About Sister Kohler

About Sister Kohler
My name is Rebekah. I grew up in West Valley City, Utah in a family of five. I love robins-egg blue, the Wasatch Mountains, music, camp fires, snow, I Love Lucy re-runs, and antiques.

The dealings and accounts of my scattered life as a young adult and time as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Arizona Mesa Mission and Temple Visitors' Center.

I have a testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is truly the Redeemer of the world. Through Him, we can find true happiness in this life and acquire everlasting joy in the life to come.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

The Book of Mormon Project

Today I was on exchanges with Hermana Hurd, this was a contact we made:

*walking up to a lady in her driveway who is vacuuming out her van* 

Missionaries, "Hello, how are you doing today?"

*lady turns around*
"You Jehovah's Witnesses?"

Missionaries, "No..."

Lady, "You Mormons?"

Well... anyway... she wasn't interested. 

Are we Mormons? We are disciples of Jesus Christ! His representatives! We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! But we know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. And in honor of the great prophet, Mormon, who compiled our sacred book of scripture, we are sometimes referred to as "Mormons".

This has been on my mind the passed week. If others really knew what we believed as members of the Church, would they respect us? Would they be willing to understand why we are called "Mormons"? And what that really means? 

600 years before the birth of Jesus Christ a prophet named Lehi was commanded from God, our Heavenly Father, to leave Jerusalem and take his family to the American continent. For 600 years these people learned, prophesied and testified about Jesus Christ; that He would someday come to earth and perform an infinite Atonement, just as the prophets in the Old Testament of the Bible recorded. Christ was born and the sign of the star was given, recorded in the Bible and in the scripture from the American prophets. Christ set up His Church, performed miracles, and taught the Gospel; He performed the Atonement, was crucified and resurrected after 3 days, as recorded in the New Testament. After the Savior left His apostles with the charge of preaching the Gospel in Jerusalem, he appeared to the descendants of Lehi in the Americas. He taught them the Gospel, called twelve apostles, and performed miracles among them, just as He did in Jerusalem -- this is recorded in the Book of Mormon. 

We are not trying to change or detract from anyone's belief. We are simply sharing what we know to be true, what we know will bless lives. 
And we invite: 
Here is the evidence. Read it for yourself, and ask God if it is true.



~ Sister Kohler ~

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Welcome One and All!


Well to get things started, I thought I would introduce myself a bit:
First, here's a (not-so-great) picture of me! So far, I have been serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for about four months now at the Arizona Mesa Temple Visitors' Center and in the Mesa Mountain View Stake.

My trainer was Sister Becca Younce, she has since finished her mission and returned home to North Carolina, I love and miss her -- she was a wonderful missionary! She taught me the importance of being bold, to never hold back what you know to be right.
During our time as companions, Sister Younce and I were able to help Shelby prepare for baptism! He has been baptized for almost a month now, has already been blessing and passing the sacrament, and in fact, he is speaking at stake conference this evening! I have never met anyone more sincere in their testimony nor anyone who has as much faith as this man does. His faith in the Savior is immeasurable oh how I have grown to love him.

My current companion is Sister Medalit Rios, from Lima, Peru! She is so knowledgeable! I have only been companions with her for a little over a week but we get a long great and I am positive that we are going to see some miracles as the holidays role into Mesa! (we also like to laugh A LOT)

 I ADORE being a missionary -- in no way has it been easy, but I wouldn't trade a single second of it. After all, "The greatest and most important duty is to spread the gospel." And boy, do you learn a lot on a mission! I have learned that as Latter-day Saints we have quite the responsibility. President Monson once reminded and council-ed:

"'Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light' (1 Pet.2:9) This is the destiny of every Latter-day Saint if he or she will live for the fulfillment of that destiny."

We must make living up to our divine destiny our purpose! Our Heavenly Father has not sent us here to earth to simply be, He sent us here to become what we were always created to be -- His glorious sons and daughters, capable of His majesty.
In the same address, President Monson gives us a formula to become such:

"First, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your life with service; and third, fill your heart with love."

All three of these are made possible through the Savior, Jesus Christ. May we always remember Him, and apply His loving, intimate Atonement in our daily lives -- that is the way to true joy.

~ Sister Kohler ~