Monday, November 20, 2017

Letter # 52 - Happy Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2017



Dear Friends and Family,

This past week was a good one. We had a wedding and a baptism back to back. The wedding was for a couple in our branch and my companion played the wedding march for them. The bride gave me her bouquet 💐 :) The Baptism was for a woman named Sandie. Her sister who is a convert referred her to us. Her sister and brother-in law came out and he baptized her. Last week we also were invited to a house for Thanksgiving, so we will have somewhere to go :) Church was eventful. The relief society, young womens, and Primary presidencies were all released along with other callings in those auxiliaries #branchlife.

I am so grateful for everything the Lord has blessed me with. I am grateful to be on a mission and have the gospel and all it’s accompanying blessings in my life. I am grateful to have so many people who love and look after me.

Love,

Sister Prue

November 13, 2017

November 13. 2017



New Washer and Dryer!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Letter #51 - Bike Riding Adventures

November 6, 2017


Dear Family and Friends!

One week on a bike and things are going well despite being pretty out of shape. Being on a bike means more picture taking and good stories. I’ve discovered that I don’t have a great sense of balance and have a hard time signaling turns and staying upright on a bike. So we’ve decided to leave that up to my companion. We are perfect bike riding partners. God knows best. The members have been good about taking us places as well. We didn’t do much for Halloween, but we did get to carve a pumpkin at a member’s house. That was about it. This is the last full week of the transfer. Next Monday we find out whether I get companion #10 for the year :) The weather continues to stay in the 80s and that’s been nice. I’d rather be hot than wet and cold on a bike. I finished reading through all the Conference talks given this past General Conference. Elder Andersen was the last to speak at General Conference and this is what he taught us about the experiences we can have with these heaven sent messages:

“I give you my witness that Jesus is the Christ, that He guides the affairs of this sacred work, and that general conference is one of the very important times He gives direction to His Church and to us personally.

I promise you that as you prepare your spirit and come with the anticipation that you will hear the voice of the Lord, thoughts and feelings will come into your mind that are customized especially for you. You have already felt them in this conference, or you will as you study the messages in the weeks ahead.

There is a treasure chest of heavenly direction awaiting your discovery in the messages of general conference. The test for each of us is how we respond to what we hear, what we read, and what we feel.

I promise that as you hear the voice of the Lord to you in the teachings of this general conference, and then act on those promptings, you will feel heaven’s hand upon you, and your life and the lives of those around you will be blessed.”

I can testify that as I have read over the messages given in Conference, I have felt the spirit witness to me the truth of their teachings. They have provided me with comfort and guidance in my life’s journey. I know they can do the same for you if you will read them, ponder them, and apply their teachings in your life.

Love,
Sister Prue

Monday, October 30, 2017

Letter #50 - Halloween Festivities

October 30, 2017




Dear Families and Friends,

This week has been a lot of fun as the Halloween festivities have begun. Our branch had a trunk or treat type activity, but instead of cars, each family signs up to decorate a classroom in the church building and hand out candy there. We decided to set up an area with a Halloween backdrop where families could take their family Halloween pictures. We set up this quote from The Family:A Proclamation to the World :”Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” We encouraged families to post their family photo on social media and say what helps them build a strong family and use the hashtag #sharegoodness. There was also a chili cook off and dessert contest. We had to leave halfway through though so that we could help judged the city’s costume contest at their Halloween event called the Boozar. The library is in charge of it and since we volunteer at the library, they asked if we could help out! We also passed out some candy at the local flower shop where we also do service occasionally.

Before I got here some people in a truck backed into our car and tomorrow it goes into the shop to get repaired. That will leave us with just our bikes for about 10 days or so. The area is mostly highways, so it should be an adventure. Extra prayers for safety are appreciated!

Elder Oaks was quoted in Conference as saying this: “Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a ‘healing’ cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are ‘healed’ by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.”

Thanks for all your love and support!

Love,
Sister Prue



Monday, October 23, 2017

Letter # 49 - Social Media

October 23, 2017


Dear Family and Friends,

I didn’t learn anything about Facebook from our training that I didn’t already know, so that was kind of funny. The senior missionaries laughed at me because I looked away when I got my flu shot. Here is another gem from General Conference:

“Innovation and creation are spiritual gifts. When we keep our covenants, it may make us different from others in our culture and society, but it gives us access to inspiration so we can think of different solutions, different approaches, different applications. We aren’t always going to fit in with the world, but being different in positive ways can be a lifeline to others who are struggling.” -Sister Eubank “Turn On Your Light”

I love trying to use my talents and use new ideas to help encourage others to live the gospel in their lives. Sharing and living the gospel should be enjoyable and when we stay close to the Spirit, He gives us guidance that makes that possible and also give us new ways to reach out and bless others. We are encouraged to pray about how to use social media to share the gospel and are promised that as we do so, we will be given new ideas that will bless those we are trying to reach.

