Monday, December 20, 2010

I am completely overwhelmed..

by the love and spirit of this holiday season... The Season to REMEMBER... remember our Savior Jesus Christ. I have been studying.. In the Book of Mormon recently.. and realized.. the people that were affected by the famines and wars where the ones that forgot there Savior.. Nephi counsels them to never forget the Lord. I was thinking to myself.. "How often do I forget the Lord?" It is a question worth pondering.. "How often do we forget the Lord?" It may not seem very often.. but.. How often do we feel like we can accomplish things on our own, or we are to busy to pray.. or read and study the scripture? It is so important for us to rely on our Savior.. In every thought, in every action. He will lead the way for us.. If we Remember
and follow Him. Those of us who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints... even covenanted to ALWAYS Remember Him. This may be my new years resolution.. to Remember more fully my Savior in all things.
So for the Miracles this week:
We had a really good appointment with our investigator Arlene. She is a neat lady and has been reading the Book of Mormon a lot.. every time she talks about it she tears up. She told us she knows it is true and that she wants to be baptized! :) It is so incredible to see the spirit work in peoples lives..

Sally another woman we have been meeting with has been also studying the Book of Mormon a lot as well.. She really desires to come to church.. so first of the year she said she would be able to! We had a member lined up to come teaching with us .. she let us know that her little girl would be coming with her because she forgot that she got out of school early that day... come to find out Sally's grandchildren got out of school early too! The two girls were the same age in the same grade at the same school in classrooms right next to each other! They played and had a good time while we were teaching the lesson! :) It was a miracle.

We stopped by a less-active member of our ward (who I have stopped by at least 7 times since I've been in this area and never found her home) She was HOME! We weren't able to speak to her long but talked to her daughter who lives with her. She was really interested in learning more and so we talked to her all about the BOM and invited her to church! She said she would like to come! I love when I am able realize.... that we are going to places sometimes not for just the people we plan to see.. but for all those in our path.

Also... Yesterday at church there were 4 less-actives and 3 investigators at church! 2 of the less-actives are ones we have been working with! It was pretty great to be able to see them there and I know the spirit was just so strong during the Christmas program.. ... It was the best birthday present ever... :)

I have just recently decided to start reading the BOM over I am excited about it and I am learning a lot.. I got a new blue book.. and Iam highlighting... the verses that have to do with "OUR PURPOSE"... faith, repentance, baptism, holy ghost, and enduring to the end... I'm also highlighting... warnings, and blessings.. and references to the Atonement... The book is new to me.. I love it! I get excited ever day to read. I was thinking about the things we learned in our Zone Conference this week it was all about the Book of Mormon.. We talked about how it is KEY in our conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how without the Book of Mormon we have no religion! But Luckily we do have it .. and we can read about it ponder and pray about it every single day! So I asked myself the question... "Do I believe that the BOM is true?" YES.. the answer is yes.. So now I am pondering everyday when I read.. "Why do I need this book in my life every day?" "Why is this book true?" It is changing the way I think and they way I study the Book of Mormon. I am on my journey of figuring out why I need the Book of Mormon.. I know that I need it.

I love this Gospel.. Yesterday.. we sang in the choir.. we sang the song "Because I have been given much" Which was the same song that was sung at my mission farewell.. It brought me to tears to think about the words. "Because I have been blessed by thy great love, dear Lord, I'll share thy love again, according to thy word. I shall give love to those in need; I'll show that love by word and deed: Thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed."

That is why we are here... to try our best to show Heavenly Father our thanks to him for all that he has given to us.. Which is so so much. Incredible... So Incredible.
I LOVE YOU ALL! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Sister Kaitlyn Pallas

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I am so grateful for you all!

It is quite an experience being away from home around Christmas time. I don't really know how to describe it or explain it. BUT just know that I am learning a lot. There would be no better thing to be doing then serving the Lord, as I am away from my family and friends this year. I have thought a lot about my Savior lately.. about His life, His sacrifice, His example, and His Love. I am so grateful for Him. I am grateful that I wear His name over my heart everyday.
So some updates:
It is really cold in Pennsylvania... mostly lately.. it has been around 35 degrees outside. The humidity makes it like freezing. But.. Luckily I have one of the best dads in the world, he really took care of me while I was preparing for my mission and bought me a giant black marshmallow for a jacket that keeps me so cozy!
It has snowed about 3 times.. little snow flurries.. I really enjoy them a lot... because my companion Sister Soolefai gets really excited! (Being from Australia and seeing snow for the first time)
The other day I was studying about PEACE... It was just what I needed to study that day.. (Everyday I am more and more convinced that Heavenly Father knows exactly what I need and all of us need and will guide our thoughts and our actions... IF we let Him.) I asked myself the question.. How do I gain greater peace in my life? This is what I came up with... keeping the commandments, giving service, caring for family and friends, and sharing the gospel. The last one I liked pretty well... seeing is I'm blessed with the opportunity everyday to do just that... and what is the gospel really? ... GOOD NEWS, PEACE, HOPE.. LOVE. All the good stuff! Just do it... share the gospel of PEACE..
John 14:26-27 "The comforter, which is the Holy Ghost the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you my Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
D&C 6:36-37 "Look unto me in every thought doubt not fear not. Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of nails in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven."
John 16:33 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have PEACE. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of GOOD CHEER; I have overcome the world!"
It is in Our Savior that we find peace in our lives.. in the gospel of Jesus Christ.. we can find real JOY!
Jesus
Others
Yourself (learned this from my mom.. her favorite word is JOY!!)
May we all remember our Savior.. at this special time of year!
Sister Kait Pallas

Monday, November 22, 2010

D+C 78:19 And he who recieveth all things with THANKFULNESS shall be made glorious:

and the things of this earth shall be added unto him even an hundred fold, yea, more.

Doesn't that just make you want to be grateful and thankful all the time! When I was studying about Gratitude this week I happened upon this scripture.. It made me think about how my prayers are with my Heavenly Father.. I asked myself if I was thanking him enough for all the many wonderful blessings and miracles that I have experienced in my life. So.. I challenge you all.. to think about your prayers... are you thanking Heavenly Father enough for the wonderful things in our lives.. and... Then when I looked back at the wording of this scripture.. receiveth ALL things.. The good the bad the hard and the easy. EVERYTHING. Lets just say.. It became one of my goals this week.. to offer more prayers of gratitude. Once you start.. you can't really stop, it is an incredible thing.

Just so you all know.. Pennsylvania.. is really cold in November.. in case any of you were wondering.. but I am surviving the madness of the cold weather. I will just tell you that Hot Chocolate.. is like my new favorite drink, actually hot chocolate and MILO.. (some sort of Australian hot coco.. that is great, thanks to Sister Soolefai!) And.. I love blankets, jackets, thick tights, leggings, thermals.. gloves.. etc.. Thank goodness for them! :) The funny part about this is that.. it is only November.. and there isn't even any snow on the ground yet! :)
I wanted to share just a few quick experiences that happened this week.. So we were walking down this street in Downtown Norristown.. and this little boy walked up to Sis. Soolefai and I.. and he said... "Will you guys give me some Sugar?" Sis. Soolefai said.. "we don't have any sugar.." and then he proceeded to give each of us a hug. So.. we then walked away... and Sister Soolefai said.. I don't have any Lollies.. (candy) ... I was cracking up.. because.. he obviously didn't mean candy.. haha... but he was a sweet little boy. As we were walking back up.. we watched him chase down anyone and everyone in his path to give them.. some sugar.. (Hugs) :)
For a more serious experience.. We went to visit the family .. that we are teaching.. We were asking how they liked church? We asked if anything happened that they weren't expecting if they had any questions.. etc.. The only thing that they said that they didn't expect was to be so welcomed at a church. It was incredible! They said they felt so much peace as they were there! It is just incredible what the spirit can do for our souls! :)
Call me GRATEFUL this week.. because that is what I am! I am so grateful for My Savior Jesus Christ.. and for Our Loving Heavenly Father.. for the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Lords Kingdom on the earth today! I am grateful for my loving family and all of you! Happy Thanksgiving!
Sister Grateful.. Pallas
Psalms 100:3-5 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture Enter into his gates with Thanksgiving and into his courts with Praise: be thankful unto him, and his blessed name. For the lord is Good: his mercy is everlasting and his truth endureth to all generations.
And of course I can not forget the most incredible woman I know in my life.. My Mother.. it is her Birthday on Thanksgiving this year so I cannot forget to wish her a Happy Birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHER! I love you so much!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The miracle I have been praying for...

