Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sister San Diego

She's gone! I've done the deed.... 

We dropped Sister Saedan off at the airport this morning @7:30. Which means we woke up at 5. AH! It was so sad... She will be flying from here to Seattle Washington, then off to Korea, THEN home to Thailand! 20 hours on a plane. Not counting layovers.. Pray for her.

For now I'm in a trio with the YSA Sisters, and we'll see what transfers bring tomorrow! I know I'll be staying in La Jolla which is a big plus.

These last few weeks have been crazy busy! Yesterday was filled with goodbyes and pictures. Everyone in this mission is going to miss Sister Saedan! 

Sunday, we went to the Mormon Battalion with K and the YW! It occurred to me this time how close we are to Old Town. It takes like 15 minutes to get there... I've been maybe 5 times since coming to San Diego, but it never gets old. Sister Chung (whom I saw just 30 minutes before hand at ward council) was the Sister chosen to give us the tour! I love the live interaction and all the fun activities the Battalion holds. Not only that but you really do feel the spirit and I can't get over the sacrifice these early saints made. K loved it! Her baptism is November and is staying strong. Everyone is getting excited!

Our last lesson with M was great! She has tons of questions and we tried our best to answer all of them. Funny how being the teacher has me learning more than anything. She hasn't come to church yet, granted we've only met her twice, BUT! She did accept the baptismal invitation if she finds out the Book of Mormon is true. Really, that was the answer we had to most her questions, "read, ponder, and pray. If you do, we promise God will give you answers". I hope she catches the fire :)

We briefly met with R this week. Just a quick goodbye. "THE MORMON MAIDENS ARE BACK!" I told him we can't keep coming back if he's not willing to read that Book of Mormon of his and come to church! It's been so long.. He knows it's true.. he's just.. a stubborn old man. 

Departure activities were Thursday so yet again, I was hanging out with YSA :)
Sister Weidmann and Sister Seo are seriously the best though. I've learned a lot about Switzerland and Korea from them haha! AND! It just so happens that they were teaching E that day! I haven't seen him for a while and it's good to see someone that you loved teaching. Sometimes it's hard to refer investigators (which we seem to do a lot) but the YSA ward is so much better for him. He was excited to see me too though HA!

This week we also had an exchange with the STL's! I went up to Poway (well, mostly Ramona) with Sister Stewart (SISTER STEWART TRAINED SISTER WHITCOMB, MY MTX COMP!) and Sister Saedan stayed here with Sister Starr. I had SUCH a blast. Sister Stewart is soooo cool even though we got lost a few times.. It was nice just to be somewhere outside my area. I learned a lot!

Well this emails is already 10x longer than last weeks.. Just so much has happened! 
Keep on Keepin' on folks! 😉

-Sister Carlson
                                                                         Finished our temple run.

P.S. All those deciding to go on a mission or not: Go on a mission. You won't regret it. "Remember the worth of one soul is great in the eyes of God"
"If ye have the desire, ye are called to the work"
"And if it so be that ye should labor all your days and bring but one soul unto me... How great shall be your Joy"
My life and this mission are too short.

Revelation 21:4 -This is my reason for serving. I want others to feel what I've felt.