E-Mail 10/15/2012

Dear Pres. Anderson,
This week during harvesting we were knocking on a comlpex that we had been having a lot of success with. As we were going about knocking in doors a couple floors up from the bottom, I saw a young man walk from his apartment in the bottom floor. I looked at him thinking that it wouldn’t be possible to catch up with him to talk to him. So I attempted to continue on. But we felt that we really needed to say a pray with him. So we quickly made our way to the bottom and across the parking lot to catch up with Claude. We offered to share the blessing and he willing accepted. After we shared the blessing he was happy and dove in for a hug because he was so grateful. I know in that moment he was able to feel the spirit and if nothing else in that moment he was able to come closer to Christ in his busy life. It was an awesome feeling to be apart of the joy that he felt.
We have been working with a young man named Zamir. For the past coouple of weeks we have been trying to help him and his fmaily come to church, but they had been non-committal. We got to talk with Zamir and found that he had been struggling with trying to understand the need for the Book of Mormon. It was a neat experience because I saw that both Sis Aloi and I had a building testimony of the Book of Mormon as we testified to Zamir that it was the word of God. Zamir came to church the following Sunday and explained that he is starting to understand better the need for the Book of Mormon.
Also this week we got to have an amzaing baptism that was able to help the young women in our ward come closer together. Christina was baptized in major part due to theyoung women doing their part and being their for her when she was preparing. It has been an awesome experienece for our ward as they are becoming more converted to doing missionary work.
Thanks so much!
Sis Holder
Advertisements

E-Mails 10/8/2012

Dear Pres. Anderson,
Being able to watch conference this weekend was an amazing blessing!
I was able to receive answers to my prayers and receive a lot of guidance on what to do in my area.
This past week Elder Smoot had challenged us in district training to better invoke the spirit as we teach and harvest. It is something that I have been praying for everyday. After general conference we went harvesting in a building that we had just found. We went to the very top floor, the 6th floor. When we got there, there was a family who was moving large bags into their apartment and and their children were running around them. We approached them and offered to share a blessing with them. The mom, Keisha, politely declined and explained that they were moving. We offered again and she said “no”. We gave her a card and began to walk away, but something just wouldn’t let us just end it. we turned around and again offered to share the blessing and we offered to help them move the bags into their home. Keisha thought for a moment and accepted. Keisha told us that her father was very sick and she was unable to be there for him and that they were going through this move. We offered the prayer. Afterwards she was so grateful and was glad that we were persistent in sharing with her and her family. She is now excited to learn about baptism and what it can do for her family. 
I know that us continuing to follow the spirit is what is going to help others to feel the spirit. I know that yesterday in conference Pres. Monson stated that no prompting form the spirit should be ignored. I see how true that is. 
Sis. Aloi and I are excited to be having a baptism this week which is a miracle! Especially since Christina told us during her interview and after her interview that she was not getting baptized. But now she is happily preparing for Tuesday.
We are excited for a new week to accomplish great things!
Sis Holder  

Dear Parents
This week was a pretty good one. It was a little hard though. Sis Aloi and I found ouselves with time on our hands which was bad.
But it turned out good.
OH! The most embarrassing story ever.Well it was just that we were so emabarressed.
So we had district training on Tuesday as always. But surprise! Pres Anderson and the Assistants were there.
So that was the start of Sis Aloi and I feeling somewhat uncomfortable.
Then during roleplay demonstration Sis Aloi and I had a moment of tension because she needed to go to the bathroom and I told her she needed to wait until after. She said no and got up and went to the bathroom anyways. So I had to fallow of course. I wasn’t mad, but we thought we were mad at each other. So now we are even more uncomfortable. Then we did roleplays…. We had an assistant, district leader and zone leader with us fir the roleplay. We felt like we were being watched and evaluated. At this point we both were kind of in shut down mode. The roleplay by our standards was super bad. We had the most awkward moments and felt so stupid. We ended and tried to get away as fast as possible, but the zone leaders caught us first. Just moments before Sis Aloi and I had just talked about what had happened and came to the conclusion that they all probably thought we were in a huge fight or something. So I kinda saw it coming that they would need to talk with us. They made sure all the other Elders had left the room and asked if they could sit and chat for a moment. They asked us what was wrong and what they could do to help. They were so serious. Sis Aloi and I looked at each other and just cracked up laughing. They were so confused. So we had to explain to them that we felt super awkward and were embarrassed for our actions. They weren’t convinced that everything was ok. They went into big brother mode. So we talked with them for like ever until they were convinced that we were ok. After the whole ordeal we had to go home and sleep off the experience. It totally drained us.
Also this week we had Christinas’s baptismal interview. Just so she could see how readys he is for baptism. So Elder Odar went in and did the interview while we waited outside. It took about 40 min. Then Christina came running out. She was acting silly so I asked her about getting baptized and she said no. I guess to start off her interview, the first thing she said to Elder Odar was, “I’m not getting baptized.” It was super funny. But I guess during the time after she had ben praying about it and was able to get the confirmation that she needed to be baptized. So we are grateful for the spirit for sure.
Also I loved Gerneral Conference! It was the best and we got an investigator to come to the saturday session. We have to go to the church and watch it or to a memebrs home. But everytime we go to a memebers home it is super distracting. And usuallythe satelite feed goes out. But we had fun in both places. I loved the talks by Elders Bednar, Holland, Nelson, and Pres Monson, Uchtdorf and Eyrings. all for different reasons. But they were amazing. It was really good this past weekend. I’ll have to show you my notes about it when I get home because the Elders loved my notes and wanted to make copies of them. They thought they were so cool.
Anyways. I dont really know what else to talk about.

