Monday, October 26, 2015

Metrasha - home smelly home(:

Dear fam and friends,

Oh man this week has been a crazy one! Even though I've only been here for a few days - it is so so obvious how well Heavenly Father knows me and knows just what I needed for my last couple transfers! I am so excited to work in the Winnebago YSA Branch and the Neenah Ward. There are good things to come here, I can just feel it! We don't have any solid investigators so we're doing a lot of finding right now, but already we found a couple solid families and got some YSA referrals!

Leaving Packerland:
Oh man the beginning of this week was absolutely insane as we tried to get all my stuff packed up and say goodbye to people. I was so grateful we were able to have one last FHE at the Ross's with Mariah. She is just so special(: I was also grateful for a final lesson with Lori and Sister Winchester - those two are such good friends now and have taught me so much over the past few months! Lori's kitchen table has become sacred ground to me, we've had so many incredible spiritual experiences there. I sure do love them both! We were also able to say goodbye to the Vanderhydens, Bytheways, Mills, Petersons, and Durans - some of the amazing Green Bay member families who helped us out with our missionary work a ton! We had some great lessons with our investigators Joan, Alejandra, and Ashley - even set a baptismal date! Oh then this super awesome lunch appointment with the Slattebos and their non-member daughter-in-law who has been a potential we've worked on for a while! We were able to teach her the Restoration and have such a good conversation together. Even though Sister Payne and I were exhausted from our crazy weekend we were so grateful for the miracles we saw(: It was hard to say goodbye to her as well - I know she will take care of Green Bay and do great things!

Menasha aka Metrasha:
So our area is HUGE! Ha we cover the YSAs from as far north as Green Bay to as far south as West Bend. I hope miles will permit to drive up to Green Bay and try to contact some of the YSAs up there! We live in Menasha though and do most of our work near Menasha, Neenah, Appleton, and Oshkosh. Menasha is a cute little place, but they've got a paper mill and it reaks! Ha it makes me flash back to my days in Wisconsin Rapids - it's funny I would start and end my mission with that stench. Ha good times(: But really the place is beautiful, especially with all the fall leaves peaking! We've spent lots of time out knocking doors and getting to know the YSAs. We're trying to get more member work going on so we coordinated with our branch mission leader about that which was super helpful! Our branch mission leader just got back from his mission so he knows exactly what we need - we had the best correlation meeting ever yesterday and we all left feeling pumped and ready to baptize the world(: Oh a little tender mercy happened Sunday when I ran into Brother Allen (the assistant ward mission leader from Madison) and his family who moved into the Neenah ward a few months ago! It was fun to reconnect with them(: Another tender mercy was meeting this super solid lady named Allison - we have high hopes for her! Keep her in your prayers! Oh and Sister Hansen is just the cutest thing. I'll have to tell you more about her next week(:

Aw man I ran out of time, but just know we're doing well out here and learning lots(: I am so grateful for my loving Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ! I am grateful for the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon and the peace and hope it brings. I know this is our Father's work! Hope you all have a great week and a Happy Halloween!

Sister Kelley(:
Alma 37:34

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zion's Youth

Dear fam and friends,

Oh man I have no time to write this email, ha so it will be short and sweet!

Transfer News:
I am so so sad to leave Green Bay. I am so grateful for the time I have been able to spend here and for those I have had the opportunity to meet. I know it is time for some stretching and growth though so I am excited for the new transfer ahead! We found out today I will be going to the Appleton Zone which means I have served in every zone in the mission except Milwaukee! So I'm going there to the Winnebago YSA ward which meets in Neenah. My new companion's name is Sister Hansen and I'll be finishing her training and keep doing STL stuff. Not sure how that will all work out, but the Assistants said President would explain it all... so we'll see!

Appleton Exchange:
Went on an exchange with Sister Trent this week while Sister Payne stayed in Green Bay with Sister Rosenblum. Sister Trent goes home in just a few days so it was fun to be together and try to get the most of all her mission knowledge! We had a good day together and invited one of their investigators to be baptized. Then we did service for this older couple and they gave us some spaghetti squash, but we had walked a ways to their house so we were just walking around Appleton with a giant squash till we got to the car. Ha then we discovered we both love pumpkin so for lunch we splurged and got Great Harvest pumpkin chocolate chip bread to go with our spaghetti squash mmm(:

A Joyous Reunion:
Kendall was in Green Bay this week so we met up at the church for a bit - ah it was so great to see her! It is incredible how much she has grown(: I am so grateful for the chance to know her and for her love and support! Such a tender mercy to see her!

