Life in Stilly!

Stillwater Zone

Family! Friends! 

Stillwater is SO DIFFERENT than Lawton. More green, more safe, a college town, more Sisters and lots to do. I love it! It’s a busy place and takes me back to Provo and Norman a little bit. I’m glad I’ll be spending my last weeks here. I’m with Sister Grace Morrell now. Sister Morrell is crazy fun, easy going, and powerful! She is from Idaho Falls, and went to BYU-I. She goes home at the end of this transfer, so we occasionally chat, worry and ponder on the craziness of being an “old” missionary and going home, but not too much, don’t worry. ūüôā It’s nice to have someone to talk to about it, when it’s so close. She definitely understands. Her brother also married the Mackay’s daughter (my piano teacher in Eagle), and she is Kenna’s cousin-in-law. So…. really small world.¬†Everyone calls us old now and I’m realizing more and more how long I have been out here…this is the best part of the mission though because you know how to be a missionary and it’s normal life now. Our District consists of 4 sets of sisters and 2 sets of Elders. It’s fun. We live with the Spanish Sisters: Hermana Anderson and Pagliaro… I love them! We have so much fun together, and we live in a¬†sweet house!¬†

My new area is going well… I’m a little overwhelmed because I have to take over the area in a couple weeks, but I am TRUSTING the Lord will help me! We have some cool investigators though so that is fun! One woman named Carla¬†is getting baptized in a couple weeks. She is in her 50s and her husband is a member. She is really sincere and has already read the Book of Mormon 3 times as well as the D&C and is now studying some of Moses and Abraham. She is a powerhouse! She asked if we could¬†study about temples¬†next time, so that is what we will do! Also… amazing miracle… I found Flora again (my recent convert from Africa who¬†I taught in Norman)! She is living and going to school here¬†in Stillwater! The OSU sisters said that she’s in their ward, so I get to see her tonight on exchanges! I am stoked! I lost contact with her when she moved, so I was worried, but now it’s a miracle!

We also received training from¬†Elder Foster of the Seventy here yesterday. It was soooooo good; probably one of the best trainings I’ve ever had. You think that when a general authority comes they are going to rebuke all the missionaries and whoop them into shape, but most of all the talks by him, his wife and the Walkenhorsts were about Heavenly Father’s love. President Walkenhorst talked about our desires and how we need to be focused on goals and aligning our will to the Father’s. Sister Walkenhorst talked about God’s perspective. She said, “Sometimes we just need an old fashioned pep talk so here it is: ‘you are doing alright, everything will work out!'” Then Sister Foster talked about having hard days and how we all have them. She talked about how we can do hard things, but not without Heavenly Father. Elder Foster first talked about member missionary work. The Stillwater and OKC Stake Presidents were there and so he talked about how we need to have better communication with each other¬†and work together better. He also talked about how we have 1 chance to serve a mission like this…1 chance to ponder for eternity. He said, “It’s a privilege to be a missionary.” He then talked about putting things in the past and keeping them there and moving on. He reminded us of what Heavenly Father told Adam and Eve in the garden “I will provide a Savior for you.” Elder Foster continued his last training by talking about prayer. It was the most profound training on prayer I had ever heard. He stressed the importance of knowing that God knows our name. Moses 1 really stresses this as well: “And I have a work for thee, Moses, my son [Mackenzie, my daughter]; and thou art in the similitude of mine Only Begotten; and mine Only Begotten is and shall be the Savior, for he is full of grace and truth; but there is no God beside me, and all things are present with me, for I know them all.” Also in D&C 124:20: “And again, verily I say unto you, my servant George Miller is without guile; he may be trusted because of the integrity of his heart; and for the love which he has to my testimony I, the Lord, love him.” Another example that He knows our name AND our heart. Another scripture he shared was in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10: ¬†“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a¬†thorn in the flesh (trial or weakness), the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.For this thing I besought the Lord¬†thrice [not just once, but 3 times!],¬†that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ‚Äôs sake:¬†for when I am weak, then am I strong.”¬†

Ahhh…there is so much more I could share, but it’ll have to be in person someday. So¬†much to share, so little time. I also got a blessing on Sunday from the Elders which¬†was really inspired and really helped me. I am truly¬†grateful for my mission. I love it. It’s been a crazy week, but they all are! Also, thank you to all who have e-mailed me. It is SO uplifting, and I feel so loved every Monday when I get on my e-mail to hear all the updates on life and such! Y’all are an inspiration.

