Monday, April 25, 2016

Dunkin' Donuts, waffles, and BACON!!!

This truly has been an incredible week and I have loved it oh so much! Sister Conrad and I saw a lot of miracles... God really has our backs ALWAYS.

Monday we went bowling with our district and had a blast — seriously I love all of these missionaries so much!

Love P-day's...
District bowling!!!

 Tuesday I served with Sister Baker, my STL in Cherry Grove, and we had a crazy busy day!!

Sister Baker and I on exchanges in Cherry Grove

We had appointments scheduled for every hour of the day, and we had a weeding service project in the middle of the day, and basically it was just SO. MUCH. FUN :).

Wednesday we drove up to the Montgomery building for.... INTERVIEWS with President and Sister Porter! And pretty much they are COMPLETELY amazing. I love getting to have interviews with them... they are some of the MOST INCREDIBLE people I know, and we had some great conversations!!! They just genuinely love all of the missionaries that they serve with and that love is apparent every time you talk to them. Sadly, they are leaving us in June... but President Porter told me that he might possibly be able to have interviews one last time next transfer - So YAY!!!

Computer time...

Anyways, that night we went to our Bishop's home for dinner, and pretty much Sister Nolan made this homemade pizza on this homemade dough and it was SO DELICIOUS. Seriously, some of the best pizza I've ever had.... and afterwards we went to the church to help our friend, "R", prepare some names to take to the temple for baptisms. Our mission has a monthly temple trip where missionaries can bring returning members and recent converts to the temple to do baptisms, and "R" was so excited to go!!

In fact, that is how we spent our Saturday... driving to the COLUMBUS OHIO TEMPLE and watching as "R" was baptized for her mom and her grandma!! It truly was the most incredible experience. The Spirit was so strong, and "R" couldn't stop smiling, and I couldn't stop smiling either! And then, to add to the experience, the temple was expecting more women than actually came, so they had some extra names for girls, and Sister Conrad and I were the only other sisters there... and unfortunately Sister Conrad had a headache, so I had the privilege and wonderful opportunity to do some baptisms!!!! It was such a great experience!! It made "R" really happy, too, because she had originally thought that we would be doing them along with her in the first place — haha.

My hair is wet from baptisms... it really did look good beforehand - LOL!
What an AWESOME day with AMAZING friends!

Thursday we drove to Georgetown for zone weekly planning, and then I had a headache the rest of the day, yet we still saw some great success!

On Friday Sister Conrad had a really bad migraine, so we had to go in for a few hours so she could get feeling better — and then Saturday was the temple day!! And even though we spent most of the day at the temple, when we got back to Eastgate we ended up finding four new investigators in less than an hour!! It was SO COOL!

And I forgot to mention that on Thursday, we went to an appointment that we had scheduled with one of our investigators, who ended up not being home. So we did what missionaries do and knocked on her neighbor's door, and this older guy answered and invited us right in (we had a member with us so it was okay)!! We talked to him for a bit, and he said that it probably was time for him to come back to church, and he showed up an HOUR early to church on Sunday!!! And he enjoyed it so much, that he said he would probably come next week. Haha he is the elect!!! He is so ready to hear the gospel, it's not even funny. We are going to visit him on Wednesday to teach him The Restoration, and I am so PUMPED for it!!!

Church was great, as always, and was even more special than usual because Sister Conrad and I got to teach the Gospel Principles class!! That was pretty fun. And then our Relief Society president invited us over and made breakfast for dinner and it had really been WAY TOO long since I last had waffles and bacon.... :).

Sister Conrad and I have been blessed to meet some amazing people and we have quite the teaching pool and so things are going well here in lovely Eastgate!!!!! And HOLY COW this is the last week of the transfer and I don't quite know how I feel about that — ahhhhh! But I am excited for everything that this next week will hold.

Me in a donut costume!

I love this Gospel, and I love that I get to serve the God I love as a missionary in His service. This Gospel truly teaches us how we can have everlasting happiness!! Any joy I have ever felt in my life has been a result of this Gospel. Because of it, I can be a better person every day of my life. I am grateful to know that Heavenly Father is right by my side, helping me change, helping shape me into who He needs me to be. I love Him, and I love all of you, and I hope you all have a blessed week!

Love, Sister Feil

Monday, April 18, 2016

Seven months already? Time Flies!!

This has been yet another incredible week :). Sister Conrad and I have been ridiculously busy and have experienced lots of excitement and adventure along the way!!

Monday night, we had an incredible experience. Our bishop had asked us to contact a new record that had come into the ward and when we went to contact him, we found out that it was actually his son that lived at the address. We started talking to him and told him about what we do and shared a short message and he started talking about the trinity. He was like, "How could you miss it? It's spelled right out in the book of John!" And it was cool because a few weeks ago, we had had a zone conference that focused on the Godhead and Joseph Smith and the Restoration, and so we were able to teach and testify boldly about the Godhead being three separate beings that are one in purpose. He didn't want to listen to our message, but that doesn't change the fact that it was a powerful lesson and Sister Conrad and my testimony of the Restoration grew and expanded. I just know with my whole heart that this church is true... and I can NEVER ever deny that.

Me and my cute companion!

