Monday, 17 July 2017

You Win Some, You Lose Some 2.0

Hello! 

A little bit of a slower week this week, I mean we were very busy because we always have backups, but we didn't get to teach a lot of lesson because of cancellations...

Some highlights from his week were a lesson about faith with a less-active member named Vaiola. I love teaching her. She is just so great and eager to learn more, to grow in the gospel and to keep commitments because she knows how much it blesses her.... now if only we could get some of our investigators to feel that way hahah We also had a lesson with Jeremy and Glenn, a member in our ward named Amanda came with us, it went really well! Glenn was actually going to go and do something else, but he came out and joined instead, which is a really big step for him! He's a sweet kid, and Jeremy is doing a ton better! He is ready to get the ball rolling again! :)

Wednesday was pretty busy... We had lessons with Calvin, Dice, Jeremy, Vaiola, Sister Ceja (less-active member), and Scott (less-active member). We also got to teach the Preach my Gospel class again to the Priests in the ward, they are doing so well! We practiced teaching 4 minute restoration lessons with them, it also gave us the chance to practice, which was nice.

Thursday we had zone conference! Oh man, it was amazing as usual. We learned about finding, especially having an "urgency" to find.  It's funny that that wasn't really something we were struggling with, until last week haha I'm sure it will pick up again this week though! Something was reminded of is that there is a never-ending supply of people who need to hear the gospel and are ready to receive it, especially here in southern California! i have never seen so many people in my life! God is always preparing people, we just need to find them, and that tales work! We can't just wait for them to fall into our laps, we have to seek! So, I am going to try to be better at "seeking." :)

After zone conference, we were all jazzed up on the spirit and we went to a lesson with Liz Zamarrepa; it was so good! We re-established our purpose, taught a short but very powerful restoration to both her and her sister who was visiting, and set a baptismal date! It was so awesome.

Friday we had a few really good lessons as well. Ee met with Rosemary, taught the plan of salvation with Amanda again. Amanda is a recently returned missionary so she's basically the best ever to have in lessons! Especially since they were both the first 2 times Sister Nicol has taken the lead with the plan of salvation so Amanda was a good comfort and help to her I think.

In the afternoon, we taught Demel the plan of salvation with Justin Ibarra, and later we taught the restoration to a wonderful new investigator named Julie with her fellowshiper, Sister Huebner. Both those lessons went really well! Julie's lesson was especially sweet. When we invited her to read the Book of Mormon she said reading was hard for her... she said, " I have something called ADD, I don't know if you've heard of it."  I just thought, uh yeah... I've heard of it a time or two hahaha.. This is funny because I have ADD for those of you who don't know... So I was able to share how I was able to overcome the challenges I have faced concerning my learning... impairment? (I feel like it's weird to call it a disability...) through the atonement of Jesus Christ. It really does cover, heal and prevent any and all imperfections. Anything that might possible keep us from perfection can and will and has been overcome by our Saviour. We gave her just a short passage to read and focus on how she felt as she read it. I am really excited to meet with her again.

This was just such an example to me of how "weak things become strong." Never did I ever think that my "weakness" of having attention deficit disorder would ever become helpful and even comforting to anyone. I can remember that she just kept saying, "I am so glad I have finally found someone that understands!" God is good and his plan is perfect!

Saturday was pretty much a bust. We had about 6 lessons planed and we taught... 2. We were also supposed to have Edward's baptismal interview and... he didn't show up again. BUT we did get to go to a baptism with Alyssa and Justin Ibarra, so that was really great, especially since the person being baptized was in a very similar situation to Alyssa. 

One of the lessons we had was with a less-active mom and daughter, the Shoemakes. They were very sweet and we got to teach a very powerful, short restoration lesson. They explained that their testimonies were very much alive, they had just been offended years ago... We told them that we don't care if they come to sacrament meeting, leave right after and never talk to anyone the whole time; we were there to help them reclaim the blessings they have lost by taking the sacrament. As I was testifying to them about the sacredness of the sacrament and the importance of my covenants, I was overcome with the strength of a testimony I didn't know I had! More than perhaps anything, I have learned the importance of the covenants we make as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have gained.

Sunday we had about 3 or 4 people that we were positive would be coming to church, they told us right to our faces not 24 hours before.... and no one came. It was disappointing, but not as bad as last week... I felt confident that I had done all that I could. No matter how good a teacher or inviter I become, I will never be able to MAKE someone do something they are not willing to do.

After church we saw Jose, a new investigator, and talked to him about how the gospel blesses and strengthens our families. He didn't have long though, so we set a return appointment and we will plan to prepare short, powerful lessons for him to better work with his schedule. Later we saw a former investigator named Riley, she is 11 and very cute. She wants to start learning again and we are very excited to see her!

It's funny how on your mission, in a period of 24 hours you can have both the worst and the best day of your mission.

The Church is true!

Love, Sister Holt

Sorry, no pics this week!

Well - Christina sent no pics but a couple were posted on Facebook





Monday, 10 July 2017

Busted!

I bet you're getting tired of me saying another great week in SoCal but... Another great week in SoCal!!!! It's been hot and sunny every day, about 92 on average.... so I can't complain!

Last Monday we had an awesome zone activity in the park. We had hot dogs and hamburgers and we played sand volleyball... but of course I forgot to take pictures until the very end.... But it was so fun :)

After Pday, we had a lesson with Liz and her boys, her daughter Crystal and her husband Alfred were even there! It was great. After that we went to go and see a former investigator named Salai that we still stop by. She loves missionaries and she likes a lot about our religion but she is still searching and she wanted a break to do it on her own... but we still go by and see her every few weeks so that when she is ready, we will be there!

Tuesday we had a lesson with a woman named Rosemary first thing in the morning. she is an older widow, her dad was LDS but she had some negative experiences with the Church at a young age. We offered to share a message about the plan our Heavenly Father has made for us, she accepted! It breaks my heart when people ruin others' experiences with the church. We hope we can help her see that we believe in strengthening families, not tearing them apart.

After that we had a wonderful lesson with Demel. He hadn't read the Book of Mormon so we read the introduction with him, Justin Ibarra came with us, he is so great! He is going to be an amazing misisonary! Justin was baptized just last October and he was able to share his testimony of how he came to know the Book of Mormon was true and how because of that he knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that this is Christ's church! It was amazing to watch the change that came upon Demel. He promised to read and we will be returning with Justin this week!

Tuesday was also the 4th of July! We didn't have any dinner plans and I felt bad that Sister Nicol's first Holiday away form home would be so boring, so we went to IN-N- Out (even thought it's got yucky fries haha), so that made her happy! But then just after dinner we went to see a less-active family, Vaiola's family, and they invited us to join their dinner and some of their neighbour's even had fireworks. It was really such a huge blessing!!! I could tell that Sister Nicol really needed it, God certainly does work in mysterious ways!

Wednesday we had a lesson with Calvin, a less-active member named Scott and we found 2 new investigators; Karen and Kelvin, her son! They are very sweet and have met with missionaries before. We also found another investigator named Al. We had been seeing some potentials in one of our areas and Sister Nicol felt impressed to knock on one of the neighbour's doors. Just as we were about to do this, I noticed the other neighbour, who turned out to be Al! He is really awesome, has a strong faith in Christ and is open to learning more. We knocked the other door after and they were not interested but I know that if we hadn't stopped to look around because of Sister Nicol's prompting, we would not have found Al. God is good!

On Thursday we had another lesson with Calvin, we saw Jeremy, which is really good! he hasn't been doing so well for the last week or so, but he is doing a lot better now! Seeing him happy makes me so, so happy! I can't help but grin every time I see him. Later in the evening we saw Dice, we talked to him more about baptism and confirmation and the qualifications for it and the covenants we make, it was really great!

Friday we had another new missionary training! It was wonderful, as always! So glad to get reminders of the basics! Later that evening we had basketball and Edward, his son Eddie, Glenn, Jeremy, Alyssa, and Justin came! It was really great, especially to have Eddie there since he is not really an investigator right now, we are hoping we can get to know him a little better and maybe he can start coming to church with his dad.

Saturday was CRAZY! First off, we had a lesson with Oscar, Justin came with us. It was very... interesting. It was pretty clear about halfway through that we was not interested in being taught but in teaching us... so we moved on! After that we had a lesson with Edward, going over the baptismal interview questions, Justin was there for that as well! After lunch and studies and stuff, we had a lesson with Mattie, and Ethan Vaughn was there for that. The spirit was really strong in that lesson and I had the opportunity of experiencing giving a strong promise from our Heavenly Father as one of His representatives, it was awesome!  I think she is getting closer and closer to baptism! After dinner we had a lesson with  a sweet older lady named Mollie, we taught her the restoration, Sister Nicol took the lead and she did a really good job!

After Mollie we had another lesson with a guy we found last week named Jesse. Jesse has tattoos that cover both his arms , one of his legs, and that go all the way up to his jaw-line on his neck, but man does he have faith in Jesus Christ. We can never know who will or will not be interested in receiving our message, it is just not our call to make! I'm glad I didn't listen to what I thought when we approached Jesse for the first time, but that I listened to the Spirit. 

That being said though, he was drinking with his friend outside when we went to teach him on Saturday haha. We decided to try and teach him a 4 minute restoration but about half-way through the cops pulled up behind us! hahahah I think Sister Nicol just about peed herself. The cop was very nice and just asked Jesse and his friend that was with us, Isaac, to go inside to enjoy their beverages. So we said bye to Jesse, but we will be seeing him again!

Right before we went home, we stopped by Dice to remind him about church the next day, we told him we were meeting with someone who was struggling to accept the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. He said, "Well, tell him to read it! It will blow his mind!" All I could think of was, you're telling me, Dice! Satan knows the power of the Book of Mormon, and he is good at his job.... so no one wants to read the Book! I know, just like Dice, that if we have a question or doubt about the gospel, it can be quickly and thoroughly resolved through acquiring a testimony of the truth and divinity of the Book of Mormon. 

Sunday was a sad day. Despite our many efforts, we were unable to help anyone get to church. I was pretty discouraged actually. I thought for sure this week. We had put so much time and effort into each person we were hoping would make it. I was very glad for the sacrament and the part it played in giving me comfort from my Heavenly Father that day. I was still pretty down until we stopped by Jeremy! He wasn't able to make it to church today because he is still recovering from his hardships last week, but he took us out to see some of his neighbours to talk about the Gospel! He is also going to be coming to a lesson with us this evening! Seeing people like Jeremy always brightens my spirit! It was definitely a good way to end my day, and week!

Well, I love you all dearly!!!

The Church is true,
Sister Holt












Monday, 3 July 2017

Brother Edwards

Another sun filled week in Southern California!
Last Monday we met with an investigator that used to meet with the Elders in this area named Rosa, she is very sweet! She loves scouting and is always busy being involved with that so week can’t meet with her too often but she wants to learn more! She has a very strong testimony! After that we were able to do some service with one of our investigators named Liz. We got to help her assemble some homeless kits for the community!
Tuesday we had a lesson with Dice, found out his real name is Sisifo Laupua, we told him we liked it but he still wants us to call him Dice haha. We invited a member named Justin Altier to the lesson with us and he really liked having him there! Today we will be having a family home evening with Justin and his family with Dice and another investigator named Edward! That evening we also had a really good lesson with a less-active member named Phil Shanks. We were able to talk to him more about covenants and repentance, the spirit was really strong. It's always so hard to see people with a desire to change but have a hard time doing it because of a certain stumbling block. It has been a blessing to be able to help people overcome those stumbling blocks. From where I'm standing, the hurdle they have to jump seems so small, I know they can do it! And I never hesitate to tell them that. The world wants us to think we cannot overcome out weaknesses and trials, we can never let the world win that battle! We must maintain that "perfect brightness of hope" and encourage and lift others so they can do the same. We also found anew investigator named Derek through a street contact.
On Wednesday we met with Monique and we set a baptismal date with her! Unfortunately it is for September 4th because she feels she needs to know a lot more. We encouraged her that when we finished teaching her the 5 lessons we have to share with her, she would feel ready :) Wednesday night we also got to teach a Preach My Gospel class to the Priests to help them prepare for their missions. They are such good boys and they will be awesome missionaries one day!
Thursday we saw Dice again! After we went to go see sister Ceja to teach her more about the temple so she can prepare to receive her endowment and be sealed to her husband and children! It was a really good lesson; her daughter Alexandra was there ad she was really cute reading the pamphlet with us!
We went to see Jeremy and he is struggling a little bit, which breaks my heart. We did our best to encourage him and to show o​ur love. He really is such a wonderful guy and he has so, so much potential in the Kingdom of God! We also got to meet with his brother Glenn and set a baptismal date with him! He has had a desire to be baptized for a little while but was not willing to make it a priority... we are hoping that now that he sees Jeremy he will feel more of that desire!
You will never guess who we met with on Friday... EDWARD! He has been AWOL for about a month but he came back kickin'! We were talking with him in the park when a guy walked by, sat down next to us and asked if he could join the lesson. He turned out to be a member that had been in our ward 4 years prior and he really helped Edward out! He was just really good at asking Edward questions and he had experiences that Edward needed to hear! It was a serious miracle! God is so good! After Brother Edwards (that was his name) left, we asked Edward when HE thought he would be ready for baptism... he said 3 weeks!!! We are so excited for him!!!

Saturday was CRAZY busy!!! We started off the day with a lesson with Darryl and a lesson with Calvin, later we had a lesson with Mattie and then in the evening, we had a lesson with Brother Shanks. Before we went to see Brother Shanks we were stopping by a potential and we met a man named Jesse. The first thing Jesse asked us was if we were Jehovah's witnesses. We told him no, we were Mormons. He said OH! The Mormons! I love your fellowship and your congregations are strong, but I'm not on board with the whole Brigham young polygamy thing....hahahaha oh gosh... We explained to him that we no longer practice polygamy and he said, hmm okay then tell me a bit more. We are very excited to teach him, it will definitely be interesting, he has a lot of misconceptions about us... But we are up for the challenge as always!
Sunday we had Calvin come to church! No Dice again... so that means we will have to discuss his baptismal date again.... He believes everything so strongly, I have never heard such a solid testimony of the Gospel from someone so novice to it! We just have to help him develop the faith to make sacrifices to live the Gospel he loves so much...
Canada day was great! Less fun than at home hahah but way more rewarding :) Mattie had a Canadian flag up for me so that was nice and I took some Canada Day pics ;)
Today our zone is having an Independence Day BBQ at the park!!! I am super excited :)
I love you all dearly!

Sister Holt

O Canada - my home and native land!

Lunch with Brother Shanks

With Justin and Dice

Ice cream in the park

Dice

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sister Nicol

Hello!

Last Monday was my last day with sister Biberston... sad... but we had a lot of fun and we were very busy, as always! I really will miss her, she was very loving and with her I truly learned what it is to serve your companion!

Tuesday I was with the Norwalk sisters for the beginning of the day because Sister Biberston left to Los Alamitos in the morning. Sister Wheeler, Sister Davis and I went to a lesson with a woman in their area and then got an oil change for my car.... it was very exciting haha. After that they had some lessons and It was approaching time for me to get my new companion... so a wonderful sister in my ward, the Relief Society President actually, Sister Altier was my companion for a little while! We went to the mission office at about 3pm... and around 5:30pm I was introduced to Sister Nicol! Her first name is Nicole by the way hahah. She is from Highland Utah. She is also number 5 of 8 kids! She is so sweet and eager to learn and work hard!

Her very first evening we taught 3 lessons. We met with David and Raymond and read some of the Book of Mormon with them, then we taught Dice the Word of Wisdom, and then we met with Vaiola. Her mother was there as well, she is an active member, so it was great for Sister Nicol to meet at least one member on the very first night!

Wednesday we had District Meeting with a brand new district! It was great because our district has been very small... but now that we have combined 2 districts there's about 10 missionaries in it.... so yay!

After District meeting we taught Calvin the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he is progressing well towards baptism, he has a very willing heart. Next time we get to get started on the commandments! We saw Jeremy after lunch and he is doing so well! We taught him the restoration for his after baptism lessons and this week we have a couple of his friends from the ward coming with us to teach him some more. He even found a job opportunity! He is just doing amazing. More and more of his personality is starting to come out as he feels the Spirit and gets really comfortable with the ward. They are doing a great job at making him feel welcome!

