Monday, May 29, 2017

Trio Power

Hello! So this week has been super crazy and fun. 
I'm in a trio with Sisters Allison and Sperry! They're the best. 
I've seriously had the time of my life with them this past week! 
Last Monday I went to dinner with the Torriente's. They're so nuts, but so so fun. Definitely one of my fav families. 
Anyway. This week we had family home afternoon with my zone, and we just played games and had tons of fun! 
This week we had an appointment with a lady, Nedre, to come look at her house because she wanted us to come look at her paint or something really weird. SO I just started talking to her about my family and how amazing I think family history is, and asked her if she's done any family history. So we hooked her up with an account on familysearch and I showed her how to do family history! She was so amazing. haha. Missionary work is way easier than people think. 
Sister Sperry and I went on exchanges with Sister Cruse on Saturday, and it was a blast! Sister Cruse and Sperry together crack me up. 
Sisters Allison and Sperry roped me into speaking at church with them on Sunday. 
It wasn't as bad as I thought, but it's because all we had to do was talk about missionary work! 
I seriously love my mission and everyone that I've worked with. My mission is definitely a blessing in my life. I don't know where I would be without it. My mission, the experiences that I've had out here, and the people that I've met have impacted me and changed me way more than I've helped anyone else. Our Heavenly Father is amazing in how He makes everything work out. 
“Kindness is the essence of celestial life. Kindness is how Christlike person treats others. Kindness should permeate all of our words and actions at work, at school, at church, and especially in our homes."

Monday, May 22, 2017

Donde están las vacas?

This week was absolutely amazing! 
Beth, from my last area, was baptized. It was so spiritual and amazing, but so is every other baptism that I've been to. 
It's amazing to see someone being completely willing to change their life and turn it over to our Heavenly Father. 
This week we went to the temple with our zone. It was so wonderful! It's always nice to get spiritually recharged after we spend so long trying to teach other people. 
Our investigator, Eric, is an awesome guy! When I first met him...he told me he was completely atheist, and didn't believe there could be a God. Here we are two weeks later, and he told us that he thinks there could be a God, and that he definitely knows that there is a higher power. 
How awesome is that?! He prays and reads his scriptures every day. 
It's so wonderful to see the change in others. 
Every Sunday I read my scriptures during I don't fall asleep. Because 8 hours of church is really hard. So while I was reading this week I came across a scripture in Alms 34:41 that says "but that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions" This scripture hit me so hard. All we have to do is be patient and rely on the Lord, and He WILL help us. He will always help us as long as we turn to Him.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Just hanging in Oakland and Compton

I got transferred to the Higley Zone! 
I'm over the Summerfield, Higley, and Lyon's Gate wards. I love them so much! 
My new companion is Sister Patrick, and she's pretty rad. She's from Ohio, and she went to BYU Hawaii. 
My new zone is awesome, and it's fun that I've served around a lot of them before. 
We have 11 neighborhoods, and 3 wards. Bless this mess. Sister P told me that she and I would be biking around 40 or more miles a day. I thought she was I wish she was joking. We're in an all biking area. HELP. 
This week was really just meeting all of the bishops and leaders of the ward. 
So small miracles from this week. On the day of transfers, this old man came up to me and told me that our Zone Leaders lived with him. Turns out..this man served his mission in Hattiesburg, Mississippi when my Grandpa Lonnie was stake president!! He knows tons and tons of my family. 
On Friday Sister P and I were tracting in our Lyon's Gate neighborhood, and someone pulled up in their car beside us. It was Marie Miller, the mom of two of the girls I taught in Highland - Gracie and Avery! She told me that their inactive dad lives 2 streets down from us, and that the girls would be with him for 2 or 3 weeks in June! I'm so excited to surprise those girls I can't stand it. 
Those are some of my small miracles. 
On Saturday we went back to my old area to go to Dianne Whitecloude's memorial (we're not allowed to call it a funeral). It was so wonderful to hear stories about her when she was younger. After the memorial, President Lowder went to Dianne's family and told them to write their name down if they'd like to hear what the missionaries have to say, and talk to them for just an hour. 5 people wrote their names down. It's amazing how teaching ONE person impacts so many other lives. 
I've been able to see that lately as I've gotten further and further out on my mission. Things connect. Lives connect. There are no such thing as coincidences. Heavenly Father makes everything happen in our lives for a reason. We don't know it at the time, but as we look back at all the pieces that have fallen into place..we realize it. Keep your heads up and keep moving forward!

