Monday, March 23, 2009


We have new friends at 105 Fifield Lane. Squirrels. We first heard them in December, but they visit us daily now. They have chewed holes in one of the screens and love to hang out in our attic. We had the Elders come and check it out (mostly to make sure we weren't hearing things) and they have definitely been up there. Hopefully our friends will have to move on soon.
Monday- Our district played Broom Hockey! We only broke two brooms and only one Elder started to bleed. It was a great success! Tanya, Krissie & Carly fed all of us and Sister Wilcox taught Carly how to do the "Utah bump" to her hair. She was looking on Facebook and noticed that a lot of members have that hair, so she associates it with being a member and wanted to learn how. She is so much fun!
Tuesday- We had a great green dinner with Kristin Hill and had a Bible/Book of Mormon study with her and her roommate Rachel.
Wednesday- Zone Conference! I love getting to meet with President Summerhays. Zone Conference is always exactly what I need to give me a boost and some added direction. We had a lesson with France after and it was amazing as we read the Tree of Life with her in 1 Nephi 8 and she saw what she needed to change in her life. I love the Book of Mormon!
Thursday- We went to the TCC Booth and were able to talk to several different people. We also got to meet with Farah and feel of her strength. Erica Sewell also fed us all dinner, which is always nice :)
Friday- We got to go to the Ronald McDonald house, always a favorite, and then we had an amazing lesson with Kiley & Cory. Cory is doing so well as he prepares for baptism.
Saturday- We planned in the morning. I love planning because we receive so much inspiration and direction for everyone we are working with in such a condensed period of time. Then we went tracting and were able to meet up with Caroline. We found her before Spring Break, but she was moving and her phone was turned off. Then the Zone Leaders found her one day and she mentioned meeting us. They gave us her address and we went and taught her a first lesson. It was a miracle!
Sunday- We had a lesson with Amber, girlfriend of Cory Zauche, a member of 5th ward, after church and she has such a sweet countenance and the spirit was very strong in the lesson. Afterwards we went tracting and were able to welcome rejection! It really was great! We testified with faith and not fear and as a result we found a new investigator, Jade, and a few potentials. It was a great experience!
Lina- Thanks for the letter, I haven't had the chance to read it because we haven't gotten our mail from the Elders, but I'm excited!
I love you all!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

What Not To Wear??

That's right. We were walking to a lesson when someone yelled out their window that we should be on what not to wear! We just about died laughing. We both commented on how we are rather shapeless in our clothing and it isn't even flattering. We felt validated and enjoyed the comment! We had a really good week, especially considering that it was Spring Break. We are excited to work hard this week too. I don't have much time, so here are some fragmented thoughts.

Monday- I had an amazing blessing in which I literally felt the healing power of the Priesthood flood my body. I also was given great counsel and promised great blessings. I love the Priesthood!

Tuesday- We talked more about being a family at District Meeting and planned a great broom hockey activity for today (I broke the broom within 10 minutes...)

Wednesday- We had 3 lessons with less-actives and had a break through with one. I was able to share my experiences in dealing with depression. It was nice to be able to have someone else benefit from that as well (plus she was at church on Sunday!)

Thursday- I can't currently remember, and don't have time to think...

Friday- we did service at a high school 'Brain Bowl' and ran into a former investigator who only stopped progressing because her dad was against it. She said she turns 18 soon and will give us a call.

Saturday- Carly was baptized! I'll send pictures next week, but she is the best! She has Cerebral Palsy and so she has to use a walker, so she comes up with lots of things that she will do in the Celestial Kingdom, the current favorite is riding sea turtles :)

Sunday- Farah shared her conversion story in Sacrament meeting and it was very powerful.

I love you all! Have a great week!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mail Thief

This past week was yet another amazing one (which is good because this week is Spring Break and most everyone is gone) Here are some daily highlights.

Monday we had a great lesson with Erin and she committed to fast for guidance on Sunday. Unfortunately she didn't come to church and had to work late last night, so we don't know how that went. She has an amazing spirit and knows the Book of Mormon is true, but something seems to be holding her back.

Tuesday we had another amazing district meeting. We had a lesson later that day with Kristen Hill & Rachel again. I love getting to help people see that the Book of Mormon and the Bible go hand in hand!

Wednesday we spent time down by FAMU. Everyone their is so friendly! We had some great opportunities to testify to people as we were tracting. I really feel like my tracting ability has improved- I may not be getting more investigators, but I testify with the Spirit for those brief moments & hopefully plant a seed.

Thursday Sister Wilcox & I held the booth on TCC & we talked to multiple people. We were able to teach a formal lesson with Stephanie and met several of her friends.We had a lesson with Cameron & Joe again as well as some friends of theirs that were in town. They love learning more, but still don't have a desire to make any changes. We also watched video surveillance of our mail thief! Sister Wilcox had a gift/credit card sent to her for Christmas & they tracked the purchase and we got to watch a video of the guy! They also took the letter from Grandma & Grandpa Erekson that we found on the side of the house to dust for fingerprints. It was pretty cool, plus we got to tell them a bit about the church. We'll be sure to keep you updated on the case of the missionary mail thief. :)

Friday we went back to Cameron & Joe's to help them clean up their apartment for the puppy they are getting after Spring Break. We then went to the Ronald McDonald House and cleaned there. I love cleaning, but even more than that, I love wearing pants! Later in the evening we met with a woman named Kelly in the 2nd ward who requested the Sister Missionaries. She is less-active but her 8 year old son goes with her dad and she wants to become active again and put her life in order. I love getting to help people that want to help themselves! It is amazing to watch the Lord work in their lives to help them return to Him.

