10 Weeks of Updates

Hi my amazing family! 

This week has been BUSY! We had a new missionary follow-up training on Tuesday to finish up our training with our trainees! I can't believe my baby girl is almost grown! Sister Allen's training went by wayyy too fast! I will miss her lots! There is a possibility though that we will stay together another transfer! President told us that he is trying to make as few changes as possible for the Holidays! (by holidays he meant, Christmas, New Years, & my birthday!!! duh!) After the meeting we all went to Smash Burger for lunch and then went to a massive service project with our zone! We all raked leaves for a little park that is in the middle of downtown Colorado Springs. Such an edifying and fun day! 

Wednesday, we had the incredible opportunity to take Elder and Sister Sitati with us (Elder Sitati is a member of the Seventy) for a couple of lessons! I was so thrilled and the experience was incredible! We visited Norma first and read the Book of Mormon with her, since she will be attending the temple this next Wednesday!! As we read, we paused to discuss the things that we were reading, and out of no where, Elder Sitati began asking Norma questions about herself and her family. He talked to her about how she will be moving soon and how she will be able to bless her children with the gospel when she moves to be closer to them. He then tied the scriptures that we were reading into her life and into her situation. I was amazed!! When he spoke, it was powerful, yet kind. I was so uplifted by him, and just being in his presence was an honor! We then visited the Sisneros family with them, we taught the Plan of Salvation and the Sitatis were so amazed at the knowledge that Eliana and Isaac have of the Gospel! The lesson was so spiritual and amazing and afterwards Elder Sitati looked at us and said, "Well Sisters, that was very well done! Thank you!" I was speechless! When then got to drive them all the way to the mission home (about 30 mins) and we talked to them the whole way there about the work and we got to ask him tons of questions. He also gave us tons of advice about working with members and stuff like that! He is so incredible! I wish that all of you were able to meet him! 

Thursday we had the mission tour! It began around 12ish and we had a wonderful lunch, we then got to be addressed by President Stevenson and the Sitatis! At the beginning of the mission tour, we performed a musical number and it went so well! We put one person per part on a trio and then had two Elders take the Melody, it was so beautiful! I was so overwhelmed this day by a love for the work! I learned so much and left feeling so uplifted! I am so excited to continue working hard day by day! 

Friday we had district meeting and then kinda chilled at home cause Sister Allen has been really sick. So while she slept, I packed up some of our things into boxes and got things ready to move on Monday! Fun day! I also did weekly planning all by my lonesome.. but it's ok! She honestly was so sick and needed to rest! It made me so sad to see my baby girl sick:( 

Saturday we packed the rest of our things to avoid having to do it on Sunday... We did not even realize how many things were in our apartment until we started putting them in boxes.... We had sooo many pots and pans HOLY COW! I started to realize today that I may not be here in Broadmoor area for the Holidays... Transfers are on the 5th and I am praying that I get to stay just a little longer:( I love it here soooo much! 

Sunday we went to church, Lynn and Chance came!!! YAY! They are finally home! We had our dinner cancel... kinda.. well, long story but yea, we ate popcorn and drank hot chocolate for dinner!!! GO US! And then we went to the Caton's home and celebrated Elder Willes' birthday with everyone by having Banana Splits! So fun! It was a really amazing week!!! 

This morning, (Monday) we moved into our new apartment! I will try to do an apartment tour video to show you all what it looks like!!! you will love it! It is complete with a WALK-IN CLOSET!!!! My dreams have come true!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry mom, I am never coming home! 

Anyways, the church is true!!!!! I love it so much here! And am about to hit my 6 month mark! how????? I also want to tell my little sis HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON THE 23RD!!!!!!! STOP GROWING!!!!!!! and also HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!!!!!! I love you all so much! 

Here are some things that I am grateful for this year! Make sure to tell all the fam when you go to Nanny and Poppy's for Thanksgiving dinner ok??

1. My Family

2. The Gospel

3. My Savior

4. My Companion

5. The Colorado Sky

6. My Friends


8. The Book of Mormon

9. Chick fil a 

10. All of the amazing people that I have the opportunity to teach! 

I love you guys!!!!! Have a great week! 




Hey Family! 

Happy Thanksgiving this last week! And Happy Birthday Katie! I missed you lots! 

This week was an amazing one!!!!!!! 

Tuesday we pretty much just unpacked after the move and then had a 20 minute dinner with the Elders at a members house.. lol! After dinner, the Elders texted us and said, "there is a walkie talkie in your bag, turn it on." I looked in my bag and there was a walkie talkie in it! hahahah! I laughed so hard and turned it on and heard Elder McCombs say, "Yo, this is Elder McTrump!" hahaha I laughed so hard. I guess Elder McCombs got walkie talkies for our district just for fun and they work up to 16 miles! hahah! 

Wednesday was the best day EVER! We drove up to Denver with Norma and the Maddox's with temple recommends in hand!!!!!!! FIRST TEMPLE DAY OF MY MISSION! We arrived around 10 and were able to see Norma sealed to her parents! She looked like an absolute angel! This was a day that I have been waiting for since I first met her and it finally came! Everything ran so smoothly and the spirit was so strong all day:) As I sat in the celestial room after the sealing, I was overwhelmed by the Spirit and felt so much peace! Afterwards, we went to... *drum roll* CAFE RIO!!!!! Yes! Not kidding! It was amazing! I felt like I was in Heaven! I didn't want the day to end! We also stopped at Deseret Book and Norma looked like a kid in a candy store! She was picking up books left and right and wanted them all (she is the one who studies the gospel all day everyday!) She ended up buying me and Sister Allen some beautiful, hand carved ornaments from Jerusalem that came from the Garden of Gethsemane! She is so incredible! I just love her so much! The day couldn't have been better! 


Oh man, I wish I could have been at Nan and Pop's this day... but it's ok, cause members made it so fun! We had dinner around 2:00 at Brother Johnson's home and none of his family were members so it was different for sure, but they were all so sweet! The dinner was amazing too! I actually really liked it and I am not a thanksgiving dinner fan... After that, we went to the Taylor's, which is where the Elders ate, and we all played games! On the way there, Sister Allen and I started telling each other all of the things that we are grateful for! It was so special and made me feel so close to home!! But the Taylor's was a blast and we all laughed so hard. We played a game called "bean boozeled".. and it is where you choose a jelly bean and it is either a good flavor or a bad one and then you have to eat it and figure out what it is... idk if that made sense.. haha but it was so fun! I got a jelly bean and it was either gonna be "dead fish" or "smoothie" and it was dead fish...... I almost barfed on their floor! hahah! Soooo nasty! We told funny stories and laughed soooo hard that my face hurt! Then we ate dessert and laughed some more! So much fun! It truly felt like home! 

Friday we had zone training and we were introduced to the new "Light the World" initiative! It truly is so amazing and I would like to extend an invitation to all of you to watch the video and then to commit to do the initiative! I am going to do it too! There are videos each day of December, leading up to Christmas, to watch that go along with each day's task! It is so amazing to think about others throughout this Christmas season! That's what it's all about right?? Then think of how each person you serve will turn around and serve someone else! The world will be so bright this Christmas!!! At the end of our zone training, we did a zone blitz and went downtown in the Springs to tell people about the Christmas "Light the World" initiative!! It was so much fun! We also found so many potential investigators! We met a lady named Kaycee and told her all about the gospel and she accepted a Book of Mormon and said she wants to meet with us! MIRACLES! 

We also got to see the SIsneros on Friday and Sarah, the mom, said the closing prayer!!!! MORE MIRACLES! 

Saturday we did service and then weekly planned!

Sunday was awesome! Chance was able to receive the priesthood and we will be taking him and Lynn to the temple to do baptisms for the dead on Saturday! We can hardly wait! I can't believe how many Miracles we are seeing this transfer! I just don't want it to ever end! 

We find out this week if I am being transferred or staying for Christmas and I am super scared! I just really want to stay!!!!!!!! But who knows... I will go where the Lord wants me:) 

Well, I love you all! I hope you know that I think of you daily and miss you like crazy! You all are a huge part of my motivation! Whenever I get down, I think of you and it makes everything better!

I hope you have a wonderful week! THE GOSPEL IS TRUE! I PROMISE! 



Wow, crazy week! It was my last week training Sister Allen which was very sad! 

To start off the week, we cleaned out our old apartment to get it ready for someone new to move in.. and the Academy Sisters were kind enough to help! Afterwards we did lots of stop-bys. We got a new less-active to work with named Marla! We are really excited to be working with her and hopefully can get her reactivated! Also, I got yelled at by someone for the first time as a missionary! We were trying to find a less-active woman by the name of Laura.. we went to the location where she lived and tried to find her and this man started yelling at me! Ugh.. It was so rude! hahahah! I told the Elders in our district and they were all like, "what?! That was your first time getting yelled at?! We get yelled at about 3 times a day and get flipped off constantly!" hahaha I just laughed! Sisters really are treated like gold around here! That night, Sister Badurek took us to the Colorado Mountain Brewery for dinner! And no.. I did not order beer! lol! We ordered super yummy burgers and their sweet potato fries were almost as good as CUBBY'S! 

Wednesday we got all prepared for transfers for the next week! We finally got rid of all of the boxes from the move and got tons of little things done that were on our missionary to-do list! We also got to have a few lessons which is always the best! Mom, I got your package!!!!! The Cadbury Christmas balls were THE BEST THING EVER!!!! SEND MORE PLS.. I ate them all in one day! lol. Also, the ugly sweater you sent me is GOLDEN! I love it! 

Thursday was awful..... I was so sick and so I got a blessing! that night... Sister Allen woke up around 11:30 and began throwing up.. she threw up every 5 minutes for 4 HOURS! It finally got to the point where she was so weak and out of it and the mission nurse told me to take her into the ER! I got her into the car and we drove to Memorial Hospital where we spent about 3 hours in the Emergency Room. She was given IV fluids and some anti-nausea medication. She stopped vomiting which was good! We finally got home around 5:00 and I passed out on my bed.... until Elder Yarmo called at 6:50 am and woke me up! I was so mad!!!!! So go me! I got 2 hours of sleep on Thursday night!!!! It is okay though! I am just so glad that Sister Allen is okay! It was awful to see her so sick. I felt hopeless and didn't know what I could do to help her! 

Friday I stayed home with Sister Allen all day as she recovered! She pretty much slept the entire day.. she got up only twice! President and Sister Stevenson came by in the afternoon to visit her and check on her! Right before they left, President turned to me and said, "Well, there is another reason that I came today, I would like to invite you, Sister Morgan, to be one of our Sister Training Leaders!" I immediately accepted with excitement! I can't wait to serve the sisters! I feel so blessed to have this opportunity! 

Saturday was the best! Since Sister Allen was still sick, I got to go on exchanges with Sister Hepworth and we took Lynn and Chance to the temple to do baptisms for the dead! It was sa beautiful, perfect day! We spent a couple of hours in the beautiful, Denver temple, and then headed to Cheesecake Factory for lunch to celebrate! We laughed so hard throughout the meal and had such a wonderful time! I ordered the BBQ chicken salad of course and then Sis, Hep and I shared a Salted Caramel Cheesecake! SOOOO GOOD! Afterwards, we went down to the "Creche" in the North Stake! it was so amazing! Basically it is just hundreds of nativities and art about the birth of the Savior and there are twinkly lights strung across the entire thing that appear like stars! It is a dream! Lynn and Chance loved it! We then got to have dinner at the Wilhelm's that night! They served spaghetti and meatballs and the best garlic bread I have ever had! It was amazing! The dinner was sad though because all of the kids kept saying how much they are going to miss me when I get transferred.... :( It broke my heart! After dinner, we had the adult session of Stake Conference! It was exactly what I needed to hear! There was an overarching theme of turning outwards to others and forgetting about our own worries and problems! It was incredible! 

