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I have been called to serve in the Singapore Mission, for 18 months! i am so excited and feel very blessed! i have an amazing family, and group of friends! 
~Doctrine and Covenants 84:88 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 27, 2014
 
Hi family,
 
How are you? I have been praying for you a lot this week! This week has been both amazing and really hard! We got our new companion Sister T. from Tahiti! She has been out 4 months and she is a ROCKIN missionary! She has a great testimony and has amazing experiences in her life that have helped her to be where she is now! Things are very interesting as a foursome companionship! It can be really difficult, but we see a lot of miracles! And we are able to get a lot of work done! :) We went heart attacking this week with the elders; we do this after district meeting (which we had in a subway near the KLIA train station when we picked up our new companion; that was interesting, but we had a great district meeting where we learned that missionary work is a lot like dating... haha, and we read the talk about following up! it was an unforgettable training)! Anyway! It’s been really cool< 3 attacking! I feel like it really is helping us to get to know the branch members better! It’s also really fun to watch elders try to cut out and decorate hearts ;) we keep getting caught though! But it's all good! They usually feed us and we share a message! :)
The coolest miracle EVER happened on Wednesday though! The lovely Uncle Bill and Aunt Stacie met a girl named C. while they were in Northern Utah! C. is from Malaysia, and when they found that out they gave her my email so she could send a referral! She emailed me and I seriously love her! She is the best! Her mom lives here in Kuala Lumpur actually like a 5 min. walk from where I live! She gave us her mom’s address, so after much prayer, we went to visit her on Wednesday! After the miracle of getting past security, and getting past the gate (there was a cardboard block on the gate that made it impossible to get to the doorbell) we finally reached the bell! She came out and asked who it was, I asked if her name was M, then I told her "I’m Sister Waldvogel from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and we have a message to share with you, do you have time to talk??" she started to reject and I felt very prompted to say "M, we have been sent here by your daughter C, and she loves you very much..." I couldn't say anything else as I had started to cry. And what happened next was a miracle... She opened the door! As she opened the gate, tears flooded her eyes, as well as mine! I walked up to her and just gave her a big hug. She then invited us in. She asked so many questions about how we came here? How we knew C?? So I explained the story of how it all happened! We were all crying at this point; she then told us that we were an answer to her prayers!! 
 
We gave her a plan of salvation pamphlet committing her to read it, and she said she would come to church! She couldn't make it on Sunday, but she wants to come! The spirit we all felt that day was STRONG!
 
Needless to say! THIS WAS A MIRACLE!!! I have never in my life felt the spirit so strongly! I know that this is why I am here! I know that God is real! I know that he only gives good gifts! And that he is merciful, and he reaches out to his children! We must follow his promptings that we receive through the Holy Ghost! The rest of this week was a little difficult with our investigators progression and finding new investigators, but we see miracles! They are happening! GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS!
 
 
 

We were able to meet several investigators that we haven't been able to meet with in quite some time! And we have a lot of great potential investigators! Because the Members in KL ROCK! And invite so many of their friends to learn about the gospel!!! <3 YA! Family! I love you so much! I can't even tell you! But I know that the Lord will bless you! And I pray that you feel his love for you! I know that this church is true! I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, and I know that Jesus is the Christ and that HE LIVES! HE LOVES and because of this we too will live again... And we too must love as he loves!
 
