Life is awesome!

(May 11) May2015

It was a lot of fun to see the whole family again. I feel like
everyone got better looking. It is so cool that you were able to work
there the year before the license change, how great is God! The open
house has been so wonderful. It will be weird when it’s all over, I
won’t know what to do with all the time lol. I have been able to meet
people who are so excited because their inactive or non-member family
is there and people who have been struggling with coming back and
received added strength from being in the temple. We met a man outside
after one of our teaching appointment who was not a member and he said
he’s heard of the church, but wasn’t really interested in religion,
but when we mentioned the open house he said that sounded interesting
and would love to go through with us. It was cool to see how it opens
doors that we would never be able to do otherwise.
And with one family that we’re teaching, the nine years old girls I
mentioned yesterday, we have seen a lot of progress. The first month I
was here we weren’t even able to get an appointment, and we never saw
anyone but the investigator and her mom, but since he openhouse we
have had two lessons with them and she said that we could come by on
Sunday and have a lesson with the whole family, the father included!
That has never happened. I know G(the girl) is such a good example to
her family. She is so string. After our lesson on tithing she woke up
on her own an hour before her family and rode her bike to church so
that we could fill out a tithing slip with her before church to give
to bishop. She asked her mom to come to church because she was going
to be in the special music number, and her mom said no, but I know
that it makes a difference every time she walks or rides her bike to
church on her own. She is only 9 and doesn’t have the gift of the Holy
Ghost yet, but she defiantly feels the Holy Ghost strengthens my
testimony. I love this area, these people, the open house, my
companions, and everything else happening. Life is awesome!

Mother's day hangout

I love the pictures! It looks like fun, and cold water is good for the character 😉 I am so excited for Aurora. I want both Tawnymara and Aurora to serve in my same mission, but more of the world needs Inmans, so I doubt they will.  Our new landlords, because we moved two blocks away, had a family motto “temple gate 2008” meaning that all of the kids would be through the temple by 2008 and they almost made it. Their last daughter got married in 2009 lol.

The family pictures are about the same size though lol. It looks beautiful, and Ester is so much bigger than Lincoln, that’s weird. I’m pretty flexible on the skype time, but my companion is planning about 2, so 1 would be great.

We went through the temple this week with a non-member family and I never realized how much of the temple if foreign to others. They asked about every room, and thought most of them were for marriages, it was so cute. They are going on a trip now, but they really like the temple and said we could come back as soon as they get home to keep talking. This week we did a lot of moving and temple service, so we didn’t get to teach as many lessons, but we got really great referrals. There are so many families who are now ready to start lessons or come back to the gospel. The work is growing and we’re not even in our area as much as we used to be. I have so much energy and I love being at the temple. This had been a great week! I’m excited for mother’s day and I know the Indiana temple will bring blessings.

My new companion is awesome too =)

love you bye

sister inman

(April 29)

So sorry it’s taken me so long to write, the temple is open on Mondays
too so I have to spread my preparation day out.
Yes, that quote does apply. But it’s great, I love staying busy. It is
quite tiring getting home at 10:30 and waking up at 6 and going all
day, but our mission president gave all the coordinating sister a
priesthood blessing (I didn’t even have to ask 🙂 and something in
mine said that I will be given energy past my normal capacity. It was
such a good blessing and I know my area will thrive and that
everything will be great, and I really do have a lot of energy. It has
been so cool working at the open house!
I love that observation about Ishmel’s family. Our president has said
that planning is everything, but plans are nothing. So we plan and
prepare and then the Lord guides us and trusts us to do what he needs.
So I don’t know why the Lord had them leave first, but I understand a
little of how Lehi felt when he had to change his plans lol.
Yes, we have hear that temple coordinator is a coveted spot, but I
love the parking attendants 😉 they are so helpful!
I’m not entirely sure what I’ve told you and what I haven’t because
the days are blurring together, but I will try not to be redundant.
Everyone watches a short video before going to the temple and one
time me and my companion were waiting for the room to fill up and
we’re talking with people and found out that one man there was a less
active member who was trying to get back and he had quit smoking and
was on day 12 so his friends took him to the temple to help give him
motivation to keep going. We took one of our investigators through
with his wife, who is a returned missionary, and it was amazing. He
said he felt a lot of peace in the celestial room, and in the sealing
room they looked through the eternity mirrors and his wife just cried
in his arms. He is now on date to be baptized in May.
My companion is going home today 😔 she is incredibly amazing and I
will miss her, but my new companion is awesome too. She is at least 6
feet though, so I feel short.
We got to go to the temple to watch one of our recent converts do
baptisms for the dead for the first time. It was awesome! She said she
felt like she want the one there, but that she was just a means for
the ones who were. She is he most golden person I know, I just live
her♥️
Well I don’t have enough time so I can’t keep bragging, but I really
really love my mission!April 2015 II

