Monday, May 25, 2015

Week 53

basically this week was weird.
monday we had a meeting with the YSA bishop and went over the new ward mission plan its starting to look really good and get the work rolling.
tuesday we spent most of the day finding YSA and met a bunch of people in the YSA or founf out they moved. classic. we also met a few people in our other ward that I had never ever met. so that was cool
wednesday was district meeting and we found more info on the ysa. so many people had moved. its interesting because parents wont give us their info to move their records. they are actually pretty cranky. we had a meeting with the bishop and ward mission leader and the ward mission plan but we are working on both wards. lighting that fire to share the gospel and serve.
thursday we made cookies with a sister in the ward and then we went to lunch with some missionaries at my fave. hawaiian food. yummmm we weekly planned and then we had dinner with the cannons. it was nice because we got to tell president all about how the work is really going. its so slow and we are trying our hardest but you cant force anyone to share the gospel so alas we are left to our own efforts. this area has SO much potential but when the member missionary work isnt going sadly we have no investigators. but we keep our chins up and keep trying to find and make visits. we attended the stake ysa meeting.
friday i graduated from physical therapy! YAY! we delivered the cookies we made to less actives and it was a success actually!! we had dinner with a super fun family I LOVE THEM! we were supposed to have a lesson with a new investigator but he just never showed up... and we got dropped by another investigator. so that was interesting.
saturday we were on exchanges and i went spanish. i can honestly day i know what it feels like to understand the majority of what people are saying and you can follow and want to respond but you cant. so i talked through sister shirley. we did service for the jehovahs witnesses we asked if they wanted help when they were working and said yes so we parked and got out in our skirts and pulled weeds for an hour and a half. it was actually really good because they kept asking up a bunch of questions and we answered them! we met some youngins in a gang and shared the gospel and tried to help them out. we went to a baptism and it was great. i had a bunch of fun speaking spanish not really speaking but kinda. i was surprised how much i could understand tho.
sunday we were in ward council and we bore our testimonies about member missionary work and i cried. in this ward its a struggle and hopefully a change of heart will help this ward move along. we went to seminary graduation that night and we tried contacting more people. i honestly feel like my work here in this area is to help motivate the ward to open their mouths and share the gospel and serve others with a willing and happy heart. if anything i have realized how passionate i am about member missionary work it is SO IMPORTANT and is everything.
i hope yall have a great week! WRITE ME
sister abby wasden

Week 52

ok peeps this whole week was chalk full of service all day err day.
tuesday we met with the YSA relief society president and had the last lesson with our YSA investigator maddie! we helped out at activity days helping them make mothers day presents. we helped out with a sisters visiting teaching and we went to the come and see!
wednesday we had district meeting and spent the rest of the afternoon making signs for the meet the mormons in the park showing. that night we helped our stake relief society president set up for the womens conference
thursday morning we helped a lady in our ward sew quilts bc they were due for the conference and hadnt started them yet so we came over i sewed all the strips together while sister longhurst cut them all. we weekly planned and then we headed over to the womens conference which was super fun! we spent and hour and a half cutting all the cake for the sisters so that was fun!
friday we spent the morning calling the ward about maddies baptism and then inviting people to the meet the mormons we helped set up for that and then watched the movie we had a pretty good turn out but it could always be better
saturday was maddies baptism it was so sweet she had her whole family there! we visited some less actives and then had our ward correlation meeting
sunday maddie was confirmed and then we skipped over to our other ward. we had a good mothers day program and then we ate and called home it was pretty great!
well talk to you next week!
Sister Wasden

Week 51

this week was crazy.
monday we played basketball and im defs getting better. i even made a couple three pointers so i would say yes improvement. we had 2 lessons that night with YSA kids and got one new investigator and set a baptismal date for may 9th!!
tuesday we helped stain a fence and met with one of our YSA investigators. we went to activity days and it was so cute they made toilet papers dresses to go over modesty it was a cute lesson. we had a meeting with the bishop and ward mission leader after and that went well!
wednesday we were in meridian for appointments and i got chickfila and it was AMAZING, we contacted some people and then we went on splits with the relief society presidency and it was so successful we taught 11 people that day!
thursday was round 2 in meridian and it was a good outcome. im not crazy! we got lunch and then we tried to contact  some people and  went to a baptism
friday we had an awesome zone meeting and i gave a training on the holy ghost the difference between the witness and the gift i used a hula hoop and described how when we exercise the gift by reading our scriptures going to church and praying and the holy ghost (hula hoop) will always touch you but when you stop it falls and you cant feel it it was pretty clever if i do say so myself we weekly planned after
 saturday we did service and helping out with a youth conference being the adult leaders and doing service then we pulled weeds and are completely ripping out someones yard bc they are redoing it. we had a lesson with one of our YSAs and went over the book of mormon and she really liked that
sunday we had ysa ward council and then went to the family ward. we had a meeting and then updated records and contacted some more ysa!
welll thats about it
love ya
sister wasden

Week 50

so not having a toaster is actually harder than it sounds. i didnt think it would be that bad but toasters are a pretty necessary kitchen item. but we dont reallyyy have a kitchen. well thats not the point.
so monday was transfer day and nuts as per usual but it was the best because i got to have sister dijkwel with me for her last few hours as a missionary. we went to a family home evening with a super cool family in our ward and heard some of the CRAZIEST mission stories ever. ever. if you want to hear them i will talk with you after the mission. but it made my worst days in the mission feel like nothing. i will put it that way. and it makes the saratov approach look like childs play. the son had his non member friend there and we all got to testify of the priesthood gospel and joseph smith it was really cool. we took sister dijkwel to the mission home and we said our see ya laters
tuesday we redid the white board with both wards ysa and 9th and let me tell you it look soooo much better. we took sister ioane to say goodbye to a few people before she left wednesday. we had a dinner appointment with a fun young family. and they asked if we needed anything and i thought a toaster and they were like okay we will drop one off ... WHAT? FINALLY A TOASTER they are great. we had a great lesson with a new investigator who has gone through a lot in like and she is so ready for the gospel we met with the ysa bishop and we are excited to start having more work. we came home and had a brand new toaster waiting outside our door!:)
wednesday i used our new toaster and it was great. we took sister ioane to the mission home for her to go back to temple square. we had district meeting and we went over the area together so sister longhurst could get a better idea of our area.
thursday we did service at the homeless shelter in the morning washing dishes it was actually really fun. we weekly planned which took forever and then a family took us to the hippest resturant in nampa brick 29 and it was soooo good. it reminded me of CT.
friday we had a lesson with another new investigator and a recently returned missionary in the YSA she too is really interested in the gospel and wants to learn more:) we helped a sister go visiting teaching bc he partner couldnt go and then we helped with the young womens fundraiser getting it all ready.  i was the only one who said they would help cut garlic cloves and my hands still smell like garlic but i did a good job mincing it:)
saturday we had our stake meeting with the ward mission leaders and full time missionaries this one went really well. we did service and pulled weeds for 2 hours straight. and then we met with the relief society president. after that we tried to contact a bunch of people but no one was home and then we went to dinner.
sunday we had ysa ward council and our new investigator came to church!!! we had a couple more meetings and then contacted more ysa people and planned.
it was a busy week and next week is crazy too.
well gotta go
sister wasden

