Sunday, December 4, 2011

I can't seem to get the pictures downloaded but they are soon to come.

Sandra from Chile

Hello Friends!
These last couple of weeks have been amazing for my companion and I! We have so much fun together and have been having some wonderful success. This last week we started teaching omeone new. Her name is Sandra and she is a senior in high school from Chile. Sandra lived in Idaho with her parents until she was 4 and her parents got a divorce. Her mom then moved with her back to Chile. Sandra always wanted to come back to Rexburg because she remembere the good feeling it had here. Her mom is a less active member so she had been familiar with the missionaries but didn't really know much about the church. She convinced her mom to let her come back for her last year of school. She lives with a woman in one of our wards who saw in a ward program that there was a girl from Chile that needed somewhere to live. Sister Zollinger saw that and knew she wanted to do it so she talked to her family and it all worked out. Sister Zollingers husband died of brain cancer a week before Sandra arrived. It has been a blessing for both of them to have Sandra here. We have taught Sandra twce and she is very recptive. She is reading the Book of Mormon and attends seminary. We are sooo excited to see what happens. She has defintely been lead to this point from Heavenly Father.
In other news we heard from Antonio. He is the big guy from Detroit who gets transferred a lot for work. He has had a lot of trials thrown at him and is currently on his way to Alaska where he will be for a while. So hopefully that means he will get to come back soon. We talked to him last night and he had another huge trial thrown at him. He was on his way to Alaska when he was rear ended by a drunk driver on the highway. He was going 70 mph and the driver was going 122 mph. He is doing alright but is a little shaken up and really sore. He recognizes it i just Satan at work. Please keep him in your thoughts. I love yall
Sister O

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Grateful for a good companion


Many of you remember Antonio - He looks like he has a fun personality.  I know he was a pleasure to teach.

Kristen's story

I am still LOVING being in Rexburg! I have way too much fun with my companion and love the people we associate with. In the last couple of weeks I even ran into some of my best buddies KELLE AND QUINN! I love when that happens! It always makes my day. This week we weren't able to teach a lot of lessons because there is some sort of stomach flu going around. So we got to do a lot of service. We helped set up for a carnival at an elementary school and we were able to rake some leaves for an elderly couple. I love that we get to serve like that especially when I feel like it is in my own community.
This is a story about someone I have had the opportunity to meet and teach on my mission. Kristene Rose. When Kristene was younger she got married to Jeremy.  Jeremy is a member of the church, though he wasn't active, his family on the other hand is really active in the church. Throughout various times in their marriage Kristene listened to the missionary's. In January of 2010, Jeremy was working in Hawaii doing construction on the temple, when he was serevely injured in a construction accident. With out knowing all of the details, just that it was critical, Kristene asked for a blessing and headed to Hawaii.
Meanwhile, Kristene's old bishop, who is now in a stake Presidency, President Parkinson, had been struggling with health problems and was in dire need of a liver transplant. Upon arriving to Hawaii, Kristene learned that Jeremy wasn't going to survive through the accident. Eventually she decided to have his organs donated. President Parkinson ended up being the reciepent of Jeremy's liver. Over the past two years he has maintained a close relationship with the Rose family. As well as Bishop Siddoway and the rest of the Hibbard 4th ward. This spring the missionaries started meeting with Kristene and her youngest daughter Brindy. Everything was come and go for a while and taking things at the pace Kristene was most comfortable with. And in April Jeremys family had his temple work done. After the summer calmed down we started going to teach them again with our fellowshipper Sister Winn. The first night back Kristene said she had finally gotten her answer after all of this time! The night before we met with her, instead of watching TV or reading the newspaper, she read the pamplets we had been giving her the last 6 months. And she said her answer came while everything was just calm and quiet. Then we set plans for a baptismal date for her and Brindy. Originally it was for 11/12/11, but through the help of our fellowshipper it was moved up to 10/20/11. It was the most special baptism, and everyone is confident that Jeremy was on the other side just as happy as we were here at the Henry's Fork stake center! Many people from the Hibbard 4th ward were there for support, as well as many from the Rose family, and their old ward. It has been such a great blessing to know her and to feel of the great spirit surrounding her. I know the Lord has definitely been preparing her and she will be able to be sealed to her family forever. I love being on a mission because I get to experience and be a part of these great miracles!
Love Sister Owens

Just a side note;  Kylee's Great Grandmother is a Rose.  I sent her geneology and we will let you know later if they are related.  It is interesting how in these days the gathering of Israel happens. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mom still trying to get this blogging down. Pictures promised by christmas

For some reason I got locked out of the account so that is why the delay this week.  I just thought you all might like to know something kind of interesting about Sister Johnson.  Sister Johnson is a convert to the church of just a few years.  She is from Tampa Florida which is where Kylee's brother Josh served his mission.  She was converted while he was in the mission field so they know some of the same people.  Sister Johnson remembers one of the Elders talking about writing Kylee.  It is a long about connection but is interesting how our lives can cross paths in so many ways.

