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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 10/21/13

This week was alright. I went to the training meeting the day before transfers and met all the new missionaries. I went tracting (door to door) with Sister Gibbon and go to know her a little. Then transfers came on Wednesday and guess what…Sister Gibbons is now my companion. I kind of knew that was going to happen. The adjustment for both of us hasn’t been easy but I have certainly grown. There are a lot of things that we disagree on and we are learning how to work around them. I know that this companionship may be difficult at times but I will grow because of it. I do miss having Sister Terry as a companion but I know she’s doing well back in Utah.

There’s not too much to report on this week, honestly. I’ve really come to love the hour of personal study every morning. I spent an entire hour studying the introduction part of Preach My Gospel (partly because I didn’t have my scriptures) and I learned so much! I hadn’t studied it so intently before and I did learn a lot. Now, I really need to re-read the 4th missionary talk 🙂 I am strivving to become the 4th missionary more now than ever before. I truly love missionary work, even if I have some moments where I miss being at home. But I know that this is where I am meant to be and there’s the rest of my life to do what I had originally planned for my life. Like a sign at a church said in Greer “Sometimes our Plan B is God’s Plan A.” I know that is true in my life.

I also want to thank everyone for the support I have had on my mission, I love the letters that I get during the week and the emails I read on Mondays. It reminds me that I have people at home rooting for me. Thank you.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week at school or at work. I love y’all!

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

This is our district.
This is our district.
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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 10/14/13

Hey my wonderful friends and family. Boy has this week been crazy. My 9-day companion, Sister Rachel White, has loved living the missionary life. She has done so well and I know that she will be more prepared when she leaves for her mission, she’s going to Arizona but she doesn’t know when yet. She was supposed to leave in July (I think) but was in a serious car accident and she just got her medical clearance last week. She should be leaving within the month. And my companion that went home says she is doing well, which is great to hear. Everyone out her misses her, though, as she was greatly loved. People ask about her all the time.

So, Sister White and I have met some amazing people who have been prepared by the Lord. The first is Mr. Barns. He was a referral from like a year or two ago who was never visited by missionaries. He says he’s been interested in the church for like 40 years. His story is amazing! He owned a chain of self-service stations in Charlston and he had like 200 employees, most of whom were not good people. He was talking to one of the drivers who brings the gas about how he wished that he could find some good, honest help. Well, the driver was a member of the church and the driver referred Mr. Barns to the bishop to find some help. Well, he found good, honest people who were members of the church and he began hiring them at all of his stations. It’s amazing. That shows you that a seed you plant may take 40 years to be harvested. Just because you don’t see the result right away doesn’t mean anything! Oh! and we met Mr. Barns on Friday and he came to church. We didn’t even say anything about church, he asked us!

Another story is of Ashley, 9 yrs old, and Alyssa, 15 yrs old. We met this guy who was watching a USC (University of South Carolina for those of you from California) football game and we started talking to him. Well, he invited us to talk to his two daughters and we had a great lesson with them. We watched a Mormon Message with them called “Moments that Matter Most.” I will include the link. The girls love it. We are going back to talk to them tonight!

Our last miracle story is of Mr. Spears. His neighbor, Brandon told us that he could use our visit so we have been trying to see him for a few days but he hhadn’t been home. Well, we finally got him yesterday after church. He just recently found out that his mom has pancreatic cancer and they also found something in her chest. He has been having a hard time but he listed to us and we exchanged phone numbers and last night he texted us and this is what he said, “Thank you so much for your prayer this afternoon!! I feel blessed to have you come find me and look forward to meeting you again!!” We are also seeing him tonight!

As y’all can see, the Lord is hastening the work. So many people are being prepared! Please pray for the missionaries in your areas, by name, as well as those you know who are serving. Miracles are happening everyday, all around us. What miracle have you seen today?

Here’s the video: http://www.lds.org/pages/mormon-messages?lang=eng#moments-that-matter-most

I love y’all! I hope this week is great and that you are able to see how the Lord has worked in your life. Oh yeah! and I found out on Saturday that I will be training again! I’m gonna be a mom again!!! LOL Just so y’all know there is a family tree in missionary life. Here’s mine:
Sister Allen: My grandma (she’s home now)

Sister Browning: My Mommy (she leaves in about 6 weeks )

Me

Sister Simmons: My daughter

Sister Stott: My granddaughter

And now I will have another daughter! On Wednesday!

