Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book of Mormon challenge



(Sept. 25)

There are some exciting new things happening in the mission. We are getting I-pads!! I'm a little nervous because I'm not the most tech-savy but I also know heavenly Father has been preparing me and especially these areas for such a time as this. Sister Wrights organization skills are going to be such a blessing for me when inputting info about investigators into the i-pad. I don't know all the details about it yet but we will find out at zone conference on Wednesday.

The work this past week has been picking up and we got two new investigators. One of which is a woman with a family that need the gospel. Her Name is Vero and we are going to teach the restoration on Thursday with her. Shelley is all moved in to her new house and she loves it! Everything is falling into place with her and I feel a baptismal date coming soon! She is slowly but surely having her concerns resolved and conference is definitely going to help with that. 

I can't believe that General Conference is here again! The opportunity to hear and receive revelation right from God through our Church leaders is such a gift and also a great missionary tool. We have been inviting everyone to watch Conference! I hope that you can 
all have some questions and concerns in mind or even write them down so that you can receive those answers through Conference. 

The miracles just kept coming!  especially yesterday. Church is an amazing way to fill our wells with the living water and also help share it with others, too. We had an investigator planning on coming to church but she wasn't able to make it. We were able to be in the right
place at the right time. I know if we follow the spirit Heavenly Father will help us bless the lives of others in intricate ways.

I hope you have a great day!

love,

Sister Crossett



(Oct. 2)

The Work is Hastening! I have really felt it and seen the fruits of that statement this week.
We got two new investigators this past week and I know it is a product of our diligence in The Book of Mormon Challenge. I had the opportunity to share my testimony of it at Zone Conference. 

With this new tool Heavenly Father is preparing us for, I know it will assist us in furthering his work in so many ways. I am a bit stressed with all that it entails and so is sister Moosman but I am grateful for the unity it will build in our companionship. 

On Saturday we were able to work on the safeguards course which is an online course to help us begin preparing for something big that is coming to our mission. I spoke too soon. We are not, in fact, getting I-pads. They just told us some sort of device. We had zone conference Wednesday and the assistants to the president put together a video (Mission possible themed) of them leaving the mission office, sneaking into the mission home and getting a top secret box that we assumed was the i-pads. It was all for show, of course, the the video ended and the assistants came back in and revealed that we are getting.... Samsung Smart phones! (best Zone Conference ever!) The Lord has chosen our mission to be one of the first to go from not technology to smartphones. We are all a little stressed and nervous about it and we are still in the preparatory state! We have been asked to clean up our Facebook page to use as well.

I know that Heavenly Father knows us, loves us, and trusts us. I know Heavenly Father has trust in us and all He asks is that we have trust in him. Whatever comes our way.
1 Nephi 3:7 yet again has helped me get through this and conference was a big help as well. I know the words of Heavenly Fathers servants, our church leaders, are his words and are meant for us to listen to with our Hearts so we can receive revelation. All my Questions were answered from the words and spirit that was brought this weekend. The cool thing is that we can go back and reflect on those words again and again to receive further light and knowledge just like the scriptures. D&C 1:38 is very applicable here as well. Conference was amazing! I hope you got answers to your prayers and I hope you go back to study the revelation to gain more light and knowledge.


prayers to you always.

Love,

Sister Grace Crossett




(Oct. 10)

... its been kind of a hectic few days with getting our new phones. We are still trying to figure it all out but I am happy and healthy and trying to not stress about everything. 

Today was amazing with the work and this past week we have seen a lot of progress with Shelley, our new investigators Honey and Miley, and also an older gentleman named Randy. Shelley is getting so close to setting a date and She has an amazing testimony. I am doing another Book of Mormon Challenge with her and we are going to try to finish by oct 27.
She is catching up to me!! We are so excited to see her get baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 


We taught Honey (mom) and Miley (daughter) the restoration and they are excited to read the book of Mormon. Miley even asked for a "Book of Childrens Mormon" and she says she wants to be a missionary too :) so Excited for them as well.

Randy is a very intellectual thinker and he prayed for the 1st time last week during our lesson. The book of Mormon will be a huge part of his conversion as well. I Know the book of Mormon is the word of God and It helps us to receive The Spirit and the answers we need in life.

I know Our Savior lives and loves us. He paid the price and we just need to keep the change.

Sister Grace Crossett

Joy and Light

(Sept.11)

I'm Tired. Most of it is good tired which means we are working hard.
There were times this week that I worked too hard though. Especially
with helping our Investigator Shelley move.   . . . helping her pack up things and get the house ready gave me a taste of what helping you would have been like with your move. I
loved it. Packing, Sorting, Organizing is my favorite.  I also learned
from that and from having a few dinner appointments with a single
sister in the San Clemente ward this week though, that we are not
called to be movers or matchmakers, we are called to be missionaries
for the Lord Jesus Christ. I am so thorough that sometimes I forget
what is most important.