Life is GOOD!

Life is GOOD! I am loving being Rexburg with my new companion Sister Johnson. We get along so well together and have so much in common. I think that helps us have a lot more success in our missionary efforts. We got some great news from one of our investigators this week. She decide to move up her baptismal date. She was going to be baptized on November 12 but decided she could move it up because she is ready. We had some almost bad news this week as well. We had Antonio (he is the one from the hotel who was getting baptized on the 8th) get transferred to New York unexpectedly. We were so upset that he wasn't going to be able to be here with his friends to be baptized. Then he decided he was just going to fly back here so he could. We were so excited, he had his baptismal interview before he left and we got special permission to call him every once and a while when he is gone. My favorite part of the week was being able to watch general conference. For those who don't know what that is, it happens twice a year. Instead of going to church we get to watch the prophets and apostles speak to us. You can watch it on TV, online, or if you are close to Salt Lake you can got there for it. We got to watch it with all the elders in the area. We made breakfast and all pitched in for lunch on Saturday. It was so nice to be with other missionaries. I loved all of the speakers, but I especially loved when they spoke about the power of repentance. We all have a wonderful opportunity to repent for our sins and come unto Christ, through repentance we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again, the only way we can truly repent is if we are baptized by the power of God.
I LOVE Y'ALL. I hope you are doing well! I would love to hear from you!
Love Sister Owens

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thank you g's diary

This week since Wednseday when we had transferrs has been amazing! I am loving my companion and my new area. I know that I was sent here for a reason. My companion Sister Johnson and I are already working so well together. We are on fire. This week have had so much success! I love that I am serving in Rexburg. I pass by Verizon and I get to see Calebs car, I saw this guy Kyle and his wife, and we get awesome deals everywhere we go. My favorite is when we go to G's dairy and we get free ice cream! The best part has been this new person Antonio we started teaching on Thursday. He is from Detroit and is here managing the hotel by Frontier Pies before it sells. We have taught him everyday since we got here and he is getting baptized on October 8th. The Lord has truly been preparing him to accept his gospel for a long time. So if anyone sees two Sister Missionaries going into the hotel know its me and my companion  and we are not up to no good.  I have soo much more that I want to say but not enough time! I love you all and miss you soo much! I want to hear all about your lives. Love Sister Kylee Owens
PS: I love life and this gospel! I have never been so happy to be a member of this church!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

10 memories of my first area

1. Austyn getting baptized
2. Bill getting baptized
3. Bird pooping on my head the first week.
4. Gaining another set of grandparents
5. Being attacked by a goat
6. Dancing to Motabs Circle of Life with Sister Clinnin
7. All the wonderful families I have met
8. Being able to see Randi in my stake
9. Getting a special delivery from my mom
10. All the wonderful letters I have received

Monday, September 19, 2011

Going Home already (and my mission has just started)

I am going home!! I just found out on Saturday that I will be transferred to Rexburg this Wednesday! I am sad to leave Rigby, I was really hoping I would be there for a while longer. We have so many wonderful things happening right now. On Sunday we found out one of our investigators was getting baptized. So I am sad I won't be here to follow that through but since I am close I will get to come back for it. The investigator (Bill) that is getting baptized is an amazing man and has had a great spiritual journey so far. His wife and kids are members and have been waiting for this moment for a long time. He has met with missionaries in the past and he gave up easily. This time he wanted it so bad. He had been coming to church off and on for a lot of years so he knows a lot. I almost feel like he should have been teaching us sometimes. The only concept he had  a hard time with was the knowledge that there was a God. We told him the only way he would receive his answer was through prayer. It was hard to get him to pray when he didn't believe in what he was praying to. Finally he prayed and got his answer that he is a child of God and that God loved him.  It has been such a great experience to teach him. I have never felt the spirit so strongly in a lesson in my life. I know God had prepared him for us and it was his time.
I am so grateful for the knowledge of the gospel that I have. I am mostly grateful to know that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

warm fuzzies 9/12/2011

When you are in the MTC they teach you how to conduct companionship inventory. For those who don't know what that is, it is a time set apart each week while you are planning that you and your companion sit down and tell each other what you are thinking about them, your relationship and your success. Most of the time it is when you discuss what is bothering you. So we were taught you say warm fuzzies and then you tell them what is wrong an then more warm fuzzies. So that is how I am going to do my blog today. Start with the good, deliver the bad, and end with some good.

