Monthly Archives: July 2012

E-Mail 7/23/2012

Dear Pres Anderson,
This week has been truly a week of miracles and it is really neat to see how the mission is doing. This week Sis. Holladay and I had some pretty cool experiences.
Our investigator Neina, who is getting baptized this weekend is more than prepared for baptism. It was really neat this week that after we shared with her the Book of Mormon, she told us about how she had been reading it and had a cool experience reading 2 Nephi 31. She had found a scripture that had really meant a lot to her and she wanted to follow the council that she had been given through the scriptures.
Also, this week we had a cool miracle when we met Chuck. You had the opportunity to meet him at the fireside last night. We had been out for the day and had already harvested for about an hour and a half and we still needed to have 1 more blessing. One of our appointments had fallen through and we decided that we would harvest some more. We decided to knock an apartment building that we were parked at. The first door we knocked on was answered by Chuck. We introduced ourselves and offered to share the blessing. He looked at us funny and then asked, “Who sent you?” We told him that Jesus Christ had sent us to his door. He then told us about how he was going through a really rough time and that as he was just eating dinner he was thinking and praying that God would send someone to his door. There we were. We are now working with Chuck and helping him to receive the Gospel in his life. We also had the opportunity to share the Book of Mormon with him after a lesson on the Gospel. Later that night he called us and thanked us for sharing the book with him and that he was finding things in there that he needed to hear for the problems he was going through.
We have met so many amazing people and are working with them to help them come closer to Christ and we are really excited to be there for them.
Thank you so much!
Sis. Holder
 
Hey Parents!
Ok so this week was really cool cause of the stuff in Pres. email. Pretty cool huh? 🙂
So yeah this week was good for the things I learned and spiritual experiences, but it wasn’t so great (in my mind) for over all work. I don’t know a good balance of working hard enough and working to hard…. I never feel like I do enough.. sigh. And I am constantly sleepy. I am falling asleep during the most inconvenieant times, like personal study… and I am deathly tired all the time. Do you have any ideas? And yes I have been praying about it and to stay awake, but I fail all the time..
But anyways. Sis. Holladay and I are going to try to go to the everglades and see alligators. cool right!
Oh and you can tell Bro. Hansen that I wasn’t guilt tripped into it. I had compilled all his letters and had all the stuff out to write him.. I just never got to doing it. Your reminder was a good thing. 🙂
Let see what else is going on? We should be having to baptisms this weekend! Please pray for us! 😛
Anywas there isnt much to report this week.
Thanks and I love you guys!
Sis. Holder
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7/16/2012

Hey Parents!
The week has been going good. And yes I did receive the package! Thank you so much 🙂 It’s a pretty cool shirt. I am excited to wear it today.
I did not get the thing about the loan though. I don’t even know what to do with these people. I hate having to ask Pres. Anderson to take care of this crap. I feel like he is disappointed every time I ask.. 😦 Is it so hard to just deffer the loan until I get home?.. sheesh!
Anyways. This week was pretty good. On Monday I got to go to Butterfly world which was awesome! I think I sent pictrues. On Tuesday we had an amazing trainging with Pres and Sis Anderson. It was about having a vision for your mission, being simple and direct, and being exactly obedient. Apparently there is a lot of talk from church head quarters about how obedient and successful our mission is. It’s cool to hear about. 🙂 We are setting standards for missions all around the world. Yes. I do feel special to be apart of it. 😛
The training was awesome though. I loved that we have to have a vision for ourselves and our lives. It’s really neat how it plays into the mission. Just this transfer I have been able to understand the Atonement and the gospel better to be able to create a vision for my mission. I am still working on it but it is pretty cool. I also was able to see how much I have changed. I think it will be weird to come home. I don’t think you’ll recognize my personality as what it was before. As far as being direct and simple. Sometimes we make things complicated thinking that people will understand them because we do. Or that the more info we give people the better they will understand. But in reality it’s quite the opposite. People need things simple and direct. Lay all the cards out on the table and let them make a decision. It is much eaiser for them to understand when they have the simple basics. And we are always obedient…. and if we are not then we become exactly obedient. It’s the first law of heaven.
Anyways. It was a pretty awesome training. After the training we had lunch and I pretty much got to say good bye to all of my mission buddies who are leaving at the end of this transfer. It’s sad to see them go, but I am not far behind them. I only have like 3 transfers left… scary. It will also be weird because sister holladay goes home too.
Sis. Holladay and I get along just fine. She’s very different from all my other companions and is a little rough around the edges. She isn’t as forward as I am and not very outspoken. She is not as girly as me either. Which is strange Cause i am pretty sure that I was a tomboy. But we have had a lot of success. So i can’t complain.
So updates on investigators and recent converts.
Monique is dropped because she refuses to actually put forth effort to change. It has kinda broken my heart.
Shama and Louma Dufresne … well this is truly a heart breaker. Right after Louma’s baptism. Shama found an anti mormon website and pretty much broke my heart and told us not to come back anymore. I was pretty devestated. and it was worse cause sis beck wasn’t here.
But since we have found amazing people who want to get baptized and aren’t worried about anti mormon websites. Neina a freind of a member is super solid and can’t wait to be baptized. mario who wants to chnage is life. is workign hard to make sure he has sundays off so he can come to church and make that change. The Duplessy family loves eveything we share about the book of mormon and Ryan and Barbara are so awesome and love hearing about the plan of salvation.
We are also working really hard to get to know the members better and to use them mormon. So far so good. we have visited a ton of families!
Ok so your questions about most memorable family experiences.
Well I remember the trip to South Dakota well. I actually really like that trip a lot. um… 4th of july at the drive in movies and all of 4th of july really. making sopapillas so yummy. i remember along time ago when we lived in boston Mom seku and I watching gerneral conference on the computer on floor with blankets and mom trying to make pioneer dinner.. icky blueberry bread.. um.. watching the 24 hour marathon of A christmas story. mike letting me go shooting with all the young men. that was super cool. mom destroying bacon that she cooked in a pot and turned it into black and green goop that we had to hose down in the backyard. Playing big birtha even though mike would get mad at us for bending the rules. sunday night family games! thats whats on the top of my head right now.
anyways i got to run!
love you both

