Monday, September 26, 2016

Watch more cartoons — message from Dove.

Hello! This week has been insane! O.K. Let's be real... pretty much every week is insaneLOL.
Teaching primary!!

 The Anderson sisters came to Muncie for our exchanges on Tuesday and that was fun! I was with Sister Hartvigsen and it was a good time. We also had a great lesson with 'T' that night. He is progressing well and is excited for his baptism!! We were in a trio for a few hours with Sister Compton because we needed a third female so we could go to his lesson...

Sister Hartvigsen and I on exchanges...
On our way to visit 'T'

We had another lesson with 'T' on Wednesday and taught him about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a powerful lesson! He is changing so much, I love to watch as the gospel changes people and helps them become happier and brighter.

Thursday night was crazy.… Sister Hansen and I doubled booked ourselves and had two really important lessons at six o'clock, so she went with a member to help an investigator with some weeding and I was at the church with a member and we helped 'T' begin his family history!! Apparently he is super into genealogy already so he is really excited to prepare names for the temple!

When we walk through Muncie...

Friday was crazy! I was on exchanges with Sister Parker in Muncie and all four of our appointments fell through... so we were contacting ALL DAY and we were so exhausted by the end but we met some really cool people!!!

Sister Parker made friends with a tin man.
Me and the tin man...

Saturday was wonderful! We met with this lady named 'R' who is amazing. We love her! We gave her a copy of the book of Mormon and she is really excited to read! Every lesson we have with her is so spiritual and powerful. She is so elect!

Later that night was the GENERAL WOMENS SESSION OF CONFERENCE!! It was amazing... Sister Hansen and I were so pumped and we learned so much!!! My testimony grew so much about prophets. When President Uchtdorf said that President Monson was crying because of how much he loved the sisters  I felt it in my heart that he really is a prophet called by God to lead and guide us!!! I know that is true! And I am so thankful that God loves me and everyone enough to bless us with prophets. I truly know that if we heed their counsel we will not be lead astray and we can live spiritually healthy and happy lives! AHHHH man. I love this church... and I love the Gospel!

Driving a tractor ;)

Sunday was a great day. Our Bishop invited us to be the guests at Bishop's Youth Discussion and basically we had like a 'Q and A' for the missionaries. It was way fun! Sister Hansen and I got to talk about our missions with the youth in our ward for like an hour!!

After district meeting!

Funny story of the week... I had an epic blonde moment when we were having dinner at the Bishop's house and his wife made Hawaiian haystacks. Those little dried noodle thingys that you put on haystacks were in a cashew container, and so I was like, "Wait, these are chopped cashews?!" In my defense I was also super exhausted by that point in the day... but that family is NEVER gonna let me live that down! They all thought it was EXTREMELY funny... and I guess now that I think about it — it just might actually have been a tad humorous — Hahaha!

Have a great week all :).

Love, Sister Feil

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fun with Frogs!

Hellooooo friends!

This past week has been crazy busy and just went by WAY. TOO. FAST.

Look what we found!

Tuesday we had a Zone Meeting for the Muncie North Zone, which was awesome! Sister Hansen and I did a training on finding new investigators, and that was pretty fun. We also happened to be on exchanges that day with two sisters from the South Zone, Sister Conrad and Sister Creager... Both of whom were former companions of mine! I was with Sister Conrad and it was kind of like déjà vu because it felt just like old times!! That was an awesome day.

Zone Meeting!

Wednesday we had a Zone Meeting in Anderson with the Muncie South Zone, and Sister Hansen and I did a training on teaching powerfully using scriptures. That also went well! In both Zone Meetings I was sitting there thinking to myself, "WOW... We are SO BLESSED because we have the BEST missionaries!!" I truly love all the missionaries in the stake — that's for sure.

Took pics by the moon because why not???
Elder Howland, Elder Swinton, and I all hit our year mark this week... This is our celebration picture!

After that meeting, Sister Hansen and I had a cool lesson with one of our new friends 'R,' and then we headed off to Stake reports. When the reports were over, Sister Hansen and I got to talk with President and Sister Welch for a bit and that was way cool! 

We met an awesome family this week — 'M' and 'J,' and they have four kids and are all so cute!!!! They wanted to come to church this Sunday but couldn't because of a lack of transportation... So they are planning on coming next week for sure. (:

Friday was... wait for it... MY YEAR MARK (holy cow I am so old!) and I got to spend it with Sister Compton in the Muncie 1 area! We had some awesome lessons that day with their investigators on date, and then we had a super fun dinner appointment with this cute couple in their ward who are Marvel and Doctor Who fans and such so we had a lot to talk about — haha!

One year mark... Already??? 
Ready or not...

