Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TRANSFERS, AND REPTILES, AND BREAK-IN'S...OH MY!

Hey everyone! Crazy week!

So this week is transfer week...and guess what...I'm being transferred! AHHHH! I don't know how I feel about this! I can't leave La Quinta! It's like leaving home all over again! :( But I have a good feeling about this one. I'm now going to be serving in the Northpark YSA ward in San Bernardino. Everyone was so jealous that I'm being sent to a YSA ward. I hear it's a lot of fun working with them. So that's exciting! Another plus is my new companion is Sister P---. I've never met her, but all I hear is good things about her. I can't even tell you how much of a relief that is. The only part I'm nervous about is we're whitewashing the area! [This means that both of the missionaries are new to the area. They usually have one that's been there a while.] Maybe we could use some prayers. Maybe the La Quinta Elders too; we're not being replaced by any other missionaries. 


We went to the Stake President, Pres. M---'s house on Monday, and made a new scaly friend. President's 11-year-old son, N--- LOVES reptiles! That's all he and I ever talk about. After dinner, N---showed us the rattlesnake he caught! My first rattlesnake! It was so cool...and actually kind of scary. His rattle was louder than I thought it would be, and he tried striking at us multiple times through the cage. I'll be listening to those rattlers as I walk around.


On Saturday, all four of us got locked out of our apartment. Hahaha! We were stuck outside for an hour until the Elders came to our rescue. There was no way we could have broken in through the door, so the Elders had to break the latch of our tiny window to open it. Sister W--- crawled right through it and let us back in. Hahaha! We were secretly all hoping we would have to sleep in the chairs by the pool.

Today is P Day, so our Ward Mission Leader's wife, Sister A---, took the four of us to the zoo! Yay!! It was the first time Sister Y--- has ever gone! So much fun!


 

I'm going to miss La Quinta, Sister W---, and our roommates SO MUCH, but I know I have finished my work here, and the Lord has other plans in store for me in San Bernardino.


Until next week,

Sista EmSom
Roomies
We found our Parking Spot!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cuz You Gotta Have Faith

Hey everyone!

So, this week was unfortunately not as exciting as we were planning it to be. P--- decided not to be baptized this week. It broke our hearts. If only people could see the good that comes from being baptized and following Heavenly Father's plan. We'll just keep loving her, and keep helping her build her faith.

We did a ton of service on Thursday! We helped Sister A--- sand a dresser, helped a [sister] clean out her garden, worked on a some dishes, and then helped make dinner. We slept pretty good that night.

Last week the Elders were planning a surprise party for Elder V---, and invited us. Sister W--- and I went to the store early that morning to buy him a a cake, some ice cream soda, and pretty much everything else you can think of. Then the ZL's found out and told us that Elders and Sisters probably shouldn't throw a party together. Dang! I've never been uninvited to a birthday party before! The Elders felt so bad, they saved the last box of pizza for us. Ahhh thanks Elders! :) We tease them about it all the time.
"Remember that one time we were uninvited to a birthday party?"

I found out something cool this week I thought I would share with you all. Jesus's half-brother, James, was known to always have calloused knees because he was always praying on his knees. How fitting it is that he talks so much about prayer in the Bible. 
"If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." -James 1:5
It's interesting to know that was the scripture Joseph Smith read that inspired him to kneel down and ask Heavenly Father which of all the church's were true. It was because of this, the Church of Jesus Christ was restored back to the earth.
I just love how Heavenly Father connects everything. The church is so true!

Missions for sure have their up's and down's, and sometimes I miss home a lot, but there is, honestly, no place I'd rather be.

"Called to serve Him, Heavenly king of glory, chosen heirs to witness for His name..."

Keep on keepin' on!

Sister Sommers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

So Cal Likes to Party!

Hey kids! Sister Sommers here!

