wish I could just call you every night and tell you all about the
adventures I'm having & cry to you when I'm having a hard time or
when I just need to hear your voices. But I will take what I can get and
enjoy my time as a missionary because honestly, it is going by so so so
fast. I'm grateful Brendan was able to make it as well :) That really
meant a lot to me and seeing you all there pulled at my little heart. I
miss you all so very much and I didn't tell you this but I ended up
getting a blessing from the District Leader a few days before Christmas
for comfort. I want so badly to give God 100 percent and to serve with
all my heart, might, mind and strength but it has been a struggle. I
didn't want to give up my precious family. I didn't want to give up the
memories I have. I just didn't want to. But Brendan gave me some really
good advice in a letter once. He said, "It's okay to remember the people
you really care about. You can love us at home just as much as those
you're with now. All are important to God. You just have to find that
balance!" And that is what my New Years Goal is. To find the balance to serve my Heavenly Father with all my heart.
I was so happy for you guys!! I was happy to see you
all so happy. I was happy to see you healthy. I was happy to see you all
together as a family. I just love you all so very much, that's all.
Thank you so much for making my Christmas the most memorable Christmas
ever. I am so very blessed to call you mine. I loved the decorations and
the packages!! A few of the shirts are too big, so I will send them
home, but I loved everything!! I loved what you said mom, about being an
eternal family. I am indeed grateful to have been sent to such a loving
and caring family. How did I get so blessed? I decided to start a
Gratitude Journal with one of the Journals Brendan gave me and it has
really helped me to see all the things God is blessing me with. I'm
excited to sit down one day and go though all my journals with you and
tell you all my stories (: I'm learning so much and am having the time
of my life. It is hard, but it is something that I wouldn't trade for
ANYTHING. As much as I want to be home with you and with my friends,
they can wait. I am helping God's kingdom hasten & I am so lucky to
have the desire to do so.
This week was a little slower since everyone and their dog was out
of town. But there were also a lot of miracles that Sister Cook and I
saw. There's just something so special about the Christmas Season.
Unfortunatly, my time is about up and I have some pictures I want to
send you. :)
I love you all so much. SO MUCH
I wish there was a better way to express it.
Be safe and have a happy new years!!
HECK YEEEEESSSSSSSSS!! A freaking mullet?!! I am so so so excited to
see it. WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO haha love you dude. and i'm stoked to go
sledding on our new sled when I get home!! It will be perfect time for
us to go sledding when I get home next year!! Yipeeee. Love you keaton!!
We are teaching some one named Kenton and I always think of you. haha
KEATON!! It's Christmas break for you!! Write me an email gosh dang it, you're going to make me cryyy!
But really, it's not that hard to take a second and write a little
hello to your sister who misses you so much that she cries sometimes. I
understand that you're a popular dude and probably busy playing halo or
something but I truly do miss you and would like to hear from you.. Love
Tell me what you have planned for the break? Have you played in the snow yet? We don't have snow here.. ahahaha it's like 70 degree's right now. But this morning we went outside to take our laundry to the Laundromat and there was a liiiiiiiiiiittle bit of frost on the ground and I could see my breath. It was weird yo. But I don't really miss the snow too much :)
Okay so Sister Cook & I are going to try to figure out Google chat today at some point and then if it doesn't work we will use Skype once we figure it out I'll call you TOMORROW! yippeeeee!
Mom, If you could do me a favor: I would love for you to look up the
lyrics to 'Just Like a Father Would' By Mercy River and print them out
and send them to me in a letter, that would be fab. Thank yah.
So guess what?!?!??? Sharon & Donella finally have a baptism
date!!!!! FINALLY. Holy cow it was a long haul but it has been so great
to watch them change and recognize the Savior play a role in their
lives. Their date is for January 18th :) Keep them in your prayers!!
And remind me on Wednesday to talk to you about Jen and the fun Christmas activities that we've been doing this holiday season.
And I found out that Billy from Campbell Ward, (My first area) Is getting baptized too!!! And Mahylee and her family are preparing to go through the temple!!!!! Gosh it's so cool to see your hard work pay off :)
So my agenda for Christmas eve and Christmas is this:
Eve we are going to a Christmas Conference in the morning with the WHOLE
mission so 350 missionaries in one building. It is going to be awesome.
