Week 34: 6 Days to 8 Months

Hey family and friends!

I have almost been out for 8 months!! I can’t believe it! It goes by way too fast! Today we are at a member’s house helping her make apple pie filling! She’s super sweet! We’re working hard here in Marshfield and we have some awesome investigators and less actives who we are working with, who we know will come back eventually. This past week has been a lot of figuring out who’s actually going to progress and come back to church. \

Oceanna and Andrew are an investigator couple we are working with, they are the one’s who have 2 son’s, River and Rain. We met with them this week and taught them the restoration and answered a lot of their questions. It was so awesome. Andrew claims to be an Atheist and didn’t grow up with religion but he said the closing prayer when we left and also asked what the process is to get baptized so that was super awesome! They weren’t able to come to church this week cause their kids were sick but we’re meeting with them on Wednesday and they said they’ll definitely be there next Sunday!

We taught seminary this week too. This ward has an awesome set of youth! They’re not very big but super awesome. It was fun, we talked about missionary work.. surprise! haha

We also went on exchanges this week. I was in Springfield with Sister Erickson It was so fun. Sister Erickson is super fun to be around. While I was gone one of our neighbors started talking to Sister Bailey and the other Sister, and asked them what church we go to. It was so crazy! Then he asked if his daughter could study with us and he was interested too. We also saw him and talked to him and his friend last night about the gospel and Joseph Smith and hes aid he was open and wants to change his life. He’s going through a divorce so he’s open and ready for the gospel! He’s way awesome!!!

Yesterday we had 5 hours of church again. The usual! haha and then we had dinner with a returning less active and talked to her about the temple. She just got her temple recommend renewed and she really wants to go. Her mom just recently passed away and so it’s the perfect time for her to go back so that she can do the work for her mother in a year.

Then we talked to a recent convert who hasn’t been coming for at least 3 months! And his family is interested too! They said it might take a while but that doesn’t matter! I’m so excited for them! He’s really awesome and knows it’s true but just needs to start coming back and bringing his family!

We also talked to a girl who’s fiance is a less active and we are going to start teaching her! We set an appointment with her on Tuesday!

So we tracted into this lady the other night, she’s pentecostal and her parents were members. She said she’d read the Book of Mormon and all this stuff about Joseph Smith that wasn’t true.. but she was super sweet and had a ton of Pumpkins on her porch and we were talking earlier about how we really need to carve pumpkins for Halloween, and out of the blue she asked us both if we each wanted a Pumpkin. So she let us both take a Pumpkin. haha and she kept calling them Punkin’s it was so funny. So we got Antied and then got pumpkins. so that made things all better. haha

So things are coming along here in Marshfield! Searching for all the people who are prepared!

Hurrah for Israel!

Sister Moon

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Week 33: Marshfield, Missouri

Howdy yall!

Haha Well I’m back in Missouri! It was so weird to come back to the same general area I left 3 months ago.

The beginning of the week I had to say bye to tons of people. It was super sad. I love Gore so much! It was hard to leave but I’m excited to be here in Marshfield.

Jeremy’s family is all set to be baptized in two weeks. Krysten, (his wife) is done with work now and can go to church, I assume that she went yesterday for the first time. I love their family and know they are one of the reasons I was in Gore! They are the greatest and I’m so excited to see the pictures of their baptism!
We asked Jacom before I left if he was going to go on a mission and he said that he’s thought about it. He’s quitting chewing and he was in Jacob 6 when I left.
Debbie is another reason I was in Gore. She’s so awesome! She has a baptism date for November 9 and I will be emailing her next week so I’ll have more updates. It will be super good!
I left Gore at 7:30 on Thursday morning and didn’t get to Mt. Vernon (transfer point) until 3:30! Long long day in a car! I rode with the new missionaries most of the way which was fun! Then I got to meet my companion Sister Bailey! She’s super awesome! She’s from Logan, Utah and has been out for 6 weeks. I am finishing her training. When I got here I found out that the elders had been taken out of the branch that meets in the same building as us so we now cover both areas. So yesterday we went to 5 hours of church, since they overlap! Our Mission President came and spoke at both the branch and the ward so that was really great. The Fordland branch just had a baptism last Sunday so we get to work with a very recent convert. She is super sweet. I’m excited to work with her.
My second day here we met with an investigator who the sisters hadn’t been able to contact in a while. She is super funny! She has two super cute kids. Her name is Christin. She works on Sunday and she smokes but besides that she wants to know. She just hasn’t been able to come to church yet. She said her husband is a little bit paranoid and doesn’t like big crowds so I don’t know how that’s going to work out yet but I can definitely see them getting baptized even if it might take a while. She got interested in the first place because of her kids. She wants her kids to be raised right, what better way than in the gospel?? 🙂 I’m so excited to keep teaching them. She’s hilarious!

An investigator couple also came to church on Sunday and sat next to us. They have two super cute kids, named River and Rain. Interesting right. They are so cute! We kept them entertained so their parents could listen to church. And they stayed all three hours. It was awesome! So many people in the ward came up and introduced themselves and they stayed after church and talked to people for a while. This is such an awesome ward! They really know how to fellowship! It’s so cool!

That’s about it for this week! I’m excited to be here and work as hard as I can!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon

Week 32: I’m getting Transferred!

Hey family and friends
I am getting transferred to Marshfield, Missouri! Which is about an hour from Ava! And I’ve been there on exchanges before! How crazy is that? And I’m finishing training my new companion Sister Bailey! That will be fun! I’m so sad that I am leaving Gore! I love this place so much! There’s so much going on that I’m going to miss out on. But it will be good! I’m excited to go to Marshfield! It’s a good place!

       Not much to write about this week since I emailed on Wednesday. Today we have a zone outing. So we’re going to Ft. Smith to play basketball, volleyball, and eat pizza. It’s going to be so fun! We’ve been playing basketball when we have FHE with Jeremy’s family and Jacom. It’s been good practice so we can beat all the other missionaries in our zone!
        I went on exchanges to Muskogee this week with Sister Ma’alona. She’s super great, she’s a Samoan from California. We had a really good day in Muskogee. That night we went to a less active’s house and found out his daughter is a less active in our ward and she was there! It was awesome. She goes to his house every night to do his dialysis at his house. We hadn’t been able to see her for a while so it was so awesome that we got to see her. She’s super awesome! She explained about how the dialysis machine works. It was really interesting. She’s one of the people that i was sent to Gore for. I love her so much! She just needs to get back to church!!
        General Conference was so good! It is my favorite time of the year! So many great talks!! We went to priesthood session too, with a less active! I love all of the talks! Next week Lacey and Remington are getting baptized…. and I’m going to miss it. 😦 Sad day. but I’ll get pictures from Sister Wise to send to y’all! I’m so excited for them! I’m going to miss so many baptisms, but it’ll be ok. I’m going to work so hard in Marshfield with my trainee!!! I’m excited!
        I love you and miss y’all!!
Hurrah for Israel
Sister Moon

Week 31: It’s Almost General Conference!!! :)

