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Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas

Hola!

So like everyone cancelled on us this week. By everyone, I mean like everyone. The only people that were there were the single men we're teaching. And then, because we couldn't find members/the members cancelled on us, we couldn't teach them. Talk about frustrating. 

M C and her sons are new investigators. Her son A (T) is 14 and Al is 7. She was referred by a different bishop. Her late husband was a member (but it sounds like not active) so she went to the bishop for food. He gave her some, and a Spanish Book of Mormon and then referred her to us. She's super open to learning! Her sons claim that they don't like us. I think it's just because we always come by when they are playing video games. The 7 year old is pretty vocal about it. But we know he likes us. Because when we're done and finally let them go, he'll come back and talk to us. We just have to deal with his kicking and screaming for the first couple minutes. Then he usually covers his eyes for the next five. He's pretty funny. He's only going to read the Book of Mormon when we give him the illustrated "comic book" version. It sounds like his mom is going to make him read though.

We visited a decent amount of members this week. Why? Because they were home and would let us in.

Christmas Eve was bad. No one was home. Not a single person. We had appointments scheduled for all day with members. Every single person cancelled on us or were not there. Christmas was better. We found two new investigators!

We had a member out with us on Christmas! The problem was, no one was home. Like really people. We like triple checked to make sure it was ok if we came by on Christmas. You said it was ok!


Hermana H turned 22 yesterday. We didn't have a cake so we put her candle in a Peguino. She seemed pretty happy with it.

I think that's it!

Love ya!

Hermana Leete

All the Christmas Gifts

Christmas PJs

The Strip on Christmas

Hermana H turns 22!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It Looks Like Christmas Now!

Why hello there!

They have a dog?!? What?!? (Kevin & Rebecca)

I'm not sure exactly when I will be skyping. But, I get to call you on Christmas eve for five minutes to tell you when. It'll probably be sometime from 1-3.

We had a baptism this Saturday! Her name is E. We inherited her from the elders because she moved. They did all the prepping, she was totally ready by the time that we got her. But we had a scare! She didn't go to church last Sunday! She tried sooooo hard but everything conspired against her going! That means she only went twice, and you have to go three times to be baptized. But, she worked super hard to get that Saturday off so she could get baptized. So we called President and he said it was ok! It was like an entire three days of stress. But she's baptized! And we were able to get all of the elders that taught her to come! All 8 of us were there! The only people who were there were the missionaries, minus the bishop and the opening prayer and one other couple. It was pretty cool. She's so happy to be baptized! I sent you the picture in a different email.
E with all the missionaries that taught her


We had the Christmas Conference this week! It was so awesome! We got some amazing trainings on personal and companionship studies. And the talent show was fantastic. My favorite part was when President Snow and Sister Snow dressed up as President and Sister Claus. I have a picture. Don't worry. 

The ward Christmas party was this week. It was fun. We left when they started dancing though. I have no idea when it ended. Hispanic parties go on for like ever.

I'm not sure if I have any funny stories for this week.

We had a lot of really long lessons. Let's just say that members like to talk. A lot. Especially when they happen to know the referral we are trying to contact.

We haven't had time to play Bible Trivia, but that might be something for today.

Thanks for the decorations. I thoroughly enjoyed decorating the apartment last week. It looks like Christmas now!

Pues, I don't know what else to say.

Feliz Navidad!


Hermana Leete





It was easy to find because of all the stickers

Hermana Leete con Hermanita Leete
Hermanita Leete y Hermanita H


From the mission

Our Winter View



Those goofy headbands. They were pretty small.
This is before I got your Package.





Monday, December 15, 2014

New Companion

Familia,

I have not got the package yet. But I also haven't gotten the mail yet today. Also, because of transfers, we got mail the Saturday before transfers. So if it came after Saturday, I don't have it yet. But I'm sure I'll get it today.

I don't believe that Christmas is coming. The leaves just started to change. And when I say that I mean all three of the leaf changing trees in Vegas.

Yay for feeding the missionaries! I'm personally fond of it.

So I've never heard of this story. You should tell me it. (Why Christmas Trees aren't Perfect)

Did you buy us matching pajamas? But that's cool. If it keeps me warm. That's all that matters.

Hermana H is pretty awesome. She's super good at Spanish which is helpful. And she's super organized. So we're reorganizing the area. And the apartment. 

