Monday, September 30, 2013

Hey-O! How are ya'll doin?
I got your letter Daddy! It sounds like Grandpa is doing great! I loved hearing from Julie too :) It's so exciting ya'll are going to General Conference! Maybe I'll see you on the screen when they're singing songs!
We got to watch the RS broadcast last Saturday! I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite talk was the 2nd Counselor.
  We got a new investigator named Miss S, but our first full lesson with her is tomorrow. She lives next to a member who's wife and child are in Sweden for a few weeks. She noticed that he doesn't act like most men she knows and isn't cheating on his wife the second they left. She actually confronted him about it and asked him why. He talked a little about Eternal Marriage, and she was really interested. The next day he introduced us to her, and we'll be seeing her tomorrow when her kids are at school. Member missionary!
I went on my first Splits ever this past Wednesday! Two sisters in the Relief Society Presidency went with Sister Shelley and I and we split up to invite Less Active sisters to the ice cream social before the RS broadcast. We had some really good lessons because of it, but none of them came.
Our new Ward Mission Leader is doing really well. We have a lesson that President asked us to share with active members out of Power of the Everyday Missionary, and our ward is really struggling with Home and Visiting Teaching. He's killing two birds with one stone by having us pair up with the Home/Visiting Teachers to go to their families and giving this message! This will be for October of course, but I think this is a really good idea for the Ward.
We finally finished all four lessons with Mrs. S! She's progressing really well at completing her goals for quitting coffee. The last time we saw her she actually said it was a lot easier than she thought it would be! Now we just have to wait a few more weeks until she can use her leg and she can take the cast/brace thing off. She's really excited about General Conference coming up and tomorrow we'll be doing a lesson on how to prepare for it. Some stuff in Mosiah 2 and 3 Nephi 17:1-3. We have a date to set a baptismal date :) but the next transfer is October 16th though so one of us probably wont be there for it :( there are 36 missionaries coming out next transfer. Its interesting that the two investigators in 1st Ward who are ready to be baptized cant yet because they either have to wait for healing after surgery, or they have to wait till they can move out (one of the Elder's investigators).
Anyway. I hope ya’ll have a really good week!

Later from Sista Gator

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sister Florida

M'dear Family,
First of all, need to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! You'll be getting a card in a few days :)
Hope you're all enjoying Utah weather. It's still pretty warm down here.
Lets explain the pictures. The first one is of Miss Brazil with her friend she grew up with, Sister S. She left this week! :(

The second picture is of some Pillsbury doe boy croissants with guava in the middle. Brother Simnitt just got back from Brazil a few weeks ago and brought a lot back with him. It's so yummy!!!! But they didn't have that good cheese stuff that goes with it, so they put some cream or something on it.

New News: email time is now unlimited. I don't know why. But I'm still probably keep it 1hr and 30min cause we go to lunch right after this and I'm usually starving! Today we have plans to go to Payne's Prarie where there are a bunch of Gators and Wild Horses and such. We'll see how it goes. Also, did anyone notice in this months Ensign that "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox is in it?! It's a shortened version, but my eyes about bugged when I saw it! I love that talk!
It's been a pretty busy week! We've had more lessons taught than we've had so far combined since we started in this Ward. Most of those came by tracting. Yay! We've been trying to get a time to speak in Sacrament meeting about the Power of the Everyday Missionary to get members more excited and involved. But our Ward is so busy that the next available date for us to speak is October 27th! That's past the next transfer! Whoever is conducting next month has practically got a free ride. We're also going to try and do a movie night next month at the church showing 'the Testament'.
Mrs. S had her surgery. She said the Blessing really helped and the Ward members have been taking meals over. It makes our 'daily contact with investigators' really easy! I love teaching S :)
Something really unexpected happened. Sunday after PEC we were supposed to have Missionary Coordination Meeting with Brother Driaza. But he had disappeared unexpectedly. We didn't think much of it until the Bishop announces that he's been released as Ward Mission Leader and called into the Sunday School Presidency! It was so unexpected! Brother Driaza didn't even know about it until 30 minutes before Sacrament Started! So now we don't have anyone besides the returning member we're teaching in Gospel Principles. Our new Ward Mission Leader is a new couple who just moved in who both go to U.F. and work. Poor guy. I think he's going to be a little overwhelmed the next few weeks. Hopefully soon we'll also have some Ward Missionaries as well.
The Driaza family are such good missionaries! On Labor Day, the Ward had a pool party and Sister Driaza was inviting non members who lived in the area that were using the pool to church! We saw them yesterday and she showed us some cooking stuff that was worth 20$ that she had come across for 2$. She contributed this blessing to missionary work!  Brother Driaza invited a guy who was car-pooling from work to home to learn about the gospel and he accepted! They bring friends all the time to church. I'm sad that we wont be working with them as much any more. They seem to be the only families here that really have the spirit of missionary work. We'll see if we can't get some more excited about it!
President wrote us about a family in our mission who decided to set a goal of getting 100 "no" answers from invitations of various things. There's a section in Pof the EDM about what real success is. It suggests that we set a goal of getting 'no' answers instead of a goal of 'yes' answers because we succeed when we invite people, it's their choice to accept it or reject.
I'm so excited for General Conference! The relief society general session starts at 8pm next Saturday and our Ward is having an Ice Cream Social before hand. We've got to get some investigators to that!
Anyway. Got to get a move on. Ya'll have a good week!
~Sister C

