Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Longer I'm Here, The More I Know The Church Is True

This week!!
Alright, this week was waaaay better than last week which is weird because we had tons of lessons last week and not as many this week but it just goes to show that numbers aren't important!

Story time: so I go to a member's house and she gives me a big hug and a really wet kiss on the cheek. My cheek was wet all of dinner but I didn't want to be mean and wipe off her kiss haha. I feel the love.

This week I learned that there is a lot more to a mission than I ever thought. Yes we are here to teach but Heavenly Father shows you your weaknesses and it is a time where we are completely dependent on the Lord and able to overcome anything. I am speaking mostly for other missionaries (I haven't been through it YET) but woah! The mission brings things out of you that are really deep because Heavenly Father knows you can overcome it! Kind of cool, but it also is what makes the mission so hard.

We had a member give us an entire cheesecake! A whole cheesecake that she made homemade. It was really awesome but I am trying to have self-mastery and show Heavenly Father how much I love him by eating healthy. So I didn't have any. And it was hard!

My companion and I had to go see the Mission President to talk and while we were there he challenged us to be the first sister missionaries to reach the Standard of Excellence Goal, sooooo challenge accepted!! That means 12 member present lessons, 3 new investigators, on time in the morning and at night, and some other things I cant remember off the top of my head. But I'm excited it is going to be a killer week. And by that I mean that we will be able to help a lot of people come closer to Jesus Christ because we are going to work really hard! I'm excited!

We are teaching a guy, Brother McNeely and he is funny. We ask him a question and he takes in a mile from what we asked him so its kind of hard to stay focused but I love him anyway! He has been praying and reading about the Book of Mormon. He also has been coming to church. So thats awesome! He gave up alcohol but he hasn't given up coffee or cigarretts yet. But he is doing so good!
Last week was my very favorite lesson of my whole mission! We had a Family Home Evening with her family and she invited all of her friends and family. It was like a party and we played a game and had a lesson. It was so fun! We laughed and laughed and had a lesson about how the Gospel blesses families. It made me happy:) We love her. When we ask her a question we would be like, "How do you think it would help you to have a second witness of Jesus Christ?" She will pause for a second and then she would say something like " you guys can't have instagram?" haha!

Anyways, the longer I am here the more I know the church is true. Im so greatful for the people here. I hope everyhting is good in Colorado and Utah!

I got two packages this week!! One from my mom and also from my friend from the U. Thank you so much!!!!! I will write you all back ASAP! Packages and letters bring me so much joy! I am so lucky to have such good friends an family and I can feel the prayers and faith of the people I love back home. Thank you! Love you all!

A member gave us allllll of these shoes!!!

Wearing my new dress from my mom and showing off my things I got in my packages!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Can't Wait to be a Nurse

My training went really well!!! People really liked it:) Sothat was relieving. 

Thevmore I am here, the more it solidifies my aspiring nursing career! I perk up every time someone talks about medical. One of the people in my zone threw up blood (he is ok) and I was looking at all the pictures. But not only that, I just miss learning about the body and I am currently learning how to love and serve all the people around me. Nurses do this all the time!! So I cant wait to be a nurse:)

One hard thing about being a missionary is that people really open up to you and so you know everything they are going through. It makes you sad when they are going through hard things. We really do mourn with those who mourn. but I love getting to know people on a deeper level.
Today, a lady gave us 4 pair of brand new shoes! I feel so blessed!
oh!!!! This week I found out what it means to "know someone from Adam" I always thought it was "know someone from Atom" MIND BLOWN! haha
hmmm I can't think of antyhing else, but Inknow we had an awesome week:) I'm very happy! but I do miss home and I do miss college! Loveyou guys!!!!!!

I love these sisters! It's Sister Olar, Anderson, and George. Sister George is the first missionary I have really connected with on my mission. She is a nurse! So this night we had an interpretive dance party. we needed to act like girls for a minute instead of Sister Missionaries! It was much needed:)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Speed Week

This week in a nutshell, I went on exchanges and it was awesome because I lead the area for my first time. Which means I had to drive, know where everything is, plan the lessons and pretty much do everything. Heavenly Father knew this is what I needed because I was questioning my abilities and this gave me more confidence. Like "oh, I can be a missionary and teach lessons and talk to people on the street!" So thats what we did:)
I knocked my first door (where I actually talked the whole time) and I had a nice conversation with this lady about Jesus Christ but she was happy in her religion. So that was good, then we went to bring cookies to an investigator because her friend had just died. When we went over, her daughter and aunt were there. So I was able to teach all of them the Plan of Salvation. Heavenly Father richly blessed us:) Also, we went and visited a family that hadn't been active for a long time and when we knocked on their door they weren't suprised at all to see us and they invited us in. They said they just visited their family in Utah and while they had time to ponder in the car ride home they decided it was time that they started going to church again. They have a 6 year old daughter and I love them all so much! They are Tongan:) Also, they want to be sealed in the temple next year! That was such a miracle. The first lesson we had with them, we were all crying because the Spirit was so strong. 
Last week, a lady gave me and my companion a fig from her yard. It was kinda good! I have never had a fresh fig before! Tomorrow, I have to give a training to all the leaders in the mission. All of the zone leaders, the AP's, the sister training leaders, and the district leaders and I am soooo nervous! It's on teaching with enthusiasm. So it's weird because I'm a baby missionary teaching all the experienced missionaries. eeeeeeek. I will tell you how it goes next week! So that was my week:) 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Highlight of My Week was Church!

Hello friends!
Another week in the sun:) I looooove my mission. Ive been sick for the past few days which hasn't been so good. But I'm better now yay! I went to Long Beach today and I saw the beach for like two seconds! We drove past it! We actually went to the aquarium which was really really really expensive. But it was fun! Transfers, I'm staying in Cypress with Sister Anderson to finish training! Then we will see. Alright, I don't have tons of time but I'm gunna fill you in on some mission lingo.

my mom = my trainer
my dad = the follow-up trainer
my grandma = my trainer's trainer
my grandpa = my trainer's follow-up trainer
yomo =you only mission once
to kill = to send someone home
baby area = the area you started your mission

Haha it's fun. The highlight of my week was church! No joke, it was soo good this Sunday, we had 4 investigators there! Not only that but we talked about service, gratitude and Adam and Eve and it was just. so. good. :) My ward is so awesome. A lady brought me toast, soup and medicine when I wasn't feeling good. So that was my week in a nutshell! 

Fun fact, in the past 6 weeks, my companion and I have had a total of 122 lessons. Woah man! Love you guys! Email me! I miss you!