Wednesday evening we had a lesson with Sister Ceja, who was baptized last year in March. We have been talking to her for a while about going to the temple and being sealed to her husband and children. She said she has been talking about it with her husband but their car is broken and can't go on the freeway... I asked if that was all that was keeping them from going to the temple and she said yes... so I told her we could definitely get her a ride! We will be starting a mission prep class for her and a couple others in a few weeks :)

This week we were also able to find 3 new investigators through our investigator Deandre. We went to see him and we met his wife Zandra, and 2 of his daughters Simone, and Marzay. They are a very sweet family and I am excited to get to teach them! Deandre's brother just recently passed away so we talked to them about how Heavenly Father has provided a plan for his children! We were able to testify that because Christ's church and God's power have been restored to the earth, our families can be bound for eternity!  It was really great.

Thursday we saw Dice again and Liz, Jacob, and Matthew Zamarrepa. They are such a good family and the boys, who are only 16 (they are twins), are such good boys! They would make the best members ever! They always have so many questions so it's always hard to keep our lessons focused and cohesive... but they are learning well!

On Friday, we had new missionary training! The best part about being a trainer... just kidding... kinda. I love going to listen and learn from President Patterson and the assistants (Elder Bone and Elder Karren). Sometimes you get caught up in all the things you "should" be doing as a missionary, Yes all those things are important, but I love it when I get to be re-centered on my true purpose as a missionary; to teach repentance and baptize converts. I feel like my teaching and our lessons have been more focused on that and we have been able to better help those we teach understand why we are meeting with them.

Friday night we play basketball with some of our investigators and some of the other missionaries and their investigators... it's always a great opportunity because it is the only way we can get Jeremy's brother Glenn into the church! Of course they were both there and some of the elders had brought a new investigator named Mike. Mike is struggling with a few things and it was just amazing to see Jeremy bear his testimony to him of how the gospel has helped him overcome some serious challenges! It may have been the most powerful moment on my mission so far. He just kept telling him that he can do this, God will help him and that he had faith in him. He even added him on Facebook so he could help him out and stuff. It was really cool. Jeremy is such a good missionary. He wants to come teaching with us really badly! So eager to progress, I love it!

Saturday we had a very interesting lesson with an investigator named Soni, he is a very sweet Tongan man... but kind of hard to teach. Sister Nicol was able to bear beautiful testimony of how the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and how our message can strengthen others' faith in Him.

Sunday was great! Beautiful weather! We had ward council and it was very productive. Then we went to get 3 investigators that we were supposed to walk to church with.... and none of them answered their doors or phones... and then another one texted us and told us they weren't going to be able to make it... So we drove back to the church just in time for sacrament meeting... and at least Jeremy was there! :) He always looks so happy to be at church! Next week he will really be getting the priesthood and we are very excited for him, he is also very excited! He can't wait to pass the sacrament and go to the temple on the 15th of July to do baptisms!

Sunday evening we met with Alyssa... she isn't going to be able to be baptized on the 1st of July... her parents are making her wait. She is holding on to the faith though! She is so cute, I just loved teaching her about temple and eternal families yesterday! She is going to be an amazing missionary one day!

I am just so completely filled with joy every single day! I know there must be times of stress, but I can't ever seem to remember it when I look back, only the good sticks around very long! I can’t believe all that I have learned and become, God truly is good!

I love you dearly!


Sister Holt


Good-bye Sister Biberston :(
Hello Sister Nicol!


 

B-Ball






Monday, 19 June 2017

Training 2.5

HELLO!

This has been an amazing week and a fantastic transfer! We got transfer calls last night and.......................
 I am training again and Sister Biberston is going to Los Alamitos with Sister Castleberry, who is super awesome! I have seriously loved being able to serve with Sister Biberston, I've been super blessed to get to be a part of her training. I am definitely going to miss her like crazy, but I'm stoked for another adventure to begin!

Last Pday was really fun, our zone went bowling! Which I haven't done in forever so I was pretty terrible... After Pday we had a great lesson with a young guy named Raymond that we found on the street and halfway through his brother, David, came to the door and asked if we were having a bible study, we told him we were and he joined! It was really great, they are 15 and 16 and they seem like really good kids. After that we had a lesson with Jeremy to help prep him for his baptism!

Tuesday we had a lesson with Calvin, we taught him the plan of salvation with pictures and stuff so he could remember better; it went really well! He was able to repeat the whole plan back to us! We extended his baptismal date to July 8th so we have more time to teach according to his needs. He really is the sweetest most smiley guy you'll ever meet!

