Monthly Archives: September 2012

E-Mails 9/24/2012

Dear Pres Anderson,
This week Sis Aloi and I definitely experienced miracles. This past week we were trying so hard to get our MPL up. By simply applying the things that you had trained us on previous and also applying things learned in district training we were able to hit standard this week which was our goal! Not only that we had received so many indirect blessings with finding and having spiritual experiences.
We had been taking members with us harvesting and unfortunately did not have success in finding during the time we were harvesting. We were really bummed out and a little discouraged. But as we went to our next appointment for the day, we got out of the car and a young man waved us over as soon as he saw us. He asked us to share a prayer with him. We did and he accepted baptism. I know that because we made an effort to share with the members our experiences we got to see a miracle.
As the week progressed Sis Aloi and I were becoming frustrated with our investigators as many of them were no longer progressing. As we continued to try and help them progress we didn’t see much results and weren’t sure there were going to be investigators at church. We went out to round up and were unable to get ahold of most people we were working with. On top of that the ward had us pretty much for the whole Sacrament program. We both were giving talks and singing…. it was nerve racking! As the meeting began we saw our investigators trickle in one by one until there were 7 of them there. Which was awesome! By the end of church we were giving the best blessing ever, when a man came to us and told us he was ready to be baptized. We had his baptismal interview right then and a half hour later he took an amazing step of faith and was baptized. So we had a pretty amazing week 🙂
Thank so much!
Sis Holder

Dear Parents,
This week was awesome.
We reached our goals.
We had fun.
We baptized! 😛
So cool story.
Last week a guy named Daniel came to church. I introduced myslef to him and asked where he was from and why he was visiting. He told me that he was visiting our service because his grilfriend was in the spanish ward and he wanted to understand in english. But by the way he was talking I thought for sure he was just a member from a different area. Boy was that a stupid mistake. After church a member came to me and told me about Daniel and how he is not a member. I felt really dumb, because just the week previous we had a training. “What will you do when you meet someone who is not a member and has been to church multiple time? Baptize them!” So this week totally made up for it. We talked to him. He asked what we do. We told him we help people get baptized. He said, “I want to be baptized” so we walked and talked with him until we rani into the Elders and had a baptismal interview right then. We told the ward, who wasn’t exactly happy. They went down kicking and screaming. But in the end they supported us in all we had decided to do. So after his interview Daniel was baptized and his girlfreind got to be there and was just crying her pretty eyes out. It was an awesome moment to be apart of. We have seen so many miracels this week. We have reached almost all of our goals! Sis. Aloi and I have been having an awesome time working together. She is an awesome companion and I am very blessed to be training her. I don’t think it would be this awesome if it was anybody else. She is definitely one of my favorite companions. 🙂
Lets see what else happened this week. Oh we got a new district leader. It’s Elder Smoot from Kaysville! There is KTown pride all around since there are 3 of us from Kaysville in our Zone. Elder Lee is serving in Cypress Creek. So we are having a lot of fun.
Um. Our recent converts are satying strong and we have been having fun teach with them. Neina got to go to a missinoary boot camp this past week and she called us up and asked us to come over so she could tell us about it and so she could thank us for what we do. It was so precious.
Oh and the ward really put Sis. Aloi and I to work on Sunday. We were both giving talks on the temple and missionary work in sacrament and we also gave the musical number. That’s right. I can sing! Who knew right? 😛 Before I used to sound like a broken record. We sang a song called “In Quiet Grove” by Janice Kapp Perry. It was haed but we pulled it off. We were so nervous! I was singing the melody and Sis. Aloi sang the harmony. It worked out really well 🙂 It was a good Sunday. 🙂
That’s all I can think of right now. So yeah. That was my week!
Sis Holder

E-Mail 9/18/2012

Hey Parents,
So this week was transfers. There is only one person who is getting transfered this time. Elder Bowen. Pretty much our zone stayed the same. I’ll have to send pics next week. But yeah Steves baptism was the bomb! It was so cool and it made the ward hop into action and they are helping us out more than ever! It is interesting. Because they gave us the hardest time when we told them we were baptiszing Steve. But I guess they got over it and are just going to help us do the work full force. Mostly the members have been awesome but there are some people who dont like it. But it doesn’t matter people are getting baptized and they are sticking with it. Steve is absolutely awesome and we are workign with his sister Christina. for the most part we have lost a lot of our investigators and are back in the finding stange. which is kinda hard. but it will pass and we will have more baptisms. 🙂 This past tranfer we did so well that our zone got t-shirts with our homemade design and our names on it. We get them today.I am excited. It’s cool to hear about what you learned about garments! He’s right we dont really think about it much. And it was cool to hear your experineces with trying to understand your trials. Our family i think is defineately meant for something great. I just always think about Pres Eyring talk about Mountains to Climb. I loved that and it defineately put things into perspective.
Yes I will send testimony and experiences. I dont remember what its for can you remind me? Please 🙂
And its good to hear how devin is doing. Is he just not wanting to email me though? I understand. jsut send me updates please.
Well I am excited for this new transfer we are having miracles happen so i can’t wait for more.
It is transfer week I forgot to tell you guys last week. I am glad to hear Topper is home safe and sound.I was kind of upset last week about it.

