Hello Family and Friends!I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I had yesterday to skype myfamily and talk to them! It always feels so good to be able to seetheir faces and talk to them! I really do miss my family and friendsbut being away from home and serving a mission is so worth it! I justcan't believe that I only have 8 more months left. That is so crazy tome. Next thing you know I'll be home! There isn't really much to sayabout this week. Honestly it was probably one of the more not verygood weeks when it comes to the work. The family that I had talkedabout last week dropped us. It was the most heart wrenching experienceever. They said that they loved us and that they believed ineverything that we taught and testified of but that their wife/motherdoesn't want them to be taking lessons. They did say though that theywould stay in touch. I know it isn't the end for them. It was so sosad though! Ugh I just love them! Pretty much everyone one else thisweek that we planned to meet with cancelled on us. So even though weworked hard nothing to exciting happened this week. On Saturday we didanother sacrifice Saturday where we tracted all day. That was prettygood. It started raining towards the end and I finally got to wear mynorth face and it was the best thing ever. We also got to ride someelectric scooters and bikes. That was fun because we got to do somedance moves while we rode the electric scooter. It was so great! Hahaanyway that was pretty much my week! I hope all is well with all ofyou!
Monday, May 9, 2016
Hello Everyone! This week was GREAT! Let me start off my saying thatit rained three different days this week! Along with some hail it wasso great! However that was not the best part of the week! Rememberwhen i totally sunburned on side of my body? IT WAS WORTH IT! The daywhen I burned my left side of my body basically it was because we werestanding in the same spot for two hours talking to someone on thestreet that we had basically tracted into. It was great. Well it justso happens that we got in contact with him again this week and we hadthe best lesson ever! He wanted his kids to be there (all 6 of them).It was so good. We taught the restoration lesson and the spirit was soso so strong! At the end of the lesson the father When we asked him ifhe believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet he looked at us and saidyes I do. I really do. Ahhhh the best words to ever come out ofsomeone's mouth ever! Then we asked all the kids how they felt andthey said we are curious. We want to know more! The second best thingto come out of someone's mouth! So we left that lesson spirituallycharged but also with 6 new investigators that we have the amazingopportunity to help the, understand the importance of Heavenly Fatherin their life and help them come closer to him. I feel so blessed.Then it rained and hailed at the end of the lesson and it was a doubleblessing!The next day we had the opportunity to meet with Elder Jeffrey R.Holland and President Robbins. That was an amazing experience. Beingin the presence of an apostle and hearing him testify of thetruthfulness of the gospel is something that I will never forget. Thespirit was so strong and so good there. He talked about a lot ofthings. The highlight for me was when he was talking about the waythat Christ taught when he was here and he talked about how Christ metpeople at the level that they were at and took them to where theyneeded to be. (John 3 & 4) I loved that so much. I believe that notonly applies to teaching but it also applies to every single personthat ever lives. Christ will meet us where we are at and he will carryus to where we need to be but it will only be if we let him. Anotherthing that Elder Holland spoke about was about being finishers. Hesaid that the blue ribbon does not come at the beginning of the race.It does not come at the middle of the race. It comes at the end of therace. Heavenly Father wants to give you your blue ribbon but you haveto finish the race. Then he went on talking about not giving up and itwas the best thing ever.The next day I was reading in Ether 3 where it tells the story of theBrother of Jared. This chapter really stood out to me and in adifferent way than it normally does. Usually I recognize that theBrother of Jared had this immense amount of faith which is very veryvery true but I noticed this time that the Brother of Jared does hispart first and then the Lord does his. He makes stones, he follows thecommandment to pray, he exercises faith in the Lords miracles and thenthe Lord shows himself to the brother of Jared and he lights thestones. I really loved studying that. It just goes to show that wehave to do our part and then The Lord will do his. In the moment thatwe don't believe the Lord is nearby helping us is the moment that heis carrying us to where we need to be.
