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Monday, May 25, 2015

I Love it Here!

NOTICIAS!

So we had a giant mission conference with a member of the seventy (Elder Clark) to talk to us about ipads. So here's the deal.

We are one of 88 pilot missions with the ipads. The first time they launched ipads they didn't give the missionaries and instructions other than, "here's how you turn it on". Well, that didn't work out too well. Instead of increasing numbers, the numbers stayed the same or decreased (for the most part). So they're trying it again, this time not focusing on the ipads, but focusing on us, and who we need to be to use this extra tool the Lord has given us for missionary work. It was a four hour long conference, but it flew by so fast! I didn't want it to end. The spirit was strong and revelation was just pouring in.

So, when do we get ipads? We don't know. The ipads have arrived, so they are here, somewhere, hiding from us. But they are going to give them to the Assistants to the President, the Mission Sister Training Leaders, the Zone Leaders, and the Sister Training Leaders. Once they take the safety course and feel good with it, the rest of us will get them. Then it'll go in stages. Stage one is just using them to study, stage two is using them to plan, and stage three is online proselyting. They haven't told us much about stage three yet because they don't know much about it. They're still figuring all of this out.

I'm so excited for ipads though! I know it'll be super hard at first. SUPER hard, because I'll have to change all of my technology habits. For example, my companion will have to see what's on my device at all times. So when she's driving, when she's in the bathroom, no ipad. Every time we use the ipad, we need to have a specific purpose in mind. When we don't have a purpose, that's when we waste time and stumble across things we shouldn't. We also have to be careful that we are still teaching. Watching videos are good, but that's not a lesson. We need to be teaching  the lessons (well, really the spirit, but you get what I mean). One point I loved that he said was that the filters on the ipad are not meant to keep us from looking up bad stuff. A clever missionary can get around them. They are just there to prevent the world fro showing up on our screen. The best protection we have is who we are. It's going to be hard to be completely open. I've had trouble with that my entire mission. But I'm working on being that way. To be so open that anyone can look at my ipad and I won't be embarrassed. So that anyone can look at my facebook. Just things like that. So that there is nothing to hide in my life. Not like I really have anything to hide, but you know what I mean.

They haven't told us anything about paying for them, so I don't know what's up with that.

Our transfer just ended so I think that's why our leaders haven't gotten the ipads yet, they'll probably get them this week and we'll get them in a week or two.

Oh, right, transfers.

I'M STAYING WITH MY TRAINEE. Big surprise. But it's weird. I've never had two transfers in a row where I've had the same companion and stayed in the same area. So ya. Weird.

This week was not a week where I loved people. I'm sorry about that. I'm still working on charity. Let's just say that I definitely hid in the car once this week. Sometimes it sucks being a sister missionary. Like when you street contact someone and they hit on you and then when you turn them down they call you unchristlike. Yup. But anyway. I love being a missionary! I'm really surprised I haven't run into as many dangerous situations and creepy people as I have. God really does protect his servants.

We have this AWESOME investigator named R. She's got four kids (all under the age of 6) and she's progressing so well! She's still hesitant on baptism, but she loves learning and reads and prays and came to church! She came late and had to leave early because of her husband. He's not super on board with all of this. But, she's working on him.

N IS BACK! I'm so excited about this one. So at like the end of last transfer she got sick, fell off of the face of the earth, then finally answered our texts and said that she liked her church better. So we knocked on her door this week, she let us in and SHE'S BACK! She knows someone who told us that we worship Joseph Smith, that her kids have to be sent far away when they get older, and polygamy. (By the way, I'm pretty sure I explained all of that before she dropped us. But that's ok. I explained it all over again.) SO SHE'S BACK. She said that she liked it when we used to come over. So that's great. Problem: she works on Sunday and I don't think she's super willing to try and change that. 

So the English elders sent us a referral and we get there and we're like, so you talked to the elders. And he was like, they were offering yard work to listen to a 30 minute message. We were like, ummmm . . . WE'LL DO THAT! End of story: he just said we can share a message with him the next day and then didn't answer the door. Which was super awkward because the door was open, the tv was on, but the screen door was closed. Sooooo ya.

I love it here! For some reason it hasn't gotten about 85 yet. Monsoon season I guess. But that apparently is super weird. Usually it's like 100 at this time of year. But anyway, I'm not complaining.

Love you!


Hermana Leete

Monday, May 18, 2015

Have an Awesome Week

Familia!

