Do You Want A Book of Mormon?

(Sung to the tune of “Do You Want To Build a Snowman”)

Well on Monday we had game night…

We played Liar’s Dice and apparently I have a really good straight face… and also my companion is a good liar, so I better watch out! (She won)

On Tuesday…

We had a really good district meeting. Like, so good I was listening so intently that I didn’t even write anything down! We learned how we can become a missionary that is easy to read (Like a GPS). I realized that I need to be a missionary that you can read better, so people know why I am on a mission, I need to speak up more and I also realized that I need to pray with “real intent” and be willing to act on the answers I receive and be more specific about things when I pray. Remember how you told me I would learn to “really pray” on my mission? Well I’m starting to do that, and get out of the repetitious prayers. I have already seen great blessing come of it. I always love district meetings!

On Wednesday…

We did the usual, we went to the community lunch in Lake placid and helped serve people, and then later we went to Saranac Lake to teach an investigator. Well she wasn’t home. So we went to try and find another investigator, well she wasn’t home either. So were about to go our usual service at a soup kitchen in Saranac Lake. As we got in the car, we saw the Elders across the street, so we waved to them and they came over to our car. As we were talking we asked them if they were going to the soup kitchen, they looked at us confused and then told us that it was cancelled. We forgot all about that. I was so grateful that were able to reminded us that it was cancelled. We would have gone to the church and no one would have been there. Well we had a meeting later that night in Saranac Lake so we were stuck. Again the Elders helped us by sending us to people we could try. So I’m glad we could be productive.

On Thursday…

We tried to find people and we had weekly planning.

On Friday…

We tried to find people…

On Saturday…

We tried to find people…

And on Sunday…

We tried to find people (and we also went to church!)

So I’ll tell you about trying to find people!

We found a few people who are interested. One lady was very interested and we taught her about The Book of Mormon. She said she would call us back if she had any questions, hope she does. All the people that we tried were very friendly and nice and I am grateful for that. We were able to hand out a few Book of Mormons to people too.

On Sunday we had a regional broadcast.

It was broadcasted from Salt Lake to the east coast. Elder Larry Kacher, Sister Reeves, Elder Anderson and Elder Hales spoke. I really liked sister Reeves talk about being willing to repent and being forgiving. She had such a strong testimony and she yearned for everyone to become clean through the Atonement of Christ. I also liked Elder Anderson’s talk, it was about doing missionary work just by being an example to others and being willing to share your beliefs with others! Most people are converted because of the influence of friends.

We also had lunch with Sister Pascarelli. She is a convert and I love her testimony! She is still so excited about the gospel even after so many years of being a member. I love her enthusiasm! Well anyway, we had sandwiches at her house and berry pie… the pie was super delicious! #mealswithmembers are the best!

We also had dinner with the Evans. She made a yummy grape salad. And yummy chicken and she just makes good food. We also taught them about The Book of Mormon, and challenged them to become more like their favorite Book of Mormon Character.

By the way, the subject is because my companion and I use to sing “Do You Want a Book of Mormon?” Instead of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” It was really fun!

Car Fast

Last Monday was really long!

My old companion had one less day to pack (because transfers were on Tuesday instead of Wednesday). So we stayed up late trying to get all her stuff together! then the nest day, we went to Utica. It takes about 3 hours to get to Utica and we were only in Utica for only about 2 hours… maybe! So I guess you could say I went to Utica for lunch. 😉 While we waited for the meeting to begin, she leaned over to me and said, “All of my companions are here.” So the obvious thing to do was take a selfie with all of her companions. So we did!

As I told you last week, the missionaries were in charge of Branch FHE. We showed a demonstration of what the members role is, in a lesson with a member present. So we role played with the Elders (We taught the Elders) with Sister Mitchell as the member present (We teach with her a lot). My poor new companion! First of all, this role play is the first time we are teaching together. second of all, she only has a rough knowledge of what we are doing. Third of all she doesn’t even have time to unpack or even look at the house before FHE! So Tuesday was a CRAZY day! And I was tired! However, we made it through. And the FHE went really well. I think people really learned a lot. I am glad that there is at least one companion that never gets transfered on your mission, and that is the Holy Ghost!

On Thursday, we tracted a lot!

We don’t have very many investigators in this area, so we thought it would be a good idea to try and find new people. Well, I forgot that we were having a “car fast” the next day! So I got lots of exercise this week.

On Friday…

We had our Zone wide “car fast” so we weren’t able to use the car for all of Friday. Well, we had a meeting at the church, so we walked all the way to the church. By the way, it’s about 4 miles one way. So we walked to the church, had our meeting, and tracted all the way back! (Well, we did stop at subway). It was crazy!

On Saturday…

We saw an older couple. We taught them about how reading the scriptures will help your testimony grow. We read Alma 32: 28-36 it says:

Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.

Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.

But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.

And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.

Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.

And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.

And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand.

O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light; and whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?

Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.

They were able to compare this story to a time when they had a tree farm. He told us how the trees grew are how they need good soil. And then he told us that he never wanted to cut the trees down because they were so beautiful. Because of this we were able to help him understand that really the scriptures is important. ans we invited him to try the “experiment” like it talks about in verse 36, and read the scriptures to see if it helps him grow his testimony. I have come to love the scriptures more deeply since I have been on my mission, and I am so grateful for them!

