Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello y'all!!
I have like zero time to email today... i am sorry this will be pretty short.
This week has been hectic. We went on 4 exchanges this week, 2 were back to back. Sister Tarwater and I barely even see each other. It has been crazy seeing other sisters areas and how the work is going for them. I also am learning a lot about relying on the spirit and trusting words to be put into my mouth as i listed to problems people have.
Great Bridge is amazing. I love the ward so much. My bishop is very different from the Nagshead bishop, and the ward mission leader actually meets with us here so that's sooo great!
let me just run you briefly through my week:
Monday-preparation day. Left after teaching a less active to go to meet sisters for an exchange. I was so scared. I was praying the whole way there.
Tuesday- exchange in Kempsville.. ISHEL BRIMHALL I WAS IN YOUR WARD BOUNDARIES!!!! crazy.
Wednesday-  spent the whole day contacting potential investigators and getting rejected! yay!!! sometimes missionary work is like a treasure hunt looking for the prepared. also met this crazy less active guy that was super funny. I wish I could explain that better....
Thursday- exchange with the Hermanas. I went with a Hermana in her area and attempted to be a Hermana for the day. The gift of tongues is REAL. That's all I'm sayin. Found some new investigators by following the spirit!! It is amazing to me STILL how Heavenly Father really will lead us to people.
Also we saw this crazy miracle...we literally got hunted down on the streets of Norfolk on Thursday by this crazy black guy that told us he is ready to go to church and he will be waiting for a ride to pick him up Sunday at 1.... then he gave us a referral to this girl who already has a Book of Mormon and a gospel principles book! what?
Friday-weekly planning
Saturday-  was  an exchange...found new investigator named Solomon... he opened the door dressed very immodestly it was extremely awkie. 
Also called the cops that day. I'll tell you when I'm home :) also I felt prompted to go visit a less active who  hasn't ever come to church...we were super bold to her and commited her like 40 times to come to church.
Sunday- another exchange.... taught Solomon!! It was amazing!! He totes felt the spirit!! alssoooo Sister W came to church!!!!! and Amanda our 9 year old investigator!!!! first time someone has come to church in months here. Work is picking up.

Going on a mission was the best decision of my life. I am so grateful I am where I am. I am grateful for my amazing family and friends who are a constant support to me. I am working hard family!!
I know this church is true!!! I love you all. Sorry this email is so rushed.
love sister snow

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sister Snowfall meets Great Bridge, VA

Hey Fam Bam!
So it was soooo hard saying goodbye to my family in Nags Head, and to Sister Hymas. We had a lesson with K,  P and the Farrenkopfs before I left, it was super emotional. Seeing the people who have or are starting to accept the gospel and are sill so young in there testimonies is SO hard to just pack up and leave. I know that they will be okay though.  K is still planning to be baptized on November 30 so hopefully that works out!
I am in a wonderful new area! Back in Virginia! It's crazy. Great Bridge is a wealthy community and the area is struggling. They haven't had any baptisms in at least 6 months. That is going to change. There are people here prepared and ready for the gospel and the way we are going to find them is through the members. That is the focus here in Great Bridge, and really with any missionary.
My first full day in Great Bridge our only progressing investigator dropped us. BUT by the end of this weekend we found 6  new investigators, which hasn't happened in FOREVER! One is a couple whose daughter just joined the church. They made her wait until she was 18 to be baptized, and they were pretty anti about the church. So the missionaries have been doing SERVICE for them for the past YEAR.
When we stopped by their house Saturday, the mom, Sister S, let us in and reluctantly let us share a brief overview of what we believe. Then her husband walked in right when the spirit was strong and killed it for a little. hah ha. It's always funny when you are trying to bring the spirit back or bring the subject back after its been lost.... we pretty much said "that's nice.. well this is the BOOK OF MORMON..." in a very polite and kind way of course :)
They truly softened when the POWERFUL words of that book filled the room. They both agreed they would be baptized if they knew it was true. MIRACLE!!
My new companion is AMAZING. I was so nervous to be with her because she is literally PERFECT but she is helping me so much and we are already laughing all the time. We really are so much alike. It is crazy/ a testimony builder to me. Heavenly Father knows all of his children. Through revelation and righteous priesthood stewardship, Sister Tarwater and I were put together. She is perfect for me in this next transfer and we are ready to work our TAILS off and invite EVERYONE to come unto Christ!!!!
A little about Sister Tarwater...AMAZING, from Arizona, been on a mission a transfer longer than me!
Funny story... so I am the most unfortunate person. We were talking to a Less active woman on Sunday and all of a sudden I started to FAINT in the street! Luckily she is a nurse! but really... Of COURSE I randomly faint in the middle of the street in front of this woman who just meets me. I also have been tripping and dropping things in front of the bishop and 1st counselor of the mission. Always a funny time around me I guess..
Sister Snowfall has returned-with a vengeance.
I love you all so much!
I KNOW that this gospel is true and that obedience to blessings leads to happiness!
 Mosiah 2:41    41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and ahappy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are bblessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out cfaithful to the end they are received into dheaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