Sunday morning, Sister Allen woke up sick again! She has been having really high fevers that suddenly drop to insanely low temperatures like 92, 93.. Please send prayers! So we didn't get to go to stake conference.. instead, Sis. Allen slept... After a little bit, we went and visited the Sisneros family to say our goodbyes! When we arrived, Eliana ran up to me and embraced me! She just didn't let go and I suddenly realized that she was in tears. She was so emotional and almost couldn't speak. She sat by me on the sofa and Isaac sat by Elder McCombs (who is also leaving) and cried. We sat there for a little while talking about memories. Brother and Sister Sisneros were in tears as well. We then went outside to take pictures and said our final goodbyes! Eliana again began to bawl! I knelt down so that I could look right at her and I told he to never stop going to church, reading her scriptures, and praying! And she began to cry harder! I had tears streaming and she just nestled herself into my side! I finally said all the goodbyes I could and we got into our car. Eliana looked at me from their car window, with tear filled eyes and blew me a kiss as I drove away! Literally, she just ripped my heart out! I had no idea that I would love people this much! 

Afterwards, we said goodbye to Lynn and Chance and I cried again! We talked a lot about the wedding and Lynn reassured me that I still have a spot as her Maid of Honor! We then said goodbye to the Jones' and I gave them a box of my things to take with them to SLC and they will bring them to our house around Christmas time! Just some things that I didn't really need anymore or didn't have room for. But I still want them when I get home so don't toss them! And Kate, don't take them! lol! 

Goodbyes are hard.. But making new friends and saying hello to new experiences is always a good thing! This will be a good change for me! I know it will! I know that this gospel is true! It has blessed my life so much and I love watching it bless the lives of others! 

I hope that you are all enjoying doing the "light the world" initiative! I know I am! Have a wonderful week!!!!!! 

T-21 days to when I get to facetime you all of Christmas!!!!!!! I can't wait! It is coming so fast! 

I love you all! And miss you! 



Hey!!! I am so HAPPY! This new area is so wonderful! It was really hard for me to leave Broadmoor... but everything turned out so great! Sister Masima is amazing!!!!!!!! She is 22 and from American Samoa! She is drop dead gorgeous and so funny! We have incredible conversations and are so open with each other, it almost feels like we have known each other forever! Truly she is such a blessing to me! And we both LOVE Pentatonix Christmas music so basically we are a match made in heaven!!!!!

Tuesday was transfer day and was so much fun because we got to see all of my favorite people! Sister Hepworth (who trained Sister Anderson) got put with Sister Anderson in Del Norte!!!!!!!! It will be SIster Hepworth's last transfer... so she is "dying" with Sister Anderson!!!! Which will be so fun for both of them! Oh and I have to tell you about how our morning went... So on the travel arrangements we were asked to pick up Sister Hepworth and Sister Long and take them to transfers since they don't have a car... and when we got to their apartment to pick them up, Sister Hepworth walks out with two huge suitcases, a shoe suitcase, *rolling my eyes* haha, and three smaller bags! We already had my two suitcases in the car and my box of food.. and we had some room for more bags but I honestly did not know how I would get everything in the car... I said a silent prayer and we started packing "Ruby" FULL of stuff!!!! We had to stick one of Sis. Hep's suitcases on her lap and then I had one on mine as well in the front seat... It truly was a MIRACLE that it all fit! I don't know how it happened! But God is good!!!!!

At transfers I met Sister Masima!!!!! We went back to our apartment and I unpacked, then we went to a lesson with a little boy named John. He is 8 years old and so cute! And he got baptized on the following Sunday!!! I will talk more about that later:) But the lesson was so great! He comes from an active family, but his mom just wanted us to teach him so that he knows what covenants he is making and stuff! Which I think is a great idea!! Afterwards, we went to dinner at the Katalin's house and they have a daughter who just returned home from her mission so she went with us to a church tour that we had with an investigator after dinner! The investigator is named Allison and I instantly loved her! I never thought I could love again after leaving Broadmoor... but honestly, my heart just keeps getting bigger and bigger! 

Wednesday we worked at the Springs Rescue Mission, which is a place where homeless people stay, and shower, and eat, etc.! Side note: I love having companionship studies with Sister Masima! I feel so edified and uplifted EVERY time! For dinner on Wednesday, we went to a less-active's home and she fed us homemade CAFE RIO! Which was soooo good! After we left dinner, we got a call from Ros, who is a lady in our ward. She told us to come over right away because she made cupcakes and she wanted us to take them to all the people we are teaching! She is the greatest!!!!! We took cupcakes around and had a blast spreading Christmas cheer:) At night, we had a lesson with a young lady names Lorraine! She is working towards taking out her endowment and is the sweetest! We read the Book of Mormon with her and she expressed to us that she would also like to serve a mission!! 

Thursday we helped a Mexican lady named Berta! She has had many many temple recommends but keeps losing them.... so we searched through her entire house for two hours and.... WE FOUND IT! So she will meet with the Stake President this week and hopefully be good to go to the temple before the end of the year!! We were also able to share a message with her and she completely opened up to us! It was amazing! She even made us Hawaiian pizza for lunch! We love her so much! She is also the sweetest and most giving person ever!!!! That night, we had no dinner so we made eggs and toast and had good conversation! Then we weekly planned which usually takes about 3 hours and ended up taking us 6 hahah! It was awesome though! We got so much done!! 

Friday was our first district meeting! In my district we have the Assistants to the President, the Zone Leaders, us, the 18th ward Elders, and a  Senior couple, the Hammonds! Our district meeting was amazing! Elder Tews, our AP, taught a lesson about the ten virgins and the Lamps of Testimony and Oil of Conversion. He talked about what it means to be converted and it was exactly what I needed to hear! About half way through our meeting, President and Sister Stevenson came in and joined us! It was so nice to have them there! So, every week after district meeting, the Hammonds (the senior couple in our district) feed all of us lunch! So we all went over to their apartment and the Stevenson's came as well. We had the yummiest lunch and the Hammonds gave each of us a Christmas present!

Afterwards, we did a few stop-bys and one of them was a woman named Rita! We visited with her and shared a message and she said that she wants to continue to hear the lessons! We also visited a sweet lady named Betty and shared the light the world video with her! She was so happy and told us that she really needed to hear that message! That evening we had the Soaring Eagles ward party! (the wards that we cover are 5th ward and Soaring Eagles ward!) They had a feast and then a Christmas program that was wonderful! And at the end we got to keep a little Christmas tree! hahaha So we now have a tiny little tree in our apartment that is about a foot tall! hahah! but hey, I'll take what we can get! haha! After the party, we started our first exchange or this transfer!!! I was pretty nervous.. The Pueblo West sisters met up with us and I drove down to Pueblo with Sister Hadfield! 

Saturday was EXCHANGE DAY in Pueblo!!! So when I got the call to be a Sister Training Leader, an Elder gave me some advice. He told me to set very specific goals and to expect miracles. He told me that many missionaries have no faith, but if you can show them a miracle, then it could change their mission! So then and there, I decided that I was going to expect miracles on every exchange! So in the morning, we planned our day! She said that we would have a lot of time to tract so I said, "ok, let's set some really specific goals!" I told her that we were going to find a woman who is poor in spirit and that we should find her between 2:45 and 3:15! She kinda looked surprised and to be honest... I was terrified and just hoping that we would see a miracle! She said that tracting in Pueblo is not effective but I just bore testimony to her that I knew Heavenly Father would provide and help us to find this woman! The rest of the day we got pumped to find this lady!

We began tracting around 2:00 and around 2:15 we met a man named Leon who was a dancer at Ballet West and went to the U of U a long time ago! We got his info and he invited us to come back! Then we continued.. just as the clock hit 2:45, we walked up to a woman who was out in her yard, shoveling dirt. She was young and so sweet. She was a single mom with a little boy and listened to our message! We invited her to church and asked her if she would like to learn more! She accepted a Book of Mormon and told us that she wanted to learn more about the Mormon church! As we finished talking to her, I looked at my watch and said, "Well Sister Hadfield, there was our miracle!" we were so excited and continued tracting throughout the afternoon! We met another person named Anthony!! We shared our message with him and he invited us back to share the gospel with his whole family!! (he has a wife and children!) It was so amazing! We saw miracle after miracle! I definitely have a testimony of setting specific goals!!!! That night for dinner, we went to a family's home named the Hunters! We had a great dinner there and they had a non-member over that we were able to share the gospel with! We invited him to read the Book of Mormon and to take the lessons!!! Hopefully the Pueblo Sisters can start teaching him! On our way home to Fountain, (an hour drive) we stopped at Amy's donuts and I got the Nutella Crumble! It was honestly the best first exchange I could've asked for. 

Sunday was great! I got to meet the wards and go to ward councils! After church we had John's baptism! (the 8 year old) and we taught the lesson for his baptism! Sister Masima opened up to the New Testament where Christ was baptized, then looked at John and said, "So John, do you know who baptized Jesus Christ?" He immediately answered, "Yes! John Wayne!" hahahahahahhahah I laughed so hard! And so did everyone else! It made my day 100%!!! The day just got better from there though! We went to dinner with Sister Kleven and she had our less-active lady, Sister Wade, over as well! Oh, and the Elders! She served us a 4 course meal complete with Prime Rib! OH MY! It was a feast! Soooo good! Honestly we were so spoiled! For dessert she brought out a giant chocolate log filled with cream that she had made! It was gorgeous! And may I add that the entire dinner was served on super fancy Christmas china! It was like a work of art! During dinner, Elder McFarlane said to Sister Wade, "Sister Wade, who is your celebrity crush?" and without hesitation she goes, "TOM SELLECK!" then I blurted out! "OHHHH MY TOO!" hahahaha It was so funny! She then said, "he is such a HUNK" haha. After dinner we visited the Ta'ase family and got to chat with their girls who are just a couple years younger than me:) it was just the best week! I am serious when I say that I love it here!!! 

I know that the Gospel is true and that Jesus Christ is my Savior! I am happier than I have ever been and am looking forward to many more wonderful memories here in Fountain with Sister Masima! I can't wait to talk to you all in T-14 days!!!!!!!!!!! I love you with all my heart and miss you everyday! Just know that you mean the world to me! 

I will send a few pics but will definitely send more next week of me and Sister Masima, the apartment, etc:) 

Love, ab


Such a great week!!!!!! 

Monday night I started exchanges with Sister Shields in 18th ward! She is a brand new missionary and was kinda nervous about her first exchange, but I was determined to make it a good one! We went to the Soup Kitchen on Tuesday morning and had so much fun! We got to decorate the dining hall and the office space for Christmas!!! I knew my interior design degree would come in handy!!!!! So later on, we went tracting and we decided to set a specific goal!!! Sister Shields told me that she had never witnessed a miracle on her mission and I wanted to badly to see a miracle with her! Sooooo... we put our faith to the test!! We prayed to find a woman who was a young adult between 3:30 and 4:00! We began tracting in a complex that we felt very inspired to go to! And.... EXACTLY at 3:30, we tracted into a woman named Mary! She immediately invited us in and we taught her a lesson about Jesus Christ! We have her a Book of Mormon and a light the world card and then set up a return appointment! She was so amazing!!! As we left, I looked at my watch and said, "That was our girl!" By the end of the day, we had 2 new investigators, and 5 potentials! We also got to stop by two less-actives that invited us in!! GREAT DAY!!! 

ZONE CONFERENCE DAYYYY! On Wednesday, we woke up at 5:00 am to wash our car and then had a meeting with our ward mission leader at 6:45!!!! Right as we were walking into the meeting I got a call from one of our Zone Leaders, he asked me if I sing... I hesitated for a moment and then said, "yea...." he asked me if I would be willing to throw a musical number together for the zone conference that would be starting in about an hour.... I told him I would do it so I got a couple of Elders and a Sister and we sang 'Silent Night' ! It was actually really beautiful and we pulled off 4-part harmony after only running through it once!!! It was a Christmas Miracle!!! The Zone Conference was so amazing! President Stevenson's remarks were beautiful! Afterwards, we had a Christmas lunch, ugly sweater contest, and a white elephant gift exchange! Sister Stevenson made everything so special, she had games planned and everything! The white elephant was hilarious!!!! I laughed so hard! One of the Elders wrapped a unicycle!!!! When the craziness ended, I got a little dart board that I traded for a box of cookies cause ya know.. I love food! 

