Monday, July 25, 2016

letter from Sister Shumway - July 25, 2016

The scripture this week has been on my mind probably my entire mission and is one of my favorites "And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternaland this because of your faith in him according to the promise." - Moroni 7:41

Landon - before I forget, when you go to Osorno (and probably you too, Ty) be SO CAREFUL with heaters. It even specifically mentions safety with them in the handbook. But I've heard some things from people who served near there or know people etc.

On that note, Landon and Ty, THANK YOU for your email and letters this week!! It has been the highlight by far for me and I wish I could tell you how much that means to me! I'm printing your email so I can read it again. :)
Another highlight - The package was awesome!!! Why am I so loved? I have the souvenir hanging with the family photo and the part from "In Times of Trouble" was amazing! I have read it a few times and have it with my study stuff at all time, not only in times of trouble.

Transfers this week - nothing's changing for us :) Sister Wimmer and I are staying together for another 6 weeks in the same ward. Yay!

The work -

We had dinner with the Olzak family this week. Stacy, the mom, is less-active and hasn't been to church since she was 17. Her husband is not a member, and her daughter, Paige, got baptized 2 years ago (she's 16). They just moved in to our ward and haven't been to church because they don't know anybody (easy solution to that problem...). Dinner was awesome! Paige wanted to come yesterday but got sick. She's coming to FHE with the Chamberlin family tonight though! And Stacy told us she's been concerned about Paige's testimony, I think she would come to church soon and become active. Working with them.

We also met Codie, a less-active that was really hard to catch. We talked to her on the doorstep and she's willing to let us walk her dog sometime this week.

The Smith family had us for dinner, our investigator, Sydney, and her mom (less-active) and brother (non-member). That also went well, dinner appointments are the best! Sydney is so close to getting baptized, she's out of town this week but when she gets back us and the young women are working together to help her as she asks for her mom's permission.

We were able to get in contact with the Kennedys, Veits, and Galbraiths, all part-member families who invited us back. The Galbraith's want to show us how to cook a really fancy meal! And sent us home with lemons and tangelos from their trees.

The Keenes are doing alright (non-members). Their dog passed away, and we brought them cookies and a note saying we missed them at FHE. Member are reaching out though so we'll keep posted.

Annika (less-active) let us in and we made a great connection! She even got emotional when we shared a message about Christ as our foundation. She gave us her number and invited us back.

Wendy (active, struggling with a trial) has us over, and I love when people say we made their day or brightened up their week, which is what she told us. She loves missionaries, and had them over all the time, but because of some recent trials we hadn't even met her. But the visit was great and we were all edified.

The Fischingers let us in again. This time they were talking about having us and another family over for dinner like they were last time, but they said, "oh, I think it'll be better to do that sooner than later!" :)

The work is good. Life is good. Love you :)

- Sister Shumway

Monday, July 18, 2016

letter from Alyssa - July 18, 2016

"For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be great and marvelous work among them;" - 3 Nephi 21:9

Another busy week! I can't believe all these things I wrote down happened all just this week. I had an interview with President this week, just a quick get-to-know-you. They are fantastic. It was kind of the same for every missionary this time, but I'm just as confident in him as I was in President Orgill.

We also had Sister's District meeting, a meeting to organize the upcoming music devotionals, district breakfast, district leadership council, zone training meeting preparation, and yeah I guess that's it but it was good. We got a lot done and all the missionaries in this zone are so on top of it. I think I had more to say about a few of those meetings, but they are just meetings so I don't remember anything significant to mention here... 

My ankle is finally doing better! This morning I went to the apartment gym and used the elliptical instead of the treadmill and I'm doing great. Feels so much better to do that in the morning. I don't know if I can run yet because it's still a little bothersome, but no longer painful. We went to the physical therapist again so I think that's helping.

Sister Wimmer also went to get new glasses at the optometrist. I really liked the place we went because (as a missionary I probably shouldn't be saying this) their music station they had playing was awesome. I don't remember any of the songs in particular but Sister Wimmer and I both had a little fun listening while trying on glasses. AND you really know your companion when you can choose her glasses for her, I found a pair she really liked and ended up getting after spending some time browsing.

We were able to get in with the Fischingers, they're less active but they could totally come back to church soon. They just don't have many friends (because they don't come, easy fix) but they want us to come back and bake stuff and visit more so that'll be good.

The Childress family (semi-active, the husband isn't active at all though) had us over for dinner. We were a little disappointed that he was working but we had a great time with her and her daughters. Definitely established a good connection and had a great time.

The Keene family is doing alright (mom and 2 sons not members, husband was less active before he passed away a few years ago), their dog just died unexpectedly this week and they'll be out of town this weekend, but they've been having a lot of members over for dinner lately and it's going really well. So we are planning on inviting them to take the lessons again soon.

Sydney loved girl's camp! She bore her testimony there and her mom is getting closer to allowing her to be baptized. They have us on the dinner calendar this week!

The Olzaks also have us for dinner tonight. Using dinner appointments works so well. It's kind of a weird family set up: non-member father, less-active mother, active 16-year-old daughter, and a 3-year-old. We are planning on sharing a message about Jesus Christ tonight and getting to know them better, especially to help the 16-year-old get involved with the young women in our ward (she still goes to a ward in another stake since that's where she was baptized). I think helping her transition here will help her mom return to activity and her dad take the lessons sometime.

So much work to do, it's awesome. More this week! And then transfer calls this weekend, we're anticipating little change especially with our companionship but we'll find out.

Love you :) Miss you :)

- Sister Shumway

P.S. Love you!