Monday, April 13, 2015

Week 49

Today I start transfer 9 leaving 4 full transfers left. weird. it doesnt seem real. so sister wilson got transferred to mccall and sister ioane goes back to temple square on wednesday and is training i called it!  our trio was fun and not having 2 companions will be weird but im excited to just have one now. go i have sister longhurst she is a super sweet short red head form dallas and when i went to kuna i took her place! so its going to be AWESOME! not to mention our area got combined so we have the YSA meaning that we get a CAR! so thats bomb. literally my prayer was answered. so thats the best ever. and i have heard this YSA is kinda weird but thats totally fine bc im just the missionary not like im looking for a soul mate or anything so thats alright and they have a lot of work in it!
so this last week we had our pinewood derby race with the missionaries our car weighed 8 oz and we won twice so that was cool
i cant even remember most of what happened this week it was all a blur honestly but was had more lessons this week 16 and we contacted 3 of the referrals from the tracting blitz. so many people werent home again. we did service one day this week and worked on our talks for sunday. we had some awkward moments with people avoiding us... eh mission life. we had a good turn out for our wards come and see and had 3 non member youth there that we have been getting to know!
we have had a crazy week. we got transfers calls and cleaned and the sister packed on saturday and we started their goodbyes. here is my talk from church. i added a few things later but youll get the idear. we all matched on sunday for our last sunday and everyone LOVED IT. ohhh the trio.
well love you all! xoxo
sister wasden
talk below.

opening question: How can we more fully keep the covenants we have made?

→ most of us here in this room have made the baptismal covenant . so lets have a little refresher of what we actually promised!
in mosiah 18:8&9 it reads:
8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
 9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

elder zeballos said this last general  conference in his talk “if you will be responsible”:
What responsibility do we have as members of the Church of Jesus Christ? President Joseph Fielding Smith expressed it as follows: “We have these two great responsibilities. … First, to seek our own salvation; and, second, our duty to our fellow men.”2
These, then, are the main responsibilities that our Father has assigned to us: seeking our own salvation and that of others, with the understanding that in this statement, salvation means reaching the highest degree of glory that our Father has provided for His obedient children.3 These responsibilities that have been entrusted to us—and which we have freely accepted—must define our priorities, our desires, our decisions, and our daily conduct.

→ he reminds us just as the scripture in mosiah says we have freely accepted these responsibilities. in mosiah alma is telling us we must be willing. so are we willing to live up to the promises we made and responsibilities we have accepted?
→ in preach my gospel it says: “A covenant is a binding and solemn agreement between God and man. God promises to bless us, and we promise to obey Him. God sets the terms of gospel covenants, which we either accept or reject. Keeping covenants brings blessings in this life and exaltation in the life to come. Covenants place us under a strong obligation to honor our commitments to God. To keep our covenants, we must give up activities or interests that prevent us from honoring those covenants.” When  I was younger my mom was called as the relief society president in our ward and  I remember thinking sometimes why does my mom have to be gone all time, why does she have to be in meetings all the time or constantly off to visit a sister in need. obviously it was a little dramatised because i was young but the principle is still the same, she knew the covenant she made with her heavenly father was important and she willingly did all that he asked.
elder zeballos gives us 4 points on how we can fulfill the desire to be responsible to our Heavenly father. he says
“1. Learning Our Duty
If we are to do God’s will, if we are to be responsible to Him, we must begin by learning, understanding, accepting, and living according to His will for us. The Lord has said, “Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.”5 Having the desire to do what is right is not enough if we do not make sure to understand what our Father expects from us and wants us to do.”
→ D&C 107:99 reads:
 99 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.

2. Making the Decision
Whether we have learned about the Restoration of the gospel, a particular commandment, the duties associated with serving in a calling, or the covenants we make in the temple, the choice is ours whether or not we act according to that new knowledge. Each person chooses freely for himself or herself to enter into a sacred covenant such as baptism or the temple ordinances.
3. Acting Accordingly
After learning our duty and making the decisions that are associated with that learning and understanding, we must act accordingly.
The path that we have chosen to walk is narrow. Along the way are challenges that will require our faith in Jesus Christ and our best efforts to stay on the path and press forward. We need to repent and be obedient and patient, even if we do not understand all the circumstances that surround us. We must forgive others and live in accordance with what we have learned and with the choices we have made.
4. Willingly Accepting the Father’s Will
Discipleship requires us not only to learn our duty, make correct decisions, and act in accordance with them, but also essential is our developing the willingness and the ability to accept God’s will, even if it does not match our righteous desires or preferences.

