HELLO FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF KAELEY !!
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Hey! June 24th 2013
Another week has gone by! And a busy and crazy emotional week for that matter. We had our big transfer meeting on Tuesday which was the determining transfer for all who would go to the new Bakersfield Mission or stay in the San Fernando Mission! It is wonderful to feel the spirit testify that each person was going where they needed to be and where we would be serving. It is also sad that some of those people I had come out to the field with that it was the last time I would see them for the rest of my mission. My Trainee, Sister Cottrell has been called to a Sister Training Leader with my old MTC companion, Sister Shrivner, which was really cool and I am so excited for them! So many changes but they are wonderful! We had a Zone Conference for just those that would be going to the new Bakersfield mission and that was our last zone conference and last time being with our mission President before the official mission split. It was wonderful but very emotional! I will miss them so very much! They have been wonderful but thank heavens for email and Facebook and Skype. They talked to us a lot about what was going to be happening and how we can help to set the pace and tone for the new mission and that we are leaving a legacy for those to follow.
Tuesday, it also hit my companion and I just how much responsibility we have as the English sister Training leaders. We are the only ones for the Bakersfield mission and the old Ventura Mission is providing the Spanish Sister training leaders. I will be in Lancaster for sure until Aug. 6 and after that who knows. But we will travel around the mission doing exchanges and things! It will be great and very busy. So we will cover the whole mission this transfer for sisters doing English work and it is exciting, joyful and overwhelming that the Lord has chosen us to represent him. It is a big task but I know we will be qualified for our calling and the Lord will help. We will get to work very closely with the new mission president and his wife which will be awesome and I am so excited to meet them!!! It will be the best!
The work in our area has picked up again and we have found some great people who are ready and willing to hear and act upon the Gospel. We had one man who came to church yesterday that is so amazing and he is ready! He reads the bible each day and already loves the Book of Mormon. We have another little family we are teaching that are so cute and they had met with missionaries before down in LA so it is neat to be continuing to teaching them.
There is one of our investigators who we simply love and we know that he has felt the spirit and knows that this is where he needs to be yet he is kind of denying what he has felt. Which makes us sad but we are still working with him and we know he will come around.
The ward is amazing and we love them so much! They all have wonderful testimonies and we are really trying to work with them to invite their friends to learn about the Gospel.
We have seen so many miracles this week which have been great to see and be a part of! This is definitely the Lord's work and he is moving it forward! The Broadcast last night, "The work of Salvation" was amazing and historical. They are making changes to help the work move forward and we love to see that! And the amazing thing is the work will only keep increasing. It is true in the Scriptures when it says that work will never stop till it has hit every land, and people! I am grateful to be serving the Lord and to be a part of the work and to be able to help with the new mission! It is a great day to be a missionary! Thanks for everything! Love you and miss you! Sister Haws
Monday, June 17, 2013
Hey! June 17th 2013
Today has been a little crazy but it is good. This whole week has been crazy and it seems that it is only going to get crazier! Monday night at around 5 we got a phone call from our mission president to inform us that I was going to get a new companion on Wednesday instead of waiting till the next transfers. That changed our plans for the whole week because we thought I was going to be in a trio and moving in with them and we had scheduled everything so we could cover 2 areas for the week. So we changed plans again ! But, something that was a huge blessing was that I was able to go to the Los Angeles Temple twice this week. We had our regular day on Tuesday but Our President wanted us to stay overnight in Santa Clarita and then I would get my new companion on Wednesday. So I was able to go with our Mission President and take my old companion, Sister Fialho, to the airport and see her off! It was sad to see her go but I was so happy to be able to be with her till the last minute! I miss her so so much! She is one of a kind and I am so blessed to have served with her. So after we had gone to the Temple, I received my new companion, Sister Dryeng, and she has been serving in my first area in Chatsworth ironically enough! So she is the new sister training leader with me and it has been good!
I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say it was different but it is a good different. Sometimes it can just be hard for a while to adjust to a different companion and our different personalities. She is amazing though and she is going to be great as a sister training leader with me . AND …………so for the big news….....YES, I will be serving in the new Bakersfield California Mission. My companion and I will be the English sister training leaders for the whole Bakersfield Mission when it starts on July 1st! That is VERY exciting and scary all at the same time. But this is history in the making and I am so grateful the Lord has trusted us to help the sisters from the beginning in this new mission.
It has been a very busy week and we have seen a lot of miracles. One of the best miracles was an investigator that we have really been struggling to get him to church and help him to know that God really is there. Well, We finally, FINALLY got him to commit to church and he came!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so cool and we know that he received some sort of answer! And he prayed with us as well which was a huge progression for him! That was so cool! And we had a family that we found on Saturday that came to church as well! They were really neat and we feel that they are ready and we are really praying for them!
Transfer meeting is this week and we get to go as the sister training leaders which will be awesome but most of the mission will be there. This is going to be a big big transfer and shakeup with the mission split happening and a lot of missionaries are nervous and some having a hard time but it is all up to the Lord who will be going where! The Lord truly is in charge.
Being able to go to the temple twice was a huge blessing from Heavenly Father and I really needed it! That strength that comes from the temple is amazing and I just love the peace there! I love the Holy Ghost. I have never been so grateful for the comfort and the guidance of the Spirit than I have been in this last transfer! It is truly one of the greatest gifts that Heavenly Father can give us and the greatest gift we can give to him is to be worthy of that spirit!!
