Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Catching up on Sister Kellee's Adventures

From October 29, 2013
"Transfers Already!"

Elder Lutz and Elder Wardell that were serving in the Campbell Ward with Kellee and Sister Vassar, made a "farewell" poster for the Sisters, with Little notes from the Ward Members.

Hello beautiful family of mine. 
OH MY GOSH I GOT TRANSFERRED. I thought for sure they would keep me in Campbell Ward a little longer, especially since Sister Vassar will be leaving back to Temple Square before this transfer ends. I was very surprised!! I am now serving in the Rincon Stake in the Saguaro Park Ward with Sister Cook from South Dakota. She came out May 1st (when I was originally supposed to come out). I already love her to pieces. I'm very excited for the experiences we will have together. 
Leaving Campbell Ward was very difficult for me. Especially since I have spent my whole mission there so far. hahah 41/2 months in one area, that's so long. I have come to LOVE all the wonderful members of that ward and oh how i'm going to miss my converts. Especially my sweet little Elizabeth. I worry about her so much. Sister Vassar and I were able to take some time yesterday to visit a lot of the members who I wanted to say goodbye to. That helped me cope with the situation really well. I took lots of pictures so be looking forward to that! A wonderful lady in the ward had us over for my "Last Supper" hahahha and they bought me a beautiful scarf and Tucson key chain.

 This ward has been so good to me. I can't believe how attached I got. And I am surly going to miss our Zone. We all got SUPER CLOSE. I bought a little journal for all of them to write in and so I will have something to remember them by. How grateful I am for all the many experiences I have had so far. I am looking forward to the many other experiences my Heavenly Father has in store for me and Sister Cook. 
There is so many things I am learning. I feel like the more I learn, the more I realize that I still have soooo much more to learn!! My testimony continues to grow and I am coming to understand a small portion of my Fathers love for me. As I show love to the people we teach, I see small ways that my Father shows his love for me. I know that I am everything to him and that I am his beautiful daughter. I know he sent his beloved son here to be an example to us so that as we follow his example, we will be prepared to live with our Heavenly Father once again. And how beautiful that day will be. When we are surrounded by those we love so deeply for. I pray that we will all continue to live worthy of this gift He has given us.
Well folks, Halloween is comin up. What are ya'll dressin up as? I hope my husband will dress up with me. haha As a missionary, we have to be in our apartment by 7:00 since Tucson is so crazy!
KEATON JOSEPH WALKER. You're birthday is coming up as well!!!!!!!!!!!  Stop growing gosh dangit. By the time I get home, you'll have huge muscles and a deep voice and you might actually beat me at wrestling for once... ;) HEHEHE I hope everything is going well, and I hope you can find time to write me, I really miss you and i worry even more when I don't hear from you. So hopefully all is well. :) I sure do love you!
My time is about up, but I just wanted you guys to know that I am very happy! Things are going great and the work is progressing so much. I am learning more about who I am and more about who my Savior is as well. I love you guys more than I can describe and I sat and talked with Sister Cook about you guys all morning!! I talked to her about how we got sealed and some of the family trips we've been on and all our traditions and about Teeko too!!  I have such a wonderful family & I can't wait until I can hug you and tell you I love you. 

Be safe this Halloween and remember who you are (: 

PS: Go visit Sister Vassar when she goes back Temple Square. She goes home November 27th so maybe after that? (:

Catching up on Sister Kellee's Adventures

From October 21, 2013
(My computer got updated to "8" and i have been trying to learn how to use it, sorry these are posted so late.  Thanks for your prayers of safety and protection for Our Kellee, she truly is an Amazing Sister Missionary!)

Cute pumpkins for Our "Pumpkin"

This week I was able to understand a small portion of Heavenly Fathers love for me. 
And the love my earthly father has for me as well as an understanding of the kind of spouse to look for.

What a beautiful blessing we all have been given; to feel the love our Father has for us. 
(watch the video) LOVE YOU!

