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Monday, 23 December 2013


Just a short note to say MERRY CHRISTMAS, and Happy Holidays ;) I hope that you all are having a great time, and remembering the True meaning of Christmas :)

This week has really been good, we had exchanges on Thursday and it was good always able to learn something. It was my first time out of my area!! It was so strange though, strange to be in more build up areas - so used to knocking on humble homes and Trailors. Not used to them richer people... But it was good. Good to see the work moving forward in that area :) Got to meet one of the Piano Guys Wives ;) The piano guy was not home but that was still cool :P Exchanges are good!! But I was still happy to be back in my area.

So we are teaching another Polygamist But he seems ready for baptism - besides the fact that he drinks coffee and likes tobacco every now and then. But we are working on him. Unfortunately the FLDS believe that Coffee and Tobacco are OK (all in moderation and just guidelines) So we are emphasizing that they are Commandments not just guidelines. We love our area though! We have sooo many people to teach all of a sudden. We also had a really good lesson with an Indian lady (American Indian) who knows very little about the Mormons! Like we did not know what to say when she said that and she is open to learn about jospeh smith and the Book of mormon. she has a goood christian background. I love her and her daughter already and want her to enjoy the blessings of baptism :)

So I have been sick this week. Not Fun. But the work moves forward! I am very grateful for members who earnestly strife to look after the missionaries. I got a medical kit yesterday lol. (will send pic next week as I left my camera at home).

So a fun one for the week. We tracked into a Jehovah witness this week and he used to be LDS and decided to be a preacher in the Southern Utah area because he knows the LDS faith. He also asked why are we serving in an area that is concentrated with LDS people....? Seriously??? Same reason you are there. Well we asked him if he has read and prayed about the BOM before and he says that he had Read it but he won't pray because that is like asking the Pope if he is Catholic. SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!! Just Pray about it :D

I spoke in Fredonia 1st ward yesterday and it was such a good Christmas program - there were 5 speakers and 4 Musical items :) Sister Hee and I spoke for like 3 min each cause there was hardly any time.

We also want to start going back to the families that have given us referrals and let them know how the contact went. I love this gospel and there are so many who are prepared to hear the Good news that we have! We just need some faith on out part. Please trust the missionaries with the names of your friends. They are the servants of the Lord. We as missionaries are not perfect. You may need to remind them a few times about your referrals. (I hope that is not the case, but time does run away from us).

Well two thoughts for the week, comes from the Dec First Pres Message and Ensign:

"As a covenant disciple of Jesus Christ, you are obligated to extend to others an opportunity to find increased happiness, especially to your friends and the members of your family." - Pres Henry B Eyring -

"Christmas is a Time to share our gifts, strengthen others & do our part in the Kingdom of God." - Elder Robert D Hales -

Please remember the to give of yourselves this Christmas. I love you all and Hope you have a joyous holiday!

PS get to Skype Home on Wednesday!!!!!!! So excited!!!!!

All My Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
107S. 1470E. Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

Monday, 16 December 2013

HALOA From Kaibab

I am sooo happy this morning!! I am so Grateful for my new companion! Sister Hee is AMAZING! She is from Maui Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!! We plan on seeing quite a few miracles this week!

We found a Black man this week when we knocked on this door that S Allen and I had previously knocked. (I was so excited to see a black person!!!!) But he was not very open to listening rather he wanted to teach us - But Sister Hee was so amazing, asking inspired questions it gave me the courage and change of heart - to picture him in White and Testify of the Book of Mormon. We were able to give him the Book and we Hope and Pray that he will read it.

Zone Training was really good this week! The focus for the Mission is changing to Finding New investigators! And we got a boost of enthusiasm for FINDING and were able to find 4 NEW INVESTIGATORS!!! I think our focus has also shifted to actually contacting the referrals we have received which helps soooo much! I love the people in this area so much! and Sister Hee is just so Positive about this area even though she admitted that she was not too excited about coming here, but now that she has heard of how this area was hurt in the past by Elders - We are both so grateful that we are here in this area to SERVE and LOVE these people! Sister Hee and I hope to become LEGENDARY. She is ready to serve and has given me a BOOST of enthusiasm! We both still have weaknesses but we are striving to work on them!