Hello my dear family and friends!This week was another pretty good week! This week I realized thatpondering the gospel and reassessing where you are at and how tobecome better is pretty awesome and it brings you so much closer toHeavenly Father! Since I'm a missionary I ponder these things a lotmore and yesterday I realized that it has been a huge blessing. It'sreally awesome cause I feel like I am communing with Heavenly Fatherconstantly. We basically goes like we converse in my mind and then hetells me things I need to do better then I say but why and he answersand I obey. It's funny how being obedient is so essential for us butit is like the hardest thing to do ever. This week with our new StlSister van Uitert we talked about obeying with a willingness of heart.If we are trying to be obedient and our heart isn't in it then we arenot going to be able to succeed because we won't understand the pointbehind it. Anyway I just think it's interesting how importantobedience is. After all it is the first law of Heaven.This week we made some solid progress. We found two new investigators.For the most part they seem pretty interested and ready to hear thegospel. I really hope that they do. This gospel is so important foreverybody! Seriously everybody needs it in their lives. We decided totry a different Tracting approach this time because we didn't feellike what we were doing with pass along cards was getting us anywhereso we decided to tract with our scriptures and at every door to saythat we wanted to share a scripture with them and then we applied itto them personally and talked about who we were. That was a more funway of Tracting. More people were down to hear a simple scripture andit gave us the opportunity to invite the spirit and testify to them.It was really cool. This coming week we are doing another sacrificeSaturday where we are Tracting and street contacting all day. Thatwill be fun! The missionary program in our ward is also planning afamily history event where people can come and learn how to do familyhistory and use the church tools. I'm excited for the event to happen.We all felt really strongly that we needed to do something with familyhistory to help bring people into the church building and to feel thespirit. I'm really hoping that it will go the way that we want it too.I can already tell you that the highlight of this week is going to begetting to hear Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Lynn G. Robbinsspeak to us on Friday. I am so excited to hear them both speak andgive us guidance on how to be better missionaries and a bettermission. I cannot wait.The members here are really starting to warm up to us and missionarywork is becoming more prevalent in the ward. It has been such ablessing! I'm starting to really love this area. It has taken 3transfers but the people are really great.Anyway I love you all! Life is good in the field!
Monday, April 18, 2016
Hello Everybody! This week was a pretty great week! I think that Sister Kent and I got more done this week than I have ever in this area. It was really great! I loved it! Sister Kent and I are pretty different but when it comes to missionary work she is a hard worker and I am really really grateful for that. Also e found out this week that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is coming to our mission! I AM SO STOKED! It am so grateful for the opportunity to hear from an apostle especially one of my favorite apostles. There was definitely a lot of miracles that we saw this week. I want to talk specifically about an awesome experience that we had both yesterday and today. Yesterday we were at the dreaded 8 o'clock hour. I wasn't really sure who we needed to see. But all through yesterday I kept getting this thought to visit this less active in the ward. Now we had visited her multiple times and she always refused to let us in. But I followed the prompting and we went to go see her. To my surprise she answered the door and she was in tears. She welcomed us in and told us everything that was going on and talked about she needs to come back to church and get her life back together. I feel so grateful for the spirit that directed me to where we needed to be. She received a priesthood blessing today. It was really powerful and she felt so at peace and ready to take on everything that is coming her way. It was really awesome and it was really a moment for me that helped my testimony grow so much because i know that Heavenly Father answers our prayers and especially our diligence. Our area has been slow but I really needed yesterday and it was so great. Miracles really are happening all around us. I love it and this week has really shown me that. I really love this work and am so grateful to be able to be a missionary. I love you all. Always remember that God is always in the details!
Today is transfer day! I will be staying in the Eldorado Highlands
Ward where I have been for the last two transfers and I will be
getting a new companion! Her name is Sister Kent! I don't know to much
about her other than she was Sister Hayes (current companion) Mtc
companion. They got along really well so I'm hoping that everything
will be good and we will be able to do a lot of work done this
transfer in our ward. Sister Hayes is getting transferred to another
area. The missionary work in the ward Has been a little slow but I'm
excited that I get to be here for at least another transfer because I
think I will finally be able to give it everything that I have. I
haven't been able to everything that I want to do in this area due
some health problems and other things going on but I feel like this
new transfer will bring a lot of miracles in our area as we work hard
and work diligently. God really does provide a way for us and I know
that if we do our part than he will do his! I'm excited and I'm ready
for this change!
This week was a pretty slow week. However this week we were going to
visit this part member family and we have been trying to get into
their house forever. Seriously I think we have knocked on their door
more times than I can count. (Exaggeration since I can count fairly
high) so one day we decided that we should go try them again and my
thought was like what is the point cause they are never home
anyway...but then a miracle happened. They were home. They let us in
and were really awesome people. Not only did we get into their house
and were able to meet them but it was also the only time that week
that they were both going to be home at the same time (crazy Vegas
work schedule). It was awesome and I am so grateful that Heavenly
Father blessed us with that awesome opportunity. They even signed up
to have us over for dinner! So cool.
We also spent Wednesday doing some service for a woman named Carol.
She has a hoarding problem. That was exciting. She also accused me of
stealing money and her rings. Lol. Anyway Carol holds a very special
place in my heart. She is such a sweet and kindhearted lately who is
struggling. I just want to help her so bad but man their are many
emotional issues that come with her hoarding. I've realized a lot
lately that I really enjoy working with people that are trying their
hardest to overcome their addictions. I'm not sure why but I love it
and it inspires me to gain greater strength. I just want them all to
know that the atonement of Jesus Christ can heal them. I just find it
completely and utterly miraculous for someone to overcome something so
huge and so hard. I love it.
Nothing else to exciting happened this week. We had a relief society
activity where a Brother in our ward who is from Hawaii sang a song
with the ukulele. There was a verse in the song that said "So pick up
your feet and walk to the beat because life is beautiful". I don't
know why that stood out to me so much but life really is beautiful. I
won't lie this last transfer has been so hard for me and a lot of the
time I have failed to take a step back and just be grateful but if
their is one thing that I have learned it would be that God always
prepares a way for things to be done and life really is a beautiful
experience. So put a smile on that face and enjoy it!
Hello! Sorry this email is coming a bit late! Our zone went bowling today and then to lunch so we didn't have much time for anything this morning! It was a good week! We again saw many small miracles! It was cool! This week we went to go try and contact a potential investigator but the one we were looking for was never home. Seriously like never. However one day we just tried to visit him again and he wasn't home again but his mom was! We talked to her for a little bit and she is very open to learning about the Christ. We scheduled a time to meet with her on Friday. That was an awesome lesson. I felt the spirit so strong in this lesson. I had just gotten done talking about the great apostasy and asked her if she had any questions. Then she goes on to talk about how she has always wondered why there were so many churches and that she has been looking for an answer for a long time. She just doesn't get how if we all believe in one God and the same God then why can't we all be a part of the same church. That led perfectly into us talking about Joseph Smith and how he had the same question and that God does answer prayers. It was really cool and then after I was done talking she said "oh yes I'm going to do that" it was really cool! That was probably a main highlight of the week. Another awesome highlight of the week was the General Women's Session of conference. It was so good! They talked all about serving one another and recognizing the love that God has for us. They also talked a lot about how this work and God needs strong valiant women who aren't afraid to speak and stand up for the truth. I really loved it and I'm so exited for General Conference next week! I cannot wait! Easter was good too! Probably not the most productive day but I loved the spirit of Easter. We also sang in our wards choir. That was awesome. I have really come to enjoy singing in the choir with the ward members. It's brings such a good spirit to the meeting! I did really miss everybody though yesterday probably more than any other day. Weird. Anyway God is good! He loves us all! I love you!
