Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 46 - West Columbia, SC - 5/27/14

Family and Friends!

It's Tuesday! And I'll tell you one thing - I'm Feeling Good About Myself! Also this is going to be a quick email because we have a lesson in like 20 minutes... But on we go!

We had the No More Strangers Devotional on Tuesday and it went well! K (10 year old recent convert) prayed at it and it was the cutest thing ever! Everyone loved it! We only had D's, Sister C (a less-active) and S (recent convert) come to it this time but I'm happy we had some sort of turn out. The past few devotionals, we haven't had any investigators, less-actives or recent converts there. So not too shabby.

Remember our good friend, W who was supposed to be baptized this week? Well he's still doing well! He just had some health problems this last week and wasn't able to make it to our appointments or to church so we have to push his baptism back another few weeks. But hopefully there will be a baptism in the future before this transfer ends.

Also I had an... interesting meal this last week - Kidney beans and gizzards. Bleh. It was not too tasty. But we accepted the meal anyway... Gizzards are definitely right up there with liver mush with the strangest things I've eaten as a missionary.

We had quite the surprise on Sunday! S has missed a few of our appointments lately just from crazy family problems that have come up. We basically haven't met with him since he's been baptized. Well we go to church on Sunday and we hear the Bishop ask S to stand. We sustained him to be ordained to the office of a priest! Wut. Our next lesson with S was going to be about getting the priesthood! Guess we can bag that lesson now! Hahah. It was a pleasant surprise that's for sure!

Later on Sunday night, we went to another less-active's house, Sister S and we've been working with her on getting to the temple. Her only problem is she smokes. She wants to go back so bad so we had a lesson about it. Out of nowhere, the Senior Sisters came over and were helping us teach! It went well! Finally one of the Senior Sisters said "So when do you want to give us your cigarettes?" Sister S handed them over after that! It was awesome! So we had two packs and two lighters. That's always awkward to be carrying around as a missionary but there's also no better feeling than to take those away.

Well that's all for this week! I'm sorry for the short and abbreviated email... I promise it will be better next week! I hope y'all take care and have a blessed week! Love you!

- Sister Amy Christensen

Sister Johnson and I with Tanya Park! She's one of our favorite people to work with.

Not sure what to do with these...

I just like this meme :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Week 45 - West Columbia, SC - 5/19/14

Hello family and friends!

It was another good week but not a whole lot of eventful things happened. I'll just give you the low down of what's going on in West Cola.

Well first off, S is probably the coolest recent convert in the history. He's only been baptized and confirmed for a week now, right? On Saturday, we asked him if he'd be willing to pray for the No More Strangers Devotional coming up and he was totally fine with that. He said "I guess I'll have to get used to doing this stuff at some point in time!" And then the Elders wanted to know if he would be willing to go out to lessons with them. He thought that would be great! He's just absorbing everything so well! I'm really impressed with him and I know that the Lord has been helping him throughout his conversion process!

Next! Two weeks ago, Sister Johnson found this guy, W while we were on exchanges and they put him on date. Well he's super excited to be baptized and he's telling everyone! He came to church yesterday so he's still on date for May 31st! We just have to teach him just about everything this week so he can be interviewed on Saturday! We'll see how that goes!

Finally, T is pretty much the perfect member missionary. Remember her Hispanic neighbors she invited to learn more about the church? Yeah. They got baptized and confirmed this past weekend! Not only that but we got these texts from her yesterday saying "My sister wants to learn more about the church. Call me ASAP." Long story short, her sister (who is in our area) wants to start going to church and is willing to give our church a chance! We are super excited for this opportunity that she has provided us with! My recent converts here in West Columbia are just fantastic!

We have the No More Strangers Devotional tomorrow! President Holm is coming to just share more about what we believe with less-actives, recent converts, active members and non-members. It's always a really great meeting! Plus we have recent converts participating in this meeting by praying! This is the first No More Strangers that I've even had recent converts to come to! I'm very excited for it!

I love y'all! I hope y'all are looking for missionary opportunities to help the missionaries out! I'll talk to y'all next Tuesday since Monday's Memorial Day! Have a blessed week!

- Sister Amy Christensen

Sister Johnson's first flash flood!

Sometimes when we're outside teaching, kids will pick us leaves and flowers and give it to us. We think it's pretty neat!

We saw this picture of hands touching the Liberty Bell at a gas station. I couldn't help but take a picture with it doing the same thing. I know. I'm a cool kid.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Week 44 - West Columbia, SC - 5/12/14

My dear family and friends!

What a wonderful week it has been! It started off with exchanges with Sister Creager! I've been living with her for the past 4 1/2 months, which is longer than I've lived with my own companions! Needless to say, I just love her to death! She is a wonderful missionary and she has inspired me to become better! We had a lot of fun working in the Young Single Adults ward! I even got to bust out my middle school slash college Spanish just like Cody did this last week! We saw a Hispanic man and his kids carrying stuff in so we helped him out. I introduced us as missionaries from the church... but that was about all I could do. My Spanish is really rusty. Hahah.

So after exchanges, I made a goal to talk to everyone. That's something that Sister Creager's really good at! We were in the library the other day and I approached this man and asked him to watch the video on mormon.org/motherhood. We got talking a little bit and he gave us his information but he's in the other ward's boundaries. Well we got a call from the elders serving in our ward yesterday and they said that this man that we contacted came to church! Whoa. Miracle moment! I was speechless. Needless to say, I'll be talking to everyone from now on!

S got baptized this last Saturday! It was such a cool experience for me because I saw him come full circle. He had overcome a lot of trials and then he got to enter into the waters of baptism. There was nothing more humbling than when Bishop Del Priore got up to welcome S to the ward and he told S's (8 year old) son, N to come up there. He said "This all happened because N wanted to be baptized... because of that one righteous decision." That was really neat for me because it helped me realize that it wasn't because of me. It was simply because I was in the right place at the right time. It also was a testimony builder about how the Lord uses the small acts to bring great things to pass. It was a really neat day!

And then of course there was Mother's Day! It was so neat to speak with my family. I want to brag a minute here though. I asked my family to help the missionaries out with referrals and with teaching appointments because I know how important it is as a missionary. Well I got an email from my dad this morning saying he did just that! I know that this work is bigger than just the missionaries. We are all on the Lord's team and we need to be working together! I would like to invite y'all to do the same! Find someone who needs the gospel and share it with them! It helps us as missionaries so much!

Anyway, I'll get off my soap box now! I love y'all! Have a blessed week!

- Sister Amy Christensen

Me and Sister Creager
Me and Sister Johnson on Mother's Day
S's baptism with his family!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Week 43 - West Columbia, SC - 5/5/14

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! That's all the Spanish I have for today. But seriously! Happy Cinco de Mayo! I'm going to go out and get some taquitos to celebrate!

This week has been a really good week! First things first, Sam got interviewed to be baptized! He's good to go on Saturday! Please just keep him in your prayers that he will stay solid! He's overcome a lot of trials to get to this point. He's been a great example to me about staying firm in the faith though. We are way excited for his baptism and so is the ward! He's one of the most fellowshipped investigators I've ever had. We've had like 6 different people in his home and everyone is so welcoming to him at church. I know that this Saturday is going to be a good day!

So last Monday, we got an email from the APs saying that there was a recall on Chevy Cruzes and that we needed to go into a Chevy dealership ASAP. Well we did... twice. The first time the guy was like "It will be 2 to 3 hours before we can get it checked." So we set up another appointment to come back, but it still took 2 hours before it got checked with the appointment. At least it was a nice dealership. I mean they had mouthwash in the bathrooms. That's pretty fancy! We also got free cookies and we sat in massage chairs during the 2 1/2 hours we were there so I can't really complain too much.

We had the best ZTM (Zone Training Meeting) ever on Friday. It was about maintaining a positive attitude, how we can hit our goals for baptism and the importance of promising blessings. I don't think I've ever laughed so much. There was such a positive Spirit in that room. They also placed an emphasis on actually applying the trainings to our missionary work. I'm pretty sure everyone took that seriously because there were like seven people that were put on date in our zone. One of the people that was put on date was one of our investigators, Doranna.

We've been working with Doranna a little bit but she's been hard to get a hold of lately. We decided to stop by after ZTM and she was actually home! We asked her if she read the introduction to the Book of Mormon (our last commitment to her) and she said "Yes! I'm up to the second chapter… you know how there's one and then there's two?" We were confused but later found out that she was in 2 Nephi! Wut. I couldn't believe it! She loves the book so much that she can't put it down! We had a quick lesson with her on the Restoration and put her back on date for May 31st. She's excited! We're excited! It was a good day to say the least!

Well that's all the excitement for this week! This is the last week of the transfer! I'm pretty sure Sister Johnson and I will still be together since we're only half way through her training... but who knows! Anyway I hope y'all have a blessed week! Love you!

- Sister Amy Christensen

Mouthwash in the fancy Chevy Dealership.

These were my big projects this week! I made scripture cases for my proselyting Book of Mormon and one for my quad. I know, I'm a cool kid.

Sister Johnson and I may or may not have an otter pop obsession...