Summer Updates

 

Hi Everyone! It is soooo hot! It has been above 96 degrees ALL WEEK! So HOT! 

So this week we had a meeting with about half the mission up in the Springs which was long but it is always really fun to see the people I love! So many missionaries there! And we were given the gift of a BRAND NEW TOYOTA COROLLA! It is a BEAUT! I drove away with it having 18 miles on the odo! How cool is that! It is so fun!! That night, when we got home, we sat on a blanket in our yard on the grass and read the "infinite atonement" together. Such a good book! You should all read it! Then some members brought us Pizza and it felt like heaven! Studies and pizza picnic! 

The other major thing that happened this week was when we spent the whole day planning Julia's baptism and then got home to find out that Julia had called... We called her back and she asked us if we could push it back a week because her husband and son were sick.. it was kinda sad but we were able to reschedule it all after a couple hours of phone calls. We are just glad that she will still be getting baptized! She will officially be baptized on the 23rd now instead of the 16th! 

I am so grateful for this amazing work! i love it so much! Also, attached is a fun video for ya cause if you didn't know.. Sis Price and I are secretly 007! 

Have a great week! i love you all! 

-abs

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Hi Everyone! I hope you had a fun Father's day! I missed you a lot!!! 

I pretty much just want to talk about the mission tour! It was amazing! We had Elder and Sister Martinez here! Such an amazing couple! I was able to have an interview with Elder Martinez and it was powerful! He asked me about each of you and especially asked questions about Mom! I told him that Mom is perfect and that I long to be like her! At the end, he asked me to write a letter to my family and bring it to him the following day so that he could hand deliver it to you all when they get back to Salt Lake! There are so many perks of living in Utah, let me tell ya! He was so sincere and kind and told me everything that I needed to hear! Such a spiritual giant! 

He talked a lot about obedience in his lessons to the missionaries and something that he said really hit me. He said that there is a difference between perfect obedience and exact obedience. It is impossible to be perfect on this earth but we can be exact. When we were exactly obedient it means that we are never openly disobeying and we are trying our best! He said that exact obedience doesn't mean that we never make mistakes but that we know how to repent and improve! I loved that cause I sometimes get so down on myself when I feel like I am not doing good enough.. I know though that as long as each one of us is trying to be obedient in all that we do and we are repenting for our shortcomings. that is good enough for the Lord. We are here to make mistakes and then to learn from them, it is part of life! 

This p-day we went to the Pueblo Zoo with the Alvey family! It was a blast! I will add pics and videos of it!! I hope you like them! We had so much fun! 

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!!!! 

-abs

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Hey Everyone! 

So this week, Julia was baptized! It was so amazing! She was glowing! It was such a happy day! Afterwards we drove up to the Springs and went to Sarah's baptism.. It was so amazing! I taught Sarah and her family a year ago and she is the last one to be baptized! She is Eliana and Isaac's mom!!! Donovan, the dad, baptized her and it was so amazing! I was crying my eyes out! So yes! Two baptism in one week = happy Sister Morgan! 

I am so happy to be a missionary! I have realized this week that this time is so short and I feel so grateful for every second that I have to teach and serve and love. 

This week was also Sister Price's Birthday!!!! So I made her Swig Cookies and we had a little breakfast that morning with the members that we live with! That night, we slept in a tent in the backyard!!! Brother Jensen set it up for us and it was so fun! It felt like we were camping!!! SOOO FUN! I just love Sister Price! She is seriously my best friend! I am so lucky to have her! 

Here are some fun pics for ya!

I love you all so much!!!!!! Have an amazing week! 

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Hi Fam! 

I AM GETTING TRANSFERRED AND I WILL BE FLUSH TRAINING!!!! So I am leaving tomorrow morning and heading for the Springs once more! I will be serving in North CS in the Jackson Creek and High Forest areas! 

I am so excited/nervous to meet my new girl! It will be so fun to train again but also hard cause there are now so many changes to the training program.. 

Sister Price and I have been way sad this week though cause we literally are BEST FRIENDS. I am not kidding.. I will be close with her FOREVER! We have laughed so hard this week and also cried so hard! I will miss her so much!! 

We have been busy this week with lots of lessons and packing and stuff. The hardest part of this week for me was saying goodbye to the people of Pueblo who I love so much! The Jensen's goodbye was soooo hard! I love them so much and will miss them dearly. I cried so hard! 

This week we also got to do some family history work with the ladies that we are helping work towards receiving their endowments! I can't wait for them to go to the temple! They will love it so much! 

Another fav moment this week was when Vanessa took us to lunch! She wanted to say thanks to us for teaching her so she took us to a fancy place in downtown Pueblo called Table 67 that is right on the Riverwalk! It was so good! I ordered the Monte Cristo sandwich and it was to die for!!!!! Ah! So good! Then we got ice cream at Hopscotch bakery! YUM! I can't wait to bring you all to Pueblo and all throughout my mission so that you can see where I have been serving for the past 13 months! 

Oh that is another thing... I hit 13 months this week! YAY! Time is flying soooo fast! I never realized how fast months go until I came on a mission! 

I love you all! I hope you have a great week! Sorry this email was short but I want to spend as much time with Sister Price as I can!!! 

Love you

-abs 

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Hey everybody! 

What a week! So on Tuesday we had transfers and they lasted ALL DAY... My new trainee is Sister Weber! She is from Connecticut and is so fun! She is shorter than me and is half Italian! SO she makes way good food! We drove to our new area that night and got lost but finally pulled into our new apartment! BRAND NEW AND GORGEOUS! Like seriously soooo nice! WOW! I was blown away! Everything is new! It has never been lived in before! 

We have been "flushing" the ward this whole week! It has been hard work but I love it! I feel so accomplished! 

ALSO, HAPPY FOURTH! We marched in the Monument Parade on the 4th and passed out lots and lots of candy! It was so fun! I was in the Parade last year and man did that year go by fast or what?!?! Crazy! I can't believe it! Anyways, It rained a lot this week so no fireworks but that's okay! It was a fun week regardless! I love rain too so that's good! 

We saw a really cool miracle this week!!!! We went tracting this week and we set a goal to find a mom with kids between 1:15 to 1:30. And low and behold, right at 1:30, a mom answered the door and had children in the back. She didn't want a Book of Mormon but she was just moving in so we offered to help her! She took our number and said that she would really love that! She said she would call us! So hopefully we can use the Ammon principle and convert her through service;) 

We also have had a TON of members offering us referrals! SO FUN! I love this work!!!! 

We had something way funny happen this week.. kinda embarrassing but I will share it anyway! LOL! So we were trying to start our dishwasher and we couldn't find detergent so being stupid and naïve.. we put dish soap in the dishwasher.. you can probably guess what happened next.. we left for an appointment and when we came back it was SUDS CITY! Like our whole kitchen floor was covered in bubbles! I grabbed some towels and started trying to soak it all up! It was hilarious! hahahhahaah I was laughing so hard! What a day! hahahahahah! I wish you all could have witnessed it! I definitely learned my lesson with that one! LOL

Anyways, the rest of the week was pretty normal, just getting used to a new area! I am really loving it here already! I feel so blessed!!! 

Love you all!!!! 

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Hi Guys!!!! 

Great week!! The wards here are amazing and they are ready to do missionary work! We are so excited! 

