Monday, February 23, 2015

Teaching and Technology

  In case you thought otherwise it was once again a great week! 

We saw Jason and Selena (Jason is inactive) we have been teaching Selena and trying to get their family back to church, we watched the restoration video and they invited their kids to come watch as well. Selena has been reading the Book of Mormon and really praying about it! I think the video helped her visualize it more so that was helpful! 
The church has been trying out some new things for missionaries and we get to be their testers! They have a new way they want to set up the iPads for missionary work! They are making certain apps specially for teaching and sharing the gospel! They are wanting to make technology a more common form for finding and teaching. In fact they are even thinking about having them in the MTC! They want missionaries who just received their calls to do missionary work before their mission! Like they are going to have them Skype with real missionaries in their teaching lessons! So cool! They have a lot of really cool ideas to help everyone use this tool for finding! So since they are changing things they are going to completely start us over and give us new trainings and booklets for the iPads! It's going to be really interesting! :) we had a huge mission wide conference with Elder Zwick. I got to see sister Pasko again too! 

Relief society activity! So there's a stake activity coming up this Saturday about "Jesus around the world" each Ward is choosing a country to present and their customs and beliefs. We have a sister from Guam and some from Hawaii so our Ward decided to chose places around the pacific. For our "show" they want us to teach the hula! And when I say us I mean sister beaver because she's Hawaiian! Haha so we have to teach our Ward to hula for their activity.. Kind of weird haha 

So this next week is transfers so my PDAY will be on Tuesday instead. I'm really excited for this transfer call. I've been in my first area for almost 6 months now, and everyone is guessing that I'll be transferred... A new area will be fun but I'm going to miss Ocala, but no one knows till Monday!! 

Anyway I love you all!

Sunday, February 22, 2015


This week was pretty great!  We had zone conference on Thursday! It was so good we talked about
finding new investigators, and talking to everyone! We have a new tool for door approaches. We are using a "survey" with questions about families and God to get people to open up to us and to find opportunities to teach! It's been pretty effective!

We had trade offs with the sister training leaders this week as well! It was great! I was with Sister Anderson and she helped me plan my studies and to set goals! It was so effective!

I have been setting some new goals to help me become a better teacher! Sister beaver and I have a teaching pool that is always changing so we are trying to find those who are ect and ready for the gospel!

Today we had a district p day! Some elders put together a low country boil and we set up food all over the table and had a nice little feast! It was fun, we played volleyball too! By the time I get home, I'm not going to be half bad! Haha super fun!

My mom sent me and my companion some snazzy shirts and my aunt sent me some chocolate hearts! It was a great Valentine's Day!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Here comes February!!!

Last PDAY was super fun, the sisters from Gainesville came down to Ocala and we all went to the mall together and had fun looking around.  Sister Beaver wanted a haircut and I decided to get more layers with
her. Then after PDAY we saw sister Moody. She's a new member move in from Washington. She lives way up in Anthony on a beautiful farm!  Before dinner she had us help her feed the horses, it was fun and weird haha she had cancer 3 times and beat it! She's an amazing woman!

We also got to see the Coffeys again. They weren't able to make it to church last week and they told us they would come this Sunday, and to our fireside! He has 2 little girls that are super cute!  We taught them about prayer using the prayer knot they were super excited about it! Haha

 We have been telling everyone about the fireside! We printed out huge flyers and put up huge signs! We have been talking about it the past few weeks in Ward council. We passed around a list for people to sign
up to bring food....and no one signed up! We were so worried. The leaders had to email everyone and try to get them to help out it was bad, even yesterday they had a last cry for help to bring food. Us missionaries even had to help out! And then... God answers prayers! We had so much food we didn't even have enough room on the tables for all of it. It was an amazing event. All the members were able to bring their nonmember friends, we had our investigators come as well! It was great the members did an awesome job fellow-shipping everyone!

We sung "Come unto Christ" with some of the other members, originally I don't like to participate in singing but sister Moody taught me a 5 minute lesson on how to sing! It turned out very well. All the musical numbers were incredible! You could really feel the spirit!

I am doing well though! We have a zone conference and a mission wide conference this month so that will be very exciting. It hit me that I will be in Ocala for 6 months at the end of this transfer.... Can you
believe I'm already 1/3 way done with my mission! But I think come March I will have my first transfer! I don't want to leave Ocala but I'm excited to have new experiences, but you never know, maybe I'll
stay! Haha

Love you all!