This week has been incredibly slow. We didn't teach very many lessons and a lot of our investigators dropped us . Which means they told us they don't want to meet with us anymore :'( Oh how it breaks my little heart to pieces. I think it hurts so much because I personally know how much this gospel can bless their lives and they don't even understand what they are missing. I have such a love for all these people and they don't even give us a chance to show them the love their Father has for them. I sent you guys a link to a Mormon message that I recently watched and I wish I could just show it to the whole world. When we get I pads, I can show it to people but for now, I just have to wait. The video touched my heart in many different ways and i continue to get different messages each time I watch it. My Heavenly Father has given me absolutely everything for one reason; He loves me. He wants me to return to him having completed my life mission and to experience complete joy. And we can't accomplish that unless we are living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is;  1. Faith in Jesus Christ 2. Repentance 3. Baptism 4. Receiving the Holy Ghost and 5. Enduring to the End. As we continually live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we will experience complete joy throughout life. I know without a doubt that this is Gods plan and that He wants nothing but the best for each and every one of us. What a beautiful Blessing.

We have been focusing on the Less actives in the ward since we are having a hard time finding people to teach. Bringing back the fold is just as important as finding sheep to bring to the fold. We had a lot of less actives come back to church this Sunday which was amazing. It is so great to see people hunger for their testimonies that they once had. As you show them love and support, they will find their testimony and eventually find their way back. 
We have also been doing A TON of service this week. Dad, guess what?!?!?? Sister Vassar and I and the Elders poured concrete for an investigator of ours named Vern!! ( Kellee's Grandpa Shepherd's nickname was Vern!)  It was pretty awesome. We had to mix and pour it by hand which was kinda hard but it was still really fun.
Transfers are in a week and I sincerely hope I don't get transferred. I have come to love spending these past 4 months with the Campbell Ward. The members here are so great. You'd be so proud, I've learned everyone's name and their kids names as well. We have become a family and the support they give to the missionaries is incredible. They sacrifice so much to help this missionary work progress and I am so grateful for all they do for us. They give comfort, they give food, they give love, they give council, they give of their time, they give so much to help us. The members in a ward play such a huge role in helping the Lords work continue. Being a missionary is such an amazing experience. My emotions may be all over the place at times but the experiences i'm having are so incredible. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. The Lord is preparing me for the experiences i'm going to have in the future. He's preparing me to be a mother to his children. He's trusting me with the people here in Tucson and I couldn't be more grateful. 

I love this work.
I love my Father.
I love all i'm learning.
I love being Sister Walker.
Love always, Kellee jo Walker

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sister Kellee Walker's Tucson, Arizona Mission - November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013


