Monday, July 29, 2013

My Last week - - weird!!!

My Last FULL week weird!!!
OH my gosh so this week has been crazy!! And I am getting excited to come home. I have learned a lot on my mission. About my Savior and my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for personal revelation we can receive. I know Heavenly Father can perform miracles and the veil can be very thin sometimes and I am very grateful for this.

We had a good week this week. We went and had 2 exchanges, and zone conference. It was weird to have zone conference; it was my last one...EVER!! We had a Stake President come and talk with us. He did an amazing job. I really loved it. He asked a lot of questions. Not for us to answer but for us personally think about and answer for ourselves. It was really nice. He taught us about a parable. We did our departing testimonies. It was kind of surreal. Your first zone conference you see these missionaries get up and bare these amazing testimonies, and they say it goes fast but you know it doesn't. So I had no idea what to say. You don't really think about it. Then after we took pictures with some of the other missionaries.

I am very grateful for the Atonement in my life. I know I make mistakes all the time, everyday. But something I have learned on my mission is, the Lord loves us. He wants us to do our best He knows we will make mistakes and fall. But we just have to get back up and keep walking. We all have weaknesses. But we are all different; someone might not have the same weakness as another. But throughout our life we have to work on them and continue to press forward. I know Heavenly Father has helped me a lot. There is a poem I was going to share with you. But I forgot it at home. It is about a father and a daughter. (Kind of like the footprint poem) They are walking along and her dad helps her not to get hurt, leads her in the right direction. Then she falls. She gets a big scrap and is mad that her father didn't tell her to watch her step. But her dad picked her up and said, but I will always be there to pick you up and dust you off. Something to that extent. This has helped me a lot. Heavenly Father lets us make mistakes. So we can learn and continue to progress. I am grateful for my Savior and for all He has done for me. This gospel is a blessing and I am so grateful for the time I have been able to serve a mission and teach others about the love their Father in Heaven has for them. To be able to see the change in someone is indescribable. I love it.

I am grateful for the companions that I have had and for the things I have learned from them. They all have made an impression in my life.

I love you all!! Last week weird!!! I feel like it’s kind of a dream.... WEIRD!!  Next week I will see you in 2 days after I email. Now don't think you are off the hook for next week :) I still love emails :) 

Exchanges

My Last Zone Conference

My last Zone Conference

Zone Conference

Monday, July 22, 2013

It's Flying By!!!

Time is Flying by!!!
This week has been pretty good. We had an exchange in Swindon it was pretty fun. Found some cool people. Had some miracles!! Met this really funny man D he was talking to us at the doorstep for 15 min. then his wife came and looked at us kind of mean, and he pushed her away and said "don't worry honey, they're not Mormons" then we just looked at him and smiled and said. Actually we are. That's our nickname because we read the Book of Mormon He just laughed and continued to talk with us. He is really cool and they have a return appointment with him. :)

We had a picnic with G and R and N at this really pretty park with a castle. It was fun we are going to do it again. It’s weird. Everyone continues to remind me on a daily basis how long I have left its funny. I will miss everyone here, especially all the people we visit. We were able to help R write his talk.  He spoke on Sunday and did a great job. He wrote most of it himself. :) He did really well. He had a lot of compliments.

We worked a lot in Abergavenny. It is gorgeous. It is the furthest our area goes. We found some good people, had a dad was upset us out for talking to his daughter. Who is 19, and accused us of stalking her when we made an appointment!

But S the lady who was a media referral, we tried to see her but she went into the hospital because she had an eye infection. But her mum was really sweet. We stopped by a lady in Beacon Heights who we taught last year. The elders asked us to stop by, because she asked if we could. She has changed a lot it was really nice to see her. She is going through a rough time she just lost her father. But she knows she can always count on the missionaries for help. We are going to do some gardening for her as well. So yes mom!! I am going to be a pro by the time I get home :)


This week has been good. This next week will be busy. We have 2 exchanges and zone conference and Sister Laborero and I are both giving our departing testimonies!!!  Weird!!!! Time is flying by!!!
Smiley in the grass

Having a picnic

Rylee eating a  "ice lolly"

