August 21, 2017 - The Week I Hit a Nail... I Think

Sister Allgaier is now the designated driver so it will come to no surprise, for those who knew me, that I got a flat tire this week. Thank heavens for elders who know how to change a tire. It was an adventure for sure.

Apart from that, it was a great week filled with lots of shut doors, dropped appointments, and the occasional miracle. We met our miracle this week while it was raining immensely. Sam Cloud (please refer to lds.org and watch the safety video entitled "An Interview With A Cloud") was really trying to get his two-for-one. We knocked an apartment complex and met Shelagh. She is the nicest person I have ever met. She let us right in and we gave her a Book of Mormon. She was so shocked we would share it with her. It was the cutest thing ever!! People that are kind to us forever help make knocking scary places worth it. 

In regards to the deaf community, things are booming! We have a deaf referral we are seeing this week which is so exciting. One of our deaf members asked me to interpret hearing Sacrament this week and ask me how terrified I was. Very terrified. I don't think I stopped praying for that whole hour. The gift of hands is SO real. I was signing signs I know I didn't know but they understood and I made it through. It's so good because the deaf members are trusting us!! It's so good. We should be getting name signs this week so stay tuned.

FYI: My PDay this coming week will be on Wednesday, August 30th so if you don't hear from me, don't worry. I'm not dead. We have zone conference on Monday so our whole mission is doing PDay on Wednesday.

I love you all! Have a great week and I pray for you all!!

This is our so solid deaf investigator, Debra!

This is our so solid deaf investigator, Debra!

We walked down St. George street. So many fun shops!

We walked down St. George street. So many fun shops!

We went to the Fort last PDay and it was so hot but also rainy. It's the weirdest sensation.

We went to the Fort last PDay and it was so hot but also rainy. It's the weirdest sensation.

Posted on August 21, 2017 .

August 14, 2017 - The Week of More Sweat

Friends, 

Would you believe me if I told you it got hotter this week?! Well you should. Because it did. Even the locals were saying how awful it was. So that was so fun to bike around in. Not to mention since we are in hurricane season here, it storms almost daily. Which means we get soaked almost daily. It's a joy serving in the FJM that's for sure! 😉

This week was a lot of knocking and a lot of miracles. It's not secret that I don't enjoy knocking doors but Heavenly Father knows that and this week He put so many miracles in my path for trying to find joy in knocking. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have that God DOES know me and He cares about ME. What a blessing and a privilege. But it's not just for me, it's for everyone!! So tell your friends, your family, your neighbors that God loves them!! Spread the good word and the joy that follows is immeasurable. My time is short today but I love you all and pray for you. Thank you for your love and support!

Very sweaty, very happy Sister Allgaier

Very sweaty, very happy Sister Allgaier

We had dinner with some members for their birthday!

We had dinner with some members for their birthday!

Real missionary work consists of leaving notes when they bail on their appointments

Real missionary work consists of leaving notes when they bail on their appointments

Everyone's walls are made of seashells and it's so cool!

Everyone's walls are made of seashells and it's so cool!

We got drenched while biking and this was the aftermath (make up free and frizzy haired)

We got drenched while biking and this was the aftermath (make up free and frizzy haired)

We got drenched while biking and this was the aftermath (make up free and frizzy haired)

We got drenched while biking and this was the aftermath (make up free and frizzy haired)

We went to Ripley's Believe It or Not museum last PDay. The elders enjoyed watching me get scared when things moved unexpectedly so it was not my most favorite place to go.

We went to Ripley's Believe It or Not museum last PDay. The elders enjoyed watching me get scared when things moved unexpectedly so it was not my most favorite place to go.

Posted on August 14, 2017 .

August 07, 2017 - The Week I Finished 1/13 Of My Mission

Friends!

What a week it has been. I cannot believe it is PDay already. This week we had interviews with President Lee! He is such a great man. They say you don't get called to a place but to a mission president and I can attest to that. He is so inspired. I'm grateful for the chance I had to meet with him for a bit and check in. Because of interviews I decided I would actually curl my hair and give that a go. Never again will I attempt to make that effort. Florida and doing your hair does not work like you would hope. Anyway, interviews were great.

