Monday, January 26, 2015

Life is too long to not enjoy EMBARK on it!!!

Cute Sister Chizzy has had a great few weeks! She got to go to the temple with two of her recent converts and was able to help them find family names to do there! She loved the Detroit temple and said even though it's small, its BEAUTIFUL! She got to teach the Activity Day girls at church and was so excited that they were all wearing a little if not ALL pink! We are so proud of her and how well she is doing. She admits there are hard things and that she is tired and sometimes a little discouraged when people won't listen to their message, but she says she loves her mission more than absolutely anything...except her family. (as a side note she said Lake Powell and Disneyland are right up there too, but nothing comes close to her mission!) we love that even though she's focused and so obedient, she is still her cute little self and is happy and doing great!

 Hey everyone! :D This week has been amazing! Okay I know I totally say that like every week, but really being a missionary is the best thing ever! I learn so much every single day! This week we had some really great experiences, we got to go to the Detroit Temple with our recent converts, Patti, which she got baptized in May and then Valerie who I was able to teach her and see her be baptized. I cannot explain to all of you how amazing it is to see a person that you taught, saw change, saw use the Atonement of Jesus Christ and become a member of His church walk into the temple of the Lord. It's a life changing experience, we were able to help her find some names on family search this week as well and she was able to be baptized for her great grandmother. Along with that a member of our ward, one of her best friends was able to be baptized for her father. It was incredible! I know that the temple is the house of the Lord and I know that this is Christ's church. I know that without a shadow of a doubt. 
We have been visiting families in our ward and sharing D&C 4 with all of them, and we have been challenging them to pick an attribute like patience, virtue, long suffering, charity or one of those and work on it and to become better disciples of Christ. I would invite each of you to do that as well, I know that we set a goal and work to achieve it we can. We actually were able to teach one of our investigators Penny about goals this week, we talked about Heavenly Fathers goal which is for each of us to receive eternal life. However, we must set goals to make it there. I know that with his help we can achieve all things. I know this gospel is true, I am so blessed to be part of the Lords army! Also.. If you haven't check out the youth theme song for this year.. Oh man, it's great! Hope you all have a fantastic week! Here's a quote for you all..  " Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our exampler!" :) 
Love Sister Chisholm <3 

Yes I do love quotes.. :) So there is one that is totally awesome! I mean really, life is too long to not love every second of it! Anyways, this week has been great! :D We have been working hard and this week some of that hard work has been seen! 

We picked up a new investigator named Stephanie that is just stellar! Out here in MIdland, people won't really listen unless they really actually have a reason to and she totally did! She said that she has been looking for a church, we got that, she said that we could come back, did that, and she also said that she wants a friends with good standards... Check! :D Seriously this girl is awesome! She has a son that has autsim and he is seriously the cutest little guy, well besides Eisley ever! :D We taught her the Restoration and she said that what we taught answered so many of her questions, she didn't think that God would stop giving us revelation and so she loved the idea that we continue to receive revelation. the spirit was so strong, and she felt it. I am thankful for that opportunity I had to be there to be an instrument in that lesson! 

Another really cool experience that happened this week was with our less actives! We wound up having dinner with a member with one, and she said that she plans on coming back to church! Awesome right?! She also is going to school to be a dental assistant and is convinced that I will also become one.. Dad you definitely have trained me enough! :D haha but then we also found a less active that fell away right after she joined in March! She let us in and let us pray with her and she wound up telling us everything that has happened. Listening is such a great skill, I have come to really understand what it means to listen with real intent that is for sure! :D We also taught a couple recent convert lessons and they all went great! I would recommend the movie finding faith in Christ if you haven't seen it. It's great! :D 

Yesterday we had our ward conference and it again taught me how important it is to press forward with a steadfastness in Christ. Our theme for this year is 2 Nephi 31:20 and I know that as we do so with with a firm Hope we will be able to make it through anything that comes our way! I know that Jesus is the Christ. He is my Savior, my Redeemer and my friend. I know this is his Church on the earth today. This gospel is true! 
Have a wonderful week and don't forget.. 
"Living the gospel is easy, not living the gospel is hard! "
-Elder Bednar! 
Love Sister Chisholm! <3 
Also.. For all of you that don't know.. I may have a small love for Frozen... It took all of my energy to not buy this!!! :D 

Monday, January 12, 2015

I am Proud to Be a Missionary........

Hey everyone! :D We had such a great week out here in Midland, it involved, setting an investigator on date, door knocking in the 10 degree weather plus wind chill so like -10, transfer calls,finding out we can go to the temple... :) and  and singing songs about how we are proud to be missionaries! :D It was definitely a great week! We are seeing so many miracles here in Midland, even if they are little things like being let into someones home or having the chance to share our testimonies! Here's a couple stories from this week, 
We went to contact a referral we received last wee and so we knocked on their door and they let us right in! We had a little mini lesson with them because they were having dinner, and we established our purposes as missionaries and found out what they wanted out of us. They are looking for a church and they seemed so sincere! We are going back this week on Thursday to meet with them again. It was such a tender mercy, we are really having a hard time keeping investigators and so it was great to see their real intent. We are praying that it all goes through! :D 

Our investigator Jason is now on date to be baptized, he is so amazing! he actually lives in Detroit, so he won't be joining the ward here in Midland, but I know that the people out in Detroit need his spirit. I mean he is one of those guys that you just are like, wow.. You are prepared! On Monday when we had his lesson Sis Lau and I had been praying about a date and we felt good about August 15, and yes that is super far away but, trust me it's all what has to happen! He is married to a catholic woman, and she is pregnant and yeah it's just crazy stuff, but we felt good about August 15 and so we were teaching him and talking about how we need to set a goal and so Brother Jones showed him a calender and he was like August 15 sounds good! The spirit is real. It helps us make decisions! I know that to be true! 

So on Saturdays in our mission we can't drive our cars, that's always an adventure! So we were out door knocking, we had an appointment fall through so we went to our backups which was to knock this pretty busy street! So we start knocking it, and we meet this guy. He totally bashed the Book of Mormon, he said it isn't true and that it is from a demon.. :O It was terrible, but instead of bashing back sister lau and I both testified that we knew it to be true, and that the bible and Book of Mormon testify of one another. He shut the door speechless, don't ever dis the Book of Mormon to missionaries, they always will win! :D This is the same day we made up our song about being proud to be missionaries! We were getting quite a bit of rejection that day so everytime we had the door shut on us we just started singing we are proud to be a missionary and we know this gospel is true! We won't forget the saints who died and proclaimed is truth to, so will gladly stand up in front of you and share his word to you cuz their ain't no doubt I love this work We are god's army!! :) haha That was pretty rocky, but it's true! :D 

We got some amazing news this week! Our mission is going to be able to go to the temple every 6 months, and we can go with recent converts if we help them get names! :) This is such a blessing because before we could only go at the very end of our missions! I cannot wait to attend the temple this week with my recent convert Valerie! I know that the temple is the closest place that we can be to God. If you can, go to the temple every week! It's the best place in the world! :D 
 I hope you all have a wonderful week! Keep smiling, reading the Book of Mormon and praying! Read Moroni 10 if you can.. Find all the times Moroni exhorts us to do something... Mind =blown!! :D 
Love Sister Chisholm! <3 

For New Year's Eve the missionaries went to a members house where they got to have breakfast for dinner (one of Jen's favorite things) and then set off Chinese or "Tangled" lanterns! She loved it!

 Ice skating on P-day!

 I had a pizza delivered to my favorite missionary companionship! I even had them write "love mom" on the box....little did I know that the night it was delivered was a huge snow storm so they were stranded in their apartment.....lucky for them!!!!! The perks of having a missionary in the States!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Goodbye Sister Smith and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

This week Sister Chizzy said goodbye to her companion and now she is training by herself for another 6 weeks. She learned a lot from Sister Smith and will miss her, but is thankful for the time she had with her! The snow came....and the cold. I'm glad she has warm boots and hand warmers!!!!

Hey everyone! I hope you had a fantastic week and that things are going well! I hope you all had lots of candy, treats, family and goal setting going on this week! I am positive that 2015 will be the best year ever! :) 
We had a great start to the new year! We had the chance to be with some of our recent converts on New Years eve, that was a blast. We had root beer floats and we got to play uno and even stay out until 10. Man it was exciting! :) haha We had a great time and then we woke up and continued to find people that want to change their lives around. :) 
Here's a couple tender mercies from the week.. 
We knocked into this guy named Jeff, he is Lutheran and invited us right in and we wound up teaching him the Restoration and about the Book of Mormon, come to find out he had known our old Bishop, Bishop Place. He was really nice to us and fed us pizza! that testified again to me how important ward members are and how we truly are all examples to the people around us. You never know who may be watching, for the good. 
That same day we were finishing off that street and we knocked into this girl Stephanie that was so sweet and told us that she had been praying about joining a church just that morning and that she had just realized that our church was on the street that it was just earlier that week! She said we can come and teach her more tomorrow, so pray that, that lesson goes through. She is incredible! 

 This is a pretty cool story. We were going to Patty and Curts to give them some cookies last night cuz they couldn't make it to church because Curt had to go plow the roads, and we were walking in when I noticed this girl trying to get the snow and ice off her car and without even thinking about it I grabbed our scraper and walked right over come to find out that she was using her shoe to get the snow and ice off. It was such a great service opportunity! Heavenly Father watches over everyone even just when we are trying to get snow off our cars! haha :) I love serving, service is how we forget ourselves. Its amazing! Well things are good out here! We are working hard, doing our best to stay warm and having fun while doing so! I know this is the Lords work, I know mom that he is mindful of you and that he mindful of us all! 

This week the snow came!! Oh man it came and it brought the freezing weather, however it's so beautiful! I love the white wonderland that the snow creates it makes for a beautiful landscape. We had a lot of fun shoveling our ward missionaries drive way and having hot cocoa afterword. We also were able to help scrape some snow off of others cars. serving is really the best way to forget yourself. I have found that to be true on my mission. It's definitely one of my goals for this new year, to always look for ways to serve, we learn in Mosiah, that when we are in the service in our fellow men we are only in the service of our God. I know that to be true. I know that this is Christ's church, I know that he restored it in it's fullness to the prophet Joseph Smith. :) I have found this out by studying for myself and praying with real intent. I know that if you ever have doubts He is there to help and to answer our questions! I hope you all have a wonderful new year and that things are going well! 

Love Sister Chisholm <3