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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Letter #36 - Enduring Well

April 3, 2017


Dear Friends and Family,

In my last e-mail, I mentioned that Heavenly Father has blessed me with an abundance of divine help and I would like to share some of the things I have learned and the experiences I have had. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we were blessed to be able to hear from an apostle of the Lord. In Doctrine and Covenants 1:38, we read: "38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." I have received many answers to prayers through the guidance of the Lord's servants, especially from his prophet and apostles. When Elder Rasband came to speak to us, he counseled us not to complain about our areas or companions, but to ask the Lord what we should be learning from each respective area or companion. As I have gone through the weeks I have followed this pattern of asking the Lord what it is I should be learning from my experiences. Understanding things that I can learn from my trials has helped give them purpose and has at times made it easier to endure well through them. I came to realize that one hardship I am going through is so that I may better learn to control my thoughts. We are taught in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 4:30 :

"But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not."

I have been able to practice maintaining a focus on Christ and not those things that worry or distress me. I have done this by using my free time in the morning and at night to study the blessings promised me in my patriarchal blessing and to once again memorize the document The Living Christ. Many years ago, I along with the young women in my ward, we were challenged to memorize this document. Upon completion we were given a beautiful copy of Jesus the Christ. As I reflected on this experience, I decided to once again work on memorizing this inspired document. When my thoughts wander away from the purpose to which I am called, I start reciting it in my mind, and it helps me stay focused. In his talk, "Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease", Elder Bednar teaches that the trials we go through are opportunities for spiritual growth.

"The unique burdens in each of our lives help us to rely upon the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah (see 2 Nephi 2:8). I testify and promise the Savior will help us to bear up our burdens with ease (see Mosiah 24:15). As we are yoked with Him through sacred covenants and receive the enabling power of His Atonement in our lives, we increasingly will seek to understand and live according to His will. We also will pray for the strength to learn from, change, or accept our circumstances rather than praying relentlessly for God to change our circumstances according to our will. We will become agents who act rather than objects that are acted upon (see 2 Nephi 2:14). We will be blessed with spiritual traction."

I have found this to be true in my own life.

I love you all and hope you enjoyed General Conference! The counsel from these leaders is truly inspiration from God.

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, March 27, 2017

Letter #35 - God Answers Prayers

March 27, 2017



Dear Friends and Family,

I've been going through a lot of hard stuff lately, including feelings of inadequacy as a missionary, homesickness, and lots of other generally negative feelings. And I've prayed for help - oh how I've prayed. But a lot of times, all I heard was silence. I've been studying from the Bible a lot lately, and one of the lessons I came across was what is often called The Parable of the Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-10). I also study with the institute manual because I've found it helps me understand what is going on better and helps give some context to Christ's teachings. For this parable, the manual includes a quote from James E. Talmage, from his book Jesus the Christ. It says, 

"The Lord’s lesson was, that if man, with all his selfishness and disinclination to give, will nevertheless grant what his neighbor with proper purpose asks and continues to ask in spite of objection and temporary refusal, with assured certainty will God grant what is persistently asked in faith and with righteous intent. No parallelism lies between man’s selfish refusal and God’s wise and beneficent waiting. There must be a consciousness of real need for prayer, and real trust in God, to make prayer effective; and in mercy the Father sometimes delays the granting that the asking may be more fervent.” 

I was able to better understand that the silence came, not because He didn't care or because I was doing something wrong, but because He wanted to see if I really wanted His help. He allowed me time to humble myself before Him so that I would be prepared to act on the answers he would give me. As the weeks have gone on, I have been blessed with an abundance of divine help. It has not made my situations any different, but it has provided me with comfort, an awareness that my Heavenly Father knows and loves me, and strength to continue on. At times it can even be said of me as it was said of Alma and the people in Helam, that my burdens have been made light, and that "the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord" (Mosiah 24:15). I know that this strength comes through relying on the Atonement of Christ. I always love what Elder Bednar has taught about this strengthening aspect of the atonement. 

"Not only does the Atonement of Jesus Christ overcome the effects of the Fall of Adam and make possible the remission of our individual sins and transgressions, but His Atonement also enables us to do good and become better in ways that stretch far beyond our mortal capacities. Most of us know that when we do things wrong and need help to overcome the effects of sin in our lives, the Savior has made it possible for us to become clean through His redeeming power. But do we also understand that the Atonement is for faithful men and women who are obedient, worthy, and conscientious and who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully? I wonder if we fail to fully acknowledge this strengthening aspect of the Atonement in our lives and mistakenly believe we must carry our load all alone--through sheer grit, willpower, and discipline and with our obviously limited capacities.

