Karly in the field

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving

​The time as a missionary is flying by oh so fast! I just don't know what to do with it!!
This week our goal was to talk to EVERYONE we saw. Which we totally succeeded at. However, we might stay away from this idea now. Some of the people we talked to were very strange. There was one man who kept contradicting himself every other sentence. Luckily, we have the gospel (: So we know the complete and whole truth through the restoration of the priesthood! yay!!
Herman is probably in the hospital again, he hasn't been home all week or answering his phone ): 
Romar continues to tell us how important it is to be baptized.. yet he won't tell us why he wants to wait to be baptized. So very interesting.
I think the most frustrating thing as a missionary is setting so many goals and not reaching them, but not having control over that. We make goals to reach our other goals, but other peoples' agency interferes. ​
That has been our struggle this week. However, we just keep working even harder (: So far we haven't seen much of our efforts; we know that we are helping people, though.
We're hopefully spending Thanksgiving with the "less active" family we met last week. (: I'm super excited.
And can I just say I hate the term "less active?" Because sometimes it means the person is completely inactive, while other times it means they only attend once every other month. Or just once a year. There needs to be more accurate terminology. I guess I'll deal with that when I get home, though (;
My invitation: Write down 5 things you're grateful for from every day this week. No repeats.


I am sending Karly some Thanksgiving treats that my mom, my cousin, and I made.  I hope she enjoys them and that I get to the post office tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dad's First email

Randy let me read his email to Karly, so I could see her response.  It was too sweet not to share:
Hey sweet Karly

Moms been keeping me up on your e-mails but I thought I might  send you one myself.

Have you adjusted to a 24/7 roommate all the way yet?
Caught on to the local language?
Staying busy?

I'm healing good and staying busy with the house/the boys/cooking ect..
Just finished my continuing education classes (12 hours of online fun) so I can 
renew my Master Plumbers licence.

I've watched lots of movies and got lots of naps the last 4 weeks.
Off all the hardcore drugs 10 days ago and only taking Tylenol 2-3 times a day.
Its hard not being able to walk but with my kneeling scooter and the crutches 
I can go just about anywhere I need to.
Went down stairs for the first time today to get some things to make dinner.
It was not too hard but took some time. It is alot easier to get the boys to bring stuff up
but they are at school and my was sleeping in.

Its been wonderful to spend the whole morning with your mom with out anyone around.
Rather  we lay in bed/do house things/be on the computer/eat breakfast it's great just to be together
 and talk and enjoy each others company!!!!!! 

Hope your able to make many many friends while you are gone!!
Hope you always have joy in your heart!!!
Hope everyone can see the LOVE in your heart!!

Be safe, show love and know you are in my thoughts

Dad 

Hi! I'm glad to hear that you are doing so well (: 
Here's my quote of the day to explain why you are just so happy to be with mom: Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, quoted the following counsel of President McKay: “A father can do no greater thing for his children than to let them feel that he loves their mother” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 82; or Ensign,June 1971, 72).
I've totally adjusted to having a companion, but I do look forward (but not too much) to being alone after the mission. It helps that my companion is awesome and she's not over bearing. We're both not super touchy-feel kind of girls. We talk things out. It's just so great (:
I've met so many amazing people that I love here! It's fantastic! 
I don't think I will ever understand the Southern Language or people. I have the HARDEST time understanding what black people are saying, especially when they're in their 50s/60s. But luckily the Spirit always guides me in what to say (: 
Love you! Have a great and speedy recovery! i think of you all often!
Sis Willes



Monday, November 17, 2014

Nov 17th letter from Karly

I can't remember if I mention this story:
Sis Maxwell and I had cancellations up the wall. We had tried and failed to see all of our back ups. So we looked in the GPS, found a persons name that we knew was on the roster. Then went to his house. The first thing he says to us: "Who sent you here?"
"uhm.. No one."
"Are you sure it wasn't my mother?"
"Ha no, it wasn't your mother..."
"It must have been God then!" (Uhmm.. I guess so?)

And so now we are privileged to teach his non member fiance and her two sons (: And eat delicious Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic food.
When we told the bishop of the experience he was very surprised. He told us the Spanish elders had gone by to visit them literally two weeks ago and they said they weren't interested in having the missionaries over.

So for Christmas: I would really love "The Best Two Years" Soundtrack on CD. Or David Archuleta's Christmas album with the Mo-Tab (on CD as well). Journals. Uhmm. . . . Money for ice cream (: I'll be sending home a few clothes soon since I can't wear them while I'm riding a bike. I'm also sending my Cambodia skirt since I kind of got a hole in it ): I was wondering if maybe Grandma Willes could fix it? It just needs to be hemmed up more, ideally.
I should mention: I might not be at the same address on Christmas. So either make sure my package arrives BEFORE DECEMBER 15 (transfer day) OR wait for my email that Monday to verify where my current address will be on Christmas Week.

As for this week: We haven't been able to see Herman ): We're not sure if he's super sick, or trying to dodge us, or what. It's crazy. We keep praying and fasting, because we don't know what else to do> And it doesn't seem like it is working. But we know it is. Just not in the way we want it to, or in a way we can see yet. God knows best, though. We know our efforts are not being wasted.
Romar is still confusing us. He has totally stopped smoking. That's not even a temptation for him. He LOVES looking up general conference talks/ reading the scriptures/ praying/ and coming to church activities. He simply doesn't want to be baptized for a "few months or years." Even though he also knows that only through baptism can you reach eternal life. Which he REALLY REALLY wants to receive eternal life. He tells us that ALL OF THE time. He also tells us the importance of baptism. So we're very confused as to why he is postponing this crucial decision.

