Lynnwood Week 7

So here I am in Lynnwood, Transfer day….still no transfer information.
I really HOPE that I stay here in Lynnwood at least 1 more transfer with Hermana Brusndale…I think the Lord knows that. *fingers crossed

This week has been a hard week.
I feel like I am going crazy. I believe that missions are the hardest thing. But then It reminds me of Joseph Smith and how he basically never had a break, and how the Prophet and the Apostles never have a break, and then I realize that my leg of the race is only a portion compared to them.

But this week, with all of the doctors appts and crazy meetings and stuff, we were pretty busy. But some of the cool things that I love that did happen were wonderful!

First- I spoke in church for a whoppin 5 1/2 minutes! WOW! I call that improvement. I spoke about being grateful in any circumstance and that when we have gratitude, we develop a testimony of conversion.
But sad news, our district leader went home, because he is sick. It makes me sad when people go home.

But my favorite lesson this weeks was when we were teaching this family who is so hard to find, and we started the Restoration and the Oldest daughter Alondra is super open and when we read the 1st vision she said “wow, that’s amazing…that God answers” and then we asked “do you believe God will answer you” and she said “if I asked sincerely, yes.”
So sweet. But her younger sister Jocelyn is and atheist….doesn’t believe in God.
At the end of the lesson we invited them to all pray. So each member of the family took a turn praying, at the end if was Jocelyns turn and she didn’t want to, but we promised her she would feel the spirit and know there was a God and would feel his love. She she prayed and in the middle of her prayer she said “dear god, thank you for my family. Especially my mom. She’s amazing…..then she broke down crying. we all sat there for a moment because the spirit was so strong, then her mom said “why are you crying? and said “because I realized that I never tell you that I love you….”
So it’s true that God loves us! He has given us families to cherish and to grow. We learn the basic principles within the family. Families are the pattern of Heaven.

on another note I AM NOT GETTING MOVED! YAY! 6 MORE WEEKS IN LYNNWOOD WITH BRUSNDALE. # word.

sorry for such a small email. next week will be better.
write me!
p.s. Washington has a million spiders. they are EVERYWHERE.
and hna brunsdale tossed a lotion bottle to me and i missed it and sliced my head….whoops.

SAM_1248

 

 

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Bonsai!!

Dear Loved ones,

Another week has come and gone! Wow! Weird. I don’t know how or where the time flies.
This week we added a new addition to our companionship…a.k.a… a brand new 2014 grand caravan minivan…yup. thats right.
We had a minivan but it was up to 50,000 miles, and that’s when the church sells cars, so we got a call from the mission office saying we had to bring out car in….so we pull up and we see this beautiful minivan callin’ our name. I told Hermana Brunsdale that the mission is preparing us in more ways than one haha. But it’s awesome because we can still fit out bikes in the back, so when we drive then park, we can still bike everywhere! We are super blessed to have a car and bikes.

We also have recently received a new phone, and I think I have lost the touch, because I have totally battered every text with autocorrect fails!
The other day instead of saying President Bonham I have called him President Bonsai, President Gotham….I called a man in our ward Brother Pinklebottom…I called an elder, Elder Snack….all via text and now I make Hermana Brunsdale text haha.

But now for the good stuff, this week I have renewed my devotion to my mission! Especially after I had another interview with President, I was just ready to go and preach and teach. I have been reading a lot about the covenants we make with God throughout our lives, and I feel like God gave me awesome opportunities to teach people about why we are baptized, what it means, what the convents mean and why they are so important. Truly each day we live we keep our baptism covenants when we smile, hug, help and cry with gods children. It’s something i have learned well on my mission. This week we mourned for an investigator who seems to be slipping away. Sometimes I mourn for people at home, but Then I remember the talk by Richard G. Scott, after the death of his 2 children he reminded his wife that they were born into the covenant. So they need not fear because If they kept their covenants, then God would keep his part too.

We are trying really hard to strengthen the branch, it seems to be kind of crumbling and it’s sad, I just want to be able to bring an investigator to church and have the members say “HI!” or to sit by them or to fellowship them in anyway!
It’s something we are working on. I know that we need members, but more importantly, we need CONVERTED members. #generalconference

So this week was awesome. I am excited for the lessons and things the Lord has in store this week. 🙂 Stay strong. LOVE YOU ALL!

sorry no photos this week, I lost my camera for a bit. but I found it!

this is a member house. yup. 15 people live here.