Thursday, Sister Masima went to Temple Jubilee because she hit her halfway mark in the mission! So I got to go on exchanges with Sister Long! We frosted the sugar cookies that mom sent and then spent the day dropping off cookies to less-actives and sharing messages with them! We also helped Berta clean her house and she cooked lunch with us! We learned how to make homemade Tomatillo dressing (don't know if I spelled that right....) It was sooo good! 

Friday we weekly planned, helped Berta some more, and had a few meetings!! Pretty chill day but it was much needed cause I was so exhausted!!!! 

SATURDAY WAS THE BEST!!!!!!! I got to go to the Broadmoor area with Sister Allen for the day since Sister Masima and Sister McArther (Sis Allen's comp) had a baptism to go to in Manassa! It was honestly the greatest day! We started off my helping the Jones'  and the Christensen's set up for the Ward Christmas party! We made the tables look like huge peppermints!! It was so fun! I just love Sister Jones!!! Then we visited with a sweet lady named Mary! We spent over two hours there and it was so special! She is almost completely blind so she just sat and talked with us and held our hands! After a couple more stop-bys, we headed to the Ward Christmas Party! They had a formal Christmas Program in the chapel and then had ice cream sundaes afterwards! Being with Sister Allen was the best thing ever! I have missed my girl! 

Sunday we had meetings/church from 7:30-4:00 and then went immediately to a ward blitz! And get this, I was asked to speak in BOTH meetings after the meeting had already started!!! It was crazy! hahah you just always gotta be prepared as a missionary! hah After the Blitz, we went to Sister Takerio's house since we didn't have a dinner and she cooked with us! The day went by sooo fast! It was crazy! 

And guess what we are doing for p-day today??? We are going WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING!!!!!!! no, not for me, for Lynn! Lynn's wedding will be in the middle of March and she asked us to go find a wedding dress with her!!!! I am so excited! 

This week I have been so overwhelmed with love for my Savior! I love him with all my heart! I truly 'Stand All Amazed at the love Jesus offers me!' I would not be able to be anything without him! It is through him that I am made strong! I can see myself changing and becoming more like him day by day! I am so grateful for this Christmas season that we have to remember him! I know that he lives!

I love you all! Just think, this time next week we will be facetiming!!! And I will be home next Christmas! In fact, this day next year will be transfer day and I will be flying out to Salt Lake on the 20th of 2018!!!!!! 

Have the best week! I love you all so much! 



Hey Fam!! It was so great to talk to all of you yesterday on Facetime! BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER!!!! 

This was a really hard week for me but it was also full of so much joy!

On Tuesday, Grandma passed away.. It was just a regular day like any other.. appointments, phone calls, lessons, etc. but around 5:00 I got a call from President Stevenson. He told me that Gram had passed away and I just cried. I felt so much pain and tension inside. I had never felt that way before! That evening, the APs gave me a blessing.. In the blessing, Elder Tews said, "Your Grandmother is here with you at this very moment." I felt complete peace wash over me and I could feel her spirit there! Later on, Berta took us to the Broadmoor Hotel to see the lights! (Google it!!! It will blow your mind!) I was kinda out of it... but it really was beautiful! Berta was just running around like crazy looking at all the lights while wearing about 10 layers of coats and sweaters and it just completely filled my heart with joy! When we got home for the night, President gave me special permission to call home to family! I talked to y'all for a while which gave me so much peace about everything! I know that my sweet gram is happy and well with her loved ones in the Spirit World! 

Wednesday I was still a bit sad so we took the day slow, we taught a few lessons which definitely uplifted me. And Thursday was very much the same... Sis Masima was feeling sick so I decided to take the down time to paint. I painted paintings of Christ for gifts for people! 

Friday I started to perk up! I taught district meeting and shared a video and thoughts about Christ's birth and the priceless gift of the Atonement! We set awesome goals together and then went to the Hammonds for lunch! (they are a senior couple in our district!) They fed us chili dogs and all of the Elders were totally shocked that I had never had one! After lunch, we all decorated cookies together for our investigators and less-actives! Sis Hammond was so sweet and made all of the cookies for us in advance! That night, we went over to the Hatch's home and she accompanied me as I sang and recorded the song for grandma's funeral. It was such a sweet experience for me to sing for her! I will send it to you all! Hopefully it works:)

On Friday we met with a sweet lady in our ward who has 3 children and one of them is only a month old. She told us that she does not have any money for gifts this year.. They are living in a motel as well so they really didn't have any plans.. When she told us this, our hearts broke. We went home that evening and went through everything in our apartment, grabbing things that had not been opened like lotions and food, etc. We grabbed old clothes some sidewalk chalk and many other little games and we wrapped it all up in bags and bows. We also took our little Christmas tree and decorated it with all we could find and we took these things over to the family! The look on the little boy's face was beyond priceless! He was so happy!!! I realized then and there, this is what I want to do every Christmas! That is truly what Christmas is all about!

Saturday I went on Exchanges with Sis McQuarrie! She is AMAZING!!!!! We had such a great time! We had back to back appointments and then lunch with Chee (Chee is the best! He is a Hawaiian guy who LOVES missionaries and make us food!!) Afterwards, we had more appointments and lots of stop-bys that were ALL successful! I was so grateful for her diligence and for the way that we were able to get so much work done in the area! It was my first time leading out in the Soaring Eagles area for an exchange but I think that things went pretty well! 

Sunday!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!! We had two sacrament meetings, like usual, but each ward had only an hour long meeting! It was such a great day! That night, we got together with tons of missionaries and some young adults in our ward and we all went caroling to people that we have been teaching! Elder Towery brought his guitar to accompany us, so we were all official and stuff! Really really fun time! It was absolutely freezing but again I thought to myself, "this is what Christmas is all about!" 

On Christmas Eve night, Sis Masima and I of course opened our Christmas PJs and we hopped into bed feeling sooooo tired! We awoke at 6:30 on Christmas day and then, the fun began!!!!

We headed over to the Mitchell's home and the Elders were there as well! We were all in our Christmas jammies and they had a delicious breakfast waiting for us! I noticed as I walked in, that their tree was full of envelopes. Come to find out that each of those notes were from our family and friends! I had a total of 60 letters! I was so overwhelmed with love! Thank you to everyone who wrote to me!!!! Opening presents was so fun! We each took turns opening our gifts, just like we do at home!!! The funniest gift was from Elder McFarlane!! lol, he got me and Sis Masima matching pink velvet backpacks and hats! hahahha I loved it! Next, we went to Ros' house! We got to Facetime which was the BEST!!! I loved being able to see you guys! The rest of the day was the best!!!! We went to the church and played games with a bunch of people in our ward and they really got competitive about things!!! so fun! For dinner, we went to the Mitchell's and had NACHOS! Seriously I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas! Thank you so much to everyone who made me feel so loved and spoiled!!!!!!!! 

I love you all so much! MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! 

Love, Abs


Hey Fam! 

Happy New Year!!!!! 

So this week I had exchanges with Sister Long which went really well! We were running around and super busy all day which was a ton of fun! We went to the Springs Rescue Mission and did service there for 3 hours or so and right before we left, a man ran up to us and said, "hey, where is your church? I want to go!" I was so shocked! And since we were in my old area, I gave him the address to my old building!!!!! MIRACLES!!!! 

Also, BIG NEWS!!!! BERTA GOT HER RECOMMEND SIGNED THIS WEEK!!!! AND..... SHE WENT TO THE TEMPLE!!!!! So bless Berta's heart... she ALWAYS loses her recommend... but we finally got her to the temple after 14 months and 3 recommends later!!! WAHOO! We went to the temple on Saturday and Berta started out feeling very anxious and nervous and she was crying a lot. We got her all settled down and the endowment session started. Immediately she was calm and the spirit was there in abundance! Berta did so well!!! When we got into the Celestial room we asked her how she felt and she said, "I feel very special!" (in a deep Spanish accent!) I couldn't help but think of who she really is! She is a daughter of the most glorious, most powerful King and she has infinite potential! She deserves every bit of happiness there is! I just love her soooo much! 

We stayed in the temple for about 6 hours and were there to see Maddy and Eric come into the Celestial room!!! They are a couple that we work with and they will be getting sealed soon! Afterwards, we all went to Cafe Rio!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was heavenly! I literally devoured it! hahaha

This week was also kinda tough... Gram's funeral was on my mind a lot and I wished so badly that I could be there.. But mom sent pictures and she looked like an angel! I miss her but I can feel her watching over me and guiding me! I just feel so much peace! 

New Years was pretty lame... we ate some food in our apartment and then went to bed at 9:00..... SOOO FUN! hahahah! I really didn't care though! I was just so ready for 2018!!!!! Best. Year. Ever! 

I have been really sick the past couple days with a super sore throat and a stuffed head/nose:( not fun! I think that somehow Mike passed it on to me over Facetime on Christmas.. hah! So yea, I stayed in bed all of Sunday and some of Monday as well... I am feeling lots better today though! Just a minor cough!

The BEST thing this week was when we went to a member's house to teach a missionary lesson to their kids and they let me hold their pet hedge hog!!!!!! It was the coolest thing I've ever done!!!!!!! I'll send pictures! 

Ok.. I am so sorry for this mess of an email! haha it has just kinda been a crazy week! But in honor of NEW YEARS!!! here are my resolutions! 

- STUDY the Book of Mormon EVERY DAY!!!! 

- Be more detailed in your journaling


- Finish Jesus the Christ

- Always look for the positive

Well, there you have it! I love you all so much!!!!! I know the gospel is true!!!!!! It is so wonderful to be living it! Have a wonderful week!!!!! 



Hi Fam! 

What a great week! On Wednesday I went to my first ever MLC (which stands for mission leadership council!) it was really interesting and fun to discuss the needs of our mission and how we can improve! We were there for 6 hours and had breakfast and dinner there! That morning was when we got the news that President Monson has passed away. I was so heart broken to hear that but I know that he is with his sweet wife and that he is so happy! 

The rest of the week was same old same old. We taught lots of lessons and guess what?!?!?! We got a new investigator!! Her name is Annagale and she is 10 years old! We LOVE her! She has a baptismal date for the 27th of January!!!! yay! She has such a light about her! I wish that each of you could meet her! 

We also got a referral this week from the Temple Square Sisters! Her name is Faith and apparently she also has a baptismal date! We are going to meet with her tomorrow and I am so excited!! 

Oh Friday we had district meeting like usual and then went to lunch at the Hammonds with all the missionaries! This week they had salad just for me cause they know it's my favorite! It was like a full blown salad bar!!!!! Best thing ever!!

Saturday was exchanges in Canon City (pronounced Canyon City!) it was the greatest day that I've had in a long time! We were in a trio for the day, so I was with Sister Hancock and Sister Sullinger! We honestly were cracking up so hard the whole day! We went tracting in the morning for an hour and found 2 new investigators, 3 potentials, passed out 5 Books of Mormon and talked to about 20 people! GREAT DAY FOR TRACTING! The best was the last guy we talked to! It went something like this.... 

Sis Sullinger knocked on the door and the man says, "who is it?" through the door.. She said, "It's the Sister Missionaries!" He yells, "Not interested!" As we began to turn away the door flings open and he looks at us angrily. He says, "You are not allowed to be here!" In my cute little "sister missionary voice," I say, "Actually sir, we are! Would you like to see our certificate that states we can proselyte?" he didn't like that.... haha he yelled and me and said "NO!" so then I replied, "OK! Have a nice day!" and he points his finger and us and says, "NO, you have a very BAD day!!!" then he shooed us away and said, "GOODNIGHT!" hahahha We got onto the front lawn and just lost it! Sis Sullinger had tears in her eyes from laughing so hard! It was hands down the funniest thing I've ever experienced while tracting!!!! I have never been wished a "bad day" before but let me tell ya, We had the best day ever!!!! hahahha 

Later on that day we went to a meeting with their ward mission leader and right as we walked in, the man's cat brought a mouse in and dropped in on the ground! It was still alive and started running around the house! The cat was chasing it and we were all freaking out! Then it ran under the sofa and we couldn't get it out! It stayed there for our entire meeting! poor thing! hahah 

For our dinner in Canon, we went to a mexican place and I ordered Flautas! They were kinda like the ones from Baja Cantina that I love!!! Sooo yummy! The hour long drive back to the springs was so much fun! I hope that I get to be companions with them sometime in the future! They are wonderful Sisters! 

Sunday we had the Work of Salvation Fireside! It was so amazing! I always love to hear all of the conversion stories! It was so uplifting! 

This week I have been studying about faith! I read in Jeremiah 17: 7-8 

"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

I want to challenge each of you to study this and remember that Christ is known as the "living water" I have loved digging deep into this topic! I truly have learned so much! I have also been studying the Atonement! 

I read in Luke 22: 47-51

"And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him."

I was so amazed at what the Savior did at this point. When the man with him cut off the servant's ear, Christ immediately healed it. I had a conversation with Michael (my little bro) about this exact instance. We talked about how Christ had just suffered for the sins and pains of all the people to ever walk the earth. He literally had just felt this man's pain, and being so loving and kind, he couldn't bear to allow this man to suffer. That is such a huge testament to me of who Christ is! He does not want any one of us to suffer and he will be our aid immediately whenever we need him! He understands us perfectly and loves us perfectly! I am so comforted to know that! 

I love this gospel with all my heart!! And I am so thrilled to be here in Colorado sharing it with others! This time will be a time that I will hold dear to me forever! 

I love you all! Make sure to go to Dragon Diner for me for my birthday!! ok?! 


 p.s. we also got our carpets cleaned (hence the pictures) and we had a sleepover with some sisters from the valley before MLC! Also, I made banana bread!!!! And I say Sista Tayla! LOVE HER SO MUCH! 


Great week guys!!!!! On Monday night, we drove down to Pueblo and began exchanges with the University Sisters! When we got there, they pulled up and the entire driver's side of their car was side swiped. The mirror was hanging off and everything... bad stuff. So I stayed in Pueblo for the night with Sister Rodriguez (she's amazing btw) and the next morning, we called our mission car guy! He said that we needed to drive up to the Springs immediately to have the car inspected and fixed! We got our stuff packed and canceled a few appointments and drove the hour up to the Springs! When we got there, the Elder in charge of the cars said that we needed to not drive the car back down. Soooo our only option for the exchange was to work in Fountain (my area). Sister Masima and Sister Nielsen worked in Soaring Eagles and Sister Rodriguez and I worked in 5th ward! It actually turned out really great!! We found a NEW INVESTIGATOR! Her name is Linda! You'll hear more about her in a sec! That night, we drove the Sisters back to their area and finished up the night with some appointments in our area! By the end of the day.. I was so sick of driving... 

Wednesday was great! We met with Linda (NEW INVESTIGATOR) again.  The lesson went okay.. she was from the Pentecostal church... and said that she has already been baptized and received the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands... so yea:) 

We also taught Annagale on Wednesday and her date is now moved to March so that her Grandpa can come from Idaho to baptize her! We are so excited for her!!!!  We had a really cool experience with her though! So we weren't expecting to teach her on Wednesday.. but she called us and said, "can you come over again for another lesson?" so we did! When we got there we had a really great and spiritual lesson with her and at the end of the lesson I said, "okay Annagale, who would you like to have pray?" (I didn't ask her cause she is usually super scared and embarassed..) Annagale looked right at me and said, "ME!" then she bowed her head and began to pray! It was the most perfect and heartfelt prayer! When we got outside, we both started to cry! We were so happy!!!!! 

Then, Wednesday night, we began exchanges with the Broadmoor Sisters!!! (aka, Sister Allen my Trainee!) It was so fun to be with her again!! We stayed up talking until wayyy too late! haha but it was exactly what I needed! And we opened my birthday gifts late that night as well!!! AH! I love her so much! 

Thursday!!!! HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!!! It was the greatest day! We visited lots of people, (including Eliana! AH! did service at the zoo, went to Duca's pizza, visited Sister Wilhelm, and had dinner with the Jones family! It was the best day!!!!! Sister Allen kept singing "happy birthday" to me randomly throughout the day!! Dinner was the best! They pretended that they didn't know it was my birthday and then brought out a huge cookies and cream ice cream cake at the end and a huge gift bag full of treats from Trader Joe's! AHH! I just love Sister Jones! She told me that she has a guest room that I am welcome to live in forever! hahaha! BEST BIRTHDAY!!

Friday we went to District meeting and watched President Monson's funeral!! It was very touching and I especially loved all of the music and Elder Holland's closing prayer. 

Saturday was the best!!! So Sister Masima and her old Comp, Sister Carlson had two people going to the temple to be sealed! So I got to spend the day in Castle Rock with Sister Bria who is Sis Carlson's comp! It was soooo much fun! I got to see tons of my favorite people!! Sister Taylor, Gilbert, Elder Guzzo, Elder Beltran! AHH! It was so fun! We went to the hospital and went up the elevator to a huge door! When we walked inside, there were hundreds of bikes! EVERYWHERE! I was so surprised! We all got to help fix them and clean then!! I changed 3 bike tires!!!!! GO ME! It was so much fun! Afterwards we all went to Mod Pizza to celebrate Elder Douglas' birthday!! Then we did some planning for a blitz and I had to leave to go back to my area right before the blitz began.. it was fun while it lasted though! I LOVE Castle Rock! (everyone should pray that I serve there someday!) A really great memory from the day was after lunch when we went into a little candy shop with a couple other Sisters to get some candy for Elder Douglas! There was a little fortune telling machine and we all got our fortunes told! 

here was mine.. 

"Happiness comes from giving, not getting.

This month, remember the ancient proverb: "One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade." Your actions today can positively or negatively affect generations to come - so act wisely."

Totally relates to missionary work! Right?!?! 

Sunday was great! Lots of church and then dinner! We had dinner at Sister Kleven's house and she had her Atheist friend over who created a Mormon board game. She is trying to get it into Deseret Book and had us and the Elders try it out before she sends it in! It was actually really fun! We all got way competitive! It is pretty much just a scripture chase game:) and... I WON! 

This week, I started the Book of Mormon over again! I am taking my time and making sure that I understand each word! It has been so amazing! I am to Chapter 12ish and have learned so much already!! The Book of Mormon is so powerful. I love the promises that we received from Conference.. If we read the Book of Mormon everyday, our lives will be better and we will make better decisions every day! It's true! I promise! 

I love you all! Hope that you have a great week!!! 



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Grateful for the Gospel

Hello My Family! 

This week was one of the best! It started out kinda crappy... but soooo many blessings have come! 

Last Monday, we went to lunch with Lynn and Chance at Mod Pizza and she wore her ring in public for the first time!!! YAY! I am so happy that they are engaged! They are perfect for each other! Then we met up with a bunch of missionaries and we all painted pumpkins together and that was just the artistic outlet that I needed! I will send pics of my pumpkin!!! Stephanie and Quanda cancelled on us again that night and I began to get super super sad about their whole situation... But I decided that all I can do is encourage them and pray for them daily! At the end of the night I began to get even more sick and I started coughing really hard. The Elders that live near us were so nice and brought me over some cough drops and NyQuil and I slept like a baby! 

The next morning, on Tuesday, I woke up coughing again and felt like I had been hit by a train... 

Tuesday was probably my most rough day.. we got through a couple of lessons but the whole time I felt like I was going to fall over!

Wednesday we skipped out on the soup kitchen since I knew they wouldn't want me serving food if I was sick... and we just did a bunch of studies and I got some extra, much needed rest! We then had a lesson with Sister Wickel and she invited her friend named Leah to come and listen to our lesson! Leah recently lost her mom and was really needing some answers! She listened to our lesson and asked us to meet with her again! So, we got a NEW INVESTIGATOR!!! She is amazing! We then went to dinner at the Maddox family's home and Brother Maddox told us all about a woman who is less-active and is really struggling. We texted her and sat up a time to meet with her as well and are very excited to get to know her and help her out with all that she is going through!

Thursday we went to the zoo and then went to Panda Express afterwards with our district.. and the whole time all that I could think was, "Dragon Diner is soooo much better!" hahah. We also got to have another lesson with Delvin and we totally thought that he was going to drop us, but we were able to answer his questions and we are taking him on a church tour with us on Tuesday of next week! We are really excited for him to continue to learn more about the gospel!  Thursday night was a PARTY! We had a relief society activity and we learned all about self defense! We have to best RS President who was a cop and a private detective and in the FBI and stuff so she knows how to wreck anyone who is trying to hurt her! She taught all the ladies in the ward how to defend themselves and the best part was to see all the old ladies throwin' down! It was easily one of the best activities I have ever been too! 

Friday was really fun! We had District meeting, taught Steven and also Norma and then began our exchanges with the STLs! I was with Sister Masima! She is from Samoa!!! I love her! We stayed up until 1:30 talking! hahahha! And I don't even know how?!?!! she is the best! 

Saturday was EXCHANGES! We had the most wonderful day together! We began our exchange by cleaning the church! (The Elders signed us up without telling us.. so we got a call the night before, reminding us that we were cleaning the church the next day.. The Elders got an earful from me.. but we still went and cleaned!) It was really fun to serve and Lynn and Chance came again this week as well as Sister Wickel, the less-active lady that we are working with!

After that, we met with Norma and did family history with her and Sister Maddox! I felt such a strong spirit as we found that Norma's two daughters, who have passed, have not yet had their temple work done. So Norma gets to go through the temple for her daughters! awww! I am so excited for this! I can't wait to do family history when I get home! My patriarchal blessing promises me that I will discover a desire to identify my family members and do their temple work! And I have definitely discovered that desire!

Then we met with Lynn and Chance and had a wonderful lesson! We told Chance that he is more than welcome to move his date up if he felt prompted and he told us that he would pray about it! Lynn also told us that Chance and her decided that they were going to fast and pray to know if the Lord approved of their engagement and plans to be married! So while we were there, they started a 24 hour fast together! I am so proud of both of them for being so diligent and obedient in all that they do! We then went to a transition lesson, did some work at the church for 30ish minutes to prepare for our upcoming baptism, and then went to Sister Wickels to meet with just Leah! We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she lit up! As we were teaching her, the spirit whispered to me that she is ready to be baptized! I began to extend the baptismal invitation to her and before I could even get my sentence out, she said, "YES!!!" AHHH! We then asked her about a date and she said that the 28th sounded like a good date to her! Which is only two weeks away but I know that she will be ready by then and we are soooo excited for her! She is so prepared for this! We then got to go to Sister Wilhelm's after we exchanged back and we got to celebrate her birthday with her! They had a huge party with lots of friends and family and I felt right at home! After the party we went to teach Safi and Rehema and Nice, the refugees! We taught them about the Plan of Salvation (very simplified of course) and then invited them to be baptized! Safi told us that he would be baptized as soon as we started following ALL of the commandments. I asked him which commandments we weren't following and he said that we aren't keeping the Sabbath day holy. In their religion they believe the Sabbath to be on Saturday.. So we explained to them that we believe Sunday to be the Sabbath day.. and that just turned into a little argument. hahaha! Any ideas on how to help them understand this?? I got nothing! hahah

Sunday was AMAZING! We had 17 people at church and those include investigators, less-actives, and recent converts! I felt like I was running around all Sunday like a chicken with his head cut off.. but we ended up having a really amazing day! Leah was at church and loved it! Lynn and Chance were also there! And the Broadmoor ward had their primary program which was all organized by the one and only Isabelle Wilhelm! It was so wonderful! Halfway through our first sacrament meeting, Stephanie texted us and told us that she wasn't coming... I had had ENOUGH! I grabbed Sister Allen and we left the meeting and went out in the hall! I called Stephanie immediately and said, "Stephanie, you are coming to church today! We all miss you so much and you will be blessed for coming, so I will tell Sister Betts to pick you up at 10:45! Ok" she then said, "Okk... I will come, but I don't think Quanda will..." And I responded, "Nope, Quanda is coming too! We will see you soon!" hahhahaha I don't know what got into me! But about an hour later, as the Cheyenne Meadows ward was beginning, in walked Stephanie and TyQuanda! They both thanked me again and again the whole day for making them come to church and they said that they never want to miss again! I was so happy!!! This was their first time coming since their baptism a month ago! We also had many others there and the spirit was so strong in all of our meetings! Rehema and Nice were even there! Nice was so cute and held my hand everywhere we went in the building! And Rehema loved all of the singing that we did! That night, we had dinner with Sister Cook and Sister Hall who are two single ladies in our ward! (*all the single ladies, all the single ladies*) it was a blast! It felt like we were all just girlfriends having lunch! They are the best! We shared a message with them and they told us how excited they are about sharing the gospel with their friends and neighbors! They told us experiences that they have been having and they got more excited after hearing our message! 

Overall, this week brought forth so many miracles!!!! We are having 4 baptisms in the next two weeks and I feel totally overwhelmed but can hardly wait for them! I am so grateful to the Lord for blessing us with this success. It is not me or Sister Allen who is baptizing, it is the Lord! This is his great work! I am just so grateful to be a small part of it! 

The Gospel is true! I know it! and I love it so much! Have the most incredible week!!! I love you all and miss you like crazy! 



Hey Family!!! 

First of all... You should all know that I ate at Chick-fil-a two times this week and it was amazing!!!!!! 

Also, We got two new investigators and Isaac was Baptized and Confirmed!!!! YAY! 

Monday we went on a hike to balance rock! It was super fun and we played capture the flag over all the red rocks with a bunch of other missionaries! It was so much fun! 

Tuesday was crazy and nothing went as planned.. hahah this whole week was kinda that way.. but that is just how baptism weeks are.. Lynn's dad had a stroke so we had to rush to help Lynn! She drove to Arizona and is just super sad cause Chance is gone:( and then we offered to take care of her cat Bebe all week by just going in and feeding her once a day! We then tried to go to a lesson with Isaac and the Sisneros for Isaac's last lesson before baptism and Lynn called again and realized that she forgot her military ID(she had to check out before she left town.) and needed us to run get it for her! So we had to have the Elders teach Isaac's lesson and we went to help Lynn! Crazy crazy day but a good one for sure! We ended up by Mod Pizza (That was where we met Lynn to give her the ID that she left..) so we just decided to go there for dinner! hahahha! YUMMMM! Afterwards we went to our ward trunk-or-treat and I was just wearing normal proselyting clothes cause we aren't allowed to dress up.. I wore a black and white gingham checked shirt and a white skirt with overall straps. My hair was kinda braided back and held back by a big brown bow..  So I walk into the trunk-or-treat and everyone that I talk to says.. "Awww.. you're Dorothy?! That is sooo cute!" And I kept saying.. "Ohhh no, I am just me.. like these are just my clothes.. I am not allowed to dress up." hahahah but honestly I bet 15 people came up to me thinking I was Dorothy! And even a couple that thought I was a pioneer which was kinda offensive.. hahaha! It was just so funny because I have literally been Dorothy for the past 5 years for Halloween! hahaha! (my costumes from 9th grade still fits! Ruby slippers and all!)

Wednesday was much like Tuesday.. We had a bunch of our plans change and we did super fun service for a foundation called "Feed my Starving Children" It is a really amazing foundation that packages meals for children in third-world countries! Wednesday was also when we found our new investigator Adrian! He is so cool!!! he was lighting a cigarette when we found him.. haha but that's nothing too hard to overcome! He talked to us a lot about the Book of Mormon and then accepted a copy! And we even got to pray with him! I am so excited to teach him again! 

Thursday was awesome! We did Zoo service again and afterwards we went into the bird room and got to feed the birds! There were hundreds of birds and they were all brightly colored and flying all over the place! It was so much fun! Then we had a wonderful lesson with Leah! We taught the Word or Wisdom and the Law of Chastity! and she accepted both commandments! She is amazing! She is getting baptized on the 11th of November and we are super excited for her! She is just amazing! like for reals amazing!! That night we went to dinner with the Meads and they took us to Smash Burger and then to Panera for dessert! We are totally spoiled rotten by members! They were telling us all of these crazy stories about their careers! (She was a cop and he was a paramedic) and they also told us about a time when they got into a fight with some young guys at a movie theater who were totally drunk! They are seriously the coolest!!!  

Friday we helped out with the "Feed my starving children" foundation again and then went to Chick-fil-a with the district! I found out that Elder Yarmo is going to play for BYU's football team when he get's home and I asked him if he knows Jackson and Isaiah and he said that he met Jackson in the MTC! I think they left for their missions at the same time! Friday night we had the trunk-or-treat for the other ward and we got to be judges for the soup cook-off! Also, I made sure not to look like Dorothy this time... I wore a cheetah print sweater and cheetah shoes and no one said a word to me! They didn't even ask if I was supposed to be a cheetah!!!! Ah can you believe that?? We got to meet Kelsey and Seth at the trunk-or-treat! They are two people who are working with the Elders and they are the coolest people I have ever met! Kelsey has green hair!!! Need I say more!? They are the greatest! Kelsey is working towards baptism and Seth is actually a less-active member! They are getting married in a couple months and then Kelsey will be baptized afterwards! They are so amazing!!! We got to go on a church tour with them after the party and we took them to the chapel! I asked Kelsey how she was feeling and she started to cry! She said that the feeling was indescribable and that is was absolutely amazing! She was so sweet and sincere and I felt the Spirit like no other as we were there with her and Seth! 

Saturday!!! ISAAC WAS BAPTIZED!!!! YAYYYY! He was so cute! Hahah when he walked into the font he said softly, "Ohh man! This is so hot!" hahah the whole congregation giggled. (Bishop Crowther turned up the water to try to get the font to fill faster and it just made it wayyyy too hot! I am not kidding when I say the whole room was filling with steam!) After Isaac was baptized, he came up out of the water and said, "woah! that is hot!" hahaha again the room erupted in laughter! hahaha! I was dying! It was also such a special day because Eliana said a prayer at the baptism! She started to cry right before she prayed because the spirit was so strong! I went up with he and whispered in her ear as she prayed! I helped her know what to say and she was so sweet! She held my hand so tight and was sobbing as she prayed! It was the sweetest thing! That night, we went to the Wilhelm's for dinner and then we taught a lesson about missionary work to their kids! 

We all colored pictures of ourselves as missionaries and the Elders decided to go in a little bit of a different direction.... They colored pictures of us and we colored pictures of them.. when we finally say their pictures we saw that Elder Yarmo had drawn us as our spirit animals... I was a monkey and Sis. Allen was a goldfish! hahahah! So weird! 

On Sunday, Isaac was confirmed and when they asked him to stand afterward to welcome him to the ward, he was so little you could barely see him! He is just a cutie!!! At church we also met Alice! She is our other new investigator! She has been investigating the church for a while but this was her first time in our ward! She had been going to a different ward in the area. She seems so sweet and solid in her testimony thus far! I am super excited to work with her!!! We then went to the Johnson's for dinner, after our long 6 and a half hours of church.. and their home was literally my dream! It was to die for! I was in heaven the whole time and was trying not to stare too much at all of the architecture and decor! After that we went to Kelsey and Seth's for another dinner! and we basically just got to know them! They are the greatest people and so down to earth! I love Kelsey sooo much! And Seth is so cool! He is Hawaiian and straight up looks like the guy from Moana!

I am so overwhelmed with the number of miracles that we have been seeing! The Lord is so incredible!!!!!! I am so grateful that I am out here! I miss you all like crazy but I know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be! The gospel is 110% true! I promise! There is no way that it couldn't be true!!! I love you all! Have an amazing week! 



Hello Family! 

This week was transfer week and Sister Allen and I are pretty much the only two staying put in our zone. So we weren't transferred, but it seems like almost everyone else was! We got two new Elders in both of our wards! They put Zone Leaders into Broadmoor so that will be fun and then they put two new Elders into Cheyenne Meadows with Elder McCombs! 

This week was full of lots of goodbyes but it was also am incredible week! We had two baptisms! Steven was baptized on Tuesday the 17th and Chance was baptized on Saturday the 21st! 

The week began with Steven's baptism! It was such a special day! We had a really good turn out and after Steven was baptized he said, "I feel like a new man!" This baptism was so special to me because I met Steven my first week in the mission. Sister Anderson made me go tracting for the first time and I was totally terrified! We went to Steven's apartment complex and we both felt very prompted to knock doors in a specific area of the building. Steven's door was the third door that we knocked on and right away I could see the vision of what Steven could potentially achieve. I pictured him, dressed in white, entering the waters of baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and one day entering the temple. But above all of that, I pictured him being embraced by his Savior. I could feel the love that the Savior has for Steven in that moment! It was so amazing! We taught him for about 4-5 months and Tuesday he was baptized! I was so happy! And he asked us about the priesthood afterwards, he said that he is so excited to receive the priesthood! 

After the Baptism, we all went out to dinner with Steven at this place called Lark Burger! It was soo yummy! We all need to go there when we go back to visit Colorado Springs! And there is also this place called Duca's pizza that we love! We will have to go there too! 

Wednesday was really great! I wasn't too thrilled about going to the soup kitchen again just cause I am getting kind of tired of it.. but we went anyways and they gave us a new assignment! We are now working in the clothing area and basically what happens is.. the people fill out a sheet of what they need and then they bring us the sheet and we get to "shop" through this little room full of donated clothes and then we give them the clothing that they need! So we are now "volunteer shoppers" haha it is so much fun! TENDER MERCY! After that, we went to visit a less-active lady named Aubrei! She is so darling and is about to have a baby. Then we went to Sister Wickel's and taught another lesson to the whole clan over there! Leah's baptism date is now the 11th of November, so that will be excited! We can't wait! And Isaac is being baptized on the 28th of October so that day is coming up quick! 

Thursday we went to the zoo and we did seed sticks again and I won another bet with Elder McCombs! So, he said, "Sister Morgan, if you eat 4 seed sticks, I will buy you a brand new hydro flask!" OF COURSE I DID IT!!!! hahahah! but I have literally been wrecked for the whole week.. so I wouldn't recommend it.. but I am getting a new hydro flask so YAY! 

Friday was great! We taught lesson after lesson after lesson and were running from place to place! We met with Norma and Stephanie, and Quanda, and Steven!! Then we got to go to Texas Roadhouse with members and it was literally the best! I only ate one roll this time people! After that, we went and met with Sister Kahuhu and asked her if she would like to work towards going to the temple! She began to cry and told us that she had been feeling prompted to go and that having us invite her is exactly what she needed! We are so happy for her! She is the most darling, most loving, and most spiritual human! I am so happy for her! 

Saturday was good! We had district meeting with our new district and Elder Yarmo gave me his polariod camera!!! He said that he would give it to me if I would make breakfast for the district! So I made the whole district omelets and he gave me the camera! It is honestly so cool! I am obsessed with it! It is one of those really old ones that is all vintage and cool! Now I just need to get some film!  The rest of Saturday was amazing as well! We went to a baptism in Palmer Park with our investigator Leah and Powell and Guzzo came into town for it! It was so awesome to see them both again! We then rushed back to the Broadmoor building for Chance's baptism! It was sooo amazing! Lynn surprised Chance and spoke and he was all emotional and it was so sweet! She said, "I can't wait to begin eternity with Chance!" awww my heart! Then, Chance was baptized by Bishop Hawker and afterward he was completely glowing! He bore his testimony afterwards and thanked us for all that we have done to help him! It was so sweet but honestly, it wasn't us, it was the Lord 100%. We were just the instruments in His hands! That night, we went to dinner with the Elders at the WIlkinson's home. And one of the Elders... who shall remain nameless.. would NOT stop talking! We were there for 2 whole hours and I kept trying to teach the lesson but he kept interrupting me! hahah So finally.. I kicked him from under the table when he tried to talk again! hahah! Don't worry, it was like a nice kick. But the made him shut up and we finally got a short lesson in! hahahah 

Sunday was amazing! We got to see Chance and Steven be confirmed and receive the Holy Ghost and then we all got to speak in Sacrament meeting! Everything was just so wonderful! 

