WA Week 56 - The Motherland

Hey everyone! I'm just gonna cut to the chase about transfer news - I'm being transferred to the heart of Yakima to serve in the Randall Park Ward and YSA.

I'm super sad to leave Moses Lake 2nd Ward. We have worked so hard here and there's so many people I love.


Marie! Marie's been telling everyone that she's going to get baptized, so we just have to set a date with her and then I'll get to come back to Moses for it!


The Smiths! These are the members we live with.


On the other hand, I am super excited to go back to Yakima! I looooove Yakima. ALSO, Sunnyside was part of the Yakima Zone and I'm going to be able to go on exchanges with the Sunnyside sisters. Wooo!

My companion is going to be Sister Michalek. We kinda look alike so President Lewis always gets us confused. That should be fun.


Our biggest miracle of the week happened on Wednesday night!

Do you remember me talking about Diego and Ashley? If not, I'll paste what I wrote about them last time ...
 
-Diego & Ashley: This is crazy, because they were doing super good. We had an awesome lesson with them on Wednesday and they were telling us how they felt like reading the Book of Mormon has opened their minds a lot. They had been super nervous about coming to church before, but they agreed to come to a church tour on Saturday, and maybe to church on Sunday. We weren't being pushy or anything. But while we were there, Ashley's grandparents showed up and were kind of listening in on our lesson. The day before our church tour, Diego texted us this long message about how their "journey meeting with the missionaries has come to an end," and about how they were going to continue reading the Book of Mormon but not meeting with us. It was super crazy because they had been having us over for dinner and wanting to meet with us like every day. We think something happened. We're going to try going to their house this week to talk to them.

Well, last week we went by and they weren't home, but they have Vivint and so Diego texted us and said something like, "Not to sound creepy or anything, but I saw you two came by on our video camera and it made my day! I miss you both so much. Come by anytime!"

So Wednesday night we went by and Diego opened the door and looked kind of shocked. We started talking to him a little bit and he told us that they stopped meeting with us because Ashley didn't want to be pushed. But apparently when we stopped meeting with them, Diego stopped reading and praying and exercising and said that he's felt terrible. Right before we showed up, Diego prayed and asked God for help and asked for us to come back. Then he opened up the Book of Mormon app on his phone and right then, we knocked on his door.

He was so shaken from that and told us that he knows that what we're telling him is true, and that he wants to meet with us again! Ashley still doesn't seem super excited about it but she is supporting Diego and is trying to be open.

That miracle was a fantastic way to end the week.

I am so grateful for all of the amazing experiences I've been able to have in Moses Lake but I'm pumped for this next transfer.

I hope that you all have an amazing week and I'll talk to you next week from Yakima!

Love,
Sister Skousen

WA Week 55 - What's Good and True

Hey everyone! I hope you've had a great week!
I started out my week with zone conference, which was super good as always.


Sister Rasmussen and I gave a training on working with members! I think it went pretty well.


("ML" For Moses Lake)

My favorite thing that happened at zone conference was when we were role playing door approaches.

The zone leaders that were doing the demonstration role play knocked into a guy that said he believed all churches were good (which is sooo common and drives me crazy), and the elder asked, "What's the difference between good and true?" Such a good question!

Even though there are good things about all religions, it doesn't mean they're true. Truth is a knowledge of things as they really are. If we really want to know why we're here and what God expects us to do, we need to seek the truth.

The highlight of my week involves a member named Bianca.

Bianca has had a lot of problems with her family lately, and she's been the peacemaker amid all the conflict. She hasn't gone to church in years, but in April she decided to start studying the scriptures and praying again. She became a lot closer to Heavenly Father after doing that, but she realized that she would always be missing something unless she started going back to church. So the past couple of months she's been coming to church.

A couple weeks ago we were visiting with her and she asked us if she would be able to come out and visit people with us. We were super excited about that because we always love it when people volunteer to come out with us.

She came out with us to a few lessons and testified of the Book of Mormon and how it's changed her life the past few months. Her testimonies were always the most powerful and spiritual parts of the lessons. It was a great day, but we didn't really think much of it.

Bianca has come out with us A TON this week, and she told us that she talked to the Bishop about going to the temple. We asked her what has made her change so suddenly, and she said that it was coming out with us. Before that she didn't really know that the church was true. She knew that the scriptures and going to church made her feel good, but she didn't know for sure that everything was true.

