Roller Coaster Week

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ok this week has just been crazy. When I look back, it was honestly all UPs haha, but it's crazy how wishy washy you can feel throughout the day. 

So first off, my district!
The only left remaining of our original district is me and Elder Anderson (DL). And every single companionship in our district is now training....crazy. So we are basically foster parenting all these people lol. Anywho, Mattoon, like predicted, got Sisters. At first when predictions were being made I was like "errrrr, i don't know how i'm going to handle two sisters in our district" but now that i've met them, I LOVE THEM! Sister Bearman was Sis Ash's best friend in the MTC, so i have heard tons of great stuff about her. We slept over at their apartment on Wednesday night because we needed to drive out to Champaigne the next morning. We just had so much fun (LOL are missionaries allowed to have that much fun at a sleepover?) Sis Sheppard (Sis Bearman is training her) is pretty cool. She makes me laugh so hard with her quirky-ness. AND SHE BALLROOM DANCES. I just about died. SO COOL.

Zone Conference (Thursday) was great. The night before we tried so hard to wash our car and this one car wash ate up 8 dollars, and then we got lost, and then we couldn't find the restaurant we were meeting our district at, and then birds pooped on our car (like pooped HARD)...Hahaha. I couldn't help but laugh. When Sis Fernandez get frustrated and saying "i'm so angry" she still has a smile on her face and her voice is still high hahahahaha. She's like Why is this all happening?!?!/ I'm like Heavenly Father has just been giving us so many blessings lately that He just needs to humble us with these random trials XD Anyway....going back to Zone was pretty awesome. i didn't like the sitting-down part, but the spiritual uplift makes up for it :) The theme was "lift where you stand". Everyone gave really great trainings. The APs based their training on Elder Callister's talk given at the MTC in 2008. It was awesome. It's called "The Consecrated Missionary". they challenged us to read it when we got home. Man on man, Sis Fernandez and I read through it and during weekly planning we just set the highest goals. We are working uber hard towards being consecrated missionaries. It'll be great. 

Part of being a consecrated missionary is just going the extra step/door. OH MAN, i cannot tell you how hard it was to do that this week! We have been driving out to far places all this month, which means that when we are in Paris we need to Bike. I love biking, but when you're only allowed to use side-purses now and you have to fill it up with just gets tough. But we stick with it anyway. we are absolutely wiped and exhausted. But you know what? The blessings come :) I was reading our mission newsletter where all the departing missionaries bear testimony and they all talked about hard work and obedience and when you take that extra step, even when you didn't find a new investigator/potentials that day, you can still feel like a successful missionary at the end of the day and feel the Lord's love for you. Sis Fernandez and I have a new motto: "MAKE FAITH THE FUEL!!" And so when we feel like we dont know what else to do or are too tired to press forward, we say it, then press onward. And it has just been so satisfying.

Ok, so Thursdays cool experience: During Zone Conference we were waiting for Nancy's text to give us the thumbs up if it was still ok if we taught her a lesson that evening. WELL, i was stressing about what we should teach Nancy ALL week. And during conference i was like "why do i feel like it's not going to happen?" So Nancy texts us back saying they are in Indiana for Elizabeth's doctor's appointment and they got an ear piece stuck in her ear and they can't get it out. YIKES. Ok so we see that text and we had no idea what to say except for, "would you like to cancel for today?" Im starting to feel totally bummed about this. Then right after the closing prayer at zone conference, our phone rings. It was Bro Eslinger! He's an awesome man. He's great with the missioanries. But he's less-active. Anyway. He invited us to come out for dinner with some of his family members that were visiting. WOO! We were like YAY BLESSINGS! But the only problem was that Nancy hadn't replied back yet about cancelling and we didn't want to make our way back to Paris and then have her waiting in Marshall for us. So we started stressing out yet again. Then Sis Fernandez said we should go say a prayer in the car. And the moment she finished the prayer, Nancy texted back and she said she was on her way home from Indiana, but it would probably be best if we cancelled. WHEWWW!!! So even though our lesson for the week wasn't able to happen, we were given an opportunity for something else. We called bro eslinger back and he said he was going to take us out to Tuscany's! Ok huge blessing!!!! The last time we were there, we had left a card with our waiter and invited him to church, and we haven't been able to follow up with him. And so i'm like cool i see two opportunities to do things right now. So we get there and no luck with bro eslinger's non member family OR the waiter...BUT, Sis Step (Bro Eslinger's neice) was there as well and she opened up to us a lot! She owns the house we are living in. And we've been trying our best for a while now to go over to her house (because she just lost her husband AND father), but she never replies back to our calls. ANYWAY. Blessings that came from all this craziness?? SHE CAME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY. She hasn't been to church in forever, and she came. I was so ridiculously happy! And she invited us to come over this week to help her with her garden (um, FINALLY!) and then offered to feed us dinner as well. Ah!

