Monday, October 31, 2016

daily excersise: walk with Jesus, run from satan

I think I'm in love with Arizona. It's the most beautiful place I've been. Who would ever think that they'd say that about the desert and cactus? haha 
This week we had about 23 service hours. I miss doing service so much!
It's the best feeling in the world to serve others. 
Okay other things that have happened this week: 
We helped someone build a haunted house. 
We had family home afternoon with the zone at our part member's house. It was so much fun! So for that we just eat food, play games, and have a spiritual thought. It's so good to just hang out with the Elders and Sisters. 
So as missionaries we watch a video series called "The District". There are 3 different series. In the District 2 there's an elder, Elder Murray, and I met him last night! It was like meeting a celebrity. haha The things missionaries get excited about. 
Since today is Halloween we have a weird pday. We had to go out and visit people from 10-12, then from 12-6 is pday,  then from 6-9 we get to go to (have to go to) San Tan to watch a movie with the San Tan zone. It should be a lot of fun, but I sure do miss going and trick or treating with my WHOLE family. I'll be home before we all know it. 
Next week our Pday is on Wednesday because a General 70 is coming and doing trainings on Monday and Tuesday.
EXCITING NEWS! Sissy went to the temple for the first time and did baptisms! It was so spiritual and so amazing. she didn't know I was coming..so when she walked into the temple and saw me..she ran up to me and gave me a big hug. She thanked me over and over again in Navajo. I love that lady with all of my heart. 
Being able to see someone go into the temple for the first time is the best thing in the world. 
I love the Savior. I love this gospel, and I'm so glad that I made the decision to go on a mission. 
I hope everyone has a good week! Stay golden.

Alma 26:16

1. My Zone. 
2. sissy and I in front of the temple (I was blocking the sun for her)
3. I found this at a member's house. 
4&5. The goats really dig me. 
6. We may have gotten into the Nebeker's Halloween costumes









Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 4 of transfer 6

This week we didn't do anything really. We did go to the Nebeker's and help her make blankets for Newborns in Need. While we were there we may or may not have gotten into her Halloween costumes. 
We got into a less active's home and talked to her for THREE hours, and we have a return appointment with her on Tuesday. 
Another less active family asked us today if we could start the lessons with them. That's a HUGE miracle. 
We go to an old folk's home every single week. There's an old man named Dave there, he goes by Defense Dave. He started talking to me about the Mississippi State - BYU game and started balling his eyes out. I asked him what was wrong. He told me he just loves football and God so much. 
It made me think..What's really important to me?
The Savior, my family, this gospel, the temple, and the Atonement. 
It's hard sometimes to focus on what's really important in our lives. It's hard not to focus on the crazy things that are happening in the world right now, but
I know that if we take time in our every day lives to realize what's most important, and not worry about the little things, then we will have more joy and happiness in our lives.
"I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us."
- Thomas S. Monson. 
Always remember to look up and to remember what's most important. 
I hope everyone has an amazing week! 

1. We talked Elder Bray into putting on boots with us at service
2&3. At the Nebeker's
4. Perching



Monday, October 17, 2016

8 MONTHS OLD #AlmostHalfway

Today I have been out for 8 months. Time is flying by so fast. I love and hate it all at the same time. This week has been so much fun! We went to this farm that we volunteer at every other week, and I got pooped on by a bird and peed on by a horse. Things are looking up for me guys. 
This week we helped out with the Special Olympics. It was so much fun! We spent 4 hours on Friday with the aquatics, and on Saturday we spend 8 hours with softball and aquatics. It was so amazing. I love people with special needs. They're so much more close to our savior than we are, and they always help lift my spirits. 
I think I've spent more time doing service in other missions than I have in my own. This week we were in the Mesa mission, and 2 weeks ago we were in the Tempe mission  helping out with the scouts. The perks of having the smallest pross mission in the world. 
Today we went to Top Golf with our district. It was so much fun, and definitely a fun way to spend my mission birthday. Elders are so much fun, and they're even more fun when they don't know how to golf. haha 
On a really upsetting note. The clowns that have been on the news? There are clowns in the park that we bike through ever night. Who's a basket case and scared to death? This Sister Missionary. Don't worry. Sister Macie has a good set of fists on her. 