This week we did a blitz and I went with Sister Brown to tract for a bit! When we started, we noticed that there was a salesman knocking on doors on the same street and at first we were pretty annoyed cause he was going to all of the doors that we had planned to knock on.. Then, when he got closer, I said, "hey, which way are you heading?" He was very kind and offered to knock doors in a different area.. But I jokingly responded, "No, No, I am sure that all of these people need Jesus and whatever you're selling!" This made him laugh and we started to talk to him! He told us about his religious background and about how he has had a lot of his friends serve missions. Then before we could even talk about the Book of Mormon he said, "Could you maybe tell me more about what you believe?" We began to tell him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon and we handed him his own copy. He then said, "is there a time that you can teach me more about this?" I was blown away by how prepared he was! We got his number and are excited to talk to him more!!! 

The saddest part of this week was the baby bird.. So when Sister Weber and I moved into our new apartment there were 4 little baby birds in a nest out on our balcony! We loved watching them as we studied and they became part of our little mission family.. haha. Anyway, this week, we noticed that one of them stopped moving.. He just would lay there and this was very odd. We soon realized that he had passed on to little bird heaven. After another day or so, we started to see that his brothers and sisters were pecking at his rotting body so we knew that we needed to do something. We called the other sisters in our district to come by and what followed was both hilarious and wayyy sad.. So I got one of our dining chairs and put plastic bags on the legs and then we took it out onto our balcony. (the plastic bags were so we didn't get bird poop on our chair. Our deck is covered in it) anyway, then Sister Suifanua put about 10 begs over her hand and got up on the chair to reach the nest. She tried a couple times to get the little guy out of the nest and finally had to pull really hard. This scared the other 3 birds and two of the three flew away!!!! They like lea rned how to fly early cause they were so scared of this huge plastic bag glob coming at them! We were all so scared when the other birds freaked out and flew away that she didn't get it all the way out of the nest. When we looked back up, the little guy was a hanging, rotting mess that was coming out of the next and hanging by one leg. Sister Brown went up next and had to pull his leg off to get him out! It was SO SAD! Worst thing ever! we just had to leave his other leg in the nest cause we couldn't get it... So RIP baby bird! We loved you! 

Anyways, everything is going great! I love the area and we are having a lot of fun! Thanks to all of you for all of your love and support! Bring on the next 5 months!!!!! I can't wait! 

Have a great week! I love you! 

-abs

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Hey everybody! This might be short sorry.. I just don't have a ton of time.. 

This week was a tough one.. I haven't felt great health wise but I am hoping that next week will be better! 

We did however get a new investigator! She is here for the Summer from France! So so speaks French! how cool is that! It is probably because y'all are in France so we were blessed with a French Investigator!! So Fun! We can't wait to teach her! 

We volunteered this week to help with the huge youth celebration which was awesome! We loved being able to get to know all of the youth from three stakes in the springs! It was wild! 

We are officially half way through this transfer and that is just crazy to me because I feel like it just started! 

The other exciting thing from this week is that we have started to do family mission plans with all of the families in our wards and everyone is so excited about it! We are also going to do a ward fast!! YAY! I can't wait to see the miracles come because of the faith of the wards! 

I love you all so much! Sorry for the short email! I will make up for it next week!

The church is true!!!!! 

-abs

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Hi everyone!!!! 

This week was good! 

So we met a new potential investigator this week that is connected to a member! It was really exciting! The members here are going to be our ticket to success! 

We also got a new family to teach and we are really excited about it! They are members but just want us to come and strengthen their family! We can't wait!!! 

We are still teaching our French girl! She is adorable!!! We love her! She is very spiritual and loves to learn about God. We also took her to a big Youth Celebration thing that was put on by three stakes in the Springs! It was a party and so much fun! She loved it! It was like a dance festival with lots of singing and dancing and music! 

When Sunday finally rolled around, I was spiritually hungry. It felt so good to go to 6 hours of church and be so spiritually fed! I needed it! I love the gospel and I love Jesus Christ! 

I am so grateful for all of your love and prayers! Have a great week and fly home from Europe safely!! 

-abs

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Hey everyone!!! This week was so great! 

We decided to use service as a finding approach and so we made homemade bread and took it to a family that the Elders had tracted into during a blitz. The family welcomed us in and talked to us and our ward missionaries for a long time! it was so amazing to see how the spirit of service touched their hearts! We ended up getting their whole family as people to teach, so NEW INVESTIGATORS!! yay! 

Then we took bread to another potential investigator and we got another NEW INVESTIGATOR!!!! YAY! It was so great! I just love people! We can't wait to teach all these guys! Especially the family because they are just so awesome and ready to learn! 

We started to do service this week at a thrift store and it was so much fun! I loved it! Then they let us shop after and take whatever we wanted and it was the best time! They do so much good for the community and we were so happy to help and felt blessed to be a part of it! 

We had a great lesson with our investigator Mark this week as well! And a couple other awesome lessons with some less active families. We are starting to get the hang of the area and it is exciting!!!

 So yes, we are seeing lots of miracles and I am having so much fun in this area!! I love you all! You are the greatest family I could ever ask for! 

Have a great week!!!! And give Mike lots of hugs for me before he leaves to go to the MTC! 

-abs

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Hello guys! 

So this week was good! I went to the Dr and got medication finally and hopefully I will start to heal! It gives me really bad headaches and so I am just praying that those start to subside.. 

We have been teaching a lot which is fun and we got to set up a lot of new appointments this week for the upcoming week! 

Also, the Sisters in the neighboring ward (Sis brown and Sis siufanua) were really sick this week so we got to check in on them a lot and bring them medicine and stuff:) I felt like a mom 100% hahah! 

Sorry I don't have tons of time on the computer today but the bottom line of this week is that we worked hard and we were Both exhausted by the end of the week.. We have a lot of people progressing and we're seeing changes in the mindset of the members! They are amazing and are so exited to do missionary work! We are looking forward to see what the future brings for this area! 

One of the highlights of my week was being able to video call into a lesson with an investigator from the Soaring Eagles ward! I served there like 9 months ago but it was so fun to see her again! And she set a baptism date!!! yay! I can't wait! 

I love you all so much! I hope you have an amazing week! Make sure to hug Michael a lot for me! I am going to miss him so much!!!! and someone record his farewell for me pls! hahah

xoxoxo 

-abs

p.s. I guess it is a new thing in the mission to spell my name 'Abi' hahaah I kinda like it;) 

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Hey guys! So it has been raining like crazy this week!!!! 

So one of the funniest things happened this week! hahahah! We decided to go tracting with our district and as we started we could see some clouds moving in.. In my head I wasn't worried one but cause it never rains for more than 10-15 minutes in Colorado and then it turns sunny again. Anyways, so we tracted about 5 minutes and it started sprinkling.. I still wasn't worried. Then about 10 minutes later it started to downpour. This went on for 45-60 minutes! It was so funny! It felt like I was in the shower! No joke! We were laughing so hard and dancing in the rain. Then we met back up with the Elders and they were soaked all the way through! hahahah! Their white shirts were stuck to their skin like glue! It was hilarious! But we found 2 New Investigators! It much be something about Tracting in the rain that brings miracles! ahhahahah 

We also got to do service this week at a cute little thrift shop! We love the whole environment there! It is a blast! They are so so nice and give each of their volunteers $4 to spend at the end of their shirt! So we love it cause we also get to shop when we go! 