Had my First BAPTISM ON SATURDAY!!! There was sooo much opposition in getting her baptized but after much perseverance we got to this day! I love this lady!!! She is such an inspiration to me! And the water was cold!!! haha

Sorry running out of time :)

Though for the week: Alma 13:24:

24 For behold, aangels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land; and this is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of the children of men to receive his word at the time of his coming in his glory.

How does that make you feel???

Happy Merry Christmas!!!! ;)

All My Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
107S. 1470E. Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

Monday, 9 December 2013

Fwd: SNOW in Kanab

SNOW!!!!! - Transfers!!!!!

So there is BIG NEWS this week!!!!
Last week it SNOWED!!!!

It was a pretty cold week, so this was Wednesday Morning.... Thank goodness we did not go to Cane beds like we planned cause it always gets more snow up there... BUT then on Friday when we
DID go out to Co city and Cane Beds This happend:

I will send more snow pictures in a follow up email :) It was crazy!!! And soooo FLUFFY I love snow!!! Ok I could do without the cold but it is sooooo cool!!! And I have not been in snow before so this has been an interesting experience. "Pump the brakes".

Oh we went to Zions last week :) We only had an hour there but it was still pretty!

As for transfers - They didn't do transfer calls on Saturday morning like they usually do so we were stressing the WHOLE day on saturday! it was crazy!!! But...

I am STAYING! and S Allen is going back to the Visitors Center! And serving in Washington with a sister that came out with me S Phagwah from some country in South America... Can't remember where... She is a cute little quite girl :)

My new comp is S Hee from Hawaii!!! I'm super excited!!!! But I'm scared because of change and I hope that I can remember everything about the area and things :) But it will be good I am sure!! It will keep me on my toes and extra excited for missionary work. I will stay Jnr Comp and She will be driving (which could be a good thing haha I don't trust myself on the right side of the road... and I sure don't trust myself driving in SNOW!!!) Though S Hee doesn't have much experience in the snow either so this should be interesting! =D

I am so grateful that I am able to be in this area! it is a special place and I love the people here! We got a new investigator this last friday! She is 9 yrs old and wants to get baptized!!! Problem is her family is not very active - so we are going to try work on that!!

We have a baptism this week - Which S Allen is super sad about... I would be too. This Lady is just amazing! I love her to bits!

Goal for this transfer is to keep a journal!! lol I have really been slacking on that part!

The spirit of Christmas is here in the Kaibab stake! I have been to 3 Christmas ward parties this week!! it was GREAT!! The Christmas devotional was also really good!! I would encourage ALL to watch it before Christmas. And to ask yourself What happened next???? And What can I give HIM this Christmas??? We give as a reminder of all the Saviour has given to us.

the Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
107S. 1470E. Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Time of Thanksgiving & Christmas

Hey All!!

Ok so I think I confused EVERYONE last week :| Sorry. Transfers are Next tuesday but we get our transfer calls THIS saturday!!! At least they give us time to pack and whatever but we find out ealrier than the Elders because of the visitors center they need to know transfer calls so they can work out the schedule...

Well this last week was better than expected!! I got BOOTS in the mail!!! SOOOOOOO welcome and NEEDED!!! So been rather eventful week I would say. 
Monday we got free clothes at the thrift store. Someone paid for our $5 bag of clothes we are sad we were not able to fill it up more but its ok. Got a few cute skirts I hope I can make them practical and some are a bit big... anyway.

No pictures of Thanks giving, but it was a good day, very relaxed and layed back. We decided to only have 1 "dinner" at 2pm... yeah everyone has dinner early it seems. Unfortunately I didn't get any pics of that... But it was good, not very traditional though :) --> I'm not a huge fan of Turkey so I'm not complaining. WE just had Ham... Was good though!! And I have decided I love pumpkin pie!! And really can't get enough of it but I need to resist the temptation to eat it all. well we got a whole chocolate pie from another family which we have not made a dent in it yet. then we watched Ephraim rescue with a less active family!! SOOOOO good!!! if you can go watch it please do!! all about the pioneers! But I'm grateful that everyone is able to have this spirit of thanks giving and time that we can all think outwardly and not inwardly and it is just a preparatory event for Christmas.