We had really good interviews with president and sister Clark on
Wednesday.  Then Thursday was when we had scheduled another time to go
help Shelley, but right before we needed to go my body completely shut
down and I felt sick with the flu. My body was telling me that I
needed a break. We stayed home and felt better after a long nap.
Things I've been focusing on to help me get through are setting goals
and plans for those goals to help me focus on the most important
things. I also have learned that we need to fill our spiritual
Wells. Christ is the living water and if we don't fill our wells then
we will get thirsty and not have any water to even share with others.
I love this analogy. It is very needed as a missionary.

I continue to learn that Following the Spirit is what will help us be
most happy and accomplish Gods Work. He knows what is best for his
imperfect children and as we do our best to follow him He will provide
a way for us to accomplish the things he commands us.

. . . I love being a missionary. Its hard but is what I am meant to do right now.  The Word of God Is the light that will see our feet through.  psalms 119:105

Love,

Sister Grace Crossett


(Sept. 18)

I have learned this week that Heavenly Father wants us to find joy in his work and in our lives. Just like 2 Nephi 2:25 says, we are meant to have joy. It is part of Gods plan for us here on earth. I have found that as I have been myself while doing his work and have tried to make it fun this week, things have fallen into place and I have received answers to my prayers and insights to help me with my Companion, with the ward leaders, and with the people we are working with.
... As a missionary we report and account for our goals to many leaders and I am really starting to understand and feel of the truthfulness of the divine pattern of returning and reporting. It has helped me with my Christ-like-Attribute I have been working on this transfer, to report each week, along with the weekly call in of numbers to our District Leader, the progress I have made. 

It dawned on me today that though I have 5 months left of my mission, I have only 3 transfers left (missionary time keeping :) ) I am not sure at this point what my plans are. . . . Pray that I will be able get it all straightened out. I want to be prepared but I also what to be able to still focus on the work while I'm here. There is more for me to do.


A Few miracles from my week:


On Thursday we were able to stop by a member of the San Clemente ward who is in an assisted living home and going through some health challenges. Her name is Hope and she is amazing. We were there for a long time because she likes to tell stories about her life. I know we were meant to be there though because as I listened I received answers to my prayers and we were able to help her feel that she still had a purpose in her life for being here. I know God knows us and has a purpose for our life.

We were also able to set up a return appointment with a family to be taught next week. Miley is the 10 or 11 year old daughter and she reached out to us and asked us what we were doing. We said we were missionaries and we teach people about Christ. She thought that was pretty cool and told us about a book she was reading about Jesus. We didn't recognize the title but it was cool that she was reading it. We offered her a book of Mormon and she said we could come to her house to see if her parents were interested in learning and her dad said he would love to learn more. We are hoping next weeks lesson goes well :)

Did I tell you about Liz? Well she a young member who is trying to come back to church and we have been teaching her the lessons. We had another one with her this week. It was an ok lesson and she is really struggling right now. I was having a hard day as well. But.... I know that the trials we are given are to help us learn and grow and also to give us the understanding of how we can help others go through similar trials that they are going through. I know that Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Source of our peace and healing. Liz was able to come to church for a little while and that was a miracle.

I hope you have a joyful and Light filled week and I know that Christ is the Source of that Light. Remember him.

Love,

Sister Grace Crossett



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Steadfast in the Spirit


Aug. 14th

This week has been up and down but mostly up :) Training sister Moosman has such a learning experience for me. Its the closest thing I have gotten to what it feels like to be a mom. She is so Sweet and polite.  She is working on Courage for her Christ like attribute this transfer and we have been doing some good finding role plays before we go knock on doors. It takes patience and faith to teach a beginner but in the process you also learn something new. I have been working on being steadfast especially this week with following the spirit. We had some amazing miracles this week as we followed the spirit and I am relying more and more on my Heavenly Fathers guidance in teaching and training sister Moosman. It was Friday night and we had just come from a street that we felt we should go to and had some really spirit lead conversations. We were on our way home to do some 12 week at 8 and I felt like we should go to Ralphs, a grocery store by our apartment. It was a really strange thought because we can't really openly proselyte in a store but I knew God had a purpose for us to be there. We began walking around the store and we ran into a number of people we knew we needed to talk to including a potential investigator who I forgot worked there until now. She said she wanted to come to church so we gave her some info for it. It has been just amazing the trust God is putting in me with training and leading out this work in our areas. I was a little overwhelmed on Wednesday after our district meeting so I asked the elders to give me a blessing and It helped a little right then but the rest of the day I think I was just running faster than I had strength. God was teaching me that I need to slow down and just feel, and listen for the spirit and stand in holy places. I know that is what will help us receive personal revelation. We even got 2 media referrals this week and also two referrals from asking members.