I love y’all tons! Keep uplifting all those around you!

Love,

Sis Kenz

P.S.

The picture is of the Stillwater Zone with Elder Foster!

My new address is:

905 Dryden Cir. 

Stillwater, OK 74075

Send things directly here because it takes a long time to get things from the mission office!

#ilovemail

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Peace Be “Still”

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Family,

I am SO HAPPY everything went so well with the wedding! Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Nickel! I love you both so much! I’m glad I got to be a part of it through video! ūüôā It was quite the day…emotional, but very spiritual as well. I am grateful for Christ’s Atonement, and I really felt that day that He knew how I was feeling. It gave me so much hope and peace.¬†

This week was definitely one of answered prayers. Tuesday we went to a lesson at Becky’s, and after the lesson her car wouldn’t start. Sister Hirschi and I decided to pray for her and when we did that it started. BAM! It was crazy. She said that was so unusual, but the best part is that she gave the credit to God. It built her testimony of prayer! #answeredprayers On Friday, we got to go to the temple. Not enough ward members had signed up to clean the temple, so they asked if the missionaries could come help, so we did, and we also got to do a session. It was the day of the wedding, so I sat in the Celestial room pondering about the love I have for my family and how much Heavenly Father knows what is best. It was confirmed to me there, that this was the right thing and that there are¬†still people in Oklahoma that need me these next two months.¬†

So… I am actually leaving Lawton tomorrow, for STILLWATER! I am SO excited! I get to be the North STL with Sister Morrell (Kenna’s cousin-in-law). I am really looking forward to working with her. This is her last transfer so that will be fun, too! We cover 7 different companionships, so we’ll stay busy! Sister Law is actually coming to Lawton with Sister Hirschi, so that’s exciting too! ¬†And yes, 11 weeks to go for the mission… I cant believe it! No, the general authority hasn’t come yet… this is how it’s going… this week we have Mission Leader Conference and transfers; next Monday is our mission tour with Elder Foster (so I’ll e-mail Tuesday again); then the next Thursday is Zone Conference (where I will be giving a departing testimony). The week after that is the General Women’s Meeting, then the next week is General Conference (another date that is making me “old”…haha). After that is MLC and transfers again (Sister Borup coming!!!), then my last transfer with Halloween, MLC and lots and lots of sister exchanges!!! Crazy huh!? I’m gonna be booked until the end… literally! It’s all exciting and I’m glad I still have another area. I’m excited to see what adventures await in this next area, since I felt that I needed to stay here… bring it on Spirit! I’m realizing here on my¬†mission that time is running out and I’m wanting to run faster and work harder every day that goes by. I have more I want to improve in myself and develop.¬†

I needed this mission experience so badly. I look at myself and how I was before my mission. I am SO grateful that Heavenly Father knows us perfectly and I listened to the call, maybe even if I didn’t the first time. ūüėČ But I’m glad I did! I feel more capable and confident. I feel more confident in the Lord and in my testimony of the restored gospel. I know it’s true now more than ever. I know how to apply it, I know how it can bless my life and how it already has. I read through my patriarchal blessing recently and I smiled at how I “didn’t think it said anything about a mission”, because now I see that everything was talking about my mission. How could I be so blind? I am glad my eyes were opened and that I could have this experience. I’m glad I served in Lawton, Oklahoma. A piece of my heart will always be here with these people and the sisters in the south part of the mission. I have grown and been shaped so much here. I feel like Lawton was my “refiner’s fire”. It helped my teaching bloom through teaching the soldiers on Post, it helped me see what this quote by Elder Bednar meant: “You are called because of what you will become.” It helped me to learn to love people, to TRUST IN THE LORD, to love my companions more than ever, to be a leader, to understand my purpose as a missionary more than ever. It has truly shaped my mission and life. Thank you family and friends for all your love, support, prayers, and messages! I have the best family in the world!!