her baptism was the best gift ever

(April 20th)

Danni is so talented! She does have a great voice, I’m sorry I missed it. It’s so nice to see green grass lol. The flowers look so pretty! I love genealogy. When we get to teach a lesson on family history we bring them to the family history center and set them up and help them with the beginning, but I can’t really go past that so the professionals help them. I really like doing it though, we focus on helping the living more than the dead right now, but after my mission family history is definitely something I want to do.

This week had been amazing! So much is happening and it’s all good things. One of our investigators got baptized this Saturday! She wanted to get baptized on her birthday, then she found out prom was on the same day and she said she didn’t want to move her baptism because it was the best gift ever, so she had her baptism, birthday, and prom all on the same day. She was smiling so much and kept talking about how happy she was. The spirit was there for the whole baptism, and it was incredible. She is such an amazing person, she is so in tune with the spirit, and she has only had the gift of the holy ghost for a day. She is already excited to do baptisms for the dead this coming week. She completely shines with the light of Christ and when she bore her testimony at her baptism everyone could feel the spirit. It was such a good day! We also got to go and eat with her family for lunch after and her dad ordered these tacos and would only tell us what they were after we ate them… they were cow tongue. It turns out, I’m not the biggest fan of cow tongue lol.

We got a call Thursday telling us we needed to be in Payson all day Friday because there was a tour for the contractors that they needed us to do the tours. We had to reschedule all of our appointments, but it was a really good experience. All four of the sister temple coordinators were there so it made it easier to learn what our responsibilities are and what the best way to do everything was. It was very tiring, but so amazing to see all of the people coming and going. I got to stay in the reception tent for a little while and I talked to a woman who had her little son with her. As we were talking she said that she hadn’t been through a temple in so many years and going through then made her want to go back. She just kept looking at her son and almost crying. She has a desire to have him sealed to her, but her and her husband hadn’t been able to yet. It was so clear that she had been moved by the spirit and that that one moment in her life was an important turning point. The temple can be a life changing experience for so many people if they let it be. Even before the temple is dedicated it has the strongest spirit about it that can penetrate any heart. On Sunday we got to go back to the temple and get a tour from Elder Richards of the 70. The Payson temple is the most beautiful temple I have ever been in. all of the sisters from the mission were there and we got to sit in one of the instruction rooms and be taught by Elder Richards. I love the temple so much, and I know that I am so blessed to be part of this open house. The spirit in the Celestial room was so strong that I didn’t want to leave, but I know I will be able to be around the temple for the next month :). We also found out that this week will be the VIP tours. I’m so excited! I get to be there every day, and I know this will be a very busy and exciting week. It’s a silent tour, so we don’t lead people through the temple, but we get to help them before and after and there are always miracles that happen when people go through the temple.

One of our investigators has been progressing so well. His wife is a member, but he said he is finally in a good place to hear the gospel. Every time we’ve met with him he seems a little happier. He is a very genuine person and has said that he’s noticed the difference in his life since meeting with us. He went from not knowing if God was real, to having a goal to be baptized by the end of May. We love meeting with him and his wife because they are so funny and watching him literally change because of the gospel is amazing.

