Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015

Well I had the opportunity to see 2 primary programs within a week!

One in Fall River, and one in Palo Cedro! The kids were super funny and it was put together really well.  This week was so filled with service, I've woken up aching almost every day! We did over 10 hours of service this week! We helped a lady move furniture out of a house she was selling for someone else. We moved sofas, tables, and boxes out to the barn to be sold. The next day we did an hour of service at a new ward members house unloading a uhaul truck, sister Walker. She is a really nice person. Her father was there helping her move and it was fun. He took us out to lunch at burrito bandito and it was awesome!! Such good food! Then we helped the Wentworths clear out manzanita trees and prep them to be loaded on the trailer. Me and elder Kelly had a lot of fun ripping trees from the earth. It made me feel so strong and manly, it was great!!!

On Tuesday, we did our usual service at the library in Shingletown, it was quiet, not much was going on, I was sitting at the front desk like I do every week. Then out of nowhere, I hear a "SMASH!" Followed by "SKIRRRRRT!" And I'm thinking "what on earth was that?" A few minutes later I decide to stand up and look out the window and I beheld a white Mercury that had collided when a red Dodge Neon ran a stop sign! It was such a mess outside. The driver of the neon was freaking out and yelling at everyone, and blaming them for what had happened, when in reality, she was at fault.. There ended up being 4 fire trucks, 3 highway patrol units, an ambulance, and a life flight helicopter!! The whole ordeal went on for a good 2 1/2 hours.

Then on Saturday we had zone blitz (where the whole zone serves in one area for a day) we started off with service for a few hours doing various tasks at the local skate park in red bluff. Me, elder Kelly, elder Worthington, and elder Funk dug some holes in the ground for a new skate park sign to be put up. The sign was made of steel and powder coated. It looked good from afar, but was far from good looking. It was plasma cut and burrs were left on the other side, and there was a lot of porosity in almost every weld!!! (But that's me being picky)

We also stopped by Zaq and Adams house because we saw that they weren't at school. Zaq was building a catapult for school in the garage and I wanted to help. So I helped them out out and we built a sick catapult. The catapult ended up getting 100% in both accuracy and distance! Haha. It was a pretty sad catapult, but hey, it worked!

Elder Funley

Monday, October 19, 2015

This week in Palo Cedro

October 19, 2015
So we were at the library in Fall River just hanging out bumming Wi-Fi and a lady comes up to us and says hello. We say hello and start talking to her. She told us that she misses the missionaries coming over and talking to her and she used to talk with them all the time at her house. We ask her where she lives and set up an appointment. She's really nice, she lives in a trailer with six other people and it's kind a looney.  They say they were all baptized into the church in a town nearby but they do not attend anymore. It was really cool to meet with them and get a feel for their relationship with God and understand where they are in the gospel.

We also had the opportunity to go over to a recent converts house and give her a blessing. It was really cool cause she asked Elder Kelly to annoint the oil and asked me to give the blessing. I really felt the spirit and it was super cool!

Being up here and seeing the struggles people have, really makes me appreciate the gospel more and more. We all have our own trials, but the lord makes them manageable. Back home I always knew that things would work out because our family had such faith in the Lord. We knew everything was for the better. But these families who struggle through hard times without God, or faith in Jesus Christ, or the gospel, have to worry about everything much more. We as missionaries worry about them and pray for them often, that they may see the Lord's hand in all things. That they might see that everything is for the better.. I love the restored church on this planet and am so grateful for all that God has provided for me.. Take care you all, have faith, and know that God has a plan for each of us!

Elder Funley

 This is the view outside my apartment in reminds me of some beautiful campgrounds up in the Uintah's.

My companion, Elder Kelly

Just hanging out on our P-Day!
and taking photos

Monday, October 12, 2015

Transfer Week

October 12, 2015

It is transfer week!  We will get two new sister missionaries and one new elder.  But I have not been transferred.  I will stay another 6 weeks here in Palo Cedro, and I think it is good.  I like this place.  I love being out here, exiled, to Palo Cedro. Because there's no big city lights to block out the stars! I can see the Milky Way from our apartment!