Keep on keeping on<3
 
Love,
Sister Hailee Waldvogel <3
OWLE <3

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

HI FAMILY <3
 
How are you?? I hope you are doing well! I am praying for all of you!!! <3 HAPPY BIRTHDAY to POPS, AUSTIN, JAEL and BRAY!!!! <3 so sorry! I sent all of you letters, so I hope they get there!!! <3 WELL! The weeks are just FLYING by! We are busy, and really trying to work so hard! Also! Found out news! We are not just a trio anymore but a foursome!!!! We are getting another companion from Tahiti! She has been out for a few months and is coming over from Singapore! Her name is Sister T! So it should be interesting how it will work out for the next 2 weeks! We are really excited to build up KL!  This last week was amazing! We went bowling with the YSA in our branch and had one of our investigators come as well! It was a blast! I was AWFUL! But it was a lot of fun to get to know the YSA better! And many of them are preparing for missions, so it's been really awesome just talking with them about their preparations! We have seen a lot of miracles!!! I. prayed in our lesson! She has been struggling, and wouldn't accept baptism but she prayed at the end, and she really wants to have that relationship with God; so we are really trying to help her have a good experience with praying! She is so amazing! And we want her to understand how our Heavenly Father sees her! She is his precious daughter and he is ALWAYS there for her! This week we also got to meet with a girl from Nigeria! She can't be baptized until she goes back home, but! She is the strongest woman I have ever met! She is so sweet! And has such a love for Jesus Christ! She misses her family so much and has faced many heart breaks and hard ships, but her faith is so strong! And is the only thing that she has! I can't even get over how beautiful the hearts of the people in this country are! It is inspiring! We were also able to meet with a less active sister who has no testimony of the Book of Mormon, but loves the Doctrine & Covenants! I have never bore such a heartfelt testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the blessings that it brings into your life! And how it works hand in hand with the Bible to truly testify of Christ, and help us come unto him and partake of his goodness! We promised her that if she made the time to read it God would bless her! We gave her a specific scripture to read, and pray that she has a good experience in reading! We also had an AMAZING lesson with S. this last week! We taught her about the plan of salvation and she had so many amazing questions; some were really difficult to answer at times, but we were able to testify to her that God has a plan for her and that he wants her to return to him!
 
We just want her to find hope in the
message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! And know that it will help her overcome any trial that she faces! AIYO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We also met with B. this week! Found out he can't be baptized quite yet :( we are so sad! The status he holds in Malaysia keeps him from doing so! BUT! We are really praying that next year he will be able to! He IS AMAZING!!!! We were teaching the Word of Wisdom, and he said to us... “You know our church (YA HE CALLED IT OUR CHURCH AHHH <3) should be in Myanmar! You guys need to teach these things to the youth there!" I can't even tell you how it amazes me the testimony and strength that these people have! They know who their center is! And it is Christ! 
I gave my talk yesterday in church and the topic was john 21:15-17! This has become a topic very dear and close to my heart! Christ has commissioned us to FEED HIS SHEEP!!! To be true Disciples of Christ we must feed his sheep! We must follow him! What Christ needs are Disciples... and he needs them FOREVER! "YOU CANT GO BACK"... this is what Christ has told peter and I feel so strongly that this is what Christ has told me... my wonderful companions take joy in reminding me how much time I have in the mission! And all I can tell myself is that you can't go back! My mission has changed me! I know who I stand for, I know what I must do; I know who I must follow and I know that there are sheep to feed for the rest of my life! I want to be able to answer my Lord in saying.. "Yea lord thou knowest I love thee..." and do my very best to feed his sheep! Like Jeffery R. Holland stated... "I may not be my brother’s keeper... but I am my brothers brother" it's my prayer that we NEVER forget this! We are brothers and sisters! Here to lift, love, and serve each other! Let us Love as our savior did! And never go back!!!
 
