Saturday, April 26, 2014

Provo High School Prom 2014

                                                            Jesse and Jessie

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sister Florida

Dear Family,
Wednesday we went out to K's trailer that is going to be demolished
and finished up salvaging everything that could be salvaged. Family
history stuff was hidden everywhere! We found an irreparable banjo
that the Elders wanted to break, so they took a video breaking it to
pieces. Friday after weekly planning we helped move the boxes of
things and the fridge to a storage unit. That was the thing that took
the longest. Some people that were going to come canceled, and another
was called away to give a blessing to a lady in our Ward who had a
heart attack, so there were less people than anticipated. Because of
the emergency, the trailer was pulled by a minivan instead of a truck.
We had a tarp, but on top of that it was raining. The minivan couldn't
back up to K's trailer cause it was all muddy and would have gotten
stuck. So we had to carry or drag everything across the muddy acre on
the rain to the trailer on the street. So what was a 2 hour project
turned to 4. But you can totally see the change in K. A burden has
literally been lifted off her shoulders!!
Last Monday was her birthday (she turned 50) and we had a lesson with
her when p-day was over. Her landlord came over on her birthday and
told her she needed to be out of the small house she was living in by
the end of the month. So now all the stuff we've been moving out of
her trailer AND most everything in her house has to go into storage.
Miracles happening with K! While we were cleaning we found an LDS quad
she was so excited!! Change of heart :)
Our stake showed Handell's Messiah at the stake center on Saturday.
K called and asked if we could go with her. They only showed one of
the three hours of it. I liked it! I don't know if I would ever watch
the full thing if it wasn't in a concert setting and gators were
coming. Wheu! My favorite opera person was the tenor who made all the
faces. Mac Wilburg must have really buff shoulders and arms.

We spent Easter at the Burnetts house. They fed us wonderful briscutt
and let us go hunt eggs with their kids. There were these little slugs
in their lawn and a lot of them got in the plastic eggs through the
holes in the top and bottom. It was really fun!
Anyway. At a District P-Day and everyone wants to play volleyball. Got
to stop here!
Love ya!
~Sister Carlson

Sister Florida

The butter was painted by Sister Brown. A young couple just moved into
the Ward because the Naval Airbase is nearby. She loves butter. The
Buddha pictures were encouraged by our tour guide. The guy with the
glasses is the one who made the building of the temple possible.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hey y'all!
Hope everybody had a great week! Hope Jessie had a great birthday! It
was Sister Crowtons birthday yesterday, so shout out to her! That's
awesome to hear about Nathan! Neuroscience with a minor in Mandarin?
Wheu! I bet he's glad he gets a little break. Please tell me he gets a
This was a really fun week. The church's Easter campaign on Facebook
is really cool. Don't know if it official, but I think it's nice...for
some reason today my brain is working slow. This happens every week to
some degree. Tons of stuff happens, and then I'm looking at a blank
email that I have to fill up and my mind turns into a blank slate. I
always ask my companion, "What are you writing about? What happened
this week?" The days just run together.
Tuesday we helped a lady in our Ward who just had twins get her house
in order. The babies were in the hospital cause they have to grow a
little bit more before they can come home, which is good, cause these
people are totally unprepared. All these people having babies when
they can't even take care of themselves. "Children having children, it
makes no sense!" (From the Mormon message for youth: "I Choose to be
Pure") Not that these people are children. I guess if everyone waited
till they were perfectly ready before having kids, nations would go
Wednesday night was nifty. I guess everyone was fired up from General
Conference cause we got at least two referrals at class and a new
gator. (The week before there wasn't any people there!) A lady in our
Ward brought her daughters boyfriend to Wednesday night mutual last
week. He went with the YM and all they talked about was camping. He
was not interested. So this week she brought him to the missionary
class. Elder Shelton, our new district leader, was teaching. We read
Alma 46 and talked about standing up for your beliefs. Watched
President Monsons Mormon message for youth "Dare to Stand Alone."
Matthew really liked it. We taught him the first lesson this past
Saturday at Sister Smith's home. Pretty good lesson. Matthew is 13.
Sister Smith talked to his mom about bringing him to church and taking
missionary lessons. She said his mom is ok with it. They'll have to
have anger talk if he decides he wants to be baptized. He seemed to
like church yesterday pretty well. We'll see where he goes. Next week,
Ashley (a teenage recent convert in our Ward) asked if she could teach
about eternal marriage. Bishop gave her permission. This is gonna be
good. I'll keep you posted.
I love these iPad things. This past week when we go to a less actives
house we show a General Conference talk. I think I've seen "Your Four
Minutes" five times already. It's really good. Very non threatening.
The ones we've shown them to really liked it.
Thursday was District Meeting! Our first district meeting of the
transfer. It is Elder Sheltons first fine as a DL, and so for the
first hour he was asking for suggestions on how we could make our
district more unified. We have the largest district in the mission
with 20 people (I think it's normally supposed to be around 10), and
so there's not many things we all can do together. They can't really
split the district because of the placing of the wards. Today the
meeting was even bigger because, unexpectedly, the Assistants to the
President were there! First I thought that they were going to take an
Elder to the airport or something, but they were just there to take
the Zone Leaders to lunch. Wheu. But still. I got to give my training
in front of the biggest district with the ZL's and the AP's present as
well. We were also on a time crunch cause Elder Shelton took so long.
Sigh. The only other time I've given a training there was only five
minutes left in the meeting so it basically flopped. This time, I
didn't care if we didn't get to role plays or if we ended late, I took
as much time as I wanted. Which turned out to be 15 minutes. Must have
had the Spirit because afterward, I had no rememberance of what I
said. Sister Parmer said she liked it a lot :)
We've been doing really well on our goals this last little while!!
Gators are coming out of our ears and have been meeting or exceeding
every goal! Crazy. It's really all God. In GV 1st Ward, Sister Shelley
and I tracked 1-3 hours every day and nobody wanted to talk to us.
Just a few days ago, we knocked doors just for 30 minutes and found a
new Gator and two potentials. Most of that time was spent talking to
the new gator. We just mentioned Jesus and the lady just went off on
all the miracles she's seen this past few months. Her son was healed
of cancer. I should show her Sister Hutchins blog "When You Believe in
I've noticed something though. It doesn't matter if we have 20 gators
or none, my happiness level doesn't really depend on that. It's really
dependent on obedience. For sure.
K is really starting to get it! In our lesson with her this week,
all we talked about was impressions she got from watching General
Conference and recognizing the Spirit. She's been progressing! E
is kind of staying in the same place on the other hand. He still comes
to church every Sunday and to scripture study class every Wednesday,
but things have slowed down teaching him any other time. Until he
moves out, nothing can really happen.
Anyway. We're at Chick-Fil-Eh eating some healthy foodstuffs (starting
to add stuff into the diet. We're thinking I might be allergic to
peanut-butter). Everyone is ruling me out and want to move on with
their P-day. Gotta end.

