Thursday, October 29, 2015

And Here We Go Again!

Hey folks!

This week was KRAZY! That's right, krazy with a "K".

Tuesday evening, we had dinner with the C--- family, and Brother C--- showed me some pictures from his mission from four years ago because he served in the Ohio Cleveland Mission. It was weird when he showed me a photo of the ASHLAND BUILDING because I guess he had an exchange there once when he was serving in the Akron Ward. It was even weirder when I saw photos of him and Elder O---!!! Yes, that would be the same one who taught Tristan!

Tuesday, we had interviews with President. I love those. In all of our mission and zone conferences he's always calling us unto repentance, putting the fear of God in us. But in our personal one-on-one interviews, he always makes me feel better about myself and about the work. Sometimes I feel so frustrated with myself, thinking I'm not doing enough, but he always tells me, "nah, I'm not worried about you. You're doing what you're supposed to, and you're doing great work." That means SO MUCH coming from him.

Thursday morning, we got a call from the AP's, telling us that BOTH of us would be leaving the area, and we would have to be packed and ready to go by 4:00 pm! So that gave us little time to pack and clean up, and absolutely no time to say goodbye to anyone. Laaaame! So we just called everyone to say goodbye. Luckily for us, N--- and P---, and S--- and P--- came by to give us our last hugs. They're cute. :) Sister W--- is in Highland now, and I got to come back to the Northpark YSA Ward in San Bernardino! Woohoo!!! :) I also get Sister P--- back! And I get Sister M--- D--- as a companion, so I'm in another trio! It's pretty fun.

You know what's super weird though? Riding in the car with ELDERS! It was the AP's who dropped us off in our new areas. When it was me and Sister W--- in the car, it was only Elder R--- in the front, while his two other companions followed in our car. After we dropped Sister W--- and her stuff off, I gave her a big hug while the elders ran down the steps. 
"You better hurry," she said. "Your companion is leaving you."
"Haha, yeah, all three of them."
So for the next hour it was me stuck in the car with Elders R--- and B---. Fortunately, they didn't make it totally awkward and knew how to keep a conversation going.

It was really fun showing up at the YSA Halloween activity, surprising everyone. It was especially awesome when my recent convert, J---, saw me. His face was priceless. :) Ugh, I hated that it was so tempting to give him a hug though. Don't worry, we just stuck with the handshake.

So there goes my Krazy week. Thanks for reading!

Sister Emily KaeLynn Sommers

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Don't Drink Dumb Things!

HELLO! Sister Sommers here!

This week was kinda crazy and super long.

Tuesday, we witnessed an the library. Haha, who woulda thunk? The guy was sitting in front of a computer, waving his arms everywhere. The security guards asked him to stop, but obviously drunk, he just argued right back. It's not the first time this has happened. The police shortly arrived.

That obviously wasn't our first experience with drunks. Just last week, we were going around a neighborhood trying to get some neighbors to sign one of our member's birthday cards. We ran into a lady and her husband who were just totally plastered. I didn't realize it until I could smell the alcohol on their breath and kept noticing how close the guy was getting to Sister W---. After they found out we were missionaries, the lady kept saying, "oh my goodness, you're missionaries? Oh my, I just wanna tell you how much I love you, and tell you that you're doing a great work for Jesus, and I just wanna give you a hug!" And then the guy kept saying, "you two better be carful out here. Desert Hot Springs is a dangerous area. Uncle Tom is scared for both of you." And before we knew it, he was giving both of us a hug. All I could think was, "AHHHHHH!!!!" And then we TOOK OFF.

Wednesday, I got a text from the AP's, saying that two of my investigators in Lake Arrowhead, F--- and D---, were getting baptized! HOORAY!!! :) So Sister C--- drove me all the way up to the mountains so I could be there. Wow, she's amazing! We got totally lost, trying to find the building, but found it just in time. It was an awesome baptism! Sister R--- even came back for it. It was so nice to see her. Sister P--- made it too! Driving back was kind of rough though. I guess Sister C--- made a big wrong turn because before we knew it, we were already in Big Bear! Oh boy, that wasn't good. That's not even in our mission. BUT, with the help of a little faith and lots of prayers, we made it safely back. It took two hours to get there, and three hours to get back to DHS. Doesn't really help that I only served up there half the time for four weeks, and I'm the worst navigator in the world. So that was an adventure.

Last week, I was sent a picture of N--- (Sister R---)...WITH MY SISTER!!! My last mission companion and my sister are in the same Ward at BYU-I! CRAZY!!!

Hope you have thoroughly enjoyed reading all about my crazy awesome week.

Sister Sommers

Saturday, October 17, 2015

How Do You Spell "Water"? N-O-N-E

'ello, Mates!

