Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Rain in SoCal Stays Mainly in My Shoes

Hello out there!

This week, it rained! Good. SoCal needs it. Funny story about that, though. Last night, we had parked by the curb of the road, leaving about a foot between the car and the curb. It was super dark, so when I stepped out, I stepped into this huge puddle of water. I gasped and then squealed from the cold water. Sister B---, not knowing what had just happened, ran to the other side to make sure I was ok. I looked at her with big eyes, took my right shoe off, and turned it upside down, letting a good handful of rainwater trickle to the ground. We were laughing SO hard! :)

Tuesday, we went to go set up our booth at Valley College, and we saw the News van there. They are still interviewing people about the shootings that happened last week. I feel for the families who were affected by this, and I pray for them a lot, but I honestly can't wait for all of it to be over with.

At the beginning of the week, while we were at the store, a lady saw us and said, "Hey, could I get I picture with you guys?" Sister B--- and I looked at each other, and back to her. "Umm...sure!" Turns out, her sister had been a recent convert, and she thought it would be cool to send her sister a selfie of the three of us. Yeah, that was a cool idea. Now, if she got baptized, her coolness rating would be a good solid 10.

Speaking of baptism...A--- GOT BAPTIZED!!! :) WOOHOO! We are so dang proud of him! The very next day, he received the Gift of the Holy Ghost and the Priesthood. Also, our recent convert E--- passed the sacrament for the first time. *sniff, sniff :')

Have all of you seen the new video the church has put out? "A Savior 
is Born" is SO GOOD! If you haven't seen it, I invite you to watch it. If you've already seen it, then GO WATCH IT AGAIN because it's so beautiful! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Praying for San Bernardino

Hello, my wonderful friends and family,

This week was definitely the craziest week of my mission.

Last Monday, we went to the mall and saw Santa! I wanted to get a picture with him so bad, but it costs $20 to get a stinkin' picture with the jolly old man. As soon as he saw us, he gasped and said, "Sisters! Santa's a Mormon too!" We almost got a free picture with him, but then a lady said we couldn't because Santa wasn't in charge. But he's Santa, of course he's in charge. He then went on to tell us that while he served his mission in Texas, he was companions with an elder whose grandmother wrote the famous primary song "I am a Child of God." He also says that while he's on "Santa duty," he lets all of the kids and their parents know that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father. WAY TO GO, SANTA!

Tuesday, we were kicked out of our apartment because the elders needed a place to live. We are now living in a home share in Devore with Sister A---. She is so cute, but very feisty. Haha! She's not afraid to tell you what's up. She is 85-years-old, but SUPER active! She's quite amazing. Her house is huge! There are so many rooms, I might have to use my new GPS to get around. That's really why I needed the GPS, mom. :) She has had three prophets, Thomas S. Monson, Gordon B. Hinkley, and Howard W. Hunter, as well as other apostles and members of the Quorums of the Seventy, stay at her house. It makes me feel very honored to live here.

Wednesday, there was quite a bit of an uproar here in San Bernardino. As many of you may know, there was a shooting that involved 3 gunmen, killing 14 people, and injuring 21. You know it's serious when your phone is being blown up all day full of text messages and phone calls, making sure you're okay. And when you realize basically the whole world knows about it, and the President of the United States is talking about it on TV. (Yes, I glimpsed the TV in our home share.)p Practically, the whole city was on lockdown. I feel very blessed knowing that all of the missionaries were kept safe. The more I thought about what had happened the previous day, the more I realized that the Lord was really protecting us. All of the missionaries have District Meeting on Tuesdays, but because some of the elders in our zone were moving into our apartment that morning, they decided to have their meeting on Wednesday. Their district meets in the Waterman building, which is on the same road the shooting happened. While the shooting occurred, their district locked themselves inside the churchp for a while. If they had decided to have their meeting on Tuesday, who knows where they could have been the next day. That same morning, we were going to pick up, K---, who was gonna go to Valley Community College with us, to help set up our booth. Instead, she said she would just meet us over there. If we would have picked her up, we would have been on Waterman the same time the shooting happened. We also weren't that excited to move out of our apartment, especially since Sister B--- had just unpacked all of her things. But thinking back on it, I now realize that it's been a huge blessing for more reasons than one. Thank you for all of your prayers!