Love as always, 

Sister Roberts

“YODO”

AUGUST 25, 2014

Never Alone

Hello family and friends!

I can’t believe¬†how fast this month has gone by! This transfer flew by! This Sunday is transfer calls! I’m so excited/nervous! Wherever I go this transfer, will be my last move on the mission! I just feel so good. I feel like I’m really starting to get the hang of being a missionary. I’m recognizing the growing and learning experiences more and more! I have just decided to not worry or stress so much and trust that what happens is what needs to happen. As I have done this more, I have realized that I feel the Spirit’s guidance more and I am happier! Joy comes from choosing Christ’s way! I send my congrats to the soon to be couple Jordan and Madeleine Nickel this week! I know it will be a wonderful day and I will be there in spirit! I love you both!!

This week was pretty crazy though! We went on¬†exchanges with the sisters in Ardmore and Sulphur! It’s a two hour drive, and we did the exchanges back to back. We were so tired, but had so much fun! In Ardmore, we split the area and I went with Sister Heaton. She and I visited a lot of people and I got to know her a lot better! She’s great! All four of us had tons of fun together, too! I haven’t laughed so hard in a while! We went to a musical number practice with them that evening for the funeral of one of their ward members who had passed away. One of the older ladies wanted¬†to make the song more dramatic and another lady was kind of rolling her eyes and said, “Well I guess…you only die once.” It sounds a lot like yolo (you only live once), so it became our new joke “YODO”! We headed up to Sulphur the next day to visit Sister Beckstead and Brandt. Sister Brandt and I had dinner with a family whose¬†dad was deaf and the granddaughter had Down syndrome! It was soooo fun! And it was cool because it was the granddaughter’s (Abbi’s) 16th birthday! So we had cake. She loved it! She reminded me so much of Michael. It was a tender mercy! I felt right at home with her and she showed me all her favorite movie cases (Frozen and Monsters University). Sister Brandt thought it was cool and said it really helped her know how to talk to Abbi better! Sister Brandt is a really good teacher and is able to apply anything that anyone talks about to the gospel. It was so impressive!

Over¬†the weekend everything seemed to fall through, but because of that, we were able to be led to others we needed to see! Post was really fun this week. The soldiers I am working with are doing well and most are reading and praying about The Book of Mormon! It’s crazy teaching a big group of people at once! An experience to share….I was sitting during the sacrament and prayed hard that I would be able to teach through the Spirit. I was going to be teaching the Plan of Salvation. It really impressed me to ask that my tongue would be loosed and that I would speak what the Spirit would have me! ….And it totally happened! Not that I was really shocked that the Lord would help me, but the lesson flowed so well and even some of the things I said during the lesson surprised and taught me! It was such a great testimony booster and reminder that if you ask, you will receive! The Lord wants us to ask Him for help because when we do, it shows our great trust and confidence in Him. It also taught me that the Spirit is the real¬†teacher and that we can’t do it alone…when teaching or in life. We cannot do it alone! Jesus Christ has to help us and if we don’t let Him in, we will struggle! We have to choose Him! Choose to be on the Lord’s side!

I am grateful for the many challenges and joys the Lord has placed in my path to help me learn and grow! I am so much happier when I have decided to be on His side!

Love y’all,

Sister Roberts

Change

AUGUST 18, 2014

Hey y’all!¬†

This week was great! Congrats to my cousin Tyler for entering the MTC this week for JAPAN! So exciting! You’re going to be a great missionary! The work this week was good! We had a church tour with Sister Brennan and had a good lesson with Becky! We had a great ward activity where we got to meet and get to know a lot more of the members.