Unfortunately this week I wasn't feeling too well so we spent a day in while my body fixed itself. Thankfully it did and we didn't need to waste anymore time. We did happen to go out that night and since we didn't have a car and we were not up for biking, we walked. Naturally, all appointments we had made had fallen through so we did a lot of knocking. A normal activity for us. As we were walking home we noticed a storm was rolling in and it was coming fast. Florida storms are not to be messed with. Especially the lightening. We called one of our sweet investigators who saved us. She got to us just in time and took us home. We love love love our Miss Sarah! She saves us more times than we can count.

Our deaf investigator Debra came to church again!! We were SO excited to see her. She loves going to deaf sunday school and deaf sacrament. In relief society it's harder because there aren't as many but we have a great interpreter. Please keep Debra in your prayers as we continue to teach her and continue to help her towards baptism. We are so excited for her and her continuous faith in our Savior.

This week I learned a lot about humility. Especially when it comes to my signing skills. It's been hard but I know that this is where my Heavenly Father needs me to be. I know that this is the refining I need. In 1 Nephi 20:10 it talks about being chosen for refinement. I think I've said this before but I will say it again, do NOT deny yourself the refining God has in store for you by thinking you are too good to suffer. Friends, this is the hardest thing I've ever done but I know with my whole soul that this is worth it. I know that this gospel has been restored and that this is the way to happiness and our Father in Heaven. If you don't know that yet, it's okay. But don't sit and wait for that knowledge to come to you. Faith requires action. Ask God. He has the answers and I promise He will give them to you if you are sincere.

Thank you so much for your love, support and prayers. I love you all! 

Official district picture

Official district picture

Malibu Crew (we all drive Chevy Malibu's)

Malibu Crew (we all drive Chevy Malibu's)

Oh and we survived transfers. Sister McConnell and I are staying in St. Augustine Shores for another transfer!!

Oh and we survived transfers. Sister McConnell and I are staying in St. Augustine Shores for another transfer!!

Gotta love the Sunshine State

Gotta love the Sunshine State

We went tracting and found the beach. This is torturous...

We went tracting and found the beach. This is torturous...

This is the prettiest area I swear

This is the prettiest area I swear

Posted on August 7, 2017 .

July 31, 2017 - The Week of Scary Houses

Hi family & friends,

What a week... I don't remember a whole lot about the beginning of the week but that's okay cause the fun stuff happened later in the week. Let's explain my title a bit. We visited two houses this week that were less than my favorite houses ever.

House Number 1: We met this woman, V, while out tracting. She told us how her grandbaby had just been murdered and was crying while we talked to her. We taught her very briefly about the Plan of Salvation and asked if we could come back to teach her more. We went back a few days later. She let us in where she had been sitting in pitch black... While she was walking us to her couches I noticed figures in the dark. She turned on the light and there were hundreds of dolls everywhere. Someone call the director of Chucky cause I found their next movie. It was terrifying. Needless to say, we didn't stay long. 

House Number 2: We tried a former who lived right off of a major highway. Her teaching record said she has 30 cats. Yes. 30 cats. And the teaching record did not lie. They were everywhere. Her little trailer was filled and surrounded with a mix of trash and cats. It was great. Then if any of you know me just in the slightest you know I hate things that fly. So OF COURSE there was the biggest, scariest, blackest bird you will ever see gaurding the door. Yeah we ran reallyyyyy quick out of there.

We also had trade-off's this week. Those things are inspired. Thanks to Sister Harris and her advice I don't hate knocking anymore! It's a miracle!! I really did learn so much and I'm so grateful for her example to me. She's the most amazing STL! I love her so so much.

Knock Story: We knocked a house and a little boy answered the door. We asked if his parents were home and he said his grandpa was and he would go get it. We waited till this man came out and he said "My grandson told me there were two young ladies asking for me and that never happens so I knew I had to come fast before they changed their minds!!" So funny and so awkward! Unfortunately he had no interest in hearing the song we were going to sing to him or anything else. Funny though.

So other than scary houses, we had our very first investigator come to church!! Not only that but she's one of our deaf investigators!! Please please keep Debra in your prayers. She's amazing and she loved coming to church and wants to come next week! I was so so happy. Man this week has been good my friends. God is good. You just have to look for it and you will ALWAYS find it. Pinky promise.

