Look at those two awesome Hermanas 😊 Hermana Gowens is awesome! Love love her ❤️❤️❤️#soulsista #southernbelles
Monday, June 27, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Hey wanna SPOOOOOON ?!😂😂😂😂😂 jk jk totally jk
This totally made my day. Again how old am I really ?😂
|LOOK I have my VERY OWN circle. They don't know how to spell so it's bittersweet, but still way cool cause I've NEVER seen anything with my name on it. |
Maybe it's a sign I need to move here. Jajajaja just kidding.
Everything is bigger in Texas except corn. 🌽🌽🌽🌽🌽🌽
I love watching it grow. And look at the clouds! They're so beautiful 😍
|Kieran sent me this and it totally depicts my everyday life: so here's|
a little laugh for y'all.
Missionary work may be hard but it's so worth chasing people down.
That's actually one of my favorite parts 😉😏😂 Yeah this isn't the best ice cream I've ever had & I'm SURE Illinois must have someone better so I'm on the look out cause I sure love my ice cream!
but peaches ice cream made me think of GARY & Jill's BOMB peach pie ! 🍑❤️😍 I'm sad I'm missing it this year 💔😭 but it's okay , some kids don't even have peach pie , oh wait that's me 😂
SEESTER MEETS APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANS & GETS FED SOME GOOD BBQ
Howdy yall! How's Everyone? Illinois is fantastic as ever. Except it's getting pretty humid. But I don't want it to snow either. So oh well. I'm still alive and all is well.
I've learned a lot of things on my mission. One I would like to share today is how to be safer and wiser with technology. For that I am so grateful. I recently read some great articles that y'all would enjoy and really benefit from, especially if you struggle being tempted to look at inappropriate things or waste too much time on your devices. So please take some time to read these wonderful articles. They can be found on Lds.org
1- "Teaching Children How to Use Technology to Uplift Others"
Contributed By Valerie Johnson, Church News contributor
2-"Do Smart Things with Your Smartphone"
Contributed By Brother M. Joseph Brough, Young Men general presidency
DONT BE DUMB. LEARN HOW TO BE SMART.
The world is ever changing and Satan and his buddies really want us to fail and feel bad about ourselves. Remember you're not alone. The Savior is there always to help us. Ether 12:27-"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
Bro. Sanchez' lesson...[he reminds me of an older version of Kimmer. He even has a a Superman shirt, haha so it's perfect!] He's a great teacher. He asked us these questions:
What is the gospel and why does it cause us to change?
What spiritual gifts do we have?
How can we use them to build up God's kingdom?
I really loved and appreciated the lesson cause it made me think about talents and spiritual gifts I have that I didn't necessarily see as gifts before. I wanna invite each of you to ask yourself these questions and apply the gift(s) you feel God has given you to build up his kingdom. This really will change your life!
We Met a guy from England and I did my accent and he thought I was from South Africa. BOOM YES, I KNEW it... Africa really is the land of MY people ❤️
My bestie, Mette from Fresno Cali, is coming here to the ICWM! Holy cow people! If I hadn't nannied for the Wonderful Ware family, I would never have met her, and we wouldn't have this cool connection. Heavenly Father continues to BLOW my mind! Haha. He really loves me, ya know? That's my 2nd friend in the mission. THE same mission! #mindblown
We had dinner with the Boyd's neighbors who are Apostolic Christians. The Jones family REALLY wanted to have us over for dinner cause they thought it was SO cool that girls serve missions. I was kinda nervous about what was gonna happen, but it was way cool! They asked us lots of questions, and we asked them lots of questions. It was really cool to learn more about their church. Now there's lots of similarities, yet there's pieces missing. They're fabulous people. Before we left they let me offer a prayer, and afterwards they were soooo amazed I remembered all their names and prayed for each of them. That's DEF a gift from Heavenly Father, and I'm sooo grateful for it! One of their sons was super interested and asked a lot of questions. We ended up giving him a Book of Mormon, and Restoration & Plan of Salvation pamphlet. They're pretty good where they're at, but they like to learn about other religions. I am confident one day they'll become Mormons cause seriously they're so golden! And they're some of the kindest people I've ever met. Remember now...they invited us to their home for dinner and they even cooked burgers. I was really hoping it would a BBQ...so wahoo! They're awesome. I love learning about others religions for lots of reasons but especially so that even though I KNOW this is THE ONE and ONLY TRUE CHURCH I can defend their beliefs when I hear others rag on them. Cause I don't believe in disrespect. Oh no no. No way Jose ! Not in my house Gina! So that was so cool!
Just a few Miracles this week:
Rejection may suck sometimes, but I am happy...I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I am grateful to have the church in my life. The gospel is the lantern of light that'll surely lead us back home to our loving Father in Heaven. I love his gospel, and I'm beyond grateful for it.
I love helping people change their ways and become more like the Savior. I love the opportunity I have to change and grow. My mission is hard, but I am not alone. There are Angels in the outfield with me and Angels on the other side helping me along. There are seen and unseen forces helping me along. The Savior is right by my side. I just love this church and the hope and happiness it brings into so many people's lives. I love that I get to see it right here on the front lines of Illinois.
