Monday, October 28, 2013

Hello November. ROAD TRIP TIME!!!

"Heller, Mama. Well, this week has been DA BOMB with all our investigators and we are baptizing 27 people this week I just wish I could "
^Sister Fields' life according to Elder Howe. Shame on me for leaving an email up while I left to the bathroom...

Anyways JACKIE "MEEMAW" CAMPBELL IS GETTING BAPTIZED! She called me this morning and we talked for 15 minutes about how things are going. She said that no one was surprised when she told them.. I'm part of that no one. :) She is an amazing woman with so much faith and determination to live the way that will make her Heavenly Father happy. I am so grateful to have her as an example of enduring faith. It is SUCH a privilege to be part of her story and part of her life. I love her so much . I love her family. I can not express how humbling it is to hear her story. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. I feel like she is part of my family that was just sent to a different part of the world, and I was sent there to find her and encourage her. Man. this is awesome. She is amazing. The spirit is amazing. This Church is amazing. 

ALSO, I started my duty as a Sister Training Leader this week. I conducted an exchange this Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday I was with Sister Smith in Temple View YSA. She is an amazing missionary. I love to see how well she listens to others. She was also an awesome planner. I will implement some things I learned with her. Thursday I was in Northstar YSA with Sister Schenk. Look back a couple months, we served together in the MTC. She has grown to be a fantastic missionary. She walks fast and talks to everyone. I was called to repentance. I know now that I need to talk to EVERYONE and that I need to pray for miracles. :) I love this, but for a selfish reason. I get to improve so much. 

Friday we had interviews with President and Sister Neider. I had a long talk with president about the things I am struggling with. He helped me to get back my fire and I will forever be grateful for that. While he interviews, she trains. We were able to role play in front of everyone and we were told everything we can improve on. Man it was awesome! Sister Neider told me that I need to be more brief, and that I will do! :) Short, powerful statements will be what I use from now on! :) I LOVE FEEDBACK. Seriously. I am the most grateful I have ever been for constructive criticism. I will welcome that for the rest of my life. We also got a cool book called "adjusting to missionary life." What a blessing that will be in my life! (Eli, you will love it!) It explains the struggles that will or might happen and it teaches of spiritual, physical, and emotional ways to deal with them. I am able to breathe a little easier because of that book! :)

We have a new investigator... but we are going to need to pass him off to Elders for some pretty weird reasons. Dad would be happy. haha

OH! We have an awesome investigator named David! He had a friend leave on a mission, and he came to his farewell talk. After that he met with the missionaries for a little before he was passed off to us in the singles ward. I really think he is starting to get it. He is really applying the things he is learning, and making an effort to read, pray, and go to church :) The reason I brought him up: first, we had an awesome spiritual lesson about faith and actions and second, he saved our number in his phone as besties. I though y'all would enjoy that. 

We have a new Ward Mission Leader! I am so grateful to brother Jacob Cox and his devoted service. He is awesome, and he will do so well with what the Lord has in store for him. He has always supported us and it will be weird to have to get used to someone new, but CHARLIE is AWESOME! I am looking forward to getting to know him and work with him. Ah I can just FEEL the work progressing! :)

CHAUNEE LEFT ON HER MISSION THIS WEEK. She invited me to be at her setting apart blessing and what a privilege that was. I am so happy to know her, and we will be friends forever. In the blessing it said that she needs to look to the example of sisters around her, and I bawled my little eyes out. :) I love that girl. I love her I love her I LOVE HER!! :)

Here's for a good week! I LOVE ALL OF YOU SO MUCH!!!
Smiles from Sunrise.
Sister Fields

Monday, October 21, 2013

Woop, here it is.

Tuesday began my new transfer! So crazy. So crazy. My new companion is Sister Crowe. She is working on some things but I have really seen how Heavenly Father prepares people with the experiences they have in their life so they can sympathize and empathize with those whom they will come into contact with. I have seen it time and time again with street contacts and now, more than ever, with my companion. 
Let me tell you a little about her. She was raised in a military family and she is an only child. She is 5'6" and apparently ( HI THIS IS SISTER CROWE I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER ) I make her feel really short. Such is my life, though. She is awesome. She loves to decorate and light candles. 

We did the princess thing this week. I loved it. I loved the super awesome and powerful spirit that comes when a room full of young girls start to realize how much their Heavenly Father love them.  

I was super sick with a cold, and it only put me out for a 45 minute nap though. I love the willingness that people have to take care of me. In 24 hours I got; a bottle of cough syrup, 2 full packages of cough drops, and entire pan of home made chicken noodle soup, and about 5 different herbal thingy-mababs that you take once a day to build your immune system, and a few long mom hugs from ladies who really, really just want me to collapse on their couches. I felt so loved!

