Monday, September 18, 2017

Back in Vegas week 9

Dear Family and Friends,
Really quick I just wanted to start off this emailing by telling you all that I miss you! Seriously I miss you so much! This week our mission received counsel and training for our new online proselyting tools. It was an awesome training and Im excited to be able to use these tools in my efforts to help people come unto Christ. One of those tools is the use of facebook. I will be using the facebook that I had at home and I am grateful for this opportunity. Having said that though I ask that each of you understand that my purpose in using facebook for the rest of mission is solely for missionary purposes. We have been asked to make our facebooks a place that can represent our Savior Jesus Christ. I would love to be able to communicate with all of you over facebook but that is not my purpose right now. Please keep staying in touch with me over email! Please help me in my endeavor to use facebook as a missionary tool! I love you all so much!

This week was a good week! We have been able to work hard in the areas that we are serving in and even though we havent been able to find new people to teach this week it was a successful week in helping others come unto Christ.

Monday: We were able to have dinner with a family in one of our areas. Both the husband and wife served missions and that was awesome to talk about and to see what they believe are the blessings of that. As we were talking with them it became very clear to me that having this opportunity to serve a mission is one that not everybody is able to do. This is something that will forever bless my life. We were also ablet to visit the couple over family history. Geneaology work is something that has been talked about a lot lately and is a focus in the stake that I am serving in. We were able to talk to them about using family history in our missionary efforts and they were excited to help us with our cause. I am looking forward to seeing the miracles that come from that.

Tuesday: We went and visited a part member family in one of our wards. The husband has previously taken the missionary discussions but stopped because he wasnt fully understanding what was being taught and he didnt know how to understand more fully. We had an awesome conversation with him. We talked about the first 12 verses in the Book of Mormon and how that tells us of all the things that we need to do to receive answers. Those verses tell us that we need to pray and ask God our question and tehn read the scriptures to find our answer. The spirit will be with us as we do so. He really loved that and was  grateful for that answer that we weren able to give him. Hopefully we will be able to make it back over there!

Wednesday: We spent majority of our day at zone conference. We were being trained all day about online proselyting and using the safeguards to help us avoid any temptation that comes along with using online tools. It really became clear to me that the safeguards that we have been given apply to a lot more than just technology. They are 1. Be aware of spiritual promptings 2. Be focused on your missionary purpose  3. Be disclipined and 4. Be one. I really love these safeguards and I know that they will bless my life before and after the mission.

Thursday: We had the most frustrating lesson of our lives with a less active member in one of our areas. Our lesson just kept going around and around in circles and the only reason why that kept happening was because the member could not separate things of the world from the things of God. This is something that is really important for us to do because it allows us to grow and recognize that the world will never been in line with God> we have to make sure that our lives are in line with God.

Friday: We were able to witness 2 miracles this day. The first happened as we were walking around a really cool park in our area. We were able to stop and talk to an older couple about family history work and invite them to start working on their geneology. They were really excited about it and you could tell that they really hada desire to find out who their family was and all the different relationships they have with people. It was awesome and I am so grateful for families! Later in the evening we were trying a couple of members houses and their was no answer. As we were walking down the street their was a couple in there garage doing some organizing. We stopped and talked with them for awhile and we found out that the woman was a member of the church and that she hadnt been to church in a while. We didnt know she existed because her records where somewhere else. It was so cool. Gods hand is real guys.

Saturday: On saturday night we were able to get into see a recent convert that we needed to get into touch with. She is the cutest little thing and she is so strong. We talked all about prayer and how we can make sure that we are praying meaningfully. I was grateful that we were able to see her!

Sunday: Sunday was busy because we  had meetings all day but we were able to have a lesson with one of our investigators that is in Sandy Valley! That was awesome because we hadnt been able to have a lesson previously that week! Miracles!

Overall it was a pretty good week. I love being a missionary. Right now I know there is nothing better that I could be doing. It is amazing. Thank you so much for all of your support! I love you all!

Sister Camilleri

Friday, September 15, 2017

Back in Vegas Week 8

Hello Family and Friends!
What a week this has been. Just a little bit of an update on my life...on wednesday my new companion left and I got emergency transferred (again) to the South Stake covering three different areas. My new companion that I am with now is Sister Albanes! She is an awesome missionary and we are learning how to work together. She just came to this new area so we basically are double transferring off an emergency transfer. To say that I am overwhelmed is an understatement. Everything is actually going pretty well though and I will survive. It has been crazy though I cannot believe that in 8 weeks I have served in 3 areas and had four different companions. Im just trying to hit this area hard with Sister Albanes and we are going to get these areas going! Ag least fpr the next 4 weeks!

