This is Kaleen, Elder Lambson's mom. We got to talk to Kiel!!!!
I am so grateful we got to Video Chat him on Mothers day. We were all so excited to talk to him.
Kiel called me on Monday to set up our Call, when my phone rang I was at work talking to my boss, I looked at my phone and it said Unknown. So I didn't answer it. It went to VM and popped up that I had a message then it started ringing again, once again with an Unknown number. I said to my boss, I better answer this.... WOW!! am I glad I answered it....a cute voice (with a spanish accent) said "mom, its Kiel".....Ahhhhh it was so awesome!
We got to visit with him via Facebook messenger for 40 minutes on Mothers Day. The internet connection was very slow and the 40 minutes went by fast. He told us all about his new area and the love he has for the people of Peru. We wanted him to speak to us in Spanish but he leaned into the computer and said "if I do they will all know what I am saying" then he moved the camera around and there was about 15 Peruvians sitting there watching him (and us). We got to wave to everyone and say our "Hola and Gracias's" to them. How grateful I am for them and the love they give to him every day. Kiel then bore his testimony to us in Spanish, he is so fluent, he truly has the gift of tongues. It's amazing to think that 10 months ago he hardly spoke Spanish and now he is teaching the Gospel in Spanish.
I thought we would get to talk for an hour, but he said "no I only get 40 minutes". He could tell I was disappointed at cutting our call short and said "don't worry mom I'll get to talk to you at Christmas". I love this boy, he is always the optimist. He seems so happy and radiates with his big smile, you can feel his love and enthusiasm for all those in Peru. He loves being a Missionary.
After we said our Goodbye's, he knew I wouldn't end the call so he said "ok I have to go" then held up 3 fingers and said "three, two, one" showing 2 fingers then 1 then made a heart shape with his hands and then pushed the Disconnect button.
Someone posted the below on a Missionary Moms Facebook page. I thought it was great.
This was written by a counselors in an Idaho Bishopric.....
One of my new favorite Mothers Day things on FB is the pictures of all the mothers who are skyping with their sons and daughters while serving the Lord around the world.
For those who wonder why LDS missionaries only are allowed to call home on Christmas and Mothers Day, I say this: There are probably no two people more important to a young child's development than Christ, and that child's mother. No one loves a child like Christ, and that child's mother.
It's only logical then, that a child who is able to commune with a loving Father in Heaven and His Son whenever, is provided additional--special--opportunities to similarly stay in touch with his or her mother.
In the words of Helaman, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, who was relating the account of 2000 brave sons--children--who fought on behalf of their homes, their liberty, their lives--and were protected by God against all enemies (Alma 56:47-48):"Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them."And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it."
To all the mothers who have sons and daughters serving God around the world, I say "thank you for raising strong, righteous children." There is likely no better gift they can give you, and no better testament to your motherly abilities than to know they are following God and doing what He wants them to do at this time.