Washington Week 17 - Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men

It's been a most magical Christmas here in Wenatchee! There was something special about this Christmas season for me. Christmas has become so commercialized. I was lucky to be away from all of that this year and to focus solely on the Savior, and it made Christmastime so much sweeter for me. Last week I said that on Christmas Eve and Christmas we weren't allowed to go out and proselyte, but our mission president told us he wanted to go about doing good. We spent most of our time visiting recent converts, investigators, and less actives. My favorite thing that I got to do (besides skyping my family of course ;)) was Christmas caroling in Leavenworth!

You might remember me talking about Leavenworth a few weeks ago. It's a touristy Bavarian village in our zone. On Christmas Eve, we decided to go up there to Christmas carol, and it was amazing! We just stood on a corner at the park and sang classic Christian Christmas carols. It was crazy because when we started singing, tons of people crowded around us and started taking our pictures and videotaping us. There was something so special about sharing our testimonies of Jesus Christ being born to all those people. The Spirit was so strong. It's something I'll never forget.





After we caroled at the park, we drove to a less active's house. She wasn't home, so we tried the people across the street.

There ended up being about 20 Hispanic people in the house who were so excited when we sang to them. They gave us all tamales! Yummmm!

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Christmas Day was so nice. We had another companionship staying with us last week, so we woke up and all opened our presents together. Afterward we went to the stake center and had a breakfast and white elephant gift exchange with the zone.

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And then we got to watch ...

The Best Two Years.
A classic.

The rest of our day was spent driving around to less actives and skyping the familia ...

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(... and admiring strange icicle formations. They don't have icicles like this in Arizona!)

It's been such a wonderful Christmas and it always makes me sad when it's over! The one positive thing is that hopefully people will have more time to meet with us after the holidays are over.

As Christmas season has come and gone I've reflected a lot on the birth of Christ. When the angel Gabriel and the heavenly host came to the shepherds to testify of the Savior's birth, they said, "Glory to god in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

In Jesus the Christ, James E. Talmage said: 
"Tidings of such import had never before been delivered by angel or received by man—good tidings of great joy, given to but few and those among the humblest of earth, but destined to spread to all people. There is sublime grandeur in the scene, as there is divine authorship in the message, and the climax is such as the mind of man could never have conceived—the sudden appearance of a multitude of the heavenly host, singing audibly to human ears the briefest, most consistent and most truly complete of all the songs of peace ever attuned by mortal or spirit choir. What a consummation to be wished—Peace on earth! But how can such come except through the maintenance of good will toward men? And through what means could glory to God in the highest be more effectively rendered?"

This Christmas season, as I was able to serve other people by sharing messages of Jesus Christ, by delivering money and presents to needy families, by caroling at the square in Leavenworth, by visiting lonely people on Christmas ...

I was able to witness the peace that comes through good will toward men. It's through service that we glorify God, and it's the best gift that we can give Christ as we celebrate His birth.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and were able to feel the peace and hope that is available through Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Love,
Sister Skousen

Washington Week 16 - WHITE OUT!

I know I say this every time, but it has been such a crazy week! On Tuesday we went down to Quincy to a GORGEOUS home and had a Christmas party with all of the missionaries in the northern zones in the mission. It was nice. We had yummy food, a devotional, and then got to watch "Meet the Mormons." 






Right after we got back from the Christmas party, I got transferred over to Mission Ridge Ward. It's been interesting because Sister Danger has only been out for a couple of weeks. She doesn't really know anybody. We've spent the last week mostly tracking down people in the area book, so we've gotten to talk to a bunch of different people. It's been fun. We have gotten sooooo much snow the past few days. I'm actually wondering if we'll be able to go home from the church because a guy just came in here and said there's like another foot of snow outside in the parking lot. We shall see!

I love the snow but don't like driving in it. Luckily Sister Danger is from Michigan, so she's been teaching me all about how to drive in it.

I am so excited about Christmas this week.

 We're not supposed to proselyte on Christmas Eve or Christmas, so we're just going to be going around to investigators and less actives and bringing them cookies, and then we're going to go Christmas caroling with Sister Christensen and Sister Holmes. On Christmas we also get to skype our families. Christmas morning we're going to have a zone breakfast and white elephant gift exchange, and then we're going to watch a movie that President Lewis is getting to us. It's TOP SECRET so we're all trying to guess what it could be. Star Wars perhaps? ;) I am so excited!

