Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This is Sister Wilson's District until the next transfer in 6 weeks. She gets to stay in Doylestown, PA
May 26, 2014

So I guess we don’t change our Pdays for holidays anymore. Oh well! It was a fun pday.

We came and did a little bit of emailing and then we headed to a ward picnic thing for Memorial Day which was fun. A lot of member brought their neighbors and we were able to meet them. We met a couple who is from Iraq who seems pretty interested. They saw our badges and asked their friends what that meant. We got to talk to them, set up an appointment and then after we left they asked their friends when they could go to church, when they said on Sunday she said 'no that is too far away!' so we are excited to get to meet them and teach them a little bit more, okay a lot a bit more about Jesus Christ and why our church is different from other churches.

You know, it amazes me to hear people say that all churches are the same, to me that just tells me that you are not really interested in learning the differences, because there are many. Yes the underlining values carry over, Christ as the Son of God and Redeemer of the world, and the way you treat people tend to be what people characterize as 'Christian' beliefs. And while yes they are believes and actions that most Christians live by or at least strive for, that is not the entire church and there are so many other things that can be different about each one.
Churches and religions are very different, it may be the same God but if they were all the same than we wouldn’t have different churches. The very fact that we say there are so many different churches should say something about the beliefs being different.
So that’s my rant for the day I guess. If you think they are all the same than you just don’t know enough about them to tell them apart. Churches are different, with a few fundamental beliefs that tend to be generally accepted, but that is so broad you have to learn more than that!

I guess I have just been thinking about the things that people tell us, and where I would be if I had not grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Where would I be? What would be important for me in a church? Often times we will ask people 'what do you look for in a church?' a lot of people will say the pastor/minister is really nice, or I like the Sunday sermons, its close to me, that’s where my friends go, that’s where I feel close to God, its where I was raised. And then when we ask why they go to that church still, it is surprising the fact that so many of them don’t say because I believe it is true.

I am shocked with some of the answers.

And I am so grateful that I attend a church that I believe in the Doctrine. Its something that I would defend wholeheartedly because I truly believe that the doctrine is from God, not from man. Not from a clergy, not from anyone of this world. But I believe with my whole heart that it is directly from God and this is the fullness of the Gospel.
I know it, I live it, I love it. Through and Through.

And I’m not even offended when people disagree with me, in fact I am happy when I see people who are strong in their faith and who believe with their whole heart what they are doing is of God, because if you didn’t think that I hope you would not continue doing it.

The Bishop here was invited to come and speak to another congregation about our beliefs, and at the end was a question and answer session with the congregation. Someone asked him why we send out so many missionaries; why not let people believe what they want? And he told them that we make the claim that we are the one true church of the Earth today, wouldn’t it be hypocritical of us to not send missionaries out into the world to share the truth?
And that got me thinking about why I am here. Because I know with ever fiber of my being that this is the truth, the way, the Gospel of Jesus Christ as He established it Himself while He was on the Earth. Why would I not give this to everyone I know?

It made me think about what I want out of a church and I came to the conclusion that what I want from a church is truth. I don’t want to attend a service that I dis-agree with and then have to go home and work with my kids to un-learn what they were taught at church. Not that people think of it like that, but I truly expect the truth.

And as we talk to people and they tell us that they believe their church is the one true church I think to myself, GOOD! I hope you do believe with every fiber of your being that the church you attend is true, because if you don’t, then why are you going? If you don’t believe it’s true, go find it.

I am glad that I know and feel that this is the truth. I am grateful that I did take the time to study it out, to ask questions, to search for answers and then to kneel down and ask God if this is the one true church, and even more I am grateful that I was able to get my answer and know it is. That is what makes the hardest days bearable. Because without the knowledge I have that this is truth, why on Earth would I still be here? Why on Earth would I keep knocking on doors till its quarter to nine? Why on Earth would I be attending meetings and preparing for training on how to be a better teacher, leader and disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Without knowing that this is truth, I would have given up and come home a LONG time ago. Because this is hard. This is trying, this is difficult. But because it is the truth when you get to teach a lesson to someone like Emilio that you can just feel is searching for the answers and is ready, listening, pondering, praying about and truly seeking for the truth.
Thats what makes it worth it.
To be able to bring the truth to someone and have them say things like 'You are bringing me the truth', 'I feel like I need to do this' (referring to bringing the truth to others) and to see the immediate change in someones countenance as they connect the dots and understand what you are telling them. And then to have them decide for themselves that they want to be baptized by someone holding the proper Priesthood authority and to truly want to follow the Savior in every way! That is what keeps you going as a missionary. Knowing that you are making an eternally significant change in someones life. Its amazing! There is truly nothing like this. I am so stinking lucky!