La familia A might be my new favorite people in the world. They came out with us for three hours the other day. No one was home and I think they were just determined to keep going until they got into someone's house. It was pretty hilarious. First, they gave us a ride in their car (to save us miles). Their car is super beat up. Their back lights are covered over with like red tape. It's pretty funny. The car shakes pretty bad when we drive too. But anyway, we were trying to find an apartment in this complex, and we could not find it. Hermano got out of the car, and ran up to like all of the buildings to try and see the numbers (some of them were hidden) and we followed around in the car. We did this for like 20 minutes until we found it. We really just drove around and around in circles. However, we did get to teach two lessons, we found a new person (she's like 80 years old) and we taught one of our investigators (M). But it was fun. They are hilarious.

We found a bunch of new people this week. That's was pretty awesome. However, we also dropped a ton of people, or they dropped us. But that's ok. We drop the old so we can find the actually prepared!

Hermana H is pretty awesome. We work really well together. This is going to be a fun transfer.

Hermano V is pretty cool. He'll follow us around for like ever when he comes out with us. We can knock on ten doors and no one will answer, but he'll keep on following us and smiling. He's pretty awesome right now because his wife is in Peru so he has nothing to do. So he'll come out with us. I haven't taken him with his wife out yet, but I'm pretty sure they'll be just as awesome.
So we have this investigator named R. He really doesn't like organized religion. He'll kind of go on a rant and we'll be like, "but we're not like that church" and he gets all worked up until we say some kind of mind blower and then he gets all quiet. Like the other day it was, "in the Bible it says that Christ's church should carry his name, we're the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". He said the name of our church like three times in a row after that. We totally blew his mind. Well, Hno V did. He's the one who said it.


Well. That's about it. I'm sure there's more to this week, but honestly, it was a lot of reading maps and getting lost. Hermana S has this area like memorized. We don't. 

Love ya!

Hermana Leete!

The one peak with snow on it

The only not blurry picture of our two districts last transfer



Monday, December 8, 2014

This week was kind of Bland

Hola!

TRANSFERS!

I'm staying here. It's weird, being in the same area for more than a transfer. My new companion will be Hermana H. I'll meet her tomorrow. I hear she's pretty awesome.

Hermana S is going English to be a sister training leader. She's not super excited about that. She doesn't like English, or responsibility. So you can imagine how unexcited she is. But I know she'll be awesome.

So, the letter isn't like saving and some of it went away and I don't know what happened, so you're going to have to piece it together.

We ate dinner with the J family yesterday. They told the best mission stories. Hno J told us about how a missionary got his querido Juan (dear John) and so got really really sad. So he called two girls from the ward and went to the movies with them. The mission president sent him to a really really hot area (this is in sur Guatemala). He came back really really skinny from all the biking and saying that he learned his lesson. It was super funny. Between him and his son, we were laughing so much!

Man, I don't know what happened this week, but we didn't teach anyone! (Well, we taught, but not as much as the rest of the transfer.) But we found M! She is super amazing and super prepared. We mentioned the sacrament and she got super excited. She thought the Catholic church was the best because they had the sacrament. She even told us of how she did the sacrament on her own once! She warmed up a tortilla, broke it and read the sacrament prayers. Oh my gosh! She's adorable! She is so humble and so ready to learn. And she was a street contact! She accepted a baptismal date for the 10th of January! I can't wait to teach her again.

And then there's E. She's so amazing! She is so determined to get baptized. Her only problem is that she works on Sunday and she has to take care of her grandchildren. But she is doing everything in her power to get to night church. She only has to go to church one more time and she has one more Sunday. She's trying to get a new job and she's working so hard to be able to go to church. She really wants to get baptized on the 20th of December because she already has that day off of work (she worked really hard to get that too).

So this week was kind of bland. Don't have many stories for you. We totally taught a lesson in the street though. Oh. We did that twice actually. Funny how that happens. This other time we were sitting in our car before going to a lesson and someone freaked us out by knocking on our window. He was wearing a Captain America jacket. He was out with the YSA sisters and they wanted to talk to us. Totally scared me though. I died a bit.

Anyway. I'm actually going to send this now. If it will let me. I'm not going to write this for a third time.

Love ya!
Hermana Leete

Hola!

Monday, December 1, 2014

I Ate a Lot on Thursday

It's Monday again.

