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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.

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
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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 7/28/14

Hello my wonderful friends and family! How was everyone’s week? Did anyone have a good Pioneer Day Celebration? Our branch’s activity was cancelled due to a lot of rain, no fun. But it is going to be this Saturday 🙂 Our Investigator William, who will be getting baptized on August 9th, was really bummed out that we got rained out. He came to church yesterday, though 🙂

Anyway, So here is my week:

Monday: Same usual P-Day stuff then Family Home Evening with Ashley, one of our wonderful investigators then FHE with a part member family that we see every Monday.

Tuesday was DDM. Sister Allen and I gave a training that went well. Not too many people wanted to talk to us that day, haha. It’s alright. Every time someone slams the door is our faces, they’re really slamming it in their face.

Wednesday: Work as usual 🙂 I love teaching people. We were helping Ashley with home remodeling…kind of.

Thursday: More work!!! I love working 🙂

Friday: Weekly planning, splits with 2 members of the branch and more work.

Saturday we taught William then taught Ashley and had a great day. Plus I got a great letter in the mail 🙂

Sunday: William came to church, had a great day!

Today I baught an alligator head 😀

I hope y’all have a great week. Pray that we will be able to figure out what is making me sleep, please 🙂

Love ya!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 7/21/14

Good day my wonderful friends and family! I, again, hope that ya’ll had a fantastic week.

Monday was already reported on, it did end great! We are making plans for our 5th Sunday lesson next month. I made little member call letters that we will be giving to the members of the branch.

Tuesday we had DDM, which is always great. We also had a ton of people to see.

Wednesday was a normal work day, knocking, teaching, learning. I love it.

Thursday was about the same.

Friday was weekly planning and we had a few appointments. I love meeting our investigators throughout the week.

Saturday, sad day. We had to drop one of our investigators. Second one since I’ve been here. Well, the other one dropped us.

Sunday was another wonderful day of church. I love church!!!

Well, I hope y’all have a great week, sorry this is so short, things have been busy.

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Beautiful Georgetown!
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How many times have you seen this?

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 7/14/14

Hello all. Yes, I do realize that I am emailing later than usual. We have had a super busy day today but it is so much fun! This week has had it’s ups and downs, but it was overall a great week!

Monday was P-day and I was told that I needed to drink the whole gallon of 1/2 Gatorade 1/2 water. Well, it didn’t work. I did it for 4 days, as the mission nurse told me, and nothing changed. I am still falling asleep and it makes me really sad and a bit angry because I am missing out on a lot of things. But other than that, we had Family Home Evening with a member and it was great, as always.

Tuesday was a bit busy. We had our Zone training meeting and an exchange. I was with Sister McHaley again….for the 3rd time on my mission, ha ha. She’s great. We now have 3 investigators on date to be baptized, all on August 2nd. But, they do all need to get married or find other living arrangements, ha ha. It’s been great though 🙂

Wednesday was a good day. We taught some people, like our investigator John. We may have to drop him soon, which makes us both a little sad but if he isn’t willing to come to church then there isn’t much we can do right now.

Thursday…..oh Thursday. So…we had an investigator who had a bit of a problem. She is attracted to women and when we visited with her Thursday she was hoping we would give her what she wanted to hear, that gays can be married and all that and God is ok with it. Well, she now hates me and never wants to see me again. She still loves Sister Allen because Sister Allen wasn’t the one who told her that she would have to stay abstinent the rest of her life. It just turned into a big ordeal…her mom called us up and rebuked us “in the name of the Lord.” It was interesting.

Friday was another busy day, we were running all over. We met a lot of people and working hard. Of course the heat kind of kills you and you are dying of heat, ha ha. I really don’t much care for this humidity. I think I could live without it. We had interviews with our new mission president, President Turner. It was a bit different than the interviews I’ve had in the past. This was a get to know Sister Miller interview. It was fun, though.

Saturday we got hit on by a drunk guy. To change the subject I gave him a Book of Mormon. He wants to take us out to the beach and every time he brought up he was single, we would continue to talk about the gospel…until we told him that it was time for us to go because we had an appointment, which wasn’t lying. It was quite funny.