I am loving it here, and I feel the changes in myself more than ever! I want it to keep going! I hope that each of you know that I know that Jesus is our Savior and that Heavenly Father loves each of us and knows us individually. The Omnipotent God who knows all things, knows your name. I love Them with all my heart and have felt myself growing closer to Them. I can’t describe the joy that accompanies change through the Atonement, but I can tell you that it is real and that its power is greater than all other. The Atonement is not just for repenting of¬†our mistakes and sins, but also for¬†changing, which takes time and patience with¬†ourselves…changing into what Christ is and knows we can become. It requires¬†little changes every day. I know the Atonement¬†is also for our weaknesses as well; as hard and challenging as they are to overcome, it is the true test to put away the natural man and become a saint, a disciple of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the experiences I have had in my life and the sometimes uncomfortable, but fulfilling changes that I have gone through. I am still far from perfect, but I know that I’ve taken¬†steps forward, which is the most important direction. I love watching people change here including other missionaries. Seeing the face of Becky as she warms more and more to the Gospel. Seeing the calming of an¬†intense soldier’s face as he¬†hears the account of the first vision for the first time. Watching someone open the Book of Mormon for the first time, unaware of how much it will change their life; and knowing how much happiness await those who enter the font for baptism. I am grateful for change and although sometimes it isn’t easy, it is always worth it!¬†

Have a great week! 

Love always,

Sister Kenz

It’s a Missionary Life!

AUGUST 4, 2014

IMG_0167 The Lawton Zone!

Family and Friends,

GUESS WHAT!!?? CHELSEA BORUP IS COMING TO MY MISSION OCTOBER 15TH!!!!! I will get to serve with her for my last month!

The work is going well here in Lawton. Sister Porter is officially going home in 3 days! It’s hard being with a “dying missionary” as we call it. They are so ready to go home that it’s hard to stay focused sometimes. But the thing is that I’m an oldie missionary now, so my time is coming soon, too! AH! I¬†am actually excited, though… so much has changed and I miss y’all like never before! I am doing great¬†though and¬†staying focused. I will enjoy these next 3 months and serve as hard as I can! We have a really busy next couple of months with Mission Leader Conferences, a mission tour (General Authority visit) and a Zone Conference. It’ll be crazy, so that will keep my mind focused and excited!

On Monday evening Carla Molster came out with us and we visited Sister Tahkopfer. On I went on an exchange with Sister Gull. She’s brand new…one week in the mission! We taught about the Restoration to Becky (one of our new investigators) with Sister Kile (one of our members)! Sister Gull recited the first vision with¬†tears streaming down her face. Becky is totally excited about all this. When we invited her to pray about all we talked about, she said, “Why… I already feel that it is true.” We asked¬†her to pray about¬†it anyway so that God could witness it again. She is really prepared. After the lesson, Sister Gull thought that it¬†was the coolest experience she had ever had¬†(it was her first time teaching that lesson in the field). I guess to that point I hadn’t really realized what¬†amazing¬†experiences we have every day on a regular basis. It was a good lesson to¬†me that we can feel as though it is¬†our first time learning about Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon every time we teach about it. I totally love teaching it, and we get to teach about it all the time! I guess I needed to slow down and remember how¬†special the message is that¬†we have to share! Sister Gull reminded me of that great lesson that day! I’m grateful for that!

On Wednesday, we got to go to the TEMPLE! It was a wonderful session, and I felt a calming peace about my future and the remainder of my mission. In the temple, I feel that I can see the bigger picture better. I was reminded that my time left here on my mission is short and that I need to continue to work hard to the end. We had our Zone Training Meeting afterwards where we gave a training on “Developing A Christlike Companionship”. It was sure fun, interactive and the Spirit was there! The Zone Leaders gave training on developing a vision, having a desire and anchoring ourselves to that. One of our Zone Leaders, Elder Holman loves hashtags, so a tradition of the Lawton Zone is to end all¬†trainings¬†with a hashtag to remind us of what was discussed¬†. Ours was #CompUnity (original I know..) and theirs was #AnchorTheDream. It was fun. One of our Senior Couple missionaries stood up and asked, “So, what is a hashtag?” Everyone laughed, including him and it was explained to him. It was so funny! We also met with Sister Brennan and taught her about¬†prayer. She gave a great prayer afterwards, and we invited her to pray every day. Most of the weekend was full of Sister Porter saying good bye to people and packing, but Sister Hirschi and I are going through everything and organizing. We have a ton of fun together. Sister Hirschi is a lot more shy than Sister Porter, but when she laughs, she LAUGHS! Needless to say, we’ve had some good laughs so far. ūüôā

I am so grateful for the Gospel! I love Jesus Christ with all my heart, might, mind and strength!

