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Elli Kennedy
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I'm Baaaaaaack
Hello Blogging world! I'm Back. A lot has happened in the 11 months time since I last wrote... haha; but I am currently a full-time student at Brigham Young University studying family life with an emphasis in human development. As such, I am in a family pro...
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Happy Day, All is Well!!
Hello Hello blogger world  It's me elli. Surprise!  The last 18 months my sweet momma has been updating my blog with my testimony, pictures, and experiences from my time serving as a full-time missionary in the Washington DC South mission.  What a miracle t...
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Hello Hello blogger world

It's me

elli.



Surprise!

The last 18 months my sweet momma has been updating my blog with my testimony, pictures, and experiences from my time serving as a full-time missionary in the Washington DC South mission.

What a miracle that time was for me! Time that I will forever hold sacred and dear to my heart. If you read any of my previous posts, you would know how heartwrenching it was to leave Northern Virginia. A special place filled with special people. An a year and a half long adventure that has shaped and molded me more than any other experience I've ever had in my life.

And now I'm back.

Everyone warns you about going home. The ups and downs. The fears. The defeat. The anxiety. But yet - you have no idea what you are getting yourself into.

The transition home has been the strangest thing. Ever. Lots of good, and lots of sad.

Nothing can compare to the feelings of joy that rush through you when you step off that airplane and run into the arms of those that you adore and hold so dear to your heart. You feel so safe. So excited. And so grateful.

But just like most emotions you feel in this mortal life, those feelings fade, and suddenly feelings of despair, confusion, and sorrow settle in.

Something that has engulfed your life and who you are is no longer there. Your purpose seems to have faded and your ability to aid in the work of salvation seems to be dwindling.

And yet, in the midst of it all, the one thing I have learned to cling to, is the simple knowledge that God is our loving Heavenly Father. His entire work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39) We are still His children. We are still of worth. Our purpose here is the same and He will help is every step of the way as we strive to live our lives in Harmony of His will.

Although we are not expected to live by the standards in the missionary handbook, many of those truths in that book we should continue to honor. What better way to stay in tune with the spirit than by filling our minds and hearts with music that invites and entices us to do good, to see good, and to be good.

I can think of no better way to start the day than how we did as full-time missionaries - excercise, prayer, breakfast, and study in the word of God.

What better way to honor our Lord and Savior than by using refined, dignified language that sets you apart from the world and clearly identifies you as a servant of Jesus Christ.

Brothers and Sisters. I want to testify to you that God still speaks. He LOVES His children. He cares about what we care about and He wants us to find Joy. Every day. "I know that He loveth His children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things" - 1 Nephi 11:17.

He blesses us as we do His will and His work. He did not intend for our missions to be the most joyful and fruitful times of our lives. He wants us to continue to progress. And to prepare to live with Him again. Which comes with it's share of trials, but also comes with it's abundance of JOY.

God is good.

His work is sweet.

His love is Real.

HALLELUJAH.

What a glorious time to be alive and a member of His true and living church.

Thanks for reading :)

elli
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God Be With You Til We Meet Again!
Brothers and Sisters! What a perfect week to has been! WOW! I can not begin to convey my feelings of love and gratitude for the miracles we have witnessed this week! John was baptized on Saturday. There were over 50 people there, 10 of which were his non-me...
God Be With You Til We Meet Again!
God Be With You Til We Meet Again!
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Happy Day, All is Well...
So! We got lost in DC today. And lost sister Liu on the metro. And didn't get home until late. And have not had wifi hahaha - so here's to the shortest email of forever! And sorry I didn't respond to like anyone :/ God is at the head! John's getting baptize...
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Happy Day, All is Well...
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The Spirit of God
Holy smokes brothers and sisters - the miracles literally never cease. GOD IS SO GOOD! This has been easily the busiest week of my mission. We are out the door by 10 AM and not back until 9:15-9:30 pm. No breaks, no hour long lunch, and no time to waste. We...
The Spirit of God
The Spirit of God
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God is at the Head!
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dont even know where to start! life has been absolutely insane and I
don't have much time to email! this week I have felt the hand of the
Lord more than at any given point of my life. He has directed every
move, he has guided every step, and he has in...
God is at the Head!
God is at the Head!
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Livin' the Dream in the Burg!
holy smokes! another week! it feels like so much has happened, yet nothing. hahah we are no longer housebound! which is great! we are moving and shaking! miracles are happening here! the funny - so sister makowa wanted to straighten the ends of her braids t...
Livin' the Dream in the Burg!
Livin' the Dream in the Burg!
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Leesburg the Iceburg!
Holy. Crazy. Week. It feels like it's been 3 weeks. SO much has happened. Let's just do a little play by play... I left Langley this week. Holy smokes I will forever have a piece of my heart in that holy land. So many miracles and good things came from that...
Leesburg the Iceburg!
Leesburg the Iceburg!
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Elli's letters!
 LIVING THE DREAM... LETTER FROM JAN 18, 2016   I LOVE LANGLEY YSA. For real. Also I have close to zero time so sorry I didn't respond to anyone! The Funny - We walk into smash burger on Tuesday and this big guy behind the counter just yells "hey girl! I kn...
Elli's letters!
Elli's letters!
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