Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Transfer Week - Movin' On

"Transfer week is finally here. I will be serving in.....BRIDGEPORT WV! With Sister H, the sister who CALLED ME the weekend of my farewell to welcome me to the mission. Isn't that hilarious?! I keep serving with sisters that knew me somehow before the mission. Strange. I'm being zig zagged all over the mission, started in the middle, went to the bottom, now back up to the top haha I love the change!"
"Welp I have officially been out for 6 months. Those months have FLOWN. I do not even understand where all of this time is going. It's so sad yet so exciting at the same time."

"HAHA way funny story- this happened this morning. We locked ourselves out of our apartment, and left our keys and our phone inside. We had no idea what to do. It was wild. Sister O started pulling bobby pins out of her hair, and grabbed her debit card out of her wallet and started to pick the lock. The lock was a total piece of junk, and all we had to do was pull the door towards us, and push the lock and part of the knob back into the door. We totally got in. It was hilarious."

Monday, August 19, 2013

Much Better Week

"This week has been a WHOLE lot better. Lots of great things happened this week. First of all, we have 2 new investigators, and a potential family. They all live in the trailer park B(another investigator) lives in, so that makes things easier haha."
"Tuesday we had zone conference in Pembroke. It was really good- it's almost like general conference, we get all the good juicy mission announcements there haha...President got a call from church Headquarters asking if we could take 20-30 more sister missionaries by the end of the year. We are supposed to reach our "quota" by November. Because the limit of sisters is expanding, the mission is going to as well. We are splitting several of our zones in half, making 4 new zones, and ten new districts. We have 32 missionaries coming in next week. We are putting a sister trainer leader in each zone. (It's like a sister being a zone leader). We're all really excited about the big changes happening in our mission- so many awesome things!"
"Saturday was the ward mission leader's birthday. He took the missionaries out to dinner to a really fancy restaurant called the Farmhouse. It was so classy. I felt like I was almost out of place cause I was so used to eating at members' homes. It was really fun! There's a FroYo shop out here like Menchies, called "Sweet Frog". F-fully R-rely O-on G-God. It's obvious that I am serving in the Bible belt if they sell shirts that have that on it."
"Sister I's garden is producing. tomatoes, squash, and ground cherries. Her grapes are starting, and her zucchini is also ready to harvest. Backing up a little, unlike Utah, we have had some really unusual weather this year according to the locals. It's rained for weeks here. While you have had record heat, we have had record rainfall. It pours all the time here.  It's actually starting to feel like Fall. The temperatures have dropped dramatically. 60s and low 70s for several weeks."
"Sunday we got to teach the senior Primary sharing time. We talked about prayer. It was really fun, and the eight yr old that lives above us asked us last night if we would always be teaching Primary from now on. We told him no and he moaned. Apparently we did a decent job haha."

Monday, August 12, 2013

Prayer and Faith Work

"Our investigator is doing great! We are going to do the stop smoking program with her on Wednesday night. She will be getting baptized probably the last week of the transfer, or the first week of next transfer...she is SO READY! Her husband came to church with us yesterday!! He said he liked it a lot! They only stayed for sacrament meeting, but they both felt the Spirit. The talks were PERFECT for the both of them. They were on like, faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then there was one about sacrifice and obedience. It was almost like they were directed at them, and our investigator B, who also came to church yesterday. I see great potential in the husband. Thank you for the prayers, and for putting them on the temple roll- it's working. Prayer and faith work, I tell ya! hahah (: "
"Sister I is doing great! She has harvested some things in her garden the past couple weeks, mostly zucchini and squash. They look really great though! She is now considered active, she has been to church 5 times in the last two months, so she is considered what we call a "save." All her husband has to do is come to church two more times, and they will be taken off of the less active list (: Sister I recognizes that she NEEDS the gospel in her life, and she asks herself a lot why she was missing out on the blessings that come from it. They are doing great (:"
"This week we are still trying to find people to teach. We have been going through our less actives list and knocking the houses around members and former investigators' homes. We are trying to get as much involved with the ward as we can! (grammer?) We love our ward members, and in all honesty, I really hope I train here next transfer (2 full weeks left!). This transfer has really flown by."

"I keep forgetting things that happened this week. I went on Exchanges with the Sister Trainer Leader in Bluefield VA! I learned so so much! My MTC companion, Sister M came here, and was companions with Sister O, and then I drove for 1 1/2 hrs to Bluefield with Sister T. It was SO fun! I learned so much!"

Monday, August 5, 2013

My Testimony

"I don't have much to say this week...the week was slow, and nothing happened. so I'll just bear a quick testimony...

"I love my Savior. I'm so grateful for the atonement in my life, and that I can use it whenever I need it. I'm so grateful for the plan of salvation. The knowledge that we have that we can live with our families for eternity is incredible. One of the reasons I am on a mission is because I want people out here in Virginia to have that same knowledge I have. I'm grateful for the gospel. I'm grateful for the Book of Mormon. I know for a fact that it is the word of God, and that if I ever need comfort, guidance, or aid from my Heavenly Father, I can just turn to the scriptures....  I love the gospel and I know this church is true!! Missionary work is the best!"