I love y’all so much!

Sister Kenz

IMG_0222Our District & the Assistants

 

Fwd: The Lawton Trio

Hey y’all!

This week was great! Well… sorta haha! I was¬†sick for most of the week, but I’m getting over it now! I was congested and had a bad¬†cough. I thought it was allergies at first…but nope! Transfers were this week and Sister Hirschi joined our companionship! She is from Rexburg, Idaho. She is almost exactly¬†my age! She is very kind, kind of quiet, and solid! She’s really organized and stylish! I love her already! Sister Porter goes home next week…crazy!! We changed our phone signature to “The Lawton Trio.” David asked, “Are you a girl band?” hahaha¬†

The work was good this week! We were so busy! We got 14 members out with us this week to appointments. The work is so great when members are involved! We taught Sister Brennan about the Restoration and she had great questions! Sister Curts came with us! We started teaching a former investigator named Eben; he is really spiritual already. It’s kind of funny, though, because he has a lot of interesting philosophies about religion and God. He takes the sacrament by his bed every morning…..yeah we need to talk about that. haha. It’s like the “Drive-Thru Sacrament” in Oklahoma¬†City! It’s crazy here!! Eben came to church and had a great time! Hogan and Gwen came to church, too! We are finally meeting with them on Saturday! And, Brother Bentley is proudly passing the sacrament every Sunday! All 9 of us missionaries¬†sang a musical number on Sunday and it went…pretty well. We found out none of the Elders sing at all, so they just laughed through it, but they had such great attitudes about it! They are champs! Post went well this week, too! We’ve just been busy busy busy lately!¬†

I’m so grateful for Heavenly Father and how well He knows us! He gives us trials to help us grow. I have gained a testimony of that lately. He knows us individually and perfectly. He wants us to talk to Him, because that’s when He can help us the most. We are His children.

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-06-02-god-is-our-father?lang=eng

Love,

Sister Kenz

Short and Sweet!

IMG_0136The Post group!

Hello y’all!¬†

This week was wonderful! Transfers are this week and Sister Porter and I are staying together and becoming a trio with Sister Hirschi! Sister Porter will be leaving us in 2 weeks for home! She has been a great comp! More info on the new companionship this next week. This week’s highlights include:

Brother Bentley passing the sacrament this week! He did a great job! He is also going to the temple to do baptisms this Saturday with a member! He has started his family history and is already submitting his family’s names to the temple! We had a great lesson with him. He insisted to show us his stuffed vulture. Sister Bentley was over in the corner mumbling that she was going to toss it. It was so random, but funny!¬†

Saturday night we took the Middlewoods out teaching with us. We visited Eben (new investigator) and the Ponce’s. They were so good for them and invited them to FHE at their house. They are great member missionaries!¬†

Sister Brennan: we got to meet with her twice this week! She read in the Book of Mormon!!! Which was a great miracle! 

I am so grateful to be a missionary! It’s so amazing and rewarding to see people change and grow! I love it! I’ve realized that we have to find the every day miracles. I’ve been doing that and finding that I am soooo happy as I do it!

IMG_0127Bro. Shelley, Sis. Phelps & me on Post

IMG_0142Branch presidency on Post

Video for the week: 

http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=1101413031001&cid=HPFR071114321

Sorry this is short this week! 

Sister Kenz

Sunday Miracles!