Sister's Walker and Cook

Okay so you guys are going to be sooooo excited because last week, on Friday, we drove down to Benson Arizona to have a Half Mission Conference (where half the mission gets together to have a conference) and we got to hear from Elder Paul V Johnson of the 70!! It was soooo amazing. 150 or so missionaries stuffed in the chapel listening to a general authority. It was a really cool experience. He talked a lot about working with the members and including them in EVERYTHING we do, which I thought was great because that's what Sister Cook and I have been focusing on. And then He totally shifted gears and talked about something that is alot more personal to every missionary which is comparing ourselves to other missionaries. He joked about comparing himself to the people he works with AKA President Monson!! He said he had to give a talk once at General Conference right after President Uchtdorf and he was terrified. He helped each of us feel more of our Heavenly Fathers love for us and told us not to compare because we are each unique in our own individual ways. It was a really great experience and I think every missionary there needed to hear it. 
Sister Cook and I get along great and I am so very thankful for that. She reminds me often that the Lord didn't call me to succeed, He called me to serve. And that is exactly what I am doing each and every day and I love it so much. I am happy here, even though it is very hard at times. A member in the ward, Sister Herr told me something that I really liked. She said, "A mission isn't the best 2 years of your life, It's the hardest 2 years. But it's the best 2 years FOR your life." I loved that, because it is sooooo true. There are so many things I have gone through good and bad, but all these experiences are to prepare me for the rest of my life, on through eternity. 
We are going to be on bikes for the next week or 2 since our car had to go into the shop. I named our car Viva because she vibrates ALL THE TIME. It's kind of annoying, but she's a babe so it's okay. hahha so we are going to be on bikes, so pray for my saftey, it's scary riding bikes on the road but we made a goal to get 4 new investigators this week and I know we can accomplish it because the Lord has provided a way for us to be out and about all week. Weird how that stuff works out. And guess what?!?!??? It rained for 2 days straight last week!! Isn't that bizzare? It was 80 degrees, then it rained for 2 days and now its been in the 50's. And some places even got a little bit of snow! And you know the cute little cockroach on Walle? Well i've found out that they really aren't that cute. We have quite a few in our appartment, especially now that it's getting cold. They crawl up from the bathtub and sink drain so we have to close them or we get even more little nasty bugs. And i've learned to roll down the stupid plastic bag inside the cereal boxes because all the cockroaches crawl in there and eat all my cereal...... so be warned keaton. ROLL DOWN THE BAGS IN THE CEREAL BOXES. :) For Thanksgiving we are going to the Georges who live way down old spanish trail and we are just having a giant feast and spending the day with them. It will be nice to be around a family. I will take lots of pictures as long as you take a lot as well. 
Also, on a more spiritual note. I have been trying so haaaaard to finish Alma in the Book of Mormon and it's taking me forever because this is all the war chapters, which are soooooo freaking cool. Helaman is such a stud. But I just read in chapter 57 about the 2000 stripling warriors and they are just the coolest. I absolutely love love love when Helaman sends an epistle to Moroni telling him about the battles they've been having and Helaman talks so highly of his Stripling Warriors. He says time and time again how his 'little band of warriors' are so courageous and strong and how they learned from their mothers how to love the Lord. Oh man, I just loved it. I can't wait to come home and study the scriptures with you guys. Especially you, keaton! I am so excited for you read them and to love them as much as I do!! 

For Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say thanks to you all.
Mom, Thank you for all you do to help me. And all you have done. You are truly the greatest gift and greatest blessing. I can never repay you for all you have taught me. You are just like the mothers in the Book of Mormon who taught their children to love the Lord with all their heart. I know you don't think you did a good job, but look at me!! I have become who I am today, because of you. So thank you for being you. And being my mommy. :)
Dad, Thank you for loving me. I am so blessed to be your sweet pumpkin. And thank you for your emails. I treasure them very much. Remember how much I love you. And don't you worry, I hold Ted close every night because She reminds me of home.  -Ted is Kell's teddy bear, yes, she is a girl named Ted.  That's my daughter for ya!-   I love you I love you I love you and I pray for you so very often. I can't wait for that hug. 
Keaton, Thank you thank you thank you for being my best friend. I miss you so so so so much and it is so hard sometimes to be away, but I know that you will always be there for me, just like you have been. Thank you for loving me and having fun with me and letting me dress you up like a girl. That was fun. :) Write me more, because I secretly miss you the most.

I love you all so much. 
And i'll keep my eyes out for that comet. 
Be safe and give everyone my love. 
Love always, Your sweet Sister Kellee Jo Walker

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sister Kellee Walker's Tucson, Arizona Mission - November 18, 2013

November  18, 2013

You know you are exhausted when you knock on a door and say, "Hey we're the Mission Mormonaries....." But it's a good kind of exhausted (:

My Sunsets:)

Scariest Spider EVA !

I LOVE You to the Moon and Back :)

 Happy birthday mom!! I'm glad you got the cactus!! Did you notice what the name of the cactus is? The OLD LADY cactus (: HAHA I thought it was pretty funny...
It's 82 degrees in freaking November.  Poor people in Utah...so sad, Boo hoooo, hahahahahah, love you!
    I don't remember if I ever told you thank you guys for the corn bag. I have been putting it in the freezer and using it as a cold bag instead of a heated bag since its still a billion degrees. And it doesn't help that the apartments we live in turned the AC off and turned on the Heater... We sleep with the windows open and the fans on and my corn bag. So THANK YOU!

