Monday, August 21, 2017
Just in case anyone is wondering... my 6-month mark is tomorrow!!! HOLLA!!!
Okay, so the weeks are going by way too fast! I never know what to write home anymore hahaha!!! Well, this week nothing too exciting happened. We aren't reaching anyone at the minute which is really sad and it makes the days go by really slow! But hey just gotta keep putting in the hard work and I know that eventually, we will see the blessings!
This week one of the members in the ward told us about this injured seagull they found in the car park of the church building. So her and her boyfriend took it to the vets so they could help it out. Then a few days later they got a call saying that they seagull was all fixed up and released back into the wild and that they had named it Thomas for them. They said, Thomas, because it was found at the Mormon church so they wanted to name it after our "leader" Thomas S Monson! It was so funny!!! Good ole Tommy!
Our bishop owns this place called the Manx Fun Barn. It's basically like a farm version of Amazing Jake's almost... But definitely not as good! So we had a meeting with him and he told us that we could play a game of laser tag. So just sister Wamsley and I played a game no joke, within 30 seconds of it started I tripped over my shoe and banged my head against the wall! Who knows how I got back up and started running but I did! And now I have the giant bruise on my shoulder but it's okay! At the end of the game they printed out the scores and we both got exactly the same score!! Companionship unity at its finest ladies and gentlemen! I had the biggest headache afterward but totally worth it!!
We got our transfer calls on Saturday and Sister Wamsley and I are spending another transfer together here on the Isle! We are so excited and we have such high hopes for the area this transfer! It's going to be really good I can feel it! But I am so, so excited because everyone is saying that it's supposed to get pretty cold in the next couple of weeks. Winter is on its way and this AZ girl ain't ready for it! It's summertime and I'm already freezing so pray for me!!
I hope you all have a fabulous week! Love you loads!
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Howdy folks! So this week was alright haha not too much happened! On Wednesday, the oldest son from a family in the ward got married and so Sister Wamsley and I helped out with that just a little bit! I seriously love weddings so much and it didn't make me trunky at all ;)
This week Sister Wamsley and I made LOADS of sugar cookies for people. Most of my free time this past week went towards making dough or baking the cookies or making frosting and frosting the cookies! It was a lot of work but we loved it (and the cookies were amazing!!)
Friday our Bishop here asked us to do a YSA activity since there isn't a leader or anything for them and out of the 15 or so YSA that we have, 2 are active. So super last minute we planned something for them to all do at the church Friday night. We ended up just playing games and eating food with them and they all had a really good time and we got some of them to agree to start coming to church again! They're all really good kids and it was so nice spending time with people my own age and just having fun, and of course sharing a spiritual thought hahaha! ;)
Saturday Sister Wamsley and I ditched the car pretty much all day and walked all around Douglas to our appointments. I was so exhausted by the time 9:00 came around! I was sitting on our couch reading through the relief society lesson for Sunday and the next thing I know Sister Wamsley was waking me up and asking if I wanted to say prayers and go to bed!
My life is actually really boring and I apologize! Today is raining pretty bad so we're just staying inside today and trying to think of things to do! I love you all so much and thank you for all that you do for me!! Have a fantastic week!!!!
Monday, August 7, 2017
Hello hello! So this week FLEW by!! It was so incredible!
On Wednesday afternoon we got on the boat and went over to England and arrived in Liverpool at about 6. We were told by a few members and others to go to this Mexican food place called Wahacca in Liverpool that is supposed to be really good. So we went and it was delicious... I miss proper Mexican food, but everyone forgot to mention how expensive it was!! So we just bought one little thing and shared it, which was totally good with me! Definitely worth it for sure!
Thursday, we got ready and got to the train station and traveled up to Chorley and we got to participate in a mission conference with Elder Ballard and other members of the Seventy and other church leaders. It was so incredible! We all got to shake their hands, which was so amazing!! Best 30 seconds of my life hahaha! Then we started the meeting with singing hymn 264 Hark! All Ye Nations and it was so loud and powerful! The spirit was so strong in that meeting listening to those men and women address us. Then that night we got to go to the British Pageant! It was soooooo good!!! I was in tears watching it because my heart is just so full of love for this country and for the people here. America is great...but England is so special! Thursday was a really late night with the pageant and everything and so we didn't get to bed u til like 2 am and then up at 6 the next morning. I was so exhausted!! On Friday when we got back on a train to Liverpool to catch the boat home, I was so tired and I passed out on the train and Sister Wamsley had to wake me up when we got there! The boat ride back was long and rocky. no Bueno! I got kind of sea sick, and we finally got home around 10:30 so I just went straight to bed and slept it off!
