Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kayla's updated e-mails!!!

Hey there Everyone!!!! 

Ok, so it has been a long time since we have had a full letter from our favorite missionary to send to you all!!! 
I've gone back through her letters, and I'll have to start compiling them so you all can have some information from her! 

Just to let you know she is doing well!!   She is sprinting to the finish line I think as her letters are very short and there is not a lot of information in them!!   I know that they are expecting transfer notice on November 1st or 2nd, and so she may be leaving Coeur D'Alane, but she doesn't know yet. 

We didn't get a letter from her on Monday, but we did get one today, as they had a temple trip planned!   She included a cute picture, and I'll try and attach it to her blog for all to see!!!  It's!  So head on over there to see some cute pics and her letters to this point!!!   
 Here is an excerpt from her letter as of October 13th:
 Things are going so well! the work is booming and on fire, i just hope it continues into the winter time! 
Time is going by so fast! it's hard to believe how fast it's going. I feel bittersweet every time i think about going home. soooo....ya. 
ok, I love you!
Sister Richardson
Her letter to me from October 6th:
Hey momma! 
Conference was amazing! there were so many talks that answered questions that i had! :) I'm excited to see the effects that this conference has had on the members in the ward! The work is improving so much here! we are back up to teaching our normal 35-40 lessons a week as a companionship, but we are striving as a goal of ours, to reach 70 lessons a week. We want to double it, but it won't happen unless the members get involved and just this last week we have recieved so much revelation as to how to get the members more involved in the work! I am actually going to be giving a training on it in district meeting on friday where the zone leaders will be in attendance to try and get it involved with the rest of the zone, but we have already talked with our bishop and we are getting a new ward mission leader.. .and things are just falling into place! The work is so great! we are so lucky! 
I love you!
Sister Richardson
On the 29th of September she said that the work is going good!   They are just trying to pick the area back up after her surgery to where it was before.  Life is hectic, but good!! 
 On the 22nd of September, she wrote,
"I'm super excited about conference!!!  It is the Super Bowl fro missionaries!!!  :)  I'm so excited to hear what they have to say!  It's always so inspiring to hear the prophet speak!   It's going to be the last general conference of my mission!  Wow!!  That went fast!  Ok, well, I love you and I hope you are doing well!!" 
Sister Richardson
 Here is her letter from September 15th.
From: Kayla Richardson (                              
Hey Everyone!
This week I learned what it means to rid yourself of "gall". haha As many of you may or may not know I was in surgery this last Thursday to have my gallbladder removed! Just to put any worries to rest I was totally calm and at peace with what was happening (which im sure was a blessing from Heavenly Father) and I was ready to be out of pain. What I didn't expect was the pain that was going to happen after... After going home, I was pretty tender (that was expected) there were 4 incision points in my stomach: 1 under the sternum, 2 on my right side, and 1 through my belly button. The belly button hurt the worst, and was SUPER bruised. What followed were sleepless nights (i'm a belly sleeper), and a lot of pain because the pain killers were doing the opposite of what they were supposed to be doing and causing me to throw up (which caused more pain to my already tender stomach). It was in this moment that I decided to look up what the Gall actually meant. I laughed when i found out it was used to describe what bitterness was like. For those of you who don't know the gallbladder is used to secrete bile into the stomach to help digest fats. when that is removed the liver excretes the bile but in much larger doses and creates a "bitter" taste. Very similar to the taste you get while throwing up. So what is the lesson I learn from ALL of this? 
Each of us needs to rid ourselves of the gall of bitterness we are each holding onto. We are only effecting ourselves when we have that bitter taste in our mouths. A quote by Elenore Roosevelt comes to mind, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Rid yourself of gall and you will find that you are more free to love, which is the first and greatest commandment anyways! :) I love you all! I hope you are all doing well and staying righteous! Don't worry about me. I'm on the mend, and I have the Lord on my side. All I want to do is what the Lord wants me to do. I'm so grateful for his hand in my life and his name on my heart! 
Love you all!
Sister richardson
 Here is her letter from September 2nd. 
Hey everyone! This is going to be short today! 
The last 3 weeks have been SO hard! but i know now more than ever that the Atonement is real. If it wasn't life would be hopeless and impossible. Jesus Christ only want's one thing, "if ye love me keep my commandments." What does that entail? "come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and i shall give you rest." He has commanded us to come to Him so He can help us! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!? He loves us! He knows us. He knows what we are going through and that's WHY he want's to help us! I love Him! I know He loves me! Use His help! 
I love you all!
Sister Richardson
 Here is her letter from August 25th.
Hey Everyone!
I hope everyone is doing well! This week has been such a roller coaster! We have been so blessed in this area! We have had, on average, 6 set appointments every day of the week for the last couple weeks and have seen so many miracles! Then near the end of this week we had zone conference followed by a meeting with Elder Johnson of the First Quorum of the Seventy, followed by stake conference for the Coeur d'Alene Stake! Busy busy busy! I love it though. So many miracles were seen!
The flip side to those highs on that roller coaster is the fact that I've been sick for the last 2 weeks. I went to the doctors Saturday night right before the adult session of stake conference, and they did some blood tests and i received an ultrasound this morning and i have an appointment with another doctor tomorrow. Stay tuned for the results! :/ haha Life is great! 
I know the Lord has a purpose behind everything that he does. I know the lesson that I've learned through all of this is not to ask for help in becoming a diligent missionary! haha Just kidding. I've definitely learned how to increase my faith and work through adversity. The Lord loves his kids and always sends us those tender mercies. Sometimes its in the fact that there are other children of God that he places in our path to help us along. The picture attached is of a set of sisters that came down from Libby and stayed at our apartment for a couple nights for all of the meetings. One of them (the one next to me) I met in Moscow (my first area) and she has become a VERY close friend! She was my tender mercy last week and I am so grateful for her! 
What is your tender mercy for the day? Have you thanked Heavenly Father for that miracle? 
I love you all!
Keep smiling. Stay Righteous!
Sister Richardson
Here is her letter from August 18th.
So... this is going to be short because let's be honest, I'd rather play ultimate frisbee... haha Anyways, life is great! I was sick a little bit this last week and we were able to have our social media blitz on the exact day that both Sister Jensen and I were feeling like throwing up, but the power of the priesthood is REAL! We each were able to receive blessings and were not only able to make it through a day where we taught 13 lessons (my mission record), but we were able to speak in church the next day as well! The Lord loves His kids and wants what's best for them!
1 Nephi 3:7 He will always give you a way to accomplish the thing that He commands you, no matter what. It might be hard, and it might take a couple try's but He will help you!
God loves you. 
Keep smiling and Press forward! 
Love you all!
Sister Richardson 

