Monday, February 22, 2016
Hey Everyone! I hope all is well back home!
This week was awesome! On Tuesday I went on exchanges with our STL's. Sister Holt and I had a great time together! We spent the day visiting Less Actives... after we stopped by a few houses we decided to walk up this hill to see if there was anyone for us to talk to. And sure enough, we ran into this awesome guy. We had a really good conversation with him. After about 35 minutes of talking with him, we gave him a Book of Mormon. He wouldn't give us his address or number, but the seed has been planted. We had a wonderful time talking with him about our beliefs and how the gospel has brought us happiness. Right after we got done talking with Hans, it started pouring rain. Sister Holt and I got soaked!
On Thursday night we were able to stop by some less active members of our ward. We met some really great people. One of the women we met hasn't been to church since she was 12. She has had a really interesting life, she even has a Master's in Medieval Studies. Her family history has very strong ties to the church, and she is very proud of those roots. We are going to start working with her on her family history. It is going to be awesome! We have been instructed to teach more family history. Family History brings the spirit and helps people feel connected to their ancestry.
On Saturday I went with Sister Brooks and took some of the Portable Visitor's Center Displays to a couple baptisms. In between the two events we had quite the experience. Sister Brooks accidentally dropped our keys down the elevator shaft... Wow. Long story short, our prayers were answered and we were able to get our keys... with the help of Paul. Both of the baptisms were really great. It was neat to be apart of them and to share my testimony with the individuals that were baptized.
Sunday was great! I just love church. I felt like church was just what I needed. The spirit was really strong and the messages that were shared in Sacrament Meeting were exactly what I needed to hear. One of the speakers talked about God's plan for us. Heavenly Father knows us and is aware of us, and He has a plan for us. And all we need to do is follow him. And there are 3 basic steps to Follow God. First, we must pray with humility. Second, we need to accept that it will be hard. This life was never meant to be easy. And third, we must access the enabling power of the Atonement. Christ felt even the little things and is preoccupied with our happiness. How great that is to know, that He wants us to be happy!
I have testimony of this work. Heavenly Father is preparing the way. There are so many people that are ready to hear the good news. It is our job to find them and to teach them, and of course, the finding isn't just limited to the missionaries. We are all missionaries! I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for us. He loves us and wants us to be happy!
I love you all! Thank you for all the love and support!
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everyone was able to have a good week!
This week was awesome out here in Framingham, MA! The beginning of the week started out as usual. But then on Thursday we had Zone Conference in Cambridge. Driving through Boston was one of the most stressful experiences of my life! But we made it to conference! It was so great. The spirit was so strong! We had a few break out sessions. One of the best things I learned was this Faith equation.
F (A+T+P)= M
When we multiply our faith with Action, Trust and Patience, miracles will surely come to pass. Sometimes it is easy to just show faith and action, but that is only part of the equation. And we need all parts to get the answer- MIRACLES.
For another Part of Zone Conference they separated the Sisters and Elders. The Sisters went with Sister Miller. We discussed our divine nature and potential as daughters of God. One of the Sisters said that the world only looks at appearance and achievement, which ultimately lead to pride or low self esteem. It is so true. We need to always remember our divine roll as women and keep and eternal perspective in mind. Also at Zone Conference I was able to play the piano for a musical number. Sister Holt, Sister Black and Elder Corpus sang "Come Unto Christ" as I played.
On Friday we had our Zone Meeting. It was so great! We discussed discipleship. And how it is a journey. We are all on this road to discipleship and becoming like the Savior. It is a journey, and not a destination. We will always have something to work on and to improve so we can become the people that our Heavenly Father wants and needs us to become.
On Saturday, I had the biggest surprise of my life! We went to the Dowling's for dinner. I had been here once before... when I went with Sister Zickella before her transfer meeting. The Dowling's love Sister Zickella... almost as much as I do. But anyway, we were sitting at the table and Brother Dowling pulls out his ipad and skypes Sister Zickella (Lina)! Oh my goodness! It was so great to talk with her for a couple of minutes. She is amazing! She changed my life. She was a great missionary! I miss her so much!