Saturday we got our new JEEP!!! So exciting!! (Not what we expected but its pretty awesome and smells like a new car which is awesome!!!) Here is me in Co city getting it :) in my boots :P

Our one investigator is so great she told us that she only wanted to read 1 page per week and she ended up reading 1 per DAY!! So happy for her and then she invited us to the Christmas lights festival with her and her husband.

And His brothers house has music and Christmas lights choreographed It's crazy - also crazy to watch all the Christmas lights going up.

Zone Conference yesterday was AMAZING!!!

Elder Arnold of the 70 is really fired up about missionary work and gave us soooo much insight and I was truly inspired to know what we should do with our area. too bad transfers are happening next week... And they are not getting many missionaries in but we are losing quite a few missionaries. 

I would encourage all to read 3 Ne 11 (Doctrine of Christ) and the talk in the April confr "It's a Miracle"

STUDY it there is so much in that talk. I hope you can all find some encouragement and enthusiasm for the work!

I want you all to know that I love you! That I know this is the true church of Christ and that it is through HIM that we can be saved. I know that Jesus Christ died and suffered for me and for you. he knows us and wants us to return to him one day. But it does not take away our own personal responsibility to turn to HIM. And feel his love for us. 

I love this gospel!

All My Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
107S. 1470E. Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

Monday, 25 November 2013

Kaibab Weekly :)

Well this was an interesting week had exchanges from Monday to tues and this was actually my first proper exchange where we switched companions cause there are now elders in the other stake. Anyway it was really good!!! I learned alot. It was scary but I think I did OK. we went out to Co city which was interesting - always is but Sister Larsen was super excited to be in Co City. They didn't have my papers for my drivers licence (I think they lost it) So I was not able to drive during the exchange but I think I'm glad - I think I am used to being on the other side of the road but every now and then things shock me. LOL and I was able to direct then at least :)

But it was good to get my companion back - it really was so strange to not be around HER for such a long time. Well we had interviews with our Mission Pres on Wednesday and that was really good :) I love him and his wife so much :) I'm really glad that they are here to help us and be there for us :)

Friday The Young Ambassadors came and we were able to go watch them, though it was all about love songs and we felt a bit uncomfortable (not sure if it was the songs or the fact that we were sitting RIGHT in front) But that is where our investigator wanted to sit and she LOVED it wow she was going crazy!! But she is great! I love her to bits! It's great we see her almost every day. She is getting baptized on 14 Dec!!! =D But she is just a "dry Mormon" but there were a few complications with timing. Anyway I'm just glad that she is making this step of baptism :)

It was sooo funny Sister Allen called our one investigator Pam.... Her name is Sue... And so I tease her about it often... She doesn't even know any PAMS!!!!! ok So it might just be funny to me but now whenever we do or say something that doesn't make sense we say PAM!!! Who are you!!! Its fun :) 

Transfers have been on my mind so much lately :( They only NEXT week saturday!!! ahhhhh.

It was soooooo cold this last weekend wow I think I need to get boots... lol There was snow on the mountains (First snow in our area) and there was sleet on thursday But its good when we have apointments at least then it's not too cold haha. It's warmed up a bit today :) so I think it was just a cold spell. But won't be surprised if it happens again...

We spoke in one of the Fredonia wards yesterday and I was the final speaker!! Ok I only spoke for 15 minutes at least but the topic was Missionary work... I'm sure our stake is getting sick of that topic right about now. but it would help if they would act and not just listen!!! So I encourage all of you to ACT and not just listen. Pray for a missionary opportunity today! you will be blessed with them. Don;t be scared you know this stuff :) Read Elder Ballards talk: "Put your trust in the Lord"

I used quite a few quotes there for my talk. Oh and for those in SA Missionary work is not a "mission".... Think about it.

Though for the week:
"True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and 
"The study of the doctrines of the gospel will 
improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior 
will improve behavior. … That is why we stress so 
forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel"

I know that as we study the DOCTRINE of Christ found in the scriptures that we will change as a result :) (Alma 5) I love this gospel I love my mission so far. And I know that this is the true Church on Earth today!

Clouds today:

I might email next tuesday only because we have Zone Conference with a member of the 70 Elder Arnold. But will only find out later this week if we are going monday or tuesday or wednesday... So I hope you all can hold out till then :)

Love you all!

Oh PS I got a hair cut last week... with some "Bangs" lol
PPS we are getting a JEEP on saturday for our area!!!!! YIPPY!!!!!!!!! they are getting 3 new Jeeps and we are getting one of them!!! :D

All My Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
107S. 1470E. Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

Monday, 18 November 2013

What? an investigator in Co City????!!! =D

Good Day everyone!!!

It's been such a good week!!! Ok yes our one investigator that is on date has changed her date like 3 times this week but its ok we are just back onto the 14th Dec... She is so great we love teaching her but she does like to chat quite a bit... She could totally get baptised this week if she wanted to :) but - there is always a but... But WE will pray for a miracle!

We had such an amazing lesson with a less active Couple (she is active but he is not) He has been on a bishopbric before and they have been married in the Temple but he is currently chewing tabbaco and it's sad to see. And he wants to quit but has been struggling. But with our second visit after just committing them to pray together as a couple he has taken his own initiative and started to read the BOM on his own in private - his wife didn't even know about it. He also shared how he gained his testimony the first time of the BOM and he is already in 2 Ne so I really think that changes are about to happen in that family :) we are so excited for them! It's so great when those you teach DO what you ask them to.

On wednesday we GOT AN INVESTIGATOR IN COLORADO CITY!!!!! She is from the polygamist Crick in Mexico but she is actually the cousin of the Ward mission leader. Its so great and she went to BOTH sessions of General Conference and went to church this last sunday! I'm so excited to help her recognize the spirit and recognize the priesthood authority that we have. She is so great!

On Thursday we got ANOTHER investigator! Miracles have happened this week. But it is all through the members efforts. This lady has been fellowshipped by the Bishop of one of the wards and his family and we would not be able to get into their house any other way. So please remember to work with your friends and introduce them to the missionaries and work with the missionaries to help them come closer to their Savior. we can only ADD to what people already know!

I'm so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve here in the Kaibab Stake But I really am hoping that our area will get split because there is just so much work all of a sudden.

I encourage all of you to, in your families work out your own "Family Mission Plan" Maybe ask the ward what their mission plan is and see how YOU and your family can help the ward reach their goals. Identify families and make plans of what YOU can do with them. (Dinner, FHE, Church, Christmas fireside, Activity, Family Activities) When you gain a testimony of this gospel you wish to share it with your friends. Or even if you just start by reading Preach my gospel in your families. Use it in FHE.

I love missionary work. I love testifying everyday of what I know to be true.

Amla 37:6-7

" Now ye may suppose that this is afoolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by bsmall and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

 And the Lord God doth work by ameans to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very bsmall means the Lord doth cconfound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls."

What small and simple things are you doing to bring about the salvation of many souls?

I love you all!

All My Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
107S. 1470E. Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

Monday, 11 November 2013

Life in the Kiabab

Goood Afternoon all!!!

Not much time.

This week has been great. I love it when we are able to actually teach people! I don't know if I have been discerning needs as well as I could but it is a work in progress. And My goal this week is "It's More Important to be kind than Right" and I find that I really need to remember that. It's a quote I wrote down in my first year of seminary with Sis Debbie Pienaar as my teacher. How I love that Heavenly Father brings to your mind things to your memory things that you learned many many moons ago. It reminds me of my amazing Sister Deirdre (Deidz) who, when we were younger, whenever we got into a fight and i would stalk off and "slam" my door to sulk in my room would have that Christlike approach and made me a toasted cheese sandwich :) she has always been such an example of service and love. And I want to be like her when I grow up. There is still so much I have to learn but I am just so grateful that I have a loving and supporting family. Who really help me in my everyday life.

