I Want a Pet Moose, but The White Handbook says NO!

I’m back!! Hello Everyone, Another amazing week on the Western edge of the Newfoundland Island:)    Some FUN things that happened this week:

1. On Tuesday we had an exchange in Gander with the STL’s so I got to be companions with Sister Buchanan for the day!!  She is so awesome:)   She is from Alberta Canada (I think half the missionaries in the mission are from Canada) But we were street contacting and we started talking to this guy on a bike and I was impressed with how much he actually knew about the church.  Then after we thought he was done, he says,” Oh and one more thing, you are the church with the big mass marriages.”  We then had to have him explain what he meant and he thought big groups of people all got together and got married to each other and used us as an example saying, ” so like you two are really pretty girls so I would just be able to get married to you, and still go to my religion, but we would be married.”  ???   We were SO CONFUSED!
2. Now I don’t know if any of you are familiar with humidity percentages, but our apartment was at 85% humidity the other day! So if you don’t know what that means, just imagine walking through water.. That is exactly what it feels like!  Its so so uncomfortable! Definitely missing my Utah dry heat!
3. I got to help draw 4 murals at a bowling alley this week for this really sweet lady. Lets just say, my artistic abilities were really put to the test.  AND I dont know if maybe I just never saw it in Utah, or if I live under a rock, but they only play with 5 pins here instead of 10.  It is so weird!!   She was like why would you play with ten pins.. 5 is much easier and I was just like.. well, your not wrong!! haha!!
4. On our way to Gander Yesterday, we had those Harry Potter Jelly Beans and I ate a rotten egg one.. probably the saddest thing that happened this week!!  haha..   OH and instead of deer crossings here, they have moose crossings, and we were about 20 minutes out of Gander and TOTALLY almost hit a moose!   It was super awesome, and super scary at the same time! haha.. a lot of mixed emotions:)
Apart from the fun experiences, this week was another HUGE learning week for me! We were at a dinner appointment with a member the other day and she shared this experience with us:
Joanne works at a pizza shop in town that is close by the schools. During school she always gets a TON of Junior High and High School students. One day, these 3 boys came into the pizza shop and they were your typical Junior High teenage boys. She greeted them with the iconic Newfoundland greeting, ” hello my loves, what can I get for yous today.”   They laughed and rolled their eyes.  They ordered their food, sat down at a table close to the counter, and would make a huge mess at the table.  Then they would leave and as they walked out the door she would make an extra effort to say,  ” I hopes you boys have a wonderful day.”
Continually day after day the same 3 boys would enter the pizza shop for lunch and they would continue to mock and laugh at her.  If they were short some money, she would take it out of her tip jar, and pay the difference for them and she would always greet them with a  ” hello my loves, what can I get for yous today.” and leave them with a  ” I hopes you boys have a wonderful day.”  as they walked out the door laughing and rolling their eyes.
This went on for about 3 months until one day she expected the same behavior, except this time, one of the kids actually answered her back and said hello.  Then the next time, another one of the boys would clean up the table.  And slowly one by one the 3 boys No longer laughed, and didn’t roll their eyes.  They no longer left a huge mess, and made fun of her for being kind.
Now many years later the 3 boys have graduated and gone on to work, but still every week the 3 boys come into the pizza shop and they greet HER saying  ” hello my love how are you doing today.” and never leave with out saying  ” Thank YOU! I hope you have a wonderful day,” and putting a tip into her tip jar. She went on to tell us that it was not always easy to put on a big smile and treat them with kindness day after day. But she found the strength through a quick prayer to God saying,” Heavenly Father please bless me with patience today.” and everyday she was able to be kind and to never let go of her smile.
People are not always going to be accepting of a kind heart and a smile, but that doesn’t mean we have to hide it! Happiness is contagious, and sometimes it takes a little longer for others to see that, but it works, and kindness goes a long ways. None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes and we all have bad days, and it is not always going to feel like life is going in our favor, but Heavenly Father is there to coach us, and to help us return home to Him through trial and error.In a talk on Sunday, Brother Holbrook shared this analogy:
Too often, we start to view God as an umpire. Standing behind home plate, waiting at the end, ready to call us Safe or OUT!  But that is not how we should see it.  I see it that our Heavenly Father is our 3rd base coach….. He is wearing the same uniform we are, watching out for us, and guiding us to when we should go, and holding us back when he thinks we need to wait a little bit longer, to ensure that we can make it back to home plate safely.
Listen to your Heavenly Father, and obey his commands. He is on our side! Nobody should ever have to be defined by the worst thing they have ever done! Find happiness through the teachings of the gospel by preparing yourself to return to live with Him again. Be kind to everyone, even if it is hard, because I can promise you that one day they will accept your kindness and you could change their life completely.
Love You All and hope you have the most FANTABULOUS week!:) Be kind to everyone!
– Sister Kilmer
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UTAH DRIVE 🙂

