The weather here has been a little crazy. It will be cool in the mornings but by noon it gets pretty hot. This week has been a lot more like fall though because it’s been rainy and cool out. There was another fire and it made the air super bad! When you walked outside you could barely see the house across the street but the rain helped with that a lot.
This week was full of miracles! On Wednesday I had a prompting that we should go visit a less active family that our bishop told us about. He told us that we would probably want to go over in the day time because the husband wouldn’t be there and we might be able to have little more success. When we visited them the husband was there and you could tell that he was a little stand offish. But, after talking to him and his family for a little bit he said that we should come and teach their family the lessons… What! I told him that he couldn’t joke around with missionaries about that kind of stuff. He said “no really I think it would be good for us” . So we made an appointment for the next day and it was awesome. We have another appt. with them this week! We also found another investigator last week by visiting less actives. She is dating a less active family’s son! We have an appointment with her tonight! Oh, and last night we had another awesome experience with a less active family. Their 14 year old daughter goes to church every Sunday alone. We had a half hour before we needed to be home last night so we went and visited them. Little did we know this past week was their son’s 8th birthday. We talked to them about getting him baptized and getting their whole family to the temple. The dad went on a mission and both parents say they still have a testimony. I honestly can’t understand how someone could go on a mission and then come home and become less active. It just shows me the importance of having faith and holding onto it! I loved Elder James B. Martino’s talk in conference. He talked about how we can get answers to prayers and how we need to have real intent. As we have hard times we need to try and remember the times when Christ has spoken peace to us. He said “what greater witness then of Jesus Christ.”. Heavenly Father will not force us to have faith in him. We HAVE to have the desire and want to believe.
Oh, and by the way, JON CAME TO CHURCH YESTERDAY AND THE CHILI COOKOFF ON SATURDAY! He is progressing so well I am so excited but I know that everything is all on the Lords time.
This week has gone by so fast! I can’t believe that I have almost been with Sister Davis a whole transfer! She is so awesome and I learn so much from her every day. So, this week has been super busy. I feel like I say that every week but this week has been extra crazy! We had to help out with Activity Days in both of our wards on Tuesday and Wednesday and that was a lot of fun! We also had a sister meeting on Wednesday. All of the sisters in the mission met together and there are about 43 of us. It was super fun. They just taught us how to be more lady like and how to not get fat haha! They also talked about defending our beliefs about families. It breaks my heart when I see families hard times. The Pedersen’s (MIracles family) have been having a very hard time. I can see satan ripping their family apart with addiction and stress about money. I want to help them but it is so hard. Satan knows what he is doing when it comes to destroying families. He knows how important they are. In the General Women’s Session they talked a lot about families too and it just shows how big of a deal it is! We were all put into our families for a reason. Heavenly Father knew that is where you were supposed to be. He knew that is where you would grow and learn the most so that you could reach your full potential. I LOVE my family and I am so grateful for every single one of them. Every time I tell someone that I have four brothers they just look at me like “poor child”. But, my brothers have taught me how to be tough and how to have fun and be a little reckless at times. Then I have my perfect sister who has taught me how to be kind and how to make God a priority in my life. And my parents, they have taught me how to love unconditionally and to serve and to serve with all my heart. They have taught me how to try my hardest and that it is ok that I don’t do everything perfectly. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father put me in my family.
Life can be hard sometimes and things might not work out how you want them to but try to think about all the good things. I Loved President Uchtdorf’s talk on Saturday.
My favorite part was when he talked about how to let faith fortify every footstep and have hope so your eyes may will be opened to all our blessings and to love, because love is the most important thing we learn in this life.
We just had this new family move in and their son got in a really bad car accident a few years ago. They were telling us that the doctors told them that what they have noticed that helps people heal the most is when their families have faith, a strong religious belief and a strong family relationship with loads of LOVE!
Love, faith, and hope can work miracles! I have seen it so many times! I hope that you all have an awesome week and know that I love you!
Love, Sister Kappel
The work is progressing but not without a few crazies.
So I just want to start by saying that I love being a missionary some times I wake up and I remember that I am a missionary and my heart is just so happy! I love this work! We have had some pretty memorable nights this week. Our lessons with Susan and Jon were so amazing. They are both praying about being baptized. It is the best feeling ever when you can feel the spirit so strong in a lesson. Then, you say something that you weren’t planning on saying but they tell you that what you just said was exactly what they needed. Then you are like, “Wait, what did I just say”… We have been able to meet a few new people this week and talk to them about the Church. Last night we talked to these guys barbecuing outside. They asked us if we were nuns haha but that gave us a great opportunity to talk to them about the church. We gave one of the guys a Book of Mormon. He told us that he read the Bible in prison and it helped a lot so he was excited to read the Book of Mormon. In Preach my Gospel it talks about how a lot of people are looking for the gospel. They just don’t know it yet. I know, that as I learn more about the Gospel, my heart fills with so much love and I can’t imagine not having it.
So the crazies this week. Well, one of our less active members that we are teaching had a crazy panic attack this week while we were with him. I thought he had stopped breathing and it totally freaked me out. His wife told me to give him some water so I got a cup of water and started pouring it down his throat. Don’t really know if that was a good idea but he started coughing all over me… I was sufficiently grossed out but I guess it was worth him not dying.
Life is good though. I am thankful for the crazy people here because they remind me of my family hehe! I’m just kidding but I love it here!
Well, I hope you all have a good week!
I’m about to go to the temple!!!!
Love you all!
Well, my first week of being a trainer and she hasn’t died yet so that’s good! My new companion is Sister Davis. She is from Southern California. We have so much fun together! Sorry, this will be a short email but we saw a miracle this week.
We had a goal to find one new investigator every week this transfer and yesterday after dinner we were like ok we have to get busy and find someone. I had been praying so hard that we would be able to find someone so we would make our goal. I didn’t think it would be very good to have that goal and then the first week not find anyone. So, we first went to visit a less active family because I just felt like we needed to visit them but they weren’t home. We were walking to the car and there was this old man sitting outside. We went up and talked to him and he was super nice. At first, when we asked him if he would like to know more about the church, he told us that he knew as much as he wanted to know. So we talked to him about some of his concerns. The spirit was so strong and now we have an appointment with him on Wednesday!
I know that Heavenly Father blesses us according to our faith and I know that if we have the faith we will be able to see miracles everyday! I love being a missionary and I LOVE the Gospel with all of my heart!
I hope you all have a good week!
Love, Sister Kappel
Here’s a picture of Sister Davis and I, then one with the wonderfully crazy lady we live with!