We have seen so many of the Lords Tender mercies toward us as a companionship. We have had rough times and good times and I know heavenly father keeps his promises - if you remember our scripture we used as our moto for our companionship: Alma 17:11
 11 And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good  examples unto them in me, and will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.

I know we are now seeing the fruits of our labours. But we needed to be patient!!

We went to the philipino resturant here in town and I think it is the most exotic food we will eat here besides mexican lol It was sooooo good though. a member in one of our wards own it so we ate there for free - crazy how often that happens.

Stake conference was this weekend for all the south and east parts of Utah. it was sooo goood. The adult session was all about the hastening of the work - and there was one lady who spoke who had such an amazing story to tell. She ran the "Grand to Grand" which is 167 Mile Race. (Don't ask me in Kms I don't know) And al that is provided is a tent. They have to pack everything else and then they have to run/walk with all their food and bedding and and and on their backs (20 Pounds). I don't have time to tell her story but here are some notes from her talk:

"Instead of asking Heavenly father to bless us we should ask the Lord what we can do for Him" - MISSIONARY WORK

"Live in such a way that people who know you but don't know Christ will want to know Christ because they know you" - Bishop H David Burton (Also Liezel's Favourite scripture)

People watch you and notice what you do. A Lady from China/Tokyo draw a picture of Julie and gave it to her and it was of Julie reading her scriptures every night.

Live so that you can serve someone TODAY.

She picked up two walking sticks on her journey and she said that they represented faith and works. At first she had faith, but as she shared her faith with those around her she put her faith into action and she said that faith without works is not enough.

I hope that we can all let our light shine, let our good examples be shown to all those around us :) And share our testimonies TODAY. I invite you all to prayfully select a friend today that could use the gospel in their life (Everyone) and invite them over for FHE, or dinner with the missionaries. We as missionaries cannot do it without YOU - the members.

I love you all.

<Sorry no pictures>

All My Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
107S. 1470E. Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

Monday, 28 October 2013

End of Transfer 1!!!

I hope Sis Massengale doesn't mind I used her heading for my email too :)

Well no shock here but My trainer and I are STAYING in Kaibab Stake!! We not sure whats happening to our district though cause my DL is going home tomorrow for eternal P-Days... But his Comp is now going to the Valley up here in the other stake where sisters used to be.... And this area has NOT had Elders in a Looooong time (Ok about a year or so) because this place was hurt a while back so we are sooo shocked that elders are now in the area....

But will see how that goes, have no clue who my DL is going to be now or how the distract is going to be formed. The other sisters here in Kanab are still here as well so should be a fun transfer :)

Some new things I have noticed about this area.. EVERYONE Chops their own wood... Heard a few people talk of grape and pineapple juice to treat gout. EVERYONE Cans. EVERYONE makes home made Jam (Which is really starting to grow on me!! - Ok I love it!) Scones = Biscuts lol People don't "call" (like you would whistle at a dog) cats the same as I would back home... like they call a cat the same you would call a bird... strange lol. Everyone also Quilts... And yesterday we were called "Lady Elders" in Sacrament LOL

This was a GOOD week. We taught a man in our area who has a controversial column in the newspaper (when ever we tell people we are teaching him they are shocked) well, Sisters have been meeting him like once a transfer (once ever 6 weeks) for the past 6 months. And he is an Atheist and just has a lot of questions every time and we took our Ward Mission Leader with us and he would just answer his concerns from Tithhing to What a typical mormom week would look like with FHE and Mutual and things to Where the Book of mormon came from (historically) and just answering all his questions from a secular point of view and not teaching the DOCTRINE. And last time we didn't get to say anything in the lesson. So we decided to just be us this time. He has already read 1st and 2nd Nephi and is very curious about our religion. We had such a good lesson with him :D We taught DOCTRINE!! Though I don't know if he fully understands all the doctrine. We taught him how to pray and asked him to say the prayer, at first he did not want to pray but then we convinced him... so he starts... "Oh great wonderful beautiful universe, think you for the sparkling day" NOOOOOOOOOOO haha but it was funny :) But we are woking on him. Makes sense I guess if you don't believe in a God. Who else do you pray to. Oh did I mention he is a Family counselor??? But we set up a time to meet him at the Family history center THIS WEEK!!!! Excited about that.