On Tuesday we also got to go to the LA temple visitor's center with Jeremy! Justin Ibarra drove and brought his friend from YSA. It was really great! Jeremy really learned a lot about the temple and eternal families and he's super excited to go back ASAP to do baptisms!

That night we also had a lesson with Vaiola, she is loving learning about the Gospel all over again! She said she was obviously not listening in class growing up because she doesn't remember any of this haha! She is so funny. We are working on getting her read for a patriarchal blessing.

Wednesday was very busy! We had district meeting and we taught 5 lessons! It was awesome, I love nothing more than staying busy :) First we met with Alyssa, she is still progressing super, super well! We are so happy for her. Her mother has said that she would like her to wait a little bit longer before getting baptized, we encouraged her to bear her testimony to her mother to help her understand how important this is to her. I think she is going to do that today, so we will see! After we had a lesson with a new investigator named Demel with a member from our ward, Brother Vest. It went really well! It was such a blessing to have brother Vest there to bear testimony, he even left Demel with a challenge to come to church on Sunday! It was awesome.

After that we had a lesson with DICE. Man, he is the coolest. I literally can't do him justice by trying to describe just how prepared he is and how excited he is about the truth he learns! We set a new baptismal date with him for June 14th because he missed church, but we talked to him about the importance and he gets it now :) Man, he was so excited when we told him that he could receive the priesthood after his baptism! He gave us high fives. It was great. After that was Jeremy's baptismal interview.

After dinner we met with Dwayne, a newer investigator and talked about the importance of keeping the commandments. He said he felt that people shouldn't deny themselves of things that bring "happiness" like drinking etc. We were able to bear testimony to him of the joy it brings in our lives when we keep the commandments. It's so crazy to me how people think they have it all without the Gospel, they try telling us that they're good.... but it's not true! It's something you don't realize you NEED until you find it! People just have to make the first step, get that first taste of what it is like to have the spirit and they start to get it. That is why teaching with the spirit is so important!

Late that evening we had a lesson with another less-active man named Scott.

The rest of the week was pretty normal; finding, teaching, and preparing people for baptism, and then on Saturday... we got to go to 2 baptisms! It was the best day ever! First we went back to Huntington Beach North to the Beach ward for Karie's baptism! It was so, so special. It was also really cool because all of the companions I have served with that are still in the mission were there!  Right after that baptism we hurried home to start filling the font for Jeremy's baptism! It was a small, simple meeting but it was very powerful! Justin Ibarra baptized him, it's the first time he has done that, he was baptized himself just last October! Also, Jeremy's sister, Destiny, came and when Jeremy bore his testimony the spirit was just so strong! She took a restoration pamphlet and a Book of Mormon and she is going to start meeting with us!

After the baptism we taught another lesson to Raymond and David and committed them to be baptized! Yay! More miracles! Then we finished off the evening with a lesson with Vaiola.

The next day for Jeremy's confirmation, Glenn came, his brother who is also getting taught by us. This was really awesome because Glenn hasn't been coming to church because he's 13 and he says it feels like school... but he came and it was great! Jeremy received a very powerful blessing with a lot of great promises! He certainly has a bright future ahead of him!

I am so thankful for all that Heavenly Father allows me to be a part of! The Church is so true!

Sister Holt



ps #sorrynotsorry for all the pics coming....

Jason, Jeremy, Sisters Holt and Biberston

L.A. Temple






Karie and her missionaries


MTC companions reunited

All Sister Holt's comps who are still in the field!
Sisters Biberton, Greener, Holt, Sherksnas and Rhoton


Distrct Bowl

Monday, 12 June 2017

Wonder of Wonders, Miracle of Miracles!

Hello! I don't have much time again this week, but I will try to get the most important stuff in.

Tuesday we had a great lesson with a less-active member named Vaiola. She was baptized when she was 8 but was never really committed to the church. She has come to a point where she really wants to know what God would have her do. It's definitely true that ever person has their own timing for when they will receive the Gospel. We don't know when that will be but Heavenly Father is working on EVERY person's heart. If someone isn't ready, they're not ready. It doesn't mean, "not ever", it just means "not now." Well Vaiola is ready now! We taught her the restoration because she really didn't know much about our religion! I feel like people who investigate the church actually learn more about what we believe through the lessons that are taught than normal members learn... Like when I teach kids that are 9 or 10 I just think, wow, you are so much more ready for this than any other 8 year old! I want to teach my kids the lessons before they get baptized!