It was also super EXCITING that we finally came into contact again with a former investigator named "N"! He was so close to coming to church last week, and so we decided to visit him on Tuesday with a member (who is a convert) and this member started to tell "N" that he had a 'special gift' and could see spirits. Sister Conrad and I just looked at each other and were like WHAT!? We didn't know what to do.... so after the lesson, we went back to visit with "N" to talk to him about it, and we ended up handing him off to the Elders because he got just a little too flirtatious with us. That was definitely one of the most interesting days over-all of my mission thus far  HaHa!

Wednesday, Sister Conrad and I had a water drinking competition with our ZL's, and WE TOTALLY WON! So they owe us brownies  YUMMY! We then thought it would be a good idea to have another water drinking challenge on Saturday (we literally drank ourselves almost to death.... talk about a million restroom breaks!!) and they ended up beating us by 15 ounces (BOO! Now we owe them a Chick-fil-A sandwich)!!

Thursday we volunteered at Inter-Parish Ministry again! It was the busiest of all the times I have volunteered there... Which made it extra fun and rewarding!

Friday, one of our members invited us over to work in her yard, so we weeded (Mom, you know I am pretty well experienced with that!! haha). The weather is beautiful here now and everything is turning green!! I love it so much.... who knew that Ohio was actually a beautiful place (in spite of it being the home of the Buckeyes!)?


Sunday was an incredible day (I mean, pretty much every Sunday is BOUND to be incredible as a missionary...right?)! We had some awesome visits before church and then after church we had an incredible 'Chapel Tour' with one of our investigators!! And then President and Sister Porter were in town for a Cherry Grove Fireside and so we got to see and talk to them for a bit!

And today we are going to go BOWLING as a District!!! Woo Hoo! I am pretty excited  I love pdays so much:). This Gospel is fantastic. Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God and acted as God's tool to restore the true church to the earth, and because of that we have so many blessings available to us! I love my Savior, and my Heavenly Father, and all of you.

Have a blessed week!

Love, Sister Feil

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Church is true and the book is blue!!!!

Hey all... This week has been yet another crazy week!

Wednesday we went on exchanges with the STL's in Cherry Grove and so I was with the lovely Sister Lovell(: While tracting, we met this guy and his cute son and his son really liked me! He was trying to give me a ride on his bicycle (haha)... Great news is that his dad ended up becoming a new investigator — so that was totally awesome!

Cute kid Sister Lovell and I met on exchanges!! He REALLY liked me
and was trying to give me a ride on his bike :).

Thursday we volunteered at Inter-Parish Ministry again which is always fun! And then later that night we had FHE with this cute less active family. They made tacos for us and we taught them the restoration, and then we attempted juggling (and I am actually not bad)!

Saturday the STL's had a baptism! Tim was supposed to get baptized in the afternoon, but they had a misunderstanding and he thought he was getting baptized in the evening, but my ward was having a spaghetti dinner and so there was just a bunch of craziness! But the STL's made it work, and Sister Conrad and I had the privileged of attending the service, and it was incredible. Watching people take their next steps to progression is THE GREATEST! The Spirit was so strong throughout the whole service and I just felt so thankful to be a missionary. This work that both members and missionaries are a part of is truly INCREDIBLE! There is nothing else I would rather be doing right now.

In closing... I would like to leave you with this thought: This morning I was studying and pondering Elder Holland's talk, "Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders Among You," and this line really stuck out to me: "If we give our heart to God, if we love the Lord Jesus Christ, if we do the best we can to live the gospel, then tomorrow — and every other day — is ultimately going to be magnificent." I just want to testify that God loves us all. He loves us and wants us to be happy and so He provided a Savior to take upon him our afflictions and sins so that despite our imperfections, we can have magnificent days ahead. I love Him with all of my heart and I invite you to go back and read and reflect on the words spoken to us at General Conference. Those who spoke were truly inspired of God and their words are there to uplift and strengthen us.

I love you all!

Sister Feil

Monday, April 4, 2016



So — we had a really amazing week this week! We had the incredible experience of... Dahhh-da-da-dahhhhhh... FINDING A FAMILY to teach! 

It happened when Sister Conrad and I were trying to contact a less active and he wasn't home, so we decided to try and talk with some of his neighbors. In the process, we met a 15 year-old girl and talked to her for a bit, and she said we could stop back by again. However, on our return appointment her father said, "NO WAY!!!" Before we left her home, though, we asked if there was anyone she loved who could use a message of Christ in their life or some service. She referred us to one of her neighbors who lived down the street and told us that she was currently going through a custody battle. We immediately went to contact this new referral, and "M" and her kids were totally interested in having us come back! They also wanted to watch General Conference... so we ended up watching the last session with them in their home. We eventually met her husband, and they have asked us to keep coming back! We are SO EXCITED to continue to work with this sweet family :). God has been preparing them and we are here to deliver His message of truth to them!

Also... this week was awesome because of GENERAL CONFERENCE! Elder Holland, as always, shared an incredible message! Something he said that I LOVED (and I am paraphrasing here) was that God will always be there to help us ESPECIALLY through the hard times! This is SO TRUE!! If I have learned nothing else on my mission... I have learned that I can always rely on my Heavenly Father to strengthen me in times of need. ALWAYS. And those blessings are available to all who follow Him and His Son.

I love you all and hope you have a blessed week!

Love, Sister Feil

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