It starts at 10 and goes til about 3 or 4. Then we have some service
opportunities we are going to do and then we have dinner at 6 with the
Brown's and we are going to build a bonfire and roast marshmallows!! Then
at midnight a few missionaries got permission to go to the Catholic
Midnight Mass and we got invited to go so we are going to do that..
bizarre I know.. but it will be fun.
THEN on Christmas we are waking up at 6:30 like usual and I'm going to pounce on Sister Cook and tell her to WAKEEEEE UPPPPPPP!
And we are going to open our presents and head to the George's around 10
to set everything up and make sure it works and then Sister Cook is
going to talk to her family at 11 and I get to talk with my lovely
family at noonish. Don't panic if it's a little later,
Sister Cook needs some extra time with her family. Then we are just
going to do service all day until dinner at 6 with the Skinner's and then
try to visit some older people in the ward and bring them
some Christmas Cheer!! I'm so stoked!!
Love you guys!! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas :)
Love you Love you Love you & Can't wait to see your faces!!
my goodness guys. This must have taken you AGES! But I love love love
it. I never want to take it down! I loved seeing everyone's smiling
faces (: Especially Hailey's & Morgan's & Brendan's & My
family & Shannon's family & Sadie!!!
Wow, it's was an amazing idea!!! Thank you Thank YOU!!!
Christmas Explosion at Sister Walker's
This is where Sister Walker hung her banner from the last post.
of Thursday December 12th, I'VE BEEN OUT ON MY MISSION FOR 6 WHOLE
MONTHS! Huzzah!!!! How insane is that? I feel like it is going so so so
so so fast. It's bizarre to look back and see all that I've
accomplished. And what is even more crazy, Sister Cook & I had an
amazing day that day. We taught some great lessons and I came home after
a long successful day to a wonderful package from my wonderful family
and not just one letter, but NINE letters from Grandpa Haws, Kimmy (
from school) Elder Fietkau, Madison, Elder Larson, Mama Ewell,
Mama Fietkau, Brendan <3 and Hailey. Oh my goodness, so much
love in one day!! And what is so touching to me, is that each of those
letters talked about Our Savior Jesus Christ in some way or another. And
they all came at a time when I really needed them. I just love how the
Lord works. He knows EXACTLY what his children need and knows EXACTLY
how to fulfill that need.
Sister Cook & I had a wonderful time opening the package you guys
sent us that had the baby tree and the ADORABLE nativity. I am going to
treasure it forever and ever and tell my kids, "This is the nativity
that my family sent me while I was on my mission!" I cherish it very
much so thank you dearly for thinking of me. It sincerely means the
world to me. And the cute quotes?! Oh man, so adorable. And it's great
because Sister Cook loves quotes!! I did get the other package with the
CD'S and the shortbread this morning!! And we have been listening to
Christmas music all morning!! I have the best family in the whole wide
world. Truly. I think it would still be a good idea for you to visit
with Sister Cook's family. You could even do some kind of service for
them like take them cookies or something cute like that. Sister Cook is
the oldest of 10 so Mama Cook has a lot on her plate right now with the
holidays and all. And Sister Vassar would love for you to visit her.
Good luck tracking her down. I don't know if I ever told you how
to pronounce her name. It's pronounced Vas-er like the collage? Yeah.
Cool. Check it out yo.
And no need to worry about me riding a bike in the rain anymore. That
lasted a week so now it's back up to the 70's. HECK YAH!! I love it
here. Best Christmas weather everrrrrr! Although, I kinda do miss the
snow and cuddling up by a fire with hot cocoa and a good movie. But
that's okay, I'll get that soon enough. Also, I'm still not sure how
this gmail chat is going to work but I'm not going to stress about it.
because it will all work out one way or another. We are going over to
The George's for Christmas and they are going to let us use their
computer so Sister Cook is going first at 11 and I am going after at
Noon.. I also get to call you Christmas Eve and tell you what the plan
is so be expecting a call sometime Christmas Eve. but it has to be a
short one :(
so I wanted to tell you about a few of the amazing lessons that Sister
Cook & I had this week. The first one was with a lady named Jen
S. Her friend referred her on mormon.org
and after we got to know her a little bit, we taught her the Plan of
Salvation and by the end of the lesson, she was crying and we didn't
quite understand why. It was a simple lesson and we weren't necessarily
feeling the spirit super strong so we asked her what her thoughts were
and she told us that this plan is so different than any thing she's
heard. She said it was bright and beautiful and brought her so much
hope. She continued to tell us that she is ADOPTED and that she now
knows she can be with her adoptive family forever. She has somewhere to
belong permanently. Sister Cook said that as Jen was telling her adoption
story, it sounded just like my words coming out of her mouth. We
comitted her to be baptized and she said yes! She is going to continue
to pray and read from the Book of Mormon to know for sure but she said
when she knows these things are true, she will be baptized!!!!
