Monthly Archives: May 2012

E-Mail and Photos 5/29/2012

Ok… You all sound super depressed.
I mean. I thought I was having a bad week, but compared to that I am having a wonderful week. I want to tell you about the cool experience that Sis. Beck and I had regarding the email that I sent President. But I think I will wait and write it in a letter. It took me so long to write that letter to President. Sis. Beck and I had a rough week. Our ward is not very supportive of us baptizing and they give us a really hard time about it and say jabbing comments that make us have to bite our tongues. But we still baptize regardless. Our spanish family hasn’t been in contact with us the whole week and they didn’t come to church. But Kevin’s mom came and she was giving us a hard time. But she was tehre. She will get baptized. It’s just a matter of when. She’s going to be headed of to Haiti. She doesn’t really have any urgency and it is so hard to meet with her. She forgets about our appointments or she sleeps through them. The best thing to happen to us this week was davids baptism. It was a miracle. I think I will have to write you a letter.
But keep hangin in there! I am grateful for the love and support that you give me! I’ll send a letter 🙂
Love you my wonderful parents! You are the best.
 

During a storm. I have to back the car up cause I’m the passenger

The water is up to my ankles

Davids baptism

Dear Pres. Anderson,
So this past week has been one of learning and growing for us.
We had an investigator fall right into our lap. His name is David from Haiti. For the past year he had been taking discussions from the missionaries there and was finally ready to be baptized.The day he was to be baptized and confirmed he was coming here to Florida. The missionaries instructed him to wait until he got here. It took him 2 weeks to find the church which was down the street from his home. He went one night and met a member from our ward who contacted us. We immediately went to his home to find him. When we met with him it was amazing to see how prepared he was. He bore his testimony of how he knew the church was true and couldn’t wait to get baptized! We realized though, he didn’t speak English well and passed him to the Creole Elders. 2 days later they explained to us that he wanted to be apart of the English ward so he could learn English. We were excited and his English wasn’t that bad. We told our ward and planned for the baptism to be the following weekend, the 27th. Unfortunately, the ward was not completely supportive. They had many concerns because nobody had met David and he didn’t speak English well. We were pressured to move his baptismal date to the 3rd. Both Sis. Beck and I were torn. We said many prayers and that night had a personal study with the Book of Mormon. We then said another prayer which was a powerful experience and came to the conclusion that we needed David to decide the day he should be baptized. We went to his home and he didn’t care what day. He just wanted to be baptized.So we all agreed on the 3rd of June, but as the week went on we didn’t feel comfortable with the decision. It was only more confirmed when our Zone Leaders challenged us to baptize him on the 27th. The night they gave us the challenge we were upset. We both prayed and studied more. I decided to read the Book of Mormon and was given a slew of scriptures that pretty much told me. “Baptize NOW!” We both agreed. He was baptized on Sunday and it was amazing. 🙂
Sis. Holder
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E-Mail 5/21/2012

Mother… In your email to me you said.. “I love you SON…” I am not sure how I feel about that. 😛
Anyways… This week for me has been beyond amazing. There were so many miracles and blessing that I can’t believe that they even happened. But before I get to that part I wanted to talk about the whole blessing thing that you were talking about.
I just want you to know that I notice the blessings that you have every time you send an email. Yes, all 3 of us are here out on our missions. That is a blessing, but I see more than that. You have been learning so much about the temple and about the Atonement and the basic principles of the gospel. Which is an even greater blessing. Do you know how many people don’t even know/understand the 5 basic principles of the gospel. There are way too many. There are even more that don’t even know that God is a loving God. Just the other day we had a lesson with one of our newer investigators. He told us that the Plan of Salvation wasn’t possible and that there is no wya that there could be a Spirit World because everybody who is on the earth already had there oppertunity to know Jesus Christ and since they don’t know that Jesus Christ is the Savior that they will all just go to hell. Your understanding of the gospel is the blessings that you receieve and I see everytime you send an email. I love hearing about all the things that you learn and I keep note of it all. You will receiev Spiritual and Temporal blessings while we are all out here on missions. Just like God is taking care of us out here, He will definately take care of you there.
Speaking of blesings. We had so many miracles happen this week. The spanish family we found came to church on Sunday and loved it! They can’t wait to have us come over to there home and to come back next week. The only thing with them is that we may have to have a wedding for July and Javie. I don’t think that they are married. But we are so excited for them! July’s son Ivan thinks that he is an Atheist but he isn’t really. Their whole family rocks. The Hindu family, no matter how much we banged on there door that before church they would not wake up. We called them and rang the door bell like 30 times and nothing. Another blessing is that there was a lady that called us the other night when we were out harvesting (tracting). Her name is Janice and she was askign about church and amoung other things. She finally told us that her sister was a member in Delaware and that she wants to learn about it so her and her son can get baptized. How sweet is that!? Also, yesterday 8 out of our 10 baptismal dates came to church! It was so crazy! WE are rocking it up in Coral Springs! Kevin’s mom is very silly and dropped Kevin off for church yesterday, but didn’t actually stay herself…… so that was super lame. But we set her with a new baptismal date and she promised to come to church every sunday until then. Sis. Beck and I are doing really well with the work and are having so much fun! We go and find amazing people and teach them. We have zone conference tomorrow which should be fun. I love them. We get to hangout with the West Palm zone. Sis. Hong finally got moved from Davie to W. Palm. We have a few new people in our zone. A new missionary. Elder Dean, Zone Leader Elder Odar-Barrabosa and Elder Grant came up from Ft. Lauderdale. So we have a pretty fun zone still. Anyways.. I have been learning a lot about anger and adversity. Boy have people out here been testing my patience. Mom, your not the only one that has anger issues. I have had many oppertunities to be humble… I hate it. Number one no offense but white people are super mean and vicious. I have never been yelled at so much in my life by people that I dont know. People started really ticking me off after I had done a lot of reading in Alma. Alma and his bretheren went through so many trials and kept level heads I hav eno idea how they did. And they were getting spit on and stuff. You just have to take it in and move forward. Let God take care of everything. The other thing is that we are going through a refining process. you getting broken down then built back up. over and over again. So Mom. please be patient. I know how you feel.
Anyways I lvoe you both. Have a great week!
Sis. holder
 