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 10/8/13

Yes, I am emailing on a Tuesday because my “P-Day” was interrupted by some issues. And a lot has happened. So, my companion had to go home due to medical reasons so she left yesterday. I know it’s going to be ok and I wish her the best of her future. I am now with a temporary companion, a young sister in the ward here who is preparing to go on her mission in Arizona. She is super excited and her name is Sister Rachel White. I love having her as a companion, it’s GREAT!

Yesterday I was able to go to the zoo in Columbia, which was also great! Victoria, I am super behind on photos so I apologize to everyone for the lack of photos on Facebook but I can only send 3 pictures in an email so it takes a long time and I haven’t sent her any in over a month so…yeah.

Mission life is going great, the work was a little slow last week but it is still moving forward. I will be going to the transfer meeting on October 16 to meet my new companion, which will be exciting!

General Conference was wonderful. I will be including a link to watch it online for those of you who weren’t able to watch it. There were some great talks! Now, to wait patiently for the Ensign to come out so I can read them all.

I love you all! Have a great week! And those of you who have sent me a letter, I don’t have much time to write but I WILL reply to you 🙂

Sincerely.

Sister Carra Skye Miller

Here is the link: http://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2013/10?cid=HPFR100413105&lang=eng

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This is my ET companion, Rachel. She is so awesome!
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This is socking, I am afraid of birds. How did they get me to do this? Haha!
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The Zoo with the Coordinating Sisters was awesome!

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/30/13

Hello my wonderful friends and family! I hope everyone has had a great week, I have definitely had a better week this week than last week. And when I say week, it starts on Monday and ends on Sunday…not a regular calendar week.

So anyway, not much happened this week. We did have a crack in our winshield that we had to get fixed. That was fun…not really. The company came to our house and fixed it while we did weekly planning. Weekly planning is every Friday and we figure out what we will do the next week: who we will see, where we will go, what we will do, etc. It’s very time consuming but it must be done. I have grown to love it.

One things I did this week was give my first talk as a missionary. Every fifth Sunday is “missionary week” in the ward I am in and the missionaries speak. My topic was “testimony of Prayer and Fasting” and it was to be 5 minutes. That was fairly easy!

So…there are 2 things that I have found that I go through very quickly: stamps and post-it notes. So if anyone ever wants to send me anything, those tow things would be very helpful. It doesn’t matter the color, size, or shape of the post-it notes I just use a lot of them. And if you would also like to send me updated photos of you, that would be great as well! I love pictures and I love being able to brag on my friends and family.

Well, have a great week! Love y’all.

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

The car that had the crack in the windshield.
The car that had the crack in the windshield.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/23/13

A few announcements to begin my email:
1. Yesterday was another friend’s Birthday. She is on her mission and she tured 21. Happy Birthday Yasmin! I hope you got my letter 🙂
2. Today is my grandma’s birthday, she would have been 76 today I think. And yes, I am wearing blue, as usual. It’s also my nephews birthday!
3. Tomorrow is Sister Terry’s 20th birthday!
4. There’s not much to report this week.

Now, to get into my email…So this week was interesting. It started out like any other week, P-Day ended and we set out to go to work. We visited a returning member who is preparing to go back to the temple, which was awesome. We also visited another in-active woman who lives way up in our area. It was late and slightly eery. Our GPS that we are borrowing took us on some back woods way home, which creeped us out. Then Tuesday we had Zone Conference, which was awesome. I felt very sick so I didn’t get too much out of it but it was still wonderful. At the meeting, our mission doctor was there and he intorduced a new book for missionaries called Adjusting to Mission Life. Love the book. Then I met with him and it turned out, I had the FLU! Yep, the Flu. It was awful! I wanted to just curl up in a ball and sleep. Sister Terry and I were confined to our apartment for FOUR DAYS! But the wonderful members of the ward brought us over movies and soup and juice! I say 17 Miracles for the first time, wonderful movie that made me cry. Sick and crying does not mix. Then I also watched The Testaments for the first time, also a wonderful movie! We tried so hard to find someone who has the Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration movie but no one had it…turns out, the elders serving in the same ward have it -_- I will watch it!

So that was our week! Not much to report on. Things in Lugoff, SC are fantastic! I love being a missionary! I hope y’all have a great week!

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

These are all the movies that the ward members let us watch while we were stuck inside because I had the flu.
These are all the movies that the ward members let us watch while we were stuck inside because I had the flu.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/16/13

So this week has been insane. A lot happened yet I felt a little unproductive. But here is my week in Lugoff, SC:
First off, I want to announce that one of the ladies I had been teaching in Greer was baptized and confirmed over the weekend. Her name is Victoria and when I saw her name on the text messages that we receive every week, I about screamed. I was so excited!