Keep on keeping on family!!! LOVE  YOU!!!
<3 EternallySister Waldvogel
OWLE <3

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 13, 2014
 
HI FAMILY!!! <3
 
WOW! What a week!!! FULL OF MIRALCES and a heart breaks! But! GOD IS GOOD! We have been trying to work SOO hard this week! It's been good! We had an AMAZING zone activity on Monday night where all the missionaries in KL zone came together and we went on exchanges with different missionaries (I went with sister A. from Japan, I LOVE HER) and we went contacting all around KL area! IT WAS AMAZING!!!! At first it was a little difficult because it seemed everyone sister A. and I talked to didn't want to learn! We took the council from President Mains to BE BOLD, and so it hurt more when people didn't want to listen, BUT!!!! At the end of the night we prayed specifically to know where God wanted us to go, and we found a girl named S. who was completely open. We told her about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon! We told her we have a special Message to share, and that God is her loving Heavenly Father! She was the sweetest girl; from Malaysia. She was raised Christian but hasn't been going to church for some while! We got her number and are setting up a meeting with her! It’s amazing how God really does prepare people and their hearts! We MUST follow the spirit, and align our will with the Fathers to accomplish his work!
The next day we had Zone Meeting and it was EXACTLY what I needed! It just helped give the confidence and Boost that I needed to REMEBER to forget about myself and GO TO WORK!!! LOSE MYSELF!!!! Just as Christ said... He who loses himself for my sake... shall find himself! IT’S TRUE!!! The more we lose ourselves in Christ the more we become like him! Of course we are not perfect! BUT! Through Faith in Christ we can accomplish Miracles!!!! It was an amazing zone meeting! :) We got to visit with the sweetest sister EVER!!!! She hasn't come to church for a while because of back pains, but she is so sweet! From India, and she has been a member for only a few years! BUT! she is An AMAZING missionary! She shares the gospel with so many people, and gave us a referral! I’m so amazed at how openly people share
the gospel! And it's because they understand what it means to be a TRUE DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST! <3 I am giving a talk this coming Sunday and the topic is in John chapter 21 where Christ tells Peter to FEED MY SHEEP! And I have LOVED studying it!!! It’s been amazing to try and really understand this! When we were baptized we made a promise to keep his commandments... Christ has commanded us to FEED HIS SHEEP! Not just once, not just every once in a while, but to FEED HIS SHEEP FOREVER! And with Elder Hollands talk from conference I am sooo grateful to have heard his powerful testimony!!!! "IT’S NOT ABOUT STATISTICS... ITS ABOUT LOVE" and I testify that is TRUE! IF we truly love our savior Jesus Christ, and I pray we all do! If we truly understand what that means we would LOVE ONE ANOTHER! We would be eager and willing to share the same love that Christ has for us with our Brothers and Sisters! It’s something I have pondered a LOT on my mission! GOD is LOVE, and any man that abides in LOVE is of GOD, and KNOWS GOD! The center of the Gospel is Jesus Christ, and the center of Jesus Christ is love, in my opinion!

Conference was AMAZING! I’m really excited to go to the temple! It's something I feel very impressed about! And I’m grateful for the habits I have created on my mission; they will follow me for the rest of my life! I received a blessing not long ago when I was really sick, and I was told to "look toward my future" I had no idea what that meant!!! I thought apa hal! I’m on my mission! All I have to do is look at FINDING, TEACHING, BAPTIZING, REACTIVATING, AND RETAINING! Now, after conference it dawned on me! "WHERE DO YOU FACE?!" I pray that we can all answer this question with a firm voice saying. I FACE MY SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST! This is what I must look toward! This is who I am helping people look toward here in Malaysia! I am so grateful for our inspired Prophet and leaders! :)
 

Our investigators are doing really well!!! I. (D's friend) has been meeting with us and she is really sweet! We are hoping to help her gain a connection with prayer! It’s a little different for her! But she is going in a solid direction! :) B. IS AMAZING! He prayed with us last week and in his prayer thanked Heavenly Father for the Book of Mormon, and testified that it is true and from God! It was so amazing! S. is doing so well!!! She has been praying and reading the Book of Mormon; she loved General Conference! And when we finish meeting with her she just lights up with joy! The gospel is TRUE!!!! :) We have seen a lot of heart break this week with not being able to teach some of our investigators because of legal reasons, but we continue to pray and plead with Heavenly Father to bless and help them! It’s amazing what some people go through! I met a man from Iran the other day who was in prison for over 6 months being tortured to turn from Christianity to a different religion. His story brought tears to my eyes! All I could tell him is "you are inspiring, God bless you" and he replied with "It's all for Jesus!" I testify that this is all for Christ! 2 Nephi 25:26 IT's all centered on him! And BECAUSE OF HIM all things are possible to the Children of Men! <3
 
