Monday, July 27, 2015

Santa Cruz -week 3

So mom I hear you have a birthday tomorrow??? :) I LOVE YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! :) Sorry I would come but I kinda can't exactly make from here in Santa Cruz. . . :)

And that is my area! Santa Cruz! It is amazing and the weather is SOOOOOOOOO nice compared to Houston! We are over five of the seven wards/branches in the Santa Cruz stake: S C Ward, C Ward, and the O YSA are the ones we visit the most as most of our less actives and investigators are in this area (we only have one investigator. . .  we'll work on it!), and the S L Ward and the A Branch are the ones we visit maybe once a month though we do visit the less actives in those areas when we can (they are also further out). We have eight hours of church on sunday. . . And I can just bet that NONE of our kids would survive it. ;P

Our investigator is Carol. She has been meeting with missionaries for years and still has not read the Book of Mormon (which to be honest is most of her problem as she comes to church when she isn't traveling the world). She went and saw the Book of Mormon musical recently and that might have disrupted some of the missionaries teachings. :(

No one in my MTC district is in my district or zone or area at all so that is kinda sad. At least I know I will see them sometimes cause they are in the same mission!!

For p-day we are going to the beach as a Zone and playing beach volleyball! :)

I am the driver in our companionship because Sister Palmer doesn't have a license! It's interesting trying to get used to the slow speeds, dad would hate it. xD

I would love more CD's of church music!!!! I have my mp3 so I have church music but it's nice to also have cd's to play in the car. Also look up the song Be Still by Hillary Weeks, Sister Palmer has it and it is AMAZING. We played it on repeat for two entire days in the car :) ;)

I love and miss everyone and will send letters sometime today (stamps are SOOOOOO expensive!!!).


Also anyone can email me during the week on any day!! Because we have ipads in our mission (they got the ipads two months before I got here mom so everyone is still getting used to them lol and it's extremely funny cause we have the place where apple was created in our mission). I can receive and read emails I just can't send any till p-day. So far I've only received emails from my sister, aunt lisa, mom, and dad. PLEASE EMAIL ME IT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER!!! Even just a scripture or short update on your day would be amazing.

I love and miss my family and friends so much!!!


Till next week!! And seriously email me!!!

Sister Kelly

Sister Hele and I finally got a picture the day before my MTC companion left! :)

Traveling by train to the airport! It was Sister Pules first time on a train-with sister Hertig next to me..

goodbye Provo

Elder Smoot, Elder Leishman, and President Taylor (he was our branch President for 4 days in the MTC)

Jordan River Temple

​I only sat by her till we were off the ground, then I moved (because she started sleeping and I wanted to talk or do something)

​Above the clouds!!! I was by the window while we were taking off and it was sooooo cool!

Sister Mella, Me, and President Mella!

San Jose California Moon. . . Cause I'm me <3 p="">
My companion Sister Palmer!!! :) She is amazing I love her already! She has a twin :) 

​All the new missionaries in the San Jose Mission!!! 

Sister McArther has an amazing flower garden, these are just my favorites!

Went to a small beach when an appointment fell through and this lighthouse is so pretty I love pictures

Sister Palmer and me!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A brief look at the second week in the MTC

My second week at the MTC has been pretty cool. I love being here and leave the Wednesday.

Most of us with Sister Haws!!! She was the most amazing teacher!! (Sister Miller was pretty amazing as well though!) Elder Jolley was sick so he and Elder Libberton weren't at class this morning. 

Sister Roberts and Sister Pule showing of dancing skills.

Sister Roberts is always so adorable and she needs my glasses prescription. She leaves Tuesday. :(

We were able to go to the temple for a walk on Sunday!! Sisters Hertig, Pule, Roberts and me!

The Elders: Elder Blackburn, Elder Clark, Elder Lieshman, Elder Jolley, Elder Libberton, and Elder Smoot

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

First week at the MTC-mostly in pictures!

It was really cool to be up in the clouds! Here is a view of mountains and from the plane, as Abi requested. :)

Flag at half mast because of Elder Packers death. We were able to watch his funeral, it was amazing!

Pointing to where I'm going

This is my companion!!! Sister Roberts! She is so amazing and I love her spirit!

Elder Smoot, Elder Clark, Elder Blackburn, Elder Leishman, Elder Libberton, ElderJolley, Sister Pule, Sister Hertig, Sister Roberts, and ME!

My district and the MTC branch president and his wife whom we only had for last sunday till he was released. 
in order back left to right, front right to left: Elder Smoot (San Jose, CA), Elder Leishman (San Jose, CA) , President Taylor, Elder Jolley (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Elder Libberton (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Elder Blackburn(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) .  Elder Clark (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) , Sister Pule (San Jose, CA), Sister Taylor (San Jose, CA) , ME!, Sister Roberts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania),  and Sister Hertig (San Jose, CA) !!

Our MTC Sister Training Leaders! Sister Hall and Sister Call. 

​The view from our classroom window! The Y is in the lower right corner xD. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Why I'm going on a mission

**This is Kalani's first letter from her mission. She mailed it before she even left along with a note for each of her siblings and her parents. I, her mother, will be posting her mission letters here so her friends and family can get her updates. She is currently at the Missionary Training Center in Provo and will remain there for 2 weeks. She has already found her cousin Holly, who is learning Japanese and preparing for her mission in Fukuoko , Japan.  Kalani will  stay in the MTC until July 22.


Thank you for your support! I want you to know that I have chosen to go on a mission because I want to serve int he best way I can-by bringing others to the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

This church is amazing. Having this faith and these standards as a guide in my life is the best thing I could ask for.

I love you all.  I hope I have brightened your days.

Your hopefully eternal friend,

Sister Kalani Kelly