I was SO sad to leave the Castlerock and YSA wards! One thing that was so hard was leaving the members that we lived with. It's so difficult leaving these people and not knowing when I'm going to see them again.

I feel kinda bad because I haven't really taken any pictures from this week with Sister Danger.

I'll take lots this week to make up for it!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I'll see you next week!

Love,

Sister Skousen

Washington Week 15 - Broken Car, Broken Phone, Broken Heart

I'm going to start out this week's email with this scripture:

"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

I've been thinking a lot lately about ways that I can improve myself, so that I can become a better missionary and person. This scripture is so. real. If we ask Heavenly Father to show us our weaknesses, he will always let us know. I remember one night a few weeks ago I was praying, and I accidentally asked Heavenly Father if he would help me be humble ... I immediately realized my mistake, but I couldn't take it back! I think that because He was more than willing to humble me, lots of humbling things have happened since then.

Since that request, we've been blessed with a broken car (which is still not back from the shop), lots of icy snow to walk through, and a puddle that our phone managed to fall in last night. But that's not all!



Sister Holmes has been an amazing trainee. I don't know how I got so lucky to have her! But OF COURSE it was too good to last ... Last night after our phone fell in the puddle and wasn't working, we put it in a bucket of rice to dry off over night. This morning, it miraculously started working! But we saw that we missed a call from President Lewis! We started freaking out. I knew in my heart what was going to happen because we heard rumors of an emergency transfer taking place with another companionship in our zone. We called him back this morning, and he told us that I'm going to be transferred to Mission Ridge Ward to finish another sister's training. Sister Christensen (my last companion) is going to be coming back from Othello to finish training Sister Holmes. We were so bummed this morning! I have to pack up all my stuff today and tomorrow I'm heading over to the neighboring area to train Sister Danger. (Yes, that is her actual name.)

Needless to say, I've been humbled, and I know that it's for my good. With a more "broken heart and contrite spirit," I know that Heavenly Father will be more able to mold me into who I'm supposed to be.

I'm so sad to be leaving my baby and this awesome area, but I know that this call came from the Lord. He's doing it for a reason! It's going to be an interesting transfer. Since Sister Danger is brand new, it's pretty much like we're white washing this area, which I'm actually kind of excited about. It's always fun to make thing happen!


I've been lucky to have some tender mercies happen this week though! Nick got baptized! It was an amazing service. There's such a special spirit at those convert baptisms.



Another experience we had that highlighted our week was getting to deliver a Secret Santa gift. There's a lady in the ward with five kids who was recently baptized earlier this year. Her husband just lost his job. Another woman in the ward called us on Friday and asked us if we would be able to deliver a jar of money to her, but she wanted it to be kept anonymous.

Of course we would! We got a ride to her house, and she welcomed us in. We gave her the jar and when she saw what was in it, she just broke down in tears. She told us she had been having the worst day ever and she was just in shock. We actually saw her the next night at the ward Christmas party, and she told us that later that same day, another Secret Santa gift showed up with about the same amount of money!

It was a testimony to me of the importance of our church family, and about how Heavenly Father is aware of each of us. We are put into people's lives to be His hands in reaching out to meet the needs of all of His children.





There's a special spirit around this Christmas season. I hope that you all can feel it and look for someone to help this week!
Love,
Sister Skousen

Washington Week 14 -Training After Training

Another week has come and gone! I GOT MY NEW GREENIE! Her name is Sister Holmes from Tehachapi, California, and she is awesome. Doesn't "Skousen & Holmes" sound so nice together? She's so cheerful and outgoing, which is super nice when we're finding people. She also knows a lot about the gospel. It's going to be an easy training for me. She was a little surprised when we were out walking around in the snow all week. Which reminds me ... our car is still not fixed! We finally got a hold of the people at the shop on Friday and they said that they finally got the OK from the insurance company to order the parts to fix it, so he said it should be done around the middle to the end of the week. It's kind of fun walking ... but frustrating when we walk a few miles for an appointment and then it falls through. That's mission life though ... 

