Well the day has finally come…. I’m getting transferred 🙃
Sister Goodwin and I are staying together and going to Fullerton (where she just came from) and are going to be in a trio with Sister Greene! I’m not gonna lie, I’m super afraid to be in a trio and I’m not sure I’m gonna like it but I didn’t come on a mission because I thought it would be easy! I’m sure I will love my new area and all the people in it!
Yesterday was the saddest day! At church we told everyone what was happening and I had no idea that I loved this group of people so much! Tears were shed y’all. But we got to eat one last time with the Theodores and say goodbye to my Cali family- the Sturgills. I had them all sign my journal and cutie Shannon wrote such a long sweet note for me. She was crying so hard writing it which made me feel awful for asking her to do it but she wrote "I love you like I’ve known you my whole life" and it just felt so true! I love her and all these amazing people like I’ve known them forever which is crazy because these last 6 months have just flown by! Its been such a pleasure and honor serving them.
So this past week was the last week of the transfer. If you’ve served a mission then you know stuff gets weird on the last week. We basically were chauffeuring the Samoan sisters around the last half of the week because Sister Matautia is going home and she needed to go to all her departure events! I’m gonna miss her with my whole heart! She is like another mom to me! But I’m grateful to have been able to serve with her and be strengthened by her testimony.
I’m not sure what my next week is going to look like but I’m excited for what’s to come. It’s been seriously the best time ever serving in the Valley View ward and these people will always have a piece of my heart. It’s amazing how serving others and focusing on their needs helps you see them as God sees them. We are all His children and we need to take care of each other!
Thank you to everyone who has been asking about my family, they finally have electricity back and our house and everything is fine! There is so much power in prayer and I’m grateful for all the ones that were said for my cute little fam. I love you all so much, more than I could ever say, and Jesus loves you even more than that. Have a great week!
Just gonna start out by saying that all my friends and family in Florida are safe and dry! Our houses and cars might be underwater but my people are safe and that’s what matters!
It was a little hard to stay focused towards the end of the week with the hurricane making a b-line for my hometown but as always we were able to see great things happen in this area.
On Tuesday we went on exchanges! I got to leave Garden Grove! Holy cow do I love my area but it was super refreshing and fun to be somewhere else for a change! I got to go to Brea! It’s all the way across the mission which is actually not even far but it was so different. Sister Garcia and I helped package food for the homeless, ate burritos, knocked on some doors and street contacted, and ate pizookies for dinner. It was great.
The rest of the week was pretty average, we taught a lesson about the priesthood to our investigator who’s getting baptized a week from Saturday! We are all so excited for that! The Newport Beach Temple had a grounds tour on Saturday which he couldn’t go to but we went with one of our returning less actives and she loved it! She wants to start working on getting her recommend which means some difficult life changes are gonna have to happen but we are so proud of her! We know she can do it and I’m so ready to help her in any way I can! Also on Friday we got fed a dinner that was actually healthy and I was so excited. I took a pic to capture the moment forever because it might not ever happen again. I love eating dinner with members but dang can they pile on the comfort food.
I’m so grateful for temples! It’s so amazing that God loves and trusts us enough to have them on the earth. I love the opportunity we have to be close to God and to our families! This week I truly realized how much I love and miss my family and I’m so blessed to know thay they are safe and that everything is going to be okay. Its going to be so much easier to testify to people about how the love we have for our families is rooted in our relationship to God. He is our Father and He loves us! He gave us our families to learn and grow along side us and I can’t imagine a better way. I love you all, so does Jesus, have a great week!
This week was a blur and while I know we did lots of stuff nothing is really coming to mind as being weekly email worthy.
The temple was amazing and uplifting and I’m so grateful we were able to go. I’ll put in all the pictures from that.
I didn’t really take any other pictures this week? Cause it’s kinda weird to ask for selfies with people after they tell you they don’t want to talk to you? Maybe one day I’ll get brave and ask for one anyway. The one picture I took was of one of our investigators practicing being baptized which was the best but I don’t think he would appreciate that going out to everyone 😂
On Thursday I got to laugh and joke with our Ward Mission Leader which if I’ve said before then I’ll say it again, he is the best one in the mission and he’s my adopted dad, he’s so cool and awesome and I love him. We’re planning on starting a Bible Study for our ward which should be cool!
Friday we got to eat lunch and weekly plan with the sisters in my district which was great. And we got churros. And ice cream. Solid day.
Saturday was hot. Sunday was hot too, but it rained! Its was hot, humid and rainy and I was like "am I in Florida…?" But it was actually awesome and we had a great Sunday cause we had a delicious dinner and watched a cheesy church movie and had cake. And set up our investigators baptism program. He’s a rockstar.
Today for p-day the bishop in the Bolsa ward is having a game day for our district! Also the Samoan ward is having a barbeque for labor day and I’m so ready for some pua.