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Hello y’all,

First off, some shout outs.. Madeleine, congrats on graduating from Cosmetology school! I’m so proud of you, Sis! You are a shining example to me! Tyler, congrats on going through the temple! You’re going to be an amazing missionary! Meg and Matt- congrats on Luke’s blessing! I can’t wait to meet that little guy! He’s adorable and has amazing parents! So, this week was amazing!! We saw some really sweet miracles despite the scourging heat! I am soooo tired, but it’s worth it. The Church true! Here are some of the highlights from the week:¬†

The Brennans: We’ve been teaching her for about two weeks now. She is the woman¬†who¬†Anna Boucher was teaching in NC. Sister Brennan is praying about¬†being baptized on August 30th! One of the miracles about it is that Brother Brennan, who is less active, came to church¬†yesterday! He is a Drill Sargent and is rarely home, so that was cool! We taught the Plan of Salvation and both of them prayed! Sister Tucker, a member, came and totally befriended Sister Brennan, and they’re going shopping this week! We’re so excited about her!¬†

Gwen and Hogan: Gwen is a less active sister who we’ve been trying to see for like 5 months. She finally let us come over last week and we had a return appointment. We also went over yesterday with Sister Certeza, the Relief Society President. We hoped her new husband, Hogan, who is not a member¬†would be there, but he wasn’t. But the Lord was directing it, of course. Gwen opened up a ton and told us how Hogan wants to be baptized and learn about the Gospel. She talked about how much the Gospel means to her and how she wants an eternal marriage. She was tearing up. We’re going to start meeting with them this week!! They’re the cutest couple!

Brother Langevin: Moving onto Post…Brother Langevin was BAPTIZED yesterday! Cool thing though, it was the Branch’s first ever Branch Conference and so the WHOLE Stake Presidency came to his baptism and stood in the confirmation circle! It was so wonderful! He was so excited to be baptized and even though the water was ice cold he marched right in! I think I mentioned this before, but he told the Elders that he has really seen the Atonement work in his life and that he feels like a new man! He even brought his whole platoon to church yesterday haha! Also, cool thing on Post, we got to go to the meeting with the Branch Presidencies and talk about the missionary work there. It was a neat, unique experience. I’m having some really neat experiences working with ward councils and seeing how the Church is run. I’ve learned a lot! I’ll attach a pic of Brother Langevin and me… you could fly a plane in between us. #missionjokes¬†

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Ponce Family: THEY CAME TO CHURCH! This is a miracle!!! I wasn’t there, because I was at Branch Conference, but Sister Porter said it was great and you could tell they felt the Spirit! They are great and we’re hoping their desire continues to grow!¬†

We had two exchanges this week, with the Ardmore and Duncan areas. Both went well. Sister Young, the Ardmore sister I went with, goes home next week! Sister Phelps, the Duncan sister I went with, is training a new missionary next transfer! I’m excited for both of them. They are great missionaries and we had a lot of fun! Sister Young served in Lawton last summer, so we tried some former investigators and found some potentials there. Miracles!

I am so grateful for the Lord and His help. It’s His work and we are just His instruments. I am so eternally grateful that He led me here and that I came! This experience is truly amazing and life changing. I never thought I’d say I am grateful for my trials and I never understood why people said those kinds of things until I came on a mission. It’s truly the “hardest thing I’ve ever loved to do”.¬†

Hope y’all have an amazing week!

Love bunches,

Sister Kenz

Members Do The Trick

Hello Family and Friends,

WOW! This week was PACKED! But before I get into it, I just want to say thank you to those who have e-mailed and written to me on my¬†mission. It really has meant a lot and uplifted me. I seem to always get a letter when I’m having a hard day! Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and support!¬†

The mission is flying by at the speed of light. I’m reaching my 14-month mark. My time is ticking! It’s crazy! Speaking of which, during our Mission Leader Conference, as we were talking about the mission and how everyone is doing, the Spirit taught me so much about what I can be doing better. It was such a heavy feeling, because I realized I still have so much I want to work on before I go home and now is the best time to re-evaluate my personal goals, align them with Heavenly Father’s and go go go! So I did that, I wrote them down and we went to work!

