9 March, 2015 16:31

Heeeeeeey oooooh! 🙂

How the heck has your week been? Just a heads up, this email is gonna be short… so that I can take time emailing each of you back more personal emails 🙂 Besides, short and sweet is better anyways!

Q&A:
1- Would you rather…. spit on people every time you talk OR put an "r" on all your words?
2- Hardest point in your life when gratitude helped you get through?
3- Fun gratitude games/ice breakers?

Kyra came to church on Sunday. The topic for gospel principles was "scripture study." We weren’t supposed to be teaching the lesson. Ha I ended up teaching it s. o. l. o. At the beginning of the lesson, I asked everyone in the class to share their favorite scripture. Kyra chose one from 2 Nephi 33. Super solid. She talked about how it was her favorite because God loves each of us and welcomes each of us into the church. It was the first Sunday that she has stayed all three hours. We hope to put her on-date this week.

Sister Bell and I got to party it up on Eagle Butte! We had an AWESOME exchange. 🙂 It was fun to be with my granddaughter… and I learned lots. We were able to teach their investigator Robby, who is getting baptized next week. We also taught a less-active.

We are planning a branch event for March 29th…..my final "Hurrah for Israel" before going home. It will be a church tour and showing of "Meet the Mormons." We are going to do a "movie in the park" theme. There will be glow-in-the-dark starts and lights lining the gym. Everyone will bring blankets to sit on. We will have an old-fashion popcorn machine and drinks. If anyone has great ideas to add, let me know! 🙂

District Conference and ZTM are this weekend. The Sisters will be having a 2-day sleepover on Friday and Saturday night. We are also helping with Special Olympics.

Food for Thought:
1 Nephi 15:8 "HAVE YE INQUIRED OF THE LORD?"
On the mission, I have come to learn something that I didn’t fully understand before. It’s a daily process though and I’m still improving week by week. This lesson was triggered in Aberdeen. All my life, I have been able to rely on my family. I’ve been able to turn to my best friends or family for advice. Whenenver I was in distress, I was able to vent to you. Google was readily available at the touch of a keyboard. Hours were spent gaining knowledge from college textbooks. I turned to other sources for knowledge–good sources–but other sources. At times, God works through these sources. We should never put anyone or anything before God though. He will direct us to these sources if and when necessary. From this scripture, I learned two things: 1- "Do I always put God first? OR do I turn to other sources for answers?"
2- "Similarly, do I guide others to God for answers? OR do I rely on my own knowledge to help them?" As a missionary, I don’t want anyone I teach to be converted to me, but to the gospel. Rather than giving them answers, I have found myself shifting to ask "Have ye inquired of the Lord?" Christ taught a man how to fish, rather than just providing them with the fish. Don’t shine so that others can see you, but through you others can see HIM. Each day, I am learning to ask myself first and foremost "Have ye inquired of the Lord?" and letting Him guide me to other sources if necessary. I know God answers prayers. I know He is the source of perfect, flawless truth. HAVE YE INQUIRED OF THE LORD?

I love you! Have a good week 🙂
Love, Sister CaityLady Miller

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“Each Day is a Day for Decision and Decisions Determine Destiny’ -Elder R. Nelson

i. Almost five months ago, I sat in a roundabout—not a literal roundabout, but a figurative roundabout. It was the roundabout of deciding to serve a mission. I’d recently graduated college and had an interview for a dream job. I had grown super close with my family and didn’t want to leave them behind. I didn’t know what would happen with Brand. The “food for thought” today comes from the talk that was an answer to my prayer then and could perhaps be an answer to your prayer today. MOVE FORWARD WITH FAITH.

ii. Elder Brent H Nielson of the seventy said, “Instead of moving forward to their destination, they spend time going around and around, their progress stalled. Their biggest challenge seems to be fear—fear of the future, fear of failure, fear of not knowing who they are or what they can become. In the gospel of Jesus Christ, fear is the opposite of faith. If you have fear, faith diminishes, but if you have faith, fear diminishes.”

