Monday, September 26, 2016

letter from Alyssa - Sept. 26, 2016

This week one of the members told us they had an extra keyboard that hasn't been used in years, and told us to take it and put it in our apartment until I'm either transferred or go home. This is probably one of the best things someone has done to help us out! (aside from helping us find someone to teach) It's big and even has weighted keys and everything! I definitely had some gratitude prayers to say.

We met with Diane this week (somewhat less-active recent convert). She had some really good questions about prophets with conference coming up and so we had a really neat discussion about it.

Tuesday night we went on splitz with the young women and it was a huge success! Sister Wimmer and Sister Hawkins took one of the laurels to see Tracy, a former investigator from our area book, and she was home and let them in to share a spiritual message from the Bible. While I took another laurel with me to see Jackie, another investigator who was taught once several months ago but hasn't been around to meet with us since. She opened the door too! She's a senior at Tesoro High and really interested in the Book of Mormon and coming to church. She even asked if she could text us when she was free so we could come over! I think there's real potential in helping her progress.

We also met Lynn for the first time. She's a referral we received when we were first transferred here, but we were waiting for members to try and set something up. Finally we just decided to stop by and at least meet her and she was so sweet and friendly to us. We have an appointment with her today right after this for her to show us her salon, especially since Sister Wimmer is going into cosmetology after the mission.

Stacy took us out to dinner and frozen yogurt again. It was fun, Paige was there too. We may be watching some of general conference at their house this weekend. And we're looking for ways to help get them more involved or find opportunities for them to serve somehow.

On thursday, President and Sister Clark had the entire zone over to their house for a BBQ. It was really good. We also spent a little time talking about ways that we could find more opportunities to teach. I'll send a pic of President making us hamburgers haha.

Finally got in contact with the Veits too! They're a less-active part member family, and she said we could give her a call to set up a time to visit them since we caught them in the middle of making dinner.

I got to see the Novillo family! They were at an education devotional that BYU does (called Be Smart i think?) and we ran into them in the hallway of the stake center the other night. It was fun to see them again and give them hugs.

We also saw Heidi at the same devotional, she's Sydney's (our investigator) mom, and she hasn't been inside a church building in such a long time so that was huge to not only take Sydney there but to stay there with her. Sydney also came to the women's broadcast saturday.

Sister Baker told you about the musical number I got to do yesterday in church :) she's the best. She also found out through social media that it was Sister Wimmer's birthday so she showed up to church with her favorite candy. She's so good and reaching out and helping us feel loved, I'm so glad you could hear from her. But also the musical number was awesome! It was so fun, and the young woman I did it with, Elise, is a phenomenal violinist. She got a little nervous but despite what she says you couldn't even tell. I loved playing, it never gets old when the Spirit is there.

The Webbers had us over for a special dessert for Sister Wimmer. They used to have missionaries over all the time but their family has been having some challenges so it's been a while. It was great to reach out and serve them by letting them serve us. And they went all out, they were so sweet and we had a great time with them.

The Holidays also had us over, it's always so fun at their house! We always go prepared to uplift them but they uplift us even more every time.

So our ward mission leader, Brother Gaya, could really use your prayers. I'm not sure if I've brought them up yet - they're daughter, Abby (i forgot how old she is, but definitely elementary school), is in the hospital. She has seizures and other health issues, so she's being tested to find the source of her seizures and how severe they are so they can find some sort of treatment. They could be there for weeks because they're trying to make her have seizures so they can monitor and map them out. The whole ward is reaching out to help in any way they can. The Gaya's are amazing, they just keep going and won't let anything shake their faith or their decision to be happy.

SO excited for General Conference this weekend, women's broadcast was one of the best I've seen. I'll be thinking of you this week, love you all so much!

- Sister Shumway

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