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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Half - Way Done

Hey fam! 

TRANSFER WEEK! And I am staying in Soaring Eagles and 5th Ward with Sister Masima!! We are super duper excited!! 

So this week has been FULL of planning!! Lots of planning for exchanges and for Zone Conferences and all that stuff. We have 3 Zones that we cover and so we will be teaching at those 3 Trainings! We will be talking about a particle of faith (Alma 32) and compare it to a mighty change of heart (Alma 5)! We will then cross reference it to (Jeremiah 17: 7-8) and relate it to the Atonement! 

We went to Springs Rescue mission again on Wednesday and had a great time! The people there are so sweet! I LOVE doing service!! It is one of the best parts of being a missionary! 

We got a new investigator this week!! His name is Uncle Bob and he is great! We met him when we went to a lesson with Linda (our other new investigator!) We taught them in their home about the Plan of Salvation and they both really loved it! until... we taught about the Kingdoms of Glory and then Linda went on a 5 minute rant! She was straight on yelling at me! haha! Then she all of the sudden started praising us and crying and telling us that we need to not ever lose God and all this stuff and then she kissed Sister Masima! hahah! I almost lost it! All I could think was, "please don't kiss me!" hahahaha it was soooo funny!

Oh! And this week, we found out that President Stevenson opened up a new area for Sisters at the very south end of our mission!! It is so south that it is in NEW MEXICO!! It is called Raton! And since we are the Sister Training Leaders for that Stake, we get to go on exchanges there!!!!! Ah! I am so excited! This transfer is going to be a good one:) We are already one week in! I can't believe it! 

On Sunday, we were at church from 8:00 - 5:00..... meetings on meetings on meetings! hahaha it was so crazy! The coolest thing happened at church though! Our little 10-year-old investigator, Annagale, walked in about 30 mins into Sacrament meeting! She had her dad drop her off and she came in all by herself! It was so incredible!!! I was so proud of her! 

Another great moment this week was when we visited Sister Burns! The name might sound familiar to you cause I taught her in my last area! She moved into the Soaring Eagles Ward right as I got transferred so now I get to keep working with her! I am so excited!!! It felt like home to see her again! She is so ready to go to the temple so we are going to work on getting her there ASAP!! We love her! Such a miracle that she is in my ward again! 

So that was our week!!! Super FUN! I want you all to know that I love the Lord! If I didn't I wouldn't be here! There is a video that you should all check out! It is called... "If you love Me, Feed my Sheep" by Elder Holland! It is about 14 minutes long but sooooo good! You should all watch it pleaseeee! I love you guys! You mean the world to me! I truly lucked out with my family and friends! 

Have a great week!!!!!! 

-abs

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Hi Fam! 

Such a great week!!!! 

We had exchanges in Pueblo on Tuesday with the University Sisters! We all stayed in Pueblo for this exchange since last time we ended up all staying in the Springs. I was with Sister Nielsen!! We began our day by visiting a lady named Kandi! She was raised in the church and baptized but stopped attending soon after. We taught her the Restoration lesson and she began to express that the teachings sounded familiar and rang very true to her! At the end of the lesson, we taught about the Book of Mormon and asked if she would like a copy. She looked at us and then ran out of the room.. a few minutes later, she returned with a dusty old quad Book of Mormon set. It was wrapped in a floral case with little ruffles. She smiled and said, This was mine when I was eight." She began to open it and her face lit up. She started to find scriptures that she had highlighted and once loved and began to pull little primary quotes out of her quad. I was so overwhelmed by the Spirit! It was so sweet to see her soooo happy! It's moments like those that make missions soooo worth it! 

We also visited a lady named Violet! She is in her 90's and is seriously so cute!! She asked me to help her type up some recipes and I agreed since I love to type! I was thinking I'd be using an old clunky computer.. but I walked into her kitchen and saw an old typewriter! It was sweet! I got to use it but then the ink ran out so I had to hand write the recipes instead. But I have officially decided that I NEED a typewriter!!!! 

We did a lot more stop-bys and had back to back lessons for the rest of the night! 

