Monthly Archives: November 2012

E-Mail 11/26/2012

So the week has gone by super fast! Here are the stories:
 Grandma Fechik- Grandma Fechik is the sweetest Ol Lady you would ever meet. So for the past 2 weeks we have been teaching her… which has been a doozy. She is pretty much deaf so we have to talk very loud when we talk to her. Well I have found that I am not a loud speaker. All my talk in sacrament they have had to turn up the mic because I talk to soft. The funny thing is that I thought I was talking super loud. Sigh. So we teach grandma Fechik practically yelling. I always leave with a headache. Not only that, she already knew everything, so it was silly for us to teach her. She would tell us how she already knew all those things over and over again. But over all they ended up being very spiritual experiences. We had Thanksgiving dinner with them. This is the family that takes care of us missionaries the most! We had a major feast that I couldn’t believe that I ate. It was intense! Super good though. Then on Friday we had her baptismal interview. That was precious. Elder Smoot did the interview and he had to yell the whole time. It was so funny. We could hear everything. But it was good. Then on Sunday.Was the big day. It was just the family and the missionaries their. Of course the 2nd counselor had to be there. But we got there after Bizhans baptism. They had preped the pool so that it was 90 degrees. Bro Fechik and Tyler (grandson that just came home from the mission in Sept.) got to baptize her. It was the most precious baptism of my whole mission! She just wanted to dunk her self and have it over and done with because she was worried that she would die before she would have the oppertunity. She is the sweetest lady! You would love her! It was just so beautiful too. It was an awesome Florida day, the pool was a pretty blue color and the sprirt was so strong!
 
Bizhan Tajalli- Ok so I will start from Thanksgiving. Bizhan had a hard time beleiving that Jesus Christ was the literal son of God. So he didn’t want to get baptized unless he knew that that was true. So we thought that sharing the Restoration DVD would help. Well we got to his house and we had the case for the DVD but not the actual DVD. So we instead decided to show him Finding Faith in Christ. We watched it and after the movie we were given the shock of our lives. He was so upset witht the movie. It made him feel depressed and sad. He couldn’t believe that some one would go through such crazy experiences for him or anyone else. We had to stay a whole extra hour just for damage control. We were home at 10 o’clock and had to explain the situation to Pres Anderson through text because it was soooo late. So we were discouraged about everything and weren’t sure he would work towards baptism anymore. But the next day the elders encouraged us to have Bizhan do his interview. So while we were waiting at PEPBoys for our car we set it all up. Unfortunately PepBoys sucks and instead of having us with out the car for an hour and a half they had us waiting for 4 hours!!!!! what a joke right!?? So we sent the elders over with out us. When we finally got our car back it was 345 and we hurried over to Bizhans. When we got there Bizhan opened the door and jokingly chastized us for going to Pepboys We were confused. and there the elders were sitting drinking lemonade. So we sat down. They started up their conversation and Elder Torres made the comment like “So Bizhan what size suit do you need?” Sister Aloi and I were taken aback and realized that the interview was done, he had passed and was super pumped for his baptism! It was super cool! The Elders are amazing! So Bizhan was ready to go and on Sunday we preped everything. So when it was time for the baptism. Bizhan and Bro Jamei walked into the font that I was happy I had rememebr to fill. Well when they got in there it was only full up to their ankles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The font had drained! I was so mad. So we had to wait another 20 30 min for it to fill again! So we spent like 5 hours at church.But it was awesome! Bizhan only had to be dunked 3 times! 😛 He said he was going to sue Bro Jamei for doing it wrong twice. It was so funny!I think those are the best things that happened this week!
 
Hey parents! Love you tons!

E-Mails and Photo 11/19/2012

Sister Holder’s Last Zone Photo

To let you know. Grandma Fechik is getting baptized this weekend in her pool at her house. Which is pretty cool. We still need to get approval from Pres Anderson, but the assistants said he’d be cool with it. Bizhan is planning on getting baptized on Sunday as well. He has completely stopped smoking and I took his coffee and alcohol so he hasn’t been having any of that either. We told him he could drink hot chocolate. So he now treats us to hot chocolate every time we come over. His health is much better and he is excited to be coming to church and being around people that enjoy him and care. He calls Sister Aloi and I his daughters. He’s so sweet 🙂 Kenson is still being stubborn and he has a crush on me so it’s and interesting process, but he is progressing.

I gave a talk in sacrament this Sunday and it was awesome. I talked about the Atonement and answered the questions. “As a member missionary who will be returning home. What would you change when you go home to be a better member missionary?” The only thing that I could think of was INVITE. I will invite people to do stuff. Come to church, read the Book of Mormon, be baptized. That’s basically the major thing that changed our mission here. We started invited people to act, inviting them to be baptized, to repent. So they did. What amazing miracles came from it. Who would a thought that something so simple would make the biggest difference? It was a really fun talk 🙂 Anyways. That was most of the week.
 