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WITH THE STL’S

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SISTER BUCHANAN AND I

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BEAUTIFUL BOTTLES COVE

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NEW FOUNDLAND IS SO BEAUTIFUL 🙂

Here Fishy Fishy

Well I have officially made it through week 2 here in Newfoundland, and just when I thought I had already fallen in love with this place the most that I could, I fell in love with it even more!!  THE PEOPLE HERE ARE AMAZING!!!   And it is the most beautiful place on earth!!!:)


Some new Fun things that happened this week:

 

1.  It is very common for us to get asked if we are training to become Nun’s, and when we tell them that we aren’t, its like woah… LIFE=CHANGED!  I love it!

2.  We had a guy on the street the other day start to talk to us about different religions and such because he was a religion scholar, and it was so much fun to hear about all of these fun things about different religions he had studied.  Then he asked me where I was from and I said Utah and he was like..  Oh!  The Mormons.. that is the one religion I just cant figure out.  Believing in all that UFO stuff!!   haha..   We were so confused, and explained we had never heard of that before!!  It was funny!  I love people!:)

3.  On Saturday, the big man up in Halifax called our District Leader here in Corner Brook and called me and Elder Hatch as INSTITUTE TEACHERS at the University here!!! I am so excited!   I am so nervous though because I have only been in the field for approximately 2 weeks!   haha..  but I am so excited to get to work with the YSA, which is a total of 3 currently, but we will change that!!

4.  We were rushing to a lesson in the park the other day.   It had been such a crazy day.  We almost got stranded in Stevenville due to the Elders car’s tires being about to fall off.   It ended up being a series of unfortunate events, which included two really drunk twin brothers trying to feed us dinner.  Finally we see two of our potential investigators, at the park…, on a date…., and it was SO AWKWARD!!   haha.. life.. i love it:)

5.  And the moment you have ALL been waiting for..  *drum roll*   I knew I couldn’t hide from the seafood forever!! On Sunday I was fed my first Newfoundland fish dinner.. Cod!!   I have promised that I would go into the seafood eating thing with an open mind and that’s exactly what I did!   RESULT: still not my favorite food, but it was not as bad as I thought.. looking forward to trying some new fishies!!  (now that I am not as scared of it!!)   haha!!

But aside from all the craziness, I have felt and seen the Lords hand in my life more than ever this week!!   We have had so many blessings of finding and teaching this week, that I can’t even begin to tell you how blessed we are!!   We found 4 more new investigators this week, and each of them are so special!   I love getting to know how much these people want to change and want to find happiness!   So often I think we find ourselves stuck and feel like we are fine where we are at, but there is always room for change!!   I really felt this in my own life this week when I heard a story of a missionary who went home the day I came out! Let me share a little bit:

This Elder came out onto his mission leaving his very supportive parents and family and his fiance, yes.. not girlfriend.. fiance!!  A little bit into his mission he got a call that his dad had passed away, and he had the option to return home have served an honorable mission, but he stayed cause he knew this was where he was meant to be! A little later he received an email saying that his dog, (his best friend), had died. Then a little later, he received another call that his mother had passed away, again receiving the option to return home having served an honorable mission, but he stayed knowing that this is where he needed to be. Just a month before he was to return home, he received another devastating email that his fiance was now engaged to a returned missionary.  This Elder had literally lost everything when he came on his mission.  He left with not one baptism, but he still walked away in tears that day to go home, with his held held high, because he knew that this is where he was supposed to be!!

