Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Hey Family!!!!!!!!!
     It was so great to be able to talk to you yesterday!!!! I love talking to you! It was soo good to hear your voices and see your faces and just talk to you!! I JUST LOVED IT!!!!!!! Anyway, I pretty much told you everything yesterday I feel like but I will just tell you about my week briefly.  
     Monday we had zone pday and we played games outside at Forest Park and it was really fun.
     Tuesday we had zone conference and it was so good! We got to help plan it and everything and it's honestly probably one of my favorite zone conferences I have had on my mission.  Zone conferences in the past have just ended up being kinda heavy and long so we decided to switch it up and make it more uplifting and interactive and it was really cool.  I feel like people respond to that kind of stuff better… at least I do.  
     Thursday I was on exchanges with Sister Nelson! I was companions with her in Frontenac in case you don't remember.  It was fun to be with her again! It's cool to see how she has changed from when she was first out until now.  
     We also saw some less active members and we had another lesson with Jia like I told you about.  We went over the Restoration and I think she understood everything! She was really excited to learn about the Holy Ghost and so we told her to pay attention to the feelings the Holy Ghost gives us when something is true or good.  
     This morning we saw Virginia!!!! AND GUESS WHAT??? We set a baptism date with her for June 21st.  So we will see how that goes!!
     Anyway, that's pretty much my week!!!!! It was so good to see you!!!!! Happy Mothers Day again Mom - I love you!! I hope you have a super fabulous day and week!!! I MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH AND I LOVE YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

I love to see the temple!

Hey Family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     Thanks so much for your emails - I love hearing from you!! Guess what??? I got to go to the Temple this week!!! OH MY GOSH.  Basically, it was amazing and it has been so long since I got to go.  I will send some pictures because it was a beautiful day and it was just so great to be there!! Anyway, I will tell you about my week now!
     On Tuesday we had MLC and they asked me to do a musical number but I feel like everyone is pretty tired of hearing piano solos so I pretty much forced some of the other zone leaders to sing while I played and it was so good!!! They sang Come Thou Fount while I played the piano and the spirit was so strong while they sang - I loved it!! Sister Scott thought she recorded it but she actually just took a picture but it's all good.  That night, we saw Virginia and she totally gets it!!! She had so many questions and she wants to feel forgiven of mistakes and she wants to get baptized!!! We watched a mormon message with her too and she loves those.  She downloaded basically ever Mormon app on her phone that you can get and has been reading the Book of Mormon every day.  She said she would give church another try also! 
     Thursday we had a combined district meeting with our whole zone and the zone leaders challenged us all to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the transfer which means 15 pages a day.  We were so excited!! So we have been trying to stay on top of that which is cool because both Sister Scott and I are pretty much studying the same things during personal study and then during companion study we talk about it.  Afterwards, we went on exchanges with the Washington sisters and I went to Washington.
     Friday we had lessons with Josh, Jia, and Virginia.  Josh is a guy we met when he was out walking his dog.  He isn't really into organized religion because of things like Jonestown and the Holocaust and things like that but he told us he is at a crossroads right now and needs some direction.  So we taught him the Restoration and he prayed with us and he seems really interested! Afterwards, we saw Jia and all of our other lessons with her we have tried to explain who God is and stuff and it just wasn't going anywhere so we decided to just start with Joseph Smith.  So we watched the Restoration video and I think it was what we should have done to begin with! She understood it and I think she can relate to it more.  So I feel like we are finally starting to get somewhere with her now. Friday night we went to the Temple and I already told you that was AMAZING!!!!!!! I loved being there.  Seriously, you guys are so lucky that you can go any day you want.  
     Saturday we saw Audre and she is doing great! We are going to start doing personal progress with her and just continue to meet with her regularly.  I think she is going to bring something up to her parents soon as well which would be good.  We also saw Teena and we were so happy.  She told us a few weeks ago that the Bishop really hurt her feelings and she wasn't coming to church any more and we were sooooo bummed because we had been working with her weekly and she was starting to realize how important church was and she wanted to get her patriarchal blessing and then her feelings got hurt and she said she wasn't coming anymore.  Then, we got to her house on Saturday and she told us she was coming and we were so happy!!! It's so cool when you work with less active members and you watch them change.  
     Sunday we had church and Joe came and TEENA CAME!!!! She even shared her testimony and thanked us for being there for her.  Sister Scott and I were so happy and surprised that she even went up.  
     Anyway, that's pretty much my week!!! Today we have zone pday and we are going to forest park and playing games because guess what.... IT'S WARM OUTSIDE!!!!! I hope you all have a super fabulous week and day!! Please be super safe and smart and healthy and don't do anything dumb and please drive safely wherever you go and don't text and drive or be distracted or drive when it's not safe and make sure no one else does either!!!! I MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH AND I LOVE YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. The Elders singing at MLC... I'm behind the piano
2. THE TEMPLE!!!!!!
3. Also the Temple