This week zipped by!
We had a lot going on this week and it was super awesome!
We have been working hard as a mission to take all of the paper
records that we have and enter all the data onto our iPads. It is a
lot of mundane work and takes a ton of time. Some days I wanted to go
insane from looking at teaching records all day! I really don’t like
being cooped up for a couple of hours a day. It was mandatory that we
did at least one hour a day of it. We finally finished this weekend.
That was an awesome day and an awesome feeling! Once the whole mission
is done entering in data we will be able to use social media! Crazy,
right? We will get to use Facebook, Skype, and blogs. The church is
definitely expanding our reaches in order to share the gospel with
all. Soon we can teach people all over the world, not just in
Froun, our investigator, is doing sooooo good! We were so
surprised to see a Book of Mormon sitting on her chair when we came
back for our lesson. She has never had it out before. She told us that
she read out of it! We were super excited. We have been trying to get
her to read. When we came to our lesson later this week she had read
some more! She is definitely progressing slowly. We had a really
powerful lesson on the gospel of Jesus Christ. We talked about the
importance of forgiveness. She has a really hard time with that. She
listed off all the reasons why it is hard for her to forgive and it
just hit me, the Spirit so strong. I thought, “that is exactly how the
Savior felt, but He who has descended below all is willing to forgive
all those who caused Him pain.” I told her that the people never
recognized how much the Savior did for them, they didn’t believe Him,
they mocked Him, spit upon Him, even crucified Him. Despite all of
that He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” I
bore my testimony to her of the importance of forgiving others. If we
don’t forgive them how in the world can we expect the Savior to
forgive us. That was a powerful experience for me to realize how
loving the Savior is.
We had exchanges with the sisters in Mansfield this week. We
blitzed their area, meaning that all 4 of us worked in Mansfield for
the day. Sister Amendola and Sister Rock are there. I got to see
Sister Amendola! She is doing so well in Mansfield. It was a great
day! We went to a member’s house and she had a ton of cats and
kittens. I mean well over 20. They were so cute. Pictures to follow 🙂
Sister Rock and I taught a lesson to a less-active on the love of God.
(Sitting here right now, typing this email I have realized that I
learned a lot about the love of God this week). As we taught him, the
Spirit warmed my soul as I bore testimony of how the Gift of the Holy
Ghost allows us to feel the love of God everyday. I know that to be
true. I have never felt the love of God more abundantly than I have on
my mission. As I have been filled with the Spirit everyday it has been
My last Zone Conference was this Thursday innState College. It
was an emotional day and a busy one. I was in three musical numbers.
sister Ludwig and I Sang first. We sang “As Sisters in Zion”. Sister a
rock, Amendola, Ludwig and I sand “In Christ Alone”. Then my MTC
companion, Sister Moss sang “Because I Have Been Given Much” with me.
They were all great! At our last Zone Conference we have to give a
departing testimony. I was the last one of all that were leaving to
give mine. My heart was pounding the whole day as I waited for my
turn. I bore a short testimony on how my testimony has been
strengthened since I have come in a mission. I am so grateful that I
came on a my mission. To think that I didn’t want to and that I tried
to ignore the Spirit is crazy. It has been the best decision I have
made in my life. I have learned so many things that I know are going
to bless my life.
To top off the week Amber, a less-active we are working with, and
Wendy, our investigator came to church this week! Three weeks in a
row. Boo yah! They are doing so awesome. Wendy is really working hard
to be ready for the 11th. Also three more less-actives came to church
on Sunday and they said they had a friend they wanted us to teach. We
are going to reach out to them this week! Well until next time…
I hope everyone had a wonderful day Father’s Day and that yinz
have the best week ever!
Well this week was crazy busy, which is a really good thing!
It started out with doing service for a member on Tuesday. We
helped her move. She had a lot of stuff and there weren’t very many of
us so it took longer than expected. It was definitely a workout! She
has so many staircases in her new house we had to go up and down up
and down. She was so glad that we came to help. She was really
stressed out that the people she asked to helped back out at the last
minute and she wasn’t sure if she was going to be out in time. We,
being the youngest ones there, were able to move a lot faster than the
other 3 that were helping.