The best thing that day was going to Karen's house! She is a sweet sweet lady! We walked in and the Relief Society President was there and was helping Karen to rearrange her furniture! We all pitched in and they asked me my "professional design opinion!" hahah and the best part was that "Fixer Upper" was on in the background! ahhhh! I almost died! It made me soooo trunky! hahha I tried not to watch it though cause OBEDIENCE! hahah

That night, we had a lesson with a guy Hector! He is AMAZING! His girlfriend is a member and he wants to be baptized! It was our first lesson with him and was hands down the best Restoration lesson that I have ever been a part of!! Sooo powerful! 

On Wednesday, we went to the Springs Rescue Mission again and one of the volunteers named Jared, asked us if we'd like to go get coffee with him. We told him that we don't drink coffee but that we love hot chocolate! He also mentioned that we looked "very beautiful" haaha he is actually a really nice guy! So we took the Elders with us and a couple other volunteers and went to Starbucks for some hot chocolate! The Elders kept joking with us and telling us that we were on a date with Jared haha but it actually really was a great missionary opportunity! 

Thursday, we met a new potential investigator named Nicole!! So that's exciting!! She is a single mom with two little kids and is from Utah! She said that missionaries would always come to her house there and so when she started to struggle here in Colorado, she knew exactly who to call! ahhhhh! I love her already! 

Friday was pretty regular! District meeting, lunch at the Hammonds, (where we had tacos) and LOTS of appointments! We planned for our upcoming Zone Conferences (we cover 3 ZONES!!) so that was exciting! We read the Book of Mormon with 4 people and I felt the Spirit so strong each time!!! I just absolutely love the Book of Mormon! I know that it is true! I am so grateful for it! We had a sweet lesson with Annagale and her official date is March 25th! Mom, it would be so awesome if you could make another little bear for her like you did for Eliana and Isaac! I think she'd love it! 

Saturday we saw Sister Rizzo, and also Amber! Amber is great! We brought a member to her lesson and it was so powerful!! Members at lessons makes all the difference! We picked up Laura (A laurel in one of our wards) and then headed to a lesson with Linda and Uncle Bob! Laura laughed a lot in the lesson but kept it together pretty good! hahah Linda is a crazy one! We love her! At the beginning of the lesson (The Gospel of Jesus Christ!) Linda was very jittery.. and by the end she was calm and in tears. The Spirit had touched her heart! We invited her to be baptized and with tear-filled eyes she said, "I will pray to know if God wants me to!" YAY!!! 

That night we had dinner at the Severe's home! They served a broccoli salad that was soooo good! So yea, I like broccoli now!!! Their little boy was so funny! He kept pulling our pony tails and putting his arms around us! hahah and the APs just laughed at us! hahah! 

We also met with Sister Smiley that night! AH! I just love her so much! She is the greatest!!!! 

SUCH A GREAT WEEK! 

On Sunday we taught the YW lesson and talked to the girls all about Heavenly Father and how they can strengthen their relationship with him! It was so great! I loved being there cause it reminded me of Sister Madsen and Sister Crotts! They made such a huge impact in my life and I loved being on the other side and helping the YW! 

So yea!!! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!

I know that the gospel is true! It is my greatest blessing!!! 

I love you all so much! Oh a Kate has informed me that I have 324 days to go!!!! So I'll see y'all real soon! 

-abs

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Hey fam! I love you all sooo much! 

This week was sooo BUSY! We had Two Zone Conferences and then exchanges in NM!!! Our first Zone Conference was on Tuesday! We had two zones there and taught at both training sessions. So we basically did a full our of teaching that day!! It was so fun! At the end of the conference, we called all 50 of the missionaries together and passed our little paper swords. Then we asked each of them to write something on their sword that they are willing and wanting to give up while they are on their missions! Then we placed our swords in a little wooden box that I found at Hobby Lobby;) and I handed the box to President Stevenson to keep on his desk! It was symbolic of "Burying our weapons of war/rebellion!" It went really well and I think that everyone really enjoyed the activity! 

