Sister Facer’s last full week. This past week was pretty busy and this coming week will be even more crazy but I have and will love every second of it! I love being on a mission. I love the good times but I also love the hard times because they make the good times that much better!
This past week we had zone conference and that meeting was life changing for me. It was like a mini MTC. We had a guy come who was our Mission President’s Stake President in Utah. He was so amazing! He talked about Christ’s life and some of the different miracles that he did. He talked about when Christ fed the 5000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. He told us a story about when he was younger he hated public speaking. He would try to avoid it as much as possible but eventually he was asked to speak in sacrament meeting. He talked about Job but he was pronouncing it like job (where you work). While he was speaking, he could see all his friends in the back laughing at him but he didn’t know why. At the end of his talk, the Bishop and a few other people came up to him and told him that he did good. Then, when he saw his friends, he asked them why they were laughing and they just told him how he was saying Job wrong. He then told himself that he would never speak in sacrament or in public again. He was mad at the Bishop and everyone who told him that he did good. He felt like they were making fun of him but when he got in the car to go home his dad, who never came to church but came to hear him speak, said that he did good and that he had a talent. He knew that his Dad didn’t have to say that so he thought well, maybe I will try it again. Now he is a seminary teacher and a stake president. He explained to us how Christ multiplied him. Christ can multiply all of us beyond anything we could do on our own. He gives us strength and like it says in Philippians 4:13 “We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us”.
I loved this message and I hope you like it too.
This week there was a fire on the boarder of Oregon and Idaho. I guess it was started by lightning, I don’t know if it is still going or not. The smoke has been so bad that some mornings, when we walk outside there is ash on our car. My eyes and allergies have been going crazy but it is starting to clear up. It also makes the sunsets so beautiful.
Well I hope you all have a good week!
Love, Sister Caitlin Kappel
This week has been super busy but that is a good thing when it comes to missionary work! Every week we see so many miracles everyday. Sometimes it is just a less active coming to church or seeing a change of heart in one of our investigators. My favorite part of being a missionary is being able to share my testimony everyday, not just on fast Sunday. Something I have been thinking a lot about this week is how I gained my testimony that the church is true, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that God is a loving Heavenly Father. I thought about all the different things I have done in my life and all the trials I have had and all the amazing times I have had. I realized that there was never a time that I just “got” my testimony but that it grows. Every time I have a prayer answered or something happens that shows me that Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. Even sometimes when I feel like giving up but somehow things work out and I make it through the day or even the hour.
Heavenly Father and Christ are always there for us. They will never leave us alone. As we try to look at the big picture, we can see God’s hand in everything and that can testify to us of God’s love.
I know that this Church is true! I know it with all my heart! I know that there are times when I do have doubts but I think of all the times in my life that I know I have had divine help!
I invite everyone to think about how their testimonies and if you don’t have one or you don’t think you have one, think about the times in your life when you felt like giving up but you didn’t. Why didn’t you give up? Also, think about the amazing times in your life, what made them amazing?
Here is a picture of Miracle and I! I love her so much! She is getting baptized August 8th!
This week has been one crazy week but it has been super good! Sister Facer only has four weeks left so we have been really trying to work as hard as we can so that she can finish strong and it helps her not think about home as much! We have been able to teach a ton of less actives this week. I am so happy that summer is ending because it seems that everyone is coming home and we can teach them!
A miracle this week was with our little investigator Miracle. Her mom, Dawn, has been having a hard time because she think that Miracle wants to be baptized for the wrong reason. So we have been praying a ton that her heart would be softened and she would let Miracle be baptized and on Monday Dawn got really sick. She had to go to the hospital and we had some people from her ward go and give her a blessing. We went to their house on Tuesday to check up with them. Dawn talked to us and said that she was thinking about getting baptized and how she thinks Miracle should get baptized on the 8th so that their former bishop could come. My love for them has just grown so much! I am so thankful that Heavenly Father trusts me enough to let me teach them!
Pioneer day was fun we did a pioneer walk and the missionaries were scattered along the walk. We had to read a scripture or a quote or sing a song and the people on the walk would have to write it down. If they got them all, they would get a prize at the end. Sister Facer and I had to sing Come, Come ye Saints like 100 times but it was fun and we were in the shade at least.
Nothing too crazy happened this week. Well, actually when we were teaching Miracle the law of Chastity she told us that she would at least wait till she was 13 to have a baby and get married so I’m thankful that we were able to teach her that law. Haha! She is so funny! She just says whatever comes to her mind but that is exactly what her parents are like. Oh, and at dinner last night we were eating with a family outside and the dog comes up to us holding a dead, well dying, chicken in its mouth… only in Idaho…
Well I love you all and hope that you have an awesome week! NEVER forget that Heavenly Father loves you more than you will ever know and that you can turn to Him if you are EVER having a hard time!!!!!
Love, Sister Kappel XOXO
Ice cream that looks like a potato
me and Sis. Facer
Another week in the best mission in the world! this week has been pretty good! On Wednesday the lady we live with was getting a knew couch and so she asked us if we could have the Elders come over and help her move her old ones out and new one in. We were talking to her about what she was going to do with her old couches and said she was just going to give them to DI and we told her how we had an investigator who just had her couches taken away because she couldn’t afford the payments on them. We asked if we could give her old couches to her and she said of course! So we called our investigator and asked if she wanted these new couches and she got so excited! She has a little 4 year old boy who was super mad when they had to get rid of their couch. When we came to drop off the couch he was SO happy! His mom told us that she hasn’t seen him that happy in a long time! It made me really thankful for everything I have in my life! Especially with pioneer day coming up. I am just so thankful for what they did, all they sacrificed for us so that we could have religious freedom. I don’t think I could have done what the pioneers did. As I think about what they did for us it makes me want to work harder to be better and to become the best missionary I can be. I want to share the good news with everyone! I know this church is true and I know that the only reason that this church hasn’t been destroyed is because it is true and that we have God on our side. I love you all and hope that you have an awesome week and an awesome pioneer day!
Love, Sister Caitlin Kappel
Here are a few random pics. Us and Sis. Hollenbeck who just got baptized a few months ago and us playing slot cars last p-day.
This week has been really good! Lots of good lessons and 4th of July! I have really been able to see Gods love for His children this week! I have felt his love and I know that the people we are teaching have felt it too. I have been thinking a lot about the scripture in 1st Nephi 1:20 where it says “I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.”
A tender mercy I had this week was on the 4th of July. It is one of my favorite holidays and I was so sad that I wasn’t going to be able to see any fireworks. We had to be in by 8 and it doesn’t even start getting dark here till a little before 10. We were home and just finished our daily planning and we started hearing a ton of booms and we went outside to see if we could see anything but all the houses and trees were in the way. Just when I was telling Sister Facer that we lived on the most boring street with almost all old people, a man and a woman, two houses down from us came outside. They were the parents of a younger couple in our ward and they told us that we were in for a show! Their son had got a ton of fireworks from Wyoming and was going to light them right in front of our house. They were huge! We had ash falling all over us but it was so awesome! I am just so thankful for the little things that happen everyday that show me that Heavenly Father loves me!
Also it was a miracle that the dog of the lady we live with woke up the morning after the 4th. She told us that she gave her dog triple the recommended dose of medication! She’s crazy but we have a lot of fun!
I love you all and hope you have an awesome week and make sure you are paying attention to the tender mercies God shows you!
Sister Caitlin Kappel