Monday, May 9, 2016


Hello Family and Friends!
I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I had yesterday to skype my
family and talk to them! It always feels so good to be able to see
their faces and talk to them! I really do miss my family and friends
but being away from home and serving a mission is so worth it! I just
can't believe that I only have 8 more months left. That is so crazy to
me. Next thing you know I'll be home! There isn't really much to say
about this week. Honestly it was probably one of the more not very
good weeks when it comes to the work. The family that I had talked
about last week dropped us. It was the most heart wrenching experience
ever. They said that they loved us and that they believed in
everything that we taught and testified of but that their wife/mother
doesn't want them to be taking lessons. They did say though that they
would stay in touch. I know it isn't the end for them. It was so so
sad though! Ugh I just love them! Pretty much everyone one else this
week that we planned to meet with cancelled on us. So even though we
worked hard nothing to exciting happened this week. On Saturday we did
another sacrifice Saturday where we tracted all day. That was pretty
good. It started raining towards the end and I finally got to wear my
north face and it was the best thing ever. We also got to ride some
electric scooters and bikes. That was fun because we got to do some
dance moves while we rode the electric scooter. It was so great! Haha
anyway that was pretty much my week! I hope all is well with all of


Hello Everyone! This week was GREAT! Let me start off my saying that
it rained three different days this week! Along with some hail it was
so great! However that was not the best part of the week! Remember
when i totally sunburned on side of my body? IT WAS WORTH IT! The day
when I burned my left side of my body basically it was because we were
standing in the same spot for two hours talking to someone on the
street that we had basically tracted into. It was great. Well it just
so happens that we got in contact with him again this week and we had
the 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 so
so so strong! At the end of the lesson the father When we asked him if
he believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet he looked at us and said
yes I do. I really do. Ahhhh the best words to ever come out of
someone's mouth ever! Then we asked all the kids how they felt and
they said we are curious. We want to know more! The second best thing
to come out of someone's mouth! So we left that lesson spiritually
charged but also with 6 new investigators that we have the amazing
opportunity to help the, understand the importance of Heavenly Father
in 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 double
The next day we had the opportunity to meet with Elder Jeffrey R.
Holland and President Robbins. That was an amazing experience. Being
in the presence of an apostle and hearing him testify of the
truthfulness of the gospel is something that I will never forget. The
spirit was so strong and so good there. He talked about a lot of
things. The highlight for me was when he was talking about the way
that Christ taught when he was here and he talked about how Christ met
people at the level that they were at and took them to where they
needed to be. (John 3 & 4) I loved that so much. I believe that not
only applies to teaching but it also applies to every single person
that ever lives. Christ will meet us where we are at and he will carry
us to where we need to be but it will only be if we let him. Another
thing that Elder Holland spoke about was about being finishers. He
said 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 the
race. Heavenly Father wants to give you your blue ribbon but you have
to finish the race. Then he went on talking about not giving up and it
was the best thing ever.
The next day I was reading in Ether 3 where it tells the story of the
Brother of Jared. This chapter really stood out to me and in a
different way than it normally does. Usually I recognize that the
Brother of Jared had this immense amount of faith which is very very
very true but I noticed this time that the Brother of Jared does his
part first and then the Lord does his. He makes stones, he follows the
commandment to pray, he exercises faith in the Lords miracles and then
the Lord shows himself to the brother of Jared and he lights the
stones. I really loved studying that. It just goes to show that we
have to do our part and then The Lord will do his. In the moment that
we don't believe the Lord is nearby helping us is the moment that he
is carrying us to where we need to be.
Man this week was great! I love my mission!


Hello my dear family and friends!
This week was another pretty good week! This week I realized that
pondering the gospel and reassessing where you are at and how to
become better is pretty awesome and it brings you so much closer to
Heavenly Father! Since I'm a missionary I ponder these things a lot
more and yesterday I realized that it has been a huge blessing. It's
really awesome cause I feel like I am communing with Heavenly Father
constantly. We basically goes like we converse in my mind and then he
tells me things I need to do better then I say but why and he answers
and I obey. It's funny how being obedient is so essential for us but
it is like the hardest thing to do ever. This week with our new Stl
Sister 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 are
not going to be able to succeed because we won't understand the point
behind it. Anyway I just think it's interesting how important
obedience 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 the
gospel. I really hope that they do. This gospel is so important for
everybody! Seriously everybody needs it in their lives. We decided to
try a different Tracting approach this time because we didn't feel
like what we were doing with pass along cards was getting us anywhere
so we decided to tract with our scriptures and at every door to say
that we wanted to share a scripture with them and then we applied it
to them personally and talked about who we were. That was a more fun
way of Tracting. More people were down to hear a simple scripture and
it gave us the opportunity to invite the spirit and testify to them.
It was really cool. This coming week we are doing another sacrifice
Saturday where we are Tracting and street contacting all day. That
will be fun! The missionary program in our ward is also planning a
family history event where people can come and learn how to do family
history 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 family
history to help bring people into the church building and to feel the
spirit. 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 be
getting to hear Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Lynn G. Robbins
speak to us on Friday. I am so excited to hear them both speak and
give us guidance on how to be better missionaries and a better
mission. I cannot wait.
The members here are really starting to warm up to us and missionary
work is becoming more prevalent in the ward. It has been such a
blessing! I'm starting to really love this area. It has taken 3
transfers but the people are really great.
Anyway I love you all! Life is good in the field!