This week was also fun because we got to have dinner out with members two nights this week! One night we went to Olive Garden and the other night we went to Texas Roadhouse! It was so nice! I ate soooo many rolls! hahahah! And then another night we got to pick fresh raspberries for dinner at a members home! I just love it here so much! Monument is like the most perfect little town! So cute!! 

Our other new investigator was a man that came to church for the first time. He just showed up on Sunday and it was awesome!! His wife is a member so we were so excited to see them!!! 

Anyways, life is good! My health is improving a lot!!! I am so excited for Michael and thank you all for sending me his farewell talk! Give him lots of hugs before he leaves for me okay?? 

I love you all! Have a great week! 

-abs

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One Year Down!

hello fam! 

We had MLC this week and it was an amazing experience full of revelation for the CCSM! We were able to receive guidance from the Lord about how we need to direct the work in this area of the vineyard! So exciting! 

We had an awesome experience with Sister Howells this week!!! We shredded her Pagan spells!!! YES!! So fun! Then to end the night, we sang to her! "A Child's Prayer!" So awesome! She began to cry! then, she came to church on Sunday and brought her husband! The lesson was on Adam and Eve! They loved it and her husband told us that he had never heard the story told in that way! It was so cool! They then asked us to come back over after church to teach them more about Adam and Eve! We did!! They both said that they want to progress to the temple! THIS IS HUGE PEOPLE!!! HUGE! 

The other major awesome thing that happened this week was that John got baptized!!! He is 8 years old but his family is all not active. They are now coming back though which is awesome!!! I love them! But anyways, the baptism was amazing! So fun and little Johnny was so excited and looked all pure and bright! It was such a pleasure to teach him and help to prepare him for this sacred day! 

This week we also had exchanges with the Raton Sisters!!! They both came up to our area for the day! We had a wonderful exchange!!! But the worst part was the toothbrush incident... I will just have to add a video of it so you can see.. lets just say that I dropped my toothbrush in the toilet and sis Price was pretty rude and made me fish it out!!! lol!!! I was laughing sooo hard! 

Well, So sorry for the short email.. but I don't have a ton of time.. I love you all! I can't wait to talk to you more on Mother's Day this next Sunday! Have an amazing week!!!! 

-abs

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Hi guys! 

I loved talking to you all yesterday! It was the highlight of my month! I am so grateful for all of you and felt like I was given so much strength from our last conversation! You mean the world to me! 

Since y'all got an earful about the mission and my life here in CO, I will keep this brief.. 

This week was awesome! We had exchanges, a blitz day where we tracted all day long, and we went to Jesus' baptism in the Springs! Jesus (said with a Spanish accent) is Eliana and Isaac's older Brother! So now, the whole family is baptized except for the Mom and she is planning on being baptized right after the baby is born! I was overwhelmed with emotion on this day as I watched their little family! They were the first family that I ever taught a lesson to, EVER! When I first met them they were shy and unsure and now they are confident in their religion and on their way to becoming an eternal family! I couldn't be happier for them! 

The gospel truly does bless families!!! 

There have been countless miracles again this week! Lots of people to teach and so much joy all around! This time in my mission has been my most favorite I think! I am just learning so much about myself and how I can improve myself each day! I am so happy!!! 

I shared this with Michael... but I want to share it with all of you as well.. sorry mike.. haha

This week I have really been trying to be teachable and I think this will be a goal that I will have for my entire life. I want to be humble enough to seek correction! There is a talk I love by Elder Christofferson.  In the talk he tells the story of the "currant bush" You should go on YouTube and look us "Currant Bush Talk" and then click on the one that was by Elder Christofferson! It is all about seeking for corrections and being humble enough to allow God to guide our lives. I have not always been very good at being humble and I really want to change that! I have been asking Sister Price what I can do to improve and then I have been trying to apply what she tells me! It has changed me! Not completely, but I can see that this is the start of something great! I would love for each of you to try this with me!! So here's what you do, just make a list of ways that you want to improve and ask God how he wants you to improve, then write them all down and make goals of how you can accomplish these things. Then, ask people who you trust to give you some ideas of ways that you can improve. This part was the hardest part for me... it is not always easy to take correction and remain humble and not lash out.. but I did it and it felt so good! I don't really know why I am telling you all of this, but it is just something that is helping me a lot on my mission and I really just want to share it with you!

well there you have it! the lesson that I learned in these past couple of weeks!!! BE TEACHABLE!!! 

That is seriously going to be my goal for life!!!! 

I love you all and am so grateful for you! Have an amazing week!!!! 

-abs

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Hey! So we found out that Sister Price and I are both staying!! No transfers! Which means 6 more weeks here in beautiful Pueblo West, CO! We love it here so much!!! 

We have officially begun teaching a woman named Julia! She is from Ukraine and is so amazing! She is the one that came to church once with her Mother-in-law and then kept coming on her own.. remember her? well, she read the entire Book of Mormon in 2 weeks and then the next week she read the entire Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. She has also read the entire Gospel Principles Book somewhere in there! Well, this Saturday, we invited her to be baptized and she accepted!!! She will be getting baptized on June 16th! We are so excited for her! So many miracles are happening here! It is so exciting! 

A lot happened this week! It was nothing super significant but it was just a solid, happy, hardworking week! I am so happy here! 

I heard an analogy this week that I wanted to share with you all! 

The world is like a garden.. it can be really beautiful but it can also be thorny and rough. and no matter where we go in the garden.. our feet will get muddy. It is inevitable! But when we add in the gospel to our life, things change. The small and simple things in the gospel, such as daily prayers, diligent scripture study, selfless service, and weekly church attendance become stepping stones through the garden. They elevate us just enough to keep our feet clean and to help us through the garden day by day! 

Isn't that an amazing analogy! The small and simple things are important people!!! How is your scripture study and prayers?? I pray that we always strive to make those things a priority in our lives! 

I declare as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, that He lives! He is aware of us. He loves us! He walks with us! He understands us! And through His great Atoning sacrifice, He saves us!

Have a wonderful week! I love you all so much! 

-abs

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Hey Fam! 

What a great week! Here are some highlights! 

Well first, I hit my year mark on the 31st! SO YAY! It has flown by!! I am so excited for these next 6 months! Bring it on! 

So last Monday, we went to a place called Bishop's Castle! Look it up, it was build by one man! We went all the way to the top, not on purpose.. haha but it was sooo cool! I don't remember if I sent pictures.. but I will send more! 

Tuesday was transfer day and Sister Price and I both stayed put:) I am so happy cause I absolutely love her! I don't know what I would do without her! 

On Tuesday we also had a lesson with David, our investigator and he said a prayer for the first time! It was so amazing!! It totally surprised us! I love it when that happens! 

SO we saw a really cool miracle this week! We had some past referrals just pop up on our phone and so we stopped by one of them. It was strange though because there were two addresses listed. We tried the first one and it was all gated and locked so then we went to just give up and go home and something just told us that we needed to go to the other address.. so we did! We went and knocked and a woman named Jo answered the door! She invited us in and we talked with her for 2 hours! She loved the story of Joseph Smith and she accepted to take the lessons! She said it was probably her daughter in law and son that referred them back in January. She told us that Missionaries came earlier in the year but that they weren't ready for it. She also said that recently her son has been sending her talks from Conference and that her soul is hungry for the truth! Then her husband walked in and he listened to the end of our lesson!! They said that they wanted to learn more and that they were interested in coming to church! AMAZING! GOD IS SO GOOD!! Such a miracle! We then texted the lady who referred us, (it was the daughter in law) and she was so grateful! She told us thank you and has remained in touch with us! She said that she would love to Skype into a lesson sometime!! YAY! I love technology! 