Oh yeah! Forgot to mention that we have a new Ward Mission Leader.
Brother Brown is an officer in the Navy and is doing a flight training
program at the base nearby. He and Sister Brown are in their late 20's
and have a baby boy. They're the best missionaries ever! Sister Brown
goes tracting with us and everything. This is gonna be good. Brother
Lund (the old mission leader) is being transferred to California. He's
in the Navy as well.
Anyway. Love you all! Church is true!
~Sister Carlson

You have something coming in the mail, but it's going to be
in the mean time, gonna send a video to you!
Wednesday we helped K by cleaning her trailer that she used to live
in 5 years ago. She moved out because holes were developing in the
floor, so animals were coming in and out. She left when her bathtub
fell through. We helped her take everything in the living room and
kitchen areas out by the side of the road to be dumped, and scavenging
through books to find her family history research so she can scan it.
I can see why it would occupy her kind a lot. She doesn't own the land
and the owners want to demolish the trailer. She seemed really
relieved! I'm so glad we could help her.
Thursday we had our first Zone Meeting of the transfer. It was all
about teaching more with the Book of Mormon, and centering our
teaching around the Atonement. Knowing the Bible is good and
everything, but the Book of Mormon is the great converter. Elder
Shelton, the new District Leader for the "Normaquana House District"
(Normandy, Timuquana, and Whitehouse Wards put together), has assigned
me to train on PMG sections "The Book of Mormon and the Bible Support
Each other" and "Use the Book of Mormon to Respond to Objections." I
was doing pretty good of flying under the radar till now. I've given
two sacrament meeting talks so far out here, but I've only given one
training. I'm a lot more nervous about this than I was for the
sacrament meeting talks. Elder Shelton asked that I specifically touch
on how to respond when people have the question about this scripture
in the Bible:
"18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the
prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God
shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
"19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and
out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this
(Revelation 22:18-19)
A lot of people ask us about this. I have several answers and things
I've told people, some that have worked and some that haven't like: 1.
The Book of Revelations is what this scripture is referring to, not
the whole Bible. Revelations wasn't stuck at the end of the Bible till
hundreds of years after it was written. John didn't want anyone to
change his letter. 2. There's a scripture just like that in
Deuteronomy, yet people kept adding to the Old Testament despite it.
But we want to reap olive this conflict using the Bible and the BoM
together (mainly using the BoM). I have an idea of what I'm going to
say, but do y'all have any thoughts on this? I'm giving the training
this coming Thursday morning. Email me up to Wednesday night at 9pm
and I should get it. Thanks!
Back to this past Thursday. I think I've told y'all that Sister McCann
and I were cutting out unhealthy stuff in our diets, mainly sugar,
dairy (since I'm not supposed to have that anyway) and gluten. I've
been eating a lot of stuff I never would have eaten,
rice milk, rice patty's, oatmeal, lots more vegetables :p, these
interesting banana oat pancake things we use as bread a lot. Sister
McCann is really creative with this stuff and her mom has got some
good recipes. After Zone Meeting though, the other Sisters wanted us
to stop by Arbies cause they wanted something from there. I was having
some really big mood swings that day (we had just started, and my
theory is that I was going through withdraw or something) cause on the
ride home one second I wanted to punch them out of the car for eating
that deliciousness in front of me, and the next second is was about to
burst into tears. I think I've stabilized now, but those first couple
of days were rough. My poor companion. She's awesome.
After lunch on Thursday we went to go help a returning member clean
her apartment. Mostly we helped with the big things, and when the task
of cleaning wasn't so daunting anymore, she joined in. We dumped a lot
of stuff. Sister McCann and Sister Carr rolled the many bags to the
dumpster using a stroller. Sister McCann thought it was pretty funny.
"Do course this is what strollers where made for!"I wiped off the fan
in the front room. It was a dark brown color when I started, but when
I finished, it was brand new white! Awesome analogy of the Atonement
of Christ. I love cleaning. Everybody should go on a mission just for
that fact - to learn how to clean. We get reamed by the Senior couple
in JAX West (the Van Blankenstiens) if our apartments aren't up to
We found a lot of new gators in the last little while. There's this
almost 90 year old lady we've seen a few times named Irene. She says
the most interesting things. Don't know if I told you last week, but
she let us put in her hearing aids to see what it was like. She just
says the most darnedest things. Love her. She has read from where we
asked her to read from the BoM so that's good. We might drop her
though, she seems to want to stick by her Lutheran roots.
Friday was great. We had a super solid member present lesson with
Kati, and solid lesson with a new gator named C. We were biking
home from C place when Sister McCann and I decided we wanted a
sugar free reward. We stopped at the Hess Gas Station next to our
complex when she hesitated. She wanted to get the treat Saturday night
instead so she could drink it over Sunday. I  told her to not
procrastinate the day of her repentance. She laughed and we got our
drinks. As we were leaving, she insisted that we wait a moment so I
could taste it (it's her favorite drink and I haven't had it before).
While I was sipping (it's actually pretty good) she screamed out,
"Girl!?" In her best accent. J, one of our gators
who is really hard to get ahold of, had just pulled up to get gas! We
invited her to General Conference, and she came!!!!! We're calling
this our "Diet Dr. Pepper Miracle."
General Conference was great!! We had four gators watching. E saw
the first two sessions, Sister Alvarez saw the Sunday Sessions, J
saw the last session, and K watched all four. From what I saw, we
were the only companionship besides one of the Timuquana Sisters who
had gators there. :( The Sunday sessions were perfect for gators!!! I
was cheering in my head for the one guy who sounded Russian who said,
"one mustn't roam through garbage." I loved Elder Holland's talk, as
usual. Kind of disappointed they put him first. Then I couldn't look
foreword to him the rest of the conference! Are y'all gonna start
sending me stuff that you've learned from Preach My Gospel?
Love all of y'all's faces!!!
-Sister Carlson

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Big 18th Birthday!

La Casita

Long locks of hair.

Short locks of hair.

Choir Tour 2014

Provo High friends.

Happy Birthday Jess!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello everyone!!
 Sorry I forgot to mention that this week is transfers. I got to read
> all your emails though! President says we can read our emails during
> the week now, we just can't write a reply till p-day.  None of the
> Normandy Sisters are being transferred, but Elder Weaver (our ZL) is
> going to Arlington and be a ZL in JAX East. Sister McCann and I
> actually knew we weren't leaving before the transfer call. Sister
> McCann and I had to drive to the Mission Office to pick up her new
> Pross Card from Bank of America. While we were there we ran into
> President! It was really weird because he wasn't wearing a suit
> jacket. First time I saw him without one on. We asked him about what
> his p-day is like and how they do their laundry. They use Saturday as
> their p-day, but a laundromat washes and irons their stuff. He showed
> us the nice creases in his sleeves almost excitedly. It was funny. At
> the end of the conversation he told us that neither of us were
> leaving. Yay!
The whole mission is doing a challenge: to read the Book of Mormon in
> 90 days. 6 pages per day. I'm looking foreword to this :) President
> also said that we will start to have visiting teaching routs assigned
> to us. Up to 20 per companionship I think. Not that we don't see tons
> of less actives anyway. Two re-activations this past Sunday!
Saturday was amazing! In the morning, this cute old couple took all
> the sisters to Golden Corral for breakfast. After that we went to the
> church and helped set up for the Elders investigator's wedding. Her
> name is G. It was a great wedding! She remembered details about
> my talk in Sacrament. :)
 Our 7th day Adventist gator, K, came to the women's conference and
> to sacrament meeting yesterday! She cried during almost every
> meeting!! The Spirit is workin on her :)
 Sister McCann and I are going on a diet. No sugar, no dairy, no wheat,
> no corn, no oranges, no red meats. And a couple of other things we
> can't eat. It's a good thing no one has signed up to feed us for two
> weeks so we can kick this off. Mostly the diet is for finding out what
> you're allergic to. You start introducing things back into it after a
> few weeks.
Anyway. I'm sure that more things happened this week, but I'm at zone
> p-day at the moment and am extremely distracted.
Love you all!
 ~Sister Carlson