Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Alyssa loves photos

Alyssa's bedroom wall looks like her closet door at home.

letter from Alyssa Oct. 26, 2015

Wow. What a big week. For you all and for me! I have so much to say so I promise I did read every word of you're email, and thankyou for writing so diligently each week! Every one of you!

First - thankyou for the package! I opened it with my companion yesterday and a friend in the ward, Sister Judd, she's a convert of 3 years so we've come close to her. She's awesome and was as excited as I was! I told her son, River, who's 11, that this is what he has to look forward to on a mission, and that packages for a missionary are like Christmas. And now I has a popcorn bowl!! :D so happy. It was a little ironic to receive and open it on Kynsie's b-day . . . (HAPPY 14TH FRYZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) speaking of Kynsie, I thought of you when I saw the purple spider duct tape. Was that your idea? Here is a pic of what I did with the star sticky notes. That was so so so fun. On my wall is my call letter bordered by some pics and those notes, I could tell which of you wrote which notes.

What a big week. I'm tired. It's the best feeling ever.
Some things that happened -
Wednesday we had our temple day :) We made it early enough to do a few initiatories before our session. There were some ASL Anaheim missionaries there so the session was in ASL and English, which was pretty cool. I understood most of it, but I also enjoyed reading the subtitles, I got a lot more out of it than I thought I would by just listening. Then in the celestial room I was surprised to see Sister Aussef! She was a ward missionary in the Dana Point ward and just got called as Relief Society President after I was transferred, but she was so encouraging to me during my first 3 months. I love celestial room reunions, it makes me ponder about what it'll be like reuniting with friends and family after this life. Holly Mauss is finishing her papers this week so we may get to go with her to her live endowment next month! (If we don't get transferred, which we probably won't since I'm training but it's a possibility).
Saturday we had breakfast at President Brennan's home (Stake President) with the whole zone. That was so neat. He spoke about Moroni and his circumstances as he finished the Book of Mormon. It was powerful. Bishop Hobbins also spoke (best member missionary out there). During the breakfast, Elder Fetuani (one of the zone leaders, and from Tonga) was really sick and laid down in the other room with a towel on his head the entire time. Afterward, about 2 hours later, President Brennan asked him if he'd like a blessing, he responded by saying "I have the faith to be healed." His companion and other zone leader, Elder Hook, did the anointing and Bishop Hobbins sealed it with President Brennan and several Elders. Right after, Elder Fetuani stood and exclaimed, "how did you do that??" I saw him later that night, he told me the whole day was as though he hadn't been sick at all.
Sunday we were thrown in as last second substitutes for a Sunday School class (that happens quite often) but this one was the best because it was a big class of youth. Since our preparation time was approximately 30 seconds, we spent the time opening the floor to Q&A. They asked us all sorts of things, we didn't have some answers but it was fun to interact with them. All the young women got our number and we are taking them out to do missionary work this week! And many of them have a list of referrals!! That night I was asked to play for a fireside for YSA in institute. It was really good. It was also a little weird because I was around people my age, and I thought that if I lived there and wasn't a missionary I would still be in that place at that time. Weird. Anyway, the song went well, I love playing.

This week we turned in a progress record to the ward mission leader that was 3 pages long. Seriously, we did a lot and worked so hard. I will mention just a few people.