E-Mails 9/10/2012

This past week has been full of amazing experiences for me!
The trainers meeting definitely was an awesome experience because I had been feeling like I wasn’t doing so great at training. But after the meeting I knew I was trying my hardest. I know that there is a lot that I can work on, but that I am doing a good job.
Also this week we had the opportunity to have companionship study with the zone leaders and the assistants. It was all about baptismal interviews. It was neat because I now have a much better understanding of how interviews work! It was awesome to role play them with the elders too.
Exchanges this week was a highlight. It was so fun to go back to my first area and meet all the people that the sisters are working with. Sis. Quiocho and I had a blast and I got to work on the things that I felt I wasn’t doing so well. I have been able to take what I have learned back to my area and this weekend we saw miracles! We called you yesterday about our investigator Steve. He is so ready for the gospel and is ready to be apart of it. It was an unexpected surprise. We are excited for him to get baptized this Tuesday.
As I have been reading the Book of Mormon I have continued to read about the Tree of Life. It is cool to see that there are people who are trying to take hold of the path and get to the tree. That’s how I see Steve.
Sis. Aloi is doing great and we have had some fun times, plus we are always laughing like Samoans do. I have continued to learn a lot from her and figure out that I really know what I am doing. She is such a great support and I love her so much!
Well Thanks!
Sis. Holder

Hey Parents!
So I wanted to tell you about a cool miracle. But first… I CANT BELIEVE TOPPER IS LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well I guess I will tell you about the miracle… So yesterday we were supposed to have like 10 people at church. Well we had 3 which is awesome, but I would’ve been happier if there was more. But one of them that showed up was Steve. On Thursday, we went to do a baptismal interview with the Elders, but the interviewee was not there.So they took us to someone that they had found like forever ago and proceeded with an awkward passing of the investigator. But after the awkwardness they left and we were able to teach Christina. We taught her for 5 min and she accepted a baptismal date. It was pretty awesome. So on Saturday we went to make sure that she was going to come to church so that she was good to be baptized the following week. During this time we breifly met her brother Steve and invited him too. Well Sunday comes around and Christina doesn’t show up for church, but her brother Steve does. He was pretty cool and he really liked church. But after church he left before we could see how he liked it. So we stopped by after church and lunch and he was home. He said he loved church and that he felt really good there. So we invited him to see a baptism that the Elders were having. But it was in spanish. He said “no problem, I speak spanish.” Of course we were shocked but were excited to go. But we didn’t have a ride and he didn’t have a car. So we acted quickly adn call our lunch appointment and asked if we could get a ride. They said sure. So they picked us up and we went. I understood like nothing of the baptism, but Steve did. So after the baptism, we invited him to be baptized on the spot. He said yes.
So Elder Odar took him in for an interview and I was making phone calls like crazy. I had to get approval from Pres. and tell the ward. They wanted to kill us I am pretty sure. After the interview. Elder Odar said that he would get baptized on Tuesday so that we could prepare for it. That was a Godsend. Our ward mission leader still isnt happy but he is grateful for the ectra 2 days. But Steve is so excited and I can’t wait for tomorrow.
Anyways it was pretty cool.

E-Mails 9-4-2012

Dear Pres. Anderson,
This week I have been able to learn so much from Sis. Aloi. She is very level headed when I am not. 🙂 This past week I was able to learn that you always can take it to the next level. We have had some struggles with our ward, but because we have seen that there needs to be a change, we have been doing those small and simple things. It has been making the biggest difference. This past week we were supposed to have multiple baptisms, but I think they didn’t come through partly because of lack of preparation on my part. Sis. Aloi was definitely able to help me see these things and help me make the necessary changes to make this next week a week of true faith and miracles. I am so excited. From the Book of Mormon I have learned so much the difference it makes when you sincerely seek. I have been reading about the Tree of Life in 1 Nephi 8. This has helped me to create a better vision for our area and to increase my faith. Lehi, when he was in the dark and dreary waste immediately turned to prayer and found the Tree. He had no other objective than to get to that tree. He saw nothing else. It was his goal to get to that tree. I feel like that’s how missionary is. You have a goal to help people be baptized and that’s all you see. So I am excited for this week to see the difference. I am so grateful for Sis. Aloi! She is a blessing to me for sure.
Thank you!
Yo whats up parents!
Ok so some quick updates.
Cra and family did not get baptized because Cra has disapeared from the face of the planet and his phone is now dead. Courtney has done the same thing. We think that they are in cahoots together and are somewhere in Lala land. We have no idea what happened to them. sigh…
So this week for us was baptismless. Sad day. But we are going to find all our investigators that have been to church once and baptize them all this weekend. I am super excited. We might need to say a lot of prayers though 😛
Our cool Jamaican family is still pretty cool. They love it when we stop by and visit. One of the twins Keon, he had broke his toe so he was talking to us and telling us that he missed us. So we want them to come to church, because they are way too sweet to not have the gospel in their lives.
Sis. Aloi and I are having fun and just making all the changes in the world to better help the ward here. And it’s working! We are seeing so many amazing miracles come from it and I feel so much better about everything.Our ward has been trying to keep up with us baptizing. We found a way to make it easier for them. We made the Baptismal Action Plan. It basically is just better communitcation with the ward and nagging them until they all hear about whats going on. It’s working so yeah.
Anyways life is pretty good this week. We are praying for a lot of miracles to happen this week. So I am excited. Plus we get to go on exchanges on Friday! I get to go back to my first area for the day.Woot WOOT! I can’t wait. 🙂
Anyways I think thats all I have for right now.
Love ya!
Sis Holder
PS By the way. How is Devin doing? I haven’t heard from him at all. Is he alive?