Monday, April 28, 2014
Hey family!! Hope ya all are doin good!! This week was really really good!! So much fun! So to start off...at the beginning of this week we were able to sing at a country music jam session! haha it was SO fun!! Sue had us and a set of elders all sing, "How great thou art" and a couple of others! It was SOO cool!!! and afterwards a bunch of people came up and were talkin to us! We ended up getting 4 new investigators by the end of that night!! 2 of them were small town country singers themselves!! So sweet!! They ended up takin us to lunch and were goin again this week!!! They are so open to hear about all we do! So cool! Then on Tuesday at Christian needs (The food and clothing pantry we serve at every week) we were able to give one of the ladies we work with a book of Mormon and talk a TON about what we believe. It was awesome! She was soo excited to start readin it! Then that day we had a member from down in Sioux city drive up to Le Mars and take us on team ups all day!!! We saw SO many miracles!!!! We were able to have one of the most amazing lessons with one of our investigators. Its amazing the power of having a member in a lesson does. Her simple testimony touched her heart so much. Just havin another witness bearing the truth goes a long way!! Anyways then we did a lot more service!! Both set of sisters were moving out of their apartments so us and the Elders helped move both of them a lot this week! Then we also went up to Ray's farm. Ray is this super sweet old farmer who lives in the middle of nowhere so we helped him around the farm ALL day on Friday! ahhh it was soo fun! I absolutely loved it! although I have a ton of bruises and scratches from his tractor who about killed me!!! But it was an amazing week with so many miracles!!
Monday, April 21, 2014
Hey family!!! I hope all of ya had a great week and a wonderful Easter!!!:) This week was amazing!! We did 18 hours of service and also were able to teach TONS of lessons!!! It was awesome! I dont know how we had enough hours in the day to do that! But we were tryin our absolute hardest and so miracles happened:) But guess what......WE FINALLY HAD AN INVESTIGATOR come to church! haha it was awesome!! Us and the Elders moved F and A from Le Mars to Sioux city all this week and because of that service we met 3 new potential investigators and 1 of them came to church! We are tryin for the other 2! :) Service really brings miracles. Peoples hearts are changed and softened when you just take the time to serve and love them. They are a lot more willing to listen to what we have to share. So I want to thank the Johnsons for doin this service for Amanda and Alexis this week! I know that because we took the time to do a ton of service...we were blessed with many lessons and miracles. And I bet you that Amanda and Alexis were helpin us out on the other side:)
Monday, April 14, 2014
Hey family! So this week was real sad.....J passed away. :( We called her and were talkin to her tryin to come and see her at the hospital that night. She said she wasn't feelin good at all but she wanted to talk to us on the phone. So we just chatted with her....made her laugh and tried to distract her from the pain she was in. We then got a call the next morning that she had passed away after we talked to her. It broke my heart. I love her so much.....but I know that Jared now is takin real good care of her. I felt it the instant I found out. I knelt down and prayed so hard that Jared would take over...and I felt so overwhelmingly that He was:) It was cool:) I never thought when I came on a mission that I would get to work literally hand in hand with Jared.....we even share investigators:) So cool:) But this week we were able to go to her wake. (The thing where you get to go see her body and look at all the pictures they have and meet her family.) It was so cool. Her granddaughter B, was there. We had met B a couple times when we would go see J. B is 22. J used to say that I reminded her of B:) But saw me and ran out of the line and started bawling and hugging me. She said that J was wearing the slippers we gave her when she died:) And that when J hung up the phone with us, she couldn't stop talkin about how much she loved us "Sista nuns" (thats what she called us haha) It was sooo sweet....I just hugged and hugged B and cried with her. I felt like J was family to me....it was so weird. Then I asked B if we could start meetin with her and share with her what we were sharin with her grandma. She said she would love that!!!! Then afterwards this lady came up to me (later found out it was J's daughter) and was like, "Are you the sister nun that gave J the slippers??" And I told her yes:) She started cryin and huggin me and said that We were all J ever talked about. She said she litterally thought we were angels until she saw the slippers and knew we were real people:) ha it was soo cool......she thanked and thanked us for the sacrifice we took to be here and knew that we were meant to be here for a reason. She then introduced us to everyone there. It was such an amazing experience. I love J with all my heart and know that she is going to accept the gospel on the other side:) Jared will make sure of it;) I did all I could do...now Jared better step