Love,
Sister Prue

Monday, October 16, 2017

Letter # 48 - Small Town, Big Blessings

October 16. 2017


Dear Friends and Family,

This is the week. On Wednesday we get training from the mission president and should be authorized to use FB and other tools for proselytizing after that. We also get our flu shots that day :/ I’ve been making a habit of reading a conference talk from this past General Conference every day and they have just really touched my heart and lifted my spirits each day. Here is a promise given to us about the Book of Mormon from President Nelson:

“My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions--every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day, even the gripping plague of pornography and other mind-numbing addictions.”

What a wonderful promise given to us from a servant of God. I know that as I have studied the Book of Mormon on a daily basis that I do make better choices - I am more patient, more compassionate, more kind.

Gatesville is probably the smallest town I’ve served in - either that or it just feels small. I’m enjoying the unique charm of the place. There is one billboard here and it is called “The Sign” and it just consists of letters put up and it changes every couple of days and it just cracks me up and I love to see it change so often. The Coryell Medical Something or other welcomed their new cardiologist on it a few days ago. #smalltowncharm

I love you all and hope you have a great week. I hope you take the opportunity to find some time to open the Book of Mormon, study and ponder it, and see how you do make better choices that day.

Love,
Sister Prue

Monday, October 9, 2017

Letter #47 - Still Short

October 9, 2017



Dear Friends and Family,

Our mission conference with Elder Bednar had to be cancelled because of Elder Hales’ funeral. I don’t know much about what online proselyting will entail for our mission, but trainnings start this week and my area will get it next week. I have downloaded the FB app and starting this week you will start to see some activity on my account, but not too much until after our training.

Gatesville is very rural and in one day we can drive over 100 miles in our car no problem. It is in the southern region of our mission. This will be my first time working in a branch. Sister Chambers is great and we should have fun together. Still working on settling in here, but hopefully I’ll have more to report next week! Love you all!!

Love,

Sister Prue

Monday, October 2, 2017

Letter #46 - #ByTheNumbers

October 2, 2017


Quick summary:

Being transferred to Gatesville.

New Companion: Sister Chambers.
Companions this year: 9
Areas this year: 5

We are also going to become an online proselyting mission - more
details next week! We will see Elder Bednar this Friday at Mission
Conference as well!

Favorite conference talk: Elder Rasband's

Love,
Sister Prue

Monday, September 4, 2017

September 4, 2017

September 4, 2017



The flooding hasn't affected too much down here, except it flooded the oil refineries that our gas comes from and so there have been gas shortages and we need to be careful about that. My current area is not one we could get around in without a car. Sometimes there are really long lines we have to wait in, but luckily we have a few gas stations nearby that supply it. A ton of gas stations don't have it at all. So that's been an adventure. I don't know how it has affected other parts of the mission. There are lots of people working to help the people down there.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Letter #45 - Baptism!

August 14, 2017






Dear Friends and Family,

This past week was very eventful and very busy! Last Sunday, a man who
was not a member, but who has been married to a member for over a
decade, stood up and announced that he finally knew the Book of Mormon
was true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was
Christ's church on the earth today. We already had a baptism set up
for Melissa on Saturday and they asked if he could be baptized then as
well. We had to move quick to go through all the lessons and set up
his interview, but it got done! He had been coming to church for years
and even had a calling. He paid tithing and was considered a dry
Mormon, but he is no longer! It was a wonderful event and there were
around 100 people at the baptism. It was awesome. That being said,
Melissa was also baptized and I have felt so blessed to be a part of
her journey. I have truly felt God's love for her and her family. They
have made such a big step forward in their lives and I know she will
be a blessing to her family as they already have been in her life.
Thanks for all of your love and support!

Love,

Sister Prue

Monday, July 24, 2017

Letter #44 - One Year!