Monday, July 15, 2013

WOW

WOW, It is going fast

So this week was good but sad at the same time. To put it out there first S didn't get baptized...
 At the beginning of the week we went to a Caerphilly Castle. It was beautiful. Well, I have seen some prettier ones but this one had a lot of history. There was a film about the castle, it was playing while we were walking through and it gave the history. It was really fun. We had some good lessons. We are teaching this sweet lady. She has been through a lot lately. She had a stroke and was in a coma for 9 months. She had to learn how to walk and talk again. So she is slow in speech, but she is so lovely. She has a very strong testimony. So we are trying to work on helping her to be baptized. She really wants to. So I will keep you updated on her. But she is awesome! We also saw C, who is an eternal investigator. He is doing well. He said he is going to get baptized this year. He has never said this before. But it was funny he was asking about S and wanted to know what his hold up is. They are very similar so it is funny! One day they both will get baptized they just need to take a leap of faith. They both have such amazing solid testimonies. We had a good lesson with G as well. He is an interesting character. But he is good; he is more of a spiritualist. But he is really good, he is funny. Hopefully we will have more to talk about him next week. 

We also did service this week. It was legend. We were able to get the whole district to come and do service for this amazing family. It is a young couple they have 4 kids (5) (2) and (9month old twins) We were able to get her whole back garden all done and it looked beautiful. I think after my mission I will love doing gardening because on my mission well, just in Brittan everyone has beautiful gardens. It is there prized possession. I love it!! :)

OH MY GOSH!!!  We had a miracle.!! :) Seriously. So we received a media referral: which is a referral from the computer, or temple square and they text you the details because they want video's or a mission visit. Sometimes they are solid sometimes they just flog you and give a fake address. I have only received 3 on my mission. And we received one last week. We were making cookies and took them over with the video's she wanted. Her husband answered. So we thought we would come back again and see if she would like to learn more. We came to the door and she was so happy to see us. She said she watched all the video's (Finding Faith in Christ, Restoration) She said they were amazing videos and really wants to learn more :) I am so excited to go see her this week.  OH MY GOSH!!  Another one! :) So we were trying to find this media referral last week and for some reason the map found a different address. So we went and knocked on it anyway. They lady answered was really sweet and she just reaffirmed the person didn't live there. We walked away from the door and I felt like I knew her. This week I asked if we could go and knock her door again. I don't know why but I feel like we should. We knocked and her daughter answered the door. She said she was atheist. But then we asked a question (I don't remember what it was) but she said yeah I want to learn more about Jesus. She is so elect. She is probably 19 yrs. old. She is so sweet. I am so excited!! I love when you have a spiritual prompting to do something and you act on it. It just reaffirms my testimony of the Holy Ghost and this work. I know when you act on spiritual promptings weather it feels stupid at the time (like bearing your testimony) calling someone who has been on your mind lately. You could answer someone's prayers. You are also showing Heavenly Father you will act on them. He will trust you with more things, to be the vessel He needs us to be to help those of his children.

Also....there is one more. It shocks me so much. Because we are so busy!! But yet we see miracles everyday almost. :) I love it!! Heavenly Father defiantly is blessing us, even though we feel so busy sometimes. We still find time to find elect people. We received a list of members who have moved in or out and we have to go stop by them and see if they still live there and if they are interested in visits. So we chose this one house that had 2 members that lived there. A man answered the door. He wasn't receptive really at the beginning but then he took it as a sign that he lives in a house that old members of the church used to live. They stopped by (we) maybe he should look into it. :) We are going to see him next week! :)

Fun week!! Busy week!! I love it! Love you, thanks for all that you do!!
Caerphilly Castle

Rylee and her companion

Rylee playing at the castle

Having fun

Exchanges for the week - Love Sister Missionaries

Exchanges - Cute Sister Missionaries



Monday, July 8, 2013

Another Great Week

I love being a Sister Missionary!!

Our week was fun and busy! We had 3 exchanges this week. They all came to us, well almost. But it was really good. It is a lot less stressful this way. We had a good lesson. So you might remember S who we taught last year. He has been investigating for 15 months. We set a baptismal date with him for this Thursday. He is doing well. He has the strongest testimony I have ever heard. He loves his study. Actually dad, the talk you gave me from Brad Wilcox about Grace, was perfect. I love it when you guys find things and send them to me. I use them all the time. The talk was perfect for Him. He set a date for this Thursday. Why Thursday, you might ask...well it’s his favorite day! :) And he is being baptized at 3:00 pm because he doesn't enjoy the evening. 