Wednesday night we drove to State College to do my first exchange
as a Sister Training Leader again. I was in State College with Sister
Wyasket. It is such an awesome place. The university there is Penn
State. There is so much diversity the there in the student population.
It is also a walk/bus area so it reminded of good ol’ Swissvale 🙂
Exchanges went awesome! We went to try a potential of their’s
named Meng Meng. She was home and invited us in. She moved here from
China a couple of years ago. She didn’t much knowledge or
understanding about God or Christ so we ended up teaching her about
Christ right then and there. I felt like she and I really connected.
The Spirit was so strong. The Spirit was inspiring me to know how I
should explain things so that it made since to her. Meng Meng was
willing to meet with the sisters to learn more about the gospel. At
the end she asked us how she could find peace in her life. I smiled at
her and told that by listening to the sisters and living the gospel
that they teach her she would peace in her life.
We had an open house here in Lock Haven at our Branch building. It
went ok. E turnout wasn’t quite what we wanted, but I think we needed
more time to prepare and to publicize it a whole lot more. It was a
great idea though and next time we know how to do it better. We set up
posters of facts and pictures of our church all in the building. It
was wonderful to see. Hopefully we can get more to see it the next
time they do it.
Yesterday we had Branch Conference. It was great! I sang a solo
in sacrament meeting while Sister Ludwig accompanied me. I sang “Ye
Elders of Israel”. I don’t know why, but I was so nervous. I guess I
haven’t done something like that in a really long time. I just prayed
for the strength and the ability to be calm and that the Spirit would
touch their hearts as I sang.
The most awesome thing of this week is that we set our
investigator Wendy with a baptismal date! Yay! She is working towards
July 11th. She told us that she wants to be baptized, but she is
afraid of what some family members might think. We asked her if she
has prayed about it.she said yes. We then asked what she felt as she
prayed. She said that she feels like she should, but then a voice says
not to. We told her to not listen to the other voice and do what is
right. I felt prompted to invite her to be baptized and I did. She
said yes and we set her for July 11th. Cool thing is is that yesterday
at church she asked us where she could go learn more about baptism. We
gladly told her where. It made me so happy to see that she is thinking
about baptism and she desires to learn more about it to prepare
herself for it.
Froun is doing really well. We had a great lesson on the Plan of
Salvation. We were planning to teach the restoration and then she
brought up the three kingdoms because she remembered other sisters
teaching her about it, but she wanted to know more. I could tell that
she was definitely feeling the spirit during our lesson. The Spirit is
definitely working on her!
We are also teaching a 13 year old named John. He is super
awesome. He is the son of a member and he really wants to be baptized.
He has to get permission from his dad before he can be. It amazes me
at how well he can understand the scriptures. I definitely did not
understand them at his age.
It was just a great week. The branch is awesome and we are
working on making it bigger!
Shout out to my pops, Happy Father’s Day on Sunday! I know it’s early
but better early than late 🙂 Thanks for being the best dad a little
girl could ask for!
I hope you all have a great week!
Hello out there!
I am officially in my last area and with my last companion. Would
you like to know where and who it is? I am now in Lock Haven. It is an
awesome place. We live right off of the Susquehanna River which is
pretty sweet! There is only a Branch out here. Which, for those of you
who don’t know, a branch is smaller than a ward. We have only about
20-30 people who come on Sunday’s. Crazy right? My goal is to make
this area grow. I only have so much time to make a difference in Lock
Haven. We only had one investigator when I got here. There is
definitely potential here and I am going to try my best to do what the
Lord needs me to do. I pray every night for His instructions and I
feel like He has definitely been leading me.
As for my companion, her name is Sister Ludwig. She is from Idaho
and is a twin. She has been out for 13 months and has only been in
Lock Haven 6 weeks longer than me. I love her already and we have been
working so hard this past week. We have the same goal to make this
As for this week we have spent a lot of time trying to find people
to teach. We have quite a few potentials and one new investigator!!
Woohoo! I feel like I have been trying tot follow the Spirit more now
than I ever have on my mission. I know the Lord needs me here for a
reason so I am working hard to figure it out.