Well, I better go, lots to do today, but I love you all and thanks for everything! And a Big CONGRATS to Rachel and Austin for going through the temple! That is amazing!!! Love you Sister Haws
Monday, June 10, 2013
|This is the big fire she can see that is near Lancaster. She says they go out and the car is covered with ashes and so are they after being outside for a while.|
Hello!!! June 10 2013
This week has been super busy but so fun!!! This was the first week that my companion and I didn't have exchanges so we were able to work in our area and get a lot accomplished. And, this was the first official Mission Leadership Council that we had! It was so neat to be able to be there and to receive training that will help us to train the Sisters that we are over but also to help in our area and help our investigators progress as well. We also had a very busy day with a lot of appointments! AND the coolest thing ever! There was a former investigator that we contacted within the first couple of weeks being here and she wanted to learn more. We never could get with her to meet until this last week. The first time we talked to her she had an issue with the Book of Mormon but this last time, we taught the restoration and invited her to read and pray to know the Book of Mormon was true and she said she would! It was so cool to see how the Lord had prepared her to hear the message and we then knew why it had taken so long to meet with her! That was such a testimony to me that things happen at the right time and only the Lord knows and we must trust in his timing.
We also had the wonderful chance to help our Zone Leaders train in our Zone training meeting on Friday! They asked us to train on our purpose as a missionary and talking with everyone! It was so cool to be able to put it together and then to teach with my companion! We had a great time. Our mission President and his wife talked a lot about the fact that we need to be on our purpose with URGENCY because it is only the Gospel that can change the World and change people's lives. Nothing else can. And we are the only true church and we must share it with everyone! They also talked about being a Missionary on Purpose, not by accident. That we can't just accidentally wake up one more and be a missionary. We have to choose to be a Missionary and do it on purpose. It was really neat and a lot of things really hit me pretty hard on just things that I need to improve on and re-delicate myself to the Lord and His work.
We also had an interesting lesson with a couple of Baptists! They were very nice but all they wanted to do was tell us where we were wrong in our doctrine and stuff like that. So basically bible bashing. But hey, they have a Book of Mormon and you never know what the Lord will do. My companion leaves this week to go back to Temple Square and it is really sad and happy all at the same time. I am going to miss her so much! These have been some of the best transfers and I just love her so much!!! Transfer meeting isn't until June 18th so I will be in a trio for a week and then get my new companion. So much change in a week. It can be scary but we had a lesson in Relief Society yesterday about the Lord's will, not ours. I keep telling my companion I am going to kidnap her and just pretend that she got on the plane. It makes me feel better....or maybe I am still in denial, who knows! But it will be exciting to see what the Lord has planned!
Thanks for all the love and support and letters and emails! They make the day bright! I love you so much! Sister Haws
Monday, June 3, 2013
Hey, June 3rd 2013It has been another crazy week in California! Great week, but crazy! We had 2 more exchanges and that just makes weeks fly by. I can't believe it is already p-day again.
On Tuesday we started our first exchange and I got to be with my companion that I was with in my 3 transfer here in Cali, Sister Filimoahala !!! It was neat to see how much she has grown and the amazing things she is doing in here area. On Wednesday and Thursday we staying in our area and spent some time finding and doing our weekly planning. And then on Friday, we had a young women come and spend from 11 to 3 with us doing missionary work. She is getting ready to turn in her papers for a mission and wanted an experience so that was neat to have her with us and then right after that, we started our 2nd exchange. And I got to go with my Trainee, Sister Cottrell !!! That was so fun to see how much she has grown and the even more amazing person and missionary she has become! I love seeing the growth in others! We had a good time and worked hard and saw a few miracles! We had one that was really neat. We went to go see a member in the ward but ended up talking to this lady across the street. We found out she was a member but hadn't been active for years and had a question that no one was able to answer. We answered it for her and she was so surprised! She let us in and we shared the restoration with her and asked her to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. She seemed so excited and said she was really been praying to find the truth! We were so blessed to be able to find her and talk to her about it!
Funny story; well kind of…..but I had to laugh so I didn't get all upset about it. My Book of Mormon ended up falling in the water and got wet and dirty. I just starting laughing because I didn't know what else to do. Some of my notes bleed off the page and I just said, "I guess that wasn't revelation." :) It was kind funny after the fact. It is ok and now I will always remember being on exchanges and what happened to my Book of Mormon.
We FINALLY had an investigator at church! And he loved it! He has a baptismal date for the 30th of June and he is so excited! He is a neat kid and just loves the Gospel. We are very excited for him. He is actually one we found when I was on exchanges in a different area and the sisters were teaching him but then we found out he lives in our area so now we get to teach him! That was a really neat miracle! This week we don't have any exchanges but we have a couple of meetings that will keep us busy! We are excited to really focus on our area this week and see what we can do to build it back up. It has slowed down a lot just with exchanges and things but, it will work back up! My companion doesn't leave this week but next week for Salt Lake City which we both can't believe how fast it went. I will miss her a lot but she is going where she is needed!
Thanks for all the love and support! I hope everyone is doing well! I love you! Sister Haws