for a long time happened yesterday.. We were able to have a family that we are teaching come to church!!! It was incredible! They are the sweetest people ever.
This week I have also had my testimony strengthened of planning well, and being at the right place at the right time. We had a referral to stop by, they of course weren't home but, as we were walking down the side walk we started talking to a woman that had met with missionaries about a year ago. It was incredible, we are meeting with her tomorrow night! I just know that Heavenly Father wanted us there for a reason! Another experience this week we were on our way to an appointment.. we were a little bit early so we were just talking to people on that street.. there was a guy sitting on his porch.. we ended up talking to him for quite a while and found out he has been going through some faith trying experiences and he said he felt like he needed to read.. we were able to set up an appointment and I was able to give away the most precious gift ever, The Book of Mormon. After we prayed and left.. we stopped in a little side street and said a quick pray to Heavenly Father thanking Him for allowing us to meet this special person! The appointment we were on our way to fell through... but something I will never forget as we were walking back on the other side of the street, there was the man we had talked to fully immersed in reading the Book of Mormon. A picture in my mind that will never be erased. I know we were there for these people. Heavenly Father is guiding this work. I feel just so blessed that I have the opportunity to be apart of it!
I hope all of you are practicing how to be grateful, this week.. because you know next week .. you'll need to be professionals at being grateful! :)
I am grateful for all you who remember me in your prayers and pray for the missionaries and pray for all of God's children who know not God. (Alma 6:6)
LOVE YOU ALL!
Sister Pallas



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Norristown: The Heart of Montgomery County.. Where you Belong....

This week.. has been pretty incredible..
It was not a normal week in the mission. Sister Reynolds and I were blessed with the opportunity to attend a Leadership Training for 2 days! It was so incredible. I felt the spirit so strongly, it made me so grateful for the privilege it is to be here in Norristown PA serving a mission! I am grateful to have been called by a Prophet of God to help build up the Lord's Kingdom here. To be able to share with people something that is so special and important .. I am SO grateful for the Book of Mormon.. What an amazing record it is to help us become more like our Savior and help us feel the spirit and love from our Heavenly Father when we faithfully study, read, and ponder with our hearts. It was amazing to be at the training and to learn from our Mission President and other faithful servants here in the PPM (Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission) So.... because of this great training we were able to attend we had to cram a lot of appointments in our week.
As always.. Miracles... So here is the best one..
We were stopping by a woman in the ward and we had been trying to stop by here a few times before but we were never able to catch her at home! ... But third times the charm! We stopped by this past week and we were able to visit with her for awhile! The best part about it was we knocked on her door and she started to cry.. She said I just barely finished praying when you two knocked on my door! It was pretty incredible! She is from Scotland and is such a sweet woman. It really showed me that Heavenly Father is in charge of this work.. and we will be where we are supposed to be if we are in tune with the spirit.
So many changes as well.. they come with missionary work.. Transfers were this week and Sister Reynolds had to leave me. It is amazing to be able to learn so much from the different sisters that are here and to be able to become such good friends.. so.. on the bright side of things.. the good ones have to go so you can continue to meet those wonderful people. So now I am blessed with the opportunity to serve with Sister Soolefai. She is from Australia, born in New Zealand, and is Samoan. She is fantastic already!
Another great thing we were able to do this week was spend our P-day in Valley Forge Historical National Park! It was incredibly beautiful and I enjoyed the day very much.. me and my camera had a party! It was amazing to be there. So much history took place.. we are so blessed to be in this country!
I love you all .. I am grateful for all your prayers and support!
also.. I am a good pen pal.. 124 Mill Grove Dr. Norristown, PA 19403
LOVES.. Sister Kait Pallas

Monday, November 8, 2010

PICTURES!!!


Sister Soolefai and I! :) (new companion)

Elder Belnap and sisters :)


Pictures taken at Valley Forge Historical National Park. SO BEAUTIFUL!!!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Can I just tell you all that....

Life is full of surprises. Things come at you that you never expect. Especially in missionary work I have seen and experienced things I never ever would have in my life unless I came here. It is amazing to me to recognize all that I am learning.
This week I was studying scriptures on Enduring to the End! Which.. I have found to mean in my life :persevering continuing on resolutely in spite of difficulties. To be steadfast, faithful and determined till the end. As I'm sure all of you know that life is sometimes not easy.. and enduring isn't the easiest task.. but when we continue and are faithful we are blessed.. Heavenly Father is aware of each of us individually. He loves each of us more then we can comprehend. He will bless us for our efforts to CONTINUING to Endure..
1 Nephi 13:37 "And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost and if they endure to the end they shall be lifted up at the last day and be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb: and whoso shall Publish peace, yea, tidings of great Joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be."
Doctrine & Covenants 14:7 "And, if ye keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.
The blessings.. are there. It is amazing how much our Heavenly Father loves us.. so much that he has provided us this amazing gospel help us in our ups and downs of life and when we are faithful.. we will have JOY. (Joy has become one of my favorite words as a missionary.. because Joy is so much more then happiness.. and plus.. it reminds me of my sweet mom every time I hear it.)
This week I was also studying about how important it is to have a: Sincere Heart, Real Intent, and Faith in Jesus Christ in all that we do. In Moroni 10:3-5 it promises us if we read the Book of Mormon with those things.. we will receive the Holy Ghost and he will testify to our spirits that it is true.. but when we decide to do anything in our lives... we must have a sincere heart, real intent, and faith in our Savior... I think these are the things that will help us always endure and accomplish the righteous desires of our hearts!
Update:
Ria and her family came to the ward activity this past week!! SO GOOD!!! Her 3 boys were adorable, her husband was so kind. So we are going to be teaching them all this week!
LOVE YOU ALL!!
Sister Kaity Lady

So updates: posting late this was last weeks blog :)

I wanted to let you all know about my friend Donna who I met in my first area. She is the kindest sweetest person.. and I was so sad to leave her.. But we keep in touch through letters! I found out that the sisters in Pitman are still teaching her. She told me in the last letter I received from her that she just learned about the Plan of Salvation... she is also reading the Book of Mormon. It amazes me how the gospel can bring us so much joy.
I think I forgot to tell you all about Virginia! She was a sweet women I was teaching in Doylestown.. She got baptized! Sister Reynolds and I both taught her and loved her.. so we were just ecstatic when we found out!
Ria is an investigator of ours and she is so sweet! We watched the Restoration DVD with her this week. She loved it and said it made her feel all warm inside. We didn't know but her 7 year old son was sitting on the stairs watching it as well. We gave the DVD to them to watch again.. she also wanted to share it with her husband. The little boy Ethan came down and said.. is that movie about a boy who wants to know about God? It was so sweet. The first time we met Ria she invited us right into her home and said we had light in our faces! It was a pretty neat experience!
Terry is a women in our ward who hasn't been out to church in a long while... she has become one of our good friends! Love her to death. She was able to come to an enrichment activity last week to meet all the sister in the ward. It was so great to see her fit right in and be excited to be there!
I love seeing how the Gospel light slides right into peoples lives and brightens them! Amazing. So many good things! And so many more to come I am POSITIVE..
well..can I just say.. fall here is Beautiful..
Love you all! Have a Happy Halloween...(Sister Reynolds and I might switch tags for the day.. good costume idea? haha)
Sister Kait

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It has been a great week..