I love being a part of this great work.
I love being a missionary.
I know this gospel is true.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
|This is a member of the church who is traveling from Salem, Oregon and started talking to us. That was cool. It was just one of those NEEDED Dr. Pepper days.|
|Emily Boyd, one of my new besties, made these amazing peanut butter|
bars just for me for dinner. I love her!
Monday, June 6, 2016
|THE SKIES HERE ARE AMAZING AS I'VE SAID A BILLION TIMES!|
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the clouds and sunsets and sunrises.
If whoever I marry wants to propose under the sunset, I'd be down. 😏😂
|This member works at a popcorn factory and gave us our own bags of popcorn. He makes sure we have our popcorn ....haha|
|JESUS IS THE ONE AND ONLY WAY! Don't forget ! :)|
|Seriously who let me adult? I CAN'T adult. I feel like I'm 5 at heart. |
Jk. I can missionary some more :)
See look at that BEAUTIFUL STUFF 😍
So yes I'm serving in Washington, IL.
This is where A WHOLE BUCKETLOAD of history happened. This is a cool place. Illinois is awesome! Texas is still the BEST, but I think Illinois has a close 2nd:)
|" this one time "Yeah I had a few accidents this week and blood was EVERYWHERE. haha But|
hey it's okay. Some kids don't even hurt their heel 1000x in one week. My companion kept saying I should stop and get a bandaid, but I just said "eh I don't need it". But man it just bled and bled for a few
days. I kept hitting it on our storm door. And it hit just in the right spot and then BOOM-BLOOD ALL OVER. But don't worry it's healing hopefully now.
ICE CREAM ANSWERS PRAYERS
Well hello there people! I'm now living in this cute little town called Washington, IL. I really love it here. The members are SUPER nice and everyone is super fired up about missionary work. I LOVE IT!
We share the area with the Elder Heiner & Elder Bennett. The atmosphere is so different here. It's interesting how you can be in the same mission, but go to a different area and get a TOTALLY NEW feel on everything.
I am soooooo happy to be serving where the early saints left sooooo much history and legacy. I am in the Peoria stake ...DRUM ROLL PLEASE....meaning I'm in the Nauvoo Temple district so if I'm here at least one more transfer I'll get to go to the temple. I'm praying I will !!!!! The early saints sacrificed soooo much for the gospel. I can't think of a better way to express my gratitude for them and the Savior than serving a full time mission.
My companion is Sister Campbell. She's from Utah (yup....) and she's super awesome! She's a baby greenie fresh outta the MTC. So I'm training. Which is scary and nerve racking, but a humbling privilege at the same time. I still cannot believe I'm old enough for this. Wasn't I five eating Popsicles on the porch just yesterday? Or a brand new Beehive in Young Women's? Or a new freshman in high school? I can't believe it's been a year since I graduated, and I'm beginning my 6th month out in the field. Life goes by so fast. Well... fast--slow--faster--super slow--fast. It's just the cycle of life...so ENJOY It!
The other day, Sis Campbell & I went to do our companionship study at the park. We decided to get some ice cream and sat down, prayed, and were talking about our lessons for the day. All of a sudden, a man comes up and says, "hey sisters!" and shakes our hands. I'm thinking, "oh no, here comes someone who is gonna wanna Bible bash or something" so I was preparing myself. But then-- PLOT TWIST-- he says, "I'm so and so and my family & I are moving from Idaho. I was just checking out the area before my family moves here in a few weeks." He asked about the address for the church building and the time of church etc. We talked to him for a few more minutes then he's off to take some pictures of the area. It was cool. We continued our studying with our ice cream. All of a sudden the man returns and says, with tears in his eyes, "you know, this move hasn't been easy. It's crazy how Heavenly Father answers our prayers and is mindful of us. I've been praying for Heavenly Father to help me to really see that this move is the right thing to do, and you two just answered that prayer. I know my family and I need to move here. Thank you." SANTA VACA. WOW! Yeah I was tearing up. And I'm pretty sure my jaw was dropped. We sat there for a minute looking back and forth at each other.
I truly do know too that God is SO mindful of us. He knows our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7😏). He knows our deeds, desires, hopes, dreams, pains, sufferings, weaknesses, heartaches, wants, needs, etc. He really knows it ALL. He is always watching over us. I know God has a plan for each of us. It's called the Plan of Salvation, aka The Plan of Happiness and Love. That's truly what it brings--HAPPINESS, JOY, & LOVE. I AM SO BEYOND GRATEFUL FOR the knowledge that I am a child of God, and that I'll always be protected by him as well as everyone of you and all of Gods children all around the world. We are the tools and instruments in Gods hands. So HOW can YOU be an instrument or answer to someone's prayer? How can you show God you love him? HELP HIS CHILDREN. Show them you love them. When you do that, you show them God loves them. It was really cool to be a part of the man's answer to his prayers. And it's all cause I wanted ice cream....ice cream answers prayers :)
I have been meeting young families here, and it makes me so happy. Yet scares me at the same time, cause most of the young moms I've met are my age or just a few years older 😁😳. I could have kids now hahahaa, NO ... I'll just go visit Kierans 😂😂😂😂. I'll just stick to this missionary stuff for awhile & my ice cream 😂😂😂🍦
I love all the little kids here though. In my last area there were 5 of them. But here they're just popping. It's awesome!
