Monday, 14 August 2017

Calvin!!!

Hello All!!!


This week has been crazy busy!!! At the beginning of the week we had set a goal to find 7 new investigators... it got to Saturday and we had only been able to find 3... we recommitted ourselves to our goal and MIRACLES happened! We found 5 investigators that day and 4 on Sunday! It was awesome. Sister Nicol is so fearless in acting on promptings to talk to people! Even if we are driving down the street and she sees someone walking she says, "STOP!" and we pull over, get out and contact them. I seriously want to develop that kind of faith!

Last Monday we had a first lesson with an awesome new investigator named Alex, he is very open and impressed with the young people of the Church. He is an Elder in his 7th Day Adventist church But has a desire to learn more about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a wonderful investigator! He always takes extensive notes of what he reads and always follows through on commitments, it is so refreshing haha. Saturday we met with Calvin and... he is living the word of wisdom!!!! We set a baptismal date with him for the 26th of August and we are so excited for him!

One of our investigators, Jose, has a 9 year old son, also named Jose, and he joined us for our lesson this last week as we talked more about Joseph Smith and the restoration. Jose is very interesting, he has a desire to know and he applies all that we ask him to do; he reads and prays and he says that after he reads his assignment and prays about the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith, he feels worse, more doubt... We don't really know what to do except that maybe coming to church might make the difference... But he is still willing to meet with us and try again!

We have also been working on specific goals for how many people we contact a day and how many referrals we ask for and it is going really well!!! We have met our goals (5 each) a few times this week and it has really made a difference! I love it when I get to act on a prompting I receive from the Spirit! Now, if only I could remember that before I make the contact instead of after all the nervousness haha 

Saturday was our CRAZIEST day. That's when we found 5 investigators and we taught 5 lessons. My favorite lesson was probably with Steve, our recently discovered 90 year old less-active friend. He is so very sweet, I am so blessed to be able to feel of God's love for him every time we go over. Since he is quite old, our lessons are very simple and quiet, I just love it!

Sunday we had.................. 4 investigators come to church!!!!!!!!! That was probably the week's biggest miracle! Edward, Alex, Alyssa, and Calvin all came :) It took a few early morning wake-up calls and a last minute visit or two but it was so wonderful to see them there! It was the first time for Alex and he said that he was just blown away by the reverence! He will be coming back next week :) Also next week I will be singing in Sacrament meeting so wish me luck! Sunday we found 4 more investigators including a cute young family; Andrew and Linda and their son Nathan. They are very sweet and we excited to each them!

Also I hit my one year mark on Thursday! I don’t know what is weirder, the fact that I have been out a year or that I have less than 6 months left haha #13transfers.

I love you all dearly!!!

Sister Holt

One year down!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Alyssa!!!!!!

Hello all!

This has been a super fantastic amazing week! :) I am so happy!

We have been very busy! Monday we had lessons with Rosa and a less-active member named Alexis; they both went pretty well. Alexis has been struggling to make it to church, we shared a message about the sacrament form 3 Nephi 18, then we went on a walk with her after to kinda talk about a few of her concerns and......... she came to church this week! It was so good to see her there :)

Tuesday we met with Edward, Salai, Johnny, and Glenn; we also found 2 new investigators Ryan and Matthew. Matthew is a less-active member's son and Ryan was a kinda street contact... I say kinda because he was actually in his garage watching some TV and we just stopped to compliment him on his Raider paraphernalia and we got to talking. We found out that he had found Christ just a couple years ago and he was open to hearing our message, we shared a short restoration and he said we could come back and share more, he just needed to talk to his wife about it first.

Wednesday was pretty great because we got to go to a lesson with Steve. Sister Patrick came with us; Steve is about 90 years old, he is very sweet. We were teaching him the Restoration and reading some of the Book of Mormon with him and we invited him to be baptized... he said he already had been baptized into our church years ago by one of his police buddies from "the Great Salt Lake City." We got his birthday so we could track down his records and he said he would like to go back to church, but he wasn't ready yet, so we will continue to go by with Sister Patrick :)

Thursday we had another miracle! We were walking down the street with some members, going to a lesson and we saw one of our pass-along cards on the ground... so we decided to pick it up and give it to someone! That's when Cherie came walking down the street with her dog, so we contacted her and shared a short message and she agreed to have us come back and teach her more! Later we had a lesson with Dice, we read Alma chapter 24 with him, about the Anti-Nephi-Lehis sacrificing (their lives) to keep their covenants. He said it make him think a lot and he wanted to read it again and ponder on it some more. He is a very deep thinker and he loves the scriptures!

That evening we also got to talk with a member referral named Pat, she is so sweet! She invited us in when we knocked and we talked about her religious background, her family, etc. We were able to bear testimony that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ can and does unite and strengthen families, it was really great!

Friday - Calvin, first thing in the morning. We read 1 Nephi 3 with him and he really liked it! Justin Ibarra, one of our ward missionaries, got him a large print Book of Mormon so he can read easier! After we read together and talked about how God can help us to do hard things, he agreed to get rid of all the Alcohol he had! Yay! Funny story though... he gave us about 7 beer cans and a bottle of Jack Daniels... and we couldn't pour it out in his apartment because we couldn't go inside... so we had to take it all, put it in my bag, walk down the street to a member’s house and dispose of it there hahaha. The member was a YSA girl named Neri; she comes teaching with us sometimes. She was seriously cracking up at the sight of me pouring some Coors Light down the sink... All in a day’s work for a missionary!

She ended up coming with us to our next lesson with Demel, we again read some of the Book of Mormon and we committed him to be baptized! This time we went through with him what he needed to do to ensure he would be ready, it was really helpful! We set some goals, made some plans, it was great! Neri also came with us to a lesson with Rosemary, a sweet old lady; that was also a really great lesson!

Later we met with Vaiola, a less-active member, and again, you guessed it, another AWESOME lesson! We also found one new investigator in the evening, Alex, a Seventh Day Adventist. He was nice.

Saturday we had a lesson with William; he told us a lot about what's going on with him, he is really needing to make a change in his life right now... we brought a member who came home from her mission about a year ago and she did a great job! The Spirit was really strong, he had some concerns so we invited him to read the Book of Mormon and ask if it is true and to write down any questions he may have so we can address them next time.

Later we met with Trent, he had a lot of questions pertaining to how we came to know that these things were true for ourselves. It was great to be able to bear testimony of things I don't often get to share and to remember - oh yeah, that's still there - hahaha! After dinner we only had a short time to meet with Mollie and introduce her to her fellowshiper, Sister Patric. They hit it off really well and even kept visiting after we had to leave! The reason we had to leave was because we were going to be conducting a church tour! We had been planning this for weeks, invited all our investigators, confirmed with 5 just the day before, it was such a good opportunity to introduce them to the church in a comfortable way! We had a member come with us, Sister Altier, and... No one came. Of course, haha. We were a little discouraged at first but I felt pretty quickly that we had done all we could.

The next morning when no one but Alyssa came to church, I was sad, but not discouraged. I have never worked harder or anywhere near as hard to get people to church as I am right now, and I know that is all that is expected of me! You can only invite so much, everyone has the right to choose to accept that invitation or not.

At church we had a really great sacrament meeting! It was awesome! Spirit was so strong!! After church we had a lesson with Alyssa and she told us that..... HER MOM SAID SHE COULD GET BAPTIZED!!!!!!!! We couldn't believe her! We kept saying, are you serious?!?!? We set a date for August 26th and it was one of the best moments of my mission :)

God is so, so good! I have seriously been praying almost every day for about a month and a half that her parents' hearts would be softened and as the Lord liveth they have been!!! In the words of Ammon, "Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel." (Alma 26:16) That's basically how I feel all the time haha.


Well that's all folks! I love you lots! The Church IS true!!!!


Sister Holt


only time for a curbside dinner




It was a hot one!




Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Transfer 8 Down, 5 More to Go!

Hello!

I forgot my old planner this week so I don't have any record of what we did... but I will try to remember!

Last Monday I got my hair cut... that's about all I remember haha.

I know that we were pretty busy on Tuesday, as usual... That's usually when we have most our appointments, often all day long right after each other; which is nice! Wednesday I think we found a few investigators but we didn't get to do a whole lot because we had District Meeting and I had a chiropractor's appointment. Everything went well here, I had just kinda messed my hip up but it's all good now :) No more clicking!

Thursday we had weekly planning, so again, that took up most of the work day.. but we did find a couple more investigators because some of our appointments fell through so we got to see some potentials.

Starting Friday I can remember a little more hahaha! We went to the temple visitor's center with Dice and Justin! It was super great, he LOVED it! It's really awesome how you can tell those sisters a little bit about your investigator and then BAM combine it with the Spirit and they can present a perfect tour just for them! It was great. Probably one of my favourite resources :) After the Visitor's center we had an appointment and then we drove to Whittier for exchanges!!! Yay! I was with Sister Henry this time and it was really wonderful! We talked a lot, set some goals together and I got to meet some pretty cool people! Sister Henry and I got to California at the same time and we will be flying home together :) She is from Washington State. She's pretty cool.

