Monday, June 19, 2017

Isn't it great to be a Latter-Day Saint?

This morning I woke up and realized that this is the last morning I will get up and put my name tag on. This is the day I've been looking forward to and dreading my whole mission. Looking forward to seeing my family, and dreading it because I won't be a full time set apart missionary anymore. I've loved every single second of my insane mission. Every slammed door, every rejection, every disappointment, and every bad day was worth it. 100%. It was worth it because of the few people that would listen, who touched my life and helped make me the person that I am today. It was worth it because of the knowledge I've gained of this amazing gospel, because of the missionaries, members, and people I've come in contact with. I don't think I could ever thank Heavenly Father enough for the experiences that I've had on my mission.

This week has been absolutely amazing and full of miracles. We met 8 people last night and got return appointments with all of them. On Saturday morning Jude Rukavina got baptized! Saturday night Debbi (Dianne's daughter) got baptized. It's so amazing to see and think about all of the missionaries and people who have been in their lives that have planted seeds to help them get to where they are today. Saturday was the best way to end my mission. I definitely love baptisms and the wonderful spirit that we feel there at them. 

I am so grateful for my knowledge of this gospel and for this restored gospel on this earth today. I love our Savior and His willing sacrifice for us so that we can continue to be better people. I know that our families are the most important things to us here on this earth. My family is the most important thing to me besides this gospel. I'm so thankful that Heavenly Father gives us families and gives us the opportunity to be sealed to our families for eternity. I know that Heavenly Father gave us a prophet on this earth today to lead and guide us to where we need to be so that we can become closer to our Heavenly Father. I love this gospel, and I can never say that enough, and I could never express enough gratitude to our Heavenly Father. I love you all and I hope you have an amazing week. Always remember to turn to the Savior and our Heavenly Father. They will always love us and be there for us.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus

I'm honestly in shock that this is my last week on my mission. 
It feels like a dream, that I'm not coming home. 
This week I got to go on exchanges with Sister Olsen and Sister Miller while my companions went to a meeting. They're absolutely adorable! We had the best time. It's fun to go around and be with different companionships in the mission, and to see how everyone works and teaches differently. 
This week it got up to 110. I'm not happy to leave my mission, but I am happy that I get out of Arizona before it gets above 110. 
On Saturday Sister Allison went to Queen Creek for the day, and Sister Bischoff came out with Sister Sperry and I! It was a big party. We had YSA stake conference Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. It was so awesome to hear our mission president speak, ysa stake president, and YSA stake members speak and talk to us about how they feel the spirit, and how we can better follow our Savior. I'm going to miss going to 9 hours of church a week. I can't believe that I just wrote that, but Sunday's are one of the best days. Every Sunday I've had 3 to 4 wards to go to, and it feels so wonderful to sit in church and reflect on what the Savior has done for us. I love our Father in Heaven for being willing to send His only Begotten Son here for us, and I love the Savior for being so willing to come here, set up His church, and to suffer in the garden of Gethsemane and die on the cross for us so that we can repent and become better.
Always Remember Him. and remember What shall we give in return for so much? 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I'm Cruising

 This week has been absolutely wonderful.
We had the amazing opportunity to hear from Elder Pearson of the 70 this week. Monday morning we had a leadership meeting with him, yesterday we had a zone conference with him all day, and this morning we had another leadership meeting. It was the most amazing experience to hear from a disciple of the Lord. I can't believe all of the revelation and counsel that we've gotten. It's all so much to take in. I wish I would've gotten this counsel BEFORE the end of my mission. It's okay though, because I can take it with me throughout life. 
Some of my favorite quotes from Elder Pearson in the past 3 days are "When you demonstrate dependability, He will increase your capability. It's not about your ability. It's about your availability."
and "True Doctrine understood changed attitudes and behavior more than a study of behavior does."
This goes for missionaries, but it also goes for members. If we just put our mind to what we know the Lord knows we can do..we can accomplish anything. He will make up for what we lack. He's there to help us with anything. 
One thing I've noticed the most on my mission is my change in attitude, and it's all because of this wonderful restored gospel.It's because I take the time each and every day to study the gospel and try to learn and apply it to my life. I try to figure out what Heavenly Father wants for me and wants me to do. Because I take the time to align my will with the Savior's and Heavenly Father's..I am full of peace and happiness. It's the best way that I know how to describe it, and I want to share it with the WORLD! 
So this week Sister Allison had a baptism in Florence, so we got to go tag along. I love going to baptisms and feeling the strong spirit that goes along with it. when Kade came up out of the water he fist bumped the air and just yelled "YEAH!". That's exactly how I feel about the gospel. It's so awesome, and there just aren't enough rad words to describe how I feel about it. 
On Sunday night we had 2 dinners because I accidentally over booked us, but neither of the dinners knew we had the other. Well, we ended up having the same exact things at each dinner. I guess that's a good problem to have. 
I got to go on exchanges with Sisters Bischoff and Marbery. They're in one of my old areas, and I got to teach one of my old investigators! She's getting baptized in July. It's so awesome to see people I've worked with make steps closer to the gospel. It's awesome to see where people end up in their lives.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Trio Power