That first day when she came out with us, we testified to a lady who didn't know what was going to happen when she died, and Bianca realized after hearing our testimonies and sharing her own, that she DID know that the church was true.

Hearing that from Bianca is one of the most fulfilling things that's happened on my mission. Bianca is on fire, and has come out with us to a bunch of lessons this week, has been fellowshipping our investigators, and introduced us to one of her friends who we're going to start teaching. Missionary work is amazing! If you ever need a spiritual boost, go out and do some missionary work!

So it's been a pretty wonderful week! To top it all off, Katarina came to church and made it through all three hours! Whooo! Prayers work! Marie also came to church for all three hours.

Hopefully this week proves to have more progress. This Saturday's transfer calls so I find out if I'm staying in Moses Lake or going somewhere else. Eeeeeek ... Stay tuned for the news next week!

Love,
Sister Skousen


WA Week 53 - Seek After These Things

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone's enjoying the holiday weekend. As usual, this week has flown by. We had an exchange and a bunch of meetings. Weeks like that seem to go by so fast.


Here are some highlights from this week:

1. After MLC in Yakima we got some Panda Express and I accidentally left my mission credit card there! Luckily, we're going back down to Yakima on Thursday, so all is well in Zion.



2. After one of our meetings we had GIANT BURRITOS and I ate beef cheek for the first time. Yummmm .... (My face is crazy in this picture but just pay attention to the burrito.)



3. Sister Rasmussen and I taught the 4-year-olds at church yesterday. (If anyone wants that drawing I'll start the bidding at $20.)



4. We saw our breath outside! The weather's cooling down and I'm kinda sad about it.

5. Last night I wrapped a diabetic lady's infected foot.

So it was a pretty exciting week! It was also a pretty exciting week with our investigators.

Here's an update on the people I talked about last week:

-James: Still doing super awesome. He was at his mom's house this weekend so he couldn't come to church, but he went to mutual last week and loved it.

-Alicia: We haven't been able to see her this past week! :( But we're going to see her tonight and it should be super good. Her lessons are always super spiritual and she understands things much better than most of the other people I teach.

-Katarina: We had a church tour with her and her Grandma on Saturday and she LOVED it, and she agreed to be baptized on September 24th. She was all ready to come to church on Sunday, and then she got really bad anxiety and didn't come. :( We went by last night though and she is going to try really hard to come next Sunday and we're going to do everything we can to help her.

-Diego & Ashley: This is crazy, because they were doing super good. We had an awesome lesson with them on Wednesday and they were telling us how they felt like reading the Book of Mormon has opened their minds a lot. They had been super nervous about coming to church before, but they agreed to come to a church tour on Saturday, and maybe to church on Sunday. We weren't being pushy or anything. But while we were there, Ashley's grandparents showed up and were kind of listening in on our lesson. The day before our church tour, Diego texted us this long message about how their "journey meeting with the missionaries has come to an end," and about how they were going to continue reading the Book of Mormon but not meeting with us. It was super crazy because they had been having us over for dinner and wanting to meet with us like every day. We think something happened. We're going to try going to their house this week to talk to them.

-Marie: I didn't talk about Marie last week, but we're super excited about her now! She was an investigator that had been meeting with missionaries for awhile, but we had dropped her a month or so ago. She really likes learning but has really bad anxiety and so she would never come to church. We went back to see her this week, and she agreed to go on a church tour on Saturday and then SHE CAME TO CHURCH YESTERDAY! She loved it. It was testimony meeting, which sometimes makes us a little nervous because you never know what crazy thing someone might say, but all the testimonies were really good.

We're excited to see what happens to these people over the course of this next week, AND we're going to find more people. :) 

One thing I've been thinking a lot about this week since we've been working so hard trying to get members involved in missionary work, is how important it is to seek opportunities to share the gospel and to serve.

I think before my mission, my mindset was that if a missionary opportunity or service opportunity came, I would take it, but I never really sought them out. This week I've been thinking about how we shouldn't be complacent and just wait for these opportunities to come. We need to actively seek them out. We need to plan out what we're going to do to help the Lord in His work. Just think about what kind of a person you would be at the end of your life if you only waited for opportunities to come to you, and then think about who you would be if you make opportunities for yourself.

Just something to think about ... I've decided that I want to be the kind of person who is constantly seeking. This week, I encourage you all to think of something you can do to help someone or share the gospel with someone.

Thanks for reading, and I'll talk to y'all next week!

Love,
Sister Skousen