I hope you are all doing well and you enjoyed the beautiful Easter weekend. As you reflected on the life of the Savior I hope you remembered all that he has done for each of us and how blessed we are as children of God.
By the way not all houses are as big as the Farley's. I have seen normal ones now. We just happened to see a lot of the big ones last week. It is such a beautiful home area, even the apartments are beautiful and well kept.
I am grateful to Heavenly Father for the many miracles we saw this week both small and larger. I love being a missionary and sharing the great news that the gospel of Jesus Christ is restored! I love my Savior Jesus Christ so much and grateful for his hand in my life and the strength that I receive to be doing His work at this time. I know it is by the spirit that I am able to teach and thankful for the guidance it gives.
I love you all and hope to hear from you soon!
Love, Sister Carlton
P.S. to all of you that might have Peeps laying around from Easter you should try Peeps Wars :) You put a tooth pick in them and put two accross from each other in the microwwave. Then hit the 30 sec button and watch them expand and joost at each other. We did it for preparation today as a district. It was great. Simple things make great entertainment.
Well I have survived my first week in the mission field and I absolutely
love being here and serving the Lord. I arrived on Monday morning before noon
with a group of 15 missionaries. As we came down the escalator there was
President and Sister Doll, and 3 assistants to the president(one concluded his
mission wednesday, that's why we had 3) Elder Swenson and Elder Buckway are the
assistants to the president. We got our luggage loaded it up and we were told we
were going into the city. They handed us a Book of Mormon and some mormon.org cards and we were off on the "L train".
It was such an amazing experience. I met a lady named Grace who had all kinds
of questions about Jesus Christ. She accepted a Book of Mormon and said that she
would read it. We had a good discussion until my stop where we were all getting
off to go to lunch with President and his wife. We ate Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.
Holy cow talk about filling. I have actually had Chicago Deep Dish 3-4 times
this week because I'm new and the members that we ate with got it in honor of me
being new :) After lunch we explored downtown Chicago. It is so beautiful
there. It is kept pretty clean and it was good to see the city. The day seemed
so long, but went by so fast. Being up at 3 in the morning and then gonig to bed
at 10:30 at night makes for a long one. I think I'm still trying to recover my
Tuesday was the big day! I met my first companion and trainer for the next
12 weeks. Sister Hatch from Boise, ID. She is competely amazing I absoluetly
love her! She has been such a support to me and not being afraid to try new
things. However, door knocking is still a little intimidating for me, but I'm
working on it. She has such a outgoing personality and illuminates as we share
the gospel with those we come in contact with. Tuesday afternoon we went out
and knocked on some doors. We met a lady who is absolutely great. She said to
come back and teach her after schools out, she's a special education teacher.
We all were crying on her door step as we talked about life after death. She
was truly amazing and I can't wait to teach her. I also left her with a Book of
Mormon for her husband. She said she had one, but I gave her one so both her and
her husband can read together. I hope that she reads and discovers the truth
Wednesday and Thursday we did a little tracking and had dinner with
members. Out here it's really hard to track during the day. Nobody is home! The
best hours are between 3-6.
I hope you all listened to General Conference. If you didn't you better
take time to listen or read it from lds.org. It was so amazing! The Lord knows what we need to
hear individually and what we need to hear that may help others. This
conference was so centered on the Doctrine of Christ, our homes/families, the
Holy Ghost, and other things. I love how everything that was taught had an
application to it. They aren't just telling us what we need to be doing with our
lives, but they are giving us direction on how to impliment it into our lives.
They are really called of God. And their purpose is to teach and relay the
messages of our Heavenly Father that we may know how to gain salvation. Take
their words to heart and live them!!
Did you see the MTC choir. I knew missionaries that were singing it was so
great! They sounded so amazing and the spirit was so strong when they sang. I
love the gift of music in my life and how I am able to learn and feel through
President and Sister Doll I absolutely love already! They are both very
sweet and care alot about what is happening in the lives of each of their
missionaries. They each took time to talk to us individually as missionaries
when we arrived and wanted to know about us and up front what could they do for
us. There loving presonalities shine through. I will actually only have them
until July and then we will be getting a new mission president, President and
Sister Fenn from Utah. So I'm going to enjoy this time that I have to get to
know and work under the direction of President Doll.
The area out here is beautiful and completely green. The people also have
really big houses and I would say probably a lot of money. I haven't seen a
house smaller than the Farley's old house yet. So that's pretty big for me.
I love you all and hope that you are doing well. Thank you to those who
have writen I have loved hearing from you! The rest of you I'm asuming you've
written, but it's waiting to be mailed, but you keep forgetting to put a stamp on
it and put it in the mailbox :)
I love serving the Lord and being a missionary. I am his servant and he is
using me through various ways to bring the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to
this area. I hope that I can share his message by the spirit that it may touch
their lives and go to their heart to know of the truth and all that our Heavenly
Father has in store for us individually. I know that this is the restored gospel
of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and redemer. As this
weekend is Easter I hope that you all reflect on the Life of Jesus Christ and
all that he did for you and how it continuely blesses your life. He came to
this earth and lived a life that set the perfect example for us to follow. He
came and established his church, just as we have today, with the proper
authority to act in his name. He lived for us, he suffered for us, he died for
us, and he rose that we may one day rise again. How marvelous and grand is the
love of Jesus Christ. If you do not know of his love or question that he did any
of this for you, please get on your knees and sincerely ask your Heavenly Father
to know. He will let you know and you will feel the love of the Savior in your
life. (Read Alma 34in the Book of Mormon) I know that he is my Savior and he knows what I feel and
that he is there for me always. I am never alone. John 14:18 "I will not leave
you comfortless: I will come to you." Allow him to be apart of your life and to
come into your life that you may have pure joy and a remission of your
mistakes/sins/transgressions in life. His grace and mercy is infinite!
I love you all very much and pray for you. Thank you for all the prayers
in my behalf and all the loving support that you give.
Well, we haven't heard from Sister Carlton, but President and Sister Doll e-mailed her mom and said all 15 missionaries made it safely and Sister K. Carlton is serving with Sister Hatch (her trainer) in Naperville, Illinios. The video Sister Doll sent included the missionaries arriving at the airport, getting their baggage, riding the L Train, pizza for lunch and seeing some of the sights in Chicago. Each missionary was asked why they were serving a mission and what they thought of Chicago. It was then on to the Mission office to get the 411 on car safety, apartments, etc. At this point they were introduced to their trainer, where they were assigned, and then "shipped out". We anxiously await her email/letters for update on how everything is going.
Sister Carlton, Sister Hatch (trainer), President and Sister Doll (Mission President and wife)