Monday, March 27, 2017

You had me at Gilbert

This week was super sad. Sister Anderson went home! sending a companion home is hard, but it's even more hard after you've been together for almost 5 months. 
But I got a new companion this week, which is super fun! Her name is Sister Johnston, and she's from Great Falls, Montana! She's been out for 4 months. She's pretty rad. 
This week we had the General Women's session of conference. It was so amazing! I love listening to the Apostles and Prophet of our Father in Heaven. The Second Counselor in the General Primary Presidency shared this scripture. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” then she went on to say :"When we spiritually lean to our own understanding, we lean away from our Savior. If we lean, we are not centered; we are not balanced; we are not focused on Christ. …We must each ask: How do I keep centered and lean not to my own understanding? How do I recognize the voice of the Savior when the voices of the world are so compelling? How do I cultivate trust in the Savior?" and it got me thinking about these questions..and am I REALLY focusing on the Savior and leaning on His teachings? Let us always remember to follow the example of our Savior and His teachings. I know that because Christ suffered for our sins..that we have a built in friend. We always have someone to talk to about the trials we go through, because He has felt the same pains and joys that we have. 

1. Last Pday
2. LoLo's Chicken and Waffles
3. Last Zone. Of course I was talking in the picture. 
4. Just hanging with the Elders.
5. One eyed willie
6. Sister Johnson and myself

Monday, March 20, 2017

13 Months Down. D Ridge Round 5.

This week was so much fun. We had FHA, Family home afternoon, which is where all of the elders and sisters in the zone get together and we eat and play games. It was super rad. 
The next day, Thursday, I went on exchanges with Sister Allison in Florence. It's been my dream my whole mission to get sent to Florence, and it looks like Thursday was my only chance. hahah but at least I can say I served a day in the FloZone. It's just super humbling, and what I thought I'd be serving in. But I love where I'm at! 
Sister Anderson is going home to Tennessee tomorrow, and I'm super bummed. But I know that my new companion is going to be amazing; I find out who my new companion is on Wednesday!
Last night there was a New Member fireside, which is where new members come and tell their conversion story. Super awesome surprise...I GOT TO SEE SISSY! One of my converts from when I was in Highland. I love her with all of my heart. She's the cutest thing in the world. 
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Here's one of my favorite quotes from our prophet, Thomas S. Monson:
"I have been thinking recently about choices. It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. The choices we make determine our destiny.  May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that choice—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice." 
1. tracting signs. 
2,3. FHA
4,5,6. District !.
7. Elder Green's dying wish was for us to take this picture. 
9. National Corndog Day
 The elders got a hold of my camera.

                                                          Our zone leader's voicemail

Monday, March 13, 2017

There's a hole in my bucket, Dear Liza.

This week we went to the temple with our zone! It was so much fun. Here in the AZ GIL, we have a tradition where we go to Kneaders afterwards and get the all you can eat french toast. Each zone "competes" to see which zone can eat the most....we definitely didn't win. 
We had dinner with one of our bishops this week, and we played 4 square with his family! It was so much fun! 
My companion and I went to breakfast with Stephanie Moore and her Sister Shay. 
It was so fun to see someone that I know, and to catch up! 
Diane, our 80 year old investigator, is on date for APRIL 1ST!! 
We're so so excited. She told us that she knows without a doubt that this is what she wants to do. She came to church yesterday, and she was cracking me up the whole entire time. She was commentating on everything everyone was saying. She's a savage. We're teaching her the rest of the lessons this week. 
Her daughter got baptized when she was 16, but we can't find her church records, and if we can't find them by the time of Diane's baptism..her daughter said she wants to get baptized again. If we can't find them..that means she's not a member. So we'll see what happens! Either's going to be an absolutely amazing day. 
It's been about 80-90 degrees each day this week, and we've been tracting, knocking door to door, about twice as much as we normally I have some pretty rad tan lines! 

I hope that everyone has an amazing week, and remember that YOU are a child of our Heavenly Father. He loves each one of us unconditionally, and that we could never do anything to lessen that love for us.



Monday, March 6, 2017

Polly is dead

So this week we had a lesson with our Chinese investigator. He finally prayed outloud in front of us! Which is a huuuuuuge step. He didn't believe in God when we first met him, and now he is starting to. It's amazing to see someone's faith strengthen so much in such a short amount of time. 
We had a lesson with the Allison this week. Her husband is a member, and she has taken  the missionary discussions for at least 7 years, but she's never had sister missionaries before! I loved her lesson this week. We just talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is Faith, Repentance, Baptism, The gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the end. The spirit was so strong during the lesson. I loved it! She said that the information we were telling her..that she just didn't get it before, but that she does now. It's amazing how time can soften someone's heart. 
We helped with our investigator's garage sale. They're moving to Georgia. It's so sad that they're moving, but change is needed sometimes! 
We also had a lesson with a less active in our YSA, Young single adult, ward. He got baptized a year ago, and doesn't know much about the gospel, so we're re teaching him the lessons. It's so fun to teach people our own age! 
In Sunday school yesterday at church someone read the quote to us: "as someone has said, if we do not choose the kingdom of God first, it will make little difference in the long run what we have chosen instead of it." 
This world is crazy. It's super fast pace and focusing on how we look, how many material things we have, and how popular we are.  What matters is that we're happy, that we're following Heavenly Father and His teachings, and that we're immersed in the Gospel. 
I'd rather choose Heavenly Father than to choose the world. 

All pictures: we played at top Golf today as a zone, and we played football this morning. 
Cactus Picture: it has nice little fuzzies on it, so it doesn't look scary. BUT it actually is. I touched the little fuzzies, and they all stuck into my hand. Everything in AZ is meant to kill us.