One day I was the new designated driver. I couldn't remember quite what numbers we needed to report each day. My companion & I called the Zone Leaders and they walked it through with us about a million times. Later at church, the elders told us they had to put it on mute cause they were laughing so hard. One elder even wrote about it in his journal. Wow...I don't feel stupid at all....How EMBARRASSING! But no one ever explained it clearly to me until now. I felt like the girl off of "Legally Blonde". At least we aren't trying to impress the elders 😂😂😂😂
We have so many set up service projects. I love it! It's because of "Just Serve" that the church recently came out with. Look into it! One of the service opportunities that we have each week is to help out at a food pantry. I really loved it cause I met some really cool people who were volunteering. They have a system where they push grocery carts to the stations and put in the food and the cart moves on. My companion & I were in charge of putting the peanut butter & cereal in the carts. Then I'd push the carts out to the elders and other men working outside, who would then put the stuff into people's cars.
I think I loved it so much because 1st of all -- CHARITY IS THE PURE LOVE OF CHRIST (Moroni 7:48). This is something Christ did--he helped people. He gave his time and effort. He gave his ALL. When we serve, we get to be just a small piece of Christ's hands. We get to follow his example. We get the opportunity to become more like him. I LOVE It! The 2nd reason I love to service is because it is my "field of work" since I worked at a grocery store. One of the old guys told me I was working too hard. And oh MY GOSH, yeah he should be grateful I'm a missionary that's all I gotta say.... And then it was kinda funny though cause a one of the times I pushed the cart out to Elder Bennett really fast and that same old guy said, "oh is that your boyfriend you're trying to run over?" Oh WAIT WHAT ? I said, HOLD UP THERE bro and told him about Mormon missionaries. Then he understood. I told him how we have chosen to "leave it all on the court" here on the mission and are not dating or going to school, but are solidly focused on serving the Lord.
It was kinda awkies when he said that, but now he knows what we be doing. Haha I couldn't stop laughing though. I thought it was hilarious! I feel like old people (elderly people excuse me) feel that if we look young and we are around other young people then "we must be dating" 😂😂😂😂. Or with my last companion Sister Turner, ALL the old people thought we were not only sisters but TWINS. I mean she's awesome, so I'll take it but man it makes me laugh.
Oh my I have seen that there's so many things to look forward to when I "get to" live in a retirement home ...Saturday bingo and (you wouldn't believe it) sugar free candy. That's all I need 😂.We get to call out the bingo numbers for some of the cutest old people I've ever seen. I've almost learned all their names.
They're awesome! They take care of us--everyone here does really.
We live in their upstairs apartment that's sectioned off from their house. They let us just walk into their house. I feel weird doing it, but they're seriously super chill and wonderful. They let us use their washer and dryer to do our laundry, so we can save our money. They are always asking what they can do to help us. They're THE BOMB.
Sister Oxborrow reminds me of Lynne Blacker.
The Bishop & his wife and their daughter are awesome! They fed us and the elders breakfast for dinner one of the first nights I got here. It was so good! Bishop Mehr even made us his FAMOUS omlettes.
I've never had such an amazing omlette, no lie. It was epic !
Their home was just so comforting. And since I always eat breakfast at home with my family I felt right at home. It was a tender mercy for sure. And Bishop Mehr reminds me a lot of Uncle Ryan, so that's another tender mercy. He's very missionary oriented, so it's the best!
He and his wife both served missions. How cool!
We got to go to the local fair and set up a booth about family history with our Zone Leaders who we share the area with. It was awesome but we didn't get to talk to as many people as we would like. There was one who was solidly interested, so I'm super stoked about that!
I got to meet some of the members in our area. They're all awesome.
Here's just a few of our tender mercies/ miracles from the week:
These are just a few of the miracles I've witnessed this week.
Because of these miracles I KNOW the church is true. I've seen too many miracles to even come close to denying the church. I know with ALL of my heart that the church is true! And I'm beyond grateful to be a member and to be out sharing the things that are so precious to me. I love Jesus Christ, and I love this gospel.
I love each of you, and I hope you know it.
I'd like to invite each of you to watch the Mormon message video
"O Remember Remember" (can be found on Mormon.org).
Look for the miracles that come from God to YOU this week. WRITE them down. I'd love to hear how it goes. Feel free to write me telling me about your miracles and the experiences that you have. Remember the miracles are there--you just gotta open your eyes!
Two men look through self same bars.
One sees mud while the other sees stars."
Be the one who sees the stars! See the positivity in all things. It doesn't take much to look for the bad parts of life. Go the extra mile... Be happy...look for the happiness:)
Have a fabulous week!
Love always ,
HERMANA ÄLLOWITZ 😊