Hello everybody! Monday's come so fast. It's crazy. Time is flying! This week was a good week! So many little miracles this week! It was awesome! Not only miracles with the work but just miracles in every aspect of missionary life! It has been the best. This week we had a great district meeting where we talked about Christlike attributes and how we can develop those. Let's just say that I was completely right about me and the whole charity thing. That was my lowest score on the attribute test that we took. However it was actually a very inspiring meeting and made me want to change and be better! I've been trying my hardest to pray for charity and act on it and I will say that I believe I'm getting better! It is so cool what having a desire and praying can do. I've recognized that in everything that we do we have to have the greatest desire to do it or else we won't be able to achieve what we need to do. I think that desire is so important because often times it leads to action and action is where the growth and strength comes from. It's pretty legit. We've been working hard in our area and we have been able to teach so much more than we were. It might not be to the most interested or solid people but nonetheless we are teaching and showing our ward that we are willing and ready to work! I'm so grateful that the Lord has given me the opportunity to keep teaching and keep planting seeds. We had zone conference this week! It was AMAZING! Let's just say that the spirit was so strong and that their is power in enduring through our trials and praying our little hearts out and reading from the Book of Mormon. President Ahlander and Sister Ahlander are going home in June. It is so sad. They only have one more round of zone conference left. I have really grown to love and appreciate them and their support. President Ahlanders training was on prayer and how we need to be praying with our heart and not just our mouth. It was great and just goes to show that prayer should never be a routine or else we aren't using it the way that God wants us to use prayer. Sister Ahlander gave a training about conversion and how we need to be converted to Jesus Christ so that when life gets rough we have something to lean back on and find strength in. I loved that so much. I know that we are given hard things because Heavenly Father wants us to grow and wants us to be able to recognize that his plan is far greater than any of ours. It is so true. The assistants to President Ahlander gave a really good training on the Book of Mormon. They asked a lot of through provoking questions that really made me reflect on how much the Book of Mormon has changed my life. I've never been very good at understanding the Book of Mormon but I have recognized that on my mission when the work gets hard or when I'm going through some trial that the Book of Mormon coupled with prayer is the first thing that I turn to for strength and comfort. I'm really grateful that is something that I have been able to learn on my mission. I hope it will always stay that way. I feel so much comfort from reading the words of prophets. It truly is a beautiful thing. Saturday I was on exchanges with Sister Reed who is my sister training leader now. I love her. She has so much wisdom and strength. The lord has really blessed me with her. We had a really good and productive day. I loved it. It is through her that I know that I need to put myself out of my way and realize that if anybody is ever stopping me from being able to grow than it is myself. Yesterday was a great Sunday! Everything just worked out perfectly and we saw and met people just as they were walking out their door which are huge tender mercies because we were finally able to get into contact with a lot of those that we had been trying a while ago. We had a lesson with a man named Warren. Funny story. He was telling us how he came to Vegas and how he found God again. He said that he was living in a hotel where a bunch of strippers lived and one day they knocked on his door and asked him if he wanted to go to church with them. He thought that was a little weird since they were strippers but then he said that those women were some of the most godly women he has ever met and that it is because of those strippers that he was able to find God again. It was great. Welcome to Vegas where the strippers bring people to God and the work schedules are just about as crazy as seeing a pig fly. I love it here. I'm so grateful! Sister Lauren Camilleri
This week has been pretty good! We were able to get in a lot more
lessons then we have in the past couple of weeks. We don't have many
solid people, that we are teaching right now but nonetheless we are
teaching lessons and sometimes that is all that we can do! This week
we had sisters conference! All the sisters in the mission got together
for some training's and it was like the best thing ever. The spirit was
so strong their and there was some many revelatory experiences for me.
I loved it and we'll quite frankly I needed it really bad too. I was
so grateful for the people that were there and who gave training's. One
of the training's was about personal ministry and how we can personal
minister like Christ does. It was really good. Let's just say that I
don't really know how I personally minister yet but that I've realized
that I need to be a more compassionate and full of Charity. Those two
attributes became very clear to me this week. I need to work on those.
They really are so important. After sisters conference we got together
with our Sister Training Leader and her companion to hash some things
out since my companion and her companion got in a huge fight. We have
to go on exchanges this week so we decided to make them talk it out.
