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!
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!
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!
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!
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!