Monday, January 27, 2014


Hey Family!!!!
     Thank you so much for your emails - I love hearing from you!! I'm pretty sure I have said this a million times but it is SO COLD here!! The kids here have already had I believe 7 snow days THIS YEAR and like 3 of them have been because it's too cold - there hasn't even been snow.  Crazy right? Yesterday it was in the 50's though and it felt so nice.  Anyway, we had transfer calls on saturday night and I'm leaving to Fenton, Missouri.  I kinda knew I would be leaving I just hoped I would be able to stay with Sister Johnson for her last transfer.  I'm still pretty lucky though that I even got to be with her again! My new companion is Sister Minnyard (not sure how to spell it) and I will still be an stl but just over different sisters! I'm definitely going to miss Highland and the ward and members and investigators here.  Thats for sure a good thing about facebook because hopefully I will be able to find them on there later and reconnect!
     Welp, I guess I will tell you about my week! I already told you about last monday and I may have told you about tuesday but maybe not.. but I will tell you again! So Tuesday we were on exchanges and I was with Sister Lucero and she spent the day with me in Highland.  We were visiting a less active member and I was saying the closing prayer and somewhere in my prayer I said "that we can all have a good rest of the night" and after the prayer she said that made her feel home-y because she used to say that to her kids and she hadn't heard that in a long time! It made me feel good.  Then she went on to tell us that at first she wasn't going to let us come in but then she decided to and she was glad that she did.  After that, we visited a referral that Debbie W. gave us and she was awesome! She was getting home the same time we got there and we introduced ourselves and were like "can we come share a quick message with your family?" and she was like "right now? come on in!" She was so nice and so funny.  She is a single mom and has 2 kids and her son who is 8 was there and we asked if we could drop off a Book of Mormon in a couple days and he was really excited to get one and wanted one of his own! It was so great! That night, we were supposed to have a lesson with Dave and Sister Pruett (RS Pres) was coming with us so we met her at his home and rang the doorbell and were waiting on the porch and then at the same time, Sister Pruett and I both realized that we were at the wrong house! It was hilarious, Sister Pruett ran off the porch and that was probably the highlight of the night was seeing her run off the porch.  She's like in her 60's probably and just super tiny and cute and it was so funny. 
     Wednesday we had a lesson with Steve at the Holbrooks and we talked about prophets.  Sister Holbrook said something I hadn't thought of before and I thought it was pretty cool! She said that the prophet is the prophet over everyone in the world but not everyone has accepted him yet.  I just had never thought of it that way before!
     Thursday was Sister Johnsons and mine anniversary hahaha.  Exactly 1 year ago from thursday we became companions! Anyway, we had a lesson with a less active member, Tiffany.  She's 22 and has 2 kids and has been really sick but she wants to start coming back to church so we talked about how she would have the energy she needed for the week if she came to church on Sunday (and she came with a friend!!).  After that, we had a lesson with Bro. Wood and he's still smoking... BUT he is still working on cutting it down. 
     Friday we had district meeting and since Sister Johnson and I won the competition, we got to throw whipped cream pies at the zone leaders! It was actually kinda satisfying.  That night we had dinner at a members home and they have helped us with a lot of missionary work in the past.  We got on the topic of the holy ghost because I still get confused about the difference between the power and the gift and I feel like I have heard every explanation but it just hasn't clicked and something Bro. Gualandi said made sense!! He said before we are baptized we have the power of the holy ghost but we have to seek for it (I knew that) but after we are baptized we get the gift of the holy ghost and it's our companion so it works with us and seeks out or watches out for us as well and we don't necessarily have to seek for it.  Does that make sense? Idk, just the way he said it made sense to me and I really liked it.
     Saturday we had a lesson with Jim T.  and their family - they are probably my favorite family here! We talked about the 10 commandments and played a game where they were on teams and they had to draw from a jar one of the commandments and explain it to their team without saying any words from the commandment.  Des and Suzi had bought us flowers and sugar cookies at the store that day too - it was so thoughtful! That night was transfer calls and I always get anxious about those!
     Yesterday we had church and 3 of the less active families we have been visiting came to church!!! Tiffany, Sis. Worthen, and Sis. Fletcher.  It was so great! After church we had a lesson with Phyllis and Conrad and we gave them a Book of Mormon and I think at this point Conrad is more open than Phyllis but they said they would start studying it. 
     Anyway, I think that's about it!! OH!!! Before I forget, if you haven't already, watch the Mormon Message called "leave the party".  It is so good!! We watched it last week and we just really really liked it - it's great.  I hope you all have a super fabulous week.  I MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH AND I LOVE YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