Well I hope everyone has an amazing week! Remember the Savior in all that you do. 
https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/abide-with-me-1

This is one of my favorite Mormon Messages. I love it so much. Remember, when life gets too hard to stand...kneel. Heavenly Father is always there to listen. 



1. Elder Vest found an Elder Cullen
2. The Action Van on the way to the special olympics
3. Our district at Top Golf today!
4&5. I found some cats
6. I also found a snake
7,8,9. My beautiful companion and I 
10. The crew in my old house
 
 



















 

Monday, October 10, 2016

TVZ ROUND 1

Transferred again. This time to Temple View Zone. 
This is my 4th area in 8 months. I'm either doing something really right or really wrong.
Sister Macie is the most rad person I've met. This area doesn't know what's hitting them. 2 southerners in one companionship? It's already been a lot of sass and southern drawl. 
This little week has been so good. I love my new area, my zone, and my companion. 
So Tuesday night I went to teach Gracie and Avery a lesson. They're going to get baptized on November 6th!! I'm so so excited. Wednesday night we ran into a guy at the park and we're going to start teaching. 
On Thursday a guy and his mom came to a farm that we do service at. He's paralyzed on one side of his body. We got him up on a horse and he rode it! then he walked a horse. It was so amazing. There are little miracles all over the place. You just have to open your eyes and look for them.
This is going to be an amazing transfer. 

“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
- Walt Disney company

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/jeffrey-r-holland_remember-lots-wife/
take time to read this talk by Jeffery R. Holland. It's one of my favorites. I read it at least once a week.
1. 2.  Saying goodbye to my Sissy
3. Highland Zone. 
4. Sister Macie and I 
5. Loving on Jake and Cooper
6. I'm getting good at this biking stuff
7. My Hull girls
8. Fishing?







 

Monday, October 3, 2016

It's been real Highland

This week has definitely been an amazing one.
2 Pday's ago we tie dyed shirts together, last Pday we had a talent show, and this Pday we're playing games together. This zone is so rad. Too bad I'm leaving.
This week I went on exchanges with Sister Rigby in my area. We were biking and came across a member we've been trying to get in with for a while. He is Hispanic and was going on and on about how there are no Hispanic members in this ward. I looked at him and said "Brother Sanchez..you do know that there is a Spanish ward and that's where most of them go to..right?" He got so upset that he didn't know there was a Spanish ward. Poor man.
Sister B and I were tracking and the ONLY person that opened the door talked to us for about 45 minutes about marijuana and the presidential debate. He went on and on. I bet each of us got 1 word in. After he was done he thanked us for the chat and closed the door. It was the best OYM I've had on my mission. haha
One of the most awkward things that's happened my whole mission: last Sunday there was a primary program in one of our wards. One of the member's of our ward had here sister and her fiance there with her. He was one of the guys that I went on some dates with at BYUI. It's too small of a world!
On a spiritual note: Conference was this weekend. How amazing was that? If you didn't get a chance to watch General Conference..PLEASE go do it! One of the quotes that really stood out to me was from President Uchtdorf. It said something around the lines of "We walk a path of diamonds, but we can barely distinguish them from pebbles."
It's amazing how true and sad that is. Do we truly appreciate this gospel and all that we have, or do we take it for granted? This week try and take the time to look at the good things in your life rather than the bad and to truly appreciate the gospel in your life. The good is all around us. We just need to stop and take time to appreciate everything that Heavenly Father has given us. I know that when I do that..I feel so much better. I feel more joy and happiness. All of us can feel that if we just stop and take time.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
1&2.  Highland Zone
3. just a little bit of the "talent" show last week.
4. Me as a piece of toast. #stillsnapping