Okay so I wanted to tell you guys about a crazy experience that happened to me this week. So on November 14th (moms birthday) my companion and I went on exchanges. Which means the sister trainer in the area takes either sister cook or I out of our area and we spend the day learning from her and then her companion goes into our area! And it was my turn to leave the area so I spent the day with sister marsh. And they are in a biking area so I got to spend the whole day on a bike!! It was so fun, aside from the fact that my skirt wouldn't stay down. Luckily I wore a pair of shorts underneath. But anyways, It was later in the evening and we stopped by a less active ladies home to invite her to an activity that was going on that night. So we set our bikes against her home and went in to invite her and to use her bathroom. We were in her home about 15 minutes, come out and sister marsh's bike was GONE!!! Oh man it was intense. We ended up calling the police and getting everything figured out and then ended up walking everywhere else that day. And as of today, she still hasn't found the bike.. That was a pretty rough day. But I learned how to deal with stressful situations!! (: Hahaa

On Wednesday, we had interviews with President Killpack which were VERY much needed. Every 3 months, he interviews every missionary here, just to see how they are doing. Which I think is fantastic. I just love that man very much. He had a lot of wonderful things to say which gave me the confidence I needed to endure all the trials we face as missionaries. He said He was very proud of the work I was accomplishing.  Because of the love President shows me, I know without a doubt that my Heavenly Father loves me even more. I am very grateful to have him as a mission president.
We had 3 investigators at church yesterday!! That is quite a huge accomplishment. We are teaching a lot of fantastic people right now, both less active and investigators. I feel very blessed to be here. 

Okay so I only have a few minutes left (since I've been talking with papa, which was very much needed).  -Sometimes Kellee and her Papa have been able to Link-up while she emails.  They timed this by accident the first time, but it dosen't happen very often!-  But I wanted to talk about something that is really rather cool. So during personal study this morning, I decided to take some time and study my patriarchal blessing and there were a few things that really stood out to me. So first it talks about being spared to come forth in these latter days which is to be looked at as a blessing because of the life I lived in the Pre-Mortal life. Then it talks about being in the Tribe of Ephraim so I looked up in the Bible Dictionary Ephraim and I LOVED what it said, "And in the last days it has been the tribe of Ephraim's privilege first to bear the message of the Restoration of the Gospel to the world and to gather scattered Israel" How cool is that?! I loved that because it tied into the rest of my blessing talking about having been given leadership skills and having the ability, the skill and the talents to share the gospel and how giving of my time is part of my life mission. I now know without a doubt that I am supposed to be here. I made the right decision and I don't need to worry about it anymore. I just need to serve with all my heart, might, mind and strength. Man, this gospel is true.

I love you all so very much & wish I had more time to write you all. 

Remember to make good choices and to say your prayers. 
I can't wait to do scripture study with you all when I get home. 

Love always, 

Your sweet Sister Walker.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sister Kellee Walker's Tucson Arizona Mission - November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

The Lord Continues to Bless Me With Sunsets, 
I Wish You Could See Them in Person!

Hello there my beautiful family!!

