Karly in the field

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

Monday, August 31, 2015

I asked her about the animals she had seen. Here is the reply.

(:  I'm so glad things are going better! Y'all are in my prayers! I've seen a lot of animals and insects! haha. Possums, squirrels(Sis McClellan and I call them land dolphins), rats, cockroaches, jelly fish, alligators, eagles, hawks, panthers, TONS OF DOGS and cats, spiders, ferrets, fish (there's a pet store we will walk into sometimes to get a break from the heat(: ) the weather has started to cool down FINALLY! I'm SOOO happy! The humidity has been lowering a bit, as well. So far we don't look like we're in any imminent danger for hurricanes. Most likely we'll just get a bunch of rain. If something were to happen, we have a family we're designated to stay with and the mission also would evacuate us before anything for-see-able would occur. 
Life as a missionary is truly so GREAT. I feel extremely blessed.........
especially because I'M STAYING IN FORT WALTON FOR ANOTHER 6 WEEKS (: #webeblessed Here in the land of Zion, the members are getting more and more united... IT'S AMAZING. I'm so grateful to see the change that has occurred from February to now (: Things are coming full circle. Sister Miller and I will be staying together (dream come true!) and Sister Stradinger will be leaving. We'll be getting another companion again! Which Sister Miller will be training! (: I am so excited for this next transfer.
I love the quote from Elder Uchtdorf,

Part of our challenge is, I think, that we imagine that God has all of His blessings locked in a huge cloud up in heaven, refusing to give them to us unless we comply with some strict, paternalistic requirements He has set up. But the commandments aren’t like that at all. In reality, Heavenly Father is constantly raining blessings upon us. It is our fear, doubt, and sin that, like an umbrella, block these blessings from reaching us.

His commandments are the loving instructions and the divine help for us to close the umbrella so we can receive the shower of heavenly blessings."

Obedience truly does bring blessings!

Sister Karly  Willes
772 Rockport Ct #8
Fort Walton Beach FL 32548

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Things are really fantastic here (:
This week we taught more lessons than we ever have before, it was AMAZING. It feels SO good to be able to have numbers that you feel reflect your efforts. But even when they don't, we know we work hard (: I was able to see 6 of my past companions this week at a half mission conference! I loved it! I truly have been blessed to serve with some of the most sweet sisters in the mission (: There were two general authorities that came and visited, Elder Brent H Nielson and Vern Stanfill (he was newly called this past April, so he hasn't had a chance to speak yet(;  ) Elder Nielson's talk this past conference was on waiting and loving and watching  those you love who are choosing to not participate in the gospel yet. At the end they chose 8 random missionaries to be interviewed, and I was one of them! It wasn't so much of an interview as a "get to know you" sort of thing. He was very kind and was surprised that I would be out on a mission even though my father and brothers weren't active in the church. It really made me reflect on how everything in my life fell into place. I love the SMALL moments that the Lord provided me the spiritual guidance I needed. I promise that He is sending them to you as well! Everyone is blessed with the Light of Christ. We just need to seek it out in order to know how to keep it within our hearts forever!

(: I love serving here, and I'll get pictures next week (I left my camera at the apartment!) 

Monday, August 17, 2015

11 months

The time really does go by so fast! I am excited to have all my experiences from my mission to reflect on. My birthday was super great, the members were super sweet and had us over for dinner all week (: We enjoyed eating cake and ice cream every night! 
School starts this week so everyone and their dog were busy, so that was kind of hard.. but we still managed to teach people and bring them closer to Christ (:
I love having the time as a missionary to study every day. There are ALWAYS great things to be learned. Even though sometimes I get kind of "bored," I find if I keep reading then a new treasure always pops up! 

The gospel is real! (: 
I'll be emailing again on Saturday since we have a mission conference on Monday
Sis Willes

Monday, August 10, 2015

Her Birthday is Tomorrow!

Life is so great!! (: I just love love love being a missionary and having some super awesome companions! We've been able to just have fun and enjoy life! Sis Miller was sick on Tuesday, and then I took a turn for being sick on Saturday. But we still almost met a lot of our goals! (:  So it was really neat knowing that the Lord still allows us to see His children, even if we're not able to be out all day. I'm excited to see how close we'll be to getting our goals this week since none of us will be sick (: 
Beverly probably won't get baptized at the end of the month since her life is crazy right now. She finally found a new place to live, but it's very low income area and she doesn't have a job yet. Something I love about the black community is their willingness to help each other. Everyone is a cousin, even if they're not related. 

This week I reflected a lot on my Cambodia experience, and I am extremely grateful for the experience I had there. It has helped me so much out in the mission field to remember how easy it is to love those you willingly serve. 
I love everyone back at home and I'm also grateful for the experience I was able to share with y'all. (: I know the Lord is watching over you.

Sister Karly  Willes
772 Rockport Ct #8
Fort Walton Beach FL 32548

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3rd

Things are going well! (: I'm super happy with Miller and Stradinger! hah Sis Miller always steals my camera and takes a bunch of photos... so here they are!

Life is pretty good. We've been struggling to stay exactly obedient... and we've definitely seen the lack of blessings from it. So we're going to strive to be even more obedient this week so we can keep up the blessings for the Fort Walton area (: because they deserve the best!! 
We have some awesome members here who are willing to do ANYTHING for us. We've had people drop off ice cream in the middle of the night (which is 10:00pm for missionaries) or give us a ride up to crestview (a 40 min drive) and so many other things. I feel so blessed to be serving here. We're fed at least 3 times a week, but usually more. And we've been able to find tons of super prepared people!! One family we met this week just moved from Missouri and they already live like mormons.... So we're going to start teaching them and hopefully the father's heart can be softened so he'll let the rest of the family get baptized! (; They're missing out on so many blessings simply because they haven't made that covenant with God. But once they do,.,..... BOOOM. So many blessings!! 

Love y'all!
Remember, obedience  brings blessings!!!!

Sister Karly  Willes
772 Rockport Ct #8
Fort Walton Beach FL 32548