Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It's not easy but it's simple!

Aug 17
Hey everyone!! I hope you all are enjoying these last few weeks of summer! We sure are! It's definitely a different kind of heat over here with the humidity, but I am loving it!! :) Will miss it on those freezing cold days in February again! I hope all is going well for all of you! :D I am amazed at how quickly time goes by! This week just flew by, I really do believe that on missions we get to see a little bit of the Lords time, because honestly I never know what happened to our time! It's so crazy!!

So this week I want to share a really cool story that happened! :) Well I will share a couple cool stories! The first one was yesterday! Church was amazing, we had 5 of our less actives that we are working with come, that was great! The Delong family has come 3 weeks in a row now, they are incredible! :D We talked about temples and it was amazing, the spirit was so strong. I love Sundays, they truly are a delight! We were able to teach a girl that one of the members in our ward brought to church afterwards, she has read all the way to Mosiah and is still reading and she told us she believes the Book of Mormon is true!! It was SO cool! :) She will get baptized, she is moving to Indiana this week for school, but she is already hooked up with the ward out there and everything, member missionary work, after the lesson Sis Hannibal the member was like, oh my goodness I just feel like she is a baby in the gospel and I have to help her right along. I want everyone to help her too. :) That is how I feel. All my investigators are just babies, they need to be guided along, the need the help and strength that the gospel brings. I can't wait to be a member missionary again too! :) It is always needed! So that was great! 

Wednesday was insane... I mean really though! I will write some of the things I wrote in my journal from that day! "This day is exaclty what the scriptures say.. They were filled with exceeding great joy.. even shed many tears of sorrow.. did raise their voices and give thanks go God.. filled with pain and anguish for the welfare of their souls." Mosiah 25:8-11. It was quite ironic that I read that in studies wednesday morning and then literally I felt all those emotions throughout that day! We taught some of our awesome investigators, they are all doing so well. I have been so blessed to teach them, the hard part is that they live in Wyoming 3 area. The then we did service for one of the members in our ward, we were able to help her out because her son comes home this week from his mission! That is exciting!! :) So then we were supposed to teach a less active but she called and had to cancel, so we were trying to decide if we should knock in the same area we had planned even though it was far away or if we should just stay close. We still both felt right about staying in the place we at previously planned to knocked so we went there, and it was incredible! We were able to meet Tyler, he is this incredible guy that had met with missionaries before and right now feels like he is lost and away from God. I strongly testified to him that I knew God sent us to meet him, and that he had not forgotten him and that he loved him more then he could even imagine. Through his sunglasses I think I saw a tear, the spirit was so strong. Those moments are life changing, the gospel is life changing. It was incredible. An email really does not show you the feelings I felt, or the spirit that I know he felt. We truly are able to be instruments in the Lords hands. Later that night we found out that we need to give all of our investigators that are in Wyoming 3 area over to them.. It's been really difficult trying to figure out exactly what to do, but I know the Lord has a plan. If it means giving all our investigators over and pretty much starting over, we will do it.I just can't believe they want us to! 

Anyways, life is good! :) my time as a missionary is quickly passing me by, but I know that it really is only the beginning of a lifetime of service! :) We are all missionaries, we are all called to mourn with those who mourn and stand in need of those who need comfort. I know Jesus is the Christ, I know the gospel is true. I know Heavenly Father has a perfect plan and that He answers our prayers! Have a wonderful week!!! 

Love Sister Chisholm! <3

throw back to MLC with some great sisters! :) 
( I didn't take like any good pics this week.. Sorry! ) 

Aug 17 (some excerpts from my own personal letter. Sometimes the letter to everyone is kind of vague, I always ask her specific questions and sometimes its fun to hear her "normalcy" still is there! I love it!

So I will answer your questions now! I love that you ask me all these, they help me actually form an email! haha :) 
Our apartment is good! It's hot so our beds are pretty close to the kitchen so we can get the cooler on them! haha that is fun! :) I like our apartment besides that it is FOREVER away from everything.. It's weird how far away from the church and the library and everything it is.. Makes life without a car hard! that is for sure! :O We have neighbors, they are pretty nice, the people under us are nice they smoke like crazy, which makes the hallways smell bad but they are super nice! They borrowed our vacumm one time! Then I told Jaemon the story last week about the guy that lives above us that came in a Viking outift and talked to us! haha that was pretty funny! It's pretty great, besides the smoke smell! 

We had lunch yesterday with our Bishop  and his family, I love them! <3 Seriously he is such a great bishop, he reminds me a lot of dad. Like a lot, a lot. It always makes me happy when we get to go there! :) We had waffles, and eggs and bacon made me feel like I was home for our sunday dinners! :D That was yummy! This upcoming week we have dinner appointments every night, so that will be fun! I love dinners! We are having thanksgiving dinner with all 6 of us missionaries and then 3 others families tonight.. haha that will be an adventure for sure! :) Hmm.. strangest thing.. I am not sure.. We haven't ate any too weird of things recently. I will have to think about that one! Most of the time, we get really good food! 