Ok so also back tracking. We received a referral from the Mattoon sisters to give a less-active's son a blessing because he hurt his hand. We had to scope him out in Paris though. Anyway, after Bro randolph and bro strait gave him a blessing, we invited him out to church. And we texted him that night too and he said he would come. So i was so stoked because he was definitely a potential investigator. BUT he didn't come on Sunday. POOP. But you know who did?! Sis May, Justin, Makayla, Riley, Sis McManus and all 3 of her kids, AND Sis Step. It was so great! And to top it all off, Janet Carrington even showed up at church and we didn't even invite her!! (She's our "dry" Mormon...loves the Mormons, hangs out with the missioanries, but wont get baptized :P) ANWAY, it was so great. 

Seriously, i dont even know how to describe this week because it has just been CRAZY. But maybe President Clark's wise words can:


And that's all I can say. I feel overwhelmed, I feel inadequate, I feel tired, wiped, and exhausted. BUT, I also feel happy, excited, and hopeful for all the things we have planned for this transfer. IT IS GOING TO BE AWESOME.

^In reference to that....we got our missionary activity approved!!! It's going to be HUGE. We are going to have a cook out in the park in marshall. It was originally to get people in Paris to fellowship Nancy so she would start coming to our branch and then getting all the people in Marshall activated. But we've been pumping people up in the last 24 hrs and the two families taht we've talked to so far are prayerfully seeking who they could bring to this activity. And then I got permission for Elder Anderson, Elder Cox, Sister Bearman, and Sister Sheppard to "blitz" our area that day so we have help getting everyone's contact info and setting up appointments. ALL WE DO IS WIN! Wish us luck!!!! 

Oh, also...we went to Ashmore this weekend to watch a Parade with the Ford family. Sis ford invited all her non member friends at work...and one of them is a huge potential! She's searching for a church to go to and Sis Ford invited her to attend ours. So this week she attended a non denominational church and hopefully she'll show up at out church in the next couple of weeks. We talked to her a little bit about what we do and gave her so she could check it out and see if the site answers any of her questions.

IM TELLING YOU, we have high hopes for this place to bloom. With Heavenly Father's help, we know it can. This is the Lord's work!!! We taught the primary kids again this week and it was about missionaries going forth to different nations. They were being so roudy, but i felt prompted to recite "the standard of truth" quote by joseph smith. Oh man, the spirit was kinda caught me off guard. But it's true!!! This is the Lord's work!! There are so many missionareies all over the world now, and the Lord IS and WILL get His gospel proclaimed to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people! i am SO fortunate to be a part of this work right now! No matter how crazy it is!!! Haha. 


Hope you all have a wonderful week!!!
For the next two weeks I will be emailing on Tuesday, because next Monday is a holiday, and the Monday after that is Mission Conference.

Sister Limas

2nd pic: My old district (minus Johnson and Grace). 

1st pic: Us at the Parade! I had to scream for that flag :P

New Companion, Transfer Meeting, Baptism, and AWESOMENESS

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ok so I can't even describe how AWESOME this week has been.

