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Monday, December 14, 2015

Last Letter

  ¡Hola!

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

¡Familia!

TRANSFERS! 

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

Monday, October 26, 2015

Charity Suffereth Long

Hey Family!

Here's my ponderizing scripture for the week:
Moroni 7:45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

This area is the weirdest area I have ever been in.  Slowly, but surely we'll get the ward's help. But don't worry, they feed us. It is super easy to find and have lessons in this area, but no one is committed to learning, I have not taught the Plan of Salvation the entire time I've been here. We're meeting the standards of excellence but are having no success—we don't have anyone we can set with a baptismal date or even to get to church. It's pretty frustrating. 

We went on two back to back exchanges with some sisters in our zone . . . We found A this week! We were looking through some old referrals that were on our area book app and we found him. Here's the fun part. I taught him like a year ago! I only taught him like one lesson back when I was in another area. We passed them off to the English elders because their kids spoke better English so they wanted to go to English. But apparently they moved up here. And I found them again! He even remembered me! Obviously, I am meant to teach him and his family.

Our ward is having a Halloween party on Halloween. We can only go for a bit of it. We have a mission party at 5:30 at the mission office. Basically, we're going to dine and dash. We're going to switch name tags as our costume (we're not allowed to dress up.)

Love you lots!

Hermana Leete

Monday, October 19, 2015

Extremely Blessed- The Lord is in Charge

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN AND GRANDPA!

We were very blessed this week. Extremely blessed. We taught a ton of lessons, found a ton of new investigators. Members even came out with us! We went on two exchanges. 

My ponderizing scripture for last week: Alma 26:22 Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing--unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance.

Today we went shopping, so look for that.

I'm trying to think of stories but they all run together, they are all super similar. Basically we knock on a lot of doors, sometimes people are there, mostly they aren't. But as we walk around we find people who are interested and we teach them right there. Teach a principle, extend a commitment, and say a prayer 5 minute mp and a new investigator! 

D is a really cool investigator we have right now. She said that this is the third time the Book of Mormon had come into her life. What's really cool is that God keeps on throwing her back into our lives if we miss her. We'll see her walking in her apartment complex, we'll find her in Subway. Crazy things like that keep on happening.

A car hit us the other day. They backed into us. Nothing happened though, only two dents that were smaller than a golf ball. But they did flee from the scene rather quickly . . .

We had zone conference this week. It was . . . Interesting.

Side note, about burning the boats. An apostle told us to stay in, but the AP's told us to get out, then burn it. We were also confused about that. But it was based on the story of Fernando Cortez . Or some name close to that. He amassed an army to steal some treasure and right before the battle he told them to burn the boats because they were either going to die or go home in the enemy's boats. (google burn the boats, Captain Hernán Cortés,1519) 

We went on a blitz in one of the Spanish sisters' area to help them out. English Sister M totally rocked it! Definitely showed me up. 

Man, every day feels so similar I'm having a hard time knowing what to tell you. It was colder this week! I wore a cardigan today! I also bought a sweater. Go DI! 

We got to do a ton of service this week. We helped out this awesome member who is a foster mom. She'll take the kids who have special needs. So we did some ironing for her, it was awesome to hear some parenting advice. We'll see if I can remember that in multiple years. We also helped out at Salvation Army again!

It's been really cool to see on my mission how the Lord is in charge. I don't make things happen in our area, it's all up to what the Lord wants us to learn that day. We work suuppppeeerrrr hard every single day, but if we teach lessons, find investigators, baptize anyone, that's all up to him. It's fun to be a part of His work.

Love you all sooooooo much!


Hermana Leete

Got the package 


Monday, October 12, 2015

Burn da Boats

FAMILY

Sister M got sick on Tuesday, we think it was food poisoning. We were supposed to have exchanges that day but their car was in the shop, and Sister M was sick, but we still did stuff. I don't know how to explain it.