July 24, 2017





Dear Friends and Family,

This past week I hit my year mark. I am so grateful that I have been
able to be out this long and look forward to completing the remaining
7 months. I love having six hours of church on Sunday, but being over
two wards has been a little overwhelming. The good news is that we
will have a baptism this next month. Her name is Melissa and she is a
pre-teen who started coming to church with her friend. She has faced a
lot of opposition from friends and family in her decision to be
baptized, but she is staying strong and is such a wonderful example to
me. Other than that we have been working to learn the area and meet
the members and teach the recent converts. Life has been good. Hope
you are doing well!

Love,

Sister Prue

Monday, July 10, 2017

Letter #43 - Quick Update

July 10, 2017




Dear Family and Friends,

Transfer news today and the trio is getting broken up. I'll be staying
here and my two companions will be going to different areas. I'll be
getting a new companion (7 in 7 months), Sister Mosher.

I hope you are all having a fun and cool summer. It has stayed nice
and cool here in Texas. It doesn't usually get past the mid 90s, which
is excellent for this area. Hopefully it stays that way.

Love,
Sister Prue

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Letter #42 - Quick Update

June 12, 2017




Dear Friends and Family,

My companion and I got a call on Saturday morning from our mission president letting us know that we were going to be involved in an emergency transfer. We leave this morning. Sister Hatch is filling a Spanish vacancy in Denton, and I'm going to be in a trio serving in the Joshua and Centennial wards. In the meantime there won't be missionaries serving in this ward until at least the next transfer. Fun fact #1) Joshua - population 5k. Fun fact #2) I will have had 6 companions in 6 months. I don't know much more than that. They haven't provided me with an address yet, so I will send that when I get it or probably next week.

Love,
Sister Prue


Monday, June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017



With Sister Hatch


These are the houses I tract.


A rainy day.


Sister Hovenier finished her mission!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Letter #41 - Highlights from May

May 29, 2017




Dear Friends and Family,

This month has been crazy, but first things first. I am being
transferred! I will be serving in the Highland Village Ward. It is in
the Lewisville stake/area. My new companion will be Sister Hatch who
was serving as a Spanish speaking missionary up until the last
transfer, but is now English speaking.

Other highlights from May include:

-My Birthday! Thanks for all the birthday wishes :) The sister
missionaries put on a scavenger hunt for me to find my presents, and
made me an adorable cake. My companion was really good to me.

-Mission Baptism Goal: At our mission tour with Elder Larry R.
Lawrence, the leaders in our mission (zone leaders and sister training
leaders) announced a goal of 100 baptisms by the end of July. They
encouraged us to reach for this goal by 1) Being believing 2)
Increasing in Obedience 3) Praying for it Always and 4)Making a
sacrifice. My sacrifice is to read the Bible dictionary, and I'm
really excited for it!

-Mother's Day: It's always good to hear from home and family. I have
been blessed with a particularly good one who has always been
supportive of me and my decisions.
Thanks for all your support and love!

Love,
Sister Prue

Monday, May 8, 2017

Letter #40 - Turning Things Around

May 8, 2017



Dear Friends and Family,

This week was full of door knocking and door slamming among other
adventures. As we started on one street, every one of the first four
or five doors answered, and as soon as they saw us, made some kind of
negative remark and shut the door before we even had time to say "Have
a good day!" After we had made it back onto the street from the fourth
or fifth door, the woman re-opened the door and yelled out , "God
Bless!" I think she must have felt a little guilty about the harsh way
she responded to us, and it reminded me of how quickly we can repent
when we realize that we have acted amiss. And for reasons that I don't
always quite understand, we were able to turn around and respond in a
like manner with genuine smiles and pleasure. We can undo so much of
the negative results of our sins when we repent immediately and allow
Christ to help us. I hope that I can be more like this woman and
recognize when I have done wrong and immediately try to make it right.

In other news, this week we will have the opportunity to hear from
Elder Larry R. Lawrence, which should be fun. He had an article in
last month's Ensign, which I particularly enjoyed. Thanks for all the
e-mails and love! I love all of you!

Love, Sister Prue 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Letter #39 -Opposition In All Things

May 1, 2017




Dear Friends and a Family,

These last few weeks have been a little rough, but I really like the transfer goal that we
haves set for ourselves this transfer. As we have been going around to the members and
talking to them about member missionary work and have sought to keep things more
focused on our purpose, we have started a list of all the members and the people they
are working with. Our transfer goal is to keep up with this list and to ask the members
periodically how things are doing with those they are working with and how we can help.
Last week we asked four or five members about the people they had mentioned. A few
came up to us to give them updates themselves. Not very many of their friends seem to
be very interested at the moment, but I believe it is helping the members think more
consistently about their efforts and that if we are consistent, our efforts will, in time, bear
fruit. We have had one of their neighbors invite them and (and later us) to their church.
The members said that they would go to his church if he went to ours. He accepted and
last week they went to his church. He should be coming to ours soon, and we may end up
going to his if it is in the area boundaries.

