love y'all!

Steadfast in Christ,
sister nelson

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ready, set... GO!

Followed a penny, taught lessons, knocked doors, met people, ate food, walked, Book of Mormons, laughed, slept, sprained my foot, ate some tacos, studied, played Frisbee, drove, prayed, taught, doors slam, miracles, bicycles, worn-out shoes, family, Jesus Christ, cards, service, do you know anyone else, roll tide, walked, followed the spirit, Book of Mormons, taught, food, listened, church, resolve problems, improve, humble, old companions, growth, on the fly, south, worn-out skirts... Here we go again.

Monday, October 13, 2014

wait... is there really only 3 months left?!

Hey y'all!

Last night it hit me how little time I have left. I daydream a lot, and a lot of the time, it's about home. But, when it comes right down to it, I don't want to leave! All I know is mission life and I'm going to have to go back to "normal life"... That doesn't sound too great. Logically it would: I could wear jeans again, go back to listening to my music instead of church music all the time, I could watch movies, date, work, go back to school. That sounds SO good... right? I mean.. it should, I think.
But... I like wearing a name tag, and wearing skirts (sometimes), and testifying 24/7, and not being distracted by movies/tv/music...  I'm so torn. But, I know it'll have to end. I used to be excited for it, actually! I used to REALLY look forward to going home to people who love me and wont slam the door in my face just because they hear crazy things about our Church... And who wont stare at me when I go to the grocery store... You know? But door slams and funny looks and even the mean words are ALL worth being a missionary for my Savior.

"For Behold,
 I am a disciple of Jesus Christ,
the Son of God.
I have been called of him
to declare his word
among his people,
that they may have
everlasting life"

And I'm a do it with all my "heart might mind and strength" and run till the end.
Ain't no stoppin this girl!!

Anyways, there's my little update/rant... :) Hope y'all have a blessed week!

much love,
sister nelson

Monday, September 15, 2014


 ----> Well y'all, I am getting transferred. Every time it gets harder and harder because as time goes on, you learn how to love people more than you could before, therefore, it is harder to leave.
BUT! I know I am going where the Lord needs me. I know that I will love my new companion and the people in my next area even more. I know that this isn't the end.
I am sad to go though. There are so many families in the Inverness ward that have become MY family. 

Missions are funny things. You leave your family, go to a strange "new land", where people talk different, and do different things, get put with someone you never met before and are expected to talk to MORE strangers, love them, and share the thing that is most special to you. Crazy, right?
YET. It is the most wonderful thing in the world. You see so many miracles every week (and if you look close enough, you can see them every day). You meet people who God has prepared to meet you- even if it is just for us to say a prayer with them, or testify to them of God's enduring love, or just so they have someone to actually listen to them for a few minutes.

In Doctrine and Covenants, section 4, it encourages us to thrust in our sickle with all of our might. Imagine someone harvesting a field with a sickle. You can't just mamby-pamby cut through the wheat, you have to put your back into it, and use a LOT of force... you have to THRUST in the sickle. Now, there are a lot of injuries that come from this- people would slice their shin open harvesting because they are putting a lot of force, and effort, and strength into it.
Much like this, we HAVE to work hard. One the days you don't want to get out of bed, or the sun is blazing hot, or it is super humid, or nothing goes right. You keep chugging along. You keep loving people even though some aren't going to accept your message, or love you back, or whatever. You get hurt. But, even though it hurts, and even though you want to throw in the towel and stop, the Lord fills in the wounds. He seals the scars and helps us take each step. It is an amazing thing the Atonement is. It covers SO much more than we can even imagine! I think out of everything I've learned so far, I've learned the most about the Atonement, and Loving others.

Y'all. Missions are the best. Hopefully you can see that I love this more than anything in the world. This Gospel is AMAZING and does so much for all who partake.

Also. This is a gospel of HAPPINESS. I hope my thoughts don't seem down or negative, because that is not how I meant to portray this...
2 Nephi 5:25 "Adam fell that men might be. Men are that they might have JOY"... INFORM YOUR FACE!
Keep your chins up, keep smiling, and keep on :)

much love,
sister nelson

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


I'm going to miss this girl.

I am so grateful for my dear friend, Sister Neufville. She has taught me how to better teach with the passion and love I have for this gospel, shown me true friendship, and has helped me dream big. I am grateful for the 18 weeks we have spent together doing the beautiful work of the Lord and loving His children. She also inspired me to have a quote book.

So thanks. You are a rockstar missionary and I will hold dear the time we have served together.

much love,
sister nelson

Monday, August 4, 2014


So, we all have weaknesses. It is a fact of life. Recently I've come to understand better what they really are.
first off, the difference between Sin and Weakness:

"Sin can lead us to hell, when Weakness can lead us to Heaven."

Weaknesses are meant to help us draw closer to, and rely more on our Heavenly Father.
In Ether, chapter 12, verse 27 is reads:  
 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
My whole life, I (and every one who talked to me about this), related this as basically "if you are humble and work hard, Heavenly Father will take away your weaknesses!", when in reality He doesn't always take away those weaknesses, He will make you stronger so they aren't stumbling blocks anymore. When WE are weak, we can become stronger through His power.

Through Him, we can all do anything "For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37

Be good! Remember who you are!

much love,
sister nelson