On Thursday I went on exchanges with a sister who is training after being out for 6 weeks. That should give you an idea of how desperate our mission is. We don't have enough good sister missionaries. But that's a rant I'll save for later.

At Zone Training Council this week we did a fun activity. We had everyone write down what kind of a missionary they want to be, and then on a picture of a boat we had them write down what was keeping them from being that missionary. We then taught them how to jump out of the boat (we taught them basic missionary skills). At the end we had them burn their boats. I'll send you a video of it. Can you see the back of my head?



My investigator from (my last area) G got baptized on Saturday! I got to go back and see him. It was super cool, he bought a white shirt and slacks!

We got to feed the homeless at Salvation Army this week. That was super cool.

Last week I ponderized 1 Nephi 11:17. I love this scripture because you don't have to know everything, just that God loves us.


Love you all! 

This should answer your weather question. This was the forecast this morning:


Monday, October 5, 2015

A Pretty Exciting Week

Hello family!

You might need a play by play of this week, it was pretty exciting.

So Monday was Sister M's last day. She went a little insane. Like really insane, I don't know how to explain it. We also got to pie the Assistants to the President and the Mission Sister Training Leaders in the face because we beat their zone records (Sister B and Elder S had made the records when they were the Sister Training Leaders and the Zone Leaders in that Zone). I don't know if I explained that well or not . . . That night consisted of visiting investigators and members and taking pictures before page left to Brazil.

Tuesday: transfers! I was up late really late packing because the dryer didn't dry my clothes, they still weren't dry when I packed them. We had to get up really early so that Sister M could get to the temple on time (all the departing missionaries get to go to the temple.) Then I had to drive to the mission office to drop some of her stuff off with another sister who's companion went back to temple square. Then I met up with my companion, Sister M2, and had to drive to the mission office again to pick up a sister that was waiting for her trainee and two sisters in our zone who got double transferred in and didn't have a car. However, upon arriving at their apartment, we realized that they lived very far from their area and didn't have a car. However, with five of us we couldn't proselyte, so I ended up going with some Spanish sisters in our zone and slept on their floor and the sister who was training three packed it with other sisters who were training and Sister Ma was with the girls without a car. 

Wednesday: we figured out that the other sisters were just going to have to walk and that they weren't getting a closer apartment. Sister Ma and I were back together for like two seconds when we get a call from another sister in our zone, her trainee wasn't coming to the mission for another 6 weeks and she needed a companion until Friday (she was going to get a mini missionary then). So she hung out with us for the day and part of Thursday

Thursday: We had a meeting with the mission Just Serve coordinator. That meeting turned into feeding the homeless at Salvation Army, which was super cool. 

Friday: We had exchanges with the Mission Sister Training Leaders. I went to their area. And to their district council. Their district leader asked me to give a training . . . I still don't know why. But it was a cool day. We taught a Muslim lady from Syria who is interested. She's like super Muslim though, it's really interesting.

Saturday: General Conference! One of our investigators came! We tried to do a lunch thingy for investigators and people between the sessions but only two people came . . . But they came and stayed for conference! Well, for part of it.

Sunday: General Conference! We had a family come to conference! They have two little kids that sat perfectly through Conference, what a miracle! They loved it though! Then a member fed us brunch (you got a picture of that). That's our zone. 

I felt like I haven't been in my area at all and that I don't know any of our investigators, but that's ok. I'll get there. It still was an awesome week. The people are so open to having us come by, I've never seen people like that my entire mission, ever. It's so cool. However, the people are really flaky, so that's a problem.

Sister Ma is awesome! She's been an STL for like a year now so that should tell you something. 

Love you!
Sister Leete


An email from the mission:


We had a great time having theses missionaries over for brunch between conferences! 
Oct 4, 2015 Las Vegas, NV Mission 



Monday, September 28, 2015

TRANSFERS!

Hello everyone!

This week was pretty awesome!  Honestly I can't remember everything that happened. But anyway,

TRANSFERS!

