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