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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I served a mission for 18 months in South Carolina and learned a great deal. I love being part of such an amazing church and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. I will never shove my beliefs onto you, though.

“If it is to be, it is up to me.” -Anonymous

me.jpgHello readers! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, I know I did. My spring break has ended and it’s back to school for me, and many others. Today I want to touch on a topic that I have been hesitant to bring up. Let me go refer you back to my 30 before 30 list (I do that a lot lately, I know).

As I mentioned, number 19 probably threw people for a loop. I’m a returned missionary, why should I need to “find God again?” Well, today I have decided to open my heart to you all. In turn, I hope you can open your hearts and minds, as well.

In 2014 I came home from my mission and went home to a new ward. A ward that I only went to I think twice? I didn’t feel at home. And then I moved in with Hector (see my Author intro for info on him) after Thanksgiving because I couldn’t stand being where I was any longer. I went to church maybe once or twice before we got married in May. I went from being Christ centered 24/7 to nothing just like that. I was part of the 50% of RMs that go inactive. I got a stern talking to before I left my mission from one of my ward mission leaders, “You better not become part of the 50% Sister Miller.” I thought about his words a lot at the beginning but they rang in my ears less and less over time.

mormonAfter Hector and I got married, we went to church a few times and then didn’t go anymore. Then the sisters started coming over and meeting with us, it was wonderful. I missed it, I truly did. And then sisters did a drop lesson because he wasn’t willing to progress. So we went to church less, once again. Then we moved to Studio City and I think we went a total of 5 times in the 2 years we were there.

Well, then I went to Missouri for a month and avoided going to church. I wanted to, I just didn’t feel right. Stupid, I know. I returned to L.A. for a month but didn’t attend church or anything. Then I had a traumatic experience occur and moved in with my best friend. I thought about going to church but felt so broken. I didn’t want to reach out to any one. I felt like a failure, though I know that’s not true.

Well, going to Time Out For Women changed something. I finally went to church a few weeks ago. It was like going home after being gone for so long. Everyone in my ward here is so loving. They are so understanding about my divorce, they all want to talk to me. I even had dinner at the bishop’s house tonight.

I am not perfect, I never claimed to be. I’m still learning and growing, as everyone should be. And I am going to church again. I’m done being broken and feeling alone. I finally found home after my mission, it just took me a long time. God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, and I need to remember that.

Also, I have City of Enoch to thank for keeping me going. I have been constantly listening to their album on Spotify and they lift me up when I’m down. I am proud to say that I am Mormon. It is part of me, it’s who I am. I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father and I needed to remember that.

I found an article from 2013 that I think everyone should read, it is a great read about how some returned missionaries go inactive. View it here. And listen to the songs below…actually, just listen to City of Enoch’s entire album, it’s great!

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. Please know that I am truly pouring my soul out in my blog posts, especially ones like this one. I am also here to listen to anything you all have to say. If you have anything you’d like to bring up, please comment below. I love hearing from you!

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“May we long remember that which we have heard during conference,” -President Monson

Just a reminder to watch General Conference this coming weekend.

General conference times:
March 31st at 10am and 2pm (MST)
April 1 at 10am and 2pm (MST)

To watch online, visit this LDS.org page. Watch the videos below to help you prepare! Comment below what you do to prepare for conference.

“Wisdom will come as we listen to learn.” -President Russell M. Nelson

29388561_1796523377322719_4154977917933191168_nThis past weekend I had the opportunity to attend something my grandma used to go to quite often. Time Out For Women is an opportunity for sisters in the church to get together and learn and grow.  A friend of mine had extra tickets and I was able to use them. Let me tell you, the speakers were wonderful!

TOFW is a 2 day event and there are several people who speak to us. Each speaker has something to share to help us grow in faith and support. A room full of women listening to touching stories, you could only assume we cried. Let me tell you a bit about my experience and the speakers for each day.

