Monday, December 14, 2015

Last Letter


We had a baptism this week! The unbaptizeable, flakey investigator got baptized! Yay! Go J! It was super stressful though because we didn't see him for like the entire week before his baptism. We could not get a hold of him and then his friend lied to us . . . But it all worked out. 

I know you all want to know what I'm feeling right now. It's very hard to describe so I'll use a bunch of analogies. 

This week I felt like I was wading waist high though mud. It was such a struggle. No matter what I did, I could not get any energy. But after the Christmas Conference I was fine.

I feel a bit like a cupcake that's ready to be taken out of the oven. I'm not sick of missionary work, and I still have the desire to work hard, I just know that I have become what God has wanted me to become on my mission and it's just time to come out and get frosted. 

The Christmas Conference was great! It ended with a talent show. The talents were alright, but our Zone Leaders were the MCs for it and they did awesome! They became Straw and Berry and the used a southern accent the whole time. I cannot express how hilarious it was. We were going to do an act but we ran out of time. I sent you a video of it. 

Well, see you Wednesday!

Con mucho amor,

La Hermana Leete

Monday, December 7, 2015

Short Hair, Short Letter

Hola familia!

We're going to have a baptism on Saturday!!!!!!!!! I'm super excited.

We had an investigator fall asleep in one of our lessons this week. But that's what happens when you interrupt her nap.

Our young men and young women made a special dinner for us. It was awesome. Lots of soup.

I got to go on exchanges with Sister C this week. We came out together so that was fun.

We ate fish tacos! We bought it from a sketchy truck off the street. I sent you pictures.

Ummmm I don't know what else to say. We had to go in and save some sisters from exploding at each other . . .

Love you!

Sister Leete

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tracting on Thanksgiving Totally Works

This week was awesome! We had some great Thanksgiving miracles. Tracting on Thanksgiving totally works. Especially at 8 and you look at what houses have lights on inside. We found a new investigator by doing that. 

We had an awesome a Thanksgiving dinner with a big family. They took that picture before the turkey was done. They had rolls, mashed potatoes, turkey, ham, stuffing, squash, everything. However, upon reading your letter I realized that I missed the jello salad.  

We spent some time on Thanksgiving making and giving cards to the sisters in our zone. We also gave them some cookies. I sent you the picture of the card. We had some sticky notes in the shape of hands that we made into hand turkeys. We convinced some of the elders that my hand was actually that small. 

As we were walking one day we literally almost ran into someone. She became a new investigator! Yay! She has had some deaths in the family in the past two years, so she's pretty open. We also found a deaf person! She reads lips super well, but we want to try and find an interpreter to help us out in the lessons. 

We are so blessed here! We feel that we don't deserve even a fraction of the blessings we receive. God just keeps on giving us people to teach and members to come out with us!

Love you lots!

Hermana Leete

I cut off my hair!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Daughters of a King

Woah! What a week! Let's see if I can remember any of it. 

We went on two exchanges in a row, that was crazy. One of the sisters tried to steal one of our investigators . . . we're still not quite sure what's happening. 

We found J again! We had a good talk and we told him that if we miss an appointment he has to call us, we can't go chasing him down every time we miss each other (we've had to go on like daily hunts for him). He still wants to get baptized though! We're hoping he'll be able to before the end of the transfer. 

We keep on having to re-find our investigators, it's kind of annoying. But we also find new investigators in the process, so it's all good. 

We taught the zone leaders and the district leaders how to show the sisters they love them without being inappropriate . . . That was interesting. A good interesting. Actually rather hilarious. I'll send you my notes from it. 

I don't really know what else to say. We rebuked some sisters for being lazy. We teach lots of lessons. We find lots of people. People are crazy. We keep on forgetting that thanksgiving is coming up. 
Ummmm, I can't think of anything else to say, but I'll let you know if I think of anything. 

Love ya!

Hermana Leete

Monday, November 16, 2015

This is Going to be an Amazing Transfer

This week was awesome. Sister G (my companion) and I are the same person. We are exactly the same. You should've seen the moment when we realized that. We were like, "where have you been my entire mission?" This is going to be an amazing transfer. 

Our zone leaders came up with a great idea to motivate our missionaries to work harder. Every week you have the opportunity to win the iron rod (made by the zone leaders) based upon some formula for key indicators. When you win it you get to sign your name on it. It'll be passed along from week to week until the millennium. I already sent you a picture of us holding it (we might not ever get it again). 

We taught so many lessons this week, it was ridiculous! I don't even know how it happened! We were sooooo blessed! We're finding so many new people, I can't even count them all! And our ward is ever so slowly warming up to the idea of coming out with us! Life is good!

We met M this week. His grandfather just died so we testified of the sealing power and the plan of salvation. That was really cool. 

