This week was not super exciting but we have a lot of pictures so here we go!! Love you all!!
WE BAPTIZED! WE DID IT! I'M SO HAPPY. It was the best day ever. We literally spent all Saturday at the church. We got to the Church and started filling up the font only to find that there was NO hot water. We called the elders in a panic so they broke the rules and came to the Church to help us (we can't be in even numbers in the church by ourselves). Elder Martin deemed it to be fine. They couldn't figure it out so that was sad for Rhianna... while the font was filling up we set everything up and practiced our musical number. Rhianna asked us to do the musical number for her! Sister McConnell played and I sung. It was actually really pretty. But we had a great turn out. I have never been so happy for someone else!! She kept texting saying "I am so happy!" It was the CUTEST thing.
Also, we got name signs this week! Morgan's mom surprised us with them. I was also SO STINKIN HAPPY.
I have no time but I love you all!!
Pics: They're all baptism pictures 😊😊
This week was long I won't lie but we had some really great funny moments. It's been raining here in the Shores for days and it's been flooding again due to do the amount of rain and lack of a good draining system. Even when it's flooding and even when we are biking, we go on! After conference (which I will get to later) we called one of our part-member families to see if we could come teach them. She agreed and off we went. Little did we know, a puddle we needed to go through went UP TO OUR KNEES. It was nutso. So fun though! Well until Sister McConnell brought up the fact that it could have an alligator in there. You better believe me and my bike were out of there so fast.
Conference was AMAZING. If you haven't watched it, watch it. Right now. It's beautiful. I'm so grateful to have modern day prophets and apostles that are so in tune with the spirit. I love this time of the year. So don't miss it! Go, study, ponder and LOVE it.
I have like no time now since we played beach volleyball but I will have a reallyyyyy good email next week so stay tuned. 😉😊
I love you guys!
Guess who officially isn't a Greenie anymore!? Me! I am in my third transfer and I'm loving life. I love serving a mission and am so grateful for this opportunity. I have learned so much already and I can see myself changing into the person Heavenly Father wants me to be.
This week has been so crazy. We learned that our mission will be one of twelve missions in the world who will begin using Facebook and will receive smartphones!! We are so blessed to have these tools to hasten the Lord's work even further. So yes, I will be posting on Facebook in a few weeks but it will not replace emails so don't stop emailing me!!
Our investigators are great! Please keep Morgan in your prayers. She needs to feel some love right now. Rhianna is still set to be baptized next week so we are so excited for Her!
I'm grateful for the service we were able to do but I'm so happy to be back in the swing of things! I'm grateful for your prayers and so grateful for the support and love I feel from you.
Love you all!!
What a crazy fun week! All we've done is serve, serve, serve which means I have only worn jeans and yellow shirts. Everyone knows who we are that's for sure!! It's a lot of work but people are so grateful and so happy to see our humble shirts show up.
I don't have tons to say but it truly has been a busy week. I love having this opportunity to represent my Savior the best way I know how, through smiling service!!
I love you all! Thank you so much for your prayers, they really worked! I'm okay and the hurricane can't take this missionary down!!
PS. Sister McConnell and I are safe for another transfer together!!!
First, I'll give you all an update with Irma. Sister McConnell and I have evacuated. We are staying in Middleburg, which is more inland than St. Augustine, with some other sisters. We evacuated yesterday and have been given instructions to stay indoors for safety. We will be here probably until Tuesday or Wednesday. The storm is to hit us on Monday morning. The church is so organized in it's procedures. Thankfully our mission president, President Lee, is so great and is taking excellent care of us by taking all precautions necessary to ensure our safety. After the storm hits we will be out and helping clean up. Since the storm is hitting on Monday we are having our PDay today! So, SURPRISE!
Let's move on from the storm. Morgan is doing amazing. She also evacuated but asked us how to find a church building where she is staying so she can go!! Her faith is incressing every day and I am SO blessed to be here while she comes unto Christ. It's incredible.
This week the elders had a baptism and the whole district was able to go. We were asked to sing the musical number and I was asked to speak on baptism. I was so happy to be there and see this darling girl follow her Savior more perfectly. Morgan also came to the baptism and it was so awesome! She loved it. She felt the spirit and was so happy to be able to experience the same thing in a few weeks!
We have been working with a cute family and we taught them repentence this last week. When I asked who had ever made a mistake they all raised their hands and said "Sister A we know YOUR mistake! You forgot to bring us the seed!!" (We had previously taught them about faith and I told them I had a mustard seed and forgot to bring it.) So yes, I was called to repentence by a bunch of kids. It was humbling to say the least.
Thank you so much for your prayers this week especially. I am very excited for this storm to hit so I can get out there and serve already! I love you all!
It's been like 4 days but here we are again! It's been great since we last talked so I don't have a lot to say. I'm alive, the hurricane hasn't hit us (yet), Sister McConnell and I still love each other, I'm still sweaty, our investigators are still AMAZING, and this gospel and SO true and SUCH a blessing!
And that's what you missed on The District: 4.
I have no time today (shocker amiright??) but I have to explain my title.
We were coming in for the night and Sis M picked up her bike to carry it up and took a step and we heard a loud *pop*. We both looked down and she had STEPPED ON A FROG AND KILLED IT WITH HER CROC. I could not stop laughing and she was mortified. It was so funny/gross/sad/one for the books.
Yesterday I went to the bathroom and the toilet wouldn't flush (TMI but it was only a number 1 so I have no idea what happened there). So I grabbed a plunger and tried that for a bit but it didn't work. So I tried flushing it again and the water just didn't stop flowing. It just kept going. So I started yelling for Sis M and she came in and stopped something in the back of the toilet. So there we were. Both standing in an inch of PEE WATER. IT WAS AWFUL. We couldn't finish our studies because we had to bleach everything. It was a problem. Funny, but an annoyance because we had to go to the other sister's to shower in the morning. The plumber just finished fixing it actually so we have our toilet back!
This was a crazy crazy week with SO many blessings. I am so sad I don't have time to tell you them but know that I'm not just destoying bathrooms but am actually making a difference in some people's lives. ;)
I love you all!!
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!!
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!
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!
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!!!
Yeah I have no time again. So sorry but here you go!!
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!!
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!
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!!
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!
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!!
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.