Sunday, June 26, 2016

my exchange with my baby girl!!!!

We picked so many berries and I gave them all to Sister Ivancovich. #feedingbaby

Daynara was told to wait to get baptized so her husband can get ready. I do not want her to wait. We are praying and we are loving her and she is so ready she can hardly stand it. This is her in the village. Her mom is the one bending down. Dasha the brown dress is the best recent convert and missionary in the world! She brought my miracle into the church! I LOVE THEM. So lucky to teach her.

my seflie with my bestest!

Picking berries for hours to do service for the cutest Babooshka I have ever met. When I told her Christ was coming again she got real down close to my eyes. I was squatting to meet her eye level. She put her face right in front of mine and with the brightest light in her eyes asked with all sincerity... "REALLY?!" When I told her he really would she lit up. She was so happy and so filled with peace! CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN!


My fun hair do's my comp does!!! So my hair wont totally die from man made heat.

When we go for exchanges we get all ready packed and all and then we have to work all day with all our stuff.  IT IS HOT!

Sunglasses are allowed today.


The winners of the Tie Tying Competition.

Y'all get a good laugh ok?

smiley face and Jesus planner.  I am on the phone.


PLEASE FIT. I dont wanna do more than one load.



pure joy.

Mom you know this face.  you taught me well.

I am coming for you...

a small update

We have almost accomplished 20 lessons this week even with the exchange and everything. DID YOU KNOW? I can teach on the street! Not just contact, but I have learned how to sit down with someone, pray and teach them a lesson and pray again at the end. A STREET LESSON. Seems simple right? I have not been able to do to this my entire mission. I CAN DO THIS QUITE OFTEN NOW. It is one of those like I can't believe I did not know how to do earlier this kind of moments. It is so fun. We just lift someone, make their day better, and it is beautiful. I am getting more people to smile on the streets, to feel good on a bus. ETC...

Bila has the sweetest feeling here. Sister Ivancovich came to Bila to be on an exchange with me. She is doing amazing! Seriously amazing. I love her guts so much. She is a good jober. As we drove in, she just said WOW. It seems to me like I just came home. That is what Bila feels like.
BILA is green, calm, gorgeous, farm land, hard workers, just good good good. There is going to be a Stake HERE in Bila. There will be a temple here. I dont know when but I have been so privileged to serve in this historical place.

I love you all. Sorry my emails are getting smaller. I at least wanted to update you a bit because I will not have time to do a Pday.

PRAY for me. I will have a mini missionary (Stan Barton's step daughter) and I am so excited. We will be together monday and tuesday as my comp sings in Kyiv. I had the chance to sing "You are my Sunshine" with her, but I need to stay in Bila. That is my talent. I dont sing or draw or play or do anything like that for the mission. But I can stay and teach really well. Good thing God gives us talents!

I get to do an exchange in Cherkassy again with SISTER RUBIO. I have been praying to serve with her. I am so excited! And I will go to my first area again!
We will also have a leadership counsel and we will have a BBQ. The mission is getting nutso busy. CAN WE ALL PRAY TO SLOW THE TIME DOWN A LITTLE BIT?
I cry as I think of my Savior here with these people. I love the little hunched over grandmas with the light blue eyes that cry when I tell them the Savior is coming again. HE IS COMING. HE WILL BRING JUSTICE. HE WILL BRING PEACE. HE WILL BRING SALVATION FOR US ALL. Remember your Savior. Remember your personal relationship with Him. There is NOTHING MORE important than HIM! NEVER FORGET IT.

I love you so much.

Have a wonderful week!

my new love and my new future. ;)

MOM these are for you.  My comp says I always make the funniest faces.  LOVE YOU TO DEATH.

I hope you are laughing at me!!!!!!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

EMAIL Exchange with Dimitri in Odessa

This is such a sweet exchange from one of Kylie's favorite families in Odessa...

From: Kylie Karren <>
Date: June 21, 2016 at 9:21:45 AM MDT
To: Carisa Karren <>, Tom Karren <>, Sister Young <>
Subject: Fwd: Marry Cristmass !


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Дмитрий Колесников <>
Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 2:42 PM
Subject: Re: Marry Cristmass !
To: Kylie Karren <>

Hello ! This your photo !

2016-06-06 21:11 GMT+03:00 Дмитрий Колесников <>:

Hello sister Karren ! I miss you very much ! Here it seems you were recently here , and the time goes very quickly . For the summer , after 2 days I will celebrate birthday. My brother come with family and parents.Wish to go with them to spend a tour of Odessa. Here you would once again come to us ! I hope that you've got there all right ! Write to us! You -Our favorite sister ! We love you! We wait! It my two nephew

2016-05-02 9:49 GMT+03:00 Kylie Karren <>:
I love the kitchen and the pool so much! That is so fun! I hope that you are all doing well! I wanted to write you a letter for a long time and then Sister Young came down and I was so excited! I love you all so very much! Tell Lena and Miroslava, and Andrew hello from me! I love you all and I know that Christ loves you all! HAPPY EASTER! I hope it was amazing! It is awesome that your family is having birthdays. Mine too! Two of my brothers this month! They will turn 18, and 15! They are getting so old! I hope to meet you again as well.
Everything in Bila is great. I love it so much! Ask Sister Young more about what we did here in Bila. She will be excited to tell you! She was my favorite companion!