Sunday we got word that we will in fact be moving out of our little branch building so they can expand it and we will be at an old Habatchi Grill place…haha. Too bad it’ll be too far for us to walk now. But the elders can walk. We are supposed to move out this week so the work can start and it will take a year to do it, I guess. That’s exciting. They’ve been waiting since like at least January.

Today has been great. We went to this place called Brookgreen Gardens and had a blast. We FINALLY saw allegators! How exciting is that? That’s been our whole P-Day today so not much else has happened.

I hope everyone has a great week this week and that y’all keep cool. I love you all! See ya next week. Oh! And I am still hoping to get airplane letters from people 🙂 I want to fill my airplane journal up before I leave.

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

PS:
Here are some awesome pictures
1. We tried to repair my broken shoe, hahaha
2. I am Cinderella and Sister Allen is Prince Charming…I guess?
3. The Alligators!!!!
4. A baby on a fish, hahaha!

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 7/7/14

Hello and happy Monday everyone! I hope that everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July, I know I did!

So, Monday at the beach was great! We got a good amount of shells. The funny thing about that, though, is that we find better shells in peoples’ yard…that are like a half hour away from the beach. There are even some in our yard. Speaking of which, did I tell y’all that we are living in a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom mobile home and it’s just us 2? Yeah, I get my own closet and my own bathroom, it’s pretty sweet.

Tuesday was pretty good, we taught a few people, and like usual, met a few great people. The people here are great. We have 2 people on date to be baptized, we just have to get them married first, ha ha.

Wednesday we were finally able to meet our mission president. President and Sister Turner are great. They, just like any other missionary, were still a bit afraid but also excited. I love them. We are having interviews with him this coming Friday.

Thursday was a “regular” work day. We stay pretty busy here and, surprizingly we don’t do a whole lot of tracting. It was a day of teaching our solid investigators, which is always more fun.

Friday was weekly planning and a Bar-B-Q at an investigators house. She is so awesome. Everyone pray for Ashley. She hasn’t been to any church since she was 8 because the last time she went to church her uncle died. Long story but she has always associated that with church. She is doing a lot better, though. She is now 24.

Saturday I was able to use a lot of my visual aids that I made forever ago. I hadn’t really been able to use them until now. They work great.

Sunday, which was Sister Allen’s 21st birthday, was GREAT. We had 3 investigators unexpectedly show up at church. How great is that. And we found out that someone we both taught in Greer was baptized. Her name is also Ashley. How fantastic. I also watched her open presents and then we played with balloons. It was a great week.

So, I recently have had a problem staying awake. I get enough sleep at night but I just fall asleep ALL the time. I fall asleep in lessons, in study, in the car, everywhere. I also sleep really well at night. I just don’t understand it. So the mission nurse told me to drink 62 oz of half water half gartorade every day and see if it’ll shock my body and wake me up. Let’s hope something works because I’m missing out on everything. It’ll get fixed someway, though. I am determined to fix it!

Well, I hope everyone continues to have a great week. Love y’all!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 6/30/14

Good morning everyone! I have a bit to write about this week.

I want to let everyone know that I have been transfered to Georgetomn, SC. Our house (again, not an apartment) is about 30 minutes from the ocean, which is in our area! We are actually going to the beach today to look for seashells 🙂 I am so excited.

My companion here in Georgetown is…Sister Allen, my great grandbaby! Yay! And if you don’t know my family tree I will draw it out now:
Sister C.S. Miller
Sis M. Simmons◄► Sis W. Gibbons

Sister Stott

Sister Allen

There you have it. So, I am getting old here on the mission, hahaha.

Things this week are going GREAT! I have met so many wonderful people here and I love it.

Time is running short so I must go. Sadly, haha. I hope you all have a great week. Happy 4th of July! Stay safe.

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

Different view lol. It's weird not to drive.
Different view lol. It’s weird not to drive.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 6/23/14

What a great week! I love being a missionary, I think I’ll just stay out here forever and never be released, haha. Not really, I know I’ll have to leave eventually but today is not that time., I still have a few WONDERFUL months left. I hope everyone had a good week.