 To start off my good news, I got a little suprise at a ward function the other day. I got to see my old roommate Randi, her husband and her little girl. When we first got o Rigby, her mother-in-law had dropped some food off for our dinner. I pointed out that I knew Randi and she told me Randi was moving into our area. So I had been waiting to see her and was constantly looking for her. When she walked in the room I ran across the room and gave her a big hug. It totally made my day.

So for the bad news...
We have an investigator that we have been trying to get in with ever since we got here. She kept forgetting appointments and we were about to drop her when finally we got to see her. She became very interested fast and wanted to meet with us at least once a week. She was so ready to accept the gospel or at least learn more about it. Then one day we had stopped in for a visit and she was on the phone. We over heard that she was on probation until March. For those who have been on missions, you know what that means. For others that means that she can't get baptized until she is no longer on probation. We called the mission president and he told us that we shouldn't teach her anymore, because she can't fully progress. So we had to drop her, we were very disappointed.

More good....actually great news.
WE HAVE A BAPTISM!! We have been teaching a 15 year old boy for the last month or so, he has progressed so much and has a great desire to be baptized. The first time we had a lesson with him he would barely even talk to us. Now he runs to us every time he sees us. His baptism is tomorrow night and we are so excited. He was introduced to us by the young men's leader in his ward which is where he had the lessons. This leader is such a great example as to how missionary work should be as a member in the church. He has been there every step of the way and has taught this boy everything he needs to know. It has been amazing to see this boy change and grow in the gospel. We have been so lucky to have been able to be a witness. It has been a perfect example of the joy and happiness the gospel can bring to your life. I am so lucky to be a missionary and bring others to that same knowledge.


Attack of the Goat

This last couple weeks the missionary work has been kind of slow. That is mostly our fault though because my companion was performing at our Zone Conference so we have been to a lot of  practices. They did an amazing job though and Zone Conference was awesome. We watched a talk given by Elder Holland that taught that we are missionaries forever. We also need to be converted to the gospel so we can teach it. I honestly don't know how I could share the gospel if I didn't believe. There is no way I could do this work without a testimony. There are so many sacrifices we make being on a mission that I would never do otherwise. I know that there is so much happiness in knowing that what I teach is true. I have seen evidence of it this last week. Even though it was slow we still were able to teach some amazing lessons. I think Heavenly Father planned what happen after Zone Conference perfectly. For the night before and after the conference we had the Yellowstone sisters staying at our apartment with us and on the last night after zone conference we went on exchanges. Normally the junior companion would go out with a senior but that didn't happen. So I got to go on exchanges with Sister Schaeler which was my companion in the MTC. I was so excited because O loved teaching with her soo much! Well when we went out we were able to teach a less active member who had been dealing with some hard things in her life. We were able to teach her the atonement and I know if it had been anyone but us she wouldn't have reacted the way she did. Between the two of us and the scriptures and pretty much just from God she could feel healing. She came to church that next Sunday!. I love having experiences of the Lord guiding in all things.

On a lighter a note I have a funny story. Yesterday when we got home from church our neighbors goat Oreo was standing in the yard. We had told the neighbor previously that she could bring him over anytime to graze in our yard. We figured this was the case until we realized he had no chain on. We fed him some newspaper and bread which are his favorites and then he got a little worked up. He started chasing us and tried bucking me once so we decided we should tell our neighbor. So we distracted him with some moldy bread and ran to the neighbors. Soon the goat was running after us and when he got there was trying to buck me some more. I grabbed onto his horns and was trying to keep him under control while my companion was knocking on the door. They weren't answering so she just opened the door and yelled "Sister Burt" Her husband had been napping, so we had woke him up. He came and took the goat off my hands and put him back in the cage. I was a little bit freaked but it turned out fine. OH THE JOYS OF BEING A MISSIONARY. I am so glad I have had this opportunity to serve. I know that my heavenly father loves all his children and I love you too!
 Love Sister Owens

Preperation days aren't days off

 I am having a hard time finding time on preperation days.  They are so busy and we have so much to do.  We have to clean, laundry, go grocery shopping, zone activities, email and write letters all in 8 hours which might seem like a long time, but it really isn't.  I just try so hard to get this blog done and as you can see I haven't done a very good job.  Sorry!  (My posters are having a harder time, really sorry - you will see consistency from now on-that is until the next crisis). 