iii. I testify that decisions determine destiny; also, faith determines a glorious destiny. Are you stuck in a figurative roundabout? With God, nothing is impossible (Matthew 26). If we wait in our roundabouts, always wondering and worrying about whether we will make/are making the right decision—we will miss opportunities that are presented along the way. President Thomas S Monson said in the Christmas devotional, “Our opportunities to do good are limitless, but they are indeed perishable.” Are you going to miss out on that education, career, mission, friendship, learning experience and stay stuck in the roundabout? Eliminate fear. Get out of your roundabout. Make a decision. Move forward in faith.

iv. DECISIONS DETERMINE DESTINY. Your destiny can be glorious, of this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

The Greatest Chrismas Gift of All

Who is wondering what gifts to give for Christmas? The greatest gift to be given can be found in D&C 14: 7. Some of you are probably unsure how you can give someone that gift. Below is a list to help you get started!

1- Fast and Pray for the missionaries- sincerely
2- Fast and pray to assist the missionaires in finding people to teach
3- Pray for the missionaries’ current investigators by name
4- Ask the missionaries to use your home to teach one of their investigators
5- Go out once a month with the missionaries during the evening or day
6- Create a profile on Mormon.org and refer your friends to it
7- Give out Mormon.org cards to those who ask you questions about the chuch
8- When people ask you about your weekend, tell them you had a great time at Church or a Church activity
9- Invite neighbors and friends to attend Church meetings or activities
10- Visit those who are having a difficult life experience and share your faith and hope in the Savior
11- Role play in your priesthood, relief society, and/or Sunday School classes as to how you would invite a neighbor to learn more about the Church from the missionaries. -usually takes about 5-10 practices
12- Role play in your family home evenings making a casual invitation to a friend to attend a sacrament meeting, a social activity, a service project, or other church activity
13- Introduce yourself and sit by an investigator or newly baptized member
14- Invite a new member or investigator to dinner or lunch or FHE
15- Volunteer to help teach the new member lessons
16- Send out Christmas/Christ themed Christmas cards
17- Conduct/participate in an open house for the community and invite at least one neighbor
18- Offer to help somone from the community with their family history and take them to the meetinghouse famiily history center or Familysearch.org to do so
19- Mention to others your values
20- Tell others how happy your Church/religion makes you and tell them that they can be happy also
21- Go visit new members in their homes
22- Encourage your children to invite their friends to seminary, firesides, youth activities, and other church events

"Hey I dunnnno aboooout YOU…. but I’m feeeeeeling TWEEENTTTYYY-TWOOOOO"…. Good ole’ T-Swift! But really, I hope that these 22 ideas got you thinking. The best Christmas’ are the ones that we focus on what we give, not what we receive. What will you give this Christmas? You are able to give the BEST gift of all this Christmas– Eternal Life. (D&C 14:7) Peace out til next Monday 🙂

Catch the Wave

Running and marathons are like missionary work. For those of you who do not like running though—soccer, volleyball, basketball, and other sports are comparable to missionary work as well. Now many of you may be thinking “HOW?” right? Well today, I would like to tell you how.

In sports, you have the coach, teammates, and new athlete. As full-time missionaries, we are the coach. Our responsibility as the coach or full-time missionary is to teach, instruct, and help the new athlete or investigator set goals. The new athlete is the investigator or person searching to “know of the truth for their self.” The investigator or new athlete’s responsibility is to show up to practice or keep commitments that will strengthen their testimony. Each one of you is a teammate to the new athlete. You are a member missionary. When I train for races, I do so with my best friend. When that alarm goes off at 6am and it is snowing outside, going for a run is the last thing that I want to do. There are days like that. Yet, I know that my friend is counting on my running with her and vice versa. Studies have proven that a person is more likely to stick with a workout if they have a workout buddy. There are similar studies that show a person is more likely to “endure to the end” in the gospel if they have a friend in the gospel.

