Monday, April 4, 2016

I Will Give Thanks Unto My God Forever. Amen.

18 months already? 

"Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.

Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen." 

Alma chapter 26 has taken on a whole new meaning in my life. 

I cannot say the smallest part which I feel. 

I will always be grateful for the many things I have learned in the Missouri St Louis Mission. This has truly given me a foundation for my life. 

I know with every fiber of my being that Jesus is the Christ. He is my Lord and my Savior. 

My mission is not ending, it has just begun. 

Love, 

Sister Kimille Furniss 

Pictures:

Sister Shontell, Dahlberg, Petrie and I leaving the MTC...and then 18 months later

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Follow Him and Find New Life. Hallelujah!!

Happy Easter!!! 

Easter is my favorite holiday. There is such a special spirit as I reflect on the final events that transpired in the Savior's life. On Sundaymorning my companion and I listened to Elder Holland's talk "Where Justice, Love and Mercy Meet" I love how he concludes this beautiful talk:

"That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life.

This Easter I thank Him and the Father, who gave Him to us, that Jesus still stands triumphant over death, although He stands on wounded feet. This Easter I thank Him and the Father, who gave Him to us, that He still extends unending grace, although He extends it with pierced palms and scarred wrists." 
                                                                 -Elder Holland

As missionaries we have had the opportunity to share the #hallelujah initiative. We get pass-along cards that we can share with people that has a website where they can watch the video. It is so special to be able to testify that Jesus Christ lives to each person we give a card to. I love, love, LOVE being a missionary!!! 

Funny story/miracle of the week: 

We had a lesson with our investigator Sandy. Back story on Sandy: I think I have told her story in the past, but i'll just tell it again. When I was with Sister Reed we really wanted to find more people to teach. So, we decided to have a special fast where we specifically fasted to find people. That very day, we received 2 media referrals, Sandy was one of them. She loves the gospel, and is just taking everything in!! 

Anyway...

As we were teaching Sandy I started to get a bloody nose. But, we were teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson and we just taught about baptism, so it was the perfect opportunity to invite her to be baptized. As I was plugging my nose, I invited her to baptism. Sister Segner and Sandy were probably wondering what in the world was going on...we ended up setting a baptismal date with her though, which was awesome! I then ran into the bathroom to grab a tissue, but the toilet paper roll was empty, so then I had to awkwardly tell Sandy that. She was kind of embarrassed, so I just used some paper towel.

My bloody noses always come at the most inconvenient times.

I loved the Women's conference! It is always so motivating and uplifting. I loved the focus of service. 

I'm SOOOO excited for General Conference!!!!!!!!!!!

I love you all!!

Love, 

Sister Furniss 

Monday, March 21, 2016

TORNADO!!!

Hello!! 

I was able to experience my first Midwest tornado on Tuesday! All day Tuesday was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. It was about 80 degrees, which is really unusual for March of course. Then, around 7:30 it started to get really cloudy all of a sudden. There was a lot of lightning in the distance, and it rolled in pretty quickly. We had an appointment in Riverton, which is about 10 miles outside of Springfield. As we were there we could hear the sirens from Springfield going off. The news said that a tornado had touched down in Springfield, and it was heading towards us. Then, just a few minutes later the sirens in Riverton went off, so we went down into the storm cellar. Nothing too extreme happened though thank goodness! It definitely got my adrenaline running though. For anyone who knows me...you know I hate lightning. Just imagine that with a tornado. Hilarious right?? I'm getting better though. 

The whole time I have been serving here in Springfield we have been praying and trying to figure out how to get the work going in one of the towns we cover, Lincoln. It is a decent sized town that used to have a branch, but the branch was dissolved because there was so much anti feelings in the community unfortunately. We have been working there and this past week we felt prompted to visit a lady who lives there who we thought was less active. We met with her and we found out that she was just attending the other ward because of the time. But, she is coming to our ward now. She is a returned missionary and really wants to help us out in Lincoln! Right now she is the only active member of the church there, and it is about an hour away from the church building. We talked about different things that we can do to get the work going there! It was such a miracle and an answer to our prayers!!

I am so grateful for this Easter week that we have to reflect on the Resurrection of our Savior! I am so thankful for all that is possible because He lives!! 

HALLELUJAH!! 

I love you all!! 

Love, 
Sister Furniss 


It was seriously beautiful blue skies 20 min before this picture was taken.

The Curtis' surprised us and took us out to dinner!! 



Nuns!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

I Know that My Redeemer Lives!!!!

Hello!! 

The way I am feeling right now can best be described by the hymn "I Know That My Redeemer Lives"

I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.

He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul's complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives, my kind, wise heav'nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"

I know that my Redeemer lives. The Atonement of Jesus Christ has become a reality to me on my mission. There have been so many times that I have experienced the enabling power of the Atonement. There have been days where it was hard to put one foot in front of the other, but I was able to because of my Redeemer. There have been lessons where I could feel the love that Heavenly Father had for the person I was teaching, I was able to feel that love because of my Redeemer. There have been times when I was scared to death to step out of my comfort zone, but because of my Redeemer, I could step outside of my comfort zone. I could go on and on...I know He lives. 

In Mosiah 18 it talks about how special the waters of Mormon are to the people because that is where they came to know their Redeemer. 
"How beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer; yea, and how blessed are they, for they shall sing to his praise forever."
The Missouri St. Louis Mission will always be a sacred place to me because it is here that I came to know my Redeemer. I am so grateful for all of the many principles I have learned on my mission that will be a part of my life forever. 

