Monday, September 26, 2016

Almost to transfer 6! #week6of6

So this week wasn't really anything special, but it was still amazing because it was another week on the mission.
I learned something this week: The dumb side bags are actually good for 2 things/
1. holding a lot of stuff. Including 8 copies of the Book of Mormon, and a bunch of stuff you don't need.
2. It hides your butt sweat.
I went on exchanges with Sister Angeloudis this week. It's just what I needed! She's hilarious. We had so much fun. I was the designated driver for the day so why not go to Sonic with Sister Farrer and Miller? I haven't laughed that hard on my mission is so long!
Something else I learned this week. Perspective can change the smallest detail into the biggest. I watched the General Women's Session of Conference this weekend and it was so amazing. General Conference is coming up this weekend, and it makes me so happy. Every time I watch it I get a greater appreciation for this gospel and for the fact that we have modern day prophets and apostles.
I love this gospel, and I'm so excited to spend these next 10 months still serving the Lord with my heart, might, mind, and strength.
Have a good week everyone!

1,2, and 3. Exchange pictures. Ignore the double chins.
4. telling knock knock jokes with Lydia
5. lyds. Literally cried when we left their house last night. I want my siblings to love me this much.
6. Inspiration from the prophet

Monday, September 19, 2016

7 months down.

This week was by far one of the best and most interesting weeks of my mission. To start off, Sissy got baptized last night. It was the most spiritual baptism I've been to. She is so amazing. Tons of primary kids and members of the ward came to support her. When she got out of the water and she was changing..she looked at me and said "adeezhí (sister in Navajo), When I came out of the water I could feel the weight being peeled off of me. Like a layer of sin is gone. I'm clean now." I literally balled my eyes out. She has the sweetest spirit about her. I love her with all of my heart.
On a light note..there's a lady not in our area who wanted us to bring her daughter out on visits with us. We were thinking her daughter was 15 or 16. When she dropped her daughter off with us..she was 12. It was the funniest night ever. We felt bad taking her by potentials so we took her to the Tui'One's and made brownies. On our way there her tire got flat. "My bike tire bulges out like my cat does when it lays down." straight quote from Lilly. I almost peed myself I was laughing so hard.
Then at the constitution fair that we helped out with on Saturday night, Selema ( a girl in Sister Sprouse's area) told me that the stain on my white shirt looked like an armpit fart.
This is one of my favorite videos and talks by Jeffery R. Holland. It makes you realize that everything happens for a reason. You need to go down some paths to realize why another is so much better for you. No matter what things happen in your life - good or bad - they're all for a reason. They're all to get you to where you need to be - Closer to our father in Heaven.
I hope that you all have an amazing week.
1. Sister Burton, Sissy, and Myself
2. The missionaries and Sissy! Elder Kenner, the one to the left of Sissy, found her and started the lessons with her
3. The Reeds came!
4. Kenzlie, Avery and Gracie's little sister. She's a psycho, and we love her.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Change is a good thing

Nothing really happened this week. I can say that football season stinks on a mission. People either don't want to talk to you because they're watching the game, or they invite you in to watch the game...which you can't.
Also the best part of my mission was an LBGT LDS Support group FHE that we went to at the Torriente's house 2 weeks ago. It was so much fun! The people there loved that we were there. We made it known that we didn't support their way of life, but that we loved them because they are children of God. One of the guys came up and hugged me and thanked us for being there. He said it was so nice to see real missionaries talking to gays. It made me feel so good. You never know how something so simple could change someone's mind.
So I think everyone who's been on a mission or has had a sibling or child who has gone on a mission knows that missions are hard. This week has definitely been a difficult one. With all things that are hard and try us, they break us down then build us back up. That's what my mission is's building me back up into the person that Heavenly Father wants me to be. It's what every mission - and every trial - will do if you let it.
Change is a good thing. That's one of the biggest lessons that I've learned on my mission. You're supposed to change. That's what we're sent here to do. To change and grow closer to our Father in Heaven so that we can make it back to him one day.
This Saturday I got permission to go to the temple with Sister Koyle. She and I did a session together and ended up in a Spanish session. It was so amazing. It was one of the most spiritual experiences that I've had at the temple. As I was sitting in the Celestial room I cried my eyes out. I know that this gospel is true. I know that we go through trials for a reason. I know that my family can be together for eternity. I KNOW that this gospel can change lives.

1. Sometimes you need to make a hair change.
2. One of my favorite quotes by President Uchtdorf

Monday, September 5, 2016

3rd week of the 5th transfer

So nothing really exciting this week happened. We went to the old people's home on Thursday like we do every week. When we had to leave I leaned over to give Mrs. Sylvia a hug. She grabbed my bottom and yelled "WOW! You have a firm butt. Boys. Her butt is reeeaaal firm." Literally the most embarrassing moment of my life thanks to an 80 year old. 
Our fav ward mission leader got up in church yesterday and mentioned us in his heartfelt testimony. It made me tear up.
Word for word is what he said. "Our sisters are weird. One likes potato flavored ice cream and potato chips. The other is from Mississippi and should be from Malaysia because you can't understand a word she says." Wonderful words from Brother Boone, and definitely picks up the member trust. haha
A miracle that did happen this week is that Sister B and I were biking down a street both of us were prompted to go down. We ended up talking to this amazing guy, Paul about the gospel. He is in the marines and is getting shipped off to the middle east in 2 weeks. He told us to come back and talk to him before he leaved. We're going to write our testimonies in a Book of Mormon and give it to him the next time we see him!
Wise words from Sister K: Be a pineapple. 
Stay Golden everyone, and remember that Jesus loves you ☀