President Monson said, “I have found that 2 fundamental reasons largely account for a return to activity and for changes of attitudes, habit, and actions. First, individuals return because someone has shown them their eternal possibilities and has helped them decide to achieve them. The less active can’t long rest content with mediocrity when they see that excellence is within their reach. Second, others return because loved ones or “fellow citizens with the saints” have followed the admonition of the Savior, have loved their neighbors as themselves and have helped others to bring their dreams to fulfillment and their ambitions to realization.” Without each one of you, the work of salvation CANNOT hasten.

When I was a junior in high school, my best friend invited me to join the track team. Without that invitation, I would not have joined. I thought I was too slow, the team didn’t need me, and it was already 2-weeks into the season. I never would have discovered my passion for running and marathons if she had not invited me. More importantly though is the invitation of Christ’s gospel. The gospel brings me even more happiness than running. We are able to invite others to obtain eternal life. In Alma 5: 62 we read

“I speak by way of command unto you that belong to the church and unto those who belong not to the church, I speak by way of invitation saying come and be baptized unto repentance that they might also be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.”

How many of you have friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors that could be “partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.” Today, I would like to invite you to invite them into the gospel.

In a recent letter from my stake president, he wrote:

“In June, we extended an invitation to our stake members to invite atleast one person not of our faith to come unto Christ by learning more about the gospel by Sunday, August 25th. One stake member invited a less active co-worker who hadn’t attended church in many years. That person is now attending church each week and has accepted a call to serve as a Church Service missionary performing family history work 12-15 hours per week.”

Each one of you can give that same invitation. I’d like to end with a scripture found in Mormon 9:22-

“For behold, thus said Jesus Christ, the Son of God, unto his disciples who should tarry, yea and also to all his disciples, in the hearing of the multitude: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;”

Are we not all Disciples of Christ? Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. I testify that the work of salvation is hastening. I know Jesus Christ lives. I know he loves me. I know that it is through him that I can make it back home to live with my Heavenly Father. Of this I bear testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

You Cannot Convert Beyond Your Own Conversion

Christ was the perfect example of a missionary. He did not talk the talk. Christ walked the walk.

Do each of us live the missionary purpose as stated on pg 1 of PMG? There are great examples of missionaries found throughout the Book of Mormon. I have come up with questions that test my own conversion.

1. Am I filled with faith like Enos? (Enos 1:12)

2. Do I repent with a humble heart like Alma the younger? (Mosiah 27:24-28)

3. Am I keeping my baptismal covenants?

4. Do I yield to the Holy Ghost like Ammon? (Alma 18: 34-35)

5. Am I enduring to the end like Nephi and Lehi? (Helaman 5:22-26)

These great prophets truly understood their "missionary purpose." In the video "Character of Christ," Bednar states that "YOU CANNOT CONVERT BEYOND YOUR OWN CONVERSION." How can we expect investigators to keep commitments if we are not keeping commitments? Christ was the perfect missionary that walked the walk. I challenge each one of you to measure your conversion each and every day. It is then that we can BECOME the best member-missionaries. It doesn’t require a badge… but should be written on our hearts.

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The Butterfly Circus

http://thebutterflycircus.com/short-film/

Today, Leah says to me, “I’m bored…. can I clean the toilet and vacuum my bedroom?” Elijah and Dillon are both sitting in time-out for fighting with each other. Matthew is being Matthew. It’s my last week as a nanny for the Marlands. I began to think to myself how much I am gonna miss this. It’s so weird shutting one door to open another. Then my mind started to wander towards leaving my family for 18months! I’ve never left them for like for than 2months! What the? How am I gonna do this? 😛 We’re attached at the hip! I’ll miss waking up at 2am and ready to rip off my brother Nate’s head for leaving his alarm clock on like this morning. I’ll miss Nate’s giant bear hugs and  his arm around my shoulder.  I’ll miss my brother Jake playing pranks… like fake farting in public or waving at random Chinese people or walking across the cross-walk in his “gay walk.” Charity… I’ll miss girls nights and her sneaking into my bedroom in the middle of the night to sleep next to my bed. I’ll miss having her as my lovely little assistant and wing-girl. Driving up to Eden with my dad made me realize how much I will miss his counsel and his laugh. I’ll miss talking about boys with my mom and her positive outlook when I’m discouraged. Then my brother-in-law sent me a text… and I realized most of all… I’m gonna miss the NUTTY side of my fam. Haha like seriously, who goes on a family vacation and sets up 6 lap-tops to compete against each other in a children’s typing game! Yeah, we’re nerds. In the words of one of my favorite quotes… “Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with lots of nuts!”  I’m so grateful for the blessing of being with them for eternity.