Monday, May 8, 2017

He is there

Hello everyone! So this week is a big shocker. Sister Johnson and I are BOTH being transferred out of the area. This is weird seeing how I have 2 transfers left. 
This week has been really fun, but so short. 
This Wednesday Sister Johnson and I got sick so we didn't really do anything that day at all, we just slept..and had issues. haha
On Thursday we got ready to rock and roll and do missionary work to make up for us not working the day before...and Sister Johnson's bike was broken, so we had to go make a trip to visit Elder Ashton, and get her bike fixed. 
Saturday we went over and helped Debbi go through Dianne's things and her pictures. 
It was so fun to see pictures of Dianne when she was younger, and to hear stories about her life. 
This week we got a self referral from a lady named, Beth, and she is absolutely amazing. She told us that she's been reading the book of Mormon on her own, she's in Jacob. She's been watching General Conference talks, and researching things on by herself. She's amazing. We're meeting with her tonight. I'm so bummed that neither one of us will be teaching her, but I know whatever missionaries she gets will be amazing! 

This is one of my favorite talks from the 2016 April General Conference, and it helps that it's President Uchtdorf. 
my favorite quote from this talk is "Just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you."
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are ALWAYS there for us. In Relief Society yesterday we talked about trials. We talked about how when we're in our slumps..when we feel like we're in the pits of hell going through everything we thought we never would. Christ is right there with us. Holding us by our arms, and helping us get through the hard times. 
He is always there. Just look for Him. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Don't let anything get in your way.

I went on exchanges with Sister Butler this week. It was so fun serving with someone that I came out on the mission with! It was a super fun day, and kind of a relaxing day I needed. We went to an apartment complex to try a few people. So we locked up our bikes to each other and walked around. We came back to our bikes after 20 minutes...and they were stolen! So the cops came so we could file a report. While one was talking to us..the other was walking around the complex to look. Well the second cop found our bicycles! WHAT A MIRACLE. We didn't tell the officers this....but the spot the officer found our bikes is where we left them. We're just dumb and thought we put them somewhere else. The every day life of Sister Kilsby. 
On exchanges we ate with one of Sister Butler's investigators. She's Turkish, and fed us turkish food! Who would've thought I'd eat Turkish food in Arizona? Well, we read the book of Mormon with her. She had her Turkish one out and her English one. It was so cool to hear her read in English..not understand what's going on and then read it in Turkish. After she read it in Turkish she always said "OH! I understand it now. Why didn't you girls explain it like I read it?" Well, Julia, I can't speak Turkish. 
I was thinking about my mission and how at first I was upset that I haven't been in the south of the mission, or actually anywhere in the mission (because I've served in Desert Ridge for half of my mission). hit me that I have been able to serve everywhere in the mission because of exchanges. I've been on exchanges in every single zone in the mission. So technically I can say I've served in every zone..right? We'll pretend. 
We had Family Home Afternoon with a senior missionary couple in the mission, The Asbury's. It was so fun to get together with our zone, and the missionary couple, and play games and get to know each other better! This week we ate with a Samoan family. They're so awesome! They had some different cultural things. WELLLL they had drums there that I started playing on, and they told us that those drums were used in filming the music for MOANA! I thought that was cool. 
Anyway! I hope y'all have an awesome week. 
I've been pondering my mission lately. Especially since I only have a little while left (I actually have a lot of time left), but I've been thinking about the person I've always wanted to become. When I was in high school my mom gave me a blank poster and told me to write what I wanted to achieve on there. I was thinking back before my mission...if I wouldn't have gone on a mission..I wouldn't be that person that I wrote I wanted to become. Because I have come on a mission and completely submitted my will to the Lord's...I have become more close to the woman that I want to become and that Heavenly Father wants me to become. I didn't let my trials that I had before my mission, and even on my mission, stop me from doing what I want to do, and going to where I KNEW I needed to go. Don't let anything get in your way. Don't let Satan stop you.

1. We made it on the wall in the mission office!
2&3. FHA this week
4. Playing scrabble with the Elders...again.