The last few days on the road have been CRAZY!!! Coachella Music and Art Fest happened over the weekend, and it's happening next weekend too. So many artists and bands go, so anybody who's anybody is there. I guess we're a buncha nobody's cuz we're missionaries, and we don't party like dat. Each weekend, they have over 150 thousand people there. Some of the few celebs that performed were ACDC, Katy Perry, Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and a ton of others. I guess Justin Bieber was just hanging out in the crowd as well. The worst part is Coachella Fest is right around the corner from where we live! It is so loud, we can hear all the music playing. CRAZY. Since it's next weekend too, all the celebs rent homes over here. People keep telling me to watch out for them. I can just totally see myself talking with someone random at the grocery store, and not even realize their famous.


Good news! I got my voice back! I no longer sound like a zombie from Warm Bodies. I can speak, but my singing still doesn't sound so hot.

The elders who are serving in our ward, Elder T--- and Elder V---, had a baptism over the weekend! Her name is M--- and she's 18 years old. She is the cutest thing, and was SO prepared! She was taught and baptized within three weeks. That same day, Sister W--- went to a baptism in her last area, so cute Sister H--- was my companion for the day. It was weird not being with another missionary, but we had fun!

Speaking of baptisms, P--- gets baptized this coming weekend! HOLLA! 

Last week, Sister W--- was trying to back out of our teeny tiny garage, and accidentally hit it. It left a few scrapes, so we called in about it. She was afraid she would be hit by lightning, but they were totally cool about it. While our car was getting all fixed up, they surprised us with an SUV! It was super nice, but we only got to drive it for a day.

Over the course of Sister W---'s mission, she's had some pretty tough companions, and just didn't feel the love she deserves. And that is SO dumb because Sister W--- is awesome! She's funny, very hard-working, and just an overall good missionary. This week, she surprised me and almost made me cry when she told me I was the biggest blessing on her mission. I didn't do anything super amazing to have her like me as a companion; I was just being myself. I feel like missionaries are so caught up in trying to be the "perfect missionary," they often forget how to love, and how to just be themselves! As long as we are working hard, being obedient, and remembering to love EVERYONE, we can still have fun! Simple as that.

Okey dokey, that's about all I have to report for this week!

Remember to love and have fun this week...but not too much fun!

Sister EmiKae Sommers :)     

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Missionary Superbowl

Hey there, folks!

Thumpin'
Happy Belated Easter, and today is the day our Savior was born, so...Merry Christmas...?

So this week was pretty adventurous!

First of all, General Conference was amazing as always! We could all tell they wanted us to use the atonement and also get married. The missionaries who are going home next transfer were freaking about all the marriage talks. My personal favorites were Elder Uchtdorf's, Elder Holland's, Elder Eyring's, Elder Brent H. Nielson's, and Elder Wilford W. Anderson's. Sorry, it's hard to pick just one! Poor President Monson; I was a little disappointed when I found out he wasn't going to end the conference. He could really use our prayers. Also, during the beginning of the second session, I could seriously feel the whole world tense up while we were sustaining. All of them could use our prayers. I am so grateful for a prophet who leads and guides us in these modern days. Otherwise, I would be so lost in this crazy world.

I finished the Book of Mormon on Friday! Woohoo! That always feels good to say. :)

A couple days ago, I WAS STRUCK DUMB! Ok, not really, I just totally lost my voice. It's day three, and I still can't speak! It's a good thing those gorillas at the zoo, a few years ago, taught me a few tricks with their signing skills!

Last week, after the Women's Conference, a lady came up to us and said, "You know, my husband is a chiropractor. I can get him to adjust your backs for FREE because you're missionaries!"
YAY MISSIONARIES!!!
And so that's what we did. But don't worry, we also shared a lesson with them. 

Last Tuesday was pretty scary. Sister Wagner and I were at a gas station, near a pump, getting ready to fill up our car. Before we got out, I glanced over and saw a suspicious guy put something inside of a green backpack. He walked over to the pump in front of us, and placed the bag beside the pump, then walked away.
"Did you just see that, Hermana? It's probably a drug deal," I said shaking my head.
Sister W--- got out of the car and brought the bag over. With the door opened wide, she set the backpack beside the car.
"Hermana! What do you think you're doing?!"
"I'm not gonna let someone get away with a drug deal," she responded while dialing 911.
"Sister! Put the bag back!"
And then, the worst happened. The guy came back from around the corner to check on his bag. From his reaction and language, I could clearly tell he desperately needed whatever was in it. I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest as he walked over to our car and spotted his green bag.
"Who do you think you are?" he shouted as he snatched it and walked away.
Poor Sister W--- felt absolutely AWFUL afterwards. But we're safe, and that's all that matters. The Lord always protects His missionaries.