Our investigators are Wendy and Froun.
Wendy is doing great! She came to both session of Stake Conference
this weekend and she was glowing with happiness. She told us that she
is really praying hard about baptism. She is worried about how it
would effect her relationship with her family. She wants to do the
right thing so she is praying to know. We are going to try and set her
with a date!
Froun is our new investigator. She is so sweet! She met with
missionaries before. Froun told us that she hasn’t been getting
anything out of the church that she is going to right now, she feels
like something is missing. When she said that I could feel the Spirit
so strongly. I knew it was the gospel. I knew that it would fill the
void that she had In her life. I also had a feeling that she is going
to get baptized. I don’t know when but I definitely felt that. I
couldn’t deny it.
We had Stake Conference this weekend and Elder L. Whitney Clayton
came. We got to shake hands with him and attend a YSA question and
answer that he did. It was super neat to see. He is definitely a man
called by God and is so wise and knowledgable in the scriptures.
Oh and we did service this week at the Piper Aviation Museum
here in Lock Haven. It was so neat. He took us on a tour and showed us
the planes. Piper planes are historical planes that fought in WWII…
I think. He gave us a lot of information so I don’t quite remember.
Anyways, it was so much fun. We helped file papers and blueprints.
Lock Haven is beautiful and I love it so much. I am so excited for
the weeks to come. I love yinz! Have a fabulous week 🙂
So I guess I should start with transfer news…. Or maybe I’ll save that for the end 🙂 I’m not that mean. So transfer news…. If you couldn’t tell by the subject line I am being transferred. My last 6 weeks will be spent in one last area. I will have a total of 4 areas and 7 companions. Crazy! But it gets even crazier. I thought that because I was leaving that Sister Wilson was definitely training. Nope. I got a call yesterday from President Johnson asking me to serve as a Sister Training Leader again for my last transfer. What? That is what I was thinking too. I am super excited though! I am sad to leave Carlisle but honestly I feel like I have done all that I needed to do here. It is time for me to go. Now I have 6 weeks to figure out what the Lord wants me to do in my next area.
This last week in Carlisle was amazing! The Lord has definitely been blessing us from this 40 day fast that our ward is doing. We received referrals, we found new investigators, and we set someone with a baptismal date! Oh and on top of that we did a ton of service this week.
We picked up a former investigator named Amanda this week. She is awesome. Her husband Lewis actually sat in on the lesson this time. She has definitely been prepared by the Lord to find the gospel. The way she was raised and the standards she holds are exactly what we believe in too. She expressed to us that she wants to understands more about the Book of Mormon. We told her we could do that 🙂 I have a feeling that some good things will be happening there.
I love when we get to do service. This week we got permission from President Johnson to go with a member to Harrisburg and do service at a free dental clinic. We did the set up on Thursday and the tear down of Saturday. We set up tables, dental chairs, and equipment, and everything. It was a lot of work, but we had a ton of missionaries from the Harrisburg Zone come and help too. The people in charge were super grateful that we came to help. This clinic serviced over a couple thousand people. It was incredible. We walked into the convention center on Saturday and it smelled like a dentist office.
Our investigator set with a baptismal date is Theresa. I love her to death! When we started the lesson we went over the reading we left her. She said that baptism stuck out to her while she was reading. I asked her why she thought that was and she said that she really wants to get to the point where she is ready to be baptized. She was ready to be baptized 8 years ago when she was meeting with the missionaries but then she moved and lost contact. I told her that she can get to that point again with the helps of our Savior and us. I then committed her to be baptized and she said yes! We set her for August 29th. Theresa is so faithful and has a desire to do what is right.
We saw Paulo and Victoria this week. We had a really powerful lesson with him. He expressed to us his reasons for not committing to baptism. He isn’t ready and he isn’t willing to fully commit to the baptismal covenant. It makes me so sad when people can’t see how easy it really is to live the gospel. I shared with Paulo the story of Moses raising the brazen serpent I the wilderness. All the people had to do what loom and be healed, but so many of them would not. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Nephi expounds upon this story in Helman 8:
14 Yea, did he [meaning Moses] not bear record that the Son of God should come? And as he lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness, even so shall he [meaning Christ] be lifted up who should come.
