Monday, March 21, 2016

Last Email Post!

 Goodness I can't believe I fly home tomorrow! Time has really flown by! Despite the fact that I am going home, this has been the best week!!!

Tuesday we did more finding and had another lesson with our investigator Yvette! She finally committed to coming to church! Yay! She is very nervous about coming, but the spirit has really been
working on her! That night we had my last missionary correlation meeting!

Wednesday was my last district meeting!! It was so bittersweet!!! We had a lot of fun though. We played hymns about death, the spiritual thought was about dying, and then we took pictures of me dead on the table! Lol so funny! Everyone gathered around and pretended to cry! We
even have a video!

We had some amazing experiences this week! We saw out investigator Anita! We met with her a few times and we brought one of our members in time to meet with her. She had read through the booklet, and she wrote down so many questions for us! It was amazing! We had a great discussion and really helped her see the importance of praying to know if the Book of Mormon is true! She was very excited and sincere about finding out for herself. We set a baptism date with her for April 16
to help her work towards her answer!!! Yay!!!

Also!!! This weekend was Marshalls baptism!!! He was the awesome guy we found a few weeks ago, and passed him along to the YSA ward. It was an amazing baptism!!! Definitely the best way I could have ever ended my mission!

This week was full of goodbyes and reminiscing! It's crazy how fast time has flown, but I am so grateful for my experience, and so excited
to see every one again! I love you all!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Crazy, Crazy, Crazy!

Okay this week has been crazy!!! So much has happened! The only way I can do this is just bullet points! So enjoy!!!

-Monday night our car got broken into!!! The sisters had it and they said our glovebox was rummaged through and everything was all over the seats! The weird thing though, they didn't take my GPS!!! I was so happy! They took a MP3 player and a book... Not a Book of Mormon though, dang it! Haha but all is well and no one is hurt!

 -Wednesday we attending seminary with all the youth! We had to wake up at 5:00! It was rough! I thought 6:20 was bad! Haha but it was so much fun! I miss seminary! And our group won in jeopardy! It was the best! We had district meeting and afterwards we took some insane district pictures!

Sister Knudsen and Stowell
-Then!!! On Thursday! I got to go to the temple!!! It was so so amazing!!! It was so great to be with my sisters from the MTC again! It's so weird that it has been 9 months since I was last at the temple
but it was amazing!!!

-So we made some changes in our apartment! We did a huge wall college on our wall at our apartment! It was so fun!

-We went to Clarks Fishcamp again! We went with Yvette (our investigator) and Eddie (a member of our ward!) we had a great time there with them and had a wonderful lesson! We got Gator Ribs, Gator Tail, catfish, and Shrimp! It was so good! I am going to miss gator!

-Monday!! Today has been the best day ever!! It's my birthday, and because of our transfer, it is also my last pday! We had the sisters come over and join us for some of my family's famous "holy cake" it
was so good! And we had a fun time! 

Then As a zone we all went to Adventure Landing! We played arcade games, laser tag, mini golf, etc! So much fun! Okay.... Best part though! All the sisters schemed!!! They plotted together that they would attack me with silly string for my last pday! So as we were leaving to take a picture, they were all linked up outside and when I walked out to them, they all pulled out their silly string and attacked me!!! I had no idea it was coming!!! They were so sneaky! I guess it is karma for all of the times I've gotten my companions though, haha it was so much fun!!!

-I can't believe this is my last week already! I am excited to come home and to see everyone again, but I am going to miss Florida so much! My companion and I already agreed that this week we are going to serve like we're dying! Literally!! :)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Year!

This week has been so great!

On Monday we had a member come with us for some lessons. Sister Johnson came with us to see an investigator named Coco. We had a great lesson with her and we read a chapter in the Book of Mormon! After that we went to a less actives members home.

Tuesday we had district meeting! It's been awhile since we had a district meeting. But it was so good! We all have a 2 minute training on a principle about faith! It was very interesting! After our meeting
we had lunch with the other sisters, and then we saw Marshall again!! He absolutely loved church and everyone he met! We had a great lesson with him, and told him all about the YSA Ward. He seemed very excited to try it out, and he will now be working with the YSA missionaries. It was so bittersweet to have to pass him over to the YSA missionaries, but he did seem very excited to try it!

Wednesday was our trade off, I went with sister Sister Hudson again to Hendricks! We had an awesome day! We had 6 lessons in just a few hours it was awesome! We had fun that night all together! The next day, we attended their district meeting and then went out to lunch! It was
such a fun trade off!

