Kylie is called to serve in the Nevada Reno Mission

Kylie is called to serve in the Nevada Reno Mission

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hello.  Life is very, very good. :)
Gabriel got baptized last week!!  He is soooooooo awesome, hahaha.  He was so excited to be baptized, he could not stop talking about it.  So many people came to support him for his baptism and the spirit was very strong.  As he was walking to the font he put up 2 peace signs and said "Let's do thiiiisss" ..... he is 18, we are still working on teaching him reverence. :)
We went on 2 exchanges this week so it was a little crazy, but one of them was a biking area and we got to bike in the rain and it was sooo fun!  Sadly, I have ridden my bike for the first time my whole mission these last couple of weeks, but I don't know why I haven't been doing it this whole time because I love it! (excuse my sentence fluency)
Last week I got to go on exchanges to my first area that I served in, Ely!!  It was the best, ever.  I got to go see some people that were baptized there and are still progressing so well.  It was such a tender mercy. 
So... the lady we live with has chickens and usually grandma feeds them but she had to do something in the morning and so she left a note for us to feed them...  It was the day we were on exchanges and so I had Sister Moses with me and I think she thinks I am nuts at this point.  I have pretty much gotten over my fear of animals but for some reason I just cannot get over my fear of chickens.  So I go to get the chicken food to bring it into the pen and I had to like put half my body into the little chicken house thing to hook the food container and the chickens kept following me and really wanted the food and I dropped it like 4 times and long story short my companion for the day ended up having to come do it so that was my scare for the week.
Ok...  Coolest thing ever.  A couple weeks ago we noticed that a girl from the branch had brought a friend to church and so we went and introduced ourselves and said what we do and asked her if she'd be interested in learning more.  She said yes and we talked to the friend before the lesson and she had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being the best lesson!  We taught the restoration and the spirit was very strong, we committed her to read Moroni 10 and were anxious to meet with her again.  The next time we met with her, we followed up with her Book of Mormon reading and her response was amazing!  She said that she's felt the spirit before, but as she was reading the Book of Mormon, she got this overwhelming feeling unlike anything she's every felt before.  She explained it like, "it felt like I had a cup, and it was full, and then it was like overflowing everywhere!!" She said she was holding the book in her hand and thinking, where has this been my whole life? why do we need anything else?  So cool because the first lesson one of her first questions was why we needed the Book of Mormon.  She anxiously accepted to be baptized on October 15 and is so so excited to do so!!  She has gone through a lot that has enabled her to be humble and have a true desire to know what is true and what the Lord wants for her.  This was just one of many testimonies to me that the Book of Mormon is true and it has the power to heal hearts and answer questions.  Ahh, I love this work!  
I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy watching General Conference this week.  Tell me about your fav talks!!

Sister Paul

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hello from Elko, Nevada :)
I was so so super sad to leave Carson last week, but oh man.  I love this place!  My companion, Hermana Daniels is wonderful.  We have been working hard and also eating better/exercising more so I am feeling very grateful for that.  Also very grateful for how hard previous sisters have worked here because there are miracles out the wazoo!
I lovveeeee YSA.  I think Heavenly Father is awesome and qualified me to be able to talk to people my own age without being awkward so I am very happy about that and have loved every second here!  Let me tell you about a few investigators-
Geoffery got baptized on Saturday, he is a ballroom dancer and is the coolest.  He was so excited to be baptized and the night before his baptism we got a text from him with his testimony written out which he then shared at his baptism the next day.  He was so nervous but did so good!  So cute.
Gabriel is getting baptized this Saturday-  He is 18 and is like a little kid.  Hahah so fun and goofy but he is so prepared!  He has been super involved and is always correcting nonmembers and members around him if they are not living the gospel to its fullest- its awesome.
Tevin... hahah oh man.  He has an afro and wears a pick and it has been so cool to see him progress.  As he has started reading the Book of Mormon and getting involved he has mellowed out a lot and hungers for the spirit.  He is preparing to be baptized at the end of this month! 
Gennifer is the cutest in the world.  Her boyfriend is a member and she is soooo prepared.  She loves learning about the gospel and she has had so many experiences with the spirit reassuring her that what she is doing is right.  She is preparing to be baptized on the 23rd.
All of our investigators are best friends and they are also best friends with some of the members as well.  Earlier this week we had planned a lesson with Gabe and 2 other investigators showed up and it was so fun to do a scripture study with all of them!!  They are all helping each other out and are finding so much joy in the gospel. 
Last all of our lessons in church were about marriage..... the only part that wasn't was sacrament and thats because my companion and I spoke.  I have a feeling that might be a reoccurring topic in this branch so that will be interesting!  I love this work and I love my Savior Jesus Christ.  I'm grateful for the healing power of the atonement as I have seen the power of it a lot this week.  We are so blessed to have this gospel!! I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week :)
Sister Paul
P.S. My new address is 3356 Bell Ave, Elko, NV 89801