On Friday night, I was up until 2:30.. I didn't want to be but my mind kept racing. I started to have a ton of revelation about my future and my goals and such and I started to write it all down! It was insane!! Then , the next day, I was completely alert and awake! Isn't the bizarre?? I think that God was trying to put my mind at ease by giving me answers and solutions to all of my questions.. I had been a little worried about my future but I felt so at peace after all of that!!! I was so shocked to see that I was able to make it through the next day with such little sleep but God is so good! 

On Sunday, we had another lesson with Julia (said Yulia I think) and she is still so ready for baptism! the 16th of June can't come fast enough! She is so ready and we are so excited! 

You guys! There are so many miracles here! i am just soooo happy! This is the happiest that I have ever been on my entire mission! I am serious! I love it here sooo much! 

I am going to send pics of the letter that I finally got from the guy in Canon CIty! It is sooo good! I hope you all like it and cam learn from it! 

I love you all! 

-abs

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Hi everyone! Thank you all so much for the sweet package that you sent! I honestly cannot believe that a year ago I entered the MTC! That feels like yesterday. I am amazed at how much I have grown since then and all of the memories I've made and the people I have met! I wouldn't change anything about my mission! It has been perfect! I am so excited to watch these next six months unfold! 

 

Now let me tell you somethin.. you give up a lot to go on a mission and one of the things that you sacrifice the most is your body... All tone and muscle just goes down the drain.. So I am officially... 6 MONTHS TO SEXY! which means that I am going to try to not eat candy and sweets but instead focus on good healthy foods and I have been running almost 2 miles every day for the past two weeks! YAY! 

It has been so hot here in Pueblo West! 100 degrees this week and then we dropped to the 60s later in the week! So that was nice! 

Okay so a highlight from this week that stood out from all others was when Sis Price and I watched the "Be One" devotional thing on LDS.org. It was AMAZING! It was a celebration of 40 years of Blacks and the Priesthood! If you haven't watched it.. WATCH IT! I especially loved the Bonner family! Sis P and I were both bawling!!! I am so grateful for diversity and beauty in this world! Can you imagine if we were all the same! That would just be NO fun!

We also had the opportunity on Sunday night to watch the Devotional for the Youth given by President Nelson and Sister Nelson! It was inspiring! I hope that you all watched because it really ws incredible! PLEASE PLEASE GO WATCH IT IF YOU DIDN'T! I mean it! I feel like this is a sign on the last days! He basically just invited all of the Youth to enlist in the Youth Battalion and help to gather Israel! AMAZING! At the end we all sang, "Hope of Israel" and stood and it was incredible! The Spirit was spine tingling! 

Those were the highlights of my week! I love this gospel so much and I love sharing it with others!!!!! 

It is so true and wonderful!!!! I love you all! 

xoxox have a great week! 

-abs 

 

 

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Transferred to Pueblo!

Hello!!! 

This week I went on Exchanges again in my old area! Good Ole Broadmoor! I miss it! It is always a nice treat to go back! I was with Sister Hekking:) she is a hoot! The whole day, we drove around with the window down and Sister Hekking would yell. "hello out there! we are missionaries!" all in a British accent! hahah! It was hilarious! We visited a few people that I knew when I was there! Like Sister Beyers and Katie! It was sooo cool to see Katie cause we were able to convince her to pray aloud for the first time:) SO PROUD OF HER! It was great! We also stopped by the Sisneros home and Eliana broke into tears when she saw me which just made my whole day! I adore here! And the Sisneros told me that they are naming their new baby Lilliana Abigail!!! but shhhhhh don't tell anyone cause it's a secret! Aww. I love them! We got KFC for dinner from a member and it totally wrecked me.. I felt nauseated the rest of the night.. but it was worth it cause that chicken was BOMB! That night, right before we exchanged back, we visited the Wilhelm's.. they are moving in a few months so we said our goodbyes and I got lots of cute pics with the kiddos! I just love them all so much! 

On Friday, we went to help set up for Lynn and Chance's wedding. The venue was beautiful and so perfect for their theme! They kinda went for a rustic theme with lots of white and then blue and pink flowers! I promise it didn't look like a baby shower! haha! We got it all decorated and then went to dinner with a member at Panda Express!!! good day! 

Saturday!! SHOW TIME!! So that morning we had the baptism for Annagale! Sister Brown and I got to the church a little after 7:00 to start the font and to our surprise, there were some men there cleaning who had already started it for us!! Blessings! The baptism went well! Annagale's family are all less-active and her dad is not a member, but they all participated in the baptism and then they accepted an invitation to meet with us, like their whole family did! WAHOO! Anna looked so dang cute! She wore a little white dress to be baptized in and was all nervous before! She looked so angelic! My swig cookies were gone real fast so that was fun and then we headed back into the kitchen to frost the rest of the cookies for the wedding. 

We met up with Sister Hekking and Sister McArthur and drove up to Monument for the wedding! When we got there, we got all ready and stated doing some finishing touches! An hour later, Lynn showed up and we rushed her upstairs to get ready! we got her into her dress and she looked stunning! Ah! I was just blown away! Sister Anderson and Sister Allen were there as Bridesmaids and then I was in a different dress as the maid of honor! But we all wore white! It was so lovely! 

The ceremony was so beautiful! It was outdoors and everyone sat on hay bales. There was a little bit of wind but it was really no big deal! When Lynn walked down the aisle, Chance started to cry! It was so special to see two of my best friends getting married! And in a year from now, they will be getting sealed! yay! 

The reception was beautiful! Lynn danced with her dad and then with Chance and I totally cried! Then they did a few wedding games and I gave a little toast followed by the best man. Then Lynn threw the bouquet and Sister Allen fought for it so hard... she ended up getting it but all is good. hahaha it was hilarious! 

Lynn and Chance were so happy and looked so in love the whole day! I love them both so much and was so blessed to be part of their special day! Shout out to President Stevenson for making it happen! 

That night, Sister Brown and I soaked our feet in the tub and then Sister Brown fell in. haha then I got pulled in and we ended up in a bubble bath together! Don't worry, we were clothed but it was just so funny!!!! I LOVE HER! 

Sunday was great! We went to church and then headed to an appointment that we had set with a less-active family. When we got to their apartment to meet them for the first time, the husband told us that it wasn't a good time.. So we walked back to our car. On the way back I noticed a group of guys talking around their car and the Spirit whispered to me, "give them a Book of Mormon." I didn't have one on me at the moment but we had a whole trunk full so we got in the car and pulled around next to them. I rolled down my window. I said, "hey! have you ever heard of the Book of Mormon?" and then I started to have a gospel conversation with them! I told them about the Book of Mormon and that we were handing out free copies! They all wanted one! So we handed out 4 Book of Mormons all at once and they all seemed so happy to have this additional witness of Jesus Christ! We opened the book and read with them since our goal is to never give away a closed Book of Mormon! They took our card and promised to call us! Then we noticed a young man standing a few yards away, we walked over to him and handed him a Book! We bore testimony and taught a few principles from PMG! Then he asked us to pray with him! It was amazing! He asked us to come back and to teach him some more! So that was a crazy experience! I have never had something like that happen before. When we got in the car Sister Brown asked me why I stopped to talk to them and I told her about the strong prompting that I had! She then told me that she had the same exact prompting! It was a testimony builder for me for sure!