we are PROMISED happiness!
Also we have12 exchanges to do in 4 of my roles as a sister training leader... first one is tonight! so exciting!!!
Sister Snow

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Transfers-watch out Great Bridge, VA here I come. Week 43

Hey Y'all!!
This week has really been a blur. We had a lot of bailed appointments and lots of flaky people who we thought had potential but ended up dropping. The usual. We had been dropped by Luke last week.. but we got to see him on Friday AND he came to church!! Woohooo.
One amazing thing happened this week.... seriously it was one of those stories you hear return missionaries tell people about the people they taught on "the mish." So K, the kid who I really disliked teaching, the bro, is changing.  I don't mean he's being a nicer person or something like that. He is becoming like Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is literally transforming him before my eyes. K had been majorly struggling with the word of wisdom. He is no alcoholic, but it is really hard for him to not drink when all his friends do and his life revolves around the party scene. He also learned about the law of chastity which he wasn't too found of.  Well.... this weekend was the week where he was going to visit his girlfriend for the weekend. On Thursday we had a really spiritual lesson with him about making sacrifices and about how he feels himself changing. He told us when he first started meeting with us he hated it. Now he actually looks forward to it. He said he feels himself becoming closer to God. This is the whole goal, so of course hearing this was the best thing I could have ever heard in my life!!! music to my ears :) So, I'll try to make this brief and hopefully it will make sense. K left on Friday morning. On Saturday our whole day was not working out. Everyone was cancelling. It was awful. I had this feeling that we should drive by this former investigators house. Of course when we got there she didn't have time to meet with us. So I drove away, and we happened to drive by K's house. We saw his car out front and we were super confused. Then Sister Hymas saw K walk out! Whattt!! So we went on and on with different scenarios that could have happened, like that was his dad wearing his clothes and driving his car.. or that was his neighbor. We tried to shrug it off.. but he would not leave my mind. The thought came.. "what if this is a sign? You need to text K."  So we did. K called us and told us that his girlfriend dumped him and he was home early. He asked if we could meet. Uh oh... so we saw him Saturday night and we were super confused. K came over to Brother Kelly's house and told us that his girlfriend dumped him " because of these meetings, so thanks."
We didn't know what to say at all. Apparently they went out the night before and K stuck to his standards and didn't break the word of wisdom or law of chastity. She told him that he was "too perfect" and he " wasn't the guy she fell in love with." All because he didn't want to break the commandments. He said they got in a huge argument and he drove 6 hours home. I asked Kyle how he felt when he didn't drink. He said he felt good on the inside. Peaceful. He knew God was proud of him. He told us he liked the person he was becoming. We promised him that he would be healed from this. That he would be able to find someone with his same standards.
I got to see first hand how Jesus Christ really changes us. Kyle went from a huge partier to someone who lost the person that meant to most to him because he stood up for his standards. That is conversion. That is love of God. That is why I am here.
I KNOW the gospel of Jesus Christ can cure all of us. The Savior helps me to be better every single day.

