Monday, August 27, 2012
Well it was back to President;s email, so I am almost out of time. Rats. Its raining a lot and I love it! Feels like Seattle. Everyone here is exciting about that Hurriance or they just dont see a big deal in it. I think missioanries are excited in hopes for some extra sleep. haha.
Well Missionary Olympics was a blast! The Elders were crazy and they loved it. A lot of them said that it was the best district prep day they have had. 10000000000000000 points for the Sisters!!
I had some pretty cool stories...gimmie a second....okay! So Thursday we got to go to Belleview and do a big church tour with the Belleview elders (E. Pearce and B. Bennett). That was way cool. A group of people contacted the church there and asked if they could come tour, we talked about missionary work and what we do to prepare and what we do when we are out here. it was cool. After the Bishop had a little Q &A and oh my, that got crazy. There was this Rabbi there that got up and compimented the church but then started criticziing about baptisms for the dead, epsecially Holucaust victims, and then some lady got upset about the idea of being baptized under the Priesthood authority. The poor Bishop. No Spirit. The whole time I am thinking of Ephesians (One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism) and how God is a loving Heavenly Father. So I ask the Bishop if I could speak, so I testified of those things. I cant remember exactly (directed by the Spirit) but I want to share it with you all:: I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father. How can I tell specifically, because I have loving Earthly parents. My mom has always told me if I am hoenst with her and communicate with her, even if I am in trouble, she will do everything she can to get me out of trouble. if my earthly mom can do that, why cant my Heavenly Father do that. I know He doesnt want to save just a few people, He wants us all. Just like how my parents want me home and all to themselves...haha. Heavenly Father does all He can, including sending His Son. I am so grateful for that! I am NOTHING without the Atonement of Christ.
Also something really cool. Brother Saurette got the Melchizdek Priesthood yesterday and he was going to give it to J, his 12 yr old son. It was after church and we were talking to some and J and Cody run up to us and pull us and say "Come with us to the Bishop's office!" J wanted us there to see him get the priesthood. Brother Saurette was so nervous! But it was amazing! i love this family so much! they are so special to me and I am so grateful to be apart of their lives!!
Well I love you all!!
have a great week!
Monday, August 20, 2012
No letter to President again this week but I have wasted my time on who knows what!!
This week was great! We had zone conference and it was so good to be replenished. We brought back a lot of good things to the area. I have this problem where I want to fix so much but I know I should focus on just a few things. Our investigators this week were kind of AWOL but we saw a lot of less actives which was cool.
We are going on a cool adventure to Belleview this week. They are doing a church tour for a group of people and they want Sisters there to show how the church respects women. We are really excited for that!
OH AND ALSO!!!!!
The Chandlers had their Babies!! I dont know if I have mentioned this BUT Brother Chandler is a former FOM missionary and he came back and married a gal here and they were pregnant with twins. Well she had to go on bed rest because baby B wasnt doing so well. we have been praying for them so hard! i didnt know that they were only trying to keep B alive for A and they were expecting only A to love. Well 5am on Tuesday (sis kerns) birthday Sis Ray (Sis Chandlers mom) texted us! they are both our and breathing on their own!! woot woot! Baby B's name is Faith and baby A is Allie. I am so excited for them but they still need all the prayers they can get! i truly love this family!!
well time is up and we have to get ready for the 1st annual FOM Missionary Olympics!!
We are America!! woot woot!!
all my love,
picture 1: zone conference with zone leaders
picture 2: i gave brother reising a panda tie!! (:
Monday, August 13, 2012
We were informed of some sad sad news. So sad, that I might cry just writing this. Well our TOP investigator, our 1 baptism we would have this month, isn't in our area. ): For awhile we were told by members that they didnt think it was, but our map and our area book said it was. Sister Kerns had so much faith, but I should have taken the lead and really found out. Gina has been doing great. Reading and stop smoking and all this. She just couldnt go to church because she had a family emergency in Deland so of course her date how to get pushed back. I started thinking that this was only happening because she wasnt under our stewardship. BUT the Bishop and other members saw her address and nobody still said anything, the Zone Leaders even went over and gave her a blessing and nothing was said. So I thought we were good but still something didnt feel right. We thought we would ask our district leader again this morning. Yes, her road was in their area (Leesburg E). I called Elder Gubler this conversation went something like this...