Love you all, Jesus loves you, have a great week 💕
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 💕
Tuesday we had an extremely unique experience involving a burrito and an entire fried fish and if you want that story you’ll have to email me for it 😂
Wednesday we had zone conference! It was the first one with our new mission president and all I can say is just that I’m so happy to be serving with him for the next 14 months. At the end the missionaries who are leaving this transfer all stand up to give their testimonies and it’s usually sweet and a little sad but this time it was SO SAD cause a few of my good friends are leaving and I will miss them and their support so much. We are all responsible for strengthening our own testimonies but I think we’re also allowed to lean on each other a little bit when times get hard. Missions are hard all the time and it’s been a blessing to have so many strong missionaries around me to help me stay up.
After zone conference we had a lesson with the same kid that went to the baptism last week. After we sit down he just starts with, "So I haven’t told you yet but I’ve decided to be baptized with the LDS church." I was literally speechless and Sister K was like, "You’re talking about our church right? Like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints???" And he was! What a miracle! He’s gonna get baptized at the end of August and we couldn’t be more excited for him.
Thursday we got to volunteer at Mary’s Kitchen again, which is the place that serves hot meals to homeless people and it was so fun. I got to pass out hard boiled eggs and desserts. Sister K got stuck washing dishes 😊
Friday was awesome too! We got an appointment through some elders with a guy that we hadn’t been able to meet yet. But we finally got to teach him and he is so solid! He has read so much of the Book of Mormon and he knows the blessings that come from living the commandments. He doesn’t really understand the Atonement but that’s what missionaries are for. We can’t wait to keep teaching him.
Overall this week was so great and full of weird stories but lots of progress for this area! Today we’re having a little barbeque for some of the departing missionaries and that should be fun. It’s probably mine and Sister Kaufusi’s last week together which makes me so sad but I know that God is taking care of us and we’ll be fine with whatever news that transfer calls bring. I love this work and I love my Savior. I love all of you and I know that Jesus loves you even more. Have a great week!
Dang, this week was hot. I’m so grateful for our car and for air conditioned church buildings. But it’s hard to meet people in our car and church buildings so we spent a lot of time in this unreal Southern California sun. It’s so hot….
It’s kinda hard for me to think about the stuff we did this week because the heat was the thing that stuck out the most but I know we did fun stuff cause we always do fun stuff!
Two of the investigators we met last week are moving next week 🙃
But! There was a baptism on Saturday and one of the guys we’ve been teaching went to it and felt the Spirit! When we invited him to join us at the baptism he was like, "Like to be baptized or just watch it?" Haha, one day it’ll be his baptism but he did come to watch and it was awesome.
On Tuesday we got to do service at the family history library! We got to count entire file cabinets full of microfiche and it was totally not boring at all….
It was fun to be around some silly elders though. And they fed us pizza so we can’t complain.
On Friday just Sister K and I went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner and as we were going up to pay a nice lady from the next stake over paid for our meal! I thought that kinda stuff only happened in Utah! It was such a blessing and it made us feel good on a kinda crappy day.
Other than that it was a normal week! We’re still teaching and finding more people to teach. It’s been so hot but we are keeping our heads up! This week I really felt like I am supposed to be in this mission and in this area; I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else right now! I love the gospel and it’s such a great blessing to share it with the people I love (which is everyone I meet, it’s weird.) Thanks to my awesome Dad and his cute primary class for the letters and package! And thanks to everyone for their prayers and support! Love you all! If you didn’t know that Jesus loves you too, now you know. Have a great week everyone!
This week flew by and I can’t really remember what we did….
But on Friday we got to go to the temple with Sister Sturgill! We started having FHE every week with her and her girls like the first month I got here and I’ve seriously grown to love them so much! Being with them is like being home and I felt so honored and blessed to be with her as she went through the temple for the first time.
Saturday we found 3 new investigators within like 4 hours so that was awesome. We have an appointment with one of them today and I’m pumped.
Blaine is still doing great! Ward Council is praying about a calling for him and I can’t wait to see what they have him do! He’s excited to serve the ward and be even more involved. Ben is doing pretty good too, he’s still struggling with coffee but we’re trying to help him best that we can. I’m so grateful for the Word of Wisdom that has protected me from addiction and kept me safe!
We had a really cool experience Thursday! A random former investigator that we had never met called us and asked for the missionaries! He said that some elders years ago gave him the phone number and told him to call if he ever needed anything. He told us about how he needed help moving and he remembers that all the missionaries he’s met in the past have been so kind and helpful! So yes, we dragged 6 elders over there with us to help him move. Luckily they’re only moving 8 houses down the street so they are still in our area! We are gonna keep visiting and serving them and I know one day their hearts will be prepared for the gospel! They are such cool people! Also it was so fun serving with our goofy elders, love those dudes so much.
I think that’s about it for this week, we tried to do a lot of finding, we had lessons with our usual people and just tried to stay busy. I’m learning more Tongan everyday from my lovely trainer which has been so fun. Once again thank you all for the kind words and prayers, I am so grateful for this life of mine and all the people in it. Love you! Jesus loves you! Have a great week!