Victoria was baptized last Saturday, the 5th. One week later she had the opportunity to do baptisms at the Nauvoo temple with the Relief Society. She didn't let anything stop her from going. The day before the temple trip she was admitted into the E.R. because they thought she might have appendicitis. Although she was in a lot of pain, she woke up at 5:30 am the next morning and went to the temple, and she came to church yesterday. I admire Victoria for her faith and the love she has for the Lord. 

I have had the opportunity to meet many who have changed my life. I know that certain people are placed in our lives to help us through this journey of life.

I love being a missionary!!! 

I love you all, thank you for all of your support. 

Love, 

Sister Kimille Furniss 

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Joy of Missionary Work!!

Hello!!!

VICTORIA GOT BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!! She is amazing. We met her for the first time a month ago from today!! She has such a love for the gospel, and was SO prepared!! She is going to the Nauvoo temple on Saturday to do baptisms for the dead for the first time. There was such a special spirit at her baptism. As she came up out of the water she had the biggest smile on her face! 

We had a lesson with Messan this week. We watched the Restoration movie. After the movie was over Messan said "It's true. I know it's true. And I know that God knows that I know it's true." We testified of the truthfulness of the restoration of the gospel and invited him to baptism once again. He explained to us that he has a wife and 3 children in Africa, and before he makes any decisions he wants to talk to his family. We talked to him about sending missionaries to his family in Africa! Messan has such a special spirit. He has been coming to church, and he has been reading The Book of Mormon. 

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY.

Love, 

Sister Furniss 
Victoria's baptism!


A cool wall in down town Springfield

I met Lincoln's family!

We went to an AWESOME museum today for p-day! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Pictures to go with "First Week of My Last Transfer!"


FHE with the Guthrie family! We talked about the "seed of faith" in Alma 32 and each planted our own seeds! The catch is, you can only water your plant when you do your scripture study and say your prayers each day.

Materials table at the "Meet the Mormons" night

The dessert table with President Hinckley's b's!

One of the youth brought 5 of his friends to the activity! I just snapped a picture of the Elders talking to them. :)

The articles of faith!

Couldn't have done it without Dynetta!! (This is Dynetta with her two daughters Myera and Saniah)

Messan!!

We did it!!


Victoria!!

 DOUG!! He just started coming back to church, and went to the temple for the first time last week! So awesome!!

Sister Rhoades! She is amazing.

Gangstas!! "Squat sister Rhoades!" "I can't squat, I'm an old lady!!" Hahaha, I love her.

Our ward mission leader, Brother Rhoades.

First Week of my Last Transfer! What???!!!

Hello!!

We had a great week. On Friday night we had our "Meet the Mormons" party. There was a good turn out! A lot of our investigators came and members brought their friends and family to learn more. It was truly a miracle.

The highlight of my week was teaching our investigator, Messan. (He is the guy from Africa.) Last time we met with him we had a lesson all about The Book of Mormon and the importance of it in our lives. When we met with Messan this last time he had been reading from it and had a lot of great questions. Messan also had a friend in town named Klaus who is also from Africa and was just visiting for the weekend. We taught them the Plan of Salvation...it was the neatest Plan of Salvation I think I have ever taught on my mission. We started off by asking them the three big questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? And where are we going after this life? Messan said "I have never really thought of where we came from..." Klaus said: "From our mother's womb?" We started talking about the pre earth life and it was like a light bulb went on. It was amazing to witness how excited Messan got when he realized that truth. He just started saying over and over again: "That makes sense! That makes so much sense!" He then turned to his friend, who wasn't quite having the light bulb moment yet, and said "Klaus! Do you realize how important it is to know we lived before this?" It was amazing to witness a life changing experience for him. It is really interesting that just knowing one simple truth can change perspective on life. Klaus then started getting excited about this truth and they both said, "so where are we going after this life?" It was like we were teaching 2 kids who were so excited to find out what happened next in the story. We told them that before we teach them that part, we need to talk about why we are here. It was such an eye opening experience for me. It occurred to me that I have never realized how lucky I really am to have a knowledge of The Plan of Salvation. 

Sister Reed and I decided to fast and pray together to find more people to teach. The day we fasted, we received 2 media referrals! It really strengthened my testimony on the reality of the blessings and strength that comes from fasting. The next day we drove to a town called Lincoln with 2 ladies in our ward. There we met Sandra. Sandra wants to have a stronger relationship with Heavenly Father.  She recently lost her mother and daughter and is dealing with a lot of grief at this time. We had the opportunity to teach her the Plan of Salvation. It was a powerful experience to realize the incredible love that Heavenly Father has for each one of His children individually.

Can I just say, I LOVE TEACHING THE PLAN OF SALVATION!!!

Victoria is amazing. We just met her 3 weeks ago and she has just grasped so tightly on to the gospel already. She cried during "Meet the Mormons," and she cried during Relief Society on Sunday...she has found so much peace and joy in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm grateful the Lord has allowed me to meet her.

My companion Sister Reed went home today. :( That was really hard. I loved serving with her so much, she is truly one of my best friends.

It is going to be a great transfer. I am sad that it is my last, but I know that many great things are ahead in the future.

I love you all!!

Love,

Sister Kimille Furniss