Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas and Miracles!

Hey, hey!! :)

I hope you all had a very, merry Christmas!! We did down here in
Kanab. In fact we had a white Christmas.

We have had an interesting week. We did a lot of door knocking
because everyone went out of town for the holidays, so it felt like a
long week, but it was good. We had a miracle...Tuesday, I think it
was, and after about four hours straight of knocking and doors and
getting rejected, we knocked on this ladies house. She was obviously
an active member, but we talked for a few minutes and then out of the
blue she was like. 'I have an unbaptized great-grandson who just moved
into Kanab and wants to get baptized.' That, was exciting. :) The Lord
definitely blesses us when we are doing all that we can.

We had another miracle this week.as well. As I said we had been
doing a lot of tracking. So we were walking round this one
neighborhood for about an hour when we tracked into a member. Turns
out, she knew exactly where one lady was that we had been looking for,
so she drove is up there and we visited for just a minute before the
Member drove us back to our car. That was a miracle in of itself, but
it gets better. We got to the car and I couldn't find the car
keys...my stress level shot so high. Anyway, started back tracking all
the places we had been and we still couldn't find them so we went back
to the members home to see if they had fallen out there. NoPe. So she
offered to drive us back up to the house that we had visited and there
they were, right there in their drive way.  We were meant to lose
those keys, because in all honesty I had been turned around on which
direction we would have needed to go to go back to her house. The Lord
knew that, so he provided a way for us to get the right directions
because he loved that woman enough to cause me stress. :)

The Lord is in all of our lives, I think he is a lot closer than we
realize. We have had a lot more tender mercies this week, and it just
has been a testimony builder that God is in each of our lives and
wants to bless us. :)

So yeah. That has been my week. I hope you all have a wonderful rest
of your week and awesome holidays!

I love you all!!!
-Sister Waite-a-second. :)


Monday, December 19, 2016

Kaibab!

Hey, hey!

This past week was interesting... Transfers were really confusing, but
we all got where we needed to go and we all had a companion the whole
time, so that was good. :)

My last few days in Richfield were hard, because I really didn't want
to leave, but I got to see most everyone that I really wanted to say
goodbye to, so that was good. :)

Now I am down in Kaibab with Sister Lola. She is for the Philippines
and is awesome. My parents would be proud of me, I ate a  traditional
Philippine Food, a Balut. That was interesting, don't know if I will
eat that again any time soon. But in my own sweet (or maybe sour)
revenge I had her eat a Warhead. I was going to use Baking Coco,
but... :) No, we are having fun together and working hard.

We have a huuuuuge area. We cover CaneBeds (right next to Colorado
City...) And Jacob Lake, Fredonia and the south part of Kanab. Not to
mention that our District Meetings are in Hurricane, so we have to use
our miles very wisely.

We have some great people that we are working with, though. An
older couple, a crazy in a good way older couple, a few children (one
of whom is getting baptized this Thursday!!), and a couple of middle
aged people. :)

We also had the chance to go serve down at the Nursing Home and sing
Christmas Songs with one of our less actives, so that was fun and
good. We got paper crowns out of it so, hey! I am not complaining.

I am really excited to continue to work here in Kanab and I look
forward to getting to know the people better.

Anyway, I love you all!!! :)

-Sister Waite(a-second)


Monday, December 12, 2016

Transfers

Hey, hey!

Transfers are always an interesting time...not sure I like them. :) Anyway, Sister Dunbar is staying in the Richfield East Stake and training. Sister Kirby is staying in the Richfield stake and getting a new companion, Sister Hunting. I am getting booted down to Kanab.  We were almost positive that I was leaving, just for a lots of reasons, but that didn't mean that saying good-bye is any easier to some of these people who I am going to miss greatly. I don't have my new address yet, but I will send it next week. 

This week has been good though. We had a miracle baptism this past week. There is a family here in the Richfield stake that the sisters have been working with for a long time, over a year. But last week we got a phone call saying that they had picked a date and they were ready! That was exciting! 

We also got to go wrap caramels with Ann. She makes some killers caramels, but has a hard time wrapping them so we went and did that with her. It was a lot of fun, I think that she thinks that we are all slightly insane, but that is alright. Most people do. :) 

Anyway, today we have been really busy. Both me and Sister Dunbar are packing (and that is two transfers in a row. Somehow in the last 6 weeks I have gotten a lot more stuff then what I cam with. I am not even sure how I did it...) Plus I have been trying to say goodbye to as many people as possible before I leave. I managed to see quite a a lot of people yesterday and I hope to be able to see the rest tonight. 

I look forward to meeting the people in Kanab, I have heard interesting stories about Kanab so I am pumped to get to go experience some of it.  :)  

I love you all!!
-Sister Waite(a-second)  

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Temple Trip

Hey, hey! 

Today we had the awesome experience of being able to go to the Manti Temple. It was so refreshing! And it was just was beautiful as last time. The Manti temple certainly is a special place.  I am really excited for when I go home to get to go to the Temple anytime I want and not have to ask for permission. :) 

We were quite glad that this past week November changed into December, because we were running low, low, on miles and were doing a lot do walking. We did see a lot of neat things because we're walking though. For instance, we prayed for a lot of angels to pick us up (if we were going to be late to something) and every time  someone pulled over and asked us if needed rides. God does hear and answer prayers. 

This week we also had zone Conference, which was really good. President and Sister Smith have really good trainings on the white handbook and using our time more wisely. Zone Conference is always amazing though! 

Transfers are coming up, and I don't know if any of us are really looking forward to that, but what comes will come. :) we don't think that we will remain in a trio though and we think Sister Kirby is staying in Richfield so we will see. 

I love you all!! 

-Sister Waite(a-second)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Food, food and more food

Hey, hey! 

This past week has been really good. Thanksgiving was awesome! We had our first dinner at 1 with a member and that was really fun, then we also had one with Joe and Tina, some recent converts who are amazing. We also ate one with Lee and Ann, because they had no were else to go and they shouldn't eat Thanksgiving alone. Let me tell you, the Lord works in mysterious ways because Ann wasn't going to come but she was craving real turkey. :) We were so full, though. That night we swore we were never going to eat again, but you guess how well that ended for us. 

We also picked up a new family to teach! :) We were out walking to a lesson (because miles were running low) and were saw a man and his son out chopping wood so we asked if we could help and he said yes. We were kind of shocked because no one says yes.  (Speaking of which, when the sister missionaries say that they are coming to serve, they MEAN that they are coming on pants and to serve. No one ever expects us to actually do it, but we are being 100% serious.)  Anyway, he let us chop wood and we were asking for referrals, because we thought he was a member and he kind of laughed and said besides himself and his family, he didn't know anyone. So we set up a time to come back and they are amazing. Mom and Dad are members, but the sons aren't and T.J. , the 13 year old son, is prepared. Basically we are really excited to teach them. :) 

We were also able to take Rylee out on splits with us yesterday. Hahha, that was fun. She is awesome! And I think she realized just how weird missionaries are but she agreed to come out with us again, so in the end...We were also able to hand off some of our Thanksgiving left overs to her which was really nice. We still have one pie to get rid off.... 

Oh! And we are planning to go to the temple again next week, so our P-Day will be Tuesday instead of Monday. :) 

Anyway, we are excited that the Christmas season is here. If you have not seen it, go check out the #LIgHTtheWORLD video. It is amazing! We super excited when we saw it and have been showing it to everyone. I have seen it probably 20 times but really. We can light the World up this Christmas with love and service if we all work together! 

I Love you all! 
-Sister Waite(a-second)




Sunday, November 27, 2016

Service

Hey, hey! 

Wow, what a week. 

I have met some of the most amazing people this week. We have been working with the Taylors (who run the Humanitarian  Center here) since I got here and they are amazing people. But Elder Taylor decided to take us down to their toy maker (Bro. Anderson) wood shop. He was so incredible. He is 89 years old and gives away everything that he makes for free, he refuses money. He basically supplies the Humanitarian with all their nice toys. But it was just cool to see someone so giving. (Though I am not so sure about that giving Sister Kirby the wooden rubber band gun was the best idea... I keep getting shot with it) 

By the way, the Humanitarian center is amazing. It is truly and inspired program. Just this last week we were able to help paint pigs and stuff stockings (THaT was fun) and for the last few months we have been making clothing protection (aka bibs) as well as the cloth dolls that they us at Primary Children's. And that ain't even close to all that they do there. It is amazing. 

