Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August 28th

Hey Everyone!

This week was super good, bitter-sweet, but good. It was hard to see
Sister Lapine go, we had a lot of fun together but it was great to get
to meet Sister Taylor! She is super awesome. She is from Springville,
UT and she is excited to be here. Haha, going to Utah I never would
have guessed that any of my companions would be from Utah, but she is
the second.

We had a bit of a hectic day Wednesday. We went down to St. George
(where is was like a reunion! It was great I got to see a lot of
people)to get everyone where they needed to be and finally got back to
Cedar about 6:40ish before we had a lesson with Troy at 7. That was an
awesome lesson you could just feel the spirit there. He has this
spirit about him that just invites The Spirit. He also agreed to be
baptized in September, so that was exciting to here,

Then on Thursday we also had the chance to see Rula!! Man, nothing can
keep that woman back from coming to Christ. She wants it so bad and
you can see that because she is really starting to know this is all
true. We were talking with her about the open house of the temple and
what the temple is for and she wanted to know if  even though she
wasn't a member if her cousins work could be done. That was cool! That
is one of the most amazing parts of the gospel in my opinion is that
we can do work for those who have passed on. It is a so amazing that
we have this unique and special privilege. I am also super excited for
the temple open house. It is going to be amazing guys!!!

Being so close to the temple (and having a Ward mission leader who
works on the temple) has allowed us to hear a lot of stories just
about how perfect the house of the Lord must be. They used to vacuum out the sawdust and such every single night, they wipe down all the
steel that they use before it goes up and after, they can and will
redo something that may have cost thousands of dollars because it is
the house of the Lord and it should be treated as such. It is so
cool!!

Thanks for all you do and I love you all!!
-Sister Waite





Monday, August 21, 2017

August 21st

Hey Everyone!

This is going to be quick because we don't have a lot time because
transfers are happening this week. I am staying in Cedar West and my
new companion is Sister Taylor. I'm not sure where she is from but I
am excited to get to know her.

Sister Lapine is going down to St. George along with Sister Ellis.

This week was good though! We had a lot of opportunities to talk to
people who aren't ready yet but will be soon. :)

I love you all!!
-Sister Waite

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14th

Hey Everyone!!

This past week was amazing! First off... I got to go home to
Richfield! Literally, went home. We went up the night before because
the other sisters had a meeting that started at 7:30 so we stayed with
the Chappells.  Highlight of the week for sure. We had a bi-zone
conference there were two members of the 70 came and spoke to us.
Elder Pearson and Parrella. They were amazing. Elder Pearson was like
an Elder Holland in training as he, just like Elder Holland, "got in
our faces, but just enough to singe our eyebrows". It was quite
intense. But it was alright because he taught us some really amazing
things. He talked a lot about agency in a new way that I have never
heard of before and how it is more than just choice. It is choosing to
act instead of being acted upon.

Another really cool thing that he talked about was how most people
need about 7 positive contacts with the church before they will
listen. Even if we aren't baptizing, as long as we are trying to
change a 1 to a 2, or a 5 to 6, then we are doing what the Lord is
asking. Just do what you can to improve people and the world in
general around you.

We also did exchanges this week. I stayed in Cedar West with Sister
Ellis while Sister Lapine went with Sister Zhang to the YSA Stake. We
saw so many miracles! Sister Ellis and Zhang cover the young married
Stake as well which covers all of Cedar so one time they were looking
for dinner, but found this really hidden basement apartments so we
went and knocked those. Seriously, you would never know they were
there unless you were lost. Anyway, we talked to a 15 year old by
named Chris who was super open. He says he doesn't know if he would
ever convert (haha, the spirit can change that...) but he is willing
to listen.

Sister Lapine and I were also able to start teaching a 17 year old boy
named Troy. His aunt is a member of the church and he is staying with
her for the school year. We are excited to get work with him. He says
that he wants to be baptized but we are going to have to help him work
through some things first, he has had a rough life.