We had a lot of great finding this week! We found a lot of new people that were really interested! We are seeing them again this week, so hopefully a lot of good comes from it!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The greatest of them all!

Hi everyone! This week has been amazing!!! Straight up amazing! So much happened this week!

Okay biggest miracle of my life! So on Monday, after pday we found a street we wanted to knock. We felt a little weird about some houses but I felt like we should keep going. We arrived at one particular house and I just felt good about it! We knocked it and this guy started talking with us, his dog came to the door, and then ATTACKED SISTER HANDY!!! We got the dog back inside and the guy felt so so bad. He came out on the porch and we started talking. He explained almost exactly what Joseph Smiths experience was. He felt so lost and confused at so many churches. We were able to teach him the whole restoration and about the Book of Mormon. Even as we were teaching I could tell that he was believing everything that we were saying! We invited him to be baptized on March 12th and he said "sure... You know what, yes, I really would really like that!" I was about to fall down on the floor! I've never had that kind of response on a first baptism invite! We left him a chapter in the Book of Mormon and set a time to come back! Sister Handy and I were gleaming the whole rest of the street! It was truly a miracle!

On Tuesday we had zone conference!! So we got to go to Kingsland Georgia! We got with the other sisters and carpooled up there! We had car inspections, and then a training by a member in Salt Lake. And guess what! We have Tiwis now! Which are these little black boxes that goes in our cars. They monitor our seatbelts, speed, aggressive driving, and brakes. So if you aren't driving appropriately the Tiwi talks to you and tells you to "check your speed" or "check your driving" it was actually a very spiritual training! I learned so much about obedience and safety! He shared lots of experiences around different missions that have Tiwis. And the best part... We all have our own personal log in cards, so every time before we start driving
we hold our card up the the Tiwi box and "log in" to our car! Right! Who else gets to log into their car! Probably Batman! So we are now on Batmans status! Haha so cool! The meeting was so so good! I can't
believe it will be my last Zone Conference! :( at the end, all the departing missionaries bore their testimonies. We only had 2 minutes to share, and I'll tell you what there was definitely more crying than talking that happened in that 2 minutes! Haha but it was a good experience. And we went out to dinner with all of the sisters afterwards. I got to see one of my previous Companions Sister Francom!

On Wednesday we saw Marshall again with our Ward mission leader! It was an amazing lesson! Marshall is still so committed! We left him a chapter to read, and he read it right after we left! We told him all about church and he basically committed himself to come! He is so awesome!

On Friday we decided to get out on the streets again and knock some doors! Our goal was to have a lesson and find a New investigator. We knocked on the door and the the lady let us right in! We had a great
discussion with her. And we set a time to come back! Wow! We just achieved our goal right there at the first house! We kept knocking and on the last door we knocked on the same thing happened! The first and
last houses is where it's all at I guess! But we were really excited about the people we met! We are seeing them again this week!

On Sunday Marshall came to church! He was even early! He got to meet a lot of the members, and he stayed all 3 hours!! He loved everything that was said and mentioned that he had never felt so welcomed at a
church! We are seeing him again this Tuesday! Yay!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Baptism dates, and leaky apartment!

Hey everyone! Wow this week has been so eventful!!

We have been biking everywhere!! Biking is the best! Except we totally got rained on this week, and we got stuck on our members porch. But we had a member bring her truck and come save us and take us home!! :) so nice!

We had a huge huge miracle this week! We were trying to contact some old investigators missionaries have taught. And we texted a lady named Coco and asked her if we could come over again. She replied right away and said yes! We had a lesson with her and taught her the whole restoration! We invited her to be baptized and she said YES!!! Yay!!! We finally have an investigator who is progressing towards baptism! Yes! It was a miracle!

And then this is really funny! We got home from biking, and I unlocked our door and opened it...and I hear rain. We had just biked home and it wasn't raining, but I looked again to double check, cause you never
know with Florida weather. And nope no rain. I turned on our lights and...Behold! water was leaking from our ceiling and down our walls!! Ahhh!!!! We quickly called the maintenance guy, and our next door
neighbor came over (she's a recent convert). We quickly broke out all the bowls and tried to hold all the water, we also laid towels all over! The maintenance guy finally came and sucked up all the water,
and set up fans all over. We had to have these fans running all night and all day! So for 2 days straight we couldn't hear much! Haha so funny. But it is all cleaned up and dry now! Haha anyway that was fun!