That is one thing that I have noticed. People really are very giving and loving here in Utah and to the missionaries especially. It is quite amazing and humbling what people will do. For example. The washer that we currently have is without a doubt a fire hazard (long story short, the Elders tried to fix it with Tinfoil...) so we had all our Ward mission leaders announce it to the Wards that we were in need and I can't not tell you how many people have been coming up to us and telling us that we could use their washers, and that they would even do our wash for us. It was a really neat experience. I wouldn't be surprised if we came home to find a washer or two outside. We did get a new washer...the man who owns the local Aaron's beat everyone to the punch and got us a brand new washer. People really are amazing.  There is a lot more good in the world then we sometimes realize. :) And it is so true that when we are in the service our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our God. God blesses those who serve and it truly is a way to lift our spirits. 

But yeah. We had are finally done with exchanges so we don't have to drive to Beaver anymore! Yay! Next transfer we shouldn't have to do three exchanges so that will be nice. It was fun to exchange with Sisters Nye and Borba but it did take a good chunk or time and miles to do so. 

Things are slowing down next week because of the Holidays, but we are excited for the upcoming week!! 

I love you all! 

-Sister Waite(a-second) 




Monday, November 14, 2016

Baptism!

Hey, hey, hey! 

RYLEE GOT BAPTIZED! We were so excited! As if you couldn't tell. But that day had been in the works for a long while. And her dad came to support her, which was awesome because we were a little unsure if he would. But it was such a special night. :) :) Now we can steal her and take her out on splits. :) :) I am attaching a picture of her baptism and one of her and her brothers with Sis. Malphrus from right before she got transferred. :) 

Also this week we had exchanges. That was interesting. We may or may not have gotten lost going to Beaver. We may now be running short on miles. But that is all good. That just means we get to do more walking, which I have been wanting to do anyway. The weather down here has been really warm, it is weird. But at long last it should get cold this Thursday (which just so happens to be Sister Dunbar's birthday!) and they are taking about snow but we will see. I am excited though. Hahha, poor sister Kirby is going to freeze to death. She thinks it is freezing now, it isn't even coat weather.  

We have been working with a lot of 9 year old boys in the 9th Ward lately. Jaxton, Asher, Kaden, Ezra and Ryker to be exact. Kaden was baptized just before I got transferred to cover both stakes, but it has been fun getting to know him. Jaxton is .so. shy, but that is alright. We will get him to talk or open up sometime. Asher is Jaxtons best friend so that has been fun for them. And I haven't actually meet the other two yet. We have always been on splits.  But I am sure they are pretty cool as well. :) 

Ann is doing amazing, still. She has gained such a strong testimony of prayer. She says that she prays all the time now and she says it is so easy to see the difference then when she didn't use too. She is amazing. :) :)  She actually reminds us a lot of Lee, who is doing awesome as well. He got up on Sunday and bore his testimony about helping less actives come back. 

So yeah. We are doing well. Richfield is still standing, so that is good, and we are keeping busy. Thank you so much to all you guys for everything! 
I love you! 
Sister Waite(a-second


Yours, Mine and Ours

Hey, hey! 

This past week has been super busy. Covering two stakes (19 wards) certainly keeps us one our toes! 

It was hard to say goodbye to Sister Malphrus last week she was an amazing person and friend.  But I did get a new companion. So, Sister Dunbar is from Washington state and has been serving for almost 15 months now. She has served all of that down in St. George so she thinks it is freezing up here. Just like Sister Kirby.  The funny thing is that it isn't even coat weather here yet! Light jacket weather, maybe... it is really amusing actually. :) 

Last Monday was really stressful though. So, we had to clean, pack, shop, all that good stuff, and also decided to run hunted house of sort. It was really stressful but a lot of fun! We got to scare people. ;) We invited everyone to it, hopping people could get out and see that missionaries are normal people as well, but we weren't crossing our fingers for a very high turn out but we had some many people come! It was fantastic. :) 

So this past week we have been working a lot with Rylee (she even played our witch in our haunted house) And she was great). Her baptism is set for the 12(!!) and we are so excited for her. I love Rylee, she is the sweetest girl and this day has been long in the making. Haha, she wants Sister Malphrus and Brown to do a musical number (skyping in from St. George) and we haven't told them yet. We probably should get on that... 

We also had stake Conference for the East stake (the awesome stake... the other one is alright too, I guess...)  and Ann came!! We were so excited because again we were sure if she was going to be she did! She even came to sit inside instead of in the foyer! That made my day. :) 

Anyway, the work is still going forward.  It is weird to be with the other stake. I still think of it was the other stake and East as mine but slowly Sis. Kirby and I are starting to think of it them both being our stakes. :) 

I love you all!! 
-Sister Waite(a-second)



Monday, November 7, 2016

Transfers

Hey, hey!! 