E-Mails 10/1/2012

Hey Parents!
Ao this week wasn’t that eventful. It was actually kind of a rough week but it was all good. We still had good stuff happen.
like for example we had our Atheist investigator Carina come to church. I can’t she liked it but she did want to come back. 😛 So we will see what happens there. I am pretty sure she will get baptized before I am finished here. Daniel was confirmed Sunday which was awesome! We met this cool Panamanian lady named Claudia! She is freakin sweet! She told me how to make something called Garminolas I am so very excited to make them. They are Yucca and ground beef empanada things. But I can’t wait! Yum! We had a leadership training this week which was so absolutly amazing! It was by Pres Anderson. It was about the Missionary Pride Cycle. It talks about how we go through the same patters of blessings, complacency and pride, chastening, humility and back to blessings. Basically he wants us to be able to balance all the areas of our work and keep them at a standard and always be obedient. But it was cool. I’ll have to show you notes sometime. It was really good. During the training Sis. Aloi and the other trainee’s were dropped off with the Boynton Sisters and went on a 20 mile bike ride. They were stranded and had to be picked up by the Assitant’s (sp?) We didn’t get back to ou rarea until 5 oclock that day. But it was all good we had fun.
Church was good. We tried to have a baptism but were unable to. It was super sad, but we will baptize next week.
Anyways. Yeah I dont have much news either. But it was a good week and we had fun. 🙂
Sis Holder
 
Dear Pres. Anderson,
Harvesting this week wasn’t going as well as we wanted this week. We were really working hard on turning our blessings into investigators. But appointment after appointment cancelled. We continued to have a positive attitude about it and keep going out there to find people. One day after some appointments had fallen through we went to check up on some potential investigators and we ran into a woman named Yanick who was asking us what church we were from. We started talking with her and decided to offer a blessing. It was a powerful blessing that she was able to feel the spirit and couldn’t stop smiling. She told us how she just moved her and was looking for a church to go to. We invited her to be baptized and she accepted right away and is excited to be working towards the 14th for this month! I know that it was a blessing for us in the work and for her looking for a place to get closer to God.
During my studies this week I was going over “Our Purpose” in Preach My Gospel. I started thinking more about what it is that I am doing here and why it is that I am on my mission. As I began to read the Book of Mormon I was reading 2 Nephi 25. I read verses and felt the spirit as I understood more what it is that my purpose here is. I felt the spirit strongly and had to read it over and over again. It made me happy 🙂
Sis Aloi and I also were able to go and see the Relief Society General Broadcast. It was amazing! I loved the talk from Pres Eyring. It was all about service and how we can follow the spirit in the acts of service that we do. Also how we should be prepared to do those acts of service that the Lord needs us to be ready for. There was an awesome quote that was given, “What comes next for willing hands to do?” He also talked about how the Savior would not pass anyone by, even if the person was his enemy, and would offer what help he could. It was awesome and the spirit was so strong there that night with all the woman from our ward and around the world.
Sis. Aloi and I are doing great and we are having fun helping our are to grow! We are expecting tons of miracles to happen this week and are working hard 🙂
Thanks so much!
Sis. Holder

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!
Sis.Holder
 
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?