It is so crazy to me to see the faith that some people have in their lives. To see that no matter what gets thrown in your life, physically, mentally or emotionally, through Christ, we can still find our complete happiness and joy that we need in this life!  So for me, I know that I want to change!   I want to know that I have the faith that no matter what happens in my life, Christ will be with me, watching over me, and helping me through it!   I cannot even imagine how much our Heavenly Father loves us, and wants us to return to him!!

I heard a poem a couple weeks ago about a girl that had a dream.   In this dream she walked in a room and there were filing cabinets everywhere!   In each cabinet there was a persons records of everything they did in their lives!   Jesus then walked into the room and opened up this girls filing cabinet and started to sign each of the papers of every curse word she had said, of every person she had hurt, of every sin she had committed.   And because he suffered for us, he signed each and every paper. REMEMBER: Christ has to put his name on everything you do!  Be careful what you say, and treat people with kindness!   Find the good in every situation, and remember that we all owe everything to him who suffered Everything for us!

I love you all and wish the very best for you!  Never forget who you are, and who is always watching over you!!

– Sister Kilmer

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Beautiful New Foundland

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To the Rescue of lost sheep

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Corner Brook Missionary Fun

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Fishing for Investigators

Put off the Natural Man, Turn Towards God

” For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the dfall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever,unless he yields to the enticings of the fHoly Spirit, andgputteth off the hnatural man and becometh a isaint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becomethas a jchildksubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love,willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit toinflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. ” –  Mosiah 3:19

Hello!! I have now been a Newfie for 1 week and boy have I learned a lot!  

Things are going very well here in Corner Brook! We’ve been teaching so many people this week! We have 6 investigators currently and 4 of them are new from just this week and we have lessons set up for this next week with 2 more potentials so we are really moving forward!!  We had Zone Conference this week, so President Pratt flew out here. It was in Gander which is about 4 hours away!   We rode with the Elders and let me just say.. it was some great entertainment!!   The best is Elder Darches voice cause he sounds exactly like King Julian on Madagascar!   He had eaten so much food and drank 3 slushies on the way home and his companion looks at him and says, ” Elder our transfer goals were 220 and 180, at this rate we will never get it.” and in the most serious voice with a completely straight face ever he says,    “Elder, slush is more important than my goals in life, do not question it.”   It was hilarious!  
But anyways, in my interview with President Pratt he said that he knows he called me out to the middle of no where to really hasten the work, and I have seen God use me as his instrument this past week more than ever in my life!!  As a New Missionary, part of our training is to invite the people we teach to be baptized.. on the FIRST lesson.. let me tell ya, I have never been looked at with such confusion in my life!   But it actually really is an amazing experience and people do feel the spirit enough to commit!!  We were able to commit 2 of our new investigators to Baptism this week… Phil and Morgan.. So I hope they stick with that commitment! 🙂
Knocked on the door of a lady this week, and it was just her and her handicap son! Her eyes started to fill up with tears as she began to tell us about how she was from the states and had been completely rejected from her family and her Visa feel through so she was deported back to Canada.  She said she is too old to help take care of her handicap son and she cant get a job, and she has no friends because nobody will help her because of her son. We began talking to her about how we knew that Heavenly Father had sent us to her, and that we were called of God and she was just so grateful and happy!!   We have our first lesson set up with her this week so I am excited to get to know her some more!!
There are some members in the Branch here,  and they are so so sweet!!:) He will ONLY refer to his wife as his queen and they are a little older.. its so cute!!  They call themselves the Super Newfs!   Anyways, They invited us to their home this week and I found out they built their house themselves!!  Now you would think since I am only in Canada that things wouldn’t be too different here, BUT,  their home looked normal on the outside, but on the inside they have no ceiling, its just blankets and sheets stapled to the walls to cover up the inside of the roof!! And they have no lights, so they just use daylight and use lanterns and flashlights!  They are the most humble and amazing people in the world, and they would do absolutely anything for the missionaries!   I just love them.   Now this isnt how all the houses are here, but some of them are!!  They all look like just normal houses but inside they are very simple! But the people are so humble!!  
We were talking this week about a small town called Sheeves Cove that is about 2 1/2 hours away, and that is going to be one of our focus points this transfer so we will be driving a lot!! We have no members there, but the town has no churches and people out there feel very alone so I am excited to start opening that up!!  One of the most exciting things about being a missionary out here is that when I got here I could tell everything was a routine and we did about the same thing every day, but that is not my personality, and I was not about to make my life a routine.. So I love how much room there is to explore, new finding ideas and getting creative out here!!   At least once a day I am on the phone with the Couple Missionaries who are the Branch President and his wife, (they are from Arizona) and I am proposing new ideas to them and almost always it ends in a, ” well I never thought of that” So I really hope that things can continue to progress!!
I love my mission president so much!!  President Pratt!!  He is so funny, and definitely understand the 19- 20 year old mind!!  We skype with him every Sunday night, and he cant even make it through the call without making at least 20 non irrelevant jokes or having a complete laughing attack!!  Its a great time!!  He is also one of the most spiritual men I have ever known!  He really knows so much about the gospel and is helping me to grow so much!!
I love you all so much and I love what I am doing!!:)  I feel like everyday I become a little stronger and a little closer in harmony with my Heavenly Father and that is so humbling to me to know that he really does care about each of us individually!!   I feel his love for you every day!! 
Until Next Time!! – Sister Kilmer 
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The Church Meeting House in Grand Falls