Okay so i hope yall are ready for this crazy email!! This week has been insane. There has been soooo many miracles. I don't think I will even be able to tell you about all of them, but I will try my hardest to remember them all. (I even made a list to try to remember) There has also been some crazy stuff that has happend so bear with me!!
1) I was reading some talks in the ensign and I decided that you guys should read 'Love Her Mother' by Elaine S Dalton. It is sooooo very good.
2)  I had to delete #2, It listed too many names!!!
3) This is totally random, but I have totally changed my mind about being an elementary teacher. I decided that I want to be NICU Nurse and work with all the new babies who's spirits have just left their Heavenly Home. Plus, they are amazing creatures and I would love to work with them more closely. I absolutly am fasinated by their development and I really feel like that is something I need to spend time learning about. And also, I want to minor in astronomy. The stars here are incredible. I wish you guys could see them. They don't have any street lights since there is an observatory and they can't have the light pollution but I LOVE it. I think it's amazing that God gave this all to us. There is a quote from John Lewis that says, "The more we look at the universe, the less it looks like a great machine, and the more it looks like a great thought." How great is that?
(This just made me laugh, coming from a girl who can't stand BLOOD!!  But maybe the Astronomy part wouldn't be bad, if she can handle the Math!!)
4) Okay so crazy story. Every Friday, Sister Cook and I sit down for 3 hours and do Weekly Planning. Which is when we pray about people we need to visit and we plan on lessons to teach them in order to help them progress for the week ahead of us. So we were in our living room weekly planning right? Well earlier that morning we had gone on a run and hadn't locked the door after we had gotten back (BAD IDEA). Well we are weekly planning and then KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK. Someone is knocking on our door... and we live up on the second floor and no one knows where we live besides the District Leaders. So I look though the peep hole and realize it is our  neighbor.  So i whisper to my comp and tell her who it is and she gets a worried look on her face and mouths, "DONT OPEN IT!" and then i look down and realize that the door is unlocked and i get a gut wrenching feeling just as He turns the door knob.. and steps into our appartment...
UH HECK NO. I honestly think he just wanted to visit but that's a big no no having someone in your appartment. And what was wierd was that he kept asking all these personal questions like where are you going today? What time are you leaving? Who are you going with? When will you be home? and we didn't really answer his questions and told him he had to leave and then we called our district leader and told him what happend and they live in the same complex as we do so they went and talked to him about it. I'm not sure what they said, but it must have worked because he hasn't been knocking on our door anymore. And don't worry, we always lock our door now.
5) Nana Fietkau sent me a letter :') I just love that family so so so so much. Tell her thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will write her when I find the time. I am so grateful for those who take the time to think of me, even though I am far away.

6) The Mormon Heritage Festival was on Saturday and it was soooooo freaking fun!! Half of the mission got together and we all got to do service there! We all got yellow vests to wear and worked at little booths. Sister Cook and I got to work at the Doll Making Station and so now I know how to make dolls out of random scraps of fabric and cotton balls. Hhaha It was really great to see all the missionaries from my last area. I may have cried a little when I had to leave. Just becuase they all showed so much love to me. It feels so good to be needed. And my beautiful Sister Vassar ran up to me and gave me the BIGGEST hug. I just love her to pieces. I miss Campbell Ward very very very much but I'm learning to love Saguaro park ward. It will just take time. The ward membest are all very supportive and are very kind to me and patient as I try to learn the area and everyones names. Like I said, It will just take time. 

7) So I just realized that today is my 5 month mark? What the heck?!?? Where is the time going? Also, it is 11/12/13 today. How sweet is that? Hahah I've already been out 5 whole months! I am so proud of myself. It hasn't been easy, but it has been so so so rewarding.
8) Okay so miracle wise, the stake all participated in a fast on fast sunday to help the missionary work progress. I think I told you about it already. But since then, we have seen so many miracles. Members have come up to us and asked us how they can help us, We have 2 new investigators who are soooooo prepared. Our other investigators are progressing so much and there are multiple less active members who have expressed a desire to come back to church which is CRAZY. My testimony on fasting has increased so much just from this short week. 

I hope you guys are having a fantastic week and I can't wait to get more letters from you. 

Hope your birthday was good keaton and i hope yours is good too mommy!

Also, you mentioned chirstmas.. Try to get skype working in case i get to skype you guys!

Hopefully I remembered everything i needed to. Hahaha Okay time's up. Love you.

Love you to pieces. 

Love, Sister Kellee Walker

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sister Kellee Walker's Tucson, Arizona Mission - November 4, 2013

NOVEMBER 4, 2013
(yes, I'm posting from this far back- the BLOG has been Neglected, but Sister Kellee has Not!)

Be Prepared for RAMBLES.......