Anyway, I love you all! Thanks for everything!
-Sister Waite

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7th

Hey Everyone! :)

This week has been...interesting to say the least. I got to experience
lots of new things in life, like taking my companion to the ER.

Sister Lapine, for whatever reason, decided that drinking water was
not a necessity in life. Or at least not drinking enough water for the
fact that we are WALKING and we were spending ALL DAY out in the
HOT sun...so we ended up in the emergency room Wednesday morning. We
almost took her on the night before but the mission nurse told us not
to so we waited. Dehydration and heat stoke all mixed into one was not
fun. Two liters of fluids and lots of drugs later fixed most of her
symptoms. She is not longer about to pass out if she walks a few feet
and she is keeping food down, oh, and her vision is back so that is
good. Apparently she still has killer headache but that will go away
hopefully as she drinks water. Haha, I think she is sick of everyone
telling her to drink water but she deserves it. If that is the worst
she is going to get out of it then life is fine.

Because of the above reason Sister Lapine has spent pretty much all
week inside and I have spent all week calling people to try and find
people to go out with me on splits and a place for her to stay at
because she also had to be with someone 24/7.  But we did have the
most amazing experience with Rula this week.

My split and I went over to help her out with something this week and
afterwards we sat down to chat. Zain, her 4 year old, was miraculous
asleep so we didn't have to worry about him running around. I don't
remember how we got on it, but she started telling us about this dream
that she had. She said that it was realer than anything she had every
experienced on earth. She was in heaven, and she knew, for lack of better
words, that she was an eternal being. And Christ was there, and
apparently she spoke with Him and he told her that she was a child of
God. The thought that she might be a child of God had never even
entered her thoughts before but after that she knew that she was a
child of God because she could not deny her 'dream'. It was so
amazing!! We truly are blessed with the knowledge that we have we have
Heavenly parents who know and love us. We are truly children of God
and it is a knowledge that we need to share with people. Remember
that, though, that you are a child of God.

Thanks for everything!
I love you all!
-Sister Waite

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31st

Hey Everyone!

This week was good. We were able to find two potentials this week,
which is always exciting. :) One is a woman named Lynette who moved
here recently from California. She was meeting with missionaries
before but for whatever reason it stopped but she is willing to learn
more.

The other woman is named Jessica. We were out trying to find a recent
converts House who we have not been able to get a hold of. Well, it
turns out that she has moved and Jessica moved in instead. She doesn't
know much about the church but she also said we could come back! We
will see how it goes. :)

Besides that pretty much everyone was out of town it seems like.
Destiny and their family went on vacation and then Destiny goes home
fairly soon. We hope to be able to teach her one more time tonight
before we have to pass her off.

The Temple is getting close to completion, which is so exciting. They
finished putting up the stained glass this week. Not that we are
actually anywhere near the temple to see it happening but that is what
we hear. But the Temple is so fantastic! The spirit that it brings is
touching lives all over the place and opening hearts.

Thanks for all that you do!
-Sister Waite

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17th

Hey everyone!

This week has been pretty normal, which we are not complaining about.
We did have a chance to go help Ralu clean her house. She and her son
have been sick and she hadn't been able to do much house work so we
spent a good three hours helping her clean. Or, well, I cleaned.
Sister Lapine put together a toddler bed for three hours and I think
she realized just how complicated things like that are. :) But I would
choose to clean rather than do that so I worked out well.

We were also able to meet with a man named Nick. We ran into him last
week and he had been meeting with missionaries before but he was very
open and willing to meet with us again. We were fine with that!
Apparently the Elders over the YSA tracked into him as well so he was
just bombarded with missionaries. He really likes reading from the
Book of Mormon. He says that it helps her to be able to finding
greater peace in his life, which is very true. It certainly does!

On Wednesday we were also able to meet with Destiny. She is going back
home in a couple weeks, so we have to send missionaries to her down
there. Now that Summer is winding down (sort of) people are starting
to go on vacation or go back home. Quintin is going home this week as
well.

