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Monday, June 27, 2011

Change in my attitude. 06/27/11

Hello family and friends!

How are you all doing? Okay so sorry not a ton of time. These computers in Centralia kick you off in an hour.  So anyway... This week has gotten better.  I'm really sorry that I sent such a depressing email last week haha.  I was just having a hard time with the transfer.  I really needed to change my attitude.  So I have tried and things are better.  Sister Fisher is great.  We are still getting to know each other. Her sister is getting married in like a week and her brother is on a mission too.  I kinda feel like a baby because she doesn't seem to be to affected by her sister getting married.  But oh well.  So Sister Craig called me last night and The Gresser family in Puyallup went to church!!!! Miracle!!!  Its way awesome!  And Sister Craig misses me like crazy haha.  Its great.  I miss her too.  We are buddies!  So we actually have quite a few investigators here in Rochester.  Its great.  We have been teaching them and hope to have a baptism soon . One of our investigators is named Daphne haha she is so funny.  The first time I met her she came to the door in a little tiny bathrobe and its like kind of an old hick town haha so she was like lets sit on the front porch.  So we did and her robe kept falling off and she was totally naked. haha.  Oh how i love being a missionary.  She also didn't have her teeth in, so it was pretty funny. Hahaha anyway... we had another Miracle.  We met with a part member family and the boyfriend actually came to church on Sunday so that was pretty cool.  It is a lot different than Puyallup but I like it. I miss Puyallup and it will probably always be my favorite place but we will see.  A lot can happen in a year.  I am learning a lot, and I hope to continue to find the reasons that I am here.  Some days it is hard and I am so tired I just want to give up.  But I know that, that is Satan working hard on me.  And we all know how competitive I am... so I just have to kick Satan away and keep working hard.  I am trying to love tracting . It just is hard sometimes because its the same thing over and over every single day.  But I know that if we do it with Faith then we will be blessed.  I have a testimony of all of this.  I know that the gospel is true. Otherwise I wouldn't be here. And if I didn't know it was true I would probably already be home by now.  But the gospel is amazing and it can fix ANYTHING!!! I know that for a fact.  I know that Heavenly Father hears my prayers.  Even though they aren't always answered how I want them to be.  I know that my Savior lived for me and died for me.  And I know that he has felt every single pain that we go through!  So Mom I am doing GREAT!  Stop worrying about me haha.  I love this gospel so much and I will do anything for it!  And if that means leaving Puyallup and Sister Craig its what I will do!  I love you all so much!  I hope you have a great week!  And try to go to the temple.  There is a peace in the temple that we can't find anywhere else.  Go with a question that you have for Heavenly Father, and I promise you that he will answer! Pres. Weaver will be here on Wednesday and i will meet him Thursday so that is pretty exciting!  Well anyway... I love you all so much.  And I have a ton of you that I need to write back but we didn't have time today so Please be patient and know that i am thinking about you and that I love you! Thanks. I love you all so much! Have a great week!

Love always,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BUMMED!! 06/21/2011

Hello everyone!
How are you all doing?  Sorry this email is going to be very short because I have no time today. Well I got transferred and it was probably one of the top five hard things that I have ever had to deal with. Sister Craig and I just pretty much cried for two straight days. I didn't know what else to do and neither did she. We became more than companions. We were best friends too.  And now I just feel like a little piece of me is missing.  Its way hard.  It was so hard to leave Matt and Emily and the Gresser family in Puyallup.  I just cried and so did they.  I can't even express how I feel.  But I know that Heavenly Father needs me in Rochester and I will be okay... soon... I hope.... My new comp is Sister Fisher from Nevada.  I don't know much about her yet.  She doesn't talk a lot. Well at least yet.  And I hope she will soon.  Rochester is a tiny little town that kinda reminds me of Escalante.  It should be fun. There are lots of investigators so thats good. Sister Craig is still in Puyallup and she is training a Greenie.  I am so happy for her. But we are both way sad. We moped around for days. And really I feel so lost. I had a little break down last night when I got into my new bed and she was not there to talk too. :( But don't worry I will be okay. Please keep me in your prayers and Keep Sister Craig in your prayers too. She is stressed haha.  I love you all have a great week!  Sorry this email was so depressing. Hahaha. Love you.

