Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pictures 5/20/13

Me and Lexi! 
not really sure what we were thinking..
but thats us for ya! 
Joseph Smith's glamour shot re-inactment. 
Two sisters we got to know very well at the MTC
one is from Peru and the other is from Honduras,
they would let us practice our spanish with them
and were so sweet to us! 
Saying goodbye to our baby district sisters! 
Last night as a companionship! 
Final Four! 
Last two standing..saying goodbye to baby bled:( 
Best Companion ever! 
Sister Routen and I at the airport! 
All the missionaires that I flew with when we first
go to Milwaukee! 
My trainer(bottom right) and other companion
pointing to our area KENOSHA  SOUTH(: 
Me and my mission president and wife,
President and Sister Jones. 
The first three houses we tracted! Thought I might want
to remember them/show you(: 
Keepin it real in Wisconsin with a nice sheesy dinner(: 
Our "bedroom" haha I love it. 
We were so happy after our lesson with Tammy!
I had to record that moment. 
Rando, Water tower with Kenosha on it (; 
When I first saw I was goning to Wisconsin 
When I first saw I was going to Wisconsin 
Our Apartment! Ours is the one upstairs on the right! 
Pday at the Lake! So pretty! 
The lighthouse! (it was a little windy, my butts not
that big I promise(:) 
Loving the view and being here in Kenosha! 
Getting splashed..oops probs shouldn't of walked
out there but I know Ryan would of wanted me to
so I did(: 
Just bein a little adventurous at the lake!

Kenosha South, WI. Mission Email #2

From: Camille Weller []
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 11:39 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley
Subject: Kenosha!

So this past week has been madness so i will try to tell you all the highlights(:

5/14 Tuesday It was so good to get to talk to all of you! I loved hearing your voices! I didnt have anyone sitting next to me on either flight so i tried to sleep but it didnt do much good. I was so tired when i got to milwaukee i didnt think i was going to make it through the day. The president, his wife, and the APs met us at the airport and took us to the presidents house, we ate lunch, got to take a little nap(soooo nice) and then had interviews with the president and the APs. Then we had dinner at the church and had a testimony meeting with all of us that had just got there. Everyone was falling asleep it was hilarious to see it when i got up to bear my testimony. I even fell asleep during the last song.. in the middle of singing.. haha it was great. We slept at the presidents house that night.

5/15 Wednesday: We went to the church to meet our companions, i found out i would be in a trio with sister barnes as my trainer and sister vance as my other companion( because they dont know when i will leave) I'm not speaking spanish here but my trainer is fluent in spanish and we have language study an hour a day so hopefully i can keep it fresh on my mind! We had orientation and then went and took our stuff the the apartment and got straight to work! We went and tracted and tried to get in touch with a head quarter referal but didnt have any luck. On the way to dinner i was just really down, i wasnt feeling like i could do this whole mission thing and i really missed my family, then a song came on that i knew i recognized from somewhere... it was Hello Sunshine by mercy river and i remembered Yvonne telling me that i needed to listen to that song when i was home sick or having a hard time... I knew the lord was reminding me of how much support i have back home and to just keep trying. We had dinner with the Peacheys a recent convert family and they were the sweetest, they live in a trailer park, and you could say i felt right at home(: After dinner i had a feeling we should walk to our appointment we had that night, right as we left the apartment we saw a lady parked in the entrance to another apartement complex, she stopped us and asked if we were from a church and said she was looking for a new church.... are you kidding me?? haha She took a book of mormon and we set up an appointment with her for sunday, you could say we were all pretty pumped up after that! We didnt have much luck after that but we did get to visit with a less active member so that was good!

5/16 Thursday: We have a park right next to us so we get to go run there in the mornings, we had weekly planning which takes like 3 hours so after studies thats pretty much what we did all afternoon. We went to Culvers for lunch... AMAZING! They have butterburgers. i dont know what that means but there so good and then they have deep fried cheese curds! mom you would love them! Then we did some service and helped the Aikens an investigator family whose son went on a mission and just got back, the mom is getting baptized next month so thats really exciting! We helped them clean their basement which was spider central but it was fun getting to help them! Then we went back to get in contact with kurt the head quarter referal, and it got very interesting... The first thing he said when we started talking was "maybe i can teach you something today." haha he proceeded to tell us how we were sinning because we were woman and we were trying to teach a man and how eve was the reason of sin and all this stuff and then told us that he was going to start his own church.. needless to say we left as soon as we could but it was a very interesting experience(:

5/17 Friday: i noticed that there are squirrels everywhere here! haha they're so cute (: We met with a less active family, the Christiansens and they were so awesome, their house is jammed packed with nick nacks and they chatted for quite some time with us. haha we tracted for a bit and then went to meet with sister bitner an investigator that is trying to quit smoking. shes so sweet, she is wheelchair bound and just broke her ankle so its been a struggle to get her to church. we might just have to walk her next week! It was really cold that night and i seriously started to wonder what i was doing here. People litteraly run away from us. A lady turned around and told her kids to hurry, a guy doing lawn work dropped his weed wacker and went inside and another guy walking his dog crossed the street. haha its not an easy work out here but as i thought of how hard this is i remembered the Savior and how much he was rejected and everthing he went through and i remembered that my life isnt so bad, i can handle getting doors slammed in my face and people saying no.

5/18 Saturday: We visited some more less active families and heard some cools stories from one family, the Alwards that the wife went on a mission so she told us some interesting things that had happend to her. We visited with another Lady sister Goliher and her daughter, she said she hadnt been to church in years but new she probably should, were hoping to work with her and get here more active. We tracted a lot and didnt have really any success... i was really missing home and just wanted to give up but thats why we have sundays(:

5/19 Sunday: Finally we got to go to church and talk to people who actually wanted to talk to us! I never thought i would appreciate an actual conversation as much as i do now. The bishop had the new missionaries get up and introduce our selves and bear our testimonies so that was fun. Then the speakers in sacrament and the lesson in relief society were on the two talks from conference on missionary work! Which was sooooo what i needed to hear. The best part was this black lady who sat behind us who is an investigator of the Elders and after everything the speaker would say she would say something like.. oh yeah, thats true, i believe that, yes we do, mmmhmmm, or something to that effect after almost everything he said. haha it was great. We had correlation with the ward missionaries and then we had our lesson with Tammy, the lady that had stopped us on wednesday.. It went perfectly. Her son and her husband were there and she was so interested in everything we were teaching and pretty much already beleived in everything our church believes in. She had been catholic and baptist and just didnt feel like either were right, we taught her the restoration and the plan of salvation and asked if she had ever felt the spirit before, she said she hadnt, but at the end of the lesson pointed to her heart and said she could feel it... she agreed to be baptized and we have another lesson with her on wednesday!! Her husband and son didnt seem as interested but still asked a lot of questions and want to learn more! I was so happy as we left her house. I know that the Lord has prepared people for us to teach and to help, and if thats only one person the whole time im out here than thats okay! I really needed that lesson and im thankful for the opportunity to teach and be out here! Even though its really hard and i get discouraged at times i know it will be worth it. We had dinner that night at the Bostons, a cute younger family in the ward with two other families from the ward, one of them is getting sealed in the temple in a couple weeks! So exciting! Two of the husbands were RMs so we all joked and they told us their funny stories, it was great, sister Boston reminds me a lot of nikki. Made me miss her and the whole fam. but thats an everyday thing(:

5/20 Monday (PDAY) We stopped on our way here by the lake, and it is so gorgeous!! We come to the library to email so thats kind of cool, thats it for today so far(:

So yeah, life out here is good! its hard work but its good! I do miss my mountains and my family though! Mark would love it here though, every house i've been in has packers stuff everywhere and like every car and just everything is packers here. haha

Make sure you all try to feed the missionaries as much as you can! I get taken care of very well out here but i know how much i love having dinner appointments! And help them, i know its scary but give them referals and people they can teach.

Another thing i want to invite you all to do is to take time to pray out loud once in a while, it makes such a difference to say the words instead of just think them! Also how is everyone doing on the commmitment i left with you at the airport?? (: Another thing i want you to do is to pray to know if the book of mormon is true. I know most of you probably have but do it again. I know that if you do you will recieve another testiment of its truth. Also read the introduction to the Book of mormon, especially pay attention to the last to paragraphs of it and the promises that are said!(:

I love you all and i miss you!! I am doing so good and Cant wait to write you next week! Write me letters and keep me updated with all of your lives!! The church is true(:


Sister Weller! (:


Wisconsin Email #1

From: Camille Weller []
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 10:14 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley
Subject: Voy a Milwaukee Wisconsin! (MTC part of this last week or two)

Wednesday: Hna Bledsoe got onto her portal and saw that her mission had been changed to Cali so we all checked and found out where we were re-asighned to! It was such an exciting night! Milwaukee Wisconsin here i come! (:

Thursday: We got our travel plans and i got to call home and talk to my mommy(: 5 minutes is not near long enough though! As much as i want to be in Peru i know there is a reason that i'm going to milwaukee first. And besides i am dedicating these 18 months to the lord. WHERE EVER he needs me(: plus i think there is a lot of cheese in Wisconsin.. y me gusta queso mucho como mi mama(:

Friday: 3 days left until i really would get on a jet plane! We didnt really have a schedule so we would just help the other districts with what they were learning and be investigators for them to teach. I started reading Jesus the Christ and have already learned so much in just a few chapters! I was having a hard time being confident in the spanish i knew but during Tall time or computer time i decided to read some talks from the womans conference this month and read the one by President Erying where he talks about his granddaughter that is on a mission. He said some might wonder why heavenly father doesnt just give her the gift of tongues but goes on to say that it is good for her to struggle with the language because it strengthens her ability to listen and trust in the spirit. I know that the language wont be easy and probably most of my mission wont be easy but it will all be for my benefit and my growth.

Saturday: We had a study session with one of our teachers where we read the book of mormon in spanish and had a discussion about what we were reading.. in spanish. It was SOO COOL. He stopped us and told us he wanted us to remember that moment.. We were talking in all spanish and having a spirtitual experience, it was possible to do!

Sunday: Mothers day! I was so sad i didn't get to call home that day! I missed my momma so much! and all of my second mommies i have but it was such an amazing day at the MTC! First off i finally saw lexi for the first time since she's been here! We both ran to eachother and let it be known that i made lexi redd cry when we hugged, it is possible people(: We were both so excited to see eachother and we talked for a good forty-five minutes while we waited for relief society to start! Then JANICE KAPP PERRY talked to us in Relief society! She's the Lady who wrote most of the Primary songs and lots of our church music, i'm sure you all know her! We sang a medely of all of the primary songs like "A childs prayer" "I love to see the temple"(i thought tammy would like that i met the writer of that song!) "love is spoken here" "I belong to the church of Jesus Christ" and others. It was so cool to realize the important things we are taught as children in primary and how those things are still the most important things all throughout life! The primary answers are in fact important(: THEN the best part was she recently re-wrote "As sisters in Zion" into "The sisters in Zion" for the sister missionaries and is coming out with a whole CD for sister missionaries (which i'll have to get when it comes out) anyways with a whole auditorium full of sister missionaries we sang the revised song for the first time anyone had ever sang it. There was seriously not a dry eye in the whole room. I'm getting choked up just writing about it. It was such an amazing experience. I wish i would of written down the lyrics but i remember that one of the lines said "we are enlisted with Helamans Army" which i thought was way cool. It was so awesome!! Us sister missionaries are going to kick some butt in the mission field! (: After she talked i got to go actually meet her and her husband and give her a hug, they are the sweetest couple ever. In sacrament hna Bledsoe and Norton gave the talks like i had to last week and they both did amazing. Its surprising how much spanish we have learned in these 7 weeks even though i still feel like i dont know anything. haha Then my companions made me go to choir practice with them... yes choir practice. haha I know i know.. who am i?? But it turned out to be a way good experience because guess what song they were singing.... come thou fount. The directer gave us the background of the song and told us we needed to sing the words with personal conviction. I definately wasnt singing the right notes but i was singing with conviction(: Anyways im glad i went! The sunday night devotional was Brother and Sister Littlefield and i loved them. Sister little field talked about her mission and what she wished she could of told herself while she was preparing to go into the field and she said "You can have Joy and Peace all the time. Love being alive and love what your doing. Everything you will go through will help you in your life" Then brother Littlefield talked to us about the army of helamen and the mothers of the warriors. In Alma 56 and 57 it talks about how they knew what they did because their mothers had taught them. I thought of my mom and all the great mother figures ive had in my life and how i know i wouldnt be where i am with out them(: Then he talked about how it is our job to create the mission culture in each of our missions. one of the quotes he said that i loved was "we dont just try... we do WHATEVER it takes." and "Be the missionary your family wants you to be." and my favorite was "Am I willing to let my mission change me??"

After the devotional we went and watched a talk that Jeffry R Holland had given at the mtc a long time ago one thing in the talk i keep thinking about is "Have every possible experience you can on your mission, don't have regrets." He talked about why missions are so hard.. then he said "Salvation is not a cheap experience. It wasn't easy for our Savior, Why should it be easy for us?" He's just the bomb. I love listening to him.