So Hispanics eat a lot. Thanksgiving is a day of which we eat a lot. I'm a missionary so I visit a lot of people in one day. Let's just say, I ate a lot on Thursday. Only two and a half meals, I got off easy. I think the elders ate 10. I don't know how they did it. But Elder Cs is a pretty big, football playing guy. His companion is kind of skinny though. But ya. We had a Thanksgiving lunch with the S family. They are recent converts, and less active. They work on Sunday, which is a problem. I don't even want to know how many times we've told them that it's one of the commandments not to work on Sunday. Seriously people, one of the big ten. Then we stopped by our recent converts ES's house to see how he was doing, and they were eating. So therefore, we had to eat too. But we told them that we were just going to dinner, so they let us off easy with only a small portion. But let's just say, I was not hungry. Then we ate at the G's house. They had lots of people, lots of food. It was fun. And super good. I don't know what's up with the people we ate with, but they had only one option for dessert! I think we just left the S's house before it came out though (we had an appointment), the S's had a fruit cakeish thing, and the G's only had cheesecake. Where's the variety! (Mind you, it was super good, but still.) Like we always had like three different pies, and tarts, and I don't even know what. But it's ok. I survived. I really just wanted a really good pumpkin pie. I didn't get one:(

SUNNY WENT TROUGH THE TEMPLE? Why don't you ever tell me the important things in life? CONGRATULATIONS! (Or whatever you tell someone when they go through the temple . . .) I hope you love the temple as much as I do. Go often! Be a temple worker--it is simply the best use of time. You feel the spirit so strongly all the time, even in your every day life. And you learn so much too! Do it! If you can of course, it does take up a bunch of time. I have been so blessed to have always lived within an hour of the temple. Right now I'm only like 15-20 minutes away. It's pretty cool.

I have not heard of any (Christmas) tree lots. I don't think they exist here.

We had a baptism! Remember D? Ya, she's a member now. It's been such a blessing to teach her. I feel like she was just dropped into our laps. Not a problem with her. Not a single one. And her mom is preparing to go to the temple again. How cool is that? I think I told you everything about her. Everyone cried at her baptism. The young women sang a musical number. Hermana S and I gave talks. It was great. 





So we have these Cuban investigators. They are so amazing. They are K, B, A, and M (we call them KABM for short, not to their faces of course). A is the father of B, and K is the daughter of B. M is B's friend who comes over for the lessons. They are amazing because when we ask them to do things (baptism, live the word of wisdom, law of chastity, all of that stuff) if one of them has a problem with it, the others (primarily B) will explain, and exhort them to do it. We don't have to do anything. It's great. They're the best missionaries to each other. It's hilarious, and so great!

We have a little plastic Christmas tree in our apartment. I put an Angel Moroni on it. I've been wanting to do that for a long time. I finally got to do it! It was quite the elaborate process though. I had to find a picture from the Ensign, cut it out, put it on poster board so it would be stiff enough to stand up (but I don't have glues), laminate it using packing tape, and figure out how to get it on the tree. I made a little tape ring thing. But I like a result. It's a little large for the tree, but hey, it's Angel Moroni!

I put Angel Moroni on our Christmas Tree

Hermana S and Angel  Moroni are Buds.

I ate grasshoppers the other day. Yup. That's a thing. They were just kind of crunchy. We ate them with eggs and bread, just to try them. We were at a member's house.

I want everyone's conversion stories. Especially from those who had a harder life than mine. People tend to discount my testimony because I grew up in the church. Nonsense! I would not subject myself to this if I didn't know this was true. Like seriously. Missions. Are. Not. Easy. 

We like to do something called the 21 day challenge. It's when you pick some people that you would like to come back to church, or get baptized, or the like, and then you pray every day for them in the mornings and in the evenings for 21 days. You also read your scriptures everyday and have some form of contact with them every single day. By the end of those 21 days, the people that you are praying for will be significantly closer to coming back to church, or getting baptized, or whatever. I'm pretty sure that's all of it. But you guys should try doing it! Come on, it's pretty noncommittal. I'm not even asking you to preach to anyone or anything like that. Of course, that'll probably come at the end, but still! Do it! This is your work, not the missionaries. We're here to help you, not the other way around. You are not here to give us food or to serve us. We are here to serve you. So let us, by giving us people to teach. If you doubt it, Elder Foster told us that. Right now, it's either just missionaries or members helping missionaries. But that's wrong. It needs to be missionaries helping members. Ok. So that's my lecture for the day.

So now I'm at that point where I don't know what to say. I feel like I've been writing letters for like forever and my companion isn't done yet . . .


Hermana Leete

My talk on Baptism

Monday, November 24, 2014

Just a Normal Day

I hear Rebecca's birthday is Wednesday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I keep on forgetting that Thanksgiving is coming. It's just a normal day for us, so there's nothing to look forward too.