We are not and never need be alone. We can press forward in our daily lives with heavenly help. Through the Savior’s Atonement we can receive capacity and “strength beyond [our] own” (“Lord, I Would Follow Thee,” Hymns, no. 220). As the Lord declared, “Therefore, continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice; for behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end” (D&C  100:12)." (Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease, April 2014)

I know this is true. I know that God answers prayers in his own timing. I know that He loves us and is aware of us.

And I love all of you! 

Sister Prue 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Letter #34 - 8 Months Today

March 20, 2017


Dear Family and Friends,

This week we had the incredible opportunity to hear from an apostle of
the Lord, Elder Rasband. We also were able to hear from Elder
Hallstrom and Bishop Causse (I know I butchered the spelling on that
one) of the presiding Bishopric. Beforehand we were asked to read a
talk he gave in general conference in 2010. In it he shared his
experience of observing how missionaries are assigned to their
missions and bore testimony of the divinity of our call. During our
conference, he shared his experience this week of assigning calls to
missionaries, as that is now his privilege to do as an apostle. He
said he even assigned some to this mission :) He told us not to
complain about our areas or companions or missions because doing so is
to mock God. He promised us that if we would keep journals during our
missions, that the spiritual experiences we record will be able to
bolster our testimonies later in life at times when our faith may
become weak. He talked about how missions are times where we find
ourselves and God's elect. Missions are very inward and very outward.
He told us to ask God what He wants us to learn from each companion
and each area. All the speakers were amazing and I took notes full of
counsel. The thing I think that sticks out most from these visits from
leaders of the church is the great love that they have for us. The
Spirit is so strong when they come and it seems like all is right in
the world, or at least that it will be.

Something that I've made a habit of doing recently is reading from my
patriarchal blessing each day. It is uplifting to see the many
blessings the Lord has in store for me and the love that He has for
me. I've also started re-reading the talks from last General
Conference in order to prepare for General Conference coming up.

Some of you may not know that as of a week and a half ago, I got a new
companion, Sister Sellers. She is from Clearfield, UT. She is very
organized and awesome at directing dinner conversation towards
missionary work and other gospel topics. I'm learning a lot from her
already.

Also, I'm sitting here in the cleanest laundromat in the world washing
my SWEATERS. But the last few days it has been in the 90s. I think
they broke the weather here.

As always, I love hearing from each and every one of you. I love you all :)



Love, Sister Prue

Monday, March 13, 2017

Letter #33 - Spring Forward

March 13, 2017



Friends and Family,

Sorry for the lack of updates. Things have been crazy these past
couple of weeks. This Saturday the mission will get to hear from Elder
Rasband, so stay tuned for that next week! And to answer one person's
question, we did lose an hour of sleep this weekend. No rest for the
righteous! Hope things are well with everyone! Thanks always for the
support!

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, February 27, 2017

Letter #32 - 7 Months Last Week

February 27, 2017




Dear Friends and Family,

We got a new ward mission leader. He is an older guy with all of his
children moved out of the house. This is a different experience than
having a 25 year old ward mission leader, haha. He is a man with a
tender heart and I think his own mission had a great impact on his
life. His mission spanned several states and transfers involved
getting on a plane. One of the places he served was in Idaho Falls
though. He is still learning about all the ways missions have changed
since he served. It seems that when he served you could meet someone,
ask them to be baptized and fill the font the next day. It's a little
different now, haha. We are excited to work with him.

I set a few goals for our companionship this past week. One of them
was a better exercise routine. I decided to start the "Be a Superhero"
initiative. Every day I choose a card with a superhero on it and then
I improve myself in areas of missionary work that I think that
superhero would excel at. I've given them all Christlike attributes
and chapters in PMG and other things like that. Anyways, it's still in
the works, but I have given them all workout routines. We use the 7
minute workout app by Johnson and Johnson. It has a lot of pre
programmed workout options, but then there is a customize your own
workout option. So I made one for Hulk, Thor, Captain America,
Hawkeye, Iron Man, and Black Widow. It has been fun and motivating, so
that's how I've been working on that. My other goal has been to do
more tracting and use finding time more productively. We made
improvements in that area this week as well.