15 And as many as should look upon that serpent should live, even so as many as should look upon the Son of God with faith, having a contrite spirit, might live, even unto that life which is eternal.
The brazen serpent represented Christ. All we need to do is look to Christ. I told Paulo that if he is looking to Christ he will find that all the things we have shared with him are true and more in particular he will come to know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is so simple, but yet so hard for some people to look to Christ in all things.
Alma 33: 19-23 also helps to expound upon this, but I’ll get off my soap-box and you can look it up if you want. I had a really fun personal study that morning as I explored this topic of looking to Christ. It has been so awesome having an iPad. It has really expanded my studies and I have been learning a lot more. We have a lot more resources to study from with the gospel library. I love it!
I am excited for this new adventure and I am looking forward to finding out where I am going.
I hope yinz have the best week ever! Love yinz guys 🙂
How yinz guys doin’?
This week has been really good! I am now a Sister Training Leader in Butler, PA. It is so awesome out here! There is so much land and everything is green. I realized something the other day. There are absolutely no sprinklers in PA, they don’t exist! It rains enough here that no one has to water their lawn and plants grow by themselves, which might be the reason why everyone has gardens out here. Everyone here owns a ton of land and they are all related somehow… it’s weird. It’s different than Pittsburgh but I love it. The ward is awesome! They were so welcoming and they love to feed us out here 🙂 I am now in a car, which I am super grateful for because it has been extremely hot and humid most of the days.
My companion Sister Thomas is amazing! We get along so well and we have a lot of fun. She’s from Payson, Utah and she played softball. We are a good companionship. We work really hard and we push each other to go out of our comfort zones.
When I got to Butler I had no time to unpack we just went straight out to work. Our apartment is infested with spiders and not tiny spiders either, but huge spiders. I have killed so many since I have been here. No houses really have air conditioning here which I do not understand with all this heat. But our house and others that we visit are always extremely hot so you sweat a lot. It still rains a ton here in Butler, but I know have a car that I can drive in and not have to walk everywhere 🙂
We have been doing a lot of less-active work. This is a lot different than Swissvale because we had only three less-actives in our area. In Butler we have a ton which is sad because you never want someone to become less-active. Teaching less-actives is different than investigators because they already know the doctrine they just need help strengthening their testimonies.
We did lots of service this week for less-actives and members of our ward. That was a ton of fun. We also did service at a soup kitchen called Katie’s Kitchen. We help prepare the food and serve it. While looking out at all the people there my heart went out to them. My heart was also filled with gratitude for all the things that I have in my life. There are a lot of things that I have taken for granted. Being on my mission has opened my eyes to the woes of the world and how good I really have it. Mom and Dad am I so grateful for all the things that you have allowed me to have in my life. I am grateful for all the hard work that you both have put in to us kids. I love yins!
We were teaching a less-active yesterday named Brenda. She has gone through lot in her life. She was telling us how she has been divorced and she doesn’t know if she is going to be sealed to someone so how is she going to reach the Celestial Kingdom. I told her about my reading of the book “Daughters of my Kingdom” and how it says that Heavenly Father will give everyone the opportunity to make those sacred covenants that will allow them to enter into the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom whether it is in this life or the next. I could feel the spirit testify to me that this is true and that Heavenly Father wants all his children to return to Him and He is going to give them every opportunity to do so. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father.
While doing my online time this week I came across some really good quotes. One is by President Eyring. It says “When you give your heart to inviting people to come unto Christ, your heart will be changed. You will be doing His work for Him. You will find that He keeps His promise to be one with you in your service. You will come to know Him. And in time you will come to be like Him and be perfected in Him.” I have really come to see this as I have been out here inviting people to come unto Christ. I know it will be the same with all of you. I know that sharing the gospel is the best thing that we could be doing with our time. The other one was by President Monson. He said, “Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.” being courageous isn’t easy, but Heavenlt Father recognizes our courage when we go out and share the gospel or when we stand up for what we believe in. We as disciples of Christ and as members of His true church need to stand up now more than ever and defend what we know to be true. The Lord will bless us for not wavering. I know that to be true.
I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week. Be strong and of good courage!
So I got the call Saturday night and I am being transferred. I got a call Sunday afternoon from my mission President calling me to be a Sister Training Leader of a zone. So wherever my next area is my companion and I will be doing weekly exchanges and training at zone training/conferences. I am super nervous, but excited at the same time. It is going to be a lot of fun. I have no idea where I am going or who my new companion will be. When President Topham called me to be a Sister Training Leader he said” You said you wanted to grow on your mission didn’t you?” I answered yes. He said ” This will be a huge growing experience.” Since I am going to be an STL I will now be in a drive area which is nice due to how hot it is going to get, but not so nice when it comes to exercise.
I am sad to be leaving Swissvale and the Pitt 7th Ward, but I am excited to see somewhere new in PA and work in a new area. I said goodbye to ward members yesterday at church. A recent convert that we have been teaching named Winnie told me that I would spread sunshine wherever I went. I hope that I can connect with the new ward like I did with the ward members here.
I will find out tomorrow afternoon at transfer meeting where I am going and who my new companion will be.
We met with our investigator Sisi on Saturday and she told us that she really wants to get baptized. She told us that she is going to talk with her mom and that she really hopes she says yes. Sisi said that she wishes her mom understood why she wants to do this. It makes me smile knowing that Sisi desires to be bapitized. We have been praying that her mom will soften her heart and allow her to. She told me that I couldn’t leave. I am so grateful that I have had the privilege to help her learn the truthfulness of the gospel. I hope to hear soon of her baptism!
A potential investigator took us to lunch this last week. We went to a Thai restaurant and I decided that this was my one chance to try something new, so I did just that. I ate DUCK! I ate a duck noodle soup. It was actually pretty good. I don’t know why people say it tastes like chicken because it tastes nothing like it.
So I have been using a broken umbrella. On of the spokes that keeps it open broke, but I taped it and it worked fine. But one day during a huge down pour we hopped on a bus to go to a dinner appointment. While on the bus I put down my umbrella… we get to our stop, so we hopped off. When we got off the bus I realized that I had left my umbrella on the bus! Luckily it hasn’t rained since then 🙂
On Saturday we helped at an all-day Family History Conference that was taking place at our church. The cool thing about it was that it was for the whole Pittsburgh community. Members and nonmembers were there and were able to go to workshops to learn how to search for their family. It was really awesome to see how excited people get about family history work. The spirit of Elijah I tell ya!
An awesome thing about PA is that there are fire-flies here. They are so awesome! When we are walking home at night you can see little green lights all over. It is such an amazing sight especially when there is a lot of them.
One of my favorite things to do each day is read the Book of Mormon. I could read it all day. I have never had huge desire to read the scriptures, but since I have come out here and have gained a stronger testimony of the Restoration I come to see how important the Book of Mormon is. It is what makes our church different. It is how we can come to know this church is true. It is meant to help us receive revelation. It is a divinely inspired book. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon and for the strength that it gives me every day. I know that it can give each and everyone of you the guidance and strength that you need. Just like we eat and drink food to survive temporally, we need to feast upon the words of Christ to survive spiritually. Verses that I have recently come across that I love are Alma 37: 44-45. The verses previous are talking about the Liahona and how it gave Lehi and his family guidance while in the wilderness. The Liahona as we know worked according to their faith and heed that they gave to it. When they had faith and followed the directions that it gave the progressed towards the promised land. When they did the opposite they were lost in the wilderness and walked in circles. Verses 44-45 talk about how the words of Christ can guide just like the Liahona and if we follow their course we will end up in the promised land.
“44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.
45 And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.”
I know this to be true. I know that if we follow the revelation and direction that we receive as we read the scriptures we will reach a better land of promise. Whether that be a few years into the future or the celestial kingdom, we will be able to reach the goals that we have set for ourselves. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I encourage you all to feast upon the words of Christ daily.
I love you all! 🙂