March 28, 2016

week 22: selling cookies and salvation...for free

Monday, March 28th, 2016

We get asked sometimes if we are selling something, YEAH SALVATION. Also we made a sign up sheet for the relief society to make cookies each week so now we don't have to make cookies every week! It's way nice. The best way through a person's heart is cookies right?!

But yeah this week was good but a totally blur. All I remember is that we were BUSY. Busy is good.

Monday we had FHE at the Snow's. They are the CUTEST family. Like seriously all the families in the ward are the cutest. His dad is speaking in general conference the Saturday morning session! I met him yesterday at church. Supa cool. Their son was like "my great great great great grandpa gave Joseph Smith a cane!" lol

Tuesday we saw some potentials! We saw Rosetta and Jean! We taught them the restoration and they really liked it. They aren't 100% all there though. Super sweet ladies. We then saw their upstairs neighbor, Jackie. She is funny. She doesn't believe in organized religion. She says she is searching for something though. We tried to hint that it is the gospel that she is searching for. We then had a lesson with Zach at the library! Alyssa came with us and she brought her nonmember friend! He wanted to see what it is like. His name is Noah, he was baptized last summer into a christian faith. He is really awesome and has good insights. He said that we we're "too serious" though. Even though he said we answered a lot of his questions. He is just used to loud church with chanting and such. But Zach is doing really well. He told us this week that he is planning on going on a mission and asked how he can go!! SUPER cool! Missionary work is actually the best guys. He was super confident that he knows the Book of Mormon was true when I asked him about it. And he talked to his boss about not working on Sundays and his boss was really understanding! Miracles! We then saw Joy Christensen and her grandkids. It sounds like they all want to go to church. Joy didn't come on Sunday though. So that was sad. We then went to a baby shower that night, let me tell you I don't know how to socialize anymore. I'm just a bunch of awkward. plz help. sos. But it was good cause it was for a less-active and a bunch of relief society were there.

Wednesday we saw Karen Cummings and shared a message with her. She had the cutest kittens that were only 12 days old! Like I don't think I had ever seen something that cute. We volunteered at amber creek inn. I LOVE it there. One of the ladies stole pass-along cards from our bag!! We confronted her and she was like "I don't know what you're talking about" lol so we let her keep them. We ate at the Quicks that night and Sister Quick is from Las Vegas and said she always had missionaries over so I just gave it a try and asked if she knew any of the missionaries that served there that were from our stake. She said she knew Derek White! That was really cool and special to meet someone that knew him. She said he came over a lot. Her maiden name is Olsen. We went to the DeBenckendorffs that night. They are doing so well! Amelia gave a book of mormon out to a coworker and highlighted some verses she liked! She said that he really liked it! You should have seen the light in her eyes, she was SO happy. It's amazing to see less-actives do missionary work. She was like "I could actually be a missionary!" She turns 19 next month. I hope she decides to serve! She would be so good. 

Thursday we had stake correlation and district meeting. AND service. We picked some random guys citrus fruit with the district. haha but all the fruit was bad cause he didn't water them so we just threw them in the trash. But all in all it's still fun. Our district has changed a lot this transfer. It's always good getting to know more missionaries. We saw Sue and we committed her to do personal progress! She is so excited about it! She is so awesome. It's hard to think of commitments for her because she literally does everything! We had a lesson with the Luongs. They are good but have been missing some church recently. 

Friday we helped the Daughtees pack. They are moving from a pretty big house to a 2 bedroom apartment. So it is going to be a struggle for them. They are getting rid of a lot of things. We had lunch at cafe rio, go figure. And then we met with Brother Chase. It was good. We are really trying to help the bishop. We went to the Easter Pageant that night! It was SO good! Alyssa took Zach and us and we met some other YW there. We go there super early and got 2nd row seats! We got to go to the visitors center and walk around. Zach loved it. He is so excited to be a part of this church. We had a lesson with him on the temple grounds. It was really good. Guess who I saw there?! Anna Mckay! My Jerusalem friend! She was there with her husband! It's always good to see familiar faces.

Saturday there was an Easter breakfast for larkspur ward. Constance and Betsy both came! Bishop picked them up! They both had a really good time! The food was also so good. We then went to amber creek inn and helped them with their easter egg hunt. Some family members were there so it was good to talk to them. We then went to the stake center to watch the womens broadcast and have dinner there. It was really good! It talked a lot about service. It's so true that when you serve others you forget your problems and you can really learn to love them and see them as God see's them.