Monday: We went to Landrum, beautiful place. We don’t get up there too often even though it’s in our area, it is just too far to travel without a member. We also went to the NC border, which was cool.

Tuesday: We taught our investigator, Judy. She is on fire! We are REALLY focusing on Joseph Smith right now, still trying to get over the whole worship on Saturday not Sunday thing with her but she has made so much progress.

Wednesday: We had our last zone conference with our wonderful mission president, President Holm. He and his wife will be leaving…next week. It is very sad, as we will all miss him, but it is also a little excited. We all know that there will be many changes coming but we don’t know what will change and what won’t, as every mission president is different. I know it will be good, though.

Thursday: we were a bit busy running around. We went up to Landrum, again. This time it was to go to work. We did go with a member, of course. We were wondering around looking for an address that is, apparently, non-existant, haha.

Friday: We were going a bit slow that day as we were both exhausted! I don’t know what it is but as a missionary you get more sleep than at home but you are always more tired. We went out with another member of the ward and saw a few people. Many people seem to not be home on Fridays, haha.

Saturday: Well, had plans and then they all fell through. It was alright, though. We did find out that one of the girls in the ward finally had her baby. She had a beautiful healthy baby boy 🙂 We are going to visit her tomorrow afternoon. I can’t wait to see him. If only I could hold him, babies are my weakness. Saturday night we got THE call. I am now leaving Boiling Springs, SC. No idea where I will be going but I know that I am leaving. It is bitter sweet, as it always is. I will miss being here and the friends I have made but I know that there are more friends to be made in my next area. No telling what adventure awaits there!

Sunday: We went to church, of course. I prayed in many of the meetings, since I was leaving. I was wriing in all of the elder’s airplane journals. FYI, for those who don’t know, it is a journal of letters from companions, members, and even friends and family back home that you read on the airplane when you fly home. Mine is getting big, as I have a lot of members who wrote in it yesterday. We also did A LOT of tracting. We met some really wonderful people that we will be seeing again soon.

Today: We will be running around all day. The exciting project that we have today is….we are going to make our little pocket Book of Mormons into hardcover, leather bound Book of Mormons. How exciting. We were both given a pocket Book of Mormon from some members because they were too small for them, horrah for us, we have been wanting them for so long.

I hope y’all are having a great week and it continues to go well. Enjoy the summer, stay cool, stay dry, stay safe.

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 6/16/14

Hello everyone. I hope y’all stayed drier than I did this week. My companion and I got stuck in the rain four days in a row. We were usually able to take shelter somewhere so we could stay dry.

On Monday we finished up our “photo shoot” which was a blast. We don’t have the CDs yet because she took more pictures yesterday after church. We also saw some awesome people in our ward. I love the people here.

Tuesday we were able to do some unexpected service. One of our investigators is reconstructing her mobile home and we were able to help with the walls a bit. So much fun. I was also given a new skirt from a member of the ward.

Wednesday I got a letter, which is always a great way to end a great day. We did get soaked in the pouring rain and we took shelter on a member’s porch (she wasn’t home or we would have gone in, haha.

Thursday was another great day. We went out to lunch with bishop’s parents and we taught an investigator about why we worship on Sunday, and we went teaching with a member of the ward.

Friday we went to Landrum, which is right on the boarder of SC and NC. It’s a nice little town. We will be spending today up there, as well, because there’s a lot of stuff to do there on a P-Day.

Saturday we went knocking, made a Polish meal for a member who just lost her grandmother, and ate dinner with another member.

Yesterday (Sunday) was another great church day. As I mentioned before, we took more pictures, some of which we with the elders. We also did a TON of knocking…and this lady tried to tell us that she knows all about our church and that her husband is a baptist minister (which I can’t see that because she doesn’t even know the Bible, she tried to use John 3:16 to tell us that we aren’t Christian but she was actually talking about a different scripture, I didn’t tell her that). We just let it go. She did tell her 3 kids to run into the house from us, though…hahaha. I love the south!

