Week 80: Last Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

It does not seem real that these are my last few days on my mission! I have loved it so much and I’m so grateful for the experiences that I have had.
We don’t have any time to email today because of all the fun things that we did today!
Thank you so much everyone for wishing me a Happy Birthday! I can’t believe I’m 21!!
I love y’all and will see you so soon!!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon

Week 79: Last Full Week in the Arkansas Bentonville Mission!

Hey Family and Friends,
This week has been pretty amazing!
This next week is my last full week here! I can’t believe this is real! I don’t think I’m going to accept the fact until I see all your wonderful faces again!
The Wickel family is amazing! They are working on becoming active again, We have FHE with them every week and it’s been so fun! They also went on an exchange with us to another returning less active family, and they just hit it off! It was awesome! Then they invited them to come to their house to have FHE with us, So that’s what we are doing tonight! We are so excited! Two of our favorite families in the same night! 🙂 Then we were at the Wickels for dinner and they have someone living with them for a bit until they find a house and they brought them to church with them, they will also be there tonight and said they want to learn more.
We went on Exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders this week. I was in Bartlesville with Sister Petersen who is also going home with me. We are sitting next to each other on the plane. She’s so awesome! It was a really great exchange. So once I got back the next day Sister Chatlin told me that the Owasso Elders had left a vacuum on the front porch of our apartment, it had a note saying, ” This is to help you clean up your act.” So we have kind of a rivalry going on with these Elders, so we have been taking pictures with the people we’ve been teaching with the vacuum and we are going to post the pictures on their car today with our vacuum that doesn’t really work in their back seat! It’s been so funny when we come up to people’s doors with the vacuum. We’ve had a couple of them say “….uh we already have a vacuum thanks tho.” hahha
I’ll send the pictures of their car next week!
I love y’all!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon
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Week 78: Investigators & a Loose Tooth!

Dear Family and Friends,
Sorry this letter will not be very long because we got back late from a sisters outing we had and we have to leave for a dinner real soon!
Highlights from the week:
We got 3 new investigators at the beginning of the week and it was a miracle. We were going to have a lesson with a less active family and they were not home so we called them and they said they were not going to make it back in time for our lesson but that the mom had been talking with her older son and he and his girlfriend were asking questions and that we should go over and talk to him instead. They lived next door to them in a trailer on their property so we walked over there and they let us right in. We were able to have a really great lesson with them and they want to take the lessons! It was amazing!
A less active family that we have been working with for a while all came to church yesterday! They have a new calling and they are pretty excited about it. Bishop met with them and they have a goal to be sealed in the temple in December. We are excited for them!
We brought a member to a lesson that we had with them this week and their son had a loose tooth and was playing with it so the member we brought with us asked if he could see it. The member wiggled it and then grabbed him and YANKED his tooth out! Their son starts bawling and screaming for 20 minutes it was so sad!! But they came to church so I guess it wasn’t too traumatizing! hahaha
Again sorry it’s so short! Next weeks will hopefully be better! Good luck and safe travels Melinda on your flight to Tonga!!
I love y’all!!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon

Week 77: Referrals & Flooding Toilets

Dear Family and Friends,
It’s been a pretty good week!
We have been getting a ton of referrals this week and have been able to contact quite a few of them, no one super interested yet, but we still have some more to contact so we are hopeful for those!
Last Monday we had FHE with a darling family!! I love them tons! The Silvas. They are so funny! They get off topic really easily. They were talking about spiritual dreams that they have had. And the littlest girl stands up on the couch and says. “I had a dream!…… that I was a hot dog!” Then Sister Chatlin pulled out this random temporary tattoo of a hot dog and said. “Do you want this?” haha Then the 15 year old was like ” What is wrong with this family?! ” It was super funny! We are having FHE with them tonight too and we are excited! They are the greatest!!
We are also having FHE tonight with another family who is returning to activity. The Wickels! They are awesome too! The first few times we went over there they had a new animal each time. First time they had Guinea Pigs and the next time they had a new cat and the next time they had another turtle! They remind me of the Goyettes in Harrison! We are just waiting to see what animal they think of next! haha
We were able to finally get in contact with the potential we found about a week and a half ago. David, he’s awesome!! We talked to him out on his porch for a bit and he is super prepared! He had some really good questions that can be answered by the gospel, and he is in a Joseph Smith like phase. He sees the confusion and the different ways people interpret the bible and just wants to know the truth. It really is a blessing that we found him and that we have the opportunity to teach him! We are so excited! 🙂
A funny thing that happened this week, Our toilet overflowed and flooded our bathroom Wednesday right before we were about to leave for District Meeting! We were frantically trying to make the toilet stop pouring out water and we had plastic cups scooping water into our bath tub and we put a bunch of towels to soak up the water and then we would ring them out in the tub and put them back on the floor! It was so crazy! We called our District Leader and told him that we would definitely be late for our District Meeting. We rolled in about a half an hour late so it wasn’t too bad. hahaha We could not stop laughing it was so funny!
A cool experience that happened this week was our relief society president texted us and asked if we could make dinner for a lady who just got out of the hospital from surgery, and her family. Even though they had just moved out of our ward into another ward close by. We made the dinner and gave it to the Elders that are serving in the ward that they just moved in to. It was super awesome cause they let the Elders in and they were able to talk to the husband for a while who isn’t a member. And I guess that when the sisters before me tried to meet with them they had never been let in and they wouldn’t really talk to them. So it was really cool that service really does help and we can see miracles come from that!
I love Y’all and hope you have a fantastic week!
Hurrah for Israel!
Sister Moon
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Cool shot from our first day!
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They change this sign every month and… we are not flexible! haha
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There are these weird statues around Owasso so we’ve been taking pictures with them.
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The Toilet flooding incident. There was about and inch and a half of water.. you can’t see it that well.
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And this is my lovely companion! We were just getting ready to pray and I couldn’t take her seriously!We know y’all want her to teach your friends the gospel! haha 🙂

Week 76: Getting to Know Owasso

Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been great! We didn’t have a whole lot of success number wise but that’s not what it’s all about right?
I’ve been working on getting to know everyone and know my way around still. We’ve also been working on finding new people to teach and so that’s why we haven’t had as many lessons this week but had some really cool experiences instead!
On Tuesday we were contacting less actives who Sister Chatlin didn’t know anything about, we went to this one house and she wasn’t home so we were writing her a note when a car pulled up and someone got out and started talking to us. His name is David. He said that the lady we were looking for had moved and we asked him if he had found a church yet and he said no. So we invited him to come and he said he would like to and wants to learn more. So we were talking to him and getting to know him, when one of our members walks up and says, “Hey Neighbor” The member lives right across the street from David and he also invited him to church! It was super awesome!
We have also been going through and contacting former investigators and trying to find out if they still live there or are interested. We came across one named Kenneth and he sounded promising so we went and knocked on his door. He was so nice and talked to us for a while. He said he was still interested in studying with us and said his wife might join him in the lessons too. It was so awesome! He’s so nice and open and we are excited to start teaching him!
There’s a less active who has started coming back before I got here but we are still teaching him and he blessed the sacrament yesterday! We were so excited! He’s so awesome! Last week we taught him Patriarchal blessings and he’s thinking about it and also meeting with bishop so that he can receive the Melchezedec priesthood! It’s so exciting!
I really love the people here so much and we have amazing members! They are all so nice and willing to share the gospel with everyone!! 🙂
We were able to set two baptism dates this week! Patrick and Kelsey are father and daughter. Their baptism date is for October 24 so I won’t be there, but I’m so excited for them! They are super awesome and I’m excited to keep teaching them.
We also had a less active family who came to church! Usually the mom comes about every week but this week the whole family came! We also had a lesson with them last night and they are so awesome! Their hearts are sincere and they really want this for their family!
Yesterday in church was a great experience! I loved all the talks and lessons. They were all about families! I have noticed lately how much families is being focused on and came to the realization that everything in the gospel points to families. The reason we have the commandments and things that we do in the church is all to strengthen the family. I love the quote by Boyd K Packer. “The end of all activity in the church is to see that a man and a woman are happy at home, sealed for eternity!” It is so true! As I have been studying lately I have been trying to apply the things I learn to families and it all connects! It’s amazing! I’m so greateful for yall!
Sister Moon

Week 75: Owasso Oklahoma!

Hey Family and Friends,
I don’t have a ton of time today because we are on Library computers and we are timed.
This week was pretty great! It was super hard to leave Springfield but I really love Owasso already! It’s an amazing ward and I love the people we are teaching! So I accidentally messed up on my companion’s name! It’s Sister Chatlin not Chatwin. haha Oops!
She is so awesome!! It doesn’t seem like she’s only been out for 6 weeks because she’s so great at missionary work! I think she trains me more than I do her. I love her so much already!
So we had the opportunity to eat FRIED TWINKIES!!! We always wanted to try them after we saw them on the bike trip and finally it happened!! They are SO delicious! We have a less active family that we had dinner with and that was our dessert! There are pictures below!
Here we are working with a lot of returning less actives and we have a couple of recent converts. I’ve only met a couple of our investigators so far but they’ve been pretty awesome so far!
I’m still trying to learn everyone’s names and it’s been going pretty good so far. We have awesome members and great leaders so I’m excited!! It’s really weird knowing there is a foreseeable time limit on how long I will be here, and I am praying that will help me to work harder and faster to get everything done that I was sent here to do! I’m grateful for this opportunity to be in a new area and to meet so many new people. That’s one of my favorite things about being a missionary. I am surprised how big my heart can grow and that I can love so many people!! And everyday my heart grows bigger as I meet more amazing people!
I love y’all so much!!!
Hurrah for Israel!!
Sister Moon
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