Easter Sunday was good. I mean it didn't feel too much like Easter but it was good. We had two ward councils. Zach was beaming at church. He just loves it. A ton of people were at church. A lot of part member families! That was great! I mean Easter is the 1 out of 2 times people go to church out of the year. We had a yummy dinner at the Christensens. A lot of people were busy last night so we visited a lot of single people and that was good. 

I'm so glad my Savior lives!! How wonderful we can have hope because of the Atonement. No trial is too big because of Him! Nothing nourishes us more than the understanding of the Atonement. The Atonement is less about me and more about the Savior. He performed the perfect atonement for each one of us. I know that Heavenly Father knows who were are to become. We need to remember this and not be so worried about where we were or even will be tomorrow. Our potential is so much bigger.

I hope everyone had a great easter! I love you ALL! Thanks for everything! Sorry for such the long emails....

sisa fisha

Karen Cummings and her kittens!
Amber Creek Inn

Service with district

Riding a horse...breaking rules
Temple with Zach

Easter Pageant
Anna at Easter Pageant!
Amber Creek Inn

March 21, 2016

week 21: #hallelujah

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Hellooooo so yes I am still in Scottsdale :) I'm so happy I will be here for 6 months! Things are going really well! It's getting a little hot here...not to the 90s YET, I am not excited for that. I just think ONE summer only ONE summer. I got this nat. It's funny people ask us if I would ever live in Arizona, I'm just like yeah no. I miss my green!

Monday we went to the Ross's. They are so so amazing. Like I want you all to meet them one day. They have truly changed my life. Vince plans on getting baptized in June!! So we are like well when are you going to get married?? haha

Tuesday was busy, actually this whole week was busy. Time goes by a lot faster when you are busy. We saw Constance that day and brought Sister Wynn. She didn't go to church this week but I know she wants to. She said she really liked stake conference! We then saw another less-active, Sister Terry, we brought another member, Sister McReynolds. It went really well! We then had a lesson with Zach. He is doing well! We had 2 laurels come and Pete come! He is progressing and reading the Book of Mormon! We then had a relief society birthday dinner at the Whites. It was so nice! They taught us how to cook in a survy, however you spell that. It's amazing all of the homes we go's going to be strange leaving Scottsdale.

Wednesday was good. We found some less-actives and some people who have moved or not interested. It's funny cause missionaries are some of the most loved and hated people. We met this really cute old man in a car, he lives in an assisted living home so someone was driving him around. He gives us his card and we give him a pass along card. He invited us for lunch on Saturday but we couldn't go so we are going to visit him this week. Haha it's so funny the people we meet. We had another lesson with Zach and Nate and just read the Book of Mormon with him. We then saw Tayllor and Amos! We shared an Easter message with them. They are so cute and so in love. It's crazy that Amos's sister Rebecca knows Brittany!

Thursday we saw Sister Holdiman, she is so stubborn haha. We then saw Brother Gonzales. We saw Jackie! And she was actually sober! So that was amazing! Well she might have had one drink but we could actually have a conversation with her. We knocked on her downstairs neighbors and these two cute old ladies answered. Oh my goodness so funny. They told us that we can come back! We have been getting referrals from youth in the ward! We are excited to contact them!

Friday we had a really cool miracle! We have been trying to do better with talking to EVERYONE we see, even if it is a really uncomfortable situation. We go up to this lady who lives across the Ross family. She is sitting on the ground in front of her garage. She is looking at all this really cool family history stuff. We talk to her about family history and that she can do a lot with this stuff! She had letters, birth and death certificates, photos and other cool things. She was cleaning out boxes from her mothers house that she had never seen before. She was SO excited about it! You should have seen the light in her eyes! Sister Gulley found a letter and read it. It was a man who was writing a letter to his parents, He was in Tokyo and witnessed the signing on the peace treaty! It was SO cool. Susan (the lady) started crying and it was really sweet. We are getting the history consultant in our ward go help her! We shared with her the Hallelujah video and she loved it. Especially cause in the video people are showing pictures of their ancestors. We had two dinners that night, yes double dinner! You wonder why I am getting fat haha. The second dinner was with Laura Holgate, the elders kind of teach her, but really just do service for her. Haha we get there and she makes the elders go to the attic and vacuum up rat poop haha in their suits! We then had a lesson with Zach that night. It was really cute cause he said he was playing video games and then he got this feeling that he should go read the Book of Mormon. It's really amazing to see investigators get so excited about the gospel.

