Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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!
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.
Sister Grace Crossett
... 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
There were times this week that I worked too hard though. Especially
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
Sister Grace Crossett
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.
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.
Sister Grace Crossett
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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!
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!!
PS Sorry we'll have to send pics next week! on my camera!! thankyou!!
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
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!
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 :)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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
Monday, July 31, 2017
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
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
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!!
Monday, June 26, 2017
Its the final week of the transfer again. It Goes so fast now. Before you know it I'll be home. Not yet though. There is still more to learn, more people to help more opportunities to take.
I truly know that as we make ourselves available and do our part in acting in faith, Heavenly Father will make us instruments in His Hands. It was just so with a young lady we were walking towards on the street yesterday. She was on the phone but she hung up to talk to us. She had just been kicked out of her house and said that God told her to keep walking and she would run into two girls. Well He was right. We walked with her as she talked and we gave her a book of Mormon and our phone number. She said she would read it every night. We were able to say a prayer with her, too and I know that she has great faith and things will work out. All she needs is the Gospel. It was so cool to be an answer to someones prayers. Though we don't have any way of contacting her unfortunately, I know that we will see her again.
Our bishop in San Clemente ward texted us about a non-member lady who needed help moving and was told by her landlord that she should ask the Mormons, they could help. I thought it was cool that even among nonmembers we are known for the Christ like acts that we do.
We had a really Good Sunday yesterday. There was a homecoming in one ward and a farewell in the other. I was able to meet more people and write down their names this time so I can remember them better. The spirit was very strong at both meetings.
I am so Blessed to be able to serve here in this beautiful area of the Lords vineyard. The work, works. Sister Wright and I have seen this as we have pushed through the hard times and reached out to other people. It heals the soul to serve and it also helps Heavenly Father to help his children.
I love you all and know you can do it!
We went to dinner at the Hansens house and the youngest girl (blonde) was named Lauren, and I told them that was my sisters name. They were a super cool family and they even had a pet rat. He was super fat and his name is Will.
This passed week has been so busy. We found 2 new investigators from just following up with someone who said to come back another time. Amanda and Justin. We taught them the restoration and then just Amanda the plan of Salvation and she has a lot of questions. Then we felt like we should go back to a street we walked down a few weeks ago and so we planned in a time to go tracting there. We were late to our planned time but we both felt prompted to go to a specific house and a lady answered who was super friendly and told us to come back. Then it was time for lunch so we were walking back to our car and we saw a lady watering her lawn. We almost didn't go talk to her but I insisted. Rosie invited us right in and we taught the restoration to her and her husband. They are so humble and ready. On top of all the success we've seen the potentials we have, transfer calls were on Saturday and sister Wright and I are both staying (sister Wrights last transfer so I'll be killing her ;) mission lingo) but the elders in the Forster Ranch ward are both leaving and we are taking on all of their work as well as still covering San Clemente ward. It will be busy but it will be good to keep us motivated and push us to improve. Our investigator Sofia also came to church for the first time Sunday and there was a really good Gospel principals lesson on the holy ghost perfect for her. Miracles are happening and I'm so grateful to be a part of them. I know that Heavenly Father notices even the little things that we do right and blesses us for them. I know that as we continue to diligently study the Book of Mormon and Pray sincerely, we will receive heavens Help in our lives and we will come to know of the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel to the earth. I know that families can be together forever through the Plan of Happiness which is centered on the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ.
I love you so much and pray for you daily.
Sister Grace Crossett
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sister Wright likes to get things done as quick as possible on p-day and the library opens at 10 so we got here just a bit after 10 today. There is so much to write about. I was transferred to the San Clemente Zone and am double covering two wards! Crazy right?! Its different from Utah where they cover multiple stakes but 2 wards is actually pretty overwhelming for me. Sunday was fun :) all day church! It will take some time to adjust again but I am grateful to be stretched and changed. Heavenly Father is continuing to prepare me for my life ahead. The San Clemente and Forster Ranch Wards are our wards. Sister Wright is from Holiday Utah and guess what?! When I asked her where she went to High School She said cottonwood and so apparently she was really good friends with Haley and she was in all the musicals we went to see there. Peter pan and Tarzan and Shrek. Super cool! Maybe if you see Haley you could tell her Caitlin Wright is my new comp. and says hi. sister Wright is very organized and such a good missionary and I'm so excited to grow and learn from her. And We actually have quite a bit of work to do in our two wards. We have an investigator getting baptized on Saturday of this week. Her name is Brooke and she is golden. Though I didn't get to teach her a lot I am grateful to be a part of her conversion to Christ.
This area has a very different feel than the other areas I've served in. I think the main reason is because it is a beach town. Everyone surfs and goes to the beach all the time. You could call some of them beach bums but they are still super cool. Our apartment has a cool view of the ocean too, which I have yet to see so far on my mission. It is so beautiful and definitely a blessing while I am getting adjusted to the area and the people and everything new. Though a lot of people that we talk to here are just not open or willing to listen or too busy, I know that there are those that are prepared for us to teach and invite to come unto Christ. We had a cool experience this week where we were knocking on a door of a potential and I heard a noise like running water and we didn't know exactly where it was coming from. No one answered so we started walking back to our car and sister wright saw a fausset of water on across the street and no one around. We walk over to maybe turn it off and a guy walks out who's name is Dave. He was working on some plumbing stuff but he said we could go by and teach him on Friday. Since then we have picked him up as a new investigator but It is just so interesting how heavenly father leads us to people sometimes. I know that His work is here for all of us and as we continue to keep our covenants and do His will, we will be provided for and see miracles and blessings as we do so.
Have a Sunny Week!
( May 30 )
I was so very grateful to have been able to be a part of Brookes Baptism on Saturday. She is an example and inspiration to me of someone who has a testimony and wants to share her light with others. It is almost second Nature for her to just love and be kind to others and I know that will only continue to grow. Sister Wright and I are looking forward to a successful week and hope to please the Lord with our efforts to be a little more. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ and I want to take advantage of each opportunity that will come in serving and leading others to the Savior.
Have a blessed day and a miraculous week!
( June 5 )
You are right. All will be fine, good, and right. And you know, its because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He is the way. We had a really amazing lesson with our investigator Sofia this week. We reviewed the restoration and invited her to kneel and pray with us to know if what we were teaching her is true. It was so powerful and she has such great faith. She said she felt much more open and comfortable talking to God in the way we taught her. She also was able to come to the adult session of Stake Conference with visiting 70 Elder Cordon. All the messages, especially from elder Cordon where exactly what she needed. He talked about the vital importance of reading the scriptures as a family in the home, and also about keeping the Sabbath day Holy. Sister Wright and I were also able to sing in the stake Choir and I was so grateful for that blessing. We sang a really pretty arrangements of The Lord is My Shepard, and Love at Home.
I just want to do Gods Work, and please him. Because we are imperfect, we fall short sometimes. That is why I am so grateful for the plan of Happiness, which is centered on Jesus Christ Atonement.
I don't know what else to say but I love all of you and I hope that you are taking advantage of the opportunities and blessings God has given to you.
( June 12 )
That was perfect. All of what I needed to hear. Make sure, when you are feeling displaced and frazzled, to remember what will never change: Our Heavenly Fathers love, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Eternal Families!!
Thank you for enduring. You are a great example to me on that. Hold to the faith, and the Rod!!
This week has been really Great and we have seen so many miracles. We got a new investigator named Heather and we are so excited to work with her. She was actually raised in the church and was baptized at 8 but had her records removed when she was in college. She is so prepared at this time and wants us to come back. It is early into teaching but we feel very good about her progressing. I was also very grateful that Elder Cordon came to speak to us and It really helped me get good spiritual fuel for the rest of the week. My interview with president and sister Clark was amazing too. They always say what I need to hear. . Then to top it off I got to go to the temple with a family name that sister Wright helped me find. Sister Wright is actually really good at it and she helped me find a family name that I took to the Temple on Saturday. It was so amazing to do that for one of my ancestors. Bertha Lucia Olmstead now just her sealing needs to be done. Their is also a name I've been reserving and it needs a baptism and confirmation maybe Anne would like to do it.
I love family history and the temple! We have even found more success in talking to people on the street about it and also with less actives I don't know if she accepted it on the other side yet but I know she will and I was able to learn and feel the spirit inspire and teach me while I was there. I love the temple! Sister Wright is still having a hard time. Satan is working really hard and I know its because he knows that we have some amazing things still in store for us here. I know that through diligent study and prayer, we will gain an increase in the faith that we need to keep being directed by the spirit.
Grace's Testimony for the girls at Daughters of Zion camp.
I have been thinking of you a lot. I have been so blessed and have grown so much on my mission and from serving the lord. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, including Faith, Repentance, Baptism ( or keeping of Covenants) Receiving the holy Ghost each day and continuing to endure and move forward will help us in all aspects of our lifes. I've seen it work in the lives of the people I have served in California and I have seen it work for me. I know that the love of Our father in heaven and the Gospel is something that will never Change. Hold to your faith. Live what you believe. I love and pray for you sisters.
Have a great Week!!
Thursday, May 18, 2017
It was so great to see you guys yesterday. It was exactly what I needed. We have everything squared away for transferring and I am so excited for a new transfer of Change.
With me being sick we were pretty much home all week trying to help me get better. I am feeling much better now though. It was very unexpected for the Las Flores B Area to be Closed. It is hard to say goodbye to everyone we have been working with and give them to the Elders to care for, but I know heavenly Father will help everything to work out. After all it is His work, and His plan. I am always so amazed by transfers and how it all works together in the end. One of the Hardest parts for me was having to explain to our Iranian investigator and his son, who have been coming to church for 2 months, that we will not be able to see him again for a while or sit with them at church. They were very sad but they also were very grateful for the change that they said they have been experiencing in their hearts and souls. They said they will always come to church. I know that one day they will be baptized and that I will be able to see them again. I am so grateful to have been able to be an influence in there conversion to Christ. I know that this work, the work of Salvation, is the most Important work on earth, and as we help our Heavenly Father Gather his Children into the kingdom, and keep his Commandments, we will be blessed with all the things we stand in need of.
I love you all so much!!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
I was able to go on exchanges with one of my Sister Training Leaders, Sister Fullmer from Farmington, UT on Saturday in Her areas. Miracles happen on exchanges. We talked to a Jewish lady at the door for more than an hour and I know that she will be baptized. The spirit softened her heart and we were able to even pray with her before we left. I love Sister Fullmer so much and was able to learn so much from her about how to be a better missionary. She is so obedient and really wants the best for everyone, not just because she is an STL. One thing that she was inspired to tell me to work on is finding joy in the work. I really needed to hear that because I get so caught up in trying to make sure I am doing things right and making a difference that I forget to enjoy the journey, enjoy the process. I am really trying to work on this and find the good in every day. I know that there is an Eternal plan for us and that plan and way is Jesus Christ. He lives, He loves us and we can do all things through Him.
Easter was great and we were well taken care of. So many people came to church! Our investigators and the Elders investigator and his girlfriend, too! I am so sorry this seems so rushed and may not make sense but I want you all to know that I love you and that Everything will work out as you are obedient and just try your best to follow Jesus Christ.
I will try to explain this as best I can. I'll be honest. Last week was one of the hardest weeks of my life. It was also one of the most eye opening for me. I would have days where I literally felt so depressed that I couldn't get myself to do anything or get out of the apartment. When I did, I didn't feel worthy of facing people. I was in a constant battle with myself and nothing I did seemed to work permanently. Prayers, scripture study, talking to Sister Peterson and serving the people only helped temporarily. I felt helpless and hopeless. That's not what this life is about! It's all about LOVE. At least that is what myself and countless others that have been helping me along this long process of learning about myself have discovered. Looking back at my life the reason for my struggle has been myself. I didn't LOVE myself. I have been so hard on myself.
After a long, hard, excruciating day on Friday, we finally decided to call President Clark and ask if we could meet him in person to talk. We called right before dinner and he said to come to the mission home at 8:30. We didn't have a member dinner appointment but we had some member money so we decided to go to our newly discovered favorite place to eat, Tropical Island Smoothie ( the Island Green Smoothie is my favorite). After dinner I still felt awful, so we went home and I got to read my Patriarchal blessing and pray some more. I didn't believe that any of those things could come true. As we were leaving, our STL's, Sister Fullmer and Michell, stopped by to bring us a talk that they knew would help. Perfect timing. I had gone on exchanges with Sister Fullmer the previous weekend and she pulled me aside and complimented me on just how amazing of a missionary I am and how she looks up to me and learned so much from me on exchanges. It was all fine and dandy but, I still didn't believe her. I literally didn't believe any of what anyone said to build me up.
We drove to Irvine and I read the talk. It helped a little and I was in higher spirits than I had been. President and Sister Clark were there and Sister Peterson and we all came to the conclusion that I didn't love myself, and that it has been Satan's tool against me for all of my life. They gave a few suggestions. Write down everyday, things that you love about yourself and then look back and thank God continually for those gifts that he has blessed you with and talents he has given you. So I'm putting it to the test. It is still hard. I have to change this long kept habit that has gone on inside my head for so long that has almost become my character.
Now what does this have to do with the work or my mission or investigators? It has everything to do with it. As I learn and try to love myself, I will be able to truly say and teach people that the atonement of Jesus Christ is here for us NOW. Accept Him. Use Him. Believe Him. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the light that we must hold up. I love Him and I love myself and all of you.
I don't know that all of that should be shared with everyone but, If you feel that it should then I trust you to share it.
(Obviously I felt that it should be shared. We all go through Valley's of despair and need to hear how others get through them.)
I love you mom. I will be just fine. Thank you for all that you do, noticed and unnoticed.
You keep smiling, and loving yourself too :)
Transfers are right after mothers day, so I'll get to tell you all about it! :) I've been here 6 months and 4 months with Sister Peterson. Sister Peterson wants me to be her comp for the rest of her mission. I love her, but I need a change. It has been so good to work with her though. Did you know I'm almost half way?!
Our old Friend Moe, who was baptized in December is coming back and his wife is already here. They may not be in our ward anymore but, we are so excited to have him back!
This week has been a great week of improving for me. I'm feeling lots better than before and trying to do all the things my mission leaders have been suggesting.
We had some really good days where we talked to absolutely EVERYONE and saw miracles including teaching the restoration on a driveway to a guy we drove passed and then went back for. We gave him a Book of Mormon and invited him to read.
As we look for the good and the blessings, Heavenly Father will give us exactly that :) He loves us and wants the best for us.
I know that Jesus Christ is the Healer of our Hearts, and if we have a desire to serve him and do good, having faith, repenting and trying again, we will feel of His love and be able to share that with others.
We are enough.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
It will be a little different coming home to a new place but I don't think it will be hard because missionaries are nomads anyway. We learn to adapt and adjust to new people and surroundings. Our apartment is in Ladera Ranch and it is so nice! It is still outside our area but only a 3-5 min drive.
I'm doing just fine. I definitely believe that if we are to ask people if we can help them we must be willing to accept and ask for help ourselves. Especially to our Heavenly Father. He is ready and willing to help us anytime, as long as we ask. Ask, Seek, Knock.
