Monthly Archives: August 2012

E-Mail and Photo 8/28/2012

Dear Family!
I am still alive after having gone through a hurricane!
It was a joke how the news blew up the storm… just a lot of rain and some wind. Saturday night we were advised that we needed to prepare food and water for several days. Then a few hours later we were told that we needed to prepare our investigators. The we were told that there would only be one hour of church on Sunday. Then they shut the schools down. Then we were told that we were not to leave our apartments after church on Sunday…. The bordem was great. Sis. Aloi and I bought a supply of cereal, milk, chocolate, and dorritos that would last us for a couple of days. Sunday morning we had miracles when we were able to help 4 of our investigators come to church! Whether or not they know it, we will be having baptisms this Sunday 😛 We had Cravate aka Cra and his neice and nephew come to church! They loved it and can’t wait to come back 🙂 we also had a guy named Coutney come. He claims to be Agnostic, but he plays in a christian rock band for another church… hmm… But he came and was nothing less then intrigued and wanted to come back next week. He’s super cool too. So we are hoping to have 4 baptisms. We have a lot of work to do this week 🙂 So after church Sis. Aloi and I headed to our apartment and prepared to pretty much look at our missionary work and then nothing. After about the 2nd hour we resorted to watching all our teaching videos. Preach My Gospel, Finding Faith in Christ and all the Christmas videos. When we got bored of that, and after pounding down 2 bags of Hershey’s Chocolate and the Dorritos we decided we would make a dance to MoTabs version of “The Circle of Life” from the Lion King. We did it for about and hour and was then frustrated that we couldn’t get down our moves faster. Then we watched more videos. Also we had to update our zone leaders and district leader on our status every hour. sigh. at one point we had forgotten and they texted us wondering if we had died. Eventually we got too bored and decided to go and play in the rain. We put our Lava lava’s on flip flops and walked to the church which was about 2 min. away from our apartment. We just happened to go when there was a break in the storm and barley got rained on. Then we headed back to the apartment and then the rain came! We got soaked to our unders and played in the waterfalls falling from our apartment roof. It was so fun!!!!! But soooooo cold! We walked back into the apartment and froze because the AC was on. We took pictures of our adventures. Eventually it was time to go to bed. The next day we were not to leave our apartments until 5pm. So we basically studied and finsihed the rest of our unhealhty food supply and couldn’t wait to get out the door. The storm was pretty much finsihed by 5pm. 🙂 We went to go and visit a new family that moved into the ward. They are so awesome. She made us the most delicious snack ever. It was brats with apples green onions and peppers sauteed togther the with some mutartd and a hotdog bun! it was soooooo yummy. Then we went to check up on our peeps. They were all doing well and we found a new family to teach! They are sooooo sweet. They are 7th Day Adventist and from Jamaica. The Jamaicans are like my favorite! We are really excited to work with their family! Anyways. Apparently there is another storm headed this way coming from Africa. We will see what happens.
Anyways.. thats all I got 🙂 Oh thank you for the pictures! I really wanted those!
Sis. Holder

Sister Holder and Sister Aloi after Tropical Storm Isaac

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E-Mails and Photo 8/20/2012

Dear Pres. Anderson,
This week has been filled with miracles for Sis. Aloi and I 🙂
We have had amazing lessons with the people we have been working with. We have been able to see them feel the spirit. We have been role playing and sincerely thinking of our investigators. As a result we had an amazing Sunday. Last week Sunday we were trying to help our young investigator, Abriana, be baptized. Unfortunately it was last minute and we did not yet have parental permission. As the week progressed Abriana explained to us that the excitement she had to be baptized was slowly leaving. Knowing we had to do something fast we began working with her parents. As the week progressed we hit many obstacles and were denied the permission many times. Sis. Aloi and I decided to keep optimistic and decided to fast and plan for the baptism anyways. We got all the way to Saturday night at 8pm. We decided to take a baptismal record to Abriana’s mom and simply ask her to sign it. She looked over it for the longest 5 min. I have ever had and then asked for a pen and signed. It was a miracle since earlier she had been saying no. We had her baptism on Sunday and the whole ward was there to support her. It was quite amazing. I know that this blessing was because we decided to stick with our commitments and stay obedient and of course a lot of faith. Sis. Aloi has been absolutely amazing at working as if things were going to happen. It’s been an amazing testimony builder to me.
Also, we met with our investigator Otisha this week and were able to share with her the Restoration. We shared with her the Book of Mormon and had her read the last 2 paragraphs in the intro.there was a moment of pause. She looked up at us and asked, “Do you think you have been sent here for a reason?” we answered yes. She agreed and asked for a Book of Mormon that she could read. We gladly gave her one. She explained that she knew that we were sent to share with her our message and that she was going to read. She accepted to work towards baptism.
We have had a lot of fun this week and are excited to find even more people to work with and help come closer to Christ. We are definitely going to take it to the next level!
Sis. Holder

