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!