Hello! So this week has been super crazy and fun. 
I'm in a trio with Sisters Allison and Sperry! They're the best. 
I've seriously had the time of my life with them this past week! 
Last Monday I went to dinner with the Torriente's. They're so nuts, but so so fun. Definitely one of my fav families. 
Anyway. This week we had family home afternoon with my zone, and we just played games and had tons of fun! 
This week we had an appointment with a lady, Nedre, to come look at her house because she wanted us to come look at her paint or something really weird. SO I just started talking to her about my family and how amazing I think family history is, and asked her if she's done any family history. So we hooked her up with an account on familysearch and I showed her how to do family history! She was so amazing. haha. Missionary work is way easier than people think. 
Sister Sperry and I went on exchanges with Sister Cruse on Saturday, and it was a blast! Sister Cruse and Sperry together crack me up. 
Sisters Allison and Sperry roped me into speaking at church with them on Sunday. 
It wasn't as bad as I thought, but it's because all we had to do was talk about missionary work! 
I seriously love my mission and everyone that I've worked with. My mission is definitely a blessing in my life. I don't know where I would be without it. My mission, the experiences that I've had out here, and the people that I've met have impacted me and changed me way more than I've helped anyone else. Our Heavenly Father is amazing in how He makes everything work out. 
“Kindness is the essence of celestial life. Kindness is how Christlike person treats others. Kindness should permeate all of our words and actions at work, at school, at church, and especially in our homes."

Monday, May 22, 2017

Donde están las vacas?

This week was absolutely amazing! 
Beth, from my last area, was baptized. It was so spiritual and amazing, but so is every other baptism that I've been to. 
It's amazing to see someone being completely willing to change their life and turn it over to our Heavenly Father. 
This week we went to the temple with our zone. It was so wonderful! It's always nice to get spiritually recharged after we spend so long trying to teach other people. 
Our investigator, Eric, is an awesome guy! When I first met him...he told me he was completely atheist, and didn't believe there could be a God. Here we are two weeks later, and he told us that he thinks there could be a God, and that he definitely knows that there is a higher power. 
How awesome is that?! He prays and reads his scriptures every day. 
It's so wonderful to see the change in others. 
Every Sunday I read my scriptures during I don't fall asleep. Because 8 hours of church is really hard. So while I was reading this week I came across a scripture in Alms 34:41 that says "but that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions" This scripture hit me so hard. All we have to do is be patient and rely on the Lord, and He WILL help us. He will always help us as long as we turn to Him.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Just hanging in Oakland and Compton

I got transferred to the Higley Zone! 
I'm over the Summerfield, Higley, and Lyon's Gate wards. I love them so much! 
My new companion is Sister Patrick, and she's pretty rad. She's from Ohio, and she went to BYU Hawaii. 
My new zone is awesome, and it's fun that I've served around a lot of them before. 
We have 11 neighborhoods, and 3 wards. Bless this mess. Sister P told me that she and I would be biking around 40 or more miles a day. I thought she was I wish she was joking. We're in an all biking area. HELP. 
This week was really just meeting all of the bishops and leaders of the ward. 
So small miracles from this week. On the day of transfers, this old man came up to me and told me that our Zone Leaders lived with him. Turns out..this man served his mission in Hattiesburg, Mississippi when my Grandpa Lonnie was stake president!! He knows tons and tons of my family. 
On Friday Sister P and I were tracting in our Lyon's Gate neighborhood, and someone pulled up in their car beside us. It was Marie Miller, the mom of two of the girls I taught in Highland - Gracie and Avery! She told me that their inactive dad lives 2 streets down from us, and that the girls would be with him for 2 or 3 weeks in June! I'm so excited to surprise those girls I can't stand it. 
Those are some of my small miracles. 
On Saturday we went back to my old area to go to Dianne Whitecloude's memorial (we're not allowed to call it a funeral). It was so wonderful to hear stories about her when she was younger. After the memorial, President Lowder went to Dianne's family and told them to write their name down if they'd like to hear what the missionaries have to say, and talk to them for just an hour. 5 people wrote their names down. It's amazing how teaching ONE person impacts so many other lives. 
I've been able to see that lately as I've gotten further and further out on my mission. Things connect. Lives connect. There are no such thing as coincidences. Heavenly Father makes everything happen in our lives for a reason. We don't know it at the time, but as we look back at all the pieces that have fallen into place..we realize it. Keep your heads up and keep moving forward!