First off: TRANSFERS.
So remember my letter about first getting out here and having Sisters Conference and feeling suuuuper out of place and home sick? Well Transfer meeting was my first huge-gathering-of-missionaries since then. And i didn't feel awkward at all!! I got super excited when i got out of the car and saw so many missionaries. It's like President Callister's mission president firesides, except I'M one of the missionaries now. It's an awesome feeling to be gathered together after being the only two in your area. Oh man, and when we sang Called to Serve...CHILLS! Missionaries are SO COOL, and i'm so glad and honoured that I was called to be one of them :)

So Sis Ash and I sat there, looking over the list of new missionaries, guessing who my new companion would be. My eye stopped between a Sister Calton and a Sister Fernandez. Sis Ash said she thinks it's Sister Fernandez. So Sister Calton gets up and I'm like "i was looking at her. maybe she's my companion?". But she called up Sister Anderson (who is training after only being out for 8 weeks! Crazier than mine, Sis Scott and Elder tindall's situation!). Then Sister Fernandez gets up and introduces herself and i'm like "WOAH. that's her that's my new companion". And she calls our my name...and of course I "eeek". And i thought i kept it quiet, but apparently not because everyone started laughing. That's kinda my signature sound out here, along with my squeaky mouse sneezes....which is kinda sad HAHAHA. Anyway I LOVE SISTER FERNANDEZ. We have just been killing it out here the past 3 days! it has been awesome. She is such a good example to me! She speaks so softly and just radiates with the Spirit when she speaks. And she smiles Allll the time. We have tons in common and we sing jenny philip, etc songs as we wash dishes. Match made in Heaven? I THINK SO! She's great. And she's a wonderful teacher! She taught the youth class on Sunday and she is just so natural at it. And when i make her do role plays doing comp study, she just speaks and the it is so evident that it comes from her heart. Honestly, I think I was paired up with her because she's supposed to teach me. She came pre-trained. She is just so awesome! Anywho, after i picked her up at transfer meeting everyone was just super kind to me and her. Like missionaries i barely knew were telling her that she'll love me and what not and i'm kinda just like o_O aw, thank you(?) No but really, it means a lot that people have so much faith in me to do this.

Oh! I met Danny Morgan (my mission president's son). So i come up to him and say hi and he's like "are you from the Don Mills ward?". I totally freak out and I'm like YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Hahaha. Apparently Elder Chance Hales told him about me. So I have a photo here for ya....anybody remember him? I know Melissa Popiel and anyone else in the Weston Ward might!

Second: NANCY
AH. Ok so our teaching experience with her this week was so amazing. Our last lesson with her didn't go so well. She looked uncomfortable and pressured, her kids were being roudy which stressed her out, and I felt like Sis Ash and I were just dishing info at her and not really meeting her needs. So this whole week I've been pleading with Heavenly Father to help me know what to do (especially since Sis Ash wouldn't be there to guide me anymore). Anyway, I was thinking about watching the restoration dvd with her. And on my first night with sister fernandez (the night before we went to see nancy), i got up from praying and ding ding ding! i'm like woah, i know what we need to teach her now! THE CUPS LESSON! it's an object lesson that is supposed to show what you need to have a firm foundation for a testimony (the Mormon standard answers :P) And so we drive out to Nancy's the next day and the moment we sit down i could feel the restoration dvd was something we weren't supposed to show that lesson. But the cups lesson still felt right. I started to silently freak out because i wasn't sure what we were going to do, so i just prayed in my heart. I asked Nancy if we could see her wedding photos and so we were just talking about weddings and she asked how it works for Mormons when it comes to receptions because she knows we have private temple weddings. Ok i wont go into detail because i don't have much time left BUT the gist of what happened was:
- we started talking about temple marriage and eternal families (which is what i have been wanting to bring up since we first met her!!! FINALLY!)
- that lead into the reminder about the plan of salvation lesson we had and Elizabeth (her daughter) says, that was a cool lesson! And i also liked last week's you did with the teabag!
- That was my segway to show them the cups lesson! And i think i even said "not that this has anything to do with temple marriage and eternal families".
- BUT when we got into the kitchen to do it, i ended up bearing my testimony on the Book of Mormon (and Cried...of course -.-" but i controlled myself! that's progression!)
- did the cups lesson, got her daughters involved, then went back to the sitting room
- she was glad i bore my testimony of the book of Mormon and how i knew it was true not because i prayed about it but because how i saw the changes in myself. And she just told us about how much she's been changing and that her husband is noticing it and is telling her to go and become a member already!!! Ahhhh!!!
- And even though i thought the cups lesson didn't relate to eternal marriage, OUT OF NO WHERE i was like: this is what we want for you. We love you so much already and we want your family to have that joy of being together for eternity. But it all starts with building that testimony first. I was like WOAH, where did that come from?
- then we talked about scripture study and she is just so on board! It's awesome!!!