Keep on keeping on; I LOVE YOU!!!!!! <3
 
Love,
Eternally
Sister Waldvogel
OWLE <3

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 6, 2014

HI FAMILY!!! <3

WOW! This week went by SO fast!!! But it started off on a right note!!! Playing ultimate Frisbee for a few hours in the TYPHOON POURING RAIN!!! <3 it was the best!! Some of the Elders may have gotten a few cuts and bruises, but it was SO much fun! :) The only part that was the worst was getting onto a bus or LRT where the air con was BLASTING... That’s the first time I have been cold on my mission! Gotta love rainy season! It’s how our everyday goes… for the next month or two :)
We have been able to visit so many amazing people this week!!! And we have been so blessed to meet many new investigators, referrals, and potentials!!! we met with B. and T. and their beautiful family from Pakistan with their brother J! We read
through 3 Nephi 18, and talked about the importance of the sacrament, and coming to church! Many of our investigators seem to struggle with attending church! So we are putting a huge focus on helping our investigators, Less Active, and everyone to come to church! It was amazing! THEY CAME <3 :) we were so happy when they came through the doors! :) They are the sweetest though! Taught me how to make chapatti! I may or may not have totally ruined it :/ but! She fixed it and it was really yummy! (It’s like Indian/Pakistani bread that’s similar to a tortilla! SO GOOD!) We also met with D’s friend I! SHE IS THE BEST! So is D!!! He is seriously the best member missionary I have EVER met! He made a goal to give the missionaries 10 referrals!!! :O WOW! Anyway! His friend is the sweetest! She is a Chinese/Malaysian, and she felt good after we had taught her how to pray; and she tried it herself! She wants to learn more about our church, and we really pray as she feels the spirit she will come to know TRUTH! Truth is something I have been studying about a lot lately! Especially the fact that truth is unchangeable! Truth will NEVER change! GOD IS THE SOURCE OF ALL TRUTH! If we want to know truth, the best way is to look toward him! (Sorry for the tangent).

Anyway! We also met with a potential invest. Who became a new investigator! Her name is S! SHE IS SO KIND!!! She felt A LOT of comfort meeting with us and she even came to church!!!! We are so excited to keep teaching her, because we know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will bless her life immensely!!! <3 we also went to visit with M, Ma, and A (family, grandma, mom, daughter) and her other daughter U. who is an investigator! Totally ready to be baptized, they just need to come to church!!! She is sooooo good! We are teaching a girl who works at their beauty salon that they own. We wanted to teach her the Plan of Salvation so we reviewed it with U. and asked if she would help us teach it! SO CUTE!!!! We even taught one of the ladies that came into the shop to have her hair done. U. taught her and said "SISTER! Which place to you want to go???" the lady replied "the celestial Kingdom!" it was prob. one of the coolest things of my life! We aren't able to teach this woman sadly :( BUT! The faith and testimony of a sweet 10 year old girl is just amazing! :) This week we also went to visit with P. and his family! They are the CUTEST!!!!! I love them so much! And there was another woman who stays with them, her name is A! She is so sweet and told us... I only believe in the bible... I ONLY read the bible... but when I read the Book of Mormon.. I believe! I WAS LIKE :O "APA!" it was the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 so we taught them the plan of Salvation, and even though they don’t understand a lot of English, the spirit, joy, and love that is in their home is SOOO strong! I just LOVE the humble people in Malaysia!!! They are the most beautiful people I have met!!! God loves them SOOO much!!


I got to see the AMAZING general woman’s conference and it was EVERYTHING I needed to hear!!! WOW! President Uchtdorf is AMAZING!!! He just testified of how much God loves his daughters! Not only for whom we are now... but who he knows we can become! I also really enjoyed the focus on the Temple... and preparing to receive the blessings that are promised there! I miss the temple so much! BUT! I am grateful for the blessings that come from the temple!! I also really enjoyed the story of the 10 woman with the oil and lamps
waiting for the Bridegroom! I want to be prepared like the 5 wise women who brought extra oil! We should each be asking ourselves! What am I doing to fill my lamp? It's the little things that we do day to day, to strive to become more like our savior Jesus Christ! I’m so grateful for the habits I have created on my mission! For the Love I have for my savior... And the Love I have for his children! GOD IS SO GOOD! I love you so much family! I am praying for you always! Keep on keeping on!!!! <3          
Love Eternally,
Sister Waldvogel
OWLE FOREVER >3 ------------------------------------>
 

Monday, October 6, 2014

September 29, 2014

HI FAMILY!!!!! <3
How is everyone doing??? I LOVE you all so much and am praying for you!!! Especially Uncle Russ and Aunt Kim!!!! LOVE YOU BOTH!!!
 