And I really should be going. DANG IT! Sorry. Im not sure how you guys feel about my emails. I have been contemplating what I can do to make them better. I don’t feel like I am telling you much about my day to day experiences, but I think I am portraying the big picture changes I am learning, understanding and making. So if you want me to talk about something different or if you would like to hear more about something let me know and I will do what I can to improve my emails.

I love you, I hope you are enjoying Texas! We got a 89 degree day today so it was nice to get to play a little baseball at the park with the ward in some blue jeans and a tee shirt today! Some sun was greatly needed!
I hope the wedding goes well and everyone is able to travel safely and enjoy each other down there. Love you all dearly! Talk to you soon.

Love always,  Sister Kindra Wilson

Monday, May 19, 2014

MAY 19, 2014

Kindra sent another group of photos....I have not yet heard the story about the car fender.....

May 19, 2014

Well exciting weeks in a lot of places. I am glad that Lori was able to come and spend some time with Robb and Grandma and to make some decisions. It sounds like there are some great options that hopefully everyone can agree on or at least feel okay with. I am still praying for everyone daily!

I am glad that Parker is okay! I will keep them all in my prayers this week as well. How scary! But I am grateful that Uncle Jeff was in town and was able to go down with Tish to give her a Priesthood blessing, what a comfort that brings to know that the Priesthood is so close and so powerful. I’m glad she is alright now!

Sorry this might be short again this week! We had a busy week with three exchanges, not all the 3 that we originally planned and needed to be one, so we are doing an exchange tonight. Which means that our transfer prep won’t be in until tomorrow night which is later than they want them, but its the best we can do at this point. One of the sets got sick so we had to push them to today, and another set called us very stressed and asked if we could meet them for lunch, so we did and then we did a half day exchange and all ended up staying the night in their area. So it was a busy week and didnt get everything done that we needed to but it was also a fun good week.

I got to go on en exchange with a sister who was brand new out, just one month! And it was really neat to be able to compare where I was at that time and where I am now. I have made progress! Which sounds dumb, but it was nice to be able to see the progress you have made. Its hard to see in yourself because you are with yourself 24/7/365 you know? But to see the things that I was worried about or trying to figure out in her and how she is figuring things out, that is grand. It was really neat to be able to be working with someone who is so much younger (in mission life) than you are, because it re-affirmed to me that I have changed, I have learned, and I have made progress. It is really nice to see that right in front of you. And she was so cute! We had a miracle experience in giving someone a Book of Mormon.

We walked up to the house, and she had told me about how she lets her companion talk to people because her companion is so good at it. So last minute as we are walking up I whispered, this ones yours! To tell her that I was going to let her initiate it. She was scared and looked at me like what? But I smiled and nodded and said you can do it! And she did! She walked right up to the woman and started talking with her, she said: we have an important message that has brought me peace and happiness about our Savior and how He has blessed my life and can bless yours. Or something to that extent, and the woman was not really excited to talk to us and said so, which threw the golden through a loop and she stood there and there was an awkward silence and the woman looked at both of us back and forth, so I started talking, it was small talk, where you from, did you go to church around here, did you grow up here etc. But it got her talking. And she was intrigued! She stood there and talked to us for a minute or so, we asked again if we could share a message with her of peace and comfort, because this woman was very depressed looking. And she told us she needed to find Christ for herself. So I pulled out a Book of Mormon and said, I had to find him for myself too. I grew up in this church but I had to ask myself if it was truly what I believed, truly what I wanted and where I needed to be for me. And I asked and I got my answer, and this Book has helped me to come closer to him more than anything else Ive tried, so I want to give this to you to help you find Christ on your own.
And she gave some kick back, said she didn’t want to take it if she didn’t have time to read it, so we explained a little bit more about it. We talked about how it told of what happened when Christ came to the American continent, because God loves everyone, wouldn’t he send his son to see more than just one group of people? And how we can come closer to Him by reading about him.
She asked when it was written and my companion showed her how in the bottom of the pages it shows us the dates of when it was written and we talked about how it was written at the same time as the Bible and that it was written by ancient prophets.
she was intrigued and ended up taking the Book of Mormon! And she is going to read it, I can tell. Its not one of those take your book so you will walk away, but she is going to. She is searching for something and she needs this right not. It was not an accident that we found her, we were looking for someone else and found her along the way.
The Lord is guiding us to those who we can help. We are being led to friends, family, loved one and complete strangers who can find strength in what we have. I am learning how I just need to invite people to learn for themselves, but being bold enough to tell them what I really know that they do not. Its truly a blessing to me to be here at this time and realizing how much peace and strength people are missing out on by not knowing about the Book of Mormon. Man I just want to give it to everyone I know!
Man we are blessed! And life is great and grand and stuff and I really have to run! I have to get an report in before we head out. We are meeting a set of sisters who is struggling to help them have a fun Pday and so I got to go switch my laundry too before we go.

