“The Future Is As Bright As Your Faith” President Thomas S. Monson

In the Washington Tacoma mission we are asked to write a final report
to sum up our mission experience so I have attached that report here
for you guys. I have loved every single second of the past 18 months
and feel so blessed that the Lord called me to represent him in this
amazing work! I know this Church is true and is led by our Savior
Jesus Christ! I am so thankful for the faith I’ve gained in my Savior
and for the person he has helped me to become! I want to thank you all
for the unending love and support I have felt from each and everyone
of you as I’ve been away and can testify that the power of prayer is
real because I have felt so much strength from the prayers that have
come my way. Can’t wait to see you all so soon! Thanks again for
everything!

I LOVE YOU!!!!
Sister Kelli Horgesheimer

Kelli’s Flight information:  She arrives Wed August 5th at 1:15p.m.  Delta Flight 877

Kelli’s Homecoming will be Sunday August 16th at 9:00 a.m.  The church address is 4275 Bountiful Boulevard  Bountiful, Utah

You are all invited to the house after the meeting and we would love to have you come visit with Kelli!!  Address to Kelli’s Home is:  4148 Hidden Ridge Cir  Bountiful, UT

The Final Report of

Sister Kelli Horgesheimer

Washington Tacoma Mission

January 22, 2014-August 4, 2015

If I had to sum up my mission in only one word it would be Miracle. In Moroni 7:37 it says, “It is by faith that miracles are wrought” and in the Bible Dictionary we are told that “where there is true faith there are miracles.” The miracles I’ve seen in my own life combined with the miracles I’ve seen in the lives of others have made the past 18 months the best that I’ve ever had. Faith truly is the power behind every miracle I’ve seen. Before my mission I saw the person I wanted to become and I saw the things I wanted to accomplish and as I stepped into the mission field I quickly realized that I did not have the power or ability to accomplish this task alone. I needed to put all my faith and confidence in the Lord if I wanted to become the person the Lord wanted to help me become and if I wanted to see the miracles that he had been preparing for me to see.

When I entered the MTC I had faith that being on a mission is where I needed to be. I knew this was the Lord’s work and I couldn’t wait to step into the Wa-Tac and get started. One of my favorite MTC teachers shared a scripture with me on the second day of my mission, which was also probably the hardest day of my mission. These words have stuck with me ever since that day. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children. And ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands prepared for you. And you cannot bear all things now nevertheless be of good cheer for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours the blessings thereof are yours and the riches of eternity are yours.” (D&C 78:17-18) This scripture filled my heart with peace and helped me remember that I can’t understand everything that’s going on now but the Lord does and he has promised that I need not fear because he will be there to lead me along in this journey. I would like to share a few miracles that I have seen throughout my mission that have all been brought forth by faith.

Faith to give my whole Heart to the Lord

I was so blessed to begin my mission in the beautiful city of Olympia with my amazing trainer Sister Wilkins who taught me that the most important part of missionary work is of course work and obedience. She taught me that there is no time to waste and that every moment makes a huge difference in the big picture. I am so thankful for my mission because I have been taught how to find true and lasting happiness. In Mathew 10:39 it says, “He that findeth his life shall lose it, and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” The hardest times on my mission have always come from focusing too much on myself and forgetting the person I really came out here to serve. Right as soon as I’ve turned my will and my focus back to the Lord it is then that true peace begins to return to my life. I love this quote from Elder L. Tom Perry. “Those who solely rely on themselves and follow only their own desires and self-inclinations are so limited when compared to those who follow God and tap into his insight, power and gifts.”