29389205_1796523660656024_4174583619005710336_oFriday night, there were only a few speakers and each one was pretty heavy. First was Cade and Carrian Cheney. They run a blog called Oh Sweet Basil and they discussed how the blog came to be and how it changed their lives. Carrian had a lot of health complications when she was pregnant and when Cade lost his job their blog provided what they needed. But it became not only a place to share recipes but a place to share their faith. I don’t want to give away their whole story but it was a beautiful and touching one. I love that they talked about how the love of cooking and doing it together brought their family closer than ever. Cooking with your significant other can change your day.29432347_1796523570656033_2126170809096470528_o

Next we heard from Jenny Oaks Baker, a violinist who is the daughter of Dallin H. Oaks (one of the apostles). She shared a little about her life and hardships she’s faced; from losing her mom to getting her van loaded with 9 weeks of belongings and expensive instruments broken into. I love that she also included her 14-year-old daughter, who was playing the piano with her. Listening to them was such a delight! And I loved their dresses.

29389089_1796523313989392_869140572839870464_nThe last speaker of the night was Tim Ballard. His story was the most emotional of the night. He has a nonprofit organization called Operation Underground Railroad. He and his team rescue children all over the world from sex trafficking. The story he told us was of a bishop in Haiti whose baby boy was taken from him and no one was able to help him. So Tim Ballard looked into it and found where he would have been taken and, to make a long story short, he rescued 28 children from being sold. Sadly, the bishop’s son had already been sold and still, a couple of years later, has not been found. The bishop did end up adopting 8 of the children who were rescued, though. And Tim ended up adopting 2 more, and it’s been a long process because of international adoption policies but they are coming home this week finally.

29365497_1796523823989341_4389166932507492352_oSaturday was another great day with amazing speakers. We started with a woman named Jenny Reeder, who is a church historian. She shared several stories of women in the bible as well as in church history that we didn’t know the full details about. She also shared her story of how she battled cancer 3 times in her life and how she had to come to terms with being infertile because of all the radiation. Her story was touching and, of course, brought tears to my eyes because I, too, may not be able to have children. I know that I still do have a possibility of conceiving but I still feel her pain.

29356713_1796523403989383_5012231331262758912_nThe next speaker was Alissa Parker. Alissa’s daughter Emily was a victim in the Sandy Hook shooting and has since co-founded Safe and Sound Schools. I may not be a mother but hearing her speak made me cry more than any other speaker the whole weekend. I’m not a mother but I love children and I have nieces and nephews. I can only imagine how I would feel if something like this happened to one of them. When I hear stories involving children, my heart breaks. The world is can be a dark place and when I hear these stories it reminds me just how dark. There was something she said that stuck with me. It was about when she gave her anger and sadness of the shooter to God she felt a weight lift from her. It made me realize that I never truly forgave the driver who killed my grandpa. I have internally held onto it, still a little upset with this stranger who I will never meet. But if Alissa can give her anger to God and let it go, so can I. And of course, that made me cry more.

29388402_1796523370656053_149983822799175680_nWe had the opportunity to hear from City of Enoch, a LDS musical group. Their stories and voices really touched me. They actually sang one of my favorite songs, which I recorded and will add the video at the end. Each of them became new parents in 2017 (I think that’s what they said) and 2 of them are expecting their second children this year. Listening to their songs really touched my soul and I hope that more people are able to experience their music because it is so enlightening! I could listen to them all day every day because it’s just that amazing and I hope you find as much joy in their music as I have.

29386614_1796523413989382_7812373145796476928_nThe next speakers were Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes. They are Sistas in Zion and boy are they funny. I loved listening to them and learning about how sisters can come from anywhere at any time. And that we are each like mitch match socks and together we are a pair. I love that! They were actually wearing mitch match socks, too! You can tell, just from hearing them, that they love each other and the church. I loved Zandra’s spunkiness and Tamu’s testimony. Tamu is actually from Fresno and hasn’t been back in a long while so it was nice to hear from a local. I do wish they had talked more but I loved hearing from them for the time they had. I know I’ll be checking out their website now, that’s for sure!