Love,
Sister Prue


Monday, April 17, 2017

Letter #38 - Memo

April 17, 2017


Dear Friends and Family,

Not sending too much out today, but just wanted to let you know that
I'm staying here another transfer with Sister Sellers. Easter was
great and I'm so grateful for the Savior's Atonement. Because of Him
we will all live again and have the opportunity to spend eternity with
our loved ones.

Love you all!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Letter #37 - Promptings

April 10, 2017




Dear Friends and Family,

First things first, just to make you aware, we find out about transfers a week from today, and for whatever reason, they will be on Tuesday and not Wednesday. So my address could change very soon.

On Friday, we went to try and make contact with a less active family. No one was home, but as we walked back down the driveway, I had the prompting to do some tracting. This is my least favorite and most commonly felt prompting. I follow the prompting far less often than I should. Most of the time when we do start tracting after such a prompting, nothing comes of it so far as we can tell, at least in terms of people to teach. Because of this it has become easy for me to rationalize or second guess my way out of these promptings. Fortunately Elder Rasband just gave an amazing talk on recognizing and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost in the Sunday morning session of General Conference. In particular he talked about following the first prompting to do something. In his talk he said,

"We must be confident in our first promptings. Sometimes we rationalize; we wonder if we are feeling a spiritual impression or if it is just our own thoughts. When we begin to second-guess, even third-guess, our feelings--and we all have--we are dismissing the Spirit; we are questioning divine counsel. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that if you will listen to the first promptings, you will get it right nine times out of ten."

I walked to the car, we got inside and then I looked at the door of the house we had been parked outside. I knew we had to knock on it. My companion recognized the look of dread that comes from knowing you've got to do something you don't want to do, and we got out and knocked on the door. The man who answered, was old and hard of hearing, but upon realizing who we were promptly told us that he was good and didn't need to hear from us. We knocked the next door through which a man had just walked, but he didn't answer. Then we got back into the car and drove on our merry way. We should have knocked more, but as we left I had the distinct feeling that God had prompted me to knock so that I would know that He was aware of me and where I was as well as to remind me that this is His work and I need to be listening a little more closely.

Elder Rasband taught, "First promptings are pure inspiration from heaven. When they confirm or testify to us, we need to recognize them for what they are and never let them slip past. So often, it is the Spirit inspiring us to reach out to someone in need, family and friends in particular. “Thus … the still small voice, which whispereth through and pierceth all things,” points us to opportunities to teach the gospel, to bear testimony of the Restoration and Jesus Christ, to offer support and concern, and to rescue one of God’s precious children."

He made us a few promises as well. When one of God's chosen servants makes us a promise we can be sure of it, for when led by the Spirit, they speak for God. Here are a couple of the promises I saw in his talk:

"If we let the Lord know in our morning prayers that we are ready, He will call on us to respond. If we respond, He will call on us time and time again and we will find ourselves on what President Monson calls 'the Lord’s errand.' We will become spiritual first responders bringing help from on high.

If we pay attention to the promptings that come to us, we will grow in the spirit of revelation and receive more and more Spirit-driven insight and direction. The Lord has said, 'Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good.' "

And finally, what are promptings? Elder Rasband teaches, "The Spirit speaks words that we feel. These feelings are gentle, a nudge to act, to do something, to say something, to respond in a certain way. If we are casual or complacent in our worship, drawn off and desensitized by worldly pursuits, we find ourselves diminished in our ability to feel."

Heavenly Father is aware of us and he wants to bless us as well as give us the opportunity to be a blessing in the lives of others. One way we can do this is by acting on those nudges to do good. I love how he said that often promptings come to go to the aid of family and friends in particular-to those we love the most and want to be of service to the most. I have seen that in my own life and have also been touched by many of you who I am sure have responded to promptings of the Spirit to reach out in love to me.

All of these quote have come from Elder Rasband's most recent General Conference address entitled "Let The Holy Spirit Guide" which can be read here: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/let-the-holy-spirit-guide?lang=eng.

Love,

Sister Prue