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