Well folks, I have a little bit more information on my area where I'm serving. I'm currently in the Saguaro Park (Sawaroh) Ward which includes the Saguaro National Park and my area goes all the way over to Vale, so it covers A LOT. It is a lot different than Campbell Ward, that's for sure! Campbell ward was super ghetto and was jam packed with people and apartments but here, it is sooooo spread out. We sometimes are driving for 30 minutes just to get from one place to the next. And we have 1500 miles a month so we have to be careful. And there are NO street lights here. Literally NONE because they have an observatory near by and they can't have the light pollution. How cool is that? It makes for beautiful nights (: Between the sunsets, the dirt roads and the starts, It's beautiful here.

Happy Birthday Keaton!!  It sounds like you had a pretty sick birthday!! Sometimes I wish I could just sit and play video games with my comp. But I think I'd rather be out and about! There's so much to do!! You'll have to tell me all about what you did and with who! Dad sent me a picture of you and teeko.... When did you get so handsome? I think my companion has a crush on you!! And what the heck is with the pink flamingos? hahah So I was feeling pretty down on your birthday because I wasn't there to celebrate and I hadn't sent your package yet but then we got a knock on our door and it was the zone leaders and they had a package for me!! I got a present on YOUR birthday! It was very much needed. I love love love that you guys sent me fall leaves. I started crying a little bit because it reminded me so much of home. Especially the picture of my primary class. They are the cutest things. And the Halloween card is soooooo stinkin cute. I'm very impressed mom!
I have met a lot of interesting people this last week. Sunday was a little overwhelming but I think I'm going to like it here. On Sunday the whole stake participated in a fast to help the missionary work progress and I even got up and bore my testimony in front of a billion people I don't even know. It was scary, but I thought to myself, 'you share your testimony everyday in small ways to people you teach, why can't you share your testimony with these people who share your same beliefs and who are supporting you as a missionary.' So i did it, and it was amazing.
Our apartment is aaaaaaaadorable. I would send pictures but I accidentally deleted ALL of my pictures. But good news, I called brother Jones from Campbell Ward and he owns a photo store and he was able to find all the pictures for me FOR FREE. I owe him cookies. But he wasn't able to put them back on the card, so he put them on a CD which I will send home and I would like you to send them back printed if you would (: Also, our neighbors name is Thomas and he is a total HOOT. He smokes a lot so in the morning around 7:30 he wakes up and starts coughing and coughing and coughing and then turns on his radio and just sings at the top of his lungs during our study time. We giggle about it everyday. And there is a stupid dog that sounds like a baby dinosaur that barks day in and day out. its annoying. But other than that, our apartment is so awesome. I can't wait to one day own my own place and decorate it how I want!

Halloween was pretty lame. Curfew was 7:00 so we just sat in our apartment and talked about girl stuff and I ate candy and cookies and milk. Sister Cook is allergic to sugar so I ate all her candy too. I was okay with that. (: Each apartment got a little paper to stick on their door that said TRICK OR TREATERS WELCOME. and if you wanted trick or treaters, you stuck it on your door, if you didn't, then you just didn't put it on your door. so we didn't have to worry about people knocking on our door. I wish we could have, but it was against our rules. 
Dad, you will be so so so proud of me!! I totally ate Elk last night and it was divine. I am learning to eat more foods and I'm coming to realize that food is pretty great. I know why you like it so much! hahaha I'm still weary about pie though.. I'll work on it.
Last but not least,
I want to tell you guys about the vision Sister Cook and I came up with. So our vision is to create a ward that the Lord can trust. And we are going to accomplish that by having 2 baptisms this transfer, bring back 2 less actives and serve in someway every day. How great is that? We are challenging the ward members to create a family vision for this month on how they can strengthen their relationship as a family. Maybe that's something you guys can do!

So there ya go. I hope you are all having a fantastic Monday. I sure do love each of you more than anything in this whoooooole world. And dad, you are more than welcome to sit in my room whenever you want to. I don't mind it at all (: I miss your guys' hugs. I'll be expecting a huuuuge hug from y'all when I get off that plane.

Love you to the moon and back.

Love always, Your sweet sister missionary, Sister Walker