Also, transfer calls came. I felt it was happening..... I am leaving the Outer Banks after almost 7 months of living here. I am soooo sad. Sister Hymas is staying, thank goodness-so she can take care of the locals, and she is getting a new companion. I will be serving in Great Bridge, VA with Sister Tarwater. I am also going to be a sister training leader. I am freaking out.

I hope you had an amazing bday momma! and uncle mecham, jilene and jennnnn. Hope your bdays are amazing. I love you all! Thank you for all your love and support!
Sister Snow

Monday, November 4, 2013

Too Blessed to be Stressed Week 42ish

This week was amazing!!!! I am still carrying that positivity and self-loving attitude with me that I found last week... it's hard to change 20 years of negative comments and trying to change those into a positive outlook is not something that will change overnight, but I am grateful for the gift of repentance and for the love of the Savior and his patience with me.
Sooooooooo on Tuesday we had the privilege of attending "Sisters Conference." The theme was "Too blessed to be stressed"...... hahhaha. Sister Baker, the mission president's wife, is so cute and sweet and innocent. Her idea for this theme was so cheesy but you couldn't help but smile at the thought of Sister Baker chanting this over the pulpit. I got to see my best friends!! It was such a blessing. I got to see Sister Hurley and Sister Caldwell and Sister Wylie. Best Day Ever. I cannot wait for y'all to meet them someday. They have changed my life entirely. Annnnyways, got sidetracked. Sorry I do that a lot. We got instructed by Sister Baker, the Assistants to the President, the 1st Counselor in the mission presidency's wife, and sister Wylie, and President Baker. President Baker took an interesting approach to "de-stress" the sisters. He literally started doing stand up comedy over to pulpit. Funniest thing of my life. I don't have time to go into detail but remind me to tell you some of the jokes.... Aunt Jilene wrote me a couple weeks ago that we are sent to our missions because of the president... I 100% believe that. President Baker has changed my life. At the end of the conference we had the opportunity to have a testimony meeting. I felt SO prompted to get up and share what my experience was last week. I walked up to the pulpit and took a long look at all the sister missionaries in the chapel and I just lost it. The spirit was so strong. I felt like I was in the presence of angels. I get so excited about the gospel, and sharing my testimony, even though I do it 100 times a day, it always means the world to me. It is the most important thing in the world to me, the knowledge that I have worked so hard to have, so sharing it in front of such amazing dedicated missionaries was a privilege. It was one of the strongest spirits I have felt in a good couple of days!

The ward had a trunk or treat on Wednesday, Sister Hymas and I switched name tags for our costume. Living on the edgeeee.

We taught Kyle about tithing afterwards. If any of you get a chance to watch the district 2.. please go watch the segment where the two elders Elder Moreno and Elder Christianson teach Germain the law of chastity and Germain thinks he's not aloud to talk to girls.... well Sister Hymas and I had this experience. Hahahahaha Kyle thought that he wasn't aloud to even flirt with his girlfriend. Epic Fail. I couldn't help  but laugh. I'm still laughing about it.
We taught C this week (the one who said God told her the BOM ((Book of Mormon)) wasn't true) It was a miracle lesson.... The spirit totally took over and she said that she knows that if she really reads the book she will know that it is true. We talked a lot about sacrifices and having an open heart and real intent. Cleared up a lot of interesting concerns with her. I wish I had more time to go into detail, but it was an amazing lesson. It is truly amazing to see how reading from the Book of Mormon softens the hearts of the prepared. The Book of Mormon is so true.

Halloween we were supposed to be in doors by 6:15, so we went to the Farrenkopfs and wanted to pass out candy but nobody came. :( Then we went home and studied.... wooooo!)