Then i asked Elder Bowler to give me a blessing and again, it was one of the best blessings i've ever recieved. It reminds me of how in-tune missionaries are with the spirit. Everything i was worried about was answered in my blessing. Then our whole zone was waiting outside of our door to sing to us. I dont know if i told you this already but the zone gets together outside the night before a district leaves and sings "God be with you til we meet again" in spanish and then we say a prayer and say goodbye. Anyways usually you have to try to rally everyone together to sing to you but everyone in our zone came to our room and were waiting.. It was so sweet. Even though were all close to the same age i feel like i was their older sister and it was hard to say goodbye to all of them. Especially to my district.

Monday: We woke up at 4 to say goodbye to Hermana Norton and take her to the travel office and then we said goodbye to Elder Bowler later in the morning. Its so sad!! Seriously you get so close to these people it was almost as hard as saying goodbye to my family but worse because i know ill see my family again and I dont know if ill ever see these missionaries after that. Its rough. But its also such an exciting time for all of us! I spent most of the day doing things to get ready to go, packing, weighing, re-packing.. haha and also realizing how much i'm going to miss hermana Bledsoe. She was the best first companion i could of asked for. I seriously feel like she is my sister. I will miss her so much! Also realizing how nervous i was to leave the MTC, it's going to be a completely new experience! I'm ready for it though, I'm ready to teach real people and get lost in the work!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Arriving in Milwaukee WI.

Dear Sister Weller Family,
Sister Weller arrived safely to the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission. We are grateful for her and her desire to serve Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There are two photos attached, one with her new companions and the other with President and Sister Jones. There is also a brief note. Sister Weller has a strong testimony and  is needed in this wonderful work. May she and her family be blessed for her  service.
Sister Shumway

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Week 6 Pic's

Sometimes we like to put our feet in the sink and soak
them while we pluck our eyebrows! 
My two amazing teachers! Love them both so much! 
We took this picture when we found out we had ONE
more week!! 
Our District with our Branch Presidency! 
All the sisters! Love these women! 
This is our whole zone! We get another new district
today too, so  excited! 
Our district before half of them left! 
Elder Adams thinks he's funny. 
All of the Hermanas in our zone! 
Funny pictures 
LOVE her! 
Me and Hermana Simonson before she left for Peru! 
We always joked that we would be the worst companions
because were both a little rebellious so this is our
"Bad Girl" picture. haha 
Me and my new companion Hermana Norton! 
Had to do it!! 
Gotta love the Elders 
Forgot how good this song was! 
At the temple today! probs the last time at the 
Prove temple! 
This is Me! 
One more of us pointing on the map!

Week 6 Email!

A donde me mandes ire!

Mi familia!
Here we are another week at the MTC! No news on the re-assignment yet but i should find out tomorrow and be able to call you(: I'm thinking Georgia : but like the title to this email says "ill go where you want me to go". It doesn't matter to me where i go as long as i get to start teaching people and sharing the Gospel! This past week really didn't have many exciting things going on, just a lot of studying and saying goodbye to half my district but ill give you the rundown of the week anyways!
Thursday: i got to talk to you lovely people! i loved every minute of it!
Friday: We had in field orientation which just got all of us pumped to get out into the field, It was really cool though they focused a lot on working with the members and how important it is. We had really cool teachers too, one was french and had an amazing accent and also an amazing looking face(; haha for once i didn't have to feel bad for staring because he was my teacher(; We got to go play volleyball for the last time as a district and then we all gathered all of our junk food and hung out outside the elders dorms, i love how close our district became. they were really like my family.
Saturday: We had a really cool experience as a class teaching a pretend investigator as a class, the spirit was really strong and we all were reminded how we teach. which is through the spirit, not necessarily what we say. We also had a testimony meeting with our district before everyone left which always gets really emotional.
Sunday: It was fast Sunday so we had mission conference here's some of my notes from that
-Trust in the lord, even when challenges and discouragements set in. The test is always the same... Are you willing to yield your heart to the lord??
-Doing things half hearted= 1/2 the growth and 1/2 the blessings.
-It takes a fool to take offense when none is intended, it takes a bigger fool to take offense when it was intended.
-Reverence is the atmosphere in heaven. We should all strive to be more reverent in our lives. learn how to have quiet dignity.  
-Without the Savior and the atonement we wouldn't have any good news to share.
-One of the speakers talked about the song come thou fount, which is my favorite song and talked about what the lyrics really meant, go look them up, you'll love them(:

Then in sacrament we all got released from our callings and had a testimony meeting. It's always so cool to listen to the sacrament prayers in Spanish and also to hear peoples testimonies in Spanish because the spirit is still the same. Our district sang a song for the musical number and we sang come thou fount in Spanish. Loved it. THEN we had Chad Lewis speak to us at the Sunday night devotional. He was amazing. He was a NFL player and has such a cool story. He was such a motivational speaker, we were all so into that devotional. Here are some of my notes.
-"You've been saved to come down at this time because people need you. you have courage and these experiences will change your life. "
-You are putting worldly things on hold and your testimony on the line. (my personal favorite!)\
-When you get tired... pray like crazy. 
-No matter what just Work.. WORK WORK WORK and you will end up loving your mission and having success. 