I will have to right a better email next week! This week was just crazy and I have been sick and life has taken over!
One thing that I was thinking about this week was all about the decisions we make in this life. They are so so so important. Basically guys in short make good decisions! I love you all! Sorry this email is so short!
Also our mission is getting Facebook on Wednesday so I'm not sure what that is going to look like but it will be so good for missionary work! 

I love you! 
Sister Camilleri

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back in Vegas week 7!

Friends! Family!
I hope that all of you had a good week and that if you didnt that this week will be better! 
This week started off with me getting my new companion! We have had a blast together this week and I love Sister Berger! Once again it reminds me that time doesnt really mean anything. It is cool to be able to recognize that you can become super close to someone even if it is just a week. She is from New Mexico which means that I have another cool place to visit! Yay for companions!
Highlights from this week:
Tuesday: We got a random text that said that there is a guy in our area that wants to take the lessons again and be baptized. We were like well that is awesome. We were able to get into contact with him and tried to set something up. Hopefully this week we will be able to see him.
Wednesday: We had an amazing spirit filled lesson with one of our investigators who is progressing so well. It has been amazing to watch and be apart of. That is what I love about being a missionary: we are able to see people recieve a change in heart and to be a part of it. I literally live for lessons like this one. We were also able to read the Book of Mormon with a less active and that was really awesome. We started talking about the historical side of the Book of Mormon and it was really cool to see how everything lines up.
Thursday: We went over to see a part member family who we have not been able to get into contact with. We werent able to see the family that we were going over their to see but we found out that there was two people that lived in that house who we didnt know existed. They invited us in and were really open to us. That was a big miracle this week.
Friday: We were able to get into touch with a less active member who we know recently started a job that was going to take her away from being able to come to church. That is always a bummer but the fact that we were able to make contact with her this week was really awesome. She was really grateful for our visit.
Saturday: We were able to attend a baptism for another person and take one of our investigators with us. We invited him to come and he came and he loved it. I pray that it will be able to make a difference in his life.
Sunday: Our really awesome investigator came to church for the 3rd week in a row! She loved it! Seriously she has been doing so awesome and the ward has really been taking her in and that is always so good to see. Hopefully we will be able to set her with a date this week!
Yesterday was a very much needed sabbath day. I am grateful that we were able to focus in on the sabbath and the lessons that we were able to have. Im grateful for the way that the gospel fills my soul with so much peace and true joy.

As I pondered back on this week one thing that has really been sticking out to me is that we cannot grow without the help of others, our reliance on the Lord and having a desire to improve. I have gained a firm testimony that as we rely on others and on our Savior that in the end the dust will settle and no matter what we will come out on top. I have no idea how people make it through life without having a knowlegde of our Savior and being able to know that we can in fact rely on Him. I just feel so grateful.
Sister Camilleri  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back in Vegas week 6!

Hello guys!
I made it through my first transfer back! What a crazy ride life is. Today is transfer day so I don't have a ton of time to write!
I am staying in the southern part of Vegas in the West Oqendo Ward! Im grateful that for at least another six weeks (unless there is another emergency transfer) that I dont have to pack up and move! My current companion goes home tomorrow back to New York! That is so crazy but Im excited for her and grateful that isnt me yet! (still love you guys though!) I will be getting my new companion today! Her name is Sister Berger and I dont really know anything about her. Ive heard good things though so Im sure it will be great!
This week has been an interesting one. I cant really remember all that happened but I know it was interesting. One miracle of this week is that we were able to meet with a couple who is investigating! We hadnt been able to see them in two weeks because  their life has been crazy but we were able to get back in and read the Book of Mormon with them! It was awesome and I was extremely grateful that we were finally able to get in! The investigator who went to church last week also came to stake conference this week! That was also so awesome and we were so happy because she was so happy to be there. The Lord's work really is progressing in this crazy messed up world. Im grateful that I have the gospel and I have things to be grateful for because if I didnt I think I would feel pretty gloomy. God is real and God is good!
We had stake conference this week and that was awesome and very much so needed. I love the Spirit and how it speaks to us personally.
One thing that really stood out to me this week was about having an eternal perspective. Guys there is life after this life and when we look at life that way it make s things easier. Seriously so much easier. We talked a lot about that yesterday with a member who we had dinner with. I know that when I look at things with an eternal perspective that my gratitude is strengthened and I am able to look past the trial or the situation. I promise that this life is not the end. There is life after this and now is the time to prepare to meet God. Keep preparing! I love you all!
Sister Camilleri

Monday, August 21, 2017

Back in Vegas Week 5!

