Monday, December 29, 2014

Week 77 - Florence, SC - 12/29/14

Hello Family and Friends!
We meet once again on this stormy P-Day in Florence! You know, it's been a most interesting week! No complaints from me. Basically to sum everything up, we've been finding people to teach. It's hard to do during the holidays because all of the people who are interested are telling us to come after the holiday season. But we keep going! We are ready to find the elect!
Speaking of elect, Brother Owens is doing great! He's still ready to be baptized on January 17th! We've been doing "mini lessons" with him over the phone since he's in California until January 10th. He's so great! He forgot his Book of Mormon at home and so he ordered a new one to read while he was gone. He called us a few days ago and said "I got my Book of Mormon and it's from 1840! It was one of the last ones that Joseph Smith printed!" We're pretty sure it's one of the replicas but still! He just loves it! We're excited to keep working with him!
Christmas was pretty good! On Christmas Eve, we saw a few members and then we were on "lock down" where we were in from 5 pm to the end of the night. We had some good times with that! We watched "The Testaments" and also gargled "Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains" with salt water because Sister Davis and I were starting to get sore throats. I recorded it for y'all to watch when I get home. It is hilarious!
We were booked with appointments with members on Christmas which was great! We started out with Skyping of course! It was great to see my family again!  Then we went caroling to like all of the members in our area! It was so awesome! We really had a good Christmas overall!
Well, unfortunately Sister Gardner has been pretty sick these past few days so we've been staying in to help her recover. Hopefully she recovers soon! But here's a cool story! We went to CVS to ask a pharmacist what medicine would be best for Sister Gardner to take so she could get feeling better. When we went there, we saw Hana Jackson! Back story time! Sister Clinger and I met her there in mid-November while getting prescriptions for some medical conditions. While we were there, we found out that she was a less-active member living in my area in Marion! We got her information but we weren't able to visit with her before I got emergency transferred to Florence. She saw us and gave us a hug. She asked where we've been and I explained that I got ET'd. She was ok with it and we told her that the Marion Elders would go visit her soon. We'll probably go follow up with her at the CVS in a week or so to see if they've been able to see her though. She is so cool! I know that the church needs her in Marion!

I can't believe that it's the end of 2014. So many great things happened this past year! I'm looking forward to 2015 and for the new beginning that I'm about to have. I watched the "Because of Him" video ( yesterday and it talks about how it's all because of Jesus Christ that we have so many new opportunities. I know that because of Him, I get to have a fresh start, a clean slate. I don't have to worry about dwelling on the past! I can move forward. I will do as the Lord directs Lot and his family in the book of Genesis, "Look not behind thee" (Genesis 19:17). I hope that y'all will do the same in this new year!
I guess I'll talk to y'all next year!  I love y'all! Have a safe New Years! Have a blessed week!
- Sister Amy Christensen

Merry Christmas to me! Thanks for all the presents!

The most decked out house in Florence and they're members of the Church! Yes!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Week 76 - Florence, SC - 12/23/14

Family and Friends!

Happy Tuesday! Sorry this is a day late! We literally had the most stressful P-Day of my mission yesterday and the computers at the library were not working at all so we got permission to email all y'all today!

It's been a pretty good week regardless though. We've been doing a lot of dropping and a lot of finding. There is a less-active in our ward that some previous sisters knocked into named John Owens. We could not locate his records for the life of us however! Finally we got the word from Bishop Keith that we are going to have to baptize him again since even the Church Headquarters can't find him. We were nervous to ask him if he would be baptized again but he said "Sure!" So John will be baptized on January 17th! Since he'll be out of town until January 10th, we've been teaching him the lessons over the phone to help get the ball rolling. We felt like we needed to hold his baptismal service soon since he's been going to church on a regular basis for a little bit now. We are so excited for him!

We had Christmas Zone Conference this week. It was really great! We had a lot of great trainings on how we can become the best missionaries we can be through finding, planning and obedience! After we finally got to watch "Meet The Mormons"! That was incredible! I may or may not have cried a few times. I loved it! I would definitely recommend that everyone watches it! It helps give a whole new light to Mormons.

