Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sister San Diego

GOOD AFTERNOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How ya'll doin?
Good? Good!

A week, it has been! And yes, we have a pet spider living behind the mirror of our car. He only comes out in the evenings ;) Pictures to come! 

Just to clear up some things, I thought I'd take a moment to talk about all those I teach! So first and foremost is K! I'm sure I've mentioned her the most! She's our 17 year old investigator who lives with the Knobloch's, an amazing family in our ward. She has a sad back story but is completely full of life and ready to feast on the Gospel every time we're there. She has to wait until she is 18 to be baptized (November 28) due to some permission issues. I'd say going over to the Knobloch's is literally my favorite part of the week because I feel so at home. It's like a spiritual, mental, and physical recharge. We sometimes visit Kate when she's working (in the crazy candy store). AH! She's just amazing. Sister Knobloch is the mom bomb.com! She has become our "mom away from home".

 Next up is H. She's the amazing gal who's being baptized next Saturday :) Her parent's are from the Philippines and in September she's leaving to study abroad in France. Was COMPLETELY prepared to accept his gospel when we first met her. Amazing. Just an incredible person.

D! We are teaching both Dand C (9 and 8)! They are the daughters to a recent convert, J. After J was confirmed,  she never came back to church. She told the last pair of missionaries stop coming over and leave her and her family alone. Sister Starr and Saedan have amazingly been able to make it back in their home and MAN OH MAN! It's interesting trying to teach wrestles little girls while also trying to kind of teach their mom and re spark what she once felt.

R! He's our 84 year old investigator haha. He just informed us yesterday that he will be out of town every weekend until Labor Day..... It's going to be hard getting that man to commit to church! He's going to all the horse races ;) He is a retired Veterinarian who's wife has been passed away for a while now. He tends to take our lessons more seriously when we bring over older people from the ward (which their aren't very many of..) He want's to be baptized but isn't too sure about setting a date. "oh, you mormon maidens just keep comin' over and work on me. I'll get there eventually" He's pretty funny :)

L is a girl we added who's mom was just baptized a few weeks ago. Her mother attends the Mandarin group but L doesn't really speak Chinese. We had to get permission from the Mission President to teach her. She seems like a really nice 13 year old :) she loved young womens the one time we've seen her at church. Hopefully things start picking up with her!

Last but not least is K M. She's been taught multiple times in the past by missionaries. Her husband and kids are all LDS and she comes to church every Sunday but she just has issues with some things in the church. Joseph Smith is one of them and of few other Doctrinal walls she can't seem to get over. It's a bit interesting. They're family is in the process of moving so we haven't seen her too much.

WELL!!!!!! Those are them! haha we've had a few miracles this weekend with potential investigators. I'll just talk about one. His name is J. The UC 1st Elders met him on the street. They explained who they were and what they do. Joseph became wide eyed, explaining he was just praying for a sign and then BAM! These two elders showed up. He was referred to us because he lives in La Jolla. We've only met him once briefly but he's this huge 6 foot 6 black man who want's to get his life back together and come closer to Christ. Really hoping things work out :)

MY LAST DAY OF TEMPLE SHIFT WAS AMAZING! Sister Saedan and I where standing under the information tent when we saw a family signing to one another. I could see that they were trying to decide where to eat after they were done visiting the temple. The dad was trying to get a picture of his family and the temple so we walked over and I offered to take their picture. When he saw that I knew sign language, a huge smile spread across his face. After pictures I had a decent conversation with the two parents (both being Deaf while all 4 kids were hearing). I told them of a pretty good Mexican restaurant that was near the temple. We also talked about the Mormon Battalion, different temples, and where they were from. AH! It just felt so good to sign and help them out. After saying goodbye and heading back to the tent, the security guard who was with us explained how it was a pretty cool miracle that they were here and I just happened to know sign language. 

Sister Saedan just informed me we need to leave soon! I'll see if I have some pictures to send :)
LOVE YOU ALL!

-Sister Carlson


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Photo's of our house and yard.

If and when I get old, and have to move away from my home, I want to look at photo's of where I spent most of my married life raising our family. 

Halloween 2002
Halloween 2010

We've had many gatherings under the big shady trees. 
This is Jake's missionary return luncheon with his childhood friend Chris.

My oldest brother Kent and his family.
Paul and Diana and their cute little boy.
Jen's missionary companion who came to hear her speak at church.


Back Yard
2004

2015
Planted a Norway Maple tree last fall. .  I got it free from the city.

Front door

Jake's Birthday Party 1999

Family Room
New TV 2014

Christmas Past
Probably around 1997. I know we had someone who was tiny that year because the tree is only decorated half way.

2011



Kitchen
Where most my fondest memories have taken place.





Living Room
Jewels is a little blurry.
My new couches 2014

Mike Carson has been a wonderful teacher throughout the years!

Bedrooms
Jess and Julz's room.
This used to be Jake's old room and his red bunkbed.



Jewels changed Jake and Jessie's old room into her own original bedroom.



Jen's room
One day when I wasn't home, the girls talked GW into moving our old entertainment cabinet into Jen's room. They wanted to be able to watch movies in bed and play video games.



I usually always make my bed better than this.

My mother made the quilt and GW made the cedar chest in high school.


The view outside my bathroom window.

My unfinished bonus room.
This is where I store all my stuff as well as the kids stuff. If I need to get away and organize, this is where I go.  The windows also have the best views.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sister San Diego

MY PEOPLE! :D

So many fun things to talk about this week! To start off, OH MY GOODNESS THE WEATHER! It's been amazing :) Saturday, we woke up to a HUGE thunder storm. Lightning was flashing and thunder was booming every few seconds. It was so cool! We all just kind of stared out the windows like zombies all morning, halfheartedly trying to exercise, eat, dress for the day etc.. It died down a bit but by the time it was Language Study it built itself back up! What was intense was that we were reading in 3 Nephi 8 (tempesets, earthquakes, whirlwinds) while it was all happening ha! ahhhh it made me so happy! The rest of the day it was pouring cats and dogs! BLESSING! AND SUPER FUN! I was able to use my rain coat ;) Glad we aren't on bikes yet.....


Our Temple shifts have been such a blessing. We get to meet HUNDREDS of people everyday. (especially Fridays.. all those weddings haha) While there are a bunch of members that visit, there are also many non-members that stop by! The temples of God draw everyone :) And I get to tell them how special they are! I think the most interesting thing that has happened to us so far was meeting a family of 16! (14 kids) It was a cute family from Arizona and man oh man... Sister Saedan thought they were crazy.

Fun story!Sunday, while we were standing at the entrance of the church greeting people, a Utah license plate finds its way to a parking spot. The parents were the first to walk by and shake our hands, explaining they were on vacation. The last girl to walk up has a huge smile on her face and tells us about how she just returned from her mission in New Zealand! (now at this point I was kind of thinking she looked familiar) "Really? I have an amazing friend serving in New Zealand right now!" I told her. "What's her name?" She asked me. "Kayla Nakagawa, did you know her?" Her face LIGHTS UP "I TRAINED HEEEEERRRR!!!"
This is the SECOND time I have met my friends trainers! I guess San Diego is the place to be... haha! She took a picture so send to Kayla :) it just about made my day! I recognized her from some of the emails I received from Sister Nakagawa.

What REALLY finished the day off great was meeting up with Sister Whitcomb again that night at the Mission President's Fireside!!! It was better than Christmas morning....AH! I've missed her so much. Maybe if luck will have it, we can be companions later on ;)
The Fireside was incredible, even the drive back was fun. All the lights were reflecting off of the water and the roads looked like I was driving on rivers (I was especially careful, don't worry)

The only down side to all this rain is the humidity.... Our run yesterday morning.... dang, I thought I was going to die! There was no oxygen in the air! JUST WATER! 

