Karly in the field

Karly in the field
Write to Karly at:karly.willes@mylds.net

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Welcome Home

We were able to meet Karly's companion sis Brown at the airport.  She had a 4 hour layover so we took her and her two friends to dinner before returning home.  It was so wonderful to have Karly home with us.
Her church welcome home will be Sunday April 17th at 12:30 pm  at the church located on the corner of vine street and Germania ave.   We will have refreshments at the house afterwards.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Sorry the pictures are so giant!  I don't know how to fix that right now, and I have too much homework to take time to do so. :)

Monday, March 28, 2016


I'll be driving to Tallahassee on Wednesday and flying home Thursday! It's amazing how quickly the time has flown by!!
This last week was a whirlwind! We taught 26 lessons!!!!! (: There was a girl from Crestview who came with us to do a mini mission, so we all took turns staying with Sis Brown in the apartment and teaching.... and Sis Brown is starting to do A LOT better now! SO she's been going out for a couple of lessons here and there (: 
It seemed like every person  I taught this last week resembled someone I knew from home... Especially Dad and Austen! It was so interesting to teach them and to watch my companions just be silent since they weren't sure what to say- and then I'd just be blabbing... ha there were occasional "bashing" moments, but luckily the spirit was able to override my emotions and they were able to understand a little bit more about the importance of prophets, and that God truly loves us and won't lead us astray. 

The women's broadcast was AMAZING!!! The spirit was soooooooo strong and our investigator, Judy, absolutely LOVED it. She's all about service, and the whole program was on serving others in whatever capacity we can, spiritually and temporally!!
It's been simply amazing to see the many tender mercies from the Lord every day this week! I am a bit nervous to return home, yet I know that the Lord will still be there to guide me (:

See you soon!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


This week was Crazy!! Sister Brown hurt her foot ): Like really bad..... so we have been balancing teaching lessons, dropping her off at members homes, and making sure she RICE on the daily! There have been so many blessings because of this, though (:
We will be having Misty's baptism on Wednesday, and we're really excited (: She has grown so much within these past 6 months. She still doesn't have all of the answers-- but she's okay with that (: Her faith has grown so much!!
Everyone is feeding us and whenever they've asked what I want I tell them anything with cilantro! (: 

I'm just trying to use every second of this week! Wish me luck!!

Here are some photo's I found off of the other blogs, I also got the picture of her companion Sister Brown (remember how they said she got hurt pretty badly?)

The alligator picture was taken by her mission president on Destin beach.  I don't know where that is, but it sure makes me scared to go to a beach in Florida now!

Monday, March 14, 2016

The work is going crazy good! It's so interesting, last transfer all of the sisters in our zones were getting along super well, and we were having the HARDEST time finding/teaching. NOw this transfer the work is going really well but most of the sisters are struggling; we've had to do a lot of extra exchanges/ half hour phone calls/ etc to help boost everyone up. It has been a very fun and worthwhile experience, though (: This week we will be teaching at two zone conferences about the "Hallelujah" Easter initiative. It's a pretty good video. followhim.mormon.org

​Sister Carter is just a DOLL. Seriously, the most PURE and KIND person I have EVER met. ​I might've said that last week... and it still stands true. 

I LOVE LOVE being on a mission and in a trio(: I always forget the cool stories and things to share- but I always remember how great I feel. There's no better way to receive a true fullness of joy than serving!

It's Wendy here.  This is her response to me telling her that I don't want to go straight to the temple, I told her we could go later, but I wanted to come home first: " As long as I get to go to the temple the same day, I don't really care about anything else. "  So this is great news, i am happy that we have an agreement.  I can't wait to see her.  

I found these pictures of Karly from other blogs for this week: 

Monday, March 7, 2016

I miss the temple

Such a long week! We had a missionary meeting, and then we drove to Tallahassee for exchanges with the TCC campus sisters, and then drove back and just worked like crazy in Milton! (: We were able to see SO many people this week with an extra spiritual confirmation that it was who the Lord needed us to see at the exact right timing! I LOVED it. it's been a while since I've really felt like that (: 
Faith was baptized! (: She was SOOOOO happy, too! Normally she is a super quiet girl, but she was loud and SASSY. I think she was just so excited to finally be baptized and confirmed! (: She's sooo cool. It wasn't until Sister Carter joined our companionship that Faith started opening up, though. Sis Carter is seriously the missing link to so many different scenarios here! Sis Brown and I love her so much (:
There never seems to be enough time to do everything! I love y'all! 

Sister Karly  Willes
5471B Millstone Cir
Milton, FL 32570

p.s. I was wondering if on our way into town, if I could stop by the SLC temple and do initiatory. I really miss the temple a whole lot and want to be able to go sometime on the 31st

This is Wendy here:  My first thought to her p.s. is umm no?  I am dying to get her HOME.  It isn't like "town" is far away.  And won't she be tired and hungry?  I am going to see if she will come home for an hour or so first, then she can go to the busy slc temple.  She doesn't get in until 4:30 pm or after, I was hoping she might miss us more than a building?  I love my girl, so far she seems the same as before she left. :)  We will she how she feels after arriving at the airport.  3 weeks left!  ( I finished painting her furniture today.  It took 3 coats of paint and may need one more.  I hope she likes it 'cause I am tired.)  Pictures to come.

Friday, March 4, 2016


This is Wendy here.  Just a reminder to visit Karly's  companions blog here: http://sisterkaylinbrown.blogspot.com/  For more details on her happenings.

Also the missionary presidents blog: http://floridatallahasseemissionexperience.blogspot.com/  For some surprise pictures of Karly.

I am getting so excited for her to come home!!  I ordered her posters today for her homecoming.   I am not so sure what else I should do to get ready.  A co-worker suggested I buy a book called taking off the tag.  She also mentioned that some people do a Babylon basket  filled with some of the missionaries favorite things, and some new clothes that they may need.  I liked that idea.
Mom reminded me to tie yellow ribbons in the neighborhood.  That will be sweet.

I was always going to finish painting her furniture,  Randy isn't thrilled with the idea.  But I hope to take on that project and finish it here in a few weeks.  MARCH 31 st.

We will pick Karly up from the airport, she asked that we not have a party at the house that day, she plans on having a major melt down in her room.  But when we know when her welcome home speech will be we will invite everyone over to welcome her home!  With food of course.

Any other suggestions from you mom's who have done this before?  I still have full time work and part time school (we are at midterms now) so I will have to keep things simple, but I still want her to know how much we love  missed her!

Less than 4 weeks to go, this is getting real.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Fantastic week

I love being in a trio with Sis Carter and Brown (: We are always having a fun time, everything becomes a party! The tornado that came this past week was SO close to a lot of the sisters apartments, including ours... but we're all completely safe (: We were definitely protected. hahaha Sis Carter, Brown, and I had a very fun bonding experience as we sat in the bathtub with the couch cushions on top of us (the mattress wouldn't fit) and reading 3 Nephi 8 about the signs of Christ's death in the Americas. (: It was SOOO funnn. 

Sophie is now in Chile ): But she's still super cute and doing well! She has a bunch of friends who are interested in listening to the missionaries now! SO COOL. 
This morning I read these AMAZING talks from May 2004 conference ensign and I was just BLOWN away with how amazing the Atonement of Jesus Christ is. God loves us SOOOOOOOOOOO much. 

 and this talk was really good:

And a bunch more other good things... but basically I have a re-newed love for studies every morning (: I have been learning SO much from the spirit! 

Hope everyone has a great week!

Sister Karly  Willes
5471B Millstone Cir
Milton, FL 32570