Monday, January 27, 2014

(300) MARINA!

 27 Jan 2014

I have officially made it to Monterey, the most coveted zone in the mission! Transfer meeting was insane, so many missionaries got transferred. They redid all of the sister training leader assignments, half of them were released and they called twice as many STL's, so now we are in companionships! It is SO nice, so now we can work more as a team instead of all on our own. My new companion is Sister Katie Monson, she is from...Bozeman, Montana! She said the name Iverson sounded familiar, she is in the Bozeman 1st ward if you have ever met her family, Monica! Anyway, she is amazing, she has been out for three transfers, so she will be an STL as well. We are covering the Monterey and Santa Cruz zones (could be worse, you know).

We are covering only one ward, so it will be quite the change! We are in Marina, which is a cute little beach town north of Seaside/Monterey, and we are the only missionaries there so it will be a huge change from Fremont. The work here is incredible, we have amazing success contacting, teaching lessons on the street, and finding new investigators. I don't know what is in the water here, but whatever it is it's working! This week was the most productive week I have ever had, and we've had amazing lessons and it's been amazing to see the Spirit changing hearts as we teach. 


This transfer should be so much fun! I'll be in Monterey this week, and we have a leadership meeting Friday, and a week from Saturday, Elder Cook of the 12 will be speaking to us at our mission conference! SO EXCITED! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

(291) goodbye fremont :(

                                    20 Jan 2014


okay I forgot my journal and planner so I'll do my best to remember what happened the last two weeks.
the past week was crazy, we had the two ztm's and an exchange, as well as a day of visa paperwork and the whole lying-on-the-living-room-floor wanting to throw up for 24-36 hours, so it was really hard to get work done but we did okay. this week we had a lot more time to work, which was nice. we finally got our service hours back up and got to teach a few investigators that we hadn't before.

and yes we got transfer calls, I figured I was leaving up until we had interviews with President, he came and inspected our apartments. he asked how long I had been in fremont (4 transfers/6 months, which is usually time to get transferred) and said huh, that's weird, the ap's didn't have you marked. and this was day 2 of transfer meetings...so I was a little forgotten. but apparently he threw me in there so half of our zone is leaving this transfer. It's definitely bittersweet, but I'm ready to move on.
it helps to know that our area is on the brink of sooo much. our investigators are making huge breakthroughs, we got the stake president's family fellowshiping the amazing family we are teaching (this story is going in the ensign, mind you), and they should be ready for baptism soon, and the woman we were teaching that had a less-active member boyfriend with an addiction just decided last week to quit drinking, out of the blue. so he can be ready to become worthy to baptize her, which is her whole plan! we found an eleven year old that just got adopted by her foster family and can get baptized now, and our other investigator came to the mission peak/chinese ward last week after an amazing lesson about the existence of God. and the centerville ward has literally had three or four people just walk into church, wanting to come and learn more. SO MANY MIRACLES. Of course they won't happen until I leave the area, because that's how it's worked so far, but it's so amazing to leave an area and look back at the difference from when you came. I'm going to miss this place!
this past weekend was stake conference as well, and we have an amazing stake presidency, it was all about missionary work. the members here have so much potential, and it's been amazing seeing the difference that it makes to have members bring people into the church rather than missionaries. I've realized all of the opportunities that I could have had, especially as a teenager, to invite more people to learn about Christ, and it makes me all the more excited to come back and do better.
last pday we got to go to facebook! it was so much fun. it's set up like a college campus, everything is completely free. all the food, snacks, desserts, anything a teenage boy could ever want is free. plus they draw on the walls and all of the conference rooms are named stuff like "avada kedavra" and "the spanish inquisition." Weird place. but we saw mark zuckerberg, so that was cool. We've had some amazing contacts as well this week, we met a man who's mother joined the church in Lebanon but doesn't come to church here because she only speaks arabic! we've also met a lot of indians and muslims this week that want to hear more about christianity, so it should be a really good group to teach this transfer! I'm sad about that, but I'm excited it'll be fun. I'll find out soon!



