Karly in the field

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The LIfe

I love this area so much (:  I especially love the people!  
There truly is so much potential here. We have so many families that can be completed! I'm so excited! (: We've been able to meet with a lot of them, but not start teaching just yet... but we're going to get there! (: 
We did SO much this week, even though our numbers didn't necessarily show it. I'm super grateful to be here. I really feel like I'm supposed to be here and that I'm fulfilling my purpose. 
General Conference will be AWESOME!!! So y'all better make the time to watch it!
I had the neatest experience this week. THere's a lady in the ward who is struggling with addiction, so we call her every morning and have a little devotional with her (: It is super awesome. You can literally HEAR the difference it makes in her voice from the beginning of the phone call, to the end. I love being able to know I'm helping someone have a more personal relationship with Christ. I know that reading AND living the principles taught in the Book of Mormon is THE ONLY WAY to become closest to God. 


Loads of Love!
Oh also! We're changing apartments with the elders next week, so I'm still in the same ward, just moving to a different apartment. I'll get the address to you next week> But if you have already sent stuff, the elders will be able to get it to me anyway. 


P.S.
I"m so proud of you mom, for reading the BOM with Tanner. I KNOW IT WILL MAKE ALL OF THE DIFFERENCE that he needs in his life. Partaking of the sacrament is SO IMPORTANT as well. It is there that we renew our covenants, it is where we become re-energized to live in this hard world. So Tanner, GO TO CHURCH. The Lord is able to bless you when you go. But if you don't go, He has no promise. 




Sister Karly  Willes
3502 N Jenks Ave #6-106
Panama City Beach, FL 32405

Monday, September 28, 2015

What a week!

Lynn Haven Pictures! 
Sis Evans found a Jurrassic Park shirt and borrowed someones glasses so she could go for the full nerd affect (:
Sis Blake (My first "greenie") Is in my zone! So I got a picture with her (: 
The beautiful sunsets we get down here in Southport!


Sister Karly  Willes
3502 N Jenks Ave #6-106
Panama City Beach, FL 32405


Monday, September 21, 2015

Funeral

Well. This week started off to a strange start.....
Tuesday we went to a less-active members home to help her sort through some papers while her husband was struggling with pancreatic cancer in the next room... and then they knew that his time was coming. So they invited us into the room and asked us to say a prayer... So we said a prayer and the spirit was SUPER strong. Then I felt impressed to ask them if they wanted me to sing some hymns....
So I spent an hour singing until he passed away. Most of the family was around and they weren't members, or they were extremely less active. There was one family member that I KNOW I have met before, but it must've been in the pre-existence because there was no way we would have met here on earth. SO that was crazy.
Anyway... they asked me to sing at his funeral. So I did. Then the next day in sacrament the bishop asked me to sing again... so I did. And now everyone is ambushing me to join the ward choir, but I don't want to be in the ward choir because it's at the same time as Mission prep and I want to teach Mission prep... hah. I'll figure things out. (: 

It was just so amazing to see how the ward REALLY stepped in. Most of the members HAD NEVER MET this woman before. She hadn't gone to church for YEARS, only going to occasional conferences. Her husband who passed away isn't a member. Her son, though baptized, has NO understanding of the gospel. I am VERY grateful that everyone in my family has close access to the gospel, even if they don't want to believe it for themselves. 

The rest of this week was mostly spent on organizing our apartment/ paperwork from LITERALLY THE LAST FIVE YEARS of missionaries here. We're slowly moving forward with our work, and we feel every slow minute of it. hah. We'll get through though (: I love it here! The members are all so loving and make me feel like I"m a valued member of their ward family! 

Keep living the good life!


My gospel rant: 
There are SO MANY LESS ACTIVE/INACTIVE people here in the South. It makes me SOO sad. There are so many families that are living without the gospel because their parents weren't valiant in the faith. It is simply not fair. Luckily, the Atonement of Jesus Christ will ultimately make things right.  But we CERTAINLY have to work on keeping our faith strong. We are all saved by Christ, but do we let him CHANGE us? To learn to live a Celestial life? 

There really is only one way to gain ETERNAL and LASTING peace. It is through the gospel of Jesus Christ: Faith, Repentance, Making Covenants with God, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End.

Gah. I just want people to live right so they can be happy. ha(:

Sister Karly  Willes
3502 N Jenks Ave #6-106
Panama City Beach, FL 32405

Monday, September 14, 2015

New Area.

The Lynn Haven ward is SO awesome! I have already learned A TON from the members here. They are SO great at doing member missionary work. They're bold, loving, and understand that the gospel is the only constant in our lives. They each have their own unique conversion story.
A cool miracle.
SO remember how I served in Niceville for 7 weeks? Well, there was a woman there living with her sister in law. She recently got married (like five weeks ago!) and is now in our ward! (: It has been amazing! I was sooo happy to see her. She's the most dedicated mom. She loves her kids SO much and now I'm so grateful that she has an amazing husband to support her! 
There is tons of work to do here! I'm excited!
Love! 

p.s.  I am like ten minutes away from the beach (: haha. I am loving this area so much already! I feel at home here. It's about a 2 hour drive from Fort Walton, but it's a lot prettier ( in my opinion.) 

Sister Karly  Willes
3205 N Jenks Ave #6-106
Panama City Beach, FL 32405

Monday, September 7, 2015

She had to transfer this time

We celebrated Sister Beals birthday last week, and it was a party! (: 
Sister Robinson came into our trio and she was soooo stinking awesome!!! I LOVE her so much! I'm so glad I was able to be her companion for a couple of days.
President Smith called and told me that I needed to be in a different area...
Saying goodbye to people was kind of rough, but I definitely feel that it was what the Lord needed me to do. 

Andd.......... I'm in Lynn Haven Florida now! (: And I LOVE it! I only got here yesterday! But oh my goodness, the people here are so sweet! The ward members LOVE the missionaries. it's the best! I love it! I miss Fort Walton like crazy, but I'm so blessed already. I feel like I have been here my whole life! 

I live by Panama City Beach now, so I'm just hugging the panhandle! 
I have a bunch of pictures, they just aren't loading today. I'll send them next week!

My new companions name is Sister Evans! (: She's awesome! and LOADS taller than me! She's only been out for 8 weeks, so I'll be finishing up her training! She seems super ready to work, and I'm very excited to work with her! 
Loads of love!


Sister Karly  Willes
3205 N Jenks Ave #6-106
Panama City Beach, FL 32405