We arrived safely to humid Oklahoma! We received more info on the tornadoes and will be helping with clean up all week. We get our trainers tonight and head to our areas! Love you all!
Family and friends,
Surprise e-mail today! We got to write before we take off tomorrow morning at 6 am! Our flight is around 9:45 tomorrow mornin’ and we are off to OKC. My companion Sister Durfee and I had some amazing experiences teaching this week. We had the TRC 4 times this week. The TRC is where you practice teaching volunteers. One of our “investigators” named Jen (our teacher Sister Freeman) was acting as a lady she actually taught on her mission. Today was our last meeting with her. I felt the spirit so strongly as I testified of the Doctrine of Christ (Faith, repentance, baptism, holy ghost, and enduring to the end). Our other comps, Sister Coop (Cooper) and Williams had an amazing experience in particular. They walked in the room and the lady immediately admitted she wasn’t a member in real life. She said it was a favor for her friend. They started teaching her about the Restoration of the church and of Joseph Smith. She stopped them, a little uneasy the Sisters listened. The lady asked them “Just tell me why you are here.” They both bore their testimonies of the gospel. Tears streamed down the lady’s face as they invited her to read The Book of Mormon. “I WILL read it, I promise you, I WILL,” she said. That experience strengthened my testimony of the spirit’s role in conversion. We just cannot teach without it. I had an experience this week–of course meant to be– where I wasn’t feeling the spirit during a lesson. There was a lot of noise and distractions around because we were in the hall. I honestly couldn’t hardly speak. I turned to Sister Durfee in shock. I am the senior companion and so usually I start, but words just weren’t coming to my mouth. It taught me a lesson and I knew then, that I needed the spirit more than anything when I teach. We have started to read the Book of Mormon in depth as well and it is SO GOOD! I get so zoned in.
I am trying to tell funny stories in my e-mail from the week. I have many funny experiences but one that sticks out actually happened today. So somebody in our District (my comp) loves to sing, but tends to jump from one key to another when we sing. For our opening song this afternoon we decided we wanted to sing Come Come Ye Saints acapella. We started and it was just off from the start. Everyone started on a different note and it just did not sound pretty. Our DL Elder Watkins was leading and just started laughing because everyone was so off. Everyone started dying out until it was just me and my comp singing two different notes! Our teacher was cracking up at this point. “We sounded like dying cow” one Elder said. Everyone was crying laughing.
We are so excited and anxious start this journey. It’s so weird leaving the MTC. Our District has grown so close. I love them all, they are like family! It feels like yesterday since I got here, yet I feel so different and “old”. I have learned SO much and grown a lot. My testimony and appreciation for this gospel has increased so much. The countless classes, devotionals, and testimonies shared have all added to my faith, knowledge and testimony. I can’t, in words, begin to describe how strong my testimony has been strengthened. It’s a pure feeling of joy and peace to be a missionary. Being a missionary is hard, but so rewarding. You are so in-tune with the Holy Ghost that you become so reliant on its guidance and council. I know this may be bold, but I feel so strongly that everyone should consider this opportunity to become a full time missionary and servant to the Lord. It has seriously enriched my life, even in the two weeks I’ve been here. My testimony has been strengthened of my Savior, of our Heavenly Father’s love for all of us, of Joseph Smith, and of our purpose here on this earth. During our Sunday night devotional Steven B. Allen spoke and had us all sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir recording to “Come, Come Ye Saints”. They sang it in the last conference. It was so powerful to sing “and how we’ll have this tale to tell, all is well, all is well!” All IS well my dear family and friends, All is WELL!
I love you all! My challenge for the week comes from personal study. Read the section in Jesus the Christ on the Savior’s suffering in Gethsemane. It is so powerful and has really put in perspective what the Savior did for each of us. We are eternally indebted to Him and our Heavenly Father. Have a great week!
P.S. I will update everyone more on the tornado disaster next week. Apparently we’ll be picking up yellow vests when we arrive… more to follow!
Family and friends!
Hello!! I am so grateful that I get to e-mail. I’ve been looking forward to it all week! So much has happened I don’t know where to begin. How about the beginning? My mom, aunt and grandma were able to drop me off at the MTC. We pulled up to the curb and Hermana Precia Purnell was my host! (She has been my friend since 2nd grade). I was so excited! I knew it was a blessing from the Lord. I was so nervous although I wasn’t trying to show it. Tender mercy for sure. Lots more, let’s keep going.
We went through and got my tag, dropped off my bag at my room and went to my class. My companion’s name is Sister Durfee. She is 24 years old from Southern California. She LOVES Disney and is majoring in ASL. She is an only child and so her extended family means a lot to her. She is awesome! She is very loving and connects well with everyone that we teach. She is also going to Oklahoma City. There are two other sisters in our district and both going to OKC. Sister Cooper is a hoot! She is 19, from Riverton Wyoming. She plays college basketball. She has the gift of rapping and making people feel really good about themselves. Sister Williams is from Cedar Hills, Utah. She is 21, drop dead gorgeous, dances for Utah State and is really good at being focused and funny. We are the only ones in our room. We have so much fun together. I have seriously never laughed so hard in my life. We all have so many jokes and have become best friends even after a week. Our District (67-c) is way awesome too. Elder Pinder is in my district (we were in orchestra together at Eagle). He is hilarious. There are 6 Elders in our district all going to OKC. There are 21 of us going to OKC next Tuesday. We’ve met some of the other Elders going too. Our district is the best. Elder Watkins is our district leader, then we have Elder Martin, Elder Hoddy, Elder Garner, Elder Pinder and Elder Neilson. All of them are either 18 or 19. I don’t know how to describe them other than awesome and funny!
Our teachers are Brother Gleason and Sister Freeman. They are great and very helpful. The MTC is such a great place. There are tons of missionaries with the same purpose. Sister Durfee and I got to teach in the TRC this week. The TRC is a place where we get to practice teaching people. They act as someone who doesn’t know about the gospel. Let me tell you, the spirit is so strong there. In the TRC we taught the Restoration and about the Book of Mormon. It’s crazy how fast your testimony grows here on the mission. I know that this church is true! I have really learned how to recognize the spirit out here. During TRC I was teaching about the Book of Mormon then I all of a sudden had a feeling I needed to read 3 Nephi 11. I read the account of Christ visiting the people in America and I then had a feeling to talk about baptism that was later in the chapter, I then had a feeling to talk about the chapter in Matthew about Christ’s baptism. I then realized they both had the same verse saying ” Behold my beloved son, hear him.” The Holy Ghost bore a strong witness to me that if you are open and willing to pray with real intent, meaning when you pray for something that you are willing to do what God tells you to do, that you will be blessed with what to say. Sister Durfee and I did not feel alone. We were able to go to the temple today. The spirit was so strong and confirmed to me that He lives. Jesus Christ lives and loves us. Our Heavenly Father, too, loves us, everything we teach goes back to that truth. He loves us, so He gaves us the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, propehts, families, commandments the list goes on and on. He will help us as we ask. I am so grateful for this experience! The MTC is hard, not going to lie, but worth it. I would love to hear from you all! I don’t have much time to e-mail, so WRITE ME! There is a service called Dearelder.com and you can send letters that are free and get sent to us the same day! Letters are so encouraging and we love them 🙂
I love you all. Have a great week!
Sister Roberts, You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission. I get to start on this adventure in just … Continue reading