All before the mission people would tell me that you really don't know what mission life is like unless you've been a missionary, and honestly I didn't believe them. But now I know! There's just crazy stuff that happens to you ... Like on Saturday, we had a lesson planned for 7:00 at the church, but we had to get a member to come with us who could also give us a ride over there. We literally asked 10 people, and either they couldn't or they didn't get back to us! We thought we would have to reschedule. Finally, we got someone to come with us a couple hours before the lesson! And then on our way to the church, we got a text from the investigator asking if we could reschedule. *Face palm!*

Luckily, we still had the member with us who could drive us to this referral we had gotten from the Spanish elders. She answered the door and we had a little lesson right there on the porch, and have a follow up appointment scheduled on Friday! You can't make this stuff up. These are the kinds of things the MTC just doesn't train you for. But, it always keeps you on your toes!

Sister Holmes!!!

It was so sad saying goodbye to people being transferred on Wednesday!




On Wednesday after Sister Christensen had left and I was waiting for my trainee, I went with a sister from another area and we drove through these beautiful mountains. 





This week is going to be super exciting! We have Zone Training tomorrow, a Trainer/Trainee meeting on Wednesday, and thenon Saturday, this awesome guy named Nick is getting baptized! He was found by some sisters before I was here, and has been going to church for awhile, but had a smoking problem. A few weeks ago, we gave him this 7 Day Stop Smoking presentation, and he's been clean now for a few weeks! He's so excited to be baptized! It's going to be awesome.

I'm so excited for Christmas! I've just been thinking how lucky I am to get to spend two Christmases on the mission, because people seem so much more welcoming and spiritual this time of year.

Have you all visited the christmas.mormon.org website yet?! It's amazing. The "A Savior Is Born" initiative is such an awesome missionary opportunity! I hope that you'll all think of someone SPECIFIC you can share it with this Christmas season. Before my mission, I felt weird about missionary work with my friends. I just thought they would think it was weird or something ... I don't know. BUT IT'S NOT! People appreciate it when you share something with them that has made you happy. It shows that you want them to be happy! Even if they don't agree with you, you've got nothing to lose!

I hope that you all get a chance to look at that website, and pray about someone who you can share it with. I know that you will get a lot more out of this Christmas season by sharing this message with someone.

I hope that you all feel the Spirit more prominently in your lives this Christmas season.

I love you all!

Love,
Sister Skousen

Week 13 - ILLUMINATI

It's been a crazy week. I'll start by taking you back to Monday night, after P-Day.

Our Mondays are usually pretty busy. After P-Day ends at 6:00, we go to our YSA Branch Missionary Correlation, and then we go to FHE at our branch president's house afterward. Correlation was cancelled, but we had a lesson with a new investigator at the church instead. It went really good! I'm not sure how interested she is but she was nice and is going to meet with us again. When we went outside after the lesson I was thrilled to see it was SNOWING! It was beautiful! Right after that, we went to FHE, which is where our week got weird.


This picture perfectly captures both of our feelings towards the snow.

We talked to this CRAZY girl who told us all about how serial killers and the Illuminati have been following her around and how she's had visions of the Second Coming and lots of other things like that ... And so everything that happened to us this week, we've blamed on the Illuminati. They're out to get us after talking to that girl!

The first thing that happened was our power steering went out when we were driving home in the snow! It was pretty sketchy but we made it home. We didn't realize anything was wrong with the car until the next day when we tried to take the car out again. We pretty much weren't able to do anything until dinner that night because we had so many issues talking with the mission office and having someone come look at the car. So all week we've been walking around in the cold, but it's been fun!




Then Sister Christensen got the flu on Wednesday night, and was sick all day Thanksgiving. I felt so bad for her. Luckily we were just going to eat with the Lewises (the members we live with), so I just stayed home and studied, watched the Testaments, and talked to the Lewises. The Bishop felt bad for me so he sent his kids over to talk to me haha. Luckily, Sister Christensen was feeling much better the next day.

These past couple of days we've been working hard and doing LOTS of walking to try and make up for the days we were out of commission earlier in the week. We're super excited about the church's new Christmas video, "A Savior is Born," at christmas.lds.org. We have pass along cards that we're going to be passing out for the next few weeks. It's an awesome finding tool. I think people's hearts are softened more at the Christmas season, so we should see a lot of miracles this month.