Faith to gain and unshakable testimony

In the first 3 weeks of my mission I think I was told in about every way possible all the reasons why our church was not true. The testimony I came out with began to not be as stable as I thought as doors were being slammed in our face every single night in Olympia. Though I never doubted the things I knew, I was constantly looking to find stable ground and to be confident in my testimony. This quote got me through the first 3 months of my mission. “The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue. It is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know.” (Elder Jeffery R. Holland) It is true that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass. We are not meant to understand everything at once because then we would have nothing left to search for. This life is about learning and progression after all. Being transferred up to the Port Angeles 1st ward with Sister Gehring was one of the biggest blessings Heavenly Father gave me. Sister Gehring was so much more than a companion, she is the best friend that everyone needs in this life. She helped me regain my confidence and helped strengthen my testimony of the enabling power of the atonement. Together we were able to see the baptism of Amy who let go of her past and used the atonement to keep her focus on the person Christ could help her become. Seeing Amy’s change of heart was the foundation that I leaned on through the coming months of my mission.

Then I was able to spend 2 of the best transfers with another dear friend Sister Olson who taught me a lot about power and conviction that comes by the spirit. It was in Port Angeles that I gained a testimony of this line from Preach My Gospel. “You have been promised inspiration to know what to do and have been given the power to do it.”(PMG pg. 89) As missionaries we have been set apart to represent the Lord and with this setting apart comes so much added power. When we fully recognize and trust this promise then our testimonies will be carried into the hearts of the people we talk to by the spirit of the Holy Ghost and they will be able to feel the truth and power of the message we share. I know the power and authority of our calling is real. There have many occasions where I have personally felt the spirit speaking right through me and there is absolutely no greater feeling that can compare to these moments.

President Blatter threw me a curve ball at the end of this transfer when he told me I’d be staying in Port Angeles for transfer number 5 and I’d be training Sister Sasser. Sister Sasser, one of the newest missionaries in the field, taught me more in 2 transfers then I’d learned my entire previous 7 months. By this time in my mission I was confident in my testimony and I knew how to get through the motions of missionary work but together we realized that this was not enough. By diving into Preach My Gospel daily we found many ways each morning to go out and magnify our calling. One of my favorite things we learned together was how to be bold and not hold back the gift of the restoration from anyone. Through showing our faith to study PMG many miracles shortly followed as we saw Isaias and Chelcie enter the waters of baptism. Towards the end of our transfer we, along with the Elliott family were able to experience one of the coolest moments of my mission. We were always over at the Elliott’s on Sunday evenings and during the fall semester the Elliott’s were housing a member of the Peninsula College soccer team named Steven who always invited his nonmember friends from his soccer team over for Sunday dinners. We would always share a spiritual thought before we left and one night we felt that we needed to share the scripture in Alma 34:32, “For behold this life is a time for men to prepare to meet God, Yea this life is a time for men to perform their labors.” Sam was one of the friends there listening that night as we bore our testimonies about the purpose of this life. You could physically see that Sam’s heart was touched as he began to ask so many questions from the soul. As we spent another hour answering questions his heart began to soften and he felt an immediate witness from the spirit that these things we were telling him were true. Sam was baptized three weeks later by his friend Steven. How blessed we are as missionaries to be able to see these miracles first hand and to witness the reality of the spirit on so many different occasions. Throughout my time in Port Angeles I was truly changed. I learned how to submit myself more fully to the Lord and I gained so much confidence through studying, praying and teaching by the spirit. My testimony turned into so much more than just words and it became the way I lived.