The spirit was so definitely guiding that lesson! It was amazing!!! The spirit was so strong. Im so grateful Sis Delp was there with us because talking about temple marriage couldnt have been a casual conversation without her help!! She is so great! And Sis Fernandez shared experiences with their daughters so they would understand eternal marriage more. IT WAS SO GREAT.

AAAAAAAAAAND, JUSTIN GOT BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!!! AWWW YEAH! I was so so so so happy for him! He was nervous but you could tell how excited he was. And he just looked sooo peaceful afterwards. I am so proud of him!! :')
AND, Makayla and Riley (Justin's neice and nephew) JUST GOT PERMISSION FROM THEIR MOM TO BE BAPTIZED!!!! AHH!!! Sis Ash and I have been praying that their mom would soften her heart, AND SHE HAS! it is such a miracle!!

Also, Taryn Fuller's sister, Selina, was in town and we picked her up as an investigator. But she leaves tonight and she lives in the Danville area. She wants to get baptized but she wont be allowed to meet with the missionaries there cuz they're "strangers". BUT, her mom works in Paris and has been thinking about moving here. So we're praying she will so we can continue to work with Selina! YES!

Oh man, this transfer is going to be AWESOME. We are going to kill it!!!!! Like Elder Anderson says, "ALL WE DO IS WIN!" This is truly the Lord's work. And these people are really all God's children. He wants them to come into the fold so bad. And we are going to do the best we can to bring as many in as we can!

Love you all!
Hope you have a wonderful week :)
Mucho Lovin'
-Sister Limas


Monday, August 12, 2013

So everyone's predictions came true...I'

M PREGNANT!!! I AM TRAINING! Holy flip! My baby girl is packing her stuff up at the MTC right now. Holy cow.

Right after finding this out, Sis Ash and I called the Covington Indiana sisters, aka Sis Scott (my MTC comp :D) and her trainer. Sis Scott is training too!!! Ah! I'm so happy for us! So Sis Scott and her trainer, Sis Sudweeks, slept over at our house Thursday night so we could road trip it to St. Louis together the next morning. It was soooo nice to catch up with her! She told me that Elder Tindall (our district leader in the MTC) was also training! OH MY GOODNESS! I had already told sis ash that i bet he would train because he is such a great leader. Later on she told me that elders usually train after a year of being here. So when Sis Scott told me that, i just got super excited!

So we get to trainers meeting on Friday and I just "eeek"ed with excitement. It was so great to see Elder Tindall. That's 3 of the 4 missionaries that I came out out with that are training! The 3 of us have only been out for 3 months and they've assigned us with new missionaries already. Like, woah.

I was super nervous about being a trainer. But the APs and the president just made it clear that we wouldn't be there if they didn't trust us. They said that before, they would take chances with certain missionaries in hopes that training would be good for them. They said that they aren't taking those chances any more and are only picking us to train because we are the best of the best and that they have full confidence and trust that we can do this. It's a huge deal. Like whatever I do with this missionary is what her perspective of missionary work will be like the rest of her mission. Ha, yeah, no pressure. 

Afterwards I was talking to Ana (President Morgan's daughter). I was telling her how she reminds me of Laura. Then she's like "you're going to be such a good trainer". I'm like "huh?" Then she calls Sister Morgan over and says "isn't she going to be such a good trainer?" And then Sister Morgan says, "oh yes". And they both said it was because I was so happy. Oh man, that meant a lot hearing it from the President's family. Then I told them how Sis Ash was exactly what I needed when I came out because I needed someone who was happy and who was going to make the work fun. Aw, I'm going to miss Sister Ash.

