Monday, August 3, 2015

Called to SERVE

"Yo, my name is not Theodore... ITS ARMPIT"

Country Girl
One night Sister Lively and I were talking after we got in bed and turned off the light, and we discovered that we both LOVE the movie "Holes" and we have been quoting it non-stop for the last week. The funny thing is that we can say the same line everyday and its still funny! That line is the one above this paragraph. We sure do have a lot of fun together. One day we tried throwing goldfish crackers into each others mouths at lunch! Sometimes we blast MOTAB in the car sometimes and sing at the top of our lungs! Its hilarious. "If you aren't laughing, you're crying." as Sister Lively would say. Thanks to my parents, I have a CD with David Archuleta singing "Glorious" and "Be Still, My Soul" on it, and they are songs that we can listen to. What a great time to be alive! :)

Country Living
Country Night View
So when missionaries have cars to drive, they have to have their companion back them out. Sister Lively is the driver, so that means that I have to stand outside the car when she is backing up and direct her. Some people think it is embarrassing but I think it is funny. It just reminds me of backing people up at Wiggy Wash and it makes me laugh! I brag about my awesome backing up skills to Sister Lively, because sometimes I add a little dancing to it! Ah, its funny.

"If ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;" -D&C 4:3
This week has been a week of service. We have been doing so much to help with our ward because one of the members passed away this past week. Sister Lively and I were at the church for 5 hours on Saturday helping set up and serve the food for the funeral services. It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it! We were really able to get to know the ward a lot better and really build that trust with them, which will help us later when we are trying to ask for referrals. :)
Country Girls in front of Barn
Cute Bunnies

We had a couple of other unexpected service opportunities. We were walking one day and we were trying to know where we should go and Sister Scherr, a new baptized member of the ward, drives by in her car and stops. We talked to her for a minute and she seemed really flustered. We asked her if there was anything we could help with and she said she was going to clean her daughter's house because she is pregnant and on bed rest. So we hopped in her car and we were off! On the way there, she told us that she was praying that she would be able to find somebody to help her to clean. She said that she didn't know what to do and then she passed us in her car. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I am grateful that we were able to be in the right place at the right time so that Sister Scherr's prayers would be answered.
Held a Hedgehog at a Flea Market

It was towards the end of the month and we were running low on our miles. We decided to have a car fast, and we went without our car for a whole day! It was HOT, but we went tracting in a new neighborhood. We had been tracting for about an hour and no one was answering their doors. NO ONE. It was so discouraging. We finally stopped and sat down on the street in the shade, because there are no sidewalks. I suggested that we say a prayer. We said a prayer right there in the middle of the street. Then we decided that we should try one more home before walking back home. We knocked on a door and a woman opened it, she was holding a paint tray with a paint roller. We asked her if she needed any help painting and she declined for a minute but we were persistent. She let us in. She didn't have a lot to paint, because she has already done a lot but she was grateful for the help we offered. We painted for about twenty minutes and talked to this lady for about an hour after that! She was awesome! Her name is Brenda and she is a teacher for deaf children. She isn't married and doesn't have any kids, but she is really fun! We even talked in British accents with her for about a half hour! That was fun. She goes to a Pentecostal church, and she doesn't live in that house yet, she is going to be moving into it next year when she retires. But we left her a spiritual thought and a card with our phone number so that if she is ever in the area she can call us! It was an answer to our prayer to meet Brenda and I know that Heavenly Father was looking out for us. He is all-knowing and everything happens for a reason. Brenda is not ready to hear the gospel yet, but I know that because of the kindness that we were able to show her, she will be accepting to missionaries in the future and someday be able to hear the truthfulness of the restored gospel. 
Went to West Virginia for Zone Meeting

Our investigator, Amy, decided on a BAPTISM DATE! September 4th. We are so excited! She is so ready and she has been going one month without coffee yesterday! We LOVE going over to her house to read the Book Of Mormon with her. She is amazing and she is so excited to be able to progress with her husband, Jared, who is already a member. They are amazing! This week Jared also made Sister Lively and I sling shots! Y'all better watch out for us! Okay, actually we don't even know how to use them, we just use them as whips sometimes. But we are going to learn! 
*Kentucky accent* "Them sling shots gonna hurt, y'all betta run up to them hollars!" 

In ward counsel we talked about goals and I wanted to share it with all of you. We talked about how we need to have a strong foundation with high standards. When we learn about the Temple and set the goal to be married in the Temple we will be able to avoid temptation easier. We will know what our goal is and be able to stand up and do the right thing if the time arises. For example, if we decide that we do not want to smoke cigarettes, if a situation arises where we are offered one, it will be so much easier to say no, because you have already made that decision long ago that you are not going to smoke. I know that as we keep our standards high and set these goals to do the right thing, we will be blessed. 
Sister Lively and I
Sister Lively and I Again

D&C 84:85


~Sister Kayla Marie Willis

Sister Kayla Willis
1508 Luci Mae Drive 
Flatwoods, KY 41139

1 comment:

  1. Loved the story about painting the lady's house. I could imagine Jesus walking up to somebody who was busy working, and pitching right in with them so he could have the opportunity to teach them. When I was in the mission home, we had to memorize D&C 4, and recite it by heart. Glad to hear you are enjoying the work.

    Your aunt Laurel and your cousins Ana and Violet were visiting your family a week or so ago. I haven't heard much, but Ron says the Jorge got a written offer to come back to the states, so I think they will be living in Texas, too.

    Good luck with your upcoming baptism.