On Thursday we had a few appointments canceled and we had names on our calendar of people we wanted to see so we prayed about who the Lord wanted us to visit and choose a less active family in the condos. When we got there none answered. We knew that we were supposed to be there for a reason, so we prayed to know and we felt like we should go up. there are four apartments per floor and we knocked on three (kinda like trackting 🙂 and no one answered, but on the last door a girl answered and let us in. she isn’t a member and at first she said she was happy just being young for now and wasn’t really interested, but then we watched Because He Lives with her and talked for a little bit and asked her if she had any questions and she just started crying. her sister died a few months ago and her dad is a convert to our church and her mom is catholic so she was getting conflicting opinions of where her sister was and she felt like all she had done for months was cry. we talked about after life and testified of eternal families and she didn’t expect to have that happen, but she was really glad we came by. We told her how we found her and she loved knowing the Lord was aware of her. she was such an amazing person, and it was a great testimony builder that the Lord does put us where we need to be, and He really is aware of every person.

I absolutely love this work! It is the greatest to see miracles every day, and feel the happiness from the spirit.

I love you!

Sister InmanApril20152

(April 13th)

I have not though of Harrison’s future all at much, but I’ll
work on it :). My companion now is going home soon and she is awesome
lol.

This week we got to go to the Oquirrah temple because a family my
companion taught was getting sealed. It was so cool to watch a sealing,
it was the first time I ever have seen a couple married without
someone saying ’till death do you part” it was a really great day. We
also got to go to a conference with president and we were talking
about how we can improve on our planning and we read in Abraham 4 & 5
and he pointed out something that blew my mind… The chapter is about
God planning and role playing the creation of the earth! It was pretty
cool. This week we got to teach three sharing times. We taught the
message of the restoration because the topic for Sunday was Joseph
Smith, and the spirit during class was so cool, the kids were all well
behaved during it and I lived being able to listen to the primary
songs again. So many amazing things happen every week and I wish I was
fast enough to get them all into an email, but I will write them in my
journal and tell you them after my mission 😉

I love you!
Sister Inman

It was a truly great experience watching conference with that family

April2015Danni and Enoch look so cute! I’m glad the weather was good enough to do it outside. I got your letter, thank you so much. I’m so sorry I haven’t sent out the names yet, I will do it this week!

I got to go to the Saturday morning session of conference live! It was amazing, and president Erying gave the best talk on fasting. I have been able to see fasting do a lot for people, and my last companion was from Vanuatu, the country he talked about with the Cyclone. It made it more personal knowing someone from there and made me appreciate giving fast offering more. I Loved the story of the brothers rock climbing. Elder Holland is such a good speaker! I have gained a greater understanding (that still & always will be growing) of the Atonement and that story really helped it to grow. We watched that session with an investigator and his wife and they said that they really liked it too.

We were able to have lunch with our investigator before the second session of conference and we got to fill eggs and hide them for the kids. It was so much fun to see how excited they were about all of it. He asked a questions about the second coming and it was answered in that session and was such a good testimony builder. It was a truly great experience watching conference with that family.

We got to go on two exchanges this week and the sisters in our zones are so amazing. Even though they speak Spanish most of the time I can still tell when they are testifying because of the spirit that is there and I have been able to learn so much from them. I am learning a little bit of Spanish, I can say a very simple prayer. It’s a lot of fun because even though I can only say a few things they said I don’t have an accent when I speak Spanish, so if I were to ever actually learn how to speak it I would be good lol. My third companion went home, so it’s back to a companionship of two now!  The open house starts in two weeks, then goes until May 23. I know it will be an amazing experience. We had the great opportunity to see a boy we’re teaching get baptized and his family really wanted the confirmation on Saturday and were upset when we told them that the brethren have stated that converts should be confirmed on Sunday, but after he was confirmed last Sunday the family told us they were happy that they didn’t have it on Saturday and the whole family stayed for all three hours (which hasn’t happened in years). It was so cool.

I love you!