Monday: We said goodbye to elder Adams and Mcpherson and Hermana Simonson at 5 in the morning and then were all pretty much bummed all day long.
Tuesday: So there is only 4 of us left in our district, Me Hermana Bledsoe, Hermana Norton and Elder Bowler. I'm in a trio now with both of them but they are both great so it works out. So we basically just get to make our own schedules and study what we feel like we need to. We were all feeling really down on Monday and Tuesday but then on Tuesday we got to help the other districts in our zone teach and help them with Spanish and it made us all realize how much we really have learned since we've been here. It was really good for all four of us and i think that's probably what we will be doing most of the time this next week while were still here. We had a devotional from Eduardo Gavarret of the seventy and his wife. His wife got up and bore her testimony in Portuguese Spanish and french. It was such a testimony to us that the spirit speaks in all languages. I loved it, especially because i understood what she was saying in Spanish  Brother Gavarret talked about a lot of things but ill share some of my notes(:
- Do you want to be on a mission or to be a missionary? (BAM)
-When temptations come, do not change your standards.
-We are still in the battle that started in heaven, We are talking about souls on the line here.
-Faith improves with knowledge.
--The members of the church have the front line position in the contest for the souls of men. -Elder Ballard.
The biggest thing i learned actually came from one of the songs we sang. we sang " as i have loved you, love one another." i was thinking about that and how i always just thought of it as yeah.. i need to love everyone and be nice to them but as i thought deeper about this line i realized its more than that. we need to love others as deeply, as sincerely, and as purely as our savior loves us. I'm going to have to learn how to do this better and i hope everyone will really think about that line.. "as i have loved you, love one another."

I know i have a lot to learn and do while I'm here so i will take advantage of the time i have here at the MTC, i can feel the Spanish coming along and i have really learned so much since I've been here. I hope all is well back at home. here's some scriptures for ya(;
Mosiah, 24:14 Mosiah 7:33 D&C 105:41

Les Quiero! yo se que la iglesia de Jesucristo es verdadero, yo se que los familias son eternos y atraves de la expiacion podemos ser limpios otra vez y regresamos a nuestro padre celestial. Yo se que dios es amoroso a cada persona y Jose Smith fue una profeta verdadero. yo se que el libro de mormon es la palabra de dios y puede ayudarnos con los dificil cosas en nuestros vidas. En el nombre de Jesucristo, amen.

Love you all! Hopefully next week i will be writing you from somewhere other than Provo, Utah(:
Read your scriptures and pray everyday!! Always remember that your Heavenly Father loves you and wants to hear from you and help you!!

Love always,
Hermana Weller (the mtc super-senior(: )      

Friday, May 3, 2013

Week 5 Pics

We wore the same outfits we wore on the
 first day in celebration of our 4 week mark! 
I don't want to leave this girl! No companion
will ever compare! 
Laughing at eachother. How cute 
These are our "typical sister missionary"
outfits. Haha we think we're funny. 
Me and Hermana Bledsoe with the new hermanas
in our zone! We love them! 
Mom, I thought you would love these flowers! there
are flowers everywhere here, they are so pretty!
They make me happy 
hah her camera has this could say it was
the best find ever! 

Just some Pics of us with the flowers! 

oh the things we find in the free bin..haha 
The crew going to Arequipa! A-town baby! 
A Town! 
We miss puppies... 
Cute dogs cards bring us happiness.haha 
Love my companion. Especially because we usually match
without planning it. haha 
Doing some modeling shots. 
All the elders, aren't they all so cute?!? 
So this is Elder Bowler, hes the one that is related to
Jaycee Liechty. If you can, tell his mom how amazing
he is. He is such a spiritual power house and always
makes us sisters cry when he bears he testimony. Me and
him both struggled the first couple weeks with homesickness
and really relied on eathother for support. We always joke
around that were cousins and family. I just want his family to
know how great he is, all the elders look up to him and I feel
so blessed to have gotten to know him. They have to be amazing
parents to have raised such an amazing son! 

Love her. 
Me and all the elders! 
This was pretend modeling day I guess! haha 
My favorite hermanas! 
you gotta love the accidental pics. 
once her! 
haha..don't they just look so happy??