Faith to overcome Fear

As many of you know I was born with an eye condition that has left me visually impaired. Throughout my life it has always been my goal to not let my limited vision interfere with anything that I have set out to accomplish and going through my life I think I could probably say I’ve been pretty successful until President Blatter called me to the long, dark, dirt roads, during a rainy winter in Elma. Limited vision plus trying to navigate through the dark was a stumbling block that I didn’t think I’d physically ever be able to overcome. I’d leave our warm car every night at 5 o clock with butterflies in my stomach for the next 2 hours that lay ahead. I just want to testify that Heavenly Father is so aware of our fears and weaknesses and he knows how to give us the specific comfort that we need during these times of trial. I know this because he led me to a scripture that I think Nephi specifically recorded for me. It says, “And I will also be your light in the wilderness: and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.” (1 Nephi 17:13) Each night after finding this scripture these words would be continually running through my mind during 5-7’s. I quickly realized that my reason for being sent to Elma in the middle of the winter was to help me learn how to yoke myself with my Savior. I know I was not alone on those nights because I truly did feel the Savior’s light leading me and guiding my every step. The roads didn’t physically get lighter but I began to receive a light within my heart that gave me the confidence and peace I needed to get through these nights. Above everything else, I learned that we never have need to fear in this life because our Savior can truly guide us through absolutely anything. What a blessing it was to learn this principal as I was in Elma. I know the Savior has the ability to make the darkest situations full of light!

I loved serving with Sister Julien and she taught me so much about getting rid of distractions and keeping myself centered on our purpose. She taught me how many blessing we are entitled to as children of our loving Heavenly Father. Together Sister Lechuga and I learned how to let the Savior turn our weaknesses into strengths.

Faith to Rely on the Spirit

My 3 transfers in Soundview were probably the best of my entire mission. The reason being because I learned what it truly meant to let the Spirit guide this work and I was able to recognize what it feels like to live in a celestial culture. Right after transfer meeting we immediately went to knock doors, (in a lighted apartment complex I’d like to add J) then we were off to meet our investigator Jeremy at the library. Little did I know at the time how much of an influence he would forever have on my life. The AP’s knocked on Jeremy’s door and left him a restoration pamphlet. Exactly a week later the sisters felt prompted to knock this same apartment complex and when they met Jeremy they invited him to pray. On that same night Jeremy offered his first prayer and he was able to receive a witness of his Heavenly Fathers love and had felt something unlike he’d ever felt before. Since that day he has never looked back but has taken every step possible to align his life with Jesus Christ’s gospel. Jeremy taught me what it really means to let the spirit be the teacher. The insight Jeremy received from his gospel study continues to amaze me as he has truly learned what it means to let the spirit teach him. Nothing we do as missionaries can convert those we teach. It is 100% up to the spirit to allow people’s hearts to change. The converts in the Soundview ward are probably the strongest converts the church has ever seen because “when the spirit touches the heart, hearts are changed” (PMG pg. 93)

Sister Heaton taught me one of the most powerful lessons that I would ever learn in this life. One night we were up talking about how we could improve and find more success. We had both finished our prayers and we were laying there rattling off different things we needed to apply to our work when Sister Heaton suddenly stopped and said, “You know, the Lord has never asked us to do this work alone, we need to take a step back and let him in.” From then on we focused our every effort on making sure we were where the spirit wanted us to be, saying what the spirit wanted us to say and doing what the spirit wanted us to do.

Sister Lomu and I were able to apply this lesson into our next transfer together as we found so many situations where we were perfectly placed in the path of so many people who just needed to know of God’s love. One night as we were sadly walking away from an appointment that had fallen through we saw a lady struggling to get some groceries out of her car. We called to her and asked if we could help out and she gladly said yes. She then went on to say. “Oh are you the people I slammed the door at last week?” Haha we awkwardly said yes but moved passed that quickly and helped her up to her apartment with her bags. When we got done putting her groceries away she was sitting on the couch completely out of air and told us that she has been going through chemo for the last 4 months and had just gotten the news that she didn’t have much longer on this earth. She expressed so many feelings of fear about the unknown. Sister Lomu and I couldn’t help but be moved to tears as we listened and thanked God for the perfect opportunity to teach the Plan of Salvation. We were never able to get in contact with this lady again but I know that the Lord placed us in her path to let her know of his love. There were countless situations in this transfer that were very similar and taught me what it really means to minister Christ’s love to everyone we meet.