On Sunday…

We had a gourmet meal with the Whites… We had pancakes! Liz, their daughter, had a friend over, and she also brought her to church. So we went to Young Women’s this week. I think Liz was happy, she had a whole class, not just herself! Well, back to dinner, we had eggs and pancakes like any other breakfast. It was really fun. We also watched the Mormon Message, “You never know.” I posted it on Facebook a few months ago.

 

Transfers

First of all I got transfer calls this week!

My companion is being transferred to Auburn (It’s near Syracuse) and I am getting a new companion! I am excited for my new companion, but I am also sad that my old companion is leaving.

So spring finally came yesterday!

We have a joke with the senior couple here. They started playing Hawaiian music a couple of weeks ago to try to bring spring in, and you know what? It worked! So on Wednesday when there was a really bad snow storm (as if it were February again) we blamed them for not playing their Hawaiian music. The snowstorm was super crazy… like we had to head in for the night it was so bad!

Tomorrow my companion and I head down to Utica to transfer. Then we have a Branch FHE where we have to do a role play… Sorry to my new companion! The first thing she has to do is do a role play with the Elders in front of the branch… I’m just glad I’m not training. If I were training I would feel bad for the person I would be training!

Again on Sunday, we spontaneously taught primary. We taught about Joseph Smith and the first vision. I had a lot of fun teaching the little kids. It was like being with the Sunbeams again.

Since my companion is leaving…

We’ve been saying good bye to everyone. We went to the White’s house on Saturday night, that was fun and spontaneous. On Sunday we went to the Miskin’s house (the senior couple here). Well they had had a pretty crazy day so they sent us a text to “come with a big appetite and closed eyes.” So we took that literally! We went home, grabbed some scarfs and went to their house for dinner. Well when Sister Miskin opened the door she was about to say “come in,” but saw us and slammed the door in our face. My companion had thought that Sister Miskin fell over but she just went over to get Elder Miskin. He opened the door and saw us and THWACK! He slammed the door too! So now I can say that I’ve had a door slammed in my face on my mission!

As always I’ll tell you about District Meeting!

We had a good meeting about how to set goals and plan to achieve those goals. It reminded me about that book that we read as a family a few years ago… I think it’s by Ezra Taft Benson, but I can’t remember. Well it was about desires and making goals. I think I am going to achieve my goal better now.

On Saturday…

We had a Relief Society activity, we learned about gardening and tied a quilt. I’ve never tied a quilt before so that was fun.

I know that Heavenly Father is there for us and can answer our prayers! I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can overcome any trial and get through any difficulty. I have already started to see my testimony strengthen on my mission. As I rely on the Lord for help, I can become an amazing missionary. I hope your testimony is growing everyday.

Food and a Lesson

It was a good week this week!

At district meeting this week, we learned about trusting in the Lord and your companion. To practice having trust in our companions we did a role play where we taught the first lesson but we had to go back and forth, one word at a time, with our companion. It was really hard at first because I would be trying to say one thing… but my companion wanted to say another! It was really fun, and I learned to trust my companion… not that I didn’t trust her before 😉 It really help us to become balanced when we teach!

On Thursday night, we were at an investigators house, it was about 6pm, and she asked, “What are you doing for dinner,” and we told her that we were just going to head home after that to eat there. Well we finished our lesson, and she sent us to the store to buy the ingredient. While we were at the store this is what happened:

We were finished shopping so we went to go check out, the guy at the register was asking us where we were from. We said Utah, and then he replied, “Usually they send you far away, right?” We wanted to chat with him for a minute, but there were people in line, so we quickly explained that that does happen quite often but not all the time. Well when we got back to our investigator’s house, we realized we bought the wrong ingredient. So she set us back to the store to get the right things. Well this was a tender mercy because we were able to see that cashier again and tell him more about our church. He seemed really interested so we gave him our number. I hope he calls!

Now back to dinner, we made chicken that was stuffed with ham, spinach, and Swiss cheese. It was really good! I also learned how to mince garlic. It’s a little scary…

The next day…

Friday, we also had a cooking lesson from Sister Pascerelli (No she is not Italian as her name suggest… but she is a fantastic cook!) She taught us how to make chicken curry. It was really yummy.

On Saturday morning…

I made pancakes! I wanted to make a “conference breakfast” even if we were not watching conference at 10am… and I was making it at 7am. My companion was going to make “conference food” on Sunday but we don’t have the ingredients. So we’ll make it tomorrow!

I really enjoyed conference this April…

I especially loved Elder Bednar’s talk about not being fearful. I love what he said about overcoming fears, “We can be blessed to hush our fears.” All we need to do to dispel our fears is to be centered on Christ. Because of Him, we can overcome any challenge! I also really enjoyed the Sunday morning session. Elder Causse’s talk about being excited about the gospel, and how we need to be excited to share the simple truths of the gospel, and be centered on Christ.! I really loved how Elder Holland talked about who the Savior will never leave you, even if you tell him to go away. He will always stay by your side to catch you if you are about to fall. Did you love the guy who spoke about National Geographic? I thought that was a pretty cool picture!

So Easter was really fun this year!

After Conference, we headed over to the Whites house for dinner. We had the usual set up, ham, potatoes, etc. (What else do you have on Easter?) And we played a board game with the girls. We played Harry Potter Clue! (That, by the way, I want when I get home 🙂 It was really cool! And we had red velvet cheesecake… Yup, that’s about it!

Well that’s all for this week!