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 home..no 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. 
Love, 
Sister Camilleri

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Back in Vegas Week 2!

Hello Family and Friends!
This week was so good! It was all about service and miracles. It felt like a long week but in hindsight I can't believe it is time to be writing you guys again! This week I started to feel better about this whole adjusting back to missionary life thing. We were able to have zone conference this week on Tuesday and the theme was all about having a Christ centered mission. It was so good! We watched a video from Elder Holland (an apostle) when he was counseling the new mission presidents that were about to start their missions. Elder Holland was sharing a story about a missionary who served in California and one day he was knocking doors sharing our message about our savior and he met his long lost brother that he had never known but he was always praying for. It was miracle. He told his brother that he was sent to bring him home. Elder Holland related this story to us as missionaries. Our call is to bring people home to their Heavenly Father and that alone makes serving a mission worth it. I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to help his children come home to him. Sunday was probably the best day that I have had back on the mission so far. Honestly I needed Sunday. Sitting in church and hearing the speakers talk about the gospel was what my heart and mind needed. I'm grateful for the Sabbath day and how it can change your heart. We had two amazing girl lessons last night. One of them was with a part member family. Neither of them come to church but we contacted them last week and had the first lesson yesterday. It was so full of the spirit. The biggest thing that I needed out of that was came from us talking about the book of mormon. As we shared the book of Mormon with this family and explained how the Book of Mormon can change our lives. They were a bit skeptical as I'm sure it is to most people when they first hear about the book of Mormon. The minute we started testifying that the Book of Mormon was written for our day the spirit washed over us all. I am tremendously grateful that we have the Book of Mormon to guide us and give us strength. There is nothing better.
After our lesson with the part member family we went to go see a recent convert named Michael. He has been having a hard time. Just because we have the gospel doesn't mean that life is easy for us at all. Sometimes we just really wish that we could always feel the sweet peaceful feelings of the gospel but it doesn't always work out like that. As we were talking tears came to my eyes because I realized just how sweet this gospel can be. You know life is hard. Really hard. Especially when there are things going on in our lives that are outside of our control. We do have control about what we do about it and I realized that again last night. I love love love this gospel with all my heart. It has changed me and the way that I view life. Sometimes we just have to put ourselves to the side and focus on God. That's when we feel the happiest. That is why I feel so happy right now. I've chosen to put myself to the side and focus on God. I'm grateful for the things I'm learning as I do so. This week was amazing and miracles have come to us in this Las Vegas area and I know that God is real.
Love you all,
Sister Camilleri

Monday, July 24, 2017

Back In Vegas week 1

Friends! Family! It feels good to be writing you from the mission field again. Let me start of by saying that I legitimately forgot how hot it is in Las Vegas. I am dying and I am shriveling up like a prune. All is well though and I know that I will survive. Lotion and sunscreen are my friends. 

This week has been a long but a really good week. When I landed at the airport President and Sister Walker were waiting for me and my new companion Sister Walls was there waiting as well. I didn't have to go through any orientation or anything like that this time for the mission. Basically President Walker looked at me and said "Sister Camilleri I hope you are ready to work because Sister Walls has stuff for you to do in your area." From that point on I was put start to work. I am serving in the Las Vegas Stake in the Charleston ward which basically means I am serving about 2 miles away from the strip and the area is full of people that need Jesus. Lol. 

The Sisters that have been serving here just baptized all of our investigators which is a good problem to have but it has left us with the need to find people to teach! We have done a lot of finding this week between tracting and visiting members and all that jazz. It's been pretty great. This area has a bunch of amazing members here that are really passionate about missionary work which I think is really awesome. 

The transition back into the mission world has been kind of weird. When I'm around a bunch of Elders or Sisters I sometimes feel out of place or like I don't belong and I'm not sure why that is but as time goes on I feel more and more comfortable. My companion and I live with another set of Sisters that are serving in the Spanish area around us. It has been a good time living with them. They are always laughing and we are always saying stupid stuff so that has been a big blessing this week. I feel super grateful for them and for my companion. Sister Walls is from Mississippi and has been out for almost 14 months. She is pretty great. She is super quiet and doesn't say much so I feel like all I do is talk but as the week went on I was able to break that shell and she seriously always has the funniest responses to the random things I say. I love it. So far so good. We are just trying to work hard and have fun. Plus we made it a goal to take of picture everyday we are together that describes our day. So get ready to see those. Haha. 