I'm leaving! And since Sister M is going home, we're getting double transferred out! However, that means I won't die in east. (I was getting worried that would happen. That would mean I would have spent 7 transfers here. But now it's only 5.) I'm going to Sunrise Stake in the Mountain Vista ward. It'll be cool. My companion will be Sister Md. It'll be her last transfer as well.

I went on exchanges with Sister B this week. She's a temple square missionary. And she knows one of my friends form BYUH! We've decided that she needs to come to BYUH with me so we can be roommates.  Anyway, she's a super amazing missionary and I love being around her. I feel like we can just accomplish miracles together!

A member is going to teach us how to make tortillas today.

Our investigator G is doing sooooo well. He's read up until Alma 36 in the Book of Mormon! That's sooooo cool! I'm going to miss teaching him, but I'll come back for his baptism.

It's still hot here, it's not cooling down for some reason. No one really knows why. It's cooler at night, like 80 degrees but during the day it's still 100. Which is cooler than it was, but still.

I only got to see part of the eclipse. I didn't know there was going to be one. I just looked up and like, "I've never seen the moon that tiny." I looked up later and was like, "why is it bigger now?" I was just like, "it was probably just the clouds". But now I understand!

Anyway. No one emailed Sister M because she is going home, so I have to stop now.

Love you!

Hermana Leete

Transfer Question: Are you Spanish speaking?


English. I'm still an STL

Monday, September 21, 2015

Cool & Comedy

¡Hola!

E is a new investigator. He's pretty cool. He has some problems that have to be resolved before he can be baptized though.  He lived in our mission, moved to the west mission, then moved back. He's been interviewed like twice for baptism. We just got him as a referral.
He's cool.

Comedy report: we were helping these people move and the elder's quorum packed our bags in the truck. Awkward. They were soooo mad at us that they had to fight through all the junk to get our bags.

Coolest lesson ever: we visited this less active this week. His name is Brother H. He was a missionary in Brazil back when there wasn't any members there. He baptized the first stake president. Even members of the quorum of the 70s have come and talked to him. Anyway the spirit was super strong in the lesson. He cried, we cried, everyone cried. He said he felt our message the most out of everyone's. We watched the bible video "go and sin no more”. I can't explain how cool it was.

Anyway, that's all I got time for.

Love you!


Sister Leete

Monday, September 14, 2015

Expect Miracles and then Don't Stop Working until You Get Them

Hi there!

This week was pretty awesome! We had 7 people at church!

G: Finding G was a miracle this week. I went on exchanges with Sister S and we were working on expecting miracles. So we had three members out with us and no lessons planned. We were knocking on these doors and no one answered/let us in and we ran out of potential investigators to try and I was just like "you're not supposed to be here" so I went to the back ups that we had earlier in the day that we didn't get to. They took us to an apartment complex. Well, the same things happened (or didn't happen I guess) and we still had like fifteen minutes left with our member. I remembered someone else's door to knock on, and no one was there, and then we just started to knock on random doors. I was feeling like, We have a member, something is going to happen! So we get to two doors and I asked Sister S, "left or right?" and we both felt left so we knocked on the left door and G opened the door! We couldn't go in because he was alone and the member we had with us was a man, but we said a prayer with him and gave him a Book of Mormon. G said that he was possessed with a devil and that he had a mental illness . . . We don't think he's possessed. But we told him that if he read the Book of Mormon the devil couldn't be there. So he said he'd read. We came back later for our next appointment and taught him lesson 1. He's totally accountable, he just had a stroke sometime ago so he talks a little funny. But the member that we had at the lesson offered to give him a ride to church and he came! He also accepted a baptismal date!

E: She's super cool. She hasn't wanted to go to church because she had a bad experience when she was little. We've been planning a church tour for like two weeks now, but she keeps on canceling because she needs someone to watch her kid and she doesn't have a car and we can't give her a ride. But we finally got a member to come and she got a babysitter so we went! She really liked it. And we gave her some skirts that were left by previous missionaries so that she had one to wear at church. She loved church! It was awesome! And her atheist boyfriend is totally opening up! Miracle!