Well! It was one of the best weeks ever! I hope you can tell by this email that it was AWESOME!!! I will send wedding pics and baptism pics!!!! Love you all! I just want to leave you with my testimony. I know this gospel is true! I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he died for each one of us! I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true! And I know this because the Holy Ghost has born witness to me of the truthfulness of these things! I love this gospel with all of my heart and I love being a missionary!

Love you!

-abs

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Hey Fam! 

What a wonderful week!!!!! So I have been battling HORRIBLE allergies all week... and I mean HORRIBLE! But that didn't stop me from having the best week ever! Conference was so amazing and much needed! 

I felt so much love from our Heavenly Father this conference! I was thrilled to hear all of the changes that were made! I felt so strongly that this is exactly what we need at this time to further the work of the Lord and to prepare for his coming! 

I was very impressed by Elder Bednar's talk about Meekness. I feel that meekness is something that I desperately need to develop within myself. I loved the simple examples that he shared of people in the world and throughout history that have clearly developed this attribute. It is one of the Saviors most crowing characteristics and I so badly desire to have it as well. 

I was so happy to hear that India will be receiving a temple! How awesome is that! I could just imagine the whole Morgan family shouting for joy! It will be so awesome! I guess we will have to make a trip to India!!!! How cool would that be?!? 

Overall it was just such a fun Easter! We watched Conference with the Mitchell family and they totally spoiled us rotten! They had Easter baskets for us and even did an Easter egg hunt for us and the Elders and their kids! Brother Mitchell hid two golden eggs and one of them had 5 dollars in it!! Of course Sister Brownie found that one..... 

Also I need to make a shout out to Sister Brown for taking such good care of me and for staying up with me all night as I coughed and sneezed my guts out!! lol... 

I want to bear my testimony of the Savior with it being this beautiful Easter season! I truly know without question of doubt that Jesus Christ is my perfect and resurrected Savior! He is the most precious gift that we have ever received. He has perfect and infinite love for each one of us and this because he took upon himself all of our pains, sorrows, afflictions, sadness, and sins. He is full of mercy and peace and is constantly calling out to each of us. His Atoning sacrifice changes lives! I know this because I am watching lives change now!! There are so many people that I have met that are poor in spirit and feel that they have no future and no purpose but the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Atonement of Jesus Christ change all of that! I am so grateful for him!!!! To all those who have not yet come to know him.. please do. Please come unto him and learn of him and love him, because as you do, your life will be changed forever! I can promise you that with absolute certainty! 

I love you all! Have a wonderful week!!!!! and thank you fam for the sweet Easter package! I loved it! HAPPY EASTER! HE IS RISEN!

-abs 

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Hello my Family! So I found out earlier this week that I will be transferring to be a Sister Training Leader in Pueblo! I am beyond sad to be leaving Sister Brown... But I have hope that we will one day be companions again haha! 

Ok, I first need to tell y'all about last p-day!!!! Oh my it was so fun! We went to an escape room with our district. Basically you just get locked in a room and then you have to solve puzzles and clues to get yourself out. It was so much fun! We did one room in about 33 mins! The guy that owns the place, (he is a member!!) he said that it was one of the fastest times EVER! he then gave us the option to do another room! So we said yes! This room was harder but we were able to figure it out with about 12 mins left! It was so much fun! Elder Garton (our AP) kept using the walkie talkie and talking all deep and stuff! We were laughing so hard! 

Wednesday!!! MLC again! Wow, I feel like I was just at MLC like yesterday! Time flies! We were trained there about how to use smartphones in our missionary work and I will be receiving mine in just a few days most likely! It is an exciting time to be a missionary. 

The highlight of Thursday was having dinner with Roz and Tom Hanson! We did a Prayer puzzle with them and they could not figure it out! It was so hilarious! I am going to miss Roz so much! She is the greatest! She lets us do laundry at her place and we email there too! I don't know what I would do without her! So shoutout to Roz for feeding us and loving us and for having the cutest little puppy ever! (muffin! p.s. muffin pees on the floor whenever I walk in the room) lol

This week we also had exchanges with the 18th Sisters! Sister Rentz was with me in our area! She is a doll! I love her! We had such a great time! We spent some time and visited Linda! Aww gotta love her! We talked with her for a bit and she cried when she heard I was being transferred... Then I said, "Linda, have you thought any more about baptism?" she said, "Yes, I know that God wants me to be baptized." And we replied, "Well, how about we set a new date for your baptism day?" She got so excited and immediately said, "How about May 12th!" So MAY 12th it is!!! I love to see miracles! 

Saturday was THE BEST! We went to the temple with Sister Burns! She was someone that I worked with in the Broadmoor ward and she moved to Soaring Eagles right when I did! Such a tender mercy!!! The Lord just knew that we needed to stay together! Going to the temple with her for her first time was such a wonderful and spiritual experience! I am so grateful for her in my life! She was absolutely glowing the entire time! Afterwards we went to dinner with the group that went through with her! She had some friends come from out of state who are members of the church. They befriended her 30 years ago and planted a seed. Look how their kindness has changed her life. I have a testimony of member missionary work. It doesn't even need to be huge gestures it can be as simple as befriending someone and being a good example to them and bearing testimony in simple ways.  

Sunday was sad, it was the day that I had to say my goodbyes to the ward.. I am going to miss that place! I am especially going to miss my dear Sister, Sister Brown. She is literally the greatest person I have ever met! She loves everyone and gives 10/10 hugs! I am so grateful for all of the memories we have shared! 

I am excited for Pueblo! The Lord knows where I need to be way better than I do, so I will go where He wants me to go! I know that He lives and that he is aware of each one of us! I am so incredibly grateful for his loving guidance! 

Have a wonderful week!!!! I miss you all and love you! Katie let me know this week that I have 255 days left! hahahha! Thanks for keeping track kato bug! 

Love you!

-abs

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If you know me well, you know that I really don't like change... especially when I have to leave something that I love. Leaving Sister Brown was one of the hardest things.. on our last week together, we pushed our beds together and ate popcorn in bed as we fell asleep.. I love her forever! I was really nervous for transfers cause the Springs is all that I have ever known.. I really didn't know what to expect coming to Pueblo West but it has exceeded my expectations 100%! 

Sister Price is my new companion. WE ARE THE SAME PERSON! I love her to pieces! She is from Pocatello, ID! She is a dancer and loved to paint and doodle and design just like me! She wants to to medical cosmetics as a career and so she is getting me all informed with skincare and stuff! I love it! We love to workout together and get super sore! It is so much fun! We both did a lot of ballet growing up so we have that in common and our personalities are super similar. I love her so much! She even taught me how to make popcorn on the stove this week and we were laughing so hard cause the popped kernals kept going everywhere! hahah! 

We live with the Jensen's! FINALLY LIVING WITH MEMBERS! They are a sweet old couple and we have their basement all to ourselves. I really love living with them! I feel so safe and they feel like grandparents to me already! 