The days weeks are flying by.. but the days are long enough to fit in a whole bunch of things...
We had miracles happen.. although they happen every week.. I will share my favorite..
So... The Thursday before last Thursday Sis. Reynolds and I were planning.. as we do every Thursday. We were praying hard to be inspired to know how to find more people to teach and share the wonderful message of the gospel too. SO. I remembered something that we used to do in the New Jersey Cherry Hill Mission called "Windows" basically what a window is, is an appointment with Heavenly Father.. So we prayed to know what day, what time, and what street that we should be on. The day was Wednesday the 13th, the time was 12-1 and the street was Summit St.. and back up.. Walnut Ln. Do you want to know how many miracles we saw ... so many! We were able to teach and to set up return appointments with 2 people that we met. It was so neat. It truly strengthened my testimony of Prayer and following the spirit.. I know that the Lord is preparing people to hear the wonderful message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we ASK with FAITH.. the Lord WILL answer our prayers. I have been studying a lot about prayer this week... We must pray with sincerity of heart and be full of faith.. The Lord will bless us with his spirit, and strengthen us to withstand anything we face in this life and will bless us with comfort and peace. This is an amazing work to be apart of at this time!
Yesterday was the Primary Program in our ward.. Can i just tell you I was in tears.. these children are so precious.. they are great examples to me. The spirit I felt was incredible.. when they sang about being Valiant and shared the stories of Jesus. You shouldn't keep the spirit from being there or keep a smile off your face!
Also this week.. I studied.. all the scriptures that have the word Cheer in them... It was a fantastic study.. I recommend it to you all!! ..... one of my favorite verses was in Doctrine and Covenants 61:36 All: Be of GOOD CHEER I am in your midst and I have not forsaken thee. It is so important for us to be of GOod CheEr.. If we have faith in our Savior.. we need not fear!
Love you all!

Monday, October 18, 2010

This week I have seen so many miracles. SO. MANY. MIRACLES.

We have been able to find so many people that are interested in hearing the wonderful message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I feel very blessed! It makes me so grateful that Heavenly Father is in charge of this work.. that he is the Grand Designer of this amazing Design we get to live in everyday. That he has the power to create beautiful experiences that we can partake of.. that he also allows us to go through hard things to allow us to grow.
In my studying this week I studied a lot about Personal Revelation. Which is such blessing that we all have access to.. to be able to receive our Heavenly Father's guidance and direction in all of our choices and decisions. Somethings I have been realizing is that.. God truly does and always will love ALL of His children, that He is so ready and willing to support us in a trial or circumstance we may find ourselves. He will guide us and give us the power to know how to handle anything. He promises us His inspiration when we live worthy of it. It is so important to open your mind and your heart to the spirit... as Kathy would say "Pay attention to what gets your attention!" LOOK for the spirit and Heavenly Fathers guidance in your life. The Holy Ghost brings peace to us. One of my favorite scriptures lately has been.. John 14:27 Peace I give you... Not as the world giveth give I unto you... Let not your heart be troubled or afraid. We cannot find the peace of our Savior in the world. It just isn't there, it is found in living His words and His teachings. He was the one who took upon him all our sins, afflictions, sicknesses.. even joys in life. He KNOWS how to comfort us, because he KNOWS how we feel! Let us all strive to KNOW HIM better!
Sister Pallas

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

All I have to say this week is that ... I hope EVERYONE had an opportunity to listen to our wonderful Prophet and his Apostles.. and leaders.

If you missed out on this goodness... check out.. www.lds.org
I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to hear from these inspired men and women and hear the messages that they have been fasting and praying over for weeks!
One of my favorite talks... although there were many was Pres. Uchctdorf: He talked about the 4 most important relationships that we can have in our lives..
1: Our relationship with God, we are His children. He has so much love for ALL of us that we can't even comprehend it.
2: Our relationship with our Family, can I just tell you all that I have the best family! I do.. they are perfect for me. I am also grateful to know that I can live with them forever. Forever.
3: Our relationship with our Fellowmen, there are people around us everyday that need a smile, listening ear, just time. We are the hands of our Savior when we serve his children.
4: Our relationship with Ourselves, take time to ponder the things that are important to us. Get to know ourselves!
He counseled us to slow down, take time, and refocus ourselves on the things that are really important in our lives. "Joyfully partake of the Simplicity"
I also really loved the talk about Gratitude from our beloved Prophet Pres. Thomas S. Monson: He challenged all of us to have "Attitudes of Gratitude" To live in thanksgiving daily, take time to pause and contemplate all our blessings, pray to be able see and recognize things to be grateful for. He also counseled us to always express our love and gratitude for those around us.. I have so many people to be grateful for in my life.. especially now, people I would never have met if i didn't decide to serve a mission. It still feels unreal to me that each morning I get to wake up and put on a name tag that says: Sister Pallas... The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, I feel so blessed to be able to be a representative of my Savior. How I love Him and all that He has done for me. I love all of you as well for supporting me and remembering me in your prayers.. I feel them. :)
Love you all... Have a Blessed Day!
Sister Kait

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Another week.. in Valley Forge...

It has been a really busy and very good week! The weather is cooling right down.. Thank goodness! (although I'm not quite sure I'm ready for the cold just yet) The leaves are starting to turn beautiful colors! There has been much good happening here!
We had the opportunity to have Sister Dalton.. (another great missionary from the PPM) come and stay with us for a few days while her companion went to a training.. It was great fun and a good opportunity to learn from each other! We were able to go finding while she was here.. and we met a fantastic mother of 3 adorable children! She invited us right into her home.. She said to us.. There is so much light about you girls... It was pretty amazing to have someone say that.. We were also able to teach her more about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ! It was amazing.. I know she was feeling the spirit! What a blessing this gospel is. I feel so blessed to be able to teach it to others! I will keep you updated!
Also.. a scary/funny moment this week: We almost got hit by a deer / we almost hit a deer. I thought i was going to have a heart attack... Good thing Sister Reynolds is such a good driver!.. Don't worry we survived. and so did our car.
I wanted to share a story about a woman in our ward. Her name is Tobi.. she is from Nigeria. She was given the privilege to come to America and took the opportunity, although it meant leaving behind her family and her husband (who is going to school and the Branch President of the branch there). She has been here about a year and a half now.. and is trying to work out plans to see him soon. It amazes me the sacrifices people make and the great strength that Sister Tobi has to keep going and pursuing her dreams of one day being able to live with her family.. in this life! She has such a strong testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ, I feel it a very special privilege to know her. I have learned so much from so many wonderful people around me.. it is a true blessing. To be able to see the goodness in everyone is a blessing... something I strive for everyday!
I love this Gospel. I love you all!
Sister Kait Pallas

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hello: Friends and Family....

Sorry to miss a week.. but last Preparation Day... was crazy busy and exhausting...
We were blessed with the opportunity to go to Philadelphia for the day! What an exciting experience that was! We didn't do to much because there wasn't a ton of time and there is just so much to see! We were able to go to the Philadelphia Art Museum and walk up the steps.. and of Course we couldn't miss taking our picture with the "ROCKY" statue. The city was beautiful.. We walked through down town.. saw the Free Public Library.. and enjoyed LOVE park.
We were able to meet up with a lot of missionaries.. which was probably the best part. There are so many great missionaries in this mission.. (of course all around the world as well) I was able to see SISTER ROWE!! Who I just love. I hadn't seen her for 3 months.. seemed like forever.. she gave me all sorts of updates about the happenings in Pitman! The most exciting.. I hope you all remember Liz who got baptized about 5 months ago, well she has a son that got baptized yesterday! Dan is a great guy and I am very excited about this great news!
The other really good part about Philadelphia.. was the cheese steak sandwich that we got to eat... from a corner store called Gooey Looie's. So good.. so good.
So last Sunday.. We were so privileged to be able to hear from an apostle of the Lord; Elder Neal Anderson. It was amazing to be able to meet him and to hear his words and his counsel. There is something very special about these men called of God. I feel their love and there powerful testimonies. The meetings were wonderful and they talked a lot about the Temple that is in the works here in Philadelphia! What a blessing for so many people here to have a temple so close! I am so excited for the people to receive this great blessing in their lives!
And this Sunday.. I was able to speak in sacrament meeting. It was a great opportunity! I found out the night before that there were going to be about 30ish students of a world religion class attending the meeting. (how cool.. they get to go to different church services and learn about them, they were all given Books of Mormon and also a member from our ward goes to their class before and after they come to church and teaches them more about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ!) Well I think my talk went well.. and I felt ok about it! The Bishop of our ward also gave a talk about the 13 Articles of Faith. Which was so great.. all the teachings of the gospel all crammed in there!
I feel so blessed with the many opportunities that are mine here.. I hope this entry finds you all well and happy!
Love you all!
Sister Kait

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I am here to tell you all.. that The Lord is aware of all of us.