 Here is her letter from August 8th.
It's super short today! have a lot to get done!
The Lord is hastening his work! We are doing a missionary blitz on Saturday. Look for my face on social media with things that are marked with #mnmspokane! 
This is the greatest work in the world! I love being a missionary! I hope everyone has the chance to experience the miracles from doing missionary work! 
I love you all! I hope you take advantage of every moment, of every day! 
Much love and stay righteous,
Sister Richardson
Here is her letter from July 28th.

Hey Everyone!!
This week has been a crazy roller coaster... it seems like they all are now-a-days, but all is well. We have been sprinting for the last couple of weeks to get into all of the homes of the members on our ward list. The only problem is that a large majority of the households are people who don't really come to church... CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Luckily I have the most amazing companion in the world who is so willing to do all of this craziness with me and we have seen so many miracles come from it! We were kind of bummed because a lot of our investigators that we have been teaching have either fallen off, or moved... so we were a little bummed when we didn't have any investigators at church, then low and behold the Lord worked another miracle. Sitting in the back of the chapel there were two women we'd never seen before that our ward mission leaders wife, Sister Reel, was talking too. As we were walking back to introduce ourselves the bishop started sacrament meeting. DARN! We sat down and Sister Reel came and whispered into our ears, "Their names are Davi and Jody, they aren't members and they want to be!" hahaha WOW! Talk about tender mercies! They came to all 3 hours of church and kept saying how comfortable they were as they were here. We explained that it was the spirit and that they could feel like that every time they came into the chapel. We set up a time to meet with them this next week! They are incredible women! They are sisters who are supporting one another! They are so great! 
The Lord knows and cares about all of his children. He knows your concerns and worries, He wants you understand that love and that is what the Spirit is here for. To comfort, to guide, and to lead us down the path that the Lord has set. The church is true.
Stay Righteous!
Sister Richardson 
If you read all the way to the end..... way to go!!!!  You deserve a gold star!!! 
Love that Girl!!!   Can't wait to see her at Christmas!!! 
Love to all!! 
Leslie  ")