On a spiritual note, H's has solidified August 8th as her baptismal date! It's just that much more exciting having been here the entire teaching process. Yesterday I couldn't stop giggling for some reason after another amazing lesson with her. Sister Saedan kept asking why I was so happy and it was really just the thought that I get to be a part of H's life and journey not only now, but for the rest of eternity. Parts of my Patriarchal Blessing are coming to life and it just excites me! God truly does prepare those who are ready and if you are doing your part, he will put them in your path and you WILL recognize them. 

iPads are another story... BUT! President's email he just sent us gave me some comfort. He inserted a quote from Thomas S. Monson that reads "That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our capacity to do has increased."
 to that I say Amen.

I LOVED all the pictures this week! Keep it up :) and thank you!
-Sister Carlson
Six months for Sister Star



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mia Shilom

Photo's taken by Tamra Ockey and Michelle Tuinei.
















 Jen and Brooke

Bishop and GW with a bunch of happy girls.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sister San Diego





Good morning! :D

This week has been a little crazy! Just getting into the swing of
things without Sister Starr. At the beginning of this week, the AP's
gave us a call and told us they were taking our car! Haha and the best
part is we don't know when 😆 "the next couple weeks" is all we got.
They're taking 20 cars from the mission and it just so happens one of
them is ours. This next transfer is going to be totally different!
Bikes, iPads, etc. we started transferring records online yesterday
and man oh man is it interesting trying to figure out this new app.
Not only will we be using the iPads for people's info now, but for
everything. Planner, calendar, task list, you name it. And it's just
interesting trying to figure out... How.. To do it.

Something fun!!! The Battalion sisters are going to be short on people
for this next few weeks, so they asked us if we would be willing to
take one of their Temple Shifts! The San Diego Temple doesn't have a
visitors center so the sisters assigned to temple shifts walk around
giving out info, handing out cards, taking down names and such.
10-noon!!!!! I'm so excited just to be around the temple in the
morning. We always have 5 hours of study everyday (1 hour of personal
study, 1 hour of comp study, and extra hour of comp study because I'm
in training, language study for sister Saedan, then transferring
records) so I never really see the morning sun.  We normally don't get
out and about until 2! BUT NOW I GET TO SPEND MY MORNINGS AT THE
TEMPLE! Ahhh :) but of course we'll have to do all that studying
after... 😅

OH!!! Sister Starr was transferred to Pawee! She's now our Sister
Training Leader hehe! She went from being me Mom to my Grandma ;) it
will be nice. She can still come on exchanges to this area. Fun fun.

Story time! We had dinner this Sunday at the Clark's again! (It was
like thanksgiving dinner... So good... AND THEY HAD THESE GLUTEN FREE
ROLLS THAT TASTED LIKE HEAVEN! I'll try to get the recipe for Jen) I
was talking with one of their girls about things that she likes. She's
12 I believe and the question came up of "what's your favorite thing
to watch"? She told me she liked Star Wars and I was really surprised
haha! I told her I like Star Wars too and she flipped! "YOU'RE THE 4TH
GIRL I'VE MET THAT LIKES STAR WARS!!!!!!" It made me smile 😆

We had another amazing Dinner at Sister Seegmiller's. If you can
imagine the most classy older woman living in a beautiful home
decorated with antique furniture and pictures, that is she! Her
husband died a few years ago but she always has her kids or
grandchildren visiting her. She's the nicest women in the world. I
just feel this overwhelming love for her and I'm not too sure as to
why 😊 I just do. She came to one of our lessons for R (our 84
year old investigator) and made both him and us cookies! Sigh... I am
just starting to really fall in love with this place. La Jolla is
amazing.

Well! 2 months down! Thanks for all the support! I love you all!!!!

-Sister Carlson