Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Out in the desert they wandered, hungry, and helpless, and SUPER HOT!

Just kidding...but really, it's super hot!

Hey there, everyone!

I survived my first week in the summer So Cal desert. It's super dry, but it's still hotter than the east side. The sad part is everyone says it's not even hot yet. Yes, mom, I'm drinking lots of water. It's also SUPER WINDY, holy cannoli!!! I feel like I'm gonna fly away half the time. You wanna wear something light because it's so hot, but because it's so windy, your skirt wants to dance around more than you would like it to. #socalsistaprobs #arehashtagsevenstillathing

We live in a home share with this cute couple, the S---'s. I didn't think I would like it at first, but it's actually pretty nice. They have two trailers on their property, so they live in one, and we stay in the other. It's the cutest trailer, with the biggest front porch. It was nice to come home and talk to the S---'s about our day, and say goodnight, but they abandoned us a few days ago to Utah. :( This is their first year trying to be snowbirds, and we might not see them again until next transfer.

This morning, we were taking the trash out, when we noticed the S---'s whole back porch, and some of their basement was covered in water. A water pipe totally busted, and was spraying water everywhere! Of course it had to be the first week they left. No agua for us this morning. Thankfully, their son knows a thing or two about pipes, so he's working on it now.

We have a couple of fun investigators! We're teaching this lady who used to be a JC Penny's model, and knows all sorts of people like Jay Lenno, John Travolta, Betty White, John Wayne, and ton of others. She proudly showed and gave us pictures and autographs. I guess she was also a bodyguard for John Wayne while he was "shooting" one of his movies. Haha, get it? :) There's another lady that we might teach, J--- T---. She's a professional singer, and was married to Ike Turner, Tina Turner's ex-husband. Crazy!

So, that was my exciting week! Hope you all have a magical week!

Sister Sommers
This flower only blooms once a year and lasts only a minute.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Round Two

Hey Guys and Gals!

First things first...J---'s baptism....
HE DID IT! After 2.5 years of investigating the church, J--- finally got baptized! It took six hours to fill the dang font, but that's ok, anything to help that kid become a member. :) For a long time, he had some doubts, but it just took one lesson with that helped drastically progress. A couple days before he was baptized, he shared the most powerful testimony with us about the Spirit. He knew that the Spirit dwelt here, and that's how he came to know for himself that this gospel is so true! After his baptism, his countenance totally changed, and he is so, so happy! On Sunday, he was able to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and was also able to receive the priesthood. We are so proud of him. He had to make a lot of changes, but he knew it was worth it.
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all things shall be added unto you."

This is a pine cone?!?!
Transfers are this week...and I'm getting transferred! :( I'll be serving in Desert Hot Springs, so back to the desert I go...but in the summer. Oh dear. The best part was when the AP's called yesterday, and
told me I had to leave the very next day. So right after I'm done writing y'all, I'll be leaving for the desert. The crazy part is my companion is Sister W---! AGAIN! WHUUUUT? That is such a relief though, I know exactly who she is, and we get along quite well. :) I'm really going to miss serving in the Northpark YSA Ward with Sister P--- and Sister R---. They are amazing! I'm pretty sure there was
a reason Sister R--- and I were together for only four weeks. We are so CRAZY together! :) It's ok though, Sister P---'s sanity balanced us out well. Sister P--- will be staying here at Northpark, and will be doing some follow-up training. Sister R---...well, she's going home! Her 18 months are all up! So weird that will be me someday.

Well, that's all the time I really have. Have an amazing week!

Sister Sommers
Bowling, last day in San Bernardino.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rest in Peas

Why hello, my cute friends and family!

Here's the scoop on this week.

Monday, we had dinner with our Ward Mission Leader, Lorenzo. His mom made these really yummy tostadas. Into my third bite, I noticed that little green monster. "Umm...Are there peas on this?"
Everyone's eyes got real big. "Oh no, don't tell me you're allergic to peas!" Lorenzo responded. He felt so bad, and made me another plate with everything but peas. It was kinda scary when I could start to feel my throat swell up a little. Thankfully, the swelling went down before too long. So glad it wasn't like my first experience. That was just terrible.

These past few weeks have been great, but also so exhausting! We are constantly going up and down the hill; it takes so much out of you. The nice thing is if we're doing a lot of work in the mountains, we
stay in Sister Robert's condo and drive the Jeep. So we have an apartment and a condo, and a Jeep and a Corolla. So we have like a billion miles to spare. Covering three wards, Northpark, Lake Arrowhead, and Running Springs, has been interesting too. We've been going to two different wards every week. I guess President doesn't think three hours is long enough.

There's this kid, John, that we've been teaching, who has been investigating the church for two years! Some of the members already thought he was a member and asked us why we were teaching him the
lessons. Haha! We've had some pretty awesome lessons with him. Our favorite is when he taught us back the Restoration. It was so powerful, we knew we needed to put him on date. But instead of us
putting him on date, we asked him when he thought he would be ready to be baptized. He chose July 18! Perfect timing before transfers and before Sister Roberts goes home! Everyone is so excited and so proud of him. :)

That's all folks! Have a marvelous week! Love you all!
Sister Sommers

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Seeing the Fruits of Your Labors

Hello friends and family!

So much has happened this week! It's kind of ridiculous!

The week all started with, of course, a text from the AP's. It was the best text I have ever received on my mission. On Sunday, July 5, P--- D--- would be baptized!!! The deal is if you've taught them, you can go back to that area to see them get baptized. Thanks to Sister K---, I was able to go back to La Quinta. As soon as I opened the doors, I saw P--- all dressed in white, getting ready to start. I ran right up to her and gave her the biggest hug.

"Sister Sommers, I was so afraid you weren't going to come!" she said in her sweet shaky voice.

I wasn't going to miss that baptism for the world. It was also so amazing to see my La Quinta family again! I miss them so much! As soon as I walked in the room, Bishop asked if I could say the opening
prayer and if I could help P--- in the font. I was so happy to be a part of her baptism. As we walked to the bathroom which led to the font, P--- looked at me and said with tears in her eyes, "I love you." I cried the rest of the baptism. I was so proud of her, and the spirit was SO strong! I have never felt the spirit like that in my life.

P---'s nephew, L---, got to baptize her, and he was just baptized a couple years ago! He kept thanking me, and thanking me. But I didn't do much of anything, I just told her what I knew to be true and invited her to do things. Her sister also went, and told me that I was changing her life...that definitely was not me. The spirit was the teacher and she chose for herself to change her life around. P---'s son and his wide also attended. It's amazing how the spirit can soften hearts. 

After reconnecting with friends, I saw the F---'s! The F---'s were not attending church for years and we tried so hard to get them to church. Yesterday, was the first I had ever seen them in the church building. Sister F--- always wanted to come back, but there was just something holding her back. They've been attending church for five weeks now, and she said she didn't realize the joy that had been missing from her life until she came back to church. 

Sis. F--- ran into some other sisters a few weeks ago, and they reminded her of me. She asked if she
would ever see me again. The sister said she probably wouldn't until after my mission. The crazy part is they weren't even planning on staying at the baptism, but then the Stake Relief Society President
invited them to stay.

"If we had decided not to stay, I wouldn't have gotten to see you!"
Sister F--- then leaned over towards someone, and said looking at me, "...that's my missionary."

That is so wonderful and crazy to think. I am someone's missionary!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! Thank you to all of those who have served our country, and the many sacrifices you had to make for our freedom. It kind of made me miss being with my family at home, but it was still good because we got to be in Lake Arrowhead, and got to see fireworks off of Sister R---'s balcony.

I heard about the loss of our beloved apostle, President Boyd K. Packer. Thank you for your many years of service for the world and for the Lord.

Friday, I turned 7 months old! That's how long Sister P--- had been out when she started training me! It's so weird to think that I thought she was so old on the mission because I don't really feel that

So you will NEVER guess what happened this week. Friday morning, I ran one whole mile without stopping! I have never been able to do that in all my life! It was the most painful, exhausting thing I've ever done, but I did it! Some of you may be thinking (like my sister), "Ha! That is nothing!" But to me, it means a whole lot more than just nothing. So go ahead, you can clap for me. :)

What a wonderful week it's been! :)

Sister Emily KaeLynn Sommers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the California Redlands Mission We...BAPTIZE!!!

Hey everyone!

So guess what happened this week! T--- got baptized!!! WOOHOO!! :) She was so dang prepared, I can't even believe it. But when good things happen, something just has to go wrong. The elders didn't tell us it would take over four hours to fill up the font, so she had to go under three times because she couldn't go under all the way! It's a good thing we were there to fill it up for at least 3 1/2 hours. She was a good sport about it though. She was laughing the whole time. Definitely an experience she will never forget. :) Her fiance, F---, was able to baptize and confirm her. 

We finally moved in with the hermanas! We all get along super well, so that's good! And we have a washer and dryer! Hallelujah! 

Bishop says southern California has four seasons; wind, fire, smog, and rain...well, maybe a little less on the rain part. Last week, a fire started in Big Bear and it lasted all week! A second one started a few days ago here in San B, but they were quick to put that one out. Scary stuff. Bishop was telling us about a huge fire in 2007 that burned about 1000 houses down!

Last Monday, we got to check out the original McDonalds. Super cool! And this morning, our zone went to the mission home, hung out with Sister Van Cott and played some games. Next P Day, we're taking a hike with Sister Van Cott! I just love her! :) 

That's about all! Have a fantastic week!

Sister Sommers