Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Gospel is BEAUTIFUL!

Hi everyone... Happy late Memorial Day! This last week has been incredible... yeah, incredibly HOT! But also just plain incredible as well(:

Last Monday we had a ZONE FUN DAY, and so all the missionaries in our zone got together and we played 'Nolan' dodgeball! Pretty much that is when Bishop Nolan's family (he has eight kids!) comes and plays dodgeball with you at the church — AND IT IS SO MUCH FUN! Great way to start the week, nice and energized :).

Tuesday all of our appointments fell through so we spent the entire day FINDING. We went to visit a former investigator who didn't have much time to talk but said we could come back later, and her neighbor across the street was outside working on a bench — so we went up and talked with her!!

She is from Mexico and has this beautiful name that Sister Evensen and I cannot pronounce to save our lives but we ended up talking to her for about an hour. She said she grew up Catholic but there are things that she doesn't agree with... she said they "just sound wrong." And so we talked about the Spirit, and briefly shared with her the Restoration, and ended up giving her a bible that we had with us and she totally wants us to come back!! She definitely believes everything we believe, so we are excited to share more with her!!

On Wednesday, I went on exchanges with the one and only Sister Baker and we had a chapel tour with our investigator "A." "A" is preparing for baptism on June 29th. She doesn't know if it is true yet, but she wants to work towards that day! And so we will be teaching her and giving her a copy of the Book of Mormon tomorrow so her answers should be coming soon!! (In the Lord's own time of course.) Wednesday was an awesome day!!

Tuesday night the assistants had called us and told us we would be having New Missionary training at the Mission home Wednesday morning (SUPER late notice) and so we drove to Western Hills with the Maysville sisters and joined President & Sister Porter and the Assistants for some New Missionary fun!!! Haha it was awesome.

New Missionary Training!

We did some role playing and learned how to manage stress... all good things!! Then we ate at Raising Cane's afterward because one just opened in our area — YYYUUMMMEEE!

Friday, we had workshops! Pretty much workshops are where you get together with the missionaries in your stake and the assistants give trainings and we role play a lot. This was our last 'workshop' with President & Sister Porter since they are leaving us soon :(. So we spent a little bit creating a scrapbook page for them! I was conducting music, so after workshops were over, we were singing our mission song and President Porter popped up beside me as I was leading and escorted me to the back of the room, where Sister Porter was standing.... right in the middle of the song!! It really was a precious moment because we were their last workshop group so this was the very last time any of their missionaries would be singing that song with the them. We all sang our hearts out — it was very tender!

After that, one of our cute young women came out teaching with us... and it randomly started POURING rain!!! It was crazy but that was a very productive time!! And then we had a FHE with our investigator "K" in one of our member's homes and it was incredible! We taught her about God's authority and watched the Restoration video.Saturday was super hot!! And a lot of people had gotten out of school so people were swimming in pools everywhere and OH, MAN! I have to admit that sometimes on scorching hot days like this — I imagine for a just a very fleeting instant what it would feel like to go jump into a nice cool pool — lol! We went and visited with the lady we met on Tuesday, the older one who didn't have much time to talk. Well, this time apparently she had LOTS of time to talk!!! Her mouth just wouldn't stop!! But we had a great lesson and she said she wants to learn more so we are excited!

That night, we had a prompting to visit a girl we met like two weeks ago. She ended up being home, and was getting ready to take her dog for a walk, and she invited us to come and go with her! She shared her story with us and although she has been through a lot, Christ has really helped her to move on from her rough past. She isn't "looking for a church" but she wanted to come check ours out!! SO she came to church on Sunday and stayed for all three hours!!!

We invited her to come to our ward party yesterday for Memorial Day and she came!! She is 20 years old and there aren't many people her age besides us in the ward.... so it was difficult trying to get her to be with other people — but she met a lot of great members and had a good time!! We will be seeing her tomorrow to ask her thoughts on church and to share the Restoration with her. We are so excited!

Our new investigator at our Ward Memorial Day Party :).

Oh! And then on Sunday we visited "A" in the morning. She couldn't come to church because her kids were sick, but we had an incredible lesson with her. We taught her the Restoration and she gets it!!! When we talked about apostasy, she was like, "Oh, that makes sense!" and she understands prophets and what it means to 'restore'. She has very little religious background and for someone like that, she was rocking it! She is so awesome and we are way excited to keep working with her!

Monday was Memorial Day!!! We went to our ward's activity and ate a lot and played some ultimate Frisbee (which was fun in a skirt, lemme tell ya!) and then we contacted a referral who became a new investigator!

Taking a walk around the park where our Memorial Day Ward party was at!

Then we got together with our zone for a finding challenge!! We went to a few parks just to talk with people, and our zone ended up finding 24 new investigators. It was awesome because we went to this beach place... Yes, there is a beach just outside the middle of Nowhere, Ohio!!! It was so beautiful!!!

Selfie during our Ward Memorial Day Activity!

A member from the Cherry Grove Ward came with Sister Evensen and I for a bit, and we met this guy named "T" who the member had just talked to at a gas station!!! This guy was super interested... he said that when he found Jesus his life completely changed, and he can tell a difference in his life when he is going to church versus when he isn't. He has a family, too! And he wants to learn more!! It was so cool, he isn't in our area, though, so we won't get to teach him.... but at least we found him!! A soul searching for Christ!

The Gospel is beautiful. And it really is for everyone!!! God is anxious to bless us and help us move forward and away from our past. Through Christ we can find new life!! And it is so amazing teaching others and watching their countenances change as they learn the truth of this message for themselves... I love it so much!!!

Well... I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Love, Sister Feil

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sacrament meeting... ON A WEDNESDAY?!

Well... well... well... This week was just a treat!!

