Sunday, October 27, 2013

Miracles, Miracles, Miracles

Dear Whanu,
  This week has been a good hard week. :) We got some hail! And it was pretty huge! (Luckily we were in the car so the hard part of the week didn't hurt as much ;) It is supposed to be snowing here(it's not) but it is in Cedar City... Everyone seems pretty uptight about it snowing, but I just give them a big smile when they say it might snow. I am secretly hoping for snow even though we are going into the summer. I love the snow!
   On Thursday we had miracles! We always have miracles each day, but Thursday was a big day of miracles. We found two new investigators, and then we went to an appointment to one of our investigators. We were thinking we might need to stop seeing her so much because she liked us over for bible study (that is something a lot of people think we are doing when we meet, is just studying the bible.) but she hasn't really been progressing. We were talking to her and starting our lesson when she told us "When can I be baptised?" As a missionary we love that phrase! We have now set a date for November 30th and we are helping her reach that goal. The Lord has really been blessing us!
   So for a service project for the ward: we went meat testing for this big Study that originates from the Universtiy in Texas. It was the best service project I have ever done! :) They came out with differently cooked pieces of beef and we rated it to savouriness, tastiness, softness, and overall preference. Yep, that was a great service project... :D
    Other news: I am done training! I cannot believe it;s already done; time is flying to quickly!
   Well, I love you all. I hope you are having a great week. If you See Tim, tell him to tell me hello! 
Have a great week!
Sister Sudweeks

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"How is your missionary Spirit?"

Dear Whanu,
    Hello! I hope everything is going well for you all! This week has been a very tender mercy filled week from the Lord. We had an investigator drop us but we found many wonderful referrals for the Elders and we have a golden new investigator(which will be official on Wednesday) when we have her appointment :) This new investigator is the daughter of a less active we are working with. She is nine and her name is Cairo, and wouldn't you believe it! They live on the world's steepest street! I don't have a picture but Sister Vila and I will go next week for p-day and take a picture of it. I was to scared to drive up it last week, but I think I will try driving up it this week... we will see.... Cairo told her mum that she wanted to be baptised so we are beginning to teach her. Her mum told her to pray about the decision to see if God wants her to do that. I am super impressed with the family. Sister Heparri's children are so very spiritual and ask such great questions. It is going to be a wonderful experience teaching them. 
  This week we had District Conference. I am a part of two branches. We conver the first branch, but we teach all the single woman who are being taught. During this conference one of the Speakers asked this question. "How is your missionary Spirit?" I loved his talk. It really made me think about how my missionary spirit was before I left on my mission. The speaker also reflected on this question and realized that since he had been on a mission he hadn't been seeking many missioanry expereinces. This is something we should all do. I liked what he said. We don't have to be knocking on doors 24/7 to share the gospel. All we have to do is Talk with people, and when opportinuties arise share the gospel, focus on how people are reacting to us sharing the gospel(even if they are not interested, still be their friends), and then seek for those experiences. Missionary service comes in many ways, from service, sharing "the reason for the hope that is in you" and much more. I want to leave the challenge with all of you to do as Elder Ballard asked us in Conference: To Find someone by December with whom we can share the Gospel. Bring that person to chruch, invite them to a baptsim, have them over for dinner with the missionaries there, give them The Family or Jesus The Christ for Christmas, a CD with music on it about Jesus Christ, the ways are limitless. Will you all do this? I promise as you do you will be filled with the love and rekindle all those times when you were on your missions and were sharing the Gospel with others. 
   I love you all. I know this church is The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. God lives; Jesus is The Christ. Thomas S. Monson is the Latter day Prophet, Jospeh Smith truly translated the Book Of Mormon, and The Book Of Mormon is the Word of God. 
  I love you!
Sister Sudweeks

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Dear Whanu,
   Hello! It has been a wonderful week! We had General Conference this weekend and it was so wonderful! I really enjoyed it so very much! I really especially enjoyed the Sunday morning and Afternoon session. It was great. I loved how we were told that this time is as important as when the Prophet Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. I know this is true. It really is; I can feel it. I know that everyone is a part of this exciting and important time. We all need to be a part of bringing the Lord's work about.
    I loved this scriptural image: 2 Nephi 9:50-51. It talks about how our souls should delight in fatness. I know we don't want to eat ecessively in our lifetimes the wonderful food around us, but we should become spiritual fat, feasting so much on the Words of Christ that as it says we are spiritually big. May we all do so each day I pray. :)
    This week we had another blessing from the Lord! We found Mr. and Mrs. Douglas. We caught them on their way out of their flat, and they let us come back the next day. They are now our new investigators! :)
     We had Presdient and Sister Kezerian here for interviews during our District meeting. It was wonderful. I loved hearing from them; they are truly servants of the Lord.
I hope you are all having a wonderful day! Keep praying, reading the scriptures, and going to church.
I love you all!
Sister Sudweeks
We helped cleaned the church: I felt Like a Ghost buster with our cool vacumns :)
And Eating Lunch after conference before we went finding some potential investigators! :D

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Conference this weekend!!!! Cannot wait! :D

Dear Whanu,
   How are you all? I hope you enjoyed conference! What was it like?! Favorite talks!? I cannot wait to hear it this weekend! It will be really neat as well, because one of the Elders Investigators will be baptized between the two sessions on Saturday. What a day to be Baptized! :) Hearing and Living the word of Christ. I am really excited about conference it is going to be so good!
   We went over to Sister Lee's last week. They are from Korea. They made us Korean pancakes which were so good! :) yum! I really enjoyed eating them, and was reminded of Kirra going to Korea! She also gave us barley water, which wasn't so good.. but luckily you couldn't taste it while you drank it only after you swallowed. It really wasn't that bad, but definitely not my favorite flavor for water.
     We had another exchange this week! It was really fun because one of the Sisters I came out into the mission field with was one of the sisters who came for the exchange. That was pretty great! :)
     The members here went to the temple this week. It was so neat for me to hear their testimonies after they came back. I loved how they saved and looked forward to a week in the temple. It really made me realize how lucky we are to have a temple an hour away. It is so close to us, and yet we sometimes do not go but once or twice a year. I have really appreciated their diligence in going to the temple. It makes me realize that going to the temple is so important, and since we live so close to one we should go as often as we are able.
      This last week we were blessed with two new investigators. Reuben and Victoria! They were our blessing from the Lord. We were door knocking and they opened the door. We had a good converstaion with them and then I  asked if we could go in and share a short message with them. They said yes and we went in. Sister Vila and I had no idea what to share, but the Lord helped us :) Victoria asked about the Book Of Mormon, and we shared about that. She was really impressed that is was a record of the ancient people of the Americas and was excited to read it. We see them tomorrow,a nd I hope they are wiling to hear more of our message!
    this week, I have was humbled to realize that the people we are teaching even though they may not be progressing as fast as Sister Vila and I think they should, we need to remember that we just should focus on helping build thier faith in Jesus Christ, and wait on the Lord's timing for them to progress.
 I love you all and hope you had a great week!
Sister Sudweeks