I also went on my first exchange this week! I went to the Cheraw branch with Sister Jensen! It was cool to go to a different part of the stake to work in. I think it was nice for me to go with Sister Jensen because I knew how to work with branches instead of just wards and I've gone through a lot of experiences that I'm sure were able to help her out. But I will say this, it was great to come back to my companions and serve in Florence after that!

And of course, the big news is Faye was baptized! *Cue Victory Dance* It was amazing! John did great at baptizing her! Seeing them both in white was probably one of the coolest experiences on my mission. Man! I just love them and I'm so happy that I was able to go back for both of their baptisms. The Elders in Marion have been doing great at preparing them for baptism! I'm just happy that I was able to be a part of the process!

Well that's it for this week! I'm so happy to be serving the Lord again this Christmas season! There is no better time to serve! I'm grateful for Jesus Christ. I know that He came to the earth so that we all can live again with Him and our Heavenly Father! I hope we can all remember the reason for the season this Christmas! Go check out :) Alright, I love y'all! Have a blessed week!

- Sister Amy Christensen

Merry Christmas from Sister Christensen!

Elder Smith, John, Faye, me and Elder Speck at Faye's baptism!

My first exchange with Sister Jensen in Cheraw

With Bro. Hill in Marion after he gave us stockings for our Christmas presents

The Sunday before Christmas - we matched on purpose!

Our matching "Merry Christmas, Y'all" shirts from Sister Cayce

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week 75 - Florence, SC - 12/15/14

Hey y'all!
So much has happened this past week that I don't even know where to start! I guess the best place to start is the beginning.
Sister Davis and I went to transfers last Tuesday to get our new companion and to drop Sister Dougherty off since she was going home. And here's the crazy news, Sister Gardner is our new companion! For those who don't remember, I trained Sister Gardner last year in Boiling Springs! Yeah. I'm in shock still! It's been great to be back with her and interesting to see how much our teaching styles have changed since she got out of training.
We have been so blessed in Florence by meeting a lot of people who are legitimately interested in the message of the Restoration whereas some people say that we can come in just to be nice! There was one couple in particular that we knocked into, Steve and Frankie, and it was his birthday! We sang them "Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains" for a gift and they loved it! They were so impressed that they gave us two referrals, been telling everyone about us through conversation and Facebook and they even came to church! Total miracle! They said they'd come next Sunday because we're taking part in the Christmas program in Sacrament. Yes! That's why we don't hide our talents under a bushel! Haha.
We've even had a lot of success with sharing the "He is the Gift" video with everyone! It has softened so many people's hearts! I know that this video was inspired by the Church to help others want to learn more about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! #ShareTheGift with everyone!
For the moment that y'all have been waiting for, JOHN WAS BAPTIZED! I was so happy that President Turner allowed me and my companions to go back to Marion for it! It was amazing to see all of the changes that he has made to be able to be baptized into Christ's true church. Even from the week that I didn't get to see him, he looked changed (for the better, of course)! He was smiling so much and there was just this glow about him. And this Saturday, Faye will be baptized by John! It's going to be a special baptism, I'll tell you that! I just love those two so much! They are going to be a great asset to the Church!
That's about it for this week though! My first exchange is happening on Thursday so I'll let y'all know exactly what I do as a Sister Training Leader next week after I figure it out myself! Haha. Love y'all! Have a blessed week!
- Sister Amy Christensen

With John and Faye on John's baptism day!

Way to go, John!