I am coming to know my Heavenly Father more and more as I follow his guidance and Pray each day. I know He lives, I know he loves us, and I know he knows us perfectly. Better than we know ourselves.

Have a week filled with blessings, miracles and positive thoughts!

Love,
Sister Crossett


Aug. 21st

Cool Eclipse!! Sister Moosmans mom sent us eclipse glasses so we got to see a it too!!
What a wonderful day and week it has been. Today we also did a super cool picture scavenger hunt with some sisters in Laguna Beach. I'll attach pictures :)  I am continuing to see and know of Our Heavenly Fathers Love for me and that he knows each of us perfectly. I could not have been put with a better companion this transfer. It is so amazing to see Sister Moosman progress as a missionary and even her personality blossom and grow in beauty and depth as she opens up more. We continue to see how 12 week training applies to what we are teaching and who we talk to during the week. One such experience we had was one I will never forget. We were guided to a street to go tracting as a change to our previous plans. We knock almost all the doors and talked to a few nice people but no one showed real interest at that time. We were headed back to the car when we realized there were two more houses at the end of the street that we didn't try yet. We headed over and as we were walking towards one I felt prompted to try the other one first. I had been given sister Moosman opportunities to practice getting comfortable with door approaches and I felt that it was her turn to try. A kind looking man answered the door and sister Moosman began "Hi we are the sister Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint and we have a message we would like to share with you, Could we share that?" to my great astonishment, he agreed and he let us in to teach he and his wife the restoration. It was a very powerful, and spirit lead lesson and Sister Moosman Bore strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of the Book of Mormon. I was guided to say what was needed for them as well. At first they had skeptical questions and refused a Book of Mormon when offered. Then when we explained the book to be the keystone of our religion and that we couldn't really continue our visits with out an understanding or a belief in it, they changed their minds and accepted a copy.

I'm working on Steadfastness as my Christ Like attribute this transfer. I asked sister Moosman what she thought it was and we came up with a good definition.  Being Steadfast is having a firm faith that God will direct you and help you in what you need to do or where you need to go. It is also to be constant, and enduring well. An Example of  the Steadfastness of the Savior is when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane. He Wanted to shrink and not have to drink the bitter cup but he was steadfast and he pushed through. All For us. He loves us so much. He loves our Investigators. He is our Brother and He is so Cool!!

love,
sister Crossett

PS Sorry we'll have to send pics next week! on my camera!! thankyou!!


Aug. 28th

This week has been Really Good. Lots of Investigators we are still working with and one who is really close to Baptism. Her name is Breanna and she was sick yesterday so couldn't come to church but will be coming next Sunday. She is so prepared and already knows the Gospel so well. Pray for Breanna!  We also got to go to the temple again on Saturday and I got a lot of answers and instruction about how to train and how to love more. I know of the blessings and peace of the temple. If you haven't gone in a while just do it! It will help :) Church was amazing and though no investigators came we saw a lot of miracles and have even more people to teach this week. Strengthening less active members is just as important as teaching new ones.

I love this work and am so grateful for the love and confidence I feel through the Atonement of Jesus Christ . As I learned on Sunday from our Stake Young Mens President who was speaking: We need to choose happiness because of the Atonement, Choose to move forward instead of avoiding mistakes, and choose faith. It is the best and only way to happiness now, and throughout eternity.  I know this is true and I hope you feel and know of its truth as well :)

I love you! Return and Discern 3 Nephi 24:7

Love,
Sister Crossett

P.S. I'm almost finished with the Book of Mormon! This is my first time reading it through on my mission but we got a challenge to read it all the way through by next zone conference so I am finishing up where I am and circling back around. The Book of Mormon is true!