I have seen in my own life how these steps apply.  in college i had righteous desires, to continue my education, hopefully soon get married in the temple etc. yes they were all good and i need to do them but a mission wasnt in my plan. i prayed and searched the scriptures but my desire to serve wasnt quite there yet. i knew my answer was i needed to serve a mission so i first learned my duty. and made the decision to serve, submitting my papers was the 3rd step to act accordingly and finally accepting the fathers will. i came on a mission to be obedient to what god had in store for me rather than what i wanted although they were still all good things.
elder zeballos concludes his talk saying:
“Over time, I have come to understand that the condition he gave me—to be responsible for that decision—meant being responsible to my Heavenly Father and seeking my own salvation and that of my fellowmen, thereby becoming more as my Father expects and wants me to become.”

→ sometimes being responsible might not always seem fun or enjoyable especially in high school and college, or when raising children, but elder sitati reminded us in his talk that “Laboring in the spirit of charity is not a duty but a joy. Challenges become opportunities to build faith. We become “witnesses of [the goodness of] God at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death.”
In our day, living prophets and apostles continue to lift their voices to invite each one of us to become fully engaged in the work of salvation according to our abilities and opportunities.
The starting point of a response that yields much fruit is to “be meek and lowly in heart.”4 We can then more fully come unto Christ as we yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit and keep all the covenants we have made.5 We can seek and receive the gift of charity and have power to invite our own families, our ancestors, and our member and nonmember neighbors and friends to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.

→ he goes on to say “All of us can and should become fully engaged in the work of salvation. The Savior has given us the following responsibility with a promise: “I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

→ so how can we be fruitful, develop charity and obedience and do as both elder zeballos and sitati tell us to help others come unto Him and seek salvation?
→elder sitati said that “We become fruitful as we abide in Christ and as we “take upon [ourselves His] name [and] … serve him to the end”3 by helping others come unto Him.
that answers how we can become fruitful to serve Christ and helping others come unto him. but how do we develop charity?
I feel like a lot of times we don't know where to start to develop attributes such charity, obedience, patience and to accept the fathers will. sister silvia allred gave some good counsel for developing charity in her talk charity never faileth. she said “We must first have the desire to increase in charity and be more Christlike. The next step is to pray. Mormon exhorts us to “pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love.” This godly love is charity, and as we are filled with this love, so “we shall be like him.”
→ if you dont have the desire to increase in charity and be more christlike then skip step one and pray for the desire then restart with step one. once we have the desire and pray, the third step is to read our scriptures. She says”
“Reading scriptures daily can bring our minds to the Savior and to a desire to be more like Him.”
→ i promise that daily scripture study and prayer will help us be able to share what we learn and god will bless us and help us as we do his work and will.
→ so now we know that we need charity and how to begin to develop it, but what is charity?
→ defines Charity as the pure love of Christ. It is the love that Christ has for the children of men and that the children of men should have for one another. It is the highest, noblest, and strongest kind of love and the most joyous to the soul
→ elder holland said in his talk The Cost—and Blessings—of Discipleship says:
“Pure Christlike love flowing from true righteousness can change the world. I testify that the true and living gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth and you are members of His true and living Church, trying to share it.

→ elder holland goes on to say:
“Be strong. Live the gospel faithfully even if others around you don’t live it at all. Defend your beliefs with courtesy and with compassion, but defend them. A long history of inspired voices, including those you will hear in this conference and the voice you just heard in the person of President Thomas S. Monson, point you toward the path of Christian discipleship. It is a strait path, and it is a narrow path without a great deal of latitude at some points, but it can be thrillingly and successfully traveled, “with … steadfastness in Christ, … a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.”

→ are we seeking and living the gospel? our devotion and love of the gospel is shown by our outward devotion to share it!
in preach my gospel it says:
“Members who share the gospel experience joy and have the Spirit of the Lord more abundantly. As we share the gospel, we appreciate how precious and meaningful it is to us, and we feel a greater love for God and others. The Lord commanded His followers to preach the gospel in all the world, giving every person the opportunity to accept or reject it. When people are baptized, they make a covenant to always stand as witnesses of God. They are commanded to share the gospel with those who have not yet received it. As they live the gospel faithfully, they will set an example, showing their family members and friends the great blessings that come from living the gospel. They should also take advantage of opportunities to answer questions, share printed or audiovisual materials, and invite others to learn more about the message of the restored gospel. Members should pray for those who are not members of the Church. They should pray for missionary opportunities—to serve those who are not of our faith and share what they believe. The Lord promises to help members know what to say and do as they share the gospel.”

→ i promise that as we live and share the gospel we can more fully keep our baptismal covenants.
when i was little my parents taught me to be a member of the 10% club, my mom told me that often times 10% of the people do 90% of the work. i want to challenge all of  you to become members of the 10% club. its not always easy but i know that its worth it. lets all be in the 10%s club especially when it comes to sharing and living the gospel.  i challenge you to truly feel the missionary spirit and actively share the gospel. i know that as we develop charity, obedience, willingly accept god’s will for us we will become fruitful and be better disciples of our savior, jesus christ.

Week 48

everyone please know that i am on the verge of being a pioneer. i walked 9 miles on friday. 9 MILES PEOPLE. thats a lot. this week was a good week but mostly because of conference. we walked EVERYWHERE and NO ONE WAS HOME was 9 lessons this week. 9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats horrid. well at least for our mission. the standard of excellence in 20. that should be our minimum we were all bumbed but we talked about it and realized that God sees us and knows we are trying our hardest and that no one answered their doors but we kept walking and our success is based on our commitment to spreading and teaching the gospel not necessarily if it gets done. just that we are committed to doing it.
tuesday we had interviews with president and they went really well. we had a lesson planned with someone who seems super promising in wanted to learn more but she cancelled last minute so hopefully this week!!!
Wednesday we had district meeting and saw a few people from the tracting blitz follow up
thursday we weekly planned and made our pine wood derby car for our race today with our zone! we had dinner with the Honns! They are sooo sweet!:) <3 we saw an investigator who had been avoiding us and caught her at home and it was sad but she was obviously drunk and told us to come back the next day.
friday every appointment we had was a bust. it either took A LOT less time or they just werent home. thus we walked 9 miles. its hard having 1 ward because you are just looking for things to where as if you had more you always had something to do. and walking is the worst because by the time we get down to the other neighborhoods we have time to see like 3 people and then have to walk back for something else. its dumb. but we met a cool 7th day adventist that just moved here from maryland and he knows a lot about the church and said we could come back so that was neat!
saturday we had a meeting before conference for the stake and WOAH general conference was AWESOME but it was SOOOO SAD when you heard that big crowd yell oppose. come one people if you dont like the church or whats going on, leave! but dont ruin it for everyone else. you could just feel the spirit leave the conference center. but the brethren handled it very well. and the music brought the spirit right back.
sunday we were at our bishops for the morning session and watched with his family a less active returning to activity and had breakfast and the afternoon we watched with a cute young couple. it made me miss my caity and brad because they are very similar in lots of ways. but the conference talk about less actives really hit home for me and both of my companions. we all have less active siblings and other family members and it breaks our hearts and we just want to yell youre ruining your life come back to the gospel and you will be sooo much happier but we dont. we need to be patient and keep loving them just as christ would and one day they will realize that the only thing that brings true pure joy and will help them get back to their father in heaven and Jesus Christ is making covenants with him in HIS church. we had dinner with a cute family and then we tried to see some people but they werent home. we picked up our pinewood derby car and then planned. i will let you know how we do in our zone race. the only restriction is that our car must be powered by gravity
well i gotta go but i love you all! write me! transfers are next week! pray that i get a car! you think its a joke but im not joking i pray for that daily hahaha
sister abby jane wasden

