Monday, April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016

Freeport water tower ! Pretzel nation πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

One of these things is not like the other.... Some people's children .... Seriously

Freeporters ppl I love so much ❤️...
Sis Davis ❤️ oh she's so wonderful. She's a kindred spirit ❤️❤️❤️

The Duede family, members in Freeport ward. 
From left to right : CJ and Gigi ( neighbor kids) Sven, Bro Duede, Carl, Sis. Duede, Leif, me & Soren. And yes Sis Duede does play the harp & is way good at it! She played a beautiful musical number for the Easter program and sang. It was legit! 
Sister Smith and I and Arianna and Darien.  The kids are the cutest! 

Hermana Gowens , we are now bffs !❤️
The Andersons are the best. A wonderful family ❤️

SPRING IS HERE, ... "I looked out the so dos and what did I see ? POPCORN POPPING ON THE APRICOT TREE!!!" Isn't it gorgeously awesome ?
This graffiti accurately depicts Illinois sunsets , they're for reals GORGEOUS ❤️❤️❤️❤️😍
Sister Mead, me, Sister Waters and Sister Smith - all twinning & we didn't even plan it. 

Brother Stepp , our ward mission leader. He's the greatest and helps us so much ! 
Bert, oh she seriously is an ANGEL πŸ‘ΌπŸΌπŸ‘ΌπŸΌπŸ‘ΌπŸΌ one of the reasons I was sent here was for Bert, so I could meet her and her son, Joey. They're both so wonderful!  They have such sweet spirits! It's been so wonderful seeing her rise above her trials and become the daughter of God she is.  She's a wonderful example to me and I am beyond grateful to have met her. Bert & Joey feed us once every week and they're always such great meals!  It's such a tender mercy to be able to go to Bert's, Sis Davis's & the Anderson's each week.  I know even if I had a terrible day or am struggling they will ALWAYS WITHOUT A DOUBT remind me that everything will be okay and that I can keep going. It's people like these families that keep the gospel going round and round. I sure love these Freeporters❤️❤️❤️
Me and sister Havey , love love her ! ❤️
Bob's voice from "The Price Is Right" ..."And here's Sister Γ„llowitz with her new car!" 
Dude no way ... Haha you know you're a Star Wars fan girl when .... Haha jk πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


ELDER MARTINO FROM THE 70 INTERVIEWED ME, no joke this time.  Elder Martino, from the Seventy, came to our mission for a mission tour [which is basically when he comes with his lovely wife and talks with us for hours] which is soooo awesome to have a called servant of the Lord come and talk to us. You should've seen...all of us were like little kids with our eyes peeled and jaws wide open cause we were all amazed at this awesome stuff he talked to us about! He talked a lot about missionary work (duh haha!) and charity. Ahhh y'all, I just wish all of you could've been there! I LOVE THE MARTINOS!!! They're awesome!  I was right in front in the 1st row when Elder Martino and his wife were talking.  It was cool to feel like he was talking RIGHT to me cause he looked me DIRECTLY in the eyes several times. He said some things I REALLY needed to hear! 

AND the coolest part is that Elder Martino picked a few missionaries to personally interview AND HE PICKED ME! Elder Adams (one of the assistants) told me Elder Martino wanted to interview me and I couldn't believe it!!!! I am sooo grateful for such a wonderful opportunity:)   It was sooo great to be able to talk personally to him 
1-on-1 and get advice and just talk about life and the mission. He's way cool! And he's way tight with Elder Lawrence, who I'm "super tight" with too cause I nannied his grandkids a few summers ago and he thought that connection was way cool  cause he and Elder Lawrence share an office.  I just met Elder Lawrence a few months ago too.  Small world!!!! Look y'all,  I'm even making Mormon connections with the "mormon celebrities" of the world haha ... Maybe one day I'll be able to meet Elder Holland after all πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

I met an authentic catratcha.  (Term for y'all who don't speak Spanish  =lady from Honduras). Told her part of my ❤️ is in Honduras. 
I said, "hola soy un gringo catratcho".  And she was so excited. 
She thought that was awesome! It made my heart happy! 

This oldish guy thought I was 25...don't know if that's good or bad haha! 

