Monday, August 29, 2016

A moment of silence for Christian

Not a whole lot of stuff happened this week. We moved into a new house, we lost a ward, and the whole mission is switched up. We had 30 new missionaries coming in and not enough areas. So they moved around wards to make new areas. Easy peasy, right? Right.
Well Sissy, our investigator, had a birthday so we helped throw a birthday party for her! All of the 9 year old primary children came and it was so much fun! I love the simple love that they have for Sissy.
On Thursdays we go to the nursing home and help out with them. This Thursday they were dancing and having a party for the birthday people. This old man pulled me out of my chair and started dancing with me. He gave me a kiss on the cheek and told me that I was beautiful. I just told him thanks and that it was too bad that I was about 60 years younger than he was. He laughed and laughed.
That's about all that happened.
So that tad pole Sister B and I found in the irrigation water? He jumped out of his jar and dried up on the ground. So Christian is no longer.  That's what we get for keeping a pet. haha
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” —James 1:5–6
All we have to do is turn to our Father in Heaven for peach and comfort. He will help us with anything. He is always there. Always.

Well have an amazing week everyone! and stay golden! ☀

1&2. Our old zone
3. First night of the new transfer (I was really upset because my face mask just made me look greasy)
4. Our house group. Plus my #1. Janelle
5. This video shows how weird the Highland elders are.
6. Sister B, Sissy, and I
7. Brother and Sister Anderson. Squawman and my fellow native❤

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sisters B & K round 2

Sister Burton and I made it through a transfer! We are staying together. The bad thing about the huge amount of elders that are coming that we have to move houses. We're going to move in with 4 other sisters. Bless us. 
"Sissy: "You guys....I want to get baptized before my birthday."
Us: "Sissy..when is your birthday?"
Sissy: "It's on Tuesday."
Us: "Us sissy..that's 4 days away."
Well..Sissy won't be getting baptized on Tuesday, but she's getting baptized on September 10th! I love her with all of my heart. 
On Tuesday I went on exchanges with Sister Sowa and we went to a crazy zoo. It was so much fun! 
The highlight of my week was that Aaron, my investigator from my first area, his dad got baptized this week!! You never know how the gospel will change someone's life. It's so amazing to see how the gospel spreads like wildfire. 
We had a mission choir last night. In the middle of one of our songs I saw my cousin, Kevyn, and her husband walk in. I started balling my eyes out. It was so good seeing a familiar face from home! 

Have an amazing week everyone! I'm sorry my email is so short, but there's a lot of things going on today. 
This is from a song Sister B and I listened to today " whatever tomorrow brings whether fire or pouring rain..We won't be shaken." I feel like we could all use that in our lives. Don't let anything shake you. Stay firm in the faith!
1. Kevyn and I
2. Sister Ledua, E Schroder, E. Mckight, and I this morning.
3. S Young, Myself, Aaron, his daddy, S Farrar, and S Rasmussen at Aaron's dad's baptism
4. Just getting my start on being a cat lady
5. my new kid
6. My surprise lunch dates last week :) 

Monday, August 15, 2016

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 20, too

See what I did there?
This week has been so amazing! We picked up 5 new investigators, and one of them is on date. Aaron, a guy who got baptized in my first area, his dad is in the area right next to my new area...and he's getting baptized this weekend! The Lord really works miracles when you do everything that you're supposed to.
This week we had FHA with our zone. It was so much fun. These guys are such weirdos, but it makes it fun!
I'm also hitting my slump day this Wednesday (6 months). It's insane how much time flies by when you're doing what you're supposed to.
I'm so thankful for my trails and for everyone who has helped me get to where I am today. Thank you for all who have put up with me, who believed in me when I didn't believe in myself, who taught me and helped me get on a mission. I'm so glad that I'm here on a mission. There's no where else I'd rather be, and I couldn't imagine not having all of these people in my life.
I've gained such a strong testimony since I've been out. In these short 6 months I've gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon, eternal families, the restoration of the gospel, and of the Temple. I know that all of these things were put here on the earth so that we could use them fully and get back to our Father in Heaven one day. I'm so glad that I'm in Arizona, even though it's a million degrees, teaching people about these things and helping them come closer to our Savior.
Also huge shout out to my angel mother who grew me for 9 months, and has taken care of me for 240 months. Also the best thing my companion has ever told me about turning 20 is:"You should be really proud of yourself. You made it past your teens. That means you made it out of the teen pregnancy statistics." Thank you Sister, B.
"When something doesn't seem to be going just right. We stay in. We keep working. We keep believing.Keep trusting, following that same path, and we will live to fall in His arms and feel His embrace and hear Him say, "I told you it would be OK. I told you it would be all right."
1. My Zone.
2. Sister Burton and I met Satan this week. (The cat..not the little girl).
3. The Silos!
4,5,6,&7. What a birthday looks like at 5:30 am. Excuse the ugly

