Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Expect the Unexpected

San BernarDINO
Dear friends and family,

First of all, Happy Father's Day to all those superhero daddy's out there, especially my own! Love you, Pops!

Wow, it's been a crazy week!

This week, the temperature has been ranging from 100-104 degrees. I'm so lucky to not be in the desert anymore, it's 120! How do you live? My blood would boil and my skin would melt right off my bones! Sorry for the graphic image, but it's true!

Monday, we got a call from the AP's, telling us we needed to move out of our apartment because another one was shutting down! Ugh...I don't like packing. But I hear they're pretty nice apartments. Maybe we'll actually have our very own washer and dryer. That would be nice because it gets expensive. We'll be moving in with the hermana's this coming week.

Wednesday, we got to go to the temple and do an endowment session! I think President is allowing us to go twice a year. I feel lucky, it used to only be once a year.

Thursday evening, we got a call from the AP's again, telling us that Sister T--- would be going home the next morning for some health problems, so her companion, Sister Nellie R---, would be staying with us. So, yes, I am in a trio! It's fun having her in our companionship, but it's hard because now we're all in charge of three areas! She covers two areas in the mountains, and we cover one huge area which includes four cities down the hill and three up. So all together we basically cover about half of southern California...or it seems that way, anyway. Talk about STRESS. 
Redland Temple - Holiness to the Lord
Friday, we went up the mountain to get some more of Sister R---'s things. It is so beautiful up there, and the temperature is perfect in the summer, but Sister P--- and I got so sick from the elevation. Guess we better toughen up, we'll be going up a lot more for the next four weeks. Sister R--- will be going home after this transfer. It's been a real weird last transfer for her.

Fun Fact: Sister P--- has been out for 13 months, and has had 11 companions! She has never had a companion for more than one transfer...except for me! :) That's right, breaking records and all. Transfer number two, and still going strong! 

Saturday, we had Zone Conference, aaannnddd.........WE GOT OUR i-PADS!!! WOOHOO!! :) Moving up in the world! If you couldn't tell, we are very excited! The best part is we each individually get to have our own! We don't have to share them like we do with our dinosaur phones. AND we get to take them home with us! YIPPEEE! I'm feeling pretty spoiled. I'll let you know when we get Facebook. The Lord really is hastening His work. One thing we all have to remember though is the i-Pad is just a tool. The i-Pad does not have the Holy Ghost, and i-Pad cannot baptize. Therefore, we are not an i-Pad mission. They are just tools to help us with the work. 

Also on Saturday, T--- had her baptismal interview! She's getting baptized this Saturday! :) She was so prepared, we are very excited for her! Please pray for her, Satan knows the best times to attack, even on the strongest people.

Sunday, we had four investigators come to church; T---, B---, J---, and C---! After a long, crazy, stressful week, that was a beautiful blessing and miracle.

So that was my adventurous week. Hope all is going well in the land of "normal."

Sister Sommers

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!


So since the beginning of my mission, every time we drive somewhere, we're always driving past some baseball field. It always makes me miss all the times my family would go to major league Cleveland Indian baseball games. Then, just a couple weeks ago, everyone started talking about Mormon Night- the 66ers baseball game. I wanted to go SO BAD, but I knew President wouldn't go for it. Our Ward Mission Leader, Lorenzo, said he was pretty tight with the AP's and he would just call and ask them...BE MY GUEST...but he's gonna say no.

That evening, we were driving back to the apartment, when the phone rang.
"Hey sisters! We just go a call from Lorenzo, asking if you were allowed to go to the game. We asked President and he said since you're serving in a YSA ward, he feels good about letting you go."

...say WHHHAAATTT!?!?!?

"So as long as you have investigators and less-actives go, and you feel good about it as well, he's going to let you go. He's not gonna let any other missionaries go, so you sisters are pretty special."


Of course we did all the gasping and screaming once we got off the phone.

Ummm...we get i-Pads on Saturday! WOOHOO!! Supah Dupah excited.

Wednesday, right before the temple tour, we ran into Sister P---'s great-aunt B---! Her real name is E--, but she likes B---. :) She works at the temple, so maybe one of these days we could get her to give the tour.

This week, I finished the Book of Mormon again! Did you know that if you read four chapters of the Book of Mormon everyday, you can finish in two months? So that's what I did. And guess what. The book is still true and still so amazing! You know how I know? Because I've read it, and I've prayed about it. You may be thinking the Book of Mormon must be pretty great by just reading this. BUT you won't know for sure unless you've read and prayed about it yourself. So go do it, even if it's just for five minutes a day. It'll change your life, I promise! 

For the past few months, Sister P--- gave up desserts for a past investigator, J---. He's this cute old man who's been smoking for over 40 years. Then just last week, Sister P--- got an email from her last companion saying how J--- took all of his cigarettes and chucked them over the fence. "I QUIT. I'M DONE. I'M FREE!"
We got to go to his baptism Saturday. :)
It is so amazing how the gospel can completely turn someone's life around, even if it is hard, and you have to make a few sacrifices. It may be tough, but it is worth more than anything in this world.

Saturday, we found this pretty amazing girl, A---. She just graduated high school, and she was just filled with questions. Her dad goes to one church and her mom is goes to another; both very strong religions, but she was never interested in being a part of either of them. She said she was confused, and just wanted some answers. She asked all of the questions every missionary wished more people would ask! So, she's basically like Joseph Smith. [Both of his parents went to different churches. He was praying about which church to go to.] We're excited to be teaching her. :)

Well, that's all folks! Have a goofy day!

Sister Sommers

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Miracles Happen Once in a While..

Hey E'erbody,

I turned six-months-old on Wednesday! Holy moly, I am old. I can't believe I've already completed 1/3 of my mission! YIKES! Honestly, sometimes I feel like I've been out here forever, but other days, it goes by way too fast.

This week is transfers! Usually everyone hears from the ZL's where they're going, but Sister P--- and I found out on Saturday from President. We will be staying in the Northpark YSA Ward! Whoop Whoop! Good thing too because whitewashing is too much work just to be staying for one transfer.

I got your package, mom! Thank you! You're the best! :)

Congrats to my baby sister, Sarah, who graduated High School last week! You're all done with school! Haha, just kidding. You still have college. 
6 months out
Tuesday, we had our interviews with President Van Cott. I love having those interviews, I just wish we could have more of them. He has been able to answer any questions I have, and he clearly answers them through the spirit. I just love that man! I love his wife too. She decided she would join our district in our district meeting this week. She and President speak with so much power and passion. It's impossible not to feel the spirit around them.

We set up our booth at Cal State on Wednesday and witnessed so many miracles. When we were first setting up, a guy from another booth walked up and saw some pamphlets about Joseph Smith and just started BASHING us. Please sir, thanks, but no thanks. Once he figured we weren't going to turn this into an argument, he slowly and awkwardly turned around and walked back to his booth. A half-hour later, a girl apologized for how the last guy was acting and told us how ridiculous he was being. After that, our investigator, B---, came to our booth and told us he read from the chapter of the Book of Mormon we gave him. And he came with great questions. :) Yes, the chapter was all about baptism. Afterwards, a girl started talking with us because she knew some other sisters. Then, a guy told us he wanted to get into some family history. And then two girls were passing our booth, and one of them started looking at all the stuff we had to offer. Her friend leaned over and said, "Oh, that's just the Mormons." "So...I wanna look!" She took a Restoration video. And a girl took a picture of our poster of Christ because she liked it. And on top of all of that, people we had met before came over to say hi and see how we were doing. That all happened within just a couple hours!
The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Christ
Friday, we set up our booth again, but it was a lot slower. BUT THEN a girl and a guy who went to school there asked us if they could interview and video us about what our opinions were about "going green." They then told us, the video would be on Youtube and on channel 3 on TV! So I'm basically a celeb, no big deal. We'll probably only be up for about five seconds, but still! The world will see our name tags. It should be up within 5-6 weeks. You'll find it in "CSUSB Local Matters." They weren't sure what the title was going to be, but it'll be something like "Traveling Eco Friendly..." or something like that.

So, that was my awesome week!

Until next time...later skaters!

Sister EmiKaeSom
Her favorite game

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It's a Good Life

Hey there!

Wednesday we had i-Pad training! Whoop whoop! Elder Schwitzer, one of the 70, came in and trained us on how to use those magic boxes.
"When you go home, you can tell everyone you worked from B.C. to A.D. (Before Computers to After Digital)."

Good news, I can eat my sweets again! Bad news, I'm gonna gain a million pounds! But I do exercise in the mornings, so it'll probably only be about a thousand.

Yesterday, Sister P--- and I gave talks in Sacrament meeting. I spoke on how we can receive the light of Christ, and how I decided I was going on a mission. Now I've inspired all of the YSA to go on missions, if they haven't already...right? Right.

Last night, was kind of a scary moment. We ran across a busy road, trying to get to our car from a member's home, and right in the middle of the street, I lost my shoe. I tried to pick up my shoe several times, but it kept escaping my hands. This kind of stuff only happens in the movies! But where is the man who's supposed to save me? Of course a man isn't going to save you, you're a missionary! I almost just left it there because traffic was coming close, but luckily I was able to finally grab a hold of it, and got out of the way just in time. Wheww!

We're teaching a young girl and she is the cutest redhead. :) We've been teaching her since the beginning of the transfer, and she's been reading the Book of Mormon everyday! Every week, she goes to school, works at, volunteers at three different hospitals, and yet, still manages to meet with us once a week, and reads from the Book of Mormon everyday! She can already see the blessings that come from reading it. It's also super good because her fiance comes to all the lessons. Oh yeah, and she wants to be baptized by the end of this month. :)

I heard what happened to our beloved apostle, Elder L. Tom Perry. He was filled with so much love and passion for the gospel, you just knew his whole heart was in it. Thank you for your bright, energetic spirit, and all the years you have served the Lord. There is a special place in Heaven for you. I know, on the other side, you will continue to serve Him.

Lots of people always thank me for serving a mission because they know it's hard. Sure it's hard, and I have to make a lot of sacrifices, but like I said before, it's worth it! I have the opportunity to meet lots of different people, and knowing some of them, makes my life seem like a piece of cake, even on the mission. I feel so blessed to have friends and family who love me. I feel so blessed to be serving a mission. And I feel so blessed to have the knowledge of the gospel. 

It's a good life.

Sister Emily KaeLynn Sommers
[I guess California is serious about conserving the water.]