I love you all!!!

The sign at the cat house we found

The sign at the cat house we found

Trade-off with the lovely Sister Harris

Trade-off with the lovely Sister Harris

I am now the resident hairdresser for the Jax South Zone (who would've known?!) 

I am now the resident hairdresser for the Jax South Zone (who would've known?!) 

We had no pictures so we took a quick selfie. Sisters McConnell and Harris with me 😁😁

We had no pictures so we took a quick selfie. Sisters McConnell and Harris with me 😁😁

Posted on July 31, 2017 .

July 17, 2017 - The Week I Had No Time

Cuties! What a good week here in St. Augustine. We had some brutal heat this week but the afternoon storms are a serious blessing. I just want to take a second and tell you all about the blessing this week. We are getting a deaf branch here!!! This is seriously amazing news. These people are incredible and deserve better than ,e trying to interpret everything. I am so proud to be serving in such an amazing area. Now what does this mean for me? No idea. I could be reassigned to be a full-time ASL missionary. I could stay in the hearing ward. No idea but it's exciting nonetheless. I have almost no time today but I'll add a bunch of pictures.

I love you all!!

We won miles for being the cleanest car (that was a miracle)

We won miles for being the cleanest car (that was a miracle)

Half of my cute district doing service for the lovely lady in front

Half of my cute district doing service for the lovely lady in front

MY BFF SISTER DANIELS

MY BFF SISTER DANIELS

We saw an armidillo. Bad picture sorry.

We saw an armidillo. Bad picture sorry.

Gotta love the south

Gotta love the south

My cute mom

My cute mom

Posted on July 17, 2017 .

July 10, 2017 - The Week I Almost Got Arrested

Hi cute friends, 

This week was so full of ups and downs. Just like a normal week in the mission field! We sadly had one of our investigators (the first one we found together) drop us this week. My cute trainer told me something that helped me a lot. Every person we meet has stickie notes on their forehead. When we talk to them, teach them, meet them, pass by them etc we are pulling those stickies off their forehead. Even though we weren't the ones to pull her last stickie off, we pulled some off so she is that much closer. After that sad event we went out for milkshakes cause it wasSister McConnell's one year mark!! We ran into a cute member family who so sneakily paid for our milkshakes! The members here are the nicest humans ever. They love us missionaries and they are so kind to us! They come out with us to lessons, give us referrals and feed us all the time! They're amazing. Speaking of, the Hills took Sister McConnell and I out for dinner on the 4th! They are so generous. We went to a great BBQ place. Gotta love the south!

A quick little update on the ASL: one of the deaf ward members came up to me on Sunday and asked me to say the closing prayer in Sacrament. My palms were so sweaty. But I did it and I didn't offend anyone! Hopefully it will just get better from here on out.

Yesterday we went out to visit a member who happens to live in a gated community (here's where my subject line comes into play). They weren't home so we went to ask the neighbors if they knew if they still lived there. He then informed us that we were not allowed to be there and to leave immediately. Nice guy. We went to the other neighbors house to ask them. We had biked like 7 miles to get there so we were not going to just leave. The neighbors weren't home and that's when we saw the guy who had told us to leave came out of his house and followed us to tell us to leave or he would call the authorities. He stood next to us as we put on our helmets and left on our bikes. It was an adventure for sure. We also got drenched while biking.

Even though it's so hot all the time and it rains everyday and no one wants to listen to us becuase they already "found Jesus" I am loving this place. It's hard and sticky but man do I love being able to represent my Savior and love the people. I'm still terrified of knocking doors and of being rejected but I'll get there. It has only been ONE MONTH since I have been out. Crazy right? Anyway, I love you all!

Have a beautiful week!

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

The Hills and the Cute Sisters

The Hills and the Cute Sisters

Sister McConnell's year mark!!

Sister McConnell's year mark!!

Pre-rain bike selfie

Pre-rain bike selfie

Post-rain bike selfie (yikes)

Post-rain bike selfie (yikes)

Florida sky

Florida sky

Posted on July 10, 2017 .

July 03, 2017 - The Week I Filled a Lake with Sweat

Hello!! 