Faith to Live by our Purpose

“Our purpose is to INVITE others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.” Reciting our purpose every week is one thing but living by it is a complete other thing. In all honestly I could probably be classified as one of those missionaries who only recited my purpose for the first 16 months of my mission. I was given such a gift as I was called back to the city that I love so much for the last six weeks of my mission, PORT ANGELES!!! My final transfer Sister Flanigan and I gave it all we had by pushing any fear aside and putting baptism as our first and only priority. We invited everyone to be baptized as the spirit directed. As we did so we were so richly blessed with miracles that I know came from showing the Lord that we had faith to truly live by our purpose. I know the Lord has prepared specific people for each of us to love in our areas and bringing the restored gospel into their lives is the way that we are able to show forth our love and our Savior’s love the most. “We invite all to come unto Christ by repentance, baptism and confirmation in order to open the doors of the celestial kingdom to the sons and daughters of God.” (PMG pg. 9) This work is so much bigger then we can comprehend and I know the service we render daily has eternal and everlasting consequences.

Faith to see a Bright Future

I LOVE this work so very much and feel so incredibly blessed that the Lord gave me these 18 months in the beautiful Washington Tacoma mission to lead and guide others to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know this gospel is the true and it is the only way to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. I will carry the lessons I’ve learned on my mission in my heart for the rest of my life. It is here in the Wa-Tac that I have learned every secret to be able to find everlasting and enduring happiness. I see such a bright future ahead as I now know who it is that I am to put all of my faith and confidence in. I know my Savior is the one who will lead and guide me through my life and with him lighting the way I have no need to ever fear. I love you all so much Wa-Tac and want to thank each of you who have been a part of this amazing journey. I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Pictures Of The Departing Missionary Temple Trip & Lunch

Kelli sent us home her Final Missionary Report which I hope to share with all of you at a later time.  We read it together as a family tonight and I must express my love and gratitude to my Heavenly Father for all the blessings that have come into our families lives from Kelli’s mission.  I cried tears of joy from all her beautiful experiences and the firm testimony she has received.  I also feel so grateful to all the family and friends who have supported her and sent so much love and kindness her way these past 18 months.  I could never find the words to tell my Father In Heaven how blessed Jason and I have felt by having this beautiful daughter as a part of our family!!!  One more missionary letter coming our way.  I will miss reading her testimony of the gospel each week but can’t wait to have her back home with us!!!  See Ya Wednesday Kelli!!!

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Looking Forward To The Future!!

I can’t even wrap my mind around the fact that my final week is
already here! Soooo much still left to do this upcoming week which I
am so excited about! The weeks have been flying by so fast and I
seriously just lay in bed every night and think how is it possible
that another day is already over. It is so sad! I am just loving every
moment and doing all that I can to live it up to the fullest!

We had another incredible week with so many great lessons. J,
our miracle from last week, is progressing so well and is learning so
much. He came to church yesterday and loved it and is still so excited
for his baptism on 15th of August. We are also still working with
M who is part of a part member family that we knocked into a few
weeks ago. She is loving all the young women’s activities and has met
so many great friends from the ward. Her baptism could be this weekend
but still kind of up in the air on that because of a few other issues
but we have definitely been praying for things to work out that way.
We have been blessed with so many amazing investigators this transfer!

I went on my final exchange this week with my favorite person in the
entire world Sister Heaton. It was way to much fun being back
together! We just laughed for a solid day straight but were able to
get so much done too! I don’t know what it is but when Sister Heaton
and I are together the most awkward things always happen. Haha We felt
like we were in Tacoma again not PA. So we were serving at a homeless
dinner that our ward put on and this guy asked me how to say my last
name so I told him. Then he asked if it was German so I said yes and
he says, “Oh my name is Polish then he said his last name and I said,
that’s a cool name I like that,” and he answers “Oh I’m so glad to know
that you like Polish men!!”at the heck was I supposed to say to
that?!?! Haha! Then that same night while knocking doors we met this
old man who had to be over 90 and as I was introducing myself and
after I said I’m Sister Horgesheimer he says oh Hello Sister Gorgeous
Primer. I corrected him like 3 times but he wouldn’t stop saying it!
Haha It was super funny! I love Sister Heaton so much! We had the
coolest conversation that night all about looking forward to the
future and my heart was so full of the spirit and I just have so much
confidence about being ready to start this new phase of life after
that talk. 🙂