 

SAM_1243

Lynnwood

Dear Family!
How to even start out this week.

HOT! It was a pretty hot week in Washington…not one drop of rain! WAH!
I know. rude.

We biked so much and I’ve never loved biking so much. But when it’s over 90 degress….wearing a skirt isn’t always the funnest. So i have invested in a wonder pair of underamor capris that have changed my life.

This week was certainly busy and great, and the funnest part was we celebrated our 9 month birthday! So at district mtg Hna Brusndale, Maama and I took a “9 month” picture.

So, for the real stuff….my moto for this past week was ” We need to do all that is in our power to accomplish our goals, and the Lord will make up the difference.”
Joseph B. Wirthlin

So Each time I felt myself feeling scared to speak or bear testimony I remembred this quote and Prayed for help to conquer my fear and I would speak. I found that not only was my mouth filled but the spirit waxed strong within me and I knew that the people felt it as well. It reminded me of Ether 12:27″ If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness that they may be humbled…” The Lord has surely humbled me, in more ways that I ever thought were possible.

Also, we had zone meeting this week, we learned about the power of hope. Which I love and which I needed greatly this week. Since the plan of salvation has been on my mind more than usual this week, I found myself seeking for the hope of a greater future, hope for a future, and hope for the eternities. In zone meeting I loved how hope was described. In the world we use hope and something that may be uncertain…like ” I hope my friend comes…” or “I hope so….”
but when used in the gospel it is something certain and sure. So the next day I was studying about the 1st prinicple we teach….God is our loving heavenly father… and It directed me to Alma 22:14 ” that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory…” then later on in verse 16 “call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then salt thought receive the hope which though desirest…”

So basically….I just really love how powerful hope is…it’s like the will to survive, never giving up and pushing when you feel like you can’t….treading water when you feel you can’t tread anymore.

The will of God is powerful and when we figure out how to align ours with his…(in the words of Hermana Maama) “aint nuttin gunna stop us!”

So this week was awesome! And we only took the right/wrong bus out of the mission once…..

Our conversation with the assistants…

Us: Hey Elder Merill….so what had happened was we we are going to be out of the mission for a red hot second…are we going to be struck down…or are we good?
Elder M: where are you guys at?
Us:….umm…Seattle.
Elder M: just pray 7 times and close your eyes until your back…
Us:…whew…okay. We were just trying to use our marshmallows effectively!

But it’s okay….we are back in mission area and are safe and sound…
LOVE YOU!

Oh yeah…and some little girl named Miley tickled us with a feather…that I’m pretty sure was NOT sanitary hahah.

!Merica!

Dear dear ones,

Happy belated 4th of July to you all!!

This week was a good and a hot week!
We biked everywhere and made it up every hill and I loved it!

It was super fun this week to teach some formers I taught before and get them going again! But It was sad because we had to drop Enedelia….she just isn’t ready. But I know that God has a plan. He always provides a way for his children.

We had a great pday last week, we played sand volleyball on the beach and watched the ferry’s come in and out. Then to everyone’s awesome suprise a beautiful navy ship started cruisin on by. It was so hot that day we walked over to Ivars and got a baby cone which was actually HUGE! Then we had a shopping spree at Dollar Tree and bought the things we needed for our awesome 4th of July picture!

So this past week we recieved a call from the Zone Leaders, they said ” we have a meeting with the stake next week and we wanted to get together and talk about the branch and what they need…” we said….”yeah for sure! ” then they say….”we were thinking about, discusing it over dinner…”
us- “wait…what.”
They said they are just trying to be mature adutls…so looks like we are having dinner with the ZL’s tomorrow at some random BBQ place HAHA. not biggie just a funny story.

But this week I learned a lot. Hermana Brusndale and I were talking and I really realized how much I have learned. How much more I have learned about the Plan of Salvacion. I was watching the bible videos and I just saw and felt the atonement so strongly. Then as I have been reading Jesus the Christ, I have felt his love and perfect plan deeper. All we want is to be like Jesus. We work, we cry, we life, we depend on Christ….our perfect older Brother.

Another change, we got a letter from the 1st presidency saying that we as missionaries are now supposed the leach lesson 5, the new member lessons. Have you guys had any changes with this?

Well, overall….this week was awesome. I love you all!

p.s. Write me letters.

This cat’s name is Toby. Coolest cat there is….
I dunno man…why’d the pug life chose me….
Happy 4th of July!