Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rattlesnakes, Bread, and BAPTISMS!


 A girl does what she must to stay cool.
Howdy, Partners!

Gotta cool/scary story about the elders. Last Monday, they all decided to go on a hike up in the mountains. On their hike, they came to a point where they had to jump from one rock to another with a 3-foot gap, only a couple feet off the ground. After each one made it safely across, an elder heard and noticed something within the gap of the two rocks. He leaned in a little closer. A rattlesnake! If any of them had slipped and fell, there would've been some bad news. Luckily, they were all okay.

Every Tuesday, after District Meeting, we get to go to Aspen Mills, a sandwich shop, for free! The owner, M---, is LDS, and this is his way of serving the missionaries. He's seriously the nicest guy I've ever met in my life. He lets us get whatever we want, and serves a sample of brownies to everyone who walks through the door. It's also great because Sister W--- can't have gluten, but there's gluten-free bread! Hooray! A couple weeks ago, he gave us three whole loaves! He greets everyone with the biggest smile, and talks to you like he's known you his whole life. We need more people like M---.

A couple weeks ago, when we were in Aspen Mills, this guy walks over to the elder's table and asks, 
"Hey, are you Jehovah's Witness's?" 
"Umm...no, we're LDS."
"Oh, you shouldn't go to that church! Do you know what kind of stuff they teach there?"
The elders had no idea what to say, and looked at each other, hoping one of them would have a good response.
"Hahaha! I'm just teasing, I'm a member."

Without us knowing what just happened, the same guy came to our table and started asking us if we had a little money to spare. Oh boy...PLEASE not again.
"Hahaha! Just kidding, I'm a member."
The elders watched the whole scene and we were all laughing afterwards. :)

She's a Wonder...
Our investigator, P---, is getting baptized this weekend! Woohoo! :) She's the girlfriend of a member. She'll become a member, and he'll be getting the priesthood soon. Exciting times! Oh yeah, and J---, C---, and I will be singing "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus" while M--- plays the guitar. I can't remember if I said anything about singing at J---'s baptism. Well if I didn't, Sister P--- and I sang "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" while Sister R--- played the piano. I don't know how people rope me into these things.

Until next time, that's all folks! Y'all come back now, ya hear?

Sister Sommers
...and she's a nut!    (Taking advantage of the random carts that are everywhere in SoCal)


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GREAT FAITH and MIGHTY PRAYER


Hello friends and family!

My week started in a thrift shop called "Gypsyland". Pretty snazzy name, right? We went shopping there last Monday, and I found a super cute purple skirt WITH POCKETS for only 19 cents! STEAL! As the lady was ringing my skirt up, she started talking with us and asked questions about what we do as missionaries. As we were talking, she had obviously used the term "Mormons". Another lady looking at clothes near the register, turned around and shouted, "MORMONS?!" She stared at us, then at our name tags, then back to our faces, giving us the most disturbed look. We just looked at her and smiled. It's so sad when people judge you for who they think you are. If only everyone truly understood what we were all about. She then proceeded to strip down so she could try the clothes on she had just taken off the rack. That's DHS for ya! It was comforting to know we weren't the only "crazies" in there.

Surviving on these because it's 120 degrees!!!
Tuesday, we came back to the house to get some lunch. I was eating my delicious corn dog with about a million calories, kicking back in my recliner, minding my own business when suddenly, I heard banging on the sliding glass door. I jumped and turned to see a man standing on the other side of the glass. It scared me out of my whits, until I realized it was just Brother S---. He drove himself all the way back from Utah to check on the water because another pipe had busted. He was TICKED when he found out the sprinklers had been running nonstop for two weeks. We had no idea they were running that long because we're hardly ever home. Because California is in a drought, people here get fined if they use too much water. It would've been helpful to know what time the sprinklers were supposed to kick on and off. So that was an unpleasant surprise.

We threw a surprise birthday party for Elder C--- this week... well, I guess just "birthday party". This Ward isn't very good at keeping secrets. Haha! When the Elders found out, they didn't tell us, they just asked a bunch of weird questions about what we were doing Friday night. Then an hour before the party, they called telling us Elder C--- was being emergency transferred. Of course that was a big, fat lie because they showed up a half-hour early to the party! Those punk faces! Haha! At least we weren't uninvited to this one like we were in La Quinta. We actually had investigators there, so it was all good. It was a great time.

Stake Conference was yesterday, and that was super good! They talked about how important the member's roles are in missionary work. EVERYONE PLEASE WORK WITH YOUR MISSIONARIES!!! You're the reason we get things done. You make missionary work successful and effective. Please just do it, and your missionaries will love you forever. I promise.
Making new friends
Our Church Guest
A while ago, our recent convert, P---, went back to drinking coffee. Last night, we were visiting with her, her daughter who is also a recent convert, and her son-in-law. At the end of our lesson, her son-in-law suggested we kneel down in prayer for P--- about gaining a testimony of not drinking coffee. He was pretty much asking for a miracle. After the prayer, we all had a strong feeling that something was going to happen the next day, even P---. This morning, we called her up, asking if we could do our laundry at her house. When we got there, P--- was so full of energy! Haha, it was pretty cute. :) What was happening? "Sisters! I woke up this morning, and for the first time, I had absolutely no desire to drink my morning coffee. I had so much energy, I didn't know what to do with it all, so I cleaned the house and moved all the junk from my front porch." Cute P--- experienced a miracle. That miracle only happened through prayer and great faith. At the end of every weekly letter President sends to us, it always ends in something to do with "GREAT FAITH and MIGHTY PRAYER".

Through "GREAT FAITH and MIGHTY PRAYER" miracles can happen.

Sister Sommers




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Short & Sweet

Hey folks!

Umm...not too much happened this week...but please keep reading because missionary life is filled with nothing but pure awesomeness.

Congratulations to my Aunt Caitlin who got married last week! Welcome to the family, Dave number three! To make things clear, no she did not get married to three different Dave's. My mom and two of her sisters are all married to Dave's. My Aunt Courtney will be getting married in October to "not Dave."

Happy almost Birthday to my girl/adopted sista/favorite mermaid princess, Tristan! AHHH! You gonna be 18! YOU SO OLD! And you're one of my California buddies right now! Wouldn't it be crazy if we
"accidentally" ran into each other? ;)


Quick, cool story. We were driving the other day, and I looked up and saw this hawk flying above our car with a huge snake in its mouth. I love snakes, but that was just too dang cool!

I forgot to mention, a few weeks ago, I was totally deaf in my left ear for a whole week! Then, I got some ear drops, so all is well.

Another miracle happened yesterday! Remember last week, I was talking about how a member's inactive son came to church and bore his testimony? Yesterday, he AND his older inactive brother came to church, along with the member's non-member husband, which we're teaching! How wonderful it was to see that family sitting together at church.

Well, sorry, not too much to write about, but there's your weekly update!

Have a marvelous week, you all!

Sister Sommers


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I Know Who I Am, I Know God's Plan, I'll Follow Him in Faith

Hello out there!

This week was interesting...

Saturday, our investigator, J---, invited us to a Catholic mass. I was pretty excited to go, considering I had never been to one. Some of the people were super nice and inviting, but I didn't feel the most comfortable. It was interesting...and that's all I have to say about that.

Our recent convert's neighbor tried giving her some anti last week. "I've only been a member for two months, and I already know this is junk!" hehe :)

Tuesday, we tried visiting an inactive member. Found out he's an anti-Christ. All you can really do is testify of what you know to be true...until they cut you off, and pray hard for a softened heart.

 And so it begins...
As you can see, our week has been filled with anti's and apostates. It's okay though, it has not weakened my testimony. In fact, my testimony has grown so much! I realize that if they don't have a change of heart, they can't have the happiness that I have. They can't experience that pure love and eternal joy!

We had been waiting for a miracle all week, and it finally happened on Sunday. A member's inactive son, who she had been praying for everyday, came to church and bore his testimony. He said he had been inactive for a while, and his life had kind of gone down the drain, so he thought it would be a good idea to come back to church. The whole congregation was SOBBING. They knew how much it meant to his mom, and to Heavenly Father.  

It's sad, but sometimes we have to go through devastation to remember our Heavenly Father. We go through trials and we make mistakes; that's why we had a Savior come to this earth and take away all of those pains and mistakes from us so we could live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. He paid the price, but we need to keep His commandments. You are never alone through your trials; Christ knows exactly what you're going through because He has experienced it. We need to turn to Him so he can help us and make our burdens become light.

"...God cares a lot more about who we are and who we are becoming than about who we once were.4 He cares that we keep on trying.
The comedy As You Like It, written by the English playwright William Shakespeare, depicts a dramatic change in a character’s life. An older brother attempts to have his younger brother killed. Even knowing this, the younger brother saves his wicked brother from certain death. When the older brother learns of this undeserved compassion, he is totally and forever changed and has what he calls a “conversion.” Later several women approach the older brother and ask, “Was’t you that did so oft contrive to kill [your brother]?”
The older brother answers, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I: I do not shame to tell you what I was, since my conversion so sweetly tastes, being the thing I am.”5
For us, because of God’s mercy and the Atonement ofJesus Christ, such a change is not just literary fiction.
In His mercy, God promises forgiveness when we repent and turn from wickedness—so much so that our sins will not even be mentioned to us. For us, because of the Atonement of Christ and our repentance, we can look at our past deeds and say, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I.” No matter how wicked, we can say, “That’s who I was. But that past wicked self is no longer who I am.”7 - Elder Dale G. Renlund
I am so happy and so blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!
Sister Sommers