Mariah's Baptism:
Wow, what a special baptism! The spirit was so incredibly strong and the place was PACKED! Mariah had so much support, it was wonderful. The baptismal program was completely youth lead - the youth were in charge of all the music, the talks, the actual baptism and witnessing, EVERYTHING was done by the youth. We sang 'As Zion's Youth in Latter-days' as the closing hymn. It was awesome! There was a really special musical number done by Michela and Janna - they sang A Child's Prayer and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. I just wanted to save that moment and stay there forever, the spirit was so so strong(: The youth here are incredible. They have all been such a big part of Mariah's conversion. I've never seen Mariah so happy, you could tell she felt so loved(: Sister Elkington and Gunnar and Alexa Ross even got permission to Skype in from Idaho! Her parents and siblings who aren't active at all were there and her very faithful sick Grandma was there too. Her grandma, Sister Micolichek spoke on Sunday after her confirmation and bore her testimony - it was so powerful! Mariah couldn't stop smiling and said she could definitely feel a difference when they said 'receive the Holy Ghost' - I am so happy I was able to be here for her baptism. I know she will be such a light and strength to her family and friends. We are now teaching her little brother and her Mom has invited us over to teach the family!

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!
Sister Kelley(:

Ether 12:12

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Fasting Torch

Dear fam and friends.

Where is the time going? It blows my mind that we get the transfer text Saturday, YIKES! This week was crazy exhausting. We had a Blitz with Marquette and an exchange with Sheboygan - so many miracles!

ZTM Celebration:
So first off. Zone Training Meeting went off without a hitch. It was fun to celebrate fulfilling the mission goal and to hear about some of the miracles that have occurred in the last 3 months throughout the mission. Sister Payne was super nervous for her first training, but she was a total natural! The training we gave was originally given by Sister Renlund when she and Elder Renlund visited Wausau a couple weeks ago. It was all about teaching, testifying, promising blessings, and following up with a focus on the invitations we extend. Another great part of ZTM was when Lori came and bore her testimony and told her conversion story. It was SO powerful!

Marquette Blitz:
The drive to and from Marquette was rainy, but the overcast day made the fall colors even more vibrate (if that is even possible!!!). It was a long drive, but so so beautiful! Pictures just don't do the UP justice. WOW. Really that's all I can say - fall is in full swing up there and will peak here in a couple weeks. I love the fall time(: Also it was super fun to blitz with Sister Twitchell again. Already she has grown so much and become a more confident missionary. We prayed Heavenly Father would put prepared people in our path and He totally did! We were contacting a potential when we met this totally prepared woman named Amber! We talked with her for almost an hour and were able to set a return appointment with her and give her a copy of the Book of Mormon. Amber reminds me so much of Jenny Grunden in Rapids it is insane! If she is anything like Jenny there will be such good things happening in Marquette(:

Lighting the Fasting Torch:
For the next 3 months we are doing this super cool fasting chain throughout the mission. We started it this week with a mission-wide fast and then everyday for the next 90 days there will be a companionship fasting for the end of year mission goal we're working towards!

Sheboygan Exchange:
Sister Straight and I went on an exchange together here in Green Bay this week - probably one of the most miracle filled exchanges I have gone on! We worked hard and had so much fun! We got 3 new investigators and had a bunch of other lessons and a couple member presents. It was just a good day all around. The biggest miracle was with a potential who called and set an appointment up with us! The other day when Sister Payne and I had been tracting we met this man who said he had a friend named Marleen who could use some help. When we asked more about meeting with her, he said he would give her our card. Most of the time when that kind of thing happens we never hear back, but MIRACLE he did give her the card and she reached out to us and wants to meet! We are excited to be teaching this new FAMILY!!!(:

Upcoming Baptism:
Mariah passed her baptismal interview yesterday and is soo ready for her baptism on Wednesday. The youth are doing everything for the baptism - everything! It has been so fun to coordinate with them and see them get excited(: This week we had a lesson at the Rau's and at the end Johan (he's a Priest who will be baptizing Mariah) and Mariah were able to practice the baptismal ordinance - it was the sweetest thing to watch(:

Well that's all I've got for ya! I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon - I know it to be the Word of God! It changes hearts, it's changing mine. I know Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. He is aware of us! I know the Savior lives! I love being able to testify of Him each day! Hope you all have a wonderful week. LOVE YOU!!!!

Sister Kelley(:

Ponderizing Mosiah 27:26
ZTM with the Zone Leaders and with our fav cowboy Elders!
Elder Teeples, Elder Merrill, Sister Payne & me:)
Elder Williams, Elder Baldwin, Sister Payne & me:)
Marquette blitz
Our rainy drive...
So pretty:) 
Lambeau field:)
Exchanges with Sheboygan sisters - Me & Sister Carlini 
Me & Sister Straight

Monday, October 5, 2015

General Conference(:

Dear fam and friends,

General Conference RULES! Plus the fact that I got to see Dan singing on the big screen in the Saturday afternoon session just made the experience that much sweeter(:

Oshkosh Trip:
Mission Leadership Council meetings are always so spiritually satisfying, but this time social satisfaction was met as well! Sister Escobar, Elder Merrill, and Elder McDurmott from my MTC district were all there! It was such a fun reunion for us(: I LOVE SISTER ESCOBAR. We just sat and talked the whole time, it was so so great! She's spent her entire mission down in the Milwaukee Zone and I've jumped zones from Wausau to Madison to Green Bay so we haven't seen each other much
at all! It was fun to see how we'd both grown and become better missionaries. At MLC we counseled together about how we did with our goals from the last 3 months and what our vision is for the next 3 months. There are good things happening in the mission as individuals and families are being prepared to make covenants! I am so grateful to be a small part of it(:

Missionary Birthdays:
Something fun we did this week was celebrate Elder Muller's birthday! Elder Muller is an elder from the Green Bay 2 ward serving out in Utah - we had dinner with his family on his birthday and celebrated(: It was super fun! We blew out candles and made a video with his little sisters, they are so excited for him to come home in a few months(:

General Conference:
It was such a tender mercy to see Dan singing - it was so fun to point him out to everyone at the church(: I loved that they sang "I know that my Savior loves me" - I really like the line in the second verse that says 'Wrapped in the arms of my Savior's love' it makes me think of one of my favorite verses in the Book of Mormon (Alma 34:10-17) but especially verse 16 where it talks about Christs' arms of mercy. Also it was neat to see Elders Renlund, Stevenson, and Rasband get called. I had the
chance to read over their last conference talks before the Sunday morning session and as I listened to them share their testimonies of the Savior I felt so strongly that they truly are called of God! Some of my favorite talks were given by Lawrence, Durrant, and Keetch. Here are a few of my favorite lines/insight from each of them...
  • Lawrence: 'Our Heavenly Father knows our divine potential. He rejoices every time we take a step forward.' and 'The Holy Ghost makes an ideal traveling companion.'
  • Durrant: 'Small efforts sustained over time can produce significant results'
  • Keetch: Becoming = true conversion of the heart
Also Elder Hale's talk was so so good! I am so grateful for living prophets and apostles and for personal revelation to guide our lives. I know our Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us and that He hears and answers our prayers! I look forward to implementing my conference inspiration!

Well that's all I've got for ya this week! Things are going great out here. I love the mission, I love Green Bay, I love my Savior Jesus Christ. How grateful I am for Him and His Atoning sacrifice. 

Love you all!

Sister Kelley(:

"Exaltation is our goal. Discipleship is our journey.' - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sister Escobar - my MTC comp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We got to see 
each other at MLC!
Me and Sister Payne! Ha finally sent a pic of us!
Me and Sis Peterson after exchanges in Manitowoc(:
 View of the actual green bay(:
Old packer stadium and cruisin around GB in a Model A with the Slattebos(: