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! 

-abs 

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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! 

-abs 

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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! 

-abs 

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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! 

-abs 

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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

 

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A Month of Miracles!!

MONTH 4 // Hi Family! 

SOOOO MUCH HAPPENED THIS WEEK! 

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! 

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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! 

-Abs

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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! 

-Abs

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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! 

-Abs

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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!!!!! 

-abs 

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3 Months in and Feeling so Much Love!!

MONTH 3

Longest Week --- Hi Family! 

So this week was the first week of the new transfer and it was soooo long.. There have been lots of changes in the mission and one of the biggest changes in our area was that we now have Elders in both of our wards! We welcomed Elders into the Cheyenne Meadows ward. They are both really great! Since last week I was kinda low on motivation, I was super excited this week when my motivation started to return! My "greeny fire" is still burnin'! Hopefully it never goes out! haha 

We also went to the zoo again this week and guess what we got to do AGAIN?!?! Hay!! Ahhh.. don't get me wrong, I LOVE to do service! It is one of my most favorite things to do! But Hay?! I again sneezed probably 100x when we were there and then I kept sneezing for four days after... NEVER AGAIN! It just takes me out completely.. But the zoo is always really fun! We have great service opportunities here! 

On Friday of this week, we had our first district meeting with our new district and it was so fun! We got so much work done and did role playing with everybody which was super funny! After the meeting, Andy and I went home and made the BEST. LUNCH. EVER! We made homemade guac again and then made yummy soft tacos! We are basically professional chefs! After that, we go to go to a lesson with the Elders for a man named Steven! (We found Steven my first week here while tracting and the Elders. I loved it! Teaching is my most favorite thing to do on my mission! It is amazing to see someone recognize the spirit for the first time as it testifies of truth to them! AHHH! Missions are the best! For dinner... we had Sushi.. Ok, So I have been really trying to like Sushi for a long time.. but I just can't do it! I put a piece in my mouth and felt like it was coming up for sure! I kept it down though, don't worry! But if anyone has advice for me on how to like sushi.. please let me know! 

SATURDAY WE HAD EXCHANGES! I love exchanges so much! This transfer, I got to go with my STL, Sister Hepworth, who actually is my "grandma" because she trained Sister Anderson! We had the greatest day! She is hilarious and such a hard worker! We went to a lesson with a family and we were teaching the Restoration lesson to them! (Now keep in mind that this isn't my usual area.. it's the STL's area.) They had three CRAZY kids and they were all crawling all over us! The oldest boy, who is five i think, came up behind me on the couch and hugged me! Then he started kissing me on the neck! haha! I pulled him off cause it was weird.. and then he came and stood on my lap! He put his little hands on my cheeks and kept trying to pull me in to kiss me on the lips! HA! I just kept pulling away and continued teaching but I have never had a crazier, more distracting lesson! hahaha! It was so funny!

We went tracting later on and prayed really hard to be directed to someone who needed to hear our message! The first door that we knocked on was a single dad and he told us that he is actually an inactive member! He was telling us all about his mission and we shared a brief lesson with him and then offered him a brand new Book of Mormon to read! He declined and so I decided to be BOLD! For studies that day I read a letter titled "The Ricciardi Letter". It is a letter written by a missionary about his trainer and contains amazing stories and inspiring insights on missionary work. (Feel free to look it up and read it if you'd like!) One of the things that Ricciardi always did when someone would decline to hear his message was, he would say to them, "Ok, that is fine, but next time the missionaries come knocking on your door, will you please let them in and hear their message?" That wasn't exactly word for word, but you get it..

Anyway, this tactic proved to be very successful. In fact, the missionary who wrote the Ricciardi Letter, was tracting one day, long after he had been companions with Ricciardi and he met a man who allowed them in for a lesson. The man said that he had promised a missionary a while back, that if any missionaries were to knock on his door again that he would allow the in and that he would listen to their message! So... when Adam declined the Book of Mormon that we offered him, I pulled a total Ricciardi and made him promise me that if the missionaries were to ever return to his door, that he would allow them in and listen to their message! He promised that he would! Then, when Sister Hepworth and I were walking away I said, "I hope you know we are sending the Elders over there next week!" hahaha we both got a good laugh out of that! 

Ok.. So the funniest day ever was Sunday! We had a regular, awesome, fast Sunday, and then after church we went up to the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the mountains for dinner with the Elders and a Family! When we got there, the dad had just finished shooting a Rattlesnake in their front yard!! He is so awesome! They have about 35 acres and horses and the whole shebang! We got to see their horses and walk around their property a bit and it was so beautiful! At dinner, they served kabob type things with chicken and steak! Sister Anderson was feeling a little overly ambitious and shoved the entire piece of steak in her mouth at once! It wasn't that big of a piece but the steak was pretty overdone.. so she started chewing and about ten minutes later she was still chewing! For dessert they served ice cream. On the way home, it was pouring rain! (It has pretty much been pouring rain for two months straight) So anyway, we were hydroplaning all over the road! It was not too bad though cause we were the only ones out in the bad weather! We finally made it home and had armfuls full of stuff! We were booking it through our parking lot, trying to get inside, and all of the sudden, the Elders jumped out of nowhere and started chasing us! Sister Anderson screamed so loud and she was so mad that she took one of the eggs that the family we ate dinner with gave us and she threw it at an Elder! hahahhah! Funniest. Night! 

This week was a long one but a good one! I just want all of you to know how much I love you! I want you to know that the gospel is true! I brings me more happiness and joy than I could ever imagine and I would be completely lost without it! Christ lives! He is the Savior of the World, and through him, each and every one of us can be saved, regardless of who we are or the mistakes that we have made! Christ will never give up on us and he will always be reaching out with open arms! Turn to him! Rely on him! Love him! Know him! He lives! 

Have a great week all! I miss you everyday and I love you more than anything! I have truly been blessed with the most incredible family! 

-Abs 

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Watermelon ---- Hi Family! 

On Tuesday, we had cute a laurel from one of our wards with us all day! She literally spent every second with us and it was so fun! She really wants to serve a mission so she was thrilled when we asked her to come see what "missionary life" is like. We set goals in faith with her while tracting and we were able to achieve those goals within the first five minutes of tracting! It was insane! I have never seen anything like it! I don't think we really realize how powerful faith can be! The funniest part of the day was dinner! ohhhh myyy.. I won't go into too much detail.. but let's just say that our dinner was AWKWARD! hahaha I was trying so hard not to laugh. Oh and I will also say that my skirt almost got pulled off by one of the family's dogs.... hahaha 

On Wednesday we had a pretty normal day, we went to the soup kitchen again but this time there was some action. A fight broke out between two homeless guys and there was food being thrown and plates flying! It was actually kinda scary! Also, I received another funny compliment... some guy came up to me and asked if I have a boyfriend and I said, "no." So then he said, "I like your face!" hahah and I swear he said that I had something on my face!! So I was all confused and everyone around me started cracking up! hahah oh man, there is nothing like getting hit on at the soup kitchen! haha 

On Thursday, we went to the Zoo again for service... more hay... KILL ME! I have been sneezing all week! Then we went to the Shrine again because it was Elder Henning's last week and he wanted to go! Then we spent the rest of the day running around doing service and teaching stop by lessons cause ALL of our plans fell through! Even our dinner fell through! To end the night, we played with the African Refugee children! Oh my gosh! They are so full of energy! I was laughing so hard the entire night! I jumped rope with all the little girls and the kept coming up to me and they would grab my hand and just hold it tight! Aww. It melted my heart! We also played volleyball with a bunch of the older kids and that was such a blast! I love these sweet kiddos more than anything! 

On Friday we had a lesson with Lynn and we talked to her more about her baptism date! We were a little nervous because we weren't sure how she was feeling about it, but she is SO excited! She told us that her whole family is coming into town on the 2nd of September to see her be baptized! AHH! I am so happy I could cry! She is doing so well! She has been going through a lot with work and with health issues but she is recognizing the Lord's hand and she is continuing to have faith! She is so incredible! She is inspiring to me everyday! 

Sunday was the best! I have kinda been down this week... But Sunday lifted me up so much! I was able to have peace about some things and I felt so much hope! I just love how the spirit teaches! He helps each individual person receive revelation in different ways and it absolutely amazes me! We got to see some of our investigators and they all confirmed their baptism dates to us! All of them have family coming into town and we are getting everything set for their dates in September! The 2nd and the 9th are going to be the happiest days of my life! They are all so full of light and I can see them changing day by day! They are becoming disciples of Christ! Ah! This is where it's all worth it!

Also, y'all are probably wondering why I titled my email "WATERMELON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" well, it's cause the word has gotten out about how much we love watermelon, so now everyone is giving us watermelons. hahaha We are piled high with them and they are soooo good! The members here are so good to us! 

I just want to let all of you know that I know this gospel is true! I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he died for me and for all of you! I know that the enabling power of the atonement is real! I know that through Him, we can become better each day. I know that when we turn to Him with our whole heart and repent, our sins are forgiven and he remembers them no more. And I know that He loves us more than we can even comprehend! I know that the Book of Mormon is true! I need it in my life daily! I know that it was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith and that through it's words, we can have eternal life! I love my mission! I love all of you! And I love this Gospel! It is true! I promise! 

Have an amazing week! 

-Abs 

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Preparing for 3 Baptisms ---- Hi Family! 


This week has been awesome! It was kinda a slow week cause Andy and I have both been really sick so we have spent many hours of our days in bed. Andy has had it worse than me though so a lot of the time I was just being bored. haha. But we tried really hard to go out and work whenever we could and we ended up seeing a lot of miracles because of that! 

We have also been preparing a lot for the three Baptisms that are coming up in the next few weeks! They are all so excited and we are seeing so many blessing coming to them! This week we had Zone Conference and it was so uplifting! We got to spend an entire day learning from our Mission President and our APs and Zone Leaders! It was so awesome! 

We have had a number a awesome lessons this week and are making great progress with everyone we are teaching! We also went tracting as a district this week and we all split off in our area and set goals in faith! We tracted for about two hours and then got back together and reported on the progress that we made! Andy and I were able to find a new investigator and also pass out three Books of Mormon and we got two potential investigators! It was pretty awesome considering that we only ended up getting 45 minutes to find. 

We got three new investigators this week! AHHHH! We were so thrilled to see the Lord blessing us for following the promptings of the spirit to drop some other investigators!

The best experience with a new investigator was when we went to teach Lynn and she asked if one of her friends could sit in on a lesson! We said, "yes! of course!" and so her friend Chance sat in on our lesson and we very interested in what we were saying! He said that he wants to come to Lynn's baptism and also to church and that he wants to start taking the lessons as well! We were soooo excited! We get to teach Lynn the lessons over again after her baptism and so he gets to hear them for the first time! It is going to be so awesome! 

The best day this week was the 17th because it was SISTER ANDERSON'S Birthday!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!! She is 20 years old! I stayed up until about 11:00 the night before and decorated our kitchen with streamers and balloons and stuff and then I got up around 6:00 and started making chocolate chip pancakes with nutella and strawberries and cream! SO YUMMY! So anyway.. she woke up around 6:15 and came into the kitchen and was soo surprised! Oh and I gave her a painting for her birthday along with the dress that mom sent and she LOVED them! It was the best day! I will attach lots of pics! 

We got to do some service this week as well which is always good! And we didn't have to do hay again at the zoo!!!! FEELING SOOOO BLESSED! I am finally not sneezing! YAYYY

I want you all to know that I am loving it out here! Colorado is still bipolar as ever and it rains constantly! haha! but I LOVE it! Serving a mission is the best decision I have ever made! I am looking forward to many more great memories out here! 

The church is true! God is real! The atonement changes lives! Christ is our Savior and Redeemer!!! He lives! Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration and the Book of Mormon is the word of God! My testimony is as simple as that! 

Love you all and miss you so much! I can't wait to talk to you all again! 

-Abs 

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Two Kneeling Prayers a Day ---- Hi Family!!! 

 This week has been busy and fun! That's always my favorite kind of week! 

So on Tuesday.. we did a whole lot of planning for everything that we have going on these next few weeks like baptisms and stuff like that.  

On Wednesday, we worked at the soup kitchen again and I got some pretty great compliments this time! hahah One homeless man came up to me and said, "hey gorgeous! how are you?" I replied, "Good sir, how are you today?" He then said, "Good! I've been dreamin' about ya!" and my response was... "ohhhh....." hahahhaha I had no clue what to say. Then he said, "If I was only 20 years younger..." hahahha I was dying! It was sooo funny! They this other guy came up to me and told me that I was the prettiest thing he had seen all day! That really made me smile! I just love volunteering there! It is so nice to help others who are struggling at this time in their life. It was kinda scary though.. when we were trying to leave, we got stopped by this crazy high guy and he was like trying to grab us and stuff.... ehhhh! But then he started dancing and then ran away! hahaha Kinda weird! 

On Thursday we went to the zoo and then we had a Lesson with an investigator and I committed him to say two kneeling prayers a day (thank you Pres. Buie!) and he has been doing it ALL WEEK!!!! I am so happy for him! He told us that he is seeing a huge difference in his life and he even said that he will get baptized and that he knows that what we are teaching him is true! So now all we need to do is set a date with him.. we are planning to do that next Wednesday! This whole experience with him has been so special to me because Andy and I first met him when we were tracting for the first time together! He was someone that we tracted into and it is so awesome to finally see this coming full circle! Keep him in your prayers! He has been making a lot of life changes and he is truly becoming a different person! The holy ghost is definitely working in him!!! 

On that night, we went to a super awkward dinner... haha and then headed to the church to teach English to the African Refugees! I worked with sweet Frazia again and I we got to read together! She is doing so well! I just love her! She jumped on my back and gave me the biggest hug as I was leaving and it was so sweet! We also got a new investigator, she is a refugee mom and we are going to teach her how to cook and also teach her a little bit about the gospel! I am so excited! These refugees have so many sad stories and I only wish that I could do more to help them! I am seriously wanting to do some humanitarian work when I get home after working with all these kids! 

Friday was the best!!!!! We went to dinner with these two ladies who each have military husbands and they each have three kids under the age of five. So we had tacos with them and talked to them for a bit and learned their stories and it was honestly so eye opening to hear about what Army wives go through! It is not easy, I will tell you that! We then shared "good things to come" with them. It's my favorite mormon message!!! Go watch it if you haven't! By the end of it, we were all crying!!!! 

After that, we went to a lesson with Lynn (our last lesson) and we taught her about the Word of Wisdom, Law of Chastity, and the Law of the Tithe! And she accepted everything and also agreed to speak at the "Work of Salvation Fireside" which is a mission-wide fireside where all the missionaries in the mission bring their investigators and we have recent converts speak! So she gets to speak at that and it will be the day after her baptism! How great is that?!?!? Also, side note.... Lynn has a friend named Chance who is in the Army with her.. and he is now starting the lessons and is coming to church with Lynn and he is also reading the Book of Mormon! Ahhhhh! How is this happening?!?! I'll tell you how! It's the Lord! He is so amazing and has truly prepared so many people for us to teach! 

On Saturday, we had a training meeting! And so it was just me and Sister Tay (my MTC comp) and our trainers! It was a really great experience! We met with President and Sister Stevenson and the APs and we got to talk all about how our training experiences have been! It was so great! After that we went to lunch with Sister Taylor and Sister Walker (her trainer) and then we went to a Baptism for the Palmer Park Elder's Investigator! Her name was Angelica and she was so sweet! Since her missionaries are Elders.. we got to go back in the changing room with her and help her with everything! I also got to stand on the side of the font and watch her be baptized and then I got to wrap her in a towel as she came out of the water! It was such an amazing experience for me! She was seriously glowing! 

For dinner on Saturday.. we went to a pizza parlor with a family and the Elders and the little boys asked me if I would go down a slide with them.. so I followed them over to this HUGE slide! (Probably 20ish feet long) Anyway.. so we all went down the slide! Even the Elders! And it was such a blast! And the pizza place was soooo good! So dinner was pretty much THE BEST! 

Sunday was great! We had so many people come to church! It was amazing!!!!! I am so proud of all of our investigators and less actives! They are so prepared!

I love this gospel! I love the way that it changes us for the better! I know that it is true! Christ lives! He preformed the Atonement for each and every one of us! I am so happy to be a missionary in the world right now!!! 

I love you all! Have the best week! 

Thank you for all of your prayers! 

-abs 

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Challenges and Blessings

So, last Tuesday we went to dinner with the Jones' and it was a blast! They are this sweet couple and they totally remind me of Brent and Leslie Lorimer! They are so cute! They took us to this classy mexican place and I got fish tacos! Mom would have loved them! We definitely should all go there when we come back and visit my mission some day! It was so fun! And she is an interior designer so we had lots to talk about! She was so sweet with us! And they also insisted that we get dessert, so we got a molten lava chocolate cake that was to die for! Oh and we also got a guacamole appetizer that was soooo good! Mom and Dad, you would LOVE this place!!! 

Anyway, so on Wednesday we went to the soup kitchen and then had a wonderful lesson with sweet 82 year old Norma! I adore her! She always calls me Abby and calls Sister Anderson Krystal and it is the sweetest thing! She calls us her daughters! haha even though technically we are the ages of her granddaughters! haha! So we taught her and she gave me a pair of shoes that were too small for her! awww.. they were total grandma shoes but I think I will wear them to a lesson at her house just to see her face light up! She will be so happy! That night we went to a place called Mod Pizza with some members! The Blarmires! They are soooo great! They have six awesome kids and the mom reminds me so much of a Utah mom! (probably cause she is from Utah hah) anyway.. you guys should google Mod Pizza and see if there is one in Utah cause it was soooo good! 

On Thursday we went and did service at the Zoo with all of the Elders! We were doing something called seed sticks where we dip Popsicle Sticks in hot glue and then we dip them in seeds for the birds to eat! So there are not very many seeds on it.. just on the tip.. anyway, so Elder McCombs, (a new Elder fresh from the MTC) said, "Sister Morgan, I will give you 20 dollars and buy you lunch if you eat this seed stick!!! So I ate it!! hahah! It was not even bad.. it just tasted like the seeds that are on the crust of some wheat breads! hahah so yea! I got 20 dollars and he bought me panda express! hahahah! Best decision EVER! That will teach him not to make bets with me again! hahah! But the Chinese food did not stop there for the day.. after a couple more appointments we went to Coordination meeting with our ward mission leader in Broadmoor and he took us to a super yummy Chinese place called The Coal Mine Dragon! It wasn't quite as good as Dragon Diner from home.. but pretty close! hahah I am just now realizing that all I have talked about is food... hahah Ohhhh man.. 

Oh Friday, we found out that Lynn had a death in her family and so we had to cancel everything for her baptism and get it all moved to a different day.. It was so sad, but she is doing so much better and is still so excited and so ready to be baptized! Satan has been hitting her so hard with so many things and there are trials that are coming at her left and right by no fault of her own and she is constantly turning to Christ for strength and is not allowing the adversary to get her down! She is such an inspiration to me and is teaching me more than I have ever taught her! She makes all of the hard days in my mission so worth it! 

Something that was so incredible this week was that we went and talked to Brother and Sister Wilhelm about everything that was happening this week that was hard. (we call them our Colorado Parents haha) Anyway, so Brother Wilhelm gave us each a blessing and Sister Wilhelm told us to turn to the Savior and access his atonement! She explained that the atonement is not just for sinners, but also for sadness and trials of any kind. She told us something that she does every time that she takes the sacrament that helps her to remember the Savior. First, she bears her testimony to the Savior as the sacrament is being passed and then she silently says, "create in me more perfectly thee." She explained that often times we need to ask for the Savior to create in us, him. Our goal is to become as the Savior is and it is only possible when we access the atonement and ask for His help! She said that there are 3 S's that help us become more Christlike.. Service, Suffering, and Sacrifice. These are the three things that we must do constantly in order to have true and everlasting charity! I was so blown away by her testimony to us and felt so much peace! 

Sunday was amazing! The sacrament took on a whole new meaning for me, we had 5 investigators at church and 4 less-actives, and Lynn was able to make it back in town just in time for Sacrament Meeting! She came to church and was able to hear the testimonies that were shared and I swear that each testimony was perfectly tailored to her! She was crying throughout the whole meeting and was so uplifted by everything that was said! She also brought her friend Chance with her again and he was able to feel that same sweet spirit! 

In between meetings, we ran over to this lady's house in our ward and we taught her the first lesson. Her son and his girlfriend were in town and really wanted her to receive the first lesson since her son and his girlfriend both served missions and are planning to be married in the temple! So we got a new less-active!!! Her name is Susie and she is the sweetest! She is working on going to the temple and we are so thrilled to get to work with her! I can hardly wait! 

Later on that night, we went to the Work of Salvation fireside, where we have all the missionaries bring their investigators and then we have recent converts speak! Chance and Lynn came with us and it was a beautiful meeting! Afterwards, Chance began telling me how much he has seen his life change for the better since he has been taking the lessons and how amazed he is at how much Lynn's life has changed! He was so sweet and sincere and told me that he is going to begin reading the Book of Mormon right away! I am so excited for him! 

On Labor day we couldn't email cause all the libraries were closed.. so we took the whole day and we went on a hike and then played games at the church! It was such a fun day! We are kinda struggling with some missionaries that are being disobedient and leaving their companions and stuff like that... but that didn't stop Andy and I from having an awesome P-day! That night, we went to Lynn's house and made BBQ chicken pizza with her and Chance and then we watched Meet the Mormons! It was such a fun time!!!!! I love them! 

Ohhh and in most recent news! Eliana has a new baptismal date! September 23rd!!!! (she was the little girl that was supposed to be baptized in July!) 

Ohh and also... we have some haters after us! We have had somebody messing with our car.. So we had someone throw food on it a couple weeks ago and then someone stole our hubcap.. and then we had some mean notes on our car a few days ago, and finally.. yesterday, we got egged! UGH! It is so frustrating! We think that someone has seen that we are Mormon missionaries and is trying to target us or something because no one else's car is getting messed with.. Now all of the senior missionaries in the mission are worrying about our safety and so we are having to be really careful and stuff and make sure that no one is following/watching us.. But I am not worried! I know that the Lord is protecting us! But yea.. it still really sucks that our car "Ruby" (that's her name) is taking the brunt of it!

So yea! This week was great! It definitely had its hard moments but in the end we received so many blessings! I am so grateful for this gospel and for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me and loves me! 

I hope that you all have an amazing week! I love you so much and miss you all the time! 

-Sis Morgan

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