This week we have picked up 6 new potential investigators.
Linda - we were tracting, she answered but she was in the middle of something, we asked if we could do anything for her/share a message about Christ with her/the usual questions but she answered the usual way. We turned to go, but then she said, "wait! Don't you have a book or something?" I held up the Book of Mormon in my hand and responded, "this book?" "Yes! That's the one!" "Would you like a copy?" "I can have it? Are you sure? Thankyou! Thankyou so much!" I bore my testimony of the Book of Mormon, and what a priceless blessing it has been and is for me and my family. We got her number, texted her so she had ours, and she responded, "Thank you for stopping by, I will start reading this week, please follow up via text wednesdayish. Thanks." Sister Ward and I were freaking out and cheering in the parking lot.
Jennifer - also tracting. She answered, seemed a little distressed, and we offered to share a message about Jesus Christ. She stepped outside her door and spoke with us. We bore a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and gave it to her, she asked us to come back and teach her more.
Jason - We went to see Joanie but she wasn't available, on our way to the car Jason was out with his dog and we stopped to talk to him. He literally got excited as we showed him where Jesus Christ comes to the Americas after His resurrection in 3 Nephi 11, we gave him the Book of Mormon, a restoration pamphlet, got his number, and will start teaching him soon.
Steve - as we were leaving Jason, again on our way to the car, Steve rolled down the window of his truck as he was pulling out and called out to us. We came over and he asked what we were talking to his son (Jason) about. I was a little scared at first even though his voice wasn't alarming at all, just because I didn't know how he'd respond, but we told him all we told Jason. He asked for the Book of Mormon, I turned to my bag for one but didn't have another copy since I just gave Jason one. I looked to Sister Ward who didn't have one, we said it was in the car right over there (pointing). He said, "alright cool, I'll wait." So we ran and grabbed one. We'll start teaching him soon too!
We placed another Book of Mormon tracting, don't know his name but planning to go back to follow up tonight.
and Liz Scott, I mentioned her last week. That appointment on Thursday fell through, she was on her way out the door (must've forgotten). But she texted us after we tried to contact her and we have another one set up for this afternoon, even though it's p-day I'm game for it! We texted her yesterday to confirm and follow up that that still worked for her and she immediately replied that she was planning on it.
We contacted Samantha, who is a 100% seminary-attendance student but 0%attendance to church and activities. Her family is less-active and I think her mom is not a member. She's good friends with Liz and is excited about us teaching her! She wants to help!! The ward council is very excited about this opportunity to let it eventually help the reactivation process of her family.
We didn't get to teach Joanie again this week, but we did get to talk with her twice. We're trying her again this week. Bishop Hobbins is going to come with us and help us with her since his profession is in mental illness and her son Michael is a cause for a lot of concern for her. Once we have a lesson with her and Bishop Hobbins she'll be baptized in less than a month (I'm not getting my hopes up too high, but we're working so hard for her).
Sean texted us this week on his own! He said he'd be out of town for Halloween but wants to start meeting with us again in November. He's one of our investigators we found and started teaching about a month ago, then disappeared for a while.
Lori was at church! Bishop Hobbins is setting a time to teach her with her brother Dennis (he's the convert of a few years who is a returning less active).
Sandy is moving to the Las Flores ward, but that's okay because we have a new move-in from the Las Flores ward, a part-member less-active family of 7 or 8! We have talked with Sandy and she wants to start up the missionary lessons once she moves, and we're in contact with those missionaries.
Charlotte came to church. She does every week :)
The Collins family has seen so many miracles :D Leslie's chemo is way better. Her appointments are down to 3 hours instead of 8-10 because they were able to get a hold of a medication that has helped her recovery efficiently and quickly, she is up and working before the day is over! The probability of her getting it was extremely low. She used to be stuck in bed 24/7. We decorated their house for Halloween on Saturday, this Friday we're going over to dress up the kids for the trunk-or-treat that they are ALL coming to, and next week we're going to start family home evenings with them! Their oldest is involved in scouts now.
We finally got in contact with the Carpenter family, less-actives with about 5 or 6 kids. They accepted the invite to the trunk-or-treat and are planning on it!
Ainsely Ranck (12 years old, middle of 3 kids, somewhat less-active family) went to the ER this week so we couldn't work on her cat's Halloween costume with her but Sister Ranck said she'd be in contact. She's in our prayers.
Sister Salzer didn't call like she said she would, we called her and left a voicemail.
This Wednesday night all the ward missionaries and a few auxiliaries are going on a blitz to do ministering visits to a bunch of less-actives with the full-time missionaries. It's going to be great! They're going to start doing it every other week starting next month.
On Wednesday night I had music study, which happened to be right after a daddy/daughter activity. 3 girls, Hannah, Molly, and Katie came to listen, they all play piano like I did at their age (9 and 10). We had fun as I played their requests and they looked through my music collection. They each played for me as well (their dads were sitting in the room nearby talking). I then let each of them choose a song and I made copies on Sunday for each of them to work on, like Marilyn did for my before we moved with If You Could Hie to Kolob. It's a neat feeling to see the kids get excited when missionaries pay attention to them, remember their names, and the parents start to trust you even more.
Ali, Devoree, Kellsie, Mallorie, and Holly are all coming to us with referrals and missionary advice and plans to share the gospel. I'm trying to keep track of it all!