Saturday we went to the Family History Fair they had at the Stake Center- it was a pretty good turn out with a lot of non-members. We then had a lesson with a girl named Meaghan. Meaghan was adopted by a less-active member and was visited a few weeks ago by diligent home teachers. She has expressed an interest in learning more and seemed to really feel the spirit in the lesson. She didn't come to church, but we're pretty sure that she was scared because she doesn't like to meet new people. We meet with her again next week & we are going to offer to come get her so she doesn't have to go in alone. Hopefully that will help. We had another great lesson with Kiley & Cory. We taught the Word of Wisdom & not only did Cory commit to live it, but seemed to really understand it as more than just a list of do's and don'ts.

Sunday was a wonderful Fast Sunday. Testimony meeting was powerful and I love the opportunity to have a meaningful fast. Sunday night we finally had time to plan for this week. Last week was so busy and this week, well, isn't. We'll see what happens.

I love you all!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Member Referrals

I love that each week has so much happen that I have to pull out my planner to remember it all...

Monday we had a wonderful, Spirit filled lesson with Erin. We watched the Restoration and talked about the Book of Mormon. The Spirit was so strong and we were able to discover and help relieve some of her concerns. I love being a missionary!

Tuesday we had a great district meeting where we ended up all sharing what we've been struggling with and helping each other overcome it. We really worked together to build each other up and we are working together to accomplish our goals. Nothing we had originally planned for the rest of the day worked, but we had a lot of great things happen. I love being a missionary!

Wednesday we had a lesson with a less-active member and it was amazing to see her desire to do and be better. It was inspiring to see someone overcome so much and continue to strive to improve. We had a lesson with another less-active that lived far away, a member took us there, but she was a no-show. We went to leave and her car wouldn't start. It was quite comical, but ended up being for the best because her dad was already coming up this weekend and was able to help her and to see just how poor condition the car is in. Tender mercy in a small way and strange way :) We spent some time on campus and I cast out fear and opened my mouth more than ever before. I'd like to say miracles happened, and in a way it did, but not how I expected. I got more rejection on campus than ever before- even at hello. I even had a dog reject me! But then we went to go tracting before a lesson and we found a new investigator, tracted into a friend of a member that we'd met previously, received two referrals, and found a few other potentials. It was an amazing hour! Then we had a fantastic lesson with Cameron & Joe (Referrals from a family in 3rd ward). They aren't ready to make changes yet, but they have a desire to know more and to believe. They are excited to get to meet with us each week. I love being a missionary!

Thursday we spent time at TCC and were able to talk with a girl, Stephanie, that we'd met before and set up a time to meet and got her phone number. We had an amazing lesson with Kiley & Cory (Kiley is a recently active member and Cory is a friend/boyfriend since they were 13) about the Plan of Salvation. At the end Cory was a little emotional and expressed that he wanted to go to the Celestial Kingdom. It was exciting! I love being a missionary!

Friday we had fun at Friday Forum and the Ronald McDonald House. Afterward Kacie Bunch (who went to RMH with us) took us to get milk. She loves coffee, but she opted for a Dr. Pepper instead of Starbucks! Small miracles happen all the time! She is doing really well. Later we helped Kristen Hill clean her room again. It was wonderful! Her roommate Rachel was appreciative to and we were able to talk with her about the scriptures. We are going back tomorrow too! I love being a missionary! (especially when you do service and get to spend most of the day in pants!)

Saturday we spent time planning and other normal things, but then we spent time eating with investigators, eating with the Elders for Elder Clasby's birthday, and eating with members. Lots of food! I love being a missionary!

Sunday was Stake Conference and it was wonderful! Kacie was there and loved it. Kiley & Cory came, Kiley also brought her mom. Cory got there before Kiley and instead of waiting for her just came in and sat down by us with a big smile on his face. Elder Glen Pace was the visiting General Authority and he was wonderful! It was also fun to get to see President & Sister Summerhays. I remember now that the mission president was usually at Stake Conference, but I didn't put it together. We had an amazing lesson after with Kiley & Cory and a few other members & investigators & Elders Clasby & Rasmussen joined us. It was wonderful! We talked about the tree of life, but then it ventured into giving up things of the world for the Lord, then it went into baptism and Cory set a baptism date for the 11th of April! It was a powerful lesson and Cory just shines! I'm so happy for him! I love being a missionary!

Sister Wilcox and I were reflecting on the work in the 5th ward and from the time that we got here to April 11th (Cory's BCD) there will have been 10 baptisms in the 5th ward, and 8 of them were/are from member referrals!! That really is the 'better way' that President Hinckley describes.

I love you all!