Monday, February 27, 2017

"You guys don't proselyte do you?"

If I got a dollar every time someone asked me this question..I'd be rich. 
Yes, we do proselyte. I think you're thinking of tracting, ya know, going door to door, we do that as well.
This week has been so much fun! 
We had zone conference, which is when a group of missionaries get together and we get to have training from our mission president. 
We talked about the Doctrine of Christ, which is faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. 
I love that Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to the earth to set up this Gospel. These few things are given to us so that as we do them, we can constantly become better and more close to our Father in Heaven. 
I'm so thankful that we have infinite number of chances to become better people. 
The next day we had interviews with our mission president. It's so much fun to be able to talk to our mission president and his wife one on one and get to know them better! 
We were at dinner the other night with this rad family, and I was sitting by their 7 year old son. He poked me on the head and lifted up his shirt sleeve, and said "hey..hey..so uuuuhh do you want to feel how big my muscles are?" I lost it and died laughing! The dad just told me that his son is prepping me for when I get home from my mission. 

Remember! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love you beyond words, and they will NEVER leave you alone.
https://www.lds.org/liahona/2017/02/as-i-have-loved-you?lang=eng&_r=1&cid=HP_TU_14-2-2017_dPFD_fLHNA_xLIDyL2-1_

1-5. Here are pictures of me and my rad zone. We went ice staking last week. 
6. I missed my cactus picture last week..so here we go. 
This is a dead cactus. Dont worry..if you touch it..it will still poke you and make you cry. 






 

Monday, February 20, 2017

One Year Down.

So this week was pretty raaad (but when are my weeks not rad?) 1. because it was Arizona's birthday. 2. I celebrated my year mark! 

On Valentine's day we had a lesson with Mariah. It's awesome to see people progress even after they've joined the church! We got to go to the Rockin R Ranch with Brother and Sister Reed! It was so much fun. It's this cute little Western dinner theatre! We went to the soup kitchen as normal, and this week I was helping hand the food out instead of being in the back making boxes of food for people. It took everything inside of me not to bust out in tears. I think I, and a lot of other people, take for granted that we have a house, food, and water. That we don't have to worry about where our next meal comes from. These people don't have that, and it makes me feel like a horrid person because I take for granted everything that I have..even as a missionary. Let us all remember and be thankful for everything that we have! (Alma 26:11,12,&16)

We haven't heard from one of our less active members, Debbie, for a few weeks now, and the other day she asked us if we could come over and give her a lesson. We did, and her non member mom had moved in with her. Her mom, Diana, told us that she has been meeting with the Elders in Apache Junction, and that she wants to get baptized! So we're going to finish teaching Diana and baptize her! It's amazing how Heavenly Father works. 
Thinks are looking up! Well..besides Sister Anderson peacing out soon. 
We had a mission fireside last night..where recent converts came up and bore their testimonies of the gospel and shared their conversion stories of how they came to know that this church was true. I definitely needed it. Sometimes you need a kick in the hiney to remind you of how much you love what you know. I know that this is the true gospel on the earth today. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us so much, and that they would do anything for us to come to them. I know that none of us are really ever lost. We're always in the sight of our God, and He is always waiting for us to come back to Him. I know that there is an prophet on the earth today that helps guide us to where our Father in Heaven wants us to be. 

I hope everyone has an amazing week! 

1. package from Aunt Shonda :) 
2-4. My babe companion and myself
5. ONE YEAR PICTURE
6-8. Burning my skirt and shirt






