286) not as the world giveth

                                                         13 Jan 2014

okay sorry this is going to be short I'm out of time.

but this week was a little insane

tuesday: spent all afternoon after our zone training meeting in san jose filling out the fbi clearance forms, that was a nightmare.
wednesday: trip to zone training meeting in pleasanton
thursday: exchange in pleasanton

then we got FOOD POISONING
so I threw up all morning. the poor sister I was on exchange with...we still did morning studies but then we just swapped back after, sister voyles had it too. so she may have thrown up outside of walgreens when we went to go get medicine. and we just stayed home all day and slept, it was miserable. but we are feeling okay once it was all out of our system.

good news is this week we have nothing but missionary work to do! it's the last week of the transfer so I'm probably leaving next week, which is bittersweet, but miracles have been happening here so I have been lucky to see them start before I go.


sorry I'll write more next week! have a good week!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

286) not as the world giveth

                                                      13 Jan 2014

okay sorry this is going to be short I'm out of time.

but this week was a little insane

tuesday: spent all afternoon after our zone training meeting in san jose filling out the fbi clearance forms, that was a nightmare.
wednesday: trip to zone training meeting in pleasanton
thursday: exchange in pleasanton

then we got FOOD POISONING
so I threw up all morning. the poor sister I was on exchange with...we still did morning studies but then we just swapped back after, sister voyles had it too. so she may have thrown up outside of walgreens when we went to go get medicine. and we just stayed home all day and slept, it was miserable. but we are feeling okay once it was all out of our system.

good news is this week we have nothing but missionary work to do! it's the last week of the transfer so I'm probably leaving next week, which is bittersweet, but miracles have been happening here so I have been lucky to see them start before I go.


sorry I'll write more next week! have a good week!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

(279) halfway there

                                                               6 Jan 2014

I now officially have less time left than I have had out. AHHHH
I'm trying to think "glass half full" but that was a little scary this week. WE did get to celebrate...with a six hour leadership meeting. Party.

This week went really well. it was crazy as usual, I was in dublin on wednesday and thursday with a couple of sisters, and that was really fun. One covers a family ward, and the others cover tri-stake singles ward, so we got to go out of the mission for a teaching appointment (wooo).

Fremont is doing SO great. It's been hard to stay up with our goals with all of the exchanges and meetings, I was in our area for four days last week. but it's okay, we are definitely learning to prioritize our time. We started teaching an eleven year old that just moved out here with her now official adopted family, so that is really cool! The family that we are teaching came to church for the first time, it was amazing. Seriously, I don't know what we did in the premortal life to get to teach this family, but whatever it was it's worth it. She loves the message fo the book of mormon, and they've had so many spiritual experiences. He showed up in a suit to church and their five year old in a white shirt and tie! their lessons are incredible. so basically everyone is going to get baptized right after I leave Fremont. Typical.

this week should be just as crazy, I have to present a certification plan tomorrow in our zone training meeting and we are certifying everyone in the zone in two weeks (passing off all of the points of all the lessons in Preach my Gospel, the fundamentals from training, and memorizing the outline of the chapters in PMG). Then I get to speak at Pleasanton's zone training too after an exchange with them...should be fun! I can't believe I've been in fremont for almost six months though, I probably only have two weeks left. crazy stuff.


the pictures are from monterey with the hermanas we live with. oh and the best part of serving in the states...THANKS MOM BEST DAY EVER

(274) "wait..is the wharf outside?"

(274) "wait..is the wharf outside?"                                                            31 Dec 2013

okay crazy week!

first off merry christmas! christmas was so much fun, I loved it. we had a mission breakfast on christmas eve, where we all got together for a "devotional", and a white elephant gift exchange, and just general socializing. It was fun to see everyone though, but the rest of the day we just got back to work. we taught the most amazing family, it was our second lesson with them but I was on an exchange the first time. we taught them the plan of salvation and they told us of these amazing spiritual experiences, and the five year old was taking notes...it was amazing. the spirit was the strongest that I've ever felt on my mission so far, it was incredible. we are so lucky!

christmas day we had a zone breakfast, which turned into quite the ordeal as we dropped off cars and other elders scrambled to find ingredients...so we ended up going home and bringing our presents to the church to open them. after breakfast we went home and then back to work, we just went to a few members' homes, and then thursday was back to normal. I went on an exchange in Pleasanton on saturday, which was so much fun. quite the wealthy area...seriously crazy houses. but we had some really good contacts and they found some really solid potentials.

I started getting sick last Sunday, so it got worse this week and of course I lost my voice, but it got better by Sunday, just in time for our musical number. I figured I probably couldn't carry a solo so I just sung a harmony and we made the elders sing with us (okay one elder...the other just mouthed the chorus. it was actually really funny), but apparently we sounded too good because now we are singing in Glenmoor and Sister Clayton from the mission office tattled on us and signed us up for the next zone conference, so that's great. At least I'll have a voice then.


Yesterday President sponsored our trip to Monterey with the Livermore sisters, so we spent the day out on the wharf and the beach, that was really fun. we got our clam chowder and I actually started talking to the guy at the crepe stand, turns out he was from Algeria and learned to make crepes in Paris, so it was the real stuff. sooo good. so that of course took up our whole pday. This week is going to be super busy, i'll be in pleasanton again and then in san jose wednesday through friday...should be fun! happy new years!