The new Sister Training Leaders in Florence - Sister Davis, Sister Gardner (who I trained one year ago) and Sister Christensen

Cayce Blackmon was such a great support to us in the Marion Branch and
she was my mom's lifeline!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mission Rap - Bonus Post - 12/8/14

Here is a rap I wrote today.  It's good!  Someone copyright it!  (To the tune of The Fresh Prince of BelAir theme)

Sister Christensen's Mission Rap

Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down.
So I'd like to take a moment, just sit right there
And I'll tell you how I got to South Care (olina).
In Sandy, Utah I was born and raised,
Learnin' 'bout the gospel is how I spent most of my days.
Young Womens, Seminary, Mutual, Sunday School
But going on a mission didn't seem too cool.  
Then the prophet came out with the mission age change
And suddenly the mission was within my range.
My choices were clear, I had to fast and I prayed
Until I finally found that my decision was made.
The mail man pulled up to my house with my call in hand
And I ran to my mailbox as fast as I can.
I opened up the letter, God qualified my call.
Now I'm in a place where everyone says y'all.

Week 74 - Florence, SC - 12/8/14

Well this has been the craziest transfer in the history of the church! But some good stuff still happened! We'll start with John and Faye! Last Monday, we went over the 15 Step program to stop smoking! They did great! They committed to every single step! As of today, they have stopped smoking for a week! John and Faye were also interviewed for baptism on Saturday and they both passed! John's on track to be baptized on the 13th and Faye will be baptized on the 20th by John! I'm so happy for them :)
Other than that, it's been real crazy. Sister Clinger and I have been struggling to recover from our injuries physically. It's hard to get to Florence from Marion every other day, especially when neither of you can drive (It's about a 40 minute drive for us to get to our doctors). Sister Clinger chose to go home to recover. I will miss her greatly. She was a great companion who taught me a lot.

As for me, they emergency transferred (which is to transfer a missionary before the regular transfers every 6 weeks) me to Florence on Saturday to be a Sister Training Leader! As a Sister Training Leader, I am responsible for all of the Sister Missionaries in the Florence area. I get to go out on exchanges with them to help them learn more and for me to learn more as well! What I'm excited about is I'm going to be in a three pack. It will be me, Sister Davis, and another Sister (we will officially find out who that is tomorrow at transfers) serving in Florence! I'm so excited to be back in the city to work!
Now I say I'm excited to be in the city, but don't get me wrong, leaving Marion was harder than I thought it would be... especially leaving John and Faye right before their baptisms... Luckily, President Turner told me that basically if I could find a way to get there, I could go! Yay!
Cody, my brother, talked a bit about the "He is the Gift" initiative that the Church has put out in his last email. Now that video is so cool! It's fun to share in the South because it's all based off of John 3:16, which is everyone's favorite scripture here. We watched it yesterday in Relief Society and something stood out to me. It says in the video "For God so loved the world... And so loved you!" I thought about that and had this thought: "For God so loved Sister Christensen that He gave His Only Begotten Son." God loves each one of us so much that He sent His son, Jesus Christ to the earth. Jesus Christ didn't just come for the world in general but He came for us as individuals. It's reassuring in this point in my life where it's a constant battle to get better so I can go out and work but Christ knows all that I have, will, and am going through. That is something that I'm eternally grateful for.

If you haven't seen the "He is the Gift" video, go to If you have, share it with your friends, family, co-workers, etc. Share it online with #ShareTheGift! Help us flood the earth with this 2 1/2 minute video entirely based on Jesus Christ! I can promise you that it will help strengthen your testimony of Him and the testimony of others. So do it!
Well that's it! Thanks for all the support! As for the letters, keep 'em coming! Even though I can type with two hands, it's still easier for me to write than to type! I love y'all! Have a blessed week!
- Sister Amy Christensen


From casts to splints! Boo yah!

Me and my physical therapist, Cathy. She's the best!

Sister Clinger and I in front of our tiny house in Marion for the last time...
Us with Elder Smith and Elder Speck before Sister Clinger and I left Marion. This would be an excellent Christmas card.

Us with the Schallers, the senior couple who has been taking great care of us in Marion

And last but certainly not least, us with John and Faye for the last time. So many tears in that many tears.
(Hi John - from Sister Christensen's mom!!)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 73 - Latta, SC - 12/1/14

Hey Everyone!