I was asked to speak in church yesterday about why I decided to serve
a mission. I was so thankful for this opportunity as I was given so
much revelation as I was studying and preparing for this talk. I asked
my Heavenly Father why he specifically wanted me to be out here
serving and was able to learn that the main reason I was called to
serve a mission was to learn that this life is impossible to get
through alone. I have learned so much about my Savior and what it
means to let him lead and guide my path through this life as I’ve been
here in Washington.I have learned every secret possible to be able to
find enduring and lasting happiness no matter what life throws at me
and it all begins with letting the Savior take control. I can’t wait
to see what this final week holds as I am able to give absolutely
everything that I have left to my Savior as I wear his name on my
heart for these last few days! I am so grateful that my mission
doesn’t have to end when I get home either. The Savior’s light can be
shared to everyone no matter where you are and no matter if you are
wearing a name tag or not! I know this gospel is true and more than
anything else I can testify that this church is led by our Savior who
lives today! I LOVE YOU!!! Have a beautiful week! 🙂
Love Always,
Sister Horgesheimer

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1-Splits With Sister Heaton 2- Future Missionary 3-Zone Conference

You Could Physically See A Glimpse Of Light Return

HEY!! 🙂
It has been another super eventful week! Oh my gosh I did the
grossest thing ever!!! We butchered chickens with our Ward Mission
Leader for service! Don’t worry I have videos but I probably won’t
send them because I need to explain myself before you see how
embarrassing that moment was! haha! It was crazy and lets just say I
am super glad I won’t have to be doing that again for a while! 🙂 We
also did service at the food bank this week and it was awesome because
I got to see a ton of my old investigators from the last year while I
was there!

We were both dead tired on Saturday night after a long day of service
so when it came time for knocking we were so not into it. We were
quickly called to repentance when we found the coolest miracle. We met
the cutest old man named J who just lost his dad a few years
ago. He left his whole life behind in Cali to move up to PA to take
care of his father and now that his dad is gone he is stuck here
feeling so lost and depressed. We knocked on his door in perfect
timing and he was happy to talk to us. Sadly we couldn’t go in with
out fellowship but we scheduled an appointment for the next day and
had the most powerful lesson ever about how God is our loving Heavenly
Father. You could physically see a glimpse of light return to
J’s eyes while we were walking out the door to leave. J
needs some friends from PA and we are super excited for him to start
getting involved with the ward. It was one of those lessons that you
just walk away from on such a spiritual high. That doesn’t happen very
often but when it does it’s amazing! The Lord is blessing us SOOO
much! Whoever gets called to Port Angeles next transfer is seriously
the luckiest person ever! So jealous!

The coolest and most rewarding thing happened this week when we got to
go meet with my eternal investigator from the PA 1st ward. Throughout
my time in PA last year we met with their family weekly and we saw a
little progress but were never able to get her to commit to baptism.
After I left last year the Sr. Missionaries took over teaching their
family. As we went back over this week I felt like I was walking into
a completely different home! Normally our lessons are complete chaos
and we couldn’t ever have a spiritual lesson because of the crazy kids
but this week when we were there all the kids were sitting on the
floor listening and we were able to have the greatest lesson ever. At
the end we all together sang “I love to see the temple” and their 5
year old said a beautiful closing prayer! The spirit was there sooooo
strongly! My mission was officially made after leaving their house! It
has been the biggest blessing being able to reconnect with so many
people that I love so much! This has been the most amazing transfer
ever and I can’t even tell you how grateful I am for such an amazing
mission! I have never felt so much love from the Lord in my life and I
know his hand is so involved in this work! I love you guys! Thank you
for all the love and support I have felt from you over the last 18
months! You will never know what a blessing that has been to me!

