Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day week & Exchanges!

So this week we went to Ridgecrest (the hottest part of our mission) on Exchanges and I got to serve with Sister Larsen again! YAY!! But on that exchange, we got to go see one of their investigators get married, we got to do the "missionary moment" at their baptism and such.  It was a great exchange!  The Stake center is closed for remodeling too, soooooo they had the baptism in a swimming pool in someone's backyard.  It was super weird but it was awesome.  

Also I tried lobster for the first time and I didn't like it.  So I can cross that off of my list haha!

I also saw a cockroach for the first time and flipped out.  They're just as disgusting as spiders and they're harder to squash.  So just burn down the house if you have them. Chances are they will perish by fire rather than foot.  Seriously ;)

We're going to an Ostrich farm today for District activity and I'm so excited!
So we were dropped by Susan this week.  Her husband, Guy, told us they didn't want to be Mormons and that our purpose was in vain.  Super sad, and I hope someday they will learn the truth and i will pray to that end.

So here's my spiritual story of the week.   straight from my journal of mission awesomeness.  "May 16, 2015. Yesterday in "chapel time," I asked the Lord for some guidance on how to feel adequate in the mission field.  I've been struggling with that.  But this is what i got.  I flipped open the 2015 May Ensign.  It fell open to "The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel."  A couple things popped out to me.
'Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance, and it allows us to appreciate their true value.'  So that kind of opened up my eyes and I started asking myself questions like: How can I get a better perspective of who I am and what my purpose is?  What is my situation helping me to do and see?  How can I center my life on my divine potential?  One more quote that stuck out to me was, "after they understood what it was, something that at first looked unpleasant to them ended up being something very attractive."

I liked that a lot because i really have no idea what God's plan is for me.  I honestly have felt alone a lot recently because I liked to be so organized and have things figured out, but as I'm trying to gain a better understanding, I find that I don't need to know all of the details.  I just need to have faith that the Lord is going to shape me and lead me to where i need to be.  It's hard but i cannot build up walls against the Lord.  i need to fully rely and trust that He will never lead me astray.  

So I hope everyone's week went well with embracing change :)  Now take those changes that the Lord has asked you to do and run with them.  He has a plan for each of us.  He loves us and I know that now more than ever.  Embrace change.  Embrace what the Lord has for each of us.  

Everyone have a beautiful Memorial Day and remember the people in your life that love you and brought you to this moment in your life.  Remember those who have passed and thank the Lord for their part in your life.  Heavenly Father has given us families so we can have a support group in this life.  I love each of you so much.  Have a fantastic weekend <3

Sister Hannah Weaver

Another week as a trio!!!

So it's been a pretty good week.  We found 3 new investigators this week! YAY!!! we taught two of them the Restoration and the other one we taught bits of the Plan of Salvation.  We taught Hannah Grimes again this week too and she's getting prepped for baptism.  We are so excited.  So is she!

Honestly this week Sister Anderson and Sister Lazzarotto and I have become really close.  We are always laughing together.  We have become shoulders to cry on for each other and we have laughed so hard that we're crying. We have been super busy though, so we haven't had time to take pictures or even write home much.

But I do want to share an experience with y'all.  On Friday at District meeting, I really wasn't feeling well.  So there's this thing called "chapel time" that we do. It's when we take 10 minutes out of our meeting and go sit in the chapel quietly and ponder questions that we have about our investigators or what not.  And when I sat down in the chapel, and after i said my prayer asking Heavenly Father to help me understand what he needed me to do, I randomly flipped open the June 2015 Ensign and it landed on this talk: "The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel."

Two of the quotes in that talk really hit me.  "Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance, and it allows us to appreciate their true value." I really like that one because I have had to have a new perspective about my life and my mission and everything after my mission.  I have had new opportunities open to me and other doors close.  But I am always thankful and excited for change in my life because it helps me to become better and it helps me to become the woman my Heavenly Father always intended me to be.  The other quote was: "After they understood what it was, something that at first looked unpleasant to them ended up being something very attractive."  I liked that quote even more because even though things get hard sometimes, The Lord is always there and he's ready to help us.  When we are diligently seeking to do what's right and to follow him, the Lord comes running to our rescue or sends someone else running to our rescue because He loves us so much.  The Lord will never leave us if we are seeking to do what's right.