I am loving being in Rigby!  I have met so many amazing people and have learned so much.  There are a few families that just take care of and love us.  I definitely have gotten close to some that I will be visiting  after my mission.  When we came to this area it was pretty much dead.  One of the elders before us was what is called trunkee.  That means he was about to go home so he didn't work as hard.  The stake was excited to have us and has given us some great work to do.  We have actually set 2 baptismal dates in the last 2 weeks.  One is with a 15 year old boy named Austin.  His Mom is less active and likes it that way. He has been attending mutual for the last few months and has been to church once.  He doesn't know too much, but I think he recognizes the difference of having the gospel in your life.  He is super easy going and seems to want to learn more.  We asked him to be baptized in our first lesson with him and he agreed.  He did accept a challenge to race the young men's leader in reading the Book of Mormon.  I am so excited we get a chance to teach him. Unlike most people in the area he doesn't know much about the church.  Our other date is set with a girl named Casey.  She is 18 years old and a little different, but aren't we all.  Her Dad and brother are members.  At first she was resistant because it has been pushed on her a lot by her Dad but she has come around.  I think she has a desire to do what she needs to.  It has been wonderful to see how she has changed and progressed.  I love being a missionary.  I know this gospel is true.  I know Jesus Christ is my  Savior.  I know Joseph was a prophet and through him we have the Book of Mormon.  I am so thankful for this knowledge in my life.  I love you all and miss you.  I love getting your letters. 
                                                                                                          Love, Sister Kylee Owens

Mom has taken over but just moved to Oregon so lets start again with the last of the last letter and then 2 - 3 to follow

always makes my day.  There is no way we could ever starve here with all the members do.  The members are also really great when it comes to missionary work.  Everyone we talk to has someone we should go see.  A lot of the time the members will just set up times that we can teach lessons.  They always help us get out foot in the door.  I think that has helped so much.  The people feel so much more comfortable and are more willing to listen.  I can tell the Lord has truly been preparing people for us to come and teach them.  I have already seen so many miracles, mostly it is being in the right place at the right time.  Then we just let the spirit take over.  It is such a great feeling when that happens.  The Lord is truly guiding your words and thoughts.  We are teaching a couple right now that has truly been prepared.  The wife was baptized just before we got here and we are working with the husband.  They are an older couple in their late60's early 70's.  Their son and daughter-in-law had recently converted.  They came here on vacation to visit their son and daughter-in-law and the woman wanted to be baptized so the missionaries sent her off with some pamplets and when she came back to move here she was baptized.  Her husband has been stubborn but I think it's harder for him to be that way with sisters.  I know he will get baptized.  It's just a matter of when.  I really have grown to love the people in our area so much. 

When we first got here everyone was so willing to help our house we lived in was terriable, or I thought it was.  I'm sure one time it was a wonderful place to live but now it is old and has mold and is a little dirty from having elders in it for the last five years so the housing coordinators told us if they found some where else to live then they would move us.  The stake worked so hard to find us a new place for us.  We ended up getting the cutest log cabin.  The owners had just barely redone everything so it seems brand new.  We Love it!!! It is so cute and the stake presidents wife has helped a ton.  She brought over tns of stuff to donate.  She's making us drapes, table cloth, plus she is constantly bringing us food.  i feel truly blessed by so many of the members.  The stake president and his wife have been the best.  The Lord has truly blessed me.  There is so much more I could say but I really don't have time.  I love y'all and miss you!    Love, Sister O

Thursday, August 4, 2011

shae was busy sorry this is about 3 weeks late a new one any day

I am sorry there is so much time between each blog.  We have just been so busy I have been assigned to serve in the Rigby South Stake.  My companions name is Sister Clinnon.  She has been on her mission for almost 6 months.  She is a convert of about 3 years.  She has no support from her family who are practicing catholics.  I admire her strength to not let that bother her.  She knows what she needs to do and she is going to it.  Training has been an interesting experience for the both of us.  They started a new training, which happens to be completely different from the way she was in the MTC so I have had an opportunity to teach her as much as she teaches me.  I think it has been hard for both of us but we are getting better and adjusting.

I truly love the area I am in the members here spoil us like crazy.    I think that I am going to gain weight with all the food and treats they give us.  Almost any time we see a member they offer us some sort of ice cream or popsicle plus pretty much every person we know has a garden so we can have almost any produce we want because they always have more than enough.  My favorite is when we get a huge bag of strawberries.

oops I guess I didn't print out the whole letter so this is to be continued...