Hello all!! How are things back home? Has the world fallen apart yet?

Haha. All is good here in the mission field and up here in


Palo Cedro and Fall River.. The work goes on! We don't have many investigators, but we work with many less active members..

We've been meeting with this less active member named Derek for a good
12 transfers. At the beginning of our visits he told us that he doesn't want to say any prayers at all because he's not comfortable with it. Both in front of other people and personal. But our last visit he offered to say the opening prayer out of nowhere! It was super cool and are trying to get him back to church!
OH! Something exciting came in the mail this week! Terry, from Canada/Hawaii, sent me a super cool card! She filled it with awesome pictures of our family on the beach! It was super special.
One of our zone leaders is going home on Tuesday. His 2 years are up!! He's from Ogden Utah and he's a great person! Very spiritual and a great person to look up to. Conference was amazing!!! The sessions seemed not to be long enough!! So many spiritual things! I know that was all last week.. But there was not a lot that went on this week...
The church is true and I can feel it every time I talk with someone about it.. I love to feel the spirit each day.. When it starts in my toes, and it works its way up and I crinkle my nose. And wherever it goes. I always know.
Elder Funley


Friday, October 9, 2015

MTC companion reunion October 8, 2015

Kiefer met up with his MTC companion, Elder Broderick from Bountiful, Utah.  They are in the same mission, but are in different areas, they met up at a meeting.  The caption was "Look at our ties, totally unplanned".  We think they both look so handsome.  I, mom the hairdresser notices that his hair is long enough to comb to the side from a "part".  Before he left I said "son, take a comb it may come in handy".  His reply "mom, I have never used a comb, I will never use a comb and I don't need one, okay I'll take a comb anyway".  Bet he is glad he has one, looks like he is using it. 

Hanging in Carly's room on the wall

While Carly was gone on a camping trip, we saw this hanging on her wall.  We had never seen this, and today is October 8, 2015, and we see that the letter was dated September 21, 2015; the day it was sent from California.  We thought we would share it with you because it was just so special to us, and it hangs like a "shrine" in remembrance of her dear brother. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

This week in Palo Cedro, CA.


Every month or so, the library in Fall River has a bag sale/ yard sale. It's all donation items, from furniture, to clothes, and dishes, etc.. We helped them from 8-1 lifting all the heavy furniture into trucks. Afterwards the Oilers needed help moving dirt from their pick up to a neat little flower bed that they made. We had a good little lesson with sister Estes about the proclamation and she told us a little about her kids and how the proclamation has influenced her life



Wow! What an incredible day! Filled with the spirit from conference!

What was your guys favorite talk?? I really liked the one given by Bradley D. Foster... I really liked the quote he said "It's never too early and it's never too late to lead, guide, and walk beside our children, because families are forever" I'm so excited to have a family of my own! Or at least get married first... Robert D. Hales said to "marry someone who has potential, not perfection. Because progression is eternal."

I love all of you guys, especially you mother. Elder Holland spoke about motherly love and how maternal love has to be divine and is second to christs perfect love for all of us. Thank you for everything mom, I love you.


Well, I just had an amazing weekend full of the spirit, love, and inspiration. I had a great time listening to all the wonderful talks given by such spiritual men. I hope that you guys were able to watch conference and learn as much as I did!! I almost felt today that conference was NOT long enough!! Imagine that! Well, it's been an exhausting weekend sitting on church benches for 10 hrs. But it was good! Thank you so much for all the beautiful letters and all the love sent out each week in the form of a letter. Carly, I love your little pictures that you have sent to me.. And what's this about a tortoise!?!? I'm so jealous! Anyways , I love you all so much! Take care!

Elder Funley