I am so grateful for you all. You are a gift from God to me!

Thank you!

By the way, I love the kitchen you designed!!

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 3:36 PM, Дмитрий Колесников <> wrote:

Hello sister Caron! I was very happy to hear from you .This  was a very happy event for me and for Atrium.My remember you and miss you very much. We are fine! We always have a lot of work and a lot of plans.Wish to congratulate you from all of us and on my own behalf on Easter! I want to wish you success in missionary work and cheerfulness We are always with you and you are always in our hearts.Missioner Young, we met well and will keep in touch with her. Write like you? We love you very much!!! Dima, Lena, Miroslav, Andrew! Hello to all! Here in Odessa lived your spirit. Some time we are talk about you. You was best exemple missionary work. Now here serve too good missionary . This job so important for peoples / My family live not so close to me , but i remember always all of them. In this month to be few of birthdays in my family. My father to be 75 and my daughter to be 25. It be two celebrates in our family. I so happy what i mamber our truth Church. I happy when i meet missioners like you! Your spirit so strong and your soul so soft! It wonderful!
  We hope meet you againe! Write about your mission?  Be wait! Love you match! Dima , Lena, Miroslava, Andrey/  
Here some of our project for last time/

2016-01-26 0:00 GMT+02:00 Дмитрий Колесников <>:

Hello sister Karren ! I wanted to learn as much as you are there to serve ? It is always interesting to learn something new, even more so for you . Write a little about yourself . How to live there with whom you communicate ? We love you! Not enough for you here ! Write . We all good.In Church too. Dima

2016-01-18 8:17 GMT+02:00 Kylie Karren <>:
That is a beatuiful room! I really love it! Tell everyone hello. And Sister Soloshenko is a great missionary. She will be sunshine there as well for one more transfer! And you get to keep Sister Ivancovich for another 7 weeks which is wonderful! I miss you all and love you all! keep up the good work and keep working hard. We can do hard things!

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Дмитрий Колесников <> wrote:
Здравствуй сестричка Каррен! Всегда очень рад получать от тебя письма. Когда ты уехала, как то пусто тут в Одессе. Ты была как лучик солнца, а теперь немного пасмурно и на душе и на улице. Твое присутствие здесь заставило многих посмотреть на свою жизнь по другому.Мои сотрудники и я пересмотрели многие вещи из своей жизни.Ты наш ангел, которого тут нам не хватает.Я в этом году решил больше приблизиться к Богу.Сейчас наши два прихода объединились и мы уже проводим совместные собрания. Служит у нас сестра из Николаева - Солошенко. Она тоже хорошая миссионерка.Мне очень не хватает тебя здесь . Приезжай к нам если сможешь! Любим тебя!
 А дизайн комнаты - мой. У нас сейчас несколько проектов. Дмитрий Колесников

Hello Sister Karren ! Always very happy to receive a letter from you. When you left, such as empty here in Odessa. You were like a ray of sunshine, and now a little overcast and the soul on the street. Your presence here has prompted many to look at the life of other way .Moi staff and I reviewed a lot of things from his life.You our angel, whom we are not here enouf.Ya this year decided to no longer approach the Good .Seychas our two parishes were united and we already hold joint meetings. It serves us sister of Nikolaev - Soloshenko. It is also a good missionerka.Mne really miss you here. Come to us if you can! We love you!
 And the design of the room - my. We now have several projects. Dmitry Kolesnikov

2016-01-11 9:24 GMT+02:00 Kylie Karren <>:
Merry Ukrainian Christmas!!! I hope it was wonderful for you! Love the photos! Did you design that room?! I wish you happiness and success with work and to always feel the spirit and love of God! Thank you for the wishes! You are wonderful!

Sister Karren

On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 2:34 PM, Дмитрий Колесников <> wrote:
Dear Caron ! I want to congratulate you with the Christian Christmas! This holiday we celebrate in Ukraine. I wish you spiritual balance , happiness and lots of loved ones who can support in difficult times . You're my best friend , more than a friend . Dmitriy

2016-01-04 12:35 GMT+02:00 Kylie Karren <>:

This was so sweet to read! I miss you and I miss Odessa! You are amazing too! You are so kind to say I am an angel. I really wanted to serve with all my heart and mind. Then God could work through me. I know that God loves you all so much. I felt it everytime we met and talked! You are a special son of God! Thank you for it all and I will not forget you if you also do not forget me! Good luck with everything and happy new year! 2016 will be amazing!!!
Love always,
Sister Karren

2015-12-29 22:06 GMT+02:00 Дмитрий Колесников <>:

Hello sister Karren! You know, I'm sitting in front of computer and realize that in the 2015, was one of the most memorable events -Meeting with you! I've been in the Church many years, I have seen are spiritual people, but when I met you, I realized that the spirituality that you carry a very strong! You really know how to penetrate the heart and soul of the person and leave a trace there. I know that directs you angel. You're the angel. The angel of God. I am happy that you met in your life. Memories of you give me pleasant fillings .Ya few who say such words. But I tell you in all sincerity. I wish you in the New Year very successful in missionary work, health, luck, care and support from family and friends! We are love you so match! You are our Best Sister and Best Friend! I and my collegas miss you/ Dima Kolesnikov/

28 декабря 2015 г., 16:24 пользователь Kylie Karren <> написал:

Hi! It is so wonderful to hear from you! Merry Christmas! I love you all and miss Odessa. I hope you had a very wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! I still remember you all too. You and Miroslava and Lena and Andrew will always be very special people for me! The best people! Thank you for the note! I hope all is well and that everything goes well with your business! Keep going to church and always remember that you know it is true! You taught me how to be a true missionary with your example! Thank you!!!

Cectpa Karren

2015-12-24 20:06 GMT+02:00 Дмитрий Колесников <>:
Здравствуй сестричка Каррен ! Мы тебя очень любим и скучаем за тобой! Ты наша лучшая миссионерка! Поздравляем тебя с Рождеством Христовым! Пусть у тебя, несмотря на зиму, будет хорошее настроение.Пусть твоя миссия будет успешной.Мы часто тебя вспоминаем и понимаем ,что тебя здесь не хватает. Если бы ты еще приехала в Одессу , то для нас это был бы праздник. Повезло нам встретить именно тебя. Все с такой теплотой говорят о тебе и Мирослава и Андрей и Лена и я тебя часто вспоминаю.Ты большая умница! Приезжай к нам на Новый Год - подарок тебе гарантирован! Пиши как ты там на новом месте. Буду в тех краях в середине января. Хотел бы тебя увидеть. Вот еще тебе наши фотки с Атриума. Всегда тебе хорошего настроения! Привет тебе от всех!!! Большой и теплый!!! Д. Колесников и компания.

no time to write but lots has happened this week.

We stood up for 3 hours on a packed bus to get to Vinnitsya. This is serious. ;)

First time shearing sheep.

Stan is my hero.  This sheeps name is Ebbie.  I just stared into her eye and she clamed down enough to let us sheer her.  Maybe I am a SHEEP WHISPERER???

This is a lot of wool.

We rescued a small random cat and gave it to Dima.  She cant meow, but she purrs really loud so her name shall be called PURR. I bet his Mom is excited about this one.

Some cute kids we met in a village. New member family and the Dad is our new investigator.

My favorites.  Daynara is so pregnant, sick and ready to pop but she is LOVING THE GOSPEL WITH HER WHOLE SOUL.

Life for Ukrainian children

more of the village.


Early Morning run on our exchange in Vinnitsya

Monday, June 20, 2016

out for a picnic with Bila family

Hello you two! President and I were invited to Billa today and your cute daughters were too. I told them let's grab a picture so that I can show how great they look.
We love them, thanks for supporting them and our family and thanks for the prayers.
We love you!
Sister Packer

My Sister Packer

Sister Arnell and Sister Karren

President and Sister Packer and Bila family 

our miracle storm

Pictures from the Storm. President Packer wrote: " Here you are heading for the miracle after being obedient to the apostle of the Lord!"

We ran outside in a STORM last week. We were trying to be obedient to the apostle who said whether in storm or if everything was clear we must leave and get out and get going! We got soaked and even Elder Ballard made a joke that we got "baptized for the second time" it was rivers in the streets type thing. Well a miracle happened. I saw a man waiting in an underground tunnel with his baby boy. They could not walk anywhere and were going to be trapped for a long time to wait the rain out. We had two umbrellas so I just gave him one. IT was not a big deal. He was so thankful. anyway the next day he came to their english class in Kyiv. He did not tell them who he was but later the sisters there met a woman on the street while they were contacting and she could not stop thanking them for giving her husband and baby that umbrella. MAYBE THEY WILL START TAKING THE LESSONS NOW. Miracle?! YES.

Sister Karren and Sister Arnell learning perfect obedience

random pics

June 13, 2016

Inna dyed my roots the night before Elder Ballard came.

I had BLUE HAIR! "My hair is blue. It's BLUE!" #Bridewars
It luckily and miraculously washed out after I scrubbed my head off and I look presentable for the apostle. First mission he has seen were every single missionary looked good he said! WAY TO GO!

Sister Arnell and this wonderful group all got to participate in a concert for the general authorities and elder Ballard. It was amazing!

My Sister young got me a real Ukrainian egg.  It has a Bird on it and a sun.  TOO MUCH HAPPINESS.


Stray Dogs

Kitty Kitty!