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This is on Eddy’s Hook!
Our cute neighbor Ray
Another night of knocking in Beautiful Joyce!

We Invite All To Come Unto Christ

“We do not preach and teach in order to bring people into the church
or to increase the membership of the church. We do not preach and
teach just to persuade people to live better lives… We invite all to
come unto Christ by repentance, baptism and confirmation in order to
open the doors of the celestial kingdom to the sons and daughters of
God.” (PMG. Pg 9) This has truly been the theme of this incredible
week! I know this work is so much more then just knocking on doors or
trying to talk to everyone. This work has such eternal significance
that it is hard for us to fully comprehend. Wow I’ve been on my
mission for exactly 18 months next week and it has taken me this long
to figure out the secret of missionary work. We have been encouraged
so much recently from President Blatter, and church headquarters to be
more bold in our baptismal invites so we have been keeping track of
how many times we invite people to be baptized every week as a
mission. Last week we only had 2 and were able to put them both on
date but this week we were asked to increase that number so after
talking to our zone leaders we committed to try and get 21 invites or
3 invites a day. I have to say at the beginning of the week we thought
there was absolutely no way we could reach this but we set out for it
anyways. Literally every door approach this week has been about
teaching the blessings that come from baptism then inviting them to
follow Christ’s example and prepare to be baptized. I have never been
bold enough and invited someone to be baptized on a doorstep before
But I know now that this is assignment truly came from the Lord. We
have found soooo much success this week and I know it has come from us
showing our faith in stepping outside our comfort zone because the
Lord is pouring miracles in our paths every single day.
We found yet another part member family while knocking this week,
whose records aren’t in our ward list and have been able to start
teaching their 15 year old daughter M. We have another lesson
with her tonight and have praying all week that she will accept to be
baptized on the 1st of August! She is the sweetest girl ever!
Then the next night we knocked into a lady who has basically grown up
in the church but wasn’t ever baptized. The ward was so shocked when
we told them that. We knocked on her door right as she was watching
the news and when she opened she said “I really need to learn about
God, It’s now or never.” So we set up a time to come back and invited
her to be baptized and she said that it was definitely something she’d
consider after learning more. Soo excited to see where this goes!
I love my mission and I’m so thankful for such a strong baptismal
focus this week because it has caused me to reflect so much on the
blessings that come from making and keeping our covenants and even
more is the blessings that come from remembering our covenants to the
Lord daily, not just during the sacrament. I know the Lord will never
break his promises and that if we are feeling distant from him then it
is up to us to return back because he is always standing right there
waiting to receive us! I love this gospel and know it is true! Have a
great week! I LOVE YOU ALL!!

This Is Truly My Time To Give It All I Have!!!

Hey!
The weeks in Port Angeles just keep getting better and better! We had
the greatest week ever. 4th of July was really fun! We had a ward
breakfast then knocked doors and then we got permission to go up and
see Meda, one of my favorite investigators from last year. Oh my gosh
it was the best being able to catch up with her and sit and talk for a
little bit. We watched fireworks from our balcony in our apartment
until 10 30 and then were up talking till like 1 30 because it was so
loud outside with all the music and fireworks everywhere. Good times
for sure.

We had the opportunity this week to spend a full day working in the
Joyce branch area which is the area that divides Port Angeles and
Forks. IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Trees, lakes, waterfalls, and little rivers
everywhere. Super super boonies but it was amazing! We cover this
little branch so we decided to take a day to visit some less actives
and some part members families and then we stayed to knock doors too.
We knocked some little beach houses that surround the most beautiful
lake and we were so shocked when we heard that most of these people
had never met or heard of missionaries before. We were able to plant
so many seeds by knocking in this area. No one rescheduled with us but
we both felt like it was the most successful day ever by the end of
it. Yesterday we went to church at the branch and there was only
about 25 people there but it was the cutest little meeting I’ve ever
seen. We were able to teach a part member family at the end of the
night who has 2 kids who aren’t baptized and we are so excited to
continue teaching them. It would be huge is we could have a baptism in
the Joyce branch. They haven’t had a baptism in like over 3 years so
we are praying really hard for it.