Week 47

woah woah woah i am 11 months old today. (in the mission) its so weird i feel like i just got here but at the same time that i never really lived any other life than mission life. idk its a a strange feeling. and there are only 2 weeks left in the transfer. time FLIES by.
monday was a good pday we got lunch at freddys and got paid for! :)we played sports the usual, i think im getting better at basketball. maybe. we are getting tshirts made for our district so thats exciting they should be done this week! after pday was done we contacted a do not contact because no one knew why she was a DNC. well it was so crazy because we just stopped by and told her we wanted to get to know her and she broke down and told us this super personal story about how the church has helped her family so much and before she would just shut the door in our face but bc she has seen how the church has helped her family she wants us to come back!!!!!!! it was so cool:) oh it was super awkward tho because when we were out walking around the neighbor hood going to see people there were 6 JW companionships, they tracted out our WHOLE ward boundaries this last week so everyone thought we were the JWs most certainly NOT we like holidays.
 tuesday we saw a few people and planned for our tracting blitz and then we had a meeting with the bishop and ward mission leader going over the 2015 goals for the ward and talked about the tracting blitz
wednesday we had another zone meeting that went over the new easter video #becausehelives and talked about how we can use it and share it in missionary work go to: AND SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE! i had a doctors appointment after and i am mostly healed my sinus infection gone so thats good! we had more work to do planning the blitz so we finished that too! its a lot of work boy ill tell ya
thursday we got a call and this lady needed help with the ladies 55+ luncheon bc no one in her would could help so the sister missionaries to the rescue it was really fun old ladies are CRAZY tho. and super picky. i want to be a sweet old lady not a grouch. we weekly planned after and then had to stop by president and sister cannons to pick up our box of cards for the tracting blitz and got to chat with them for a little bit. i have to admit it is pretty fun being in heir ward you get to see them a lot more than usual!
friday in the morning we went to help a family move in and the son wouldnt let us help bc we were sisters and told us to talk to him mom. so we did? it was weird but we found a ton of anti things printed off the internet, there was this ridiculous quiz "how well do you know the book of mormon" and all these questions that had nothing to do with the BOM and were all just dumb misconceptions ppl have about our church it was so dumb. we saw this less active guy and made us eat these super spicy deer meat tacos he made and boy they were so hot my mouth burned for like 30 minutes
saturday we had our district meeting and talked about why we came on a mission and what we want to get out of it. and i thought about it and shared how i never wanted to go on a mission but i came out trying to just be obedient to god bc i knew he wanted me out here but since iver been out i have really come to realize why i needed to be on a mission not only for other but for me ive grown so much (no i am still 5 foot tall) but spiritually for sure and it will help me be a better mother missionary wife sister daughter EVERYTHING after our meeting we made all the missionaries lunch and then we had our tracting blitz, we had 17 missionaries come help and each companionship split up and was paired with a member we covered almost our entire ward boundaries and they all shared the new because he lives card and invited people to watch the video and testify of Jesus Christ! It was a huge success we had over 67 lessons in 1.5 hours and we got 11 referrals from it! holy cow it was soooo awesome! that night we had the general womens conference which was super good. a great reminder that we need to defend the family and it truly is of God.
sunday we tracted a little and then we went to church, all the missionaries bore their testimonies and many people shared missionary experiences they have had lately and bore testimony of how easy missionary work is and some talked about the great experience it was going out on the blitz it was soooo cool! the bishop talked about how he always asked president cannon to just keep the missionaries and whenever he asks they always get changed but he was so thankful the president doesnt listen to him because the sisters he has now are exactly what the ward needs so that was  cool. we had a lesson about becoming perfect and how perfect really means complete in the scriptures and how we are constantly working on becoming complete and how no one is perfect or complete until they have been sealed in the temple and are striving to keep thier covenants that they made. it puts a whole different spin of the scripture "What manner of men ought ye to be, perfect even as I am." because the greek translation for perfect is complete so it was changed when the bible was translated cool huh?? we had a meeting with our ward mission leader after church and then dinner. we tried visiting a few people and then came home! we walked 8 miles that day! thats a lot.
well i gotta go! talk to you next week! love you all, i can feel your prayers, keep it up;)
sister abby wasden
p.s. see you all in 7 months.