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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