Thursday was my baby sister, Sarah's birthday! HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY, Sa-Rah!!! BUT GUESS WHAT, it was my birthday too! I'm officially a 1-year-old missionary! That's a big number ————>>>> ONE! Sister B was even kind enough to buy me Cold Stone. :)

Friday, our investigator, A--- told us that he wanted to get baptized! His parents aren't too thrilled about it, but he knows it makes him happy. HE WAS SO DANG PREPARED!!! He'll be getting baptized this Saturday. A--- read the Book of Mormon in three days! THREE! He's reading it a second time, only this time, he's taking notes on it. When he finished 1 Nephi, he had twelve pages of notes! TWELVE! He looked like a little boy on Christmas Day when we took him on a temple tour, and even asked if it was Fast Sunday yesterday, so he could have the chance to fast. He also wrote and shared his testimony on faith with us, and gave us a copy of it because we thought it was so beautiful. We are so excited for him.

So there's my week. I am so grateful for all of the prayers, and I'm especially grateful that the Lord keeps careful watch of His missionaries.

Have a great and safe week!

Sister Emily KaeLynn Sommers

Friday, December 4, 2015


Hola, hola Coca-Cola's!


Tuesday and Wednesday I got the flu AGAIN! NOOO! NO MORE SICKNESS ALLOWED!!! literally, blah. But I'll do you all a favor and not go into the details. While I waited to get my new companion, I was companions with Sister M--- for a couple days, who took super good care of me. She'd only been out for six weeks and she didn't even know me that well, but she took care of me and cleaned our apartment If that's not unconditional love, then I don't know what is. I was supposed to pick up my new companion, Sister B---, but since I was bed bound, my loyal roommate, Sister G--- brought her over for me. I absolutely LOVE Sister B---! She is the sweetest, cutest, most patient person I've ever met. I don't know how she does it. She makes being Senior Companion not so stressful. What a blessing!

One thing that keeps us on our toes is knowing where everything is. We cover two stakes, including the mountains. You all know how great my sense of direction is. Haha, oh boy. We don't have a GPS, so we've been using those things called maps. Ever heard of them? I've actually been getting pretty good at using them. Well, better than I had before. It's still a bit of a struggle to get anywhere though. Maybe I shouldn't have prayed and asked Heavenly Father to help us get to know the area better because that's exactly what's happening.

So I don't know how to get anywhere on the road, but I do know what path to take to get back to my Father in Heaven. And that's a map that so many people in this world do not have. I know that as we have faith, repent, are baptized, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end, Heavenly Father will lead us in the direction which leads back to Him.

You're all the greatest!

Sister Sommers
Hola, hola Coca-Cola's!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So Long, Farewell...

Hello, my amazing friends and family!


For starters, I got my package! Yay! Thanks mom! :) The office got their package too! Both, Sister A--- and President Van Cott, called to tell me how awesome mom was. No one has ever done that for them. Way to go, mom!

Friday, I got to go on exchanges with my trainer, Sister P---! That was so fun to be with her on her last normal day of the mission and talk about old memories.

Alright, time to be a debby downer, now. Today we had to take Sister D--- to the airport. That's right, she had to go home for medical reasons. :( I just can't believe she made it to six months! She's a trooper. President Van Cott picked us all up to take her. That was kind of weird to be riding with President. Once we got there, President and Sister P--- took Sister D--- inside the airport, while I stayed in the front seat of the van BY MYSELF! That was totally weird. President would rather not have his van towed, I guess. Not only is she going home, but Sister P--- is leaving tomorrow, as well. She's all done with her mission. President told me I'm the first missionary to kill off two companions at the same time. Tomorrow, Sister P---, Sister W---, and Sister P--- will be flying home. That's all the rest of my companions! Man, I just keep killin' 'em all off!

I haven't met my new companion yet, but I hear she's really nice. I'm also senior companion, so that increases my stress level by a million. So there's that. Prayers would definitely be appreciated.

Alright, sorry this letter was so short, it's been a crazy day!


Sister Sommers

Friday, November 20, 2015

I'm So Excited and I Just Can't Hide it!

Dearest friends and family,

Wow, it has been a crazy, busy, exciting week!

First off, we had a Zone Meeting and a Zone Conference this week. We learned how we're gonna SET THIS MISSION ON FIRE! Spiritual fire, of course. The meetings really made me excited to be a missionary. Sometimes you just need that nice boost.

Wednesday, we were at Cal State, at our booth and it was SUPER windy. So windy that some of the pass along cards that were sitting on the table, flew right into my face! Do you know what it feels like to have the edge of about ten cards ripping your face to shreds? It doesn't feel very good. My companions were amused though because it looked like a scene from one of the Harry Potter movies. So basically, I'm a wizard in training.

I got a text from the AP's saying that my investigator, S---, from La Quinta was getting baptized! Woohoo! :) I would have LOVED to go back for her baptism, but it was right in the middle of Zone Conference. Laaaame! BUT she's baptized, so that's all that matters.