Most of the members homes are clean, in Lansing that was a whole different story! haha one time we had a lesson and dinner with these members, and it was well.. let's just say I barely ate anything! That story will have to wait until I get home.. :) haha I just will have to describe it to you! ;) I love the Bishops house, I have realized a ton on my mission what kind of house I really do want. It's how my house was growing up pretty much. I have noticed more and more how great out house was, and how the spirit was able to be felt. I want my house to have pictures of the temple, our family, the proclamation, but clean and just a place where the spirit can be felt. In my patriarchal blessing it talks about making it like a temple, and that's exactly what I want. I have thought a lot about my future family actually recently, I am really excited. :) It's going to be amazing, I just know it! 

The whole car thing.. blah... We have been stressed like crazy all week because of it. It's super stressful trying to get rides everywhere, and being on time and making sure people are picking us up and blah blah blah.. but we are doing it! :) So that's what matters, we get our car back on Wednesday and I couldn't be happier! The work still happens, it just really hinders it too.. But oh well we are okay! :) We rode bikes yesterday and I just wore leggings, it may have been like 95 degrees with a billion degrees of humidity but we did it! :) haha this super nice guy gave us water though, so all was good! and we got this way cool potential that we are going to teach on Tuesday so it was all worth it! haha 

The youth in our ward are AWESOME!!!! Seriously, there are like 28 young women, they are great! And then the boys are super great to! Seriously, this ward is just rocking it over here! It's the "zion" of michigan as every one here tells me! haha but it's a great place! They have a bunch of activities like they went to Lake Michigan this weekend and played games and did a bunch of fun stuff, they have bishop firesides, I remember those. They were always so good espeically with Bishop Stanton! We actually taught the young women this week for mutual about preparing to serve a mission, I talked about being worthy and then also having a strong testimony of the Restoration and of Joseph Smith. It was really good! :) We had fun doing that! They are having a youth fireside in a couple weeks here, I love the youth. They rock!! :) 

Hmm.. something funny! Well recently Sister Guest and I have been laughing a ton!! Like I don't even know why but the littlest things get us to laugh! We saw "L" again and he was drunk that was pretty funny! We actually have to give him over to the elders because he is in their area.. :( But we taught him and he was drunk, that was pretty funny! he kept repeating himself and doing weird things! I have never really seen anyone drunk before so that was interesting! haha :) Also "I" this week has been taking a bunch of drugs for his leg and so when we taught him I think he was a little high.. which was also pretty dang funny..  Some other funny ones are just when we are out door knocking, someone will answer the door right when we are saying sometimes, or they will not even answer the door but they will peek out the window!

 At a fun place got "Steak and Shake!"
 Jen said this dog "totally creeped us out, it just sat there staring at us and didn't ever move...." we got a huge kick of that. Be scared Jen.....be really scared...its coming for you............TERRIFYING :D

This is one of my favorite pictures of Jen and one of her investigators so far. It makes me happy to see this guy (Ian) want to know more about our church and how awesome it is that they are such great friends. Love the diversity. 

August 10
Hey everyone!! :) I heard this quote and really loved it so I thought, might as well share it! :)
So I have a couple great stories to share with all of you this week! :D We are seeing so many miracles here in Wyoming! Sis Guest and I will be together another 6 week, I know we are going to see some awesome miracles! Seriously the work never stops hastening! It's amazing to me, despite all our imperfections The Lord still knows how to make things happen! :) 

First cool story, we picked up a new investigator this week named Fernando! Door knocking, it truly brings miracles! I feel like almost everyone we are teaching right now all were found doorknocking, it's amazing actually! My faith has grown a ton in the principle of going out and knocking on doors! So anyways we taught a great lesson on prayer, and then set a return appointment and left him with a pamphlet. When we were walking out we were like oh darn, we forgot to warn him about anti.. it seems like everyone out here gets an-tied and then they NEVER talk to us again. So we felt bad. We do our best to warn people that satan attacks truth but sometimes we don't do as good as we should. But the Lord is merciful. Later that night, while we were fixing our bikes with some members Fernando texted and said, can you call me? I have a couple questions. So we did and he goes, so I read some stuff and then proceeded to ask us about polygamy and about all these things he had seen or heard. It was amazing to me! We were able to talk to him and address his concerns and then he said he will still be willing to meet with us! :) I thought that was so cool. We always have another chance. 

Yesterday we were able to go and have lunch with a recent convert and she invited her son Luke that has come to church a couple times. We had a great lunch and then a powerful lesson about prayer with him as well, he has only been to church like 9 times in his life and he said the closing prayer for us at the end of the lesson. It was amazing. He wants to learn more that he can feel more comfortable at church. He said that he feels like he was thrown into a super elite class that he knows nothing about, but if he understood more he would feel much better! :) I agree, I think sometimes church would be super way overwhelming! That's why I love what we do, it's so personable! So he is super solid, I can't wait to teach him more! :D 

We were able to meet with the Pendergrasses again as well!! They are on date to get baptized!! :) We are way excited! Thank you all for your prayers, I know that prayers are answered. Even if they aren't always how we want them answered, they are answered! :D 

Well life is good! I am so happy to be staying in Wyoming!! :) It's such a great place! We are going to have 3 sets of missionaries in our ward starting thursday! Holy cow! It will be so nice! We had a GIANT area for the past 3 weeks I am excited to see what will happen. 

Well I hope you all have a fantastical week.. that word comes from my dear comp sister morrison! ;) Make it great!!!!! Love ya!! 

Love Sister Chisholm 
us and the holland sisters at holland state park!!! :) 
I love the beach! 
Don't worry we only played volleyball! 

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