We had a really cool experience with this video last week. We were walking to a potentials house and a teenage boy passed by with a phone in hand. We didn't say anything but hello. On our way back to the car after the potential wasn't there, the boy walked passed again the same way he had come and I had the Idea to ask him if he had internet access. We had not seen the #Prince of Peace Video yet, for which we had pass along cards to pass out, so we asked him if he would pull up the video for us. He agreed and we all watched the video there on the sidewalk. It was very powerful and he said It was pretty cool after. I know that his heart was touched. If you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend it. It has been a good week. Though I am still trying to figure out exactly what heavenly father needs us to do here, we know we are making a difference in our own little way with our talent and abilities and with His help. I know Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us and if we will follow him and our Savior, we will see things happen that we could never do on our own.
Monday, April 3, 2017
I hope you loved The Women's conferences as much as I did. I thought of you especially during the first talk. Proverbs 3:5-6 :) President Eyrings was amazing too.
My week has kind of been all about Following Jesus Christ. That is what we are all striving to do after all right? He is the perfect example and I have grown so much closer to him as I have studied more about him in the Book Of Mormon. It has been such a blessing to be able to testify of him to all those that we come in contact with. We had a bit of a startling experience over the past week. That perhaps shouldn't be shared with everyone but it is very near to my heart. We received a referral from the spanish elders. They Met her while tracting in the Sable apartment complex. She said she was very interested in learning and they got her information and we called and set things up for an appointment. She had to cancel a few days later because of some family emergency stuff but she still said she wanted to meet us soon so we kept in contact. Finally after a few more tries to set something up we decided to just go stop by and see if we could at least meet her. Through her texts she sounded so sweet and genuine and such a testimony of Heavenly Father. It was last sunday night when we stopped by and she let us in. She seemed anxious but she also expressed how our visit was an answer to her prayers. We were able to share a little bit of the Restoration and talk to her about the resurrection (Loss of a family member). She didn't tell us much about what she was going through but we left her a Book of Mormon and she said she already knew it was true but would read it anyway. We couldn't set up a return appointment but she said she would keep in touch. We texted a few times throughout the week with no response. We decided to stop by on Friday to see how she was doing and her Fiance answered the door. We asked for Lauren and He said that she had passed away on Monday. It was a surprise and a shock to us but we know that Lauren is learning and accepting the lessons on the other side and I am so grateful that we were able to teach her the first lesson.
After that experience, we got to teach a father and his son the Restoration on Sunday after they attended sacrament with us and It was amazing. Amazing Blessings are happening and I am truly and deeply grateful for Heavenly Fathers care for me and for all of his Children. I know He loves us, I know Jesus Christ is our Savior and that as we pray always, we can have his spirit to be with us as we are obedient to his commandments.
( April 3 )
Its been a rough day. Ironically enough I am going through moving struggles too. Sister Peterson and I are staying together in Las Flores but we just moved out of our apartment with roommates and into one without. It is a really nice apartment and we will be able to focus a lot better with just us but it will take some adjusting to. I need to settle in. I want it to be a good transfer. I want to see miracles. I know we will as we are obedient and just do our best. I'm sorry I don't have a lot of words today. I'm fine but prayers are always appreciated. I Loved conference. They just keep getting better don't they? I thought of you and the family all through out as well. Joy D. Jones's talk especially for you. Anne and Lauren need to listen to or watch Gary E. Stevenson's talk again too.
I'm sorry I didn't get a recording of it but I was able to sing the same song I sang in sacrament meeting, at the Temple music devotional yesterday. "How Great Thou Art". I thought I did pretty well and I even felt it too. I hope that others were able to be touched by it as well. No investigators at conference but the work is going very well. We have an Indian investigator, a Persian investigator and 2 Spanish investigators. It is definitely a melting pot.
All I can say is that as we always strive to have the spirit with us as Ronald A. Rasband talked about, we will be able to receive protection and direction in our lives.