Once again I have realized how amazing it is to be in the service of God. I love being able to have gospel conversations with people and be able to feel Heavenly Fathers love more in my life because I am learning how to love others. The highlight of this week was probably meeting with a part member family last night. We just got her records in the church and we stopped by last night and they were so nice and they were so open minded. They invited us back to come and teach them. Her husband was very nice and asked a lot of questions. One thing that I learned as we were talking and as we were teaching them was that I really love how the church is set up. He starting asking us questions about if we felt like the men of the church were above the women. As we were talking we shared the Proclamation to the Family and talked about the different roles of men and women. It was just a testament to me that everybody has their own essential role in this life and they have endless opportunities to accomplish that role. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what our role is but I know that if we adhere to the Lord and follow our path that we will be able to feel our divinity within us and be able to recognize that God loves us and he wants us to succeed in life and follow him. I hope that each and everyone of you understands your role in life and that you work as hard as you can to accomplish the plan that Heavenly Father has for you. 
I finished reading the Book of Mormon this week and that was awesome. I've finished reading a couple of times but each time the confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon becomes stronger and stronger. I love that book. It strengthens me everyday and I feel so grateful for the comfort that it brings me in my life. Now I get to start it all over again and I'm looking forward to all the things that I will learn this next time. It's true guys. Read it and it will be one of the best decisions ever. 
I really really really love this gospel with all my heart and I am forever grateful for all that it has done for me. 

Miracles are happening all around each of us! Look for them! 