And the last crazy thing that happened this week was TRANSFER CALLS!!! We found out that Sister Christensen's going to be transferred to Othello and I'm going to be staying here and training a new missionary!! I don't really know how I feel about that ... It's going to be an adventure!

It's an exciting time to be a missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. I'm never bored!

I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving! I was reading in Alma the other day and found this scripture that was perfect for the season:

"Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen."

It's so true. We have so much to be thankful for--which shows that God really is mindful of every single one of us.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas season and pay more attention to His hand in your lives.




QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

Sister Christensen, telling our district leader about someone we found: "We were the leprechauns and he was the pot at the end of our rainbow!"

Our discussion with Nick, an investigator who speaks in metaphors:
"Nick, why do you think Heavenly Father would want us to become like Him?"

"It's like when I have a really cool video game and no friends to play it with ..."

I hope that you all have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Skousen

Week 12 - A Week of Miracles

Hello, everybody! I hope you're all having a happy Monday. I'm going to start off this email with the BEST NEWS EVER! Aldo got baptized!!! I'm soo bummed because my camera's not working on this computer so I'll have to send pictures next week!

It was so great to see him again and to see how far he's come. Even better was seeing all of the members there who had fellowshipped and become great friends with Aldo. It's so important to have members involved in bringing new people into the church because they're the ones who provide support to new converts after baptism. It's so sad how many people are baptized and then go inactive after a few weeks or months in the Church. I could tell that all of the members there have really come to love Aldo. His baptism was the most spiritual baptism I've ever been to. The speakers were amazing and kept their talks really scripture and doctrine based. Usually converts are confirmed the Sunday after they're baptized, but apparently they got permission to do it that day since Sunday was stake conference. Aldo was emotional the whole time. His family hasn't been super supportive so it's been hard for him, but the fact that he's going through with it shows how much his testimony's grown.

One cool miracle that happened at his baptism was that after he was confirmed, the ward mission leader was like, "I feel like deviating from the program a little bit. Aldo, will you get up and share your testimony?" So when he stood up and started speaking, he got this astonished look on his face when he saw this lady sitting in the back. He said, "I can't believe you're here! Thank you so much!" It turns out that this lady was like his second mom growing up. She's been taking lessons from some elders in the stake and both of them had no idea the other was investigating the Church. After the baptism Aldo went up to her and gave her a huge hug and talked to her for a long time. It must mean so much to him to have someone close who he can go through this transition with. We asked the elders afterward about her, and they said she's been investigating for awhile and has just been waiting for some sign before being baptized. Maybe this was her sign! It was so awesome. Aldo was like, "You're next!"

Another miracle that happened was yesterday when we were in the hood tracting. We were about to go knock on this door but we saw this Hispanic guy walk by us who kept glancing over. We went up to him and he got this huge smile on his face when he realized who we were. He didn't speak much English so we communicated with Spanglish and a lot of charades, but what I think he was telling us is that some elders knocked on his door the other day. His girlfriend has a really messed up leg, and they prayed that she would feel better. As soon as they left, her leg was healed! So now he wants to meet with missionaries! It was so awesome, but a bummer because we had to refer the Spanish elders. :( We keep finding tons of awesome Spanish people! Where are the English?!

Stake conference was yesterday and was incredible. My favorite part was the stake president's concluding talk. At the end of his talk, he got really emotional and said, "I am so grateful for our missionaries ..." He went on to say that this past week the missionaries had more lessons in this area than they've ever had before. 21 people are on date to be baptized! That's amazing! I am SO lucky to be apart of this mission. President Lewis is so passionate about the work that is taking place, and it's super exciting being in a mission with such an amazing vision. 

One thing that I've seen this week and that the stake president emphasized in his talk was to pray for miracles. So often we feel like we're not worthy of God providing us with miracles. We don't even ask because we don't think it will happen. I know that God is a god of miracles. He is willing to grant us so much, but often it's conditional upon us asking for it. If we have a worthy cause and the faith that miracles can happen, I know that He will bless us with them.

This week, I invite you to pray for miracles. Be specific. Watch for them. They will come.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Love,

Sister Skousen


WA Week 11 - He's in the Details


Hello everyone! What a week it's been! It's been so eventful but productive. On Wednesday we got the chance to go to the temple with our zone. We took a big van down to the Columbia River Temple. It was a pretty much day long trip. We had lots of fun! That temple is SO PRETTY!