President Fredrickson came as well (my stake president from my last area) and he talked about me in his comments and mentioned that he went to Salt Lake and saw my missionary plaque in the case at our church! He said that it made his day! I just LOVE him! 

On Wednesday we got to see Annagale and Yvette! (Yvette is a recent convert that is now Annagale's fellowshipper:)) We played a little game with them that we made up right on the spur of the moment and it turned out to be soooo funny! We also got a new investigator this week! His name is AJ!!! He grew up his entire life in the church and was never baptized but he always assumed that he was! So now he is getting baptized! ahhhh! I am so happy for him! He is 19 and Samoan! He is the coolest! His date is March 3rd, but we are thinking that we will move it up! 

On Thursday we woke up early, packed our things, and drove an hour down to Pueblo! We had another Zone Conference! This time with just one zone! We taught again and it went so well! We did the sword activity again too and the missionaries loved it. After we finished the conference, we drove another hour or so down to Trinidad CO (the sex-change capital of the world!) and went to the Sister's apartment there and exchanged (for this exchange though, we all stayed in Trinidad and just switched companions)! That night, we drove across the CO border to Raton, NM! We did some work there and it was wild! Soooo different from the Springs! We went looking for a trailer in a trailer park and the numbers were all kinds of messed up! It went from 7 to 256 to 13 to 151.. hahah then we saw a sign that said, "Do not walk here or else!!" So we left! That night, we heard gunshots! It was crazy! I was just laying on my little mattress on the floor and then... "pop pop pop pop pop pop!" It sounded like a few streets away which was good! When we told the Sisters about it they said, "don't worry, we hear that all the time!" I said a mighty good prayer that night and asked God to keep me safe!!! 

The next day, we did some stop-bys since it is not safe to tract. We tried to stop by this one lady and it fell through so we decided to look through the former investigators tab of their area book. Sister Mercer (my comp for the day) found a lady named Yvonne from 4 years ago! So we stopped by. Turns out that she'd been praying for help and then we showed up! She was about to lose her house and needed somewhere to go.. so we put her in touch with the Branch President and he helped her. We shared a video with her that brought her to tears and gave her a Book of Mormon since she hadn't had one in 4 years! She bawled and hugged us sooo tight! It was such a miracle!!! Then we went on a long drive to find a less-active family.. they weren't home but the drive was worth our time! It was gorgeous!!!!!! We got to the top of a mountain that was covered in thick pines and looked out over a turquoise blue lake! 

Saturday we were SOOOO DILIGENT! and miracles came! We went out at 10:00 and did not come home until 9:30! We didn't even eat dinner until 8:30!! Shout out to WENDY'S! We met with Sister Wade, then Sister Burns, then Nicole, then Annalee, then we went to a baptism in the 18th ward!! (remember my miracle story about tracting on exchanges from back in December.. the one where we set a specific time and we found the lady at exactly that time? Well, her name is Mary and she got baptized on Saturday!!!!!!) MIRACLES! Then we met with Berta! And then Annagale and then we saw Linda! Linda is so awesome!! She is one of our newest investigators! And... she set a baptism date for the 24th of FEB! Ah! We were not expecting it and when we went there on Saturday she totally shocked us when she said, "I want to get baptized!" i am sure my jaw dropped! hahah I am so happy! Also.. Linda told us that "uncle bob" isn't her uncle... don't even get me started on that! hahahaha

Next we went to see the McCaslins and then to the Johnstons.. then drove through Wendy's! lol and finally went to Sister Smileys! The Spirit was so strong as we read with her! We love her so much!! I can't wait for y'all to meet Sister Smiley some day! 