I have some really sad news... Vino text us while we were away and said that she doesn't want to be baptized anymore and has no interest in meeting with us. I wanted to cry!!!!! But all is well because she knows that we love her and we can't take away her agency. Maybe in the future, we can try again! But on a brighter note... Sophie (the 12-year-old friend of a young woman in our ward) has been reading the Book of Mormon!!! And she LOVES coming to church and youth activities throughout the week! Everything she sees us she rushes us and gives us big hugs. We went over the other day and met her parents and they were really nice and very open to having us teach Sophie!
Today for P-day we went to Laxey and visited this Laxey Wheel which I guess is the biggest water wheel in the world or something like that... I don't know! It was neat and we got some good pics so that's all that matters!
I love you all so much! Thanks for everything! You all are ace! Have a great week!
Monday, July 31, 2017
Hello hello hello!!! It has been such a wonderful week here in the Isle of Man! Like I mentioned last week, I STARTED DRIVING ON FRIDAY!! Yay!!! It has been a lot of fun, and so far no accidents!!
So this week Sister Wamsley and I were super busy! We have been teaching Vino a lot!! She called us in the middle of the week and told us that she wanted to be baptized on the 19th of August!!!!! That will be a very special day for many reasons (happy early anniversary mom & dad❤) and we can't wait! She is the funniest lady ever I love her so much! And then this week we also got to teach that girl Sophie who came to church last week with her friend! She is the sweetest girl ever and just adores us (I mean who couldn't? Hahaha kidding). We taught her the Plan of Salvation at the members home Saturday night and she came to church again on Sunday and asked us some more questions and said she had been reading the Book of Mormon! She's incredible!
Tuesday evening we were at a member's home for a tea appointment and they have twin boys that are 10 years old and we did a lesson on missionary work and we had made them some missionary name tag to wear. Well, we had finished the lesson, and one of the boys named Mika was sitting at the table and said: "Missionary work will always be apart of me!". And sister Wamsley and I were thinking that is the cutest thing ever!! Then he goes to eat the name tag!!! We were laughing our heads off!! Not so cute anymore😂😂
Thursday we had a zone conference that we got to Skype into! It was really good! With having a new mission President it has been really good because slowly we are starting to see some changes! It was really weird to be there at the meeting, but not really... The whole conference was really good! The McReynolds are amazing and I love them so much!!! They talked a lot about how we can set all the goals we want in life and in missionary work, but they mean nothing until we create a plan to achieve them!
This week on Wednesday we are leaving the Isle of Man and sailing back over to England for a few days!! I'm so excited! We get to see Elder Russell M Ballard speak to our mission on Thursday afternoon and then that night we get to go to the British Pageant! I can't wait to tell you all about it next week!!!
Thank you all for your endless love and support! If you're ever bored, drop me an email! I love emails ;) Have a great week!!!! Ta!
If you love me, fill my mailbox!!!! ;)
Sister Kaelyn Washburn
57 Spectrum Apartments
Isle of Man
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Wow, what a week of miracles on our little island! One of them is actually kind of a funny story. So Sister Wamsley and I were walking on the prom (the boardwalk) trying to talk to people and this man was walking past us and we tried to stop him but as soon as he saw we were missionaries he said he was busy and literally ran away from us. So weird but we just kept walking and then this man standing off to the side yells over to us and wanted to know why that man was running. So we went over and talked to him and his name is Jerry and now Jerry is meeting with us and is really interested in what we have to share with him!
Another miracle that we saw this week was on Friday we got a random text from this woman that the sisters have been teaching that she wanted us to go over that night to see her. But apparently she has been super stubborn and refused to keep any kind of commitments, but when we showed up she starts telling us that she wants to be baptized! Her name is Vino and she is the cutest and funniest woman ever and I am so excited for her!! We are just working on setting a specific date for her but she is so good! And then today at church one of the young women in the ward brought a friend to church and she came up to us and asked if we could teach her (she's like 12) because her parents aren't really religious but she wants to start coming to church. She is so sweet and Sister Wamsley and I can't wait to go teach her and stuff! Miracles everywhere!!
On Saturday I hit my 5-month mark in the mission!!!! Holla! And it was so cute because I actually completely forgot about it but we went running in the morning and got home and did our planning and then I went to take a shower and when I got out, Sister Wamsley had made this super cute sign for me and she made me pancakes for breakfast! Best. Companion. Ever! She is so cute I love her!
So this week I came across a poem that I really loved and thought I would share with all of you!
The Road is Rough ~ Leona B. Gates
"The road is rough, I said.
Dear Lord, there are stones that hurt me so,
And He said, dear child, I understand,
I walked it long ago,
But there's a cold green path, I said,
Let me walk there for a time.
No child, He gently answered me,
That green road does not climb.
My burden, I said, is far too great;
How can I bear it so?
My child, He said, I remember its weight.
I carried my cross, you know.
I wish I had friends with me,
Who would make my way their own.
Ah, yes... He said, Gethsemane
Was hard to face alone.