 
We had a lot of success this week. There was one day in particular where we went down to the ghetto part of our area with some awesome members to visit this referral we got from the Spanish elders. He wasn't home, but there was a girl sitting on her front porch right next door. We went over and talked to her and she told us that she had actually met with missionaries before in Everett a few years ago, and was really close to being baptized, but she wasn't willing to give up smoking. She said that now she might be willing to give it up. She really connected with the members that were with us and she gave us her phone number and everything so we can meet with her this week! We were so psyched after that. We always hear about how people in our areas are being prepared to receive the gospel, and we just have to find them. She felt like one of those people! We're so excited about that. Another awesome thing about finding people is that often the person we're meant to see isn't the person we're aiming to see at first. There have been so many times where we go to try a potential, and they might not be home, but there's a neighbor or someone walking down the road who we'll start talking to and who will agree to meet with us. So sometimes even when things don't work out the way we plan, I know Heavenly Father always puts us exactly where we're needed. Sometimes we just have to try and figure out why he sends us to the places he sends us to. But there's always a reason. Just like I always say, He's in the details. It's pretty incredible.

"Behold, will send for many fisherssaith the Lord,and they shall fish them; and after will send fomany hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountainand from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks." -Jeremiah 16:16

Including that girl we found on the porch, we got four new investigators this week! We've been doing really good at getting new investigators lately because we've gotten better at just teaching people the Restoration right on the doorstep. I've come to LOVE going to the ghetto to tract. The people there are so humble and friendly. Rich people are mean.

One of the investigators we've been working with is named Nick, who's in our YSA branch. The missionaries found him a couple of months ago and he is totally converted. Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to be baptized because he smokes. A highlight of this past week is that we presented this 15 Step Program to stop smoking in 7 days. That was on Tuesday night. Nick hasn't smoked since then! It's been amazing. We know that Heavenly Father has been a huge part of his success. If everything goes well, he'll be baptized on the 28th! Speaking of baptisms, ALDO'S GETTING BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!! We're so excited. I'm so lucky to still be in the zone so that I can go to his baptism! It's going to be awesome.

This morning we had a really fun P-Day. In our zone, there's this really cool town called Leavenworth that's a Bavarian-themed village. We went on a hike this morning that was super intense, but was well worth it because the view was BREATHTAKING. Afterward we went and got pumpkin waffles and then walked around the streets. It's super touristy, but it was really neat to visit all of the cool shops. I felt like I was in Frozen! It made me so excited for Christmas!







The Danish blood in me felt right at home.

That's all for now! Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope you have a wonderful week!


Love,
Sister Skousen

WA Week 10 - #Greeniefire

Every week I start these emails and I don't know where to begin! A lot has happened this week, but it's gone by really fast. It feels like I was just writing my last email. But it's been good. It's pretty rainy and cold up here, but I like it.

We've been tracting a lot this week, but it's been pretty successful. We got 4 new investigators! We've seen a lot of miracles.

Wednesday was an awesome day. We got a call from the elders the night before who told us we were going to be getting a new car, so Wednesday we were going to have to walk. Because we were going to be walking all day, we had to change our plans, and it turned out to be divine inspiration.

That morning we prayed for two new investigators. We were tracting a couple streets from where we live, and after we had finished knocking all the doors on the street, we saw that a lady whose house we had already passed had gotten home. We almost walked past it, but we decided we would try her. It ended up being this southern lady who said she'd been saved when she was young, but then she said she hasn't really gone to church lately. We invited her to our church and asked if we could come back and if we could pray with her, which she was really touched by. After we said the prayer, she had tears in her eyes, and I knew that she could feel the Spirit. We're so excited to go back and teach her this week! That day our prayers were answered and we were able to find another investigator at the last door we knocked on, who we're going back to visit tonight.