S keeps on progressing and felt super guilty when we didn't come to church. He's got a drinking problem though so we'll have to help him through that. 

B is super swayed by her anti friends. But when we're around she's all for knowing if these things are true. I totally taught her the same exact thing twice this week about why the Book of Mormon is important. She didn't get it I guess. 

Last night we needed to street contact one more person and we had only about 15 minutes to do so. We were in a nicer part of our area and we had a meeting there in 15 minutes so we couldn't leave. Since it was nicer there wasn't anyone outside. And it was late so no one was answering the door. And there were a ton of members living there so we had to be careful where we tracted. So we have 15 minutes and we're rotating between driving around trying to find someone outside and running around trying to find someone. So we finally see some people, and the elders call us! So we finish talking to them and the people are still outside. Sister G was like, "pray that they aren't members" (that had just happened to us) so I give the shortest prayer ever, "Heavenly Father, please bless that they aren't members." Probably my most apostate prayer ever. Anyway, they weren't members, weren't interested, but we reach our goal for street contacts! God loves us!

Anyway, I get to move on with my p day. Love you!

Hermana Leete
Sister missionaries know how to cook.

It’s not the iron rod, it’s the iron rod! Made of diamond willow.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Solid Investigators



Well Sister M is going home so I'm staying here and I'm going to train a new STL. Her name is Sister G, she's been out for 6 months, I've never met her but she seems cool. 

Yes, this is my last transfer. Let's not talk about it. 

This Sunday we had a regional broadcast. But, of course, the transmission wasn't good so we only got bits and pieces of it. But the parts I heard were really good. They talked about simplifying, but more in a temporal way, like simplifying your closet. 

WE HAVE SOLID INVESTIGATORS. That’s pretty awesome. We found N this week. Her brother is a less active member. He called us and wanted to meet us on the porch of "the club". We were kind of freaked out. It was the sketchiest part of our area, it was pitch dark and we didn't know the member.  "The club" was "the bungalow club" a twelve step program placey thing. So we were freaked out and sat on the porch with him and he told us he had a referral for us, his sister. She's super cool. Kind of talkative but it's all good. 

B was a complete miracle. She was a former but wasn't ready to get baptized, but we ran into her again and she agreed to have us over before Sister M left. The spirit was so strong, she accepted baptism. We answered some of her questions/doubts about baptisms. 

The missionaries put on a musical fireside on Sunday, it turned out really well. 

Well, love ya!

Hermana Leete

A text received from a ward member on Nov 07th:

 “Look who we had for dinner :-D we love these girls !

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween Week

¡Hola familia!

This week was crazy. I feel like every week is crazy.

A sister in our zone had a mini missionary (a member as a constant companion) who decided to leave. So we had to find her a companion really quick. Anyway, somehow we ended up having a mini missionary. Which was extremely fun. Her name is M, she's like super boss. It was awesome to have a member with us at all times.

Then two sisters got locked out of their apartment . . . They slept over with us. But it's all good. After multiple attempts at trying to get in they found someone who was able to get in.

The Halloween party was cool. All the missionaries that were in valley (6 out of 7 zones) went to the mission office. We did some skits of the worst member present lesson and watched Cokeville Miracle. That was such a good movie! A little dramatic for missionaries, but man, it was good! 

I got to go to Salvation Army twice this week because of mini missionary/exchange craziness. They were filming for a documentary on one of the days so I might be in a documentary!

We're teaching some pretty cool people.

J was a street contact, he told us to come back the next day, we think just to get rid of us, but then he was actually there. He was all like, "why are you here?" And we were like, "to share a message of Jesus Christ." He told us that he only had three minutes so we taught the restoration in three minutes. It was super powerful and now he's totally interested!

We're also teaching a lady named S, but I've only taught her once because she's never there when I'm there, but when we're on exchanges she is. Weird, huh?

J and C are pretty cool. J seems more interested people than he is, but they accepted baptism! J is really struggling in her life and wants more peace. The Spanish sisters street contacted her and then ran into us so we got to go see her like immediately.

The ward just doesn't want to go out with us. But they are getting better and the bishop is getting more on board with missionary work. So that's good.

Sister M (companion) got bitten by a bug and her arm was super swollen and had a fever. It was super weird. Her arm was giving off heat. But it's all good now, so don't worry about it.

I think I need to reponderize my scripture from last week, Alma 26:12 "Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."

This morning we made breakfast for all the missionaries in our zone. It was good but kind of failed at the same time. Like it was cold by the time they got there (totally their fault) and some of it (or a lot of it) was burnt (our fault). But it was still good,

Love you lots!

Hermana Leete

Picture posted on the Nevada Las Vegas Facebook page

I got this from another missionary and it reminded me of my family.

Us and our Mini Missionary