Wednesday, we met with a new investigator, Mario. He is a deputy sheriff who found our card after we had left it at his door for his brother. He texted us and we set up a time to meet. He is very sincere and the lesson went great! We also had awesome lessons with Alyssa (who is getting baptized on the 1st of July) and Jeremy (who is getting baptized this Saturday.) All in all, a pretty good day :)

Thursday, we had a stake correlation meeting to discuss how priesthood keys are involved with ward missionary work, it was a rather good presentation! They showed an awesome video of one bishop who used his priesthood keys to "hasten the work" in England. They went from baptizing 2 or 3 people a year to 30 and then 50 the following year!!! President Patterson was there too, so it was nice to see him.

Friday we had a lesson with a sweet girl named Samiyah, we taught her the plan of Salvation. She is progressing really well but felt she was unable to accept a baptismal date because her mother is sort of against her meeting with us... she is letting her but she isn't very happy about it. She has been reading the Book of Mormon a lot though! And marking it! She is so awesome. I love working with youth! They are so much more receptive to the Gospel and to learn, grow, and change.
 Saturday was very busy, we had another lesson with Jeremy, and Vaiola. We also picked up 3 new investigators! Michael, Demel, and Raymond. Heavenly Father really does bless you when you speak to everyone! Yeah, not everyone is ready to hop into the baptismal font, but what if they need your contact to move further down the path to baptism?

Sunday was awesome! Jeremy, Alyssa, and a new investigator named Randy were at church, and Calvin came after the Sacrament. We had a lesson after church with Jeremy and the Huebners, it went really well. I love teaching in the church building! The spirit is just so strong.

I also made dinner Sunday evening for Sister Biberston and I! Pics to follow lol. A member gave us a roast at some point so I cut it up into stakes and it was super yummy.

After dinner we had another lesson with Alyssa, she is progressing so, so well! We came to a for sure firm date, the first of July! We called her later to ask what time (2:00) and she bore her testimony to us of how we have helped her come closer to Christ and use the Atonement to better herself every day. It was a very special moment for us. After Alyssa's lesson we met with Dwayne, a new investigator, He is very cool and I am excited to teach him!

The Church is true! 

Sister Holt

fireside discussion

with the YSA sisters


Sisters Greener, Holt and Biberston




back up assist :)

Monday, 5 June 2017

DICE

Hey! Sorry I don't have a lot of time to write this week!

We have seen so many miracles this week! We found 5 awesome new investigators; Terry, Jasmine, Darreyl, Harris, and DICE.

Terry and DICE were probably our biggest miracles! Terry we met as we were visiting another investigator who wasn't home. We contacted Terry as he was walking past and we invited him to read a restoration pamphlet and we asked if we could come back another time to see how he liked it and discuss it. He accepted. When we went back over a couple of days later, he had read and actually studied it! It was so awesome! He knew everything about the priesthood authority and apostasy and dispensations, it was really cool! He has also done some online research about Joseph Smith, and he did it properly! We are very excited to work with him.

Then there was DICE. We found DICE when we were trying to see a different potential whose apartment number we couldn't find. Instead of giving up we decided to knock on one of the doors and ask. Then we found DICE. He said he was very intrigued by our message about prophets and invited us back to tell him more about it. The following lesson was probably the best one I have ever been blessed to be a part of. It was so powerful! We took our time teaching him the restoration and every couple minutes he would just sit back and exclaim, "Father God, I know this must be a sign from you!" It was a really cool experience, an absolute miracle. He wants so badly to read the Book of Mormon but he said he already knows this is the truth. He actually said he wasn't going to even refer to Mormonism as a religion, just "the truth".

I also got sick this week, but we simply have no time for me to rest and I had no medicine or money to get some... so I got my first blessing as a missionary. I don't know why I think I can do everything all on my own, 'cause I can't. Yeah... my district leader was actually the one who told me I should get one (and Sister Biberston) because I didn't want to get one... but I’m so glad I did.  It was a really cool experience that maybe I'll tell you about another time haha

Also Jeremy and Alyssa came to church this week so that was super awesome! Jeremy is ready to get back on the wagon, he is so determined to be baptized! I am so excited for all that is happening here!

I love you!  The Church is TRUE!


Sister Holt