Monday, August 8, 2016

Arizona Gilbert Mission: The Real Hunger Games

This week was also super rad. I got to go on exchanges with Sister Sprousie. It was so much fun being with my MTC companion!
Sister Burton and I were knocking on a door of a group home, and we met a super skinny black guy named Anthony. He told us "You may have heard of me. My nickname is Gucci. I'm big on Itunes and youtube." He also asked me to give him a shout out. So here's my shoutout to Gucci.
He told us he wants to get his life back in order and find Christ so that he can get his daughter back, and so that he can start making a Christian album. So we're going back on Tuesday to talk to him. Our goal is to help him with his new album. Gucci ft. the Sista Missionaries.
On Saturday, Sister Burton and I got to go to a temple sealing for one of her less actives in her first area. It was the most amazing experience that I've ever had. I have never felt the spirit so strongly before. It really built my testimony up on temple marriages and the power the temple ordinances have.
While we were biking some crazy lady pulled us was Sister Reed from my first area! She was just driving back to Queen Creek from visiting her mom! It's crazy things like that that make the week so much better :)
To pass the time while we bike..Sister B and I tell eachother about movies that we've never seen. Last week she told me about Day and Night. This week I've told her about Titanic, and now we're on the Notebook.
This is what my mom had to say about it: "It makes me think of the Hunger Games.
You are serving time in different districts because you volunteered for our family to go out for 18 months. You're locked in a bunker together and out recruiting more soldiers for your battle, armed with your messenger bag and scriptures. The grueling heat, naked men answering doors, and illnesses are your obstacles. But you keep fighting through all the while telling each other about movies you've never seen."
I hope everyone has an amazing week! Stay Golden and remember that we are all made in God's image and that He has an undying perfect love for us! 1 John 5:2 "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments."
1. Sister Sprouse and I tried to play darts...guess which dart is mine?2. Sister Reed and I 3. Before splits4. Sister Burton and I have a temporary house guest, Christian. We found him when the irrigation came in. He's staying until he grows legs. 


Monday, August 1, 2016

Blood, sweat, and tears.

So this week was pretty rad. Tuesday started off with a blood drive. I wish I could say that I was hard core while giving blood, but I definitely let out a scream when he up the needle into my arm. I also fell asleep when I was giving blood. haha
Tuesday night Sister Kranc came with me on exchanges. We were sitting on the beds and we look up and there was a huge cockroach. While she was trying to catch it in a jar a spider the size of my palm came out from behind the curtains! It's safe to say that she and I freaked out and definitely slept in the living room that night.
Thursday night Sister Wheeler, the Mission President's wife, came out with us on splits. She is the cutest thing ever! She went tracting with us and was so embarrassed when a 70 year old man came to the door shirtless. What she doesn't realize is that happens way more often than it should.
On Friday our whole zone went to the Gilbert Temple. I loved it so much. It's definitely what I needed to make it through this next 3 weeks. So this beautiful picture of the sunset isn't really a sunset. Sister Burton and I stopped to take a picture of it, and realized that it was a dust storm! We biked as fast as we could to the Tui'one's house. Good thing we ended up there for a while..she filled me full of cheesecake. Let's see how big I can get on my mission. Yesterday we were visiting a new family in the ward and I felt kind of sick. I went to their bathroom and threw up all over. I don't think my body agrees with the heat. I hope everyone has an amazing week. Remember to go hard or go home! But don't really go home. Stay golden. ☀
If we have faith in Jesus Christ, the hardest as well as the easiest of times in life can be a blessing. In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidance of the Spirit. We have the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape and guide our lives if we choose it. We never need feel that we are alone or unloved in the Lord's service because we never are.
1. Giving blood..I don't think I'll do that again.
2. Sister Kranc and I
3. The dust storm "sunset"
4. rad picture of the Gilbert Temple during the lightning storm
5. It's safe to say that Sister Kranc and I got really scared. Also we'd do great in a horror movie