Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 27, 2015

Hello Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

Wow!  I can't believe how much we have been watched over this week!  It was a really neat week!  We are being so blessed and strengthened!  

On Saturday a hmong investigator in the ward that the elders are teaching was baptized!!!!  Her name is Nu and is such a wonderful and serving person.  She sets up the chairs every morning for church.  Something that made this baptism really special was that all the talks were given in hmong, her native language!  Our investigator Holly came too!  It was neat because even though we couldn't understand a lot of what was said, more importantly we were able to feel the Spirit.  It was an amazing day.  Later that day we had a huge Easter egg hunt at the Pond's house.  It was so great!  Our new investigator Dave brought his son and they loved it!  I think he gets along really well the members of the ward here.  Holly came and Keegan and Jeremy!  Keegan is a member and she grew up in Kearns Utah!  I talked to her a lot about that and her husband Jeremy is not a member of our church.  They are both super nice and want to come to church and see us this Saturday! Also, I saw a familiar face, Bishop Heap from Fond du lac came!  It was fun to see his family again!  Also, on Sunday I saw Sister Kasper from Fond du Lac too!  I was so happy to see her!  Our investigators are doing really well!  We a great lesson with Sally this week!  
On Sunday we went to go see one of the elders investigators.  I was thinking about her and then the elders asked if we would go see her.  We had borrowed 1 egg from one of the members to make banana bread during lunch and we took her the banana bread.  I'm so glad we did because we found out there was some really sad news in her family. I'm really glad that we went.  

Just want to say that I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, the ultimate healer.  I am so grateful for Him and His guiding and strengthening influence in our lives. Love you so much!

Things are going well and I think it is going to be a really great week!  Thanks for the prayers and the support!  

The church is grandly true!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April 6, 2015

Happy Easter weekend and happy General Conference weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What a good combination!  I loved all of the testimonies on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that He lives today!  I loved Elder Pearson's talk and the one on music of course!  Elder Holland's talk was really good too.  
On Saturday after conference we went to visit the older German couple, Hans and Joan.  They were so glad that we came to see them Easter weekend!  We were even able to bring them some flowers which Joan really loved!  I thought it was a really tender mercy that we had those flowers to give.  Joan just recently broke her ankle and the past couple of weeks have not been easy for her.  We shared with them a scripture about the resurrection in the Book of Mormon and sang them " I stand all Amazed."  I have really grown to love them!  They are such a neat older couple.  
We invited Hans to watch conference on Sunday.  I think that Pres. Uchtdorf started to conduct the meeting in German just for Hans!  I bet Hans really enjoyed that!  

Holly has been doing awesome!  She came to dinner with us on Monday and Tuesday and we have been really getting to know her and have been enjoying her enthusiasm for the gospel!  She watched General Conference at the Pond's home and told us it was "AMAZING!"  

We showed Amy the "Because He Lives" video and Chang.  They really liked it.  

It was really neat this week.  I know that Pres. Monson is a true prophet called of God to lead and guide the church today!  I am so grateful for him and for the all of our church leaders and General Authorities.  I truly know that this church is true!  I am so very grateful for the blessing and guidance they have given to me in so many ways!
Love ya!

Have a great week!  Look for miracles!  The church is divinely true!  

April 13, 2015

It was a great week!  The weeks just seem to get faster and faster!  We are seeing miracles though!  This week we had zone training in Oshkosh and interviews with Pres. Cutler.  Something we are focusing on is prayer.  In our mission conference awhile back they stressed the importance of prayer.  That this is the Lord's work and sometimes we are trying to do what only He can do, so we have to rely on His help to do it.  We are praying for not only our investigators but also the other missionaries in our district's investigators.  The hmong elders and teaching a woman named Nu. Nu was looking for service and asked our bishop, so he told her she could set up chairs for church on Sunday.

We met with Holly and Sally this week and they are doing awesome!  They have a lot of questions!  Sally couldn't come to church this week but is planning on it next week.  we still have not met her husband so we don't know what he thinks. 
This week is  a really big week!  We have a lot of appointments, with Sally, Faith, Jolene, and with a new investigator Shanquena!  It is exciting!  

Sister Parker came to church this week!  She is a very strong person.  Despite all the trials she has been through, she is a very good example of pressing forward with faith and serving those around her.  

We visited a member in the ward who is Korean, SIster Herman.  Her sister from Korea happened to be visiting her when we were planning on teaching her the restoration!  It was so cool!  She didn't understand much but SIster Herman translated some for her and she read some of the scriptures for us in Korean.  Then she came to church on Sunday!  She will be there for our next lesson too!  She is really sweet!  We sat around this heated table on the floor on these mats.  

One cool miracle:
We were about to go talk to Hannah about her friends that she gave copies of the Book of Mormon too and she wasn't home so we started to go to a potential investigator across the next street, named Linda.  My companion wanted to drive there even though we were really close so we did.  While we were turning around in the circle down the street, she said stop!  We got out of the car and walked over to a little lady named Maryland.  We told her who we were and she immediately started talking about religion and how she believes that Christ didn't just come to the people in Jerusalem but that He visited among other nations as well.  We then started telling her about the Book of Mormon!  The spirit definitely led us to her!  
well, hope y'all have a good week!  The church is courageously true!

Monday, April 6, 2015

March 30, 2015

Happy Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D and General Conference weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm so excited for this wonderful week and for the time to testify of the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ this week!  The Women's Conference was great!!!!  We had Holly, Sister Parker, and Mishone Gray and her daughter, all people we are teaching come!!!!!!  It was so great!  Holly and Sister Parker also came to church yesterday too!  Holly just came home from a trip to Idaho, where her friend is going to school.  She said it is like a whole other culture there and she loved it.  :)  
Yesterday was a super great day!  Bishop Holmes has a friend named Melissa.  He invited her to speak in our ward for third hour so Melissa and her husband both came to church.  She shared an amazing story of her life and then they opened it up to questions.  At the end, she said I thought I was coming to teach you guys but really I learned a lot.   She said she felt really comfortable and liked church a lot.  She wants to brig her 12 year old son!  We invited her to learn more and she said she actually is really interested!  She said she would talk about it with her husband.  
We had a lot of little tender mercies this week.  We had a few minutes before we had to go to a dinner appointment.  We had passed by a really bright yellow house the other day and saw people standing outside.  So with the few minutes, SIster Calderon said, "let's try the yellow house!"  I didn't know exactly how to get there but started driving to where I though it would be close to and I found it super fast!  When we got there, there was a lady sitting on the front porch.  We started talking to her and found out she has seen missionaries before a couple of times and that she has been going through some hard times and wants to start going to church when her husband gets home from outside the country!  
  • We have been focusing a lot on sharing the Because He Lives video with everyone too!  Watch it!  It is really good!  We have been inviting the members to share it with their friends.  A laurel named, Hannah, asked us for 7 copies of the Book of Mormon!  We were surprised!  She said she had been reading the Book of Mormon at school and a lot of her friends started asking questions about it and one asked if they could have a copy.  Then others starting saying they wanted one too!   The little things we do go along way!  It is neat what a good missionary Sister Parker was at church too. She invited our investigator over to her house today and told the visiting couple all about the wonderful young men's program the church has for his 12 year old son!  
I am so grateful for the gospel and for Jesus Christ! He lives and loves us! I can't believe how the time has flown by!  I know there are miracles ahead!  Love you all! 

The church is monumentally true!  Enjoy Conference!