Anyway this week has been jam packed, I got sick Tuesday night like just out of the blue and I'm still sniffling... But it's ok at least its over.

We will probably have a babptism soon!!! A Greek lady whose husband just recently joined has finally got revelation that she should become a mormon!!!! yay!!! I have not met with her, but she refused to see the missionaries for a while. But she is practically mormon...  :) So we should pick her up as an investigator this week!!! So excited to hear what she has to say :D

So We are also starting to work better with the Ward mission leaders, Stake co-ordination meeting has not been what it should (not that I know the difference) But we are hoping to change things up a bit and make it work :)

So I have been reading something called "The Fourth Missionary" by Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge  SOOOOO AMAZING!!! I would encourage ALL to read it!!! (If you find it please send me an electronic copy - I have one that has been photo copied 100 times so it can be tough to read) Even though it is focused mainly on missionary work I know that this can apply to us all.

He quotes C S Lewis:

"Give me all of you!!! I don't want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don't want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self---in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My

will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart."

I hope we can all give our ALL to the Lord. I know we will become a better people and become more unified and as we develop these Chrsit like Atributes we will see ourselves change and as a result everything around us will change.

We live in changing times.

Love you all!! Keep the Pacakges and letter coming!!! I LOVE MAIL!! Some random pictures:

All My Best,

Sister Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission

Monday, 21 October 2013

Fwd: WEEK 6!!!

Good Morning Friends and Family!!

Thank you all for your love support and Emails!!! AND of course for my BIG package :P Loved seeing and tasting Chocolate from home!!! HeHe and all those other things I needed :)

Went on a three-sim Exchange this week. Sorta glad she came to us and we stayed together because I STILL don't know the area as well as I should. And Don't remember people as well as I should. Goodness it is crazy!!! But we had a good experience! We saw an older couple taking groceries inside... And So we stopped to help them Well I don't know that we would have gotten into that house had we not helped them. Sister Davila was great though - we offered to help and he said no he can do it and she was like NO we ARE going to help you and started getting the bags out the car. Was great!! I still have a lot to learn with contacting people though. Anyway it was a great experience and I learned a lot from her example and Love for the work.

We then had Zone Conference on Wednesday - had to leave Kanab at 7 to get there by 9... Conference was 9 to 3, then went shopping because the sisters in "the Valley" have already got snow and they needed to gear up for it. So I don't think I explain this very well the first time. So in Kanab/down here there are 3 sets of sisters (cause there were some disobedient Elders in the past so the area probably won't have elders for a long time. So In the Kanab Stake there are 2 sets of sisters one in "the Valley" so covering Oderville and other areas in the mountians. Then there are 2 in Kanab itself covering 3 wards. Then there's US. In the Kaibab Stake covering 7 Wards: Kaibab (Moccasin, Cane Beds and Colorado City); Fredonia 1+2; Kanab1+2+6+7. When we have a normal week we go out to Cane Beds on Tuesdays and Fridays and stay with the Bishop there, he often has referals for us or just suggests Less actives that we should meet up with. We visit with some families in Colorado City. There ARE members there. a few that have come Out of the FLDS church. In fact this Friday we met with an AMAZING family who just 2 years ago got kicked out of the FLDS church and they were sooo lucky that there WHOLE family decided to follow the father (cause it was only him who got kicked out) But they are such a dedicated family. They are thinking of converting - I think it is going to take time but they like our church. I really hope I get to teach them!! So We also don't just go "tracting" in Co city we need to have the Ward mission leader (who lives in Co city) or the Bishop and his wife to come out with us. We are not allowed to take pictures of them else if they catch us doing it they will call the cops. We wave at them but they don't even smile. It is so sad to see what is happening in that community. When you get kicked out of the church you are not allowed to speak to those in the church. The one family we meet with, her mother refused to see them even on her death bed! It is so sad how much this separates families :(

Anyway so Zone Confrence was amazing. Learned so much and was great to see my friends again.
This is my Zone. St George East Zone. We got home soo late we had time to contact one family and that was it. But It was good we got to do some shopping :) Got a nice winter Coat. But it was all so rushed an hour really is NOT enough time. then we had to go to wall mart in hurricane and do our grocery shopping there...

Anyway. It is Week 6!!! Transfers next week. I should be staying here - so should sister Allen, but excited to see if they are going to split the area or not.

I spoke in sacrament yesterday... and I taught YW lol was a crazy day but good. had to make my 15min talk only 5min cause there was not enough time.

Quote for the day:

"One of the reasons we are here on Earth is to strengthen our faith, difficult dark days are a necessary part of life & give us opportunity to build our faith, learn to rely on a power far great we than our own." Elder Larry W. Gibbons

Phil 4:13 - " I can do All things through Christ which strengthens me."

Well time is up Hope you are all doing something this week to hasten the work :)

All My Best,

Sister Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Pictures from Sister Hollander's Shenanigans (Posted by Deirdre on behalf of Karen)

Latex Larry

Standing by Latex Larry's car :P

We went up to one of our Bishops cabins in Long Valley. It was so beautiful!:

Jumping Photo - 01

Had to sneak a picture through the mirror to get a decent pic! Haha

Random llama in Co. City 

Jumping Photo - 02 (Can you tell I like jumping pics?)

Sister Hollanders first frosty!
(Selfie #01)

Beautiful sunset and being silly on the way to Colorado City:

Selfie #02

Jumping Photo - 03

Selfie #03
Sister Hollanders first time roasting hot dogs and smore's!:

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Dear Sister Hollander
Thank you for all your jumping pics and selfies ;) !! 
We love them - keep them coming!
your sis (and everyone else)
Deidz :)

Monday, 7 October 2013

General Conference!!

Just a quick one.

I decided it was time to tackle personal emails and give a better response :) Well last week was great!! Finally think I am getting the hang of this.

We had ZTM last week ago which was a real boost for me! was great to just have everyone so positive and trying to work together to find ways to serve etc. It was still a hard as A LOT of our appointments cancelled!! It's hard to just be out trackting the whole time. But we will carry on and do that which is expected of us.

 Hope everyone watched General Conference!! It was so Great!! I was able to receive answers to my questions for sure - Now it's time to APPLY!! I was soooo excited when Elder Soares and Elder Dube spoke. I loved listening to Elder Dube - just listening to a black accent was just GREAT!!! Haha - Yes I do Miss Africa!! For those of you who don't know Elder Dube is From Zimbabwe I was able to meet him at one of our institute temple nights - he had just been called into the 70. He is so great. I especially loved the missionary focus there was on Saturday! I hope you all took notes. The time is NOW for members and Missionaries to work together! Get to know the missionaries in your ward by NAME and offer to help teach and find people to teach. Also find out who their investigators are and offer to fellowship them - We cannot do it without YOUR help. Being an investigator is scary. Be there to help them lighten their load!

Invite Less actives to church - introduce them to the missionaries!!

I invite all to APPLY what they learned in Conference this week. Remember though Line upon line - precept upon precept.

Keep the Faith and Remember to Look UP!!! =D

I will send longer email next week. (I hope - might trek out to the Grand Canyon :D)

Send me letters!! Or send me your postal address - I love to write!! Check my Blog for Pictures (my sister is posting them up -

All My Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
Utah, St George Mission
107S 1470E Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

Monday, 23 September 2013

Fwd: St. George Utah Mission!!!!

Hey everyone!!! So I'm finally in St George Mission!!!!

Fist Up HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JADE and DAVID So sorry I couldn't email much last week.

