Monday, June 27, 2016

My heart is with Connor

So we didn't have a super interesting week, but here's what did happen.
SISTER GASU TURNED 20! We celebrated by going to sleep at 10:01 pm. 
That's sad when you're literally so excited to go to sleep before 10:30.
We did service with the Elders this week and pulled up rose bushes. Sister Gasu and I did more work than the 3 of them combined. So I learned this week that Elders are no help.
We're getting a new mission president this I'm interested to see how that goes. His name is President Wheeler. He was the vice President of Snow College. I'm kind of pumped because I heard he cracks down on a lot of stuff, and doesn't take disobedience. 
Sister Gasu and I think we're hilarious. We named my GPS "one". So now to turn my gps on we have to say "One Direction". 
The cute activity day girls in one of my wards wrote Sister Gasu and I letters! Also, I got a super yummy package from the Spiers' with some awesome letters from some of my favorite young women in it :) It definitely made my week! I always go back and read those whenever I'm having a hard day.
We went to Soda Rush to get a treat for the other sisters in our house and this man and lady RAN up to us screaming "Sister Missionaries!!" They were just a little excited. They wanted a picture with us because their daughter is serving in California. Missionary parents are crazy.
We were tracting around and needed some water, so we stopped at the Foliaki's house which was a good bad decision. They're Tongan. They made us sit down, and they gave us tons of food. He made me try lamb. It wasn't bad, but I definitely didn't think I'd be eating this kind of food on my mission.
Connor is a special needs boy that is in our ward. He is the greatest person that I've ever met, and he definitely has my heart. He made me sing to him last night after dinner. So we had a little jam shesh together :) 

1. Sister Gasu and I shoving our faces with cookies #notfatties
2. The crazy missionary parents from Soda Rush
3. CONNOR!! ❤❤ 

This is one of my favorite videos. If you have 3 minutes out of you day to it. 
"Today's trial is tomorrow's testimony. God is the gardener of our lives."

Monday, June 20, 2016

Baptism by fire

So this week was packed with tons of fun and weird adventures. We had exchanges on Wednesday, and I got the opportunity to be companions with Sister Bolormaa for a day! She's from Mongolia, and she's just about one of the most funny people that I have met in my life. We laughed and laughed the whole day that she and I were together. 
I had a bad day on Tuesday and I got extremely homesick, but it's okay because my zone leaders came to the rescue with the most fattening ice cream they could find! It definitely didn't make me look better, but it did make me feel better. 
I saw my first scorpion on Wednesday night! So of course I had to get a picture of it with my name tag. Are you a real Arizona missionary if you don't?
We went to the temple on Friday and it was so spiritual. I love my new zone. I never thought I'd like it as much as Queen Creek, and I think I like it a little more than QC. Every time we get together we all just crack up and laugh over nothing. 
Sister Gasu is the greatest companion ever! I love her so much. We're always having fun, and always getting into the best kind of trouble - especially with Sisters Sprouse and Sabey.
Last night was President Nattress' last fireside. Sister Gasu and I wanted to go to bad, but we didn't have a less active or recent convert to invite and we had invited about 20 different people that all turned us down. We prayed and told Heavenly Father that no matter how much we wanted to go..we absolutely would not go unless we had someone with us. Right at that moment a less active in our ward called us and told us that she would LOVE to go with us! So that's definitely a testimony to me of miracles coming from obedience. 

The work is moving slowly but surely. I have to say it's definitely hot and uncomfortable out here, the elders are annoying as snot, the rejection is real, the people are sometimes crazy, and we cry a lot..but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I know I say that a lot. I'm so thankful for every single one of my hard heart aching trails because it has made me the strong woman that I am today. That's what I've learned this week. Learn to love your trails. No matter how hard or horrible they were...they've helped shape you into the wonderful person you are today. 