29365970_1796523353989388_3546723945099034624_nOur last speaker was Elaine S. Dalton, who was the Young Women’s president for a few years. I remember listening to her quite often. I had never heard her in person, though, so it was nice. I loved how shiny her dress was, and I think it perfectly represents who she is. She is so lively and fun and funny. I loved when she talked about being grumpy now. She used a story from her granddaughter and how she was grumpy because she wanted more pita. And she related that to how we are sometimes grumpy and it’s ok. It’s normal to have those bad days but don’t let those grumpy days become who you are or define you. You are not a grumpy person, you just had a rough day and aren’t happy today. You will have a better day tomorrow, though!

This experience was a great one and I feel like I really needed it. I am grateful I got to go and if you ever have the opportunity to attend, do it. It will change you. I know the price can be kinda steep but it’s so worth it!

As always, thank you for coming to my blog. If you have ever attended or plan to attend TOFW, post your thoughts below. We want to hear from you. Stay tuned for more posts each week! Now enjoy a couple songs by City of Enoch! The first one is the song I recorded so I apologize for the poor quality.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/15/14

Yes, this is my very last missionary email. How scary/sad/weird is that? Time has escaped me way too fast. I wish it could’ve been a little slower.

Well, this week was a good week. We were thrown a curveball, though. They are white washing our area. Due to there being more sisters leaving than coming in, they have to close some areas, our area being one of the first. Georgetown will now have 2 sets of elders.

So… my week:

Monday: P-day is always great! We had dinner with the Halls.

Tuesday: busy day in Pawley’s and Murrles Inlet. We saw the Dews. We also had our very last DDM 😦

Wednesday: Much like Tuesday…yes, a lot of miles were used this week.

Thursday: Busy day in Georgetown. We did see Ashley, though 🙂

Friday: Weekly planning, went to Dunbar. Busy. We saw William!

Saturday: Stake Conference, cleaned Albertha’s house again, got transfer calls.

Sunday: More stake conference, busy busy!

Today: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH There is way too much to do. Our dryer quit working, we have to pack up our whole trailer, we both have to pack our bags, and I have to get ready to go home. Yikes. Give us some time 😦

Anyway, that was my week. I will see y’all soon. Remember I will be in Fresno for only a few days and if you want to see me, talk to me on facebook or email me.

I love y’all. Have a good week!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/8/14

Hello Everyone, how’s September starting out for y’all? It’s till slightly shocking to think that September already started last week. When my trainer said time would fly by, how right she was. In case anyone is wondering, I will be flying out of South Carolina on September 18 at 7:00 am and arriving in Lewiston, Idaho at about 3:25 pm.

So this week was a good week, we definitely stayed busy.

Monday: P-Day 😀 We went to Front St. and walked on the harbor, which was beautiful, then some really nice guy bought us ice cream! That was really awesome! We had a good lesson with the Hall family and with a guy named Jared, he’s a returning member. We were FINALLY able to play my game that I made.

Tuesday: Working hard! We went up to Pawley’s Island and stayed busy. Man there’s so much to do up there and never enough time to do it.

Wednesday we went up to Murrles Inlet and saw Jared and his sibblings, they are so awesome. We see them at least once a week. Obviously, we used a lot of miles . We also had a really good lesson with our new investigator Chuck. We met him a few weeks ago and were finally able to meet him at his house to sit down and have a lesson. He is so golden!

Thursday we had another zone meeting. That was a really good meeting. President Turner’s changes will be good for our mission. I am so excited to hear about what this next year brings for the mission.

Friday was weekly planning. It was a really good day, we got so much done. We don’t have the map figured out yet but we’ll get it looking good soon.

Saturday we had a member come out with us all day, her name is Cassie. It was great. We almost got the cops called on us AND threatened. How great. Some people freak out about cars so easily.

Sunday! It was a great fast and testimony meeting. I bore my testimony for the last time on my mission and met in the Hibbati Grill for the last time, as well, because next week is our stake conference.

Anyway, that was my week. Today we are on a members computer because the storm knocked out the power at the library. Fun stuff 🙂

I hope y’all enjoy my pictures! Have a great week. Love ya.

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

Here are some pictures of randomness in the Georgetown area.