But yeah. That has been our week. It has been raining more which makes
me happy! The only problem being that we are walking and people don't
really appreciate us showing up wet on their door but it works. People
have given us a lot of rides which we so appreciate. The members here
are awesome.

Anyway, I love you all! Thanks for everything!
-Sister Waite

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10th

Hey Everyone!

This past week has been a good week! The 4th July was busy and we got
to stay out 45 minutes past curfew to see the fireworks! :) One of our
Bishops was hosting a party out in his hanger so we got front row
seats for the fireworks. :) One of the nice things about serving in a
stake is that there were a lot of Ward parties to attend! The not so
nice thing was that all the parties but one were at the same time so
we tried to just split our time and make it to all of them but that
didn't work.

We were able to meet with Ralu, the Muslim women, again. She is so
awesome. We took her and her sons over to our Ward mission leaders
house and the kids went and played while we were able to talk about
how much God loves her. Ralu knows how important it is to have God in
her life and her children lives and she has told us again and again
that if people trust in God then he will help them out. She also came
to church this Sunday which was exciting!

Besides that this week has been pretty normal. We were able to knock a
lot of doors...we are looking forth to the 24th of July which is a
bigger deal here apparently then the 4th. But hey! I will be happy if
we get to stay up later and watch fireworks again.

Thanks for everything!

- Sister Waite

Monday, July 3, 2017

July 3rd

Hey Everyone!

This past week was awesome! We did exchanges this week, which is
always good. I had the chance to go over with Sister Ellis  into one
of the SUU YSA stakes (which is actually the same Stake that I did
exchanges with when I was in Richfield so that was cool). They have a
lot of work! While I was there, Sister Lapine and Sister Zhang were
able to see miracles as well. They received so many referrals and meet
some super nice non members. Basically, miracles happen on exchanges.
:)

We also managed to get in contact with the Brownells, who are recent
converts. They are awesome! And it turns out that they have a
nonmember niece living with them named Destiny. They have been talking
to her a lot about the gospel and she said would take a Book of Mormon
and read it, so we are excited about that!

Then, on Saturday, we were knocking doors again and a nonmember told
us to go over next door because a woman who lived there was super
lonely because her husband was gone a lot and she and two small kids.
So, we thought why not and went over and tried it. This woman was
awesome. She is a Muslim and doesn't want to convert right now but she
is so prepared. She kept talking about how important God was to her
and to her children and how she was interested in knowing more and
letting her kids know more. We are excited to get to go back and teach
her!

But yeah. This week we have been enjoying the cooler weather as we
walk around. We were really excited for the beginning of the month
because our miles would reset. And we had zero miles almost all of
last week. Not that it really mastered that much for us because we are
walking/biking 5-6 days of the week, but it is still nice to have
them. :)

Anyway, I love you all! Thanks for all you do!
-Sister Waite

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26th

Hey Everyone!

This week has been crazy. There is a huge wild fire on the mountains
sort of by us and each  morning we wake up by the smell of smoke.
Haha, we smell like we just spent the weekend camping, but at least
everyone does as well.

Sister Lapine and I went to a lot of meetings this week. We had to go
down to St. George for one of them and we saw the temperature get up
to 116 so we are both very grateful that we aren't in St. George right
now. That is a waaaay to hot. We have discovered an extremely good
way of getting in doors though. If your water bottle is empty then it
doesn't matter what walks of life people are from, they will let you
in. ;)

That same night we were able to go see a family that we had been
trying to see now for the last week. Quentin is a nine year old boy
who is only here for the summer, but his grandma wants him baptized.
We are excited to get to work with him and his family. They came to
church yesterday as well!

We were also finally able to sit down with Jenny. She is here from
China researching a famous journalist who went to work at China who
was from Cedar. She is awesome! Jenny was telling us that she feels
searching deeper into our religion will help her both in her work and
in her personal life, which is very true.