Happy December! I can’t believe that we're at the close of 2014 already. Time has flown... I'm going to try typing this email first so that I have the time and I'm not attempting to type my whole week in 10 minutes with one hand like I did last week. It's hard being a gimp...

First off, surgery went well! Thank you for the prayers! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! I haven't been in much pain since the surgery! Here's to a speedy recovery!

John and Faye are doing real good! I just love them so much! They brought us Thanksgiving to our house on Wednesday night since I can't drive (for obvious reasons) and we ate together! They have just been the best! John told me yesterday that he'll be sad to see me go. Hopefully that's not a sign that I'll be transferred for my last transfer... We'll find out this weekend with transfer calls!

Thanksgiving was great! We had a good few members take us under their wings. We went to lunch with Sister Cayce at her mama's house and then we went to Sister Phyliss' house to talk with her and Brother and Sister Byrd. We didn't have anywhere to go that evening but that's ok because the surgery and Thanksgiving kind of exhausted me!

All in all, the branch has been excellent. So many people in our branch, stake and even nonmembers just think the world of us for not giving up. I can't tell you how many people have come up to us to tell us how proud they are for us to stick it out! I think it's building the testimonies of the branch to let them know that this isn't just something that we do because we're told to or feel obligated. This is something that we do because we know it's true and because we want to bring others to the same happiness that we receive as we fully live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The church is so true! I wouldn't be out here as a crippled sister if it wasn't. I know that this obstacle is something that I was meant to overcome and that as I do so, it will be a stepping stone in my life! I love y'all! Have a blessed week :)

- Sister Amy Christensen, the Crippled

Now how about that for a one handed email ;)

Pre-surgery photo

Sister Clinger and me with John and Faye

Thanks for the Surgery Survival Kit, Mom and Dad!

Sister Clinger had the idea to make a gratitude wall in our house. These are the things I'm grateful for!

Us with Annah Cabaniss. She broke her leg around conference time and just got rid of the walker she was using to get around. She's one of our #CrippSisterzz

Only in the South... I need this for my house! So great :)

Us with Sister Cayce and her kids Kaleigh and Jamison on Thanksgiving
Opening up the Holiday season with some Christmas glasses and bathroom selfies. Classy.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 72 - Latta, SC - 11/24/14

Family and Friends!

It's a great week to be alive! I'm sorry that I don't have too much to repost on this week due to mine and Sister Clinger's injuries... But I won't complain! I have so much to be grateful for which is appropriate since this week is Thanksgiving. I'd just like to give some bullet points of what I'm thankful for:

- The Mission: I have never changed so much so fast in my life. I've met a lot of great people and gained a lot of new experiences to help me become the person my Heavenly Father wants me to be.
- The Church: This is my constant. No matter where I am, it's always there for me! We are so blessed to have Christ's true church restored on the earth today!
- My family: Y'all are my rock!  I'm so blessed to have such an incredible support system.
- Hospitals: For obvious reasons.
- Pants: I don't get to wear them much any more... But when I do get to wear them, it's pretty much the best. 
- Jesus Christ: Without Him, I'm literally nothing.

John and Faye are still on track to be baptized! They have given up their coffee and now need to work on the smoking. They both came to church yesterday and loved it! Please keep them in your prayers that they will be able to be baptized on December 13th!

Oh boy. The church is so true. It's been manifested to me in so many times this past week that it's true that there's no way that I could deny it! I say this quote every morning for part of our standing quotes, "I love tough things! I am first to do tough things! I do tough things first! I'm a finisher! I love being a missionary!" Pretty much sums me up.

I love y'all! Have a blessed week!

- Sister Amy Christensen

Eating fish & chips with Sister Weatherford

My new cast (up until today) - it hurt :(

We ate at a cool Chinese buffet after my CT scan.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week 71 - Latta, SC - 11/17/14

Hello family and friends,

This has been...quite the interesting week. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to report on, so I will keep this brief. 

This week, Sister Clinger and I had a sweet companion study. I had just read about the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and we thought it was cool that they buried their weapons of war. We decided to do the same thing. We wrote down some of our weaknesses on a piece of paper that we wanted to improve upon and we were going to bury them but we taped them on our walls instead. We want to be reminded of how we can improve. 

Next, we have John and Faye. We saw them this week and committed them to pray about baptism on December 13th. It was a very spiritual lesson and we were praying that they would be able to find their answer. We called them on Thursday and talked to John...and he said...THEY'LL GET BAPTIZED ON DECEMBER 13TH! *Cue Victory dance!*  We are very excited for them and look forward to their baptism! 

And get this, Brother Josh got a calling yesterday to be a branch missionary! He has progressed so fast. Makes a missionary proud. 

Some of you may have noticed in my pictures that I have a cast and Sister Clinger is on crutches. We cannot discuss why over the internet so if you want to know why, it looks like you have to send me a letter. *Hint, Hint*

Sorry for the short email, this isn't even me typing due to my cast (Hi everyone, it's Sister Clinger! ;)) She's a champ.

I love y’all. Have a blessed week.

Sister Amy Christensen

Sister Clinger and I with our "weapons of war"

With Elder Speck and Elder Smith at church yesterday.  #CrippSisterzz

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Week 70 - Latta, SC - 11/10/14

Family and Friends!

This past week has been quite the interesting week! Not a whole love has happened that was super eventful unfortunately. But I'll tell you what Sister Clinger and I have been working on.

The Marion Sisters area is a wreck. When I came in to the area, we had 700+ potential investigators and 200+ former investigators. Not ok. Especially since a lot of them really weren't interested or they weren't really what I'd consider to be formers. We have been visiting every single potential and former in our book and taking them down if they aren't really interested (which a lot of them haven't been). It's been a huge project but it's been worthwhile. Through it we've been able to find even more potentials who are actually interested in learning about this message. No complaints.

Well we've still been working with John and Faye. Faye is amazing! She committed to go a whole day without coffee or cigarettes. Unfortunately the day got stressful so she ended up smoking but she went a day without coffee! We were so proud of her! Hopefully she continues to go without coffee and works on going without cigarettes! But both John and Faye made it to church yesterday! *Cue victory dance* They loved it! Faye said she's going to try to get work off next week so that she can come again! Yay! Things are looking up!

I think yesterday was an excellent day to come to church too because it was the Primary Program! Oh my goodness! It was amazing! I think what amazes me the most is how simple but true the songs are. My favorite song was "The Family is of God." It was pretty much The Family Proclamation in song form! It was amazing! The Spirit was so strong! I just pray that the less-actives and investigators who were there were able to feel that Spirit and want to come back!

Something that I've been learning a lot this week is how I need to rely more on the Spirit and not on my own knowledge. I've been working on "getting out of the way" so that the Spirit can testify to the people the truth of this message. It's not about me or Sister Clinger but about our Savior's teachings. How can they feel that way if I don't make it about that, you know? I was reading in Alma 21 today and I read verses 16 and 17. It says "And they went forth whithersoever they were led by the Spirit of the Lord, preaching the word of God in every synagogue of the Amalekites, or in every assembly of the Lamanites where they could be admitted. 

"And it came to pass that the Lord began to bless them, insomuch that they brought many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, they did convince many of their sins, and of the traditions of their fathers, which were not correct."

I know that as we pay attention to the Spirit and rely on it more fully, we will be placed exactly where God needs us to be and we will be able to bring even more souls unto Christ!

That's it for this week! Thank you for all your support and love! I appreciate all y'all do for me! Just keep on writing :) Love y'all! Have a blessed week!

- Sister Amy Christensen

This is what we look like when we see an empty mail box. Just throwing that out there.

You Only Mission Once. Apparently that statement terrifies Sister Clinger.
Rocking our Walmart jackets. #WhatItIs

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week 69 - Latta, SC - 11/3/14

Hello everyone :)

How's it all going? I feel like there's always so much to say but too little time to email... so "let's get down to the nitty gritty!"

