February 27, 2017

week 70: getting muddy

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Hellooooo again🙃

This week went super fast. We went hiking to some caves this morning and it was way fun. They are in Vernon. The cave went a mile back. It was SO muddy but lots of fun. Singing hymns in there was really cool.

Monday we had a lesson with Clarise! We finally got to see her. She has been super busy. We then had a lesson with Zach. He is doing good. He really loves church so it's sad that he has to work on some Sundays now.

Tuesday we had a lesson with the Raymonds on families. We finally got to see Emma as well. They might be moving soon but they don't know where. Emma is actually getting it which is cool to see. We then had a lesson with Trista and Sister Butler came with us. Trista is a cutie.

Wednesday night we gave little talks about receiving our mission call & such cause the kids are doing a mini mission thing. It made me realize how grateful I really am that I came out on my mission. I can't imagine my life without it. We had a lesson with Molly, she got fired from her job...but it's a good thing, and her mom is sending her anti stuff so that's not good at all. I'm a little worried.

Thursday we did weekly planning and then had an awesome lesson with Joanna. We then went to the valley, we got five guys on the way there. We stayed with some sisters in Scottsdale.

Friday we had MLC! Two men from the missionary came and taught us, it was SO good. Their names are Brother Gonzales and Cates. It was 7 hours long though...oh man. We talked about planning/ teaching/ finding. I was like why haven't I learned this my whole mission? It kind of makes you feel like an awful missionary - but there is continual learning in the field. I have just seen the work hasten so much since being out. President and Sister Robinson talked about the doctrine of Christ. I love learning about the doctrine of Christ, it's really everything we do as missionaries - I mean it is our purpose. President also talked about how making and keeping covenants gives us the power of godliness. It was so nice in the valley, I love going down there (& we got chick fil a) but then I'm always ready to come back to the mountains.

Saturday we drove back. It took forever cause there was a marathon in Mesa. Long story short we finally got the other sisters from Mesa. Sister Clipp and Ames took over our areas for the weekend and I think it was really good for them. Sister Clipp seems more confident now. We had dinner with the Ricketts. Noah is such a good recent concert! He is reading and he said the other day he searched Joseph Smith movie on YouTube. He loved it so much.

Sunday was church. It was good. Nothing too exciting I don't think. We had a lesson with the Ramirez family on scripture study.

Sooo I finished Jesus the Christ this week. I just couldn't set it down. So good. I loved reading it, especially after I had just read the New Testament. I wanna share a paragraph from the Book about the Atonement.

"Christ’s agony in the garden is unfathomable by the finite mind, both as to intensity and cause. The thought that He suffered through fear of death is untenable. Death to Him was preliminary to resurrection and triumphal return to the Father from whom He had come, and to a state of glory even beyond what He had before possessed; and, moreover, it was within His power to lay down His life voluntarily. He struggled and groaned under a burden such as no other being who has lived on earth might even conceive as possible. It was not physical pain, nor mental anguish alone, that caused Him to suffer such torture as to produce an extrusion of blood from every pore; but a spiritual agony of soul such as only God was capable of experiencing. No other man, however great his powers of physical or mental endurance, could have suffered so; for his human organism would have succumbed, and syncope would have produced unconsciousness and welcome oblivion. In that hour of anguish Christ met and overcame all the horrors that Satan could inflict." - James E. Talmage

I read the general conference talk from last conference this week called "Repentance: A Joyful Choice" by Elder Renlund. I love that talk a lot. I love how He talks about how repentance is a choice. He says "Even as we feel godly sorrow for our actions, when we choose to repent, we immediately invite the Savior into our lives." Repenting is turning to the Savior & making changes to become more like Him. It is joyous because of the Savior. It is the good news of the gospel!

In 1 Nephi 7:17, Nephi prays after his brothers bound him with cords, he says, "O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound." Nephi didn't pray to have his circumstance changed but for the strength to change his circumstances. He understood the enabling power of the Atonement.

I'm grateful for the Atonement and that I can gain strength and forgiveness from my Savior because of it. I'm starting a new book called The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister & I'm soooo excited to read it! Well I hope you all have a fantastic week! Love you!

--xo: sista fisha

weekly planning

da sky

locked out of the apt

the valley

da sky





February 21, 2017

Week 69: do you want to be a mormon?...okay bye...