J: I don't even know how to describe why this was such a miracle. But he had to get work off to go to church and he also loved it! The entire time we've been teaching him he's all like, "I'll go when I feel like it." But as we've been teaching him the doctrine, his heart has been touched and he understands the importance of church. His girlfriend is a less active member so it was cool to see her face when he said he was coming to church--she was sooooo excited! We'll see if he'll change his schedule so that he can come every week.

M and J: They are the L kids. The parents have been kind of flaky this week, so we don't know what's up, but the kids love church!

D and A: We went to visit a referral from the Bishop. It was just a active family that is going through some hard times. When we went to visit them we met D and A. D is one the girls' boyfriend and A is a friend. But they are interested! And they came to church! Super cool!

We taught a lot of lessons this week, which is always really cool. I keep on getting flashbacks to the last time that I served in this zone. I swear I am just repeating what happened. It's super trippy.

There was this day where we talked to like three people who just ranted on and on about the apocalypse . . . we didn't know what to say to them. Yes, food storage is super important.

So that was my week. It was pretty awesome. 

I'll send a video of my zone leaders getting pied in the face. They issued a challenge out to the zone that they had to do certain things in finding situations, like calling someone to repentance, telling someone that our message can help them quit their addiction while they are smoking, getting someone to throw a ball at you, and that whoever completed it first could pie them in the face. But the catch was if the zone leaders completed it twice before someone else completed it, they could pie the rest of us in the face. Elder B and Elder C completed it in 24 hours.

What I learned this week is to expect miracles and then don't stop working until you get them.

I love you so very much!

Hermana Leete



The wood that I used came from that branch, but you only needed like 6 inches of wood

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day

Hello there!

So what I did today. There's a cool family in one of our wards that can turn pens. So we went over there and turned a pen, well two actually. Here they are:


The lighter one is made from Las Vegas Olive and the orange one is made from some wood that starts with a p. We took blocks of wood, put them on something that spins them, and then carved them. Pretty cool huh?

It came from a tree like this. A Las Vegas olive wood.


More particularly from this branch.



Look what I made!


This week I went on two exchanges. They were pretty fun.

One day we were walking around and we street contacted this lady who was sitting down with her head in her hands. She was really down because her son has a mental illness and life is really hard for her. But as we testified of the Atonement she totally cheered up. We also gave her a Book of Mormon and she was really excited to read it.

Monday we found two new investigators! They are a young couple named M and M. We brought this couple from church and they were perfect for them! Like, they had everything in common.

J and D are doing awesome! D is a less active and her boyfriend is J who is not a member. He's really starting to progress! It's really cool to see!

Anyway, I don't have a lot of time, but it's cooling down to only 105, so that's good.

Love you!

Hermana Leete

By the way, president was totally the one to suggest that I skype home, I didn't even ask!

Monday, August 31, 2015

We can Endure all of our Trials

¡Hola! (Oh the fancy things you can do on iPads!)

Wow. Rachel D is married. Weird.

Sooooo the question of the week, what happened this week? I gave a talk in one of our wards. Here it is, for your reading pleasure (ignore all the comments in between quotes, I didn't really say them, I just kind of talked. But the quotes are the good part anyway):
Adversity Talk  Winterwood Aug 30

When I think of adversity, I think of enduring to the end. Adversity is what makes enduring to the end soooooo hard.

Preach My Gospel on page 66 talks about enduring to the end as part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It says:  "Once we have entered the strait and narrow path by our faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, and the ordinances of baptism and confirmation, we must exert every effort to stay on the path." "Every effort" does not mean only when it's convenient. It means that we must put forth all our strength in staying righteous, in continually doing good works and increasing in Christ-like attributes. It continues to say that, "We do so [staying on the path] by continually exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting, making commitments, and following the Spirit.” As we do these things we become stronger and stronger in our testimony of Jesus Christ and are more able to withstand temptation.