It's Freezing!!

Hey Family!!!!!!!!!!!
     Okay so basically.... it is FREEZING HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow - not a fan.  Yesterday's weather was so crazy.  The wind was blowing so hard all day and it snowed all day and there were like 5 foot drifts built up and church was cancelled and we weren't allowed to drive and it is SO COLD!!!!!! The library is even closed today and so we are emailing at a members house.  We shoveled her driveway and even just after like a couple minutes of being outside your nostrils freeze - literally!! Also, apparently the news says that you shouldn't be out for more than 15 minutes or you will get frostbite. Yuck!!! Anyway, I will just start telling you about my week!
     Monday after p day, we had a lesson with the Downey's.  Aron Downey is less active and his wife Jennifer is not a member - she's baptist.  But she said she would be willing to learn more about the Book of Mormon which is great! So we will be having another lesson with her today actually! Afterwards, we had a lesson with Matt Westfall and he is still doing great but we have to wait for his mother in law to pass away before he will get baptized which is kinda a bummer.  We have tried to focus on going to the temple and being sealed but he just wants to wait.  
     Tuesday we had a lesson with the Paolini's.  The Mom is less active and the kids aren't members and so their mom wants us to teach them the lessons.  They aren't that into the lessons but it went better than last time! We started talking about the plan of salvation and they wont really answer any questions or commit to much but it went better than the first time! Since it was new years we had to be in by 6 so we went and got a pizza for new years and celebrated the new year! We went to bed at the usual 10:30 haha - we are pretty out of control.  
     Wednesday we just visited some less active members and ward members - nothing too exciting!
     Thursday - 1 YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it?? I have been out for 1 year now.  In some ways it does not seem like a whole year ago I went to the MTC. Anyway, we went on exchanges for the day and I was with Sister Webb! It was really fun to be with her again and see how much she has grown too.  We had a lesson with Bro. Wood and set a baptism date for January 18th! He isn't completely committed to quit smoking but he said he is going to try.  He's basically already Mormon - he just needs to quit!! 
     Friday we were on exchanges in Springfield and then Saturday we visited a referral and it's a husband and wife who are Catholic but not practicing and they invited us over for dinner and said they would take the lessons - so we will see! Jim and Quinn have been out of town and just got back Saturday so no updates on them but I will keep you updated! We will be seeing them this week! It was so crazy, on Saturday night, everyone was being warned about the storm and preparing for it and there were long lines at the gas station to get gas and a ton of people were at Wal Mart and the shelves were like really wiped out - it's so interesting! If everyone were just Mormon they would know about food storage haha.  
     We are playing this game as a zone right now where you get points for how many street lessons you do.  A street lesson is sharing 1 gospel principle during an unplanned activity and giving them a commitment.  So usually, it's like talking to someone at the grocery store or gas station or on the street and sharing a card with them.  My competitive side is definitely coming out haha but it's good because we actually found some potential investigators by doing it!! 
     Anyway, this week we have President interviews and we are going on some exchanges.  I know this is kinda short but we are at a members house and I don't want to take up their whole day!! OH! Okay the message by Uchtdorf in the Ensign this month is really good!!!! President Uchtdorf just says things so perfectly and makes such good points.  I like how he compares repentance to a computer and how sometimes wanted and unwanted clutter gets built up and that is why we have repentance!! I hope you all have super fabulous week and stay warm!! 
I LOVE YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!