A member is taking us to Costco today!! We are so excited!! We had dinner with a family and they
had this great hummus there! They told us they got it at Costco and ever since
we've wanted hummus, so hence...HUMMUS DAY!! It's finally here. Sister Migao has had a count down on our wall ever since! This might be
short today. I don't have a ton of time to type.
Well it was a hard, but good week! Tuesday we said one last goodbye to the
Toombs :( they walked around and hugged all of us, taking pictures with each one
of us. I will surely miss them. We get to meet President and Sister Mendenhall
Saturday we got to do service at a really fun event. It was called Sand in
the City. They bring in all of this beach sand and have sculptors come in and
there is a big competition to see whose is the best. Then they have a big box
for the little kids to play in. It was pretty neat. I want to come back next
year when this event is happening to be able to actually walk around and see all
the neat things.
Still having a blast with Sister Migao!! I am always laughing with her!!!
Our area is struggling a lot, but we are trying hard. We really spent a lot of
time this week thinking about our goals and what the Lord would have us set. We
are working hard to try and reach them! I am so thankful for Sister Migao's
example to me of faith, desire, and motivation. It has really helped me to
regain my desire. When I found out that I was training, I was angry
because I had been asking for someone to pull with me, to labor equally in the
work, and I thought with training I wouldn't get that. But I was so wrong.
Just goes to show I should trust the Lord better. He really knows what he is
doing and what we need. Heard a cool quote going along with that: "If I really
trust God, it doesn't matter what I don't understand." I really liked that and
reminded me to stop stressing out and put my faith in him.
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and not roasting too much. Love you
guys so much! Thanks for everything. Love, Sister Grossman
Things are going great!! It's been a pretty tough week. Lots of people
dropping us (well almost), us dropping people, and lots and lots of finding with
no success. But that is ok. It was a trial of our faith and I think our faith
is still winning.
Wednesday was great because we got to go to the temple and didn't have to
wake up at too ridiculous of an hour, just 5am. I just love the temple and the
many things you learn there. It truly is the place we can be closest to God
and to feel his love and guidance the strongest. I heard the CO Springs Temple
is opening up summer of 2015....guess I'll just have to come back out that
Thursday we had dinner with Christine. She seemed a little abrasive but
still friendly. At the end of dinner, she finally brought up her concerns. She
doesn't like how much we were talking about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.
Turns out she had a lot of people talking to her and I think some anti- talk.
She also doesn't feel like she is receiving an answer to her prayers yet.
Thankfully, she still wants to keep meeting and coming to church. But she
wants more time to think. I am just grateful that she didn't drop us entirely.
Friday we had to travel out to Aurora again for a trainers meeting.
President Toombs gave a great training as a lot of us were struggling with
finding. He said the elect live around the elect.
Then on Sunday we had an early morning meeting with Elder Rhodes, our area
70. It was for our ward council/mission correlation. He talked to us, but more
specifically the members about finding. He shared this quote:
feel the Lord has placed, in a very natural way within our circles of friends
and acquaintances, many persons who are ready to enter into his Church. We ask
that you prayerfully identify those persons and then ask the Lord’s assistance
in helping you introduce them to the gospel.
and then asked everyone to think of the first name that popped into their
heads. One sister shared the name of her neighbor. He taught everyone through
her name. He gave us three scriptures: Moroni 7:33, 10:23, 3 Ne 18:20. It made
it so simple. If it is God's will, you have the faith to make it happen, you
pray and ask for help with the willingness to act, then it will happen. He has
promised that. He had her pretend with a lady sitting next to her and she had
such an incredible feeling with the spirit that it helped her to overcome her
fears. I think that fear is the biggest thing that stopped me when I was home. We know that Satan brings us fear and this is one of his biggest tools.