Monday, September 5, 2016

Hello :)

     We got transfer calls yesterday.... I am getting transferred back to the east side, Elkoooo!  My emotions are a little whack about this.  It's pretty weird because I was in both my first two areas for 6 months and so I feel like I have not been here in Carson for long enough at all, I may have shed a couple tears when we got the call. haha.  I love Carson and I love my companion SOOO much, but I guess the Lord has something else in store.  I am happy I am getting to go to Elko though, my new companion Hermana Daniels is the coolest and we cover the girls in Ely so I will get to go on exchanges there ;').  I will be serving in a YSA ward though so I am a little bit nervous about that because my communication skills with people my age are like.. gone. completely.  So that will be interesting and a great learning experience :)
     Cool story for the week:  One of our recent converts struggles with schizophrenia, she has been doing super well lately especially as she has been actively living the gospel but she has been getting a bit off track lately and they put her on some new meds and they did not work out too well.  She was having a lot of crazy hallucinations and was constantly feeling like there were tons of people around her saying things she couldn't understand.  So she checked herself into the mental hospital to get everything figured out.  A couple days in we went to see her there and we were able to pray and read the Book of Mormon with her which she said helped lift her spirits so much and bring the peace she needed. She started getting back into reading and praying and the second time we came she told us that she had a dream that all the people she felt like were around her were people waiting for her to go do their work in the temple... She's amazing.  Since then, the hallucinations have gone down shes back to her good habits and she is doing all that she can to get to the temple to do their work.  Aaahhhh I love that girl so much.
     Yesterday I was sitting at church by one of our investigators and she leaned over to me and said "I was in so much pain today, I did not want to come to church today but God told me I needed to.  I now know why, he helped me realize today that even though my family at home is dysfunctional, I have a family here that I can rely on.  I am going to set up an appointment this week to meet with bishop and then get baptized the next day if he lets me!" So cool because we were getting worried about her because we weren't able to meet with her once this last week.  I'm so excited to hear about her progress. 
     OK so I have been like pretty emotionless my whole mission, like I have honestly been wishing I could just cry during spiritual things but I have not been able to!  Anyways- I don't know if its because I am getting closer to the end or what but the emotions are deciding to creep on in now, or at least in the last week.  We were talking to this 18 yr old girl and I started talking about this recently activated guy and recent convert girl who just got engaged and who will be sealed in the temple and totally started crying in the middle of the street.  And theeenn, in a DLC meeting we were talking about some speakers for an upcoming fireside and one of the elders mentioned how they have a guy who was baptized a year ago, just had a baby and will be getting sealed to all of his family this week and I lost it.  So weird???  Super great too because it was us and 5 other elders so I have been hearing all about it from them this last week. ohhh well.

     I want to testify to you of the power of the Book of Mormon.  I know now more than I ever have that it truly is the word of God.  I know that if we are struggling with a particular sin or are faced with temptation that if we turn to the Book of Mormon it WILL give us the power to resist.  I invite all of you to turn to it when you are feeling extra burdened.  I recently have been studying it by people, using the index to follow their stories and it is the best!  I am learning so much and it has helped me to understand the stories and significance of individuals in it so much more.  Ok, this is long.  I love being a missionary and I love you all! Have a wonderful week :)