Oh bother, I am out of time. But good thing I get to talk to you ON CHRISTMAS!!!!
love you so so so much. Remember Christ this season & always find
some way to serve those around you. I love you I love you.
Thank you for all you do for me.
It truly means the world.
Love always, Sister Kellee Jo Walker
Icicle lights so pretty
My little Christmas Tree. I love the quotes!
Nativity - isn't it so precious!
Special banner that my mom made. There are pictures of family and friends each holding a letter that spells out Silent Night Holy Night.
Santa looks a lot like a cactus. Maybe the heat is getting to Kellee :)
Oh my good heavens!! This week has been absurd. Just absurd
had to take our car into the shop last Monday right? To get it all
fixed up & they said it should be done this morning.. well they
called & said they made a mistake and have to fix it so perhaps we
will be on bikes for another week. Props to all the elders who ride
bikes. It's so haaaaard!! Especially up hill in a skirt.
They don't have to do that, but still. They ride more than sisters do!
So we've been riding bikes and bumming rides from the members all week.
And while everyone in Utah got dumped on by snow.. we got dumped on by
rain!! So now add Sister Walker in a skirt, riding a bike up hill, in a
skirt while its pouring rain. Hahahah wow. Rough week ey?
But over all, it's been EXTREMELY humbling. We were able to have
members with us every hour for the last 3 days which was really amazing.
They were all able to see what it's like to be a missionary and we were
able to get into houses we otherwise wouldn't have if we didn't have
members with us. It was really cool to see everything pan out. We were
having to rely 100 percent on the spirit this week and as we did that,
we were lead to people who were ready to come closer to our Savior.
That's pretty much the extent of my week. Haha we did
get lost in the mountains though and found a really cool investigator
while asking him for directions. And we also got stared down by a freaky
owl. Nothing like our little OWLVIN. He looked like he wanted to attack us.. so we hurried away. I also saw my first herd of Javalina's. If you get a chance, look them up on the computer. They are the ugliest little things I've ever seen!! They look a lot like piggies but they are actually more closely related to racoons.. And they are soooooo blind. It's hilarious.
We also had our ward Christmas Party this week and that was really fun.
It was Grinch themed and they had it decorated so so so cute. And we had
invited a lot of Less Active families and surprisingly, a lot of them
came and had a wonderful time!! So yeah, this week has been pretty
insane. I'm hoping we will be able to have a little more calmer week
As for talking with you on Christmas....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!
are not quite sure how it works because well, it's both of our first
Christmas holidays out on our mission. (Sister Cook is just a transfer
older than I am) But we are thinking around 11 or 12ish? Her brother is
in Latvia on his mission and they are trying to coordinate a time with
him.. so I'm still not sure. And I have no idea how it is supposed to
work. Sister Cook said that we use the Google Chat through your gmail,
which makes sense but then I've heard that people use skype? So hopefully everything works out!!
If you get a chance mom, go buy Jacob's Gift by Max Lucado.
It is phenomenal. An older member in the ward wanted to read it to us
because she missed reading books to her grand kids and she read this one
and it was amazing.
Also, you keep wanting me to look for packages in the mission
office.. well that's impossible for me to do. It's like an hour and a
half away from where I'm serving so it'll just have to
get forwarded to me from there. (: A mission has taught me a lot about
Okay so this is crazy crazy crazy. Sister Cook and I were looking at
a list of the less actives in our ward and we came across and name that
stood out to us, The Bloomfield's. So we rode our little
bikes to her home and knocked on her house and she let us in out of pity
I think. But we got talking and she had just moved from Eugene, Oregon
about a year ago.. That's where Brendan served!! How crazy is that!! She
doesn't think she knows him but man, that is crazy! We invited her to
the ward Christmas Party and she came and had a great time!! I LOVE IT
We also had Stake Conference this weekend and it was amazinggggg.