It really spoke to me whether I am on a mission or at home, I can't let Satan
win by letting my fear paralyze me. The way he showed was also so casual, no
pressure whatsoever, and you could tell it was purely motivated by love. As
long as they know we love them no matter what, then it will be fine. Most
people don't change without an invitation to do so and that is our job. We are
fortunate enough to be born into the gospel because God knew we could share it
with others. I just got so much out of the meeting with Elder Rhodes, I wanted
to share how my testimony had grown.
I am still LOVING Sister Migao. She is hilarious and is so good for me!!
She reminds me so much of me! She finally let down her walls last night and
opened up to me about the things she is struggling with. I just love her. Her
faith, testimony, and desire are incredible and I am so grateful to have someone
work with me, to even help me when I struggle. I don't always have to be the
put together and on top of it one. She is so great and I am excited to see who
she becomes out here.
Wow, I can not believe I am halfway now. This is just such a strange
thought. I don't feel like I have worked hard enough to be out for this long. I
still feel like I am pretty new to the field. I wonder if I will feel that way
to the day I go home.
Well I'm running short on time so I better get going. Love you all so
much!! Thanks for everything. I feel your prayers and they keep me going. I am
so blessed because of them. Love and Miss you!!
Well another week over and gone. Poor Sister Migao, she had a rough fist
week. Unfortunately, we spent a lot of time finding and contacting people. She
learned first hand how much people really don't want to talk to us. She asked
me if it was normal to get dirty looks out in public. I told her she would get
used to it after a while and just smile at them instead. She thought the
hardest part was going to be teaching, but quickly learned that it is finding.
We spent about five hours tracting/contacting on Saturday with absolutely zero
success. I remember when I first got out here how hard that was, but now it is
just second nature. It is what we come to expect. I guess it helps us to be
happy when we do find that one person after 5 hours. It is sad though, how many
people reject the truth. Our calling is to teach, not find. It would be the
best thing ever if we could just teach all day, everyday. One day (maybe during
the millennium) we might get there haha.
Even though we didn't have a lot of success in finding, we were able to top
our most lessons taught (from last transfer) this week so that was pretty neat
for me. The area is improving slowly. Sister Migao is great in lessons. She
is a wonderful teacher and is really not afraid to speak. Even though she is
way better than I was when I came out here, it is cool to see just how much I
have learned. She is still unfamiliar and nervous with talking to people on
their door; I get nervous sometimes, but it is neat to see the difference. Or
that I know how to contact people and what to say to get the conversation going.
Not that I am perfect, but generally I am pretty comfortable in those
I really do like having her as a companion. She is super snarky and makes
me laugh all the time. I didn't laugh as much all last transfer as I did this
week. I see a lot of the things that I struggled with in her. Like controlling
her emotions. I use to get so discouraged when I didn't find anyone or when
things happened. Sometimes it still makes me upset, but not like it used
I don't know if I mentioned stake conference at all. We had that a few
weeks ago and it was awesome. In the adult session, it was all about missionary
work. The stake president had them take out their phones and scroll through
their contacts, they had to pick 3-7 names that they wanted to start to work on
to invite to take the missionary discussions. Then they had to role play with
someone sitting next to them, not their spouse, about inviting them in a casual
conversation to take the missionary discussions. It was so great!! It is so
true that we all have someone placed in our circle of influence to help them
come into the gospel. So at dinner appointments, we have been following up on
that. Friday night we sat down with a family and helped them to create a game
plan for each of the people on their list. It was such a spiritual moment as we
brainstormed how to help these people.
Christine is doing well! She came to church this week. Said it was
different than most churches, but she liked it. Sadly to say, her husband is
very not interested. A family invited them over for dinner and then we would
have a lesson afterwards and he could have made it, but just decided he didn't
want to come. Christine was talking about her baptism and asked if he would
come and he said, "it's your thing." So he didn't say no, but he didn't say
yes. She is doing well on the progression though. She is meeting with us twice
a week and then we will be going over even more to help her read and understand
the Book of Mormon.
Well not too much to tell. Nothing too exciting happening. Now that it is
summer, bugs are coming out. And being in the basement means lots of spiders.
