Hold your Courage and Hold your Course!

We have been So blessed this week, I cant even begin to describe the gratitude I feel for my Savior.

1. We are teaching SO MANY amazing people right now. One of our investigators finally made up his mind that he wanted to change and he moved out of the community home that he was living in where he was surrounded by bad influences. We are so excited for him to start acting on what he is learning. Another one of our investigators CAME TO CHURCH! and not only did she attend, but she cried at the testimonies and then she SAID THE CLOSING PRAYER!!!   It was beautiful, and the spirit was so strong!  We were so excited and she told us that she is planning on coming to all of the sessions of conference next weekend and she is  “SO EXCITED” 

2. So I totally channeled my inner musical abilities and wrote a song this week about the bible story “Road to Emmaus” on the guitar, since we randomly have a guitar in our apartment!! It was so fun, at least until my companion told everyone about it and I had to perform it at Zone Conference. But still way fun!!
3. With Transfers we had many Elders come in that are finishing out their missions here and they were sharing with me some fun facts about the Canada Halifax Mission from Jeffrey R. Holland :
Several years ago when Elder Holland visited our mission, it was a very apostate mission. After sending home over 60 missionaries and completely resetting our missions standards, it has now become one of the most obedient missions. 

Its one of the hardest missions in the world. 

He also stated that the people who get called to CHM have first and fore most been called to do missionary work, BUT the missionaries from CHM will fill a great portion of the upcoming generation of leaders in the church! Kinda fun things:)

For Zone Conference this week we were asked to study on ” How becoming consecrated helps you to endure well.” The law of Consecration is that we consecrate all our time, talents, money, and property to the cause of the church. Similarly, the law of Sacrifice is that we are willing to sacrifice all that we have; Our character, reputation, honor, and applause, for the truths sake. These two are inseparably intertwined.  Joseph Smith once said, ” A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce faith necessary to lead unto life and salvation.” 

Now, We are not always called upon to live the WHOLE law of consecration and give ALL our time, talents, and means to building the Lords kingdom, BUT, to obtain celestial salvation, we must be ABLE to live these laws to the full, if we are called upon to do so.
This week, I have really been studying the Book of Mormon a lot.  Not necessarily IN it, but about it.  In one of my all time favorite general conference talks ever given, Elder Holland shares this, “when incarcerated in the jail, Joseph the Prophet turned to the guards who held him captive and bore a powerful testimony of the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon. Shortly thereafter pistol and ball would take the lives of these two testators.  In this their greatest—and last—hour of need, I ask you: would these men blaspheme before God by continuing to fix their lives, their honor, and their own search for eternal salvation on a book (and by implication a church and a ministry) they had fictitiously created out of whole cloth?

Never mind that their wives are about to be widows and their children fatherless. Never mind that their little band of followers will yet be “houseless, friendless and homeless” and that their children will leave footprints of blood across frozen rivers and an untamed prairie floor.  Never mind that legions will die and other legions live declaring in the four quarters of this earth that they know the Book of Mormon and the Church which espouses it to be true. Disregard all of that, and tell me whether in this hour of death these two men would enter the presence of their Eternal Judge quoting from and finding solace in a book which, if not the very word of God, would brand them as impostors and charlatans until the end of time?   They would not do that!   They were willing to die rather than deny the divine origin and the eternal truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints, we are to stand as a witness and an example to the world. Set aside your PRIDE,your NEGATIVITY, and your FEARS!  The Savior warned that in the last days even those of the covenant, the very elect, could be deceived by the enemy of truth. Hold your Courage and Hold your Course!  You have not been called upon to die for your religion, However, you have been called of God to stand and protect your religion. Share it with the world.  Love God MORE than you love the natural man, for the natural man is an enemy to God.

– Love you all and wish you the Best!! ❤ Sister Kilmer

 

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So glad there was a guitar in my apartment.

 

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Sister Kiser

 

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Minion Hats Courtesy of  Haley

 

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Keep Walking :)

 

BIG WEEK this week!  There was a lot going on, and a lot of changes made going around:

1. All the missionaries that were in Corner Brook got transferred, SO here is little me, only out here for 6 weeks,  leading out the area for Sisters and Elders!   It really has been fun though.   I love it here, so it has been fun to brag about how amazing our area is, and get everyone started off!   I definitely did not expect to be doing that though!  The Lord works miracles!  haha
2. While waiting for all the new missionaries to come, I was able to be companions with Sister Olsen from Gander for a few days and we had quite a blast.  I must share my favorite experience with her from our time together.  We have this investigator that is a straight up cat guy.   He LOVES his cats.. (pretty sure even more than his wife) haha, but anyways, He has this chair, and it is a well known chair, and you just DONT sit in the chair….  Its the “hair chair” and it is where all his cats reside, and there is literally like a pillow covering of an inch of cat hair on it!!   AND.. she sat on it!!   haha!   I was just trying not to laugh through the whole lesson, because she was trying to not gag, and the cats were jumping all over her and.. yea.. it was entertaining but very disgusting. 
3. OPRA HAS A HOUSE HERE!!!! So pretty much my goal is to find her.. teach her.. and baptize her!:) haha.. I was so excited when I found out!!
4. So I have been so confused since I got here cause there are all of these houses that have doors way high up and no stairs to get to them! So I finally asked a guy and he told us they are called “mother-in-law” doors!!  haha.. It was super funny.   It cracks me up! 🙂
On July 30th, just 3 days before I got out here, The cutest University student, Robin Evans-Taylor got baptized.  So I have had the privilege of teaching her all of her after baptism lessons, and really get to know her well.  She was so excited the other day during our lesson, and could not wait to tell me her dream describing it as very “scary” and “weird”  She went on to tell her dream:
 
“I was walking, and a man came up and just pushed me into this GIANT crevice. There were lots of people that had been pushed down there with me, and there were monsters. It was so dark that you couldn’t see anything at all, but I was told that if I started walking and just kept going, that I would eventually find the light. So I started walking with all of these people, and a lot of people kept stopping to take a break, or they would say that there was no use in going any further because they would never find the end of the crevice. But I just kept my hand on the wall and walked.   I don’t know why, But i just knew that I had to keep walking, because that was how I could find the light even though I couldn’t see anything, and I didn’t know what, when, or where the light would be.”
 
She saw this dream as just another dream. But because I had been just reading and studying earlier this week about how important it is for us to ‘Stand as a Witness’ and never give up hope, even when you feel like it is easier to just give up.   I saw this as much more than a dream.  I then told her, that sometimes even after becoming a member of the church, we find ourselves thrown into a “crevice” of some sort.  We have trials and we have days that we just don’t understand.   But if you just Stand Tall and KEEP WALKING… The monsters are not going to get you, and eventually, even though you don’t know what, when, or where, you WILL find the light. 
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The next day I called her on the phone to see how she was doing, and she was about in tears.  She explained to me that she had a terrible day at work, everything went wrong and she almost got fired.  She is stressed out at school, feels so overwhelmed, and feels everything is just going wrong.  And as I thought about it, her dream came to my mind.  She was in a “crevice” and asking “Do I take a break? Do I stop? Is it a lost cause?”
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Keep Walking. You will find the light. Each of us have been prepared to overcome the challenges that are given to us. We are told that if we keep walking then we will find the light. We don’t know what it will lead us to, when we will find it, or where it will be, but you WILL find it.  Don’t give up, and think that there is no use even trying. Don’t take a break, and say you’ll do it later.   KEEP WALKING.

-God Bless,  Sister Kilmer❤

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Welcome Sister Kiser

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I KISSED A COD!!

Has it really been 2 months already? I think somebody messed up my calendar!!

HEY, Some fun things from this week:

1. Last P-day we were able to go to Gros Morne National Park. IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
It should be a place on every persons bucket list to see:)
2. For 5 out of 7 days this week I was companions with Sister Buchanan, and she taught me many things, but one of the most important things that I learned was… COOKIE BUTTER!!!!! It is like peanut butter but it tastes like Teddy Grahams. It is amazing:) Probably the best invention since like.. Electricity.
3. And now the moment that I have NOT been waiting for.. I have officially endured the process of becoming an “Honorary Newfie” I GOT SCREECHED!!!! In Newfoundland they have a ritual that to live here you much perform. You start by eating “newfie steak” which is bologna on a cracker. Then you have to kiss a cod, YES, a actual Cod fish.. GROSS!! and then you have to drink Cod liver oil,  then drink Purity Syrup which is like almost a icee syrup mixture. Then you eat a mint and you do a  “JIG”– which is an actual dance that you do to the music of an ugly stick!!  It was so awesome. So I have been screeched in, and I even have a certificate to prove it!!!!!
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So much fun this week, but also a very spiritually uplifting and growing week. Our zone was doing a Book of Mormon reading challenge, to read it in 5 weeks.   We finished it on Saturday, but while reading the whole book, I had one story that really stuck with me the most. Continually, We get asked if there really was a God why would so many bad things happen to good people.  Well, In Alma 14, He and Amulek are forced to watch the women and children that have followed Christ faithfully be burned, and the Lord tells them that they should not use their power to save them. At the time, They were confused to why Heavenly Father would do such a thing to the people who followed him, but the Lord reveals that it was testing their faith to not save them even when they knew they had the strength and he was receiving those people from the wicked in the world to stand as an innocent witness against the martyrs. Later, because of their faith in him, they were able to be delivered out of the hands their enemies!
Continually, we are told not to let the small picture distract us from the big picture, but do we actually do it?
In a talk during our Newfoundland Conference a story was shared that went a little bit like this:
A man was praying to Heavenly Father for strength and he was instructed by the Lord to go out to this giant rock and push the rock every day.  Day after day he would go out to the rock, and push as hard as he could, but he never could get it to move. One day he went inside discouraged that he would NEVER move the rock and that he was wasting his time. He went to the Lord saying,” Lord I have done what you asked, and pushed the rock, but you still haven’t given me the strength to move it.” The Lord replied, ” I asked you to simply push the rock, but never once did I tell you that you had to move it, but look at you. Your arms are strong and yours legs have muscle. You have been given your strength, and now because of your faith and obedience, I will move the rock for you.”
Remember, When things do go exactly how you plan and life gets hard and your faith begins weaken, The Lord ONLY asks us to push the rock, he doesn’t expect you to move it. And as you continue to push again and again, the Lord will then move the rock for you. We should be joyful as we continue to work hard, follow him, and endure to the end. We must keep our vision, and most importantly:
” Do not let the small picture distract you from the big picture”
God Bless – Love, Sister Kilmer
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Gros Morne National Park