Anyway, thanks for all you do!

I love you all!
-Sister Waite

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19th

Hey Everyone!

This past week was pretty normal. Not much happened. We knocked a lot
of doors though and did a fair amount of service. We ran into one lady
who told us that we could come back and weed her garden even though
she isn't interested in learning more about the church. We will see
what comes with that...I think that she thinks we were kidding when we
said we would come back.

We did have the opportunity to teach the Andersons again, that was
good! They said that they don't feel ready for baptism yet, but we
know that they will be soon. They have a lot of faith and hope.

Besides that, not much has been happening. We have been riding our
bikes around and sweating now that the weather is hotter. It gives you
motivation to find people to teach so that you don't have to be
outside all day. ;)

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


Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12th

Hey Everyone!!!

This past week was good! We had an amazing experience this Thursday.
We received a text from some girls who wanted to get baptized, in fact
they texted us and asked if they could get baptized on Sunday. We were
super excited about that, but even better when we walked into their
house and they had a picture of President Erying hanging on their
wall...and really nice sets of scriptures with their names already
engraved on them. That was super cool, but they were YSA age so that
means that the Elders get to teach them. Funnily enough, we were
telling them this and goes who showed up at their door? The elders.
Ok, that was a little strange because we didn't plan this or anything
but it worked out really well. Miracles happen!

Zone Conference was also this week. It was super good! We talked a lot
about repentance and teaching it to others, as well as applying it to
ourselves. Repentance truly is a gift from God.

Our amazing senior couple, the Miles, finished their mission this past
week. :( But we did get to start working with a family that they had
been working with. They are the Andersons and they are super prepared.
They have come to church several times over the past month and even
though they aren't quite sure about baptism we know that as they
continue to apply their faith that they will be able to make it.

The Miles also came an helped us out this past week with our AC. It
wasn't working until Tuesday, when Elder Miles helped us get it up and
running and then about five days later we awoke to find our swamp
cooler hanging out the window. Not what we wanted to see, but Elder
and Sister Miles helped us put it back up right, but we have no AC
again...

Anyway, we look forward to a hopefully busy week of knocking doors and
meeting people.

I love you all!!!
-Sister Waite


Monday, June 5, 2017

June 5th

Hey Everyone!!

This week has been insane. So, Sister Kirby and I spent our last few
days in Kanab saying good by to people and doing all we could to make
it an easy transition for the Elders. Seriously, they probably had
the easiest white wash ever.

My new companions name is Sister Lapine and she is from Kansas. Haha,
the first indication that the first week was going to be insane was
when we had to circle the block like 15 times to even find our
apartment. (By the way, my address is now 163s 300w, Cedar City UT,
84720). It was kind of hidden.

We have been able to meet a lot of people this week! Mostly Bishops
and other Ward leaders and they have been awesome! The major thing
that made this week so crazy is that the Cedar West Stake area book
had been switching hands like crazy the last few weeks and by time it
got to us, it had been lost in the cyber world. So we literally had to
start from scratch but the happy news is that we do have one
investigator! Her name is Jenny and she is from China and she has come
to church several times over the last few weeks. :)

We are looking forward to another busy week here in Cedar and finding
those who are prepared for the gospel.

I love you all, thanks for all that you do!!
-Sister Waite(a-second)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Transfers again

Hey Everyone!!

This past week was a good week. A crazy one, but a good one.

We did have transfer calls this week... and I am leaving Kanab. :( I
am going up to Cedar City which is plenty big for this small town
Wyoming girl. At least I am not going to St. George like Sister Kirby
is! She is going to fry in the heat! They are bringing Elders into
Kanab/Kaibab which was a HUGE shock to all the members because Kanab
hasn't had Elders for close to 6 years but the Elders will do a good
job.

We were able to see Rhonda this week and she was doing well, she was
determined to not let Satan beat her. We are sad we aren't going to be
able to see her be baptized, but I know that she will make it there!
Larry will too, even if it takes him a little bit longer.

