Serving in the Las Vegas Nevada Mission

Monday, August 24, 2015

WHY AM I SO BLESSED?! Aug. 24, 2015

I am in Green Valley!!! This has been an amazing week! Sister Browning
is AMAZING!!! I love her so much! We are working hard and I have never
felt happier! It’s so fun to have a companion who really wants to do
the same things you do. We are having a blast. Our comp motto is Do we
want it to be fun or easy? We want it to be FUN! So we are having a
blast!!! I don't think I have ever worked this hard and I have never
felt better. Sister Browning and I are like the same person! We have
the same goofy personality and it cracks me up!!! She was born in
Washington too!!

It amazes me what can happen when a companionship is united in Faith.
We have made real goals for our transfer together. And we have total
faith that we can achieve it. We are on fire this week. We are having a
hard time finding new investigators, but we know that if we push
forward we will see even more miracles.
One of the amazing miracles we saw this week was as we were driving
around trying to contact potentials investigators. We pulled into a
complex and we just didn't feel like we should be there, so we felt
prompted to go see a recent convert. We drove to their house and no
one answered. So we headed back to the car a little confused but still
determined to figure out where the Lord needed us. We then felt
prompted to knock on this random door. But the lady was not interested
at all. So we went back to the car. I was standing behind the car
getting ready to back out sister Browning, when a car was passing by,
so I waved as they passed. The car passed us and then stopped and
BACKED UP! I ran over to talk to the lady and she said that
missionaries had come over before but she hadn’t seen them in a long
time. So I gave her a book of Mormon and got her information. It was
amazing! It was so cool because if we hadn’t been listening to the
spirit then we would not have been in the exact place we needed to be
at the exact time! We had so many miracles like that happen this
week!! Miracles come from obedience!!

What a whirlwind! Aug. 17, 2015

This week has been crazy! We found 2 new investigators! We went on
exchanges!! I got to go with Sister Hirsch, she is going home this
transfer :(
We had a full week. After exchanges we headed up to Vegas to stay with
some other sisters for Mid 12 week training for trainers and trainees.
So that was on Thursday. It was amazing, I renewed my dedication as a
trainer. I was able to really look at the things I want to do better.
After the meeting president brought me into his office to talk. We
started taking about Sister Bedont and he wanted to know if I thought
she could train next transfer (mind you training is 12 weeks and I
have only been training her for 6, so she's not even finished being
trained yet) I told him I think she could do it. She is an amazing
missionary and it would be what she needed to help her stretch and
reach her full potential (get her out of her comfort zone) then he
asked me..."so then how are we going to make you stretch?" President
then asked me if I would be willing to be a Sister training Leader
(equivalent to a Zone leader) . Of course I said yes, but I do know
this will be a stretching opportunity for me.

We got the call on Saturday morning about transfers and I found out
will be going to Green Valley/Black Mountin area in Vegas. My companion
will be Sister Browning. I have heard great things about her, she is a
hard worker!! And she served in this ward a few months ago so she will
know a lot of the people I have been working with! So it will be fun!
It will be a great learning experience!
I am excited for Sister Bedont! I am going to be a grandma!!
Saying good bye to the people here has been SO HARD! I have come to
love these people with all my heart! Andy, Anna and Braden have been
the hardest to leave! I feel such a deep connection with them, they
really are family!
They threw me a little good bye party last night where we had ice
cream and got to visit once more before I left!

4 1/2 Months in Kingman AZ .Aug. 10, 2015

Everything is going great here! This is the last week of the transfer, we find out on Saturday about exchanges. I can't believe I have been here for 4 1/2 months! It will be interesting to see what happens next transfer. I feel like I am probably going to get transferred, but I don't really want to go back to the valley. I love it out here so much, it is beautiful and I love the country feel of it! I'm not a city person, that's for sure. And my District out here has become like family. But I like change, it's good for me. I do better when I have some stress and have to push myself. This transfer I have learned a lot about how to overcome the natural man and react positively to situations. I am really working on pausing and really focusing on why I react certain ways so then I know how to change. My Motto is "Be like a duck and let it roll off your back" like what you kept telling me when I first got into the mission. Mom you are amazing, thank you for everything you have done for me and taught me. 
Oh also...big news! We got iPads! Crazy! So now we can see what emails we get through the week, we just can't respond to them until Monday. 
I love you all! I hope you are all doing great! I love this work, I love being a missionary and I wouldn't change any of it for the world, the good or the bad. I have learned so much about myself. 