Sister Inman

I was able to learn so much from the sister’s love of the people

I did get the package, thank you so much! It’s the best, you know just
what to send 🙂 although I feel like sending the skirt back because
it’s way too expensive. It’s adorable, and it fits perfectly, but you
could use it for so much better. I just don’t know how to send it
back to you… So dilemma. The McGrews are so amazing. They will make
the best missionaries. I didn’t get to know them as well as is
should’ve, but why I do know is that they have strong testimonies and
giant hearts. Sister McGrew makes the best embroideries 🙂

It was so much fun to come home to my early birthday present, thank
you! It had inspired gifts in it, I was almost out of mints lol. The
temple looks so good. I’m sad I won’t be there for that open house,
but I’m excited to come home to a temple so close by. I get to be at
the temple opening in Payson everyday, except Sunday, so I will get a
lot of experience with temple open houses. Is Danni going to be in the
temple celebration? That would be such a cool experience.
You and Danni look so good! Her boots are very cute. I love the
women’s conference, it was a good reminder to me to be more
charitable.  We got to sit next to a lady we are teaching and she
loved it, she is going through some hard times and connected really
well to the second talk.
On Monday we had our district activity & we called it the Volmer
Olympics because one of my companions is leaving this week and she
wanted to do a minute to win it type of activity. It was a lot of fun.
We went on exchanges, so I traded places with a sister from another area
and was another sister’s companion for the day. We also do exchanges
once a transfer, but it’s different being the sister training leader
because we do exchanges about once a week. All the sisters in our
zones are Spanish speaking, so is didn’t get to say much in the
lessons, but I was able to learn so much from the sister’s love of the
people and obedience in following the spirit. This week we saw the
temple training video for the temple open houses, it was so awkward
seeing myself on the tv. It’s a very cheesy video, it was embarrassing
because I had to teach a portion of the meeting because I’m a temple
coordinator. I did not want to teach after they saw me on screen, but
it was still a good meeting and the video was funny yet edifying. My
companion that’s going home this week was also in the video and we both
just laughed some of the scenes in there.

It so cool that you and dad are teaching family history. We had a lesson this week with a sister we’re teaching and she got so excited when the female history consultant showed her how to find more names, it was so evident she felt the spirit of Elijah. She said she almost started crying she was so happy, I want to learn how to do it better when I get home so that
I can take more names to the temple. This week has flown by! This is
the best area in the mission and I have the best companions and I get
to talk with the coolest people everyday. I’m so blessed. And I know
this is the best thing I’ve ever done.Mar2015 3 Mar2015 4

This area is amazing!

aww, that announcement picture is so cute! I’m very excited to come home and meet another niece/nephew (my guess is niece). I was transferred to Orem, but I know that my companion is doing ok. She is a very strong sister. This week was a little bit crazy. we cover two zones as sister training leaders, and every month we normally have to do a Zone Training Meeting with the Zone leaders but because of the restart with the ipads we have meeting every week, so we have tech zone training meetings twice almost every week. And I found out that I’m also being called as a Temple coordinator. Every sister in the mission will take 7 hour shifts at the temple about every three days, except for the 4 sister who are temple coordinators, we take 7 hours shift everyday,  so my schedule is about to become very busy. This area is amazing! It’s about 1.5 miles big, but we teach a lot of lessons, and the people here are amazing. The leadership is so involved in missionary work and we have members who help fellowship those that we teach. It is the celestial part of the mission (and the world) for missionary work. I am in a trio because one of my companions will be leaving in two weeks, but both of my companions are awesome. I have been very blessed to be able to learn a lot from both of them. This week one sister that we’re teaching texted us and told us what happened when she paid her tithing. She said the paid their tithing, then they had nothing left for groceries that week. but then she found a savings bond because she had a weird urge to organize their files, then their tax people found a mistake they made last year and now their tax return is much larger than they originally though, and so many more blessing. She said “I have a testimony of tithing now, the church is true =)”! is was so cool, and we got to see her 3 year old son get his baby blessing this past Sunday.  The longer I’m on my mission the more I don’t want to leave. There is so much joy in this work!

love you very much,

Sister InmanMarch20152

I have a strong testimony on the power of the Spirit.

