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

Monday, July 20, 2015

Being a Sister Training Leader


I have now heard that letter from the first presidency twice--once in English and once in Spanish. Just love people! It's not any different than any other sin, like drinking. 

I get to use my Spanish on occasion. I like to do my personal study in Spanish. Sometimes I get to street contact in Spanish. And there are some Hispanics in our ward so I get to talk to them in Spanish. But my Spanish is getting pretty rusty already.

As a Sister Training Leader I get to help the Zone Leaders out with Zone Training Council once a month, I go on exchanges with the sisters in the zone, I go to all the district meetings (where there are sisters in the district), I have meetings with the Zone Leaders to talk about the needs of the zone, I also have meetings with all the zone leadership. I also go to Mission Leadership Council every month. Everyone asks me if I like being an STL and I have no idea what to tell them.

I got to go on an exchange with Sister E. She's in Ensign. So that was fun to be able to go back to Ensign. It took a lot of restraint not to go knocking on all of my recent converts' doors. 

We had Mission Leadership Council (MLC) this week, it was 8 hours long. Brother Hemingway from the missionary department came and talked to us. It was soooo cool! He taught us how to teach like angels (basically using pictures and saying "what do you see" and then going from there), how to purify our hearts, how to plan better, and how to double our baptisms (baptize two out of 20 investigators instead of one). It was super cool! I don't really know how to describe any of it, but you'll just have to trust me. It was awesome. I spent that day in meetings for 10 hours. I could not think straight at the end of it all. (We also had to meet with the Zone Leaders and had a meeting with the Stake President.)

I gave my first training in Zone Training Council this week. I think it went well. I talked about what Brother Hemingway said about purifying your heart. I feel like it went well and was spiritual. Basically it was just go live the gospel of Jesus Christ and your heart will be changed. We did ZTC a bit weird, we divided everyone into four groups and had them rotate between the four trainings. I think they liked it.

We almost had two investigators at church. However, one of them is involved in a court case with some members of our ward and therefore they can't be near each other. They were driving to the church and saw them pull in, so they left. They are going to do to our other ward now.

This week was super slow. Not a lot happened.

English wards actually have ward missionaries. Which is awesome.

This week it was rainy/humid/only over 100 for like 3 days! That was nice.

A and J are really cool. They are the ones that almost went to church. We taught her how to keep the Sabbath day holy. She totally applied it the next day! That was super cool. We stopped by yesterday to see why she didn't come to church and she told us the situation and all she was doing to keep the Sabbath day.

We are also teach the A family. The husband isn't a member, and the wife is. She actually goes to the Spanish ward because her family goes there. But once he can go to church (he works) she'll switch over to our ward. It was pretty cool because I already knew Sister A, she would come out with us in Ensign. We had a cool lesson with them yesterday where we watched this short video about the Plan of Salvation.

We met someone really cool named W this week. She seems really interested.

Anyway, that's all I have to say.

Sister Leete

PS I haven't bought an English tag yet, I'm still on the fence about that one.

Monday, July 13, 2015

I Love Being in East.


No, I don't have an iPad. It's weird, because my companion has one, and the zone leaders, and basically everyone I see on a daily basis. So ya. We probably won't get Facebook for a long time anyway. First we are going to learn how to study and teach with iPads, then we'll learn how to plan with them, and then some day, we'll get social media. But right now we are in the pre-stages were only the Assistants to the President, Mission Sister Training Leaders, Zone Leaders, and Sister Training Leaders (except me, and maybe the like one other new STL--if she exists, I'm not 100% sure about that) have them. That way they can figure them out and help the rest of the mission out when they get them. We don't know when that is.

 when asked how it was to go to an English speaking ward, and if she found any poached investigators:

Poached investigators is like their life. Seriously, soooo many of these people speak Spanish. However, if the parents speak English well and they have kids, I don't get too mad. Because it's better for the kids. But seriously! It's like these English missionaries never think about the Spanish missionaries, or these people's salvation. IF THEY DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH THEY CANNOT UNDERSTAND OUR MESSAGE AND THEREFORE CANNOT ACCEPT IT. I'm very passionate about it.

Sister M (my companion) is from Brazil! So I totally understand when she uses the wrong word and her grammar isn't perfect. But she's super awesome! And I can understand her Portuguese. However, sometimes I have to keep myself from laughing because it sounds like gibberish.

Portuguese story of the week!