Love, Kate

P.s. I am trying to write everyone back who has written me but I am so short on time.  So be patient. Thanks I love you and daddy I hope you had a great fathers day. Love you.


Monday, June 13, 2011


Hello everybody!

How are you all doing!? I am doing great! Things here in Puyallup are good. This week has been crazy. I feel like so much has happened and I don't even know where to start. First off, transfers are at the end of the week. We will get out call on Saturday and transfers will be a week from today. Sister Craig and I are hoping and praying like crazy that we will both get to stay. I have never really felt like I NEEDED to stay this bad before. I really think I need this area and Sister Craig. So I guess we will see what happens. It is all up to the Lord and he knows whats best. So anyway... if you are going to write me this week make sure you send mail like before or no later than Wednesday cuz I don't know if I will still be here or not. So anyway... we have had a few kind of miracles this week. So first I will tell you about Angel. We were tracting some apartments and we ran into a less active who was moving. She said "sisters come in... how long can you stay?" So we stayed and helped for a little bit. It was kinda awkward. But anyway.. so a member was there helping as well and she walked up the stairs and said "sisters this is Angel, I have been sharing a little bit about our church with him." So we get all excited and he says that he wants to come on a church tour and bring his family. So genius Sister Craig says " how many people are in your family? And he said " I have seven kids." SEVEN KIDS!!!!! I about peed my pants! Hahah it was pretty great. So we set up a tour for the next day at 4 o clock. And I was so excited! So we go to the church to get ready the next day... and I am just pleading and praying with Heavenly Father to help this guy to actually show up. So four ten rolls around and no Angel.... We tried to call and he didn't answer. I was so bummed. Sister Craig went in the chapel and started playing the piano, and it was hard to sit there and not cry. But after wallowing for about 15 minutes I was okay. We have tried to call Angel probably 10 times this week and he doesn't answer. But we will keep trying! So yeah that was a miracle that we found him and I am sure some day he will hear the gospel, and he will see how it blesses his family and I am sure that he will just grab on to it. Sister Craig and I have had our share of trials this transfer but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I know that Heavenly Father hears us. Even though some days its like really Heavenly Father... really! But I always think about what Colton says. haha. He says "sometimes Heavenly Father works in sick and twisted ways!" And I feel like that is way true sometimes. haha. I know that Heavenly Father has a great sense of humor. I kind of think of it as how our family has a sense of humor and is sarcastic with EVERYTHING. Anyway... I know that he hears us and that he is mindful of our needs, and he is not going to give us anything that we can't handle! I am really grateful for this gospel. I feel like there is so much of it that I don't know, and sometimes I feel like I need all my questions answered and it just doesn't happen. But I have learned that EVERYTHING we do or go through happens in the lords time. And he knows when we need things and when we can handle them. So maybe I'm not ready to find a new investigator yet. So this week I am going to try to prepare myself spiritually for that. I'm not really sure how I will do that yet but I will figure it out I'm sure. I love this gospel so much. It is so hard to express how I feel about it. I have learned so much in the past six months. (oh man can you believe its been six months! that's half a year !) I have learned to rely on my Heavenly Father and Savior. And that I just need to do all I can and then put the rest in his hands. Because that is what the Atonement was for. It was so I could do all I could and then the Savior would help with the rest. I have a strong testimony of families. I have never felt more love for my family in all my life. I can hardly wait for the day that we are all back in Utah and we can all go to the temple together. And be there sitting side by side all dressed in white. I am so excited for that day because I know that, that is exactly what heaven will be like. My heart ache's for families that don't have what I have. And I see it everyday! I love you all so much and I am so thankful for the love and support that you give me. Always remember how much our Heavenly Father and Savior love you. And they WON'T give you anything trial that you can't handle. Endure!!!! Pray always, and if you want answers to your prayers... read your scriptures! Have a great week, I love you all so much.