up his part;) haha Well we had so many other cool things happen this week:) F, one of our investigators, has a baptismal date!!!!!!!!!!! May 15th:) HOPEFULLY it will work out!!!! She still has to pray to make sure this date is right for her....but She is SOOO close!!!!! I cannot wait!!! She wants to be baptized before the end of this transfer so that I can for sure be there:) She thinks I'm leavin after this transfer!!!:) I love her!!! Its sooo cool!! so please pray for her!!:) Another cool thing is we have been able to teach a lot of c's grandkids!!! We got to teach all them to pray for the first time!!! Man such an amazing feeling:)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hey family!!!:) Hope all is goin well!! I am so jealous yall in cali!!! Not fair! But I am in Iowa...so beat that. haha but this week was really really cool:) First off, It was transfers!! I am still in Le Mars but I have a new companion! her name is Sister Bertrand! She is from Detroit. She is a visa waiter going to Brazil so my goal is to learn Portugese:) Well I want to share a cool experience that happened earlier this week. So me and Sister K and S went and visited "The Girls" in the "lock up". They are women who have been molested and abused. Its soo sad. We were just talkin to em and then got to talkin about life after death and about trials in our lives. One of them asked, "Why don't God take away our trials? If he loved us so much...why would He allow us to suffer?" We went on to tell her that our trials were chosen individually for each us because God knew that those specific trials were what we needed in this life in order to reach our full potential. In order to be worthy to live in our Heavenly Father's presence. These trials strengthen us and make us into the person we were sent here to become. These trials, would be, and ARE, really hard, but we don't have to go through or face them alone. Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ beg to be there for us. They want to comfort and strengthen us. All we have to do to allow that to happen is simply ask. Just ask. The spirit there got so strong. We knew that Heavenly Father wanted that group of women to know that He was there for them in their trials and never deserted them even though it may have felt like it. We then sung "nearer my God to Thee" and 3 other women walked into the room. The spirit was seriously drawing people in!! We then sung" A Child's Prayer". The spirit was sooo strong. All the women were getting teary eyed. We sung a couple other songs and the room was dead quiet. Afterwards we all sat in silence....then Sister K and I started bearing our testimonies like crazy. We told them how much their Heavenly Father loves them and how special each of them are to him and that He is aware of every trial, sorrow, anything goin on in their life. He is aware of them and wants to comfort them and be there for them. But in order for that to happen they have to allow Him too. It was powerful......I could just FEEL God's love for them. They are so special....We then started talkin about angels. One of them said when she was goin through cancer that an angel came and held her hand..she said" I promise I'm not crazy!!! It really happened! But no one would believe me..." ..she started cryin. I went and held her hand and said she wasn't crazy that an angel DID come and hold her hand. I told her that Heaven isn't far away at all. Its all around us. That Heavenly father sends angels to us in our time of need to comfort us and love us and protect us. I could feel angels all around us in that room. Once again....I could feel Jared. I KNOW he was there that night....holdin my hand. It was a special night I will never ever forget. We all sat in silence, holdin hands for about 20 mins. The spirit was SO SO strong. I could feel heaven. I could feel angels. I could feel Jared:) Then afterwards we were able to hand out a Book of Mormon and they all begged for us to come back! Such a cool experience. Well I don't have much time...sorry I only shared that one experience! Tons of other miracles happened this week as well!! But I just want to share my simple testimony with each of you. I know without a doubt that this church is true. I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers. He has been there for me Every single day out here...helpin me through my struggles. I know that He loves each and every single one of us more than we could ever comprehend. I know He is there in our most trying times, with His arms open just waiting to take the burden on himself. I know we don't ever have to go through any trial alone. He is there to give us the peace and comfort we so desperately need. He is there to make us feel whole. He is there to heal us. I know that with all my heart. I have felt His spirit testify all these things to me and will never deny the feelings I have felt. They are REAL. I know that this gospel is Gods message to all. This church has the fullness of Gods message and all who will just listen can feel for themselves the truthfulness of it. I feel honored to be a missionary, a disciple of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Best decision I have ever made. I love you all so much and hope you have the most amazing week ever!!!:)