Funny story - last night we had dinner at the Stephensons. One of their kids is 2 and he's addicted to juice. Wakes up at 2 in the morning requesting juice. Goes through it so so fast. Even as they're pouring juice into his cup is begging for it. It's quite amusing. His parents tried to get him to drink more water or something to get him to not freak out so much about juice so they put a little vinegar in it once. He drank it, made a face and said "spicy!" then kept drinking it. We joked about how he'll grow up telling people his parents fed him vinegar and that when he's on his own in college he'll pour himself a glass of juice and vinegar like it's a normal thing, confused that others don't do it too. And we now have a term for spicy juice.

Thank you for your prayers! Stories! Experiences! TESTIMONIES!! And encouragement! Love you all, you're the best B) Know this, and I promise it's true, I believe it with all my soul, all these miracles have come to pass in these and so many more individuals' lives because of each of YOU as much as me. Without every one of you, and Heavenly Father's hand in the details, the progression in these peoples' conversion including my own could not be what it is without your support, faith, and love. Don't you forget it!

- Sister Shumway

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Alyssa - ponderizing - Oct. 20, 2015

This week I have been ponderizing D&C 68:4 - And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.

The part that has stood out most for me recently is "shall be the will of the Lord," because, especially as a missionary, but even throughout my life His will has been a great concern of mine. Not in a manner of doubting it in the least, but in being and continually becoming someone that knows, follows, and upholds His will. Oftentimes I don't know what His will is as much as I search and strive and seek for it, but I do know I can trust Him and nothing will change that. And the way I trust Him (or one way) is that I know the scriptures are true, the standard works and the words given by the power and gift of the Holy Ghost. I look for ways to apply this in my life everyday.

Monday, October 19, 2015

letter from Alyssa - Oct. 19, 2015

Sounds like another fantastic week for you all! It is so fun to receive all your updates. When you share with me the things you are passionate about, working towards, and your experiences, especially the things you have learned, it increases my faith and keeps me going. Believe it or not! I thank Heavenly Father every day that I am so richly blessed with a strong family.

This week has been, well, another week in the field. I'm amazed at how much I learn each and every week and am continually humbled by The Lord as He manifests His power in His work.
I feel like this week has been a learning experience in preparation for what must lie in store this coming week because I'm exhausted from working so hard, yet it seems I have little to report. There are moments I feel answers are clear and I'm headed in the exact right direction, but often I also feel I'm running in circles despite my efforts and desires. So this week may be a little shorter or not as responsive, I'm so sorry for that but I will look for more that I can send for next week.
Monday was p-day of course, so we didn't start our missionary stuff until 6pm, which is when we had dinner. The member had canceled so we just went to our apartment that night. Towards the end of that though we got a text from the District Leader's companion (to the whole zone) to include the District Leader in our prayers since he had just crashed his bike. We texted back if we could help and we decided to make dinner for then since they were at the hospital and didn't end up getting back to their apartment until past 8pm. It was a little tricky since one of them is allergic to tree nuts, gluten, dairy, sugar, and bell peppers, but we figured it out without sending them back to the hospital. He has dislocated his shoulder so they are now walking everywhere, but it was fun to do that service.
We have had a lot of visits and phone calls with no answers fill a lot of our time. Tuesday we also had a music committee meeting that was pretty frustrating since we're still trying to figure out exactly what we're doing while trying to pull off the things we need to do, but that should be straightened out soon since President Ellis will be back.
Wednesday we had an awesome training as a zone and had dinner with a less-active that I believe I mentioned, Allie Machii. Her non-member husband was asking a lot of questions about missionary life and service, he wants to have us over again for dinner but neither him nor Allie were interested in any invites.
Thursday we took Ainsley Ranck (12-year-old in a semi-less-active family) to Joann to pick out a pattern and fabric for a Halloween costume for her cat. She has a concussion (we brought her ice-cream the day before) and can't do really anything that requires concentration, so with her mom we are spending a little time with her to keep her occupied so she can heal. That's been fun, and as soon as she's healed they want to come to church and activities more.
We haven't taught Joanie this week, her son has had some doctor's appointments to figure out what to do about his medication. Hopefully we'll see her this week.
Our plan this week is to go through the ward list and know every single person. I'm not so sure exactly how to approach it overall, but my companion and I are working on it and for this area believe it will help the work a lot.
Saturday we had an exchange with our Sister Training Leaders. It was quite uneventful. We had to take the car to the shop for an oil change and it ended up taking about 4-5 hours because they wanted to fix other stuff.
Sunday we saw the Collins family finally! Her treatment is looking up and she's seen many miracles and answers to prayer through it all. We are helping her husband put up a bunch of decorations this Saturday (if all goes well) for Halloween. It's a slow but promising process for them as far as teaching and fellowshipping because of her situation, but we are back in contact so that's awesome.
We got a call from a member in the neighboring ward who gave us a referral, a friend of her daughter's, her name is Liz Scott and she's 16. We contacted her and have an appointment to meet her Thursday.
The Cheney family brought a bunch of friends to the Primary Program yesterday and all they ward members are spreading the word about the trunk-or-treat coming up, so we have a lot a lot a lot of work to do this week. But we have much to look forward to as well.