On Tuesday, we had an exchange with the Elgin sisters. I was with Sister Safley who just came out to the mission. She is doing well; she’s really shy, but is willing! We had a good time in Lawton. On Wednesday morning, she and I went with the rest of our District to the Food Bank for our weekly service. As we were hanging up clothes, a¬†14-year-old kid came¬†up and started talking to us. I could tell he had some type of disability. He asked me how old I was, and when I told him 21, he said, “Darn it, I’m 14,” and all the sisters started giggling. Then, he walked over to the Elders and said, “Do you know that lady over there (pointing to me)?” They said yes, and he said with a sigh, “Ahhh, I wish adult/teenage relationships were approved.” haha The Elders wouldn’t let me live it down. It was pretty funny!

On Thursday, we went to visit a very less active sister named Gwen. She’s our age and has been dodging us for a while, but she finally let us come by. We met her new husband, Hogan, and he is interested in hearing our message! We are excited to go there this week! PS…I want everyone to realize how influential the members were in our work this week. Members are the KEY! That evening, we taught the Book of Mormon study class on The Heroes of the Book of Mormon, using stories from Helaman, Captain Moroni and Moroni. We made a HUGE Title of Liberty that we used and hung in the room! That night we went over to the Ponce’s and shared a short¬†4th of July message with them and then used the same Title of Liberty with the Tomanys.

Friday was the 4th of July, and we decided it would be cool to do morning soccer at the field right by our apt. It was going really well and the game was fun, but then Elder Chavez totally ran into and took out¬†little Sister Porter and knocked her to the ground. We found out today she has a fractured elbow. Oops…. But it was kind of funny because when he knocked her down, she screamed, “I HATE YOU, GET AWAY!” hahaha You have to know that Sister Porter is this sweet, innocent little sister missionary. We laughed about that all weekend. Elder Chavez feels soooo bad though. The rest of the day consisted of our District Meeting after which¬†we did Whiteboard Lawton again! We held up signs saying “mormon.org” and “Honk if you love Jesus!” and “Happy 4th!” Oh people went crazy. The intersection of Gore and Sheridian was a honking fest! It was so cool! We gave¬†out a lot of pass along cards! It was so fun! Elder Holman was dancing around and pointing at people to honk. It was sooo funny! After, we went to the¬†house of a single member (Brother Burbanks) who¬†had invited 3 non-member friends. I swear we taught 5 lessons to them during that time. One of his friends, Raymond, even came to church on Sunday and the Elders are teaching him now! AND, his other friends, Collin and Brandy, are being taught, too! All 5 of us missionaries went to their home¬†after church to teach them. They are in the Elders’ area, but we connected with Brandy, so we went¬†just for their first lesson! They have a cute little son named Matty! They are coming to church next week!!

On Saturday, we had another really cool miracle. Sister Anna Boucher (my roommate in Provo¬†last year) is serving in North Carolina on a¬†military base there and was teaching a sister in a part member family. This family, the Brennans, moved here to Ft. Sill! Sister Boucher sent¬†me her info, so now we’re teaching her! She opened up so much to us, and it was such a great lesson! She expressed her feelings about her relationship with God and gave us a great intro. It was so miraculous! And, she lives right next to some other women in our ward that’ll just love her!

Sunday was the best day! On Post, I taught the 4th lesson on the commandments. The Church just came out with a new change¬†that lesson 5, Laws and Ordinances, will be taught before baptism. It use to be taught¬†after baptism. Lesson 5 teaches principles¬†like family history, temples, eternal marriage, etc. So, I taught all the commandments, laws and ordinances in 50 minutes. It was crazy!! Brother Shelley (who is engaged to a member) thought eternal marriage was so romantic hahaha. It is I guess, I just don’t hear that every day here! Brother Langevin loved everything and is getting baptized next week! I’ll send pics! I’m so excited for him! He is SO prepared. Elder Chavez said that in his baptismal interview he cried when he talked of¬†his feelings about¬†the Atonement and this Gospel. He said Bro. Langevin is very prepared and excited! At church, two of the Ponce kids came to church, AND Brother Niupulusu in our ward brought a friend from work. We actually taught him after church too, but he lives in Dallas. So hopefully he will want to be taught down in Texas! We also had a really good lesson with the Bentleys after church and read in the Book of Mormon with them. After that, we went to the Farewell Open House for Kade Kappel the soon-to-be missionary in our ward who is¬†going to Everett Washington. He had tons of non-member friends there that we got to talk to. They were really nice! That night I was so tired that I hit the pillow already asleep.

