Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Slow Week

So not to sound boring, but there isn't a whole lot to report this week. We had some great lessons, but nothing groundbreaking yet. Several of our investigators are doing very well though and working towards baptismal dates in March and May. Hopefully they'll all be ready for March, but so long as they do this for the right reasons the timing doesn't really matter. 
Sister V who was baptized in December is a fantastic member missionary. She always has someone over at lunch for us to meet. We also were able to meet with a less-active member who is wonderful! She really struggles to get to church for various but very real reasons. She doesn't have much self-confidence but we can all see the light she has and that God has not abandoned her! She said that we could drop in sometime and she would make us hot chocolate. Yum!
Happy Birthday today to Doug, Amanda and Justin!! Why on earth do we have so many birthdays in January??
My companion Sister Pitcher will be getting transferred home in about two weeks! I love her dearly, but I know she's going to do awesome things when she gets back to Utah! We'll see if I get to stay in Terre Haute and if I'll be training or not this coming transfer.
Love and hugs to all of you! I'll try to get some photos of me and my companion next week before she leaves.
Smile!
Sista Bible

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Genealogy!

Hi everyone! I know it's been a while. It seems like we never have time for anything on P-days. We've been getting snow on and off out here and it can't seem to decide if it wants to be in the 40s or the negatives haha.
I had my first interview with President Cleveland yesterday. He's so cool! I do not envy his calling by any means, but he does so good at it. He always has great advice and I'm grateful he and his wife decided to serve. While we were waiting to be interviewed we hung out with our zone (there is 12 of us) and played Corn Hole (or bean toss). Elders are the best! They're so goofy but they're so knowledgeable. Maybe I'm just biased, but missionaries in Terre Haute are bomb!

We had a special training for all of us new missionaries that came out 9 weeks  ago and it was really great. They trained on different ways we can plan more efficiently and how to utilize the pamphlets in our lessons with investigators and members. If you don't know what pamphlets I'm talking about see if you can set something up with the missionaries in your area to have a lesson from them if they aren't too busy. It's great for us to practice, but it also helps you so you know exactly what we're teaching so you can share the gospel with others too!
We've had 8 new investigators in the last two weeks. One that we met with yesterday is an absolute gem! She's struggling to know if God is there but she wants to believe like she sees other Christians believing which is a huge benefit. Her member friends are really what started this whole journey for her, so don't shy about having a gospel conversation with your friends or honestly answering their questions with what you believe. You never know when something you say might inspire them to start looking for the truth.
Another investigator we're working with was actually someone that the previous sisters weren't able to have much success with, but somehow we were able to connect with her in a more personal way and she has been excelling! The most amazing thing to watch out here is people's growth as they take a step into the unknown to find out if what they're learning is true.
Something that has been focused on a lot in our ward and mission is Genealogy. There was a video that you could probably find on one of the church websites about the youth in a stake that took action to get involved in taking family names to the temple. They did this all on their own and I think there was 80+ youth that were able to find family names and then take them to the temple for baptisms. Because the youth did this of their own volition, it got their families more involved. Tons of people out here are interested in family history. If you haven't been on FamilySearch recently, get on there! The pictures are so much fun to look at and work for the dead is super important. As you work to find out more of your family tree, the Lord will bless you and you'll know with surety how grateful your ancestors are for the work you're doing!
Love you all!
Sister Ruth

Many Miracles!

E-mail from January 13

This week there has been so many miracles! We contacted so many people even with the bad weather and we've been able to start seeing some former and new investigators on a regular basis! We have our investigator K on date for February 22. Of course things may happen and she may need some more time, but the fact that she's still progressing is great! I love her testimony. Sister V (who got baptized last month) has a cleaning lady and she was over during one of our visits and started asking us questions and she wants to meet with us again! How cool is that? Her questions are really good ones too. Definitely questions of the soul.

My new companion got her flight itinerary today :( It's so saaaaad that she's going home! But it will be good. I'm sure God has some fabulous young gentleman that he's going to put in her path. 2 whole months... Time is flying. It's a good thing but it's scary too. We have to go to Fishers this week for a specialized training so that's going to be fun. It's a 200+ mile round trip and 2.5 hours each way. I hope to have more details next week! Love ya!

Sister Ruth

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Transfers

E-mail from December 30, 2013
I hope everyone's Christmas was bomb! Mine was! We had so much food, I thought I might explode. The family that hosted us on Christmas day made prime rib, pork, chicken, salmon, dressing, mashed potatoes, and bunches of other stuff! (They're definitely on the higher income end haha.) The best part was Skyping with my mommy! :D
So this week wasn't as busy with Christmas, but we've still made a lot of progress. We're working through the whole ward list and are contacting all of the Less-Actives to try and help them come back to church and find fellowship. It's slow, but we've made quite a bit of headway since we started.
Our investigator with a baptismal date got it moved back from January 18th- January 25th, and it may end up being in February at this point if they don't move. He's so ready to be baptized, but there is so much going on in his life that only God knows if he'll manage to get to church. I'm crossing my fingers!
We met with a recently converted family yesterday which was AMAZING! I really admire this whole family- especially the mom. There are four boys who range from 8-15 years old, the grandmother is over often along with cousins, uncles and aunts. The mom is very young, but has done such a great job taking on these boys. She's stunning and hard working. I wish all of you could meet them! I'm hoping to get a picture with all of them before I get transferred out of Terre Haute.
There isn't much else going on in the area right now except transfers are here! At 11pm last night we got a call and this is what's happening: half of my district is getting transferred out of Terre Haute. One Zone Leader is going home, two elders are leaving and one is becoming a District Leader, my companion (Sister Vidmar) and another sister are leaving and becoming Sister Training Leaders and our current District Leader is leaving as well. Normally new missionaries stay with their trainers for a full 12 weeks, but not this time! I'm so excited for Sister Vidmar. I get to stay in Terre Haute (thank goodness!) and my follow-up trainer was previously a STL. I'm so excited to find out who she is!
Wednesday, here I come!
I love you all!
Sista Bible

 These are our zone leaders. Elder G. Smith is going home today!