Hey Family and Friends,

Sorry this letter is a little late. Sister Wise had a leadership meeting Monday night to Tuesdayafternoon so we didn’t have time to email until today. It’s been a crazy week. We haven’t been able to teach tons of lessons this week because of all the other things we have been doing.
Last Monday we went fishing! I caught 3 catfish! We caught 7 fish total and Sister Wise and Joe, the member we went with, skinned the fish and Joe’s wife cooked them for us and we ate them. I actually like catfish. It was pretty good. Not my favorite thing to eat but still good. There’s definitely a difference between frozen fish and fresh fish.
We did service for a less active on Tuesday. We helped her paint her son’s room and moved all of his stuff out of the room. The walls were so dusty it took us forever to get the dust off so we could paint. But it was fun.
This weekend was Fin and Feather Arts and Crafts weekend! The resort in Gore has a craft fair every year on the last weekend of September! We set up a family history booth there and so we got to go and walk around a little bit and see a bunch of people. We gave out about 30 copies of the Book of Mormon, a bunch of church dvds, tons of family history pass-along cards. It was so awesome! Sister Wise and I also got rings engraved that have OTM (oklahoma tulsa mission) and dates on them. They are so cute. So now we have mission memory rings.
After Fin and Feather weekend it basically shuts down till Thanksgiving. So all of the less actives who work there are coming back to church this week. A lot of less actives work there and it’s their excuse for not coming. So they should all be coming back! It’s exciting!
On Sunday night we had FHE with an active family and a less active (Jacom) and after that we played basketball, and the bishoprick came in and played with us a little too. It was so awesome. Jacom is quitting chewing. He told us that night that he had bought a can the day before and then threw it out the window. Then he said he was reading in the Book of Mormon and he’s to 2 Nephi 11! It was so awesome! He’s doing so good! We are so excited for him and we can see such a big difference. He seems so much happier! I love the gospel! It really is what brings the most happiness in life!
That’s about it for this week! Love you all!! 🙂
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon
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Week 30: Baptisms & FHE

Hey family and friends!

This week was awesome! We actually didn’t get to go fishing last week but we’re going today! It will be really good!
We had 2 baptisms yesterday! The first was an 8 year old baptism in the ward & we went cause some investigators came. It was really sweet. There was a slide show of pictures and primary music with them and Rose (investigator) got teary eyed. It was so sweet! We are working with Rose and her husband Joe on coming to church and understanding why they need to be baptized. They are so sweet and are coming along super well!
The second was Debra’s baptism! Her husband who is not a member and who isn’t interested in the church came. It was really good! So we realized we forgot to call people and tell them to bring refreshments.. so we made a cake and frosted it right before her baptism. It was such a crazy day but it was so awesome!
Then we made dinner for Jeremy’s family and a less active named Jacom. Then we had FHE with them and played basketball for a while! It was super fun. They are getting baptized in October! We are so excited for them.
So we invited Jacom to come back to church a while ago and he came one week, but he works most weekends so he can’t make it all the time. But we went to go see him and we talked to him about things that keep us away from feeling the spirit. So we challenged him to give up one thing that he was struggling with and he said he would slow down his chewing tobacco to chewing once a day. Then when we saw him on Sunday he said that he hadn’t chewed in 2 days! He stopped all on his own! It was awesome! Then he came back later for Debra’s baptism and stayed for Jeremy’s FHE too! He’s doing so good and making all these decisions all on his own! It’s so cool!
We have 2 new investigators this week, Lacey and Remington they’re mom is less active and she’s deaf. They are such sweet kids and they want to get baptized! They have a date set for the19 of October but we’re moving it up to the 12! They are so willing to learn and ask so many questions! And their mom is coming back to church too.
We went on another exchange this week and I was in Talihina. It’s super tiny and way back in the middle of nowhere. But I found out there are actually mountains in Oklahoma!! It was so great to actually see mountains again! They are so pretty!
So on Saturday night was cruise night in Gore. Where basically everyone in Gore drags Main and people sit on the side and watch people drive by, and some people get out their old cars that have been restored and drag Main! We went to go talk to random people but on the way we Blasted Gospel Music! It was so funny! People were staring at us like we were so weird and we just could not stop laughing. It was so fun! Missionaries are so weird! haha
Well it was a pretty exciting week! Sister Wise and I can hardly stop to take a break because of how much there is to do, which is exactly how missionary work is supposed to be. I love it so much! It’s amazing to me how we can just keep on going even when we are so exhausted we don’t think we can do anything else, but the Lord gives us the strength we need to do His work! I love this gospel and I love being a missionary!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon