This week was weird! We met this guy on the street and he invited us into his restaurant and told us to order whatever we wanted, Sister Nichols got attacked by a dog, we got to go to a Festival of Trees fundraiser, and it was 90 degrees all week.
I realized that my pictures didn’t send last week so here they are and some new ones! We saw an awesome sunset, I parallel parked in the smallest spot ever and sweet Sister Reeder gave us early Christmas gifts.
At Stake Conference this week we heard a lot of different messages but the one that really stuck with me was about following the Lords will in our lives! Because He has given us so much He expects a lot from us. And everything He asks is to do is for our benefit anyway! Seek out the Lord’s will in your life and then pray for the faith to fearlessly follow it!
I love being a missionary! I love teaching people about Christ!
I love all of you! Thank you for all of the Christmas cards and presents I’ve already gotten and for the ones still coming! I’m so grateful for all of you!
This week flew by! We were so busy and I actually have so much to talk about!We literally spent half of our time doing service and it was amazing but we still made time to try to find people to teach. I built and decorated 7 Christmas trees! and it’s only the first week of December! We are helping with at least one more this upcoming week but we’ll see if we do more!
On Tuesday and Thursday we helped the Korean elders teach English class and one of the students brought us some Korean food, I would tell you what she called it but I have no idea how to begin trying to spell it. It was delicious and that’s what matters 😊
On Monday, Tuesday and Saturday we helped put up all those trees. A few in peoples homes and a few for the ward Christmas party! It was so fun and it turned out great! It was fun to spend some more time with our amazing ward. And the guy who has a meat smoker was in charge of the hams #bless
We enlisted the help of the Korean elders to help clean up and sweet Elder Lee (who was born and raised in Korea) had his first experience with canned whipped cream. He picked up the can and was like "what is this?" so at first we had him try a little bit on his finger but we eventually got him to squirt it in his mouth for the full experience, he loved it 😂😂😂
On Tuesday, Friday and Sunday we helped the families who fed us dinner get involved in missionary work! We asked them to pray for the guidance of the spirit and then look at a map of our area and pick a street for us to go try to find people! We saw miracles each time and it was so nice to see how seriously the members took it! They really wanted us to find people too and their faith helped us be successful!
Something I’ve learned this week is that God wants so badly for us to be successful! He wants to bless us and for us to have happy lives! He has given us instructions on how to live the best life in the scriptures! Read them! Ask for the spirit to guide you! He will!!!!! And sometimes our version of success is different than the success that God has in mind for us. Trust Him! I’ve been trying to be better everyday about seeking out God’s will and then fearlessly following it! It will be a lifelong pursuit.
One other awesome thing that happened was that we were asked to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald house! Only two companionships in the whole mission were asked to go and guess who else got picked….. SISTER KAUFUSI, my #1 homedog for life. We had a blast serving those sweet families in whatever little way we could.
So that was my week! I hope y’all had a great one too! Thanks for all the notes of encouragement! They mean so much! I love you all so much! And Jesus does too! Celebrate his birth by serving others like He did! #lighttheworld
My companion already got presents! And her family sent this tree!
Decorating with the ASL elders at the Juarez’ (Robert works at a paper factory and made us take pics with his products 😂)
Brother Pierce playing the piano infront of his newly decorated tree
My mailing address in case you want to send me things and be blessed for it:
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Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing thanksgiving and that you ate way too much food!
This week was super great! It was a little slow as far as the work goes because of the holiday but we still stayed super busy and had lots of fun!
On Tuesday we had service at this little aquaponics farm! They grow food for low-income and needy families and we got to help them water, prune, and trim the vegetables and fruit trees! It was super fun! And they have chickens which is awesome but I almost stepped on one.
Wednesday was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time! We had exchanges and Sister Smith came here in Acacia Park with me! It was so amazing and we saw so many miracles but I think this is just how it is for Sister Smith all the time??? Cause she’s just an amazing missionary and a miracle worker??????
Just one of the amazing things that happened is that after the Thanksgiving interfaith service that we went to in downtown Fullerton, we didn’t have any plans because we thought the service would be longer so we decided to get baja blasts from Taco Bell and just see where life would take us. Sitting in the corner of that tiny Taco Bell was a man that we knew we needed to talk to! So we went up to him and Sister Smith was literally like, "We felt prompted to come talk to you, is everything okay?" And he recognized that we were missionaries and he told us how he just got baptized this past Sunday. So in my mind I was like, "okay peace out" but we just kept talking to him and he accepted a Book of Mormon and said he would read it! In that conversation I tried to stay involved but I just wanted to like record it or something because it was so good and hopefully one day I’ll be as in tune with the spirit as my amazing Sister Training Leader. Also we are working on a rap song to the beat of "Fergalicious" so if anyone wants to send me the file of the karaoke version that would be great. I’m trying to get our zone to do a zone talent show! So far none of the elders are on board.
Thursday was THANKSGIVING. We woke up and did our studies like usual and Sister Nichols and I were like, "……it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving." Also it was 95° out. But then we had an early dinner with our ward mission leader and his fam and OMG it was so so so dang good. And dad, they made spam musubi! They had a 22 lb turkey that had been smoked in the meat smoker in their back yard for like hours and it was honestly the best turkey I’ve ever had. We had to leave kinda quickly though cause we had service at the Honda Center! They had a big event there for feeding all the homeless and low income families in Anaheim. It was so big and crazy and our whole mission showed up to help them take all the tables and chairs down and clean up everything. It was so fun seeing everyone! Perks of having a tiny mission is being able to see your friends across the mission like once a week. Even though it was super hot it was great to serve. I have so much! It feels so great to share with those who don’t have much!
Friday we did more service! Our STLs have an investigator who is the sweetest lady probably ever. She doesn’t have family around so we went to decorate her house for Christmas and eat more turkey. It was so fun and I’m so ready for Christmas! Afterwards we had a lesson with Ismael and he and his mom had just finished making tamales when we got there so we got to have second dinner. I love second dinner. We read Enos with Ismael and we talked about how Enos had prayed all day and all night long and I was like, "isn’t that crazy?"And he was like, "not really I could see myself doing that." So we commited him to pray about the Book of Mormon to have the spiritual confirmation that it is true! He knows it’s true because he’s read from it, he knows in his head but not in his heart yet. When you know something is true from the heart, that’s when changes start to happen. So we’re waiting for him to receive that spiritual knowledge! Which can only come from God!
This email is getting pretty long so I’ll just finish up by talking about church on Sunday! We were asked to give talks in sacrament meeting a few weeks ago, so we were cool with that and then last Sunday we were asked to teach the Gospel Principles class, which was also fine but kinda funny cause we were just thinking how everyone was gonna be sick of hearing our voices. Then Saturday night we got a call and the Gospel Doctrine teacher was sick and he asked us to teach his class and we got a text asking if we could teach sharing time in Primary. So Sunday was the missionary show staring us and it was the most exausting Sunday ever. But we ended up not teaching Primary because we couldn’t be two places at once. But it was great to see that our ward trusts us to pretty much run church.
My talk was about the things I’m grateful for so I spent a lot of time talking about my mission, my family and the best book around: the Book of Mormon!
It’s truly the word of God and I love sharing it with people!
Here’s lots of pictures! Have a great week everyone!
Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week!
This week was again, a little average but I guess I’ll just expound on the stuff we did. Cause y’all deserve a good email, I’ve been slacking.
On Tuesday we ran around trying to see people and we finally met with this lady who was taught the first lesson but she’s been really busy cause she has a newborn and they’ve been going through a lot. But we stopped by and she seemed overwhelmed and anxious so we told her to sit down and feed her baby while we cleaned the kitchen and did the dishes! We do a lot of planned service for the homeless and needy families but it was so cool to help her when she really needed it! We should be going back next week to teach her something! Then we had a lesson with Jacob and Joey and it was probably the best lesson ever! They had sooooo many questions for us and they got us all really thinking! They almost stumped us once!
Wednesday we had district meeting and it was about finding and talking to people and them after that we went out and found people and talked to them.
Thursday we had service at this HUGE Catholic church handing out food to homeless and low-income families. It was a lot like Mary’s Kitchen but it was crazier and I got hit in the face with a cooler lid. It was exciting. Also we helped the Korean elders with their English Class and they helped us learn how to say that we’re missionaries! I can now say it in 5 languages!
This weekend we tried visiting a lot of our members to help them share the gospel with their friends! They all have accepted our challenge to pray for missionary experiences so I hope that we see some results from our efforts! Yesterday our amazing ward mission leader had us and 30 other people over for dinner! He has a huge meat smoker and he cooked soooo much brisket and like 5 racks of ribs! This was the first time I’ve had good barbeque since coming to California! We had a lot of fun and were going back there for Thanksgiving to eat some smoked turkey! So pumped!
I’ll be sure to take some more pictures this week, I’ve been slacking on that too. Here’s just some pics of cool things that I saw and Sister Nichols playing the piano, she’s been teaching me! Have a great week everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! Count your blessings!
This was a pretty average week, we taught some people and looked for more people to teach. I was super sick on Saturday and Sunday which means we had two of the most boring days ever!
On Thursday we didn’t have a dinner appointment so we walked up this really high hill and watched the sunset, it was so beautiful! Also on Thursday we had zone conference! I got to see Sister Kaufusi and Sister Greene! Two of my favorite people! We learned a lot about street contacting and how to have gospel conversations with people and I know it will help this mission a lot!
I don’t have really anything to report on…. here’s some pics of the sunset and an old one of me, Sister Kaufusi and Elder Durtschi (and the trinity in the back RIP) I know if we keep working hard we will have more success and I’ll be able to write more interesting emails!
I love you all! The church is true! Read the Book of Mormon, it’s the word of God!
This was the fastest 6 weeks of my life! But this past week was one of the best weeks on my mission so far! I guess time flies when you’re havin’ fun.
Last Monday, to celebrate Sister Greene’s birthday, we went to the Fullerton Arboretum! It was 105 degrees out but we still had fun looking at all the plants and watching Sister Greene eat some weird fruit that she found. She’s still alive.
Then we went to this awesome ice cream place called "Afters" and they do ice cream filled donuts. So perfect on a hot day or any day cause it’s so dang good. Then we just enjoyed our pday and emailed and played volleyball and stuff.
Wednesday was Sister Greene’s birthday!!!!!!!! She had an awesome day and I’m so glad I got to tag along! We had a lesson with Ismael and he suprised her with a cake! It was so tender! Then we had a lesson with our freshly baptized friend Nolan which was so so great as always. Then we went to Jacob and Joey’s for dinner! They ordered Panda Express cause that’s Sister Greene’s fave and that made a cake and we carved pumpkins! It was so fun and as we were walking down the street back to our car with pumpkins and cake in our arms Sister Greene was still trying to street contact and she was like, "Can you please listen to me, it’s my birthday."
Thursday was Jacob and Joey’s baptismal interviews! They passed so easily just like we knew they would! I can’t wait for their baptism on Saturday! Then we got to volunteer at Mary’s Kitchen and I’m still poor so I got some more food from them #blessings
Also we helped the Korean elders with their English class! One of the students just got back from her trip to Isreal and brought us some treats!
Friday was the wards Halloween party which was so fun! We were chosen as the judges for the chilli cook off which is a surprisingly hard thing to do. There was like 13 different chillis and Sister Greene and I have really different tastes. Sister Goodwin couldn’t judge cause she’s allergic to tomatoes. But we did that and then helped pass out candy for the trunk-or-treat. And ate lots of it ourselves.
Saturday we had exchanges! I stayed in Acacia Park this time with Sister Cottle and Sister Goodwin! We met SO many people! But the best thing is that we found Eddie! We had met him once before and he lives in his car so it’s not like we can put an address down but he is so prepared for the gospel! He read the Book of Mormon that we left with him last time and when we asked him what he thinks he could do to get closer to God, he said he needs to pay his TITHING. Like is this person even real. He says he knows God will help him if he pays it and that he’ll be blessed to get out of the situation he’s in. We testified that God would help him more than he could ever expect!
For dinner we went to this build your own pizza place with a member but before that she asked us to help her assemble a bunch of doll furniture she ordered. Service.
We got transfer calls that night and Sister Greene and Goodwin are leaving and I’m staying in Acacia Park with a sister I’ve never met before, Sister Nichols! Yay for new friends!
We had a great Sunday at church as my companions said their goodbyes to the ward and we ran around visiting people. They packed and I got to take a nap. I love not moving 😊 But I’m really looking forward to what this new transfer has in store! I hope every one has a great Halloween and sends me pics of their costumes. Love you all! Jesus loves you more!
We had another amazing week in Fullerton! The Juarez’s were baptized! Even though it took lots of planning, last minute phone calls, and panicked pleas for help it was so so so worth it in the end! Everything went so perfectly and you couldn’t help feeling the strong spirit that was there. It has been the pleasure of my life getting to teach them and see them make this beautiful step towards returning to live with our loving Heavenly Father. They were so grateful for all the work we put into their special day and it was so nice to see how appreciative they were. Afterwards there was "refreshments" at our church building but it was actually a huge feast of pasole and enchiladas which was the perfect way to end such a happy occasion. The ward seriously loves them and in ward council yesterday everyone was already fighting for their callings. Also they posted a bunch of sweet posts on Facebook about their baptism and said when we got to the area they "hit the trifecta" and that they consider us their "personal emmisaries" in the gospel. Bless their hearts.
One awesome thing that happened at the dinner thing was this little girl was doing Sister Goodwins hair in crazy ponytails and braids and decided she wanted to "dye" it. Before Sister Goodwin could stop her she put a huge glob of dark chocolate frosting in one of Sister Goodwins ponytails and smeared it all the way down. Sister Greene and I tried to help but we almost died laughing. We didn’t have time to go home after so she had a wet sticky piece of hair for the rest of the day. Bless her heart too.
In other news, on Tuesday we went on exchanges! Sister Greene and I joined Sister Johnson in La Habra! We were walking to this lady’s house and I found a dope straw hat on the ground so I picked it up and this random dude from across the street yelled, "Hey that’s my hat!" and I was like, "Sorry, finders keepers." But the guy was just kidding. We gave him a Book of Mormon and set up an appointment to teach him and his family. And I kept the hat.
On Thursday we helped the YSA elders with their table at Cal State Fullerton! It was super fun and we were able to talk to so many people in just a few hours! Like more people we would’ve talked to in days normally! It was fun and I got to see my girl Sister Kaufusi which was such a nice surprise.
Friday we got to help at Mary’s which was awesome as always. And it was such a blessing because they let us take food home and I am super out of money so now I can eat 😊 and I got Tony’s Gumbo! Im pumped to make it for my comps
But this was another really great week and I’m still pumped to be out on a mission. I’m having lots of fun and going through lots of thinhs that are helping me grow into a better person (I hope.) Anyway I sure love y’all a lot and Jesus loves you too! Have a great week!
There’s no way I’ve been gone for 7 months! Time is flying like everyone said it would and I didn’t believe them till now.
This week was great! Nolan got baptized! It was so crazy getting everything ready for his baptismal service but in the end it worked out so perfectly and it was a spiritual experience for all. Afterwards we went out to lunch with the other trio of sisters (that has a different Sister Green in it) and the Juarez’s came! We went to Cafe Rio, which is a decent burrito place but I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not better than Moe’s. But it was fun because the Juarez’s are fun! We’re all so excited for them to get baptized this Saturday!
