The only reason I didn’t email yesterday is because pday got moved to today because we get to go to the temple! I’m so grateful to have one so close that we can use to recharge our batteries and to enjoy the blessings that come from serving there!
This week was a little slow but after hearing from everyone in the zone I guess it was slow for everyone. I’m blaming it on the eclipse. But! We were able to teach a few awesome lessons and one that was actually a miracle and I still can’t believe it happened.
So we’ve been visiting this awesome lady for the whole time I’ve been here. And since she’s been seeing missionaries for over 4 years now she doesn’t really want to talk about the gospel, she always wants to talk about how we’re doing, stories from home and just to chit chat. Which I love to do, especially with cool people like her, but I came here to talk to people about Jesus! So before we went over I was like, Sister Goodwin we are not leaving her house without sharing anything about the gospel. Like we’re just not gonna leave, I’ll be there all night if we have to. So we walk in and she’s doing her normal thing, running around after kids and pets and working on the yard and we’re talking to her husband while she jumps in the shower (Like I said she’s super comfortable with missionaries) and then she comes out of the shower with her jammies on and with a Book of Mormon and a Bible in her hands and says "Girls! Today we’re gonna talk about Jesus." Not even kidding. We actually got to teach her and read with her and she has a lot of doubts and questions but at least now we know how to help her! I just love her so much and I’m so grateful to be here and even if she doesn’t get baptized this year or ever, I know I’ve been able to help her and it’s the happiest feeling.
Also this week we were able to have our interviews with President Golden! I’ll never get tired of talking about how great he is! He gave me some advice that I hope to take and apply to my work and to my life! We were talking about how there are so many responsibilities and things missionaries are expected to do and I was asking like, how am I supposed to do all this….? And he said that we need to remember that mortality is messy and so is missionary work. They both don’t follow any type of rule book and sometimes we need to get creative to get the job done. There’s more than one way to be a good missionary! I’m not expected to be a perfect teacher/companion/human but to get through this mess in the best ways I know how!
This week I was thinking about how grateful I am for Joseph Smith. And I realized that everything we teach and believe depends on whether or not he was a prophet called of God. And I believe so strongly that he was. I’m so so so incredibly grateful for the Book of Mormon and for all the sacrifices that were made so that we could have it. I love sharing it with people, I love how it brings people closer to Christ and I love the sweet spirit that comes to the hearts of everyone who reads it. Learn something about Joseph Smith this week! Read the Book of Mormon! I love you all so much and am so grateful for your love and support, Jesus loves and supports you too! Have a great week!
(My beautiful MORGAN gets a shout out this week for the amazing package! You are the sweetest and cutest thing ever! Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!)
This is going to be one of the more boring emails from my mission, sorry.
I’ve been working hard and praying even harder and I’ve been able to find joy and peace by losing myself in the service of others! This week we spent so much time helping people move, serving food to the homeless, helping other missionaries and trying to teach people about the restored gospel. Our success isn’t reflected in our numbers but I feel success in how much better I feel about being here.
This Thursday we had Zone Conference and it was my first one without Sister Kaufusi but luckily I had my girl Sister Matautia to complain to and make me laugh. Our mission presidents wife, Sister Golden, passed out slips of paper beforehand with scriptures on them so when the time came in her lesson she would call on us to stand and read from the paper. She had the biggest smile on when she came and gave me a slip with Alma 36:24-25 on it. Not only is Alma 36 one of my favorite chapters in the whole Book of Mormon, but those verses are exactly what I needed to hear at that time. They read, "Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors." Alma and I have the same reason for doing missionary work, because we want people to have the exceeding joy that we have! I need to let the Lord give me joy in my labors. If we have a good attitude about our work then the Lord can bless us and we can feel joy! If we plan on having a bad time then we will. I’m so grateful for the attitide adjustment those verses gave me and for the inspired leadership in our mission.
Despite the challenges, I truly love my mission! I’ve been able to see the joy the gospel brings in peoples lives this week and I still cant believe I’m a real live missionary. I didn’t take a single picture this week but my favorite family threw me a birthday party on Monday. They made me biscuits and gravy and this southern girl was very happy (in California, Florida is "the south" and I’ve just been rolling with it.) I feel so loved, I love you all and so does Jesus, have a great week!
Yep, today is my 22nd birthday and my friends and family got me feelin super #blessed. I’ve gotten so many sweet letters, emails, packages and hugs and I feel way more loved than I deserve. I’m spending my day eating pizza, cake, and ice cream with my friends like a real adult should.
This week was for sure the hardest one yet! I had to say goodbye to my Tongan and I had no idea it would be so hard. Also we said goodbye to so many amazing missionaries this week which I’m sure was bitter-sweet for them but for us still here in the mission it was just all bitter.
My new companion is Sister Goodwin and she’s from Utah. She is a precious, delicate flower and I don’t think she’s too scared of me anymore. She’s been out for a few months longer than me and I have a lot to learn from her!
We got to teach a lot of lessons this week! My goal was to have so much scheduled time that I couldn’t even stop to think about how sad I was. That sounds a lot lamer written down. But I wanted to forget myself and go to work! So that’s what we did, and we saw so much success and blessings from it. Trevor is still a rock star and I think the ward is more excited for his baptism than we are. I’ll never get sick of saying how amazing this ward is and how willing and ready they always are to serve and do missionary work.
On Saturday we got to go to a Samoan baptism which was so sweet and fun and I’m still full. And Ben came too! He loved it and felt the Spirit. He’s still been coming to church and we’re gonna keep working with him until his own baptism!
Not too much else to report on, we got pho again, we knocked doors and tried not to melt in this heat. This week was the hardest one yet but if I’ve learned anything from it it’s that we need to have faith to endure our trials and endure them well! My favorite verses from the Doctrine Covenants are 121:7-8, "peace be unto they soul, thine adversity and thine affliction shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high." I’ve gained a testimony this week of the truthfulness of those verses and a testimony about how the scriptures can really comfort us and provide us with guidance. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who provided them for us. I’m so grateful for all my blessings from Him and it’s hard to stay down for long when I think about how good of a life He’s given me. I love you all so so much and Jesus sure loves you too. Have a great week everyone!
This week was so hard! It’s transfer day today and my sweet Tongan trainer is leaving me. I didn’t think I would be this sad to see her go but it’s been the hardest thing! I’m getting a new companion today, Sister Goodwin, and I don’t know anything about her but I’m sure we will do some great things together in this area.
This whole week we kinda knew Sister Kaufusi would be leaving so we made sure we met with everyone one last time. I’m always amazed at the love this ward has for its missionaries!
We had another lesson with the man that the elders found for us and last time we felt like he had so much potential. This time was a little different….
After we explained that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God and that he was divine and without sin we asked him what he thought about that. And he just said, "So is Jesus an alien?" But not like, trying to be funny or sincere, he was just making fun of us. So long story short, he’s dropped.
Sorry this email is short, this week was a blur with a lot of ups and downs. We had to say goodbye to a lot of amazing missionaries this week because they’re going home and it’s just been sad. I’m gonna miss them and my trainer so much but I know they’re off to do great things! I’m trying to have a good attitude and not be a grump for my new companion. I can’t wait to show her this amazing area and testify of Christ to the people in it. Love you all, prayers are appreciated, Jesus loves you, have a great week!
ALSO SHOUT OUT TO MJ- thank you for the amazing birthday package! I feel so loved and you know me so well 💕