Thanks for the email! Love you all and have a fantastic week.

- Sister Shumway

Monday, October 12, 2015

letter from Alyssa 10-12-15

Sister Ward came pre-trained, we have hit the ground running this transfer. She is my best companion yet. Sounds like everyone is doing so well, doesn't it feel good to be tired? (did I just say that?) Sometimes we start our first prayer of the day before we leave that we will return tired.

OK! Yes mom, it's ok that you used my scripture to ponderize, but I'm giving you all a break this week. Mom Earl and Dad Earl sent me their ponderizing scriptures :D Their email this week felt like a warm hug, as did yours (it always does:). Anyway, ponderizing that scripture is almost like praying for patience. Saturday we walked around our area for about 6 hours but no one was out and we had no appointments, we talked to 8 uninterested people that whole time. It was also 100 degrees. That's probably when the scripture was on my mind the most, but I did think of it throughout the week. I love the part where it says "ye must", thinking of it that way makes my choices, especially the small ones, so easy. Virginia (my roomate from this last fall semester at BYUI) surprised me and emailed me telling me that she was planning on submitting her mission papers, her email was also very sweet and uplifting, and she emailed me her scripture too. I told her I had grown to love saying mine like this "Wherefore, I must press forward with steadfastness in Christ, I have a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if I press forward, feasting upon the words of Christ and endure to the end, behold, thus said The Father, I will have eternal life." (I hope I didn't mess that up... I don't have a B of M in front of me at the moment). One of my favorite things is when the Spirit can bring to my remembrance, in times of need or simply throughout the day, the things that I study or listen to or learn.