Well, Sis Morgan told me that their son, Danny, is coming to visit and that he'll be there at transfer meeting. He served in Toronto! I don't know if I know him, but if I see a face, something familiar should strike. She told me to make sure I come talk to him lol. Oh man, transfers are going to be crazy! Picking up a new baby girl, and then trying to get photos with Momma Ash and her mission "posterity" (Sis Sabey, one of the other sisters she trained, is training too!!), then trying to meet with my MTC district, and then seeing Johnson and Grace since they got ETed and we didn't get to say bye to them, and then saying goodbye to my current district, and then meeting the president's son. Errrr. 

Ok, so SISTER ASH. SHE IS GOING TO BE A SISTER TRAINING LEADER!!!! Ahhhhh! I am so proud of her! We all knew it was coming. She is going to be opening up an area in Oakville, Missouri. So far from me :( Her new companion will be Sister Fallentine (aka my "father" LOL Sis Fallentine suggested Sister Ash for training again even while she was still training sister vilinija, soooo sister ash jokes around about how sis fallentine got her "pregnant". BAHA. ok maybe that's bad :P LOL) Anywaaay, I've done exchanges twice with sister fallentine and i like her a lot. I think they'll do great together :)

For weekly planning/comp inventory, Sis Ash was going on about how proud of me she was and that it was so hard for her to train me because she already saw those leadership skills. I of course had no idea what she was talking about, but was grateful she had high hopes for me from the beginning :)

The top 3 things I've learned from Sister Ariel Latefale Ash, my trainer:
1. "If all else fails, you serve". It's so hard to pick up investigators here, and most people are less active. The one thing to get people to open up to you is to serve them. 'Charity never faileth' had a whole new meaning to me while serving here.

2. "Be yourself. No one wants a robot missionary." Oh man, she drilled this into my head. This is what made the work fun. We did what we were supposed to do, but we made sure we had fun doing it. And that made all the difference. Especially when it creates that relationship of trust with the members and our investigators. You gotta be yourself. Just love. 

3. "Pump the breaks. Relax. All is well". Haha, yeah I freak out quite a bit. I need to just calm down and let the spirit lead.

I made a "50 things i love about sister ash" list that I'm going to give her before she leaves. My branch president in the MTC taught us to do that for each of our companions. "Your companion is a gift of God's love for you". Amen to that. 

And I also just want to thank everyone who's been complimenting Sister Ash in their letters to me. I get like 1-3+ letters a week, and she gets a few every 3 weeks or so. And so when I tell her that my friends think she's a great trainer or that she's beautiful, she really appreciates it. And I appreciate it too. So thank you!

The past couple of weeks, Sister Ash and I have tried to focus our studies on chapter 6 in preach my gospel. It's on Christlike attributes. Sister Ash has been working on Charity, and I've been working on Virtue. OH MAN. The scripture chain I've been studying the last few days have been SO AMAZING. I wish i had more time to explain, but in a sentence or two, Virtue isn't just about being chaste. It's about knowing your diving nature, and calling, and doing everything you can to work towards your diving potential. It's so great. Mind=blown. There's more. Ha, i wish i had time to type up my notes :P

And yesterday we attended the YW's class. They were talking about "why temple marriage is so important". I got super emotional at one point. Well first of all, the class was being pretty irreverent  and I'm like what?!...we LOVED this topic when I was in YWs! Ha. Anyway, I got super emotional because it just reminded me how much I base everything I do around getting that Celestial Exaltation. I told the YW, go read the YW's theme. what does it say? Everything you learn in YW's and in the gospel is to prepare you to receive that exaltation...and you most definitely can't do it without getting sealed in the temple. 


I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Mucho Lovin' to you all <3 data-blogger-escaped-:="" data-blogger-escaped-font="">

I'm sorry if I don't have time to reply to your emails today. I'm printing them all out and responding through letter. And sorry if I haven't sent any letters out the past two's been super busy. But I'll be better!


Cabbage Patch Kids

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ok, so this month just ZOOMED. Crazy!

So Thursdays have basically become my favourite day of the week because that is when we teach Nancy Tomasino. She is awesome!! We had dinner at the Delps home first. President Wells (our Branch President) challenged everyone to live off of their food storage for the week. So we had chicken and rice, and homemade bread...made out of oatmeal! It was so good! We had a short lesson/review with the Delps. We decided to use the blocks (that were originally for Lesson 1) and use it for Lesson 3. We were teaching the kids, and as we were going through it, I said something about the 4th article of faith, and it helped them build the "church" with the blocks. Ah! They are so stinking cute! I call them the Cabbage Patch Kids. I just love them.