Wow it's been a wild week. I had my last few days at the MTC. What an incredible experience to be a part of! I had to say goodbye to some of the best people I know and my sweet companion. I am so grateful for all that they taught me and the love I felt from them. They are going to be stellar missionaries!

Now hold your breathe cause I am finally in Florida!! I am serving in the St. Augustine Shores area! My trainer, Sister McConnell, is the most patient and kind sister. We are whitewashing the area and learning a language. That's right. I'm in a DEAF AREA!!! (Jacob Blonquist if you're reading this email me. I have lots of suggestions for you.) We are both thrilled and terrified. On Sundays we attend hearing sacrament, deaf Sunday school, hearing relief society and then deaf sacrament. It was crazy and we couldn't keep up but it was definitely an adventure. My hair loves the humidity. My pits? Not so much.

We are in a car share with some other sisters which means I have a car for half the week and then I bike the other half. Aren't we so blessed to be biking around in Florida?! Yeah, it's a grand time. Everyone is so nice here and we get fed a lot so please pray for my waistline. We are right on the coast so we have a beautiful breeze which is much appreciated. It rains pretty much everyday so I'm constantly wet. Its either sweat, sprinkler water, or rain. 

I am loving this mission! With all the hardships that are coming with whitewashing and learning a new language. It's absolutely stressful but it's so good and so crazy. Thank you all for your prayers and love!!

MTC District

MTC District

We made it to Florida!!!

We made it to Florida!!!

President and Sister Lee (my Mission President and his wife)

President and Sister Lee (my Mission President and his wife)

Beautiful sister McConnell and I

Beautiful sister McConnell and I

My best friend The Bike (don't zoom in)

My best friend The Bike (don't zoom in)

Florida sunset

Florida sunset

Posted on July 4, 2017 .

June 24, 2017 - The Week I Got My Very Own Wheelchair

Friends,

Can you believe I leave for my mission this Tuesday?! The time here is flying by. I love the MTC so so much. I'm kind of sad I'm leaving... but Florida is going to be so amazing even if it's hotter than Hades.

Okay lets explain the subject line. This past Sunday after a devotional given by Donny Osmond we went to see the Restoration movie. What an amazing movie. Watch it. Your faith in Joseph Smith and this gospel will grow SO much. You have no idea. I cried the whole movie but what else is new. After we were walking down the stairs and somehow I ended up at the bottom of the stairs on my butt with my foot under me. Talk about embarrassing. My whole district was there and saw it as did 70ish other missionaries. Humbling am I right? Well the sisters got me out of the way of everyone else and into a nearby empty classroom. I do NOT handle pain well (many of you can attest to that) so I spent the next 15 minutes or so laughing hysterically and sobbing at the same time. It was rough. The poor elders were totally distraught that they couldn't help me because of the no-touching-members-of-the-opposite-gender rule so they decided to call security. The security guard took his sweet time getting to us and rolled up with my very own wheelchair. A wheelchair. To say I was embarrassed was an understatement. Long story short, I ended up having to get an x-ray from the real world and I just sprained it. My ankle has now gone from looking 22 months pregnant to a slightly chubby ankle and I am walking around like it's my job. God is watching out for His missionaries that's for sure. I should've broken it but it's just sprained.

One thing I learned this week was how much Christ loves. Not just loves people but loves God. That's a relationship I don't think much about and it's so wrong that I didn't. You guys, He loves us so much and He loves our Heavenly Father even more. Isn't that crazy?? I love this gospel so much. There's so much to learn and so much to feel. Christ loves us so much He gave us this chance to be here. To struggle and to find joy. That's incredible to me.

I love being a missionary. The times where I have thought "Maybe I can't do this" "Maybe I should just go home" bring other questions to light. "What would I do if I did?" I know for a fact that I would never stop trying to get back out. Don't worry. I'm not coming home. This was just a very long roundabout way of saying how much I love being a representative of Jesus Christ. How much I love putting that name tag on each and every day. How much I love talking about Him 24/7. How much I love the MTC. There's so much hate in the world so why not find things you love and share it? I love sharing what I love. I just love loving how Christ loves. I really do. I am so blessed.

