Thursday, February 26, 2015
We had dinner with Sister Berr and she made a lot of food and we didn’t eat half of it. She invited a friend over and she canceled so she just had a lot of food. After dinner she asked us if we wanted all the food so we took it and right when we left we thought of Andrea. We texted her and asked her where she was because we had a surprise for her. We stopped by the church and picked up the hotdogs that the boy scouts gave us that was leftover from their blue and gold banquet so we had a lot of food and we gave it all to her. Her friend told us that she was trying to figure out how she was going to feed her kids. It was so cool being an answer to a prayer. We ended up having a short lesson with her and her friend who ended up being a less active member and she said she might come back one day and that’s a great thing to hear. When we were having studies I was reading and I read something that reminded me of Andrea and I felt like I needed to share it with her. I told Sister Rasmussen that we should send her something. So right when we were talking about it she called us and she was crying :( so we prayed with her over the phone and we shared 1 Nephi 11:27 with her and I shared my testimony with her and we talked with her a little. She asked us if we can drive up with her to the church for her baptism interview so we told her we would then we said another prayer with her. It was so cool how the Lord works. we had an appointment for her baptism interview and we had the Williams pick us up because Andrea called us an asked us if we can ride with her. So we met them at her old place. She has moved all out but because of her anxiety. She is just too scared to leave her apartment complex so she was staying with friends but they don’t want her there and she needs to be with her kids. It took a little for her to get in the car when she got in I was asked by brother Williams to say the prayer after I shared my testimony to Andrea about how I know the Lord can heal her then we drove away we got to the gas station then she couldn’t do it and wanted to go to the hospital. It was really bad. She was having a really bad panic attack so we took her to the hospital and I had to hold on to her. She was so scared. When we got inside she was a little calmer. Open spaces scared her. We were with her in the hospital for about 6 hrs. The district leader came to the hospital to give her a blessing. We read scriptures and talks with her and we shared are stories of our conversion and she was able to get the help she needed. Then Sister Williams was able to get her to where her kids were staying. She didn’t end up going to church. She slept until 8 at night. She was wiped out. We are going to reschedule her appointment for her baptism interview next Friday.
Had a lesson before Andrea’s interview and we invited a less active girl to come with us to the lesson she knows Loren really well so it was cool. She is a returning less active. She was able to share her testimony with Loren. :) Loren is Jewish, kind of, so she doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ but I know she is going to get a testimony of Christ because she is making it a goal to read the book of Mormon every day :) it’s going to take her a little but I know with time she will get a testimony of the gospel if she really wants it :) we invited her to be baptized she said No and that’s ok. We acted in faith and we are going to act in faith every time until she gets her answer.
It was amazing :) We learned about the atonement of Jesus Christ. One of the best Mormon messages that really helps you understand it is (Lifting burdens) it’s so powerful :D We learned about patterns and sequences and of faith. I love learning more about faith. One thing that stuck out to me was “Are you willing to take the steps of faith??” and I was thinking what am I doing to take the steps of faith and I thought well I’m on a mission that one huge act of faith :) I thought how I act in faith every day when I wake up and study :) I act in faith when I go out and talk to people about the gospel and I act by sharing my testimony. I get to act in faith every day. I just get so caught up in when I don’t act in faith and I feel like I failed but I’m so grateful for the atonement so that when I do mess up I can repent and try again :D as I've been reading in the scriptures I look for a couple of things. One is FAITH, also I look for Go to the mount which means pray often :) and also I’ve been looking for temporal and spiritual :) I started over reading the BOOK of Mormon. On the 19th I’m trying to do the 80 day challenge and its cool I’m learning sooooo much!!! I’m way ahead of where I’m supposed to be. I can’t put the book down. I've just gained so much more love for the word of God :D its beautiful how much God truly does love us. he gives us soooo much !!! I’m so excited for district meeting. We learned so much during a role play we did at zone conference. it was a role play of district meeting and I just love how unified it is going to make us and how we set goals and how it just makes me excited lol in weekly planning we do monthly planning at the beginning of the week and it’s going to help us stay on track with goals
I know the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints is the Lords church. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ I know that the book of Mormon is the word of God and I know that anyone that reads it with and open heart they can come to know for themselves. I know that the atonement is real. I know that if we repent we can be clean. We can be filled with the spirit and we can progress. I know that daily scripture study is so important. Especially in family’s so that children can learn of God and so that they can be firm in their foundation of Christ. I love how in 2 Nephi 2:4 it says Thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory. I know that the prophet Lehi taught his children the gospel of God in their youth and it really makes a big difference. I love the gospel. I love the peace I feel and I love the opportunities we have to grow every day. As we stumble and as we have trials if we endure them well we will be so strong and He will bless us. God loves all of his children. Act in faith every day pray and be guided by the spirit of the lord. Pray for help. Ask the lord for guidance. I know the lord is the savior and redeemer of the world. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ Amen
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Andrea is still on date for 27th of February. Woot! we are praying really hard for her because she also has to be out of her apartment by the 19th so its really scary because she gets really stressed but if she reads and prays everyday she will be ok and she will get through it :) we had a zone meeting on Saturday and it was really good. We have a goal to have each companionship have a baptism in the month of March. I’m really excited! We are working with a couple people that if we are really obedient and pray hard and work hard we could make that goal. We have a goal to get 8 member presents each week. That is where a member goes to lessons with us. We haven’t had a lot of success with that so far. It is going to be really hard but it’s achievable. We just have to want it and work for it. The spirit in that meeting was really strong. Me and Sister Rasmussen were asked to give a training on confidence in Christ which is basically faith. lol We talked about what confident missionaries look like but we also asked the missionary’s what confident missionaries feel and sound like. Me and Sister Rasmussen were talking and we realized how much our testimonies have grown from when we first came out as little greenys to now. I thought how when someone tries to bash or gets upset or says something mean my testimony is no longer shaken. I have built my testimony on a strong foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Teresa fell of the map completely :( we tried to stop by and call her but she won’t answer the door or her phone :( we are still praying for her. We have zone conference coming up on Saturday I’m excited. I’ve been sick since Saturday. I’m on medication so hopefully I get better soon :D I was looking for the link to the talk being a consecrated missionary and i couldn’t find it but I’m going to make copies and send it to my mom and to some of my really good friends out serving missions.
if i wasn’t sick for 4 days I would have been able to tell you all I got through the whole Book of Mormon but I cant I have 2 chapters left. I’m so excited to finish and start over and really go through and mark it up and just get more revelation for myself :) I know this church is true I know that if you read the book of Mormon with a open mind and a willing heart to really know that you will gain divine knowledge. My mission has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life but I’m so grateful for the growth I’ve made. I’ve been cut down to the core and when I think i can’t be cut down anymore God lets me know that I still have a lot of growing to do. He has made me a stronger person more loving, kind, patient and bold. He has helped my testimony grow on a foundation of Christ and i couldn’t thank Him enough so I’m going to serve him for the rest of my life just like He has asked us all to do. There are many ways to serve but we have to be willing to do it :D
I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love this work.
Love Sister Steen
District Meeting :)
a lady gave us chocolate cigars
Today we went to the temple
The elders in our zone
This week was a good week. Not a lot happened but one night we were tracting because an appointment canceled and we only had 5 book of Mormons left. We were going to be careful who we gave them to. Then every person we talked to wanted to learn more and wanted a book of Mormon they exactly 5 people. We had the perfect amount! Funny thing about it is that they were almost all young single adults so we had to pass them off to the sisters over YSA. lol then we found 2 more books in the car so we were being blessed. There is nothing worse then being a missionary and not having a book of Mormon. It’s like this saying hey we have this awesome message that the gospel has been restored by a living prophet called of God and the book of Mormon is evidence of that. Then them saying can I have one and you saying oh we don’t have any. It hasn't happened yet but I was scared for a second lol the Lord is looking out for us. We will get more books of Mormons on Saturday. Andrea is still on date for the 26th :D she is getting slammed by the adversary the poor girl its cool. we always know when she reads because she is more calm and her kids are calmer and the lesson just flowed but when she doesn't her anxiety flares up and her kids go crazy she has lots of deep questions and we try to answer her questions in a simple way she really wants to go to conference when it comes :) she missed it last time because her anxiety its really hard for her to go places I’m so happy she makes it to church every week :)
So we are working with a part member family Jamaica is the non-member and Senon is the less active member they came to church for the first time ever and we were freaking out. She is so awesome and her husband keeps saying that when he gets worthy he can baptize her ahh that was the coolest thing to hear. They are progressing slowly but they are progressing!! we are working with a lot of awesome people but those are the 2 that are really solid :) Teresa, the one that was going to get baptized couple weeks ago, vanished off the face of the earth :( that’s been really hard but I love this work I love serving the Lord. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Transfer calls came and I’m staying 6 more weeks here in Pendleton, Oregon. Woot! I’m excited! I get to stay with my companion sister Rasmussen :)
I’m working on being a consecrated missionary. There’s a talk on mormon.org about it. It’s really cool and that’s what I’ll be working on the rest of my mission. I want to be able to say I gave the lord everything I had and I endured to the end :) I love that it says consecrated missionaries don’t hold any white flags we never surrender :) this is the Lords work and I am called of God. I am a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ
Love Sister Steen
Monday, February 2, 2015
This was a really good week. Andrea is doing so well. She is going to move so the elder’s quorum is going to help her on Saturday. She told us she is going to marry a member. I think she is battling with herself on that. She really wants to do the right thing and go through the temple. It’s so cool when she reads the book of Mormon you can see a difference when she doesn’t. We usually can tell the moment we walk in her house if she has been reading or not. She has been doing really good keeping commitments and doing all she needs to to get baptized. We might move her date up if she keeps progressing :)
we were trying by people in this apartment complex and I had a feeling to go try our referral we got last time we were there. It ended up being a really less active lady her name is Lacy. She has some drug problems but she is going to get help and wants to come back to the church. It was a really interesting lesson but the spirit was there. In a way I was able to understand how she feels. I mean I never did any of that but the trials I had to go through from the choices I made really helped me help her out. She had a really rough life and I can’t tell you everything that was said but the spirit was strong and I know she can come back. It was a really emotional lesson and after it Sister Rasmussen asked why I was crying. I told her that I just felt the spirit and that I didn’t know what to say to Lacy but when I opened my mouth it was filled. I said what she needed to here and that’s it. I told her how grateful I am that we have trials in our life so we can understand some of what people go through and it really helps you be more sensitive to their needs. We got 2 new investigators Tawna is dating and investigator mark and he hasn’t been home so we started reading with her and her granddaughter and the spirit was so strong so we set up a time to go back she has opened up to us a lot and it’s been cool to see them change :)
So I’m almost done reading the Book of Mormon I’ve listened to it but I’ve never read it by myself so I’m in 3 Nephi and wow my testimony of the Book of Mormon has grown. I never realized how strong the adversary is until I got to Alma and all the wars that happened because people stopped looking to good and they got prideful and selfish and all they cared about is the things they had, the wealth. But when they did that they weren’t protected by God anymore because they decided they didn’t need God. Wow its crazy to see that now how so many people don’t even believe there is a God. I talk to about 20 people a day or more and literally more than half either don’t believe there is a God, don’t care if there is a God or not or just don’t love God enough to talk about it. And they wonder why their lives are so rough. I really have a strong testimony that if you have a faith in God if you love God enough to testify of Him he will protect you. He won’t stop bad things from happening to you but he will protect you if you have faith and trust Him. You don’t have to be Mormon to love God to worship Him to acknowledge all the things He has done for you, to fear Him and not man. Man is nothing compared to God. I wish more people had the courage to say I AM A CHILD OF GOD and really mean it because that’s what we are. We are children of God. He loves us. He gave us this opportunity to gain a body and to progress in this life to make choices and to learn from our mistakes. God loves us enough to cut us down to make us grow from our trials. It’s our choice to learn form that trial or blame God. I promise if you try to learn from them and not blame God you will be so much happier and you will grow from it and you will eventually be the daughter or son of God that he wants you to be. The question is are you willing to let God cut you down to the stump first? Do you love God enough to learn from your trials?. wow I’m pretty sure every transfer He cuts me down over and over and let me tell you.. The day I decided to learn from the trials is the day I really started to grow on my mission. You can’t progress if you don’t let yourself. I love my mission. I love the Book of Mormon and the truthfulness of this restored gospel. I’m grateful for a living prophet that leads and guides Gods children just like in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Why wouldn’t God still call prophets? God still loves us doesn’t He? God still wants us to learn new things. We are constantly progressing. That is God’s gift to us, progression. We choose to use it or lose it. I’m grateful for a loving family who supports me on my mission and an amazing friend, Alyson Taus that has always been there to cheer me on. I’m grateful for all of you that have read my emails and are with me in my adventures. I will never be an amazing speaker but when I go home you with see the light of Christ in my countenance. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. I know it’s the one true church with the priesthood authority in it. In Preach My Gospel in the first vision Christ tells Joseph Smith that all the churches were wrong and all their creeds where an abomination. I was thinking I would never tell someone that when I was a greeny fresh out in the field but that just shows that I had no faith in my Savior or in my church, in this gospel or in myself and I just want to share a simple powerful testimony that God lives and Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. That Joseph Smith did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in the flesh and that Christ bore a powerful testimony to Joseph that the churches on the earth were an abomination. He said in His own words that they draw near to me with their lips , but their hearts are far from me. He goes on to say that they teach from doctrine the commandments of men having a form of godliness but they deny the power there of. I know this is true. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of the restoration and was given the priesthood (power and authority given to men to act and speak in God’s name!) I know that you can know this is true by reading the Book of Mormon and asking God if it is true and by acting in faith you can know the truthfulness of all things. amen
Love Sister Steen
me being a dork
cutting down a blackberry bush for a potential investigator :)
put that in by my self it hurt lol
after we got it all cut :)
we were meeting a less active lady at the library and sister Rasmussen took a pictire of me talking to her on the phone. I was by this sign lol kinda funny :)
Transfers calls are on Saturday and so we as a district did transfer predictions. That's is my district leader Elder Ojeda. He is pretty cool!
Sister Rasmussen the first time she has ever held a fish. it was so funny :
Alyson sent me a birthday/Christmas package and she made me an L with memories of us on it.