Sunday!!!! MIRACLES!!!! So we called Linda that morning to see if she wanted to come to church! On Saturday, at our lesson, we decided that we would give Linda a call Sunday morning and see if she would like a ride to church and she agreed. She told us that she had to go into work on Sunday morning but that she was hoping to be done by the time church started. So when we called... No answer.. We tried again.. No answer.. So we decided to drive to her work (this was like 15 mins before church was starting) She wasn't at her work, and her boss said that she had just left. Since Linda doesn't have a car, we figured that she must have been walking. So we drove from her work to her house and I was on the lookout the whole time for Linda walking along the street. We didn't see her but finally got to her house! No one was home.. So we started driving back to the church. Sister Masima began to drive the wrong way back and I was pretty confused.. but just went with it. (btw, this whole time I am just praying that we will find her!) All of the sudden, WE SEE LINDA! She was walking along the side of the road! I rolled down my window and yelled, "Linda!!!" She was so happy to see us! We called a member who immediately came and picked her up and we all went to church together! MIRACLES!!! We literally went the extra mile and we found her!!!!!! She loved church and everyone was so sweet to her! I know that Heavenly Father prepared a way for us to find Linda and get her to church! And I am so grateful that we decided to drive around until we found her! The Spirit was definitely guiding our every turn!

That night, we had dinner with Sister Wade and Sister Kleven! It was so fun! Another 5 course meal! hahah! I am so grateful for members!!! 

-abs

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Hi Fam! 

On Tuesday this week, I was in the 18th ward on exchanges with Sister Siufanua!!! We had so much fun! And.. the craziest thing happened. So we got a referral for a guy named James and we stopped by to meet him. When we knocked the door whipped open and there was James all big and shirtless and hairy.. it was mega awkward and we just tried to not look... hahah. He yelled at us and told us to go away so we did. Then about 10 minutes later, we get a call from the Salt Lake City Elders. They asked if we had just seen James and we said yes, then they said that James messaged Salt Lake immediately after we left and asked for us to come back. The Elders told us that they gave James our number and that he would be in touch with us. then *ding* our phone has a text from James. "Hi Ladies, I would love to have your company this afternoon, please let me know if you can come back today?" we were both kinda like.... "uhhhhhh.. thanks a lot salt lake elders..." So anyway, we went back but brought the Elders with us from the area. James was very interesting.. actually it was horrible, the feeling in his apartment was straight up satanic! haha. don't worry, we got out of there and then we found out that he has met with missionaries before and that they were told by the previous mission president to block his number and to never go there! hahaha.... Crazy mission experience! 

Wednesday we had MLC!! it was really fun! I will attach a pic of the Mission Leadership Council at the bottom! They are the greatest! In the 6-hour-long meeting, we pretty much discuss the needs that we have as a mission and go over policies and then set goals! That took up most of our day and then we finished up our night with a few appointments and dinner! 

THURSDAY... aka Weekly Planning ALL DAY LONG!! We didn't get to weekly plan last week because of exchanges in Raton, so we did "double duty" this week. It was fun though! We are looking forward to the final two weeks of this transfer! 5 exchanges to go! haha! We went to lunch with an awesome member named Chee and he said that he will cook at my wedding! hahahah!!! He made us p.o.g. chicken and it was so good! I brought my onion/strawberry salad and Sister Masima made a cake! It was tons of fun! That night we visited the Hergenreder Fam and their dogs, Chia and Cooper, kept kissing each other! haha it was so hilarious and Sister Hergenreder was just cracking us up! Honestly the members here are so funny! 

Friday we had district meeting and then had our weekly lunch at the Hammonds and they served Cafe Rio! They are my favorites! I can't wait for you all to meet them! They are the sweetest Senior Missionary couple EVER! We got a call from Berta on Saturday and she was struggling so we went to help her and then had dinner with Sister Tekurio and she served Hamburgers! AHHHH So good! We also visited a sweet family in the evening and their son Brayden was a character! He invited us to his baptism and then played a song for us that he learned on the piano. It was a very spiritual lesson in their home, the husband is not a member so it was nice to visit with him and talk about the Book of Mormon. 

Friday night we started EXCHANGES!! I went to Broadmoor (Home;)) with Sister McArthur, who was in the MTC with me!!, and we had so much fun!!! 