Guess who also got baptized. E---!!! Whoop, whoop! :) His baptism was yesterday, and quite interesting. It takes SIX HOURS to fill the 
stinking font, but we only got five hours to do it. That was not going to work because E---'s a tall guy. So the last couple of hours the font was filling, Sister P--- and I ran back and forth with a rolling cart and a huge bucket, trying to fill the font up a little more. Phew, that was exhausting, but I have to admit, it was also kinda fun. As E--- was getting baptized, he had to kneel down in the font while J--- dunked him. Haha, whatever it takes, I guess!

So yesterday was great, but also kinda sad. The Northpark YSA Ward Bishopric was released. Ugh, that was so sad. :( But I have a really good feeling about this new bishopric. We hear Bishop B--- and his wife like to "party hard". Yep, they're gonna do great with the YSA!

Today, Sister R--- (the wife of our now old Bishop) took us on the tram in Palm Springs. The tram is like this ski lift box thingamajig that can hold up to 80 people at a time. It's pretty sweet, looking at the quilt-like view from the top. We then went shopping in Palm Springs and the Cabazon Outlet Mall. Stores like Ann Taylor make me happy...but also sad because her stuff is all uber expensive and

Anyways, that was my week! Best wishes to you all during this coming week!

Sister Sommers

Sunday, November 15, 2015

That Party Was SICK!

Hey everyone!

This week was a little unproductive, so this is gonna be a super short letter because Tuesday morning, Sister P--- and I got hit really hard with the flu. We were fine all of Monday, but when Tuesday
morning rolled around, our bodies were like...WHAM! You just lost five pounds in one day! We stayed in all of Tuesday, and most of Wednesday and had a sick party. Sister D--- took great care of us though. 

We felt pretty useless the rest of the week because we felt so dang loopy. Haha! The day we got sick, the news just spread like wildfire. All of the YSA found out by the end of the day. Our phone was blown up all day with get well texts, texts that they were all praying for us, and some of them even came by our apartment to give us some soup. One of our investigators, R---, even prayed for us. One thing you should know about R--- is that he has never prayed before. We felt super special that day.

And for more exciting news! Our investigator, E---, is getting baptized on Sunday! WHOOP, WHOOP! He was SO prepared! And for even MORE exciting news, our recent convert, J---, is baptizing him! :) That'll be a special experience for the both of them.

Well, that's all the interesting stuff that happened this week.
Have an awesomely, fantastical kind of week!

Sister Sommers

Monday, November 9, 2015

This is Halloween

Sister "Elsa" loves reading the Book of Mormon
Hey, Happy Halloween, everyone!

Also, I'd like to give a big shoutout to Jordan Coburn, Kristina Katanic, and Nicole Rhoads! HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!! :)

All Halloween afternoon, we got to volunteer for a Halloween carnival where we were in charge of games and face painting. Haha, I'm not so sure why I volunteered to do that; I can't paint to save my life. Sorry dad, I don't have paint in my blood. I feel bad for the first kid who wanted a pumpkin. Hopefully he didn't look too closely in the mirror. I guess it didn't help that the paint was super cheap and we mostly just drew with face crayons. But after that, they weren't too shabby, if I do say so myself. But that's only me talking.

By 6:00 p.m., all the missionaries have to go back to their apartments. I'm grateful; San B by itself is already Sketchville. Usually on holidays like these, President asks us to use that time to start weekly planning. This time, he wanted us to just get caught up in our journals. Woah, that's pretty sweet! Especially since I am the WORST at writing in my journal. Ugh, so much repenting to do.

Yesterday evening was kind of a panic. Every fast Sunday, after church, in the YSA Ward, we have "Break the Fast". Wow, bless those wives of the bishopric who make all that food every month! We had tacos, but the rice had peas in it. I thought I could just simply take all the peas out of the rice and just eat it like that because I've had no problems with it like that in the past. Ten minutes after I ate my taco, my heart started racing. Oh no...not good. Soon after that, my whole body started burning up. Everyone at my table looked at me funny and asked me if I was ok. 
"Umm, I probably shouldn't have eaten that..."
Good thing Mark, one of the YSA, who is an EMT, came to my rescue. He asked me how I was feeling and checked my pulse. He told me it was a little faster than normal, but as long as my throat wasn't closing, I would be ok. I was a little off the rest of the evening, but no swollen face, and no swollen throat! I truly feel the the Lord is preserving me.

Y'all have a great week, now!

Sister Sommers

Thursday, October 29, 2015

And Here We Go Again!

Hey folks!

This week was KRAZY! That's right, krazy with a "K".

Tuesday evening, we had dinner with the C--- family, and Brother C--- showed me some pictures from his mission from four years ago because he served in the Ohio Cleveland Mission. It was weird when he showed me a photo of the ASHLAND BUILDING because I guess he had an exchange there once when he was serving in the Akron Ward. It was even weirder when I saw photos of him and Elder O---!!! Yes, that would be the same one who taught Tristan!