It was focused on the Hastening of the Work. Remember how I used to
tell you the the Lords work is truly HASTENING? Told ya so (: (:
To hasten means to quicken. So it was focused on quickening the Lords
work. And it was so spiritual and got everyone pumped to share the
gospel with their neighbors and people they meet. Have you guys had
stake conference yet?
Well folks, my time is about up.
I love you & I really miss you.
Really really miss you.
2 more days and it will be my 6 month mark (: HUZZAH!
So holy cow, I am still full from thanksgiving. Probably because we had like 3 thanksgiving dinners. hahaha but it was wonderful. And yes mom, I actually ate pie. Not the berry pie, the cream pies are the best. And lots of cheese cake. I don't know if that's like a Tucson thing, but i don't ever remember having cheese cake on thanksgiving. But whatever, it was wonderful and now I'm fat. hahhaa we had our legit thanksgiving dinner at the Georges (a family in the ward) And we had a lot of fun! We got to play with the kids, which was very much needed. I just have missed that SOOOOOOO much. And then we went and visited bishop and his family which was so great! I love seeing bishop out of his "Bishop" label. Then we went and saw a lot of elderly people in the ward who we knew wouldn't have family in town and we gave them company! It feels so great to be serving each and every day. I am having the time of my life here.
I have 4 things for you to do for me.
1. Go talk to the Gallagers in the Skousens ward because there is a family in my ward here, The Sowards who know the Gallagers!! They used to come to Pleasant Grove and spend time with the Gallagers! How nuts is that?!?!?!? I about died of astonishment
2. Tell me what is going on the the Philippines?! We can't watch the news or anything but what the heck is going on? And isn't Kylie Oyler going there on her mission? Is she still going there?
3. Please talk to Breanna Mama and get me Bre's address. I have something I need to send her (: plus, I miss her like crazy
4. And yes, PLEAAAAAASE go see Sister Sarah Vassar! She said if you talk to some of the sisters, they might be able to tell you where she's at, (in secret) Because it's a safety thing. But she'll be around there some where! Keep your eyes out. I miss her so so so much.
Side note. Last time I told you about skype. Well I guess using the video chat on gmail is easier. So figure that out. Hahha I have no idea how it works. But we will figure it out!! I GET TO TALK TO YOU GUYS IN 23 DAYS! YIPPEEEE
Side note #2 I want to sign up for piano lessons again. (I know mom is probably going to say, "If you would have been diligent in your younger years!!!!)
Funny story #1 so at thanksgiving dinner, we were just sitting at the table and Brother George was talking about his mission and he was trying to say Sister Missionaries but it totally came out as Shitster Missionaries........ Oh my word I was laughing so so so hard. We made a joke about all the people who think we are annoying and how they probably think, "Hurry Hide!! It's The Shitster Missionaries!" Man. So so so funny.
Funny story #2 On mormon.org there is a place for you to put your name and address in when you would like the missionaries to come visit you or bring you a book of mormon. And then the missionaries in the area get a text message called a Media Referral and we go to that house and fulfil their needs. So Sister Cook and I got a Media Referral for a Lady named Rylie Peterson and we set off to go track her down. And we show up at her home, knock on her door and a really REALLY nice lady opens the door and instantly I get taken down by a GIANT dog (Akida breed. Look it up) And then I recover and we tell her our situation and that we are looking for a Riley Peterson. She gets a really weird look on her face and says, "Okay hang on a moment." And then comes back holding her baby and says, "This is Riley." HAHAHA There is no way a baby put her name in mormon.org. We all decided it must have been a prank her friends played on her. But she is really a nice lady and so we are going to go back and try here in a few weeks!!
On a spiritual note,
I am so happy here. Heavenly Father is taking such good care of me. There are so many great people to work with and so many people seeking the truth. I am so very blessed to know that this Gospel is true. I know without a doubt in my mind that my Savior lives and loves me and that God trusts me to do my best work here in Tucson Arizona. And I will give him the best I can. I love this Gospel, I love my Savior and I love my family. How grateful I am. Love you all so so so much.
Thank you for all your support and love.
Sister Kellee Walker
Talks about serving a mission. (:
Also, I got your package and loved it. And I'm working on answering your silly questions. Love you all.