The only peace we will ever find in this life is from our Savior Jesus Christ and through his Gospel. I am realizing more and more each day how much I am indebted to my Savior. For all that he has done for me and for all my brothers and sisters.. My family here in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Utah, Africa... EVERYWHERE.. EVERYONE.. He loves us all and for that knowledge I am so grateful!
This week has been so good.. I have had a lot of humbling experiences that have helped me grow closer and closer to my Savior.
I was able to be at a baptism this week of a little girl in our ward... She was Glowing after she came out of the water. Truly filled with the Love of God. I read a talk this morning that had a quote in it .. it said something like... The best thing we can do for our Heavenly Father is to Love his children. How true is that.. We are here on this earth to love and help each other grow and progress! I am so grateful for this great opportunity we are all given to serve! We have opportunities all around us I hope that we are all striving to never let them pass us by.. Heavenly Father is aware of all the Love, Kindness, and Charity we do for others..
We have been meeting a lot of really great people lately.. I know that some of them are ready for the good news of the gospel.. and some are just getting prepared.. :) I am grateful everyday for the miracles that I am able to witness everyday.. I wish I knew how to share more than this in my emails... there is just so much to say and so much to feel.. I can't capture it so well in words.. I will try to so I will just share one miracle..
So on Sunday we were walking to a Ladies home who we had set up an appointment to meet.. She happened to not be home.. but we were able to talk to many people on the way to her house.. One of them was a boy named Zack.. We stopped and talked to him for a bit.. his friend walked away but he listened and paid close attention. He asked us if we gave lessons.. (of course I was screaming and jumping inside) We told him yes.. He was in a hurry to be on his way.. We shared our Testimonies of our Savior and then he was on his way... I'm not sure if I will ever see him again.. but as we were walking away.. he said something like .. "You have changed my life." In that moment I knew that he had felt the spirit. He was touched by the Savior's Love. It was a true Miracle..
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for Everyone. This I do know.
I love you all.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cool story of the week:

So Sister Reynolds and I.. were on our way to a member of our wards home.. So we put the address in the GPS.. we are driving along.. we get out on the street and immediately a boy starts talking to us. He asked us.. "Which church do you go to?" We told him which church and wrote down the address, we also asked him if he had ever heard of the Book of Mormon. He said "actually I have like 3 copies at my house." So we invited him to come to church and continue to read the Book of Mormon. He didn't come to church .. but I really feel like we were where we were supposed to be at that time. Then we continued to walk down the street to where the address was. We met these two men.. talking on the streets of Norristown... They didn't seem too interested in what we had to say but they took Book of Mormon cards.. But then they stopped us and asked us where we were from.. and what we were doing. So we told them.. and told them about the BOM and the church.. the whole bit. One man said to us.. "You aren't going to change anybody here!" .... I was thinking to myself.. "You don't know anything .. just watch I'll change people here".... Then.. the spirit put me in my place! .. the next words that came out of my mouth were.. "You're exactly right.. I won't change anyone here.. but the SPIRIT will." The other man talking to us... was like.. "You are right.. I will remember how I felt talking to you.. There is something different something special... (and then he gave us the fist pound!)" It was rad... and then the best ending to this story is... We were on the wrong street. The member we were trying to find had moved.. So for reals I know I was where the Lord wanted me to be at that time. :) But don't worry we did find our appointment and had a wonderful lesson!
This story is just one of the many beauties we get to experience here in mission life. I love getting to meet all sorts of wonderful people and having these experiences that strengthen my Faith in my Savior and Heavenly Father. I know that they are there for me and that they love me... and also that they love All their Children! All of you! I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is amazing.
I love you all!
Sister Kaitlyn Pallas

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hello EVERYONE...

I am here to tell you.. that life is about CHANGE..
"The purpose and central blessing of life is change. It is to be changed to become more like Jesus Christ. It is to incorporate into your character, the qualities of HIS character. It is to move from one degree of intelligence and capacity to the next and from there to the next, until you see God face to face and know Him as He Knows YOU! ... The purpose and essential blessing of life is to be changed to become more like the Lord, to realize the full measure of your potential." -Lawrence E. Corbridge
I feel like I am on a change roller coaster. Well.. I am, and we all are! Through our change we can become better, we can give up things that hold us back. I am realizing this every day, when I choose to BECOME better. It isn't always easy.. I don't think it was meant to be either. Satan wants us all to be stuck in our ways and comfortable doing the things we have always done, he wants us to be scared of the unknown. One thing that I have learned and continue to learn is that I can go through changes and survive!! Through Faith in Jesus Christ and trusting in Him I can make it.. Therefore.. I know all of you can make it too! :) I feel so blessed to have the basic knowledge of the plan that Heavenly Father has for us. I am grateful for my Savior that provide the piece to the puzzle to complete the grand design. I love my Savior. I love this Gospel.
This week I have met people from... Egypt, India, Lebanon, Scotland, Haiti and Nigeria. It has been so great! I am really enjoying being in Valley Forge area. It has been an adjustment.. Of course every time anyone moves it is an adjustment! There you go.. Change again! I have also gotten probably close to 15 bug bites.. No Big Deal. Other then they itch. HA! There are many great people in this area.. Of course there are great people everywhere. (If you don't see great people where you are.. pray to see them.. God will help you out!) We have been teaching some really great people here.. Matt, Elmo, Shirley, and a few others.. I will update you about these wonderful children of God.. soon! So stay tuned..
"Just give it up. Surrender your will to Him. Unconditionally. Withhold nothing. Turn it all over to Him; all of your desires, wishes, dreams and hopes. Be true and faithful in your head and in your heart, not just in your behavior. Trust in Him. Trust Him, who alone suffered, paid and atoned for your weaknesses as well. Trust Him that He will make of you, immeasurably more, than what you will ever, ever, in all eternity, make of yourself. He will create of you a masterpiece. You will create of you only a smudge. You will create an ordinary man, He will create a God." -Lawrence E. Corbridge
Thank you Lawrence.. for putting it so nicely. We need our Savior.. He is the way and the light and the truth. The example. Follow Him... and all the change will be opportunities to become the best you EVER. The Masterpiece that you are.
Until next week.. I love you all.. Thank you for your love and support.
If you feel like you are in need of some blessings... write here:
Sister Kait Pallas
124 Mill Grove Rd.
Norristown, PA 19403
O yes... and PRAY.. Always Pray! :)
Espey. (SP) Sister Pal.. Sister Pallas ... Kait
o yes.. I wanted to tell you all about what everyone says when I introduce myself..
me: "Hi I'm Sister Pallas.." them: "Pallas..? Like a Princess Palace?" Me: yeah pretty much.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Missions.. are crazy..

Everyday is filled with so much of EVERYTHING.. The Highlight of last week was... ANOTHER BAPTISM...
Here is the story:
So the other day.. Sister Small and I were driving.. somewhere..(can't remember where) and the phone rang.. Since I am the passenger, I get the privilege of answering the phone. The name Jake popped up. I asked Sister Small who is Jake? She said just answer it.. so I did. So the phone call proceeded Jake said.."I am going to boot camp soon.. I would really like to be baptized before I go." Wow.. was all I could think. So Sister Small and I had a very busy week making preparations for his baptism and teaching him all the things he needed to know before baptism. What a blessing it was to be there at the Baptism on Sunday. It all came together and went wonderfully. The spirit there was very strong. I am very grateful for the experience. His Mother and Sister were able to come to Church and also attended the baptism along with his Father. It was a neat to see them all there all together right before Jake heads to Boot Camp. (He is there now.. and we are having dinner with his Mom and Sister tonight!) We are very excited!)
This week I have been recognizing how the Lord intervenes in our lives just when we need him too! For Jake it was right before he left. This week I have had so many experiences where the Lord's Miracles were all around. I wish you all could just be here and see. (I also wish I was a better writer.. so you could at least try to picture it! :)
Just Remember.. The Lord is the framer of Heaven and Earth.. he is over all things.
Sister Pallas

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It has been a blessed week...