Dear Pres. Anderson,
I loved everything about miracles and blessing that you had put in your e-mail, because that is all that happened to Sis. Beck and I this week! There we so many miracles, I don’t even know where to start.
Last week we had found the sweetest family while harvesting. It just so happened that the mother was looking for a church and “poof” there we were. She explained to us that her son also claimed to be atheist and didn’t believe in God. It’s a concern in the whole family. We explained how we were there to help. Later in the week we returned and shared a message of the Gospel and how they can, together as a family, work on getting baptized. They willing accepted the invitation including her son! They came to church on Sunday and had a great time learning and enjoyed the spirit. We are so excited for this family! Also, this week we met an awesome man named David. He came from Haiti 2 weeks ago. He had found the chapel which was just down the street from his home and left his information with one of the members. We went to go visit him. Turns out he had been working with the missionaries for a year in Haiti and the day he was supposed to get confirmed for his baptism was the day he came to America. The missionaries there told him to wait until he came here to Florida and to find the missionaries. He can’t wait to get baptized! These are just two of the amazing things to happen to us this week.
There were so many miracles and blessings that we received this week that Sis. Beck and I are just amazed at all of them. We are excited to have this new week to work with and to have Coral Springs just blossom. Sis. Beck and I have also been having a lot of fun just learning together and from each other. She is an amazing companion who helps me out so much.
Thank you for all the encouragement!
Sis. Holder

 

E-Mail and Photos 5/15/2012

Hey!
So not much has happened since I talked to you on Sunday. Oh wait.. .Trasmfers. 😛 I forgot. Both Sis. Beck adn I STAY! That is exactly what we wanted. Though, I did want to train. But I guess I will do that later. Maybe my last transfer. Who knows. Anyways. There aren’t too many changes going on in our zone. We are getting a new Zone Leader and another missionary. So that should be fun. One of my favorite Elders, Elder Perrotti is leaving tomorrow. He is this crazy Brazillian who is beyond trunky. He is a pretty cool Elder though. We made plans for him to come out to Utah in the winter time so we can go snowboarding. Anyways. Yesterday we found this super sweet family. It’s a mom and her 3 kids. They have been looking for a church and one of her son’s doesn’t believe in God. She was very excited to have us coem visit her and share the blessing with her. We will be seeing her later this week. Today we are going to be having an epic game of dodgeball and we are making sandwhiches for the Elders. When Enoze told us she was moving she went out and bought us a ton of food to enjoy as a present for visiting her. She bought CostCo size portions of food for us. So today should be awesome. But it is a day where we have to say good bye. Unfortunately, since niether of us are transfering we will not be going to transfer meeting to find out where everybody is going. So that’s lame. Anyways. I loved talking to you on Sunday. It was funny though. It felt very natural. I loved the artical about Kristie! She is so pretty and amazing. Please tell them I say hello!
So there are two kids sitting next to me. Jamell and Jarmain. They are playing Battlefield II. It is so funny because Sis. Beck and are sitting inbetween them. So they are playing this game and they are using us to help them beat eachother. It is so funny. Cause they are yelling at eachother and are laughing and giggling. It is so funny!
Yeah. So I dont have much to say so… yeah. I love you tons.
Sis. Holder
 