We get to teach YW next week. About repentance. Should be fun.
We will also be getting a chance to do stuff with the activity Day girls in a
few weeks. Sister Day said that as soon as I got here, everyone wanted
us to do stuff. I've also been teaching her how to write thank you cards.
I told her the members would love it, and I think she now has a testimony
of that now. Some members tell us that they remind them to keep the
commitments they made with us. Good stuff.

Love,

Sister Prue

Monday, February 20, 2017

Letter #31 - Talks, Breakdowns and Cookies

February 20, 2017







Dear Friends and Family

On weeks that I don't send a letter to everyone my mom will take some items out of her letter to put on the blog. I spoke on Sunday. We were given the topic of Following Christ. We were given 15 minutes each to speak and there was to be a youth speaker as well, but when we heard the program announced, there was no youth speaker, haha. Sister Day had never given a talk that long in her life and she was pretty nervous. She got to speak first (which we also found out on the stand, because there were not any printed programs) which was a blessing because she didn't think she could fill 15 minutes. But she spoke for 15 minutes exactly and did great. I spoke for 20 or more minutes, but the point is that I ended exactly at 2:05. Blessings all around. I spoke about how living the doctrine of Christ helps us follow Christ. We also got a ward mission leader, Brother Allred. We are both really happy to have him. I don't know him super well, but I have positive associations with his face and was pleased when he was called. I just need gentle loving leaders who give me gentle nudges in the right direction. Heavenly Father has tended to bless me with those kinds of leaders and employers.

Our car broke down, luckily in a parking lot and we were there for 3 hours trying to get the battery jumped. Luckily it was in the evening and we had no appointments. There were so many blessings that we recognized that it was kind of fun. We had lots of safe help though. People from the ward and mission office came to our rescue.

The almond thumbprint jam cookies turned out well and the member we gave them to enjoyed them. This week we will make Girl Scout Brand thin mint cupcakes. So that should be good. I love you all.

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, February 13, 2017

Letter #30 - My Trip to Tonga

February 13, 2014







Dear Friends and Family,

This past week has been full. It started with going on Exchanges with
our STLs (Sister Training Leaders). I went to Euless and Sister Day
stayed in Arlington. The STLs serve in the Polynesian (maybe it's
called the Tongan ward?) wards. For the first time, I got to
participate in language studies and I started to learn to pray in
Tongan. It was fun and later that day I sang a hymn to a less active
family in Tongan with Sister Josephson. The Spirit was for sure there
because we sounded great and nothing like our practice earlier that
morning where I mispronounced half of it. It was a pretty cool
experience. We ate dinner at a place owned by one of the members. I
ordered a Big Island Burger (I'm a sucker for any burger with
pineapple on it) and it was indeed huge. It had two beef patties and
included pineapple and an egg along with all the usual burger stuff. I
was disgusting after I finished it, haha. I also had a drink called
Otai(?) The whole day was an awesome experience. I didn't feel like I
was in Texas at all.

We had a good lesson this week with an investigator named Virginia.
She will becoming to church next week and took notes throughout our
lesson so she could do some research (we recommended lds.org and
Mormon.org). She said she is anxious to read from the Book of Mormon
and pray about it. We have a few others that we hope to meet with this
week. One has gone to church twice now, but keeps having to cancel our
teaching appointments.

We also had zone conference. President talked to us about a lot of
things in the missionary handbook (the book of rules for
missionaries). He emphasized the part where we are to limit our
correspondence with others. As a result of the comments he gave while
talking about this, I'll probably limit this e-mail to a monthly
occurrence. I also probably won't reply to a lot of the e-mails or
letters I get as well in order to keep in line with the
recommendations he made during that meeting. I so love hearing from
all of you and you are free to e-mail or write as much as you want.
Just know that my ability to reply is limited and you probably won't
hear back (although if you ask questions, look for your reply in my
monthly e-mail ;)) Also, this is all in flux as I figure out what we
are supposed to be doing or not doing and how I want to work within
the guidelines.

Love you all!!

