Saturday, December 10, 2016

Chelsea - December 5, 2016

Paying the water bill at the municipio! It rained hard this week!

Favorite fam! Alma, Darwin and Angel! 

Tin tin and Benjimer! Tin tin is getting baptized dec 24!
Hi po!

Man, this week has been a week of a lot of mixed emotions! I would definitely say bittersweet. I'm so excited to see all of you and to be home but man, it's gonna be hard to leave the people here and this beautiful land!! 

So on Tuesday, we were able to work all day! We taught Bro. Rodward and he is doing awesome! We asked him about church and what he thought, and he said that when he walked in and when we were all singing, he said it sounded like angels. He's so astig!! We are definitely excited for his baptism on december 24!

On Wednesday, we went on splits with the STL's in Tugue. Sister atutubo and I were with sister martinez and sister fielding was with sister songcuan haha so it wasn't even like a split! But it was still good! We found a new investigator just because I was american. He totally let us in because he saw me and we were able to teach him about the restoration and he definitely has some potential!

On Thursday, we went to Sister Esther's house out in Roma and helped make her a floor for her kid's house! We just got some bamboo and tied it really fancy and there you have it! After that we had to go to Tugue for our zone meeting. 

On Friday and Saturday, we were able to go and teach and also we had practice for the choir. I was playing the piano and so we went to the practice on Friday and then performed on Saturday night. It was definitely interesting. Haha I'm going to miss these filipino choirs!

On Sunday, we were able to go teach Brother Darwin as well as sister tin tin, Joanna and Raviyah. Man, saying goodbye to sister alma and darwin and angel was sooo hard. Haha we were both about to cry and so we were like ok we're heading out love you all! Definitely soo sad but I'm so grateful for the chance I got to be assigned in enrile and have gotten to know these wonderful people!  I definitely will not forget them.

It turns out that both me and sister atutubo are getting transferred. Sister atutubo has been here way long and so he just pulled us out, but he will put 2 more sisters in because our area is really progressing and they will have at least 4 baptisms this cycle. So it's kinda sweet that we get to leave together! Definitely been pretty emotional.

Tomorrow, I head to Cauayan and then on Wednesday I head to Manila and then on Thursday I head out to America. Haha I really don't know what to think.  It hasn't quite hit me yet. But I have just been overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity I have had to serve the Lord out here and to spread His gospel. It has been an amazing 18 months of hard work, tears, blood, sweat, sickness, as well as tears of joy, blessings, and miracles. Every single second has been so worth it and has been so fulfilling as I've been an instrument in God's hands to help his children feel of his love and know of His plan. I know that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church upon the face of this earth and through Joseph Smith, it was restored for our day. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that as we continue to feast on its words every day, we will receive answers to our questions and our faith will continue to grow. I know that God lives and I have seen and felt that every day here in the mission. I know that He loves his children and that as we come unto Him and Jesus Christ, they will help us in ways that we can never imagine. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior. I have come to know him so much more here in the mission as I have spread his word and gospel and as I have felt the power of the Atonement in my life. I know that through His Atonement, all things are possible. We can change, and our weaknesses can become strengths. I love this work and I know it's the most important thing we can be doing to help prepare God's children for the second coming. I have loved being a missionary for this church and it has changed me in so many ways. #fullofgratitude! I love you all so much and I'll see you this week :) 

Sister Dunn

Holli - December 5, 2016

Sister Gasperelli - first time at church in like a few months - Whoo!

Maria, Jose, Bro. Carter and us at the visitor's center
Sister Olsen and I in Claremont!
Hello Everyone!!

We had a pretty epic week this week though we do need your prayers for
Maria and her family!! Maria did not come to church yesterday so we
had to push her date back a little bit. She just needs a lot of
support and doesn't have much so lots of prayers for Maria!

Maria didn't come to church but Steven did! He just randomly showed up
and was able to come to most of church. He had met with missionaries
for a bit in Santa Monica and had been to the Temple Visitor's Center
and loved it. He is pretty hesitant when we bring up baptism but he is
really curious about the church and wants to learn more. It was kind
of a miracle to meet Steven, although we don't think he lives in our
mission. But he wants to attend our ward .   . Kind of strange :) but
we'll take it!

