Friday, January 31, 2014

Jan 31, 2014 - FIRST EMAIL HOME

Hola Familia!!! (:

Kamryn Judith Watt (

Mom and Dad,

I only have five or so minutes, so I can't say very much, but I am excited for pday so I can catch you guys up on everything (: I am safe and sound and I love it here in Chile!  I packed way too much and it is so warm here; but it is great.  The temple is literally RIGHT next to the MTC.  It is beautiful. I wish you could all see it.  The food here is good. For breakfast I had fruit loops mixed with yogurt because tat is how they eat cereal here!  It is crazy but I love it.  Hermana Evans is my first companion and she is so sweet.  And BLONDE!  Like me (:  So we are just two white blonde chickas.  Or hermanas I should say.  I know I am meant to be here and I haven't had any doubts since the second I got here!  I finally got to shower so now I feel so great and ready to go.  I saw Hermana vanderheyden and she is doing so well (: She makes me feel closer to home.  Well I love you SOOOOOO much.  I am not sure when pday is, but I will email again soon!  Loves.

Santiago Chile Mormon Temple
Santiago, Chile Temple
LDS Missionary Training Center Chile
Santiago, Chile MTC

Okay so we have one more minute. I am typing really fast and there will be a lot of errors. But I have my name tag now, and I don´t know why but it is my favorite!!! I feel so awesome. Also this keyboard is in Spanish, so I have no idea how or where anything is or what it means. That is another thing, EVERYTHING is in Spanish. Hahahaha Me and all the other hermanas have no idea what we are doing. But hopefully we will know at least a little bit by the time we make it out of here! Chileans are crazy drivers!!! Just sayin. That is another thing that is crazy here. But it is so beautiful. It really is. I LOVE it. Love love love it. Anyway, we are all joking about how weird this keyboard is. I told hermana Hansen that you and her mom are friends on facebook and she started laughing (: We love it! These hermanas and elders are like my best friends. It is amazing how close you get to these people. I love them all so much already! Also the bread here is great. But I refuse to gain weight. hahaha. This keyboard is nuts. Anyway! I have to go but I love you so much!!! 

Love Hermana Watt

Santiago, Chile

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Jan 30, 2014 - THEY ARRIVED!!


Amber and Kevin received the following from the Chile MTC.  She made it and she is beginning her journey in serving the Lord.

Subject: They Arrived!!!!
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:44:23 +0000
Sister Doll and I are writing to let you know that your missionary arrived as the Chile MTC today (Thursday, 5:30p).  It has been quite an ordeal for them.  They’ll have some interesting stories to share with you of their adventures since they last saw you on Tuesday.  They arrived very worn out but excited to tell about what had happened.  We immediately got them checked in, took them to the MTC cafeteria for lots of good Chilean food, and most have now hit the showers and bed.  Most elected to not e-mail home until Friday so be patient.  I’m sure they’ll give you details.  In couple of cases some luggage has not yet arrived but the travel office people are working on it.

I can assure you that the MTC here was in constant contact with Missionary Travel throughout the ordeal.  The flights out of Atlanta were so backed up that the airlines just had trouble getting everyone to their destinations and they didn’t give us much information.  It’s interesting how just three inches of snow in the wrong place and at the wrong time can create so many problems.  We still have five U.S. missionaries (not yours) who won’t arrive until midnight on Thursday.

This has been a bit of an adventure for Sister Doll and me.  We only arrived in Santiago eight days ago to begin our two-year assignment at the MTC.  This was our first group of new missionaries.  So, nothing went according to what we’d planned for and expected.  Fortunately, the office staff tells us this has rarely happened before and probably won’t happen again.

We want to let you know that we’re excited to help your missionary get a fantastic start on his or her experience in Chile.  This is truly one of the best MTCs in the world and I know you’re going to get wonderful reports over the next six weeks.  There are 68 missionaries here right now – a mixture of Latinos and North Americans.  We love them each, and we’ll love your missionary.

Let me know if you have questions.

Jan 28, 2014 - Kamryn is off on her mission......Or maybe not!

January 31, 2014

Jan 28, 2014 - Kamryn is off on her mission......Or maybe not!


Kamryn was to leave on her mission on Jan 28 from the St. George Airport.  From there she would go to Salt Lake City Airport and on to the Atlanta Airport and would fly out to Chile from there.  Due to the three inches of snow in Atlanta, Georgia Kamryn's flight was delayed and she spent the first day of her mission at home with her mother as her missionary companion.

Day 2:  She was finally able to leave and boarded a plane in St. George for Salt Lake City.