I love each of you dearly.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The time is flying by so fast.... Well for me anyway. 6 months is just about the perfect time
(March 6, 2017)
on the mission. not too new, gotten the hang of things, and also not
too dangerously close to the end. I'm actually almost 7 months now but
I'm rounding Down ;).
Did you Ever do Road show? Well our Stake youth did it saturday. The Wards put together
their own one act musical style production. Las Flores did Super Heros
Vs. Super Foods. Costumes and all. It was Super fun! (punn intended)
All the mutual's for months in advance were in preparation and
rehearsal for 2 performances. I can honestly say that It is worth it
in my book. Sister Peterson and I got to go and stand in the back to
watch and they looked like they were having so much fun and I could
just feel the unity and love that they had for each other.
My Birthday was grand. I was well loved and sung to. No Cake but the
Riches put candles into chocolate covered bananas and oranges and I
got to blow them out. It was also a great day for the work too. I
wouldn't have had my 20th any other way than serving the lord. The
work is so fun too.
A Roller Coaster Week but as I look back on all the harder days, I can
see way more blessings than burdens. Tender Mercies are all around us.
I asked for a blessing from my district leader on a particularly hard
day when Satan was throwing everything he had at me. He Convinced me
for a time that I couldn't do anything because I had already messed up
so badly. I want to feel ready and prepared for lessons with
investigators or a particularly busy day and if I'm not I feel very
guilty and have a hard time moving forward. In the blessing I was
promised protection and safety as I am obedient and as I study the
scriptures and pray with a sincere heart. I am ever reminded by others
and by the Lord that I cannot do this work alone. I cannot go through
this life alone. The Good news of the Gospel is that I don't have to.
We have a loving Heavenly Father who sent a Savior for us, to help us
overcome our mistakes and sins. He will always be there. We just have
to do our part to reach out to him, to keep the commandments so we can
receive the blessings that he want to give us and he knows we need but
that are conditional upon our asking for them. I know that Heavenly
Father is there for us and that his son, Jesus Christ is our Savior
and that he lives. I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of
Mormon Through the Gift and power of God and that Its words testify of
Christ. I know that it is true. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
(March 13, 2017)
We also were able to teach a woman named Gladys and her two kids on Wednesday. Gladys has a Great testimony of heavenly Father and a real love for her family. We shared the first two teaching points with her and the spirit was so Strong. I felt inspired to talk to her about baptism right then and there. I asked her if she came to know that the things we were teaching her were true would she be baptized and she said yes. We invited her to pray to know if this was the path that God wanted for her and her family. We are going to go back and teach her more on Wednesday. We are so excited for her!
I know that through faith and repentance we can receive the joy and hope that come through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
(March 20, 2017)Though I can't send all my extended family individual emails will you let them all know I love them and am so grateful for the examples they are and have been in my life?
We had a very special zone conference with Elder Tad R. Callister on Thursday. He taught us more about the Atonement. I really learned a lot and I know that learning more about the Atonement will help us to better apply it and have more motivation to move forward. We need to continue to study and pray to gain strength and find answers. I know that as we put in the Practice and continue to be obedient to the commandments and the principals that Heavenly Father has asked us to live by, we will be able to do his work and be happy doing it.
Then on Saturday Sister Peterson and I got to go to a Persian new Year party that the mission president requested we put on because of all the Persian work here in California. All 6 of the non member Iranian people we invited came, and they all had a blast. There was authentic Persian food and live music and dancing. As missionaries we just had fun watching it all. Such a different culture but so kind and curious to learn more. One of the families we invited actually came to church on Sunday so that was a blessing! It was our ward conference so the bishop and Stake president talked to us and The Dad and his son loved it. They said they would definitely want to come back and we will hopefully get to teach them this week.
I hope and pray that Heavenly Father will continue to work through me, a weak and simple servant, to bring about his intricate plan for each of his children. I am ever thankful for my call to serve and hope that each of you will ask yourself what the Lord needs you to do today.