We went to the LA Temple visitor's center with Maria and her younger
brother Jose on Saturday. It was a beautiful morning and they really
enjoyed the tour. The Carters took us up and were great members to
have there. Super special visit.

Oh my gosh so best thing ever. We did exchanges this week with the
Claremont sisters (claremont was my first area) so I got to go back
and serve there for a day with Sister Olsen. It was so cool! And I
don't know if any of you remember Brandy but she was our little
miracle in Claremont. She got baptized in October and is still going
strong. Anyway, we got to see her and that was so much fun!

We also had the opportunity to volunteer at the annual Covina
Christmas Parade. That was so much fun as well! We got to put on
bright orange vests and keep the crowds under control and hand out
programs and try to share the gospel :) It was a blast and it didn't
get super cold luckily. The last float was Santa so that was fun. So
much fun to see the entire community out celebrating the Christmas
season. Haha, only one church made a float but it was pretty sweet -
on the side of the float it said "He is the reason for the season!"

So we had a mini exchange with Glendora this week so I got to serve in
Glendora for a few hours. Last time I was in Glendora we had contacted
this guy named Ulysses late one night, after we had just been bashed
pretty bad by this one guy, and so we shared a bit of what we believed
and asked if we could come back because he told us he wasn't feeling
too good. Ulysses said yes and I guess the sisters kept going back and
his baptismal date is for December 17th so prayers for Ulysses!! He's
looking pretty solid.

That's about it for the week here in Azusa! This will be the last letter
I send home. I just want to bear my testimony that I know this church
is the church of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for the opportunity I
have had to serve Him in this part of his vineyard. I am so grateful
for the restored gospel, and for a prophet who directs us away from
things that could harm us in the last days. I am so grateful to be a
part of this work. I am so excited to see you all next week and hope
you all have a wonderful week to come!

Love, Sister Dunn

Lindsay - December 5, 2016

Best District Photo Ever!!!

This week was literally crazy!! Oh my goodness so many things happened! 

On Tuesday, I went on an exchange with Sister Packer. We had such a great day together! We contacted a former investigator and she was really nice! She let us right in. We began to talk to her about our purpose, and how we help them to strengthen their faith. As we spoke with her, she explained that she doesn't have a strong religious background, but she has a faith in God and Jesus Christ. The next time we come and teach her, we will be discussing prayer. She hasn't prayed much in her life, so we are going to work on that! We are really excited to teach her! 

That night we visited the Wrights again. Sister Crockett from the ward came with us, and we taught them the Restoration. We were teaching the first two points and we didn't get too far. They had some concerns about their own families, and we were trying so hard to address those concerns. And then the wife got a phone call from her son who was in a bad situation, and so it turned into "Not a good time" situation. So we left. It was really sad, but I know how much the gospel can bless our families, even if they aren't perfect!! 

On Wednesday we had an amazing district choice meeting. Elder Hansen chose a topic to give a training on. We had a training about light the world, and how we can share that message with others. Then he brought up a topic that the St. David sisters were struggling with. We talked about the Holy Ghost, and how we can help others to identify it, and to act on the feelings that they receive. It was a really good district meeting. In the evening we visited the Sparkman's and finally oh my goodness finally set a day to go to the temple with them! 

On Thursday, I went with Sister Steele for exchanges in St. David. It was the first of December, and the first day of service. We literally served all day! In the morning after studies, the relief society of San Pedro ward were making General Conference countdown quotes for each day of the month until conference in April. It was a lot of tedious work, and they definitely needed a lot of help. So it felt good to lift their burdens at least a little bit. Another lady in the ward called us and said that the priests in the ward made christmas cookies for all the widows in the ward. They couldn't deliver them all on Mutual night, so we dropped by to get the cookies and deliver them! 8 plates of cookies!! Wow! Then we tried some less actives before dinner. We had dinner, and then headed off to help a family from the St. David ward move into the Patton ward!! And we helped her unpack boxes filled with dishes, containers etc. We helped them until the end of our exchange!! It felt so good to serve others all day! And we were able to share the light of the world video to a lot of individuals that day. 