Saturday we went out to work early in the day! We did a stop-by/referral and got a new investigator for them and then stopped by Kelsey who is a lady that I taught when I was there. The Sisters haven't been able to get in touch with her so I figured that I would stop by. Kelsey lit up and gave me a huge hug. She told us that she will be moving with her husband to Hawaii soon and that she has a baptismal date planned for when she arrives! AH! I was shocked and sooo happy! I told he that she needs to keep coming to church before they move and she agreed. It was such a great moment to see her again and to hopefully give her some motivation. Then we visited a lady named Diana. She told us that she is a wanna-be Hippie! Oh man, I just loved her! We taught a very powerful restoration lesson and she told us that she is ready to be baptized! SO EXCITING! 

When we walked outside after that BOMB lesson. there was a blizzard! We booked it to the car and brushed it all off (about 6 inches). I started driving very carefully and it kept coming down. On our way to our next appointment, we got a call that our car needed to be parked immediately because of the snow. So we headed home and barely made it up the hill (thank goodness I know how to drive in snow!) It started going even harder when we got home and so we studied and talked for a while. Before we knew it, we were soooo bored and so we walked over to the church to watch some Mormon Messages:) good time! That night we were able to get to our dinner and it was a little fondu party with the Broadmoor ward! It was so nice to see everybody! This ward is family to me! 

NOW HERE'S THE BEST PART! The snow was so bad that we couldn't exchange back so we were stuck together another night! hahah and.. I got to go to the Broadmoor Ward on Sunday and also the Cheyenne Meadows Ward! All of the members looked so confused to see me back! hah. I saw Sister and Brother Jones, the Wilhelms, the Catons, the Blamires, the Sisneros, the Taylors, the Babcocks! All of my favs! Oh and LYNN AND CHANCE!!! It was a dream! Eliana wasn't able to make it to church because she was sick so after our meetings and after our dinner with the Maddox Fam we went to the Sisneros to visit Eliana! She bawled and it made my night! Ah! that sounds weird to say but she was just so sweet and hugged me so tight! The Sisneros are doing great! They are so active and the mom is now working towards baptism! I can't wait to see this family sealed in the temple someday!! 

We also got to stop-by Steven and it was great to see him! He could use your prayers please! 

That night, we drove very carefully back to my area and stayed the night with all four of us at our place so that I could wear some fresh clothes. 

These few days have been some of the best from my mission! It was so crazy and the snow was so beautiful! It is starting to melt as I am typing this out and I think that it is supposed to be back up to the 60s by tomorrow or Wednesday. 

I am so grateful for my mission! I am learning so much from the experiences that I am having and I know that I will reflect on this time in my life for ETERNITY! 

I love you all! The Gospel is true!!! 

-ab

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Hey my amazing Fam! 

well first of all, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!! 

This week went by soooo fast! We had two more exchanges which always makes the days fly! 

So on Tuesday I had some great studies about the Book of Mormon! I am putting together a Book of Mormon map and so I will send it to you when I am done!! I am learning so much and it feels like everything is getting pieced together! AH! I love that book! It is so incredible how true it is! 

Valentine's Day was exchanges!!! I was with Sister Welch in my area for the day and we had so much fun! Since it was V-day we decided to buy a dozen roses and then we went with the Assistants to a bunch of ladies in our ward that are widows and gave them out! It was so much fun! Then for our dinner appointment, we went to the Frandson's and they gave us the sweetest gifts for valentines! And listen to how fun this is, for our lesson with them we gave them hearts to write scriptures on and then we committed them to heart attack someone that very night! And they did!!! It was so fun! 

We also went to Springs Rescue Mission on Valentine's day! We go there once a week and help the members of the homeless shelter sign up for showers and to do laundry. We spent about 2 hours filling up little containers with body wash for their showers and we both became a soapy mess! It was a good time though and we made some fun memories! 

For District Meeting this week, I taught about Testimony!! Here is a little tid bit of what I shared.

In Alma 4:19 , Alma speaks of "Bearing Down in Pure Testimony" Then in chapter 5.. he shows us how that is done.. so here are the 5 steps of Bearing Down in Pure Testimony.... 

