Monday, August 17, 2015

Double Exchange

Dear fam and friends,

The time is literally flying by out here, seriously since when is it August? Sister Elkington and I just go as hard as we can everyday! It's been such a blessing to be serving with her(:

Since I never really explain what we do on P-days I just want to take a minute and write about what we've been up to today! This morning we woke up and ran as usual then had studies. We did our laundry, cleaned our apartment, and made homemade bread (it didn't turn out like yours Mom, but I tried). Then we toured Lambeau field with Sister Wright and Sister Adams-Hart. It is starting to get busy here in Green Bay as the Packers prep for the season and today they had practice so there were tons of people there to watch! The practice field is right across from the stadium so traffic was backed up a ton. All the locals say this is just the beginning of the madness... I am excited to see the town come alive! Now if only we could help these people be as passionate about the gospel as they are about their Packers...(: It was fun to hear the history of the team and run through the tunnel out onto the field. We had a great time and grabbed lunch together after. Then grocery shopping at Aldi - this great cheap little place where you can get loads of produce! We ran into Dianetha from the first ward who recently returned from serving her mission in Kennewick, WA - turns out she knows Rebecca Little! We had fun chatting and took a picture(: Then to the church to email and in a bit we have dinner with the Mill's and FHE at the Ross's with our investigator Mariah!

Exchanges with Sheboygan:
Sheboygan, Wisconsin is seriously SO beautiful. Look it up! For our workout we ran along the board walk and beach bare foot. It was divine(: It was so fun to work with Sister Carlini again (Sister Elkington was with Sister Strait) and see how much she has grown in the last couple transfers. She is such a people person(: We taught two really powerful back to back lessons about the Plan of Salvation with some solid investigators. I taught the Plan of Salvation a lot this week and was able to spend time thinking about and studying it. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for each of us. His Plan truly is a plan for our happiness! I know the Savior is central to this plan and makes salvation possible!

Exchanges with Green Bay 1:
We had two exchanges this week which is a bit exhausting, but also so much fun! I love the Sisters out here so much! I got to be with Sister Wright for the exchange while Sister Elkington was with Sister Adams-Hart. We were able to teach a lot of really solid other lessons together. Sister Wright is great at setting goals that make us stretch! She can also teach from the scriptures super powerfully! We had a great lesson with a part member family, the Bairds. The spirit was so strong their 9 year old son Talon said, "I feel so happy and warm right now!" It was the best thing(:

Green Bay Stake Conference:
The mission has definitely taught me to love Stake Conference, especially the Saturday night session! I felt like I received so many answers to my questions and guidance from Heavenly Father. They talked about observing the Sabbath day and the importance of ward,couple, and family councils. They talked about ministering to others like the Savior did. I loved that they put an emphasis on ministering to the individual. I know Heavenly Father is so mindful of each one of us and that we can have personal relationships with Him and our Savior. The spirit was especially strong as Sister Fischer sang 'Savior Redeemer of My Soul' I never wanted to leave that pew. Ah so good. Then the
Sunday session was great as well. Especially because our investigator Ashley and her husband and kids came!!! The kids were little angels and everyone fellow-shipped them really well! I am so excited about her! Oh and the Stake President's daughter returned from her mission in New Zealand late Saturday night so it was fun to see their family reunited, the Jones's are such wonderful people. I am constantly in awe of how much the saints sacrifice out here to live the gospel. Many of them traveled hours to be at Stake Conference, what incredible examples!

Hope you all have a good week - it was so fun to see the pictures of you at the temple with Sister King and Kendall! AH! LOVE THEM! Good luck getting Zach all moved out! Love and miss ya! Be good.... for once!

Sister Kelley(:

P.S. Sorry for no pictures lately! I have to get a new memory card due to some technical difficulties... ha we tried to get one when we were shopping today, but the power went out because of the rain and they couldn't ring us up! Hopefully next week!

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