Me and sister Holloway

My companion Sister Holloway

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Celebration of my 1 Month Birthday!!

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My STLT’s Sis. Fisk and Sis. Thompson

OH CANADA!!!:)

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MTC Sister Twins

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Sister Cable and Sister Kilmer

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At the temple

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More MTC

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What it is really like at the MTC

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On our way to Halifax!

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Landing in New York City

Arriving at the Mission Home

Arriving at the Halifax Mission Home

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Corner Brook, New Foundland

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Sister Holloway and Sister Kilmer

“Therefore dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for His arm to be revealed.”

 

Hello Friends and Family.. hows its goin eh?
Wow!!  A lot has happened since I talked to you all last!  It’s so crazy!  My last few days in the MTC were the best ones ever!!   It was so much fun, but so sad cause I had to say goodbye to my second family!   It was really hard and I already miss the Elders in Rochester SO MUCH!!   We had a pizza eating competition on Friday night, and it may not surprise most of you who know me when I tell you that I was the “champion” 😉   They didn’t believe me when I told them that food is my second love behind Jesus!!   The funniest part of the whole thing, was that before I was teasing them and said I would beat them all, and take their man cards, Elder Cox looked at me and said,   ” Nah sister Kilmer, you wont take my man card, I lost that the day I made my first purchase at Buckle.”
Holy.. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time!   We left the MTC early on Tuesday morning, and we had a very long day of traveling!!   I got to see some fellow Morganites at the airport, so that was way awesome!!   We finally landed in Halifax around 1:00 in the morning on Wednesday, and then had to get our Visas at the airport, so we didn’t get to the mission home until after 3:00 am!   I ended up traveling with another sister that is waiting for a Visa to serve in Arizona, sister Champoux.  But its pronounced “shampoo” with a French accent, so don’t strain yourself trying to pronounce it.. I’ve been there, done that. 😉
Anyways, I was in Halifax for 2 days with my STLT Sister Fisk, and then we all had to say our goodbyes.   It was so sad saying goodbye to my Elders!!   Elder Hoole headed off to St. Johns, New Brunswick, Elder Cox to Sacville,  Nova Scotia,  Elder Phillips to Bay Roberts, and then the Mission President put me back on a plane, and flew me to the farthest area in our mission away from everything called… civilization!!
I am serving in CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND!!!!!!!   Now, if you have never heard of this place, and or seen it, I would advise you to look it up!! It is the most beautiful place in the world!!  I live right in the bay by the Ocean!   It is so awesome!  Its so humid here that we have to keep a dehumidifier in the bathroom running while we shower or anything because if not, it will all mold!!  And my hair, ALWAYS feels wet!:)   It is so weird!!