That's about it! Everyone tell me what your favorite talk from General Conference was! You can also send me favorite past General Conference talks if you'd like. Those are always fun to read during my personal study time. 

Be safe, and follow the prophet!

Redlands Temple
Sister Sommers           
Great and Spacious Building

La Quinta Sunset

Johnny Rockets

Hermana Y-, Hermana M-, Sis Sommers, Sis W- 



The Strawberry Shake
Sis Sommers and Hermana Y---

Friday, April 3, 2015

Never a Dull Moment

Well hello there!

This week was very eventful. Let's start with Monday evening, when I was throwing up all night...yeah, that happened. YUCK! Sister W--- and I just stayed in all day on Tuesday. I was exhausted, still nauseous, and I pulled a muscle in my neck that night, trying to get comfortable while I was trying to fall asleep. I literally woke up every half-hour. No bueno.


Sister W, Sister Sommers, Hermana Y, Hermana M
On Friday, we introduced the hermanas to the G--- Family, the cute family that lives in our apartment complex. The mom, D--- gave us money so we could pick up some burgers from The Habit, and bring them over so we could have lunch with her. She is a hoot! We all just love her to death! She is always giving, and always trying to be Christlike. She's seriously a better missionary than all of us combined! We're trying to teach her, but it's hard because she LOVES to talk! One day, we'll get a lesson in. D--- is blind and teaches a bible study at a blind school. One day, one of her students asked her how they were supposed to listen to the Bible.
"Oh, that's easy! Just go to mormon.org!"
Sister P--- and I told her about it a couple weeks ago. :) What a great missionary!

While we were having lunch, I asked D--- if she could sing Amazing Grace for us because she loves to sing. She was outstanding! Just the right amount of spirit and soul! It just made me cry!

Saturday, we had Mission Conference! Elder Nielson, a Quorum of the 70, came to speak to us. He talked about the atonement, and how the atonement isn't just for the sinners, it's for the righteous too. The atonement is for the bad to be good, and for the good to be better. It reminded me of the poem my English teacher, Mrs. Wooley always used to say to us:

Good, better best,
Never be at rest,
Until your good is better,
And your better is the best.

I am so grateful for the atonement. I'm grateful that I can use it everyday to help me repent of my mistakes, and help me become a better person each and every day. It's the only way we can become more like our Savior, and the only way we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again.

General Conference is next week!!! WOOHOO!!! :) I can't wait! GO WATCH GENERAL CONFERENCE!! It will change your life. It's a time when you get to hear words that come straight from our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. Also, watch out for Elder Nielson because he's giving a talk and I got to shake his hand! This link will take you to General Conference.

In Mission Conference, President Van Cott showed us the new video the church made for Easter, called Because He Lives. We're going to use that to help us find more people to teach. The church did such a fantastic job! I got chills! I invite all of you to watch it. It's a short but powerful message about how the Savior still lives. I know that He lives! HeLives.mormon.org 

Women's Conference was also great! Of course it had to be all about families. It made me miss my family a ton, but it also made me grateful that I have such awesome and loving parents and siblings. I know that families can be together forever! It doesn't have to be until death do you part. I love you mom, dad, Sarah, and Daniel!!! I think of and pray for you everyday! Oh yeah, and Kaya! Love and miss you too, Kaya!

This morning, our neighbor M--- came over to warn us about someone who broke into her apartment and stole her computer. This is the second time it's happened to her. So, we're always careful about locking our doors. But seriously, if someone ever came into the apartment, they would probably say, "Look at all of these copies of the Book of Mormon I could steal and hand out to everyone!" And then they would all want to be baptized. 

So, the moral of the story is: Don't get sick, serve someone, use the atonement, watch General Conference, watch Because He Lives, tell your family you love them, and lock your doors!

Sister Sommers