Love, Kate

Monday, June 6, 2011


Hello my dear family and friends!

How are you all doing!?  Okay so this week has been a good week. We have done better which is good. Sister Craig is still amazing and I love her more and more everyday. I love it because we can always talk to each other. Whenever it goes silent Sister Craig always says... "What are you thinking?" haha its fun. She is one of the first companions well besides Sister Bradley that I actually have inside jokes with, and it is so great! The Elders in our Zone love us haha. One of our zone leaders is going home soon so they keep asking us about dating and what girls like. haha its funny cuz really I have no idea but I just tell em what I think haha. Grandma Harward and Jodi THANK YOU so much for the package that you sent!! I LOVE it all! The one skirt doesn't fit my big butt so I will take it and get another size. I am lucky because they do actually have a Macey's here in Puyallup! So thanks for all of that I really appreciate it. I was going through the stage of staring at my closet thinking what should I wear today? Haha and then the package came! So this week I have learned some way cool lessons. The Ridecrest ward had stake conference this past weekend and it was great. Pres. and Sister Bowen came to the adult session and spoke. The whole conference was on missionary work! It was so awesome! Something that I thought was way cool was something that the stake president said. He said, "the value of ONE is infinite in the eye's of the lord." Now I have been thinking about that and I don't really know what it means yet but I will have to let you know my thoughts on it. I absolutely love how our Savior loves each of us individually. Kind of like how in 3 nephi 11: 14-15 when it talks about each person going up to the Savior and feeling the prints in his hands and feet. He loved them so much! And I know that it is the same way for us! He loves us so much and he is just waiting for us to get back to him. I can only imagine how that day is going to be for us! Anyway... so that was pretty cool. Also yesterday the stake choir sang "I know that my Savior loves me." And that is the primary song the Brenna and Ter would always sing before I left. So needless to say I got a little teary eyed. Haha.I miss those little girls. And I am glad that Brenna is doing good. I am so happy that Brayden was blessed yesterday! That is so cool! I am sure Davey did a great job! This week we had a couple Miracles. We have been trying for like a week to get in to see all the part member families, and it has been hard. No one is home during the day. Or I love when we get what I like to call "peep holed" haha. NO ONE in Utah has peep wholes! But everyone in Washington does! So if they see us sometimes they won't answer! haha its funny. Or my favorite is when you can hear the kids talking and all the sudden you hear a shhh! haha funny. We just laugh about it! But anyway... we finally got in to see a part member family this week, and it went good. They want to have us for dinner sometime. We still are having a hard time finding people to teach! But I know that if we continue to work hard and tract (even though it is so hard to do sometimes) we will be blessed. To me tracting is like how it was for me to go running. I loved the feeling after words, but getting myself to do it was hard! But before the mission I made running a habit and something that I liked. So hopefully I can do the same with tracting! I am loving it here in Puyallup and I am praying that I get to stay with Sister Craig for at least one more transfer! That would be AMAZING! We have interviews with President Bowen tomorrow. It will probably be my last one with him, before they go home. So that should be good. Then we have a zone conference on Wednesday. Family and Friends I love you all so much. I am so thankful for you in my life. You are the most amazing people I know and I think about you all and pray for you everyday. If you are reading this email, I think about you and love you so much! You guys are amazing! Thank you for your letters and all the support you give me. If you wrote me in the past couple weeks I am trying really hard to write you back so be patient with me, and you will get mail soon! Court HAPPY late GRADUATION! You are amazing! Well I want you all to know that I love this gospel with all my heart! I know that it is true! I love my savior. And I know that when things get hard in our lives all we have to do is trust in the lord and heavenly father and they will help us. All we have to do is ask! I love you all! Have a great week!

Love, Katee