Not too much happened this week. But the weather thinks it's cool to change things up. It was so nice and cool at the beginning of the week, but then it was like...PSYCH! GOING BACK TO TRIPLE DIGITS! Ugh, I just want to wear one of my ten cardigans that are still waiting to be worn.

I found out that the F---'s, a couple that I worked with in La Quinta, are being sealed in the temple soon! Oh what a glorious day that will be!

One thing that I've noticed about the road that we live on is that everyone is so dang nice! Every morning, when we walk our street, almost everyone waves and smiles at us. What a blessing. There's this one cute old Mexican guy that we see every morning as he drives past us in his old, rusted truck. One day, he slowed down, rolled down his window, and said, "I call this "the road where the two angels walk." On another occasion, we could see an older guy from a distance wearing all black with long black hair, big gagues, eyeliner, and combat boots. The guy looked a little more questionable as we got closer to him, but nothing really told us to turn back, so we just smiled and gave him a simple "good morning!" Not really expecting it, he gave us the friendliest smile, and enthusiastically replied, "Why, good morning! Beautiful day isn't it?"

There are so many bunnies in our yard. It's so cute to see them chasing each other from my window. When we go out in the mornings, I try to chase them and see if I can catch one. I just know not to chase them after its rained or else I'll end up in the mud like one of dad's missionary companions. But it doesn't rain here, so it's all good.

Haha, just kidding, it's actually not good at all. This drought is unbelievable. The S---'s usually water their grass every morning and evening. Now they can only do that two days out of the week. It's so sad, it's only been a couple of days, and their beautiful grass is already going brown. Sister W--- and I only do the dishes when the sink is entirely full, and we have to do only one load of laundry so we mix everything, which is really no big deal to us. But then, Brother S--- told us the three words I had always feared would come out of his mouth: "five-minute showers." Sooo, I'm learning how to do that. Well, at least I have warm, running water, so I really shouldn't be complaining.

Sister S--- burned a bunch of church music we could listen to, and one of the albums was "Saturday's Warriors"! My gosh, I haven't seen that movie since I was like four, so I don't remember anything about it. But one thing that I do know is that it has the cheesiest music of all times. Haha, wow, it's bad. I can't wait to go home and try watching it again so I can sing along to all the bad music. But thanks to dad, I know one song. :) Sister W--- and I blast it up every time. "I'M SAILIN' OOOOOOOOOOOOOOON..."

So keep "sailin' on", everybody! Because you probably have more water than we do.

Sister Sommers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Three New Apostles!

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, hello!

This has definitely been one of the more interesting weeks that I've had.

First of all, congratulations to my aunt Courtney and her man, Alex!
So happy for you two! Wish I could have been there at the wedding. :(

Tuesday, I went to Palm Springs with (a different) Sister P--- for exchanges. She's only been out for a month, but she's an amazing missionary. I just love her! She was a little nervous and stressed since this was her first time being in charge of the area, and it didn't help much that the car died in front of a sketchy apartment that night...haha, but thank goodness they had some awesome members to come and rescue us! That was a huge blessing.

Coming back from exchanges on Wednesday, we went to go see this deathly ill woman and her 98-year-old mother. While we were there, we met her mother's caretaker, L---, who is Muslim.
"Are you girls missionaries from her church?"
"Yes we are!"
"I knew you were. Not because of your name tags, but I could feel you were."

It's so cool that even others who practice different religions can sense the Spirit of an LDS missionary.

Also, on Wednesday, I thought I saw my life flash before my eyes. We were slowing down so we could turn left onto a road, and as we were turning left, a truck behind us sped up and passed us on our LEFT SIDE and just kept going. Like, what the heck! Ugh to California drivers. We were lucky that the damage was only a tiny scratch at the front of our car. SO grateful that we were safe.

General Conference was totally amazing! If you missed it, you missed out. But it's ok, you can still find it on Dude! THREE NEW APOSTLES!!! That's insane! Welcome to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund! Thank you for your love and many years of service, Elder L. Tom Perry, Elder Boyd K. Packer, and Elder Richard G. Scott. We love you, and we miss you so much. 

Fun Fact: It’s been over a century since the Quorum of the Twelve had three vacancies. Additionally, with the call of Elder Renlund, 100 apostles have now served since the Church was organized in 1830.

I am so grateful for our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who not only leads and guides the church but the whole world, today. I know that he and the twelve apostles have been called of God. If you want to know with the same surety, watch General Conference. If you want to know the church is true, watch General Conference...and read the Book of Mormon...and pray about it! If you just overall want to know what's good for you, watch General Conference. I promise that it will answer any questions that may be lingering in your mind, and will give you a sense of peace and direction in your life.

Peace out, Girl and Boy Scouts! 

Sister Sommers