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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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 🙂

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

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.