Yuck! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! The rain and scattered thunder
storms keep it pretty cool out here so that is nice. And it doesn't get dark
until like 8:30; I love that!
Love you lots!! Hope things are going well. Talk to you next week.
So sorry this will probably be a very short email today. We only have an
hour to email as we have an appointment to be at at 1:30 and the library didn't
open until 12. Meaning I have probably fifteen minutes to write.
Highlight of this week (with a little background info from last week): We
tracted into a lady named Christine a couple weeks ago. Not this past week, but
the one of my accident, we had a lesson with her. It was awesome; we ended up
staying and talking with her for 2 hours because she wanted us to keep teaching.
Everything she was talking about, her problems with other churches, her values
and beliefs, aligned so well with ours! We invited her to church and she said
she wouldn't be able to make it this week because she was busy but she really
wanted to come. This week, we finished the first lesson with her and she
aligned herself with Joseph Smith. She loved it. We gave her a Book of Mormon
and she was excited to read it. She agrees to pray about everything because she
loves praying to God. We also invited her to be baptized if she found out it
was true. Her response: "I've been wanting to be baptized, I just wasn't sure
where" !! Score! Our next step is to get her husband involved in the lessons.
She came with her sons to the Memorial Day breakfast our ward put on! They did
such an awesome job of talking with her and making her feel so welcome. At the
end she said she had a ton of fun. She asked her son, Mark, if he would want to
come to church here. When he said yes, she said yeah, me too! Such a blessing
from the Lord. I can really see how he has prepared her!
This week's weather has been crazy!! Tons of rain, thunder and lightning.
Buckets of rain coming down every night. We've had several tornado warnings go
off. Apparently there was one just a mile from our house, but we had the
brilliant idea to drive up the mountain. In all fairness to us, it wasn't
storming when we left, just lightly drizzling like it had been all week. As we
were driving up it started storming really bad!! Sheets of rain. I guess
storms freak Sister Hall out. So the whole time, I'm loving it and she is
scared . I felt bad for her. The next day, we were stuck at home for a little
while because the hail was coming down so bad. The streets were literally
flooded with hail. Everything looked so white, just like snow. I tried to get
pictures, but I wasn't fast enough. I took all the crazy weather this week as a
tender mercy from Heavenly Father since he knows I love storms!!
Well I guess this will be all for today. Sorry it is so short AGAIN, but
we have some exciting appointments today. We are hoping they come out well.
Thanks for all the prayers on my behalf. They have really helped. Gives me
strength to do the hard things. I appreciate everyone and love you all!
Hopefully I get more time to talk next week!! Love you, Sister
That's right! I'm a trainer now. (They call trainers "Moms and Dads" in missionary lingo) What a story that is. I don't have a
lot of time since we only get an hour on Tuesdays.
Well not too crazy of a week this week. Had a great lesson with the
Cannons, the referral from the Wrides. They are doing great and we are teaching
them about Joseph Smith tomorrow. They loved the family proclamation and the
message on prophets.
Wednesday we had to drive all the way out to Aurora for our huge Mission
Conference. It was so great! President and Sister Toombs addressed us the
whole two and a half hours. It was great to hear their training and their words
of experience. I love them and will miss them so much. They really taught me a
great deal. It was fun to see all of the missionaries too. It was nice to see
one of my old zone leaders again (he was my first one out here). It was nice to
talk with him and get his perspective on things.
Christine is doing well, still progressing and excited about baptism.
Still praying to have her husband's heart softened.
Friday night was when this all went down. I thought I escaped having to
train because I didn't receive a phone call. It's like 10:10 and I get a call
from my zone leader. Here is our convo.
Me: " What for?
ZL: "Oh don't pretend you don't know what I am talking about!" Me: "No,
I really don't know..." ZL: "You're training!!"
Me: "...uh..no, no I'm not..."