So transfer calls come in yesterday. Late, by the way, we were supposed to get them around 8:30ish, but they didn't come on time, so we had to wait until after 9:00 
Sacrament meeting. We were going insane!

Anyway, Sister Malphrus is headed down to St. George and guess who her companion is....Sister Brown, her companion right before me. And then...I am staying here, in Richfield!! And guess who my companion is? Sister Kirby! And guess what they did to us? They combined the two stakes into one area...so guess who is going to be crazy busy!  It is going to be a crazy 6 weeks. Oh, and we getting put into a trio, so a third sister is coming down from St. George, Sister Dunbar. I know nothing about her, so you will know more next week. Also, I have to switch apartments... :( Which means packing up all my stuff to move across town and losing Wifi. :( 

Our new address is:
 390n 500w 
Richfield Ut
Same zip code 

But yeah. That was the exciting news from me. We have been rushing around town yesterday and today and tomorrow so that Sis. M. can say goodbye to people. Plus we have to pack and deep clean, so it will be a crazy few days that is fosho! 

Anyhoo! 

We had a special zone conference this past week. Elder Ringwood of the 70 came and talked with us. It was amazing! We talked about being obedient to the small things, and how that of we show we are willing to obey the small things (like getting up at 6:30am...) they it will show the Lord that we want revelation and we will be prepared. It was so good, and then also, read through Moroni 10 and find all the 'exhorts' (there are 8)... it was so cool. 

We have been working with a less active woman named Ann lately. Oh, she is fun. BUT SHE CAME TO CHURCH!! Yay!! We were so excited to see her there, she only stayed for sacrament, but the mere fact that she came says a lot.   

I love you all!!! 

-Sister Waite(a-second) 

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 17th

Hey, hey!

This past week has been good. :) We had interviews with the President
this past week as well as inspections. We passed our inspection with
flying colors! We may or may not have done emergency cleaning before
hand.... I think everyone did because President was coming to our
houses to do interviews. :) And before I forget. Next P-day will be on
Tuesday. :)

But this past week we did a lot of work. We didn't necessarily find
very many but we did find a few potentials which we are really excited
about. We did get a referral for a whole family yesterday (with 5 or 6
kids!) so we are even more excited about that. We plan to go pound
down their door tomorrow.

We did lose one of the people we were teaching. :( Lee was a less
active who had fallen away years ago after being offended by a bishop
and we had been working with him for about two months.  He is amazing.
He has worked so hard to come back and he finally made the leap to go
back to church and he, as well as is, fell that he is ready to be done
meeting with us. :) He says that going back to church is like riding a
bike and now that he has fully immersed himself, he is ready and is
once more starting to work towards the temple. :) :) That is the only
reason that we are happy to lose someone.

I've said it before but I will say it again. This gospel changes
people in amazing ways. 2 months ago Lee was swearing that he would
never enter another Mormon church again, but here he is now. And we
have some many other examples of that. If you let it, of you take it
in and hold onto it, this gospel and Jesus Christ can change you in
amazing ways and it is not going to stop. It is an endless
transformation that changes us into something more then we can even
imagine. :)

Annnnnnd because I like you all, pictures! One with us and Lee (no, I
am not wearing shorts, it is just really windy)  and one of me and
Sis. Malphrus. :)

I Love you all!!
-Sister Waite(a-second)



Manti

Hey, hey! :) 

We are on the last week before transfers...  this time, everything is up in the air. We know Sister Brown is leaving and going south, and we are almost positive that Sister Malphrus is leaving, but what is happening with Sister Kirby and is unknown.... Next time, we will know. :) 

We have been doing a lot of finding still, but we are sure that some people are going to pop up who are interested. We just have to find them. 

Oh! Last time I forgot to mention. The ban on giving out our address as been lifted! Apparently it was a little crazy at the mission office. But now all packages and letters  (or at least for this week for sure, we will see about transfers. :) ) go to: 

1070 w. 600s. 
Richfield, UT
84701 

The highlight of this week was today. We switched P-Day over to Tuesday so that we could go to the Manti temple and it was amazing! That is a stunning temple. And because we are missionaries we got to go see some of the sealing rooms as well as the spiral staircase, which was just amazing. To think that the pioneers  were able to do all that, with what little they had... oh, it was just amazing. Sister Chappell, our landlord, drove us up and she is a temple worker so she know all this little bits of cool information so that was interesting to say the least. Manti and Salt Lake are the only temples to still do  live sessions, and that was really cool to see. I definitely want to go back there, either on my mission or when I get back. 

