Friday, December 21, 2012

Adjusting is a part of the Journey

To start off, you must know that this is not Sister Mason.  This is merely those who have the privilege of writing about such a wonderful Sister.

How lucky we are to have someone that makes saying goodbye so hard.  Though we all know that this is just a short goodbye, it doesn't change the dreaded reality.

Sister Mason was set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by President Johnson on November 13, 2012.  She was given a wonderful blessing and was well prepared to start this new chapter of her life.

Kelsie made her journey into the MTC on November 14, 2012.  This day was filled with very strong emotions as we all knew what was to come. Well prepared for the quick unload and rush of the MTC, we decided to take our time and enjoy a meal and visit to the Provo Temple.  With a few pictures to capture our last moments together, Kelsie started saying goodbyes.  Though it was hard, Kelsie was very strong and held her composure.  Sister Mason was escorted to the MTC by her sister Shaylie, along with her Mother and Father.  As we drove up to our assigned unloading spot, she was greeted by two young missionaries.  Before we knew it, all her bags were unloaded and she was ready to go.  With last hugs and words of encouragement, Sister Mason was handed over to do the Lord's work.

Sister Mason spent three weeks in the MTC.  She was well prepared from many dreaded stories that she had heard, but she enjoyed it!  She was able to spend Thanksgiving there and had the privilege of having Elder Holland and his family speak.  Kelsie had two wonderful companions, Sister Young from LA, and Sister Watchline from Chicago.  Though the days became repetitive at the MTC, it was a good growing experience for Kelsie.

Kelsie departed the MTC on December 5, 2012.  After a quick phone call to her Mother, She was San Jose bound.  She was greeted at the Airport by her Mission President, President and Sister Watkins.  Sister Mason thinks the world of her Mission President.  Kelsie's first companion in the field is Sister Kim from Korea.  She has been in the field for seventeen months and will be returning home in about a month.  San Jose brought knew emotions out of Kelsie.  "Being a missionary is hard."- Sister Kelsie Mason.  Being away from home during the Christmas season is something that every missionary dreads.  Though every missionary has their struggles, we all know she will get through this tough patch.  Kelsie is never one that wants people to feel sorry for her but I know that your prayers and thoughts are welcomed and appreciated.  Sister Mason would want you all to know that she loves the Lord's work and the people of San Jose.

Kelsie's current address is the following:

Sister Kelsie Mason
2164 Monterey Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95051

She would love to hear from all of you and could use some words of encouragement during this Christmas Season.  Merry Christmas.