Kamryn at the St. George Airport

 Kenedie, Kamryn, Allie

Amber, Kevin, Kamryn, Kenedie, Allie

See you soon

One happy Sister Missionary

See You Soon Sister Missionary


"Kamryn arrives in SLC to find that her flight from Salt Lake to Atlanta has been cancelled due to the weather in Atlanta.  The Missionary Travel Department told her to talk to Delta Airlines and see what they can do.

Well she made it to Atlanta and she had one other missionary on her flight.  She was able to navigate that difficult airport and find her way to the International Terminal where she found a group of about 15 missionaries who were traveling to Chile.  They had been at the Atlanta airport since last night.  All of them except Kamryn are booked on a late flight to Peru where they will have another 17 hour lay over before leaving for Chile.  Kam is booked on a flight to Chile that is supposed to leave in a couple of hours.  She may be the lucky one.  We shall see.  Prayers for all those missionaries who will end up spending about three days in airports before arriving in Chile.  Glad she has friends.

 Out of about 40 total missionaries stuck in Atlanta (about half going to Peru and half going to Chile) only 2 including Kamryn are on the flight to Chile. I'm just hoping it doesn't get delayed or cancelled. All the other missionaries have been stuck there for more than a day and look to be there another day at least. Some have no carry on and they were told not to expect there luggage to be there when they finally arrive. At least they have each other.  

Still haven't boarded. The problem now is the airport is very under staffed since many employees can't get to work because of the weather. The plane is there, just waiting for staff to get there so they can board.  Kamryn is actually in good spirits and has a good attitude. She is just tired is all. Thankfully she's not a complainer like her mother. Thank you to all of you for your thoughts and prayers." 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jan 26, 2014 - KAMRYN'S FAREWELL

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Kamryn's Mission Farewell

Kamryn's missionary farewell was held on Sunday, Jan 26 2014 which also happened to be Kamryn's 20th birthday.  Lots of her family were there to support her.  Most of her aunts and uncles were in attendance as well as both sets of grandparents and lots of cousins and friends.  We all attended Sacrament Meeting where Kamryn gave a beautiful talk on the Temple.  I was impressed by how poised and confident she was.

After Sacrament Meeting, we all went back to Amber and Kevin's home for a delicious lunch of soup and bread and birthday cake.  Family and friends had a wonderful time visiting and enjoying the day with Kamryn.

Tiffany and Hattie

Brooke and Kam

Ken, Allie and Lauren Mickey

Judy, Bob, Ryan, Kevin, Kim and Wendy Watt

Whole lot of people!

Amber, Kam and Kevin

Happy 20th Kam!

Show Low, Arizona Friends (Amber, Marcy and Jenna)

The Show Low Hood

Trevon Turley, Allie Watt, Alex Watt, Kamryn Watt, Lyndsay Staley
Jaren Turley, Aiden Staley, Kenedie Watt and ? Turley

Kam and Katherine Scichilone

Ryan, Kamryn, Megan, and children

Uncle John and Uncle Jared

Kamryn trying to break her birthday Pinata.  (Alex's gift to her)

Birthday Pinata bonanza

Emily loves her candy

Jenna, Gma, Megan, Aunt Tiffany and Jordyn

Lyndsay and Jenna

Aunt Tiffany and Kam

Kam and Hannah

Kam, Ashlee and Elsie

Kam and Alex

Brooke, Kam, Alex

Aunt Gayle

Grandma Doris and Kam

Kam and the Taylors

Kam and Penny

"Babe" and Kamryn

Grandad, Gma, Kam

Aunt Kim and Kamryn

For those of you who missed Kamryn's talk in Sacrament Meeting, I have included it here for you.

Kamryn's Sacrament Meeting Talk


I love everything about the temple, so I was excited when Brother Mickey asked me to speak on the temple.

The hard part was trying to figure out what I wanted to say about the temple.  There are so many great things about it; I could spend forever talking about it.  But I decided that what I wanted to focus on most was the importance of living a life where you are continuously preparing to enter the temple, because as great as it is to look towards the future, we need to make it a goal and be working towards it every day.  Even those of us who have already been through the temple.

Kamryn then showed us the white satin hanger she had been given as a Beehive in Young Women.  The white hanger was to remind her to live her life so that someday she could hang her temple dress on it.  The hanger had the following statement on it, "Hang onto your values....Hang on to your testimony......hang on to your goals....So someday your can hang your temple dress on me."

Kamryn then shared the following comments from a talk by Elaine S. Dalton entitled "Guardians of Virtue".