Dear Pres. Anderson,
This past week I was able to study the same thing that you shared in your email this week. Sis. Beck and I have been through quite a trial with our investigator Josh, who fro some reason refuses to get baptized. He has passed his interview and has shared his testimony with us. Every week we recommit to be baptized, but he does not follow through. It has been a major trial that we have been working with and we are not sure what else we can do to help him. So, as I studied this week about trials and the AtonementIt broke my heart to know that Josh isn’t allowing himself to enjoy the blessings of the Gospel. But something that I have been able to gain out of it is a stronger testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. There is no way I could deny the things I learned. I try to see things the way Josh does in his decision to not get baptized now. But I can’t I simply don’t understand. I would have been baptized weeks ago. I know that there will be blessings from the diligent work that we have been doing. I have seen many already. For this past transfer we have been wanting to find a family that was being prepared for the gospel. Over the past couple of weeks we have been finding families to work with. Including yesterday we found a mom and her 3 children who have been looking for a church. We shared with them our purpose and and they we so happy to have us there. They are excited to have us come back this week to help them to get closer to Christ and prepare to be baptized. 🙂 I am happy to be here for another 6 weeks. Especially with Sis. Beck!
Thank you for everything 🙂
Sis. Holder

Coconuts for mother’s day

I caught a baby duck that I later found out that I broke the law and may have cause it to have a death sentence. not only that it pooped on my and the mama duck bit me

I caught a lizard as part of the RAF(Random Acts of Faith) challenge to get 2 extra bonus points.

Jamiacan Cusine

Sis. Beck using a machette on a coconut

E-Mail May 7, 2012

Anyways,
The weeks are going by so fast. This is the last week of the transfer and on Monday we have transfer call. So I wont email you until Tuesday. I don’t know what is happening to the time but it’s slipping out of my fingers. Plus, this month is my year marker on the 25th… isn’t that crazy!?!?!?!?!? I can’t even belive it. And at the end of this transfer 2 of my favorite Eders are going home!!! Elder Perrotti and Elder Hansen. What is going on????? And this past week didn’t have as many memorable moments. Somethings that stuck out to me…  #1 For P day last week Sis. Beck and I had a chill day and stayed at home. We pulled out the pullout bed and watched the testaments and wrote letters. Then we took a nap. It was fun though. #2 We met withour investigator Shawna. She is super sweet! But she gave me a prophecy about my future love life. She made me blush so bad that I had to hide my face behind my scriptures. We had just had a very spiritual restoration lesson and she was asking us about missionary life. And out of the blue she starts talking about how when I go home that when “he” asks me out I should say “yes” and to not eat the seafood. I was confused. The she started telling me how he is like my best freind and all these crazy things. Sis. Beck and I were laughing so hard and I was so red in the face it was funny. Shawna made me write these things down so I would be able to look back at them when the time is right. 😛 #3 We are teching this super amazing Hindu family that wants there kids to come to church with us and not with them. They have a very interesting belief. They pray to their “gods” as different sectors of God. So they claim not to worship idols, but they are. But they are. They want us to come back and teach their kids about Christ and they invited us over for Mother’s Day. We are going to have a Hindu feast and celebration! I’m super excited. #4 Shama and Kevin are now confirmed members of the church and are holding strong! They stress me out beyond belief. It is always a constant struggle to make sure they are being taken care of. But They are both happy and I am too. #5 I got to have a roast for Sunday dinner that reminded me of home. It was so crazy! It was practically the same thing you make on Sunday’s. It was unreal. The only thing that was different were the rolls. #6 We went to have an appointment with Shama and she wasn’t home. So we went and hunted her down. We found out she was at a fair at the nearby elementary school. So we went. We enjoyed hanging out with the little ones and got cotton candy and snowcones. It was pretty fun.
Ok About Josh.. he’s a stinker. So we might go and invade his personal space and show up at his door. What happens after that who know’s. He knows that he needs to be baptized he just wont do it. So it’s super lame. Enoze and Shatina are doing alright. They are both less active members. We met with Enoze the other day and she disclosed more to us. She recieved a preisthood blessing after we met with her. We hope it helps. She worries us though. Shatina is doing better and she is just amazing. Both of them are amazing mothers a power house woman. I learn a lot from them. Anyways that was pretty much my week.
 
Dear Pres. Anderson,
It is so cool to see that our mission is going above and beyond! Hearing about all the miracles that are happening all over our mission is such a motivation to continue to work my hardest. The other day Sis. Beck and I were harvesting. We were having a lot of success. As it came closer to our next appointment Sis. Beck said, “One last door.” So we knocked on it and nobody answered. As we were walking away from the door a couple came out to their car and were talking so we walked over to them and spoke with them. They very quickly hopped in the car and ignored us. As we were about to head out to our car we decided that we would knock one more door. Behind the door was a lady talking on the phone with her sister. She allowed us to introduce ourselves. Immediately she told her sister that we were going to pray. Her sister kept trying to tell her to call her back later, but May told her that she could always make time for God. So we shared the blessing with May and her sister who was on the phone. It was a powerful blessing. She is excited to have us come back and share with her and her granddaughter and to continue to learn about the message of the restored gospel.
It was an awesome experience. Sis. Beck and I are working on having experiences like this and increasing the spirit so that we can find those who are elect. We have been having fun learning about how we can make each blessing better and more powerful than the last.
Sis. Beck is an awesome companion! She is always helping me to be better and to have fun. We are excited for this next week and the fun missionary adventures that we will be having. I am loving the work here in Coral Springs 🙂
Sis. Holder