Sunday was AMAZING! We saw some pretty great miracles; our favorite was probably meeting William. Whenever an appointment falls through, we set some backups so that we always have something productive to do. One of our backups yesterday was for a young man named Josh. He was YSA age but I thought we would go just to see if he was still living there so we could send his info to the YSA sisters. We walked up to the house and there's a dog and even though he's barking something fierce, you know me, I gotta pet it. So I stuck my hand over the fence and someone said "He bites!" So I quickly pulled my hand back and we get to meet William! It was his house, Josh was his son and had just moved out a few months prior. After talking with William a little bit and asking some questions he expressed to us that his family used to be centered in God, he tried his best to bring them to church every week and to do bible studies together. A while back he found out his wife had been unfaithful and she left him. As a result, his family had been torn apart and he was now living alone, with his dog, feeling like there wold never be any respite from his sadness and loneliness. I have never been so grateful in my entire life for the hope our message brings as I was in that moment. We shared with him a little bit about how Christ can help us to overcome challenges, to help us be healed, to bring light into our lives. He got kind of emotional and said he wanted to learn more but he wanted us to come back later because he had been drinking and didn't feel right talking about it right then. We gave him a card and a pamphlet and left him with our testimony that Christ lives. He texted us a little bit later and told us he was truly grateful we had stumbled upon him and he was excited for Saturday when we would come back.

I feel like I can't even express how humbled I am to know that I have been given the honor and privileged to be able to bring truth and hope to those who need it. I actually feel like the English language can not convey the feeling I feel as I reflect on this experience. It's definitely something I will hold close to my heart. This work and this Gospel are so true! I can't say it with enough fervor and sincerity! I know it, I will never be able to deny it. I am so overwhelmingly grateful for my Savior. I know He died for me, and you, and William. I will try every day to do everything in my power to try and make up for that sacrifice. I know I never will, but I will keep trying.

I love you dearly! I pray for you always!

Love, Sister Holt


Sister Holt, Dice, Sister Nicol

Exchanges!

Sister Henry and Sister Holt

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

LA

Happy Monday! I survived another week!

Last Monday we got to do some shopping, which was nice. After we went to a park and ate pizza with our district, which was also nice.

We found a new investigator named Akpamgbo (apoombo) from Nigeria and taught him the restoration. He was very willing to read the Book of Mormon and come to church on Sunday! And then he called 2 days later to tell us he hd to move to Arizona temporarily to help his son out with something.... so some missionaries in the next few months will get to teach him further!

Tuesday, we went to the LA temple visitor's center with Justin and Alyssa! It was a really wonderful opportunity to not only discuss the temple, but also missionary work. They both are going to do so much with their lives! They are really good kids. Late that evening we also found a new investigator named Mike. We were actually going to see his neighbour, Karen, but she was busy talking to someone in her yard so I suggested we knock on the house beside it while we waited for her to become available. Mike let us in to show us his newly renovated bathroom and we got to talking, it was pretty cool.

Wednesday was very busy with District Meeting in the morning, right after that we had lunch and did our studies and then we went out to see Salai. Salai has met with us before but took a break to figure things out, we went back and talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon in finding answers and she agreed to meet again! Yay! After we had a lesson with a 12 year old girl named Riley. She has met with missionaries before and wants to be baptized but her mother opposed it. We are hoping that now that she is older her mother will recognize that it is her decision. We had dinner with Sister Ceja, she made us legit Mexican food and it was super yummy! we also had a Mexican dessert with special Mexican caramel spread on the cracker things they use for communion, it was tasty.

 After that we had a lesson with Jose, it was awesome!!! He didn't really seem like he would progress that well, but we invited him to read the plan of Salvationt pamphlet and he loved it! He said it completely opened his eyes because before that eh had no idea that he had come from a loving Heavenly Father and that he had the potential to return to him and become like him. It was seriously a cool lesson. we actually taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ as well, he had so many good questions that just kept us rolling along! :)

Thursday was kind of slow but we did get to talk with Edward on the phone for a good while, trying to discern and ask question​s to know how we can help him progress... after a while we finally got to the root of it; he is not ready to live the word of wisdom 100% and he doesn't want to go into this unless he is 100%. He said he recognized that if he put in a little more effort, he would be able to get there, So we set new goals with him to help him make that extra effort in reading and praying!

Saturday was really great! Our stake had a Pioneer day/missionary activity! They had live music, petting zoo, pancake breakfast, games, etc. It was a lot of fun! Dice and his son Josiah came and had a blast! So did Justin and Alyssa's dad! The best part was probably when we went on the church tour though. The spirit was so thik you could have cut it with a knife. We were able to discuss the baptismal font, different paintings of Christ, the family history center, the chapel, and watch the new restoration video. I felt impressed to have Justin bear his testimony of Jesus Christ during the tour, it was very special.

After the activity, we met with Darreyl and a few other people, had dinner, and then went to a lesson with a sweet older lady named Mollie. The last hour or so of our night was spent doing brief visits to remind people about church and share a scripture about the sacrament.

Sunday. Game Day... Only Alyssa came to church, but hey, at least someone did this week! We actually also had a non-member come with a member in our ward! He was really nice and very interested in learning more! He loved church! He was also 26 and lived in Long Beach haha so we passed off his information to the missionaries over there so they could start meeting with him. 

Later, we found another new investigator named Arthur, he was very nice and invited us back later in the week to meet with his wife as well. We also had another lesson with Darreyl.

I love this place! I love these people! I love this work! I love this gospel! I can't say it enough :)

Church is true,
Sister Holt




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