E-Mails 7/2/2012

Ok. So here are all the updates.
Tuesday: Sis. Beck and I wanted to enjoy our last day togther. So we went to Gumbo Limbo Nature Preserve and got to hangout with Lemon Sharks and Green Sea Turtles. Pretty neat huh? It was awesome. We hung out with Elder Grant and Dayberry and just had fun hanging out on Florida’s State Road A1A. It runs along the ocean and has the multi-million dollar homes on it and all the col surfing and food shops. It was a blast!
Wednesday: TRANSFERS. So Sis. Beck was taken from me much too quickly. I was nervous and I didn’t really want a new companion. So I sat there suffering. It was a pretty huge transfer. Everybody central and south was there. But everything North stayed the same. So it was a problem. I could get anyone… sigh. So I continued to suffer through all the opening comments and my stomach became knots. They announced our zone super fast but did my area last. I was put with Sis. Holladay. She is a missionary from the Orlando Mission that was moved into ours back in Dec. Honestly when we were put together, I felt a weight placed upon me that I have no idea how to explain. I thought it was going to be becuase of Sis. Holladay, but more or less I feel it is the responsibility of being senoir companion adn taking over the area. And it is probably likely that I will be trainign for next transfer. But we will see. I also know that President is watching my area and is pretty happy so far. This is going to be an interesting transfer. Sis. Holladay goes home and she is a lot how I was when I first got into the mission. We are alike in all the right ways and different in the right ways. But niether of us is comfortable with emotion. It will be interesting. But we are dioing good so far. We had a baptism this weekend and it was good. But I fell super disorganized. I have learned more in the past 4 days than I did all last transfer I feel. I have a lot to learn and do.
Sis Beck was sent to Miami Shores in N. Miami. I will definately be keepig in contact with her! She has been the best thus far! We will see how this transfer goes though. Sis Holladay and I get along really well and we love doing the same things. Plus we are having fun. so…
Thursday: We got to meet the new district leader. His name is Elder Bowen. but most everyone is the same.
We also met a new investigator who is from Berma and speaks Myrmer(sp?) Her name is Aye ( long a).
We are trying to find a BOM for her in her language.
The rest of the week was just busy and trying to organize myself and get the area moving. Then sunday we had Louma’s baptism.
So it’s been pretty good.
Sis> holder
 
Dear Pres. Anderson,
This has been an interesting week! It was a pretty big change for me to have Sis. Holladay come to my area. Honestly I was pretty nervous, especially since I didn’t really know her. But we have had a successful week and I have learned so much! Sis. Holladay has a very simple and sweet testimony. It has been very powerful as we have been harvesting and sharing the gospel. We went to a home where the parents speak hatain creole and the children speak English. We explained that even though they couldn’t understand the words we were saying but they would be able to understand the spirit. After we shared the blessing the whole family had smiling faces. We invited them to be baptized and to meet with the creole elders. They accepted immediately and gave us their info. so that the elders could come and teach them.
This Sunday we had a wonderful baptism too! Do you remember coming to Shama Dufresne’s baptism back in May? Well her younger brother, Louma, decided to follow in her footsteps and was baptized. It was a very sweet and spiritual service. We also found out that a former investigator that randomly showed up for church yesterday was the cousin of Louma. And to make it even better, Louma’s mother was present at his baptism. We are excited to work with the remainder of the family and help them to work towards baptism.
This week has been an awesome week for us and we are excited to have more baptisms and to work towards the mission goals.
The spirit is something that I have been studying to make those things that I teach more powerful. So it was perfect that the email you sent was centered on allowing the spirit to pierce the hearts of those we teach. It was the perfect thing I needed to hear.
Thank you so much!
Sis Holder