Love you all! 
Sister Camilleri  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I am a believer in promptings. Not just promptings from anyone or anything but promptings that shake you to such a degree that you know it is God speaking to you. There have been many times in my life that I have felt these type of promptings. Most of the time these shake you to the core type of promptings come when I am least expecting it. I remember the first time I received one of the type of promptings. It was New Years day of 2015. I read a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 88 within this chapter there is a particular scripture that changed my life. When I say that it changed my life I really mean that it changed everything for me. It was the first time where I remember so vividly that I knew what Heavenly Father required of me. I read verse 68 in this particular chapter; "Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will." That was the minute that I knew that the Lord needed me to serve a mission. This was the first time in my life where I felt that God was speaking so clearly and in such a distinct way that there was no way that I could deny the power of God. A short 4 months later I received the magical white envelope in the mail that would tell me where I would be serving for the next 18 months of my life. I opened that envelope and read out loud " Dear Sister Camilleri, you have been called to serve in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission" At that moment I received another prompting that was very distinct. However, it was very different from the first prompting that I described. This time the prompting came as a feeling of peace. In that moment I knew that I needed to serve a mission but more importantly I knew that I was needed in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission. The mission needed me but I also felt very clearly that I needed Vegas. There were people and experiences there that were going to change my life. A short two months later I found myself on a plane flying to Vegas. I was scared for what I was about to do. I knew I was making the right decision but I didn't really know what was ahead of me. This was the first time in my life where I truly felt like I was walking by faith. I've been walking by faith ever since that day and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I served in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission in various areas for 10 months. Those were some of the best ten months of my life; not because it was 10 months of bliss and ease but because in those 10 months I learned so much about myself, my Savior, my loving Heavenly Father and I learned of the importance of the gospel in my life. I needed it. There was no other way that I could possibly get the most out of this life than with the gospel. Six months into the mission I got sick. I spent about 5 months in the mission field consistently nauseous and consistently throwing up. In the field I visited doctors and received a diagnosis that I was hoping could be resolved so that one I could feel better but two so that I could be the missionary that I knew i needed to be. As time went on the medication that I was on was not being effective and there wasn't much that we could do about it. I either had to choose to work through the sickness and try my best or I had to choose to return home  and receive more medical treatment. I am a fighter. Fighting through things is one of those gifts that I feel I was blessed with. So, I fought. I decided to stay in the mission and continue on with my mission with hopes that I would get better and the issue would go away. I fought for about 3 months. I did not want to go back home. I wanted to stay and there were many days and nights where I was on my knees or where I was in a constant conversation with Heavenly Father pleading for Him to let me stay and to continue to fight and overcome. I wanted it so badly. As time went on things got worse. One day I was having a really hard day with this illness and I started feel like it was not fair to me, God  or my companion for me to stay in the missionary field anymore especially since I could not work the way that I knew I needed to. I pondered this thought for awhile without praying about it. I tend to be one of those really ponder and think about the decision and try to come to some conclusion before I take it to Heavenly Father. That is exactly what I did. I knew that I was at a crossroads in my life. I had to make a decision and it was only a decision that I could make. No one could make it for me. It was at this time that I received another one of those shake you to the core type of promptings. I knelt in prayer on a Saturday morning feeling more nauseous than I had ever felt and in tears. I took my decision to the Lord and I received a very clear prompting that I was making the right decision. I was going home. Often times the Lord requires us to do hard things sometimes even things that we don't want to do. We have to do these things so that we can grow. I again found myself feeling like I was taking a step into the darkness and like I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I felt like I was walking by faith. It is one of those bittersweet feelings. I found joy in the fact that I was following what Heavenly Father had planned for me and that I was being as faithful as I could but I also found sadness in the thought of returning home and leaving the missionary field. I felt complete when I was serving the Lord. Heartwarming happiness became real and I finally felt like I understood what happiness was. In some ways I felt like my happiness was being taken away from me because I was leaving the field and I was going to have to take my tag off. As I made this decision I also found another prompting of peace a long the way. I know that in those 10 months that I served the Lord and the people of Las Vegas that I did exactly what was required of me. I know that the work that I performed was acceptable to the Lord. This taught me that it is possible to feel peace in times that are hard. Just because I was following the plan that Heavenly Father had for me does not mean that it was easy for me. Leaving the mission took a lot more faith than coming to the mission did and it was one of the hardest things that I had ever done. A short and long days later I found myself on a plane once again with the feeling of being scared creeping back in because I had no idea what I was getting myself into. When I got home I decided to fight once again. Doctors appointments came quickly and a proper diagnosis became clear within a couple of months. I began medication to help with the illness and I started to feel better for the most part. I didn't know what I was supposed to do next. I wanted to return the field but I knew that was not what Heavenly Father needed me to do. At that moment in time it was not in the cards and even though it was disappointing I again found myself walking by faith. I received another prompting that I needed to go to college. I was enrolled at BYU-Idaho and I decided that I would go there in the fall. It felt right and I knew that I needed to be there. While in Idaho I met amazing people and made amazing friends that have changed my life in more ways than I could explain. My experience at BYU-Idaho changed my life and I am so grateful for the time that I spent there. I needed it and I have a feeling that Idaho needed me too. Now, it was January of 2017 and I found myself in Idaho trying to figure out my next step. BYU-Idaho did not have the major that I wanted to study so I was trying hard to know where I needed to go in order to receive an education in that particular field of study. I had options and as I pondered them nothing was lining up. I didn't know what to do and I was frustrated. This is when the prompting repeatedly occurred to me that I needed to rethink the idea of returning to the mission field. I had been home for about 8 months at the time and even though the desire to go back had always remained with me I had always felt that it just wasn't what I needed to do. These promptings came as one of those shake you to the core type of promptings. It surprised me and I felt like it had totally come out of left field. I had been home for so long and felt like I was just starting to fully adjust again and life was good in Idaho. My friends and I were closer than ever and I knew that if I was going to try to return to the mission field that I was going to have to leave them and to sacrifice everything again. I had a whole lot of mixed emotions and trust me any one of them can testify to that. I could not deny the prompting that I received and I had made a promise earlier on in my life that I would try my hardest to follow what Heavenly Father needed from me. I did not want to go back on my mission. I did not want to sacrifice everything again. I did not want to return home to Washington where my spirituality severely was in trouble every time I came back. I did not want to lose everything that I felt like I had worked so hard for.  Now a month later I have found myself back in Washington and working on the process of being able to return to the mission field. I don't know how I got here. Its been hard emotionally the past month. I have a lot of feelings but once again I have the prompting of peace that inspires me to continue to move forward and to continue to follow my Heavenly Father's will. Sometimes Heavenly Father asks us to do things that are hard and that we don't want to do but he does this so that we can grow. I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have to grow. There is peace in following Heavenly Father's plan even when things are hard. I don't know if I will be able to return to the mission field but I know that I need to try. This last week I received medical clearance to be able to return. My doctor feels confident in my ability to return and that is a huge blessing. Next week I will be turning in my approval letter along with a letter from myself to the missionary department stating why I want to return to the mission field and why I feel that I can. Two weeks later I should hopefully have an answer. I don't want is going to happen. I'm walking by faith and its is beautiful. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Hello!