G is doing amazing! She has a very strong testimony. She is teaching all her friends and her neighbors about the gospel. Before when we first met her she was so shy, wouldn't talk to anyone. She didn't like strangers. But now she can do anything. It has been amazing to see the change. I think because we found her in 3 weeks and then she was baptized you could see the massive changes so drastically. Usually the change is more of a stretched out period of time.

We had some good lessons while on exchange with the sisters. It is amazing, these sisters that are coming out, are so prepared and so ready to serve. I want to help the sisters in our ward prepare as much as I can. I am really looking forward to it.  So if they have any questions on teaching, missionary life or anything I can help them.

On Sunday S said he might want to push back his date another week. But with him, and this was in his words "if I don't get baptized on Thursday...I never will!" He wants to; he just needs to be more positive about the whole situation. I think he will soon. I have faith it will happen. There is a reason that Laborero and I are back together again, in this area. He already realized this and he said it was to help him. So he just needs to take leaps of faith and trust in the Lord.

I have been reading the General Conference Ensign we just got it.. It took a long time! But it has been great to read the talks I have been reading the ones from Young Women’s session. Wow! So good!! I sure so love Sister Dalton "No amount of peer pressure, No acceptance, No popularity is worth a compromise." How good is that I just love that!!

Love you all!! 

President and his wife and our Zone


Love teaching

Sister Exchange

Sister Exchange

Sister Exchange

Monday, July 1, 2013

Amazing Week


AMAZING WEEK!!
This week has been absolutely amazing!! I have loved it. We went to a really cute cottage thing Sister Laborero took me to. She is a love she is taking me to fun places and trying to make my last 6 weeks fun before I go home, :) which is really sweet of her.  We had 3 exchanges this week. It was really fun. We had the sisters come to our area so we could work in our area and get some of our investigators taught, since we are always gone from our area.  It worked out really well. We had some fun times singing and tracting and working with the girls. I loved it. It is stressful but not as much when they come to our area because we know what we are doing.

G got baptized. It was the sweetest thing I have ever witnessed. Ok, so she is deathly afraid of water.  She has been practicing dunking her head in water to help her get over the fear. As the day closely approached she was getting more nervous, but she had some comforting words from her grandma. The beginning of the baptism went well, and then when it was her time to go to the font she got nervous. We previously had asked the ward mission leader to fill the font high because she is 5'8 and she can’t bend back far. But when she got into the font the water came up to her knee’s....we were nervous. She said “I can’t do this..." which got us nervous because we knew she could. She told us her fear wasn’t going to get the best of her. Before we knew it she was starting to sit in the font and plug her nose. I told her “ G he has to say the prayer first." so she waited in the font and Elder Nelson who baptized her and did a great job! :) She was so happy!! She came out and said "I feel so good!! :) " you could not wipe that smile off her face. She said “I conquered my fear, I can do anything!!" how cute is she! :) I am so happy for her. She did a great job!

The next day we went to Gloucester. A's baptism was great. She was so happy. Elder Chardon was supposed to come down to baptize her but president didn't give him permission. This was really sad. They both cried! But Elder Poulsen, Chardon's baby baptized her. She was so excited. She had family and friends there. She was jumping in the font. “I feel fresh and clean." she is so sweet. I am so excited with both of these lovely ladies getting baptized and making their way closer to our Savior it makes me so happy to be a part of it. They both have taught me so much. I think it is funny, I think on my mission I have learned a lot from my investigators and the faith they have. They all have taught me so much!

S is doing well also. He had his baptism interview this week and passed. He doesn't have a date yet. (This probably sounds weird but...That's S) He said”his baptism is like the 2nd coming everyone knows it will happen, just don't know when".  He has such a strong testimony it showed him he can get baptized. He really wants to as well. I think he is closer than he thinks he is. But everything is going well. :)


I love being a missionary, I love my Savior and all he has done for me and you, I love my investigators, I love my companions, and my friends and home and friends on the mission, and I love you!! Have a great day :)
Wonderful baptism day!

Another Beautiful baptism day!!  Loving it

Visiting the cottage

Yummy - Ice Cream

The Cottage

The BIG Hike - Oh my!!

Taking a rest on the big hike

Rylee and her amazing companion


Hiking and Hike - walking the walk!

THE TOP - WAHOO!!

Rylee Dying!!
Crab crawling down - ha ha
Jumping for Joy