1. Sister Bolormaa and I :) 
2. Death in a carton
3. I was definitely freaking out while taking this picture
4. Sisters Sabey, Sprouse, and I
5. My precious zone.
6. Sister Gasu and I just being natural
7. Getting into the best kind of trouble

8&9. We're so disgusting. Please turn your ovens on 120 degrees, hop inside, and tell me how gross you feel. That's what I voluntarily do every day. Baptism by fire is a real thing yall! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tattoos in the font

I had my first 2 baptisms. I'm not excited because I taught them..I'm excited that they chose to follow Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. I gave a baptism talk at both of the baptisms. I cried, but that's an obvious given. I'm such a baby, but it's okay. Looking back at these 2 baptisms, and these 3 people..if these are the only baptisms I have my whole 18 months I'm in Arizona..I'm completely okay with it. Those 2 souls were worth it all. It was worth the hundreds of slammed doors in my face, the rejections, the 100+ degree weather, all of the bike riding, and all of the tears and sweat. Those 2 baptisms were worth it all.
Thursday Sister Gasu and I did service around the house with old man Elder Carver. After we were done he took us to lunch. This is why I love the senior Missionaries. They treat us like their children, and they make me less homesick.
Sister Gasu and I were tracting and met this weird fellow. He told us to come inside to pray with him and his wife. He took my companion and I by the hands and "filled us with the holy spirit." Then he asked if either of us had neck pain. I did, so I told him. He told me that when his shadow rests on my neck I would be healed. So he put his hand on my neck and yelled "in the name of Jesus Christ I command you to be healed of your pain." I was a little creeped out, but we're going back to teach him and his wife this week. So miracles happened this week. #Blessed
We were tracting yesterday and I encountered my first naked man. He opened the door and informed us that he was in no condition to talk about Jesus right now, but to come back next week and he would be wearing clothes. Please...answer the door with clothes on. No one wants to see you naked. ESPECIALLY THE MISSIONARIES! That same day we met this lady in her driveway. When we told her who we were she teared up and told us that we were an answer to her prayers. We are meeting with her and her boys this Saturday, and I am super pumped about it!
Sister Gasu also for some reason took us to a bridal shower this week. I don't know why..I'm not trying to think of marriage. #dontsignmeup
The low this week was about 90 degrees. Who knew that I would literally be on my knees crying and thanking Heavenly Father for 90 degree weather?
ALSO I HIT 4 MONTHS THIS WEEK ON FRIDAY, and I just so happen to be going to the temple on Friday with my zone. What better way to spend your 4 month mark? Time is flying by so fast.
1. So I got the best new hat from my wonderful daddy this week.
2. Robert & Haylie's Fam
3. Haylie, Robert, and I :)
4. Sister Young, Aaron, and I #TattoosInTheFONT
5. If anyone ever comes to NEED to go to Bahama Bucks. It's heavenly
Stay Golden everyone! ☀

Round 1 in D-Ridge

HELLO EAST MESA. I am now serving in Desert Ridge in the Stafford Estates, Mountain Ranch, and Meridian Pointe wards. I'm not going to lie I wasn't excited about getting transferred at all, but I'm so glad that I did! I love my old area and it was so hard to say goodbye to everyone, but I feel so much more at home here and it hasn't even been a week yet.
Let's start with my new companion Sister Gasu (Nah-Sue). She is Samoan, and she is probably the funniest person I have ever met in my whole entire life. I honestly didn't know you could get along with your companions like this. We're always laughing. ALWAYS. 
Sister Sprouse, my MTC companion, is in the same house as I am. I'm so excited. This transfer is going to be good. Also Sister Gasu was Sister Condie's last companion. I'm just meant to have all of Sister Condie's old companions I guess. There is this insane body builder in our ward. Her name is Marla Murry. PLEASE look her up. I had dinner with them my first night, and it took everything in me just not to stare at her huge muscles the whole dinner. It was crazy. Also a lady in our ward is the mom of the drummer of the band Lifehouse. I fan girled real hard. 
We were tracting and knocked on this one door. There was a cute little Indian man that talked to us for a good 45 minutes. We honestly got about 5 words in. He thanked us the whole time for coming to visit him. He kept telling us "It is 102 at 2 o clock in the morning. believe me. Trust me. It is so hot here. believe me." As we were standing there drenched in sweat. I believe you so much. He also gave us water bottles that he drank out of! I've never laughed so hard in my life. But hey, at least he was nice. It's the thought that counts..right?
I'm so sorry this email is super short, but all that happened was transfers and the fact that we literally tried not to melt to death. It got up to 120 degrees here. I don't know how people voluntarily come and live in Arizona. It feels like I stepped straight into an oven, and that my skin is going to crust off. 
1. Sister Holbrook and I
3. Tattooed Aaron
4. The Lamb's
5. The Hahn's
6. The Reed's 
7. Sister Roussel (s/o to her because she gave me a cheesecake mix to make me fat.)
8. The "cast" for Moroni's Quest
9. Proof of the HEAT. Literally melting away.
10. Sister Gasu and I