May 30, 2016

week 31: we are the message

Monday, May 30th, 2016

SHALOM. thanks everyone for all the emails!! I wish every week was birthday week.

Monday we got a call from President Sweeney saying that Dave got approved for BAPTISM!! He gave us a letter that the Prophet and his counselors signed!! Like legit they are signed in different colored ink! Pretty cool eh? Dave has waited so long to be baptized so it's really exciting for him. But it's neat to think that the Prophet approved our investigator for baptism!! Lisann (Dave's wife) texted us saying that she is more excited than she was on her wedding day, she is so cute. He is getting baptized THIS Saturday! The day after my birthday! Whoop whoop. That night we saw an investigator named Marine. She really opened up. The gospel would be so good for her. She moved Thursday so we helped her pack and clean this last week. We then saw Brylee (our 9 year old investigator). We had a lesson at her aunt and uncles (the Wiltbanks). It went really well. We gave her a children's Book of Mormon and she is so excited to read it. She made a "church box" and puts in all the things we give her in it. It's the cutest hint ever. So sad thing is she is living with her mom for the summer. We aren't sure yet if her mom will let us teach her. We are praying she will!! It sounds like her mother is not the best mother. We are really worried for Brylee.

Tuesday was good. We just tried to see a lot of less-actives. No one was home. That night during prime time (mom prime time is a new thing our mission is doing for an hour each night to go out and find people!) Catherine (a laurel) came out with us. We found some less-actives! Their last name is Nelson! They are really nice and let us in to share a message. We asked them who we could go visit and they said to see his uncle. His name is Jerry and was very nice and let us in. He has all these cool wood carvings. I shared a Mormon message that I was prompted to share with him called "the will of God". This grown mad started crying and told us similar experiences to the video. He knows he needs to get back to church but he got offended a year ago and hasn't been since. It is really sad how someone's unforgiving heart and pride can get in the way. It shows to me how powerful Satan is. We then saw Daryl. We pretty much just laugh the whole time we are there. They are awesome.

Wednesday was a weird day cause sister Ballew got hurt...baha on the wall so her head started bleeding. So we stayed inside for a bit. We had a lesson with Jessica about spiritual gifts and it went really well. She wasn't at church on Sunday though...she got her temple recommend this week! We then saw the Bigalows (LA) for the first time! Their son is 8 and hasn't been baptized! He says he wants to be baptized so that's cool. That night we got to go to the high school graduation because our investigator Donna was graduating! It was a small class, just over a hundred. They had it in the dome and it was so big and cool. It was weird hearing worldly music...I secretly like it though. Sister Ballew and I only listen to MOTAB. Their graduation was way cute and they did a flash mob at the end. I love small towns!

Thursday we had a lesson with Cyndie in the morning and read the Book of Mormon with her. We went to Nurtioso with the Hamblins and had dinner with them. They then took us to see some less-active over there. They are great Ward mission leaders and also good cooks.

Friday we had ZONE CONFERENCE in St. John's! It was the Sweeney's last one and it was SO good! They did their trainings on the trainings they got from Elder Holland. So let's just say it was really good. We talked about the second coming and how the Book of Mormon is a sign of the second coming. "The sign" is when the Book of Mormon came forth on March 30, 1830. We looked at so many parallels in the Book of Mormon to prophets, revelation & life. We have the word and the truth and we need to be a voice of thunder. We then had a training on how to prepare for the new president. We then went into a room with chairs in a circle. We got to ask the Sweeneys any question. Since we won't have departing interviews or dinner with them it was like marriage talk. It was cute cause they gave us advice and how they knew each other was the one. We then all got to share a minute of our testimony of the Savior. It was really special and spiritual. I love ASM. I'm really going to miss the Sweeneys. They have showed me what real love and sacrifice looks like. Zone conference was fun cause we got to see everyone who is in the mountains. We then had a mini missionary for the weekend, Macy! She is Daryl's daughter. We had a lesson with Sheila. And then Sister Smith and Peterson came that night for Chelsea's endowment in the morning! So it was a crazy fun night.

Saturday we drove down with Paula to Snowflake temple for the endowment! It was so good and Chelsea was beaming!! We went to celebrations for lunch. The rest of the day was fun cause we had Macy with us but we were SO tired. We had a lesson with the Armijos and the Ericksons that night. It was good. We taught both of them tithing. Recent converts have a hard time with that. It was such a crazy weekend.

