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


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


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