Nope, I will not be staying through transfers. My companion will stay in this area and train a new sister from the MTC, and I will go to a new area and be the Sister Training Leader there. It’s crazy, and I’m super nervous, but I trust that the Lord knows what he’s doing. Time is flying by way too quickly! That sounds like an amazing Time Out for Women! Testimonies and happiness go hand-in-hand. My companion is hilarious, so I’ve been able to do a lot of laughing this last transfer. I’m so excited for Enoch! I can’t believe he’s growing so much. We did service this week for a family in one of our wards and they have a 12 year old son who has down syndrome and they said he’s 12 going on 6. He was so cute and reminded me a lot of Enoch. He came down with a box of pizza while we were talking to his parents and he kept doing jazz hand and showing off the pizza, it was so cute. We had just eaten dinner though so he was a little sad when we didn’t eat his amazing pizza. They said that they moved to Utah for the school program for him because they tried to teach him, but the school he was in made a big difference. The more names will be enough of a birthday present for me, and you can send it anytime and I’ll promise not to open it until my birthday ;). My shoes are great, my boots are getting rough, but winter is over so I can go back to my other shoes! My other shoes are still in really good condition. My companion is from Vanuatu and a cyclone just went over her home island, her family and she could use your prayers. I like what you said about prayer, we should try to never pray in vain, which means acting on what we’re praying for (if it’s possible).

This week was awesome! We got to go on exchanges, which is where we split championships with our sister Training Leaders for a day, and it was so good. I stayed in the area and it was so cool to see how the other sister was able to study and teach everyone we saw that day without even knowing them. I have a strong testimony on the power of the Spirit. We don’t need to know all thing, but we can know many things as we strive to be worthy of the Holy Ghost. We had a first lesson with a less active family who is coming back to church and it was so good. They didn’t have a testimony on everything in the gospel, but what they did have a testimony of they were strong in that testimony. You could feel the spirit so strongly as they talked about how they came to know a certain principle. I know that testimonies are not a blanket thing, you have to develop a testimony of each individual principle of the gospel. But on the other side, you can know that the church is true, by the power Holy Ghost without knowing every principle. So that was a long and complicated way to say that testimonies come over time and differently for each person, but each person can always grow in their testimony. I love being able to study and learn this gospel every day! That should be on your list of way to be happy, study the gospel! I am excited for the future and all of the things that will happen. I always pray for my family, and I know that Heavenly Father is listening and answering 🙂 you are so incredible!

Is there anything you would like me to pray for? How is everything with Danni going, does she like school too? March2015text(pic from a text we received through the week)

My companion is from Vanuatu and a cyclone just went over her home island

nope, I will not be staying through transfers. My companion will stay in this area and train a new sister from the MTC, and I will go to a new area and be the Sister Training Leader there. It’s crazy, and I’m super nervous, but I trust that the Lord knows what he’s doing. Time is flying by way too quickly! That sounds like an amazing time out for women! Testimonies and happiness go hand-in-hand. My companion is hilarious, so I’ve been able to do a lot of laughing this last transfer. I’m so excited for Enoch! I can’t believe he’s growing so much. We did service this week for a family in one of our wards and they have a 12 year old son who has down syndrome and they said he’s 12 going on 6. He was so cute and reminded me a lot of Enoch. He came down with a box of pizza while we were talking to his parents and he kept doing jazz hand and showing off the pizza, it was so cute. We had just eaten dinner though so he was a little sad when we didn’t eat his amazing pizza. they said that they moved to Utah for the school program for him because they tried to teach him, but the school he was in made a big difference. The more names will be enough of a birthday present for me, and you can send it anytime and I’ll promise not to open it until my birthday ;). My shoes are great, my boots are getting rough, but winter is over so I can go back to my other shoes! My other shoes are still in really good condition. My companion is from Vanuatu and a cyclone just went over her home island, her family and her could use your prayers. I like what you said about prayer, we should try to never pray in vain, which means acting on what we’re praying for (if it’s possible).

 

This week was awesome! We got to go on exchanges, which is where we split championships with our sister Training Leaders for a day, and it was so good. I stayed in the area and it was so cool to see how the other sister was able to study and teach everyone we saw that day without even knowing them. I have a strong testimony on the power of the Spirit. We don’t need to know all thing, but we can know many things as we strive to be worthy of the Holy Ghost. We had a first lesson with a less active family who is coming back to church and it was so good. They didn’t have a testimony on everything in the gospel, but what they did have a testimony of they were strong in that testimony. You could feel the spirit so strongly as they talked about how they came to know a certain principle. I know that testimonies are not a blanket thing, you have to develop a testimony of each individual principle of the gospel. But on the other side, you can know that the church is true, by the power Holy Ghost without knowing every principle. So that was a long and complicated way to say that testimonies come over time and differently for each person, but each person can always grow in their testimony. I love being able to study and learn this gospel everyday! That should be on your list of way to be happy, study the gospel! I am excited for the future and all of the things that will happen. I always pray for my family, and I know that Heavenly Father is listening and answering 🙂 you are so incredible!