Saturday we saw LaVonne and taught her the restoration. She says she doesn't have time to read the Book of Mormon or to go to church but she says some day...I hate when people say that haha. She is so nice though. We then saw Brother Kearn, haha I love them. They are so funny. Even though he is so hung up about the holy trinity. He is starting to read the Book of Mormon so we hope that goes well. We then saw the Ross family. We had a great lesson with them. They are really so amazing. We just then tried to see lots of less-actives! We actually met one! They are siblings and they live together. Their last name is the McSweeney's. They said we can stop by again.

Sunday was good. We taught Relief Society about the Restoration. It went really well! I love the women in the ward and their strong testimonies! Zach came to church and he really liked it! I'm so excited for him! In Larkspur ward we had a woman just show up! She said she lives down the road. She is 80 years old and has lived her 20 years and has always wondered what this building was. She figured it out and decided to come! She is so cute! Sister Cutler was awesome and really fellowshipped her! This is how it should be! She stayed all 3 hours and then came to the Easter Devotional last night. Also Tayllor came with Amos's Sister Rebecca! The one who knows Brittany so it was fun meeting her! Such a small world.

Today we went hiking with Laura Holgate! It was really fun! The sun makes it so hot though but it wasn't too bad. Hiking just is so different here than what I am used to.

I love Easter week. It is so special to me. "He is not here: for he is risen". #Hallelujah 
His resurrection is so glorious and is the most reassuring of all events of human history. It is the victory over death! I'm so happy we can live again because of Him :)

Have an amazing Easter!!


Sister Fisher


Cheesy pic

Helping Linh with homework turns into this haha

Zach and the Daughtees


Brother Kearn reading the Book of Mormon

Rebecca and Tayllor!

Hiking with Laura!

March 14, 2016

week 20: trying to teach the restoration to a drunk person

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Hello Everyone!

This week has been a crazy one, go go go all the time. It's been SO good though. 

Tuesday we saw Sister Holdiman! She is so funny. She always thinks we are testing her faith by asking her questions. It's kind of true though. We are here to teach repentance. We met some less-actives this day which was a miracle because no one ever answers their door. We saw Elyssa, she is doing good. We then had a lesson with Zach! And it went so well and we put him on date for April 9th! We are super excited about it. It all should go well if he is sincere and keeps progressing!  We then were in some complex and we starting talking to this lady taking out her trash and offered to take out her trash for her. She was SO wasted. It was pretty much the funniest thing ever. Never a dull moment on the mission. She loved us and wanted us to come back. We went back a few days later at 2pm and she was drunk AGAIN. so sad. We tried to teach her the restoration but she was just all over the place. oh man she was so funny. And then at the end she was like "i think im gonna become a jew". We were like how did you get that from what we are teaching you?! baha. oh man it was just so sad because she drinks because she is lonely. I'm so grateful for the word of wisdom!

Wednesday we went to the temple! We are so lucky in this mission that we get to go so often! Temples are the best. We then had ZTM right after so we really didn't have time for much proselyting this day. We met with Bishop Jorganson and went over all of the families in the ward and took note of who was active and who wasn't. Definitely over half the ward is less-active which is so sad. We have a lot of work to do! We really need to get the members and ward council more involved. We saw Sue that night. She is well. And then we went to do family history work! The larkspur ward does it every wednesday night so it is nice to get help! Our mission is big into finding family names to take to the temple! I haven't found a name yet but I am determined. 

Thursday we did a TON of service but it was so fun. We went to Amber Creek Inn! I love going there. I'm pretty sure they make my day more than I make theirs. We then went to volunteer as a district at food for kids and boxed a bunch of food! It was pretty fun! We got to share the gospel with lots of people too.