Sister Parker and I had to get to Irmo on Tuesday for the Training meeting so that we could meet the trainees and go out to work with them for a little bit. But here's where it gets weird.  After we went out to work, guess who we ended up staying with for the night? The West Columbia Sisters! I stayed in my old apartment with my old companion, Sister Johnson and her trainee. I even worked in their area with them. It was so hard for me to go to those lessons because we saw people that I worked with when I was there.  It was kind of a throwback for me. Throwback Tuesday. It's a thing now.

Then if that wasn't weird enough, at transfers, I saw everyone and their dog - Sister Dent (MTC comp), Sister Gardner (Boiling Springs comp), Elder Bateman (who's from my home stake) and Elder Tonga (Boiling Springs Zone Leader) came to visit! So crazy.

But to get the suspense done and over with, my new companion is Sister Clinger! She's from Bountiful, Utah. She's 19 years old... just like all of my other companions. Haha. She's been doing great so far in this area. She'll be good for me because she's pretty opposite of what Sister Parker's teaching style. I think that she will be able to help some of my weaknesses in my teaching become strengths.

Halloween was pretty good! No complaints. We didn't have much to do that day since we do our Weekly Planning that day and then we were on "lock down" that night. So what did we do? Some much needed updating and we baked cookies. Yup. We're living life on the edge. But we did enjoy our candy from the package that y'all sent me! Thank you :)

Church yesterday was amazing! We were lucky enough to have Melissa come again and John come to his first sacrament meeting! Unfortunately Faye couldn't make it due to work. But John said it was "interesting" and that he liked it! Wahoo! Not only that, but one of our less-actives, Sister M came to sacrament meeting for the first time since I've been here! It was amazing! We're hoping that this past Sunday will lead to lasting conversions for all of them!

Well everything's going well! We're just doing a lot of "cleaning up" with our potentials and formers. We have far too many! Good things are going to happen these next two transfers. I can feel it in my bones. Thanks for all of your love and support! Remember that I still love getting mail regardless of how much time I have left ;) Love y'all! Have a blessed week!

- Sister Amy Christensen

Oh! P.S. I was told yesterday that it sounds like I've been in the South for a while now! Mostly because of instead of saying "y'all" like it's spelled, I say "yaw" like a true Southerner. Score!

My posterity! Me, my daughter Sister Johnson and granddaughter Sister Strom.

The other part of my posterity!  My other two daughters, Sister Gardner and Sister Clinger.

Gas prices at $2.67? Say what?! That's the lowest I've seen it in a long time! Had to take a picture!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Week 68 - Latta, SC - 10/27/14

Hey y'all!

Oh my goodness. Can I just tell you how crazy slash great of a week it was? It's weird because the beginning of the week was not all that eventful but the end of the week - BAM! All kind of great things were happening! I'll really just touch on three of the main events from this week though!

First of all, we had the Fall Festival this week! We had an amazing turn out! We had 93 people there! I know that may not sound like a lot compared to a Utah ward... But when we typically have 40-50 people at church every Sunday, it's amazing! Sister Parker and I decided to dress up but you can't really do much to dress up as a sister missionary... So we dressed up as each other! It was so much fun! We also decorated our trunk with copies of the Book of Mormon #MissionaryStatus. The best part about it is that John and Faye Csondor came to it and also Melissa McCoy came with her mom, step-dad, and niece! We were so happy! They all really enjoyed themselves so that's a plus right?

This weekend was Stake Conference! It was amazing! The Saturday Night session focused a lot on missionary work. Two recently returned sister missionaries spoke and President and Sister Turner spoke as well! It was great! The Sunday Morning session was just as great too! It talked a lot about being in the world but not of it and gaining charity. I got a lot out of both conferences! Want to know the best part? Yesterday, Ricky Bourgoin and Brother Josh got the Melchizedek Priesthood! Want to know an even better part about it? Our branch mission leader pulled some strings so that Sister Parker and I could attend the ordinations (That usually doesn't happen here, I guess)! It was the best Sunday I've had in a while!

