Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Have You Met the Mormons?

Hola, Hola, Coca-Cola's!

This morning, I finished up the last of the big bag of M&M's my family sent me. And that's the biggest thing I've achieved all week. Just kidding. A whole lotta big somethings happened this week! :)

At the beginning of the week, we were on exchanges, so I was with Sister L---. When we got to her apartment, she was telling me about these referrals she wanted to contact before the night ended. So we go to the apartment, and of course they don't even expect us, so they start cleaning a little and have us sit down. We start teaching them a little about what our messages are going to be about, and this couple just nails us with questions, one after another. We tried explaining things in the clearest, simplest way, but they still didn't seem to get it. Then we finish up, ask when we can come back again, say our goodbyes, and BAM..."Just kidding! We're actually members!"
"We have proof," they said as they showed me their copies of the Book of Mormon, baptism programs, and naturally, a framed picture of President Thomas S. Monson.
I totally got punked! I was in total twilight zone the rest of the night. No, sorry, Ashton wasn't there.

Also, while on exchanges, we walked this blind dog that just had to stop and smell everything, every step we took, and constantly ran into things. Haha, awww! It was so sad, but we couldn't stop laughing. We're horrible, but he took it like a champ.

We met so many people who are interested in hearing about our message! And that's only from walking around, and talking with everyone. Amazing. 

We had another amazing lesson with D--- on Saturday at the W--- house! The spirit was again so strong, and I felt prompted to invite her to be baptized.
"Maybe!" she said. "But I think I want to learn a little bit more, and find out for myself if it's true before I make a decision."
Cute D---! :)

This morning, D---, B--- (a friend from the ward), Sister P--- and I went to the W--- to watch Meet the Mormons. It was the first time I had ever seen it, and it was SO GOOD! I strongly encourage you all to watch it. After the movie, B--- says, "I've received revelation. I think I'm supposed to go on a mission."
YAY B---!!! :D We have been trying to convince her that she should go on one, but the idea never amused her.
And then, all of a sudden, "I think I just received revelation as well," says D---. "I think the Mormon religion is for me!"
AHHHHHHHHH!!! D---!!! :D
I thought my eyeballs were going to pop out of my head, and it was impossible for me to stop smiling! :) We have a date set for March 21st. [I can totally see this expression on Emily's face as she describes it. She always looks happy, but this is her Really Happy.]

YOU too can, Meet the Mormons here!

We met the CUTEST family in our apartment complex! They are sooo funny, and have got so much soul!
"You can take the girl outta Mississippi, but ya can't take the Mississippi outta the girl."
"Did you say chicken and waffles?" "Gurrrl, you ain't had nothin' 'til you try my chicken and waffles!" 
Oh my, precious. They are my favorite. :)  [haha, I think everyone she meets are her favorite.]

The Date Festival happened all week. Apparently, it's a huge thing. People from all over the world come to California just for this festival. A girl, A---, told us Andy Grammer was going to be there, and told us she could get us free front row tickets! Let me just explain to you how dang much I love Andy Grammer. Ugh, A---! You're like the little devil sitting on my shoulder! Don't worry, I listened to my shoulder angel instead. It's ok, I guess. I have already seen many blessings for not going.

Well, that's all folks! God be with you 'til you hear from me next week!

Sister Sommers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Book is Blue, The Church is True, These Care are Cool

Hey everybody!

First of all, I got letters and packages from everyone under the sun! Thank you so much! :) Those who have not gotten a letter back from me, hang on team. I only have about an hour each week to write y'all.

Happy belated Valentines Day! I got to spend it with some favorites, the W---! We got to make super cute Valentine cookies for our investigators. Because cookies win hearts.

I also got to spend Valentine's with the M---'s! Their dad, D---, is a massage therapist and he was telling us this story about the time he got to give Tom Hanks a massage! There's an area where you can go outside, so Tom wanted to go outside for it. While D--- was giving him his massage, the sheet that was covering Tom blew away...WHOOPS! 

Happy belated birthday to my main Pres. Abe!

Also, I just wanna give a shout out to my girl, Chelsey Oglesby, because today is her 18th birthday!!! Yay adult! Happy Birthday Chels! We can celebrate at Handel's when I get home. :)

Happy nine months to Sister P---! You're halfway there, Hermana!
"I could have had a baby. And by the time I go home, I could have had two!"

We had Zone Conference this week. It was awesome. We talked about being bold with the commitments we leave with the people that we teach. I love President Van Cott so much! I love him more every time I see him. The things he teaches us truly are inspired by Heavenly Father. He is one of the most obedient mission presidents, and that makes us one of the most obedient missions (Obedience = Blessings). I truly believe that because I see blessings and miracles everyday. I am so grateful for an amazing mission president!

I'm also very grateful for all of you who take the time to think about me, pray for me, write me letters, or read my blogs! I feel your prayers everyday.  

You know, the Lord really knew what he was doing when he sent me here to California. There are yellow butterflies everywhere! I feel like I'm in a fantasy land! The magic of missions. I think Daniel would agree with me on that one. There are a ton of Ferrari's here. There are so many cool cars, it's a little bit ridiculous.

Speaking of cars, we were driving one day, and we saw a small car driving next to us with nine grown men inside! Hahaha! 

Ever since I've come out on my mission, I have had a deeper appreciation for the Book of Mormon. I am learning so much! It amazes me how many stories I've missed, even though I've read it all the way through
quite a few times. The feelings of the Spirit are so peaceful, and it can answer any questions you have.

Had a rough week? Go read the Book of Mormon.
Had an awesome week? Go read the Book of Mormon.
Can't decide how your week went? Go read the Book of Mormon.

Dad, this is just like your mission!
Sometimes when we knock on people's doors, we'll wait for them to come to the door, but instead we get a "WHO IS IT?!"
"It's the sister missionaries!"
"Ohhh! Come on in!"

So, that would be my week. Keep writing them letters! I just get so excited when I get to hear from you! :)

Later Skaters,
Sister Sommers

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Adventures of a Sister Missionary

Hola, everyone!

Wow, these weeks seriously just get better and better! I don't even understand it!

I FINALLY got my birthday package! Yay!! :) I love everything! Thanks family!

We were in Subway the other day, and two different little girls thought we were Elsa and Anna. How precious! :) It was nice out, so we decided to eat outside, in front of this cute smoothie shop called Mangos! The owner named R---, came out and we started talking to him about what we do as missionaries.
"Have you ever read the Book of Mormon?"
"Oh yeah, I've read it six times."
...SIX TIMES?!?!
Some missionaries had just left it on his doorstep eight years ago, and never followed up. He then proceeded to tell us that he loves it, and knows it's all true. So yeah, he's taking the discussions. Afterwards, he surprised us with these fancy smoothies layered with strawberries, bananas, yogurt, granola, ice cream, whip cream, and a cherry on top FOR FREE! Oh my goodness, they were sooo good! 

We had an AMAZING lesson with D--- the other day. We taught her about the restoration in our bishop's home. The spirit was so strong, there was just no denying it. The best way to teach is definitely in a member's home.

We're teaching a family! The parents are E--- and R---, and they have two kids, C--- (15), and V--- (20). V--- is in college though, so we can't teach him just yet. But they are the cutest family in the world! They took us on a hike this morning up in the mountains, then took us out for lunch at Souplantation. Best P Day ever! Pretty sure I got some sun. It's February, and it's 90 degrees out. Right on!
The other day, E--- told me I looked like Dr. Quinn! Someone needs to get a hold of Ron Adams, and let him know he's not the only one who likes to call me Doc. :)

One of D---'s kids is in jail now. They're accusing him of murder, but I don't think he's capable of doing that. He's one of the most disrespectful kids I've ever met, but I don't think it was him; they're still trying to look for evidence. The cops interviewed us last week when we came out of D---'s house, so hopefully we won't have to go to court or anything like that. Don't worry about us though. The Lord always protects His missionaries. 

I seriously don't understand how wealthy these people are. We were at a couple of members' houses, and they were talking about the two or three other mansions they have. How does one do that? I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to do with my living room when I get my one house.

We got to volunteer at the color run! That was fun. My job was to open plastic bags so they could be ready for others to put t-shirts in. I opened 700 plastic bags in 2.5 hours. I'm a pro now.

Well, those were my adventures for the week. Now you go find some adventures this week!

Sister Sommers

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Those Everyday Miracles

Hey everyone!

Had another totally awesome week!

This Wednesday is transfers, but I already found out that Sister P--- and I will be staying here in La Quinta this next transfer! Woohoo! :) I don't know what I would do without her.

A couple weeks ago, we saw a girl named S--- walking home from the school bus. We talked to her for a little bit and she told us her birthday was coming up, so we told her we would send her a card. Last week, on exchanges, Sister B--- and I went to her house and knocked on the door. S---'s mom answered and told us how sweet we were to think of her daughter. Then, all of a sudden, "Would you like to come in and pray with us?" It totally caught me off guard. "Umm...yes!"

We walked in, and there, laying on the couch was S---'s sweet six-year-old little sister, M---. M--- is autistic, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April. She is now is hospice care. We tried so hard not to tear up, but that was nearly impossible. We read a scripture in the Book of Mormon about how Heavenly Father loves the innocence of a child, and how everyone should be like that. I've been praying everyday for that little girl. We made the most delicious cookies in the world with Sister A--- a couple days ago, so we took them to their family. M--- was feeling a lot better that day. The power of prayer is so real!

We went to D---'s house the other day, and there were cop cars everywhere. Didn't surprise me at all. Her sons are constantly getting in trouble with the law. On our way down the street, after we came out of their house, a cop stopped us and started interviewing us. Never thought that would ever happen on my mission.

We talked to a guy with tattoos all over his face. He said he believes in Jesus Christ and knows He can forgive him of his sins. We later found out that he's in a gang. When we baptize him, it will be the coolest story ever told.

On Thursday, we had dinner with the F---'s! I just love them! He comes strait from Italy, so they made us the most delicious homemade spaghetti and meatballs! Ugh! SO GOOD! Sister F--- knew it was my birthday last week, so she made me an almond raspberry cake! Best meal I've ever had. I feel like my birthday is just never going to end!

Today is P-Day, so Pres. Van Cott's counselor, Pres. Madsen, took us golfing this morning! I've never been golfing before! It was fun, and I was actually pretty good at it, but it's a lot harder than it looks. My hands are all blistered up now.

I read an article by BYU studies about Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon. I encourage all of you to look it up! It's so much more proof that the Book of Mormon is sooo true! I can't really explain how it works, so seriously, go look it up!

Well, that's about it this week. I encourage all to write! Letters are a missionary's very best friend! Also, I encourage all of you to think of those big or small miracles that have happened throughout your week. I would love to hear about them.

Have a miraculous week!

Sister Sommers