Sunday was good, Macy went with me to 3rd Ward. I hate how our wards are at the same time! But whatever. We Skype Dave to get some lessons in cause we need to finish up the lessons before Saturday! He and his family are in the valley for the weekend. We asked him what enduring to the end means to him "to be in the depths of hell and still believe in God." Haha I love Dave.

I read a talk this week that I liked called "Repent...That I May Heal You" by Elder Anderson. He says "sometimes in our repentance in our daily efforts to become more Christlike, we find ourselves repeatedly struggling with the same difficulties. As if we were climbing a tree-covered mountain, at times we don't see our progress until we get closer to the top and look back from the high ridges. Don't be discouraged. If you are striving and working to repent, you are in the process of repenting." I love this. Don't be discouraged if you are making the same mistake again, the enabling power of the Atonement will strengthen you as you continue to repent and strive to be better. Often times we don't see how far we have come until we have looked back.

I'm so grateful for the Atonement and gospel and Jesus Christ in my life. This is His church and I am the messenger. I love being a missionary!

Have a great week & don't forget to celebrate my birthday! ;)


Sista Fisha


Donna's graduation!!

The jehovah witnesses gave us 10 dozen cookies...

After we found out we aren't going to be together next transfer... :(

Opening my package!!




Sister Ballew fell asleep during comp study...

May 23, 2016

week 30: "how's your name?"

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Hello again! It honestly feels like just yesterday that I emailed, weeks are going by so fast. Good news is I finished my first mission journal! Only took me 7 months to finish it...

Let's see here. I finally feel like I am figuring out Eagar, I'm still really bad with names. It's still so weird to be in a small town but I love it. LITERALLY everyone is related to everyone.

Monday we had a lesson with Cheryl, a potential. We brought Sister Stewart. It was good, Cheryl is kind of all over the place and she can't get baptized for 7 years cause she is on probation. But it was a miracle that we saw her! We found some less-actives, the Ellis family, they were way nice and let us share a message. We then had a lesson with Daryl and his family. I love that family SO much. Daryl has some nerve problem so it is really hard for him to get to church. He really wants to go but is always in pain so it's pretty sad. He expressed his love for us and how much he appreciates us - it's moments like this that make being a missionary the best thing in the world.

Tuesday we went to trail riders with Bishop Gleaves and Brother Ayres. That was way fun. Our bishop doesn't even have an that makes it difficult. And some people here don't have cell phones, it's like I am living in a different era. The Ericksons were out of town in Mexico so Sister Ballew and I went to their property and picked up a bunch of stuff and threw it away. Haha I don't think Dave even noticed. It looks SO much better but still needs a lot of work. We saw Tyric and talked about temples & family history. He was supposed to have his interview with Bishop after church this week to get the Aaronic Priesthood and he wasn't there at church so that's frustrating. We really want him to be sealed to his family. We had a referral for a 9 year old, Brylee, who wants to get baptized. The Armijos told us about her and we get there and brother Armijo was there taking Brylee to his house to babysit her so it was perfect! So we went over to the Armijos and taught her the first lesson! She is the cutest and wants to get baptized because she doesn't want to end up like her parents. Which was a bit heartbreaking, her dad isn't active and her mom isn't a member, they are divorced. She does not want to smoke, she emphasized that a lot. It's amazing the light of Christ that is in her, she is just so sweet. She wants to be better and follow Jesus. She loves to color and draw, it's so fun teaching a 9 year old! Her aunt and uncle are active so we are going to have lessons at their house and get her involved in activity days.

Wednesday we had district meeting and I have a training on finding. Which the mission is really pushing right now and our area needs it!! We found 3 new investigators this week which is a MIRACLE for this area. We went out to lunch as a district, that was fun. We had a lesson with Chelsea, she is going through the temple on Saturday and we get to go! :) I'm super excited. For prime time we took out someone who is preparing for a mission! We had a lot of good contacts! People are so nice here and everyone knows everyone!

