Monthly Archives: June 2012

E-Mails 6/26/2012

Dear Pres. Anderson,
 
This past week has been one full of little miracles! Though we did not get the desired goals that Sis. Beck and I set ourselves out to do. We accomplished so much! because of the things that we were working towards we were able to receive some definite miracles this weekend. Because of the amazing finish of our transfer together, this next transfer will be full of wonderful blessings and baptisms.
On Sunday one of our investigators who is the brother of our recent convert is now preparing to be baptized for this upcoming weekend. Yesterday we had an amazing meeting with a media referral that we have been trying to get a hold of for the longest time. We had a chapel tour. It was so full of the spirit that as we showed her the baptismal font, she was kind of upset with herself for not having had met with us sooner. She explained to us how it “just felt right and good” to be there and to be given the invitation to be baptized. She can’t wait to meet with us again!
I have gained such a strong testimony of baptism and the need for it over this past transfer. Having invited almost every person that we harvest to be baptized has helped me to see that everyone needs the opportunity. If they don’t take it in that moment I know that a seed is being planted.
Just yesterday, while we were harvesting, we knocked into a former investigator. She was so happy to have us, she quickly ushered us into her home. We happened to come at the perfect time. She explained to us that she has been dealing with some difficult struggles in her life and knew that God had sent us to her door. We shared a blessing with her and she was in tears after. She asked us if there was anything that she could do for God for the goodness that he continues to show her. It came to my mind to share with her Mosiah 18: 8-10. We shared it with her and told her about baptism by the proper authority. She wanted to know what it meant for her. We shared with her that the things she could do for God were everything in those scriptures. She felt happy and comforted and wanted to understand it better. We are excited to go back and share with her about baptism.
As this week has gone on Sis. Beck and I have been able to see all the little miracles and blessings that Heavenly Father wanted to share with us.
I am really sad to have Sis. Beck go, but I am super excited for this next transfer and all the neat experiences it will bring.
Sis. Holder
 
That made me think about this lady we met yesterday. Her name is Jessica. We were knocking on doors and she answered and we shared the blessing with her. It was just super spiritual. She was so curious about everything that we were and where the church was. We told her that we would come back and share with her more and that we could help her work towards being baptized. SHe was super excited and wanted us to come back on wednesday. She was really cool because she told us that she was going through a really hard time and that she was not enjoying her situtation at all. She was so grateful for the prayer. It was a really cool experince because I was the one who shared the prayer and she just loved everything I said. THe cool thing is is that It was all the spirit. I can’t wait to teach her all about the cool things we know
I am still with sis beck until tomrrow morning. Transfer meeting starts at 9 am in Plantation, FL tomorrow. So yeah, you should just send me the pages that you read in Jesus the Christ I have the book with me and I can read. I am excited to see what it says!
Yeah I am way excited for Jessica. She was just so happy after the blessing. I don’t know how to describe the spirit that was there. It was just there. Very peaceful and quiet. Happy. It was just so cool. You can always tell when they feel the spirit too. Because they ask good questions and want you to come back. Plus they usually accept the invitiation to be baptized right away. So it’s pretty cool. So we (me and the new companion) get to see her tomrrow sometime.
 
 

E-Mails and Photos 6/18/2012

Sister Holder in a 14 Million Dollar Home

Anyways, This week was a rough one, but I think my email to president summed it up for the most part.

Pretty much all of our investigators either dropped us or we dropped them. 2 still come to church on their own. Which is super lame. Dumb dry mormons… 😡
Anyways, Lets see some interesting things that happened. The less active part member family we found, The Wescenske’s they have a lot of damaged baggage from the past. Jackie’s oldest son stormed out when we had a lesson on faith in Christ. That was interesting. Not that he was mad at us but he wasn’t happy with God. His name is Donnie and unfortuenalty he and his parents are upset because of the death of his little brother. It was due to malpractice from the OB who is now a functioning OB in Salt lake city and is also a mormon. sigh… But they like us and want us over at their house all the time.
Something cool that happened was all the lightning storms we have had I’ll send pics. um not really a lot has happened so . yeah.
but anyways I love you all and will talk to you soon.
sis holder
 
Dear Pres. Anderson,
I loved at the end of your email you used 3 Nephi 5:13. we got to share that with one of our recent converts this week. He’s only 13 but he thought it was pretty cool and we got to talk about him wanting to go on a mission when he is older. It was pretty cool.
So, this week for us was super rough. We got a lot of work done, but we didn’t get the desired results we were looking for. As the week progressed we began to realize that we needed more help. We decided to fast. We were fasting to be able to follow the spirit better and to know who is truly ready to be baptized. During the time of our fast and the days that followed it seems that everything we have been working towards has fallen apart. Sunday morning before church was pretty discouraging. But Heavenly Father blessed us with little miracles yesterday. The first one was that we got to see our recent convert David bless the sacrament. He hadn’t told us he was going to and it was so beautiful to see and hear. That moment was one of the happiest that I have seen and I am truly grateful to have been apart of it. As church went on all lessons were about receiving revelation. All of the lessons helped me to know that Heavenly Father is listening to my prayers and is helping us along the way.
After church we got to do our studies. As I read the Book of Mormon all the chapters that I had read were about preaching the gospel and following the spirit. With the result being hundreds getting baptized. Once again I was reassured that Heavenly Father is aware of our situation. At the end of the night as we were harvesting, we were not finding much success. We came to a door where we noticed a Finding Faith in Christ card was hanging above the door. A woman answered and allowed us to come into her home and share a blessing. She had met missionaries before but remember the card above her door that her son had brought home. She was excited for the prayer. After we said the prayer and asked if we could come back and help her to prepare to be baptized I remember sharing with her how our message is centered in Christ and that she would be able to strengthen and build her testimony in Christ. During that moment it hit me that everything that I have to say is something Jesus Christ would approve of, because I was his representative. The woman was happy to tell us that we could come back and share with her about baptism and also with her 4 sons. She was very interested to know what we have to say.
I don’t know what this week will bring, but I am expecting miracles and many blessings. I am grateful for all the experiences that I have had this week and know that they were there to build me up.
Sis. Holder

Sister Beck Sword Fighting With Lake