Tuesday, we had interviews with President. I love those. In all of our mission and zone conferences he's always calling us unto repentance, putting the fear of God in us. But in our personal one-on-one interviews, he always makes me feel better about myself and about the work. Sometimes I feel so frustrated with myself, thinking I'm not doing enough, but he always tells me, "nah, I'm not worried about you. You're doing what you're supposed to, and you're doing great work." That means SO MUCH coming from him.

Thursday morning, we got a call from the AP's, telling us that BOTH of us would be leaving the area, and we would have to be packed and ready to go by 4:00 pm! So that gave us little time to pack and clean up, and absolutely no time to say goodbye to anyone. Laaaame! So we just called everyone to say goodbye. Luckily for us, N--- and P---, and S--- and P--- came by to give us our last hugs. They're cute. :) Sister W--- is in Highland now, and I got to come back to the Northpark YSA Ward in San Bernardino! Woohoo!!! :) I also get Sister P--- back! And I get Sister M--- D--- as a companion, so I'm in another trio! It's pretty fun.

You know what's super weird though? Riding in the car with ELDERS! It was the AP's who dropped us off in our new areas. When it was me and Sister W--- in the car, it was only Elder R--- in the front, while his two other companions followed in our car. After we dropped Sister W--- and her stuff off, I gave her a big hug while the elders ran down the steps. 
"You better hurry," she said. "Your companion is leaving you."
"Haha, yeah, all three of them."
So for the next hour it was me stuck in the car with Elders R--- and B---. Fortunately, they didn't make it totally awkward and knew how to keep a conversation going.

It was really fun showing up at the YSA Halloween activity, surprising everyone. It was especially awesome when my recent convert, J---, saw me. His face was priceless. :) Ugh, I hated that it was so tempting to give him a hug though. Don't worry, we just stuck with the handshake.

So there goes my Krazy week. Thanks for reading!

Sister Emily KaeLynn Sommers

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Don't Drink Dumb Things!

HELLO! Sister Sommers here!

This week was kinda crazy and super long.

Tuesday, we witnessed an the library. Haha, who woulda thunk? The guy was sitting in front of a computer, waving his arms everywhere. The security guards asked him to stop, but obviously drunk, he just argued right back. It's not the first time this has happened. The police shortly arrived.

That obviously wasn't our first experience with drunks. Just last week, we were going around a neighborhood trying to get some neighbors to sign one of our member's birthday cards. We ran into a lady and her husband who were just totally plastered. I didn't realize it until I could smell the alcohol on their breath and kept noticing how close the guy was getting to Sister W---. After they found out we were missionaries, the lady kept saying, "oh my goodness, you're missionaries? Oh my, I just wanna tell you how much I love you, and tell you that you're doing a great work for Jesus, and I just wanna give you a hug!" And then the guy kept saying, "you two better be carful out here. Desert Hot Springs is a dangerous area. Uncle Tom is scared for both of you." And before we knew it, he was giving both of us a hug. All I could think was, "AHHHHHH!!!!" And then we TOOK OFF.

Wednesday, I got a text from the AP's, saying that two of my investigators in Lake Arrowhead, F--- and D---, were getting baptized! HOORAY!!! :) So Sister C--- drove me all the way up to the mountains so I could be there. Wow, she's amazing! We got totally lost, trying to find the building, but found it just in time. It was an awesome baptism! Sister R--- even came back for it. It was so nice to see her. Sister P--- made it too! Driving back was kind of rough though. I guess Sister C--- made a big wrong turn because before we knew it, we were already in Big Bear! Oh boy, that wasn't good. That's not even in our mission. BUT, with the help of a little faith and lots of prayers, we made it safely back. It took two hours to get there, and three hours to get back to DHS. Doesn't really help that I only served up there half the time for four weeks, and I'm the worst navigator in the world. So that was an adventure.

Last week, I was sent a picture of N--- (Sister R---)...WITH MY SISTER!!! My last mission companion and my sister are in the same Ward at BYU-I! CRAZY!!!

Hope you have thoroughly enjoyed reading all about my crazy awesome week.

Sister Sommers

Saturday, October 17, 2015

How Do You Spell "Water"? N-O-N-E

'ello, Mates!

Not too much happened this week. But the weather thinks it's cool to change things up. It was so nice and cool at the beginning of the week, but then it was like...PSYCH! GOING BACK TO TRIPLE DIGITS! Ugh, I just want to wear one of my ten cardigans that are still waiting to be worn.

I found out that the F---'s, a couple that I worked with in La Quinta, are being sealed in the temple soon! Oh what a glorious day that will be!

