Serving in the Las Vegas Nevada Mission

Thursday, April 23, 2015

# 12 New area Kingman Arizona April 20th, 2015

   I am here in good 'ol Kingman Arizona, the heart of Rout 66! Like from the movie cars!!! It is the cutest old town! There is nothing around except for dirt & tumble weeds! ya gotta go look up this place on google, it is so fun! (I'll send pictures next week, I forgot my camera.) I needed a change of pace and i sure found it!
MY Companion is Sister Onorato! She is the sweetest person in the whole world! She has an ability to love people that amazes me! I am so blessed to be serving with her! We have had a crazy week trying to get to know the area and each other. The people here are amazing!! We live in an area that if you drive 15 min up the hill you are surrounded my mansion size homes, and then if you drive 15 min the other direction, you are in an area where people are living in little man made tin huts, because that’s all they could find. I have never seen this kind of poverty before! It is so humbling to think about everything we take for granted...for example a roof over our head, heat, water, a toilet, a bed, a room to put your bed! It just amazes me! They are some of the kindest people I have ever met, maybe, because they have no reason to be selfish or judgmental. But there are also some pretty scary “ghetto” areas that we tend to avoid in the evening times. Places like "slaughter canyon"....yea let’s just say we don’t go down that road! hahaha I love it here :) this is my kind of town!

   We had two baptisms this week!!! Kate is 20, she has an amazing testimony!! When she told her family she wanted to join the church they formally disowned her with legal papers in an Easter card! So she sent them an invitation to her Baptism and told us "Sisters I just know it’s true, I have to be baptized, I have never wanted something so much in my entire life!" She was baptized on Friday night!! It was an amazing experience to be there for that. Although I didn’t get to teach her, I am learning from her testimony! The other baptism was a little girl, she waited to be baptized until she knew the church was true, so we get to teach her!
   There are a lot of recent converts here that we have been teaching! Carlos, Della and Andy! They are AMAZING! They all have a fire within them, they love the gospel more than life!! Della is a sweet older Lady who we go over and have bible study with every week! And she invites everyone she sees to come and join us! Her Husband is atheist, and he is so nice. He sat in on our lesson this week, and Sister Onorato told me that he has never done that before! 
   Andy, oh I love that guy! He reminds me so much of my brothers! He got baptized recently and we are teaching his wife Anna, and son Braden. They soak it up!  Braden knows it's true and he wants to get baptized once his dad gets the priesthood so that he can baptize him! Anna has a little harder time, she loves the lessons, but we need something that will really help her feel the spirit! They have another Son, Thomas. The missionaries have never met him, he doesn't come out of his room, and he has serious social anxiety. They whole family has struggled with it. Andy hadn’t come out of his apartment for months, and then the day he did was the day the Sister missionaries met him outside and he took it as a sign. So it’s amazing to see how far they have come! I have started leaving notes for Thomas and hopefully one day something will change! 
We also had the blessing of being able to go to the Temple this week! Sister Onorato had a doctor appt. in the valley so we drove back to Las Vegas and got permission to go the temple while we were there! And then I had an appt. this morning so we got to make the 4 hour drive again! We have had some fun mini road trips! It’s been fun! also.....we live in the there are lots of bugs. We find roaches in our apartment all the time! It was super bad for a while so we would sleep with the light on ‘cuz they don’t like light. But we have been getting tips and tricks from people, on how to get rid of them that have been working so there are a lot less now!! But hey I have a toilet and runny water so I am not complaining one bit! 
We have another crazy week coming up. I’m excited to see what it brings!

A mission is the best and hardest thing I have ever done, and I am so thankful for the blessing of being able to struggle my way through it! The atonement is real, and that is the way I get through the hard things! I love this gospel with all my heart! 
I’m praying for you all!