Hello Family and Friends!
I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I had yesterday to skype my
family and talk to them! It always feels so good to be able to see
their faces and talk to them! I really do miss my family and friends
but being away from home and serving a mission is so worth it! I just
can't believe that I only have 8 more months left. That is so crazy to
me. Next thing you know I'll be home! There isn't really much to say
about this week. Honestly it was probably one of the more not very
good weeks when it comes to the work. The family that I had talked
about last week dropped us. It was the most heart wrenching experience
ever. They said that they loved us and that they believed in
everything that we taught and testified of but that their wife/mother
doesn't want them to be taking lessons. They did say though that they
would stay in touch. I know it isn't the end for them. It was so so
sad though! Ugh I just love them! Pretty much everyone one else this
week that we planned to meet with cancelled on us. So even though we
worked hard nothing to exciting happened this week. On Saturday we did
another sacrifice Saturday where we tracted all day. That was pretty
good. It started raining towards the end and I finally got to wear my
north face and it was the best thing ever. We also got to ride some
electric scooters and bikes. That was fun because we got to do some
dance moves while we rode the electric scooter. It was so great! Haha
anyway that was pretty much my week! I hope all is well with all of
you!

A GREAT Week!

Hello Everyone! This week was GREAT! Let me start off my saying that
it rained three different days this week! Along with some hail it was
so great! However that was not the best part of the week! Remember
when i totally sunburned on side of my body? IT WAS WORTH IT! The day
when I burned my left side of my body basically it was because we were
standing in the same spot for two hours talking to someone on the
street that we had basically tracted into. It was great. Well it just
so happens that we got in contact with him again this week and we had
the best lesson ever! He wanted his kids to be there (all 6 of them).
It was so good. We taught the restoration lesson and the spirit was so
so so strong! At the end of the lesson the father When we asked him if
he believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet he looked at us and said
yes I do. I really do. Ahhhh the best words to ever come out of
someone's mouth ever! Then we asked all the kids how they felt and
they said we are curious. We want to know more! The second best thing
to come out of someone's mouth! So we left that lesson spiritually
charged but also with 6 new investigators that we have the amazing
opportunity to help the, understand the importance of Heavenly Father
in their life and help them come closer to him. I feel so blessed.
Then it rained and hailed at the end of the lesson and it was a double
blessing!
The next day we had the opportunity to meet with Elder Jeffrey R.
Holland and President Robbins. That was an amazing experience. Being
in the presence of an apostle and hearing him testify of the
truthfulness of the gospel is something that I will never forget. The
spirit was so strong and so good there. He talked about a lot of
things. The highlight for me was when he was talking about the way
that Christ taught when he was here and he talked about how Christ met
people at the level that they were at and took them to where they
needed to be. (John 3 & 4) I loved that so much. I believe that not
only applies to teaching but it also applies to every single person
that ever lives. Christ will meet us where we are at and he will carry
us to where we need to be but it will only be if we let him. Another
thing that Elder Holland spoke about was about being finishers. He
said that the blue ribbon does not come at the beginning of the race.
It does not come at the middle of the race. It comes at the end of the
race. Heavenly Father wants to give you your blue ribbon but you have
to finish the race. Then he went on talking about not giving up and it
was the best thing ever.
The next day I was reading in Ether 3 where it tells the story of the
Brother of Jared. This chapter really stood out to me and in a
different way than it normally does. Usually I recognize that the
Brother of Jared had this immense amount of faith which is very very
very true but I noticed this time that the Brother of Jared does his
part first and then the Lord does his. He makes stones, he follows the
commandment to pray, he exercises faith in the Lords miracles and then
the Lord shows himself to the brother of Jared and he lights the
stones. I really loved studying that. It just goes to show that we
have to do our part and then The Lord will do his. In the moment that
we don't believe the Lord is nearby helping us is the moment that he
is carrying us to where we need to be.
Man this week was great! I love my mission!