"Last month I had the opportunity to attend the temple wedding of a young woman I have known since she was born.  As I sat in the sealing room, looking at the beautiful chandelier sparkling in the lights of the temple, I remembered that day when I first held her.  Her mother had her dressed in a little white dress, and I thought she was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen.  Then this young woman walked through the door, once again dressed in white.  She was radiant and happy.  As she entered the room, I wished with all my heart that every young woman could envision that moment and strive to always be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of the temple in preparation to enjoy the blessings of exaltation.

As this couple knelt at the sacred altar, they received promises beyond mortal comprehension that will bless, strengthen, and assist them on their mortal journey.  It was one of those moments when the world stood still and all of heaven rejoiced.  As the newly married couple looked into the large mirror  on the opposite wall, and the bride said with tears in her eyes, "I see all those who will follow after us."  She saw her future family--her posterity.  I know that she understood again in that moment how important it is to believe in being chaste and virtuous.  There is no more beautiful sight than a couple, properly prepared, kneeling together at the altar of the temple.

Kamryn then shared a recent experience of seeing her friend Brooke sealed in the temple to her husband Bryce in the Washington D. C. temple a couple of weeks ago.  She shared how grateful she was to be able to join them in the temple for this important ordinance.

Another quote from Elaine S. Dalton

"Last summer a group of young women from Alpine, Utah, decided that they would become "more fit for the kingdom".  They determined to focus on the temple by walking from the Draper, Utah Temple to the Salt Lake Temple, a total distance of 22 miles, just as one of the pioneers, John Rowe Moyle, had done. Brother
Moyle was a stonemason who was called by the prophet, Brigham Young, to work on the Salt Lake Temple.  Each week he walked the distance of 22 miles from his home to the temple.  One of his jobs was to carve the words "Holiness to the Lord" on the east side of the Salt Lake Temple.  It was not easy and he had many obstacles to overcome.  At one point, he was kicked in the leg by one of his cows.  Because it would not heal, he had to have this leg amputated.  But that did not stop him from his commitment to the prophet and to work on the temple.  He carved a wooden leg, and after many weeks he again walked the 22-mile distance to the temple to do the work he had committed to do.

The young women in the Cedar Hills Sixth Ward decided to walk that same distance for an ancestor and also for someone who was their inspiration to remain worthy to enter the temple.  They trained each week at Mutual, and as they walked, they shared what they were learning and feeling about temples.

They began their walk to the temple early in the morning with prayer.  As they started out, I was impressed with their confidence.  They had prepared well, and they knew they were prepared.  Their eyes were set on their goal.  Each step they took was symbolic of each of you as your too are preparing now to enter the temple.  Your personal training was begun with your daily personal prayers, your daily reading of the Book of Mormon, and your working on your Personal Progress.

As these young women continued to walk, there were distractions along the course, but they stayed focused on their goal.  Some began to feel blisters forming, and others felt knees starting to protest, but they kept going.  For each of you, there are many distractions, hurts, and obstacles along your path to the temple, but you too are determined and keep going.  The route these young women took was mapped out by their leaders, who had walked and driven the course and determined the safest and most direct way to go.  Again, your course is marked, and you can be assured that the Savior has not only walked the course but will again walk it with you--every step of the way.

Along this journey to the temple there were fathers, mothers, family members and priesthood leaders acting as guardians.  Their job was to ensure that everyone was safe and protected from danger.  They made sure each young woman stayed well hydrated and had enough nourishment to maintain her stamina.  There were aid stations provided by their priesthood leaders, with places to rest and to drink water.  Young women, your fathers, your mothers, your bishops, and so many others will be your guardians as you walk your path to the temple.  They will call out cautions and direct your course, and should you become injured or hurt or get off course, they will help you.

I was impressed that in the final miles of their walk, brothers, other young men, and friends came to support these determined young women and to cheer them on.  One brother lifted his sister, who had large blisters on her feet, and carried her on his back the final distance to the temple.  as these incredible young women reached their goal, tears were shed as they touched the temple and made a silent commitment to always be worthy to enter there.

The temple walk is a metaphor for your life.  Parents and priesthood leaders stood guard along the route. They provided support and aid.  Young women guarded and encouraged each other.  Young men admired the strength, commitment, and stamina of the young women.  Brothers carried sisters who had been injured. Families rejoiced with their daughters as they ended their walk at the temple and took them safely home."

Kamryn ended her talk by bearing her testimony on her love for the temple and for her great joy in serving a mission in the Vina del Mar, Chile Mission.