One thing that I've noticed about the road that we live on is that everyone is so dang nice! Every morning, when we walk our street, almost everyone waves and smiles at us. What a blessing. There's this one cute old Mexican guy that we see every morning as he drives past us in his old, rusted truck. One day, he slowed down, rolled down his window, and said, "I call this "the road where the two angels walk." On another occasion, we could see an older guy from a distance wearing all black with long black hair, big gagues, eyeliner, and combat boots. The guy looked a little more questionable as we got closer to him, but nothing really told us to turn back, so we just smiled and gave him a simple "good morning!" Not really expecting it, he gave us the friendliest smile, and enthusiastically replied, "Why, good morning! Beautiful day isn't it?"

There are so many bunnies in our yard. It's so cute to see them chasing each other from my window. When we go out in the mornings, I try to chase them and see if I can catch one. I just know not to chase them after its rained or else I'll end up in the mud like one of dad's missionary companions. But it doesn't rain here, so it's all good.

Haha, just kidding, it's actually not good at all. This drought is unbelievable. The S---'s usually water their grass every morning and evening. Now they can only do that two days out of the week. It's so sad, it's only been a couple of days, and their beautiful grass is already going brown. Sister W--- and I only do the dishes when the sink is entirely full, and we have to do only one load of laundry so we mix everything, which is really no big deal to us. But then, Brother S--- told us the three words I had always feared would come out of his mouth: "five-minute showers." Sooo, I'm learning how to do that. Well, at least I have warm, running water, so I really shouldn't be complaining.

Sister S--- burned a bunch of church music we could listen to, and one of the albums was "Saturday's Warriors"! My gosh, I haven't seen that movie since I was like four, so I don't remember anything about it. But one thing that I do know is that it has the cheesiest music of all times. Haha, wow, it's bad. I can't wait to go home and try watching it again so I can sing along to all the bad music. But thanks to dad, I know one song. :) Sister W--- and I blast it up every time. "I'M SAILIN' OOOOOOOOOOOOOOON..."

So keep "sailin' on", everybody! Because you probably have more water than we do.

Sister Sommers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Three New Apostles!

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, hello!

This has definitely been one of the more interesting weeks that I've had.

First of all, congratulations to my aunt Courtney and her man, Alex!
So happy for you two! Wish I could have been there at the wedding. :(

Tuesday, I went to Palm Springs with (a different) Sister P--- for exchanges. She's only been out for a month, but she's an amazing missionary. I just love her! She was a little nervous and stressed since this was her first time being in charge of the area, and it didn't help much that the car died in front of a sketchy apartment that night...haha, but thank goodness they had some awesome members to come and rescue us! That was a huge blessing.

Coming back from exchanges on Wednesday, we went to go see this deathly ill woman and her 98-year-old mother. While we were there, we met her mother's caretaker, L---, who is Muslim.
"Are you girls missionaries from her church?"
"Yes we are!"
"I knew you were. Not because of your name tags, but I could feel you were."

It's so cool that even others who practice different religions can sense the Spirit of an LDS missionary.

Also, on Wednesday, I thought I saw my life flash before my eyes. We were slowing down so we could turn left onto a road, and as we were turning left, a truck behind us sped up and passed us on our LEFT SIDE and just kept going. Like, what the heck! Ugh to California drivers. We were lucky that the damage was only a tiny scratch at the front of our car. SO grateful that we were safe.

General Conference was totally amazing! If you missed it, you missed out. But it's ok, you can still find it on Dude! THREE NEW APOSTLES!!! That's insane! Welcome to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund! Thank you for your love and many years of service, Elder L. Tom Perry, Elder Boyd K. Packer, and Elder Richard G. Scott. We love you, and we miss you so much. 

Fun Fact: It’s been over a century since the Quorum of the Twelve had three vacancies. Additionally, with the call of Elder Renlund, 100 apostles have now served since the Church was organized in 1830.

I am so grateful for our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who not only leads and guides the church but the whole world, today. I know that he and the twelve apostles have been called of God. If you want to know with the same surety, watch General Conference. If you want to know the church is true, watch General Conference...and read the Book of Mormon...and pray about it! If you just overall want to know what's good for you, watch General Conference. I promise that it will answer any questions that may be lingering in your mind, and will give you a sense of peace and direction in your life.

Peace out, Girl and Boy Scouts! 

Sister Sommers

Monday, September 28, 2015

It's Time to Celebrate!

Because Dad has always wanted to use my hair as a paintbrush.
Hello, earthlings!

It has been quite the week of celebrations!

Fall has finally arrived. But not really because DHS doesn't know what that looks or feels like yet. It's been pretty hot out all week. I think I'm especially going to miss Ohio this time around. My favorite part was seeing all the leaves turn into their bright, vibrant colors, then crunching the brown ones on the ground.