Then as a read this morning, I realized that I have the opportunity to bring that very blessing to other people. I can leave my family for 18months so that other families can be TOGETHER FOREVER!! 🙂 Another thought that has been playing over and over through my mind is how good people are. I can’t wait to show people that feel lost and broken that there is hope in this world. It comes in and through Jesus Christ. My favorite line in Marianne Williamson’s poem is “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.”  My brother Shawn’s video has been running through my head since Monday. Every caterpillar can become a butterfly with the gift of hope made possible through Christ.

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Bountiful Temple with my Parents

Bountiful Temple with my Parents

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to receive my endowments in the Bountiful temple. The peace felt in the Celestial room is INCREDIBLE. I may not understand it all, but that’s not what matters. It brings me back to one of my favorite quotes from a movie (A Walk to Remember)… “Love is like the wind. You can’t see it, but you can feel it.” I may not be able to physically prove or even see that everything is true. Let’s be honest… it was a lot to take in. I know that there is no place that brings peace and serenity like the temple does though. I know it is true through the powerful feeling that I receive every time I step foot in the Lord’s house. I’m so grateful for everyone that has been part of my life and been a righteous example in helping me reach this stepping-stone.

Pheasant Hunting, Mount Rushmore, & Bitter Cold Oh My!

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Let’s be honest, when I first opened my call to the South Dakota Rapid City LDS Mission…. it was not what I’d expected. At the time, I would have given anything to return to the amazing people of Africa. Or perhaps, I would re-kindle friendships with the saints in Cusco. Neither of those were what Heavenly Father had in mind for me though. He called me to labor in the South Dakota Rapid City LDS Mission.

Since that day that I opened my call… I get told one of the following: Ohhhh, South Dakota is the best place for pheasant hunting! The Mount Rushmore State! You better get some meat on those bones so you don’t freeze!

When I read where I was called to serve, I thought to myself “Well atleast it’s not the one place that I DIDN’T wanna go- Wyoming.” No offense to anyone that lives in or is from Wyoming! I just had camped there in highschool… it was too close to home… too cold… and yeah. Heavenly Father sure has a sense of humor. I looked at the map of my mission and found that I will be serving in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and WYOMING 🙂

Since that day, I have received 2 or 3 witnesses that this is EXACTLY where the Lord would have me serve his children. One of the most powerful experiences was with my best friend and little brother Shawn. Over the past year, Shawn and I have spend more time together. We grew much closer through writing while I was in Peru and Ghana. I’ve grown to love and cherish my relationship with him more than ever before. In the past, our favorite shared hobby was debate and bugging each other (If you don’t believe it… my parents probably have blackmail photos/videos). Prior to leaving to the South Africa mtc, Shawn gave me the first priesthood blessing that he’s ever given. I’ve never seen tears stream down his face like I did that day.Whenever I start to wonder why in the world I’ve been called to a place with the best pheasant hunting, I bring myself back to this tender moment with my younger brother.

I may not know why I have been called to the South Dakota Rapid City mission, but I can’t wait to find out!!! 🙂 I pray that the Lord will help me prepare physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I pray that the people will be ready to open their hearts and let Christ change their lives. I bear my testimony that it doesn’t matter where you and I serve, but HOW you and I serve. I bear my testimony that God fulfills his promises in unexpected way. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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