Today we went to the temple. The Boston Temple is beautiful! I love it! It was so great to be able to feel the spirit and feel so close to my Heavenly Father. I am so thankful for the blessings of the temple. I am grateful to be a missionary and to be serving in the Massachusetts Boston Mission. I love it here!
I love you all! I hope you have a great week!
A shout out to my Aunt Kristi and Uncle Kyle and their new little baby! You are in my prayers! I love you!
Love Sister Kellie Egan
Monday, February 8, 2016
What a week! I can't believe another week has come and gone!
This turned out to be a lot of fun! On tuesday we set a baptismal date with our investigator from Ghana. His name is Dominic! He came in contact with the church a few years ago, but it wasn't until Sister O'Keeffe contacted him online that he was really interested. We taught him the Restoration my first week here, and then this last week we were able to have a really solid lesson with him. Throughout the whole thing both of us felt like we needed to set a baptismal date with him. We Set March 26th as his date. He went to church and absolutely loved it. There are definitely miracles that happen in the digital mission. It is very fun to be able to teach people from around the world. Who knew that when I got called to Boston that I would be able to teach Dominic who lives in Ghana?
On Friday we had a crazy day! Our Zone Meeting was planned and we had a skype appointment beforehand so we got to the church building pretty early. There was a lot of snow on the roads because of a huge snow storm that was coming in. So we drove really carefully on the way there. We had a good lesson, and then right when we ended the electricity went out at the chapel. We didn't know what to do! There was another set of sisters and 2 sets of elders who had come already for Zone Meeting. But the snow got a lot worse, so they ended up cancelling Zone Meeting because the driving conditions had gotten worse. But we were stuck at the chapel! To get to this building we have to drive down a pretty big hill, and with all the snow getting out was a different story. Our cars don't have all wheel drive and they weren't able to make it up the hill! So we decided to PUSH! It was a team effort and we finally got all the cars up the hill! It was SO much FUN!!! So that was our adventure for the day!
We were able to teach primary on Sunday and that was so much fun. The lesson was on the importance of Christ's birth. As we were preparing for the lesson, I was really pondering and thinking about how important the birth of Christ is in my life. Jesus Christ is my everything. Where would I be without him? HE knows my struggles and trials. He has been there and wants to help me through my uphill battles. Of course, we cannot coast uphill. It will be a battle no doubt. But this journey uphill is the path we must take to Become like our Savior. I am so grateful for my Savior. I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I know that it is true. I know that what we read in that book can apply directly to our lives. It was written for us.
I love you all! I hope you have a wonderful week! Thank you for all the love and support!
Love, Sister Egan
Monday, February 1, 2016
What a week! Full of changes and adjustments. Last week was a lot of saying goodbyes and getting everything ready to leave Avon. It was hard leaving, but change is always good. Looking back, I met some pretty amazing people there. A piece of my heart will always be in Avon. I know that area is prepared and that awesome things will happen. I am so excited for the temple to open this year as well. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve where a house of the Lord is being built.
On Wednesday Sister Allen and I drove to Weston and we got everything situated. I went with Sister Markert and my new companion Sister O'Keeffe. We had a couple skype appointments that day and then we went to a dinner appointment. After dinner we went and dropped Sister Markert off at the mission home because she was going home. I was able to say goodbye to Sister Barrett. I am going to miss her! She is awesome!
On Thursday we did a lot of digital work and planning. We are on the computer all day and we get to skype a lot of different people from around the world. We had some really awesome lessons!
On Saturday we went with the PVC sisters to the different events. I went to a baptism with Sister Brooks. It was really good. I have such a testimony of the PVC.
It has been quite the adjustment this last week. I am excited for everything in store for this transfer. I love you all!
Have a great week!
|Good-bye to Sister Allen|
|Good-bye to Sister Barrett|