Dear Parents,
Sis. Aloi and I are getting along great. We are having a lot of fun together and are seeing many miracles. There’s not a lot going on other than what I told you already. But Sis. Aloi and I met this lady named Prophetess Williams. She thinks that she is a prophet it’s pretty funny. 🙂 Anyways. I didn’t really think anything of her. She is super strange and smokes and talks for ages. So I thought that she would just not really bother with us cause we told her that she needed to stop smoking and that she needed to come to church and things like that. Well on Sunday morning she calls us about a half hour before church starts and asks if she can get a ride. I was totally shocked and suddenly stressed. It is super hard to find rides for people at 830 in the morning on a Sunday before church. But we made some phone calls and got her to church. She came and was vary much a southern baptist kind of lady, so she was loud and saying “Halleluja!” alot. Which is very much the opposite of how everybody else is at church. But she loved it and the people love her. So it was a neat experience if not to judge people by their first appearance. She can’t wait to come back and is working towards getting baptized. Also we had Abrianas baptism which was super cool! We are so excietd for her and her family. We also went sunrising this morning at like 6am. It was a lot of fun! We got to hang out with the fishermen. Rough sea guys and gals, but it was super fun. We got to see all kinds of fish and see the people catch them it was pretty cool.
Anyways I’ll talk to you next week 🙂
Sis. Holder

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Emails and Photos 8/13/2012

Dear Pres Anderson,
This week has been an awesome one for Sis. Aloi and I.
We have had a lot of fun learning how to work together and accomplishing our purpose. Sis. Aloi is super amazing. She’s bold and loving and has been so excited to harvest. We have had some cool experiences with harvesting. Yesterday we were knocking in a neighborhood and not having as much success as we wanted to. But we kept going. As we were leaving the porch of a house, a neighbor pulled up in his corvette. In my mind I thought that there was no way he was going to even let is talk to him. But, we walked over and introduced ourselves. Kevin warmly welcomed us and asked what was up? We offered to share with him a blessing and he gladly accepted. After the prayer he paused. He was very touched and thought that it was beautiful. We invited him to be baptized and he wasn’t so sure, but accepted and asked if we could come back to teach him more about baptism and how it would change his life. You should never assume anything about anyone.
This week we have been teaching 2 young girls named Abriana and Angie. They are both really good friends and definitely have been prepared by the Lord. Every time we teach them a lesson you can see them light up and are excited to know more. Abriana got to come to Stake Conference yesterday. When we asked her how she liked it she said that she loved it and was so excited to be baptized. She also pointed out that she loved Sis. Anderson’s talk about the Book of Mormon and that it brought her to tears. This young woman is so ready for the gospel and is preparing for baptism this upcoming weekend.
We have had a great week and Sis. Aloi is making great progress and is so happy to be here. We are super happy to be together.
Thanks!
Sis. Holder
 
Hey Parents!
Ok so… I am training Sis. Aloi. She’s super cool. She’s from Samoa and speaks Samoan!
She is really cool though. And she is a very bold missionary that’s for sure.
So Training is …. well lets just say that I have never been so tired in my life then when I have been on my mission, and I have never been so tired in my mission then when I was training. But it’s fun. But I definitely follow the law of obedience. It’s like taking care of a child and they pick up all your habits and mannerisms(how do you spell that?) It’s crazy. But its good. I really needed it. And we have had some cool experiences this week. Like from Presidents email. But other than those things that’s all that is going on. Training is a 12 week program and we have a lot of things we have to accomplish on deadlines and all kinds of stuff. I feel like the weight that I felt from the transfer before was more because they had already chosen me to be a trainer at that point. I am definitely feeling the responsibility and all other things. But it’s good.
Anyways. I am sad to hear the Mazda is now gone. But I am sure there are only good things that can come. I loved hearing about your experiences by the way. It is good to hear your revelations. 🙂
I don’t really have a lot to report on today. Everything is just going. Time is flying by so quickly. everybody keeps asking me when I am going home… It’s becoming annoying. Plus I ran into Elder Anderson (now Skyler) a RM that went home in January. It was cool to see him. And also good to know that we can lose our mission weight. I was worried. He wasn’t fat or anything but he’s like a stick now. 😛
Anyways. I am enjoying my 4th transfer in Coral Springs and we have some amazing things that we are expecting this month. Hopefully 3 more baptisms. 🙂
Anyways. I love you both!
Sis. Holder
 