Monday, February 13, 2017

85&FINE

HEEEELLO EVERYONE! Everything is so rad. I love my mission, my insane companion, this gospel, and AYZEE. I'm dying that this is Sister Anderson's last transfer. I can't see myself being with another companion, but we don't have to worry about that mess for another 5 weeks. 
Anyway! Sister Anderson and I thought we were going to have a productive transfer day this transfer. Well we were 100% wrong. We went to the dentist and spent a good 3 hours there because she had surprise work that needed to be done. Then we went to the soup kitchen. I love the soup kitchen so much! I love the feeling that I get when I serve others. 
On Friday I got volunteered to go to a 6 week training meeting with the new sister in our zone, Sister Sperry. It was so much fun! We haven't had a training in a long time, and it was so nice to be reminded and pumped up on what I'm doing here as a missionary and a servant of the Lord. We had a lesson with Avalyn this week! She's the cutest little girl ever. Well, this week she told us that she wants to get baptized! I'm so excited. Also I told her if she prayed..I'd play a game with her. haha 
On Saturday we went to Amy's Refuge Farm and played with the animals again! That night we helped with the Pinewood Derby races. Those things are so serious. I don't think I realized that before my mission. These boys were savage while they were racing their cars. 
My wonderful companion volunteered us to give talks in church, so we both spoke yesterday, and good news! I didn't throw up or pass out, but I did cry a little bit. 
So since I'm going to be with sister Anderson until March..that means I'm going to be Junior Companion for 13 months of my mission. I'm still not sure if that's a good or a bad thing yet. 
This week it got up to 85 degrees, and I'M LOVING IT! Heavenly Father knew what He was doing when He sent me to Arizona. 

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/a-witness-of-god?lang=eng
This is a General Conference talk by Elder Anderson that I had to base my talk off of. I love it so incredibly much! Here's a little bit of what he says: "I suggest that you stop feeling guilty about any insufficiency you think you have in sharing the gospel. Rather, pray “to stand as [a witness] of God.” This is a much stronger motivation than guilt."

1-3. Sister Anderson and I 
4. Happy VDAY. 
5. Avalyn showing me how to play Watch Ya Mouth
6. This is a furry cactus. It looks like it's nice a cuddly. It doesn't look like it could do a lot of harm, BUT if you touch it tons and tons of little prinkly things get into your hands. Trust me.








 
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Transfer 9 of 12. D Ridge round 4.

This week was so amazing! I know I say that every week, but the mission gets better and better each week. ALSO I'M STAYING IN DRIGE WITH SISTER ANDERSON!! I'm so pumped!
Well we had a lesson with a referral the Elders gave us. She is absolutely amazing! Her name is Cynthia, and she has 2 children. Her little boy freaks out whenever he sees us and gives me Pokemon cards. It's so cute! Well, we taught Cynthia the first lesson, which is the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and she was so in awe the whole time we taught her. When I shared the First Vision with her..she teared up and was grinning ear to ear. It's amazing the little things we take for granted that we grow up knowing. Like reading the scriptures, prayer, our relationship with God.
We went to dinner with one of the members we've been teaching, Rob. Well we went to this ghetto Chinese Buffet (which made my WHOLE life) and Rob brought a date. haha it was the best dinner I've had my whole mission. Sister Anderson and I tried raw fish, sushi, and octopus. I may not be in a foreign mission, but we sometimes eat like we are. 
We went to visit a less active (who's a complete bro) with one of our ward missionaries, while we were talking to him our ward mission leader and the stake mission leader showed up. Talk about being lead by the spirit. Great minds think alike.
We went to Amy's Animal Farm this Saturday as a zone. She rescues all kinds of pets. Alpacas, pigs, and really anything you can think of. This lady put on me one of those papoose things you put a baby in, and put a baby goat in it. The goat ended up peeing on me, BUT I was happier than a pig in the mud when I was holding that kid. 

I LOVE this gospel with all of my heart! I may not know everything, but I'm learning each and every day. We watched the Joseph Smith movie with one of our recent converts, and even though I've watched it about 50 times on my mission..it STILL and always will amaze me at everything the early Saints went through to follow the Savior and to be members of this church.
 https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/testimony-of-the-book-of-mormon-2
Stay amazing everyone! 

1&2. Our ratchet zone
3. The kid I got to hold
4. EVERY time we see the elders. I scream and get so excited...and then I realize I'm a missionary, too. 
5. My ratty companion. I'm actually jealous that I can't ride my bike with no hands. 

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