Thursday was fun, we got to paint rooms in a house! All of us missionaries went and helped out. Painting is the best service I think. We saw Sally (LA) and read the Book of Mormon with her. She didn't meet with bishop to talk about tithing..ugh. We saw Jessica and she is doing well, she hasn't been coming to church though so we brought the relief society president. We're not sure if she made it to church or not. We ate dinner with the Armijos, they are the cutest family ever. Marty wants to make all of the missionaries burritos, like 200 of them! He is crazy, we are no gonna eat all those. We went to seminary graduation because Donna graduated seminary!! She did three terms her senior year. She is so awesome. Also they had a dance afterwards and Sister Ballew and I creeped and it was the best and most entertaining thing ever. I miss stake dances.

Friday we made cookies and did the cookie chain for prime time. You give someone cookies and then you asked them who else needs cookies and you give them cookies and so on. Nothing really came of it but we are hoping to have success this week. People's problems here are just so different than Scottsdale. People really open up to us and tell us everything about their life. That night we saw Erin (LA) and her family! Oh my goodness was that a good time. She has 8 kids and is divorced, she adopted 3 from her sister that passed away. She works at the gym so we see her every morning, she is so nice. But funny story, Sister Ballew was scared to talk to her, she knew she was a less-active so I said I would. We were walking out of the gym passed her desk and Sister Ballew was booking it so I had to say something fast and I said "How's your name?" Ugh it was 6 in the morning so that's my excuse, the Elders were behind me and thought it was the funniest thing ever. But it was a good ice breaker and we all laughed about it. I love going into people's homes and sharing the gospel with them. The gospel of Jesus Christ truly does bless families, no one is perfect, no family is perfect but with the gospel we can be our happiest self :)

Saturday was good...idk Saturday's no one is home it feels like! It's like isn't this the day people are supposed to be home?! Sister Jones (my trainer!) was here in Eagar cause she was on exchange with Sister Oldham so that was good seeing her! The Elders gave us a referral that day for less-actives, named the Youngs. They are way nice! They are converts and we got to share a message with them. I'm excited to get to know them more. It's a dad and daughter.

Sunday we did splits so that we could go to both wards! Donna came yay!! We then had lunch at the Larues with the Ericksons and we had a lesson with Dave Jr, he can't wait to get baptized. We then had a lesson with Donna, she explained that she doesn't want to get baptized this summer while still living with her parents cause she doesn't want to cause contention, which makes perfect sense. She wants to respect them and get baptized once she is at school. I love teaching her though cause she is so into everything. She still goes to Catholic Church in the morning and she says it's hard to feel the spirit there. We went to Dave and Hayley's, they got back from Mexico. Dave was in a bad mood so we just taught Haley. Haley is so so sassy and I love her.

SPIRITUAL PART (cause I'm a missionary): "Heavenly Father’s greatest desire is that we follow the light we were born with so we can receive more light. As we continue to follow the light our Father sheds on us, we receive more light and we become more like Him." {elder Lawrence} I love this quote. Something that Elder Arnold said that I loved was that receiving revelation is like God giving us a bit of his knowledge. We are here to receive light and to grow brighter and brighter. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE✨


Sista fisha

My companion is BAE

Donna at seminary graduation

Donna and her bread (notice the slow dancers behind her)


Haley brought us sombreros back from Mexico!

May 16, 2016

week 29: fishers of men

Monday, May 16th, 2016

HELLLO. This week was Hope y'all had a fab week. When someone sees my name they always say fishers of men and think they are so funny haha but I love it.

Monday night we had 3 lessons! We taught sister Pulsipher a temple prep lesson and finished up her lessons this week! She is going to the temple on Saturday! We then saw Dave and Haley. We taught them the word of wisdom. We were like "Dave are you drinking coffee?" "Yes" Dave are you chewing tobacco?" "Yes". Dahh DAVE. So we took his coffee and its in our house lol. He said he is quitting tobacco and was done on Friday, they left Friday for Mexico so we will see when he gets back. We saw them again on Thursday and he was doing good on coffee and says he was planning on quitting the next day. Literally everyone here has a tobacco and coffee prob. So that's a problem. We then saw Donna!! I was really excited for her lesson. We asked her to be baptized in July and she was like is it a problem if I am gonna be out of town? Haha we're like yes, and she said she wants to get baptized this Christmas. In our heads we're like that's 7 months away! So longgg. We committed her to pray to get baptized this summer. It went really well and she wasn't awkward about it (I guess she had been in the past). We really feel that she needs to gift of the Holy Ghost before she goes to school at ASU this fall.