We went back and forth like this for ten minutes. I literally thought he
was joking until I called the APs. "Uh yeah, we're looking at the board right
now. ..You're training." I wanted to cry and throw up. I was not ok with
this. Thanks for the call President.... (apparently he had family in town and
was going to tell me in the morning and the ZL didn't know that)
The next day I had to attend a trainers meeting. Found out there was only
one other trainer; only 2 come in this transfer, so unusual. The other was an
elder. Still felt like throwing up. Transfer doctrine happened that night.
President is stacking our zone. He is bringing in a ton of legit missionaries
to help out the work. Only one companionship stayed the same, 17 changes
overall, 3 areas being swept. It is crazy! Turns out Sister Hall got sent to
Denver to be with my MTC comp Sister Swarbrick. How strange. Sunday we just
spent the day mostly saying bye to people for Sister Hall. I still felt like
puking. In fact, I almost did at dinner. So that night I finally asked the
elders for a blessing. What an incredible experience that was. I helped me so
much and comforted me a lot. Every time right before I get a blessing I think,
no I don't need one, I'll just pray really hard. But the elders are already
there so I let them go ahead and then it turned out to be an amazing thing
because the Lord tells me things and gives me feelings that I never would have
received from praying. He really emphasized just loving my new companion that I was getting. It was amazing,
that night I was just overcome with love for her even though I didn't know her.
We stayed up until 2 that night getting Sister Hall packed.
Monday was crazy! Had to drop Sister Hall off at ten and then hang around
until 3:00 for the STLs to take me to the mission office. Since I was the only
sister, they had to wait with me. I felt bad, kind of ruined their p-day. So I
am panicking again just because it is getting closer and I was so nervous to
meet her. When the APs asked me if I was ready, I just froze, I couldn't move.
Then I was hopping around in the hall and just as they said we are ready, I ran
to the drinking fountain down the hall, about giving the APs a heart attack.
Her name is Sister Migao. (me-gow) (ow sounding like it does in 'now'). She is
from San Diego, but is Samoan. She is 20, 21 in August. Get this, studying
athletic training!!! haha how cool right?! We are so alike in so many ways. I
love her. She is already so strong and so great. I look forward to working
with her. I just still wish I wasn't training.
We had a lesson with Christine that night and then met with the bishop.
Poor girl, she was falling asleep the whole time, she was so tired. I just
wanted to get her home and let her rest.
Things are looking well. Don't feel like I'm going to throw up anymore.
That's progress. I will be seeing the Clarines tomorrow so that will be great
too!! Anyways, got to run. We have a meeting to get to. Love
you all. It was so great to hear from you this week. Wish I could write more.
Going to be late.
It's been a crazy week!! A very long week, but mostly good! Ok so
continuing where I left off last week:
Tuesday we had two appointments we were really looking forward to. Right
after we left the library we went to meet with a former investigator named
Scott. The lesson was alright, we more got to know him, but he agreed to let us
come back! He sidetracked the conversation a lot when we brought up gospel
things, trying to dodge the conversation. Not quite sure how far we will get,
but we are hopeful! Right after that, we had a lesson I was really stressing
for! It was a referral from a member. The first time we stopped by, we dragged
the guy out of bed. He was very sick and he told us to come back next week. So
when we came back, he agreed to let us come and share a message with his family.
Before the lesson, we were talking with the member, Sister Wride asking her if she had any advice for us or information about the family. She said the husband
was not as open as the wife. When we told her he was the one who let us back,
she was very surprised. She said she feels he is looking for peace. Sounds to
me like a perfect fit with the gospel! We showed up and the wife answered the
door. You could tell she had no idea what was going on so we told her we had an
appointment with her family. She had no idea but let us in anyways!! We talked
with her for 30 minutes before her husband showed up. We didn't teach a whole
lot, but we talked all about God and families. She was so enthused; you could
tell he threw up a few walls, but we didn't address them at all so he is kind of
peeking over them. They agreed to let us come back and continue to share our
message!! The next day Sister Wride was talking with her and she said she was
just so excited to have a message in her home. Sister Wride was so pumped that
she was asking us, "ok what do I do? Do I come with you? Should I have her in
my home?" It was awesome. We told her to have the lesson in her home would be
great! She asked if she should offer, or if we should. we said definitely her!