Love you and stuff! Thanks for thinking of me! You’re in my prayers as well. Thank you for your love and support, I hope you have a great time in Texas! Don’t worry about pictures until you get back. Enjoy everyone, give them my love! Miss you all, talk to you next week,
Love always,

Sister Kindra Wilson

Friday, May 16, 2014

 Here is a short note from Kindra. We had a wonderful facetime visit on Mother's Day. She didn't know Stuart & Lindy & Clara would be here so when Stuart answered she was surprised and excited!! She is doing well and loving her mission and the people in PA. Thank you for all your emails, letters and notes, she LOVES getting them! She also sent a handful of photos so I will include them also.

May 12, 2014

Thanks for the photos! I saved the, on my iPad so I can see them often
:) I love pictures.

It was treat to see you guys too! I'm glad that Stuart and Lindy were
able to come down and that I got to see Clara too! She looks bigger in
her pics but she also acts older! She's talking better and more and I
am soooo happy she knew who aunt Kindra was :) I was kinda scared she
might forget me while I was gone since I was around her only when she
was little little. So it was fun to see her.
Hum, not much has happened either in the past 12 hours. We’re at target
eating and emailing and getting groceries. We have a pretty slow day
today, we are going to walk Main Street and see if we can find some
cute postcards and then probably lay out In The sun for a little bit
and write some cards to send.
Well, sorry it's a short email. It was great to talk to you guys
yesterday! It's weird think I won't call home again! And I was so
proud, no tears this time! Last time there were some, but it is more
exciting and different when you see each other and all that. It was
great. I'm sad I didn't get to talk to Garret, but life goes on and we
will talk sooner than never so that's good :) I hope ye can figure out
his knees and ear soon. It would be nice if that would get taken care
I'll try to send some pictures if we get to computers today, not sure
what our plans are from here.
We have a busy week coming for us. We are doing 3 exchanges so one of
them will end up being back to back. And I'm still trying to meet
everyone, we are hoping for a second transfer together since we
haven't seen anyone we are working with twice this month! It's
ridiculous! I had no idea how big Easter is out here for people. No
one wanted to see us that week or the week after which is frustrating!
I'm hoping sis Shaia doesn't get transferred, this will be her third
ought so it could happen. But whatever happens happens!
All I can say is God is great! Gotta love him!

And tell Keira to check her email! Love you all! But mostly mom :) Sister Kindra Wilson

Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission 721 Paxon Hollow Road suite B

Broomall, PA 19008

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Just a few shots Sister Wilson sent this week. She was excited to be at the Reading Railroad!! From Monopoly...and it is said Reding Railroad.

She is happy and doing well and we are sooo excited to get to talk to her this Sunday for Mother's Day!!

May 5, 2014

Well I will continue to pray for Robb and Grandma and everyone. I’m glad that he is still making progress! That is good. And I am glad that he has friends and people who are willing and able to support him from Vernonia. Man. I am still praying for everyone. I know this is kind of a big deal right now! So you are all thought of and prayed for daily.

It sounds like Stake conference was good, Im glad! I like that analogy with the chickens, and when did they get chickens? That’s kind of random, but sounds like fun! and a lot of work! haha.

How did invite Sunday go? Did you invite Collin? I hope so. He is such an amazing guy and I just want the best for him!

And man, your getting 80s and 90s? Yeah, that’s a little warm! We have been getting rain galore and I am LOVING it! Although they are not built to deal with the amount of water they received, it POURED all day twice this week, literally all day long. It was a lot of water, and I guess it was the most water Philadelphia has ever gotten in one day, so that’s awesome... but life goes on. And I am soaking it up while I can before we hit summer humidity. I’m glad to be back in PA however, it was way muggy down in DE and MD and I am not a fan! I was having to scrunch my hair every day because the humidity wouldn’t let me do anything else, so I am enjoying still straitening it here in PA for at least a few more weeks I hope!

I’m excited for Keira to go to prom! and for all of these kids growing up, it’s weird to me still to think that I will be on a mission at the same time as Tiny Barfuss! And Cody and Andrew has already been out a month... its crazy talk I tell you! CRAZY! But it is so great. It is really neat to see how the Lord has prepared each of his missionaries to serve where they are serving, and when they are serving. It strengthens my testimony of how perfect Heavenly Fathers plan is for each of us every time that I ask a missionary how they decided to serve a mission. Mostly the sisters, because thats who I get to interact with, and deciding for a sister is a little bit different than an elder, but it is truly amazing to hear everyone's experiences. I have said many times this week that we are spoiled rotten missionaries! We have cars, and iPads and gospel library apps, and texting, and facebook and SO many resources to do missionary work, I am trying to learn them all but I know I won’t even scratch the surface while I am here! It’s weird. We also use skype and facetime to teach and there are just so many things out there for us and places that we can reach now than we could before.
Missionaries here have been able to teach people in other countries and stay in contact with people who move and when we move we can stay in contact with them! It’s truly amazing everything that we can do.
The Lord is truly hastening his work, and the time is now! D&C 88:37.
What an exciting time to be a missionary! Spoiled rotten I tell you that much!
And I am so grateful to be here.
Doylestown is so fun, its little and there are miracles happening!
We had a lesson with this investigator Emilio, he has met with missionaries for a few years and so he is familiar with most things. Sister Shaia has been able to work with him online and teach him that way and to send him talks online to answer his questions and help his studies. And he is awesome number one because he ACTUALLY READS the assignments! Its amazing to see how the Lord prepares people to hear about the gospel, because he actually cares and wants to know! So he studies and tries to find the answers.
In the lesson he told us some of the things holding him back, and it was neat because Sister Shaia was able to tell him 'You know this is true!' we had a member there with us who told him she could see how the Lord has been preparing him to hear the gospel message. And after that he said thank you for telling me that, it strengthens my testimony to hear that because you are right. Then we read the scripture Mosiah 18:10 which says: "Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?" we told him that he does know this is true and I testified that the next step is baptism. And that this step is one that we want him to make prayerfully, because he knows it is true!!!!! HE KNOWS IT! You can tell! He quoted Heleman 5:12 to us: "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." He quoted Garrets favorite scripture to us, we didn’t assign that to him. He is reading and STUDYING the Book of Mormon, and that is the best way to find out for yourself that this is the true gospel.
He knows its true, and we committed him to pray about being baptized in June. So pray for Emilio, that he will be able to recognize the answers that God is giving him and to recognize those subtle and firm promptings from the spirit.

Man! This work is the best thing I have done with my life! Its truly amazing to be able to see someone who wants the truth and is willing to study it out and to go to the source and find out for themselves what the truth is. I love that! I love in Moroni 10:4 when we read: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost."
I love the part about them not being true, its about finding out whether or not this is right for you. I know it is right for me, actually I know that this is right for everyone, but it is a different experience to know surely for yourself that this is what God wants for you than it is to be told by someone else.

Man the gospel is true! Our Savior lives and it is Because of Him that we will return to live with our families for eternity if we follow the commandments and strive to be obedient to the will of God. Each of us have a different pathway formed for us. How grateful I am to know of my Heavenly Father who loves me perfectly and unconditionally, to know that he wants nothing but the best for us and knows what will happen to us and how to prepare us for our future. We are so blessed! Just as President White talked about in stake conference, we don’t always see it, but God is blessing us and directing us, and how grateful I am to have the spirit with me to guide me and help me know and see that his hand is in my life.