Hello family and friends!
I hope that this week has treated you well! Thankfully this week went by a lot faster than last week and I was incredibly grateful for that. We are going into the last week of the transfer and I cannot believe it. My companion goes home next week so I will for sure be getting a new companion and Im a little nervous for that but I know all will be well and fanstatic!
This week was so good! I need to get a grip on my emails because I just dont have a good way of writing them yet so sorry that this one will be once again different. Bear with me guys...lets talk about the miracles we saw this week and the things I learned!

We went to go teach the Young Women's President about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she happened to invite a woman who recently moved into the area to the lesson. She is a member of the church who hasnt been to church in 34 years. She recently went through some tough things and felt like it was time to go back to the place where she started her relationship with God. It was awesome. As we were teaching her about the restoration you could just tell that she was soaking in everything that we were saying. We gave her a Book of Mormon at the end of the lesson and told her she could mark it up. She was so excited. We should all feel that excited to read the Book of Mormon including myself and that was a good reminder for me.
Nothing super exciting happened to us on Tuesday. We had a lady yell at us when we were leaving dinner with a member because we were in an apartment complex and we apparently werent supposed to be there. I was like bye girl bye we are coming from dinner. Then she got in her little golf cart and rode off and almost ran into a car. Karma.
We had an amazing lesson with our investigator named Andrea!  Seriously it was so good. We had a member  that she knew come with us and that made the lesson like 110% better. We were talking about the Gift of the Holy Ghost. As we were talking to her you could literally see the light bulbs going off in her head. It was so cool and then we started talking about how we are made in the image of God and about how Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings and she loved that. Oh man it was just so good! Miracles!
We weekly planned for most of the day and that is always like good and super lame at the same time. We went over to our Relief Society presidents house and as we were leaving her neighbors were outside.One of them asked us if we were preaching the good word and we were like yes its pretty great! He came over to us and told us his life story, asked us to pray for him, and said that he wanted to learn more. It was so awesome. We will meet with him this week so hopefully it goes well. We are a little weary though because he lives with some preachers and we dont want to go over there and get bashed so pray for us lol.
WE WENT TO THE TEMPLE! It was a blessed day and an amazing experience and I want to go back. So so so so good! It felt good to be back in the Las Vegas temple again too!
This day was rough. No one answered. The ultimate struggle. The ray of sunshine came from the one lesson that we had with a recent convert/less active and they offered us chocolate. Miracles.
ANDREA CAME TO CHURCH. It was so good. I was so grateful. She loved it and so did her kids! Guys. It was awesome. I dont even know how to explain it! All the messages were perfect for her as well! It was just meant to be!

It was a good week my peeps. Im looking forward to what this one holds. It will be full of a lot of greatness. I can feel it. Plus its my companions last week as a fulltime missionary so it has to be amazing.

I have been reading from the Doctrine and Covenants a lot lately and I have been loving it. There are so many amazing things in there that I had never before realized. My testimony of Joseph Smith and his call to be the first prophet in this last dispensation has grown so much as I have been reading the Doctrine and Covenants. Joseph Smith withstood the test of times with so much faith and endurance. I know that He was a prophet and that because of him we have so many truths restored today. Thank goodness for that! I love you all so much! I hope you have a good week!

Sister Camilleri

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back in Vegas Week 4!