In the Port Angeles 2nd ward we were also going through the part
member family list and met with a family this week who has a 17 year
old son who is wanting to be baptized so we put him on date for August
1st and can’t wait to start teaching him this week! Great things are
happening right now. I’m telling you guys Port Angeles will forever be
the land of miracles. It is such a blessing to be back up here!

In my studies this week I was led to the coolest scripture in Alma 8
16. It fits my mission perfectly. This is when Alma is visited by an
angel to receive his “transfer call” “And behold I am sent to command
thee that thou return to the city of Ammonihah (or Port Angeles) and
preach again unto the people of the city; yea preach unto them. Yea
say unto them, except they repent the Lord God will destroy them.” I
felt like this was my Heavenly Father telling me specifically that
this is truly my time to give it all I have and to share my testimony
with boldness as I invite everyone to repent and come unto Christ. I
am so thankful for the time I’ve spent in Port Angeles and I know the
next few weeks are going to be the best I’ve ever had. It’s not over
till it’s over! I love you all so much! Have a great week! 🙂

Love Sister Horgesheimer

1. this is the lake we were knocking around in Joyce

2. Me and Sister Trost 🙂

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We received Kelli’s final flight schedule today from the mission office.  She will be arriving home on August 5th at 1:15.  YEAH!!!!!!

Her Homecoming talk will be held on August 16th at 9:00 a.m.

The Only Word I’ve Had On My Mind This Week is GRATEFUL!!

This week has been amazing! I still feel like I’m dreaming. It is
just so unreal to be back in Port Angeles right now and I am loving
every second of it so far. The only word that I’ve had on my mind this
week is grateful. I love this beautiful place and feel so blessed to
use the things I’ve learned throughout my entire mission in the area I
love so much! I can’t think of any better way to end the best 18
months of my life. Sister Flanigan is great! She is from Philadelphia
Pennsylvania and is such a good missionary. She goes home 6 weeks
after I do so everyone in the ward has been bringing up home a lot…
Haha! We haven’t stopped working since we became companions and I am
so thankful for a companion who is so focused and always ready to
work.

So I’m serving on the west side of PA now and it is so hard not being
able to cross the border to the east side to go visit all the people
that I love and that I was working with about 7 months ago but I am
learning to love the west side too. Church yesterday was awesome
because I saw all my favorite members from my old ward and it was so
much fun talking and catching up with them. They all thought I was
back up visiting until they noticed I was still wearing my name tag.
Haha it was funny!

We have been working with some great part member families this week.
This ward is known for all the success from part member families. The
Elders in this ward baptized like 10 unbaptized children last year I
think, so we are hoping to keep that success going. Other than that
just a lot of knocking. Sister Flanigan and I have set a goal to use
any extra time to knock doors in hopes that by the end of these six
weeks we will be so sick of knocking and therefore be able to adjust
easier to not knocking doors when we go home…:) Haha Idk we’ll see.
We met an awesome couple on Saturday night while knocking and were
able to go teach them last night. They are hilarious. They are both in
their 70’s and neither of them have any teeth left haha. Probably the
strangest lesson I’ve ever taught because they kept bringing up the
funniest things but the spirit was totally there and they are excited
to keep learning. The husband Michael just found out he has Glaucoma
and they just took his drivers license away and he was pretty upset
about it but we were able to relate very well so it was all good. 🙂
I’ll get a picture with them next week but they are seriously our new
best friends.