1. Declare who you are and by what authority you have

2. Make your testimony personal

3. Testify of truth and ask inspired questions

4. Let them know where the source of truth comes

5. Invite to act

It is found in the entire chapter (Alma 5) go look for it!!!! 

And I will give more info about it in my next email if you want! These are things that make our testimony more powerful as we share it! I love the Book of Mormon!! AHHH! 

ALSO, AJ is getting baptized so we have been working with him all week!!!! He gets baptized on the 24th at 4:00!!!! SO exciting! Here is some background on AJ, so he grew up all his life thinking that he had been baptized and never actually was.. he knows everything about the church but since he is just learning english, we are re-teaching him! It is so awesome!!!! 

And for some more exciting news!!!!! Lynn is getting Married to Chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhh! And I am her maid of honor! This will be my first time! I can't believe that it is while I am on my mission but hey, it's exciting nevertheless.. I called our Mission President to ask for his permission to go to the wedding and all of that and to be a maid of honor and he just laughed and said, "yes you can go! I never thought I would receive a call like this from a Sister Missionary on her mission!" hahaha

To end the week, we had exchanges with the Academy Sisters! Sister Walker and I had so much fun! We taught Linda again... oh my she is so funny! We taught the Word of Wisdom last time and this time when we walked in, Linda had little tea cups set out for us. Then she says, "Hi miss Ladies, would you like some tea?" we responded, "no thank you Linda, we don't drink tea." and she goes, "oh yea, me neither!" hahahahah! Ok, so I know it was one of those things where you had to be there, but Linda is just so hilarious and kinda all over the place at times that it just makes us laugh so hard! 

Honestly, time is flying.. it felt like this week was a couple of hours long! For those of you who are wondering.. Transfers are in a week and we think that Sister Masima will be leaving. I am excited to meet someone new but will miss her lots! So we will see what happens! 

On Sunday we got a new investigator named Nicole who has two little kids! We are so excited to start working with her! 

Well, that was my week! So sorry for this email that is all over the place..... lol

I love you all so much and I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true! These next 9 months are going to be the best! I can't wait to continue to work hard and give my all to the Lord!!!!!! 

-abs

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Hey Fam! 

THIS WEEK WAS AWESOME!!!!!!! 

Well, first things first.. transfers are tomorrow and I am NOT getting transferred! But, Sister Masima is so I will be with Sister Brown in a couple days! YAYYY! I am so excited! I hear that she likes to exercise and run so you can count on me loosing 10lbs hopefully!!!!! 

Also, I apologize if this email is super short compared to my others... it won't happen again.. but we have SOOO much to do for transfers tomorrow! 

So for last p-day, we went with Lynn and Chance to Garden of the Gods and it was a blizzard outside.. At first I was pretty nervous about going there in that kind of weather.. but it turned out to be the best thing we ever did! The red rocks with the white snow was soooo pretty! I have tons of pics that Lynn took! But she hasn't sent them yet... so they will be comin' atcha next week!! 

We had a great exchange with the Canon City sisters on Tuesday and we found a new investigator!!! Her name is Maria and she is so GOLDEN!!!!! Sadly, with this new transfer, They are putting new sisters into 5th ward so we will only be over soaring eagles.. but these new sisters will have a spankin new investigator to work with!!! So exciting! 

Later on in the week, we had exchanges with Mesa Ridge sisters (our 8th and last exchange for the transfer) and it was awesome!!! I was with Sister Bass from the MTC and we had so much fun! We met with AJ for his final lesson and it was awesome! He is so ready!!!! 

NOW FOR THE GOOD PART! THE BAPTISM! 