Because it's GETTING cooler, the S---'s came back home! Yay! Now we get to bug them by sharing stories about our day.

As many of you may already know, our beloved apostle, Elder Richard G. Scott passed away Tuesday morning. Thank you for the many years that you dedicated your life to serve the Lord.

That is so crazy. Three apostles have passed on within four months! It will be weird not seeing them this weekend in General Conference. But I'm also very excited to be getting three new apostles! So all of you need to watch General Conference this weekend! It's so awesome when we get to hear the counsel that our apostles and prophet have prepared for us. Questions are answered and miracles happen. General Conference isn't just for the members, it's for the whole world to see, so I invite all of you to watch it. Everyone, invite your friends!
General Conference

The Women's Conference was also super good! I think that's been my favorite one, so far. So if you haven't seen it yet, you can look it up online. I think it should be up by the end of this week.
Women's Conference

Wednesday was the 20th anniversary for The Family: A Proclamation to the World. I know that our last prophet, President Gordon B. Hinkley, was very inspired by our Heavenly Father to write it. I feel it may be a little scary to raise a family in this day and age, but this proclamation gives me a lot of hope. It tells me what I need to do to
raise a happy and successful family.
The Family: A Proclamation to the World

We experienced an awesome miracle this week. A couple weeks ago, Sister W--- remembered she still needed to pay her fast offering, so she did just that. The next day, we did our grocery shopping, and it didn't even hit Sister W--- until we got home that she was double-charged for everything! It was too late, the receipt had
already been lost. Last Monday, she only had enough money to buy a couple of things. I insisted she get more things she needed, and I could just pay for the rest, but she resisted to let me buy anything for her. She hoped and prayed she would be able to just get through the week. Thursday evening, we got a text from a sister saying she had a couple of loaves of bread for us. That was so sweet of her, but Sister W--- can't have gluten because she has celiac disease, but I can, so we just went over anyways. When we got there, she had the bread all prepared for us....along with two big bags of groceries! Our eyes widened, our jaws dropped, and my sweet companion sobbed. The blessings of fast offerings are real.

And now, a couple of songs for Desert Hot Springs:
Happy Birthday, DHS!

You've had a birthday, shout hooray,
We want to sing to you today!
One year older and wiser too,
Happy birthday to you!

Happy, happy birthday,
From all of us to you!
We wish it was our birthday,
So we can party too!

That's, right! It was DHS's birthday Saturday. Everyone celebrated with a parade of booths, including the elders and us. Well, we didn't exactly have a booth, we just made a bunch of sweet-looking signs and drew out the Plan of Salvation. We almost got kicked out because I guess we were supposed to get permission first....whoops. But we were all set up, so they just let us stay anyway. It was great advertising, and a great way to get hit on by super old, ancient men...gross. :/ Good thing the elders were there to distract 'em.

That's it! Have a fun week, everybody!

Sista Emi-Kae-Som

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Our Burdens Can Be Made Light

Rain? Could it be?

Hey Folks! It's that sister missionary again, writing about how her week went!

Okay, so here we go. Wednesday, we had another Mission Conference! We talked a lot about The Book of Mormon and how we can use it more effectively in our teaching. It was really good, but the only thing was we were there for ten hours! Most of the time it's only six hours, but those times they weren't putting TIWI boxes in our cars. Yep, it's finally happened. The talking boxes that yell at you if you're driving too fast or too aggressive have been installed in our cars. Okay, it doesn't yell at you, but there have been a couple of times where we jumped because it's kind of loud and gives you no notice that it's about to tell you how to drive. Before we drive anywhere, we have to swipe a card over the TIWI box in order to log in. The third day we had it, the card wasn't letting us log in, so every 30 seconds we had to hear, "no driver." At that point, I did not love technology as much as Kip from "Napoleon Dynamite." Five hours later, we finally got it to work. PHEW! We're learning how to love it.

Friday, we were over at our investigator, V---'s, house. Her friend, Susan Stafford, was staying over there this week. That name ring a bell to anyone? Anyone wanna buy a vowel? I guess she was an actress, and Vanna White took her place in "Wheel of Fortune". Pretty cool, eh?

Sunday was AWESOME! President Madsen, one of President Van Cott's counselors, is retiring from being a veterinarian and moving away with his wife. That's not the awesome part, that's actually really sad because we really love him. The awesome part was he spoke in our sacrament meeting as a farewell because he works here in DHS, and he invited a TON of his friends! There were about 50 non-members there who got to be in sacrament meeting and also witness two confirmations! You can really tell how much President Madsen is loved in this valley. He talked about his love for animals, the love for the people he worked with, and the love for the gospel. There was no denying that everyone in that room could feel the spirit. One of my favorite stories he was able to witness was that of a 9-year-old boy and his mom who went shopping for a puppy. When they found the litter, the boy spotted a puppy with a crooked leg.
"I want that one!" the boy exclaimed.
"Honey, that pup's leg is bent. He probably has lots of other problems. Why don't you choose one of the healthier ones?"
The boy then lifted his pant leg, uncovering the brace that held his own crooked leg.
"I want that puppy. That puppy understands me."

This boy and his new dog reminds me of the atonement. Sometimes we may go through things and think that nobody understands. But there is one, and that is our Savior, Jesus Christ. He knows you perfectly. He knows
you inside and out. He knows your name. He knows exactly what you've been through in this life because he has felt it. Rely on the Savior and His atonement and he can make you stronger. He may not take the burden away, but he can give us strength, so our burdens may be light.

Have a fabulous week!

Sister Sommers

I guess it does rain in Southern California.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sacrifice Brings Forth the Blessings of Heaven

Good day, mates!

My week all started with an awesome Zone Meeting. Since these elders are in our zone, we talked about the incident where our two brand new elders had everything stolen from them on their very first day. One of these elder's trainers was also stolen from. The guy took his hand-bag which had over a year's worth of mission photos. Their trainers felt like the worst trainers ever and started blaming themselves for the situation. One of the new elders just wanted to go home. None of us blamed him. Then, our ZL's talked about how the other new elder handled it. He said he wanted to go out, work, and teach as many people as they could find, to get his mind off the situation. The ZL's said they would try to go look for their stuff, but this elder who just wanted to work said this:

"All of my stuff isn't worth nearly as much as one man's salvation."

Let me just remind you that this is an 18-year-old kid, who just graduated from high school. How many of us would say the same thing?

It reminds me of the story in the scriptures of the rich man who had tried his best to keep the commandments, but when he asked the Savior what he was lacking, Christ said, “Yet lackest thou one thing. Sell all thou hast and distribute unto the poor…and come follow me.” But it was too much to ask, and he went away sorrowful, unwilling to do it.

How many of us would be willing to sacrifice everything we had to follow the Savior? This elder didn't give his things away, but I know if Christ had asked him to do it, he would.

Wednesday, we were walking to a member's house in a small trailer park, when a guy saw us and had a question. We were excited to answer his questions and give him a Book of Mormon until the guy behind us showed up.

"Excuse me ladies, but I don't know if you can read this sign, but it says, 'No Soliciting'" He said ever so rudely, with the nastiest look on his face. "So go back to where you came from, and I want to see you get into your car and drive away."

We didn't walk to our car, we just kept walking to the member's house. We weren't soliciting because we weren't selling anything. We weren't doing anything wrong. I still kinda wanted to cry, but I was glad we were able to give the guy we were originally talking to a Book of Mormon. It made me feel a lot better by the time we looped around the park to get our car because the guy we were talking to called out to us and said, "Hey ladies! Just ignore that guy, he's crazy! He's just jealous."
It made us both crack a smile and laugh. :)

That night, we were outside of our WML's house, and he said, "Hey Sister Sommers, come look over here." There were about five Black Widows hanging out in their webs, on the side of their driveway. This whole time in California, and I've never seen a Black Widow. I guess only because I've never tried searching for them. Sister W--- didn't wanna hang out with us. Haha!

Last week, we got a call from M---, a lady that we've been teaching, and she told us she was in the hospital. The doctors told her, according to her results, she wasn't going to live much longer. She agreed to a priesthood blessing, so we sent the elders over. We went over last night to check on her, and it turns out that she's been feeling much better, and should be coming home today! HOORAY FOR PRIESTHOOD BLESSINGS!

About a month ago, some members brought their friend, R---, to church. The elders started teaching him, and he accepted the gospel right away. He was baptized last night! For a couple weeks now, R--- has also talked about going on a mission! He'll be able to go after he graduates high school this year. So the moral of this paragraph is MEMBERS, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Don't EVER be afraid of offending someone with the gospel. Learning the gospel would never hurt anyone; it would only bless their lives more fully, and let them experience true happiness. That's why I'm out here. But always remember, you don't have to wear a name tag to be a missionary.

Have a wonderful week!

Sister Sommers

Friday, September 11, 2015

Half Way There and Living on About 25 Prayers a Day

Hello World!

This week I turned 9-months-old! HALF-WAY MARK!!! WHOOP, WHOOP! I could've had a baby! Good thing I didn't, that would've just made my mission a whole ton of awkward.