Sept. 5

I'm not quite sure why but I cannot think of what to say. I guess I'm just getting lost in the work. We did service today for F.A.M Family Assisted Ministries or something like that. It was fun to sort food and clothing and other things. I love that sort of thing. The Plan of Salvation has been coming up a lot lately. We are teaching a young single mom who is returning to activity and asked us to teach her the lessons. Her name is Liz and I know she is part of why I am in San Clemente. We connected so well with the first lesson and she is taking all the right steps in the right direction. I have a feeling we are going to be really good friends :)

I know that the Gospel is true and is relevant for each of us in our own lives and trials, and circumstances. I'm glad to hear about all the blessings that have come your way. Finding our purpose requires remembering our Identity.
I love this work. The spirit continues to work through us and Guide us. I am well taken care of and as we put The Lord first yesterday, even though it was our preparation day, we received blessings. Ice cream and a new skirt for free! It was perfect for me too. I'm sorry for not a lot of details. Thanks for sharing your details though :)

Love,
Sister Crossett


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Big News


It has been such a rewarding week. I truly know that blessings beyond measure come to those who keep the commandments of God. In sister Wright and I's cases as we have followed the spirit this week we have been able to bless so many people and help them Come closer to our Father. Jesse is a new investigator who really wants to get closer to God and is excited to read the Book of Mormon and learn more. 

Working with sister Wright has been exactly what both of us have needed at this time in our lives. She has helped prepare me for the coming transfer. She heads home on Tuesday to holiday Utah and I will miss her but will definitely see her again. 

I have big news. I am so grateful for The trust the Lord is putting in me to train a new missionary! I am so excited to grow and learn from Sister Moosman (don't know the pronunciation yet) and continue in the lords work and continue the adventure of new things to adjust to. Everything has worked out well, even with elders coming back to Forster Ranch- which will lighten my load just a bit- I know God has an intricate plan in store and I am so Grateful for that. I am Excited for the New missionaries in the zone that we will be working with. I feel ready and able to do what is required of me even though it may be harder than what I have done in the past. It will help me stretch! I know that each of us has so much potential as Heirs to the Kingdom of God and He will Provide a way for us to accomplish what he commands us to do. 1 Nephi 3:7 

Love Sister Grace Crossett

Monday, July 31, 2017

Follow the Guides


​Dear Mom,

Thank you for the email. It helped me feel good this morning. We have a lot to do today and a lot more to do this week. Its Sister Wrights last week on the mission. She'll be heading out next Tuesday and I will hopefully be staying in the area and getting a new companion. I know Heavenly Father has big things in store for this area and for me. I know he doesn't give us things we can't handle and I trust him. I'm glad the move went well and that the ward was warm and welcoming. I prayed for that too.

This week was so Awesome! Monday was so cool because we felt like we needed to stay in the San Clemente ward boundries after dinner instead of our planned Forster Ranch activities. We decided to walk to the end of the street. We talked to a few people but no one was interested. Then at the end of the street Sister Wright pointed out a house that looked really cool so we thought we should go knock on it. As we were heading over there was a teenage girl and her sister walking and we said hi and told her we had a message that will build faith in Jesus Christ and strengthen families.   She said her name was Sol and she immediately gave us her address and told us to come over in 20 minutes and that she and her family would love to hear the message. That was a miracle in and of itself. So we walked back to our car ending up talking to a Jewish lady about family history and hopefully softening her heart a little more. Then it was time to go to Sols house. It didn't look like anyone was home and when we knocked we heard a baby start to cry. We feared that we had gotten the wrong address. No one answered so we didn't know what to do. We knocked on all the houses that had similar numbers as the one she gave us and asked everyone if they knew a Sol on this street. No luck, and by this point it was getting dark so we said a prayer that we would be able to find her. As we walked back up the street toward our car and the address she had given, the house was now lit up with lights and so we knocked on the door and Sols dad answered. We were able to set up a return appointment and went back to teach her on Wednesday about the plan of salvation. There is so much still happening in Both wards and the spirit is guiding us continually to those who are prepared to receive the restored gospel. Our investigator Mark came to church on Sunday and it was a special 5th Sunday meeting about conversion stories. Perfect for him. We set a baptismal date with him for august 19th and he is continuing to progress! So Excited with the work right now! I will be sad to see sister wright go but we have a very busy and productive week planned so she'll end strong.

I know that Heavenly Father will provide as we trust him and follow the guides he has given. The spirit, His word in the scriptures and from His servants, and many more things are those guides. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I am so Grateful for the changes that it helps us make to improve ourselves and become more like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Tell Lauren and Anne I love them so much and I'm sending a letter/ card their way as well. keep up the Book of mormon study! I know it will help so much :) It is the BOM after all :)

I love you! Just keep swimming and follow the guides!

Friday, July 21, 2017

mid-July

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The zone on the Fourth of July

I often get to emailing on Mondays and don't know what to say. my mind is blank. Maybe from a lack of spiritual nourishment because we only personal study for 30 on Preparation Day. Another thought that just came to mind is that there is a pebble that I'm holding up to my eye, preventing me from seeing the big picture. I always gain strength from your word of encouragement and love though. Thank you.