But yeah. That was my week. I will send pictures of us at the temple next week! 

I love you all!!!

-Sister Waite(a-second) 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 10th

Hey, hey!!

This week has been pretty uninteresting, which is perfectly fine by me. Except for the fact that we could use more investigators. That kind of interesting would be nice. :) 

We did do exchanges this week. Sis. Malphrus is no longer an Sister Training Leader so I got to go all the way do to Ceder annnnd...the YSA stake. Hopefully I have never have to work a YSA,I much prefer the family wards, thank you very much. 

It was fun though. We went and did service for three hours washing dishes at a senior center. That was a lot of fun, actually. They had a fun little group there. Oh, parents, you will be proud. An older man there was asking me about my name and he asked as if it was Waite like Ralph Waite and I was just like "Yup, I understood that reference" and he liked kind of surprised that I knew it. 

Not much else has happened this week. We have been doing a lot of door knocking lately so we have been getting to know a lot of members. :)  We ran into one lady the other day who refused to call us "Sister..." and forced us to use our first names. It was so weird to be called Julia again. I think for the moment I defiantly prefer Sis. Waite at least when I am being talked to.  :) 

But yeah. That pretty much sums up my week. :)

I love you all!!!
-Sister Waite(a-second)

Monday, October 17, 2016

October 17th

Hey, hey!

This past week has been good. :) We had interviews with the President
this past week as well as inspections. We passed our inspection with
flying colors! We may or may not have done emergency cleaning before
hand.... I think everyone did because President was coming to our
houses to do interviews. :) And before I forget. Next P-day will be on
Tuesday. :)

But this past week we did a lot of work. We didn't necessarily find
very many but we did find a few potentials which we are really excited
about. We did get a referral for a whole family yesterday (with 5 or 6
kids!) so we are even more excited about that. We plan to go pound
down their door tomorrow.

We did lose one of the people we were teaching. :( Lee was a less
active who had fallen away years ago after being offended by a bishop
and we had been working with him for about two months.  He is amazing.
He has worked so hard to come back and he finally made the leap to go
back to church and he, as well as is, fell that he is ready to be done
meeting with us. :) He says that going back to church is like riding a
bike and now that he has fully immersed himself, he is ready and is
once more starting to work towards the temple. :) :) That is the only
reason that we are happy to lose someone.

I've said it before but I will say it again. This gospel changes
people in amazing ways. 2 months ago Lee was swearing that he would
never enter another Mormon church again, but here he is now. And we
have some many other examples of that. If you let it, of you take it
in and hold onto it, this gospel and Jesus Christ can change you in
amazing ways and it is not going to stop. It is an endless
transformation that changes us into something more then we can even
imagine. :)

Annnnnnd because I like you all, pictures! One with us and Lee (no, I
am not wearing shorts, it is just really windy)  and one of me and
Sis. Malphrus. :)

I Love you all!!
-Sister Waite(a-second)



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 4-10th

Hey, hey!!

This week has been pretty uninteresting, which is perfectly fine by me. Except for the fact that we could use more investigators. That kind of interesting would be nice. :) 

We did do exchanges this week. Sis. Malphrus is no longer an Sister Training Leader so I got to go all the way do to Ceder annnnd...the YSA stake. Hopefully I have never have to work a YSA,I much prefer the family wards, thank you very much. 

It was fun though. We went and did service for three hours washing dishes at a senior center. That was a lot of fun, actually. They had a fun little group there. Oh, parents, you will be proud. An older man there was asking me about my name and he asked as if it was Waite like Ralph Waite and I was just like "Yup, I understood that reference" and he liked kind of surprised that I knew it. 

Not much else has happened this week. We have been doing a lot of door knocking lately so we have been getting to know a lot of members. :)  We ran into one lady the other day who refused to call us "Sister..." and forced us to use our first names. It was so weird to be called Julia again. I think for the moment I defiantly prefer Sis. Waite at least when I am being talked to.  :) 

But yeah. That pretty much sums up my week. :)

I love you all!!!