Saturday was AWESOME! We taught 'R' the Restoration and it was probably the most powerful Restoration lesson I have ever been a part of. Like seriously. She is a woman who wants to feel the Spirit more in her life and wants to be close to Christ and to God. She wasn't able to come to church because of some back pain she was experiencing but she will come next week! After we taught her that lesson we served her by cleaning up her house.

That afternoon we were able to meet with some of our favorites, including 'J' and 'D.'

I left my toothbrush at the sisters apartment on exchanges and so came home to find this :).

Oh boy... later that night, we brought our Catholic-turned-Mormon friend, 'T,' with us to a lesson appointment we had set up with this cute Catholic couple who wanted to learn more about the LDS church! However, on this particular night, the wife's SUPER-Catholic parents happened to join us, and let me tell ya, that lesson could have SO EASILY turned into a bash!!!! But it didn't... It actually went pretty well all things considering :). It was definitely very scary, though, and my legs didn't stop shaking the whole time!!! All I can say is THANK GOODNESS for our friend who joined us. I am happy to report that it turned out to be a very interesting lesson overall, although it was unlike any I have ever had before....

Sunday was great! We had dinner with our ward mission leader and he and his wife made us breakfast for dinner! BTW if you ever get the chance, try putting bacon bits in your waffle batter. AH-MAZ-ING. Changed my life almost as much as the gospel! (:

Sister Hansen drew a picture of us and our WML's family. We are that close.

Well — we are looking forward to another awesome week... So many great things are happening in Muncie!

Just getting paper work done...

I feel extremely humbled and blessed by this experience of serving a mission. I love my God and I know He loves me and all of you. He has helped me with every aspect of this work and I know I couldn't do it without Him. I am thankful for my Savior and friend, Jesus Christ, and all that His sacrifice has enabled me to do. I am thankful for the Redeeming power of the Atonement. My life is changed forever because I know that I can change and become more like my Savior.

Have a great week all!

Love, Sister Feil

Monday, September 12, 2016

6,000 Words.... (6 pics X 1,000 words each — LOL!)


I don't have much time to write this week  —  but I will send pics!

Me and my cutie-pie of a companion! 
Our faces when we see something that is SOOOOOOOOOO cute! 
Cutest little girl.

President Welch said something cool this past week that has really stuck with me... and I thought I would share it with all of you! He said, "I find when I over prepare   I tend to trust myself. When I study some and pray more...  I trust God."

I have needed these words! When you have been out as long as I have, sometimes it is easy to think that you know what you are doing and then you forget to let God help. Don't worry, every time that happens...  I am quickly humbled and constructively corrected! (:

The BIGGEST mountain in Indiana
Beautiful Sunset

Hope all is well with everyone!

Love Sister Feil

Monday, September 5, 2016

Transfers... Reflections... and a few birthday pics!!!

Hello! This is going to be super short because P-day is almost over and we gotta go clean._.

This week has been awesome. It started off a little sad, because we lost two great missionaries in the zone... they completed their missions and had to go home a week early in order to make it back in time for school. As a result, Sister Ferrera's companion, Sister Compton, joined Sister Hansen and I for the week... so we were in a TRIO! Working two areas! It was REALLY BUSY, perhaps just a tad stressful, and completely awesome.

Saying '"Good-Bye" to Sister Ferrera
Me, Sister Ferrera, Sister Hansen, & Sister Compton

Which! BTW! Sister Hansen and I will be staying together for another transfer!! Woot Woot!! We are so excited — especially because our friend 'K' finally got his divorce papers and has a wedding date set, which means that he will be getting married in two weeks and then baptized in three weeks!! We have loved working with him and his family.

We have also been working with our friend 'T' who is the brother of a recent convert. He is preparing for baptism at the beginning of October, and Sister Hansen and I just love him! He is so ready to make changes in his life, and interestingly enough, I had previously received the impression that Sister Hansen and I would be the ones to teach and baptize him, and alas, we are staying together another transfer!! The Spirit speaketh the truth and doth not lie!! There are so many exciting things happening in the upcoming transfer, it will just be a blast!

I absolutely love this work... it is the GREATEST work ever! Every day I am so humbled and blessed as I go and share this message of hope with those who need it. I know I am not a perfect missionary, but I know my purpose, and especially as I am approaching my year mark (ew! How is that even possible?) I have been reflecting on my missionary work and making plans to just have at it for the next six months! This is one of the most precious times in life — to be set apart as a full time missionary, and I know that there are people for me to find and share the good news of the gospel with here in the greatest OCM! Man.

Also this week I discovered my new favorite song: and then listen to "Rock of Ages."

Have a great week!

Love you!

Sister Feil

PS Here are a few birthday pics... lol!