Sister Prue

Monday, February 6, 2017

Letter #29 -Service Galore

February 6, 2017








Dear Family and Friends,

One of the cool things about this area is all the service
opportunities here. I've gotten to spread mulch on park trails at this
place called River Legacy. I'm not entirely sure what kind of place it
is, so you'll have to look it up. It's kind of a museum and also a
place that could be used to get a lot of merit badges probably. I've
also gotten to work at a food pantry stacking boxes and unloading
trucks. We worked at a food drive and passed out food to people. I
passed out the frozen blueberries and got to work alongside a really
sweet old lady who was passing out frozen orange juice concentrate. We
had a great time. I also got to serve at a resale shop. We get to help
people bring in their donations and then we sort through it and see
what is sellable and what we pass on to other charities. It's really
fun to see all the stuff that comes through. Volunteers also get a 30%
discount on everything in the store. Apparently it's almost impossible
for a missionary to leave the area with the same amount of clothes
they came with, haha. A lot of the service involves a lot of manual
labor though, so it gives us a chance to use the little muscles we
build during our workouts. And we sleep well :)

The tracting situation is a little different here than in my last
area, so my companion and I have focused on encouraging and teaching
the members how to do missionary work. There were several good talks
during the last General conference that we use. The best ones were by
Elder Oaks and Elder Andersen. We did manage to pick up some new
investigators this week though and a few people showed up to church
that we didn't expect. Well, that's all for this week. I'll probably
be sending shorter e-mails in Arlington because I have to type my
e-mails on the iPad in this incredibly clean laundromat.

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, January 30, 2017

Letter #28 - Greetings from Arlington

January 30, 2017





Dear Family and Friends,

There have been a ton of new changes this week including a worldwide
change to the missionary schedule and key indicators. But first things
first. I made it safely to Arlington. I live in a nice apartment and
my companion, Sister Day is great. She just finished being trained, so
I've been out twice as long as her (still not very long).
Unexpectedly, I am the driver in this area. Luckily my companion knows
the area really well and has been able to get us to everywhere we need
to go. We have a ton of restaurants, apartment complexes, and
neighborhoods in this area, so it's a good mix of everything. I drove
past the stadium the cowboys play at (AT&T stadium, I believe). I am
currently typing this at the nicest Laundromat I have ever seen, haha.

This week we got together as a mission to watch the Worldwide
missionary broadcast (or something like that). In it, new schedules
for missionaries were released, designed to give us more flexibility.
The most significant changes are probably that we have more time in
the morning to get ready (personal study ends at 10:00), companion
study can be anywhere from 30-60 mins and can be whenever we want to
have it, lunch was cut from a hour to a half hour, nightly planning is
now in the morning, and we can go to bed as early as 9:30. P-Day is
also longer now and begins at 8:00.

As for key indicators, we now report 4 instead of 9+. We used to
report all the different lessons we were having and now we report
whether we had a baptism that week, who has a date, how many
investigators came to church and how many new investigators. This was
done is hopes that our focus can be narrowed to those things which are
most important. Obviously we still need to incorporate all the same
things we were doing before to get there. Overall I am pleased with
all the changes they have made and think they will help missionaries.

Well, I think that's all for this week!

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, January 23, 2017

Letter #27 - Goodbye, Denton 4th

January 23, 2017





Dear Friends and Family,

Finally the news has come that you've all been waiting to hear: I'm leaving my first area and going to Arlington.

I'll be serving in the Arlington 4th ward there. My companion served there, but I mostly refuse to hear anything about it so that I'll get to make my own opinion of the place and come in with "fresh eyes". I've loved serving in Denton and the ward here has been so good to me. Yesterday I gave a 10 minute talk on missionary work, and it was well received. I'll miss living in the barn (literally an hour ago I was helping to contain an escaped horse and her newborn baby). We often feed Joy (the horse) peppermints and her baby was born almost a week ago. In the next 5 or 6 weeks, five other baby horses should be born, which I'm sad to be missing out on, but I'm glad to have gotten to see a couple.

Our investigator never made it to church, but she has been having some health problems that wound her up in the hospital. I feel like this is often the case for investigators. Maybe we missionaries are dangerous. There are a few other investigators that will be met with this week, but I will only meet with one of them. I am excited for new adventures!

Love,

Sister Prue

Monday, January 16, 2017

Letter #26 - Sunburnt in Texas

January 16, 2017




Dear Friends and Family,

I did indeed get sunburnt this week. No ice storms though. Thanks to
everyone who was concerned. We had many exciting things happen this
week, but the most exciting thing this week was that we set a
baptismal date with an investigator. My first time ever being involved
in that situation! :) Yay! We were also able see how the Book of
Mormon answers many of the questions that investigators have. She
wanted to learn more about Adam and Eve and we whipped out 2 Nephi 2
and it was awesome to see the Spirit teach her!