This week at transfer meeting we lost so many great elders who have
forever changed the Wa-Tac and listening to their final testimonies
was so hard as I sat their realizing that it was going to be me up
there next time. I am so thankful for the time I have left to give my
whole heart to the Lord for these last few weeks. One of the elders
talked about how the only thing that has made his last transfer easier
is that he kept reminding himself that this is not the end but it’s
just another step we all have to make in our lives. Our mission truly
never ends. This work will always continue until the Savior returns. I
am so thankful for this new focus and that I still have my entire life
ahead of my to continue to serve the Lord as his disciple. Have
another great week everyone and Happy 4th of July! I love you all! 🙂
Love Sister Horgesheimer

I Can’t Stop Smiling!!

Oh my gosh i have been waiting all weekend to tell you guys the
craziest news EVER!!! I AM GOING BACK TO PORT ANGELES MY LAST SIX
WEEKS!!!!!!! It was the craziest transfer call ever and i have not
been able to stop smiling since I found out! So President calls and
tells me that I am being released as an STL and that I’d be finishing
my mission in the Olympia 1st and 5th wards (which is where I was my
first 6 weeks) and so I was super excited about that then he told me
that we were getting doubled in and my companion would be Sister Evans
who is from New Zealand and doesn’t have a US licence yet. So neither
of us would be able to drive in Olympia. A few hours later President
realized the mistake so he called back and told me that the spirit was
telling him the whole time that I needed to go back to PA but he just
didn’t listen so luckily the Lord prepared the way for it to happen.
Right when he said that I seriously started crying right in the middle
of the parking lot! I have not been able to stop smiling since and it
feels so unreal! So i was in the PA 1st ward before and now I’m going
to be in the PA 2nd ward with Sister Flanigan. She is awesome! All i
know about her so far is that she was trained by Sister Wilkins a
transfer after I came in and she baptized a family of 10 in Tacoma
last year in 2 weeks so it’s gonna be an awesome transfer! I can’t
wait for tomorrow but saying goodbyes in Soundview has been so sad as
it always is. I have loved this ward so much and am so thankful for
the lessons I’ve learned here and what this area has helped me become.
I am leaving Soundview a very different missionary then when I first
got here.

We had a fun time as a mission at Zions camp this week. We also had a
fun fireside with Johnny Miller who is an NBC golf analyst. He was
here for the US Open and is very close with the Blatters so we were
able to have him speak to the Tacoma stake. It was a fun night. 🙂

We have still been teaching the two boys that we met last week and
they are doing awesome. We brought our whiteboard and taught the Plan
of Salvation outside and by the end of the lesson we had over 10 of
the neighborhood kids there listening and answering questions too.It
was so cute and so much fun! I love kids so much! I hope I’ll be able
to come back for the baptism in a few weeks.

I LOVE YOU ALL! I can’t believe this is my last transfer in the
Wa-Tac. I am so excited to go take care of the unfinished business up
in PA and live every day to the fullest with the time that I have
left! I love my mission and I can’t think of a more perfect way to end
it! Have a good week everyone!
Love Sister Horgesheimer

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1. All the Soundview missionaries
2.Sister Baldwin and I at the fireside. 3rd day matching. Haha
3.One of the recent converts bought me flowers yesterday. I love Abraham so much

Kelli’s new address is:

Haha same as before
828 E 4th St. Apt 204
Port Angeles WA 98362

Here is a letter from a family in Soundview

Your daughters, Sister Horgesheimer and Lomu, made their most recent visit to our home today.  They suggested that we send a Fathers Day greeting to their Dads– So here you go!

Your daughters work very hard and are building up blessings by the bucketful.  This coming week is Transfers- Sister Horgesheimer is headed back to Port Angeles to a different ward than previous.  Sister Lomu is staying put in the Soundview Ward.  They are both excited about that.  Your daughters appear to be very happy doing the work of the Lord and are great examples to the other missionaries in this mission.

Pat & Ruth Golihur  Sounview Ward-Tacoma