On Wednesday, we had Zone Conference and I am not sure how but each Zone Conference just gets better and better. We all drove up to Montgomery and met up with the zone, which meant that I got to see my good friend Sister Bluder!!! It was so awesome seeing her.

The meeting began with President Bradley, our stake president, speaking for a while and he is just so incredible... he is truly an inspired man of God!

In preparation for every Zone conference, each missionary is asked to prepare a talk and then someone is randomly chosen to give theirs, and though I wasn't called on  I thought it was way cool how President Bradley talked about practically the same thing I wrote about!! It was about allowing the Atonement to help us change our hearts so that we can be sanctified members of Christ's church.

Then we heard from President Porter and he spoke about the Doctrine of Christ and our role in helping others follow it.

After lunch, President & Sister Porter told us a little bit about our new mission president and his wife (I am so sad the Porter's are leaving!) and then we went into the chapel and President & Sister Porter spoke about the Atonement and showed us some Atonement videos. It was a very powerful experience, and President Porter went into detail about the day our Savior was crucified, and he bore the most beautiful testimony of Christ's sacrifice. He challenged us to truly think about how we receive the sacrament, and to really think about it's meaning. Then we proceeded to have a sacrament meeting together... ON A WEDNESDAY! It was so cool, and such a neat experience  it has forever changed my view of the sacrament.

Anyways, Sister Evensen and I have just been hard at work!! Our week felt a little slow for a few days but then when we reviewed our week, we found that we accomplished a lot!!

And yesterday was our first time meeting with the new ward!!! It is sooooooooooo much bigger now. We use both overflows!!! Its insane!!!

Well... Sister Evensen and I have a crazy busy week ahead of us... Being busy and serving others is the absolute best!

Love you all and hope you have a great week!

Sister Feil

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

Gratitude & Love!!

I am running short on time to write so this is going to be another quick email... so sorry! Here are a few of the highlights from the past week:

This week has been wonderful! I got my greenie, Sister Evensen... And I just love her so much! She is from Taylorsville, Utah and has a super tall and awesome family (I got to meet them yesterday on her Mother's Day Skype)!!! She is almost a foot taller than me and seriously came to me pre-trained!!

Sister Evensen and I :)

We have been working non-stop this week since we are preparing "D" for baptism this Saturday!! I told Sister Evensen this is the best way EVER get trained -- by diving right in... head first!!

I guess I don't know my own strength #icantbelieveibroketheirpitcher
Us with the Pierce's and "D" - soon to be Brother "H" :)

What is the most AMAZING way to end an awesome week??? A MOTHER'S DAY SKYPE WITH MY FAMILY... and I just loved it so much!!! It was so good to see all of their beautiful faces... ESPECIALLY MY MOMMA'S! ❤❤❤ I am so thankful for my mom and all that she has taught me and done for me. She is (and has always been) my greatest support and I just love her a lot! It was THE BEST talking with her even if it wasn't for vey long :).

Talking with my mom, dad, and lil' sis!
Chatting with my two brothers that live in Provo and meeting my new 'soon-to-be' sister-in-law for the first time!
My siblings at my brother Sam's BYU graduation a couple of week's ago :).
They left a space for me in the pic and so I did what any respectable sister missionary would do...
I cut and pasted myself in!
*I may or may not have added a few inches 
(cough, cough) to my height - lol!!! 
 #sothisiswhatitfeelsliketobetall  #dontmesswithme  #lovemysiblingtothemoonandbacktimesinfinity 

Anyways - we have full and awesome week ahead!! I absolutely love this work and I am so happy for the opportunity I have to show Sister Evensen the ropes!

Have a great week all!

Love, Sister Feil

Got a speeding ticket in an unfamiliar area where the speed quickly dropped drastically (45-20)...
I was in the process of slowing down and had carefully been obeying the speed limit with exactness
#totallyundeserved #butthecopshowednomercy #ihadtoappearincourtlastwednesday!!! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

IT'S A GIRL!!! :)

Well... it's already TRANSFER WEEK again and sadly, one of my best friends and treasured companions, Sister Conrad, will be leaving me :(.

Parting is such sweet sorrow...

I will miss her so much, but am excited for the opportunity I have to train!!! Yeah... that's right, in missionary terms I am pregnant and will be having a daughter SOON — haha! I will actually be meeting her tomorrow morning and I am pretty stoked!

And I absolutely love this area so I am super happy that I am staying :).

Great things have been happening here in Eastgate!!! This last week we have had a service opportunity practically everyday... ranging from working at the food pantry, to weeding, to painting walls! And despite lots of rain and opposition this week, we still saw some awesome miracles!

Two of the people we are working with, "D" and "S", are on date to be baptized on the 21st!! We met "D" through talking to the neighbors of a previous investigator, and "S" was a former investigator, and we have been working with them and they are both ready and wanting to take the next step of baptism — Woo hoo!! I am so thrilled that I have been blessed to be able to continue working with each of them this next transfer... They are truly amazing people whom I love so much!!

Friday we had an incredible meeting with our zone! We had a great discussion about our callings and how we are sharp tools in God's hands to share the Gospel with the world. We have some awesome zone leaders that led the discussion and it was super revelatory for me! The Spirit gave me several things to work on, and I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to improve myself. Repentance is real!

We had kind of a funny experience on Saturday! Sister Conrad and I were in the middle of painting a room for a member when we got a call from the other missionaries in our district saying they had accidentally locked themselves out of the church, so they needed OUR church key to come ASAP and save them. Well... it was raining that day, so when we pulled into the church parking lot all of the missionaries started cheering! It was definitely one of the funniest things I have ever seen (maybe you had to be there to appreciate the moment... I don't know) — HaHa!

I hope you all have a blessed week ~

Love, Sister Feil

Generation Pic... :).