We also had an awesome bonding experience. We taught Karina and Ms. McDade a member lesson and the invitation was to pray for a miracle. On the drive home Sister Crowe was telling me about how much she loves when her mom decorates for Fall and she is going to pray that there is a way she could do that. She opened up a lot with me. I feel privileged... anyways! That night we did a prayer together and I prayed for her miracle. She cried because she knew I really cared about what she wanted. I loved it!

I love this transfer already! I know that it will have it's unique challenges, but I look forward to it.

I am sorry, we are super running out of time. I need to head out. 

Smiles from Sunrise!
Sister Fields

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tomorrow is a new transfer.... What the heck.

We got transfer calls. I will say.. at the end, what is happening.

I dyed Sister Coltrin's hair Monday night. I had been bugging her about it for a while. She had never dyed her hair before and I asked her for probably three weeks straight "Well why not?" So.. She let me. We dyed it auburn. Her daddy is a ginger so it looks really good on her.
OH! And last (FORESHADOWING) P-Day we played assassin. It was fun. I seriously miss Eli so much every time that we play dart wars. People will fight for him to be on their team when he is on his mission.. in less than a year.. Whoa.
Monday we went to dinner at the Schwankey's. They are a Polynesian family and people are serious when they say that they make a lot of food and want you to eat it all! Lucky for us they usually have half the zone there for dinner.
ZONE TRAINING! What a blessing zone training is to us! A lot of them in the past have been focused and specialized and so it is hit or miss whether or not they are applicable to our area. Our zone leaders this time gave an awesome training on relying on the Lord and Heavenly Father for inspiration and trusting in the promptings of the Spirit. :) IT was super pumping and inspiring!!
Let me copy and paste what Sister Coltrin wrote about Tuesday night: "After that we went to the far away Viking Chapel to do exchanges... JOKES. Okay so this is what happened... Our Sister Training Leader called us halfway through the transfer to schedule exchanges. We called her three days before to find out which one of us needed to pack to go to their area. They didn't call us back. We called the next day. They still didn't call us back. We called three times and left three messages that morning. Didn't get a call back until 4pm. It was her companion who didn't know what was going on. She said that her companion (our STL) was on exchanges and she would try to get a hold of her. She also asked if we could change the day. We couldn't because we had stuff Friday and Saturday. She got a hold of her companion and called us at 6pm. They said they would be late and asked if we could meet at 9:30pm. Remember that we are supposed to be home at 9pm, 9:30pm at the latest. So we decided, whatever, we'll meet them there. The chapel is about a half an hour away. So we were sitting in the chapel parking lot, waiting. We called them at 9:50. They weren't even on their way yet, they hadn't been home to pack clothes, nothing. I started to drive home, and Sister Fields just told them we would just forget about doing exchanges. We were so so mad. So mad. It was late, we had wasted miles, and we were just frustrated. But in good news, we called Sister Neider and she told us to sleep in a little longer in the morning because we had to be out so late. Also, that sister is no longer a STL.... awkward." (FORESHADOWING)
So that's that.
We had dinner at the Peterson's. We always have it combined with Johnson III and Rogers. Rogers has been in that area for a long time so we all knew it would be his last dinner, and maybe mine or Sister Coltrin's (FORESHADOWING) last also. We had AWESOME steak, and mashed potatoes, and squash and steamed broccoli. It made me miss Dad's cooking.
Carmen Vega, one of our mini-missionaries, got her mission call to CHILE! She is super stocked! She reports to the Chile MTC in the beginning of December. What a blessing :)
Oh, and that day we had NINE mps planned.. and got 1. It was stupid, and it was a long day. No worries. It's over now.
We had dinner at the Boyer's and during dinner they got a call that their 4 year-old niece's appendix burst and that she was in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. We all automatically stopped and prayed for her. It was an awesome experience for it to be such an instant reaction. We are going to call and check up on their family today.
OH! And Sister's luncheon. We had trainings on the following; exchanges, flirting (or rather, not flirting), how to avoid gossip, how to meet our challenges with a smile, testimonies of those who leave soon. Lunch was super delicious!! Probably... DEFINITELY the best I've had my whole mission. It was soup, salad, and bread. I loved seeing everyone and being spiritually uplifted. We have 60 sisters in the mission now (FORESHADOWING)
In the morning we had house inspections. We got a ten, again. They asked us to write our parents addresses and I wrote Mom and Dad's and Jenny and Nathan's. hahaha. I figured you would all like to hear from the lady about how clean I am being. :) They always feed us awesome breakfast before. Biscuits and gravy for the win!!
KEVIN'S BAPTISM!!! It went so well. There were just the right amount of people there. 
Ms McDade gave the talk on baptism and Chris Swan gave the talk on the Holy Ghost. Kevin bore his testimony after the actual ordinance was preformed and let me tell you it was an amazing spiritual experience. He talked about how he came into contact with the church> he said "I just want to thank my awesome leaders for being a good example and a good teacher to me." It was super cute! I am so happy, happy, happy for him!!!
THEN... transfer calls. I am...... Staying. I am staying in Temple View YSA, Sunrise with special assignment to be with my new companion Sister Crowe :) Sister Coltrin is heading to Anthem, the richest stake in the world. And that lucky girl will be there for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. YEAH! Oh, and I am a Sister Training Leader. whoo hoo!
I am super hungry or I would type more. (Mon 10/14/2013 12:22 PM)
Smiles from Sunrise! ...still!
~Sister Fields