Me: Hey Elder Gubler, we have a refferal for you
E. Gubler: Really?
Me: Yeah. Her name is Gina.
E. Gubler: WHAT?! We dont want it! Are you sure? Do we need to call the mission office???
I love the Elders is this mission. They are so sweet. Especailly the leadership ones. I couldnt stop crying and apologizing to him but of course we didnt know but I still felt bad because I ignored a prompting. I dont know if it was me being selfish and wanting a baptism or just I was so excited because she is so prepared. So we are doing a hand off lesson. All that matters in the end is that Gina found the restored Gospel, not who baptizes her.
As many of you know, I am so hard on myself and being a missionary I am even more hard on myself. But I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Through Him, my pain can be lifted. I can find peace not only in this work but in this life. I know that I am here for a reason. I want to serve people, I want to teach them about the restored Gospel. It doesnt matter whom, I just want to fullfill my purpose and I know that I am. We had an expereicne with a member who asked us if we would ever marry someone who isnt LDS, my answer, "No." I know there are a ton of GREAT people out there. I dont beleive in one person for us. But with the truth that I know of the restored Gospel and the commandment of Celestial Marriage, I cannot afford to be disobedient to the Lord. I have no doubt that I could marry a baptist, methodist, muslim, ect and be happy but I dont want to risk not having children and husband for eternity. That is the power of the Priesthood.
Another cool miracle::
Yesterday morning, we went over to the family of 5 we are teaching, so they could follow us to church. We got there and they were just waking up. Dellan (boyfriend/step father) told us to go ahead, they still needed to get ready, and they will be there. Well sacrament starts, nothing. Sacrament ends, nothing. Speakers....still nothing. I have grow to dislike the word "try" on my mission. I will try shows our lack of commitment, did Christ TRY to atone for us? No, He did it. Well that was what one of the talked was about. The Atonement. So I was sitting there, doodling on the program, thinking of the atonement and all the blessings I see in this great work. When I feel Sister Martin tap me on the shoulder, "Sisters, that family you are teaching is here" YES!!! 10 mintues before sacrmanet endsand there they are!! I couldnt sing the closing hymn, I was crying because I was so happy. The Lord really extends his mercy. Everything is on His timing, not mine. no matter how frustrating it all is, it works out.
So we had a GREAT work. Tons of miracles. And you know what?? Next week is going to be even better!!
30 For my yoke is aeasy, and my burden is light.
Monday, August 6, 2012
i hope everyone had a great week! We sure did. Lots of miracles! We are teaching a cute family right now of 5. 4 of them are baptsim age. keep them in your prayers, we are seeing them TONIGHT!
Gina wont be getting baptized this weekend. ): She had a family 911 but we will still be working with her.
We are taking Ashley and Sister Saurette on a temple tour this Wednesday. That will be fun! I havent been on one since April!
We are working our tails off!!! Praying hard. I was even so frsutrated yesterday that we knocked a street and if you havent noticed I HATE KNOCKING! Only one person opened but she invited us back. I was willing to show the Lord that I would do whatever. Because of that though we were able to meet with our Family that we are teaching (they were running late).
We had an AMAZING break the fast dinner last night thanks to the Westcotts. Normally, I dont request meals because no one can cook like my mama and daddy! But this was amazing!! We had porkchops, sweet potatoes, corn on the cobb, mushrooms, lemonade shake ups, and cheesecake! Look at that excitiment on the picture attacthed!
We also went to becky ray's basketball game on saturday. so fun. she is 7 and we love her. we are actually giong to go play basketball with her today!!
well i love you all!!! keep being awesome!
love, sistet ploth
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