We have a TON of investigators that like to talk, a lot. One of them is N. She's new. We were teaching the Restoration and she would either have a question or misunderstood what we would say and then proceed to rant about it for the longest time before we could clarify and answer her unspoken question. She's super interesting. She accepted the Book of Mormon without batting an eyelash, but didn't understand the need to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. And apparently he's not a prophet, because he didn't part the Red Sea or build an ark or something of that sort. She just needs to read Doctrine and Covenants. And Joseph Smith history. And pray. Definitely pray about it.

The other one is W. He's new too. We took an hermana out with us the first time we saw him (because we had to) and they hit it off really well. So much so that it worries us. She came with us the second time too, but he seemed to stop talking to us, and only talked to her. And he talks a lot. So we're trying to figure out what to do. We're not really sure. It's kind of disturbing.

We have this investigator D who is simply a miracle! We found her my second day in this area. We were looking for a former investigator, but he had moved, and guess who lived there! D did! Her mom is a less active who's coming back into activity with all her heart, might, mind, and strength. She even came out with us to a lesson  yesterday! But D is 16, and she was never baptized but she's super spiritual. She's been baptized multiple times in other churches, looking for the right one. She listens intently to everything we say, accepts everything, reads daily, prays daily, fasts on occasion to know if this is true, already lives all the laws, and is super amazing! She had a baptismal date for the 20th of December, but she's progressing so fast we moved it up. She was a little nervous at first, but we went over the baptismal questions with her (she passed with flying colors) and we were like, "that's it" and she was like "wait, really?" and so she's all set now! But seriously, they were just waiting for someone to knock on their door. I feel so blessed that it was me!

So ya. Nothing super exciting happened this week. We went on splits yesterday. I got to go with Hermana L. Hermana L is amazing. She has a son in Mexico I think on a mission, so she's super excited to help. But she goes to an English ward. Doesn't matter, she loves to come out with us! Whenever we go on splits she gets to be my companion. I love her! She's so amazing.

But seriously. This week was fairly boring. Today seems like it's going to be pretty bland. We have to go down to Henderson to get our car smog checked or something. It shouldn't take too long, but Henderson is just so far away! Yes, but no. Ya know?

Hmmmmmmm. Christmas. What do I want for Christmas? Socks that stay on my feet. But I don't think those exist. Down East Basic shirts (size small). Ummmmmmmm. More pictures of you guys! Por que no? Don't send me candy, I'm still working on the stuff I have. Except maybe orange slices (ya know, the gummy stuff) or Sprees. I just suddenly got a craving for those.

Oh! Money! I bought some tights and a journal, so look out for that. I'm getting bored of the clothes I own so I might see if I can persuade my companion to go shopping. I think I'll try and hit up a Goodwill though.

Anyway, I have to leave now.

BYE!

Hermana Leete

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Ton Happened this Week

Familia,

Fine. I'll buy my own journal.

Stop being sick Mom! It's not good for you!

Thanksgiving. I think a member is feeding us. I think that is all.

Christmas. Hmmmmmm. Clothes are always nice. I think I've already mentioned all the random stuff I want. I think I want my black and gray stripped scarf. And if I still have it, my stripped sweater. Maybe my black cardigan/sweater thing. It kind of just looks like a blob. Honestly, I can't remember what I left at home and what I gave away. It's a problem. 

I can't take credit for TellyTubby land. That was how Hermana S described it. I plagiarized her.

Tortillas are the best thing in the world. I'm not sure why I didn't like them as much as I do now before the mission. I can't stop eating them.

So. A ton happened this week.

We had exchanges! I got to stay here and Sister Eager came to be with me. She's so awesome! However, we did end up being like half an hour late to all of our appointments. It started off with a former named E. She wasn't there when we came but her husband said that she was coming in like ten minutes. So we street contacted people for ten minutes. Then we went over. She speaks like perfect English, but her husband only speaks Spanish, so we taught the lesson in English so Sister Eager could join in. Her husband left so he wasn't a part of the lesson. She had a daughter who died two years ago, and she still really hurts from it. We were debating whether or not to teach the Plan of Salvation to her, but we decided on the Restoration. Which was good, apparently she's been taught the Plan of Salvation a ton of times. And she had a ton of really good questions about our lesson. Apparently, she has been wondering if we worship Joseph Smith, but the missionaries have never answered her question! Sad! Don't worry. We cleared that up. But it was a really amazing lesson. I think she's super prepared! But that lesson went like super long . . . so we missed our next appointment and got lost when we were going to the next one.

So I can't figure out how to get places, and when I never drive, I really have no idea. So you can imagine, me, having to drive, when I have never driven in this area before, getting lost a lot. So we got lost going to our appointment, We arrived late, and she had to leave, so we just shared an scripture. 