-Sister Waite(a-second)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

CONFERENCE!!


Hey, hey, hey! 

This week has been....interesting. We blame our released relief society president. Last week we canceled our district meeting because Elder Ludwig was sick...guess who was sick this week. Not me, I can tell you. Sister Kirby was sick Tuesday to Wednesday. Sister Brown was sick Thursday to Friday and Sister Malphrus was sick Wednesday to Saturday. So they got to stay inside all day... 

It was stressful to say the least because we were juggling two stakes at once, trying to cover all the lessons. The most interesting day was when my split canceled at the last second. That, was stressful because  we had a lesson...that we missed because I couldn't find anyone in time. But it was all good. I did a lot of growing. :) 

General Conference was a blessed relief though!! It was amazing! We tried to watch it with as many of our investigators as possible, but two of the three we had planned fell through. So we just watched in in our basement... in our in home theatre. It was nice. 

We did get to watch it with Jack, though. He is in a part member family. His wife is super active and he goes to church with her very week, he just has some issues with the church. But, he says that conference is his favorite weekend because his wife makes cinnamon rolls. So we went over and had cinnamon rolls with them. 

We were slightly upset that Elder Holland spoke in Priesthood. Haha, it was slightly funny because we were by the stake center so we made quick run there to use the bathroom, forgetting that priesthood was  happening, and we walked through the doors and Elder Holland was speaking. ..... So while we were in the bathroom we turned on the sound and listens to Elder Holland preach about home teaching. Hopefully people listened because home/visiting teachers really are key!  We need them, because they really do make difference to people out there. We had one inactive that we are teaching telling us that he cried through that talk because if he had only had good home teachers... it is important! 

But yeah. That was my week in a nut shell. Stressful, but good. I do not ever want to have to handle two stakes like that again. But I will take more general Conference. :) 

I love you all!  

-Sister Waite(a-second)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Baptism!

Hey, everyone!!
Nothing much has happened this week... but we did have a baptism!!! :) Roberto was baptized on Saturday and it was fabulous. It was at the same time as the Women's broadcast, so we missed out on that, but we did hear traces of President Uchtdorf voices, so that made me happy. I am so excited to go listen to his talk when, *if*, I find the time. 
We have done a lot of finding this week. A lot. Sadly, we do not have much to show for our efforts but that is alright. This week! We will find people! But we did have some good lessons with those that we are teaching. Rylee is doing well, she came to Roberto's baptism and enjoyed it. We have had a hard time meeting with Kellie and Blake, as well as the Christensens and Krystal. But we had a really good lesson with Lee who also managed to make it to the baptism and had an absolutely amazing time and really felt the Spirit, so yea!! 
That is just about our teaching pool at the moment. We did pick up one woman. Her name is Tawsha and she is so sweet. We are really excited that the Lord blessed her to lose her job so that we can meet with her. No, we are sad that she lost her job, but sometimes things like that can be a blessing in disguise. She is so eager to learn and we are so excited to begin teaching her again!  
But yeah. Not much else has happened this week. We do the same thing everyday so it all kind of bleeeends. :) 
Thank you for all you guys are doing!!
I love you!!

-Sister Waite(a-second)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

One Transfer Down

Hey, Hey!

So I survived my first transfer! :) Nothing has been switched up,
except for the fact that we no longer have a Relief Society
President....(Our district only had three sets of missionaries, and
since our DL was over just sisters, he was our RSP)  But we are
getting another set of Elders in Monroe, so he is really happy about
that. In our hearts he will forever be our RSP. :)

A lot has happened this week! Some weeks nothing happens...and then
bam! Everything happens at once. But we are having Roberto's baptism
this Saturday! He is prepared and for sure ready.  We are excited for
that! I just hope that it will not be as stressful as Deb's baptism
was.

We also had an interesting experience this week. So we were knocking
apartments and we knocked on one door, (in all fairness, we did knock
rather loud) an she opened the door and got rather mad us and slammed
the door. We went back a few days later to apologize and when she
opened the door... And said, "I want to get baptized!" Uhhh... Go
figure... It turns out that she had been taking the lessons before and
much like Roberto the time just hadn't been right.