One of my favorite things that people say out here is ..."Have a blessed day!" It is a blessed day when you can truly see the miracles that are put into our lives by our loving Heavenly Father.
Sunday July 25, we had a baptism!! We had the baptism for Michael. He is a truly fantastic human. The few weeks that I was able to be apart of teaching him were very special. He had such a sincere desire to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith truly was a Prophet called by God. The afternoon went beautifully. I felt an overwhelming love for my Savior that day. I am so grateful for the sacrifice that he made for me. For all his children. The longer I am here I realize there is so much more to learn.
One thing I am really learning is the importance of striving to live a Christ-like life. He was our ultimate example and the best source of truth and light we have to look to. What a blessing. I love my Savior Jesus Christ.
We are teaching a few other really fantastic people! O how I love to see the light enter into peoples lives once they start to studying the Book of Mormon. There is a very very special power that comes once you begin a study of that book. It is a blessing to have it in our lives to carry us through the hard times and the good.
I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Love: Sister Kait Pallas

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It is amazing the time that passes...

One year ago today.. I was in Zambia Africa. I have been remembering the wonderful people that helped me get there and also the wonderful people that I met there. Some of the most wonderful, happy, kind, selfless people I have ever met. What a life changing experience it was! I feel so blessed that the experience was mine. (Just as I feel blessed that this experience of a mission is mine) I have been thinking about the love that we have for people. About the great experience it is to be able to meet people and build relationships with them. I was thinking also alot about why I ultimately decided to serve a mission.. It all comes down to PEOPLE.. Individuals that all are unique and wonderful in there own special way. I have been trying to remind myself each day that I am here for them.
Africa taught me that I am capable of loving so much more then I thought was possible.. Although I have been taught through out my life that we are all created in God's Image.. and that God is all-loving. Which means that if we are created like him we are capable of loving everyone.. and commanded to do so. What a blessing and challenge that is.
I have felt many times complete love for strangers that I have met on the streets.. I also have felt a deep desire for them to be able to feel, hear, and understand the wonderful new of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love this Church.. The great teachings... Christ's teachings.
The exciting news this week is that there will be a baptism! The Sisters that have served in this area the past few months have been teaching a great guy named Michael the gospel. He was introduced by a very close friend. As I have been blessed to be a part of the experience for just a few short weeks I can see the sincerity of heart and the desire that he has to follow Christ's example and enter into the waters of Baptism. I feel blessed.. I say that often.. and sometimes I just really think that missions are about witnessing Miracles.. Truly that is what a mission is. I see miracles everyday.. big and small. BUT only if I am really looking.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. How grateful I am for my Savior Jesus Christ, who broke the bands of death and satisfied the demands of justice. I am grateful for His beautiful example of love and charity. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon, I know that is it truly the word of God, all those who read it will be able to feel it's power if done with a sincere heart! I have seen it's power to change lives, including my own. I am so grateful for that!
I love you all!
Sister Pallas

Friday, July 16, 2010

This week has been very interesting..

All sorts of differences and extremes.. To start things off I just have to say that.. I really love when it is 103 degrees outside and 98 percent humidity... and also when it is that hot in the morning and then pouring rain in the afternoon... :) I also really really enjoying backing out my companion when it is pouring rain.. and when I get to cross over a river to do it!
Needless to say.. there has been some very crazy weather! :) I am holding up ok. I'm not sick of it yet.. thank goodness because there are a few summer months left! The people here say that it is one of the hottest summers yet. I'm sure I just wanted to bring some STG heat with me... to see if it was a good idea... Well.. just so you all know.. not a good idea with the Pennsylvania humidity.
We have had some very amazing moments this last week. We are teaching some pretty amazing people. I feel very blessed to be here in Doylestown at this time. I know the Lord puts us in places at specific times for a reason. Although experiences in our lives are sometimes not fun, and sad, and hard. We have them for a reason.. to help us become stronger and more faithful, and more like our Savior.. It is times when everything is not going the way we would like that we need to really turn to our Savior.. He is our true source of comfort. At this time .. and so many others on my mission I am learning that I can only make it in this life through my Savior. I am trying with all my heart to trust in Him.. that he does know what is best for me.. and more so many other people. it is a hard thing to do.. but it is the way to true happiness and eternal joy.
Here's to my Grandfather..
My Grandpa Pallas is in the hospital now. I'm not sure what the outcome will be.. But i want to write a few things that I love about my grandpa. He was one of my best friends as a child.. Along with his wonderful wife, my Grandma Pallas.. I loved spending my afternoons at there home.. wearing grandmas jewelry and making fish with grandpa in the garage. I remember one time when he asked me.. Now, what are you going to tell people when they ask you what kind of fish this is.. I remember thinking so hard about what kinds of fish there are.. the only one I could think of was a trout... and he said.. "No, a wooden one" Always full of funny jokes.. and always willing to help or teach me improve my wood working skills, or on casting a fishing line.. I remember practicing and practicing in his driveway.. He is one of the most caring people I have met. Always wanting to give and do for others. I remember countless times walking into the garage to visit him busy at work and finding someone from the neighborhood either learning from is great knowledge or having there hands full of treasures. He is a true friend. I love you Grandpa!
I don't know what is to come in the future.. but I do know that it is bright. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings light to every darkness that we come across in our lives.
Sister Pallas

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It has been a crazy week.. Full of many changes..


One of the highlights this week was when Cherry Hill New Jersey Missionaries were all able to go to Washington's Crossing State Park in Trenton. It was a wonderful experience. To be able to be there where so many brave men fought. To recognize that the world has been prepared through time to be able to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ brought forth. I am grateful for this country we have to live in. For the many blessings which belong to us. To have our freedoms, what a blessing. 234 years ago the Declaration of Independence was signed. How wonderful to be alive at this time.... how wonderful to be able to celebrate the lives of those wonderful inspired men who change all of history. It was a fantastic experience.
Also a sad one as we said goodbye to our wonderful Mission President. Pres. and Sister Winegar! They have been great examples to me. I am grateful for the opportunity I've had to be able to serve under them! To see the love they have for the people of New Jersey and the love they have for all of us as missionaries. I will never forget their example! It is interesting to say goodbye to so many wonderful people that I have met, the Winegars' and so many missionaries that I have grown to love. It is going to be exciting to see what comes from all the changes.

Also this week Sister Rowe and I are blessed to be able to serve in a Young Single Adult Branch which covers the whole Cherry Hill Stake. We are starting to work with these wonderful people! I am so grateful for this opportunity. I am already blown away at the wonderful people I have met and the wonderful people I get to work with and be involved with there. It will be a challenge that I am willing to take! I know that with the Lord all things are possible!
Also.. Just so all of you know... I found a quilt shop in my area! It made me so happy! I felt at home for a bit! Made me miss my sewing room a little, and all my friends at Quilted Works! So... I hope you are all doing well! Know that I think of you often and can't wait to sew with all of you again soon!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

People that I have met

There are so many wonderful experiences to share from each week. I have realized I haven't share much about the people that I have been so very privileged to meet and to teach so far. So here are some tidbits about the people that are helping me be a better person:

Samantha: We started teaching Samantha on Friday. She is 12 years old, she was learning about religion in her classes at school. She went home and asked her mother..."What religion are we?" Her mom then told her well you were blessed in the Mormon Church. She then asked "Well can we go?" They have been coming to church for the last 2 months. Our lesson with her about the restoration was fabulous. We were able to teach her and her 8 year old sister Jessica. I am so grateful for Sam's example. To be able to ask questions and to jump right into such a wonderful thing. Her only question to us during the lesson was.. "How do you become a member of the church?" Sam is amazing

Joshua: We met Josh on Sunday. He is from India and is a Christian. He has been to Salt Lake and attended church out there once. He has a lot of questions and we did our best to answer them. It was so great to see his kindness and love for Our Savior. We hope to continue teaching him.

Sis. Alta Streeter: She is a member of our ward! She is one of the best examples to me. She is very sick and doesn't feel good most of the time. She lives very close to us so we check up on her often. She was baptized about 30 years ago (I think) and her husband eventually did follow about 3 years before he passed away. To hear her tell the story of him asking to be baptized makes me cry, and to be able to also hear her share about them being sealed in the temple for time and eternity is also very touching. I have learned a lot from her and love her so much.