Then we went to another appointment, but it was with a single man, so we called a member last second ('cause otherwise we wouldn't be able to enter) but we had to pick her up, and she was out of our area, and we got lost. So we came really late, he was busy, but we shared a scriptures with him and returned our member and continued onward.

We also were an hour late to dinner because we got lost . . .

Like I said, it was pretty eventful. But we made it! It was tons of fun. I love Sister Eager, she is so amazing!

We also found some new people this week. We found two families. We were trying to get a signature for the baptismal form when we found one of the families. We stopped to street contact an old lady but she thought we were looking for her granddaughter! She couldn't hear us very well, but she got her granddaughter for us and we talked to her, and her mom, and her brother. They are so prepared! However, they are very talkative. Not off-topic talkative, but we could not get out of that lesson on time! Don't judge me based on this apostate night! (That sounds super weird . . .) We started talking to them at like 8:40 and didn't get to leave until 10! They would not let us go! It was also probably the worst night to come home late in. The district leader wanted us to turn in numbers. He probably called us like 5 times, and the zone leaders called us too. They also texted us. I feel bad, because they can't go to bed or anything until all the numbers are in. But we couldn't get out of there! We tried so hard! 

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BAUTISMO!

"I" and "E" got baptized this Saturday! Getting that organized was quite the event. "I"'s work schedule got changed so she couldn't do it at 7pm like we had planned. So we had to spend two hours calling people to get it moved to 1:30. But it happened. That's the important thing. Getting the actual baptism started was also hard. Everyone important was late. We were worried because Hermano J was performing the baptism, but he had to leave at 2:30 so it had to be on time! It started late, but it ended on time, so it was good. And also, there was a baptism at 3, so we had to be out for them to have theirs.

"I" was a street contact. Hermana Sampson and her old companion street contacted her before I got there. At first she was super closed down because she has had some bad experiences with members in the past. Primarily, her daughter is a member and got married in the temple. She also neglected to tell her mom that she couldn't enter. Talk about hurt feelings. It doesn't help that her son-in-law is totally crazy and wouldn't let her see her grandkids. But that's not important now! She accepted the gospel and all is well! She's super funny. I love her. 

"E" is from a part member family. He wanted to get baptized at eight but I think his dad wouldn't let him. But anyway, he was super excited to get baptized. He was sad when we told him he couldn't pass the sacrament yet (he's 11), but he was so happy and grateful to get baptized. His dad even came to the baptism!

Getting the gift of the Holy Ghost was quite the ordeal. The primary program was this week, so the bishop didn't want to do it in sacrament meeting. However, he didn't tell anyone this until we were at church. The problem was, "I" couldn't do it the next week, and "E"'s mom got the day off of work (he normal comes with his sister) to be there. So we did it after sacrament meeting in the bishop's office. I made it sound a lot less stressful than it was.

Well anyway. I think that's all. 

Hermana Leete

P.S. I'm done emailing earlier than my companion (like always) so I'm messing around with the format. Don't ask me for how long.

Aqui son fotos de este ultimo bautismal teniamos
este ultimo fin de semana:)W




Monday, November 10, 2014

BAUTISMO!!!!!!!!

Hello.

Breathing is good. I'm glad you're figuring out how to do that again. It's pretty important. But I suppose you could live without it. (referring to her mom's asthma)

That's amazing! I didn't even realize that Job put in his papers! That's awesome! DC! That's so cool! (Job is her cousin)

So now that we've got all of the other stuff out of the way, I'll pull a Kevin. BAUTISMO!!!!!!!!

We had a baptism this week! My first one! Three boys were baptized.  Their parents were inactive for a while, but they came back and the kids wanted to be baptized! I only got to teach them for a week, but they are so awesome! They were so excited to get baptized, they all wanted to go first. It was very special. So here's a picture of us all. Hermana Sampson, Hermana P (the mom), Hermano P (the dad, he got to baptize them, they were all so excited for that), B(11), N (9), N2 (9), Hermana Provost (she taught them before I came), and me! It was stressful getting the baptism all ready. We couldn't do it at our building because there was a funeral, and a dance! It was booked! So we worked really hard to find another chapel that we could do it at. Obviously, we found one. This one was more over by the temple. Then, of course, we had problems getting the suits, they were locked up and we didn't have the keys and the person who had the keys weren't answering the phone . . .but we got it all worked out. The spirit was so strong, and B cried, and N was all like "I'm good" and N2 said he felt like he lost weight. I love these boys. My favorite memory is probably when we taught them tithing. We used candy to illustrate it. We gave them each ten candies and then told them to give us one back, when they did, we dumped out the whole bowl on them. They didn't get the whole 10% thing, but they understood, if we give God some money, we'll get a ton back! Precious. Their mom served nachos afterwards and they had family there and their teacher from school. They were so excited.