I am so grateful to be part of this amazing work!!! I love the Lord! I am so grateful for the sacrifice that he has made for me and I am forever grateful for this Gospel! I love it with all my heart! It is 100% TRUE and it changes lives! I know that the Book of Mormon is the most correct and true book of all and that through its words, we may receive Eternal Life with our Father in Heaven! This is his great and perfect plan! I am so grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who knows each of us perfectly and loves each of us so much! His hand is in each moment of our lives, guiding us and helping us through thick and thin! I love Him with all my heart! 

Have an amazing week! I love you all so much! I hope that you all know that! 



This week FLEW! It was super fun and busy which I really appreciated!

Monday we went mini golfing with the 5 Elders in our district and honestly it wasn't fun... I need a break from Elders...... *eye roll* 

Tuesday was Halloween which means no cold contacting, stop bys, or tracting at all... so yeah.. We pretty much just tried to plan as much as we could but lots of stuff fell through due to the holiday. We had interviews with President Stevenson which took up a good chunk of the day and then I took Sister Allen to Amy's donuts! It was so yummy and was pretty much our way of celebrating the holiday! It was super weird not being at home and going to Nanny and Poppy's for donuts and chili.. I missed it lots.. That night was really fun though because the Wilhelm's invited us over along with the Elders to play games! We played a game called "impromtu" I think that is how you say it.. anyways, it is where you are given one minute to speak on a topic that is chosen for you and you are given an accent that you have to speak in. hahahah! Sister Allen spoke about why you shouldn't have a goldfish as a pet and she did the whole thing in an Indian accent! I seriously died laughing! It was sooo funny! 

Wednesday was good! We stayed busy.. lots of people cancelled on us but we kept going and it actually made the day really fun! We just had to keep re-planning and re-routing our day! It was super great though. We got to see Rehema and we made dinner with her! This time it was chicken! It is so much fun to teach Rehema because she gets so excited about learning and she is always so grateful! 

Thursday, everyone cancelled again.. but like Tuesday, we stayed busy! We got to go to the Zoo for service and we went up the the Shrine afterwards to see the view! Colorado Springs is BEAUTIFUL! We then went to a few more lessons and then to the Christensen's home for dinner. Somehow, the topic of singing came up and they found out that I sing... So I was asked to sing with Sister Allen for Brother Christensen's lesson on Sunday.. I was kinda nervous but we got the Elders to join in too and it turned out to be really beautiful! That night after dinner, we headed to a coordination meeting with our Ward Mission Leader and he invited us to his home! The Elders were there too and we got to meet his non-member wife! And get this, his dog is exactly like Indy except he is more black than white! I was in total heaven! I held him and petted him and played with him the whole time and seriously had to hold back tears.. he even smelled like Indiana!

Friday we had district meeting and Elder Scott made our district breakfast! It was super yummy! We then had a lesson with the Sisneros family and Sarah and Jesus (the older son of Donovan and Sarah) were both there!!! First time ever! We taught them a lesson along with Donovan and Eliana and Issac and they seemed to really like it! It made me so happy to see them so interested! I want to see them be sealed in the temple so badly! We also met with Sister Kahuhu that night (a ward member who is working towards the temple!) It was so wonderful to discuss ways that she can start preparing! I am so excited for her! And then we started our exchange with the STLs that night! I went with Sister Carlson!!!!!

Saturday was exchanges! I went to her area and she had literally nothing planned! So we went tracting and did stop bys all day long! It flew by though and we laughed a lot and had a great time together! We then had the most awkward dinner of my life! Soooo bad.. hahahah but hey, memories! 

Sunday was the best day ever! We had so many people at church and Lynn was kind enough to bring Leah with her! She is fellowshipping her so well and we are so grateful! Stephanie and Quanda were there and Stephanie was feeling the Spirit so strong she had tears coming to her eyes! We also had Norma, Steven, the Sisneros, Kelsey and her friend Maddi, and the other Madi too! Oh, and Rehema was there with Nice! It was the greatest day! Kelsey loved the testimony meeting and so did her friend Maddi! And Eliana and Isaac got up to bear their testimonies! Eliana bawled through her entire testimony and I was too! hahah. She is the most tender, most kind, and most spiritual 10 year old I have ever met! I adore her! Sunday night was amazing as well! We went to the Work of Salvation fireside!!! And we sang the song that we sang at my farewell! I planned it with 5 other sisters and we put two on each part! It was so beautiful and made me think back on my farewell. (almost 6 months ago!) Lynn spoke at the fireside and did so good! She is solid! I love her!

I am just so incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I have at this time to share the gospel with others! It is one of the greatest joys that I have ever experienced! I know that the gospel is true and that Christ is my Savior! I know that the Book or Mormon is the word of God and the most correct and true book on Earth. I know that it was translated by Joseph Smith and that he was a good a true prophet of God. I know that we have a prophet on the Earth today and that he receives modern day revelation. And I know more than anything that I am the daughter of a King. My Heavenly Father. I know that I have infinite worth in his eyes and infinite potential. I know that we all do! I am so grateful for this wonderful plan of happiness that we are a part of! 

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



Hey my fam! 

So last p-day we went bowling which was so much fun! I kinda thought I would be better than I actually am since grandma would take us bowling with her almost every week when we were little... but nope. I am terrible! I almost beat all the Elders though.. so that was exciting! After that, Sister Hepworth, Sister Long, and Sister Allen and I went to the mall and I bought a Beret! (like a french hat ya know?) it is actually so cute! But this whole week Sister Allen keeps accidentally calling it a Bidet..... hahahahhaha! I die laughing every time she does! She kills me! That night we had dinner with a member who shall remain nameless.. she's kinda an interesting lady.. anyways, she randomly started singing "Under Pressure" by Queen at the dinner table and all of the Elders and Sister Allen and I were trying not to laugh. It was the most random thing EVER! 

Tuesday was pretty much a planning day with a couple of appointments mixed in! It was actually a really refreshing day and we got to set a bunch of new goals! That night we had a coordination meeting at our Ward Mission leader's house and when we finished we walked outside into a winter wonderland! There was snow falling and dusting everything in what looked like powdered sugar! It was beautiful! The Elders that were with us of course started a snow ball fight! It was so crazy and fun! I love snow and it honestly felt so much like home! That night we watched the snow from our balcony and made some hot chocolate! Bring on the holidays! I am so ready!!! 

Wednesday, we had apartment inspections. Whenever we have inspections in the mission, they grade us.. so the three levels are "Celestial", "Terrestrial", and "Telestial". hahaha We always get Celestial btw. We then got to see Norma later on which made my day! I never want to leave her home. The spirit there is so pure and warm! It is like nothing I have ever felt! We have been reading the Book of Mormon with her in preparation for her going to the temple and my testimony of the Book of Mormon has been growing more and more each time! I swear that I learn more from the people I have the privilege of working with than they do from me!

Thursday, we spent the ENTIRE DAY at a winter driving course so that Sister Allen could learn how to drive in the snow and ice, (she is from Nevada!) and it was hilarious! hahah! All of the drivers kept hitting cones left and right! Sister Allen was screaming in the car and I was just laughing! It was actually a really fun way to spend the day! That night we met with Kelsey and then went and played with the refugees again! They are so darling! I love them to death! 

Friday we had district meeting and then went to Keva Juice (which is like Jamba Juice) and that was fun! After that, we had a great lesson with Steven and set a day for him to go to the temple to do baptisms for the dead! We also got a random call from Norma and she asked if we could come right over... we did and we found her in her apartment packing boxes. Apparently the owners of her building sold it and the new owners are kicking everyone out in 30 days, so Norma is moving all the way to Cortez Colorado to be with family... she was crying and kept hugging us which of course made me cry... She may not be able to go to the temple with us in this short of notice so we are super sad. We are hoping that we can get it all worked out so that she can go with us before she leaves! I am heart broken about this honestly.. Later on that night, we went to visit the Sisneros family! Brother Sisneros' wife was there with us again and all of his children were there as well! We decided to read 3 Nephi 11 with them and the Spirit filled the room! I was so happy to see them all growing closer as a family! We are trying to help the mom be baptized and so we were so grateful that she was there and that she participated! I love the Sisneros!!!!! Oh man! I wish you could all meet them!!!! 

Saturday was supposed to be Leah's baptism but we had to cancel because she moved out of the ward boundaries.. we want to help her get baptized but there is not much we can do now, so we are just praying for her lots! We were asked this week to put together a music number for our mission tour next week (we have Elder Sitati from the seventy coming to our mission) so we spent a lot of the day Saturday preparing for that and we also got our weekly planning done! It was a really long day full of a lot of things to do, but I was grateful for it! President Stevenson also called us on Saturday and asked us if we would be willing to take Elder and Sister Sitati out proselyting with us for a few hours next week! We happily accepted the invitation, so we are looking forward to that as well! It will be a great week! I am very excited for it! 

Some other funny moments this week:

All the Elders keep calling me Tupac cause I wear bows on my head sometimes....

And Sister Allen almost put Diesel in our car... I yelled at her right before she did and told he that she was putting in the wrong stuff! hahah it took her a full 20 seconds to figure out what I was saying! hahahah 

Overall, this week had many challenges and seemed kinda crazy.. but the good outweighs the bad! Always! I am so happy to be out here in the mission field! I am changing, I am becoming a different person because of the experiences that I am having. I am truly grateful for the gospel and for my Savior who knows me and understands me. I am grateful for the Atonement that he performed and for the opportunity that I have to change and become better each and every week! 

There is a video that I would like you all to watch! It is called "Your Potential, Your Privileges" by President Uchtdorf. There are two people in this video who are not living up to their full potential.. I want you all to picture yourself as the room steward and relate the mormon message to missionary work! It will change your view of sharing the gospel with others! 

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

-sis Morgan



A Month of Miracles!!

MONTH 4 // Hi Family! 


On Wednesday, I received a call from President Stevenson and he asked me to train one of the brand new missionaries coming out from the MTC! I happily accepted the invitation so I will be training just as soon as Sister Anderson finishes training me! I am so nervous cause I literally don't know what I am doing! haha but I have faith and I know that the spirit will guide me! I can hardly wait to meet my new little trainee! I will meet her tomorrow! (Sept. 12th) 

The other cool thing is that ALL of the missionaries that I came out with are training new missionaries as well! So I get to to see all of them at a big meeting tomorrow before we all train! I can't wait! 

(Sis Bass, Sis McCarthur, Sis Taylor, Me!) 

On Wednesday night we went to a super fun dinner with the Christiansen family! They were so fun! 

Thursday we went to the zoo again for service and then we went to lunch at Mod Pizza after with our "Zoo Crew" Mod Pizza is the best! That night we went to Stephanie and Tyquanda's house and brought a ton of jumpsuits with us so that they could try them on! We all died laughing when they came out cause Stephanie's jumpsuit was a couple sizes too small! haha she came out and said, "I look like a marshmallow!" hahah! She was laughing sooooo hard and then Tyquanda started laughing, which made all of us laugh even harder! haha! It was so funny!

After that, we went to teach English to the refugees and I found out that Frazia and her family moved to Virginia... I was so sad:( I didn't even get to say goodbye to her:( So for the first time, I worked with someone who wasn't Frazzy:( Her name is Emily and she is so sweet! She is an incredible reader for just having learned and I loved helping her to improve! We played lots of reading and spelling games together and she is doing so well! I love her already! 