Sister Loveless

# 11 Transfer Time! April 13, 2015

Well it's that time. Transfer time! Today I just finished my second transfer in the mission, I finished my 12 week training and I am no longer a "greeny" or new missionary! 
We found out about transfers on Saturday morning, we get a piece of paper that us missionaries like to call "Transfer Doctrine" because it tell you, your fate!
My District
Sister Harrison and I had a feeling we would be getting transferred. And low and behold we are BOTH leaving and Elders will be coming into replace us. It’s crazy!! We had just replaced Elders, and we are the only Sister Missionaries both of our wards have had in over 10 years! And now they are back to Elders! 

The Duanes

Sister Harrison will be a Sister Training Leader for her last transfer. And I will be going........OUT OF VALLEY! I'm headed to the very tip of the mission. I’m going to Kingman Arizona! We joke and like to say that they didn't like our companionship so they split us up by states!
The Truman Family
But everyone I have talked to says they LOVE serving out of valley! It's more of a country feel and everything is a little slower pace. And I am excited! I am sure that I am going to LOVE it! It will be a nice change. And it will be so different to not see the strip right across the freeway. I will be out in the middle of nowhere! 

This week has been great! We got to visit a lot of Less Active members in the wards. Most of our investigators canceled on us, but I think it worked out for the best, the Elders coming in will be able to start fresh with lots of appointments this coming week. We have spent the past 2 days preparing the area for the Elders to come in and make a smooth transition. 

Wendi & Robert
Wendi found out we were leaving and couldn’t stop crying! We had the blessing of being able to go over to their house for dinner on Sunday and talk with her and Robert about the importance of the gospel, and how going back to church will truly bless their lives!! I love being able to invite people to come to Christ. It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. 
I feel so blessed to be here, I have learned so much in such a short amount of time. My life has truly been changed! I have formed relationships with people that I will never forget! I will treasure these past 3 months the rest of my life, I have learned so much about myself, and the gospel! I have seen the Lord's hand work in people’s lives in ways that I could have never imagined! I am so blessed! I am so happy!! 
Bishop Whipple & Famly
I am excited to start the next chapter of my mission! 
Sorry it's short, I have to go pack and get ready to catch the Van out to Arizona Tomorrow morning, and meet my new companion!
Us with  Antionet
Sister Loveless

Monday, April 6, 2015

# 10 Thanks for the Love and support!

Just a quick note today                   3-30-2015
I am so thankful for everyone and everything you have been doing to support me.
I am SO EXCITED FOR CONFERENCE!!! It’s going to be amazing!! These past two weeks have been so crazy and so spiritually uplifting. I have been working more on recognizing the spirit and listening to promptings. Dad we are trying out your method of tracting, we call inspired biking :) We have been focusing on finding a lot, in both our wards. We have started getting referrals and we found people on the street. We ended up getting two new investigators, they are a young family with one kid and another one on the way this week! AND Jen went to her friend's niece’s baptism on Saturday and called us up right after and said we needed to come over. We stopped by and she said "I WANT TO GET BAPTIZED!"  I AM SO EXCITED! She is amazing! She came to church yesterday with her two kids, and even though it was so hard and stressful for her to be there with them, she decided she wants to come every week!!
As I have been studying these past few weeks I have been thinking about one thing a whole lot! And I just can’t shake it.
I want you to go and read "Are we prepared" it was the 1st presidency message last September, I believe. Read it as a family. I really feel that now it the time to get ready for the future, and put some more effort into emergency preparedness, and food storage. I know I can’t do much from here. But i want to make sure that I share that thought with my family and friends. Because you mean the world to me! We don’t know what’s ahead, but the Lord has sent us prophets and apostles to lead and guide us, and that is one of the directions he has given us!! So don’t take it lightly! Read it for family night tonight! Maybe make a plan or something to work toward. I just feel like i should share that with you!!
I love you sooooo much!!!! I hope you are all doing great!! 
I send all my love!! 