We are going to have two baptisms this week. One lady named I, and an eleven year old boy named E. He's from a part-member family. I's daughter is a member also. They are so excited for this Saturday! It's amazing to see. Especially I. She couldn't make it to church at 1 yesterday, but was able to make it to night church. Which was great! If she hadn't gone, she couldn't have been baptized! She really felt the spirit there, and is so excited to be baptized.

So. An elaboration on the night church story. There's a night church in El Rancho. It starts at 7 and is only sacrament meeting. It's for the people who work on Sundays. Anyway, so we thought that I could go to church with us. Usually, she can only stay for an hour because she's taking classes so she can adopt a kid and they start at two (church starts at one). And she doesn't have a car, so she needs a ride. However, the member that was supposed to give her a ride came to church without her and told us that I couldn't come. Which was weird, because we thought I told us that she had a ride, or something. Anyway, she's only been to church twice and you have to go three times to be baptized. So we're like, uh oh, she can't get baptized. And then I thought, night church! The day is not over yet! She we talked to her about night church. She said she would have to take the bus and walk a bit, but that would be ok. While we're on the way to church, we get like a ton of calls from her. She's scared because it's really dark and she doesn't know where the church is. So we call President Snow to get permission to go pick her up. She was like a block away from the church, but the road had no street lights, at all. She was supposed to get there earlier, but someone threw up on the bus and so they had to kick everyone off the bus. She had to wait for the next bus, meaning that by the time she got to where she was going, it was too dark to walk to the church. As she was waiting there, someone tried to rob her! She's ok though. Just really freaked her out. But we got to church, took the sacrament, felt the spirit, and went home. It was all good. She can get baptized now.

We had an amazing street contact the other day. We talked to a guy whose first wife was mormon. He had a lot of bad experiences with her family because after she died, they took his children away, using the church as an excuse. So he had a lot of bad feelings toward the church. But he asked us some questions, which we answered. We testified of the Restoration (we actually taught it to him, right there) and he was really touched. He said that he wanted to read the Book of Mormon now, so we gave him a copy. However, his current wife is really against the church, so he said he might have to read it in the bathroom. But he wants to read it. We couldn't make an appointment with him because of his wife, but she said he would call us if he has questions. It was a really cool experience. He was touched by our testimonies and it made him want to know more. he kept on saying he didn't have anything against the church, he just had a bitter taste in his mouth because of his in-laws. At first, I didn't think he was going to listen at all, but he did. For like an hour. It was amazing.

So we taught a lesson to a guy named J and his wife. He was a street contact. We taught the first lesson, but during it I felt like they weren't going to let us come back, this wasn't their time. They listened, had some random questions, and took a Book of Mormon but they told us that their hearts were not soft enough now, that they were too hard headed right now. But I think they'll read, some day. Some day they will accept the gospel, we were just planting the seeds. It was interesting to feel that during the lesson.
So you know how I said it was cold? I take that back. The cold wind went away and it shot right back up to 70-80 degrees. It'll be like 60s at like 8 at night, but the rest of the day is warm. But who knows, it'll probably get cold again soon. I was thinking about buying some boots. But I don't think there's anywhere for me to buy boots around here. We'll see. So watch out for that.

There are rabbits everywhere. It's like we walked into Tellytubby land.

I've had some weird food. Namely, cow tongue and pig skin. They weren't too bad. Especially when you put it in a taco. Man, I love tacos.

Here's some advice to future missionaries. Along with the Book of Mormon, read the Bible. Seriously. I feel like people listen to me more once I tell them that I've actually read it. Honestly, that's more than a lot of them. Plus, the Bible is just cool. A lot of crazy stuff goes down in there. I would recommend it. It's not like more spiritually convincing for people to read to them from the Bible, it's more logical. I feel like when I want to logically convince them that there was an Apostasy, I show them it in the Bible, but when I want to spiritually convince them, I read to them from the Book of Mormon. But you need both. There's, obviously, some amazingly spiritual stuff in the Bible, but the Book of Mormon. I just can't describe it. It's amazing.

Anyway. I think that's all for now. I'll send you some pictures too.