Another thing that happened was I finished my journal, It is like super full of memories and things from my mission. I am so excited for my future children to read it. I mean I really think it will help them…one day. But I personally LOVE looking through it. It has 6 months of missionary work in it. There have been highs and lows, just as everyone has in life. I love this work so much!

Sister Terry has helped me be more goal oriented and organized and that is something we were working on this week. She has a chart system for goals and she got me to make one, which it is in my journal, and now I can look at the goals that I have for the, hopefully, 2 transfers I will be with her and it maps it out as to what I need to do every week then what I need to do every day to accomplish the weekly goals. It’s amazing. And she gave me a book holder thing to orgainze some of my books, which I may get another one this week because I just have that much stiff apparently.

Oh! Another thing that Sister Terry and I did all week was match. We wore yellow then green then red then pink then orange then purple….yeah, constanly matching. It’s kind of entertaining. The day we wore pink we were almost 100% matching, it was crazy!

So in my setting apart blessing, the night before I left for the MTC, something that was sad was that I will have good health and there will be no physical ailments. So, Sister Simmons pointed out that maybe that was said so that I could learn how to better take care of myself. Since I have been out here the last 6 months I have learned so much: 1) I am lactose-intolerant, which really bites! 2) I am flat-footed, So I have to have arch support inserts. 3) I now know how much water I need to drink every day because if I don’t drink enough water I can’t breath. 4) Juicing is healthy and wise! A lady in Greer got me into juicing and I am kind of sad that I can’t juice anymore because we don’t have a juicer. But when I get home I will resume juicing.
Well, I suppose that is all for this week. I love y’all! Have a great week and I’ll talk to you next week!

1 Nephi 3:7 “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I awill go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no bcommandments unto the children of men, save he shall cprepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

My first journal vs. my brand new journal!
My first journal vs. my brand new journal!

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/9/13

Ok so as I had mentioned in my last email, I am no longer in Greer, SC. Sister Simmons Is now training someone there and I got the boot. But great news…. I’M WITH MY MTC COMPANION!!!! Yep, I am back with Sister Rebekah Terry. She’s 4’10” and from Brigham City, Utah. She is an amazing person and I love her. We are serving in a tiny town called Lugoff, SC which isn’t too far from Columbia. The weather is a little different here than in Greer as it doesn’t rain as much but that’s ok.

There’s not too much to report on this week so I will keep it short. That and I don’t have much time to be on the computer. Crazy as it is. The library here kicks you off after 30 minutes then you have to go on another computer. Kind of annoying. And we have to use the local laundry matt because we don’t have a washer and dryer. Sad day. Oh well….In other news….I love being a missionary. I couldn’t have asked for a better job

Well, gotta go. I love you all!

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 9/2/13

Guess what everybody! I am leaving Greer, SC tomorrow. I am sad as I have truly loved it here but I know that the Lord has work for me elsewhere. And my companion, Sister Simmons, will be staying here and she will be training. Yep, she gets a Greenie of her own. A greenie is a brand new missionary.
In other news, not much went on this week. The weather has been crazy. It will be hot and sunny one minutes and then all of the sudden open up and pour! It’s kind of fun though running in the rain.
Right now I am burning CDs so that I can have some of the CDs that Sister Simmons has. There is this one CD that is called Joseph A Nashville Tribute and it is amazing. Everyone should hear it. And yes, it is about Joseph Smith. There are 4 other CDs as well but I can’t think of what they are called.
There aren’t any funny stories this week. Oh wait…so that preacher I talked about last week….yeah…he turned out to be a creeper. Not gonna go into detail but we don’t think he was really a preacher. And he wanted to give us a hug. Thank goodness for the no hugging the opposite sex rule.
Ok, well today we went to a place called Holly Wild. Great place. If you are ever in SC you gotta see it. Look it up online too.
Welll, love ya tons! Everyone have a great week!
Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

This is us with Victoria and her sister at Hollywild.
This is us with Victoria and her sister at Hollywild.

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/19/13

Every week I am adding new people to my email list, or so it seems. But I enjoy telling y’all about my week! And Hello to those that are just now getting my emails, if you want my previous emails I can send them as well, just let me know.