Well, that was this week. I will send some pictures this week since I wasn’t able to last week but the trash bag dresses pictures will have to wait yet another week, sorry. but the dog in the picture is a dog that bit me because I was giving him a treat and you could tell his owners don’t feed him well, which makes me sad. And no, the skin didn’t break so I was fine 🙂 I hope y’all have a great day!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 6/9/14

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful week, I know I did.

First I would like to talk about a new investigator (that we dropped). We will call him G. Well, we were teaching G yesterday and he felt like baptism wasn’t necessary, even though in John it says that we have to be born of water and the spirit or we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Well, he says that being born of water is when you are born out of the liquid of your mother’s womb. It was slightly awkward to talk about that but he feels like every verse in the scriptures has some deeper meaning and that’s what he goes out of that scripture in John 3:7. Just thought I’d share that little piece of information with y’all.

So this week was really busy. We had a blast making the trashbag dresses. Monday time went by super fast, I didn’t really have any time to read my scriptures. I did take a short nap, though.

Tuesday we had our No More Strangers fireside and interviews with President Holm. It’s kind of sad to think that that was the last interview with him. They leave in less that a month… think in 20 days 😦 But I know President Turner will be wonderful.

Wednesday I was in Spartanburg on an exchange with a sister named Sister Lester. She’s from Utah and she came out with Sister Paxman and Sister Simmons (my first trainee). So on this day Sister Lester and I almost get escorted out of an apartment complex by the apartment manager. He was a JW and he was not very nice to us. gave him the letter that President Holm gave us about our right to proselyte there but he was not having it. “Anyone can write a letter like that” were his exact words. Well, he couldn’t do anything anyway because we were visiting someone specific there and he tried to tell us that by the wiki definition we were soliciting. We told him that by the legal definition we were not. Hahaha!

Thursday we finished up the exchange and I came back to Inman. We reviewed what we learned and the goals we set from the exchange. Then we went off to work! We did get pulled over that day, hahahaha. So we were visiting someone, kind of out in the boonies, and a cop passes by our car slowly. We thought it was weird but let it go. Well, we got in our car a few minutes later to go visit another person in the area and the cop wips around and follows us. We are about to make a right turn down a dirt road so I turn my blinker on and her turns on his lights. Scariest feeling EVER! Well, I pull over and he sits in his car what feels like 10 minutes but is really probably like 1 minute then comes to the window. He pulledus over because we left our car unattended. Really? Sometimes I think cops get bored, haha

Friday was weekly planning and then, now that Sister J. Fletcher is back we are going out with her every Friday! We missed her becuse she has been in Utah for about 8 weeks. We also had the fashion show for the trashbag dresses. I got the whole thing on video! Which I will be making my own mission Youtube thing when I go home because everyone needs to see all of these hillarious videos I’ve made.

Saturday was a day of walking! We love walking. We, thankfully, didn’t get burned. I did decide that I have to retire my black shoes though. They are falling apart now and that’s not too good for my feet. Thankfully I have more shoes.

Sunday was great! I love going to church. Sometimes I wish church was longer but it’s probably a good thing that it’s not.

Today we have a woman in the ward who is doing a photo shoot for us. How exciting is that? She is ver talented! I’ll share pictures with you later.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and continue to pray for missionary experiences. Don’t be afraid to act on a prompting! Love y’all.

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 6/2/14

Wow, is it really June already? I am almost floored as to how fast time has passed. We are already in week 4 of this transfer, and it feels like it just started.

This week was another great week. We did a bit of service to build trust with members, using our talents. My companion and I are going to be helping some of the younger girls in the ward make dresses out of trashbags (it’s going to be great) and we made muffins for a primary activity on Saturday plus helped out with an 8 year old’s baptism. Staying busy is always great!

We did a lot of knocking this week, as usual. I know that we don’t talk to many people who are wanting to sincerely listen to us but we do plant seeds for later missionaries and members. Plus, you never know who you will meet. Missionary work is about getting out of your comfort zone!

The picture I am sending today is of my Preach My Gospel. I have been decorating it with stickers that were on letters that people send me. I love stickers, haha.

I hope everyone is enjoying this week. Happy Summer break to all!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Our little garden in our house.
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My PMG.