So AJ was baptized on Saturday and we arrived an hour early to check on the Elders who were filling the font and to give AJ his jumpsuit! When we got there, the font was filled about 3 inches.... and usually the thing takes about 2 or more hours to fill.. The Elders said that they had been there for 2 hours already and so Elder Towery checked things out to see what was wrong.. and.... we found a leak. Bummer.. We got it fixed about 20 mins to baptism time and the font started to fill... it was not going to fill in time though and we knew that.. so our pianist played for 30 mins as we all ran back and forth from the bathroom to the font with tubs of water to get the font filled... I went out into the room for a bit to welcome people and I could just hear all this sloshing from the closed doors of the font! it was so funny and everyone was just sitting there listening to all of us running around in the back! lol

Eventually we decided to start and when AJ went in to be baptized, the water barely came to his thighs.. When Lucra went to dunk him, only his body went down and not his head.. So we tried again.. This time, Lucra lowered him down soooo slowly and AJ hit his head on the side of the Font.... lol and then he barely went under the water.. and then... Lucra held him there for about 10 seconds and we were all just screaming to let him up! it was honestly the funniest thing! But it did the job! AH good memories!

So today is kinda sad cause it is my last day with sister masima... :( it will be good though to meet a new companion! changes are the only constant in missionary work! 

Well Fam! I want you all to know that I have a testimony of this great gospel! It is TRUE! I love you all so much! Have the most wonderful week !!!!!!! OH AND PS... HALFWAY THIS WEEK Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am officially over the hill!!!!!!! 

-abs

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Hey Fam! 

What a great week!!!!! Transfers was on Tuesday and I got SISTA BROWN!!!!! Whenever she introduces herself she says, "I'm Sister Brown, like the color!" I love her so much!!!!!! 

Our first day together we spent $180 dollars ($90 each) on groceries so I am hoping that they will last us for a while.... lol! We have been cooking like pro chefs this whole week! I will attach some pictures! it has been a blast! And we are doing soo good with exercises! I have lost 5 lbs! WHAT?!?! 

Wednesday was my official halfway mark! 9 MORE MONTHS!! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN SO FAST?!?! I honestly am blown away at how quickly time flies. We had a great first full day together! We set a goal that we wanted to talk to a Mexican lady that was wearing blue and poor in spirit and we found her!!!! It was amazing! Setting specific goals really works! Oh and we are no longer covering 5th ward so we've been having a bunch of transition lessons with the new Sisters. I said goodbye to the Hergenreders on Wednesday night and we did a quick transition lesson with them.... it was so sad:( Brother Hergenreder almost cried and said, "We love you sweetheart!" it just melted my heart! I love them so much! 

Ok now I have to share the funniest memory with Sister Brown! We came home one evening and Sister Brown ran into our walk-in closet. She began pulling out a bunch of my clothes and trying them on and doing a fashion show for me! As soon as she would put a dress on she would twirl around the room and fling herself on the bed! i was crying from laughter! it was so funny I wish I could have recorded the whole thing for you all to see! 

Here are some facts about Sister Brown! She is from Jarome Idaho, she loves to run and hike! She is a country girl and loves country music and texas roadhouse (so we get along very well) and she is the most hilarious and down to earth person EVER! I LOVE HER! 

On Friday we had our first district meeting of the transfer and afterwards we got some lunch and ate outside on the sidewalk cause it was 60 degrees! So it was basically lunch and tanning! SOOOO NICE! I heard it snowed in utah... 15 inches?!?! So sad:( Wish y'all were here! That night we went to dinner at the Black Bear Diner because a member works there. It was such a fun night! 

On Saturday we got massages from Sister Kleven in our ward and then had a full day of appointments! It was so fun! We met with Linda and she told us that she'll never be baptized but we just bore simple testimony to her. She began to cry during the closing prayer and told us that she wants to work towards baptism. I know that it was because she felt the Spirit. It was so amazing! 

Another funny story with Sister Brown.. So I made Sister Brown a caramel milkshake and she got all excited. But right as I gave it to her I said, "this is a BBQ milkshake." She just looked at me like I was crazy and kept smelling it and saying, "ew, it smells like BBQ sauce." when I finally told her the truth, she wouldn't believe me. she finally drank it but was still convinced that it was BBQ flavored. lol! It was so funny! Then, that night she started doing handstands and walking all over the house! AH I just love her so much!

Well, I love you all and I know that this gospel is true! I am watching it change lives and it is so incredible! Thank you for your prayers and for all that you do for me! Have a great week!!!!!!!! 

