Great Investigators

This week in the mission field has been awesome! This week Sister Joseph and I had 7 inactive members come to church and we had 1 reactivated member this week! We also, invited Amber and her family to go to Temple Square. The Spirit was so strong there. You would never guess who I saw at Temple Square!? Bishop Edmonds! Crazy, huh!? I told him how everyone is doing and he wanted me to tell everyone hi.

On Saturday the Utah weather was crazy—It can be sunny, then 30 minutes later it be raining. Anyways Sister Joseph and I were eating dinner at a members home and the weather was sunny, right after we were done eating Sister Joseph and I notice that it was raining so we decided to go back home to get our rain coats. As we did, it started raining harder and harder and harder, until we were soaking wet. As we were riding our bikes when it was raining I was laughing my head off because I felt like it was a movie. Aww…I love the rain it was so beautiful and fun. When we got home Sister Lyons and her family were home and saw us soaking wet. We all had a good laugh, took some pictures, and then Sister Lyons gave us a towel. After changing our clothes and drying ourselves the weather changed it was nice and sunny and hot again. Anyways, I love my mission and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it. It is definitely an unexpected blessing from God. In Alma 46:20-21 I love this scripture, the part that I love is when it says “When Moroni had proclaimed these words, behold, the people came RUNNING together with their armor girded about their loins.” The reason why I love that part so much is because do “we” as people starting running when God gives us a commandment or are we running away from it. It made me think of the mission age change how a lot of the youth are running toward God commandment. I thought that was pretty cool! Well I have to go, but I love you and I hope you all have a great week. 

First Companion

Thanks mom for sharing one of grandpa’s stories with me; that was so neat. So July 2nd was my last day in the MTC! I was so nervous, but excited at the same time to meet my mission president and my new companion. My first area I have been assigned to is Hunter Cooperhill. I love everyone there.  Sister Joseph and I (She’s from New Zealand!) have been teaching a lot inactive family members. Two days ago we taught Natalie Walker, Kathryn Turner, Brother and Sister McDonald, and the Shoesers family. They are all so wonderful I can now understand how a missionary can truly feel the pure love of Christ with everyone they teach. Today I found an awesome scripture, it’s in John 15:16 it made me cry because looking back almost a year ago I would have never thought in a million years that I would go on a mission and now I am here and I love it so much! God has truly blessed me in so many ways that I can’t hardly explain. Pretty cool fact, there are a lot of Polynesian’s in my area! I love Polynesian’s! I love Sister Joseph; she is a wonderful example to me and has so much confidence in herself. I love her beautiful smile, as well. Today on the 4th of July our District went to the park to have a BBQ and one of the Elder’s brought Taro leaves. Wow, they were so good. It’s only my 3 day and I am trying some completely new food.

Also I deactivated my Facebook account (just when I am on my mission) because my mission president wanted me to get a new one as Sister-Caroline Whitney.

Short Stay at the MTC

This week in the MTC has been a blast!  It truly is an inspiring and wonderful place to be. I love learning about the gospel and teachings of Christ. I am having more confidences in myself as well as in teaching. Every Tuesday the MTC has a devotional. My first and last devotional before going to the mission field was with Sister Janice Kapp Perry.  Sister Perry and her husband are so sweet and so funny. They told us about how missionary work can be hard, but God will always be there to help. So don’t quit and keep going. We also, sang mostly all of her songs including a new song that she wrote just recently, The sisters of Zion. The spirit was very powerful. 

So my district is awesome, I love each and every one of them, especially my companion Sister Mendenhall! My companion is from Canada and will be serving in Toronto. She is a spiritual giant with a love for the gospel. She teaches new things to me every day. I am going to miss her when we depart.  I’m so glad that you guys went to the Sunday Conference; unfortunately the new missionaries that came on June 19th couldn’t be a part of the choir. We were still there at the conference. That’s alright! It was amazing! Family: I love you all and thank you so much for everything you have taught me throughout my life, especially you mom and dad. The gospel is true! I love it so much and am grateful for the time I have to be serving a mission. I am so glad that you are all doing so well!