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, January 9, 2017

Letter #25 - Five Months in Texas

January 9, 2017




Dear Friends and Family, 

Today marks five months in Texas. 

I think one thing I'm learning the value of is asking others what they want out of a relationship/partnership. A member who has recently been assigned to visit teach a less active said that she had asked her what she wanted from her as a visiting teacher. The woman said that she didn't want to be forgotten. My companion mentioned how I had asked her several times at the beginning of our companionship what she wanted out of different things (such as companionship study, weekly planning, etc.) and how that has been helpful. A couple of months ago, I asked a sister what she wanted from the missionaries for her new family (she is recently married to a nonmember). We were finally able to have dinner with her and her husband this past week and it went extremely well. She knew the needs of her family and because she was given an opportunity to voice those needs and concerns, we were able to cater accordingly. Sometimes all it takes is asking :)

We got snow this week! It even stuck for awhile and there was a bit of ice on the roads. My companion was very happy that I was doing the driving (we are also still driving the Malibu -Woot!). At the end of last week the temperature was in the 70s. The next day - BAM - in the 30s and then it got a bit colder and hung out in the high teens, low 20s for the rest of the week. This week however is supposed to stay in the 70s. Crazy. I never know what to wear and it's hard because we don't have constant access to information about the weather. Sometimes we go out and it's warm in the morning and then freezing by the evening and we are wearing all the wrong clothes. We have managed to stay fairly comfortable and I have discovered the product Hot Hands.

We have also finally picked us up some investigators and we are very excited about that. One of them is moving at the end of the month (typical for this area) and the other is going to do extensive traveling over the next few months, but we are excited to finally be able to teach some lessons and help build a few foundations for the future. As always, thanks for all the support and love. You guys are the best (I almost said "Y'all", but can't bring myself to do it yet). 

Love, 
Sister Prue 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Letter #24 - Happy New Year!

January 2, 2017



Dear Friends and Family,

The beginning of a new year gives us all the opportunity to reflect on the events of the past year and to think of changes that we want to make for the following year.  This past year consisted of preparations for going on my mission and then my actual mission. I entered the MTC July 20th and am still serving in my first area. I am grateful for this opportunity and privilege to serve. Many of the experiences that I have had here have led me to believe that one of the purposes God had in calling me on a mission was that I might more fully learn to use the Atonement of his son, Jesus Christ.   
One of my resolutions is to memorize scriptures throughout the year, which is something that I am terrible at and struggle greatly with. I have also chosen a scripture to focus on throughout this year which is Proverbs 3:5-6. I have enjoyed my study of this scripture so far and will send pictures later this month to show how. 

Life in the barn is fun this time of year. There were seven baby horses to be born in the next couple of months. One was born earlier this week, but we found out today that he died several hours after his birth. We did happen to see him before he died though, as we have a window in our kitchen that looks over an area where the horses sometimes stay. I had named him Eggnog because he was pure white. 

This week I had the opportunity to go to the Dallas temple for the first time. We didn't have time to look around the grounds or see very much, but it was nice to go. It was my fifth time going to the temple and my third temple. We had a wonderful lesson in Relief Society this past week that reminded us of all the beautiful blessings that we receive from regular attendance at the temple. If you haven't gone for awhile, or do not attend regularly, or have never been that could be a New Years resolution that you make ;)

Another fun thing is that our car is in the shop for some repairs. In the meantime we get to drive a brand new car that the mission just purchased. It is a 2017 Chevy Malibu and had less than 300 miles on it when it was handed over to me. It is its own wifi hotspot, so that has been nice to have as a missionary. Unfortunately we probably only have it for another day or two and then it will be handed over to another companionship that needs a new car. It has been fun to drive though :) 

On New Years Eve, the family that was feeding us took us to a Chinese Buffet, and that was the extent of our New Years celebration. We went to bed at 10:30 as usual, and honestly it feels like the day never happened. One thing the bishop has asked us to do this week is to help all the members/families in the ward update their family/personal mission plan for the upcoming year, so that should take a good chunk of our time for the next couple of months or so. 

Well, I hope you all are happy and healthy and safe and enjoying the last of your holiday breaks. 

Love, Sister Prue