Happy anniversary! Happy birthday Jessica! Happy birthday Sunny!

This week was a week full of miracles! We found a lot of new people and we actually taught a lot of lessons! With members! 

R is really cool. She has four kids (under the age of 8) and is super interested and wants to learn. However, she and her boyfriend are separated but living in the same house. Apparently his changing so they might actually get married. I'm not quite sure. We'll see how this goes later. But they have a baby horse in their back yard. And two dogs. But anyway. After the first lesson she hadn't read, but she prayed! And she definitely said she was going to read before we came again. 

We taught this man the other day and we were like, "can we share a message with you?" and he was like, "no" and we didn't know if he was joking or not. We figured yes because he was a referral and we didn't have a member with us so we were sitting outside, so we just did. But I was definitely confused for a moment there.

We taught M this week (the husband of G). We taught the Plan of Salvation. He didn't really seem to understand the Spirit World because he asked like three times what happened RIGHT AFTER you die. We even had a member who explained it way better than us, like three times. Hopefully he got it. 

A is really interesting. He took at least some of the missionary lessons in Utah and he really really loves eternal families but he has three doubts about our church 1) Women and the priesthood (we cleared that up) 2) Blacks and the priesthood and 3) Tithing. So we're going to teach him about the Book of Mormon. We're going to show him how all of his concerns are resolved by whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. We'll also answer his questions, but the most important thing is the Book of Mormon. So we'll see how the lesson tonight goes.

I'm not really sure what else to say. Everything kind of blurs together. 

The family of four is hard to get a hold of. The dad is super interested, but it's hard to find them all together. His interested but sometimes he just likes to talk. Like about his childhood. How he always wanted an education but never was allowed to have one, something about being really poor so he only got to wear shoes on Sundays, and a lot of other stuff. Basically, reading the scriptures are really hard for him. But he wants to learn.

If any of you have questions about blacks and the priesthood read this: https://www.lds.org/topics/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng&query=race+and+the+priesthood seriously, people are so misled.

Anyway, I hope you have an awesome week!


Hermana Leete

Monday, May 11, 2015

Day After Mother's Day

Family!

It was so nice to see you all yesterday! I'm not quite sure if there is anything to tell you that I didn't say yesterday.
 
Mother's Day Skype Screen Shot


I love the re-creation photo of Rachel and Andrew. Super cute! You should put the date stamp on it that would be cute. I can't believe we've had that swing for sooooo long. It kind of looks like he's tickling  Rachel. 

We talked to some pretty cool people this week. We met this guy named A. His mom was a potential that we tried and he came out. Apparently, he just came from Utah three weeks ago where he had been taking the missionary lessons. He just got a divorce (or separated, I'm not sure) from his not so good Mormon wife. He has always been interested but she kept on telling him no, she didn't want to be a part of that anymore. But now that that's not a thing . . . Awesome. So he's here now with his mom, who is also interested. The best part of the conversation was when he asked, "can you only help my mom, or can you help me too?" We were very happy to say that we can also help him. AWESOME.

G's husband is back. He's pretty cool. He went to church for the first time on Sunday. Awesome.

We found a family of four this week. That was cool.

So I'm going to go to a museum now. Love you!


Hermana Leete

Monday, May 4, 2015

Baptism


Baptism!  
Hermana H, G, yo, & A (awesome fellow-shipper)
Family!

We had a lot of bike problems this week. We only biked for like an hour, but we had to stop like every 5 minutes because of bike problems. Then we found out Hermana H's brakes are rubbing on her wheels so we need to get that fixed. That should happen today. She also ripped her skirt on the tire.

We found like 4 new investigators this week. But none of them were there for the return appointment. So ya. Two of our investigators are going to be going out of town for like a month. I kind of want to hit my head against the wall. 

It was like 100 degrees all week so there was like no one outside. This week is supposed to be cooler, but we'll see if anyone emerges from their homes.

We went and saw Hoover Dam today!   An English member took us and two other sister missionaries. It was fun. He knew all of the crazy death/suicide stories of Hoover Dam. He goes down there a lot.  It was pretty cool. We walked along the bridge and drove along the Dam. We went to the Nevada/Arizona state line. That was cool.






New missionary temple trip! Love it! Sooo awesome.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAMI GOODFELLOW!!!!! (I know that's late, but ya know.)
 
Jorge the aloe plant.  He's supposed to make my Spanish better.

Well. I think that is all.

Hermana Leete