-abs

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SO last P-day was so much fun! Sister Brown and I went to Manitou alone since everyone else bailed on us last minute! It was so much fun! We drank from the mineral water fountains.. (nasty!) and then each bought a t-shirt! It was so much fun!

OK!!! BEST PART OF THE WEEK! I got to have a sleepover with SISTER TAYLOR before temple jubilee!!!! Best thing ever!

 On Thursday I went to Temple Jubilee! It was am amazing experience! We started the day off by going to Costa Vida and then headed to the temple! We were there for about 5-6 hours! It was heavenly! Best experience and I felt so much peace as I was there! We got to have dinner at the mission home after and do a testimony meeting and then set goals for the rest of our missions! It was such a fun time! I can't believe that my mission is half-way over! I know that this next 9 months is gonna fly so I am gonna soak in every second! 

On Friday we taught district meeting and we talked about the Saviors Perfect love to us! We watched a Bible Video (the one where the guard's ear is cut off and Jesus heals it!) It was so powerful and I have to thank Mike for the awesome idea! It was such a great day! The spirit was so powerful and I felt that my testimony of Jesus Christ grew so much! I know that he is my Savior and yours and that he loves us and died for us! I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have of this gospel and of the perfect plan that God has created for us! 

To end the week, we had exchanges with the Academy Sisters! Such a blast! I was with Sister Bocanegra but we call her Sister Boci for short! She was just a bundle of energy and we had so much fun together! 

Annagale's baptism and Lynn's wedding are in two weeks! SOOO EXCITING! I am so happy! We are seeing so many miracles! I know that the Lord is blessing us so much and that we will continue to see miracles! The Lord prepares his vineyard that is for sure!!!!!! 

Well, I love you all so much! Have an incredible week and remember to read and pray! Those are the things of most importance! 

-abs

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hey my fam! 

This week was a great one!!! 

We taught zone conference on Wednesday! We read with our zone from the Book of Mormon! Alma Chapter 26 which is all about missionary work! I challenge all of you to read it and look for ways that you can apply the teachings and examples to you! 

It was a pretty stressful week with everything and on Thursday we had no dinner so we treated ourselves to some texas roadhouse!!! MY FAV! It was so bomb! And I ate 7 rolls!!!! then I lost 5 lbs.. i don't understand my body! hahaha! 

So here is my fav experience of the entire week!!!

This week we had a dinner appointment with the Mann's. Sister Mann came out from the kitchen right as we got there and said, "will you sisters do something with me, right now?" we were kinda confused but followed her down the street to her neighbor's house. On the way, she explained that these were her new neighbors and that they told her they were looking for a church. She rang the bell, handed the woman a plate of cookies with a little welcome note and invited her to church! Then, she introduced us, we shared with her our purpose and got her number so that we can set up an appointment with her in the near future and also help her and her family move in! I LOVE MEMBERS! It was so amazing! I believe that they are the key to missionary work!   

Then later that night, with the same sweet couple, we sang happy birthday to Sister Mann's mom, (she is in a mental care facility in Washington) and we ate birthday cake for her! It was the cutest thing!!!! ahh! 

On St. Patrick's day we had exchanges with the 5th Ward Sisters and I was with Sister Hyer! We just had wayyyy to much fun! We met with Linda again and the spirit that was there was so different from anything else that I have ever experienced! Linda was calm for the first time and cried at everything we said. It was crazy spiritual! Then she told us that she wants to be baptized! I was blown away!!!!! I love being a missionary! 

As for some other news.. Sister Burns will be going to the temple on the 7th of April!!! She is the lady I have been teaching my whole mission! She moved areas with me:) I am so excited for her!! And Lynn and Chance get married this week!!!!! So many exciting things are happening! I am so excited:) 

I want each of you to know that I have a testimony of this great gospel!!!! I love the Lord with all my heart and I love serving him! Thank you all for being so suportive and loving! I miss you all!!!! 8 more months!!!! 

-abs 

 

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