Wk #83: Forever A Missionary

Heavenly Father has SPOILED me this week. 

We got three new investigators who are incredible. One is the son of our investigator Melvin, the other is the cousin of our investigators Robin and Carolyn, and the last one is a guy we tracted into! They all have so much potential, and I can just see them in white! 

I was surprised by my friend SISTER SARAH WOOD!!!!!!!! She came back to visit the mish, and SURPRISED ME! Greatest reunion ever. Oh, how I love her! It was so fun to see her and catch up with her! Huge tender mercy. 

We finished our long task of going through the roster with our bishop, relief society president and the elders. We have been working on this thing for 5 weeks, and FINALLY got it done! It was a huge, huge blessing.

We had double exchanges again this week, AND a surprise Zone Training. I got to see so many of my missionary friends! We all had a great time. 

I got to speak in Sacrament Meeting... AGAIN! haha I was asked to speak on the last three articles of faith. The elders and sister carter spoke as well. :)

I got hugged by an older man in the ward, and that was quite the funny experience. All the sudden I look up, and this old man is walking FAST (mind you, he is usually pretty slow and uses a cane...) and with a look of determination in his eye. I was a little nervous and confused about what was going on!He walks right up to me, puts his arms around me and says, "I know you aren't supposed to do this, but what are they going to do, send you home? You deserve a hug." It was so funny, and cute, and unexpected!

And then, the cherry on top was Remona. We taught her the Word of Wisdom this week, found out that she drinks coffee and tea, and she was so sad to have to give it up. The lesson was powerful, and at the end before the closing prayer, she stood up, went and grabbed her coffee, and threw it away right then and there and hasn't touched it since! THEN, she asked if she could BEAR HER TESTIMONY AT CHURCH. We quickly asked the relief society president if she could have the last five minutes of relief society. Sunday rolls around, relief society comes to an end, Remona gets up in front of the class and shares the most sincere, powerful testimony I have ever heard. WE HAVE ONLY TAUGHT HER FOR TWO WEEKS. I can't even describe the plans that Heavenly Father has for her and her family. Not only that, but we are going to start teaching her husband this week and start prepping them both for baptism (Remona is still on for June 11th) and their cute daughter Amber who will turn 8 this year. I was sent here to find them, and they have made everything worth it. 

I am so, so, so grateful to be a missionary. These past 19 months have changed my life, my eternity, and my love. My testimony has been solidified, my foundation has been built, and my determination has caught fire. For as long as I live, where ever I go, I will be a missionary. I will keep the name of Christ on my lips. I will represent Him through my actions and my words. I will lift, encourage, inspire, and bless. I will work hand in hand with my ancestors to bring the gospel to those who haven't had the privilege to enjoy it yet. I will be a valiant daughter of my Heavenly Father and stand as a witness at all times, in all things, and in all places. I will forever be a disciple of Christ. 

I know this gospel is true. I know that charity never faileth. I know that power comes through diligent and sincere scripture study and prayer. I know that God is a God of miracles and always will be because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Jesus Christ lives. The field is white, already to harvest, and we are ALL a part of a great and marvelous work. 

I am ready to reenlist in the battle of righteousness and serve my Heavenly Father in a different part of the vineyard. 

I love you all, and I love my mission. 

Forever a missionary, 

Sister Holmes
Sister Saunders!
Zone Training Fun!
The Crew

Wk # 82: What a WEEK!

You guys. Can I just tell you how much I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY?! Like, really though. I don't think it's even possible to explain! My love for this work is beyond comprehension. "In thoroughness is satisfaction." And boy, does satisfaction bring vigor! 
the "after" spoon picture!

This week was OFF THE CHARTS good. Let me tell you why.

Monday we had Zone Activity and played Volleyball. I am definitely NOT skilled in that area of sports, but it was so much fun to be with everyone! Then that night we decided to go tracting a little bit. We said a prayer, and set out to our first house with lots of faith that we would find those prepared. We knock, and two BEAUTIFUL teenage girls answer the door and let us right in. Their names are Carolyn and Robin. They are 15 and 13 and the sweetest people I have ever met. (My little black heart was so happy!) We taught them the restoration and they LOVED it. Their faith is so strong, and we are seeing them again tonight!

Tuesday we taught some incredible lessons. One of them was with Remona and..... SHE'S GETTING BAPTIZED JUNE 11TH!!!! What a woman. She has a POWERFUL testimony. She has had some pretty amazing experiences with the gospel, and she is already finished with 2 Nephi! What the! We are going to try to start teaching her family as well!!! Not only that, but we are teaching a cute little guy named Melvin. He is in his 80's and is as sweet as can be. We've had to get creative though because it's hard to find a female member to go with us so that we can go into his home. So, we set up two chairs on his TINY front porch/stairs (outside), prop the door open, and he sits inside on his couch. No rules broken, and the gospel is still being taught! He is praying about baptism right now :) 

Wednesday we went to MLC! MLC is a stinkin family reunion for me. I LOVE it so much! Those people are some of the most incredible missionaries I have ever met. Plus extra time with President and Sister Smith is the cherry on top! But, not only did we have MLC....... I GOT TO GO BACK TO TCC WITH MY GIRL SISTER EVANS!!!!!!!!!! We got to go on exchanges in Tally!!! 

MY LIFE WAS COMPLETE. On Thursday I got to see almost all of my people! And man. They are doing SO GOOD. I was BLOWN away at their testimonies and light. Willie has grown so much spiritually. His prayers and testimony were so powerful. Curel and Derrick were SO happy and full of light, Derek was as strong as ever and just as close to perfect as always. I got to see the KNUDSEN FAMILY, which was like, the best thing EVER! And the spirit in our lessons was so, so sweet. That place will forever be my home! Not to mention, THEY ALL WENT TO THE TEMPLE THIS WEEKEND!!!! My heart is so happy!

Friday we came home and did lots of service! We planted some beautiful flower gardens for a member and helped another member polish some gorgeous old silver spoons that were her moms! Oh, how I love service! Wearing pants is pretty nice too ;)

Saturday we had two awesome break through moments with some less actives, and one who hadn't been to church in years CAME ON SUNDAY!!! When we had gone to her home to teach them, they very first thing she said as we walked in was, "I'M COMING TO CHURCH TOMORROW!!!" Man. What a blessing. 

And then of course, Sunday I got to talk to my sweet family! What a tender mercy technology is! I am so grateful that I got to chat with them!! And a HUGE shoutout to my pretty momma for Mother's Day! I was blessed with the most selfless, beautiful, strong, personable mom in the world. Heavenly Father loves me so much! haha 

So basically, this week rocked. There's not much else to say. 

This gospel is TRUE. The Restoration is a FACT. The Atonement is REAL. The Savior LIVES. And MISSIONARY WORK IS WHAT KEEPS THE WORLD GOING ROUND. 


Sister Holmes
The Melvin Lesson gettin creative!
My rinds!!!
the club.
Derek <3
I LOVE THEM! Curel & Derrick
road kill anyone? Haha