Love,


Hermana Leete

I love all these missionaries!
East/Paradise Zone with Elder Foster from the 70 and the Mission Tour

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I'm in East Las Vegas

Family!

I used to always email at 10, but now we don't. We don't have a set time. We email at the family history center. It's big and pretty cool. It used to be the biggest chapel in the valley, now it's the family history center.

My first area was in Henderson, my second Anthem. (I'm pretty sure Anthem is an actual town and not just the name of the stake . . .) Now I'm in East Las Vegas. Very different, I'll tell you. My new companion is Hermana S. She's been in this area for like 5 months, a long time. So we feel like she's going to leave and I'll probably stay. It feels like a hand-off transfer. But there are a ton of people here. It's a bit ghetto, but that's ok. We know which places not to go when it gets dark. We also have a car, so don't worry.

We should have a baptism on Saturday! Three little boys (11, and two 9 year old twins) whose parents were less active, but are coming back to church and want them baptized. Hermana S has been teaching them for a while, but finally they will get baptized! Yay!

We found D this week. She is super golden! We found her when we went to try a former investigator. He had moved out but we started to talk to the mom, who is a less active member. She was a Relief Society president and everything back in the day (just goes to show you, it doesn't matter how much you know or what calling you had--you always have to keep the faith). But her daughter (16) wasn't baptized and is super interested. She's already super spiritually inclined. She's been reading and fasting to know if it is true! Golden! She really wants to know that it is true. She has a ton of great questions and listens intently.

It suddenly dropped from the 80s to the 70s. It'll be in the 60s in the morning and then go up to the 70s. I'm not sure I have ever felt a colder 70s degrees than I have now. I think I'm just a whimp. But seriously. It would be ok, but then the wind gets you. Ya. I'm a whimp. I can't take the heat or the cold!

We had stake conference this week. It was great. They talked a lot about the temple. I love the temple.

Oh, I can't remember if I asked you this. Will my violin and ukulele be ok while I'm gone? Do we need to like loosen the strings or anything? 

I cut my hair. You should've gotten a picture of that from the member who cut it for me. it's like three or so inches shorter. It's super weird. 

We get our transfer documents on Saturday but we transfer on Tuesday. New people come in on Wednesday.

For Halloween there was a mission party. We went to the mission office and every zone put on a skit about worst first member present lessons. Then we ate some snacks and watched 17 miracles. It was fun to talk to all of the other missionaries again. There are some really cool people in our mission. We came a little late because Hermana S was determined to convert the nonmember grandfather of the family we were eating dinner with. It didn't work.

I'm sure I'll think of all the other things I need and want to tell you after I get off the computer. That's always how it goes. 

Love ya!

Hermana Leete

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Transfers! I'm Leaving!

Yo.
Cutting it pretty close there Mom. I thought Keturah was the only one left who loved me.
(oops- I didn't send Melissa an email until 10:11am Monday morning.)
So here's some news:
I got the package last week. I have no idea why you thought I could eat four bags of candy, but don't worry, I brought it to p day sports and the elders ate like all of it. They left me a grand total of three Three Musketeers and like all of the Yorks and about a half bag of candy corn and a third of the Starbursts. It's ok though, it'll take me like a transfer to eat all of that.
We hit the standards of excellence for street contacting this week. A whole 70 people! I know, not that impressive. But if you were in this area, you would know. We will walk around for an hour, and no one will be outside. So, it was hard. But we did it!

Transfers! I'm leaving! I'm going to Ensign 3 in East Las Vegas. Yup. That makes three areas in three transfers. I hear it's a high baptizing area, so that'll be different. My companion will be Hermana S. I don't know her. But I hear she's awesome. Hermana D is staying here, that makes a total of four transfers in Desert Bloom. But she'll get this new area up and running. Don't worry, it's a Spanish area. There's a lot of Spanish elders who are going to English areas. We just have a lot of Spanish missionaries, and not enough areas for them.

Awww. Look at Rachel getting her honor bee! I'm so proud!
Sorry, but honestly nothing really exciting happened this week. Except, we met the A family. The husband is the Mexican consul (consulate?). He's not a member, but the wife and the daughter are. He's currently being taught by the English elders, but Hermana D and her new companion might start teaching him. She's gonna baptize Mexico! But they talk super fast. Like, I think I heard more Spanish in an hour with them then I did the entire transfer.
(Have you been able to find more houses with upside down mops on the porch?)
No more upside down mops. Sorry.
(How big is your branch?) 
Our branch has like 50+ really active members.
I made chicken broccoli casserole this week. I put too much mayo on it. We scraped it off and continued to eat it.
We had a Why I Believe fireside yesterday in Spanish. It was pretty cool.