I definitely want to see that mission stuff of dads :) The sister Missionaries going into the crawl space reminded me of some service we did for a non-member man from Trinidad (Dark Skin and Jamaican Accent). I got to organize and stack all his old reagea/bob Marley tapes and CDs and such into a cabinet in his dusty garage. It was really fun and so relaxing because I still love to sort and organize.

Yes indeed service is a way to Heal our souls as we heal others as well. I'm glad you got to do that through music. Just Breath. I need to do that right now and maybe so do you. We are never alone. We have the Fullness of the Gospel. We are Children of a King with a divine potential and desiny. The temple does have power. I love it the most because satan doesn't have power there.

This week we had an amazing spirit led restoration lesson. The word came so Fluidly and I just had to open my mouth and Believe. They're names are Patricia and Carlos and they are new investigators.

Sister Wright just told me about her dads Cousin too!! Connections is right! I need our New Home address to give to the mission office to update. Could I get that from next weeks email?

Have a wonderful, grateful week and the lord will provide.

Love, Sister Crossett


Friday, July 14, 2017

Just Remember

July 3

Dear mom,
I hope you're doing well. I haven't gotten your email yet but hopefully I get it before I leave. Sister Wright has to do whats called 'my plan' for an hour each week before she goes home. It is for all the missionaries preparing to go home and helps with goal setting and future plans and such so we'll be here a bit longer than usual.

sounds like things are fun at home from what dad and Anne said. Just keep swimming :). Also happy 4th of July!! We will be in early for the night tomorrow for safety but we have a view of the coast and will be able to watch fireworks from the apartment.

Our week was pretty busy. We've been stopping by and getting to know all the people the elders had been working with. Shelly has been investigating for about 3 years now. We still don't know what the main concern is but she comes to church and has read the Book of Mormon and everything. She reminds me a lot of Grammie Crossett as a matter of fact. So loving and kind. We are still working with Sofia to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. That is the key really, to true conversion. To come to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored and that the Book of Mormon is true will help anyone use and apply the Atonement in their lives.

I've really gained a stronger testimony of fasting on my mission. I fasted for our investigators yesterday, but the results of my fast came as more of a weight lifted off my shoulders. A Clarity of mind and heart and I am so grateful for it. I know as we follow the little promptings and the big ones, from the Spirit of God, he will make miracles happen for us and for those we serve.

I love each of you and want you to know just how much more Our Savior and our Father in Heaven love you.

Have a wonderful, beautiful week, and remember to look for the good!!

Love,
Sister Crossett



( I never did write to her that day/week.  Buying a home and selling a home and moving and a vacation out of state all got in the way.  I expressed my struggles to her and this is her response.)  

July 10


Yep, Just keep Swimming mom :) 
In other words, whenever you feel uprooted or have hard tasks at hand, like you do right now, Just remember that we show our faith by enduring well. We can endure well by continuing to hold to our testimonies and being patient and grateful for the trials and the things you can learn from them. Heavenly Father is preparing you for what lies ahead. He wants to equip you with the mental and spiritual capacity for the things he will have you do soon. I also promise you that as you and dad work to make reading the Book of Mormon as a family each day a habit, you will find strength and be able to overcome little obstacles. I'm not quite sure exaclty what you are feeling but I know that you have the testimony to make it. 'Just remember' could be another synonym for 'just keep swimming'. Remember your Testimony, Remember Christ. D&C 6:36 .  Thank you for your strength and your example of faith as a mom to me. I love you. 

We saw Gods Promises in action over the weekend and I wanted to share the experience with you. We Visit Brother Church every week and he helps us Clean our car. Do to uncontrollable circumstances, he has a hard time attending church on Sundays. He really wants to though. After we are done working on the car we share a scripture with him and Saturdays scripture was 1 Nephi 3:7. I knew it would help as soon as he told us the circumstance. The promise is this: if we keep the commandments of God, he will provide and prepare a way for us to accomplish the things he commanded. We promised Brother Church that if he would pray for help and put the Lord first, Heavenly Father would provide a way for him to come to church and help him know what to do. Sure enough, We saw him at church the next day and He said that God had provided a way. Speaking of church, sister Wright and I were able to sing a Duet in Sacrament meeting "How Great shall be your Joy" and a member and his non-member girlfriend we had never met before were there. We weren't able to talk to them afterward but I saw the spirit touch the woman as we sang. The little ways that we can serve and touch people are such blessings. 

I've got to go but I want you all to know that I love my mission I love our Savior and His work is real and will help us find ourselves. 

Love,
Sister Crossett