Is there anything you would like me to pray for? How is everything with Danni going, does she like school too?

 

i love you a lot, like, a lot a lot

become immunized and not quarantined to the temptations of technology

(regarding Muncie 1st ward’s loss of sister missionaries)We lost a lot of sisters too, but in the summer things will grow again because everyone will be out of school. Eating is the same I guess, meat every night and people giving us yummy looking candy. But people here are so nice, they give us dinner to take home and offer to help us with lunch. I will definitely not starve 😉

We got to go to the temple this morning and it was amazing, as usual. I am done with the family names you gave me, I get to go back to the temple in three months though. We had a lot of lessons with less actives this week, and met two new families that we are starting to teach. I love all of them! We met one family because a sister who used to serve here went to see them and invited us along. It was a great lesson and the family asked us if we could help them with family home evenings and we are also going back to help them with the yard. They are such a great family, and said they would go to at least sacrament meeting this Sunday.  It is so cool to watch people rediscover their testimonies and work to go to the temple. We got to teach a temple prep class this Sunday and it was so much fun. All of the people there were attentive and they are very prepared for their missions. It seems like the missionaries coming out just keep getting better and better. We went to a conference this week about the ipads and the entire mission was there. The chapel and gym were full. The conference was focused on us and not the ipads though. We are learning how to become immunized and not quarantined to the temptations of technology. Every aspect of our life starts with how we are on the inside.

mar20152

It does so much when members friendship people who come

(Mar 2nd) 

It’s weird that you’re getting snow and we’re getting rain. It feel backwards, but I’m glad we don’t have to cancel church. I am so grateful I got to be raised by faithful parents, I’ve seen people who were “raised” in the gospel and still had a rough life because they were never shown how to really live it. Wow, that sister was there for a long time (10 months!). I hope I can have an area like that where I can really get to know the people, but if not I will still love getting to experience different places and meet new people.

This week was another amazing week to be a missionary. We had someone call us and ask if we could teach their 11 year old son because he was looking at a lot of different religions and was deciding which one he wanted to join. It was a great first lesson, he’s very smart, and we will continue to teach him. We also got to go and see the baptism of another set of twins we were teaching. They’re 8, so we were meeting with them because their parents weren’t active, and it’s amazing to see the change they’ve made. The father was able to baptize and confirm both of his sons, and they whole family will be sealed in June! The gospel does do much for families and it has been so cool to see the difference it makes in others’ lives. They are such a great family and it was so cool to witness their baptism. We had a Zone Conference last week and we found out that the ipad pilot program we’ve been doing is about to become the real deal. So we have a conference this week to learn about all of the changes and prepare to transition into the next phase. March 11 we won’t have ipads for two weeks, then we all receive new ones and it will be permanent. President McCune also focused a lot on the Temple. It is so exciting that I get to serve in an area that has a temple opening. There is so much excitement and the Lord is really building up his kingdom. I can see the temple every night as we drive home and it looks so pretty all light up. I hope I can still serve in this area when it opens, but that’s 3 months from now, so we’ll see. We were able to sit with a recent convert and her little sister this Sunday, and it was awesome to see members of the ward come up to them and introduce themselves and get to know them. It does so much when members friendship people who come. I know the girls were nervous to come, and their parents won’t come with them, so it does a lot when they can feel welcomed and loved. I love this area, the people, and my companion, I don’t want to leave :).

I love you!

Sister InmanMar2015I

(Feb. 23rd) 

This week has been so great! I got to see the twins we’ve been teaching get baptized. The girl was so nervous, but they both were so happy. They had so many people from the ward come that it was almost standing room only. It was awesome that the family could see how much the ward lives them. They were able to have their grandma, who’s dying, come and watch them. It was a wonderful baptism and the spirit was so strong!