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Sister Owens with Elder Alvarado (left) and Elder Rothlisberger (right)

Sister Owens District!
(the Elder in the crazy tie is Shae's friend from freshman year)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Only a week and half...

This last week and a half has been the best! I feel so blessed that my Father in Heaven has given me this opportunity to serve a mission. I never really knew how much I wanted to until I got here to the MTC In such a short time my testimony has grown so much. I have never heard so many promptings from the spirit. I also have really come to understand how much he loves me. No just me but all of his children.

 It has been interesting with my companions and me. I was lucky or maybe unlucky enough to be in a trio companionship. I am with Sister Emrich and Sister Schaeler. Sister Schaeler and I got along instantly. We have a ton in common and our personalities are very similar, which makes it hard with Sister Emrich. She is nothing like us. I honestly can’t tell what her personality is like. Once I think I have her figured out I see a different side of her. Needless to say we have had quite a few companionship inventories. They call me the therapist. I don’t know what my companions would do without me here. Both are extremely closed when it comes to feelings and what is bothering them. I don’t think they would have any communication. Each day we get to know each other better so we have begun to understand each other a little better. Plus we communicate and work better together. If only this companionship was as hard as it gets. I will probably look back one day and want them back.

I have seen so many people I know since I have been in the MTC. I have seen Bryce Rothlisberger, Carlos Alvarado, Tristan Mayfield, Liz Phillips, Aubrey Kelley, and a lot of other people I recognize from Idaho and Shaelynn’s ward at BYU. It’s kind of crazy seeing all these friends here. I never thought I would see them, but I see them all the time. Oh and I forgot to mention Zach Brasler (if y’all don’t know who that is, it’s Casey Ross’s friend, Sasquatch). The craziest connection I have made here is with one of the elders in my district. Elder Markert as in Shaelynn’s Ward her first year at BYU. They were actually friends. All of the Elders are awesome! It’s amazing how close you get with people in just a week and half. There are 10 of us in our district. All of us are going to Idaho except for Elder Aveiro. He is from Jersey but the real Jersey not New Jersey. The Jersey in the British Isles! He has an awesome accent and is a convert. He is 26 years old and is extremely smart. He already has a doctorate. He is going to South Salt Lake. What’s really crazy is that we aren’t the only district going to Pocatello. There is another district of 11 Elders that came and are leaving on the same day. We are all English speaking. Well this is all I have time for now, but you will be hearing from me again soon. I love and miss you all!
Sister Owens

Pocatello Address!
Sister Kylee Owens

Idaho Pocatello Mission

1246 Yellowstone Ave E3

Pocatello, ID 83201

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Longest Yet Shortest Week Of My Life

So the MTC IS such a wonderful place to be. The spirit is everywhere and I love being here. It is so amazing how much you learn in such a short period of time, I cant wait until I can go and use what I have learned and share the gospel. There are ten people in my district. All except one of us are going to the Idaho Pocatello Mission. Plus there is another district also going to that mission that arrived the same day, so there will be about 20 of us leaving for Pocatello on June 28. I think the most powerful spirit I have felt since I have been on the mission is every time we get to sing as missionaries. I especially love when we are all in the same room. I really don't have much time to tell you anymore, but I will write soon. I LOVE YOU ALL!!
Sister Owens

*a note from Shae
if you could please give me your addresses Sister Owens can only email immediate family. However, she would love to write you!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Hey so this is Shae, Kylee's sister. I just wanted to give a small background on the names. The URL name is in-the-kno because Kylee initials are KNO (Kylee Nicole Owens.) Sayin' Hello in Pocatello is just too cute. I personally wanted to have the name be Savin' Pocatello for Hell-o but Sister Owens didn't think it was an appropriate name for a missionary, which is true.
So this blog will contain the emails and pictures that Sister Owens sends to us.
Also if any would like to know her address and email they are posted below

MTC Mailbox:
Sister Kylee Nicole Owens
Idaho Pocatello Mission
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604


So a little info about me dropping her off at the MTC. She was way calm and did not show any sign of freaking out or being nervous. I, however, was freaking out because I'm not going to see my sister for a year and a half! I'm used to not seeing her for a long time but we usually get to talk. The whole point of this is to show that she truly is excited about her mission and I know that she is going to make a great missionary! Don't forget to send her your love and support I know she will appreciate it!