There are only about 30 members in our entire area, but about half of them live  1-3 hours away from our church house, so they can only come every so often to church because they cant afford it!!   It is so humbling,  because many are really really poor, and it really is just a step above like.. straight poverty!!
But many of the people here are very religious!  Which can be good and bad!   Good, because people do look for something more since they have NOTHING.   But bad, because if they already have their religion they wont even talk to you at all because they literally eat breathe and sleep what they believe in, so you cannot even get them to listen a little bit!!
At church on Sunday there were 11 people in the congregation.. being from Utah.. you could say that was quite the change!!  They also had the 5 members from Gander (3 hours away) and the 4 members from Grand Falls ( 1 1/2 hours away) Skype in to our Sacrament meeting, because they are in a branch!!   There is one little boy in the ward and the rest are all over about 40!!   So yeah.. its definitely an adjustment!!   People sacrifice so much here to be members of the Church!   It is so humbling, and I realize I took living a quarter of a mile from my church building at home for granted!
One member only can afford to come to church every other week, and he is an older guy who works for 2 weeks, sets aside his 10% for tithing, and then another chunk for his church fund, and then after 2 weeks he has saved up enough money to buy enough gas to get to church..  He lives almost 2 hours away!!  It is so amazing the faith these people have!!
My companion, Sister Holloway is from Colorado and she is so sweet!!   I love her!   She has taught me so much already, and I have only been here for 4 days!  We have a lot of fun together!!   We also have a lot in common, so its fun to get to know her!  We are the only sister missionaries for miles and miles and miles of land and ocean.. its awesome!:)   Most of the people when we knock on their doors are like.. I didn’t know they had sister missionaries in the moron church.. and YES!!  They say the MORON church.. not Mormon!! haha!   The Elders in our area are Elder Hatch and Elder Darche.   Elder Hatch is awesome! He can teach anything to anyone, in the blink of an eye, and he doesn’t even need any time to think about it, its crazy!!  And Elder Darche is… I don’t even know what he is… he is just awesome!!!   His actual full last name is Elder St.Lawerencedarche :), but it didn’t fit on the name tag.. so he just goes by Elder Darche.. His name legit looks like a sentence, and its hilarious!!
ANYWAYS!! I love and miss you all and I miss home really a lot!  It is hard out here, and we will go knocking on doors for like 4 hours and only 1 person in the last 5 minutes will actually even talk to us, but because we finally got to that one lady, it was all worth it!  I already love this place so much, and I LOVE the people and the culture!!  Its amazing and unlike anywhere else, and they are kind of stuck in the olden days!!   It’s awesome!!   But I have a dinner appointment with a guy who said he makes the best trout in the world for either this week or next week, so I will keep you all updated on the seafood..
Stay Humble and Kind!!
— Love Sister Kilmer

New Missionaries Arrive in Halifax!

Arriving at the Mission Home

Arriving at the Halifax Mission Home

From left to right

FRONT ROW: Sister Kilmer, Sister Champoux

MIDDLE ROW: President Pratt, Elder Hardy, Elder J. Phillips, Elder Mayoros, Elder Odde, Elder Golder, Elder Hoole

BACK ROW: Elder Williams, Elder Clark, Elder Cox, Elder Layton, Elder Burggraff, Elder T. Phillips, Elder Harris, Elder Ipson

Sister Kilmer will be flying out Friday morning to her first area, Corner Brook, New Foundland.