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Hi friends.

This week was pretty good! The beginning of the week was a little hard, none of our investigators are progressing and we have been working really hard to find new investigators but not a lot of luck. This weekend we found 3 though! We had a mini-missionary this week named Sister Layton & it was so fun to have her. I tried my best to have Sister Clipp lead and she did awesome. She is coming out of her shell more. This week is transfers but don't worry Sister Clipp and I are still staying here! Weird I only have two transfers left.

Monday not a lot happened, we set up some appointments with some people. We also talked to Haley's mom a bit who is a less-active.

Tuesday was a good Valentine's Day! We had taco Tuesday with brother Duncan. We then had service in Linden but they were so late - so while we were waiting we took pics with cows. We went to Haley's because she had something for us - chocolate covered strawberries! Yum, she is so cute. We heart attacked some people we taught and brought them cookies, it was a lot of fun. We had dinner at the Rubert's, the Elders were there as well - what a romantic dinner. We had a lesson with Kirby - it didn't go as well as I would have hoped. He is willing to meet and is open but just has some really strange views. I had to hold my tongue a lot haha. He doesn't think the Book of Mormon is true and is skeptical of it. He can't get an answer if it is true if he is like that. We will see how our next lesson goes.

Wednesday we had district meeting, it was good. We visited Bonnie, she is so funny. She insisted on giving us money - a roll of quarters equaling $10. Haha it's awkward when people give us money because they get mad if you decline. We knocked on lots of doors this day. I'm just praying a lot for the faith to find.

Thursday we had a lesson with a guy named TJ, he is a less-active that we met knocking doors. He is wanting to get back to church! He doesn't know if he wants to go to singles ward yet. That night we did some family history work with Molly!

Friday we had a lesson with Noah. It was really good. We watched the restoration video with him and he said he loved it. He is so cute. We had another boy his age named Ryker come. They got a long great so that's good. We really just want Noah to have friends! Noah also talked about how he knows the Book of Mormon is true, it was really cute. We then picked up our mini- missionary! She came from the valley!

Saturday for exercise we did district sports. We then had our first lesson with the Munoz-Arroyo kids. It went well and they committed to baptism! I don't think the dad will let them get baptized but we shall see. We can't teach them sadly though -- we are passing them off to the Spanish Elders because they understand it better. They are cute though. Zoe started crying in her closing prayer, it was sweet. We had a lesson with Tewana on revelation, it was good. We decided to knock doors on this on street, the first door we went to a man was getting out of his car. He had just driven from California to pick up this cute puppy. He tells us he was baptized when he was 21 which was 50 years ago. Anyways we are hoping to get him active! He was a really nice guy.

Sunday we last minute had to go to PEC. Sister Layton & I went to Paloma Ward. Molly gave a really awesome testimony in gospel principles, she started crying it was the cutest thing. She talked about how much the gospel/ church has helped her. I just feel like God's timing is perfect and she found it at a perfect time. Im so glad that I got to be the one here for it all. It's moments like that - that make me realize this is why I am here and the hard times are worth it, even if I save one sheep. I was sitting in relief society and the relief society was in the hallway & called me out. There was a woman from another ward and she had an awesome referral for us! We went over after church and she is totally interested! I'm so excited! Her name is Rebecca! I feel like getting that referral was totally a tender mercy. I know that when we are trying our best, God will bless our efforts. We then dropped off our mini- missionary, sad. It was so fun having her here, she would make a great missionary! We had a lesson with the Tsosies and it was actually really good. They were at church & asked if we could see them that day.

Here are some great quotes that I have been thinking of from last genconf!

"God’s love is infinite and it will endure forever, but what it means for each of us depends on how we respond to His love" - Elder Christofferson

"Every moment of precious prayer can be holy time spent with our Father." - Sister McConkie

I have really come to love praying on my mission, I'm not always the best at it. But I am truly grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that listens to my problems and helps me through them. I know His love is infinite & lasts forever. I'm grateful for my relationship with Him.

Proverbs 3:18 "She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her."

I found that scripture this week & I like it! Hope you have a happy week! 😺

--xo: sista fisha

Taco Tuesday with Brother Duncan

Me and cows

happy valentines to me

We heart attacked people!

Our mini-missionary!

The Rim with Molly & her kids