I will try and share more about the people that are apart of my life here in New Jersey.. The ones that are changing my very life as I know it. That are sanding down the rough parts of myself and helping me learn and grow. The last person I want to write about today is my lovely companion:

Sister Rowe: She is such a wonderful person, full of love for others and recognizes fully the blessings of being obedient. I have learned so much from her and hope to continue to learn more! She and I have a lot of fun together, we have been making lots of goals for improving each week.

I can truly see the Miracles happening. This work is amazing. I love it .. although hard at times, I get to glimpse into Heaven on a daily basis. I love this Gospel that provides so much guidance and support in this life on our Journey back to our Heavenly Father.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Washington DC, Temple






We got a call last Friday ... from Sis. Winegar that they were taking all the missionaries that are going to the Philadelphia Mission to the temple on Wednesday because they aren't able to go to the temple when the mission change happens. So it was a huge privilege to be able to go! I kept thinking about my Daddy! I felt so close to him while I was in the temple. To be able to be in the Temple where he served his mission! I kept thinking about the wonderful example that he is to me, I am grateful for the choices that he made in his life to have helped him marry Mom, and have a family, and to raise them in the Gospel. It was a blessing to be there with Sister Rowe as well. We were really excited that we were able to be there together where both our fathers served! :) It was a fantastic day! We were able to go to the visitors center as well and watch the Joseph Smith movie. I have never cried more in that movie in my life. I think about all the men that came before us that gave there lives so that they could establish this wonderful Gospel! That they knew so well that what they were trying to accomplish and they weren't going to give up or let up until they had completed what the Lord commanded them. It is amazing how you can feel and sense when Satan is trying to keep the work from progressing. It is hard to keep going... but we must! That is exactly what Satan wants for us to be beaten, to give up, to think we can't keep going. But the good news is we can! With the strength of our Loving Heavenly Father we can keep going we can move forward in this life!
So far I have made some huge realizations about myself and about life in general. I am realizing more and more the real purpose of life... to help all of God's children along. We are here and we are in this together. We can and need to continually strive to become like Christ. I often think when I am knocking on peoples' doors How Christ would act, and what Christ would say if He were here. I am really blessed to be able to serve. Every night when I write in my journal I think to myself... "was today a good day?" Of course it was a good day... but that doesn't always mean that it was easy, most days are hard, but when I can complete each day and look back and realize I gave my all just for that day... It makes it a good day. I have seen so many Miracles being on a mission. Each day is a day to learn how to Trust in Heavenly Father more fully, to learn to become more like Christ, to choose the best things for ourselves and for others.
There was a missionary in Zone Conference a few weeks ago that shared a cool analogy with us.. it was that we are all on a Journey back into our Heavenly Fathers presence... to make it there some of us want to free style swim our way there... but we don't realize that we need breaststroke and gather those around us and bring them with us! We need to be refined in this life, and those around us will help us grow and learn to be more like our Heavenly Father. Those in our families, our neighbors, those we work with. There are people around us that need the Gospel. The teachings of the Gospel are for everyone...EVERYONE! :)
I love you all so much! Thank you for the love and support that you give to me!
Love, Sister Pallas

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sometimes I feel like I write the same thing every week!

But.. either way.. This week was filled with so many Miracles!
We have been working with a less-active member.. Who I love.. Her name is Kathleen and has 2 of the sweetest little boys ever! When we go to her house... she teaches us! She is such a great mother to her kids! She has been coming out to church and I can see the huge strides she is making in her life!
We have also been teaching a family, Kristina and her 2 boys Brandon and Max. They are great! We had such a fun lesson with them this past week! We taught them about the Spirit and how important it is to live your life so that you can be worthy of the spirit to be with you, to guide you and direct your choices in life, and always be there to testify of truth! It has been so fun to see the changes that have taken place in the lives of so many people here.
I have met so many great people so far on my mission and I can't wait to keep meeting more! We are finding and have met some fantastic people! It is so fun to be able to see them feel of the spirit! It is powerful! I love being able to testify of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Sorry it is short this week!... I love you all! Thank you for the love and support you give to me!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Changes

It amazes me when you put in the work and the effort and you sacrifice ... the Lord truly recognizes it. There have been many miracles this week.. Although they have been small, I have seen many things happen this week that make everything so worth while. We have been able to meet with so many people from our ward. Which is one of my favorite parts about a mission, meeting so many different people! Everyone has a different story which makes life interesting.
There are going to be many changes in the next month or so.. I found out on Monday that as of July, I will belong to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission. That will be an exciting change. Until then I will be staying in wonderful Pitman, New Jersey! We shall see after that how things get changed about! :)
Love you all!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Friends and Family!

This has been a good week... I realized in my emails I don't give to many details of what is really going on here.. I really like to share what I learn each week... but here are some events that take place in my week!
Every week we do volunteer work at a place called the Pitman Manor. It is a Care Home, I have met so many wonderful people there and I look forward to visiting with them each week. I met a really sweet lady named Ruth, she and I have a sweet bond. She used to sew all the time and loves to share with us her photo album of all her creations! It keeps me happy being able to talk about sewing to someone who understand the addiction! :) I miss my sewing machines!
We get to visit with sweet old women in our ward. There is another special friend that I have made here her name is Sister Streeter! She is a fantastic lady! Always so dressed up and welcoming to the missionaries... I've adopted her as another Grandmother! We check on her often to make sure she is doing alright.
I had an experience yesterday while we were walking down Broadway in Pitman. It is a cute street in the center of Pitman that has lots of cute store fronts.. We were just walking through talking to people, when we met this boy named Dale... He is 16 years old and we were able to talk to him about the wonderful Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is such a good feeling when you get to introduce people to the great blessings that come from learning of the church. We also got to talk to 2 other guys about God. We asked them if they believed in God... Their answer made me really sad... they said.."We are confused about that." We were able to share with them that there is a God who loves us all. We were able to give them the church website.. www.mormon.org I really love being able to invite people. That is all we are here to do... Invite.. It is a blessing and a privilege to be here. I am blessed.
Each week is different and wonderful... I am learning so much about myself...
Everyday I think about my wonderful friends in Africa that say: "You can manage" It is a good reminder that anything is possible!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The weeks Keep on Passing...

It amazes me how fast Wednesdays come... This week has been a great week.. although, every week is good. I realized the times in my life when I felt like things weren't going well, it was only because I failed to see the Lords hand in the experiences that I was having. I have made a goal from the beginning of my mission to write down the "Miracles" in my life that I am able to witness... It is amazing when you look for them how they are so visible. I am really blessed to be serving with a sister.. Sister Rowe, who is so great. She has so much faith, and is very good as seeing the way the Lord directs our days here in New Jersey. We have had a wonderful week, we were very blessed to be able to attend a Zone Conference and also Stake Conference. I love the members out here. They are all so wonderful. The people here are strong and dedicated. During Stake Conference there were many messages shared about the family. It just shows me after listening to General Conference and now the wonderful Stake Conference how important the family really is, how much growth and knowledge we can gain from those around us in our homes. They also shared about being close to the Spirit. It is so important to be able to be in tune with the Spirit and to try and learn and align our will, with that of our Heavenly Father. It is a lifetime goal, and process. I am so grateful to be alive, to be able to continue to work on that! And so it goes... on and on... :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Blessed

I don't have much time this week.. but I did want to share an experience I had this week!
I was so very blessed to be able to talk with my family this past Sunday.. Mother's Day! In our Sacrament meeting they talked all about Mothers. It made me really think about how much I love my own mom. I love her for so many reasons.. but a few of them are:
:For teaching me to learn and grow in the Gospel
:For being so selfless
:For being patient and kind always
:For helping me learn and grow to love sewing, and quilting
:For being the kind of mother to her children that I hope to be to my children someday!
I love my Mom!
Aside from the wonderful Sacrament meeting I was able to attend I was also privileged to hear from an Apostle of the Lord, Elder Jeffery R. Holland.
What an amazing experience that was. As I stood when he walked into the room, I was overwhelmed, the spirit was so strong. I felt so much love from him and his wonderful wife. I learned so much from his and his wife's beautiful messages, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on one thing he said.
He was talking about the Miracles that Christ performed while he was on the earth, healing the sick, raising the dead, giving sight to those who were blind. Those acts that he performed were living proof that Jesus Christ truly was The Son of The Living God. Miracles continue to happen in this life, from our Savior Jesus Christ! Nothing has changed from the time Christ was giving sight to those who were blind, to now. Jesus Christ and God are still continuing to run this Gospel. "Miracles have not ceased. "It is ALWAYS bigger, it ALWAYS gets better, we get more then we dreamed of."
Everyday I get to see the small Miracles of our Savior Jesus Christ. I hope that you all take the time to try to recognize those things, for they are the ties that can connect us more fully to our Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Experiences...