Another miracle happened last night. We had gone to visit a potential investigator but they weren't home, so we decided to knock on the house next door. The lady who answered was super rude, and Sister Christensen and I were both feeling gloomy afterward. But we prayed that we would know what to do and that we would be able to find a new investigator. Even though neither of us wanted to, we both felt like we should tract a certain set of apartments. We started walking there from our house, and as we were walking there we passed by some condos. Suddenly I felt the overwhelming feeling that we needed to go to those condos. I didn't know why and I didn't know which one we needed to knock on, but we went. We knocked on a couple doors and they weren't interested, but then we knocked on one and a teenage boy opened the door. On the doorstep we normally talk about the Restoration because it's our unique message to the world, but Sister Christensen started talking about the Plan of Salvation, and I was amazed because that's what I was thinking he needed to hear too. We told him that there is a purpose for him in this life, and as we testified to him I could see in his eyes that he could feel the Spirit of what we were telling him. He's who we needed to see that night!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: so much of what we do is influenced by the Spirit. I've realized that we need to stop questioning whether it's a prompting or whether it's just us. It's usually the Spirit. And we don't lose anything by following that impression. Sometimes the Lord just gives us promptings to see if we'll be obedient to them. I'm still working on being more obedient to the promptings of the Spirit, but I've seen that the more I obey those impressions the more I am able to receive direction from the Spirit.

This coming week is going to be busy. Tomorrow we're having interviews with the mission president and on Wednesday our zone will get to go to the temple! We're so excited! Thanks to everyone for the prayers, emails, and letters! They always make my days better.

Love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Sister Skousen

I forgot to take pictures this week and I feel bad not sending any, so here's a picture of us emailing!

And here's a picture of a deer that was following us when we were tracting last night.

Daylight Savings


What a week! I don't even know where to begin. Exchanges, Halloween, Daylight Savings Time ... We've been busy! I hope you all had a great Halloween! We had to be home by 6:00, but it was fun watching old Brother Lewis scare the trick or treaters. :) On Halloween night I lived through my first daylight savings time and it sealed my testimony that Arizona is the smartest state because I think turning the clocks back an hour is so dumb! I definitely appreciated the extra hour of sleep, but it gets dark sooo early and it makes people angry when we come to their doors when it's dark. It'll be 6pm and we're knocking doors and they'll be like, "Why are you out so late?!" It's a struggle. 

This week, especially with night time coming so early, we've really had to work on how to make the most of our time. At the very start of my mission when we would tract I would be counting down the minutes until we could do the next thing we planned because I dreaded it so much. But then I heard a quote about how missionaries that are really changed by their missions "don't count time, but make time count." This really helped me change my perspective and made me want to learn to enjoy tracting more. I still don't LOVE it, but I've grown to be a lot more fond of it and work on making those doorstep conversations more meaningful. When you knock on a door you never know what you're going to get! It can be quite entertaining. I've really grown to love talking with different people. 

We're still doing lots of finding and contacting and getting lost, but that's okay. Slowly but surely we're making progress. We're living with members which is super fun. They're an old couple named the Lewises and it's nice to live in a home and have homemade cookies available for us whenever we want. :)

We have a couple people we're working with but no one who's progressing a ton. There are a few people that we've been able to contact who we're hoping we can meet with this week and turn into new investigators. 

The best experience we had this week happened last night, and it was another miracle that strengthened my testimony of the Spirit's guiding influence. At district council this week we all agreed that our main goal should be finding investigators, so we all made it our goal to find two new investigators by the end of the week (Sunday). Sunday came and almost went and we still hadn't found any new investigators. We both felt strongly for some reason to try someone we had in our area book who lived on Utah Street. 

When we got to the house we saw that no one was home, but we decided to knock on the neighbor's door. A girl opened the door and immediately said, "Come on in! It's cold out there." She was super warm and friendly even when she found out who we were. She let us teach her the Restoration and leave a Book of Mormon with her and she agreed to let us come back on Thursday! That never happens! She was the only new investigator we found that night so we didn't meet our goal of two, but we didn't feel too bad about it because we knew that we did everything we could to reach the goal, and because of that, the Spirit led us to that girl's house. I know that if we hadn't have been working hard and doing all that we could, Heavenly Father probably wouldn't have trusted us enough to lead us to that girl. Miracles can happen if you make the time you've been given count. It's something that I'm working on constantly, but I have a testimony of it.

This week it's my challenge to all of you to make the time you have count! We're only given so much time.

Hope you all have a wonderful week as always.

Love,
Sister Skousen