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/1/14

Aloha! 🙂 So, how is everyone doing? I hope y’all are all doing well. Here’s a recap of this week:

Monday: We had dinner with the Lees and the Halls because Sister Hall’s stove broke…which is no good. But we did have a good visit 🙂

Tuesday we went up to North Chaleston for Zone Conference, which was wonderful. Things are starting to change in our mission now, but they are good changes.

Wednesday: We went to Pawley’s and Murles Inlet, so many miles! It was a great day, though. We saw the Dew family and had an awesome lesson with them.

Thursday we ran around trying to get our map worked out, which we are still working on. We need a new map because ours isn’t very good. We are still needing to draw streets and things but it’s so much better than it was.

Friday….No miles to drive anywhere! We did our weekly planning and did the best we could on our feet.

Saturday….still no miles. We walked a ton that day. We both have blisters to prove it. It was great!

Sunday….oh wonderful 5th Sunday. We, all 4 of us missionaries and our branch mission leader, taught 3rd hour. It was a great, spirit-filled class. There were a lot of tears and people told us how much they appreciated our lesson.

Well, things are going well, as y’all can see. I love being a missionary and I am sad that the time is quickly running out. If y’all will be sending me mail, send it this week or send it to my house in Idaho…if you have the address. You can send it next week but it could get lost. Thank you for all of your support through these past almost 18 months. It has meant a lot to me. I love all of you.

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

This is me with my arm stuck in the car hahaha.
This is me with my arm stuck in the car hahaha.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/25/14

This week was a little emotional for both Sister Allen and I. So weird.

Monday was a great P-day, we did what we do every Monday…except we didn’t have FHE with Ashley….again. The emotions started that night. As Sister Allen were laying in our beds just talking, we were talking about death of loved ones because a few months ago her brother-in-law died leaving her almost 23 year old sister widowed after I think 2 or so years of marriage. I told her the whole story about my grandparents and I started crying. I thought I would be able yo talk about it with my companion since I share parts of it during lessons my entire mission without crying but I just bawled. I’ve been really missing them a lot and I guess it finally came out. It did feel really good to just cry, though. I wish I could cry more, hahaha. I’ll continue to pray for that gift 🙂

Tuesday we had DDM in Monks Corner. A member was able to drive us so we saved miles! We have been using a lot of miles and will continue to use a lot because we now have 3 returning members that we are teaching up in Pawley’s Island.

Wednesday we went up to Pawley’s…hahaha. Yeah, we had a busy day that day.

Thursday we went to Dunbar, which is another part of our huge area. We met some new people.

Friday was a Plantersville day. We did service for our investigator Albertha. She’s so funny. Her and her son both were surprised that we were doing it all for free. She’s almost 90.

Saturday was another Pawley’s day. Talk about a lot of miles this week.

Sunday was our first day in out little Hibachi Grill building. YAY! It’s actually happening finally.

Today has been great.

Well, not too much else to report on. The picture is the game board that Sister Allen and I have been working on 🙂

Have a great day! Love ya!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/18/14

Hello everybody!!!

So this week was a little slow. We had a lot of things that were a little off but we made it through!

Monday was a great P-Day but we didn’t have FHE with Ashley because things were a little crazy. We did go to the Halls’ though 🙂 I love them.

Tuesday was DDM. Our district meetings are always great. I am always spiritually fed 🙂

Wednesday we had a day exchange with our STLs, I was with Sister Smith here in Georgetown and Sister Allen went with Sister Willis (who came out with me) to Summerville. We met a few great people that day and we worked hard.

Thursday we had a good day but everything kept falling through. We had fun with what we did do, though!

Friday…everything continued to fall through but it was a fun day.

Saturday Sister Allen wasn’t feeling well so she took a nap. I told her I would wake her up in 30 minutes….well, with me always falling asleep, I fell asleep and she ended up sleeping for 2 hours :/ But we made the most of the rest of our day and worked hard. It was great!