Dear Pres. Anderson,
This past week we saw a lot of success! We have been blessed so much with members coming with us to our appointments and helping our investigators work towards their goal of baptism. The Coral Springs ward is becoming more converted to the work we do every week. I was given the privilege to speak this week in sacrament and to share my thoughts and feelings on the Atonement of Christ and those things that I would encourage the members to do to do their own missionary work. After sacrament many of them came to me excited to share the gospel and were grateful for those things that I shared. It was an awesome experience!
We have also had amazing experiences with members helping us with stubborn investigators. We have been working with our investigator Kenson for quite some time. I met him my first transfer here in Coral Springs. As we have had him come to church and meet members we can see that he is slowly, but surely becoming more converted to the gospel and has a greater desire to repent and come closer to Christ. Because of the bold testimonies of our members he is starting to see the changes that he needs to make in his life and the things that he can be blessed with. The members are amazing and are sticking with our investigators.
While harvesting this week we have been praying for those who are the prepared and the elect. We have been finding many individuals and families who have been interested in our message and we know that as we continue to work with them miracles will happen as we follow the spirit. Yesterday we decided to knock in an apartment complex that we had driven by a million times but never really noticed. As we knocked on the doors we weren’t finding much success. We continued on. We knocked into a man named Kiet. A very out going and happy guy, he let us pray with him. After the blessing he began to talk with us about what his ideas on religion. He doesn’t really go to church, but has Christ in his heart. As we were talking with him he was telling us how he is very accepting of religion and how one day he was on a plane to Germany and was sitting next to a lady who shared a book with him. He never read it, but thought that it was cool. So he kept it. He showed us the book and to our surprise it was the Book of Mormon. We shared with him our testimony of the book and that it was words from God. We left him with the invitation to be baptized and to read the Book of Mormon. He was excited to read what we left with him and can’t wait to talk more with us about the Book of Mormon.
This week has been an awesome one for us. We are excited to have baptisms this up coming weekend!
Thanks so much!
Sis. Holder

E-Mails 11/12/2012

Ok so back home looks like it will be way too cold for me to come home…. :/ When it gets to 75 out here I am freezing. I am not prepared for snow at all!

And is that topic for Dec. talks what I will be talking on is that why you sent it to me? 
Bernie looks like a rat in that picture.. 😛 
Well we had even more miracles happen then the ones that I shared in my email to President. 
So Grandma Fechik. (The Fechik family is one of the families that takes really good care of us missionaries) Grandma fechik is Jewish. Well on Sunday Sis. Fechik came up to us and told us that Grandma Fechik wants to get baptized!!!!! We are so excited. She is like 85 years old.. Im not actually sure about that but we were so happy! So we are going to be teaching her this week and I think she is getting baptized on Sunday! It’s more up to the family though 🙂 But we are so HaPpY!
Then we also had another guy surprise us on Sunday. His name is Kenson. He is a 21 yr old Hatian kid. But he is pretty noncommital. So when he showed up on Sunday we called the zoneleaders and asked if they would come and do an interview. So they did. He passed. But he was too scared to get baptized so we are working in having him baptized this upcoming Sunday. 
So we have just been blessed this week. 🙂 Other than that there isn’t much else going on. We have zone conference coming up on Friday in Ft. Lauderdale. Bizhan still hasent been able to come to church. SO we are trying again this week so he can be baptized on the 25th. His poor arm causes him so much pain. 
Oh can you send me the lyrics to Amazing Grace and to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (i dont know the title to that song.)
Thank you so much for the money. I dont think that I needed that much but i can use it for when I go home. 
I can’t really think of anything else. Oh Krissany was wanting to come with you to the airport to pick me up. That would be ok right?
Well I can not think of anything else that is running around in my brain right. Now. 
sorry for being so scatterbrained. 
 
Dear Pres. Anderson,

This week started off really slow for us since we had an incident where Sis. Aloi sprained her ankle. But this week we were optimistic in doing the work and did our very best to keep up with the work. We have been seeking new investigators and we know that the best way to find them is through harvesting. With Sis Aloi’s ankle it was a  little difficult to get out there and be knocking on doors. By Friday we only had 5 blessings for the week. With the help of our leaders and Sis. Aloi taking care of her ankle we were able to get 25 blessings by Sunday. Which brought on so many miracles. 
We have been seeking and praying for families to teach. We were blessed with 4 families that wanted to learn about baptism and how it will bless their family. One of the families. Tamarah and her 3 children were so intrigued by us that they could help but ask questions about who we were and what made us different. We were able to share a short lesson of the Savior and His atonement and the Book of Mormon with them. They can;t wait to have us back and to come to church on Sunday and prepare for the 25th 🙂
We were also blessed with member work this week. Our ward has been taking even more steps to being converted to missionary work. They are expecting baptisms to happen at any chance and are more willing to come out with us and take care of those we teach. We had an experience with one member while checking up on a media referral. The referral, Lin opened the door. She’s from China and is trying to decide if Christianity is something that she wants to believe in. She just happened to come across Mormon.org and requested missionaries. We tried to offer Lin a couple options for learning more, but it was our member that made the difference. She invited Lin over to home for dinner and to take the discussions there. Lin accepted right away and is so excited to come to church and learn about Jesus Christ.
We were able to have many more miracles happen this week that were an answer to my prayers. We know that this new week as we keep consistent in our efforts the miracles will continue. 
Exchanges this week were amazing! Sis. Jackson is a sweet new missionary with a powerful testimony and I was grateful to be able to spend some time with her. At the beginning of the exchange she seemed very nervous and explained many times how she wasn’t feeling very confident about going out and doing the work. As the day went on I noticed how powerful her testimony is and shared with her how that is something that will build others faith in the things she shares with them. We had a lot of fun together harvesting and teaching. She will be even greater the more she learns and acts on her faith!
Thanks so much!
Sister Holder 