My first night in Pueblo West 1st ward, we went to mutual and got to help with a "Battle of the Sexes" tournament! It was really fun! The youth group is HUGE!!! We had to have the guys pluck out an eyebrow hair and so many of them just grabbed a huge clump with the tweezers and yanked!!! OUCH! It looked so painful and then they were left with a little bald patch of eyebrow! Sister Price and I were dying!!!! It was so funny! 

Throughout our week we saw so many miracles! 

We visited a woman named Sister Howells and also her daughter named Pearle! We taught them the Plan of Salvation and Sister Howells told us how she has been studying Paganism as well as Christianity for most of her life. She is a less-active member of the church so we were trying to help her recapture the feeling that she had when she was baptized! She promised to pray about what direction to take, so we felt good about that! 

The next time that we met with Sister Howells, she told us that she had big news. She said that she had prayed to know what to do and if Christianity was the right way.. then, later on, as she was browsing through social media, she read a quote that said.. "If you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither." She took that as a sign from God that if she continues to study both religions that she will never fully understand either. She then said that she knows that Mormonism is for her and that she wants to give up Paganism for good! We were just mind blown! It was so amazing!! She fed us dinner that night and made us a Mediterranean dish with lamb. FIRST TIME EATING LAMB PEOPLE! Then she had french bread with olive oil that was super fancy olive oil in all different flavors! I felt so pampered! 

We got to go to the nursing home on that same day and we talked to a bunch of the old ladies there. One of then is named Leeta and she is a 99 year old ANGEL! I adore her! We did a puzzle with her and it was so much fun! 

Another amazing experience that we had this week was with the Redmond family. They are a family of all girls and we were able to go over to their home for a lesson. We planned to teach the Restoration but when we got there the conversation took a very different turn. The girls began to ask deep doctrine questions about Joseph Smith and they got very heated and concerned to know the answers. We stayed calm and bore simple testimony. The mother was stirred to tears as the Spirit spoke to her and the girls were silenced by the answers that we presented. We simply bore testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and asked them to pray to know if they have a loving Heavenly Father and Savior. They said they would and each one of them thanked us for the spirit that they felt. I was so moved and felt so grateful to have been an instrument in the Lord's hands during that lesson. I felt the Spirit teaching through me and felt so much gratitude that the Lord trusted me. HUGE TESTIMONY BUILDER!

We got a new investigator this week and a new less active so that was very exciting! I can't wait to see where it goes!!! 

Another cool experience was our Blitz after district meeting. (A blitz is a short period of prayerful tracting that is in one of the areas in our district.) We went to the Elder's area and I got to go with Sister Bailey who is still in training:) She is so sweet! We set goals as a district and then all went out for an hour! Sister Bailey and I went down one street and knocked on maybe 10 doors. We talked to only 6 people but gave away 3 Book of Mormons!!! 50%! Not too shabby! I felt so grateful that God gave us those miracles! One of the guys we talked to was named Jeff and when he opened his mouth to talk, he sounded just like Tom Selleck!!!!! AH! So I was in heaven! After a while, he even started to look like him! It was just such a good experience tracting! 

Saturday was a great day! We did yard work for Sister Howells! We planted flowers for her and it was so much fun! It made me miss my daddy and reminded me of all the many many times that we would go out to do yard work in the mornings. I am now so grateful that you made me work hard dad! Thank you! When the job was finished she took us to get Fu and Boba at an asian place! It was really fun! 

My first Sunday was amazing! This ward is so missionary minded! I feel so blessed! I know that this is exactly where I need to be!!! I can't wait for what is to come! I see so many miracles in the future for this area! 

Oh and I thought you all might want to know that I have a dog!!!!! Her name is Journey and we LOVE her! She is actually the Jensen's dog but I am just pretending that she is mine! I love her so much! 

I want you all to know that I have a testimony of this work and of this great gospel! I am so grateful for all that I am learning here in Pueblo West Colorado! I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he loves each one of us! He is the reason that we have joy and that we can overcome sorrow! I learned a really great lesson this week in Sacrament meeting that I want to share with you. The speaker said. "unbelief stops revelation!" I thought that was so true! We have the ability to receive personal revelation for ourselves and the only thing that will stop that from happening is our own unbelief. So let's all strive to grow in faith and seek for revelation. That is literally my goal in life because I know that if He is always guiding me, I will never be lost or afraid. I love you all! You are so important to me!!!!

Love, abs

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Guys I am so excited! I finally did it! I cut bangs! I am so happy! 

This week was a great one!

On Wednesday, Sister Price had a dentist appointment at 7:30 in the AM and so I got to go and comfort her, she was so worried cause they didn't have laughing gas! But she was a champ!!!! She got 5 whole cavities filled!!!!!! hahaha just another reason why we are the exact same person! That day, we also had an amazing lesson with the Alvey family! They are incredible! The husband is not a member so we have been teaching him and we had an incredibly powerful lesson with them this week! It was amazing, he has such real intent and is truly desiring to know for himself if the Book of Mormon is true! I am so excited for their family! We also were able to teach Sister Howells! She is amazing! We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson and she asked us if we would be willing to come over and help her burn her old Pagan spell books! We said HECK YA! So we are excited to do that later on, probably next week! Another cool thing happened when we were with Sister Howells too! So we showed her the video, "The Savior Understands Me" by Elder Holland and immediately after the video ended, she copied it and pasted it to 4 different people on Facebook! It was so crazy cool to see her acting upon spiritual promptings! I LOVE HER! 

Thursday was THE BEST! My little bro is going to the Trinidad, Port of Spain mission! I couldn't be happier for him! He leaves August! AHHHH! I am so sad that I won't see him for 3 years! This is crazy! When I found out, I pushed Sister Price cause I got so excited and she fell on the floor! hahahah! It was hilarious! I was like crying and laughing and screaming all at the same time! Thursday was also great cause we got to teach Seminary! It was so fun! We taught from Ether 1 and talked about Prayer! Afterwards, so many students thanked us for the prayer challenges that we extended to them and were really excited to grow in their relationship with God! They are all at the age to serve missions so I was very happy that we got to teach them and hopefully get them excited for their missions! That night, we went to a place called Adams Ribs with a member. BIG MISTAKE! if you ever go to Pueblo West Colorado, don't eat at Adam's ribs! Oh man, I know that I am kinda a Rib snob but these ribs were meatless and dry.... And you wouldn't believe what they did to my stomach! hahahahah.... bad time.. But it was a funny memory! 

Friday!!! 4/20 in CO! hahahah it was a great! We had district meeting and then went to Chick fil a! My fav! The meeting was very spiritual and uplifting! After all of this, we went to help a non-member woman move into a home in our area! Her name is Judy! She is a doll! She was so kinda and gracious. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she told us that her husband and her would like for us to teach them the lessons!!!!! We taught them a brief lesson right then and there!!!! 2 NEW INVESTIGATORS! It was so awesome! MIRACLES! My favorite thing that happened while moving was a quote from Elder Rojas who is from Mexico.. He said, "Sister Price, where is your buff?" as Sister P. attempted to carry a couch inside with me! hahhaha  I laughed so hard! We got to have another lesson with day too with just Sister Alvey! We taught her a lesson about the Brother of Jared and brought a member that was perfect fellowship for her! It was such a powerful lesson! 