It went pretty well and surprisingly enough my companion apologized to
her which I thought she would never do. It reminded me of something
that I learned from Sister Ahlander. She always say that we should
never be afraid to say sorry first even when we don't feel like we did
anything wrong. I've really been taking that and applying it into my
life because we all know I mess up a lot. It has been so great and it
has really shown me the difference on how our relationships can be.
Just do it first.
Yesterday we finally got in touch with a referral that we got from a
member. We have been trying him for so long and magically his garage
was open! He is the nicest old black man. He is so great! That was
defiantly a miracle from Heavenly Father. I am so grateful! I love you
all! Have such an amazing week! Always remember that each and everyone
of you has a Heavenly Father and Savior that love the crap out of you!
Hello Family and Friends!
My emails have been so bad lately. I am so sorry. I promise I will get
it together. Haha. This week was a pretty good week! Our area is a bit
slow right now so we have been trying to work with the members. That
has been slowly very very slowly working in our favor. Let's be real.
This ward isn't the most excited about missionary work. It is filled
with great members. Seriously they have some pretty awesome members
but there idea of missionary work is a little backwards. It's been
difficult to say the least but that's okay! The idea that majority of
them have is that missionary do all the work and they basically sit
back and watch it happen. No no no people we are full time teachers
and part time finders you are full time finders and part time
teachers. That is something I have developed a full testimony on.
Member missionary work is the absolute best way to go. We have been
spending a lot of time just trying to get our faces out there and make
a presence in the members lives.
In our mission we have been focusing on ch 9 of preach my gospel which
talks about finding people to teach. That has been really good for us.
We had a great district meeting on Tuesday talking all about how we
can better work with members that was fantastic. Our one and only
investigator right now has been slowly drifting away. Sad day. His
name is Dustin. His fiancée is a less active member. He has been
taking the lessons for like the last two months. He has a commitment
issue though. Seriously I have no idea how he has accepted the idea of
getting married. We've been teaching him and his fiancée every week
and he was progressing very slowly but nonetheless progressing. We
committed him with a baptismal date and everything was going good. He
even told his fiancée that he felt like the church was true. Green
lights people green lights. Now we have phased into a yellow light. We
haven't met with him in awhile and making contact has been hard. This
just goes to show that sometimes no matter how hard you try things
aren't always meant to work out the way that we plan them to. Ain't
that the truth. Can I get an Amen? Ha. No but really it has shown me
that having a real and true desire no matter what it is that we are
doing is everything. What is the point of doing something if we have
no desire in our hearts to do it?
There was a miracle of the week though! This week we contacted a
potential investigator named Deline. Her husband is a preacher for
another church (btw he is a funny funny man) and they are active in
that church. I've tried contacting her before with Sister Routt but I
didn't really see it going anywhere so when we contacted her again my
thought process was well this is a waste of time she isn't going to
listen to what we say. I WAS WRONG. We taught her the entire first
lesson and everything made sense to her. It even answered some of the
questions that she had. It was awesome. I felt like I was on fire. We
even made a return appointment to teach her about the Book of Mormon.
Who knows where it will go but I needed that little miracle! It was
Let's see. What else is there. Man writing emails on Monday is the
worst because I can never remember anything. Anyway I'm not sure if
anything else super outstanding happened. Wait. So on Friday our ward
had an auction for a young man in the ward that has cancer. IT WAS SO
COOL. I love the ward family that the church has no matter where you
go. It just testifies to me that this is where I should be. They all
came together and raised money for this guy and we got to be there.
Also did I ever mention that our church building is out of our
mission? I know so rebellious. But really it is and its weird. Usually
going out of mission on purpose will send you home but not us! Yay!
Also it's right by a pig farm and it smells RANCID.
Anyway I love you all. Thanks for your support! Vegas is so good!
Also real quick. Yesterday at church we had testimony meeting and
someone got up and said "Please don't let my weaknesses overshadow my
testimony" BAM I loved it. Ponder that thought. So long. Farewell.