So this week, embrace whatever changes the Lord helps you make.  He is our father and he loves us so much.  He knows what will make us better.  He knows.  I love my Father in Heaven and I know that sometimes change hurts, but it's so worth it.  Embrace the change and do your best to follow in the Lord's footsteps.

I love you all!
~Sister Weaver

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5/11/15 -- I'm running out of titles here....‏

So this week has been pretty good.  But first of all, Aunt Roxie.  Please know that I love you so much and I have been praying really hard for you this week.  The Lord is definitely carrying you through your trials and I pray for that everyday.  I love you.

This week has been a pretty slow week to be honest.  We have contacted tons of people but no one has seemed to want to talk to us this week.  Oh well. Everything in the Lord's timing.  We're just learning patience right now.

We did go to Susan and Guy's house this week and Guy dropped us.  No matter how many times we bore our testimonies of the truth that we know, he shoved it off and tried to debate with us.  So in the end, he just basically told us that we would never agree on things and that it would be a waste of his and our time to continue our visits.  But with that being said, his wife didn't agree with him and she's going to continue investigating.  YAY!

We also went and saw Roman and Laura again this week.  And since Roman was baptized he has noticed a huge difference.  So I'm gonna write down what I wrote in my journal.
"Tonight we taught Roman about obedience, the law, and prayers, and scriptures.  Roman said he can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in every moment of his day.  He told us that before he was baptized he had studied a lot and only the things that really mattered for his conversion were enlightened by the Spirit.  But since he's been baptized and has the Holy Ghost with him all the time, he's getting a plethera of enlightenment and he's not sure how to keep it stored in his brain because he's learning so much."

So since I wrote that entry, Roman just keeps learning.  He's so great!

More fantastic news! Sister Anderson and I are in a trio again! Sister Lazzarotto came and joined the companionship last night and she is amazing.  Sister Lazzarotto and I went to High School together and graduated together.  We also were in a lot of the same classes.  YAY! So we're a trio again! Oh and Sister Anderson was Sister Lazzarotto's companion a year ago.  This is gonna be a fun transfer :D

So I also got a letter from my Momma and Kristin and Kenna Barney (Thanks Kenna! I'll be sure to write you back)! And a package from Jessica!!! Mail is seriously the best.

I was so excited to be able to talk to my family yesterday on Mother's Day.  I love my family.  They are the greatest blessing in my life.  Honestly, just being out here on my mission has helped me see how much I love each and every one of them and how grateful I am to be sealed to my family for time and all eternity.  I am forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for that blessing to be with them forever even after we die.

I love you all so much! Thanks for all your support and prayers <3

Love Sister Weaver

5/4/15 -- Transfers and Baptisms!! :D

So this week Sister Liebelt was transferred to Bishop.  So it's just been me and Sister Anderson.  

So Roman's baptism was this week! Oh my gosh it was amazing!  I really felt the Spirit there and it was soooooo cool to see how even though he was on oxygen he took a giant leap of faith and totally did the baptism without even complaining once about how nervous he was.  He brought his whole family there to watch his baptism and then there were really good speakers. Then the next day when he was confirmed, he teared up because he told us he was so happy to be a member.  He also bore his testimony too in Sacrament meeting! He talked about how grateful he is for the gospel and how excited he is to be close to God.  I have more feelings written down about this event, but not enough time to type it all.  But he totally reminds me of how I think I would've remembered Grandpa Weaver.  He and Laura set a goal for next May they can go to the temple.  And he's so excited to be sealed to her.

So yeah... that was the highlight of my week.  I love them so much.  Anyways, I have limited time so I need to answer other emails!

Oh!!  Before I forget, I did get letters from Cassie, Calli Jo, Connor, Grandma Weaver, and my birthday package! Thank you all for the birthday wishes and I love you!!

~Sister Weaver