Thank you for your prayers and your support. I feel your love daily. It keeps me going. I love you all! 

Sister Bond and I in the REAL world (Dr. Appointment)

Sister Bond and I in the REAL world (Dr. Appointment)

My cute wheelchair and my ankle

My cute wheelchair and my ankle

Posted on June 24, 2017 .

June 17, 2017 - The Week I Ate A Big Piece of Humble Pie

This week was tough my friends. Not in a "oh I walked so far and I'm so tired" kind of way but in a "woah, I kind can't do this" kinda way. I had a lot of downs but when there's a down there's an up. I learned that I truly cannot do this. Not alone. I need my Savior and Heavenly Father to be with me every step of the way or I cannot be successful the way they need me to be. It's a hard lesson to learn but one I wouldn't trade for anything. 

I am loving the MTC SO much!!! I love the learning, the Spirit and the people. Friends, the MTC will be doing an open house for their new buildings -- GO!! They are incredible. It's where my classes are held and I could not be more grateful. It sounds funny but I am learning so much from those buildings. Go walk through them. Take the tour. It's so worth it. If you do, email and tell me what you thought!! 

This week we finished up teaching our TRC's. They were both lovely, elderly ladies and it was such a good experience. One was easier than the other but that's okay! My teacher told us a story of when she was on her mission and she was emailing a friend about a trial she was going through. She thought it was unfair and pointless. He wrote her back and told her "Do not deny the refining God has in store for you by thinking you're too good to suffer." I LOVE this quote. We all will have hard trials that will seem unfair and pointless but never think you're too good to suffer. The most almighty being, our Savior, suffered to a degree we can't imagine. How could we think to be better than that. 

Friends, keep pushing forward. Keep trying. It's a hard life but the blessings God has in store for you are immeasurable. 

I love this work and can't believe I'm halfway finished with my time here at the MTC. It's a fast paced crazy town. 

Love you all!!

Posted on June 17, 2017 .

June 10, 2017 - The Week I Learned What "Tired" Meant

Hello!

What a whirlwind of a week. And it was only 3.5 days! It went by so fast but then I feel like I've been here for months. It's a strange feeling. My first day was so intense and so fast. I was whisked away from my family and was thrown into things head first. I received my name tag (WHICH I LOVE SO MUCH) and went to meet my district and companion. My companion is Sister Bond. I love her dearly. She snorts when she laughs and it's the best thing ever.  We get along so well! There are 6 sisters in my district. Three are going to the best mission ever and the other three are going to Birmingham, Alabama. There are 4 elders and they are all going to Washington D.C. North mission. I love our district! Everyone is so funny and so kind. The elders seem like little babies so it's easy to think and treat them like brothers. I also love our zone. Every night we pray as sisters in the zone and it's such an amazing thing to be apart of. Everyone is so friendly and are so welcoming. I'm sad most of our zone will be entering the field so soon. 

Our schedules mainly consist of cafeteria, class, cafeteria, class etc. It's a struggle to focus for so long so thankfully we pray every. Second. Of. The. Day. No joke. The amount of prayers we say is kind of crazy. Sister Bond and I counted one day and before 10 o'clock in the morning we had said at least 15 prayers. We lost count after that. It's exhausting but oh so good. 

The MTC is so spiritual. It's crazy how intensely you can feel the spirit. It's amazing. The MTC is a funny place. One day you think you bombed teaching a lesson and think you're the worst missionary ever. Then the next you feel so at peace and know you can do this but only with The Lord helping you. Funny but an emotional rollercoaster. It's a fun mix. 

If I've learned anything so far it's that Heavenly Father is so aware of us. He is aware of our strengths, our weaknesses,  our wants and our needs. He just knows. Which is so bizarre to think that there is someone who not only knows you so well but loves you so much. How could someone not simply rejoice in that knowkedge?! And how lucky am I to go and spread that knowledge?!?! I love this place. I really do. And I love wearing that little black plastic badge that reminds me that I am representing my savior and that I am here for Him and His children. 

I love you all! I can feel your love, support and prayers. 

Sister Allgaier 

 

Some of my sweet sisters in my district

Some of my sweet sisters in my district

Posted on June 10, 2017 .