Tuesday, August 27, 2013

YEAH. WE HOLD A RECORD. NO BIG DEAL. just all caps worthy! :)

You are reading an email from Sister Molly Fields and Sister Cassandra Coltrin who HOLD A MISSION record. You should be proud! :) We were called Thursday night asking about a referral we had submitted and Sister Anderegg informed us that we have (by far) submitted the most referrals the mission has seen! BOOM! :) We went through our area book and sorted our potentials into  25 zones (we cover three stakes so it's a TON of little areas so we save miles) and called them ALLLLLL. It was easily over 200. We found out who had kids, who was too busy to learn about the gospel, who had moved, who were actually inactive members, anti-Mormons, and all kinds of fun stuff. We texted in... probably 100 referrals in one day! And every time we street contact someone that isn't in our jurisdiction (meaning not living in our area, or not a young single adult) we text it in. YAY for being effective missionaries! :) So all of you should be proud because you know the sisters in the Las Vegas mission that strive for record holding! WOOOO! :) "It's not about the numbers" but it shows that we are working hard.
OH FUN STORY! So one of (the many [YAAAAAAAAAAY] of) our potentials that we set up a lesson with, her name is Ruby. She gave us her new address and we wrote it down on a sticky note and wrote the appointment in our planner. When the day came we LOST the sticky note. How unfortunate because we had no idea where she lived. Sister Coltrin and I thought REALLY hard and after a few prayers we had remembered the street name and the apartment number. So we started off on this long road praying we would be inspired where to stop. SPOILER ALERT: the church is true. We found it. At the very, very end of the road. What a blessing to have the spirit direct us where this soul that hungered for the gospel was. :)
This week we had interviews with President Neider and during that Sister Neider gives a training. It's so awesome to sit so close to her and to be lead by such a power house of a woman, just the eight of us. We got some really specific compliments and pointers. During the training, I don't know how it came up but Elder Tongi (from Tonga... hahahahaha) told about how he had left his bag, 2 days before, at a lesson. He put it outside the sisters car, and loaded his bike up and forgot to grab it when they drove away. When they went back for it an hour later, of course it was gone. Sister Neider was so sad for him. His camera, scriptures, as well as other missionary things were in his bag and he was about ready to accept defeat. Sister Neider, in her general relief society president voice said "Sister Worthington, will you offer a prayer for us. Let's ask for our Father's help in getting that bag back."
SPOILER ALERT: the church is true. The next morning at morning sports, Elders Rogers and Johnson walk in carrying Tongi's bag. A HOMELESS MAN had picked it up, identified it as "Mormon" and gave it to someone in there ward whom he knew belonged to the church. Everything was still in the bag. What a blessing. I wasn't "surprised" but I certainly was.... excited that Heavenly Father cares SOOOOO much about each of his children. :)
My actual interview with President was good. We talked about where priesthood authority and power come from. He asked about my obedience and how I am liking my companion and all the little things. He said to me "Sister Neider and I are happy to have you as one of our good friends, Sister Fields. We love you and we are proud of your work and your attitude." WOW> I felt like $1,000,000 at that moment. Oh my gosh I love it here. :) Wow, I am loved truly. Now I have your love and their love and everyone's and everybody loves me and I love it and it inspires me to work smart and hard! :)
We had a lesson with one of the less active members we are working with that touched my heart. Her name is Desnee and she is the sweetest ever! She lost her patriarchal blessing when she was 19 (she is 24) in the process of moving and all this good stuff. We helped her to make an lds.org account and order a new copy. She was so excited when she got it that she called us! We went over there and she shared a little part talking about how there will be "angels in the form of friends" that will help her thought the hard times and she teared up a little and told us she knows that we are those people to her right now in her life. Talk about sweet! Sister Coltrin and I felt the Spirit so strong as she bore her testimony like she hadn't in a very long time!
This week we went on exchanges! I went to Sister Cheatum's (she is our sister training leader) area with her. We biked all day because our appointments were pretty spaced out. Fat-kid Fields was a little sore after (OH.... I lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks. YAY haha. #SISTERproblems) We went to a lesson with two 19 year old that are in order to follow the law of chastity, getting married tomorrow and baptized on Saturday. In the lesson the 'wife' prayed for the first time out loud. It was powerful! I love S. Cheatum. She is such an awesome example to me. I loved spending a day with her and getting to know her and learn from her teaching style! :) On the way home from exchanges we carpooled with Sisters Bohling (whom dad would LOVE) and Worthington and I don't know why but we laughed so hard for probably 10 whole minutes. It was a cleansing car ride :) I love these sisters. With all my heart <3
Also this week I did a little training in district meeting on revelation through church attendance. When I was going over all the materials I had I realized we had all learned this 1,000,001 times on our mission already. I was worried to get up and just teach something boring. As I was praying, preparing for this I felt like we all need to strengthen our own testimonies of the sacrament. I read and prayed, and prayed and read. When I got there I had so much fun and the spirit was so strong. It is a passion of mine to teach the gospel. I LOVE bearing testimony and I really enjoyed the opportunity to do so to my peers. :)
OH! Last fun story! At church Becca, one of the girls we take to lessons, found us and cautioned us to not leave without seeing her. She came back a few minutes later with NECKLACES FROM HAWAII!!!!!! She had gone on a family vacation and thought about us so she brought us back necklaces! Oh my-Lanta it was the cutest thing ever! She is such a great, little help and she thought about us while she was in HAWAII!! :)
Honestly, this week was not the greatest... We were broken up with for the first time and it was... brutal. But I have confidence that if I keep a positive attitude about it I will have a forgiving heart about it. Long story short we were.... "evaluated" to other missionaries and they did not stand up for us, turning the whole thing into a mess of confusion and favorite picking. I cried for the second time on my mission. It was hard but my sister Coltrin and my Heavenly Father were those I had to rely on and it taught me a wonderful lesson about the Atonement.
Transfer calls this Saturday!!! AHHHHHH!!!
Smiles from Sunrise! :)
more than I ever knew :)
Sister <3olly Fields
okay... that looks stupid.
~Sister Molly Fields

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