So often, when adversity comes our way, we ask the question, "why? Why did this happen? Why me?" There's a scripture that answers this question very well, it says:

D&C 136:3131 My people must be tried in all things, that they may be prepared to receive the glory that I have for them, even the glory of Zion; and he that will not bear chastisement is not worthy of my kingdom.

It says that we MUST be tried in order to be prepared for the Celestial Kingdom. It has to happen. There is no other way for us to learn and grow. We are tried so that we can be prepared to receive the Celestial Kingdom. And like it says, if we cannot bear it, we are not worthy. So how do we endure our trials?

In Elder Richard J. Maynes' talk, "The Strength to Endure" in October of 2013 he said, "If we honestly and sincerely repent, the Atonement can help us become clean, change our nature, and successfully endure our challenges. "It is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we can endure our trials. We cannot do this alone and Christ suffered for us so that we wouldn't have to.

President Monson, also in the October 2013 General Conference, talked about enduring adversity. He said, "The history of the Church in this, the dispensation of the fullness of times, is replete with the experiences of those who have struggled and yet who have remained steadfast and of good cheer. The reason? They have made the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of their lives. This is what will pull us through whatever comes our way. We will still experience difficult challenges, but we will be able to face them, to meet them head-on, and to emerge victorious. "As we make the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of our lives, as we have faith, repent, and keep covenants, we will be able to endure to the end and emerge victorious from our trials.

Returning for just a bit to our question of "why do we face adversity, how is it that we can obey the commandments and sit I'll have hardships?" Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in 2000 spoke to mission presidents. In this talk he said, "I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation was never easy. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, He is our Great Eternal Head. Why would we believe, why would we think, that it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? In turn, how could we possibly bear any moving, lasting testimony of the Atonement if we have never known or felt anything of such an experience." Jesus suffered "pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind" as says Alma 7:11. He suffered, and he was perfect. We too, being imperfect, must suffer so that we can be more like Christ, so that we can be prepared for all of eternity.

I would like to end by reading the second verse of hymn 30, Come, Come, Ye Saints.
Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?’ Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take. Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we’ll have this tale to tell—All is well! All is well!

I know that Christ is our Savior. He was suffered so that he can help us through our suffering. He has taken upon himself all for our sins, so that when we repent and keep our covenants we can be clean. We can endure all of our trials, and we can return to live in His presence, with our families, for all of eternity. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Now that I've filled up a lot of space I can talk about the really important things, like the weather. Just kidding you don't care about that.

We talked to some cool less actives/semi actives this week. In particular this recent convert family where the wife had health problems so she doesn't come to church often. So we went over and taught them the Restoration and asked for referrals (which turned into, will you give your friend a BOM?) Anyway, the wife came on Sunday! We talked to the husband and he said it was because we came over and visited them. It's cool because we never once told her that she needed to go to church, just teaching the doctrine touched her heart and she came back on her own.

We finally realized this week that we have no idea how to teach simply . . . Awkward. We're working on that though.

We found some cool new investigators this week. M and A. However, A lives half the time in Michigan, so we don't know how that'll work out. M is pretty cool, but they talk a lot. I still haven't mastered how to get in and out of a lesson fast when they talk a lot . . . But they are super interested and want to read the Book of Mormon!

We went on exchanges this week with the Mission Sister Training Leaders (basically the sister AP's) but Sister B got sick and so we spent most of it in the apartment. Maybe there's something I'm supposed to be learning from being stuck in an apartment. That has happened a lot lately.

We had to drop one of our investigators this week because he wasn't progressing and doesn't want to be baptized. His wife is a member, and it was really hard to look at her when we did that. She was super disappointed. We'll still go by and visit them once or so a month, but if he doesn't want to be baptized, there's nothing we really can do but wait until he's a bit more humble. 

E is super cool. She's the one that doesn't have a lot of Christian background. She's reading in the Book of Mormon and she's writing down all the questions that she has! She's also super smart, so it's cool to teach her.