Friday was good. We got to see Constance and we had a really good lesson with her! We are teaching her the discussions. She then asked for a book of mormon! She needed a large print though so we gave one to her later. She also is setting up her own appointments which is so nice!! We got a referral from a bishop, we went to go see her. We don't know how sincere she is. I think she just needs financial help. I mentioned Christ and she said oh we are Jewish. It's always a good connection though when I tell Jews that I studied in Jerusalem and that I LOVE Jews. We went to Cafe Rio that night cause members gave us a gift card and the elders were there haha. We go to cafe rio lots here. Members LOVE it. We then had a lesson with Tayllor and Sister Miller came! It was probably the best lesson we have had with her! She is just so excited about it and I love teaching her! :) We had a lesson with the Luongs and oh my they are so funny. We shared with them the new easter video and then Linh the 11 year old asked what does hallelujah mean? haha she is so cute. and then Brother Luong randomly asked us if we were from utah. They are just a funny family haha.

Saturday no one answered! It seems strange cause it's Saturday and you would think that people would answer. We saw the Ellis family. It's funny cause we have a hard time to get less-actives to pray more than investigators. We were knocking doors before dinner cause we had an awkward amount of time. We found a less-active doing it! He said he left when he was 18 so we are going to go back. He was really nice! We then had dinner with the Kerrs before Stake Conference and they brought Brandi! I hadn't seen her in forever! So it was really good! She is moving to California soon to marry some guy. Stake Conference was way good! I learned a lot. President and Sister Sweeney spoke so that was a wonderful surprise! I seriously love them SO much. They are the cutest. Tayllor and Amos came!! They loved our mission president! Elder Corbridge came and spoke and that was really good! We then had a sisters sleepover that night so that was fun.

Sunday was a day of MIRACLES. Like we had nothing planned and then that day we had 4 set lessons so that alone was awesome. But yeah so it was stake conference and that was way good. GUESS WHO SHOWED UP. CONSTANCE. Sister Gulley and I freaked out when we saw her. We invited her to it but we didn't know she would come! Bishop picked her up! Bishop is the best! it was her first time coming to church in like 25 years! Tayllor and Amos came again and we sat by them! and Peter spoke! Ahh I was so proud! He did SO good. He is going to be a general authority one day. President got to meet him and his parents! He also met Constance! We then had a meeting with our ward mission leader which went well. We then had an FHE lesson with the Christensens. I love them they are so awesome. We went to the Rossi's after and Vince was like so Charlie is getting home in June to get baptized, can I get baptized with him? We were like YES. They don't know when exactly but it's good. We then told him he needs to be married first which they know. They don't know when they are getting married but we hope it is soon. They are just so amazing. Every time I meet with them I learn something more amazing about them. I think they have taught me more than I taught them. I told them that getting married will be awesome but getting sealed will be the most special thing and then they both just looked at each other and smiled. CUTEST thing ever. They then invited us to their sealing! I can't wait to go! We saw Joy Christensen and their family! Which was amazing cause we have been trying to seem them for forever! We only had 15 minutes so we shared a quick message but the Spirit was so strong. It was really good and they felt touched, you could see it and feel it. They are going through a really hard time right now. We then saw Tayllor and Amos and read the Book of Mormon with them! We read about the tree of life. She won't get baptized til after August and they are both really concerned that we will be transferred and won't get to go to her baptism. It was really cute! We told them we probably could if we are still in the Valley! We then saw the DeBenckendorffs and taught them about temples! We asked them to prepare to enter and talk to Bishop, they are excited. We brought Sister Christensen and that was awesome because Sister DeBenckendorrf needs more fellowshippers! and GUESS WHAT. Their daughter Megan (who I taught and then she moved away) is getting BAPTIZED. I'm so happy for her! She didn't even want to listen to us when we came by and it was amazing to just see her heart being softened. Her family didn't think she would ever get baptized. It just proves that you really don't know who is being prepared. And where you have planted that seed. All the hard days make up for all of the AMAZING days. We are so blessed here. This next week is going to be so good!

"Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me." (D&C 19:23) I love this scripture. Even when we are faced with such tribulation and trials we really can have peace through Christ. He is THE source of TRUE peace. ETERNAL peace. Satan cannot reenact peace. Walk with Christ and be perfected in Him. Something I love that Sister Sweeney said is that all repentance is, is LOVE.

I love you guys, be sure to watch the new easter video @ We are supposed to get on facebook today and post the video...i'm so scared. So if I post something, that IS me! I think we might be getting fb soon...oh no.

We also went to the zoo today with the district and it was so fun! We got VIP passes for free from members! wahooo!

Sista Fisha  

RITA'S (it was free so I caved)


Comp inventory can be fun

Elder Grimes is creeping