We had interviews with our mission president on Thursday which was nice as always. I love President Golden and his wife. They are so so so amazing. And I love being in the mission home because of the sweet spirit you can feel there and because Sister Golden gives us treats.
Other exciting things that happened this week: On Saturday we were visiting a member and we heard fireworks super loud and they don’t even live that close to Disney but we ran outside and these awesome huge fireworks were getting set off like right behind their house! We watched them for like 10 minutes! They still don’t know where they were coming from but it was cool so I guess it doesn’t matter. Also, on Thursday the Juarez’s cooked us steaks as big as our heads and took us to this cool place that has like 100 different types of popsicles. I love them. On Sunday night the ward had a fireside about family history and everyone brought heirlooms and different things that were passed down through their family and presented it! It was basically like an adult show-and-tell but it was super interesting and we got to learn more about the members families!
Today we did our chores and then walked around downtown Fullerton! It’s still so hot out so hopefully Fall will come soon!
Love you all so much! Jesus loves you too! Have a great week!
We had zone conference on Thursday! It was so great and we got the green light to go ahead and start using Facebook for proselyting! To be honest at first I was a little hesitant to use it because I didn’t think it would be effective or super helpful but after our training we’ve all become a little more comfortable with the idea! It’s an exciting time for missionary work 😊
Also General Conference! It was so so good as always and if you haven’t watched it yet you should! I can’t wait to start applying the counsel of those ordained servants of the Lord.
We have an amazing investigator named Donna, she is the most real person I’ve ever met and it’s been awesome teaching someone that literally can’t stop herself from speaking her mind. She’s been progressing v e r y slowly but on Saturday we got her to come to a tour of our chapel! We had to bribe her by telling her we’d play basketball with her (she’s like 70) but she came which is what matters. And she loved it! We were worried because she is used to going to churches that are loud and people are singing and shouting and she really loves like traditional gospel music. So this was on a Saturday, and we walk into the chapel and a random lady from Riverside was in there practicing the organ! Normally it would’ve just been quiet but God granted us a tender mercy by providing music and I’m so glad that lady followed the prompting to go play the organ at our building right at that time! Such a blessing! Donna really felt the spirit in our church and we’re looking forward to her progression.
Other than that, this week was pretty routine. We taught lessons to all of our other amazing investigators, tried to find people to teach and now we’re going to Joe’s. What a life.
I love you all so much! Jesus loves you too, make sure you listen to His prophets word! Have a great week!
I love being in a trio and I love being in Fullerton! I am so so grateful for the work the previous missionaries have done in this area because we have so many people to teach! This whole week we have seen so many miracles and God has been so good to us!
First off, Trevor got baptized! It was seriously one of the best experiences of my life! It was my first time being with someone from beginning to end and even though me and Sister Kaufusi are "his missionaries" I feel like I didn’t even do anything! The Spirit did all the work! I’m so grateful for all of the spiritual experiences that he’s had that lead to true conversion! He is a spiritual rockstar and I don’t know how I got so lucky to be part of this! Also it was awesome because I’ve only been out of Garden Grove for a week but the ward was so happy to see me again! I thought they would’ve forgot about me already! I seriously love these people so much and again, I just don’t know how I got so lucky to know them and serve them!
So here in Fullerton we are helping 5 people prepare for their baptisms and it’s been amazing. Also there’s been like 10 experiences where we ran into people that we’ve been trying to meet with. Sister Greene is like my idol when it comes to street contacting and after just being with her for a week I feel like I’ve improved so much! We’ve seen so much success from talking to everyone we see! AND an investigator who’s been taught for awhile came to church for the first time on Sunday! He really liked it and said he wants to get baptized too! We had 8 investigators at church and we didn’t even know what to do with ourselves. So much going on!!!!!!!
I love being busy. I love being a missionary, I love all of you and I love Jesus cause he loved us first. Have a great week! Hope all my Florida friends have power by now! We are all praying for you! ❤