Monday, February 15, 2016

Sprint to the Finish...and I Don't Even Run

My dearest friends and family,

Boy, it has been quite the week!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's yesterday! Even if you're single, you still have family to celebrate with. And if you're family's not with you, you have your friends. And if you don't have friends, then just be a little more social. And if social skills aren't up your alley, you have a loving Heavenly Father who's looking out for you. And if you don't believe in God, well then, too bad because He'll be stickin' around for a while. 

Tuesday, when we were at Valley College, a kid came up to us and asked if he could interview and film us on what we do as missionaries. That's my second time being recorded in the mission. #famous - If you wanna check it out, or just miss the sound of my voice, you can find it on YouTube and just type in "SBVC Worshop Survey by Mitchell Young". He interviewed other people on campus, so we're somewhere in the middle. (3:40 at http://youtu.be/Ppu9uBjZ30o)


That same day, just a couple hours later, we looked at the phone to see we had a missed call. Sister B--- listened to the message they had left and then stared at me. "It's the mission office...they want to talk to you." Oh no. I called the mission office back and held my breath until Sister Allred picked up. "Hello, Sister Sommers! I'm just calling you about your flight information..." NOOOO!!! NOT THE TRUNKY CALL! NOT YET!

When President interviewed me last week, I was not prepared for what he was about to say. "Sister Sommers, keep working hard, but now is the time you need to start thinking about home." President, why you gotta say somethin' like that? Ugh...I feel like that is NOT going to help me be an effective missionary.

Transfers are this week. That means after this next transfer, I will only have ONE MORE TRANSFER LEFT! ONE!!! HOLY CABOOSES! They have a "Twelve Weeks" program for missionaries who are just coming in. Don't they have one of those for missionaries who are going home? Oh yeah, that's right, it's called "My Plan"...I don't even remember half of my life before the mission. How do they expect me to make a "now-that-I'm-a-somewhat-normal-human-being" plan for myself? I thought I was supposed to be a missionary forever! Anyways, I'll let you know where I end up this week!

Alright, enough with this "trunky" talk.

We were driving into town, when all of a sudden, I saw someone we hadn't seen or heard from for quite a few weeks. When we turned around to find her, she was nowhere to be seen. We figured maybe she had walked into the store I had seen her nearby, so we pulled over and walked towards the store, being totally oblivious to what store it actually was. We hadn't realized that the windows were tinted black until a guy outside the store asked, "...y'all goin' in there?" 
"Yeah...wait, what store is this?"
"That's a marijuana store."
"Oh...thank you! You have a great day, sir!

Look what I found in my studies the other day! It's all about when the saints settled San Bernardino. Pretty cool, eh? https://www.lds.org/ensign/2003/02/true-community-latter-day-saints-in-san-bernardino-18511857?lang=eng

Yesterday, we had one of the best Stake Conference's ever. It was cool because it was a live broadcast of some of the leaders of our church including Elder C. Scott Grow, Bonnie L. Oscarson, Elder James J. Hamula, and Elder Dale G. Renlund. It was pretty sweet to see Elder Hamula conduct the conference considering I had just met and shook his hand the week before. He talked about not fearing the things of the world. As long as we stand with the church and its leaders, we will not have to worry. Elder Grow talked about how we need to do more than just casually read our scriptures, pray, and go to church. We need to "feast upon the words of Christ," pray with all energy of our hearts, and keep the sacred covenants we made at baptism and in the temple. Sister Oscarson talked about "standing as a witness of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places," and Elder Renlund spoke on revelation and how true doctrine, understood, changes attitude and behavior.

Amen to all of that!

Have a phenomenal week!

Sister Sommers



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Not Your Everyday California Girl

Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, grandmas and grandpas, and aunts and uncles of all kind! 

Thought I'd start my letter out with a good laugh. My companion and I were taking the dolly, crate, and table out of our car to take to Valley College, when a kid asks us if he could take it down to the spot where we set up. We thanked him profusely, and he went back to his truck to put something away before we left. While we were waiting, I was trying to prop the table back up on the dolly because it had fallen and was off balance and was just being held by some bungee cords. As I tried moving the table back to its original position, one of the bungees came unhooked, swung around the table, and snapped me in the leg. With teeth clenched, I turned toward Sister B--- then let out a silent scream. Sister B---'s eyes widened and asked me if I was ok. And then this happened...she laughed at me! The nerve.

And you know how people usually discover paper cuts before getting lemon juice inthem? Yeah...not me, I guess.


The other night, we were trying to contact some potentials we haven't met yet, and we just happened to find the grandparents of the guy who wrote and directed "Meet the Mormons"! Pretty cool, eh? I guess he also wrote and directed other movies like "The Paper Brigade" (another favorite) and "Wish Upon a Star".

My heart and prayers go out to the Perkins Family. Just a couple months ago, we lost a faithful and beloved husband, father, grandfather, Stake Patriarch, and friend. I just wanted his family to know that they're still in my thoughts and prayers. A little over five years ago, I had the privilege of receiving my own patriarchal blessing from him. It was one of the most special, most spiritual experiences I have ever had. Just yesterday morning, I pulled my blessing out to read. I'm so grateful for the wonderful blessings I have been promised as I live my life worthily.

Saturday morning, we had a surprise Mission Conference because Elder Hamula, who is in the Quorum of the Seventy, wanted to visit and talk to our mission. It was one of the best Mission Conferences I've had. He talked about the doctrine of "you". He discussed who we were before we came to this earth; how we were valiant warriors who loved the gospel more than anything. He talked about who we are on this earth and who we are on our missions, and who we can become. We are representatives of Jesus Christ and we can become just as He is. "Your progression of the future depends on the decisions you make now." He also talked a lot on the atonement. There is nothing broken on this earth that is beyond the healing power of the atonement. As a representative of Jesus Christ, I know this to be true. 

Have a blessed week!

Sister Sommers

New Mission Adventures

Hello my dearies!

It's been a great week!

Monday, I had a wonderful birthday thanks to a lot of amazing people. I got so many nice prizes, and letters, along with three birthday cakes! Not to mention I was sung to at least eight different times. What can I say? My family, friends, and the YSA Ward love me. :) Sister Van Cott is so funny. She called me that evening at 10:28 p.m. to sing to me! Hahaha! (Our bedtime is 10:30pm.) And yes, I did celebrate with ice cream too.


Tuesday, we had interviews with President. My interview went really well. I was happy he was able to answer all of the questions I had. After my interview, Sister Van Cott joined us in our District Meeting and gave us all sorts of wise counsel. I just love her! After District Meeting, President had already left, so Sister Van Cott asked Sister B--- and me if we could give her a ride to the mission office. We drove extra slow so TIWI wouldn't go off on us. Haha!

I forgot to mention, we had dinner a few weeks ago with peas in it. When I received my plate, my companion stared at me as if to say, "are you really going to eat that?" I ate all around the peas...and I still managed to get a swollen lip. I can't complain much though, that was a half-hour of imitating Angelina Jolie!

Yesterday, our recent convert, E---, gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting. It was based on the talk "What Lack I Yet?" given by Elder Larry R. Lawrence in this last General Conference. I was so proud. So proud that it made me tear up. He did awesome!

Well, that's all she wrote!

Hope your week is filled with all things happy! And don't forget to smile! :)

Sister Sommers