So I made a list of things I want to write about this week rather than just going on about my days. First things is the exchange we had. And exchange is when there are my companion and I are split with another companionship. Sister Simmons, my companion, was here in Greer with our Sister Training Leader Sister McHaley while I was in Spartenburg, SC with our other Sister Training Leader, Sister Stout. It was an awesome experience and I have learned so much from that. For example, I have learned to use the back of my planner as I am supposed to. Any RMs or current missionaries know the importance of a planner but I never really used the back of mine for my contacts. Now I do. Like my mission president, President Holm, always says “we are developing not developed.”

Also, I would like to ask all of you for advice on how my companion and I could boost our attendance at our Book of Mormon Class. Currently our average of attendees is….zero. Occationally we’ll have one person show up but that’s rare. We’ve been doing this for almost 18 weeks and nothing has changed. We don’t want to kill the class but we may have to if no one shows up. We’ve thought about putting it in the paper but that costs money. And we hand out flyers all the time. *sigh* We don’t know where to go with this.

Another thing I’ve been doing lately is looking at my family tree. It’s super exciting. For anyone who would like to learn more about their geneology I encourage you to visit familysearch.org because it is amazing. I have discovered one of my lines to go back all the way to 31B.C. How cool is that? And I have found that their is tond of royalty in my family as well. My ancestors are from: England, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Scotland, Ireland, and a few other places. And that’s just on my mom’s dad’s side of the family. I have 3 other lines to go back to! Again, I encourage all of you to check it out. Who knows, we could be related. And if you aren’t sure how to get started, visit your nearest family history center. I know there’s one at the church on Sierra Ave. It’s completely free too!!

I have a question for everyone as well, does mail still run on Saturdays? I was told that it would stop running on Saturdays in August and I wasn’t sure if it was true or not.

The weather here is wonderful, as people were asking about it. It has been an unusually cool August, which I LOVE! It rains all the time, which I also LOVE. I wish it rained half as much as it does here in Fresno. Maybe then it wouldn’t be so hot there. I was told it’s been pretty much in the 100’s all summer.

I also want to wish everyone good luck this semester/year in school because I know school is starting back up. A piece of me misses school, partially because my English is failing me, but the rest of me is kinda glad I’m not going to school right now. I’m sure everyone will do great!

Last thing I wanted to bring up is…..SATURDAY IS MY BEST FRIEND MICHAELA MATTHEWS BIRTHDAY! SHE’S GOING TO BE 20! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAELA!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!!

I hope everyone has a great week this week. And please, feel free to ask any questions about my mission, I’d love to answer them!

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

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Me showing my SC pride 🙂

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 8/12/13

This week there’s not too much to report. It has been a busy day, though.

Monday our phone FINALLY came….at 7:00pm -_- We weren’t too happy about it but at least it came. Plus the UPS guys was quite nice and he had a lond day of deliveries, he still had like 5 more stops to make unitl he could be done. Crazy, right? It’s supposed to close at 7:00pm. Then we headed over to Sprint to switch it over….Sprint closes at 7:00pm as well. So we went over to a members house to switch it over the phone, which didn’t work out because we didn’t know the pin for the account. So the next morning we went to Sprint right after study time and tried to figure it out. We were there for almost an hour because we needed the account name and after guess after guess it was finally figured out. Then we still needed the pin, which we thought we had but it just HAPPENED

sorry, didn’t mean to send that. But the pin was wrong. Then we had interviews, which were AWESOME! Gotta love meeting one-on-one with President Holm. I wish you could all meet him and his wife. Ayway, after interviews, which were in Boiling Springs, we drove around, following the directions of the GPS, to where Sprint stores USED to be. The closest one that hasn’t closed down yet was back in Greer. We drove around for 2 hours looking and found nothing so we headed back to the church for the meeting we had with a big group of missionaries (all the missionaries in the stake). That was great. Then a member took us out to ice cream at Brusters. And yes, I am loctose but my wonderful companion is as well and she has pills! FYI, I found out I was lactose about 2 months ago. It was a sad day. Anyway….the rest of the week went over quite smoothly. Now we are at another P-day. So that’s this week in a nut-shell.

So, for those of you who were wondering, I can receive packages and I would love anything you send. But please make sure it is priority mail (from the post office) and not UPS. If it UPS it will sit in the mission office for who knows how long. They will not forward any packages that are not sent from priority. That is all. And yes, I know I’ve talked about it before. Just letting everyone know/reminding y’all. And I would love letters from anyone. I can read them any day of the week. Emails are only Monday. Just another reminder.

Ok, later! Have a great week! And be good!

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

This is the new and old phone....what a pain!
This is the new and old phone….what a pain!