Sorry that I did not email last week - I did not have time :'( I went out to Salt lake and the Humanitarian Center with all the internationals in the morning!! was awesome! But then got back in time for lunch and immunizations which took way too long and then had 5min to mail and then head to the temple! The new movie still blows my mind but I was quite tired from it all. Any MTC is "Not for the weak" as Sis Ramekgoe put it! There is so much to learn and they always seem to tell you all about what you should have done in your TRC or progressive investigator AFTER you teach them. But its good - if it were not for the failed lessons i don't think we would have grown much.

Props to Sister Jill Nielson and Family for sending the FIRST PACKAGE while I was in the MTC - You cannot imagine how happy I was cause the only mail I ever got was about my immunizations and things... And thanx to Liezel for the Dear elder JUST before I left MTC - was in tears when I got that one shame the District were very supportive though which was great!
So Had a number of spiritual experiences as a district in the MTC. As you all know my dad had an Op so it's been tough not really knowing whats happening at home. My Zone leader in the MTC gave me a blessing which was just the BEST experience ever for the whole district. I have a strong testimony that we can get comfort and peace through blessings! I know that I am in the right place at the right time - Not sure how I know that besides having that inner peace. I am definitely NOT a perfect teacher and I have LOADS of Patience to learn.

So going on to St. George!!!!

My first area: KIABAB!!!! I cover a few wards in Kanab, Ferdonia, Jakes Lake, COLORADO CITY (If you have not heard of it I would Suggest you look it up - hint: Polygimists!!) View From Colorado City

There is sooo much I want to tell you about my area goodness but there won't be enough time. So We stay in 2 houses. every Friday and Tuesday night we stay in Cane Beds (to do Colorado city and Moccasin cause they are so far out) and the rest of the time we are in Kanab. We cover a whole Stake with 7 Wards. Its tough trying to keep track of everything and where who lives and to know where the boundaries are etc. But I'm getting there slowly - I've become real shy again - had so much confidence in the MTC and that has all just dissapeared. Anyway. On Day 6 here and I think I have improved somewhat and have started speaking up. I still have sooo many of the mission rules to learn - they don't tell you everything at once :| I can only write letters on P-day so I might not be that great at replying... But I will try my best!!

So the Members feed us almost EVERY night. we get breakfast when we got to Cane beds. the members also give us rides to appointments at night. Its great cause you get to meet the members and on the first night got a few referrals :) was awesome. And the members were so kind as soon as they found out it was my birthday They made me a cake for dinner last night - though was crazy on saturday night just as we were planning our day the Zone leaders "text" us and say we will be having a zone fast for baptisms... ahhhhh luckily we had 3 Ward councils attended 2 wards and had a correlation meeting with all the ward mission leaders in the stake.. Oh and did I forget to mention that we had 3 baptisms on saturday!! lol first week and BAM 3. haha. well technically there were 4 baptised but 1 is 8.

Bet you dying to know who my comp is!!! Well I ACTUALLY KNOW her already... we are facebook friends ;) found her on instagram :) Sister Summer Allen!!! Check out her blog there is a link to it from my blog - she can't remember it lol. Something random about her - she has one random hicup like every hour lol. it funny!! shame. She is great though! very patient and she has only been out one transfer and still learning the area.

We drive a SUBARU Imprezza!! how awesome!!! :) love it! but with some of the roads we travel we have to. oh and we get to do grocery shopping on thursdays when we go to DTM in hurricane cause that is the closest wallmart and thats about an hour away.

Funny when people hear I'm from africa they think I live in the bush.. this is more like living in the bush - small town everyone is related to everyone SOMEHOW. its fun though! get to meet really cool and interesting people.
Weather: its beeen relatively hot - but not as hot as St George. The winds have actually started to come up
and I will possibly even get SNOW!! (depending how long I stay here) Sunrise:

One of the Bishops sons will be entering the MTC in JHB next week!!! He is off to Durban - hope to chat to him before he leaves. Look out for an Elder Gant :D Don't give him too much of a hard time :P

Goodness time is running short. Sorry If I don't get to replying your emails.

Quick Spiritual Thought:

I CAN do hard things - but in the strength of God I can do ALL things!!

Good luck for convention!!!! Hope you all have a BLAST!!!

All My Best,

Sister Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
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Sister Karen Hollander
107S 1470E Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

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