I saw a guy outside in his yard who we talked to awhile ago.   His name is Jim. He couldn't believe we remembered him.  I said, "of course, we remembered you Jim!"  I think it went a long way for him. People LOVE to hear their names...y'all remember that now! 
Just y'all wait--he's gonna be coming around the corner wanting to be DUNKED any day now!  Seriously though--small things like remembering people's names and their interests go a LONG WAY! Thank you, Stephen Covey !!!! πŸ˜‰

It was cool to see buddies from BYU-I in General Conference singing .... #REPRESENTmyschool

Someone  left  their weave in the yard...I about DIED πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

All the sister missionaries ALWAYS FREAK OUT how "amazing & gorgeous" my hair is. (thank you Ammon!!) haha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
It cracks me up.  "Yes, thank you very much. I grew this myself ." 

We met this old guy on the street and he complimented my "eyebrows".  He said, "how do you get them to stand staging up like that? That's so cool!"  Yeah, I just kept talking about the Restoration even through the awkwardness, haha. My comp said she thought he meant eyelashes. All I know is it's creepy and I'm DONE getting hit on by 60+ yr old men πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜·πŸ˜·πŸ˜·πŸ‘Ή

My Comp said I have nice calves πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ‘― haha yeah right ....well thank you!  

Spring is here !!!! Sunshine me up please !!!!! πŸŒžπŸŒžπŸŒžπŸŒžπŸŒž

I invited Duane to be baptized on May 28!!!! He's SOLIDLY COMMITTED! He's gonna get dunked soon people! I'm sooo happy-- all these cool things are happening in Freeport ! #babystepsto1000
Y'all better not mess with me unless you wanna be baptized!!! ;) Ppl do want to be baptized--they just don't know it yet. 

We had a lesson with members set up and when we walked in they were playing Mario Kart.  The Mom said it was time for the lesson and oh boy...The Little girl was screaming and yelling, "THANKS A LOT! YOU RUINED MY GAME LIFE!!" Oh, she was having a FIT! Even though she was being TOTALLY ridiculous it was soooo hard not to laugh! If I was her momma--oooh she would've gotten it ... TOTALLY NOT ACCEPTABLE! 

For those of y'all who REALLY know me, know I LOVE to talk and would love to write about all the wonderful adventures I'm having and people  I'm meeting each day but time does not permit. If only y'all could see these ppl through my eyes...oh how wonderful they are! Oh how I love them <3 

Each of you should read Elder Renlunds talk from last October 2015 General Conference.  It's the best!  Go read it!

Pretty much all sis missionaries are all "buggy lovey Dovey"  where they freak out about everything to each other.  I just ain't about that life.  I just don't wanna hug and freak out about everything Girls! πŸ˜³πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

I saw a beaver/otter thing running across the road (Skyler  it was seriously meant to be πŸ˜‚

Joey, Bert's son has been in the  hospital because he was in a car accident.  He's okay, but he's having some back problems and he's gonna have to go to the doctors a lot so if y'all could keep Bert and Joey in Y'ALLS prayers it would be GREATLY appreciated πŸ˜Š❤️
Mission life is... HARD!!!! But soooo awesome! It's so wonderful seeing people change their lives and come into Christ and be baptized. It's been sooo great to meet so many awesome people and see their light of Christ just beam. Missions are hard but sooooo worth the hardship and pain and suffering because the blessing that come from it are sooo wonderful!!! It's sad when you meet people and they reject Christ and the church sooo much.  It really does bruise your spirit and it's hard to be rejected but it's just a glimpse of what Christ experienced when he suffered for all of us.  For that I'm sooo grateful to feel closer to Him. Missions is one of the BEST ways to not only feel closer to God and the Savior, but to actually KNOW you're closer to them as you go through certain experiences on your mission.  Just yesterday we had a guy TOTALLY reject and tear apart the things we said. He was getting pretty mad and told us he "rejects the Book of Mormon and Christ and the Latter Day Saints with all his heart". That kinda thing breaks my heart, but one day he'll get the chance to repent and be baptized and recieve the knowledge of the truth and really feel it for himself. 

I KNOW this church is true and I'm sooo grateful for the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith restoring the church back upon the earth. 
I am so grateful to be a missionary and help spread this wonderful message of truth and light. Even through rejection and people denying the gospel,  I WILL stand as a FIRM & SOLID witness to Jesus Christ as I bear STRONG TESTIMONY of the things I not only believe but also KNOW to be true! 

Transfer calls report : Staying in Freeport! Getting new comp...Sis. Turner. We'll see about this one πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

Love y'all!!! Thanks for everything! 
Sincerely, Hermana Γ„llowitz πŸ˜Š

❤️ love Seester Γ„llowitz 
1319 Butterfield Rd. #552 
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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