Monday, February 2, 2015

I love being a missionary!


This has been one of the best week on my mission!
We had to take our car to the shop this week, so we had 2 days of biking (not bad at all). The people at the car shop are hilarious! they have seen lots of missionaries before and kept making jokes that missionaries are such bad drivers that even with a backer we still crash! (yeah it was embarrassing haha) but we have a fireside at the church next Sunday and we invited them to come and they said they might (fingers crossed) haha but Biking was really nice, we got a lot of street contacting in so that was great! This week has been all about the book of Mormon event #discoverthebook every time we met with members we talked to them about it and even took their pictures for them so that they would do it! The last time they hosted this event it was in the top ten trends WORLDWIDE! we were trying to get that same effect, especially with the new book of Mormon video they made! Spread the word! haha
The first part of this week was a little slow, we had a lot of appointments that cancelled and we ended up just doing a lot of finding. BUT! the second half of this week really picked up! We have still been trying to teach Robert and Linda, they're an older couple that used to be very religious, he was even a preacher, but they fell away from church completely when a lot of churches became more liberal and worldly. They are hard to get and keep a gospel conversation, but this week we did service with them and out of nowhere Robert turned to us and asked if we had any questions for him ( hes read a few pages of the BOM and has came to sacrament before) we were so surprised! we started asking him about the things he has read, and the things we shared with him, he admitted to us that he defiantly needs to do more reading before he can judge it, but that what he did read was interesting! It was a great way to understand where hes at! we are hoping to help him and Linda understand more!

We had a lot of people we were seeing regularly, but the last week and a half we couldn't get a hold of them! this week we finally saw Selena, Shaun and Michelle. They are doing well, we were able to share the plan of salvation and book of Mormon with them, they are busy with school and work but they said they will put aside more time to truly study and ponder our lessons! We had a media referral last week, named Hayley. she requested a Book of Mormon and when we delivered it she said we could teach her more, we have been teaching her on facebook and it turns out that she actually spent some time in seminary with her LDS friend! she said she didn't really pay attention, but that she was curious about why our church is different and what the book of Mormon is! WE are teaching her the restoration this week and we are so very excited! we think she is ready!

 We also had a new referral as well! her name is Debera and she met sisters and was excited to talk with them but she was out of town, the sisters told her there are more missionaries where she lived so they sent her to us, we went and saw her yesterday and she is super funny! When she opened the door she was really rude to us and said that she wished all of us "Jehovah Witnesses could leave her alone", then she read our name tag and she said "wait you are the other Jesus people! yes come in come in!" haha it was super funny, she has had a very hard life and she believes everything happens for a reason! she thinks that the message we share can help her (which shes right!) haha by the end of us teaching her, she didn't want us to leave! we invited her to the fireside and church, and she was very interested! She may be another who is ready for the gospel! Needless to say, I am very excited about this month!

I have a funny story: we have a referral from a member, her parents aren't members but she was hoping we could change that!  We saw them once already and introduced us, right from the beginning he told us he does NOT agree with Mormonism but that he would still listen to us nevertheless haha!  So we saw him and his wife yesterday... Okay so right from the beginning he asked us about the temples and we were trying to explain to him work for the dead, and he did not understand it at all! he kept arguing with us about, how we even get the records ,and the spirits are passed on, they missed they chance to be baptized and so forth.. Ugh, it was awful. They would ask questions and then the second we would try to explain something they would cut us off and throw another question at us that contradicted the first!  It was super confusing and the spirit was nowhere to be found in the room! And then a miracle... THE BOOK OF MORMON! We decided to stop answering their questions and said "look all of your many questions and concerns can all be answered in the Book of Mormon" after we said this they both went silent! We then testified that the Book of Mormon is the keystone in our religion and that it is evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. We invited them to read Moroni 10:3-5 about the promise. after they read it they just paused and said, "Wow, that was really profound...whats in this book anyway?" HAHAHAHAHA! YES! Gotcha! We comiited them to actually read it and just find out for them self, they both accepted! It was an incredible lesson! the Book of Mormon is true y'all! :)

 All in all this week was amazing! Sister Beaver and I are trying to improve on our teaching skills so we are going through the trainers guide and doing all the studies and role playing a gain. its the best thing ever!
I love you all so very much! have a great week! -Sister Knudsen

So I ordered more name tags and they misspelled my name! how rude! Haha