Ugh, I can't believe my little brother is in High School! I'm glad he has some bomb-digitty teachers though! AND my little sister is going to be a college girl next week? Umm...I don't think that's right. And why the heck does she all of a sudden look like a supermodel?! Someone tell her to stop that, or she's gonna be married, with a kid by the time I get home.

Found out that one of the members, Brother C---, served in Ohio. One of the wards he served in was the Akron Ward! I asked him if he knew the T---'s, and he for sure did! The next time we go over there for dinner, he's gonna show me pictures from his mission to see if I recognize anyone else. That'll be super weird.

Lots of interesting things happened this week. First, we were at a member's house for dinner, and she was telling us about how her car was keyed that day. Then, Elder M--- called us Wednesday, asking us why we bought gas twice on the Sabbath. Someone totally stole the number off our card. How rude to break the fourth and eighth commandment. It's ok now, we got a new one. Next, our Ward Mission Leader, Brother C---, was telling us how he saved this 12-year-old from getting kidnapped. After that, we were talking to our friend, G--- and his dog named Friday, we see on our morning runs, and he said that a lady had just stolen his car. The police found his car after a few days of searching, but then found out it was totally destroyed on the inside. Lastly, a couple of brand new missionaries stopped by at the church for a little while, only to be informed by some guy who just called the police because someone had just stolen all of their luggage out of their car. Please keep these elders in your prayers. Sister W--- and I have been extra cautious about our surroundings. The bad part is the police force doesn't seem to be very on top of things. It's a good thing that the Spirit can warn us of things like that.

Well, that's about all! Have a great and safe week!

Sister Sommers

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ohhh the Mission Life...


This week was pretty legit!

At the beginning of the week, Sister S--- took us to Palm Springs so we could go shopping at this sweet little shop with super cute clothes for under $10. As we were picking out our stuff, Sister S--- would offer to hold our things while we looked around some more, but when we turned back the items would no longer be in her hands. I looked at her all confused.
"I'm just putting them down," she said smiling.
When we decided we were done for the day, Sister W--- and I took out our wallets, getting ready to pay for our things. The cashier smiled at us and gestured towards Sister S--- who also had her wallet out. She paid for everything! We weren't going to let her, but we were too late. She is seriously the best! She's like our mom here in DHS because she feeds us every week, and just gives us everything. She spoils us rotten, but it makes her feel good to spoil us.

Thursday morning, our car wouldn't start. It's a good thing we were in front of a member's house who knows about cars. He was able to jump-start it, so we could drive to Jessup Chevrolet so they could replace the battery. NOOO! We just spent six-and-a-half hours there last week! It was really funny, when we walked in though. One of the workers smiled and said hi to us, but then he suddenly became extra nice, asking us all these questions.
"Where are you located?"
"We serve in DHS, but I'm originally from Utah, and she's from Ohio," Sister Wagner responded.
He looked really confused. Then all of us became confused.
"We're missionaries."
"Ohhhh! Hahaha, I thought you were both from corporate. They have very similar name tags."
Haha! Now we feel all super important and stuff walking into Jessup Chevrolet.

The members' house we were at, before our car blew up, was the G---'s home. We've been seeing them for a few weeks, giving them the lessons, but it was just this week that Sister G--- asked us where we were from. Turns out Sister G--- was born in Akron, Ohio, and would go fishing in Chippewa Lake all the time as a kid! Hooray for connections!

Friday, we had an awesome Mission Conference with Elder Robert C. Gay. The meeting was all about how we, as missionaries, are being converted to the gospel. It was all very inspiring and edifying, and answered some questions that had been on my mind. Before the conference started, we went to talk to Elder T--- because we had served with him in La Quinta. Turns out, he's still there! He introduced us to his new companion, Elder S---. Elder S--- looked at my name tag and said, "Ohhh! So you're Sister Sommers! I hear your name like a bajillion times! They really miss you over there. "I thought I was going to cry! That felt so good to hear.

So guess what! Our investigator, P---, got baptized yesterday! YIPPEE!!! :) She was so prepared! I love those prepared people! We really knew she was ready when she was telling us how much she loved reading The Book of Mormon, and how she could feel the Spirit testify to her that this was the church with the fullness of the gospel.

Transfer information was yesterday, and we found out that we're both staying in DHS! But then the elders called us this morning, and told us that they got some info mixed up, and that I was actually being transferred and had to leave by tonight! But then they said they were just messing with us. THOSE PUNK FACES!

I love our Ward Mission Leader and his wife, the C---'s! They told us we were their favorite sisters they had ever had. Of course, we thought that's what they say to all the missionaries, but they were serious.
"Now don't be gettin' a big head."
"Haha, too late, Brother C---." ;)

That is all. Love and miss you all!

Sister Emily KaeLynn Sommers