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THE UGLY STICK

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PROOF OF GETTING SCREEECHED

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Rain, Rain, RAIN!!

Well, its ME again!! The weekly update for the girl on the edge of the world!!:) Some fun things that happened this week:

1. Last Monday, We got together as a district in Gander, and we played the most epic game of fugitive in POURING rain through the whole town.  It was AWESOME!   Sister Buhcanan and I dominated, and were the only ones who made it to the finish line without getting caught.. so fun!
2. We woke up bright and early as usual on Wednesday morning and we had NO WATER!! So, for exercise we decided to run to the nearest Tim Hortons.. because they are everywhere.. so we could go to the bathroom.   Then I remembered I had accidentally left my running shoes in the Edwards car. So I was like, well, guess I am running in my Jellies. So we go and we are coming back and I walked through the wet grass and stepped on the first step down to our apartment and slid all the way down. I have quite a few battle wounds and cuts everywhere.. BUT, they actually have been getting a lot of peoples attention and has helped in the efforts of street teaching.
3. So due to our little Branch having a 5 hour radius, we have a very unique way of going about our church activities on Sundays. We have a big flat screen TV in the chapel and during our sacrament meeting we have a group of people in Grand falls, a family out in Stevenville, and our counselor in the branch presidency in Halifax, Nova Scotia that Skype in!  So when we have visitors here,  ITS SO FUNNY!!!   They are always just so confused, but.. we do what we have to do and its so fun!:)
4. Yesterday, the Sisters from Gander came to Cornerbrook to stay for a few days and Sister Olsen is a huge prankster, so from the time she got there, she just kept scaring me over and over and I was like.. OK.. I am not letting her win!  So I came up with this really bright idea that I was going to take EVERYTHING out of the fridge and hide in it, cause she would never suspect a thing! So I did! and I don’t think I have ever been so cold in my life, but the reaction I got was SO WORTH IT!! but yes, I sat in the fridge just waiting for her to open it for about 30 minutes.. it was awesome:)
5. On Wednesday, we got to go and play some bowling with the people over at the retirement home and it was SO FUN!  I love getting to hang out with them because they are just so excited to get up and do things and have fun together and they love each other so much. The cutest little old lady rolled a strike like EVERY TIME!  I was so jealous of her bowling skills!!   I’m going to practice really hard so that I can get to that level.. life goals!!!!
I really did have an amazing week this week. We started teaching a few more people and they are all so different and so special and I love all of them. It is so amazing how I can just meet someone and within five minutes I can be in tears with them on their door step. One thing I have really learned since being out here, is how incredible Heavenly Father is.. I mean, I knew he was amazing, but he is performing miracles every single day with these people, and the best part is that I get the chance to be right at the front to see it all happen.
 We had a kind lady stop us in the park and she asked me if I ever felt embarrassed or afraid to talk to everyone when I know that most likely they wont listen to me, and I responded that I wouldn’t ever be embarrassed about it, and everyone has their right to choose if it is what is best for them. And she seemed so concerned and she asked, “well why not” and I was like.. “well.. because If you absolutely know that something is true and you can testify by the power of God that what you are saying is true, and can bless their life and the lives of their family members, why would you EVER want to keep that a secret, cause if I did, I would be selfish.  And I didn’t leave my family for a year and a half, and move thousands of miles away, to be selfish.”
The work of the Lord is hastening.  And even if you are not at the front lines out here, You can be a help and a guide to those around you by just caring and serving and lending a hand when you can. Forget yourself and remember to live as Christ did. We are all human beings and we are all brothers and sisters, So remember the importance of kindness and love to everyone!  I love you all and wish you the best this week!
There is a little teenage girl in Cornerbrook Newfoundland praying for each and every one of you!
– Love, Sister Kilmer❤
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P-Day in the Rain playing Fugitive 🙂

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