So Friday night at 2:30 in the morning, I rolled over and slid my hand under my pillow to get all comfy and cozy and my hand touched something odd.. I freaked out! It truly felt like a little bony hand! I instantly flipped on the light and lifted up my pillow to find a little wooden man with a beard and a cowboy hat. It was about 6 inches long and insanely creepy! I was so scared that I tossed it across the room! I said a prayer and tried to sleep.. but I couldn't. All I could think was, "how did that little wooden mad get under my pillow," and "if Sis P. didn't put it there I am going to flip!" I laid in my bed frozen for about an hour and then I decided to wake Sister Price. I flipped on the light and shook her until she woke up. She woke, kicking and screaming saying, "what's wrong, are you okay?" to which I replied, "Do you know about the little wooden man?" she instantly bust up laughing! I was so confused and she instantly cracked up! She admitted that she put the little man under my pillow last night! Then she started laughing so hard and I just sat on my bed all angry! hahahhaha! Keep in mind that it is about 3:30by now.. She totally deserved to get woken up though! I told her the whole story and she just laughed and laughed! hahah! I didn't take a picture of the little wooden man but I will, and then I will send it next week! 

So Saturday, we got to drive up to the Springs with Sister Howells and we went to Natalie's baptism, she is a little girl that I taught when I was in Fountain! She was so happy that I came! It was awesome to see her on her special day! She looked like an angel! And I got to see SISTER BROWN!!!!!!!!! Ah I love her! After the baptism, Sis Howells took us to get some Mediterranean food! It was not too bad.. and then that night we had a lesson with Sister Howells and she had us for dinner so it was a Sister Howells Day! We had a bomb lesson that was so powerful and then she taught us how to make this really yummy pasta! YUM! 

Sunday was amazing! I was asked to share my testimony, we had 2 less-actives in church! Which is a lot for Pueblo West! And we were able to teach Gospel Principles and also Miamaids! Great great day! Dinner was awesome on Sunday! It was with the Jones Family and the dad reminded me so much of Uncle Todd! I was rolling! He was hilarious! Then we had a really great testimony meeting with them and their family! Very Powerful! 

Pueblo has been very bipolar this week! Cold one day and hot the next! But I love it so much! It is exactly where I need to be! Sister Price is AMAZING! She is going to be my best friend for life! I promise! We have EVERYTHING in common! I love her so much! 

And finally.... TODAY I GOT BANGS!!!!!!!!!! SO FUN!!!!!! I will send pictures!!!!!! I LOVE THEM! 

I love you all so much! I want to leave you with my testimony of this great gospel! It is true! The tomb is empty! 

until next week! 

-abs

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Prepare yourself, because this week was THE WEEK OF MIRACLES! God is SO good! 

 

This week we got smartphones! We drove up to the Springs on Tuesday and got them all set up! This also means that we are now going to begin using Facebook! Maybe you already saw my first post!! It honestly has kind of been strange.. I feel like I am breaking every rule in the book.. But this is what the Lord has commanded and I know that it will be a way for us to further the work! 

Tuesday, we also were able to go to the Alvey's home and we watched the Restoration with them! They really enjoyed it and Brother Alvey (the investigator) was able to have a lot of his questions answered. The Spirit was definitely there and their family is progressing for sure! We are so excited! 

Wednesday started off rocky... our alarm didn't go off cause we set the alarm on our new smartphones and they decided to randomly turn off in the middle of the night.. so we were late to teach Seminary. We got there about 20 mins late but were still able to teach a great lesson about Mormon Ch 9 to the kids! We then had a lesson with Sister Howells and she showed us all of the new dresses that she has bought for church! She showed us one in particular and called it "her favorite"! It was a black dress, kinds silky like, that was covered in floral print and swans on the bottom of the hem. Remember this little detail about the dress being her favorite, cause it will be important for later on in this email..Wednesday night, we went to the Redmonds and showed them the Restoration movie as well! They were able to feel the Spirit and have their questions answered as well! It was awesome! I love getting close to all of the members here! One of the Redmond girls looks just like Katie! It is crazy how similar they are and so every time I see her I give her a huge hug and I feel like I am hugging my little Sister! Awww I just love you Kate! 

On Thursday, Sister Price and I woke up real early again to teach more seminary! It went really well! We taught about the Brother of Jared and how God answered his prayers in 3 different ways. As he was building the barges, the Brother of Jared had three questions that he took to the Lord. The first was, "How will we breathe?" the second was, "How will we have light?" and the third is, "How will we steer?" Here is how the Lord answered each question.... 

1. Breathe: The Lord gave the Brother of Jared a very straight forward answer. He told him to cut holes in the top and bottom of the barges in order to have air. The Lord gave him the answer in it's entirety. 

2. Light: The Lord said to the Brother of Jared, "What will you do?" he asked him to come up with his own solution to the issue! The Lord also gave him some guidance by telling him that he could have no windows and no fire. The Brother of Jared was then left on his own to come up with a solution to bring to the Lord. 

3. Steer: The Lord said, "Trust me!" he told the Brother of Jared that he would guide them in their barges to the Promised Land. 

So when The Brother of Jared finally came up with his solution about light. He brought the Lord 16 stones and asked the Lord to touch them and give them light. I love that the Lord took his simple idea and made it great! 

The way the Lord answered the Brother of Jared's prayers in also how he answers ours. Sometimes he will give us a straight forward answer.. most often not.. A lot of the time he asks us to just trust him.. But I think the most common way that our prayers are answered is when the Lord says, "Come up with a solution of your own and then come to me and I will make it great!" 

So Yea! This is what we taught in Seminary this week! Fun huh?! 

When we got home from seminary, Sister Price and I decided to make up a dance! So we did! It is not finished but I will have to send it to you! It was so fun for us to do it for exercise that morning! I have missed dancing so much! We just feel so lucky to have a huge basement all to ourselves!!! We also got to help Sister James in our ward do some spring cleaning on Thursday and then she made us an awesome lunch! It is just the little things throughout the week that make me so happy! That night, Brother Jensen, the member we live with, showed us how to work our Yoga video and he did Yoga with us for about 30 seconds! Sister Price and I both started laughing uncontrollably and then he got embarrassed and stopped but it was so funny!! We love the Jensen's! They are so special to us! 

Friday was awesome! We had district meeting and then went to lunch at this place called Marie's! It is DANG GOOD! I can't wait to take all of you there! After all of that we did a district blitz, a blitz is where we set specific finding goals and then all go find people for an hour and come back and report! It went great!!!! We then taught Vanessa today and she is getting her patriarchal blessing! It is really happening! The spirit in the lesson was so strong and Vanessa was just glowing! After the lesson, Vanessa took us downstairs with her little girl and showed us her foster kittens! 5 of them! They were black with white feet and it kinda looked like they were wearing socks. We got to play with them for a minute! I'll send pics! 

Here is a huge miracle from this week!!!! We went to dinner Friday night with the Hunter family and they had invited a non-member friend and his kids to come to dinner as well! We had a great dinner with the two families and then we were able to teach Matt, the friend, a lesson! It was so powerful! We all bore testimony and then we invited Matt to take the lessons and he accepted! It was so amazing! God just placed him right in our hands! I truly have such a strong testimony of member missionary work! SO NEW INVESTIGATOR!!!!! 

That night, we drove an hour to Canon City and began exchanges with the Sisters there! I was with Sister McQuarrie!! And just you wait... this exchange was AMAZING! 