E-Mails 11/4/2012

So Yes,
I was in my 2nd trio for 8 days then they ripped sis smith away from us. There was a sister that came in unexpectedly and so she got moved up to boynton beach and the new sis is being trained by sis beck in boynton beach central. poor sis beck training again. training is hard…. sigh, but it is soo good at the same time. Besides sis beck is amazing.
So yeah. I miss sis smith, but oh well. We now have an extra bed in our apartment. I use it as a nightstand. Silly.
Anyways. so this week has been interesting. We didn’t have any baptisms which was a bummer. and our peeps aren’t progressing as well as we thought they would. Except for Bizhan. He has been reading the book of mormon and having amazing spiritual experiences. but becase of the experiences he has been getting scared. so he will go to the casino in the middle of the night so that he is around people….. We are trying to work through this problem. But other than that he is amazing. I can’t until he gets baptized!
We are working towards the 18th.
Funny story.
So on sis smiths last night with us we went out harvesting. We walk up to the first door and it swings right open! And the first thing I see is a huge Hooka pot and 4 people smoking out of it. So i immediately start laughing my head off right in front of them to the point that I am in tears. I couldnt look at a single one of them with out laughing. they thought it was pretty funny too.
Finally when i was able to compose myself (about 5min) they let us in and we shared the prayer. They were very accepting and appreciated the prayer. But it was a quite unforgettable experiences. Then as we were leaving the complex, i was backing the car out and a guy yeld to us and said, “Dont head that way!” and pointed to about 8 or 9 emergency vehicles about 20 yards up the road. He then yells out, “They just shot someone up there! So dont go up there!” I told him that we were headed home and he stalked off to his apartment door. We werent exactly sure how to feel since where the shooting took place was our first choice to knock. But because of laziness of having to make u-turns we opted out and picked the complex that had easier access. Lucky us!
Anyways this week was hilarious. and crazy and exaughsting(sp?)
Anyways it sounds like things at home are going well. I like hearing the updates about grandparents and zander. I am excited to come home and see everyone again.
And mom dont worry… There are 2 Elders that I go home with in my Zone that text me weekly about how many days we have left of the mission. as of today we have 31. sigh 😛
But im not trunky. I am quite enjoying the work and am trying to find who it is that we can baptize theses last few weeks. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be but i know we will have at least 6. because that is our goal.
But yeah everything is great. Because we got 270 harvest blessings this week in our zone we got a zone activity today and lunch so we are super excited for that. Volley ball adn pizza! YUM!
Or maybe Dodgeball.. we’ll find out when we get there. Anyways.
I just remembered I forgot to tell you and Mike HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I felt so bad lst week! I was trying to find a way to send you something or anything, but i was shut down!
So Happy belated birthday!
The best mommy in the world
And Mike Happy BIRTHDAY@!!!!!!
best dad ever!
I love you parents!
I got 30 secs! LOve you@!

Dear Pres. Anderson,
This past week has been a whirlwind! We were so excited to have Sis. Smith with us and then she was taken away 😦 But we had a really good week with her and saw miracles.
We have been teaching a gentleman from Iran and have been sharing with him the Book of Mormon in Farsi. After a lesson we committed him to read the it. The next day we went back to discuss the things that he read. He told us of how he had an amazing experience with the spirit as he read, that he wasn’t exactly sure what to do with himself. But he knew that it was from God and is excited to prepare for baptism and to learn more. It has been amazing as we have been teaching him to share with him the things that I know to be true and it has been building my testimony. We are excited for him as he is preparing to be baptized on the 18th of this month.
Earlier this week we harvested a a woman named Mely. She had just been getting ready for bed. She allowed us to come into her home and share the blessing. After the blessing she expressed how it was interesting the timing that we knocked on her door. She had just been given a lower position at work and life hadn’t been going the way she wanted it too. I know that Heavenly Father sends us to peoples home who needs us most. With out fail we always find some one who is seeking Him out and we are there knocking on the door. Since, we have gone back to share with her more about our message and she is excited to come to church and learn about baptism and who we are.
This week we had some struggles with our area in getting people to progress forward. After discussing it, Sis Aloi and I are going back to the basics and are working on improving our harvesting efforts and finding those who are the elect. We are excited for the miracles that will come from harvesting and can’t wait for the baptisms.
Thanks so much!
Sis Holder