This week was AMAZING!!!!! I miss PJ, and all of the investigators and members there a ton! But! I’m now in K.L. Branch with Sister Borcherding from Germany and Sister Chan from England! And I seriously LOVE them so much! And the Branch is AMAZING!!!!! We are super pumped up!!! We have such amazing investigators! B. from Myanmar and he is on date for baptism! He is sooooo good! Really just loves the gospel and loves to learn! We are really working on committing him to read the Book of Mormon; he knows that it is really important! And knows that it is the word of God, he just needs to read it! He’s such a hard working guy, is around 25ish, and is helping support his brother as well! Just a really good guy! We’re also working with a girl named U; her grandma and mom are members who are recently coming back! M and M! U. is the SWEETEST little girl I have ever met!!!! They own a Hindu beauty shop, so we go there to teach them and another girl who works there! It’s the BEST!!! We have also been working with a lot of different families from Pakistan; B.and T, and P. and his family! They are AMAZING! I have never met such humble followers of Christ! They love Christ so much, and they are such amazing people!
We have found 2 new investigators this week! And we have a busy week ahead of us!!!!!! I feel so stinking blessed to have such amazing companions and such a wonderful area! I am STOKED to just go HARD! I was studying the other day about serving with all of your heart, might, mind and strength... and thought a lot about that... I was thinking to myself, have I been doing this?? and thought about the goals I set for myself this week; and found myself reading about the suffering of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane in ‘Jesus the Christ’. (Talmage has such an amazing way of just bringing you there!) It was interesting to me that Christ had asked his apostles to Pray so they would not enter into temptation... he later finds Peter, James and John asleep and asks them, if they could not have stayed awake with him for an hour... then goes on to explain "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" tying this back to praying to not enter into temptation... I realized how weak I am... how weak the natural man is! And we cannot do this without Christ! BUT! The spirit is WILLING! CHRIST IS THERE! His arms are outstretched if we just come unto him! That is the beauty of the atonement! Yes we are weak, yes we make mistakes, and yes we are imperfect! BUT WE DONT HAVE TO STAY THAT WAY!!!! Through repentance and Christ’s atonement we CAN change! I am so grateful for my Savior! I am so grateful for be able to share the good news that "HE LIVES" with the people in Malaysia right now! I may not be perfect, BUT! Our God is a LOVING God, who is patient with us, and as we DO OUR VERY BEST and give Christ THE REST... we will see miracles!
I love you so much family! Keep on keeping on!
Love
Eternally
Sister Waldvogel <3
OWLE <3
September 22, 2014

HI FAMILY!!!!!! <3

I am going to the KL branch in a trio with Sister Borcherding, and Sister Chan! WOW! I'm really excited! Super sad to leave PJ and our AMAZING investigators! but! it's going to be good! anyway! This week was AMAZING! started out by being in Singapore on P-Day! it was so good to see all the missionaries in Singapore! we had Zone Conference combined with Singapore this time around! anyway! it was SOOOOO good! Sister Fa (STL In Singapore) and I gave a talk on "how we are increasing our faith so we can qualify for miracles" it was amazing to hear other peoples experiences and what they are doing! I was able to really take a lot of what they were saying and set goals and make plans to apply them! I felt really impressed to evaluate how I am trying to allow the spirit to be my "Senior Companion"! I really need to just not stand in the way of the spirit being the true teacher, and guiding us to where we need to go to find those who God has prepared! it was a really great zone conference! We gave a training with the singapore STL's also! so it was a really great experience! President Mains is such an inspired man! we really just were pumped up to go out and be BOLD after this! People are seeing so many miracles now! I'm so so excited to see how this mission keeps growing! :)

Anyway! got back to KL and had an AMAZING week! we were able to meet with A and K who are just the BEST!!! their little girl N came out and showed us her frozen dress, she is so cute,and than she maped out the plan of salvation with our little cut outs! it was precious!!!!! anyway! they are ROCKIN! we had a Distirct youth activity where it was an MTC day! it was wayy cool! we met at one of the members homes where the youth got their "mission call" and sister Hillier and I brought Amy to be our investigator where a group of about 8 youth came to teach! we taught her the word of wisdom and it went really really well!!!! it was AMAZING! it was a really cool activity and i'm grateful we were able to be apart of it!!!
That night we went to a baptism in KL branch (oh fancy that?!) and it was prob. one of the funniet things of my life! the font wasn't filling up so we had to grab huge buckets and fill them in the bathrooms and take them to the font! it was crazy! than the power went out, and many things were going wrong! BUT! that was the most spiritual baptism i have ever attended! the spirit was so strong it was tangable!!! :) i loveEEEEEE baptisms! they are amazing! :)

All of our investigators are doing well!!!! I'm going to miss them all so much! J, A, K, N, F, T, S, S and A! It's amazing how these people mean so much to you! i just really pray that I can be the disciple of Christ that God needs me to be for the next few months! I'm going to Go Hard! I'm going to increase my faith, love like Christ, and keep on keepin on! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love
Sister Waldvogel
OWLE <3