​We have been trying to find new people to teach, but so far no luck. We'll keep trying, though (:

That's about it! Remember to Pray!!

"​ Which parent in Book of Mormon times would have let their sons march out to the front of battle without a breastplate and shield and sword to protect them against the potentially mortal blows of the enemy? But how many of us let our children march out the front door each morning to the most dangerous of all battlefields, to face Satan and his myriad of temptations, without their spiritual breastplate and shield and sword that come from the protective power of prayer? The Lord said, “Pray always, … that you may conquer Satan” (D&C 10:5). As parents, we can help instill within our children the habit and power of morning prayer. "

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/parents-the-prime-gospel-teachers-of-their-children?lang=eng

I asked Karly in my letter what she wanted for Christmas.  That is why she gave me her wish list.  I hate the thought of having Thanksgiving and Christmas without her.  But I remind myself that we will get to skype with her on Christmas!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Blessons"

Time flies by so fast! (:
This week was rough at first, but then everything changed!  (: We were able to get in contact with someone that we've basically been stalking for the past month and a half. He hasn't been home, and we didn't have his right phone number, so there was no way for us to contact him. Then one night we decided to stop by his house, and vuola! He was there! I about cried. He had a baptismal date back in September, but since he has cancer he needed to go to Houston for the hospital there. But now he's back! He was so happy to see us! He has no idea how thrilled we were to see him! (: I about cried from joy.
ANd Romar seems to be turning around. Last night he called and apologized for hanging up on the phone a few weeks ago (: It was so sweet. He has been coming to church, and he has started reading/watching General Conference reports again. SO I think he understands the importance of feeding our souls DAILY.
I hope you guys are able to find ways to come closer to God everyday. Including family prayer. That could change your world. Start making it a part of who you are, not just what you do. Others will catch on.
People here say "i want my kids to decide for themselves if they want to be baptized." Which is great. They should decide, but how are they supposed to know it's even an option if they don't go to church?! Or how are they supposed to understand what baptism really means? Church is important. That's why God commands us to go. Every commandment we are given is given from Love. Lots and lots of love. Because He is bound when we do what He says, and then we get Blessings (: (Doctrine and Covenants 82:10 and Matthew... 18:18?)
And there are such things as "bLessons."

I asked Karly if her address was the same, and what clothing I could send her.  Here is her response:


my address is the same (: sorry this is short: i'm out of time!
but i've been able to be warm: don't worry! it hasn't gotten too bad!
love you!

Don't you just love how she adds her southern touch?  I sure do!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Getting ready for Christmas

I forgot to add Karly's email address to her Blog.  You can reach her at karly.willes@mylds.net
I also decided to mail her packages from the post office.  They have a pretty large box that I can mail to her for a flat rate.  I think it was about $17.  And I brought a box home so I can start getting her Christmas packaged up.  I could still use some idea's though.  I bought the cutest sister missionary stockings!  Yes, I got two because I know she will be worried about her companion.  So this way they have matching stockings. :)
Please feel free to leave messages on her blog, and ideas for what to send her. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

First Transfer

Transfers were this week: surprise! haha (: me and Sister Maxwell are staying in Pascagoula. We had a chance to go up to Mobile last week and I got to see a cotton field!!!!!! (: it was so pretty, and a much needed tender mercy. 
I'm glad that dad is doing well. Work will be great, phones are hard: but if you keep your attitude and spirits high you will be able to do anything (: 
Something which I need.... sweats. My MHS ones from track would be great. And one of my hoodies, too. It really DOES get cold here. Today isn't so bad, but Saturday was quite chilly. Luckily I have warm tights and good cardigans. I'm buying my coat today, so don't worry about me (: haha I'll be prepared for any future weather.
This week was pretty hard. It seemed like everyone was trying to avoid us. . . (: Like, they walk to the other side of the street when they see us walking/biking on the same side. haha. People are funny (: But while we've had a hard time finding new people, working with less-actives and part member families has been GREAT. The people we taught this week were truly answers to our prayers. They were so kind and willing and eager to learn more about the gospel.
Something which has been frustrating for me: people complain so much about how hard their lives are and how terrible Hurricane Katrina was. Which I'm sure it seems hard, and it was hard. But Katrina was almost 10 years ago. Most people have homes and are still with their families. There still are schools and universities for higher education. Compared to the Cambodians... the people here are VERY well off. Being down here has made me want to go back to Cambodia again, to help them continue to cherish and value the education they receive. people here don't seem to think that education is important. And because of it, the community struggles.
Please value the education you received! And continue to strive to get more! Even if it is just reading a book, especially the Book of Mormon. (: I know that as you read the Book of Mormon and act on the principles taught in it, which are Christ's true gospel, that the quality of your life WILL IMPROVE.
Anything that I can do you for you guys? How are you holding up this week? Did you celebrate Grandma Willes' birthday?
Do you mind sending me Trevor's address so I can write the girls late happy birthday cards? (:
Through Jesus Christ, the bands of death were broken. So now we can live as an eternal family forever as long as we are faithful to the covenants we have made. We will see Ryan again (:

Looks like I need to send my first large package in the mail...ever.   Any tips?