Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is Kiera's last letter before she comes home tomorrow! We are so grateful for her service and the spirit that has flowed from her the last 18 months. Thank You all for your love and for keeping her in your prayers. She is truly humbled by all your love!!

August 18th, 2014
Hermana Wright's departing fireside
w/ Becca Knowlton(Love Her!)
I can't believe that this has finally come. It still hasn't hit me. It just doesn't feel real. But this week was so amazing. We saw so many tender mercies. Things I will never forget. 
One of them was this last Wednesday. We were looking for a less active member at this home, and her husband, who is not a member, answered the door and told us she wasn't there. We asked if he had ever talked with missionaries before. He told us that he had many times, and that he just can't accept the Book of Mormon. He went on to tell us all of the reasons why we didn't need the Book of Mormon, and how he doesn't need to read it, he already has the bible, and that's enough for him. We tried explaining, testifying, anything, but he wouldn't let us get a word in. It go to the point where he became very rude and disrespectful. We tried ending the conversation several times before it actually happened. We walked away in silence, all a little frustrated that he didn't let us try to explain. And then I had the strongest feeling come over me. It hit me so hard. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. I've always believed it was true, but in this moment I knew. I could feel the spirit so strong, testifying that it is God's word, and that it was written for us. I know without a doubt that this book, contains the Gospel of Christ. It is the tool of the Restoration. And I know that, because I've read it, and I've prayed, and I got an answer that it is true. Even if this man were to give us every evidence and fact that the Book of Mormon wasn't true, I would still know that it is. 
Although this experience is not a very happy one, it is one I will never forget and will hold dear to my heart for the rest of my life. 
I want you all to know, that choosing to serve a mission, has been the best decision of my life. I know that I was supposed to be here. I know that I was called by a prophet of God to be a representative of Jesus Christ. And it was been the greatest privilege to represent Him and His church these last 18 months. I have never felt so much joy. I have never cried so hard. I've never felt so much love for another person. I've never worked so hard. I've never been so tired. But, I have never been so happy. These have been the happiest months of my life. And I will be forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me the opportunity to serve Him. I love being a missionary. And I love this Gospel. I know that it's true. I know that Joseph Smith restored the church to the earth under the direction of Jesus Christ. I know that by the power of God, he translated the Book of Mormon, and that it is true. I know that the Priesthood power is here on the earth. I know that the Holy Ghost is who testifies of truth. He is the third member of the Godhead and it is only by him, that we can know of the truth of all things. 
But most of all, I have come to learn, that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that He lives, because I have felt His love countless times. I know that he died for each and everyone of us. And because of this, we have the incredible blessing to repent and change. To become more like Him. I know that He lives because I have read the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Him. I know that He lives because I have gone to church and have partaken of the Sacrament and applied His Atonement in my life. I know my Savior lives. And because He lives, we too can all live again someday. 
This is God's church on the earth. I know that with all my heart. And anyone and everyone can know the same if they will just act. Read, pray, go to church, be baptized, go to the temple, live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we do these things, our Heavenly Father will always bless us with what we need. 
I love my mission. I'm heartbroken to leave. It feels like I'm leaving home. But I know that this is just the beginning to so many more life changing experiences. Thank you to all of you, for your constant love and support over these 18 months. I have felt the power of your prayers when I was weak, and I have felt your love when I was most alone. I will always be grateful for the amazing people that helped me get here and become who I am today. I LOVE YOU THE MOST!

Hermana Wright      


    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Hey Everyone!! 

    Well this week just seems like a blur. It went by so fast. 
    I had my departing missionary training this last Tuesday, and that was weird. It was really good. President Weidman gave us some awesome advice and we got to ask questions and talk about what was on our minds. It was good. 

    Jennifer was confirmed yesterday! It was an awesome day! She was so happy. A little nervous before, but she cried after. Her blessing after the confirmation was incredible. She cried. I felt the spirit so strong. I feel so so blessed. 

    Well everyone, this is my last full week. I plan to work and work and just enjoy the time I have. I love you all so much, that you for all the love and support. I LOVE YOU THE MOST!  

    Hermana Wright / Kiera 
    Hermana Wright and Hermana Warner comps
    three times, and they get to end their
    mission together!

    Departing missionary temple day!

    Hermana Jarmen and Herman Warner.


      August 4th, 2014
      Hey Everyone!
      First, I can not believe it is August! And that's all I'm going to say about that!
      This week was one of the best weeks of my mission. Jennifer was baptized yesterday, and I have never felt the way I did than I felt at her baptism.
      She showed up to church with three of her boys, and they were all in nice shirts and their hair was combed over. She said she didn't know if her husband would come at 2 for the baptism, but she hoped her would. We went through church and then we were getting everything ready for the baptism. We finished printing of the programs, and we found Jennifer just 20 min before and she was sobbing. Her husband wasn't coming. My heart just broke for her. She was so nervous and just wanted support. I held her and told her she was doing the right thing. I just silently prayed that she would have the strength to do it. And she did! We went back and got her changed, then went out for the prayer meeting. Our ward mission leader was the one baptizing her and Lorena, an investigator of the elders. He went through the program and then showed them how the baptism would. That was a special moment, cause he told her to just pay attention to the words he would say and how she would feel. I looked at Jennifer's face and could see that she felt safe. She had a little bit of hope. But was still nervous. We took some pictures, then went in for the service. One of Lorena's friends, Carmen, who lives in St George, gave the talk on baptism. It was beautiful. And then it was time for Jennifer to be baptized. Sister Young and I got to go back with her in the font. We waited for Hermano Madrid to get in the water, I held her glasses for her, and then she paused for just a second, then stepped in. Watching the baptism from the other side was incredible. When he said the prayer, he looked right into her eyes and said it with such power and authority, but with so much love and emotion. He cried and so did I. Jennifer came up out of the water and you could immediately see it. You could see that she was clean. She was beaming, and so happy. She walked up the steps and we had a moment together while Lorena was getting in the water. We asked how she felt. She said she had never felt anything like that in her life. She said she couldn't describe it. But she didn't have to. I could see it on her face. I was so overwhelmed by the spirit. I was able to look at her and see and feel how much Heavenly Father loved her. I was crying, she was crying. Then Sister Young told her to always remember that feeling. That when times get rough, or she has a doubt, to just remember that feeling. Jennifer and Lorena went back and changed and before we went back out to everyone. Jennifer said that that morning while, her mom was telling her those things, she told her mom that she really did believe that this was the right church, and that now she can feel it. She said she as going to go tell everyone how she felt!!! She's going to be a great member missionary! :) We sang "A Childs Prayer" and then Hermano Madrid gave them the opportunity to bare their testimonies. Jennifer had already told me before that she didn't want to and that she was shy. But she got up there and bore her testimony! Again, I just cried the whole time. She thanked me and sister young and told everyone of the changes she's seen in her life. She is amazing!
      I know that was a long story and lots of detail, but I hope you all can feel how special baptism is. These people are making a covenant with God, that will allow them to live with Him again. That is a huge deal.
      If I didn't know for certain before, I would know now, that this is the Church of Jesus Christ. The only true church on the earth. I have felt it time and time again, and know I've seen others feel it and know it for themselves. God lives and is so aware of us. Please keep Jennifer in your prayers, she has a lot of trails a head of her with her husband and family. But I know God will bless her and help her.
      I love you all so much. Thank you for all the support!
      Jennifer's Baptism!
      Hermana Wright / Kiera lynn 

        Hermana Wright, Hermana Warner, and Hermana Jarmen
        Beautiful Trio!!