Hey Guys! This week felt like the longest week of my life but whats new. We had a pretty good week. Let me just give you the quick run down. 
Monday: We had a lesson with an investigator who has been taking the lessons for a couple of months. Our lessons are always long with her because we all talk to much. The lesson started on a rough note and I basically was like if you dont keep your commitments then you will never know if what we are sharing with you is true. This is the point in the lesson where it got a bit shaky but then literally out of nowhere I was so overwhelmed with this feeling of love that God has for her. As we were ending the lesson we shared our love with her and I started crying. I could forsure feel the love. Nothing feels better than feeling the love. lol. 
Tuesday: Every week we go and do service at an old peoples home usually we play bingo. (anyone that knows me know that I cringe at the thought of an old peoples offense) We get there and everybody is playing bingo but this one woman wants me to come and help her paint a rock. I go over to her, talk to her and help her with her rock. Then this older man who volunteers at this place came and sat down to paint his rock. Next thing you know we get talking and he starts telling me about how his wife died 6 months ago and how he was really taking hard but he volunteered because this is what his wife would do. I started talking to him about his religious beliefs and testified that he would in fact be with his wife again. As he was leaving I gave him a plan of salvation pamphlet and told him he should have the missionaries come and talk to him. He just kept saying thank you and was really grateful for our conversation. Hopefully I get to see him again when we go back today to play bingo. 
Wednesday: We were on exchanges on wednesday. I was with my sister training leader Sister Hansen. It was awesome. We talked and she help me just have a better understanding on some things. It was fantastic. I love her. We were able to teach a less active member while I was with her in her area. We talked about Joseph Smith. He brings so much strength to me. I am so grateful for everything he endured in order to restore the church. 

This email has become massively long so sorry about that...Ill just finish telling you super quickly about the rest of our days
Nothing super exciting happened thursday, friday or saturday. Those were the long days. 
Sunday: We got two new investigators! We had a lesson with a former investigtor and his fiancee. It was awesome. They are neighbors with a member so we took her along with us. They are really open minded and want to hear more! We are excited to see where it goes! 

It was a pretty good week! We get to go to the temple this week so I am really looking forward to that. This is church is true there is no doubt about it. We just have to be willing to find the answers to our questions and give the gospel a shot. We seriously have nothing to lose. Being a missionary is good! Im starting to get the hang of it again! 
I love you all!
Sister Camilleri

Monday, August 7, 2017

Back in Vegas week 3 and emergency transfer

This week was a crazy week. When I say crazy I mean CRAZY. Wednesday I got emergency transferred to the West Oquendo Ward in the Spring Mountain Stake. Guys that was hard. I was just getting used to the Charleston ward and the area and then bam out of nowhere we get emergency transferred to Spring Mountain. I'll share you all the details but let's just say that Wednesday and Thursday were insane and I was slightly a mess. Wednesday we were busy. I had about 20 minutes to pack up all my stuff and drive to South Vegas before we had two lessons back to back. We went to those lessons and it was seriously by the blessings of the Lord that we got through those. Thursday was a pretty uneventful day. We weekly planned and had a lesson with an investigator who is the most talkative old guy I have ever known. He is awesome though. On Friday I had interviews with President Walker. I have really come to love and appreciate President Walker. You can tell just by the way that they talk that they care so deeply about us missionaries. I was talking to him and I realized kid conversation what is was that I needed to do in order to help myself. I literally looked at him and said "ya know President I really just need to get over myself" he kinda shrugged and went on to tell me a story about a woman from his ward that basically  told herself that everyday. I realized that I just need to get out of my own way. Seriously that is something we all need to do. I plan on telling myself to get out of my own way for the rest of my life. Choosing to overcome is one of the best things that we can do for ourselves. I'm grateful for that bit of revelation I received.
On Saturday we had another lesson with a investigator. This guy is seriously so knowledge probably almost to much for his own good. We had such an informational lesson with him about "our abrahamic sacrifice" (it sounds deep for an investigator but not this guy I promise)
The moral of the story was basically everyone has to make sacrifices that help them come closer to our savior and to our Heavenly Father. They will be different sacrifices but nonetheless they are sacrifices and they mean something. What will you sacrifice in order to grow closer to God? It was just really awesome to think about the things we sacrifice and why we sacrifice that things that we do. I know that every sacrifice that we make for our Heavenly Father is seen by him and will allow us to grow closer to Him.
Also can we just talk about how blessed I am? Seriously. Sometimes the mission field and the way this transfer has gone feels really lonely and feels really confusing. I am so blessed though because my Heavely Father has shown me that change is good and that the gospel is true no matter where you are. The work of God is progressing. I have good people surrounding and supporting me. Shout out to you all!
Also my new companion Sister Tew goes home in three weeks. Aka I have to learn the area in three weeks. Pray for me y'all. 
Sister Camilleri