So Sister M got permission to skype her best friend from Brazil to teach a lesson and get her to accept the missionaries there. We got to skype her friend and teach the plan of salvation. She spoke in Portuguese and I spoke in Spanish. Sister M taught like all of the lesson, but I did understand what was going on. It was pretty cool. Her friend agreed to pray, read the Book of Mormon, and we got her information to send the missionaries there!

Did I mention that this week was overcast and under 105 all week? It was so wonderful!

Being a leader means you get a whole lot more meetings. Yay. 

It's super weird to be back in my old area. (I covered this when I was in Ensign Spanish). So I like know where everything is. And I just want to go and talk to all of my recent converts. But I can't. Not my jurisdiction. 

I got to go on exchanges with the Mission Sister Training Leaders this week. Sister K is super awesome. We had an amazing day, taught lots of lessons, and street contacted like bosses. It's really fun to be with an exactly obedient, hard working, super faithful missionary. You just feel happy when you are around them. I even got to street contact people in Spanish! I sent off two referrals to the Spanish elders. They were super interested. It was really cool because at first they weren't interested but as I talked about how this message helps the family, they became interested. 

Street contacting in Spanish with Sister M is super interesting. Because she totally understands what we are saying and sometimes she'll respond in English, sometimes Portuguese, and sometimes in the little Spanish she knows (more like and Spanish/Portuguese mix). Kevin- you served in her mom's mission.

I don't know how to speak English anymore. Which is ridiculous because I've always spoken more English than Spanish on my mission. But praying as a companionship and teaching lessons totally throws me. I keep on trying to phrase things the same way I did in Spanish. It doesn't work too well. I've started to do my personal study in Spanish to help me keep it up. I think it's helped.

We found a cool new investigator named D. We street contacted him (he turned out to be a former that Sister M never taught because they found him on exchanges and then he fell off the face of the planet). But when we street contacted him, he was drunk and so he wasn't understanding anything and wasn't making any sense. So we made an appointment to come back the next day. Anyway, so the next day he opens the door but is kind of like, "I'm eating dinner" but we're like, "got 15 mintues?" So he says yes and we start to teach the restoration. However, 15 minutes go by and we're like, hmmm, so we ask him if he has more time, and he said yes. We got to teach all of the restoration and he totally understands the apostasy and he agrees with it. We invited him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and he accepted! He was a little iffy on baptism but we'll go over that again next time. Anyway, it's super cool.

I love being in East. It's awesome. People are nice, there are tons of people, and a lot of them haven't talked to missionaries before! Yay! 

Love ya!

Sister Leete

Monday, July 6, 2015

Transfers. I'm going English.



We're both leaving. Yup. Because of the shortage of missionaries, they are taking out the sisters from Alta Vista. They are only going to have elders. So where are we going? Sister H is still going to be Spanish (yay!) but I'm going English. Yes, you  read that right, I'm going English. And I'm going to be a Sister Training Leader. I'm going to the Vegas Valley and Winterwood Wards (yes, two wards). It's in East Las Vegas. It'll be weird because Ensign covers that area. So that was part of my area, I went on exchanges there. Ya. Weird. But that means I'll get an iPad! Like, a week before everyone else.

So we spent all morning cleaning and packing. We're still not done yet.

 J GOT BAPTIZED! I taught him in Ensign, so I got to go back and see him get baptized. He's kind of old and so he couldn't bend like normal for the baptism, so they tried to baptize him in a chair, bending forward, and then pushing the chair backwards, then finally they just had him get on his knees. He finally got baptized though.
This was on the 4th, so we're all sporting our best red, white, and blue.

Last P Day we went to Shan Gri La Prehistoric Park. Aka a guy who really likes dinosaurs has a house with a lot of dinosaurs. He gives out free dino toys too 

The second it gets dark of the 4th of July all the fireworks go off. EVERYWHERE. Like seriously, everywhere you turn there are fireworks. The strip looks like it's exploding. I'm sending you a movie of it. Well, no I can't. It's too big. You'll get it eventually.

R is super awesome. He's got a baptismal date and has been to church three times and we've only taught him one lesson. 

We found N and A this week. They are super cool. A has a drug problem, but they are interested in getting help and going to church.

M is pretty cool. We've picked her up and dropped her multiple times while I've been here. She has trouble staying focused and is struggling with depression, but seems interested.

I don't have a lot of time because I still have to finish packing and say goodbye to everyone and go shopping. Bye! Love you!

Hermana Leete