Last Monday, after emailing you, I drove Sister Ward down to the border of San Clemente and Laguna Niguel and we rode the Pacific Coast Highway up to the temple so she could see the ocean and the beach for the first time (as close as we're allowed as missionaries). That was so fun! We talked and listened to music and stuff, it was great. 
That night we had a FHE with the Cheney family, it went so well that they have all invited friends who are planning to come to the primary program this sunday the 18th, then on the 19th we're having another FHE with them and their non-member friends.
We met Charlene Reese for the first time since we've been trying to contact her in the last 2 months (less-active), she is so so busy with work but she had an oral surgery recently that was very painful and may not be all the work that needs to be done. So we brought her a smoothie and she said we could come back this week.
Jean Salzer is also less-active, she's a convert and her husband and kids are not members. She wants to be active, but her husband has grown a little more stubborn about it since they got married. But she wants her parents' temple work done since they've both passed away in the last few years and she's interested in getting more into family history especially since she's the only member in her family. She's particularly interested in becoming reactivated and endowed so she can take her mom's name through the temple herself. It's all a process of course, but she realized her husband doesn't even know about The Book of Mormon, so we are all praying and working and fasting for her husband's heart to be softened and the right opportunity to arise when he could possibly start meeting with missionaries. This all started with a phone call from Jean, she took the initiative in the first place after weeks of us leaving notes on her door and phone calls offering service.
Randa Negrete is a new move-in. She's less-active, her husband and 5 kids (ages about 6-15) are all non-members. She loved the response the ward had to helping her move in, especially last minute, and wants to have Sister Ward and I over for lunch sometime. Super sweet and welcoming, just trying to get in contact with her, but we have been specifically encouraged by the Bishop of this ward and the ward they moved from to open that door.
Lori and Sandy are doing well, this week Brother Hobbins gets back in town and we will then have a member present lesson with them and get them to start progressing again. We keep working with them and being their friends outside of missionary stuff.
Allie Machii is a less-active who was put on the 'do not contact' list by her ex-husband. Turns out she's not a DNC, we visited with her for 2 hours the other day and she is having us over for dinner Wednesday! She doesn't seem open to coming back, but she has kids and loves her Mormon friends so we fellowship her and love her. Her story makes me especially sad though because she grew up in and loved the church and everything about it, but Satan deceived her and though she knows these things are really true, she cannot accept an imperfect church that has committed a sin of omission against her. In a way, my testimony and love for the Book of Mormon, the prophet Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ, and all the other fundamental truths including Keeping the Commandments has been strengthened through the experience of meeting her.
Joanie Conyers is our new investigator! She is Elder Everett's grandmother, I'm pretty sure I may have mentioned her but Elder Everett was in my district in the MTC and is serving in Newport Beach right now. He is an exceptional missionary, and everyone that has even met him would second me on that. He baptized his mother just a month or 2 ago, and Joanie is very interested and ready to learn more. We taught her twice last week and she is reading the Book of Mormon. She loves us and treats us like her adopted granddaughters, calling us every now and then to make sure we had a good day and are safe. Her son, Michael, has a mental illness, the doctors have been trying to work with his medications to help him become more stable and we have him in our prayers everyday. But he told Joanie when she first met us that he hopes we will come back and see her again, though I have only seen him once or twice briefly and he has not been able to listen in on a lesson (yet). If she progresses like she has last week, she will most likely be at church Sunday with a baptismal date. (anything can happen of course, but Sister Ward, Joanie and I all have faith!).
Yesterday we got a call from a member in a neighboring ward that she has a referral for us, a 16-year-old girl named Liz in our ward boundaries. She's been to camp, YW activities, and knows Samantha who is part of a part-member family in our ward. We tried contacting her last night but she wasn't home, we will try again tonight. We also have a 14-year-old girl who is a potential, also going to contact her tonight, we helped her decorate her yard with Halloween stuff, and we gave her a B of M and she gave us her number.
Sister Kinnison and 2 of the Young Women all have more referrals for us that they are setting up times for the missionary lessons this week or next.
We are meeting with the Elders and the Bishop regularly to comb through the ward list and get rid of our Do Not Contact list. There should be no such thing. Between the 3 of us, we are going to get to know everyone in the ward.

So much opportunity! So much work that

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Two new missionaries, two new trainers

Sister Shumway and Sister Ward

Sister Shumway and Sister Ward (new missionary, new companion)

(from a ward member where Alyssa is serving, sent to his cousin, who is in our ward here in TX): Please share the attached photos with Sister Shumway’s family.  We have two sets of missionaries in the Ward, and Sister Shumway and Elder Forthman each just received brand-new missionaries to train from the MTC.  Two of the pictures show just Sister Shumway with her new greenie, Sister Ward.  This was at one of our neighbor’s homes who are also members, and we trade off each month having the missionaries up to visit both families because we are so far out (actually outside of the mission boundaries, but they have permission to come because we have an investigator there almost every time).  Sister Shumway and her companion taught a great lesson on scriptures talking about the Holy Ghost testifying of truth, and there was an investigator present, whose name is Charlotte.  She is a young woman who wants to get baptized but her parents will not let her as she is only 16.  Pray for her parents’ heart to be softened.  Charlotte comes to church each week and to all the YW activities, and went to girls’ camp this summer with my daughter and our Ward.

Please express our gratitude to the Shumways for sending such a wonderful and devoted disciple of Christ to help us in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.

Monday, October 5, 2015

letter from Alyssa - October 5, 2015

The news about Grandma and Grandpa going on a mission makes me so happy and excited!! Are they going to put in any requests that you know of?
Mom's homemade bread sounds so good right now. Anytime actually haha. But yes we are well taken care of, sometimes a little too well. I have to be very careful when it comes to eating.

When you say Red Lobster I usually think of a nice expensive restaurant with pretty gross stuff. And probably smells gross too. But over the last few months I have actually come to really like shrimp, almost as much as I like chicken (chicken is one of my go-to's when I don't know what to order or something). And, being in a wealthy area, I've had it in several ways already. Random.
Anyway, I'm so so so glad everyone is alright after the accident last week. I really hope you and Landon and Aubrey are doing ok more than just avoiding physical injury though. So is everyone on bikes or something? I'm guessing some people are helping out with rides.
It still sounds like there is so much to look forward to at the same time though!