Anyway. Life is good. I'm excited to be able to watch Rachel open her call. You do have permission to text me the details or to email me or whatever works best. 

Love you!


Hermana Leete!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Biking is Awesome

Hello there!

We found two new investigators this week! Yay!

T- She's from Hawaii! She's super cool. We street contacted her, she seemed suuuuuuppppper not interested but then said we could come back the next day. What? Anyway. She told us that ever since she's moved from Hawaii the blessings from God have just been pouring in. But recently life has been hard and she's been cursing and swearing at God. She was in a terrible mood the day we street contacted her, but after we talked to her she came inside and cried because she felt like it was a sign from God that he loved her. Super cool. So we taught her the first lesson and she loved it! She's excited to meet with us and wants her kids to be there in the lesson, and her friends as well.

E- We tried to find someone else but they had moved so we talked to her instead. She says she's a christian but really knows nothing about the Bible or religion (except she was a Wiccan once, but we told her to get rid of her ouija board). But she really wants to learn about God. It just seems that no one has really offered to teach her. So we came back and taught her about the Godhead and prayer. She's reading the Book of Mormon but doesn't understand any of it, but she keeps on reading. It was really hard to keep our lesson simple and not try to teach her everything. We're getting better at it though. She totally wants to go to church. Possible future problem(s): her boyfriend (aka the father of her child, actually, I don't know that, but I think he is) is atheist. She seems cool with it though, just has to hide her Book of Mormon.

We have a new ward mission leader in one of our wards and we're trying to train him to be the perfect ward mission leader. It's a little hard. But we're working on it. We're having him read chapter 13 of Preach My Gospel. We hope that helps.

We're biking! Why? 'Cause we want to talk to more people, we need the blessings, and we're kind of short on miles. So ya, I've biked in 111 degree weather. It's really not as bad as you would think it would be.

FUNNY STORY

So we knocked on this door to try and talk to a less active and someone else opened the door. She proceeded to tell us that that person wasn't there and that he doesn't practice (ummmmm, that's why we're here, we know that, but I'm pretty sure that's only something our church does, so I understand the confusion). She was really nice though and gave us water. A lot of water. 1.5 liters to be exact. It was a giant water bottle. Anyway, so she gives us these huuuuuggggggee water bottles and we're like, "thanks!" but inside we're like, "where do we put these?" Both of our purses are tiny, and the water bottles were too big to carry in our hands. I'm not quite sure what we did, but we made it to the car, which happened to be like down the street. 

So biking is awesome for multiple reasons: 

1) We are promised tons of blessings for biking (no one has actually told me what the blessings are, I'm just told through the grapevine that I will be blessed if I bike)
2) You feel pretty boss because not a lot of sister missionaries bike, or elders anymore.
3) Exercise 
4) Your street contacting improves a lot. Not just the numbers, but the quality. People are really impressed when they see sisters biking. Especially in this heat. And when they find out we do it willing. They are nicer to you and they give you water and it just goes better all around.

J our investigator came to the fireside this Sunday! It's called "Why I Believe." They have it every month. Converts share their conversion story. It's super cool.

The L family is doing awesome. We have plans for them to meet the bishop this week. We hope that leads to marriage!

There were a lot of changes in the zone this transfer, but I'm loving them. They were totally for the best. And now there's four sets of sisters in the zone instead of three! Yay!

Con amor,


Hermana Leete

Monday, August 17, 2015

God is Mindful of his Children

Hola!

So we are finally all better! We got to actually work is week.

TRANSFERS! We're staying together. This is Sister M's last transfer, so I shall kill her. That'll be fun. (Just so there is no misunderstanding, this does not mean that Hermana Leete will actually be killing her companion, she will be her last companion and will be sending her home.)

M is divorced! Yay! However, he seems a little hesitant to marry G again, I'm not sure why. But, we're going to introduce them to the bishop this week to see if that'll help them. We told them the bishop can marry them. So we'll see how all that goes.