I had to lead out for our lesson again. Dun dun dun. For our lesson, we had Sis Delp and Sis Wells with us this time. It was awesome. Honestly, after the lesson Sis Ash and I were like "woah, what just happened?! The spirit was SO STRONG!!!". My heart was crying with joy all throughout the lesson. After Sis Wells and Nancy got to know each other a little better, we started the lesson. Her daughter Elizabeth (whom we picked up as an investigator last week) kept coming in and out of the lesson. So we were basically just teaching Nancy Lesson 3 with the blocks. Then at one point (i think when we were talking about repentance) she started saying how she sees a change in herself. She prays a lot more. She's more patient. When she wants to get angry, she just lets it go because she, and this is her own words: "i just want to be a good Mormon!" I could have cried. Well my heart did...with JOY! Then she asked Elizabeth to get Rachel (her eldest daughter) because she wanted her to hear the lesson. Oh my goodness. The blessings! So we used the blocks as a Lesson 1 refresher for Nancy, but a firsties for Elizabeth and Rachel. Oh man, it was awesome. Then Sis Ash bore her testimony, and so did Sis Delp and the spirit was BURNING. It was crazy!!

I bore my testimony on Sunday about daily repentance. I feel super repetative sharing the following experience again, but I'm gonna do it anyway because i don't think i've emailed it home. So in the MTC, President Sonne was teaching us about daily repentance and how the 30 minutes before we go to bed are the most important because that is the time we need to use to reflect upon our day. Then when we kneel in prayer, we don't just say "sorry I did this and that". No. You have to actually CONFESS. And so you confess what you did that you shouldn't have done, AND you confess what you didn't do that you SHOULD have. And so when i bore my testimony on Sunday I was talking about how I was having a super hard time adjusting my first month out here. (I probably wouldn't have admitted that back then because i was TRYING to be positive :P). But when I compare it to the progress and the changes i've seen with myself and the work, I know now that i was having a hard time. Then I shared the MTC experience and how i've been trying to apply daily repentance everyday since the end of June. And it really does make all the difference. The thing I love most about being a missionary is being able to see the changes in others. I mean, yeah, I can see the changes in myself, but i'm going to get to see that the rest of my life. But there is just something so sacred and so joyous about being able to see the atonement working through other people as they exercise their faith in Jesus Christ. It is awesome! Sure, I don't have all that many investigators. But Justin May is getting baptized two weeks from now!!! And Nancy is so excited about church and the Gospel and wants her family to have it in their life also. And Sis May, even though she's been a less active member for 10 yrs, she's making those steps in changing so she can come closer to our Heavenly Father. It is so AMAZING! 

Soooooo yeah. After we visited some members after church, Sis Ash and I watched 17 Miracles. Only reason we did was because we are supposed to watch it for District Pday/Meeting today and i told her she would cry. So she wanted to watch it before we watch it with the Elders ROFL. So we were. Oh man. I can't even describe the love I have for the early saints. If you know me, I could go on about it :P But while we were watching it, AS IF I WASNT EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE ENOUGH, Bro Straight calls us....and he thanked us for bearing our testimony and said him and his wife really enjoyed it. And he was just going on about how grateful they are to have us serving in their branch. *CRIES*. Man, i know we all think Sis Ash is the one getting transfered, but this is already killing me! I love these people so much and I'm going to have to part with them soon. If not this transfer, then it'll be another one. Le sigh.  But that's how life goes. 

Trainer calls are tomorrow. DUN DUN DUN. Transfer calls are on Saturday. So I will let you knownext Monday what's happening. Sis Ash taught me how to make a lei so in case im training, i can give one to my new baby girl. Haha. It was fun. And Elder Anderson said that out of the whole zone, I have the highest chance of serving. Agh. Come what may AND LOVE IT. Here we go! :P

Hope you all have a fantabulous week!
Talk to you again soon :)
Love Sister Limas

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