Week 72: 16 Months down, 2 to go!

Hey Family and Friends,

I hit my 2 months left mark this week! It’s so crazy!!! I can’t believe that I have so short of time left! But I’m so excited to keep working hard and go out with a bang!

This week was pretty grand! We have been making progress with our investigators who have a baptism date. Our first one coming up is Jesse on the 25! She is doing awesome! We went over the baptism interview questions with her and she’s doing really well!
Bri has a baptism date for the 22 of August and she is super excited about being baptized!!
There’s not a whole lot that went on this week. Sister Barrett was kind of sick all this week so we took it pretty easy this week so she didn’t get more sick.
We’ve had some success with Less Actives this week. There’s a less active that we have tried to visit multiple times who randomly showed up for institute and now is coming to church and is coming to FHE tonight as well!
That’s about it for this week. Sorry that it’s so short!! I love y’all!!!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon

Week 71: Another Week in Paradise!

Hey Family and Friends,

This week was super great!! We weren’t able to hit our goal of 40 lessons but we were able to get 30! Which is a huge deal for us. It’s been crazy here lately and now things are exploding. We have had investigators who have gone away for a while and then they are slowly coming back and wanting to meet with us again. We are really excited about that.
We got 2 new investigators this week. One’s name is Kay and it seems like all 3 of us have known each other our whole lives. We all just hit it off right away. She’s super awesome she knows a ton of people who are LDS and her boss is the one who called us and gave us her information. We were able to give her a Book of Mormon and she’s in LA right now on vacation but she said that would give her plenty of time to read on the plane. The other just moved from Kansas and his name is Andy. He was taking the lessons from the missionaries there. He was working at Walmart in Springfield and a member started talking to him and then gave us his information and we have started teaching him.
We had 6 non members at church yesterday! It was so amazing! I love when they come to church! It’s one of the most important commitments and I’m always so happy when they come and make friends! Our ward is super great at being so friendly and loving to everyone who comes to church!
We had an investigator who went away for a while (Bri) cause she was super busy with moving and working a ton. But she started meeting with us again and she has come to church twice now. She was talking to her friend who is a member and said that Bri was asking about when she can get baptized.
On the 4th we went to a couple of BBQ’s got to teach a recent convert and an investigator. Then we went to a park and watched fireworks! It’s was awesome!
One of our investigators has been out of town for a while and he just got back so we were able to teach him yesterday and he has a baptism date for the end of August. He’s super awesome!
Today we are going fishing! It will be super fun! I will send pictures next week! It has been crazy raining here and it’s been nice and cool!
I love y’all!!!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon

Week 70: Welcome Sabbath Morning!

Hey Family and Friends,
This week was full of miracles!

Zack is doing really well! We had a lesson with him this week with the Elders in Springfield. His mom is interested and so we took them over to meet her and invite her to church. Zack is excited for his baptism and so are we!
We have another investigator that we set a new baptism date with, his name is Chris. His date is Aug. 8. He’s doing pretty well! He came to church yesterday!
Church was an amazing experience. So we got a call on Saturday from President Shumway and he asked if he and Sister Shumway would be able to come to our sacrament meeting! We of course said yes and they were able to come and speak to us on their LAST Sunday in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission! They leave tomorrow and our new President and his wife. President and Sister Loveland, will be arriving! We had 4 investigators at church! And we got an awesome referral from Sister Shumway, they had talked to a girl in a restaurant the night before who was interested. Also an investigator who we haven’t seen in a while came and we are meeting with her again tonight. Plus we met an investigator this week that the elders have been teaching who’s YSA and she came! It was so amazing! We love the people we are teaching and we are excited for how well things are going.
So this is the last mission wide weekly goal that we are striving to hit. Doubling the standard of excellence! Which means that we need to get 40 lessons and 4 new investigators!
We got a new investigator this week and he is awesome! He’s Saomoan! He’s friends with the Elder’s Quorum President in our ward and he made dinner for us last night and we had an awesome lesson!
I love y’all and I will email more next week and tell you how this amazing next week of miracles goes!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon

Week 69: I’m Thinking about Becoming Marmish

Hey Family and Friends,

Before you get too confused I will explain the email heading. We were at dinner last night with the Walentine family, He is the first counselor in the bishopric of the YSA. He is a  super funny guy! We were talking about the food and how he raised the beef that we were eating, then he started talking about how he made the plates and his kids hand painted them.. making a bunch of jokes. Then we started talking about the Amish and how if Mormon’s were Amish then we would have to be called Marmish! So I was thinking maybe I might try it, since missionary life is not too far off from it. We don’t have a car so that solves that problem. haha now we just have to buy a lot of candles and cook over a fire!
This week was super great!
I can’t remember if I mentioned last week but one of our investigators, Zack, has a baptism date!! He is getting baptized on July 18. We are super excited for him! He came to church yesterday for the first time! So many people in the ward know him already and he got to know a lot more yesterday! So we have been teaching him and his mom is also interested so when we go to our lesson on Wednesday we are taking the Elders and also the Relief Society president from the ward that she would be in. They are so awesome!! His mom’s brother is a member so Zack wants his uncle to baptize him!! He’s been reading the Book of Mormon and we also got him to start reading Preach My Gospel as well. He really loves learning and says that he feels peace when he meets with us and when he first walked into the building.
We have another investigator who we just set a baptism date with. His name is Ramiro. He has been gone since I’ve been here. He is in Kansas working right now but is coming back the first week in July. So we have been having lessons with him over the phone. He is super awesome! Last week we talked about the Holy Ghost and the way to receive answers and he told us that he knows the Book of Mormon is true. This week we talked about Enduring to the End and the Temple and he really liked learning about the temple. He knew a lot about it before we talked about it. It was really cool.
We taught a new investigator this week. This was the second lesson that we’ve had with him. His name is Hunter and we weren’t sure how interested he really was at first. But he was a lot more open this time and he hadn’t done the reading we gave him so he wanted us to read with him. Then we had a really good lesson about prophets and Jesus Christ. He wasn’t able to come to church this week because he had to work but he’s planning on it in the future!
Our investigator pool has been dropping because of crazy things that keep happening. But no fear! We are finding more!! Yesterday we went and visited a member couple who just got married and moved into the home ward, we went over with them to their neighbor’s house and set an appointment to go back and see them so that is exciting! We have a lot of awesome lessons set up for this next week and know it will be a fantastic week!
We have been meeting a lot of less actives and it’s been pretty good. We got a sheet from one of our members that is really cool and we are going to start giving it to less actives. It is a goal sheet where we set a date for them to become active, then they have to check of boxes for different things, like coming to church 4 weeks in a row, meeting with the bishop, interviewing for a temple recommend, doing family history, things like that. It’s really neat!!
I gave a talk yesterday in Sacrament on Father’s Day! When they gave me the assignment I realized that I had also talked on Mother’s Day, which was my first Sunday here, so I introduced myself basically, So apparently Heavenly Father is trying to tell me something!! haha Speaking on Mother’s and Father’s Day. I was given the topic of Fathers and how that relates to Missionary Work. It was really cool to see how in the scriptures what advice fathers give to their sons who are on missions or going to go. It was an awesome topic to study. I talked about how Dad has helped me on my mission and I shared the story about how Dad wants to teach the King of Tonga, everyone really liked that! 🙂
That’s it for this week!! I love y’all and miss you!!
Hurrah for Israel!!
Sister Moon
Pictures from the last 3 weeeks