Ah this week was just full of miracles! The members have really caught the wave of missionary work. Today is the start of the 40-day fast in our ward. Every day, a different family is fasting for the missionary work in Lawton. And guess what… It’s WORKING! It makes me so happy! I love the Gospel and my¬†mission. I’m so happy and exhausted. No cross country interval or run has ever compared to the exhaustion I’ve felt as a missionary! But it’s the kind that you know makes you stronger spiritually! Miracles are happening here in Oklahoma. I’m grateful again for the support I feel from¬†home. This work is true! Faith is the POWER, the spirit is the KEY, obedience is the PRICE, love is the MOTIVE, and CHRIST IS THE REASON!¬†

Love y’all,

Sister Kenz

Feelin’ Patriotic!

JUNE 30, 2014

Family & Friends,

Hey y’all! This week was crazy busy because we moved into the house. It was so busy I don’t even know where to start! We had to have everything moved over by Thursday because we had an exchange with the Wichita Falls sisters scheduled for¬†Friday! It was crazy, but our whole District helped out a ton and the Senior missionaries over the housing helped us, too! Some of the highlights of the week include Brother Bentley being ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood! Sister Bentley came and we were also able to sit in on it! He is getting some family names ready to go to the temple in July! He is doing so great! Another miracle happened when¬†we were on our way¬†to the house to drop some stuff off and we saw a¬†little puppy on the side of the road. We pulled over and grabbed it before it ran out into the road. We knocked on a nearby door, and the girl came out and said it was her dog! We started talking about God and she said, “Oh Jesus and I are tight!” so we asked her if we could come over and talk with her about it, and she said yes! #miracles

Another miracle was that the BISHOP CAME TEACHING WITH US! He came to Brother Bentley’s lesson and then took us to two of his friends’ houses. One is his neighbor, a woman¬†named Walterene. We’re going to start teaching her this week. She owns a daycare, is 70 years old and is from Louisiana. She is SOOO COOL! We are excited! We also got to go to the hospital on Post and see Jamie Richards (one of the recent converts in the ward) and her new baby girl! Of course we couldn’t hold the baby, but it was so fun to visit and pray with them. The baby was 6 pounds, and sooo tiny! She is¬†adorable! Jamie was telling us all about labor and everything she loved about being a mom! It made me excited about being a mom someday!

We also had an exchange with the Wichita Falls South sisters, Sisters Rigby and Swensen, like I said, on Friday. Sister Swensen and I got to go together! She’s doing good and it was a fun reunion! We had a blast!

Post was also really good yesterday! I was teaching the Plan of Salvation and since Elder Holman didn’t have a class, he sat in on mine and helped me teach. We had a good size class of about 9 with 5 being investigators. When we got to the 3 Kingdoms, Brothers Shelley and Langevin, two non-members, started asking, “Wait, where is this in the Bible?” Elder Holman showed them 1 Cor 15 and I showed them 2 Cor 12:2. Their jaws literally dropped. Brother Shelley even said, “I never knew this was in here! How come no one ever talks about this!?” hahaha It was so great! We had a really good chat with them and everyone asked a lot of questions! They are both getting baptized on the 13th of July! Both of them are SO prepared! I felt really good about how the lesson went because I felt the Spirit giving me the words to say! It was SO COOL! I feel very blessed to be able to serve on an army base during the 4th of JULY! Serving with soliders that serve our country and do so much so we can be free has really made me appreciate the country we live in and their service. I am grateful that Heavenly Father provided this country so that we could have religious freedom to preach the Gospel and that the Restoration could even take place!¬†

We have some fun plans/ideas for finding on the 4th, but I’ll wait to tell all about it next week. ūüôā

The Gospel is true and I love it with all my heart! 

Have a great week! Happy 4th!

Love,
Sister Kenz