I am so excited to be able to talk to you guys on Sunday! I am having the time of my life out here. Learning a lot and growing more than I thought I would, but I am so grateful for the things I am learning, I can’t imagine trying to go through life without some of these experiences. It is exactly where I need to be! And I am grateful for the knowledge of that.  Man is God good or what!
Well just keep living the dream, we have the fullness of the gospel and our job is to give it to everybody, so get out there and tell someone about what we have!

LOVE YOU!  Love, Sister Kindra Wilson
April 28 2014

And a funny story for you. We went to mission leadership council this week and OKAY sorry two stories for you, one is a blessing and one is funny.

So on our way there I was driving and I was going the speed limit and all of a sudden I pass a school zone 15 sign and so I start slowing down as I have just realized where I am and I see red and blue lights behind me... AWESOME! So I got pulled over for speeding in a school zone... this is going to be awesome right? Right.

He probably runs our plates and sees that its a church car or something because he takes a few minutes and then comes and asks:
Police officer: Do you know why I pulled you over?
Calm cool and collected me: Yeah, I just saw the school zone and was slowing down when I saw your lights
PO: Yup I got you doing 33 in a 15, in a school zone. But Im just going to give you a warning, can I have your liscence and registration?
....   trying to find it among all the papers in the glove box..... he sees my Oregon drivers license
PO: Have you been in the area for very long?
Me: we are missionaries for our church so Ive been in PA for about a year but we move around inside of that
PO: Okay is it going to come back to the Church of LDS?
ME: Yes
PO: Okay thats fine, give me a minute.

PHEW! Only a warning, no ticket thats awesome! sister Shaia asks 'okay, how are we going to give him the gospel?' and I just laugh inside thinking, I dont want to get a ticket! But we decided we would ask how he knew it was the LDS church

PO: So just so you know, 33 in a 15 zone would be a $500 ticket and a license suspension, and Ive been to Oregon, I know they have school zones there as well. But Im just going to give you a warning, and watch. This area is usually going from 6-8 as a school zone.
ME: Thanks, and can I ask you a question (as he starts walking away), how did you know it would come back to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?
PO: I read your tag... starts to walk away... and I saw the materials in the back seat. Have a nice day....

so he saw our scriptures, and our Preach my Gospel manuals in the back seat. It was a miracle because before he even talked to us he had decided to just give me a warning. I am so grateful for that! Somehow he knew we were missionaries and somehow he has a connection to the church, not sure what it is or how he knows about it, but it was nice to see someone taking pity on me. I was grateful for it!
We told our driving coordinator and the APs and the coordinator always says: "You dont get blessed when your being disobedient!" and it was disobedient to not obey the law, but I think it was a blessing!

Then in council we were talking about cutting down on casualness and President said that he did not want any of us to get into situations that none of us want to deal with. And they talked about how the church is sending out attractive missionaries, the ages have changed and these sisters are beautiful and the elders are handsome and you are attractive! But we want to remember our purpose.
Well sister Shaia and I are both laughing at this point and Sister Shaia is turning slightly red and so President walks over and puts the microphone in front of her face and asks 'are you attracted to someone?!' knowing that she has a serious boy friend and so we are just laughing now!
President keeps talking about casualness and how he was proud to have seen that we separated ourselves into a sisters table at lunch and elders without even being asked! He was very proud of us, honestly we just wanted to talk to each other!
But I was sitting next to an elder and I whispered to him, should we even be sitting next to each other? And then we both casually scooted a little farther apart.
But they kept talking and he turned kinda red from laughing so much and President saw it and walked over and asked him "elder, who are you attracted to?' and I immediately scooted way over practically sitting on Sister Shaias lap. It was so funny!

I love President. Sister Anderson then wanted to say something so she got up and talked about how much she loves us and how much she wishes she could just pair us all up!

To which we all started roaring with laughter. It was funny. I love the Andersons, they are so great!

And now I must depart, but I love you all. Hope your week is going well! Talk to you next week :)

Love, Sister Wilson :)