And so I walked the stony path,
Content at last to know,
That where my Master hath not gone,
I would not have to go.
Strangely then I did find friends,
My burdens grew less sore.
For I remembered long ago,
He walked the way before."
I love my Saviour Jesus Christ and I am so grateful for this time and opportunity I have to represent Him and share the message of His gospel and His love for 18 months!! There is nothing else I would rather be doing!
Today for p-day we went put to Peel and walked around the castle there and got some nice pictures! This place is SO PRETTY I can't believe it sometimes. Pictures don't even do it justice... Thank you all so much for your emails! They seriously mean the world to me! Love you all and I hope you have a fab week 😙 Ta!
Monday, July 17, 2017
Hello from the Isle of Man! This little island is paradise!!! I sometimes forget that I am on this really tiny island, until the other day when we drove from our house in Douglas (the east coast) to Peel (west coast) in about 20 minutes. It is so so so pretty here! My breath is constantly being taken away! Since our apartment is right on the beach, Sister Wamsley and I go running every morning on the promenade! I mean, I kind of want to die every morning BUT I love it at the same time! Just trying to keep fit ya know? Especially now since we have the car... oh my days its a struggle.
Being with Sister Wamsley is the best! She is seriously so nice and a really good missionary! We are already such good friends and it's a good refresher from last transfer. Sister Hunt was challenging but I learned so much and grew a lot as a person and as a missionary. At the time I hated it, but I look back now and I am so grateful for the time I spent with her. Sister Wamsley hits her year mark in like a week on the 27th of July so that is super exciting!! I want to so something special for her but I am so not creative so if you have any ideas let me know!!
This week we had a few really good lessons. We are teaching this woman named Alexandra who is so sweet! She's in her late 20's and just lost her husband a few weeks ago so we have been able to teach her a lot about the plan of salvation and eternal families! They have a little girl named Alexis and she is so dang cute! Whenever we are there she always tells us that we bring such a good and warm feeling into her home so we are definitely excited to keep working with her! We also experienced a miracle yesterday at church! This man (Ahmed) that the sisters met a few weeks ago just walked into the church building during the last like 30 minutes of church and started talking to people! He said he comes to the church every now and then but the doors are always locked and no one is around. We are seeing him tonight to teach him some more about the restoration! It should be really good!!
Sister Wamsley and I were told this week that Elder M Russell Ballard is visiting our mission on the 3rd of August! But since we are far out in the middle of the sea on a little island, we are trying to convince our mission President to let us go over and see him! And it would be perfect because they are doing this thing called the British Pageant (something a lot like the Easter Pageant at the Mesa temple every year) and it tells the story of the first members of the church here in England in the 1830s. It only happens every 4 years and it's going on the same week that he will be here! So I am crossing all of my fingers and toes and praying really really hard that we get to travel over for that!!
Yesterday we got to teach the lesson in Relief Society and it was really good! It was all about losing ourselves in the service of others. And just a quick little thought I wanted to share was something from the lesson manual that said:
" Your skills can change the lives, in a remarkable and wonderful way, of those who walk in need. If not now, when? If not you, who?
May the real meaning of the gospel distil into our hearts that we may realize that our lives, given us by God our Father, are to be used in the service of others."
I know that as we seek for opportunities to help and serve those around us, that our lives will be truly blessed. As we give of ourselves in the service of others, we get far more in return! Each of us has something incredible to offer and I absolutely love the line "If not now, when? If not you, who?" Be the miracle someone has been waiting for in their life this week!
Today for p-day we went out to this Glenn and do some exploring! It was so nice!! Definitely one of the prettiest places I've been! Sorry that this has been super long but I guess it kind of makes up for all of the really rubbish emails I have sent in the past. To all of you that have actually made it to the end of this email...I love you! 😂 I hope you all have a great week!! Ta for now!
Oh and congrats to the best big brother on returning home from his mission today! Sad I can't be there but I love you! I'll see you in a quick 13 months! 😙❤
Monday, July 10, 2017
Well as you can probably tell from the title of my email...its transfer week and I left Lancaster this morning and moved to the Isle of Man!!!!! Crazy stuff! I left early this morning and traveled to Liverpool and hopped on a fairy by myself and came over here!
My new companion is Sister Wamsley from St. George, UT and she is amazing!!! So cute and I already love her so much!
I don't have much time today and things are pretty crazy with moving and stuff but I will for sure try my best to send a really good email next week! Go look up a picture of the Isle of Man flag... it's pretty funny looking but a good motto goes with it. "Whatever way you throw me, I'll be able to stand." Love it!
Looking forward to these next few weeks!!! Also! Some exciting news is I get to drive on the Isle!!! Crazy it will be so different driving on the other side of the road and on the other side of the car, but it will be good. Hopefully, I don't die lol!
Love you all have a great week!!!!! ❤❤
|Sister Rae (Lancaster England)|