A family in another ward just moved, but they moved into a house that would be within the same boundaries because of how much they love the ward. They were inactive for a long time but their twin boys are turning eight and they wanted them to be able to choose to be baptized or not. We taught them for a little while and I love them, they are doing so well. The older son got ordained as a priest and the father is getting the Melchizedek priesthood this week, they said that they are going to the temple to be sealed as a family in June! I hope that I don’t get transferred too far away so that I can go to that.

This area is growing so much and I absolutely love it! I have great leaders that magnify their callings and my companion is amazing. I don’t want to ever leave this place. I was also studying this week about talents and I have a testimony that God has given talents to everyone and that he has given us those talents so that we can bless others. It’s so cool to pray to be able to see others and Christ would because then you can more fully see how amazing people are. We are all different and imperfect, but how great is our potential!

I love you ❤️feb20155

(Feb 15th) 

This week we were trying to find a house we had never been to and I didn’t really know where the road was so I pulled over onto a random side street to look at the map and we saw two people standing outside their house and we decided to go and talk to them. we started by asking for directions, but then we were able to talk more with them and we found out that they had both been baptized but had been inactive since they were kids and that they had never really wanted to go back to church, but recently he had a friend die and that made him question what happens after death. He said they had just been talking about faith half an hour before we walked up and that he knew it was God directing us to them. We were able to share a message with them and answer some of their questions, but they had a lot more and are wanting to start going back to church. We are starting to teach them now and it is so wonderful to see how the Lord is preparing the hearts of people and how he directs our paths. We also met with a recent convert, the first time we’ve been able to since I’ve been in this area, and his step mom sat in on the lesson. During it she said that her son had a hard time learning so she didn’t want him to be baptized until she felt like he could understand what was being taught and she wanted us to come over to start teaching him. she has also been inactive for a long time, but said that she wanted to start making church more of a priority because her step son (the recent convert) said that every time he went to church it made him feel better, and she could feel the spirit he brought home from church and wanted that more in her house. We met with a less active who is wanting the missionaries over again and her 19yr old son just moved in with her and said he was going to go to school and start working and we asked if he had ever thought of going on a mission and he said he hadn’t, but wasn’t against it. We invited him to sit in on the lessons and he accepted. Now we get to teach them together and it is a great great experience every time we go over. We see so many miracles and had a lot of success in this area. I know that with the Temple going us here the Lord really is building up his kingdom.

My new companion is sister Lani from Vanuatu

My new companion is sister Lani from Vanuatu (it’s by Fiji). She is
great! I think that an act of love a day is a wonderful idea. I very
much miss your back rubs, I hope the people you served know how lucky
they are 😉.  Enoch is very impressive, even with a ramp I think I
would get a gutter ball every other time haha. You look so pretty in
the pictures! I can’t imagine someone not getting excited about 50%
off goodwill, I’m pretty sure every missionary would love that.

This week we had a lot of people move, or finish the lessons, or take
a break so I thought that we would have a lot fewer lessons this week,
especially since transfer weeks are usually slower, but we had almost
the exact same amount of lessons. It was really cool. And we contacted
a few people that other missionaries had taught before but stopped for
one reason or another and we had a lot of success. One family we
stopped by is a part member family: the mother was less active, the
dad isn’t a member, and they have a daughter (10yr old) who was
investigating for a little while. When we stopped by the dad answered
but when the daughter saw us she ran up to the door and was so
excited. She said she had been going to church lately and that they
were looking for missionaries to come back so she could get baptized
soon. It was awesome! Im so excited to begin teaching them. We also
stopped by a house trying to find get to know a recent convert sister
and her family but they weren’t home, and then we went to a music
activity at the church and the last family we talked to was the family
who’s door we were just knocking on and they said they were going to
the temple in March to be sealed as a family. It was great news. On
Sunday, about 5 minutes before sacrament started, I realized that I
forgot to bring the talk I wrote from sacrament. I was a little
nervous about it, but the spirit helped me to remember what I studies
and it all turned out alright. We ate dinner with a family that I have
come to really love, and they gave me a green blanket with my name and
the year sewed into it. It is so cute!

Have a great month of love 😘

This is my awesome companion. She’s the normal one who doesn’t have
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