Love your Sister sunshine! 

Miracles! Aug 3. 2015

Sister Bedont and Sister Loveless

This week has been a crazy fun adventure!! 
We spent a lot of time helping people move and cleaning and doing service for people. Mom my hair cutting talent has helped so much on my mission, I have been able to get into a lot of door because of it. I will cut members hair and (thankfully do a good job) so they tell their friends it was the missionaries and I have had people come to me and while they are sitting there I get to talk to them about the gospel and being a missionary. It is really cool!! 
This week we had lots of miracles! We were fasting yesterday to find new investigators and our prayer was answered!! At church Sister Laycock came up to us (she was just rebaptized after leaving the church and she has been fighting cancer). Her friend, Mary, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and some missionaries a while back gave her a book of Mormon with highlighted scriptures to help her when she was going through treatment. After a long time Mary told Sister Laycock that she has read the book she is ready and she wants to be baptized as soon as possible. It was amazing!!! We are meeting her this week. It just goes to show that you never know what could happen from placing a book of Mormon, awe may never see the fruits of our labors but it could change someone's life. So my invitation to you is to get a book of Mormon write your testimony in it and give it to someone this month. What do you have to lose?! Nothing. You will be blessing someone’s life! 
That same day (while we were fasting) we had a lesson over with Andy Anna and Braden. Our member who was supposed to come (who had part of our lesson) didn’t show. So we decided just to have a lesson where we could help answer questions and concerns. It turned out to be exactly what they needed. I turned to Braden and asked him what was holding him back from getting baptized. And we found out it was only the fear of having a whole bunch of people he didn't know come to his baptism! And when we asked Anna, she said ...."Nothing, I want to be baptized on September 14th." we were like WHOOAAA!! So they are both set with a date now!! I am so excited for them!! It has been a long road coming. Anna went form only sitting in on lessons for her husband to now participating and asking questions. She also wants to do her family history! 
Another miracle that we saw came from obedience. As a companionship we have had a hard time talking to everyone we saw because sister Bedont is new and she is still really nervous about it. But I told her in the morning. We are going to talk to everyone today. Because, everyone deserves the opportunity to hear the gospel. So that day when we were walking through the "ghetto" we saw someone and went and talked to her and although she wasn’t interested, when we were walking back we saw a lady who had just pulled up in her car who wouldn’t have been there a few seconds before and we would have missed her. After talking to her and telling her about the temple she said we could come back later this week and have a lesson. Blessings from obedience!

So this week was pretty good I would say!! Oh and it was my birthday and the members here are amazing! So I had too little birthday parties! One was ever a surprise party! I have come to love these people so much!!
Here’s to another great one full of blessings and Miracles!

This is a picture of me and my "baby girl"! We are trying to have some more fun! I’m trying to teach her that missionary work can be really fun too!! Well I love you all!

Sister Loveless

Zone Conference and Leadership training July 27th 2015

All I have time for today is pictures!! This week we had Zone conference and Zone Training Meeting in lake Havasue (where it's about 120* always!!!) And I went on exchanges with sister Sandoval!! She is amazing! I love her!

here is a picture of me and my sister Training Leader on exchanges! We had so much fun! I love Sister Sandoval! 
and here is a picture of all the leadership from our huge meeting I was telling you about (even though I am not in leadership) 

Then is ZTC the elders made a pyramid to demonstrate how our foundation is important! They had one Elder from the bottom move and they all fell to the floor! It was hilarious!!
The other pictures are at Zone Conference with president and Sister Snow and the other missionaries! 
I love missionary meetings! They are my favorite!!! I love being a missionary! I can’t imagine the person I would be without this experience...well actually I can...I would be the same person I was when I left, and that’s not who I want to be. I am so thankful for all the hard lessons I have learned and continue to learn here. As my momma taught me           "I CAN DO HARD THINGS!"

Love you all!

Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20th 2015

This week was crazy! On Monday night I got a call From the MSTL's (Mission Sister Training sister AP's) asking if I would come to (MLC) The Mission Leadership Council on Thursday. They didn’t tell me why though. So I was running all these options through my head! The only people who go to MLC are leadership....and I’m not in leadership. So we went up to Vegas on Wednesday night and stayed with another set of sisters. Sister Robinson and I went to the meeting the next morning together. It was so cool!!! The director of proselyting form Salt Lake came to talk to the leadership of our mission. And President decided to invite a few missionaries who he felt needed to come. So I got to be one of them. What a huge blessing! It was an amazing meeting! It changed the way I look at missionary work!
The next day was new missionary temple trip so we stayed another night and went to the temple!!! It was amazing; it’s exactly what I needed!! Sister Bedont is doing great. She is picking up on things pretty fast. 
We had a few amazing miracles this week. The young man Andrew that we had met on the 4th of July at the gas station. We were supposed to go on exchanges Friday night but there was a huge storm rolling in so we were told not to be out driving in it. So we were making calls in the car when we saw Andrew pull up next to us. He got out of the car and we started talking to him. I'm not sure how we got on the topic, but we asked if he would be coming to church, and that led us into a conversation on the book of Mormon. He told us he didn't have one so we pulled one out and started talking to him about it! We basically taught him the whole first lesson!! And he was so interested, he just kept asking questions! And then HE asked us if we could come tell him more on has day off. So we will be seeing him tonight! He said he would start reading the book of Mormon that night and write down questions he has. When he walked away I started freaking out a little....I was SO EXCITED!! He has been prepared!
Another miracle we saw was on Saturday night. We were walking through our complex to go see a potential investigator, when we saw a woman and man over by their car. It was dark and I almost didn't want to go over...but I knew we needed too. So as we walked over we could hear the woman crying. We went to see what was wrong and she told us that just a few minutes before she found out her dad was in hospice, and would probably only live for another week. Then she said that she knew who we were. It turned out that they were a referral from the elders, but the elders didn't know what apartment number they would be moving to! I have no doubt the Lord led us there. She was so thankful for us stopping and talking to her. She asked us to come back. 
I love seeing the Lords hand in our work. It is such a testimony to me that we are really only tool in his hand. We just have to be worthy to let him work through us. 
I love you all!

Sister Loveless

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Life of a trainer. July 13th 2015

This week has been CRAZY!! I went up to Vegas on Tuesday to be companions with Sister Robinson, who was another sister waiting for her trainee to come in. We spent Tuesday and Wednesday morning getting ready for our new missionaries! We even got them cupcakes to celebrate their "birthday" into the mission. We thought it was a cute idea! 
On Wednesday we went to the mission office where we met all the new missionaries. They sat on the 1st 4 rows of the chapel, and all the trainers sat in the back 4 rows as we waited for President to come in from his office where he was praying about who should be companions. 
The meeting started and I was the first trainer to be called, and he said "Sister Loveless will be companions with Sister Bedont". I jumped up and went over to give her a big hug. He finished calling all the new companionship's
and we all left to go jump right into missionary work! We were staying with Sister Robinson and her comp that night because we had New Missionary Training Meeting the following morning. So we helped them in their area. Being a trainer is just as hard as I thought it would be...well harder. There are so many things that I didn’t realize that I have to teach her how to do. So that night we went out and street contacted. It was a really great experience, we met some amazing people. There was a girl who was going through a very hard time, we asked if we could say a prayer with her. She agreed and told us everything that was going on and what she wanted to pray for. 
The meeting the next day was great! We had an opportunity to get a little guidance from President about training....but only like 5 min. We are basically just thrown into it and have to figure out what to do. 
The first week has been so stressful. I can’t tell if she is just nervous or overwhelmed or shy....or all of the above. We are kind of different from one another, so I can tell this will be an opportunity for me to learn lots. But I am excited. I remember being so stressed out when I first came into the mission.  I just really hope that I can help her open up to me. It is hard when your companion won’t talk to you. She is so amazing though, she has a very strong testimony! And she is ready to work hard. 
So this week has mostly been helping her get comfortable in the area and meeting our investigators. We had both our ward parties on Saturday so she got to meet lots of members. And our Bishop invited us over for a "greenie" lunch. Everything on her plate was green. Even her plate and fork and cup were green, and she got green pasta while everyone else got normal colored. It was so fun! 
We met the coolest guy! His name was Jessie, we met him in the park around sunset. He was playing his harmonica. We went up to him and started talking with him and he started telling us his life story. Right now he is riding his bike cross country, he has already biked down to Florida and all around that area and back, and he is on his way home. We were talking to him and I wanted to give him a book of Mormon but I didn’t have one with me. So we left him with a card and headed off to our appointment. But after it was over I felt prompted that we needed to go back and give him a book of Mormon. So we did. He gave me his harmonica in return because he was so impressed with how much we cared! It was amazing! 
It’s been a fun week, but so busy! And it’s time for me to leave already!! 
I love you all!!!
Love sister loveless