I have had so many experiences this week that have helped me realize that I have really been prepared to be here on this mission. I think life is always going to be about learning. Learning from our mistakes, learning from our strengths, learning from our experiences and opportunites.
This week, I have learned new things, relearned old things, and it has made me grateful for the opportunity that each and everyone of us have to LEARN!
We had a lesson on Sunday about the Gift of the Holy Ghost (what a special gift). We watched a little video (I think it was a Morman message on youtube) about a little boy in the Dominican Republic how he was staying at a shelter with a couple that took in children to try and help them so they didn't have to live on the streets. These people were trying to make a difference in the lives of people around them. The church found out about this situation and sent help, clothing, food, a few toys. This boy talked about how he felt when he was able to have his own brand new clothing. As I was thinking about this, we started discussing gifts. How we sometimes recieve gifts that we appreciate at the moment and then take it for granted. We are always wanting something bigger and better. I have often thought about those kids in Africa that I met last summer and how they have influenced my life. Tears rolled down my checks when I thought of how the boy in the video must have taken care of the things that he received, he must have always been grateful for the few things that he was able to gain that day.
How many time in our lives do we want more than we really need and forget what we already have?
What I am doing here is helping me learn and grow each day. It is helping me appreciate the things that I have in my life, I am trying to not take them for granted. The simple thing I am trying to ask people here to do is to learn, to learn about the Book of Mormon. It is a powerful book, and a beautiful GIFT that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with.
I'm grateful to be here to be able to share this gift with others.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Adventures Always Continue...

The past few weeks have been so crazy! I mentioned before that we had a baptism coming up... Which did happen last Saturday the 24th! (Which was also my 2 month mark). I can't believe I made it two months away from everyone! But I did and it was a absolutely perfect day! Elizabeth Brown was baptized! I was so blessed to be able to be apart of teaching her! She is such a sweet lady and was so ready to be baptized. Her whole family was able to attend, the spirit there was wonderful! It made me ponder a lot about my baptism and how wonderful that day was that I was able to join the fold of the gospel and be baptized by my father. To see Liz's excitement was wonderful, I can't remember the exact scripture but it is in 3 Nephi about the people learning about the gospel and how they clapped there hands for Joy at the opportunity to learn and to be baptized. That verse reminds me of Liz, she was excited and she was glowing, she could not wait until that day was hers. As a result her son Daniel (18) and his girlfriend Crystal (18) are now investigating the church! :) The Elders in our area covering the Young Single Adult branch are teaching them. I'll keep you updated! :)
It is exciting to see small actions take place and in result cause immense changes in the lives of so many people. I am excited about His work. Nothing in this work happens just because of random happenstance... It happens because Heavenly Father is the grand designer, He is carrying out the amazing design here on earth. I'm glad that my feet are helping to fill in the lines of his beautiful creation and plan.
Lots of changes have taken place in the last 24 hours.. I was able to help my companion Sister Miller pack up all her things and say goodbye to her as she heads home to her family as she finishes her mission. It has been a privilege to serve with her. She has a huge heart that has touched so many peoples lives. She truly cares about people and I have learned a lot from her example. I also got to welcome in a new companion, Sister Rowe! She seems wonderful already, she is from Salt Lake City, and has only been out 1 transfer longer than me! It should be an exciting ride as we both are new and trying to figure this whole thing out! I'm excited about all the things in store this week as we figure it all out!
I also wanted to just thank all of you that have supported me on my mission for the letters and cards and prayers. I am just so grateful to all of you who care about me and this amazing work. I think every night, that I am just blessed, TRULY BLESSED.
Thank You, Sister Pallas

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Crazy Week..

It has been a roller coaster of a week. I don't have much time this week to tell you about all of the adventures I have been having but I do want to tell you about the coolest day of my life.. It happened yesterday. It was a sad day at first... We spent some of the time helping Sister Parker pack up. It was her last day in New Jersey, she is off to Nauvoo today. I am blessed to have been able to serve with her and to know her. To lift us up out of the sadness of loosing our companion we headed off to an appointment to meet with Liz! So we were starting our lesson talking about what she read as homework from last week, she always gets really excited about what we are going to teach her next and she just flat out asked us... "So what else do I have to do to get baptized?" ...... Can you say EXCITEMENT? I can .. :) I am so excited about this.. She loves this Gospel it just shines out of her. She talks about what she learns each week and how she just feels SO GOOD. I am so excited for her. I have been very blessed to be able to be apart of teaching her. She is just a wonderful person. She is planning on being baptized on April 24th! this is about 4 days before the end of the transfer! So a blessing to Sister Miller, she will be able to be here for the baptism before she finishes her Mission!

Seeing how much Joy this Gospel can bring to peoples lives is a Miracle. I get to witness it everyday I am here. I am so blessed. SO so Blessed.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Jersey is sometimes the HOTTEST place I have ever been in my life...

I have had a fantastic week! So many good days! I hope all of you got the opportunity to watch General Conference! It was an amazing experience! For the first time in my life I got to watch it broadcasted at a church building. It was a way cool experience! I loved being able to really focus on what the speakers had to say, I learned so much!
We had one of our investigators attend the Saturday morning session! It was great, we met with her last night. We asked her how she like it, she said that she was filled with emotion and she felt completely cleansed. Her name is Liz, I'm not sure if I've already mentioned her already or not but, She is amazing, she really loves the Gospel already. Every time we get to teach her I get way excited because I already know the lesson will go great! She reads from the Book of Mormon and is also studying the Gospel Doctrines manual. She always just says: It makes sense!!
We had a wonderful picnic in between session on Saturday with Sister Nieves and her two daughters, Bebe and Maria!! They are some of my favorite people here in NJ! We had lunch with them and also some of the Elders in the Area. The weather here has been beautiful! The humidity is starting to get to me but i think i will be able to handle it...maybe! :)
One of my favorite talks from Conference was Pres. Uchtdorfs talk about being "His Hands". It made me really think about what i am here doing. Everyday I get to put on a tag that say: The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. i am his representative. It is an amazing thing, listening to his talk made me think more about the calling of a missionary. How we are able to be his hands, eyes, and heart. It is such a privilege to be able to watch conference, to know that what these wonderful speakers have to say to us is directly from God. That there inspiring messages are meant for each one of us to improve our lives, to answer our questions and to give us comfort from our lives challenges. I had an experience that enlightened me on a few things... How grateful I am for the knowledge I have of the Plan of Salvation, that I know I can be with those I love again someday. How grateful i am for the power of the Priesthood, to bless and comfort my life. How grateful I am for people that are caring and look out for each other. How grateful I am for my FAMILY. I thought of them often as i watched conference! I realized how blessed I feel that I was lucky enough to belong to them! I love my family, i love the support they give me.
Another exciting thing that happened here, also happened everywhere... April 6th: The 180th anniversary of the Organization of this wonderful Gospel! Such a blessing!! We would be so far from where we are if not for the wonderful Prophet Joseph Smith who, had courage and strength and faith to fulfill the things asked of him. Also special to that day, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Who I am so eternally grateful too, for his infinite sacrifice, for his love and compassion, for his beautiful example of Charity. No amount of words can encompass the Love he has for us.
Another week down. Blessing.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Jersey is sometimes the coldest place I have ever been in my LIFE!