Tuesday we saw the Tisdells, ah so cute. I'll have to take a picture of them sometime to show you but you won't be able to see their personalities cause that's the best part. We finally got to see a less-active this week named Dolly. She is wanting to come back to church so we are excited about that! People here just have the craziest stories...we then had a lesson with Jessica, she is going through the temple soon and is so solid! And her daughter Weston has the cutest raspiest voice, love it. 

Wednesday we volunteered at the 7 day Adventist church and helped put together food boxes. Some people came from the town to get them. We went to Safires (restaurant) and got it Fo free. Crap so much free food here. Like I don't even need to buy groceries. I didn't buy any today haha. We had Ward correlation with the Hamblins, he is a good Ward mission leader and I am happy about that. We saw Tyric and he said he will meet with bishop to get the priesthood! We then saw Chelsea and taught her and her kids patience. They are so cute. She is going through the temple end of this month and we get to go!

Thursday we had ZTM! It was a way good ZTM. We drove to Show Low for it since we are in the Show Low zone, it's about an hour away. There were a few changes to the mission which will be good. There was a training on the Atonement and it was so good. The Atonement is what carries us and lifts us up. That's what we do as missionaries--help them receive the Atonement. We know the way and how we can get there. This whole thing us missionaries are doing is all about the Atonement. The Jex's (a couple missionary) made us really good lunch. We had a lesson with the Armijos. They are doing well. They struggle a bit, they were really excited to tell us they haven't drank coffee this whole week. We didn't even know they were drinking coffee. We brought our Ward mission leader and his wife the Shelton's and it was so good having them there! They brought the spirit of their testimonies of tithing. 

Friday (the 13th) was a weird day, and not just cause it was Friday the 13th. Weekly planning took forever and then all our lessons canceled so we didn't have any lessons. We have been getting the area more organized though and met with our bishops and went over the Ward list! It was super helpful.

Saturday I was on exchange with Sister Kamalu in her area! I love her, she is such a great missionary. We had a lesson in Spanish, oh man I almost fell asleep cause I didn't understand anything. This weekend was stake conference!!! Elder Marvin B Arnold was here with his wife!! He gave a really good talk this past conference about reactivation. Sister Kamalu and I were at the stake center waiting for a member to pick us up and Elder Arnold comes out of the bathroom, and shakes our hands! We just got to talk to him for a bit but we were fan girling like we met Justin Bieber. Stake conference was so good. Definitely the best stake conference I have ever been to! This stake is amazing and the people here are just so good. I love Eagar!

Sunday we went to the youth morningside cause Donna (our investigator) came! It was so good, haha sometimes I miss being a youth. President and Sister Sweeney also came this weekend so that was way good! I love hearing them speak, I'm so sad they are leaving soon. Dave our investigator then met with President Sweeney to be interview for baptism since he is on parole. It went well and President is sending a letter to the first presidency to get him approved for baptism! He is on date for June 25th! Yay!!!! But really I love the Arnold's!!! They are such great speakers and was such an edifying weekend. I love it here and I love the members. They are so chill and funny. There are so many cute families that we eat dinner with and the weather right now is perfect👌🏼 

We literally only have two investigators right now's a little rough. But the mission is doing a new thing where we have 'prime time' and go out every night for an hour to find. I'm excited for it! This area has so much potential!!

K ready for an awesome quote? I don't know where it's from sister ballew shared it with me oh & also I love my companion (don't tell her I said that though)

"You were in the war in heaven and one day when you are in the spirit world you will be enthralled with those who you associate with. You ask someone in which time they lived in, and you might hear, I was with Moses when he parted the Red Sea or I helped build the Pyramids, or I fought with Captain Moroni. And while you are standing there in amazement someone will turn to you and ask, 'which prophet time did you live in?'. And when you say President Hinckley or President Monson a hush will fall in every hall and corridor in heaven and all in attendance will bow at your presence. You were held back 6,000 years because you were the most talented, most obedient, most courageous and most righteous. Remember who you are!"

Something we learned at ZTM was that Christ was sent to this world because we are the only world that would crucify our Savior, but he was also sent here because we are among some of the most righteous valiant saints. These are the last days and I am proud to be facing the Savior :)

Have a blessed week! I love you ALL😘


sista fisha 🐠


We found a Jesus sign so of course we had to take a pic



I love this book 😍