God is mindful of his children. Why? Read the following experiences!

One day I was thinking, "you know, I haven't had pizza in a while, I would like pizza." And the members gave us pizza for dinner! They said they were hesitant to do it, but felt like it would be ok.

A member gave us homemade jam, so I was thinking about if it would be possible to make some homemade bread to eat it with (it was either that or go buy bread, but homemade bread just sounded awesome.) Then the member we had dinner with gave us a bread-maker! Crazy, huh? They were going to get rid of it but then gave it to us. I'll send you pictures of the bread I made this morning. Soooo good!

We met this really awesome person named E. She believes in Christ, but doesn't know anything about the bible or religion, but she wants to learn. So we're going to see her today and be really simple and basic with her, we're going to go really slow.

So I hope I'll have more to tell you next week. Love you!

Sister Leete



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Zone Conference

Here are some pictures from the Las Vegas Mission Facebook Page:








Monday, August 10, 2015

Horray for Being Sick!

August 10, 2015

Familia!

RACHEL! I have determined you are going to South America or here to Vegas. Possibly the West mission. Not because you are apostate, but because they probably need your awesomeness.

Man, Rachel is having all the luck in talking to apostles and all the big wigs. 

We have been sick all week. I was sick Monday. Then Sister M got sick Tuesday night until now. She's still pretty bad. It's stress related so we're working on de-stressing her. So she's been staying in members’ houses as I go out and work. When we can find me a companion. But, I'll have a companion and lessons planned and nothing happens. NADA. No one opens the door, no one is interested. Nothing. It's kind of frustrating. I blame it on the past missionaries. It appears that one set of missionaries have updated the potential sheets in the past two years. Which is super frustrating. Rachel--UPDATE ALL OF THE RECORDS. Seriously, I'm super passionate about it because no one does it and no one seems to think it's a big deal. Do you know how frustrating it is to waste your time on people who told the last missionaries "don't come back" and no one bothered to write it down? Anyway, I'll speak of happier things.

I'm feeling sick again today. Yay. Sorry. That wasn't a happier thing.

Send me an email as soon as Rachel gets her call. I can check my email throughout the week so I'll keep an eye out for it. I can't respond until Monday, but at least I'll know sooner.

M, G, M, and J are doing great. They came to church again. I can't seem to be able to help them to read the Book of Mormon consistently. I don't know how to help them. And we only see them once a week, so that's hard.

We have been sick and then one of our other investigators has been sick, so we haven't seen him all week.

Our last investigator is having some trouble committing to sitting in our lessons. His wife is a member and so sometimes we'll just teach her something as we wait for him to actually join us. We think he is facing a lot of opposition and so is hesitant. Like, he wants to learn but he's afraid of learning.

So that was my week. I finally got to see Meet the Mormons. I also got to watch a lot of The District and try to organize Gospel Library. Hooray for being sick!

Love you!


Sister Leete

Mission Leadership

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Slow Week

 Hola familia!

The Truman Brothers and Jason Deere sound familiar, but that's probably just because I've had some companions that have loved country music. What songs do they sing?

Let me know as soon as Rachel gets her call!

This week has been kind of slow. Well, actually, this entire past month has been slow.

So we had this amazing investigator named D. He was a street contact, he is divorced and has a two year old girl. He was totally loving us coming by and what we shared. He would sit there and have the biggest smile on his face as we talked. However he dropped us. When we texted asking him if he was going to come to church he said no because he was searching and studying and said that he doesn't think this is the religion for him and his daughter. He wouldn't explain more so we're are going to try and stop by today to see if we can get him to talk about it. We think he found anti material.

Someone else dropped us this week. Life is just too hectic I guess. Lame.

We went on exchanges this week. I got to go to Ensign with Sister C (she was in my district in the CCM). We had a blast. It was so much fun.

It hit 120 this week.

We met a lot of people who were not interested (including less active members). And a lot of people who wanted to bash. So that wasn't fun.