Monday, July 11, 2016

letter from Alyssa - July 11, 2016

Alma 7:17 " And now my beloved brethren, do you believe these things? Behold, say unto you, yea, know that ye believe them; and the way that know that ye believe them is by the manifestation of the Spirit which is in me. And now because your faith is strong concerning that, yea,concerning the things which have spoken, great is my joy."

It's been a pretty fun week. My ankle is doing better, it doesn't hurt to walk normal anymore but I can't go any faster than that at all. There's a physical therapist in the ward though who is giving me free treatment weekly and I think it's really helping. I've never wanted to just go running more in my whole life (mostly because the majority of our day is sitting in the car, at a table, or on a couch or something) so I'm looking forward to a full recovery. But it's doing better and will just take time.

This week was definitely a temple week. On Tuesday we got to go with our district for a session, it really does feel like going home sometimes for a little bit after a long day. Then we had our temple tours shift right after which was really convenient, and there was a member there with her kids visiting from Las Vegas. We talked to her family for a while and opened the church building for them, afterward she said she was taking them to Chick-fil-A and offered to get us lunch. That was so so nice and really good.

I found out from someone (I forgot who) that there are penguins in your mission, Landon. Send me pics.

We picked up 2 new investigators this week from tracting, Carrie and her son Quincey. They were SO CLOSE to coming to church yesterday but canceled last minute. Sister Wimmer taught her for the first time the day before with another sister since we were on exchanges, but they're totally open to learning more and getting involved in the church.

Sydney is going to girl's camp this week, so I'm sure this will be a fun and also great spiritual experience for her. She just finished reading the Book of Mormon a couple days ago! Perfect timing, I can't wait to hear all about it from her and see how her testimony has grown.

Sierra is STILL waiting for her mission call, it's been almost 5 weeks. We've started doing studies with her in the mornings at least weekly, and she loves it. It's also helped us be able to practice teaching and go back to the basics without using way too many words. And sometimes her mom makes us breakfast :)

Saturday I was on exchange with another sister in the YSA ward and she had her temple tour shift that day, I was there a lot this week. Which was good. There were 2 guys with their mission calls who had went through the temple that day and their family was having a big picnic lunch and offered for us to join, so we got another free lunch at the temple. That really is the place to be.

Looking forward to another week, love you all! Thanks for your awesome email!! Reading those from you is one of my very favorite things. :)

- Sister Shumway

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

letter from Sister Shumway - July 5, 2016

"For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy." 
- Mosiah 3:4 for this week.

Speaking of this week... it's been good! Thanks for the postcards Aubrey and Kynsie!! That was super fun and I'm keeping them. It's also awesome to get updates from Ty and Landon, I bet they are already natural leaders in the way that they are. Not in a way of being controlling or taking that upon themselves, but that many admire and follow them in ways they probably don't realize. I would. You're super cool too, Casan! I didn't forget you :)

It's been kind of a slow week because of my ankle, it's not doing well. I'm starting to get used to walking slightly not-normal. Whenever I try to walk normally my muscles tighten up and it feels like my ankle is going to break. But it's not broken, just fyi. Sometimes it even feels like it's doing better but then I try jogging or anything other than carefully/slowly walking and it's worse. I probably do need to be using ice and ibuprofen more regularly... and I'll work on that. But we don't know what's wrong with it. The hardest part is that I can't exercise, I have to limit my walking, and most everything we do involves just sitting. So my brain is fried every night and I can't release any energy or anything by just moving around, running, playing a game on p-day, but I'm doing everything I can to keep my spirits up. This week we're going to manage rest time better so we can see if we can't help my ankle recover while still getting work done.

On a lighter note, we got to meet our new mission president on Saturday. He and his wife are wonderful. Their trainings and testimonies and then visiting with them after made me absolutely confident and excited for this mission. We get to know them a little better one-on-one in the next couple weeks as he interviews each of us. I'll probably have a little more to say then.

Yesterday on the fourth of July was fun. We had to be in early for safety so the zone got together for an activity at the stake center. As we were driving home we saw a single firework in the distant explode, and though we were searching the skies the whole way that was the only one we saw. But it was more than we thought we'd see! And it's more than I saw last year! So that was a funny surprise.

To answer your question Dad - as a Sister Training leader, there are trainings we give on a zone level and in some meetings with sisters (those are less frequent, usually once a transfer which is cool). Sometimes we're called on for other things as they come up, I can't really think of anything that happens often but I have been asked to share/prepare things in ward councils, mission-prep, mutual activities, and firesides. And we go on exchanges with each sister in the zone every transfer, which makes about 3-4 exchanges or so (6-8ish sisters between the 2 of us STLs). I think that's a really cool experience on a more individual level too, and I always get more out of it than they do. :)

So since I don't have much of an update on the work this week and since you asked last week Mom, let me tell you just a little about Sister Wimmer. She is an extraordinary Sister :) She's also the oldest of 6 kids, but only by a minute - her twin graduates from BYU in December. Then she has a sister, and a brother, and another set of twins as the youngest, a boy and a girl. She's from just outside of Kansas City, Missouri, but lives in Kansas. She and I connect easily through music and we have similar taste and style that way so it was not hard to become friends. Her favorite part of the mission is contacting/tracting, which helps because that is not my favorite part... She LOVES diet coke and trolli crawlers candy probably at least as much as I love popcorn. (That bowl you sent in october btw is well loved) Also, she's super fun to talk to, which helps a lot and makes me feel so good all the time. No matter what we're talking about. I'll send you a pic when I take one... I'm not very good at doing that. Working on it.

I love you, I'm so grateful for your prayers and love and how thoughtful you are of me, I can feel it in your emails every week. Talk to you later!

- Sister Shumway