Okay, so the day of the exchange comes, Sister McQuarrie and I do studies and get all ready for our day! Around 11, we headed out to do a district Blitz with the other Canon City missionaries. When we got to the park where we had planned to meet, the Elders had started Park contacting, so decided to do the same! The first person we talked to is Stephen. He was way interested! We gave him a Book of Mormon, taught about the Restoration and invited him to meet with us again! He told us that he is from Denver but that he wants to meet with the missionaries up there! MIRACLE! We only had time to talk to one other person after that! Her name was Ashley! She was a middle aged lady who was at the park with her grandkids! We told her about our unique message to the world and she lit up! It seemed to be exactly what she wanted to hear! We taught her the Restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon. She thanked us again and again for the additional information about Jesus Christ. She accepted the invitation to meet with us again and as we left her, she was already reading the Book of Mormon! AMAZING!!!! So many miracles! After all of that, we had 3 other wonderful lessons! The spirit was so present throughout the entire day! After one of the lessons, we felt prompted to knock on a less-active man's door.. he lived right next door to the other appointment! We knocked and he answered to tell us that he was really struggling. We shared a scripture with him and then asked him if he would be interested in receiving a priesthood blessing. He said yes! So we called Brother Bailey (a member of the Canon City ward) and he came right over in about 5 minutes. I learned a very valuable lesson from Brother Bailey that day! As Brother Bailey came in and sat with this less-active man, the Spirit was incredible! Brother Bailey didn't stumble once, he didn't question what to say. he said EXACTLY what the spirit wanted him to. He helped this man through each one of him struggles and gave him courage and a friend to rely on! It was like nothing I have ever seen! This man clearly had the spirit with him. It was so powerful! As he then gave him a blessing, I began to cry. I could really understand how a priesthood blessing is a direct channel from the priesthood holder to God. After this experience, we walked outside with Brother Bailey and I said, "Can I ask you a question?" he responded, "yes!" I then said, "What do you do to have the Spirit with you so strong?" He thought for a moment and then responded, "Desire! You have to really want it and do everything in your power to live worthy to have it!" I was amazed and thanked him for the amazing experience that I had just witnessed! I can't fully explain to you how much that day changed me! I don't think I can even properly use words to describe it.. so I';m sorry for this kinda confusing paragraph! hahaha hopefully you can imagine how wonderful it was! 

Okay you ready!!! Here is the day of all the miracles! SUNDAY! 

Miracle #1: this one happened Saturday to Sister Price but I still want to share it!!! Cause  I think it is cool! So Sister Price and Sister Sutherland visited Sister Howells while on exchanges. They taught the Word of Wisdom and afterwards, Sister Howells said, "come with me!" She took them into her kitchen and opened up her tea drawer! "Throw away all the bad stuff!" she said. Then the Sisters proceeded to toss all of the bad teas that are against the Word of Wisdom. How cool is that?!?! 

Miracle #2: Vanessa and Eleanor came to church! Eleanor went to Nursery and Vanessa stayed for the first two hours! It was amazing! Small miracle, but never the less, a miracle! 

Miracle #3: Sister Howells came to church and brought her daughter Pearle and her grandbaby Jackson! They stayed all 3 hours and Pearle loved it! She felt so welcomed and happy! This was something that we have been waiting for for weeks!!!!! 

Miracle #4: Last week, a woman named Julia, from Ukraine, came to church with her Mother-in-law who is a member. Julia is not a member. This week, Julia came all alone with her little 1 and a half year old son. She stayed all three hours and took notes and followed along with her ipad! She connected with people and we got a return appointment with her for next Sunday before church because Sunday is her only day off! How amazing is that?!?!?! NEW INVESTIGATOR! 

Miracle #5: This one comes with a backstory... So last week at church, a lady in our ward told everyone in Relief Society about a family that is in need of help in our area.. The family is on the verge of being homeless and so we thought of some ways of how we could help them.. Well, this Sunday, the Owens family showed up to church! They came in and sat down with their 4 children and listened intently throughout Sacrament meeting. After the meeting, we met them and they wanted to stay for the other classes! We took the older boys (5 and 6) to primary and they sat there very well behaved and respectful! We took the little girl to Nursery and she played the entire time with all the other kids! The parents came to classes with us and brought their little baby. They participated in lessons and were greeted by so many ward members! At the end of the block, we rounded up their family and we taught them a brief Restoration lesson in about 2 mins! We asked them if they would like to meet with us to learn more! They accepted and we set an appointment up with their family right then and there! A member standing nearby then invited them to do the missionary lessons in their home! It was amazing! We walked outside with the family and we gave each one of them their own Book of Mormon! The children held those books like they were made of gold! We shared 3 Nephi 11: 13-14 with them! "And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying: Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole Earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world." We taught them about how the Book of Mormon includes when Christ ministers to the people in the Americas! Right as we said this the father said, "You believe that Christ appeared in America? So do I!" It was amazing! This family is so special! They are prepared and just need something in life to help lift them up. SUCH A MIRACLE! They literally were just brought to us! I can't wait to meet with them again!!! 

Miracle #6: When we walked back into the church after saying goodbye to the Owens, we got a call from the University Sisters in Pueblo. They said, "Hey we had a woman come to church today who is not a member. She has a husband and children and wants to learn more about the gospel! She is in your area so here is her info! Give her a call!" WHAT THE??!?! Sister Price and I were speechless! 

Miracle #7: We had a lesson with the Mitchell fam after church and out of no where the father says... "I want to work towards being sealed in the temple!!!!" WHAT?!? OKAY!! We were so excited! 

Miracle #8: This miracle was my favorite because I learned such a valuable lesson about Charity and love. So in church, Sister Howells (a returning member) leaned over to me in Gospel Principles class and said, "I need you and Sister Price to stop by my house after church, I have something for you!" So after our meetings we went to Sister Howells house and she walked us back to her closet. (Remember the lady with the favorite dress?) She then said, "You know Vanessa?" we said "Yes." (Vanessa is also someone we teach who was in class today with Sister Howells!) Sister Howells then said, "Well, the spirit told me that Vanessa needs to know that she is loved and that I should give her my new favorite dress." She wrapped the dress up in a box with some tissue paper and handed the box to us. She gave us instructions to not tell Vanessa who gave the dress but to just say, "Heavenly Father loves you and is so happy that you are coming back to church! He wants you to know that you are beautiful!" As sister Howells told us this, we were moved to tears! We were so touched! We took the box and went to Vanessa's! She was shocked that someone had thought of her! This small act of kindness was incredible to me! Sister Howells gave her brand new, favorite dress to a sweet sister because the Spirit told her that she needed it! That is pure charity! SUCH A MIRACLE! 

When we got home from an awesome dinner and day, I got a call from Sister McQuarrie. She said that Brother Bailey came to them on Sunday and said, "The Spirit told me that I should have said more in answer to Sister Morgan's question.. So here is a 4 pg answer to her question. can you get it to her?" When I heard this is got so excited!!! This day was just the greatest!!!! It was beyond anything I could have imagined! I know that God was the one who made it happen! Sister Price and I were simply his instruments! I am so grateful that he trusted us enough to bring us so many miracles! 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is without a doubt true! I love being His servant! 

I love you all! Have an amazing week!!!! 

Love, Sister Morgan 

 

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