Karly in the field

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

Monday, January 25, 2016

hair cut

This week was a LONG week, but fun! We drove to Fairhope and Daphne Alabama, then I stayed in Pensacola for two days, and then Sis Brown and I were finally able to stay in Milton together. We had a fun time being with other sisters, but it can be exhausting. 
Sophie is doing super well! (: We just love her, and she loves us! Her lessons are always super fantastic, the spirit is so strong and she just understands EVERYTHING. It's sooooooooo great! 
I got my haircut-- 6 inches.. gone! And I regret it.. but luckily hair grows back (: And the person who cut my hair did a really good job, so I can't complain. 
Life is just dandy. We won't have our car this week, so we'll be walking a lot... and it's supposed to be raining... haha so we'll be having some great bonding experiences! 
Have a great week!

Sister Karly  Willes
5471B Millstone Cir
Milton, FL 32570

Monday, January 18, 2016

(: good things to come!

This week will be short because I'm using an iPad and I'm not used to it.
This week is super awesome. Sophie will be getting baptized on Feb 13(:  so..... We are very excited! It was her idea(: we had lots of random impressions to go to an area  of the ward that's kind of far away.... And so when we finally got there, we were able to find a family who wants to become active again, AND a whole other family who aren't even members of the church but they want to learn more!! Like, they talked to our bishop and our bishop called us to go teach them. So we will teach them on Sunday! 
I am so so so excited to go to the temple, at church we had a special broadcast and they talked all about how our homes can be like the temple and about how to keep our families strong by centering our experiences on spiritual things (like going to the temple together, having deep talks, going on kid dates, etc) 
I just love that families are forever and that we can do things to be happy NOW and that will carry on joy throug the eternities.

Monday, January 11, 2016

I love that living the gospel is something which will NEVER end (

It still doesn't seem real that it's 2016. Life continues to be sooo great with Sis Brown. This was easily the HARDEST week of my LIFE, but I'm over it now (: haha. Sis Brown and I had a really hard time remembering that we were loved, and that it's okay to not be okay. We just had a lot of things go wrong, and we were emotional... But after stake conference we have both been spiritually uplifted and I seriously don't even remember why we were so sad last week> i love the way the spirit works! (:

We taught Sophie this week and it was AWESOME!! She's sooooooo coool!!!! I can't believe that she's only 15. She has totally taken on the gospel as part of her life. She's planning on marrying a Return Missionary already, and she's thinking about going on a mission herself! I really really love her. 

It is so interesting: Sis Brown and I used to be so focused on how many lessons we were teaching, and it was stressing us out. So instead we decided to only focus on the names, and write the names. Then at the end of the week we total up the numbers.... and now we reach our goals without even trying! We have been super happy tracking it this way (: 

This past stake conference was on Sabbath Day observance and how to make it a delight... and I'm so excited to go home and be able to plan ahead what my Sundays will be like. It helped me realize that I can still do missionary work every Sunday! Just not to the same extreme as a mission has you do it. 

One thing I've really learned from this mission: HOME AND VISITING TEACHING IS SOOOOOOOOO IMPORTANT. The drastic difference from functioning and non-functioning wards can be directly related to the percentage of home/visiting teaching. As we all do our part to fulfill our callings as brothers and sisters in the church, simply checking on the welfare of those in our church, the Lord is able to work THROUGH us to help members (and nonmembers) in our wards and stakes.

Sister Karly  Willes
5471B Millstone Cir
Milton, FL 32570

Monday, January 4, 2016

Laughing until we cry

(: Sis Brown and I are doing great! Transfer calls came and we're staying together in Milton! I really can't picture Milton without her, so I'm very grateful she's staying(: 
My favorite experience of this week: Teaching Sofi! She's from Chile, staying with her cousin for a couple of months... and She's awesome! Her mom is an inactive member who decided to be Catholic. Now Sofi goes to a Catholic school, but she doesn't believe in the Catholic religion, and for a while she thought she didn't even believe in God... But she found out here that it wasn't she didn't believe in God, she didn't believe in what she was being taught about Him. She now knows that God is her LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER. HER BEST FRIEND! (: She willingly learns about everything. She's decided to read the Book of Mormon in 2.5 weeks! (: She wants to earn her Personal Progress award by March! And she just started this week! The crazy thing: She will REALLY AND TRULY DO IT. She's not just setting unrealistic  goals for herself, she's making plans and will actually accomplish the things she sets forth to do. She is an amazing woman with divine potential to accomplish great things!  

We're really excited to work with her and a few other people in this area(: The spirit just continues to make us very happy as we testify to people that God loves them, and they can return to live back with Him!

Funny story... but not really: 
Sis Brown and I were SOOOOO tired, we were heading down the stairs to the car and we realized we forgot something> So we ran and got it. then we were in the car... and we realized we forgot something else. So we got it. Then we drove a couple feet away..... and we realized we forgot SOMETHING ELSE... So we got it... and then we were back in the car and we THOUGHT we forgot something else and we were searching for a while, just to go back to the car and find it on the passenger seat..... And at this point we started laughing until we were crying. 

Sister Karly  Willes
5471B Millstone Cir
Milton, FL 32570