There was a baptism this week. For the elders. Don't get too excited. His name is G. He thought we was just coming to visit his family. Little did he know he would be converted. He's pretty cool.
We're going to get our hair cut today. There's an English member who is going to do it for us. I have no idea what to do with it. Let's just hope I don't go crazy and chop it all off. But honestly, I just don't know! Girl problems.
We talked to an English member this week, introducing ourselves, and she gave us a homemade loaf of bread! And homemade peach (Utah peaches) jam! It was so good! We ate that all week.
We bike basically on a daily basis now. I like it. It's in like the 80's now, so it's not bad. I think my favorite biking skirts are my green one and my black one. They are long and full enough so I don't flash anyone and they don't hit the wheels (which means they don't get black streaks on them). I'm learning to be graceful when getting on and off my bike. It's a little hard. It's a work in progress. But I'm getting better! Faster than I think my Spanish is improving, but that's besides the point. When we bike, we don't really bike to get to places, we bike to street contact. Or, we'll pick a bunch of members (English of course) that live on the same street and we'll bike from house to house. Our area is too big to big to our potentials' houses, it's just not effective. So we drive, then bike around. It's a lot better. We're still trying to figure out the perfect formula.
So ya. That's about it.
Love,
Hermana Leete

This photo was text-ed from a member:
 “Cute sister missionaries fresh new hairdo’s”

“They are so darling”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Excited, Fantastic, Adorable, and Awesome!

Hola.

KETURAH IS GOING SPANISH STATESIDE! OH MY GOSH I AM SO EXCITED FOR HER!!!!! Don't worry, hers was the first email I read when I got on. I've been waiting all week to hear where she was going! That makes four from our ward going stateside Spanish. Cool, huh? I gave her all my stateside Spanish advice. AAAHHHH. I'M SO EXCITED!

Erica also got her visa? That's fantastic! I bet she'll love it. I'm so excited for her too! We get a lot of Brazil visa waiters her. It's pretty cool. Also, we get temple square missionaries for two transfers. They're pretty cool. Right now we have Sister I from Japan. I like her. She's cool.
It's hard, sometimes people forget that new members, or new investigators, need a lot of help, they're just babies. That was hard when we left our old area. All our investigators were just little babies! So, don't forget the new members! They need friends after they are baptized too, a lot of times, even more than they did before.
Oh my gosh. Primary program in Spanish. Adorable. They had like a projector set up in the back with the words and everything for the kids. And they put up their picture before they had to speak so that the kids would know when to go up there. Super cute. It was weird to listen to the songs you have been practicing for like ever, in Spanish.
What did Rachel get on the ACT? Did those classes help her?
It's no longer in the 100's. It usually sticks to the 90's. What? Trees are supposed to change color? I hope that answers your question.
All mail goes to the mission office. Since we are so close to it, we pick it up on our way to P Day sports. If we are ever in the mission office during the week, Sister E just gives it to us then. When you are further away, the zone leader or the district leader will pick it up and deliver it. If you are out of valley, you can send mail right to where you live.
So more random things I might want because I'm too lazy and cheap to buy it myself:
-Sharpies, like all I need is one thin black sharpie, but I can live without. It's not necessary.
-You know all those white board markers I had at one point? If you are not using them, I would. Once again, I'm just cheap.
-Highlighters. Once again, not a necessity, but would be nice. Get me a pack with a red one!
-I was thinking about trying the Down East layering shirts.  I would like to try them, but that's money . . .
-A new journal. It doesn't have to be nice.
-Music. I'm not sick of mine yet, but I know that day will come. And I know that you guys will take forever to do that. So shoot for like my half-way mark. But, get me some music in Spanish. Like Spanish hymns. There are some really cool arrangements floating around the mission, but I would like to get my music legally. I like guitar hymns too. I like hymns.
Did Kevin have a birthday? I can't remember when his birthday is . . . I didn't write it down. So if that happened, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! If not, happy early birthday!
We went to a lot of English meetings this week. We're introducing ourselves, promoting Spanish awareness, seeing if they know anyone we can visit. You know, the usual. B, our investigator, is super awesome. She always has a ton of great questions for us. She went to the Why I Believe fireside yesterday and liked it. I'm excited for her. She's pretty amazing. Ya, this week hasn't been super exciting.
So ya. That's it. President Snow is really awesome. He sat down with us for like 2 1/2 hours talking about finding ideas for us. Awesome. Love him!

Hermana Leete