Also, STEPHANIE AND TYQUANDA GOT BAPTIZED! Ah! It was such a happy day! It happened on Saturday!!!! They were both so cute and were so emotional the entire day! Brother and Sister Fawson (former senior missionaries who found Stephanie and Tyquanda) Brother Fawson was able to baptize them both and it was so special for me and Andy because we were able to stand on the edge of the font with towels and hug them as they got out of the baptismal font! They were both crying and I started crying too! Sister Fawson spoke and we had a flute solo by one of the YW and then afterwards we had cookies and one of the Senior couples brought Pizza! I made Swig cookies the night before and I frosted them green and purple cause Tyquanda loves those colors! We hung the fabric pennant flags, that mom and I made for my farewell, across the room and I used my letterfolk board for a decoration and put their names on it! It was just such a special day! 

Afterwards, we had so many different kinds of cookies left over that people had brought so I had the idea to have all 8 missionaries that were there go with us to a homeless park and pass out cookies! We ended up going just over to Nevada Ave. and we walked around a park where many homeless people live and we gave all the cookies away and were also able to share uplifting messages about Jesus Christ! It was such a memorable experience for me! We met a sweet man named Rodney and he is a retired vet from the Vietnam war. He told us that he just lost his wife and then lost everything else in his life. He told us that he only get a couple hundred dollars a month from the government and it's not enough to afford a place to live. He said that he doesn't want to be homeless but that he doesn't have any other options right now:( It literally broke my heart! He was so sweet and then began to bear testimony to us about Jesus Christ and how he knows that Christ knows exactly how he feels and exactly what he is going through! I was so touched by him! I was so happy that we were able to give him a cookie and make his day a little bit better! 

On Sunday, Stephanie and Tyquanda were confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I CRIED! It was such a happy day! I know that they will be so blessed for the decision that they have made to be baptized! I can hardly wait to see the incredible things that they do in their lives! 

The rest of the day on Sunday was really bittersweet. I helped Andy pack since we know that she is being transferred. We got all of her laundry and stuff done, (shout out to Sister Wilhelm for always letting us do our laundry at her house) and we got all of her stuff packed so that we could have a super fun/not sad p-day today! We both sat in the car and just cried together! I am going to miss her so much! I can't believe that my training is almost over! 

I want you all to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and perfect! It changes people and brings them more blessings and more happiness than they can ever imagine! The Book of Mormon is true! Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration! We have the truth restored to the earth! God has a plan! The plan of salvation is so beautiful! I know that Heavenly Father is aware and mindful of each of His children! I know that He loves us and I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ loves us! He suffered and died for each soul and he lives today! How sweet it is to have that knowledge! 

I love you all! I hope that you have the best week! 


Hi Fam! 

Tuesday was such a sad day because I had to say goodbye to Sister Anderson! On our way to transfers, I pulled into Starbucks and bought Andy and I white hot chocolates cause on my first day in the field, she took me to Starbucks. So it just seemed fitting for me to take her there on our last morning together! It was a hard day but it was also a super happy day because I got to meet the new Sisters and Elders that had just come out into the CCSM! It was kinda crazy because I knew that I was going to train one of them.. I just didn't know which one!

Sooo finally, after lunch, we all went to the chapel with all the trainers and trainees and President Stevenson announced who each of us would be training! It was so exciting! President Stevenson called me up to the front and had me show everyone is the room where my area is that I will be serving in (they brought a massive map!) and then he said, "Sister Morgan, you will be training Sister Allen!" I was so excited!!!! That first day was a crazy one! Cause I for reals have no clue what I am doing! I am just following the promptings of the Spirit and striving for perfect obedience! I am learning wayyyy more from Sister Allen than she is learning from me! On that first day, we basically just got to know each other while she unpacked and then we went to a fun dinner appointment and finally ended the night by going to the home of an African Refugee (Rehema) to teach her how to cook! 

Wednesday was Sister Allen's first FULL day in the field and she did AMAZING! I am so impressed by her! We went to the soup kitchen and I worked next to a woman who is actually homeless and is doing community service so that she can see her daughter again! She said that she has been working in the soup kitchen everyday! I was so amazed by her! We got to talking and the Spirit whispered to me and let me know that she truly is a daughter of God! That she is my Spirit sister and that Heavenly Father loves her just as much as the rest of his children! I grew to have so much love for her over those few hours that we spent together washing dishes! I am so grateful for this experience because I have been praying for God to help me be more humble and this whole week has been full of experiences like that, that have made me stop and think and reflect on all that I have been given. I am truly being changed each and everyday! 

Thursday! We have been really trying to prepare for the people that we teach during our studies and it has made the biggest difference this week! Our study time is always so uplifting and amazing! That morning I had been praying that I would be able to study things that would be of help to Stephanie and that is exactly what happened! I began reading the Book of Mormon in the Book of Enos and the story that I came across was exactly what we needed to share with Stephanie and Tyquanda that day! So yeah! We got to see Stephanie and Tyquanda that first day and they are both doing so well! We are going to start working on Personal Progress with Quanda and are really looking forward to that! For lunch, we went with the Christensen's to Macaroni Grill! AH man, we sure get spoiled here by the amazing members! It was so fun! They would be such good friends with mom and dad! I can't wait for you to meet them someday! 

On Friday, I was mean and made Sis Allen wake up at 5:45 so that we could meet up with our entire zone of Elders for a Zone Workout! It was so much fun and a bunch of the Elders told me that the workout that I led made them super sore! hahha whimps! Anyways, so Friday was crazy! We had district meeting, then one lesson after another, and we didn't even get to eat lunch until 3:00! hahah! We got to see Norma too! Oh man! She is hilarious! She is 82 but soooo spunky! 

On Saturday we had a very long day.. We started the day by going to a huge Stake Service Project where we made scarves for the homeless and then we basically just planned and planned and planned for the week and for all of our baptisms that are coming up! We also ate lunch obviously and dinner and then we studied and did Sister Allen's training stuff! Kinda a long day, but definitely necessary! 

Sunday was incredible!!!! Miracle after Miracle just kept happening! 

First miracle! There is a guy that lives in our building who is always soooo nice to us! He loves to look out over the city from his balcony and we often see him as we are walking in and out and in and out of our apartment all day long. He always waves at us and says, "Good morning ladies!" or "Good afternoon ladies!" you get the picture?! He is just the nicest man! In my heart I always wished that we could start teaching him and I would continually tell Sister Anderson that I wanted to start teaching him.. It was kinda hard though because we have a contract with our landlord that says that we will not proselyte in our apartment building... But ever since day one, I had been praying that this man would show some kind of interest so that we could introduce him to the gospel!

So anyways... on Sunday afternoon, we were walking out of our apartment building, heading to a meeting and we saw this man in the parking lot talking to some people. We waved and said hello, and then continued on walking. Then we heard him yell, "Hey ladies, do you have a minute?" We stopped and turned around to talk to him! He introduced himself and told us that his name is Delvin! He then said, "Hey, If you ladies ever go to church sometime soon, I would love to come!" I am pretty sure my jaw dropped! We told him that we would love him to come to church! He then told us about how his mother had just passed away a few months back and that he'd been kind of angry with God. But he said that he realizes now that God did not take his mom, and that he needs him now more than ever! He said that he felt drawn to us for some reason and that he really wants to start coming to church! We then asked him if he would like to start receiving the lessons and he got all excited and said "YES!" We are now planning to start teaching him and his wife! We texted him that night and set up an appointment and he was so thrilled! What a miracle! 

Ok, Second miracle!!!! First of all... earlier in the week I made Sister Allen promise me that she would extend a baptismal invitation to one of our investigators this week as the Spirit prompted her! She was pretty nervous but accepted! So anyway, fast forward to Sunday. We went to a lesson with Chance and Lynn in the afternoon and we were teaching about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! We began talking about baptism and Lynn began to bear her testimony of baptism and she talked about how excited she is to be baptized this upcoming Saturday! She had tears streaming down her face and out of no where, Sister Allen turned to Chance and said, "Chance will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood Authority of God?" I was floored! I couldn't believe that she was so bold! I knew in that moment that it was the most perfect thing that she could have done! The spirit reassured me as I looked at Chance! He then said, "YES!" oh my! I couldn't believe my ears! Chance set a baptismal date for December 2nd! 

I am just so amazed at the way that Heavenly Father is answering our prayers and helping us accomplish our goals, and how much we are being blessed for our obedience and diligence! 

The rest of Sunday was so incredible as well! Our meetings were wonderful and uplifting and we also got to go to dinner with all the "single ladies" in the Cheyenne Meadows ward! It was so much fun! We are going to help one of the Single women work towards the temple! Later Sunday night, we went to the Wilhelm's just to say hey and all of the children began to sing a song for us! (it is a song that Sister Wilhelm's parents wrote! and they are going to sing it at Eliana's baptism!) I welled up in tears as they began singing! I was so overcome by the spirit! 

This next week will be an amazing one! We have Lynn's Baptism at 1:00 on Saturday and then Eliana's Baptism at 4:00 on Saturday! Sister Anderson is coming back up from Del Norte to be there for the big day and we are keeping it kinda a surprise for a bunch of people! She is going to stay the night at our apartment on Friday! Partay! ahhh! I can't wait! 

This gospel is true! I know that with every fiber of me! It blesses lives and changes people for the better! 

I love you all! Have the best week! 



Hi my wonderful family! 

This week was amazing!!!! 

On Tuesday, we had a lesson with our new less active, Sister Wickel! She is so sweet! She has had a ton of addictions but is ready to work towards the temple! I admire her faith and testimony so much! We also painted nails at the assisted living home! It was so much fun! I painted the nails of a lady named Miriam and another lady named Bea! They were so sweet and Bea was a little firecracker! haha! She kept being sassy about everything and it was totally cracking me up! She asked if I had any children and I replied, "oh no, I'm not married." and she said, "Well what the hack does that have to do with anything?!" hahaha and I just thought to myself.. "uhh.. eternal families, DUH" haha! 

On Wednesday, we did service at the soup kitchen again and this time we got to serve! I served the vegetables and the STLs came so Sister Carlson served the main dish next to me, while Sister Allen served the fruit on the end! It was such a blast! This week we also fed Lynn's cat Bebe all week, because Lynn has been in the field for the Army! So when we got the instructions, about feeding Bebe, from Lynn, we were so shocked at how freaking spoiled Bebe is! haha! She will only eat if her food is on the kitchen table, she only drinks purified water, ha, and she gets fed three times a day with treats at each time... oh my! Lynn spoils her so much! haha!

We also got to visit Delvin! He was our miracle from last week! We went to his apartment with the Elders and when we walked in, we saw his wife and his three cute children! They had made us an amazing meal and then we taught the Restoration lesson to them! We gave Delvin a Book of Mormon and asked him to read! I am really excited about this family! They are awesome! 

Thursday, we went to the Zoo again! We met with Stephanie and Tyquanda and then had a great dinner with Brother and Sister Mead! They served us french dip sandwiches with fry sauce on them and they were BOMB!!! SO GOOD! After that we went to teach English to the refugees! 

Friday, we basically just did TONS of baptism prep! We picked up Sister Anderson and her new comp Sister Walker from Lynn's on Friday night because they got special permission from President Stevenson to come up to the Springs from Del Norte for our baptisms! They got a ride from Lynn's parents who were coming up so it worked perfectly! We got to Lynn's about 3 minutes before they did, so I ran into the bathroom and hid in the shower (cause I knew that Andy would head straight to the bathroom when she got there.. haha) anyways, so sure enough, she went straight into the bathroom and then I jumped out from behind the shower curtain and screamed! hahah! I swear she almost fainted! I was dying laughing! After that, we went back to our place and I made her fav dinner (mom's chicken stroganoff ) We all ate dinner and painted nails and then sat up talking.  #approvedsleepover #thankspresidentstevenson

Saturday was the best day ever!!!!!! We woke up early, turned on a general conference talk to listen to, started making cookies for the baptism and got all ready! When we finally got to the church around 11:00, we got everything set up, the Elders filled the font, and then Lynn showed up! We got her interview done and got her in her jumpsuit and she was ready to go!