And then this past Sunday we had the chance  to listen to a fireside
pretend by Al Fox Caraway! That, was amazing! And really packed... It
was a tri stake event so it was packed to the brim, and they had to
broadcast it to the Tabernacle but the really funny thing is that we
went really early to do Coordination with our Ward Mission Leaders so
we claimed the last pew for ourselves but we forget how many people
were going to be attending and when we parked, we parked like
missionaries. There were probably at least a few people who didn't
like us that much last night. :) But we realized this towards the
ending of the fireside, and we just booked it out there to see if we
could get away without people noticing and we practically ran Al Fox
over..... Oops.

But yeah. That was my week for the most part. There were some other
interesting things that happened, but there is not time for
everything... (though I am including a video of our fearless ward
mission leaders... Watch, someone gets smacked in the head. :) ) and
they all had a story behind them, so... I guess the will just have to
wait. Also, just because I love you guys, a picture of us waiting for
food today at Wingers. :)


I love you all!
-Sister Waite(-a-second)


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Time Flies

Hey, hey!

Wow. Time flies when you are on a mission. Well, the weeks go by
really quick (the days not so much). It seems like I just got here to
Richfield, but I honestly doubt that any of us four sisters here will
be transferred because we are all training or being trained.

We had an amazing call this week. We were sitting around doing numbers
Sunday night and we get a call from a former investigator, Roberto,
and he called us an said "I am ready to be baptized...when is the
soonest I can do it?" He said he could hear us flipping out over the
phone. But he has the most amazing story. Roberto has had a really
rough life, but he is doing so well. After he decided to be
baptized,he said that his life turned upside down but the really cool
thing is that he recognized that it was Satan doing it and he said
that it has done nothing more than convinced him of the truth. So we
are excited about that.

Nothing else really big has happened this week. We did have an
interested experience when we went to go track an apartment complex.
The second door we knocked on, the parents were for show not
interested, but their two little girls were so excited to see us. The
actually dragged us around their neighborhood, telling us who was
home, who they were etc. They knocked on all the doors before we got
there. It was so funny. It was a bit of challenge when people did open
the door because the girls didn't want to stand there and talk and
kept dragging us away, literally dragging us. They did it again the
next day we when we went back, only they had two more friends this
time.  It was interesting. :)

The other Sisters had an interesting experience this week. Someone,
don't know who, managed to find a way into their home and had a huge
role of Saran Wrap. It was hilarious.

Anyway, that has pretty much been my week. The days really blend
because we are doing the same thing every single day, but it as all
good. We talked a lot this week about how much Heavenly Father and
Jesus Christ loves each and everything single one of us. One scripture
that I did not know existed before my mission but that I really love I
Romans 8: 35-39. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. :)

I love you all!!
-Sister Waite(-a-second)




Monday, September 5, 2016

St. George and Back

Hey, hey!

This past week has been busy. Sister Malphrus is an Sister Training
Leader  so that means once a month we have to make a trip down to St.
George to go to a leadership meeting. So we did that this Tuesday.
That was interesting... I  really didn't like being the only person
there who was not a Zone Leader or an STL, never mind a Greenie. But
we did get special permission to go shopping while we were down
there,so that was nice. It was reaaaly hot. I am *so* thankful I am
not serving there and in all likely hood will not! All the Visitor
Center sisters serve in St. George and us full time proselyting
sisters (which are a rare and dying breed... Currently there are seven
of us) almost always stay out. Oh, by the way, Mom, that means I have a
very high chance of serving in Kanab.

And then on Friday we  had zone meeting, which again took up most of
the day so our numbers were not the best. We lost two days, but we got
a baptism!! Friday night(after a  very stressful day for both us and
Deb) Deb got baptized. :)   It was amazing. She was just smiling and
when we talked to her on Sunday she told us that she hasn't been able
to stop smiling for the past few days. It is amazing the changes that
she has made in her life and what the gospel has done for her. This
message that we have to share changes lives for the better every day!

One thing that I have learned is that Utah treats their missionaries
very well. WE HAVE SO MUCH FOOD! Yesterday, Rylee's dad gave us A TON
of Elk meat. We gave almost all of it to the Chappell's because there
was no way we were going to be able to eat all that. But yeah, people
are so nice to us here. We get free food at Wingers on P-day, but for
the last two weeks people have paid for us.

But yeah. That has been our week in a nutshell. We have been doing a
lot of door contacting. We are trying to get through our Part Member
Family list.  I am getting better at knocking on doors and talking
to...people. ANYhoo...

I love you all!!!
-Sister Waite(a-second)