On Friday we headed up to Tucson for my last Mission Leadership Council. Wow, what a meeting! We talked about having effective practices when we prepare for our lessons throughout the day. We had such a great time! President and Sister Passey got emotional as they thanked all the leaders who are going home in a week or two. I held it together! Whew!! It hasn't hit me yet that I am going home! Anyways, after MLC we met with our investigators Teresa and Angel. We read the Book of Mormon with them, and I know that they felt the Spirit. It was really good for us to have that discussion. 

On Saturday we met with Teresa and Angel again and we taught the Law of Tithing and Fasting. Sister Fry came with us which was a great help! Later in the day we headed up to the Gila Valley to go with the Johnsons to the temple. Unfortunately, we thought it would only take an hour to get to the temple. We were wrong, and were 6 minutes late to the session. We were so disappointed, but Sister Beach helped me realize, the past is in the past and we need to make the best of the situation. So we did some initiatories and went into the celestial room. The Johnsons saw us and were so relieved to see us. We apologized about a thousand times, but they were so understanding. I am so grateful for the peace that the temple brings. I can't even explain it! I was overwhelmed by the peace and comfort of the Spirit. Especially when I was praying. It was such a wonderful experience. 

On Sunday, Teresa and Angel had their baptismal interviews and they passed! Everyone, please pray for them because their baptism is this Saturday!! I love you all, and I am so grateful to be a missionary!! I love you Chels! I hope you adjust well back at home!! 


Sister Dunn

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Holli - November 28, 2016

Exchanges with Hermana Beur!

Love my birthday brownie in a mug Mom!

Hello Everyone!!

Sounds like you all had a wonderful thanksgiving week :) We had a
pretty awesome week as well!

On Thanksgiving we had our district meeting and our District leader
gave us each a penny, told us to look on the penny for the year it was
made, and then tell the district something we were grateful for that
year. I got back in 2010 and I have troubles remembering what happened
yesterday, but we all shared experiences and things we were
grateful for and it was a very spiritual meeting!

We were also able to find a place to do service - we just walked into
this convalescent home and asked if we could do service and they let
us play the piano and sing for a few of the residents. It was way fun!
We had dinner at the Boices' home (she is the ward missionary who sent
you the pic.) and they are like the coolest family ever. We had soo
much fun and learned a new game which I'll have to teach you when I
get back.

That morning the ward had a field day where they played ultimate
frisbee and stuff and one of our investigators came so that was pretty
awesome! That same day the hermanas had found this really sweet lady
named Gina and had asked if she would like to meet with us and so we
had an appointment with her at starbucks but she never showed up! So
we bought some hot chocolate and while we were waiting were able to
talk to Manny who knows a little bit about the church but is going
through a rough patch. It was really cool to talk to him.

Haha so yesterday morning as we were preparing for church, Hermana
Shaw (one of the spanish hermanas we live with) had cut her hand on a
razor the night before and it wouldn't stop bleeding so she had stuck
a cotton ball in there to staunch the flow of blood, wrapped it in
gauze and then it was time for bed. She wakes up and takes the gauze
off only to find that the cotton ball is stuck in the wound and won't
come out. Their ward started at 9 and we had our ward council soon so
we made an emergency decision and I went with Sister Coulsen to the
spanish ward while Sister Barney and Sister Shaw made a trip to urgent
care to get her wound fixed. So I spent the morning in spanish work
which was a blast and then we had to teach gospel principles so we did
that and near the end of church Sister Barney and Sister Shaw show up
with her hand all wrapped up and doing well.

So hectic! And like everyone was sick this week so not many people
were at church unfortunately! Super sad :( But we are working hard and
loving the work!

I went on two exchanges this week, both to spanish speaking areas so
that was fun! I was with Hermana Wilde one day and they had a gas leak
in their oven that caused them both to get pretty sick so while we
were on exchanges some elders came in to fix that problem. The second
exchange was with Hermana Beur and we were on bikes which was super
fun. The not so fun part was that it started pouring super hard and
Hermana Beur did not have a jacket! 

So we got soaked but had a fun day altogether! We saw lots of
miracles. We tried to find a potential but she wasn't home and her
next door neighbor invites us in out of the rain and we were able to
teach the Restoration to him and his step daughters. Cool thing was
that he remembers being taught by missionaries in Mexico a long time

That's about it from here in Azusa!  Love you all so much! Have
a great week :)

Love, Sister Dunn