We went tracting the other day.. in the rain. No worries though it wasn't too bad! Just when it gets really windy that is when it is hard to be outside. Yesterday it was raining really hard, LUCKILY we had Zone Conference! The Lord just sends us blessings all the time!! Zone Conference was pretty amazing! There are some amazing missionaries in my mission (which I'm sure there are amazing missionaries in every mission) but especially in this mission! Then today we woke up and it was a BEAUTIFUL day! Another blessing!
This week was full of adventures: We had a Street Meeting in Woodbury, tracting in the rain, teaching many lessons, and first zone conference! I think I may be getting a handle on mission life...
We are teaching quite a few people right now. We are teaching a really sweet lady named Kristina, along with her we are teaching her two sons. Brandon 13, and Max 8. They have come to church many times and it is really just a matter of time till they get baptized! My companions were teaching them when I get transferred into this area. I am just really blessed to be able to be apart of it now! It's always exciting teaching people when you just know they get it! We are teaching another sweet lady named Liz. We had an amazing lesson with her where she just kept saying, It just makes sense. I love that Heavenly Father allows me to be the one to be able to witness these MIRACLES.
The Lord is so aware of what we are going through in each of our individual lives! It is such a comfort to be able to have that knowledge. I am feeling very blessed. So SO blessed. One of the biggest blessings that has been given to me is my FAMILY.
One this special day I would like to wish my Daddy a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I am so grateful for him. He has been a great strength to me my whole life.
Here are 10 reasons why I love him:
1: For giving me life!
2: For Loving my Mom!
3: For always supporting me in ALL my decisions
4: For making me Laugh.
5: For writing me so often!
6: For supporting our Family
7: For being such a great example
8: For serving a Mission
9: For helping me become who I am today.
10: Just for being SO GREAT!
11: For being Awesome and Amazing! (eleven for good measure) :)
Daddy I Love You SO MUCH!
Being away from your family on a mission makes you really appreciate them! I appreciated them before I left but I really really appreciate them now! They are my strength and my support. I love that I was blessed to belong to them! I love you Family!
Until Next Week! ....Sister Pallas

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

PICTURES / 1 Month down 17 to go!

These are a few things I like about New Jersey so far:
Some of the cutest little houses I have EVER seen.
The trees are beautiful.
My companions are GREAT.
We have been able to teach quite a few people.
I have had some really yummy food. (Everyone feeds us!)
The members here are AMAZING.
Some random things about New Jersey so far:
They have more dogs then anywhere I have ever been!! Every time we knock a door we are
greeted with a LOT of barking.
I'm living in a place called Pitman.
The streets are really small it seems. (They don't have turning lanes)
I have seen more churches here then anywhere I have ever been.
So far my adventures are great. It is an interesting adjustment from regular life to MTC life. An even more interesting adjustment from MTC life to Mission Life. I have the best companions ever, I have been very blessed by them, they have helped me so much. I know why I am here, I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is TRUE. I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father has given me the opportunity to share it with his children. I really like where I am serving, we have a huge area we cover all of Glouser County. I have had some wonderful experiences so far, we are teaching some amazing people. Heavenly Father really prepares his children to be ready to hear this beautiful message we have to share: That we have the Restored Gospel on the earth today, that we have living Prophets on the earth today that lead and guide us, that our Heavenly Father loves us and has created a beautiful Plan for us that allows us to know where we came from and where we are going and why we are here! I love seeing people understand and grasp this knowledge that we have to teach them.
I'm realizing more and more that I am so so inadequate. Heavenly Father knows that, but that is why he calls us to do this work, he can make up the difference and he allows us this beautiful privilege to act in his place as Representatives of HIM! This knowledge has carried me through this past week. I know with God all things are possible.
Love out!
Sister Pallas






Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sister Pallas' Address

Sister Kaitlyn Pallas
New Jersey, Cherry Hill Mission
505 S. Lenola Rd. Ste. 124
Moorestown, NJ 08057

She would love to hear from you!!

And So It Begins

And So It Begins.... NEW JERSEY! I am here! It's a crazy overwhelming feeling getting on a plane with way too many bags and not enough hands. (I definitely need to get rid of some stuff) I couldn't eat breakfast yesterday I was so nervous. :) But as you can tell, I made it! The welcoming we received as we got off the plane was fantastic. It was what I needed to not feel like I was going to explode! :) The Mission Home is beautiful. Driving through Phillie was great, the architecture out here is beautiful, there is so much history. The trees are beautiful, the weather has been beautiful. (Thank goodness, I'm not sure I am ready for the snow yet.) The word of the day BeAUTIFUL. I feel like I don't know what I'm doing, but I do know I want to be here.
We went to Transfer meeting this morning, and I received my new companions! I have two wonderful Sisters that are going to teach me everything they know! They are Sister Parker and Sister Miller. We are serving in a town called Pittman. We are the only missionaries over the ward here. We have a dinner appointment tonight. There is only one thing for me to do here and that is.. to jump in with both feet. I know that my Heavenly Father is looking out for me! He has my back always! I'm so grateful for that knowledge. I love this Gospel.
....O and by the way... I really missed my sewing machine today :)
I Love You All!! Thanks for the love and support, I really feel it out here.
Love, Sister Pallas

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Another week down

Another week down. It's amazing how fast the time goes here at the MTC. I feel like I am in a time warp or something. The days feel so long, but the weeks are flying by. I got my flight schedule a few days ago. I am heading out one week from today! I can't believe it's really happening. The MTC is a place like no other place I have ever experienced. Everyone here has the same goals, all of us are praying our hearts out every second of everyday. The strength I feel is amazing. I've been able to find strength in my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ to keep going. To keep on progressing in this work. The experiences i've had since i've been here have made me stronger, my testimony has been strengthened. I know that my Heavenly Father is aware of me, he knows what I am feeling. I know that my Heavenly Father loves all of you, all of his Children. He knows what we are going through, he knows how to help his children. I am a walking example of that, he has helped me carry on amidst trials and challenges. I am finding great Joy in this work and this Gospel. I know with all my heart it is the only true church on the earth today. I love this Gospel. I hope I will be able to share it in a way that it touches peoples lives. I have a great companion, a great district. I love the people here that I have met. I hope all of you are doing well. I Love you all! Sister Pallas

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good

Dear Readers, Friends, Family, and Anyone else who happens upon this Blog.. The first week at the MTC... it has been a truly amazing experience. I have been picked up from the ground by the spirit countless times. The peace and beauty of this place emanates. I have a district that is fantastic. There are 6 elders and 4 sisters in my district including me! My companion is Sister Beckwith, I think we were sisters in another life. We get along really well. My teachers are so great and have offered me lots of comfort and strength while being here so far. I have grown so much in just these few days I've been here. I want to share with you how I feel about a dear friend of mine today. I found out on Sunday that Ryan MacPherson passed away on Wednesday morning. He was a friend that I hold so dear to my heart. I have a hard time comprehending that he is really gone. When I found out I really couldn't believe it had happened. I was upset, frustrated, and so extremely sad. The day was by far one of the hardest days of my life. Trying to keep going with my studies and trying to be positive. I had so many tender mercies granted to me although. I think it was a true inspiration of the spirit that I was able to say goodbye to him on Tuesday night. An experience that I will hold so close to me. After a lot of tears, I was able to get comfort from so many people. My father was able to give me a blessing over the phone. The love I felt from the blessing was indescribable. It was a very neat experience. I'm so grateful to my Father for being able to do that for me. The prayers from the sweet sisters in my district have been great also. I also had one of my teachers share a scripture with me that has offered me great comfort at this time, it is in D&C 130:2 And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy. This scripture I have read over and over. Ryan's Sweet face comes to my mind every time, along with his sweet wife Ashley and beautiful daughter Lily. We can all exist as we now do but with the beautiful eternal glory! It sounds beautiful and I can not wait to be there with my family someday, and with Ryan. When I said goodbye to Ryan I did not realize it would be for life. I also did not realize that me and him were scheduled to head on our missions the same day. The Lord has a plan for each one of us that I truly know, and for this knowledge I am eternally grateful for. I love this gospel, I'm so grateful to be able to share the beautiful message of it to all the people I come in contact with. I have another scripture to leave with you today that is exactly how I feel. It is Alma 26:12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. I love you all so much! You have all been a great strength to me. When I think about all of you who are praying for me, it carries me through my days. Thank you all for your faith. I know that our Heavenly Father loves all his children and for this knowledge I am so grateful! Love, Sister Kaitlyn Pallas