So many people showed up and the baptism went perfectly! She was glowing the entire time! Sister Romero gave a beautiful talk and then Lynn was baptized! She was a huge puddle of tears and it was the sweetest thing ever! Afterwards Lynn bore her testimony and it brought tears to my eyes! She is the most prepared person that I have ever met! I love her so much! I know that I was called here for her! She is amazing!

After the baptism, all of the missionaries went to lunch and before we knew it, we had to hurry and run back to the church to set up Eliana's baptism! When we got outside it was POURING rain! We booked it back to the church and got all set up for Eliana's! We didn't tell Eliana that Sister Anderson was coming back, so when she saw her, she started to cry and gave her the biggest hug! Eliana cried the whole day! But it was one of those cries where she was smiling at the same time! It melted my heart to see how happy she is! She was wearing a darling white dress and had her hair in a long braid! She looked perfect! And her baptism was perfect! ahh! Sister Anderson spoke and then the Wilhelm family sang a song that Sister Wilhelm's parents wrote! It was so beautiful! What can I say?? Saturday was absolutely perfect! And it was even better when Elder Guzzo and Elder Tome showed up all the way from Castlerock! Elder Tome taught Eliana a while back and so he came back to baptize her! It was so special! 

Sunday was just as wonderful! They were both confirmed and the spirit that was felt was so strong! I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of their journeys! 

The gospel is true! I am sure of that! I love my Savior! His atonement changes lives! 

I love you all and hope that you have a great week! 



Hi Family! 

Wow, what an incredible week! Conference was exactly what I needed! 

For P-day this last week we met up with all of the sisters in our zone and we went to lunch at Panera, and then to Old Colorado City which made me feel like I was up at Main Street Park City of something. It was so quaint and homey, I loved it and felt right at home. It was so much fun! We walked around the shops and went to a cute little Ice Cream Parlour and then we all bought matching t-shirts! After that, we drove about 10 minutes to Manitou and did some shopping there. Sister Allen and I bought cute little succulents to spruce up our apartment. haha! It was probably my favorite p-day thus far. Don't get me wrong, hanging with Elders is ok...  but hanging with Sisters is the best! This is the first transfer that I have had sisters close by and it is honestly the best thing ever! 

Tuesday was a really wonderful day! We went to the soup kitchen to help out, even though we usually go on Wednesdays.. they were short staffed so we thought we would help them out! It was a blast! So many missionaries came and all pitched in and we had such a great time! After that, we rushed to the assisted living place to paint the old ladies nails and I got to do nails for 3 sweet ladies, and one sweet man! hahahha! Then, we had enough time for me to paint my own nails a cute "watermelon" color! It was a super fun day! We also got in all of our studies, helped our refugee friend, Rehema, make dinner, and we had a great and productive meeting at the church with our ward mission leader! 

Wednesday was a crazy good day, but also an exhausting day. We had Zone conference that lasted from 8:00 - 4:00... It was very uplifting but lasted a lifetime! hahah! I always love Zone Conferences though! They always motivate me to be better. Sometime I get down on myself and feel like I am just not doing good enough, or that I am not making my Heavenly Father proud, but I just realized that I need to push those negative thoughts out of my head and just be the best I can be! That is all that Heavenly Father asks of us! 

On Thursday, we woke up to very interesting weather! It was like nothing I had ever seen! The mountains were gone and replaced by a thick, white, mist. And the air was wet with moisture! As we ventured out on our way to the zoo, we felt a mist in the air. It wasn't rain.. it was almost like a very light snow. but it wasn't cold enough to be snowing.. I swear, I hadn't seen anything like it! As we drove up the mountain to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for our service, the moisture in the air increased and an even thicker white fog surrounded everything! From the zoo, we could see nothing of the valley below, only white. Elder Ashcraft finally said, I think we are inside of a cloud!" which totally made sense! I am sure he was right! The zoo was a lot of fun that day, Sister Allen and I got to sit inside in the warm shed and make seed sticks, while the Elders went out to the Giraffe exhibit to clean it! haha. being a sister is the best! 

After Zoo service, we all went to Costco to get lunch because it is soooo cheap and so good! It reminds me of home! I just always think of the many times that dad and I would run to Costco on a Saturday morning and then get lunch! aww memories. The rest of our Thursday was kinda all over the place.. everyone canceled on us.. so we used our extra time to enjoy some extra long studies which was definitely needed! We then got to go to dinner with the Jones'! They are my favorites! I can't wait for all of you to meet them! They took us to my favorite Mexican restaurant again called Carlos Miguels! Of course I got the Baja Fish Tacos! mmmmmm.. Soooo good!

We then got to go teach English at the church to the refugee families! When we got there, the woman in charge told us that one of the teachers had to cancel and asked Sister Allen and I to fill in for that class! We walked in and saw Rehema and Safi sitting there! (they are the refugees that we help cook dinner!) We taught them the difference between (there, their, and they're)! They did such a great job! I was so impressed by them! Safi was asking so many questions and he wanted to learn so badly! The spirit was so strong as we taught them and I felt Heavenly Fathers love for them stronger than ever. It's moments like that where my mission is so worth it. Where I forget all of the hard times and my heart is full of gratitude. Afterwards, Sister Busath (the lady in charge) told us that Rehema and Safi want to take the missionary lessons!!!! YAY! So we get to start teaching them! I can't wait! They both speak fluent French.. So mom, I might need your help.. hahah

Friday!! Conference Eve! We went to district meeting, taught a few lessons and had another great dinner! 

Conference finally came!! I have been waiting for this moment for my whole mission, and it is finally here! We got to watch conference with the Wilhelm family and also with Lynn and Chance! The Wilhelm's go ALL OUT for conference! It was so fun! They had "pin the tie of the prophet", a hot chocolate stand, conference trivia, a temple building station, and the best pumpkin pie! It honestly tasted just like the pie mom makes! Conference was just absolutely amazing in every way! Watching with Lynn and Chance was also a highlight! I loved watching Lynn soak in every single word and write notes on things that impressed her! 

My favorite part of conference was probably Elder Holland's talk! It was exactly what I needed to hear! But honestly, each and every talk hit me so hard! I can't wait to get the written versions of them so that I can study them again and again! I know that this gospel is true and that it blesses each of us so much! I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father and that he knows us perfectly! It is His work and His glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of each of us! I know that my redeemer lives and that he died for me! I love Him and am forever in His debt for all that He has done for me! 

I love you all and miss you every day! But I know that you are being blessed and protected! I hope that you have a great week! 



Heyy Family! 

Oh my! Best news ever! Lynn and Chance are engaged! If you remember, Lynn was just baptized a couple of weeks ago and she is doing so well! And Chance, "her friend" is being baptized in December on the 2nd! Lynn and Chance have been taking the lessons together but have been telling us all along that they are just friends... um. yea. they lied to us.. They have actually been dating the entire time and have actually been engaged for almost a month! AH! We were so surprised!!!

Yesterday, we went over to Lynn's after church to teach them another lesson and we were kind of nervous because Lynn had mentioned that Chance was going to move in with her to help her with rent.. which is not allowed if Chance wants to be baptized and if Lynn wants to go do baptisms. Anyway, so I was really stressed about having to have "the conversation" with them.. So when we knocked on the door, the door opened all by itself (Chance we behind the door) and the apartment was all dark and there were spooky Halloween decorations up everywhere. I was so confused and then I saw Lynn and said, "this is all new!" and she said, "Guess what else is new?!" Then she flashed her hand at me and there on her finger was a huge, gorgeous diamond ring! I SCREAMED!! I honestly couldn't believe it! This whole time Lynn had been telling me that they were just friends and all of this stuff and now they are engaged!?!?! I honestly dropped by bag and waterbottle in the middle of their floor and basically tackled Lynn! Hahahah! it was so funny! We were all screaming!

Then Lynn and Chance told us everything and Chance told us how he proposed! It was perfect! I knew all along that they would eventually get married but I didn't think that they were already dating and engaged! They told us that they are planning to be married in February or March and then Chance will be leaving for Iraq in June so they will have 9 months apart.. but then as soon as he gets home, they will come to Salt Lake City and be sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple! It will be a year after they are married so that will be really special! And I will be home from my mission so I will get to be there! I am so thrilled! 

This week was definitely a hard one because I was feeling sad that conference was over! 

Last P-day, we went on the Seven Bridges hike! It was beautiful! I will attach some picture of the hike down below! 

On Tuesday we taught the plan of Salvation to Eliana and her family and she was so darling the entire time! She was so full of the Spirit and was answering all of the questions perfectly! I love having lessons like that that are so amazing and where the people we are teaching are so engaged with the Spirit! Isaac set a date for baptism while we were there as well! He will be baptized on the 21st of October! We can't wait!!! I am so happy for their family! 

Wednesday, we did service at the Soup Kitchen again and then we literally had EVERY SINGLE lesson fall through after that... We stayed busy though and kept working hard despite the challenges we were facing. That night some members took us to dinner at a place called "Edelweiss" it is a German place and was actually really good! The member that took us served his mission in Germany and when I told him that mom served in France and Switzerland, we had a lot to talk about! 

On Thursday, we had inspections, had a few stop bys and lessons and then drove out to the middle of no where to have dinner with the Perkins family! They showed us their chickens and ducks and Sister Perkins made a wonderful chicken and potato soup that was sooo good! Then we went to go teach English to the refugees and they had changed their plans for that night.. so again plans were cancelled.. So many things got cancelled this week.. it was really sad and hard for me, just because the past few weeks have been so amazing and uplifting! But it's ok! Everything will work out because we have the Lord on our side!

Friday was actually pretty amazing! We hurried to the Toyota dealership early in the morning to have something on our car fixed.. I don't really know what was wrong with it.. but I do know that the driver's side door has a mind of it's own and keeps locking by itself.. so yea, we got that done and then had a lesson with Steven! We went through that Baptismal interview questions with him and he got 100% hahah! He is so ready! The 17th is his date so it is getting close!!!

We then taught a lesson at Lynn's which was amazing and Chance told us that he is going to pray about moving his baptismal date up closer.. (this was before we even knew that they were engaged..)

We then went to dinner with the DeMoss family and we rolled California Rolls with them.. You all know how much I love sushi..... haha. But it was ok. They also had Japanese Pears and this really yummy chicken with Japanese mayonnaise that was SOOO good! After dinner, we went to Rehema and Safi's to teach them the first lesson. They don't speak English very well.. but the spirit was able to help us understand them and to also help them understand us. They accepted everything we taught about Joseph Smith and the Restoration and then we gave them each a Book of Mormon and they promised to pray! Safi said a closing prayer for us in his native language that he spoke in Rwanda(don't know how to spell it.) but I heard him say the name (Joseph Smith) in his prayer and it made me so happy! They then asked us to sing to them. which totally caught me off guard haha but we were happy to. We sang "I know that my redeemer lives" and Rehema got a huge smile on her face and told us that she learns best through songs. So she loves music! 

Saturday was basically just a planning day where we did weekly planning, training stuff, and a few stop bys. But it was definitely necessary for us to get all of those things done! We also got to clean the church on Saturday morning and it brought back sooo many memories of us cleaning the church together as a family! I remember we would always do the downstairs of the building with Dad and Michael and I would dust while Dad vacuumed! Aww I miss that! 

Sunday was really hard.. I have been getting sick with a really really sore throat and chills and stuff so we only stayed for one of the wards.. We came home and Sister Allen laid down oh her bed and I went into the kitchen and cried.. hahah It was kinda pathetic and I didn't even know why I was crying but I was. I prayed so much and then I made a list of all the things that I was stressed about and prayed for guidance to help me with these things and I felt so much better afterwards! We then got to go to Lynn's shortly after and that is where we got the news that Chance and Lynn are engaged! So that really turned the day around!!! 

It was a week full of ups and downs but it was definitely a good one overall! I am just so grateful for conference talks! Cause they have totally been getting me through the hard times this week! 

I miss you all and love you so much! THE GOSPEL IS TRUE!!!!!