The Assistants to the president pulled me and Sis Hymas aside at the end of the sisters conference and asked to look at my planner...They said president told them that my planner was the perfect example. What?!? So apparently they told our zone leaders and the zone leaders called us and asked us to give a training at zone meeting about how to plan. We have been seeing MIRACLE every single day since we have made it our goal to plan effectively and efficiently every night. Literally miracles every day. It has been amazing when you look back at things that happen and can truly see the hand of God in the little details of the day.
Recently one of the member's sons came home from a mission and he had been texting and calling us trying to come out with us and teach. So we had planned to go tracting (door knocking.... Ya!!) for one hour and a half before dinner and bring him a long. We felt very impressed to go see  Miss S, A's mom, a former investigator whom we made cry and run out of the room a good 2 months ago. Hahaha so we walked up to the house and there she and her husband were. Almost waiting for us. At first S was very standoffish, but as we began testifying the spirit touched them both and we ended up having an hour long lesson. So like I said earlier, I have the privilege of baring my testimony all the time. Sometimes, when the spirit is so strong, I will get emotional. Well as we were talking, I had the impression that S was really struggling with forgiving herself, and loving herself. I looked at S in the eye, and told her simply that God loves her. As the words came out, I started crying. I told her that we are so hard on ourselves and look at how many times we have fallen instead of how many times we get back up. She was crying and it was such a sweet moment. We set up a return appointment and her husband who usually ignores us promised that he would read and pray about the Book of Mormon! MIRACLE!!!!
Saturday was our real tracting day. We set high goals for the day and put our faith to the test. Faith requires belief and ACTION. We ended up finding a whole bunch of new investigators which really never happens here. We met a man named T. We knocked on the trailer door with tape used instead of a window... we hear "WHOISIT?" in this super deep voice. Sister Hymas was terrified. Luckily this was the normal response in Norfolk, so I felt at home. I said, "The missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!" in my high pitched girly voice. I'm sure he was confused. We heard these gunshots inside. It took us a second to realize he was playing COD. He opened the door with the video game still blasting and he was playing while we started to talk to him... so weird. He finally turned the game off and invited us in, but then we had to turn him down because there wasn't a third female present. That's always awk to explain. He was very interested in the Book of Mormon! Fingers crossed for Mr. T. We also met another black lady, her name was Chelsea. I met the African American, old, rounder version of myself. That was exciting. As we were walking down the street we saw a short little black man walking towards us. We make it a goal to talk to EVERYONE, so as he approached we could tell he wasn't all there... but we talked to him anyways. He's about 4 ft tall, was wearing a beanie with the top pointed up, and his pants were wayyyy up past his belly button. Higher than I even wear my pants! Hahaha he looked like one of the 7 dwarfs. his voice sounded like the monster in Monsters Inc. That is in charge of the paperwork and she always says" Wasouskie."  His eyes were also bloodshot. Kinda scary.  Sister Hymas said we just met Radio. I've never seen that movie. But it was pretty hilarious. We invited him to church. He didn't come:(

Sunday we miraculously met our goal for member present lessons, we had no idea how it was going to work, but God took care of us and provided us with opportunities to teach! We taught a spanish man named C for the Spanish elders and I made a fool of myself trying to speak spanish and read in spanish.
We were walking down the street before dinner time and we knocked on this one door that had a big 2 on it. We were hoping it was the door of a potential investigator the spanish elders found for us, so Sister Hymas suggested we try it. She is so inspired, because this is how we met R. HE IS GOLDEN!!  Everything he said my jaw dropped. He was touched by the Book of Mormon and said he is truly searching for truth. It was a miracle that we found him. He is going to meet us at the church one Wednesday for a lesson. He said he promised he would read the Book of Mormon and that he knew that this was the only way he would be able to find truth. Whaaaat!
Miracles everywhere.
Transfer calls are next Sunday! I am kinda feeling like I'm leaving.... I really don't want to leave my new family here in the OBX.  I also don't want to leave Sister Hymas. But on the other hand I am ready for a change. We will see!
I love you all, thank you for the support and love I feel from you daily. I couldn't do this without you and without the help of our Savior!!!
Choose Christ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sister Snow
Halloween fun

Sunset on OBX

Uncle Si