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October is gettin' chilly... I put on a sweater at 68*........ #VegasBaby

In honor of general conference this week we wrote verses to "Follow the Prophet" for all the Elders in our district while driving from place to place. I will share a couple... They are all super funny, though, and chalk full of inside jokes!

Tongi was an elder
he called Coltrin fat
but we guess in Tonga
girls are fine with that
In the morning sports
he is our number one
we love when he yells
Mojica was an elder
has a cute girlfriend
her name is Breanda
will she wait for him?
When we call the ZLs
we don't know where they're at
but one thing's for certain
Mojica's gotten....
Just a little laugh to start off the week. I hope every one had the opportunity to listen to our Prophet's voice! (big exclamation point) I loved the focus on member-missionary work of course. I also really enjoyed the talk on the sacred role of women in God's plan. I super duper love how inspired the talks are! I wrote down a few questions before conference started to receive direct revelation, I guess. I asked what is missing from my prayers? It was cool how, in about 8 different talks, they talked specifically on how we can improve our prayers. I have already seen that effect my work. :)
A night this week we had dinner with Abraham and the teachers (Hannah, Emily, Aimee, and Brittany.) He made super delicious and authentic enchiladas. Anyways, since we were out of miles (the end of the month) we asked for a ride to out next appointment. (Him, Hannah and her mom came) Since he has a truck, and we never do any really fun things as missionaries, we decided to ride in the back. It was awesome because the night wind is slightly warm and we could see the strip the whole ride. He drove OFF ROAD, though. It was a little scary. There is a part up near the mountains where there is a lot of bumpy, and unused land. It was fun. I will send a picture :)
Kevin is so super awesome, too! He came to FHE without us reminding him. It cool when you see people start to progress on their own. He is looking forward to his baptism this week! We are also teaching this new kid named Juan. He just graduated in June. We had an awesome Restoration lesson with him. He has been on our potentials list for a really long time. We caught him just as he was about to leave for training ( Marines ) last week, and set up an appointment with him. He is a miracle investigator for us. A little ray of sunshine in a difficult time of teaching.

We also FINALLY got to meet with Dillan to teach him the Restoration. He was the guy who bore his testimony in church last Sunday. It was weird because we had our lesson in his garage... But King (a member.. his name is actually Chris) was at the lesson with us and he testified with such power! It was amazing!! :) I am grateful for all the awesome returned missionaries that are examples to us. So many people look up to us, and we look up to them!! :)
We also were able to stop by Jamie's and teach the Plan of Salvation. This would have to be my favorite lesson to teach. I love to see people's reactions when they are told that they can live with their families together forever. Jamie's older sister was at her lesson and so were, like, 8 of her little, baby, girl cousins. :) They were paying close attention. You could tell that they were feeling the spirit. AHHH! I just love being a missionary! :)
Sunday was Chaunee's 19th birthday!! We had taken our lunch hour on Friday to take her to 7-11 for Slurpees and Target to get us all matching shirts. I love Chaunee so much. She is a wonderful example to me. I love that she instantly turns to her Father in Heaven for advice. I love to see her testimony grow as she becomes a more perfect Daughter. This week she went to one of Kevin's lessons with us and she bore a powerful testimony of tithing. She talked about how you don't need to struggle financially to see the blessings of tithing. :) She is super legit!!!! I will miss her. She goes into the MTC on October 23rd.

After conference Sunday morning we (the whole zone) walked over to the Petersen's for a huge waffle breakfast! :) It was delicious. I will send a picture of that, too. There were waffles, strawberry, ice cream, peaches, apples, bananas, grapes, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, and a bunch of juice. I was in HEAVEN! :)

I am happy. I had a really hard day this week, but I have learned so much as well. It's hard when people don't want to learn about Christ's church. But that doesn't make me less of a person and I know that! :)
Smiles from Sunriseeeeeeeee
Sister Fields

We were walking and saw Elder Johnson and Elder Rogers... hahaha