OK my updates may be a little all over the place this week. I'll type them as I remember.
First - my new companion's name is Sister Ward, she has been in the field for 5 days. She is so awesome. We click so well, I am excited for the miracles we can expect this upcoming transfer or two. She plays violin and loves music. She's very pretty and is excited to be here! She loved her MTC experience like I did. We are still in Rancho Santa Margarita in the same ward, Live Oak Canyon, and I love it! If things go as planned, Sister Ward and I will be together in this ward at least until Landon and Tyler's birthday when her training is complete. We have such a good time as friends and also in the work. With the new transfer, and on the note of what happened for you Tuesday, I have been assigned as designated driver in this companionship, which basically means I drive everywhere and California is not exactly an ideal place to do that. But we have been safe and I believe we will continue to be safe.

As far as the work and people:
Dennis Lyttan (I may have mentioned) is a convert of a few years but has been less-active, and he's just now coming back and going through the reactivation process. He loves missionary work and is trying to help his sister's interest in the church. He was at dinner with our ward mission leader and is excited to help.
On Wednesday we had dinner with Ilene Miskanyar. She's a less-active, but her siblings and mom are active members. Her mom lives with her but she's 90 years old so she has a hard time coming to church. Ilene's husband is not a member, which is why she is no longer active. But last week she called us and asked if she could have us over for dinner, which was awesome and thoughtful of her! It was really really good. And we had a great discussion. We invited her to watch General Conference with her family and have yet to follow up on that this week.
We met Fiona in an apartment complex while contacting. She's 11 and doesn't believe Jesus Christ exists. She asked us about Him and we were able to talk to her for a while before her grandmother came out and said, "oh, no thank you, we're Christian." Fiona took a card with our number and the "Finding Faith in Jesus Christ" DVD and said she'd contact us if she could.
We met Chuck that same day in that same complex. He has a Mormon "lady friend" and was genuinely interested in the church. He took a card, we got his number and passed him to the Elders.
Sandy Littican is a friend of Lori's who wants us to come by this week and start teaching her the discussions. (Lori is Dennis's sister).
Jean Salzer called us, she's a less active we haven't been able to contact or meet for the last 6 weeks. She wants to know how to do family history work so she can have her mother's work done. We have an appointment with her this week.
Diana Ranck is also somewhat less-active. We taught her boys an FHE lesson and we're going to set up another FHE with her entire family and the Barry family (the Elders have been working with the Barry's, another less active family who are the Ranck's home teachers). Sister Ranck's daughter just got a major concussion though, so we have her in our prayers.
April Zahr is a less active who married a non member after returning from her mission in Venezuela. Her kids are ages 7, 11, and 13 (Zoe, Zack, and Zane) and she wants to have them baptized. We plan on meeting with her to discuss that, the bishop has been very encouraging with this particularly.
Devoree and Kellsie are 2 brilliant young women, age 15, who are both preparing for missions! We are taking them out proselyting with us this week.
We ran into Jennifer while contacting in that apt complex and she took a card and wanted to call us. We didn't get a call. The other day, while walking down the street contacting, we contacted her as if we never met her since we didn't recognize her, and she was excited to see us (we put it together as we talked). We gave her a Book of Mormon and may be able to meet with her this week or next.

General Conference is what Brother Judd in the ward refers to as the super bowl weekend for missionaries. It is the best! I have all my notes at home and I'm almost out of time to email... But it was fun to be a full-time missionary while hearing Elder Cook give his shout out to the missionaries worldwide. I love his talk. I loved all the talks by the apostles particularly, also Elder Lawrence, Elder Clark, and Elder Durrant stood out to me. I can't wait to hear Priesthood session! I had a thought - with Elder Durrant's ponderizing challenge, will those of you who accepted the challenge tell me about the scripture you ponderized last week and which one you plan to this week when you email? That would be so great and uplifting! This week I decided to start with 2 Nephi 31:20 which I'm sure most of you know without having to look up. I will try to remember to talk about my thoughts next week on it.

reminder: any pics you want on my wall, just send them and i'll add it :D no pressure though. peace out haha