Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 29, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Last week was AMAZING!  We only taught 8 lessons, but we had one of the most powerful lessons I've ever had on my mission, so it was all worth it!

We taught the Plan of Salvation to Brittany and Ryan.  The Plan of Salvation is my favorite lesson to teach and this is why...  Families can be together forever and this is the plan that allows that to happen!  As we taught, the Spirit was so strong and you could tell everyone in that room was about to start crying.  Brittany said, "I didn't know I could believe everything I believed about science and still have a religion.  This totally makes sense.  I'm definitely getting baptized now!".  We asked when they thought they would be prepared to be baptized.  Ryan said, "Do we have to finish the Book of Mormon before we get baptized?"  "No, you just have to have a testimony of it."  "Oh well I have that...let's do it next week".  Brittany and Ryan are amazing!!  I am so excited for them to get baptized.  We still have a few things to work through, but I'm sure they will be ready soon!

We also had 5 investigators at church yesterday, which is more than I've had in any other ward I've been in, so that was a great miracle!

And one more miracle:  We were walking around this apartment complex and talking with people that we saw.  We were turning to go to a different building when we saw this guy walking on the sidewalk, but he was pretty far away from us.  We didn't want it to be awkward so we decided to just go to the other building.  Then I felt this really strong feeling that we should talk to him.  That is what we call the Spirit!  We pretended to be lost and turned around, looked at our map, and walked towards him to ask if he he knew where  #44 was.  He helped us out, then we started talking about the church.  He told us he was baptized, but hadn't been active in 10 years.  He invited us to come over in 2 weeks to go back over the missionary lessons with him and help get him more active!

Have a great week.  Stay cool!  Love,
Sister Moon

Brother and Sister P.  His brother's name is Boyd!!!!  But not Boyd K.  :/
The N's and Jeri
Am I not turtle-y enough for the turtle club.  Turtle.  Turtle. Turtle.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 22, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Last week was a hot one!  We did a lot of walking and talking with people and it seemed that nothing was coming from it.  We were outside all day Saturday talking with everyone, and no one let is in!  BUT then we experienced a miracle, in God's timing of course. On Sunday (after we walked all day Saturday with no luck) the first door we knocked on, they let us in!  We had a great lesson with them about how God loves each and every one of us.  Debbie told us that she felt we were sent to her at the exact moment she needed us :).  We appreciated that moment so much more because of the tough day we had the day before.  I know the Lord sends us miracles, but in His own timing.  

We weren't able to meet with Stacey last week, so we will have to move her baptismal date.  Please continue praying for her.  She will be ready soon!

Joke of the week: Did you know protons have mass?  I didn't even know they were Catholic...

And quote of the week: "I testify that no one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another.  I testify that He loves each of us-insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all.  He doesn't measure our talents or our looks; He doesn't measure our professions or our possessions.  He cheers on every runner, calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other".  - Jeffrey R. Holland

Hope everyone is staying cool.  If you're hot...just go jump in some water because some of us can't do that!  Have a great week.  Love,
Sister Moon

Well my SD card converter isn't working so this is all I've got.  Thanks D!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June 15, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

I am staying in the AL Ward for my last transfer, and I'm staying with Sister M.  I am very excited to stay in this ward and can't wait to see more miracles!

Last week was alright.  We did have a minor problem, BUT it ended in a miracle!  We were doing some service for this older couple (pulling weeds), when suddenly I jumped up as high as I could in the air.  Why did I jump up you might ask?  Well, you see I stepped on a nail and it went straight through my shoe and into my foot!  As I jumped up the board with the nail was still connected to my shoe.  After some help from the other missionaries we made it safely to the bathroom where I was bandaged up by a sweet old lady and given some delicious cookies.  We called the mission office and told them what happened, and they said I needed to get a tetanus shot because the last shot I got was in 2005.  We started getting ready to go when they called back and said they talked to my mom and she found a record saying I got a tetanus shot in 2014!  Miracle moment!!!!  No doctor for me!!!!

Other than that fun adventure, everything else has been the same.  Brittany and Stacey are still progressing toward baptism.  Keep them in your prayers.  Joe is doing well too.  He started reading the Book of Mormon so that is a step in the right direction!

Hope everyone is staying cool!  Love you all.

Sister Moon

Last transfer's district...which has now been disbanded :(
There's a hole in my foot...

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

Dear Family and Friends, 

Last week was pretty average.  We contacted a lot of people, and made several appointments for this week.  Hopefully we will find new investigators this week!  We did have 11 lessons last week, and we have several progressing investigators.  

Stacey and Brittany still want to be baptized on June 27th, but are still working through some problems.  Prayers for them would be great.

Joe, our Jewish investigator, came to church and there's no way he didn't feel the Spirit, even though we were in a church and not a synagogue.  Testimony meeting is the best!

Well, since I don't have much else to say I have some interesting quotes for you!  Gotta love California Crazies!

"Samoans and Tongans are different!" -Bishop Smith  
"Yeah, but they're from the same tribe of Israel so it doesn't matter!" -Brother Caldwell

"I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior, but I also believe He is a false prophet." -Joe

"My sister got a duck at the Chino Swap Meet." - Roy

"Why do you have some much old furniture?" -Me 
"My mother passed away, but right before she passed she said, 'If you love me you'll take care of my furniture'" - Sister Frank

"You can come back and we can have a beer." -Random guy on the street 
"We don't drink.  Thanks though." -Me 
"I can show ya.  It's really quite fun."  *smiles real big with approximately 2.5 teeth left*

Have a great week, and pray I don't get transferred!  Love,
Sister Moon


People have the weirdest things in their yards....

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015

Sister Moon included some information in the email to her parents this week that I wanted to share! 

And guess what day it is?!?!  It's not hump day, but today is my 10 year mark for reading the Book of Mormon everyday...I guess I shouldn't stop now :)  June 1, 2005 was when I started reading everyday thanks to Sister Burger!

She received a challenge from a Primary teacher to read the Book of Mormon for 10 minutes every day for a week!  Now she is celebrating 10 years without missing a day!  I can honestly say the Book of Mormon has changed our entire family!   Because of Lauren's great example, the rest of the family started a regular reading program also!  

All because of an amazing Primary teacher!   

We love you Sister Burger!

June 1, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Last week was AMAZING!  We have been praying for miracles and let me tell you something THEY CAME!  We were able to find 4 new investigators last week, and we taught 12 lessons.  

The highlight of our week was Brittney and Ryan.  We found them last week and taught them the Restoration.  Ryan was crying and said he was always emotional when it came to religion, and he didn't know why, but he does now.  He said this religion makes so much sense.  Brittney said she's been doing a lot of research and she agrees with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 100%.  They both came to church yesterday and loved it.  We are teaching them tomorrow!  Keep them in your prayers!  Thanks.

We are also staying in a member's house in an upstairs room, and it gets pretty hot up there.  They don't want us to use the AC at night so we open our windows.  One night we came home and it was so hot in the room that we decided to take the screen out of the window and nightly plan on the roof!  Best Decision Ever!

And last week we had the opportunity to try cactus and eggs.  If anyone offers it to you just say no...it was so weird!  Unfortunately we were with a potential investigator so we couldn't say no.  The good news is that he became an investigator after that!

Well, that's about it for last week.  Hope you are all enjoying your summer!  Happy June!  Love,
Sister Moon

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