Now the moment you've all been waiting for - transfer calls! Drum roll please! ... I will be staying in Marion and Sister Parker is off to a new area! But here's some more news for you! Saturday morning, I was in the middle of sharing what I learned in our companion study, when all the sudden, our phone rings. It was a call from President Turner. I stop talking and start panicking! I answered the phone and President wanted to talk to me! So the news is ... I've been called to train yet again! My third and final daughter in the mission field!

Wow. I'm just amazed. Partially because I've been praying to train my last two transfers. I know that training will help me keep my mind in the mission field in this time when most missionaries get "trunky". It just amazes me about how the Lord hears and answers our prayers! It happens with anything from us needing to get rides to stake conference (which we got a ride to both sessions when we weren't expecting one to either) to us wanting to get milkshakes (we didn't actually pray about that... But we both really wanted one when we were in Florence and our member bought us some) to me training. There are so many simple ways that the Lord expresses His love for us. I'd like to invite all y'all to look for those little tender mercies in your lives. I know that as I've looked for the blessings in the little (and big) things, I've been a happier person!

Unfortunately I won't know who my trainee is until Wednesday but we'll be heading to Irmo for the trainers meeting tomorrow. I'll keep y'all posted next week on my new adventures here in Marion! Thanks for all your support! I love y'all! Have a blessed week and happy Halloween :)

- Sister Amy Christensen
Sister Parker and I dressed up as each other for the branch's Trunk or Treat!

Us with the Nolan's before they left the Marion branch for the mission office.

I'm pregnant... again!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 67 - Latta, SC - 10/20/14

Hello Everyone :)

It's Week 6 of the transfer! This transfer has gone by way too fast! I can't believe we're about to start a new one… but on to the things of this week!

We have been extremely blessed this week! We picked up a lot of new investigators, including some formers! Melissa is back on board! She had a lot of struggles in her life lately but after she read Alma 32, she felt so much better about everything! It shows how important it is to read the scriptures! They can definitely apply to us today even though they were written so many years ago!

Then we picked up Linda and Glomaine. They're the mom and sister of a recent convert, Ronald. They want to be baptized but the problem is that they don't have any transportation and they don't live near anyone to get to church. They actually don't even live in our branch's boundaries but they live closer to our building than to the neighboring branch's. We had a cool miracle though! We found out that Ronald's cousin goes to Marion every Sunday for church at the same time that we have our church services and they're willing to take all of them to church! With that, we felt more comfortable with putting them on date for baptism because they'll be less likely to fall off! They're on for November 15th, Ronald's birthday!

Then there's John and Faye! Faye is doing amazing! She has read through 1 Nephi and John's still in Alma. He's very excited to get to Helaman! Hahaha. We taught the Word of Wisdom this week and they are a bit concerned about not being able to drink coffee and tea... So that's going to be quite an obstacle to overcome. Please keep them in your prayers! We want them to continue to progress!

Brother Josh is still doing great! He blessed the sacrament for the first time yesterday and he was also interviewed for the Melchizedek priesthood yesterday! He should be receiving the Melchizedek priesthood next Sunday at Stake Conference.

Remember the 40 Day Fast we did in Boiling Springs? I'm bringing it into Marion! We brought it up in Branch Council yesterday and we suggested that the Branch Council did a trial period for next week to see how it goes. We want to get the branch excited for missionary work and opportunities and we feel like this will be the best way to do it!

That's about it for this week! It's been pretty good! I know that this upcoming week is going to be even better! Thanks for all the support and prayers! Love y'all! Have a blessed week! Now go write me some letters! ;)

- Sister Amy Christensen

Tracting in the Forests of SC!

This is my face when I receive one letter in two weeks "... Yea, we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state." Alma 60:6.