Sunday was a great day at church. We had our branch coordination meeting and I called the new elder in the branch out on his obsession with golfing. It’s all he ever talks about. One of the members told us that he wants to play rather than work so that saddened us. He’ll figure it out soon, though, I’m sure. We also prepared for our 5th Sunday lesson. We are excited for that.

Well, I hope everyone has a great week and continues to do great things. Have fun at school, for those going back now.

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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We have church in the old Hibachi Grill!
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The church building being worked on.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/11/14

Hello everyone! I want to start my email with the good news 🙂 I had my blood tests done on Tuesday last week and Wednesday morning I got the results. I’m fine! I am just low on vitamin D so I have to take 50,000 IU D3 once a week. The mission nurse, Sister Boyack, said that it took a while for it to get so low so it will take a while to get back up. Sister Allen are able to do companionship personal study, since I am just so annoyed with my lack of study the passed like 3 months. We just started that today and it went well, I am looking forward to study now 🙂

Monday was a regular P-day, busy as usual.

Tuesday was the day I got the tests done, that was a little lame but it’s alright. It took up a bit of time but it needed to be done.

Wednesday we went to Pawley’s Island and we met some really awesome people. I love Pawley’s! We also went up to Murles Inlet, which means it was a 80 mile day…yikes. I started bleaching my shoes too, they are so white now 🙂 I’m so excited!

Thursday we taught a woman named Vanassia, who wants to be baptized! How exciting. She is friends with one of the members in the branch, Sister Miller (we might be related). It was a great day.

Friday was weekly planning. I love planning! We also had to go get our car looked at because there was a recall on the axle. That was fun. We were up in Pawley’s again because that’s where the car place is. We then, again, went up to Murles Inlet…another 80 mile day.

Saturday was good, we did some knocking and a lot of working 🙂 I love working! It is the best!

Sunday was again a great Sunday. What better day on a mission is there other than Sunday? We get to partake of the Sacrament!

Other than that, things have been going well. I love being a missionary! I hope y’all have a great week! Love ya!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/4/14

Hello August! Strange how fast time flies by. Kind of scary, really. Anyone else feel like it has flown by? It’s terrifying to think that this is my last transfer and that I’ll be in the real world in…..a month and a half. Yuck!

Well, enough about that….hello my wonderfuyl friends and family. How was everyone’s’ week?

So, This week was pretty good for me, here’s a short summary of my week:

Monday we had FHE with Ashley and then FHE with the Hall family. I love Monday nights!

Tuesday we were kind of lost. We did stay busy but not the usual busy. I was

Wednesday was a bit interesting. We ran all over the place! We were in Pawley’s Islad to get our car looked at, nothing wrong with it. Then we were in Plantersville to visit some people then we were in Dunbar to visit our investigator William. He was supposed to get baptized this coming Saturday but he wasn’t able to make it to church.

Thursday we went to Murels Inlet, which is pretty far. We spent a good chunk of the dat there. It was nice. We got a dinner out of it 🙂 We hardly get fed here by members, kind of sad but my companion is an excellent cook. Oh, we also had our weekly plannig because Friday was our zone meeting.

Friday we went to Charelston for our zone meeting. It was a good meeting. ZTM is always wonderful, we get spiritually fed 🙂 We also went to a missionary’s home coming party, that was fun. He went to the Pacific Islands….I think.

Saturday our branch picnic was cancelled…again. Hahaha. But, we were able to spend some times with a few of our investigators. We finished teaching William all of the lessons, he has a testimony and we know he’s ready.

Sunday…hmm, we had a great day at church, as far as I can remember. I’m still falling asleep but it’ll be alright. We at lunch at the Lee’s, which is a family who lives right next to the church. We eat over there every week. They are awesome!

Ok, so just so everyone knows, I will be getting my blood tested tomorrow to see what is wrong with me. YAY! We will finally have some answers 🙂 Nothing better than knowing how to fix your problems, right? I’ll be getting a blessing tonight, as well. I know all will be well.

I hope y’all have a great week! Love ya!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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I’m pointing at the tree frog on the mirror and she’s pointing at the peroxide she just used after cutting her finger. We’re odd, I know lol