# 9 It’s a great day to be alive!



What a great week!!! I feel like I’m running a race with no finish line! And I love it! I have learned and grown so much in the short time I have been a missionary. I can’t even believe it! This week has been one of growth and learning, the Lord stretches us to make us more flexible during hard times :) 
It's funny to me how much the world has changed from when I was a child to right now, this is a time and age of change, if you think about it, no other generation has gone through so much change in such a short amount of time. I mean look at my parent’s generation (I love you mom and dad) when they were growing up they didn’t even have a TV, or cell phones, or any of this crazy stuff, everything was simple. And now in this era, in the space of just 20-30 years we have totally changed our way of life, and with that we have lost some of the most important things. Like the importance of family, and God, trust, independence. The world is a crazy place. And that’s why I am so thankful that my parents taught me to live in the world but not of the world. And to give of all we had to those who are less fortunate, do secret acts of kindness and love one another. I am so eternally grateful for all the amazing lessons I was taught to help me become who I am today and to be able to live in this world but not be effected by all of the horrible things going on. The world is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. So strengthen your faith, learn of the eternal things. Because we will only be able to take our experiences, our knowledge and our relationships with us after this life. The adversary has done an amazing job trying to convince that what "really matters" in life is; our job, our car, our money, our clothes. What's going to happen if someone takes all of that away? What will we have to show for ourselves? Those are material things. We need to focus on the eternal things in life! That is what is “Most Important”. 
Okay I will get off my soap box now. But I have such a testimony that there is so much more to life, if we are willing to put in the work to find it!
This week I had the "blessing" of speaking in church. (I’m kidding, yes it really was a blessing, and I learned so much) I spoke on Christ and His suffering. It was amazing to study that more. 
We helped 3 of our investigators move out this week! Talk about sad! Antionette moved to Texas, we helped her pack everything up and get it all moved out! Then we helped Kathy and her family move out of their house (they were new investigators that were friends of the Downer's in our ward). WE did tons of service this week, it was really fun. We met a guy on the street named Joe who was pulling weeds and we stopped and helped him for an hour, and he said he would love to come to church with us. He was so nice. That same day we went and helped Wendi clean, because of all her health she can’t really do much on her own. So we were able to make a good dent with that! 

We had a really cool experience on Tuesday night while we were headed to go visit a less active in our ward. We were walking down the sidewalk at about 8pm, so it was dark, and we saw this guy working on his can in his driveway. So we went up to him and introduced ourselves. His name is Joe (not to be confused with the other Joe we met pulling weeds) To be completely honest, I’m not sure what happened next, but the next thing I knew we were talking about trails and all the hard things he went through in life, and then we found out he had a friend and her daughter living in his house who are inactive members of the church. He took them in because they had nowhere else to go. The daughter has struggled with drugs, and he paid for her to go through rehab. He said he wants us to come by and visit lots, it would be really good for everyone, he's not a member of the church, but he really wants us to come and help the girls. And he said that he would love to listen and learn too. We talked with him and the daughter Brittaney, for a good hour or so. 
I got to go to the Temple on Saturday!!!! One of the cute old couples in our ward got sealed in the temple this weekend, and we got special permission to go! It was such a blessing! I love the temple to much!
Our ward put on a really cool even for Easter. It was called "the Last Supper Fireside" It was so cool!!!! It was all about the Jewish beliefs, and the symbolism of the last supper in the bible. They made the food and everything, it was a really amazing experience. And then they took it one step further, and explained how the book of Mormon fills in all the rest of what the Jewish faith didn’t have the answers to. It was a really spiritual experience! 
I love the gospel! I don’t know where I would be without it! Strengthen your faith, and trust in God! He knows what you need, let him be your strength and your guide! you want to choose that path that is best for you, or the path that you think is best? 

I love you all! And I testify that the fullness of the gospel has been restored on earth once more, it is the same church that Christ established during his ministry!
I love you!
Love,    Sister Loveless

These pics are from our District Meeting last month.  "GOT LIGHT"