She was so excited to see it play out. I am very excited for this
Thursday was Christine with Sister Lentz and Brother Rockwood (our ward
mission leader). She had a ton of questions and that should have been our first
clue that we shouldn't move on yet, but unfortunately we just stuck with our
plans and started on the plan of salvation. I walked away feeling unsettled.
It was an ok lesson, but I don't think it was what we should have taught her.
Thankfully, we only got a couple principles in. We talked afterwards and
decided we needed to backtrack and watch the restoration video with her. Then
we would talk about what it means and the importance of baptism and the role of
the Book of Mormon. She is still so excited to be baptized! And she is very
excited to come to church next week, so excited that she is even bringing a
nonmember friend with her. I guess her friend was over at her house (she knew
that she was meeting with us) and her friend was wearing a longer skirt and she
said she felt like a Mormon! Christine said then she might as well come to
church with her! The next day her friend showed up and said, "You know what! I
actually do want to come to church with you!" We slightly freaked out when she
told us that story!! How awesome!!! So prepared. I keep seeing more and more
things that the Lord has prepped her on. She has a few tattoos and she
mentioned how she regrets them so much and doesn't want to get anymore! We just
smiled like crazies!
We had exchanges Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon. It was great to
talk with Sister Hanshaw about the area and about Sister Hall. She really
helped me a lot, even if it was just to vent. I told her how Sister Hall and I
were talking and that I told her I needed her help because I wasn't strong
enough to do this alone, to work this area alone. That she needed to help me
push. Sister Hanshaw turned to me and said, "Sister Grossman, don't you see?
You have already been doing it yourself this whole transfer!" I wanted to say,
yeah but you don't know how much it hasn't been going good. haha Things are
doing better with Sister Hall. I am still making her take the lead in almost
everything. All the planning, the deciding where to go. I don't dump it all on
her because Sister Hunt did that to me and it wasn't fun, but I do make her
think it through before I chip in. Or we will take turns while in the car
picking people to go see. She is becoming more confident and willing to step
up. It sure is helping a lot.
Now that the Elders have a core, we have really needed to rearrange
boundaries in the ward. We finally met with the bishop yesterday and walked
away with a big surprise. No boundaries! Everything is fair game for both of
us, we just have to communicate where we are working a little better. I also
loved it because our ward mission leader told the bishop, look the ward needs to
step up with convert and returning member retention. This is not my job and
certainly not the missionaries job! I could have hugged him. Every missionary
wants to say that!
This weekend was stake conference and our stake president laid it out to
the members how it should not be our (the missionaries) job to find people.
That is the job of the members. He had them role play inviting a friend to
take the missionary lessons and asked them to pull out their phones, open their
contacts, and listen to the spirit to pick 3-7 names that they can begin to work
on. I loved it!! I've been thinking a lot about instruments lately and how God
asks us to be an instrument in his hands. (I thought of this in terms of a
flute) I realized he puts it perfect in the top, but it is up to us whether he
will let the melody come out the other side. Are we only going to let part of
it come out, or the whole song? I related this to what our stake president was
saying. How it is nice to be the example and live it, but Heavenly Father is
asking us to proclaim it also. The scripture says be an example of the
believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
He wants us to open our mouths and invite people to come unto Christ. I
thought about this with instruments and thought he is so right. With everything
that Heavenly Father pours into us (blessing, testimony, holy ghost, eternal
life, etc) and all we are going to do is live it? It doesn't repay him! To let
the melody that he is giving us come out fully, we need to speak it also. Open
all of the keys, instead of refusing to use some of them.
I hope everyone is doing well and all set for summer!!! Love you guys so
much! Talk to you next week! Love, Sister Kleinerman (a German guy in my
ward told me I should be Sister Kleinerman instead of Grossman because