Sister Holder and Sister Aloi

Sister Holder and Sister Aloi Funny Faces

Sister Aloi with Bianca and with Rabbit the bunny

Sister Aloi and Sister Holder

E-Mail 8/7/2012

Dear Pres. Anderson,
This week was a crazy week full of everything!
The beginning was amazing when we had a surprise baptism! Our amazing investigator Neina was baptized on Tuesday! It was an interesting experience to share with her the morning before she was baptized. She was supposed to get baptized on the previous Saturday, but felt so unsure about everything. She made it to the font and decided that it was something that she couldn’t do. The ward was amazing and made sure that Neina knew that that wasn’t the end of it. They shared with her how they expect her to come to church and to continue to develop a testimony until she was ready to be baptized. She agreed and was at church the next day. All that Sunday I was so unsettled about the whole situation that I couldn’t even sit in sacrament meeting. Sis. Holladay and I turned to prayer and realized that she needed to be baptized as soon as possible. So that night we met with her and committed her to Tuesday. She told us that she would get back to s about it. That Tuesday morning we shared with her about how we gain access to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Her major fear was that she would make mistakes after she was baptized and wouldn’t be able to redeem herself. We testified of the power of the atonement. She took a moment to think and stood up and said, “Guys… I think I’m ready!” She was then baptized a few hours later. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget!
Also, we had another miracle happen. We had been harvesting all week and was not having any luck. We were pretty discouraged and were feeling kind of at a loss. We decided to continue knocking on doors. We came to one where a very happy grandmother, Anne, with her grandchild opened the door. We introduced ourselves and she immediately let us in the door. After we shared the blessing with her she explained to us how she had been “seeking”. She was looking for the place that God wanted her to be. Both my companion and I got excited and told her that we knew we had been sent to her to help know where it is that she needed to be. When we met with her on our return appointment we shared the Restoration lesson. She listened very intently and asked all the right questions. She was excited to read the Book of Mormon and to pray and ask God about the things she had learned. Before we left she told us that when we knocked on her door, she didn’t know why she let us in. Normally she never would have let anyone in the door, but she let us in. We testified to her that we were sent to her from the Savior and invited her to be baptized and she accepted.
We have had some really amazing experiences this week.
Sis. Holder
 
Ok so your testimonies were perfect. They are exactly what I needed.
I found out that I am training this transfer and I am totally freaked out!!!!!
And it has been a rough weeek. But we have had amazing experineces.
I am excited to train but I have no idea how i am going to do this ….sigh
Thank you for taking care of the loan thing for now. I just dont know
what I could do for it out here.
It also makes me think, about school for when i come home. I need to start figuring that stuff out.
I was wondering what you thought about it?
The car thing is super cool though. I know it will work out.
Anyways I was able to confirm that I am coming home early, but I will be coming home on the 6th of december. so a week early.
anyways. I don’t have a lot of time. I will have much better things to say next week.
I loe you both so much. Thank you for the email it helps out so much!
Sis Holder

E-Mail 7/30/2012

We had 1 baptism this week. Her name was Michelle and it was awesome. Neina did not get baptized. She had a major melt down and felt super bad. BUT she is working on getting baptized on tuesday. We are super excited for her 🙂
Monique is still being lame and it makes us very sad. But for the mission this month we were able to reach 141 baptisms for the month! The only other mission that does better then that here in the states is Salt Lake City. Pretty cool right?
Our mission is doing so well. I am proud to be apart of it 🙂
Let see. On Monday we went to the Everglades. The biking trail that we wanted to go on was shut down for constrution. So we took another path that goes straight down the state. We saw no alligators and it was super hot. But it was beautiful. The everglades pretty much cover the whole middle of the state and go on forever. As we were biking we saw a storm roll in over the glades and saw a beautiful lightning storm strike all over the place. I love the storms out here.
Chuck is not doing well. He is way to depressed to function. He’s going through a divorce and is dysfunctional. But he wants to keep working with us. It’s just going to take a while. But the ward is doing really good about helping us out.
This week is Sis. Holladays last week. She has her departing interview on wednesday and leves next week thursday.
It is hard being a companion with some one who is going home. She’s no trunky or anything but itt seems to be all people want to talk about… She gets annoyed with it and has mini epsiodes of “I’m going home?” It’s kinda funny.
Anyways. So transfers are next week which means that Pday is on tuesday. I also heard (it has not been confiremd) That my transfer schedule has been changed and that i will be coming home 2 weeks early.I do not know that this is true because I haven’t heard it from Pres. Anderson. But it is very possible since I have heard it from many missionaries.
Oh our recent convert David Fabien went to the temple on saturday and his brother in law Guessin was baptized on Sunday at the Coconut Creek ward.
Um.. I can’t really think of anything else.
Love you parents!