Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 31, 2008

To my wonderful family and friends!!
My heart is just filled with gratitude for all you have done for me as I have been serving! Thank you so so much:) I absolutely love and appreciate the gifts I have been given and please know you did not have to do anything....thank you. From cookies to Christmas cards to vitamins(thank you mom:) I had a beautiful Christmas and loved every moment! Sister Roberts and I had the chance to be with Malaika who we are teaching and every second is so good with her. She will be getting baptized in Februaury:) To top off this Holiday Season today we are having an Eternal P-day because today is our actualy P-day and then we have to be home by 6pm because it of New Years Eve! Currently we are at a the church building with a group of missionaries and have watched, "The Best Two Years" and also the new Sister missionary movie, "The Errand of Angels!" Talk about perfection! I love them both! More imporantly, I love this gospel and this beautiful gift of serving a mission to spread this message to all of those who are searching! Besides reading the scriptures, tonight the Sisters and I are making dinner, painting our nails, and waxing our eyebrows:) At midnight tonight just know I will be sleeping in bed and wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! WAHOO! I love you all so much!
Love you always,
Sister Miller
P.S. Kat, thank you for the comment you wrote! You are just too sweet!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

December 24, 2008

To my beautiful family!
Ah!! I am so grateful to e-mail you today! We typically e-mail from the employment center at church and they are open until 1 today so here I am...on Christmas Eve, I love it! It is very common for me to get teased from some missionaries because my eyes are always tearing since it is so chilly out, we have all come to the conclusion that I am just crying tears of Joy:) This last Sunday I sat through Sacrament meeting literally crying tears of joy as the little children sang beautiful Christmas hymns and played Joy To The World with Christmas bells. It was perfect and as I reflect upon the birth of our Savior, my heart is just filled joy! What a beautiful time of year to reflect upon his birth and all that our Savior has done for us. There is no gift I could receive on the face of the Earth that could replace the birth of Jesus and his Atoning sacrifice!
I am so grateful to be serving at this time and to share this message of Jesus Christ! To be a missionary is the best gift I could be given this season and I love every moment.
I know Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World and because of him we can return to live with our Father in Heaven! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!
Love you always,
Sister Miller
I am so sorry if some of you did not get a Christmas post card! So many have been sent back to me because the address to all of you had fallen off! AHH!!! I still love you and just know yours is sitting on my desk with a statement on the back, "No address given"!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December 17, 2008

To my beautiful family!!
Kirsten, Jack, and Sam! Thank you so much for the adorable pictures and cards! I love them so much and they brighten my day when I get to see them above my desk!
I am bummed my e-mail did not get to you last week but so excited to fill you in this week! I totally typed this super long e-mail and hit send but somewhere in the process something went wrong and the e-mail was gone! So here I go with the amazing things that have happened these past couple of weeks! Sister Dantes and I had a baptism December 6th for these adorable siblings (Charloette and Michael) and as usual, it was perfect! The mother was inactive for a while and as she had been away from the Church for about 11 years she often thought about her children and how they need to have the Gospel in their lives now and forever. I actually had been teaching them from the day I arrived in New York and have had many exciting experiences from the very beginning! To teach humble, meek, adorable children at such a young age is so wonderful and I have come to love them almost as much as my nieces and nephews!:) The thing that stands out to me the most about Charloette and Michael is that they were very unsure and hesitant to be baptized for some time but as they learned more, prayed, and came to Church each week they knew the Gospel of Jesus Christ was what they wanted to be a part of! They previously had 2 baptismal dates that had fallen through but there is nothing better to know they did it when they were as sure as they could be that this is what Heavenly Father wants for them! ...and all of his children of course! Sister Dantes and I witnessed miracles every moment of the 6 weeks we were together but for the time being I have a new companion!! As we got our transfer calls last Monday night (about 10 days ago) our District Leader informed Sister Dantes she was leaving and the 4 other Sisters and I were guessing who could be coming in?!? It is a fun game! Shortly after, we received a phone call from President Searle and he asked me if I would train the new sister who will be arrriving! (It was no one we were guessing!;)) Every moment has been such a blast and I learn so much from Sister Roberts! The funny thing is is that we are complete opposites and Sister Johanson, Diray and I laugh at it almost every moment! It is a good thing because she has taught me how to change the oil of a car since she was a Diesel Mechanic before her mission! Just picture it, a Diesel Mechanic and Me:) We are currently teaching a lady named Malaika and her little boy Ajan and she will be getting baptized January 10th! It is so amazing to see the things in my setting apart blessing come to pass even more as I have been serving and I love it so much! In the blessing President Alder blessed me to find those who are single mom's and to help them by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only was this with Maritza but now it is also with Malaika and I know I am here to do what Heavenly Father has planned for me all along!! I love my Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father for sending his son to Atone for each one of us, so that we can return to live with him. I am grateful Christ's original Church is back on the Earth today and I, as a daughter of God, I get to be a part of it! Just when I thought this mission could not get any better, it does! I love every moment and love you all!
Love always,
Sister Miller
P.S. I am unsure if we will be e-mailing next week since we call home on Christmas but until then...Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

December 3, 2008

To my amazing family!
Thank you so much for the e-mails, cards, and packages! It totally made my birthday magnificent and I am so grateful to have you all who care so much!:)
So picture this, almost 2 weeks ago( Friday) Sister Dantes and I were RUNNING to catch the bus as we were REALLY late for our appointment with Guillaume! We totally missed the first stop it was at and RAN down to the next one about 2 blocks up to try and catch it again. As we are running I yell ahead to Sister Dantes ,"KEEP RUNNING! HURRY! YOUR ALMOST THERE!" as am I trailing behind her laughing out loud thinking about what people are thinking about us. Sure enough, Sister Dantes saves the bus by catching up to it and as I am still running I felt a sense of relief, "we will get there a little faster now" but of course Satan (I like to think) or as some others may think, a crack in the cement:) stopped me as I TRIPPED and SLID on the ground! I totally thought I was hurt and Sister Dantes didn't really notice since she was already getting on the bus but this man did and she looks back at me and notices this man picking me up of the ground!! I totally laugh out loud just thinking about it and what people must have thought. Even though I was super sore on my right knee and elbow ( I tore thru my winter coat, long sleeve shirt, and skin on my elbow!) I was able to get back up and not let Satan stop the work for the rest of the evening:) I share this story because as Guillaume was baptized and confirmed this last Saturday and Sunday, I think about how hard Satan worked on him inparticular but just like me he got right back up! (Actually, he did not even fall!) The day before his baptism he had J-Dubs at his door and he use to meet with them years ago but had not seen them forever, his niece told him this church is of Satan, and his friend told him he should reconsider his thought of being baptized. Satan works SO hard (or cracks in the cement) but the best thing is, is that Heavenly Father is more powerful and this glad message will only continue to testify truth to all of God's children because this is where daily and Eternal happiness lies:) Guillaume was confirmed this last Sunday and it totally made my birthday all it could be AND more. I love this Gospel! Time to run, not literally;) Love always, Sister Miller