Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sister Richardson has ARRIVED!!!

Hey Everyone!!!

We received this great e-mail from Pres. Mullen!!!!  So I'm passing along the info!!!  Note her new address!!!  She is serving in Moscow, Idaho!!!!  Love, love, love the pictures!!!!

31 July 2013
Dear Brother and Sister Richardson,
I was pleased to welcome your daughter, Sister Richardson to the Washington Spokane Mission this week.  I’m happy to report that she arrived safely.  I had the privilege of meeting and associating with her the day of her arrival and note that it is evident that she comes with a great desire to serve Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Sister Richardson understands the role of the Holy Ghost in accomplishing the work here in the Washington Spokane Mission and has committed to live worthy of that power.

     After prayerful consideration, I have called Sister Hardy to serve as Sister Richardson’s companion in the Spokane North, Washington area.  It is our objective to call only the best missionaries to serve as trainers and I believe that your daughter is in excellent hands.  We expect that your missionary will serve in this area for the next 6 to 12 weeks as she begins her mission.

Sister Hardy

Sister Richardson

I have attached photographs of your missionary and assure you that Sister Mullen and I will love Sister Richardson. Our great desire is that her time here will further establish her on the path of righteousness, as well as bless the many people she will serve.

Attached are the new updated recommended guidelines we have for parents.  These guidelines are based on many years of accumulated missionary experience, especially those guidelines concerning personal contact with your missionary. Sister Richardson needs your good example.  I sincerely request that you consider them for the benefit of your daughter and her fellow missionaries.
The mission has a website where you can see what is happening in the mission.  Go to:
You can send mail to your daughter at:
Sister Kayla Richardson
1531 South Lenter Street #9
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Thank you so much for sharing Sister Richardson with us. 

Donald E. Mullen, President

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Is Disneyland really the Happiest place on Earth?!!

The MTC is SOOOOO good!!! People always say that Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth....They didn't know about the MTC! :) Everyone is always smiling and singing....and if we could dance I'm pretty sure that people would be doing that as well!!! I just love it here!! Part of me is sad that we have to leave Monday and the other half of me is done being confined in this compound! haha I'm the kind of person that needs to spread my wings and fly...however I'm learning how to do that in a different way...I'm flying spiritually!! AND I LOVE IT!!!!
Out of all the days, Sunday was probably my favorite!!! I've never cried so much in my life just because of spiritual things!!! In relief society they sing a different version of As Sisters In Zion and the words bring the spirit so quickly and with such force you literally can't breath!! It was amazing! The lesson during relief society was amazing! It was on faith! The sister that spoke said something that has stayed with me through all of the information that has been cramed into my head the last week and it was this, "You can pray all day and have enough faith to be healed, but do you have the faith not to be." A lot of times we are so focused on having enough faith that God will give us what we want, but we don't understand that we might not have the faith to not get what we want and recieve what we need, so that has been someting that has been a cool thing for me to keep in mind but after that we had sacrament and devotional after devotional!! We were able to watch a recording of Elder Bednars talk that he gave here at the MTC and it was on the characteristics of Christ!! It was amazing!! SO solid!!! Monday was probably the hardest day, because I prayed for patience. note to self: never pray for patience..... EVER!!! But the good thing about bad days is that there's always a day following it! So you start again! :) 
I wish I could tell you every detail of what I learned, but I just don't have time. The MTC has been such a wonderful place for me to learn and grow! I love being here and I feel like I'm a completely different person already, only a week later, than the woman who walked through those doors scared out of her mind! If it's one thing that I want to make sure everyone understands its that God has so much more in store for you than you have for yourself. A recent analogy ive heard described it as:
You've bought a cottage and it needs a little work, so you work and make plans for your little cottage to where you'll be happy with it, then when the construction starts, wall get torn down, wings are being added on, the roof is being lifted and you get scared and uncomfortable not knowing how your cottage will turn out. The fact is, when you are finished, you will no longer have a cottage, you will have a mansion. Through trial and stresses of everyday life we become uncomfortable not knowing if what we plan will work out, just know there is a greater architect at work, making you turn from a cottage into a mansion! 
The church is true!! I feel like Joseph Smith in that I cannot deny it, and I will die before I do! I love this work! I love seeing the miracles it brings to pass! Christ loves everyone and wants EVERYONE to return to Him, and the only way we can do that is through the atonement!! I love you guys!! next time you receive an email I will be in Washington!! 
I hope everyone has a great day!! 
Until next time,
Sister Kayla Richardson

Sunday, July 14, 2013

New Adventures

Hello World!!
I have been called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! I have been called to Labor in the Washington Spokane Mission!! This includes the eastern half of Washington State, a small section of Canada above Washington, the northern panhandle of Idaho, and the northwestern part of Montana!!
Considering I love Steak and potatoes, its probably a good thing that I'm going to the land of meat and potatoes!
I enter the MTC in Provo, Utah on July 17, 2013. After I spend two weeks there I will be sent to Washington for the remainder of my mission to do the Lord's work!! I can't wait to spread the fully restored gospel to my brothers and sisters. One thing is for sure, it'll be an amazing adventure!! Hope you will come along for the ride!
*This is when I first received my call! :D