Besides that we did a lot of knocking on doors. We found a lot of
really good potentials that the
Elders will be able to pick up as new investigators as soon as we are
gone  so the work will continue strong in Kanab!

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15th

Hey Everyone!!

This past week was a busy week. Haha, we have been doing a lot of
traveling ever since they combined the stakes. For instance, on
Saturday we went clear up to Duck Creek (which is about an hour and a
half from Kanab and after a few hours there turned around and went
straight to Cane Beds (which is about 2 hours from Duck Creek) and.
Stayed the night there because we were speaking in their Ward the next
day, We car hopped the whole time because we didn't have the miles for
that... I haven't spend so much time in the car for a long time now!
:)

Larry finally came to church!! We were super excited to hear that, we
had been trying to get him to come to church for a while now. We were
finally also able to see Rhonda as well. Samantha has also been making
progress. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and is all the way
in Mosiah!

Other than that, the other really exciting thing was getting to Skype
home for Mother's Day. That was really good, it was great to be able
to see everyone again. Haha, we did have a neat experience afterwards.
So, Sister Kirby loves Lasagna, LOVES it and she turned to me and said
that what she really wanted for dinner was Lasagna and so during one
of our prayers, she prayed that that is what we would have for dinner.
Guess what we had for dinner? Lasagna. God does hear and answer
prayers!!

Anyway, this next week will hopefully be busy lots of lessons. :)

I love you all!
Have a great week!
-Sister Waite(a-second)
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Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8th

Hey everyone!!

This week was pretty awesome. We had zone conference on Friday and we talked a lot about setting goals. Elder Ballard was President Smiths mission President so when President Smith got a personal email from Elder Ballard suggesting that we that his talk from last conference might be beneficial to this mission...we decided to focus on setting goals. :) 

Haha, we had an interesting experience this week. Sister Kirby and I were walking down the road, going to go find lunch somewhere and we passed this lady walking her dog. As we passed, we said Hi and were moving on when she stopped looked at us and just exclaimed, "What is wrong with you people?" She was a tourist and apparently everyone in Kanab had just been really friendly to her and she couldn't figure out why. It was a neat experience to get to explain to her a little bit more and hopefully down the road she remembers Kanab and the Mormons and explore it a little more. 

We have continued to work with Samantha this week. She has said that the Book of Mormon makes her happier than she has been in a long while. Working up the courage to tell her mom is going to be hard for her, but we know that she can do it. 

We are going to see Larry tonight and Rhonda later this week. We also look forward to week of seeing a lot of people and knocking a lot of doors. We have faith that the Lord will help us find those who are searching for the truth. 

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1

Hey Everyone!

This past week has been good. We made a trip down to St. George on
Tuesday and dropped Sister Lola off.  Haha, we made a trip back up
that way (to Cane Beds) for district meeting on Thursday... which was
held in a barn. So from now on we be holding district meeting in a
barn... but it is a nice barn. ;)

Sister Kirby and I have been having a good time together. One the
highlights of the week has been playing the license plate game. We
decided that since we lived in a tourist town that we would see if we
could get all 50 states (the real adventure was trying to come  up
with all 50 states when you don't have google... though it is amazing
what you can do with LDS.org)
 We have 37 so far plus some Canada ones.

Then the rest of the week we spend a lot of time finding. We knocked
on so many doors this past week that...not much success but we did
find a lot of potentials. That is alright though. As said, a lot of
potentials.

We did have an exciting moment when someone texted us and said that
they might be interested in learning more. She is a 17 year old girl
named Samantha. She does have one big thing to overcome however, her
mom is pretty anti against the church. We have bee praying for her to
have the courage to come into the Savior and the peace that He can
bring.

Rhonda was out of town this week so we weren't able to meet with her.
Larry was also busy this week so we didn't have a chance to meet. We
hope to have a full week this week.

I love you all!!

-Sister Waite(a-second)
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