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sister Florida

Hey Family!!!!!!!
Heard ya'll had a Micro-Burst! Fun! There haven't been any real big storms out here. Just a lot of rain. And not so much of it lately. We've had a really good week! Our key indicators are a little bit higher this week, but there was also a lot of contacting going on. Our potentials are starting to multiply! We gave out quite a few Book of Mormons. We have a goal of using our time more effectively this next week to try and cut out all the fluff time that seems to go on.
Last District meeting Elder Gao had us to the Christlike Attributes Activity. Elder Gao is back as my District Leader again! He got moved to YSA to get all of the Chinese people on campus. We'll see how it goes. It was a super good District Meeting. :)
Member involvement is kicking off! The Ward Counsel gave us a list of names they thought would be good to go to our Book of Mormon class (for them and for our investigators) and so far the few we've asked said they would come. Some of them are even inviting friends! We talked to the Elder's quorum President on Sunday and he described this ward in a nutshell. Busy. Very Busy. Hopefully we can instill the idea that they can be busy and share the gospel at the same time. We're scheduled to speak in Sacrament Meeting either this Sunday or next Sunday about being Member Missionaries. The Ward Mission Leader ordered special m&m's with scripture's /sayings on the back about being a missionary that kids will pass out after/during sacrament meeting or something.
Miss S is really coming along! We had a lesson about baptism earlier last week and she really wants to get baptized! We went over the commandments and she believes in everything. Even the Word of Wisdom! And she's been drinking coffee for 40 years! We can't really set a baptismal date with her yet because it all depends on how well she recovers from her surgery this week. But maybe this is a blessing in disguise. The rest of her famliy will be much more exposed to the Church because the Relief Society is going to be getting some meals sent to her home! She also got a blessing yesterday from the High Priest in our ward who is in charge of helping us out, the Elder's Quorum President, and the Ward Mission Leader. It was interesting that That the lesson in Relief Society was on Priesthood Blessings! I think it made the experience that much more spiritual. She loved it.
Thanks for the letter to Miss Brazil, Dad! She leaves tomorrow, but I was able to get it to her. I wasn't there when she read it, but I think she liked it! We were able to get pictures with her and Sister Simnitt, but I forgot the Memory Card thing that hooks into the computer. I'll bring it next week.
The house we moved into is really nice. There are a couple unfinished things about it, but the owner (a family in our ward) comes over when we're not here and is still working on it. There's a huge back portch where the washer and dryer are that is screened in. All of the windows have shutters on them that really keep the light out, and keeps it cold inside. I might ask for a snuggie or a blanket or something for Christmas. Or thanksgiving. Whenever the next holiday is.
Question: is soy milk healthier than regular milk?
Question that more pertains to missionary work: what exactly do Muslims believe? There's quite a few here and we just had a lesson with one. I don't know if she'll want us to come back... anyway...
Out of time!
Love ya!
~Sista Jen