So this week we helped a blind lady out. She was a former investigator so we knocked on her door. She had just had a party the night before and some weird things went down. Like someone peed on her couch, and her dog pooped in her bedroom. So guess what? We cleaned it up for her. Which was good for her because she couldn't see it to clean it up. Hopefully that actually helped. However, she's not a morning person and so she can't promise she'll go to church. So we're not really sure if there's potential there.  But she thought we were sent from God. So that's cool.

We walked a lot, talked to a lot of people.

Sorry my letters aren't interesting anymore.

We taught D and J this week. D is a less active and J isn't a member. We reviewed the Restoration because J was super confused about it. But it was good. He's totally feeling the spirit, but there's a lot of opposition from family and friends so he's kind of denying it right now, but we'll get him, don't worry.

M, G, M, and J are doing awesome! They know the Book of Mormon is true. However there might still be legal issues that are preventing them from being baptized. I don't know what they are yet, but we're going to find out.

Sister Leete

Outside the chapel because we don't have a key and that's where the wifi is
Me and Sister C


An awesome note we found on a door we knocked on during exchanges.
It was the reason that Donvan couldn't go out with his friends. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Life is good. East is beast. I HAVE AN IPAD.

ATTENTION! I HAVE AN IPAD! I'm trying to act like I'm not super excited. But I am. I am suuppperrrr excited.

Nope. Nothing for Pioneer Day.

I feel like I only talked to Hispanic people this week. Normally, I would be super excited. Except, I don't teach in Spanish anymore. Super frustrating I'll tell you.

FLASH BACK. Remember last time I was in East and we were teaching M, G, M, and J and they couldn't get baptized because M and G weren't married and M was married to someone else and that the kids didn't know?

We had Sister L out with us and she was all like, "do you remember these people, they came to our ward a couple of weeks ago. Let's go visit them!" So we visited them, found out that they want to go to the English ward because their neighbors are in our ward, and started to teach them again. This Sunday they came to church and M told me that they got married!!!!!!!!!! (Insert lots of noises from excitement.) So I feel like I was sent back to East to teach them because I knew the situation. Now they can get baptized! Yay!  Besides that we lost investigators, appointments cancelled and it was under 110 all week. Fantastic!

Sooo there's this return missionary in one of our wards. He likes to come out with us. Except he has no faith. When he comes out with us, our appointments cancel, no one opens the doors. NOTHING happens. So the last time he was out, we asked him what miracle he wanted to see. We were like, we wanted to find a family of four today, so he was like, "sounds good." So we prayed to find a family of four. Guess what happens? We had this amazing street contact with a family of four and a baby that had like seven more people at home . . . in California. But we gave him a Book of Mormon, said a prayer with him, got his address and they seem super interested. BLESSING. So finally we had a miracle with him. 

We went and taught D this week (she's a less active who is coming back to church) and her nonmember husband was there. He's interested! We taught the Restoration. He seemed to really get it. It was cool but the two kids were on their tablets/phones and it was super noisy and so super hard to focus. Poor Sister M, it was even worse for it. But it still ended up alright.

We had exchanges this week. Sister B from the YSA ward came to our area with me. She is super cool. She's a temple square missionary that's here for two transfers. She's originally from Tahiti. She is super amazing. We taught some awesome lessons together, street contacted a lot of Hispanics (which was a little weird for her) and all around had a fantastic day!

We are visiting this less active family, and they talk really loud. The mom just talks over everyone and talks really really loud. We're not quite sure what to do with it.

I get to visit the A family! The kids are all recent converts and the mom/uncle are less actives. The cool part, I street contacted them back when I was in Ensign.

We ate out a lot this week. Mom, I might gain those pounds you lost.

Life is good. East is beast. I HAVE AN IPAD. I'm really excited to use the gospel library app. I was figuring it out on Sister M iPad the other day and you can do some pretty boss stuff with it.

Love you!


Hermana Leete

Pictures from Mission Leadership Council:


Elder Hemmingway